BHS Counseling Newsletter


Battlefield High School Counselors: Back Row (left to right) Mr. Brier, Mr. Sisson, Ms. McGann, Ms. Epps, Ms. Lark, Ms. Byrne (Director). Front Row (left to right) Ms. Bridges, Ms. Swift, Ms. Bopp, Ms. Smith, Ms. Nguyen

Upcoming Events

Interest Meeting for Governors School @ Innovation Park: Sat, Dec 14. GMU Manassas campus, Johnson Hall Room 130 at 9am

BHS Alumni Panel: Thurs, Dec 19th, 7:45am-8:51am in the Auditorium

Rising 9th Grade Parent Night: Thurs, Jan 23, 2020 at BHS (Snow Date: Jan 28)

6:00-7:00pm - Department representatives available to answer questions in the commons

7:00pm - Presentation by the Director of School Counseling, Julie Byrne in the auditorium.

See below for further information on upcoming events!

Upcoming Battlefield Events & Programs

BHS Alumni Panel

Students, come and hear about the post-secondary transition experience from the class of 2019 alumni. Alumni will be talking about their experience on the transition into college, work and military programs. They will also be answering your questions.

The BHS Alumni Panel will be taking place today, Dec. 19th in the auditorium from 7:45 – 8:51am

Rising 9th Grade Parent Night

Battlefield High School will host Rising 9th Grade Parent Night on Thursday, January 23, 2020. Department representatives will be available to answer questions in the Commons 6:00pm-7:00pm. Presentation by the Director of School Counseling, Julie Byrne, begins at 7:00pm in the auditorium. This meeting is for all parents of 8th graders who reside in the Battlefield attendance area.

In case of inclement weather, the snow date for this event is Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

Family Resources

Counseling Advisory Council

Follow the link below to view what was discussed during the November Counseling Advisory Council meeting.

CAC 11/20/19 Meeting Notes

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.

Click the here to view newsletter

High School Survival Tips for Parents

Read "High School Survival Tips for Parents," created by the Battlefield HS counseling department.

Article: Reframing Anxiety

Click the link below to read a great article on understanding the impact of anxiety on teenage girls and the importance of developing resources.

How to Help Teenage Girls Reframe Anxiety and Strengthen Resilience

Student Resources

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.

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 this newsletter, 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.

Battlefield Big Brother/Big Sister

Upperclassmen are looking to help younger students or transfer students feel connected to Battlefield. Please see flyer If you know any 9th or 10th grade transfer students, who could use a Battlefield Big Brother/Big Sister.


Transcript Request Process

How-to videos have been created to help navigate the college application process. Click the link below to watch how to request transcripts for colleges, NCAA and scholarships all through Naviance Student.

How to Request Transcripts

Did you attend the Senior Family Fair?

Completing the FAFSA

7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2020-21 FAFSA Form

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!

FAFSA Hands On Help Sessions will be located at BHS on October 23rd from 6:30-8:30pm (register in the newsletter)

College Board Scholarship Search

Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion.

Click here to begin!

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.

Click here for this great opportunity!

Trades, Apprenticeships & Enrichment Programs

Enrichment Opportunities

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

Apprenticeship Job Postings

Youth Registered Apprenticeship

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!


Choose the “Trades & Crafts” portal

Search for entry-level positions

Senate Page Program

Interested in pursuing a career in politics, government, or law? The Senate Page program is offered both during the school year and during summer months, provides appropriate and rigorous academic course work during the school year, and actually pays you for the work you do.

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.

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 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 the spring 2019 semester of the Senate Page program.

Upcoming Community Events & Programs

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2020-21 Governor's School at Innovation Park

The next interest meeting for current 10th graders interested in the Governor’s School @ Innovation Park for the 2020-21 school year will be December 14th, 2019. There is no sign up, just show up.

Some of the minimum qualifications are to be in Algebra II/Trig or higher and to have had Biology and be in Chemistry.

The session will be on the SciTech (Manassas) campus of GMU in Johnson Hall (formally Bull Run) Room 130 beginning promptly at 9 am 12/14/19.