Office of School Counseling

Friday Sendoff - September 13, 2019

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Counselors blaze the trail

Sometimes along the trail, there are tough turns, steep hills, and obstacles - both little and big. As School Counselors, we have already seen and endured these parts of the trail. We know what they look like, how they might make someone feel, and how to overcome them. As trailblazers, we can support students through these obstacles so they can continue on the trail and prepare them to blaze their own trail in the future.

MUST DO ITEMS - Please read this section carefully

School Counseling Program Plan - see the 9/6/2019 newsletter for the timeline and resources. Your individual program plans are due November 1, 2019

Program Plan Bootcamps - If you plan to attend one of the OPTIONAL Program Plan Bootcamps, please RSVP on the 9/6/19 newsletter.

Professional Development Calendar - Please be sure to download a copy of the 2019-2020 PD calendar (in the attachments section) so you can mark your calendar for upcoming meetings and professional development with the Office of School Counseling.

Counselor Survey Form - Please complete the survey ASAP

If you did not complete the survey, please sure to do so by Friday September 20, 2019. It's crucial to determine if you have an older device that needs to be replaced.

Counselor Information Form

Upcoming Meetings

High School Department Chair Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 25th, 8-11am

1901 Delvale Avenue

Dundalk, MD

Soller's Point Technical High School - Soller's Cafe

Middle School Department Chair Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 25th, 12-3pm

1901 Delvale Avenue

Dundalk, MD

Soller's Point Technical High School - Soller's Cafe

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course (Lauryn's Law part 1)

Monday, Sep. 30th, 8:30am-4:30pm

3505 Resource Drive

Randallstown, MD

Curriculum Updates Meeting (for Department Chairs and Master Schedulers)

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 8am-12:30pm

7201 Rossville Boulevard

Baltimore, MD

Please share this registration link with your master scheduler

CCBC - Essex: Administration Building, room 120


**NEW Threat Management Resources

3 "quick reference" matrix documents were uploaded into the "Additional Resources" folder in Schoology. They are a great reference to print out and share with admin and other people on your Behavioral Threat Assessment Teams. These flow charts help staff make decisions about what to do in cases of threats to self and others.

**NEW The Relatives Matter Conference & Resource Fair offers a day of education to recognize and meet the needs of kinship caregivers and the children in their care. Connect with community services, kinship caregivers and professionals offering legal, financial and healthcare support. All kinship caregivers are welcome. Registration ends 9/13.

Language Line Codes - The ESOL Intake office has language line access available for you to connect with students and parents. If you don’t already have your school’s information, please contact your Specialist

Google Translate - if you’d like to translate web-based text (like Naviance), add the Google Chrome translate extension to your browser. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD GOOGLE TRANSLATE TO CHROME

FREE Parent Workshops offered by the Special Education Resource Center! Topics include Depression, Anxiety, Post-Secondary Planning, and Sensory Strategies. See the Flyer attached below.

Middle School Counselors

September SMORE Newsletter - Here's the SMORE for you to share with your families:

Department Chairs

Naviance User updates **NEW

Each year there are staff that are no longer associated with your school that need to be deactivated from your account. Please take a moment to review your school users and make users INACTIVE who are no longer in your building.

Assigning Naviance Programs *NEW

As discussed in the summer department chair meeting, your students will have Naviance tasks assigned to them today. Before visiting classrooms, please view your account to ensure students have tasks assigned associated with the Scope and Sequence. Any student who enrolls new to BCPS, will have to have the program assigned to them. If you have any questions, please MaatenRe.

Wells Fargo Resources **NEW

In past we've sent a shipment of Wells Fargo College Planning Guides and Five Step Guides to Financial Aid materials to your school. This year they're no longer printing the planning guides but you should expect a shipment of the financial aid resource within the next month. If you do not receive your shipment, please contact your Specialist.


The master scheduling process for secondary schools has fully transitioned to the Student Instructional Program & Resource Management Tool (SIPRMT). As of Friday, August 16th school staff no longer have access to SILK. All school staff members with access to SIPRMT have been trained to support their responsibilities in alignment with the School-based Scheduling Team and Timeline document. Please share this information with school staff as appropriate.

Signup Contacts - High School Chairs

If you have military, employer or trade contacts that you’d like to have our office send information to, please send it to MaatenRe so it can be added to Signup Genius

High School Co-Enrollment Process

There is new functionality in SIS this year for co-enrollment between zoned schools and Educational Options programs. Below are two resources to support this new feature. The Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) document provides conditions and guidelines for co-enrollment. The accompanying video provides narrated step-by-step directions for the co-enrollment process within SIS. Any questions about co-enrollment can be directed to the Educational Options team.

The Password to view the video is: Trailblazers

High School Counselors

**NEW Architect For a Day If you know an aspiring architect, landscape architect, planner, or interior designer, you can register them now on our online registration site at Registration is being accepted from students in grades 9-12 and their first year of college. Please follow the link below to our information page and click AFAD Baltimore. Spaces are limited so be sure to register today!

**NEW Job Shadow Opportunity - see the attached flyer below.

NCAA Course Review
– As you work with student athletes, be sure to review their transcript to ensure all core courses appear on our district course list. If you have courses that do not appear, please contact MaatenRe so she can submit the course to NCAA for consideration.

Post-Secondary Counselors

MCAC update: Morgan State University FEE WAIVER **NEW

The focus of the Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC) is to provide support to all students; particularly low-income, first-generation, unaccompanied homeless youth, foster care youth, in the juvenile services education system, and student with disabilities. This year, the college-campaign is also focusing on undocumented students. As we collaborate to provide supports to our future graduates, the college campaign is also working diligently to remove barriers as these students pursue their post-secondary education.

To assist the MCAC with removing barriers for schools participating in the MCAC, they are happy to announce that Morgan State University (MSU) has agreed to waive their application fee for one week during the college campaign! The week will be October 7th-11th. The MCAC is schedule to take place September 30-October 31, 2019. For students in participating MCAC schools interested in applying to MSU, please use the code MDFREE20.

Wells Fargo College Steps **NEW

Wells Fargo offers a suite of free college planning resources to help you assist your students in their journey to college. For more information, visit:

The Facts about Undocumented Students & College **NEW

College Board Handouts and Presentations

NACAC College Fair

Step by Step: College Awareness and Planning for Families, Counselors and Communities

College Fly-Ins

University of Tampa Counselor Fly-In

Relevant Bulletin Items











Professional Development

Youth Mental Health First Aid - Youth Mental Health First Aid is a research-based training program for persons with limited mental health background to provide information and skills to identify and respond to children with symptoms that may indicate a mental health concern. The youth and adult courses (each are 8 CEU's) satisfy Lauryn's Law.

College Board Fall Counselor Workshops (on-site and online)

ACT CCR Workshops

Yale Science of Well-being course

PsyCoun Professional Development offering:

Empower Youth to Combat Anxiety by Lee Richmond and Benjamin Allen **NEW

Anxiety is the number one health problem in America and it’s on the rise among school-aged youth. As worry and fears grow, are they really unmanageable or can they be contained and controlled? This workshop will present simple yet effective counseling strategies that empower youth to manage their anxious thoughts and feelings.

Resource Roundup

The Maryland Crisis Line (available 24/7) can now be reached by dialing 211. There are new promotional materials that can be downloaded for free at the following link:

Suicide Prevention Toolkits are available! Materials include prints for magnets, posters, and a tri-fold wallet card.

Get a full set of Growth Mindsets Posters for free! These are a great resource to hang around your building to promote Growth Mindset.

Additional Attachments

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Good reads! Have one? Please share...

National Suicide Prevention

We'd like to thank you all for sharing information with students this week in partnership with your psychologists and social workers. Below are a few highlights sent to our office showing some of great initiatives around the district. Enjoy!

Chesapeake High School

Students from Chesapeake High School were extremely engaged and many made the vow to “listen” and “lift one another up” by placing their thumb print on our posters. Overall our Bayhawks were receptive to the information counselors shared and it was a great day to provide the entire student body with resources.
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School Counselors from Chapel Hill Elementary School

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Randallstown High School

The counselors and social worker created an information table, a rolling presentation for TV screens with the Logic 1-800 song playing in the background. We also shared what we were doing and warning signs for staff during their faculty meeting. It was very well received!
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Loch Raven High School

The Team at Eastern Tech

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Glynon Elementary

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Hawthorne Elementary

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The Team at Hereford High

The whole staff wore their #MindOverMatters shirts in support of suicide prevention.
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Patapsco High School

Look who made the front page of BCPS news!!
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Kenwood High promoting the idea that every student needs just 1 adult

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Millbrook Elementary

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Parkville High


Victory Villa

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Pikesville Middle

#TeamMentalHealth collaborated to get everyone involved at Pikesville Middle!

Church Lane Elementary School

School Counselor Elisa Scherr took this opportunity to send a reminder to that teachers also need someone to listen and to please reach out to a colleague if needed. Information about the employee assistance program (EAP) was also shared.

Internal: Janice Zimmerman

External: Cigna EAP

Inspiration and Good News

Melissa Geigley (Patapsco High) and family went on a hike this past Labor Day weekend, which gave her a moment to reflect on our theme for this year. Thanks for sharing your family photo!
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It's a Boy!

Congratulations to Melissa Frankle (Loch Raven Technical Academy) and family as they welcome Oliver in to the world. Oliver was born on September 4, 2019 at 2:03 pm and weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces.
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Schoology Access Codes

Elementary Counseling Curriculum: M4HSN-FCFN4

Secondary Counseling Curriculum: CFBV7-B6PCM

Threat Management: Q6RHK-WHHVC

Contact Information

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

Signup Genius Support:

CPS email address:

MHEC FAFSA Completion (MD CAPS):

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.