BHS Counseling Newsletter
VACRAO Virtual College Exploration Program Fairs & panels schedule 9/14-11/6 Click here for more information
Congressional App Challenge Submission due by Oct. 1 Click here for more information
Daniel Gade Field Staff Internship Application due Oct. 1
FREE Classes in Computing through Mason Game and Technology Academy Application deadline Oct 2 Click here to apply!
BHS College Visits Onging sessions, students can sign up in Naviance
See below for further information on upcoming events!
Staff changes in the Counseling Center for the 2020-2021 school year
There have been some staff changes in the Counseling Center for the 2020-2021 school year. School counselors Monique Marsh and Justin Woodside have joined our staff and we are excited to have them as part of our team.
Additionally, changes in student enrollment have resulted in the slight adjustment of some student caseload assignments. The Counseling Center staff is committed to the academic, interpersonal, and career success of every student at Battlefield. Equitable caseloads help ensure that the counselors can provide our students with appropriate and timely assistance in all of these crucial areas. The updated counselor assignments are:
A-Brov Stephanie McGann firstname.lastname@example.org
Brow-Da Mark Brier email@example.com
De-Go Terry Harbolick (formerly Lark) firstname.lastname@example.org
Gr-J Brianna Epps email@example.com
K-L Kylie Bopp firstname.lastname@example.org
M-N Matt Sisson email@example.com
O-Rob Monique Marsh firstname.lastname@example.org
Roc-Su Vanessa Smith email@example.com
Sv-Z Justin Woodside firstname.lastname@example.org
College & Career Counselor Alissa Bridges email@example.com
Seniors - Class of 2021 Planning for your Future
Counselor Conferences- Required for every senior!
Seniors, please check your PWCS email (parents/guardians please ask your senior to do this!)
CLASS OF 2021:
Your School Counselor is looking forward to meeting with you for your individual “Senior Conference”. Below are the first two steps that you must complete before you book your appointment (links below for Booking links). Appointments will be in the order first-come first-serve so please follow the steps below so that we may serve you.
Please note that this is a student-counselor conference. If parents/guardians wish to meet with you and your counselor, we ask you request a follow up appointment separately via email after your senior conference so that more time can be allocated during a non-academic period. Counselors also have a PWCS deadline to meet with all 690 seniors for their student conference.
- Students to watch Part 1 Senior Series: Navigating Naviance & Career Search (Next Steps Document guide in email) to prepare for your conference.
- Complete “Senior Needs Assessment Survey” in Naviance Student
- Sign up for your “Senior Conference” through “Microsoft Bookings” with your counselor- meeting will occur in “Microsoft Teams” (Links in email)
- Sign up for “Counseling Events”- Financial Aid & Workshops (Doc attached w/ registration links)
Paying for College Virtual Workshops for Families
Tomika Brown, Director of The College Place-Alexandria, is proud to present virtual workshops on Paying for College specifically for PWCS families. Please see the registration links below for 3 different date options, each as 6:00 pm. After registering, families will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Navigating Navaince - Video Walkthroughs
How-to videos have been created to help navigate the college application process. Click the link below to watch how to request transcripts.
Log in for Naviance Student: (Choose “Student” -> “Log in via Clever” select BHS, log in using your office 365 credentials)
Register for College Visits: https://youtu.be/OeHX180Umz4
Update College Application List in Naviance & Matching CA (REQUIRED):
How to Request a Letter of Recommendation:
Scholarship Searching: https://youtu.be/YQNCcp9q70Q
Applying for Scholarships Workshop:
Are you nervous about searching for colleges?
Naviance is launching Chats with Colleges, a new video series on approaching the college search process while at home. Whether you are considering the college featured in the video or not, the information is relevant in these unpredictable times.
Watch the latest episode here.
What if I want to take a another pathway other than college?
What if I want to take a another pathway other than college:
Individuals can be very successful in any line of work with a strong work ethic and grasping opportunities in front of them!
- Build Your Path Resources: https://mccei.org/build-your-path/
- Workforce Solutions Trade Education & Credential Pathways: https://lfcc.edu/about-lfcc/lfcc-workforce-solutions/
- Career, Apprenticeship, and Workforce Resources: https://battlefieldhs.pwcs.edu/our_school/counseling_center/college_and_career_counseling/career___workforce
Money: How am I going to pay for all of this?
Money: How am I going to pay for all of this?
Do not plan on the school randomly offering your money. Prepare to pay sticker price when “shopping” for a school so you understand the “worst case scenario” financially. Ask colleges about the aid they have to offer applicants!
$$$ Scholarships: See scholarship website links at the bottom of the home page in Naviance Student, also the PWCS database in Naviance Student-> Colleges -> Scholarships and Money-> Scholarship list.
- Types of Scholarships: Community Scholarships (we list what we know in Naviance), Club/Sport Scholarships (see PTO/Athletics/club sponsors), College Scholarships (Financial Aid websites of the colleges on YOUR LIST)
- Be mindful of any scholarship deadlines that the colleges are offering and how you are to applying to them (Know your college list and check their scholarship database on their financial aid websites). Example: some schools have college application deadlines early that automatically add you to their scholarship pool (no additional application); some colleges have their own database after you apply to their college; some don’t offer any merit based scholarships- be mindful of this when making your college list! Money is an important factor in this decision. Ask tour guides about scholarships.
- Review Mrs. Bridges Scholarship Workshop for some pro tips! https://youtu.be/LzmLKPPWFEc
Paying for College presentation and 10th Grade Career Lesson...
Have both been posted to the Counseling page on BHS website! Follow the link below to view the presentations for both events.
Graduation Success and Beyond Newsletter
The Graduation Success and Beyond Newsletter will be live all school year. This newsletter was created to serve as one stop shopping for parent communication on topics related to post-secondary planning. The newsletter will continually be updated throughout the year as events are held.
Academic Advising Information and Resources
Follow the link below for more information on deciding if AP or Dual Enrollment is the best fit for you.
Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy
Official SAT Practice helps students focus on exactly what they need to work on most. There are two ways to get personalized practice: Students can link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts to send their scores from the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, PSAT 8/9, or SAT; or, if students don't have scores to share, they can take diagnostic quizzes.
Understanding Student Grade Point Average (GPA)
A student's "HS Actual GPA" (based on completed courses only) is visible in ParentVUE and StudentVUE in the top right corner of the "Course History" page. On that screen it's rounded to two places after the decimal.
A student's "HS Preliminary GPA" (based on completed courses and 1st semester grades in current courses) is the one visible to students in Naviance at this time of year. To find it in Naviance, a student clicks "About Me" then "My Account". For seniors, this is the GPA that's reported to colleges at the end of 1st semester senior year.
If a student has completed at least one high school course, the parents and student have access to the student's unofficial transcript on the Course History page in ParentVUE and StudentVUE, respectively, by clicking the blue "Unofficial Transcript" button at the top of the page. The unofficial transcript may take several minutes to generate. It includes both the "HS Actual GPA" and "HS Preliminary GPA" in the bottom left corner and both are rounded to three places after the decimal. The unofficial transcript available in PV and SV does not include class rank.
Additionally, students are provided with an unofficial copy of their transcript showing current class rank and both GPA types during their academic advising meeting with their school counselor.
Governor’s Early College Scholars Program
The Governor’s Early College Scholars Program is intended to encourage eligible high school students to complete requirements for a high school diploma and concurrently earn at least 15 hours of transferable credits toward a college degree. This program can potentially result in a more productive senior year and reduce the amount of college tuition for families. Students earning a college degree in seven semesters instead of eight can save an average of $5,000 in college expenses.
The Governor’s Early College Scholars Program agreement may be signed at any time, from ninth to twelfth grade. Participants agree to: (1) earn an Advanced Studies diploma with a Governor’s Seal and (2) take and complete college-level course work (ie: AP or dual enrollment) that will earn at least 15 transferable college credits while enrolled in high school. Interested students can download the Early College Scholars Agreement from the PDF document below, at the “Academic Advising” menu of the Counseling Center webpage, or pick one up in the Counseling Center. Completed forms should be returned to the Counseling Center.
Students can now submit the form virtually with the link provided below
Completing the FAFSA
If you wish to complete the FAFSA at home, please follow these steps:
Step 1: creating a FSA ID (both the parent and student must each have one)
Step 2: Start a new FAFSA application, use the log in created through your FSA ID (email address and password)
FAFSA opens October 1st! Every family should complete the FAFSA in order to be eligible to receive state/federal funds including merit scholarship distributions from institutions. You may think you wont qualify for aid but your student may earn a merit scholarship. In order to receive those funds, its is very possibly that you would need to complete the FAFSA!
College Board Opportunity Scholarships
Applying to college is a complicated process, so College Board has created a program that guides you through it. It doesn't require an essay, application, or minimum GPA. Instead, it rewards your effort and initiative. Complete key steps along your path to college for a chance to earn scholarships.
Trades, Apprenticeships & Enrichment Programs
Students looking for enrichment opportunities can find such information in Naviance.
In the top right corner click “Colleges” --> "Research Colleges" --> "Enrichment Programs" to find a list of opportunities and information regarding the application process, cost, contact information, and more. Students who need help logging into Naviance should visit the Counseling Center to receive assistance from one of the secretaries.
Department of Labor and Industry Apprenticeship Opportunities
The YRA program addresses the dual role of preparing students for the world of work and providing Virginia with a highly skilled workforce. Local school systems can work with business partners to identify opportunities for youth employment based upon the occupational instruction offered at the school.
The objective of YRA is to expand the state’s skilled workforce by providing young people with career opportunities while completing their high school education. Part-time student apprenticeship is available to students where programs have been established in accordance with agreements with local public school divisions.
Newprt News Shipbuilding Trades Careers
High school seniors! Why start a trades career with Newport News Shipbuilding?
Newport News Shipbuilding is the nation’s sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of only two shipyards capable of designing and building nuclear-powered submarines.
Basic qualifications include being 18 years or older and passing a drug screen, physical, & background investigation. U.S. Citizenship Required
We Offer Trades Careers for:
Electricians, Fitters, Pipefitters, Sheet Metal Workers, Welders & More!
HOW TO APPLY? GO TO: buildyourcareer.com
Choose the “Trades & Crafts” portal
Search for entry-level positions
Senate Page Program
The Senate Page Program is a fancy term for an official high school internship at the U.S. Senate in Washington D.C.. This program is offered only to high school juniors and provides the opportunity to work with actual senators and government leaders. Students in the Senate Page Program are sponsored by local senators and work for their sponsoring senator’s party in the U.S. Senate.
- Click here to view more details about the Senate Page program
- Click here for the application overview
Senator Mark Warner sponsorship details:
The Senate Page Program is a unique opportunity for high school juniors to get involved in government service, see the legislative process in action, and experience life in our nation’s capital. U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner, D-VA, oversees the spring and fall programs. Young Virginians who would like to apply to the program should use the link above or visit Warner’s website at warner.senate.gov for additional details and specific deadlines (generally June 15 for fall session and December 1 for spring session).
Warner’s page sponsorship alternates by gender. Check with the Senator’s office to find out which gender may apply for each semester of the Senate Page program.
Upcoming Community Events & Programs
FREE Student Classes in Computing through Mason Game and Technology Academy (MGTA)
As part of the Advancing Computer Science Education Grant (ACSE) award, we are pleased to announce that we are offering students in middle and high school the opportunity to participate in one of the following virtual computer classes at NO COST to them:
- Game Design with Unity and C#
- Game Design with Roblox
- Introduction to Python for Machine Learning/AI
- Java Programming
Please see the attached flier for more information.
To be considered for selection as one of the limited number of participants, students must reply by the 10-2-20 deadline by accessing the form on the PWCS - CTE webpage www.pwcs.edu/cte.
VACRAO Virtual College Exploration Program
The goal of the VACRAO Virtual College Exploration program is to provide students with a wealth of college search information, allow them to browse and learn about different colleges, and ask questions of admissions counselors, all in a safe, flexible, online format.
The virtual program will consist of both panel presentations and a more traditional college fair experience, where students will be able to get exposure and interact with a large number of colleges and universities in an evening.
Announcing the 2020 Congressional App Challenge!
Please review the link and attached flyer and consider submitting an entry to the Congressional App Challenge. Middle and high school students are able to enter the competition and the overall winner will be invited to the #HouseOfCode reception in Washington DC next fall. This Challenge takes place in all 435 districts across the United States with the goal of students developing original apps to encourage STEM interests.
Students have until October 19, 2020 to submit the apps. More information can be found at our website: https://luria.house.gov/services/congressional-app-challenge