BHS School Counseling Newsletter

2017-2018 Volume 4 Issue 4

As we enter the fourth quarter (where did the school year go?), the school counselors want to remind students to stay balanced! 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 - 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

APRIL

April 25th - Senior Project Practice Presentations


April 28th - United States Service Academy Day at CCRI Warwick, 9:00 am - Noon

MAY

May 2nd - Senior Project Presentation day


May 3rd - Last day to register for the June 2nd SAT


May 4th - Last day to register for the June 9th ACT


May 7th - May 18th - AP Exams


May 15th - Field Trip to MTTI in Seekonk MA


May 18th - Senior Prom (Tips for Keeping Prom Night Safe)


May 21st - State Science testing - Grade 11


May 25th, 29th and 30th - Senior Final Exams

JUNE

June 2nd - Senior Friendship Service, 2:00 pm


June 3rd - Graduation, 2:00 pm


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

JULY

July 12th Annual Summer@Brown College Fair, 7:00-8:30 pm

Save the Date!

September 17th - 5th Annual College Fair Hosted by Barrington and Mount Hope High Schools at MHHS


September 20th - 9th Annual College Fair at McCoy Stadium, 6-8 pm

CLASS NEWS

Freshmen

  • Complete the “Personality Interest Profiler” on Naviance if you have not done so already.
  • Update your resume on Naviance.

Sophomores

  • Use the results of your “Career Interest Profiler” on Naviance to identify 2 careers of interest.
  • Update your resume on Naviance.

Juniors


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


The School Counseling department will be running a workshop for juniors during advisory on May 24th. 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.
  • Prepare for your Senior Project Presentation
  • Finalize your ILP by completing your Graduation Survey on Naviance (Available as of May 11th)
  • You have worked so hard — Best wishes to you as you move on to the next phase of young- adulthood!

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.

MTTI Field Trip

The School Counseling Department is sponsoring a field trip to MTTI on May 15th for any student interested (Gr.9-12). Students will have the opportunity to tour the campus as well as explore the school's programs:


Mechanical:

Automotive Service Technician

Motorcycle / Power Equipment Technician

Marine Service Technician

Healthcare:

Medical Assistant

Medical Billing & Coding / Office Administration

Personal Fitness Trainer

Trades:

Building & Property Trades Technician

HVCA/R Technician

Residential and Commercial Electrician

Technology:

Computer Service Technician / Network Installer



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 11th. Please contact your school counselor if you have any questions.

Student Assistance Program News

Tobacco Free Teens Zombie Walk

On April 3rd, members of the BHS HOPE club participated in the Tobacco Free Teens Zombie Walk from downtown Providence to the R.I. Statehouse, where a rally was held. The purpose of the rally was to influence legislators to support increasing the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21 years old along with other anti-smoking bills.

SCREENAGERS

On April 25th, freshmen and sophomores will view the documentary “Screenagers” which is about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them minimize harmful effects and find balance.


Counselors Care...

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How To Practice Mindfulness & Reduce Anxiety

  1. Take a seat. Find a place to sit that feels calm and quiet to you.
  2. Set a time limit. If you’re just beginning, it can help to choose a short time, such as 5 or 10 minutes.
  3. Notice your body. You can sit in a chair with your feet on the floor, you can sit loosely cross-legged, in lotus posture, you can kneel—all are fine. Just make sure you are stable and in a position you can stay in for a while.
  4. Feel your breath. Follow the sensation of your breath as it goes out and as it goes in.
  5. Notice when your mind has wandered. Inevitably, your attention will leave the sensations of the breath and wander to other places. When you get around to noticing this—in a few seconds, a minute, five minutes—simply return your attention to the breath.
  6. Be kind to your wandering mind. Don’t judge yourself or obsess over the content of the thoughts you find yourself lost in. Just come back.

Remember to:


  • Stay in the present moment.
  • Don't analyze the situation.
  • Accept that there is only so much that can be done.
  • Find beauty in every moment, even the horrible ones.

Contact Information:

220 Lincoln Ave

Barrington, RI 02806


(401) 247-3154


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