School Counseling Newsletter

Winter/Spring edition 2020-2021 Issue 2

It's hard to believe that we are halfway through the school year. We have been busy meeting with our students both virtually and in person. As we prepare to move through the remainder of the school year, we have provided information in this newsletter to support our students/parents. One in particular is the "course selection" process. We hope you find it helpful to students, parents and teachers. Additionally, we have been busy creating instructional videos to assist students with the course selection process. The instructional link is posted on our website and CANVAS page.

Please feel free to reach out to the school counseling department with questions or concerns you may have at this time.

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February 5th - Course Registration Opens

February 8th - First day of the third quarter

February 12th - Last day to register for the March 13th SAT

February 24th - Last day for Course Registrations

February 26th - Senior Project Exhibition Due


March 10th - College Night for Junior Parents & Students (on Zoom)

March 15th - Senior Project Exhibitions

March 17th - Midpoint of the third quarter

March 24th - Last day to drop a course without a "W" appearing on a transcript


April 8, 2021 - Last day to register for the May 8th SAT

April 13th - 15th - Window for the in-school SAT day. Juniors are automatically registered for this through the school.

April 16th - End of the third quarter

April 26th - Start of the fourth quarter

May & June

May 3rd - May 14th - AP Testing Window

May 18th - May 21st - AP Testing Window for Makeup Exams

May 6th - Last day to register for the June 5th SAT

May 25th - NGSA (Science Test) for Juniors

May 26th - Midpoint of the fourth quarter

June 2nd - Last day to drop a course without a "W" showing up on a transcript

June 13th - Graduation

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Course Selection Process

2020-2021 Course Selection Process Review

  • The Program of Studies is posted on the BHS Website.
  • Students are encouraged to review the course recommendations that their current teachers have entered into X2.
  • Students can request to meet with their counselors individually if they need any assistance with selecting their courses and/or creating/revising their 4-Year Plan.
  • Beginning February 5th, students must enter their course requests ONLINE via X2 and this must be done by February 24th.
  • Students who cannot log into X2 should send an email to and request access to their X2 account.
  • Students must select a total of 6.0 or 6.5 credits.
  • Students should list alternate choices for electives in the event that it does not work in their schedule, the course is full, or it does not run.
  • Once courses are selected and entered into X2, counselors will work with students, parents, and teachers regarding any scheduling concerns that arise.

Individual Learning Plan

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What is the ILP?

The Individual Learning Plan is a student-directed and customized learning tool for students to document their College/Career plans and personal/social goals. Barrington High School uses the Richer Picture Platform. All students in grades 9-12 had the opportunity to update or create their goals during the advisory block. Directions can be found on the Advisory Canvas Page as well as your child's School Counselor's Canvas page
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College Night for Juniors

College Night for juniors and their parents is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 pm. This is a worthwhile event as Cynthia Bonn, Dean of Admissions at URI, will be presenting information about important factors in the college search process. Zoom link will be sent out via email as the date approaches.

Individual Junior meetings-College/Career Exploration

To begin the discussion of plans for students after high school, the School Counselors have posted information on their CANVAS page that includes a variety of resources to support students through the process. To facilitate the college research process, students have received their login information to Naviance, a web-based resource to help students with the college/career exploration. A video tutorial is also provided to help students navigate through Naviance.

Virtual college visits opportunities

Online Resources

Students and parents may visit multiple campuses using these links:

National Associaton for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) are providing Virtual College Fairs scheduled throughout the spring. Please access the link below for registeration to the event.

Will Colleges & Universities be test-optional in the fall?

Currently 1685 colleges, or two-thirds of all colleges in the U.S., are test-optional or test blind. It is expected that many of these schools will remain test-optional for the Class of 2022, but it is important to keep checking the List of Test Optional Schools provided by FairTest in the coming months. In addition to the alphabetical list, they provide a Chronological List of Test Optional Schools to show which schools adopted the policy in the past year due to the cancellation of multiple SAT and ACT exams.

Financial Aid & Paying for College

Free Scholarship Searches

COVID 19 Wellbeing Tips for Teens with Dr. Watson Clinical Psychologist

5 Mental Health Tips to Get Through the Coronovirus (covid-19) Quarantine

New Bay Team Resource

The Bay Team is offering this new program called "Race your hand" to answer parents' questions during the pandemic. All questions sent in will be answered by a licensed Therapist
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