Briggs Chaney MS Counselors Corner

The latest news from your BCMS Counseling Department!

Q1 INTERIM GRADES OCTOBER 6TH

1ST MARKING PERIOD ENDS NOVEMBER 9TH

SGA INK PINK BREAST CANCER FUNDRAISER OCTOBER 20TH

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October Dates

Oct. 3 Data Day (students review grades in science classes)

Oct. 4 Den Day (students work on collecting/completing missing work in each class)

Oct. 4 Walk to School Day

Oct. 4 Parent Academy (6pm-9pm)

Oct. 4 Peer 2 Peer After School Tutoring Begins *sign up in the counseling office*

Oct. 6 Early Release Dismissal @12:30

Oct. 9 Open House

Oct. 9 6th Grade Outdoor Education Meeting (7-8)

Oct. 10 PTSA Meeting (7-8:30)

Oct. 12 Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Oct. 16 Music Walkathon Fundraiser Begins

Oct. 16-Nov. 17- SGA Canned Food Drive

Oct. 20-SGA Ink Pink Breast Cancer Fundraiser

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BRAND NEW! Checking Your Students Grades on MYMCPS PORTAL

WHAT PARENTS NEED TO ACCESS/CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT

  1. Your parent access username and access code (this letter was mailed home)
  2. Your students access username and access code (this letter was mailed home)



If you did not receive your letter, please contact Ms. Finlay in the counseling office 301.288.8320

SUPPORT GUIDES FOR PARENTS

Click here for directions on how to set up your account and navigate MYMCPS Portal once set up

TRANSLATED PARENT LETTERS

Click here to access the parent letters in different languages (available in English, Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese )

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10 Ways to Talk to Kids about Current Events

Click here for suggestions on how to talk to your student about current events

HATS FOR HURRICANES

BCMS STAFF AND STUDENTS RAISED OVER $500 IN DONATIONS!

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The NJHS & SGA teamed up to create Hats for Hurricanes. This month long fundraiser allowed students and staff to donate $2.00 every Friday to wear a hat or hoodie for the day.



100% of the money raised will go to support hurricane relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma through the MCPS Hurricane Relief Fund.


Both organizations will continue to bring awareness on how students and staff can help families in need of support as they work to rebuild their homes and communities.

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ATTENTION 8TH GRADE! NEC HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES

Paint Branch HS Thursday, October 5th @7pm


Springbrook HS Wednesday, October 11th @7pm


Blake HS Wednesday, October 18th @7pm

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS THROUGH NAVIANCE!

Lunch Lab:

If students would like to work with a teacher during their lunch period they should pick up a lunch lab pass from that teacher before school on the day they would like to meet.


After-School:

Students must make arrangements with their teacher to confirm they are available after school and notify a parent that they are staying.

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A Kids Point Of View

This website provides videos and a variety of simulations to understand what it feels like for a student with attention concerns in a classroom.


https://www.understood.org/en

How to Calculate Your GPA

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All MCPS students are required to document at least 75 SSL hours in order to graduate high school and receive their high school diploma.


Click the link below to search through current opportunities approved by MCPS


http://www.montgomeryserves.org/volunteers/student-service-learning-ssl


Counselor's Notes: Hard copies of the SSL packets are available in the counseling office.


Counselor College Note: If your student documents 260 or more hours of community service they will be honored for their exceptional service with the Certificate of Meritorious Service from MSDE and MCPS and a purple tassel to wear at the time of graduation exercises. (These hours must be documented by the first Friday of April of senior year)


Please contact Ms. Clarke, SSL Coordinator with questions Kamer_Clarke@mcpsmd.org

  • the last Friday in September for service performed during the summer;
  • the first Friday in January for service performed during the first semester(1st and 2nd marking periods);
  • the first Friday in June for service performed during the second semester (3rd and 4th marking periods)

Mental Health Support & Resources

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As we promote and support academic excellence with all students, the counseling department would also like to share information on mental health support and teen suicide prevention resources.


According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), for youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death.


MCPS through partnership with the Montgomery County Mental Health Association provides a comprehensive list for our community to access mental health supports, data and local resources for our students and families. Please follow the link below.


American Society for the Positive Care of Children provides current data on teen suicide, risk factors and signs to look out for. Please follow the link below.


Please remain vigilant. If you are concerned for a student's safety and need immediate assistance please call the Montgomery County Crisis Center. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

240.777.4000

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The Mental Health Association (MHA) has recently launched a Text Line service to provide support, information and resources to individuals, in particular kids, teens, and young adults, who might be more comfortable reaching out via text on a cell phone, rather than speaking to someone in person or calling MHA’s Hotline. The Text Line service is currently available Mondays – Thursday, 4pm -9pm by calling 301-738-2255. “MHA Text Line Information 2016” phone number is below.

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2017-2018 Counseling Department

6th Grade: Ms. Beru


7th Grade: Mrs. Harris ( Last names A-L) Clarke (Last Names M-Z)


8th Grade: Mrs. Showman


Spring Counselor Intern: Ms. Sherman


Counseling Secretary & Registrar: Mrs. Finlay


Counseling Office Direct Line: 301.288.8320

Briggs Chaney Middle School

1901 Rainbow Drive

Silver Spring, MD 20905


Main Office: 301.288.8300

Counseling Office: 301.288.8320


This newsletter is brought to you by the Briggs Chaney Middle School Counseling Department 2017-2018