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
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
BRAND NEW! Checking Your Students Grades on MYMCPS PORTAL
WHAT PARENTS NEED TO ACCESS/CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT
- Your parent access username and access code (this letter was mailed home)
- 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
Click here for directions on how to set up your account and navigate MYMCPS Portal once set up
Click here to access the parent letters in different languages (available in English, Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese )
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!
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.
ATTENTION 8TH GRADE! NEC HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES
Springbrook HS Wednesday, October 11th @7pm
Blake HS Wednesday, October 18th @7pm
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.
Students must make arrangements with their teacher to confirm they are available after school and notify a parent that they are staying.
A Kids Point Of View
How to Calculate Your GPA
Click the link below to search through current opportunities approved by MCPS
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
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.
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.
2017-2018 Counseling Department
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
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