Office of School Counseling
Friday Sendoff - September 20, 2019
Counselors empower and support ALL students on the 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.
Elementary Counselors Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 17th, 9:30am-12:30pm
3505 Resource Drive
High School Department Chair Meeting
Wednesday, Sep. 25th, 8-11am
1901 Delvale Avenue
Soller's Point Technical High School - Soller's Cafehttps://registration.bcps.org/Event.aspx?Event_DetailID=27857
Middle School Department Chair Meeting
Wednesday, Sep. 25th, 12-3pm
1901 Delvale Avenue
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
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
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 https://www.hcm2.com/architect-for-a-day/. 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.
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.
Wells Fargo offers a suite of free college planning resources to help you assist your students in their journey to college.
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
Haz La U
Parking Solutions Scholarship
Dr. Pepper Scholarship
Hollins University - Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest
Stokes Educational Scholarship Program
Voice of Democracy VFW Scholarship
SchoolHouse Connection Youth Scholarship
THE OSSIE DAVIS LEGACY AWARD 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
Relevant Bulletin Items
400. ASPIRING LEADERS COURSE – FALL 2019
407. ESOL – SUPPORTING ENGLISH LEARNERS AND THEIR FAMILIES WITH REGISTRATION AND ENROLLMENT
411. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FOR PROSPECTIVE DEPARTMENT CHAIRS – FALL 2019
422. SCHOOL COUNSELING –MANDATORY HIGH SCHOOL CHAIRS MEETING
430. ALICE BASIC E-LEARNING COURSE REMINDER
431. BALTIMORE COUNTY EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM (ERS) PRERETIREMENT SEMINAR
436. EMPLOYEE WELLNESS ANNOUNCES FALL 5K WELLNESS SERIES
438. GRADUATION SCHEDULE 2020
443. RED RIBBON WEEK
446. SCHOOL COUNSELING – 2019-2010 COURSE REGISTRATION GUIDE CORRECTION
454. YOUTH SUICIDE: AWARENESS AND PREVENTION ONLINE TRAINING
**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)
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.
Schoology Access Codes
Elementary Counseling Curriculum: M4HSN-FCFN4
Secondary Counseling Curriculum: CFBV7-B6PCM
Threat Management: Q6RHK-WHHVC
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