BCMS Counselors Corner
The latest news from your BCMS Counseling Department!
BCMS PAW Pride News
3rd Marking Period Ends April 8th, 2016
Civility Initiatives at BCMS!
Let's Make Civility the Next Big Thing!
How do we promote civility within our communities?
Here are two links that provide more information on how to practice civility in all areas of life and how to practice mindfulness while using social media. #itscool2bekind
Incoming 6th Grade Open House
CAREER DAY: April 14th, 2016 8:30am-11:00am
SIGN UP TODAY! COMPLETE AND RETURN THIS FORM BELOW (via email or drop off in the counseling office)
Will your student be a 9th Grader at Blake HS This Fall?
BCMS Community Events
Click the link below to search through current opportunities approved by MCPS
Counselor's Notes: Hard copies of the SSL packets are available in the counseling office. For questions, please refer to our school's SSL coordinator Ms. Wanda Johnson
Counselor College Note: If your student documents 260 or more hours of community service they will be honored for their exceptional service with the Certificate of Meritorious Service from MSDE and MCPS and a purple tassel to wear at the time of graduation exercises. (These hours must be documented by the first Friday of April of senior year)
SSL FORM DUE DATES!
- the last Friday in September for service performed during the summer;
- the First Friday in January for service performed during the first semester(1st and 2nd marking periods);
- the First Friday in June for service performed during the second semester (3rd and 4th marking periods)
Completed SSL forms are to be dropped off in the counseling office. Additional information and booklets are also available for pick up.
ACADEMIC & PERSONAL/SOCIAL SUPPORT
Mental Health Support & Suicide Prevention Resources
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), for youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death.
MCPS through partnership with the Montgomery County Mental Health Association provides a comprehensive list for our community to access mental health supports, data and local resources for our students and families. Please follow the link below.
American Society for the Positive Care of Children provides current data on teen suicide, risk factors and signs to look out for. Please follow the link below.
Please remain vigilant. If you are concerned for a student's safety and need immediate assistance please call the Montgomery County Crisis Center. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Mental Health Association (MHA) has recently launched a Text Line service to provide support, information and resources to individuals, in particular kids, teens, and young adults, who might be more comfortable reaching out via text on a cell phone, rather than speaking to someone in person or calling MHA’s Hotline. The Text Line service is currently available Mondays – Thursday, 4pm -9pm by calling 301-738-2255. “MHA Text Line Information 2016” phone number is below.
If students would like to work with a teacher during their lunch period they should pick up a lunch lab pass from that teacher before school on the day they would like to meet.
Students must make arrangements with their teacher to confirm they are available after school and notify a parent that they are staying.
*After-school buses are available Tuesdays-Thursdays unless otherwise noted. Please check our school website to confirm.*
Test Taking Strategies
Available in English and Spanish
For ALL BCMS Students & Parent(s)/ Guardian(s)
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SUMMER 2016 STUDENT PROGRAMS
7th Grade: Mrs. Showman
8th Grade: Ms. Beru
Counseling Secretary: Mrs. West
Counseling Office Direct Line: 301.288.8320
Briggs Chaney Middle School
Silver Spring, MD 20905
Main Office: 301.288.8300
This newsletter is brought to you by the Briggs Chaney Middle School Counseling Department 2015-2016