Office of School Counseling

Friday Sendoff - September 20, 2019

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Counselors empower and support ALL students on the trail

Some of our students will need a lot of support along their journey, while others will need very little support. School counselors have the unique training to be experts in Academic, Social/Emotional, and College/Career development. As an expert and trailblazer, school counselors support every student on their journey. That support will look different for each student but in the end, we have advocated for, empowered, and encouraged them along the journey so that they have the tools and confidence to blaze their own trail.

MUST DO ITEMS - Please read this section carefully

**NEW** Behavioral Threat Assessment Teams - Has your school's Behavioral Threat Assessment Team met yet this year? This team must not only meet and establish a routine but also complete the online Behavioral Threat Assessment Team form in the Threat Management Schoology group. This group does not have to be lead by the school counselor(s) but you should be a member of the team. Members include the School Counselor, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, Administrator(s), School Nurse, and Pupil Personnel Worker. It is important that your team collaborates and communicates about students' needs throughout the Threat Management Process. This is a reminder that a member of the team must submit the form for your school. The team only needs to submit the form once at the beginning of the school year. Both the form and the link to upload are in the Threat Management Schoology group.

**NEW** Survey About LGBTQ+ Support - BCPS is gathering school based information regarding Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) and supports for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) within schools. The GSA Advisor or appropriate staff member should complete the survey by 5:00pm on Friday, September 27, 2019. Your assistance with completing this brief survey is greatly appreciated.

School Counseling Program Plan - see the 9/6/2019 newsletter for the timeline and resources. Your individual program plans are due November 1, 2019. The Program Plan template is also available in all 3 schoology groups in a folder titled "Program Planning Resources." The Padlet created in the Elementary Closing the Gap session is also available in the Elementary Schoology group.

Program Plan Bootcamps - If you plan to attend one of the OPTIONAL Program Plan Bootcamps, please RSVP on the 9/6/19 newsletter. The dates are 10/9 and 10/22.

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

Elementary Counselors Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 17th, 9:30am-12:30pm

3505 Resource Drive

Randallstown, MD

This will be held at the Randallstown Community Center.

Register at

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

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** SIS Discipline Access

A BIG Thank You to Dr. Nieves for advocating for School Counselors!! We have been given view-only access to discipline within the SIS. This will allow you to view discipline reports as well as major and minor incidents for all students within your schools.

**NEW** Youth Mental Health First Aid Courses - We've been getting a lot of questions about these courses. Here are some points of clarification:

  • These courses are OPTIONAL and are offered to any BCPS employee.
  • School counselors can earn 8 CEU's toward the 15 required for Lauryn's Law from this course.
  • YMHFA courses are offered throughout the school year by various instructors and at various locations. MaatenRe and Jen are teaching courses on 9/30 and 10/18 but you can take any of the YMHFA courses offered.
  • There are TWO different courses offered on September 30th. If you signed up for one on this date, please note the time and location of the course for which you registered.

**NEW** Out of the Darkness Walk - As a continuation of the Mind Over Matters campaign, BCPS is encouraging staff and community members to participate in the Out of the Darkness Walk, which is focused on Suicide Prevention. If your school/department is interested in forming a team to walk on October 6th, you can register here. If interested, people can register as individuals or as a team. Contact Janice Zimmerman at 410.887.5414 for more information.

**NEW** Parent Workshop - On Saturday, October 12th, parents are invited to join the ONE LOVE Foundation at acac Timonium for a free Workshop, "Behind the Post", for Middle and High School Students and Parents. This Workshop reveals the impact social media plays in teen relationships. Flyer is attached below.

**NEW** Grief Camps for Kids - The Counseling Center at Stella Maris is still accepting registrations for the next grief camp for kids. Ages 6-12, Saturday, October 12 @10:00 – 3:00. For more information, please email or call The Counseling Center at 410-252-2500 x7291. Flyer and registration in the attachments at the bottom of this sendoff.

**NEW** Upcoming College Fair - Kenwood High School will host their 12th annual college fair on 10/22 at 6:00 - 7:30pm. All families and students are welcome to attend! They plan to have 50+ colleges, universities, trade schools, and military organizations. Please share this with the families at your school. Flyer attached at the bottom of this send-off.

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

Middle School Counselors

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

Department Chairs

Naviance User updates

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

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

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.

High School Counselors

**NEW** FInancial Aid Updates - In the attachments below, you will find a PowerPoint from FSA's Webinar on 9/12. The recording will available in 1-2 weeks.

**NEW** Summer Internship Opportunities through NSA - Computer Science, Cyber Operations, STEM, and more! Applications are due October 15th.

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!

Job Shadow Opportunity - see the attached flyer below.

Post-Secondary Counselors

MCAC update: Morgan State University FEE WAIVER

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.


The following scholarships have been recently added/activated in Naviance:

Bucknell University Physical Sciences Scholarship

Bucknell Women in Science & Engineering Scholarships

Bucknell Arts Merit Scholarships

Bucknell Math Scholars Program

Bucknell PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Scholarship

McDaniel College Educator's Legacy Scholarship

AES Scholarship

Haz La U

Parking Solutions Scholarship

Dr. Pepper Scholarship

Hollins University - Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest

KidGuard Scholarship

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program

Voice of Democracy VFW Scholarship

SchoolHouse Connection Youth Scholarship


Golden Door Scholarship for DACA students

Maná Scholarship Program

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Award

Live Your Dream Award

Real World Design Challenge Scholarship

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship

Andrew Flusche Scholarship

Bachus & Schanker, LLC Scholarship

Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship For Young Hispanic Leaders

Griswold Home Care Bi-Annual Scholarship

Sixt Scholars Program

Space Club Scholarship

College Fly-Ins

University of Tampa Counselor Fly-In

Relevant Bulletin Items












Professional Development

**NEW** 2 Back to Back Ethics Sessions 10/24/19 in Owings Mills - Earn up to 6 CEU's!

**NEW** Ethical Decision Making 10/10/19 in Randallstown - 3 CEU's

**NEW** The Change Ethic 10/31/19 in Pasadena - earn up to 6 CEU's

**NEW** Through Grief and Through Growth: Promoting Support and Healing for Children and Adolescents in the Face of Loss Live Webinar 11/7/19 - Earn 2 CEU's

**NEW** Creative Supervision Techniques 1/11/20 in Lutherville - Earn 4 CEU's (flyer is attached below)

Empower Youth to Combat Anxiety by Lee Richmond and Benjamin Allen

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.

Yale Science of Well-being course

Resource Roundup

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Additional Attachments

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.