BHS School Counseling Newsletter

2018-2019 Volume 5 Issue 4

Now that the fourth quarter is upon us, the school counselors want to remind students to take care of themselves! It is quite easy for students to become overwhelmed with tying up the loose ends of the school year. Counselors are here to help students create a healthy balance of academic focus and personal wellness. Don’t forget to check out our “Mindfulness” section in this newsletter for some tips as well. Take time to enjoy the warmer spring weather (when it gets here!) - do homework outside, take breaks from schoolwork and take a walk and breathe in the fresh air. Meanwhile, don’t let the warm weather have a negative impact on your motivation for doing school work during this last quarter. Finish strong and be proud of your work and what you accomplish!

Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

MAY

May 1st - Senior Project Presentations


May 3rd - Last day to register for the June 1st SAT


May 3rd - Last day to register for the June 8th ACT


May 6th - May 17th - AP Exams


May 17th - Senior Prom (Tips for Keeping Prom Night Safe)

JUNE

June 3rd -June 5th - Senior Final Exams


June 8th - Senior Friendship Service, 2:00 pm


June 9th - Graduation, 2:00 pm


June 18th - 21st - Final Exams - Grades 9-11

JULY

July 11th Annual Summer@Brown College Fair, 7:00-8:30 pm


July 26th - Last day to register for the August 24th SAT

AUGUST

August 16th - Last day to register for the September 14th ACT

Save the Date!

September 24th - 6th Annual College Fair Hosted by Barrington and Mount Hope High Schools at BHS (4:30 pm - 6:30 pm)

CLASS NEWS

Freshmen

  • During an advisory at the beginning of the semester, freshmen were introduced to Richer Picture, a new platform that will house their Individual Learning Plans throughout their four years at BHS. Students were asked to log in, set three goals, create a resume, and complete a Personality Inventory. Students should make sure these tasks are completed and updated with any new information by the end of the school year. Here is the link with more specific instructions.

Sophomores


  • During an advisory at the beginning of the semester, sophomores were introduced to Richer Picture, a new platform that will house their Individual Learning Plans throughout their four years at BHS. Students were asked to log in, set three goals, create a resume, and complete a Career Interest Inventory. This will take the place of Naviance, but students will still have access to the College Search features in Naviance next year. Students should make sure these tasks in Richer Picture are completed and updated with any new information by the end of the school year. Here is the link with more specific instructions.

Juniors


  • Junior Workshop — Planning for Your Future: College & Career Development


The School Counseling department will be running a workshop for juniors during advisory on June 6th. Counselors will provide students with an overview of the following:


  1. Pathways after graduation
  2. Naviance
  3. Continuing to explore career and college opportunities
  4. Completing a strong resume
  5. The Common Application
  6. Creating a Common Application account online
  7. FERPA
  8. Requesting teacher recommendations
  9. The College Essay


Our goal is to make all juniors aware of the steps that they can take before the end of their junior year, as well as over the summer, in order to continue planning for their future career and/or college studies.



  • ILP Check-in: On Naviance, make sure that you have:
  1. Updated your "Colleges I'm Thinking of" and/or "Careers" list
  2. Completed the "Career Cluster Finder"
  3. Updated your resume

Seniors

  • Continue to check the School Counseling Website and Facebook page to view available scholarship opportunities. There are still many local scholarship opportunities to take advantage of.
  • Finalize your ILP by completing your Graduation Survey on Naviance (Available as of May 9th)
  • You have worked so hard — Best wishes to you as you move on to the next phase of young- adulthood!

Upcoming Programs and Events

Senior Transition Groups


  • Are you feeling nervous about life after high school?
  • Do you get stressed out about big life changes?
  • Are you worried about the substance use on college campuses?
  • Do you feel like everyone around you has a plan for next year but you?


If you answered yes to any one of these questions, you may want to consider joining one of the senior transition groups that the School Counseling Department will be running during the fourth quarter. Please contact your school counselor if you are interested in learning more about these groups and may want to participate.

New England Institute of Technology Field Trip

The School Counseling Department is sponsoring a field trip to New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) on May 14th for any student interested (Gr.9-12). Students will have the opportunity to tour the campus as well as explore the school's programs. NEIT has 50+ Programs including Masters, Bachelors, Associate and Online course offerings.


If interested in attending this field trip, please stop by the School Counseling office for a permission slip. All permission slips must be signed and returned to the School Counseling Office by May 7th. Please contact your school counselor if you have any questions.

Student Assistance Program News

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Did you know that MAY is National Mental Health Awareness Month?

Sometimes mental health discussions can be kind of tricky and oftentimes people don’t know what to say to get the conversation started.


NO NEED TO BE AN EXPERT. JUST BE A PARENT OR A FRIEND.


Try one of these opening lines or strategies to get the conversation rolling:


  • I know you’re going through some stuff, I’m here for you.

  • Ask open ended questions. Help them talk, not just say “yes” or “no”.

  • Let them go at their own speed.

  • Don’t demand answers or force them to say anything they’re not ready to.

  • Tell them you won’t judge them.

  • Let them know this won’t change how you feel about them.

  • Keep it casual. Relax; think of it as a chat, not a therapy session.

  • Listen up, let them take the lead.

  • Avoid offering advice or trying to fix their problems.

  • Let them know it’s OK to feel the way they do.

  • Encourage them to talk to an expert.

Additional Resources

24/7 Crisis Hotline: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

1-800-273-TALK (8255) (Veterans, press 1)


Crisis Text Line

Text TALK to 741-741 to text with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis Text Line for free, 24/7

Counselors Care...

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*The above graphic is the latest meditation infographic from the Garrison Institute, courtesy of mindful.org .

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For more information on mindfulness, here is a link to Dr. Elisha Goldstein's article "7 Mindful Things You Can Do Today". If you are interested in exploring and practicing mindfulness yourself, you can also check out Dr. Goldstein's audio collection, Basics of Mindfulness Meditation: a 28 Day Program.

Contact Information:

220 Lincoln Ave

Barrington, RI 02806


(401) 247-3154


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