Office of School Counseling

Friday Sendoff - February 21, 2020

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Upcoming Meetings

High School Chairs Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 27th, 8-11am

11640 Crossroads Circle

Middle River, MD

This is a mandatory meting for all high school department chairs.

Middle School Chairs Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 27th, 12-3pm

11640 Crossroads Circle

Middle River, MD

This is a mandatory meeting for all middle school department chairs.

First Year Counselor Meeting

Wednesday, March 11th, 1-3pm

12250 Roundwood Road


College Counselor Meeting

Thursday, March 26th, 9am-12pm

6901 North Charles Street

Towson, MD


**NEW**2020 Children’s Mental Health Matters Campaign

Schools can participate by designating an individual or team to be a School Champion Coordinator. This person or team is responsible for organizing at least one awareness-raising or educational event for their school during or around Awareness Week. They provide Champions with a Digital Toolkit and other materials to use in preparation for the week. Schools can sign up here. The deadline to sign up to receive Awareness Materials is March 13th.

**NEW** Spanish Course for School Counselors

We are forming a partnership with CCBC to offer Spanish courses specifically for school counselors. If you are interested, please complete this survey to help us make decisions about the course offerings.


The Baltimore County Association for Counseling and Development (BCACD) would like to recognize school counselors who have made impactful contributions to the school counseling profession with its annual SCOTY award. The SCOTY nominee must be a Baltimore County Public School (BCPS) counselor who has completed a minimum of five consecutive years of counseling service. The nominee should be able to demonstrate evidence of effective leadership, advocacy, and collaboration as part of a comprehensive, data-driven, school counseling program to address students’ academic, social/emotional, and career development.

A counselor from each school level – elementary, middle, and high school will be selected. Any BCPS employee, parent, or student can nominate a school counselor for this recognition. Winners of the SCOTY awards will be nominated for consideration for the Maryland School Counselor Association’s (MSCA) School Counselor of the Year.

To nominate a candidate for this award, please submit the School Counselor of the Year Nomination Form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 13, 2020.


The Baltimore County Association for Counseling and Development (BCACD) would like to recognize a Baltimore County Public School (BCPS) administrator, teacher, support staff, parent, or community member who consistently advocates for and supports the critical work school counselors do for all students. Any BCPS employee, parent, or student can nominate someone for SCATY award.

To nominate someone for this award, please submit the School Counseling Advocate of the Year Nomination Form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 13, 2020.

CCBC College Fairs

Thanks to everyone's quick responses both College Fairs at CCBC Essex & CCBC Dundalk have all of the greeters needed.

Stakeholder Survey

The Stakeholder Survey opened on Monday, January 27, 2020 and will close on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Attached below is a flyer to give you easy access to the survey.

Camp MeToo

Stella Maris is currently accepting applications for their 10th annual overnight bereavement camp for children ages 8-17. Camp Me Too! will begin after school on Friday, April 24 and conclude at noon on Sunday, April 26, and will once again be held on the beautiful grounds of Camp Puh’Tok in Monkton, Maryland. Spots are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so they encourage families to register early. Completed registrations may be emailed to, faxed to 410-560-9690, or mailed to The Counseling Center at Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Rd. Timonium, MD 21093. For more information or any questions, please call 410-252-4500, ext. 7291.

Elementary Counselors

**NEW** 5th Grade Interest Interviews

Check out these career videos that can be used for 5th grade interest interviews:

**NEW** Pre-K Curriculum Writing

If you’ve developed lessons for pre-K students and are interested in creating district lessons, contact Sharon in the office. Please note, pre-K lessons are being developed as a supplemental resource for those elementary counselors who work with pre-K students. Facilitation of pre-K lessons is not a district expectation at this time.

**NEW** PowerPoint from 2/19/20 Professional Development

The PowerPoint and handouts from Dr. Laura Brown's PD were all uploaded into the Professional Learning folder in the elementary Schoology group.

**NEW** Elementary School Counselor Meeting - February 19, 2020

Dr. Laura Brown, MSCA president, presented to the elementary counselors about using movement, games, and engaging activities in counseling sessions, classroom lessons, and staff/parent presentations.”

Elementary Counselors learned about the use of movement and games to enhance group/individual counseling, classroom lessons, and professional development
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Elementary and Middle School Counsleors

**NEW**Helping Your Students with Test Anxiety –

Read Counselor Keri’s blog on how to provide support to your students who worry about taking tests:

Middle School Counselors

**NEW** What are middle skills?

Technology and globalization have changed the skills employers want - and changed the skills workers need. There's now an increased demand for workers with middle skills and a decreased demand for workers with no credentials beyond high school. "Middle skills" jobs require some training and education after high school, but not a 4-year degree. The middle skills labor sector is transforming as traditional blue-collar jobs morph into those requiring increased technical skills. These transformed jobs are now sometimes called "new-collar" jobs.

Where can students access middle skills training?

Community colleges are the nation's largest providers of middle skills training and education. In some cases, students can use dual enrollment programs to test drive middle skills careers. In general, middle skills jobs pay middle class wages and students can obtain necessary credentials or complete training in months rather than years.

Middle Skills – Sample Middle Class Salaries

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High School Counselors

**NEW**The Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP)

The Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) is a free residential journalism and college preparatory program for high-achieving current juniors from low-income backgrounds who are interested in journalism. Over 10 days, students live on campus at Princeton University and learn reporting skills from professional journalists. They also attend lectures on liberal arts topics led by Princeton U professors. Participants hold a press conference, produce a short documentary, report on a professional sporting event from the press box, attend a play or theatrical production, visit 3-4 major news outlets, and interview subjects for their feature stories in the Princeton Summer Journal. After the program, students are paired with a volunteer college adviser, a professional journalist, to help them through their application process.

Program dates: Friday, July 31 – Monday, August 10, 2020

Cost: None. All program expenses, including meals, housing, airfare or train tickets to and from campus, are covered by the program.

Eligibility: To apply, students must be:

  • Current high school juniors (Class of 2021)
  • living in the United States
  • with an unweighted GPA of 3.5/4.0
  • who have an interest in journalism (no experience required)
  • and meet one of the financial eligibility requirements below:
    • The custodial parent(s)/guardian(s)’ combined income (including child support received) must not exceed $60,000 annually
    • The student must be eligible for Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch.
    • The student is eligible for a SAT or ACT fee waiver.

Applying: The online application is available on our website and due no later than Sunday, March 1, 2020. Please note that students must submit an unofficial transcript to be considered. You may read about the full application process here.

Feel free to share this information with students and educators in your network who may benefit from it.

Thank you,


**NEW** Modeling Agencies Prohibited

Effective immediately, please be advised that we cannot schedule college and career rep visits with Casablanca’s or Barbizon modeling agencies. Direct any questions you may have to your Specialist.

**NEW** Senior Enrollment 2nd Semester

Just a reminder, in accordance with BCPS Policy 5250, IV Enrollment Requirements & in accordance with COMAR, any senior enrolling now must complete one full semester immediately preceding graduation in addition to meeting the other diploma requirements to receive a diploma. These students will have an opportunity to walk across the stage at the Summer Graduation. Any questions pertaining to this can be addressed with your counseling specialist.


General Provisions

A. Length of School Year. Maryland public high schools shall be open for at least 180 school days and a minimum of 1,170 school hours during a 10-month period in each school year.

B. Transfer Students.

(1) Attendance Requirements.

(a) To receive a diploma, a student shall be in attendance at a Maryland public high school one full semester immediately preceding graduation in addition to meeting the other diploma requirements.

**NEW** Summer Youth Employment Opportunity - July 6th – August 14th, 2020

Students (age 14 -21) can gain valuable job experience & obtain an understanding of their strengths and learn marketable skills and provides wages of $11/hr. for at least 5 hours/day for 6 weeks. Youth receive support from program monitors, caseworkers and facilitators & are matched with employers based on interest, employer need and location. See attachments below for more details

**NEW**2020 TU Teacher Scholars Summer Institute

The 2020 TU Teacher Scholars Summer Institute is for students thinking about a career in education. It will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, July 6 to Thursday, July 9. The final day of the program includes an evening showcase of student work. Students and families will also discuss planning and budgeting for college and career opportunities. In addition, a member(s) from your school district are invited to discuss teaching in your schools (to grow your own teachers). All activities take place on Towson University's campus.

Qualified applicants who are selected for the program will enjoy the benefits below at no cost.

  • High school/university credit for completing the course, Exploring Careers in Education
  • Campus tours
  • Guided observations of undergraduate classes
  • Mentorship from a Towson University student during the regular school year

Applications are now open:

6 week Summer Volunteer Opportunity at the Maryland Zoo Through this unique training program teens and young adults with disabilities are given the opportunity to build prevocational skills through volunteer experiences. These experiences designed through a series of workshops, as well as a potential six week volunteer opportunity help individuals explore personal abilities, challenges and skills related to personal independence and development needed for future successful employment and life opportunities.

All registered participants will engage in a two part workshop series at The IMAGE Center embarking on job exploration and prevocational skill building. This workshop series will conclude with a shadow day at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore where participants will live in the day of a zoo volunteer, have their skills put to the test and will even interview for a six week volunteer opportunity. All interested participants must complete the online registration and commit to the workshops and shadow days. Questions should be directed to

2020 MD-Youth Leadership Forum

We are looking for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities to participate in the 2020 Youth Leadership Forum held at Towson University. The Youth Leadership Forum was initiated in 1992 by the California Governor's Committee on the Employment of Disabled Persons. This popular program spread across the country and is now conducted annually in more than 33 states. Maryland held its first Youth Leadership Forum (MD-YLF) in August 2000.


· Must be in their final two years of high school.

· Applicant accomplishments and leadership potential

· Academic achievement

· Community service

· Participation in school and community activities

· Disability diversity

· Ethnic and racial diversity

· Geographic representation


2019 YLF dates: June 24-27, 2020

2019 YLF location: Towson University

Deadline for application: Friday, March 8, 2020

Application and fact sheet listed below

Johns Hopkins Future Scholars Scholarship Program - Free Course for Qualifying Students

The recruitment for the Johns Hopkins University Mathematics Department’s Future Scholars Program (FSP) has started. The FSP is a competitive scholarship program which rewards talented high school students the opportunity to extend their mathematics training beyond their secondary school tracks by attending Hopkins University mathematics courses while a senior in high school.

You should fill one out for each student nominated. The official deadline for nominations is March 1, 2019. We are also attaching the official course syllabi for our first year calculus courses. The content of these syllabi should be considered appropriate content for the Future Scholars Program Exam.

Any questions or concerns that you may have can be directed to or at 410-516-4178.

Secondary Counselors

**NEW** Save the Date: Apprenticeship MD Conference

The Division of Career and College Readiness will host the 2nd Annual Apprenticeship Maryland Conference. The purpose of the conference is to bring together key stakeholders to learn about the progress Maryland has made with youth apprentices, share effective practices, and discuss strategies to expand youth apprenticeship opportunities. See the attachments below for more information.

**NEW**Summer Enrichment Academy at UMBC

The Summer Enrichment Academy at UMBC offers unique, fun, challenging and mind expanding academic summer workshops and camp programs for middle school and high school students. Courses include Game Design, Animation, STEM, Leadership, Art, and Recording. Sessions are 1 – 2 weeks. Students are encouraged to sign up early for discounts on registration.

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The BCPS Opps blog is back and better than ever. It is designed to share with students a wide range of opportunities for scholarships, jobs, fellowships, internships, contests, summer programs, and more. My goal is to post a new opportunity every day. Would love to get more students eyes on it. Recent posts include:

  • Auditions for The Voice
  • The national student composers competition
  • Grief day and summer camps
  • Job opps with the Census
  • Hamilton Scholar applications
  • Stop hunger grants
  • Baltimore Science Fair
  • Lifebridge essay contest
  • Baltimore Arts Guild, call for entries
  • Fellowship for young women leaders

Six Skills Every Teen Needs to Survive High School

The skills outlined in this fun and friendly guide Six Skills Every Teen Needs to Survive High School is more than simple tips or tricks to manage high school. Each exercise is based in psychology, proven effective, and taken directly from the New Harbinger Instant Help books. Engaging and easy to use, these guides are written by renowned mental health professionals who specialize in working with teens, and offer practical and evidence-based tools teens can use to manage all of life’s challenges.

With this download, teens will develop skills to help them:

· Let go of anxiety and self-doubt

· Feel calm in the face of everyday problems

· Develop a positive self-image

· Calm intense emotions like anger

· Resolve conflicts and get along with others

· Build resilience and “grit”

Secondary Department Chairs

6 Year Plan Completion - The current district average is 60%. Thank you to our schools who are at or above this number for making these face to face conversations with students a priority.

If you are having challenges in meeting the goal of 100% completion by June, please reach out to your specialist sooner rather than later. We are here to support you!

High School Department Chairs

**NEW** Old Diplomas and Mid-Year Graduates

Any diplomas in your possession from the class of 2019 or older should be shredded immediately. Please do not give students copies of old diplomas if they completed course requirements after the August graduation. If you have a student who completes their graduation requirements before May, you can withdraw them as a graduate. That triggers your principals signature on their transcript as proof of completion. Diplomas will be available in your May order and can be either picked up or mailed to the graduate.

**NEW** CCR Letters



College Counselors

**NEW** CCBC STEM scholarship opportunity

CCBC has a great opportunity for students interest in the STEM fields to receive scholarship money. Please review the letter below that was shared with secondary math and science department chairs as well.

**NEW** 2nd Annual Apprenticeship Maryland Conference - April 30, 2020

The conference will take place on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Turf Valley Resort located at 2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042. An essential element of career and technical education (CTE) is the opportunity for students to participate in high-quality work-based learning experiences. Apprenticeship Maryland is a CTE program of study that was launched statewide in 2018 to provide the opportunity for students to engage in work-based learning under the guidance of an eligible employer. On April 30, 2020, the Division of Career and College Readiness will host the 2nd Annual Apprenticeship Maryland Conference. The purpose of the conference is to bring together key stakeholders to learn about the progress Maryland has made with youth apprentices, share effective practices, and discuss strategies to expand youth apprenticeship opportunities.

The following documents are attached:

  • Apprenticeship Maryland Conference memorandum
  • Draft Agenda
  • Hold the Date Flier

Prom Closet Giveaway

Prom Closet giveaways will be held ​at the North Point and Owings Mills branches on Saturday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. Attendees will be invited to peruse the collection, try on clothing and accessories, and leave with one ensemble free-of-charge for the big dance.

For free prom dresses and volunteer ops for seniors who still need hours

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MHEC Financial Assistance Programs

State Financial Assistance Programs and Applications

Tuition Waiver for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients

NACAC Request for Admission Application Fee Waiver

Students who have limited financial resources may use the NACAC Request for Application Fee Waiver Form when applying for college. The form — aimed at students planning to enroll in post-secondary education immediately following high school graduation — helps ensure that access to college is possible for all.

College Fly-Ins

Recently Added/Updated Scholarships in Naviance

Featherstone Foundation Scholarships - Deadline 3/4/20

NIADA Foundation Scholarship - Deadline 3/9/20

MELLFIN Scholarship Application - Deadline 3/12/20

Fort Meade OSC Merit, Family Member and Etta Baker Scholarship - Deadline 3/15/20

BMW / SAE Engineering Scholarship - Deadline 3/15/20

UNCF STEM Scholars Program - Deadline 3/19/20

Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship - Deadline 3/31/20

GRHS Scholarship - Deadline 3/31/20

CU College Scholarship - Deadline 3/31/20

CBCF Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship - Deadline 4/3/20

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program - Deadline 6/20/20

Relevant Bulletin Items

February 21, 2020 BCPS News Hub

BCPS News Hub is the new format for all superintendent bulletins.

Some highlights from the past week:

  • BCPS Framework for Teaching: Enhancing Professional Practice- A Closer look at the Teacher Evaluation System
  • RULE 5470 - WELLNESS

Professional Development

**NEW** Learn how to engage students' interest and participation in computer science and careers in this field. Breakfast and lunch included! Earn 0.5 CPD credits from MSDE. 4/17/20 at Morgan State. View the flyer for more information. Register here! Attendees will receive resources, a toolkit, and meet professionals currently in the field.

**NEW** Superflex: A Small Group/Individual Intervention that Focuses on Self-Regulation, Social Thinking, and Related Social Skills on 3/10 at Loyola Grad Center in Timonium from either 9-12 pm or 1-4 pm. Sign up on the Professional Learning Tile in BCPSone.

Cultural Competency & Diversity: Powerful Strategies to Improve Client Rapport & Multicultural Awareness 3/19/20 in Ellicott City and 3/20/20 in Baltimore

Trauma Informed Compassionate Classrooms: Strategies to Reduce Challenging Behavior, Improve Learning Outcomes and Increase Student Engagement 3/16/20 in Annapolis and 3/17/20 in Columbia

Rewire the Anxious Brain: Neuroscience-Informed Treatment of Anxiety, Panic and Worry 3/2/20 in Timonium and 3/3/20 in Columbia

Oppositional, Explosive and Disruptive Behaviors in the Classroom: Effective Strategies for Intervening Before, During and After a Meltdown 2/24/20 in Towson

Helping Clients Through Separation, Divorce, Co-parenting And Blending (Webinar) on 4/2/20

Creative Interventions For Play Therapy (Webinar) on 6/8/20

Take the 'Enemy' Out of Frenemy (webinar) on 3/20/20

Mixed Emotions: Motivational Interviewing and Resolving Ambivalence (Live Webinar) 2 CEU's on 4/2/20

Best Approaches in Trauma Treatment 6 CEU's on 5/18/20 in Crofton

Postvention as Prevention: Supporting Children, Adults, & Families 5.5 CEU's on 3/6/20 in Catonsville

Workshop Create your own Therapeutic Board Games Up to 3 CEU's on 5/24/20 in Largo, MD

Transgender Ally/Advocate Training Camp - For Mental Health Professionals begins on 4/24/20 with 7 hours face to face plus 3 online sessions. Must complete all in order to earn up to 11 CEU's.

Introduction to Special Education course for certification ancillary credit requirement

Introduction to Special Education credits can be taken at any accredited college or university or as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Below are a few options counselors can consider, however, feel free to research other institutions. If there is question whether a course satisfies the requirement, the course description may be sent to your Certification Analyst for verification.

BCPS: Goucher College Online MSDE CPD Courses

CPDV.9013.BC01 – Educating Students with Disabilities: Identification, LRE, and Effective Instruction (Session 2: March 23, 2020 to May 15, 2020)

CCBC: EDTR 107 – Introduction to Special Education

University of Phoenix: Continuing Education for Teachers


The Certification office communication states that documents must be submitted to the Office of Certification by 90 days prior to the expiration date. However, MSDE allows certificate holders to complete coursework up to June 30th. This time may be used to complete coursework. A second reminder will be sent out in April which will request for counselors to provide registration information to their assigned Certification Analyst.

Reimbursement requests may be submitted if credits are completed at a college or university. Information on the reimbursement process can be found of the Office of Certification webpage.

If you plan to attend any professional developments during the school day (outside of our mandatory meetings), you must get permission from your principal to be out of the building for that time.

Resource Roundup

Office of School Counseling Lending Library

Contact Sharon Holter to borrow any items.

Lending Library Items of the Week

More National School Counseling Week photos

MSCA Gala - Great Night & Great Fun

Inspirational & Good News


Schoology Access Codes

Elementary Counseling Curriculum: M4HSN-FCFN4

Secondary Counseling Curriculum: CFBV7-B6PCM

Threat Management: Q6RHK-WHHVC

College and Career Counseling: PFZD6-65N4V

Curriculum Updates: T7BM2-R8JSC

GSA Sponsors (LGBTQ+ resources): ZMBZ-4QXP-DKC89

Contact Information

Naviance Support: 1-866-337-0080 option 2 &

Signup Genius Support:

CPS email address:

MHEC FAFSA Completion (MD CAPS):

Counselor Observation and Evaluation Forms

The documents from this link are the most up to date and only forms that should be used for School Counselors. There are not online options or alternate observation forms for Counselors.

Office of Certification Contact Information

For information about recertification, growth charts and tuition, PD and conference reimbursements

Lauryn's Law Requirements and Course Offerings

This is the MSDE information page about Lauryn's Law requirements and local course offerings that fulfill the requirement.

Cigna Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Through EAP, you get access to licensed clinicians to help you with emotional, behavioral, and other issues you may be experiencing such as help with finding pet care, elder care and caregiver support.

Crisis Text Line

Free confidential crisis intervention via SMS message. The organization's services are available 24 hours a day, every day, throughout the US

BCPS School Counseling Pinterest

Check out our Pinterest page for ideas that will enhance your counseling program

Counselor T-Shirt Designs

Want to make a custom shirt for you or your department? Check out these svg desgins. There's a kiosk outside of Burlington in Security Mall that can make one for you.