Office of School Counseling

Friday Sendoff - June 5, 2020

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**NEW** Recent event newsletters

Below are links to the newsletter we shared earlier this week as well as a parent version with new resources. The original newsletter had additional resources marked as **NEW** and the parent newsletter has some repeat from the original and some new.

How Can I Help? staff newsletter:

Family Resources parent newsletter:

As you can imagine, race can be a sensitive topic for parents, even more with the recent events. These feelings can run deep and in some cases, they've been left unresolved or unspoken. Our resources are never meant to supplant a parent's decision of when or how much to share with their children. Before you initiate a conversation with students about race or current events (especially with our youngest students), please speak to parents first to give them an opportunity to opt out or share what they feel would be helpful.

**NEW** Podcast on Conversations about Race

We are sharing this podcast as another resource to help you begin or continue conversations about race. This interview with Lama Rod Owens addresses the discomfort that white people have in conversations about race. The link will take you to Google podcasts but you can listen to it on any podcast app. Just search for "An Uncomfortable (But Meaningful) Conversation About Race with Lama Rod Owens.

Listen to the Podcast here.

**NEW** TENTATIVE - Summer Department Chair Meeting

We are still in the process of determining if we'll host our summer department chair meetings. For now, mark your calendars for the following dates and times:

High School - July 15, 2020 from 8am-11am

Middle School - July 15, 2020 from 12pm-3pm

All Chairs on July 16, 2020 from 8am-3pm

Because we're in the virtual environment, we may be able to spread out information in smaller meetings but for now we want to have these dates and times on your radar.

**NEW** Grief and Loss During COVID-19

Huge thanks to the Hereford Middle School team for working on this presentation for the office. It was a huge success!


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Option 2:

** NEW** Free Retirement Seminar

During this unsettled time, many of you might be experiencing a variety of feelings about your financial health. AIG Retirement Services (formerly “VALIC”) will be offering a short optional web based workshop entitled, “Uncharted Waters: Navigating Stock Market Volatility In A Coronavirus World” on Wednesday June 10th at 4:00. It is free to all BCPS employees and their families. If interested in this webinar, and an opportunity to create your own personalized Pathfinder retirement plan, you can reserve a spot below:

Click here to register for this Seminar and include registration code BOBPWA11AD

**NEW** Second Semester Use of Time Survey

An email was sent to all school counselors with the link to the Use of Time survey for spring 2020. Just a reminder that if you’re split between 2 schools, you’ll need to complete the survey twice. College counselors received a separate email with the link to their specific survey.

Please be sure to read the directions carefully, as this is different than in previous years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and remote learning environment, we will only be collecting use of time data for March 30 – June 19. This means that responses in this survey should ONLY include your time from March 30th to June 19th (during Remote Learning). Surveys must be completed no later than June 19, 2020. Feel free to reach out to your specialist with any questions.

Use of Time Survey Spring 2020 - Virtual School Counseling Services

**NEW* Food Pantries in Baltimore County

This is an updated list received this week from Pupil Personnel Services.

**NEW** Clarification on ASCA U courses and Reimbursement from Certification

If you took an ASCA U course and are planning to pay Lindenwood University the additional $225 to get 3 graduate credits, please be aware that you cannot be reimbursed for both. The Office of Certification shared with us that they can only reimburse for one or the other. If you choose to submit the ASCA course for CEUs, they will reimburse for your payment to ASCA. But if you choose to pay the additional money to get graduate credits, you can only be reimbursed for the payment to Lindenwood.

**NEW** Factuality the Game - free session available

There will be a public #FACTUALITYthegame session on Friday, June 19th. ​ Registration details will be shared on Monday, June 8th.
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**NEW** Using Flipgrid to Facilitate Conversations

Amanda Pappas (Prettyboy Elementary) created this Flipgrid to facilitate conversations between students about "moving up" to the next grade. This format would also work well for the transition from elementary to middle school or middle to high school. As you'll see, Amanda is able to moderate and approve any uploaded videos before students see them. Check it out here:

**NEW** Black and LGBTQ+ Youth in Crisis and the Psychological Toll of COVID-19

The most recent issue of the MD-SPIN (Maryland Suicide Prevention & Early Intervention Network) newsletter discusses the rising number of black youth in crisis, the psychological toll of COVID-19, addressing suicide risk in the LGBTQ+ community, and more. This issue includes upcoming webinars on topics covered above as well as additional topics.

Records of Student Records

Please use the Consent for Release of Student Records below if you’re working with students who are seeing an outside therapist so you’re able to share information. This document can also be used when you’re obtaining records from a sending school.

2020-2021 School Counseling Theme

What will our 2020-2021 School Counseling theme be? Last year we asked you to submit your ideas for themes. This year's Trailblazers theme was submitted by Michele Petras at Towson High.

If you have an idea for next year's theme (and images/art work, if possible), please send it to Sharon (

Virtual Counseling Offices

Some of the counselors have been using their creative energy to create virtual counseling offices and virtual career days in Google Slides. PDF and PowerPoint versions of the rooms are attached below. We shared these as well as other Google Slide versions in Schoology groups. The Google Slides can be saved to your Google Drive and edited/personalized. The great thing about these rooms is that EVERYTHING is clickable - even the posters on the walls!

Below is the link to create a bitmoji and add it to your Chrome browser for easy add-on.

Video tutorials:

Thank you to Amy Horvitz, Jamie Rudden, Monica Jones, Sarah Mintz, Chloe Kazlow, and Ashley Hofferbert for sharing their virtual offices/career days with us! And thank you to Katie Oppenheim for the tutorial on creating an inserting a Bitmoji!

Elementary School Counselors

SEL activity for virtual sessions

Thank you to Christine Salapata for sharing this resource! She uses it for checking in/out with students in sessions and has shared it with teachers to use in their class meetings.

Middle School Department Chairs

June College and Career Newsletter

Please share the June Newsletter with students, staff, and families.

High School Counselors

**NEW** NCAA EC COVID-19 Response FAQ Addendum

In response to membership feedback, DI and DII Administrative committees have approved an extension of the COVID-19 Automatic Waiver criteria providing the benefits of Academic Redshirt (DI) and Partial Qualifier (DII) status for expected Spring/Summer 2020 graduates presenting at least 10 core course units and a 2.0 GPA prior to start of their seventh semester. Additional details regarding this relief can be found in the updated EC COVID-19 FAQ document.

ESOL Foreign Language Course Transitions

The graduation requirements fulfilled by ESOL courses have changed over the years. The rules are applied to the year the student took the course.

    • In 2015-2016 ESOL HS Foreign Language 1 fulfilled the English 9 graduation requirement. The name changed to ESOL 1 in 2018-19 and still fulfills the ENG 9 requirement.
    • In 2015-2016 ESOL HS Foreign Language 2 fulfilled the WL requirement.
    • In 2017-18 it switched to fulfill the ENG 12 requirement. The name changed to ESOL 2 in 2018-2019 and still fulfills the ENG 12 requirement.

Virtual Recruitment Information Session

The Baltimore County Police Department is hosting a Virtual Recruitment Information Session on June 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Flyer attached below.

Maryland State Police 2020 Youth Leadership & Law Enforcement Seminar

Governor Hogan has proclaimed 2020 as the Year of the Woman in Maryland. The 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, is this year. As an initiative in commemoration of the latter, the Maryland State Police is sponsoring a female law enforcement program. This program, Year of the Woman: 2020 Youth Leadership and Law Enforcement Seminar, is geared towards female high school juniors and seniors. It will be held August 21 - August 23 at the Maryland State Police Training Academy. (see flyer below)

Picking A College For The Fall?

Here's How Students Decide For An Unknown Future

High School Department Chairs

**NEW** Senior College Application Boot Camp

Please let your Sharon if you intend to host a virtual Boot Camp before June 30, 2020. Our office can fund two staff members for (English teacher/counselor) your event. Send the date and time to Sharon so she can create an electronic sign-in sheet.

MSDE Graduation Data

Please take a moment to review and complete the survey form below so your information can be subnimitted to MSDE. You’ll have until June 19th to share the requested data.

Here's the link to the form 2020 School System Scholarship Form

Student Voter Registration

The Upsilon Epsilon Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. of Baltimore County would like your help getting eligible BCPS students who are 17 and 18 years or older registered to vote by October 13, 2020 so they can vote in the November 3rd Presidential election.

Please share this link with seniors who are interested in registering to vote:

College Counselors

**NEW** Please pass on this graduation message to your seniors

A huge thanks to the world renowned author, Rhodes Scholar, combat military veteran, social activist and proud Baltimore resident,@iamwesmoore for sending a special message to our 2020 Team BCPS graduates!

We appreciate your support and commitment Wes!

Class of 2020 Celebration - Wes Moore

Naviance Scholarships with upcoming deadlines

no new scholarships at this time, but please make sure students update their scholarship information in Naviance

Professional Development

Teachers and counselors must engage in a minimum of two hours of virtual professional learning each week during the closure. Please document your participation in your Outlook calendar.

**NEW** ASCA U Specialist Trainings

Updated: April 30, 2020 Since many professional development opportunities have been canceled this spring and ASCA professional members, graduate students and school counselor educators have asked, ASCA has reduced the fee for ASCA U Specialist trainings. March 17–June 15, 2020, Specialist trainings are $29 for members (regularly $99) and $49 for nonmembers (regularly $249). No code needed. If you have problems registering at this rate or accessing materials, contact ASCA

Current courses available through ASCA U include:

· Anxiety and Stress Management Specialist

· Bullying Prevention Specialist

· Career Development Specialist

· Closing the Achievement Gap Specialist

· College Admissions Specialist*

· Cultural Competency Specialist

· Grief and Loss Specialist

· Legal and Ethical Specialist

· Mental Health Specialist

· School Counseling Data Specialist*

· School Counseling Leadership Specialist*

· Students With Special Needs Specialist

· Trauma and Crisis Specialist

*Not available for graduate credit

If you plan to take (or have recently taken) an ASCA U course and are planning to pay Lindenwood University the additional $225 to get 3 graduate credits, please be aware that you cannot be reimbursed for both. The Office of Certification shared with us that they can only reimburse for one or the other. If you choose to submit the ASCA course for CEUs, they will reimburse for your payment to ASCA. But if you choose to pay the additional money to get graduate credits, you can only be reimbursed for the payment to Lindenwood.

Additional upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities

**NEW** ASCA Pop-Up Webinar: Address Students’ Race-Based Stress and Trauma on 6/9 at 12:00

ASCA Webinar: Making MTSS Work on 6/8 at 1:00

Yoga Nidra and Relaxation for Children and Teens presented by Dr. Gayle Cicero on 6/15 at 1:00. 2 CEUs available (flyer attached below)

Ten Faces Of Trauma 1 CEU on 6/17 at 10:00

Adulting 101: Finding Structure in the Chaos 2 CEUs on 6/18

The Creative Use Of Games, Stories And Art With Children And Teens 3 CEUs on 6/22 at 9:30

Effective Treatment for Children & Adolescents Diagnosed with PTSD 2 CEUs on 7/15

Naviance Webinar Series

Learn from Naviance experts about completing critical tasks with your students during the final months of the year. Register for a free webinar by clicking the button above. You must be logged into your Naviance account to view the webinar series.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health during COVID-19

From MD Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Network

ASCA Webinar series

Sign up for upcoming webinars. You must have an ASCA login and password to access their materials.

ASCA on Air (recorded webinars)

You must have an ASCA login and password to access their materials.

BCPS Counselors Good News & Inspiration

Perry Hall High Class of 2020 Decision Day was held on June 1, 2020

We are so proud of our Seniors!

Dundalk Virtual Awards Ceremony and Signing Day!

Huge shout outs go to Department Chair, Diana Harden, on all of her hard work leading, organizing, and coordinating this event and to Senior Counselor, Mr. Tormey, for being such a fantastic MC!!

DHS Class of 2020 Senior Awards Assembly 6-4-20 @ 10am

Aileen Losin did the Virtual Mental Health Mile, who else joined her?

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Pikesville Middle did!

Pikesville MS Mind Over Matter Mental Health 1 Miler


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 phone number: 410.887.TIME

CPS email address:

MHEC FAFSA Completion (MD CAPS):

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

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.

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.