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Counseling Corner: February

Wellness Corner

  • Parents, please join us on Thursday, February 25th at 5PM via zoom for a parent workshop on “Empowering your child’s self-esteem”. This presentation will be facilitated by a mental health specialist from Western Youth Services. Topics such as comparing and contrasting between high and low self-esteem, healthy coping skills, what parents can do in order to boost their child’s confidence, and offer ways in which parents can use these approaches with their children. Please be sure to RSVP here.
  • Parents of emerging English speakers (EL Students), please encourage your student(s) to practice and study their English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) test will soon be administered between February. Students who earn a 4 or higher will be re-designated as Fluent English Speakers.
  • Please encourage your student(s) to attend our upcoming Lunch & Learn on “Sleep & Technology”. This lunch and learn will be co-presented by our Mental Health Specialist to discuss ways to limited technology use at night, its negative effects on the brain, and the importance of having a sleep routine. Please see attached flyer for RSVP information and other upcoming Lunch & Learns.

Challenge Success Parent Workshops

Feb. 24th at 5:00 - 6:15 pm PT | 8:00 - 9:15 pm ET
$10 Registration

When we are too focused on grades and performance, we deny our children the time and energy they need to tackle the demanding work of growing up. In this presentation, you’ll learn how you can establish a healthier home environment for your school-aged child, reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement, and increase your child’s resilience, creativity, and well-being.

March 11th at 5:00 - 6:30 pm PT | 8:00 - 9:30 pm ET
$10 Registration

Learn strategies to help reduce pressure around the college admissions process and ways to support students' well-being and readiness for life in college and beyond. With the pandemic inserting more uncertainty into this process, we will include a Q&A at the end to answer some of your most pressing questions.


The counseling team kicked off registration with virtual Counselor Coffees the week of January 18th, with the goal of helping parents understand the registration process.

Freshman were provided a lesson on building a 4 Year Plan during their Wednesday Tutorial on January 27th that is now visible in Aeries. This plan can be changed as students meet with their counselor for registration this year. Sophomore and Juniors were provided a review of College Entrance and Graduation Requirements along with grade level specific information at their Wednesday Tutorial on January 27th. On February 3rd, all 9th – 11th graders heard an overview of course selection and details of how to register in Aeries for the 2021-2022 school year.

Counselors will then meet individually with students by grade level through one of their current classes. Please work with your student to help them consider their interests and workload when selecting classes for next year. Students with specific questions should attend their counselor’s office hours or send them an email. All lessons remain visible in Schoology if your student missed any of the Wednesday lessons.

Counselor Registration Meetings with Students

9th Grade 2/18-2/23 in Biology classes

10th Grade 2/25/-3/9 in English 2 classes

11th Grade 3/11-3/30 in US History classes

Counselor Coffee Links

9th Grade Counselor Coffee here .

10th Grade Counselor Coffee here

11th Grade Counselor Coffee here

12th Grade Counselor Coffee here

College and Career Resources

Practice SAT/ACT

BHS is partnering with our friends at Revolution Prep to provide our students with the opportunity to practice taking college admissions exams while remaining safely at home. A proctored practice exam is the best way to get a real-time snapshot of testing performance in order to create a testing plan and timeline.

  • Choose ACT or SAT: Saturday, March 6, 2021
  • Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm PT
  • Where: Live Online
  • Register here.
  • Cost: $10 per exam
  • Deadline to register: Thursday before the exam
  • Materials and instructions will be emailed to students 24 hours before the exam.

Community College Matriculation Updates

Irvine Valley College

On Tuesday, February 16th from 2:00 – 3:30pm and Thursday, February 18th from 2:00 – 3:30pm Irvine Valley College will host a virtual Application Workshop for Beckman High School seniors. IVC’s team will help seniors through the entire application process. To sign up, please click on the registration link below:

Register Here for 2/16/21

Register Here for 2/18/21

In order to attend this event, please register early as space is limited!

This workshop is an opportunity to complete and submit your IVC Application for Fall 2021 and ask any question related to the application process.

After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with the workshop login details.

Attached you will find two flyers. The first flyer is for the Application Workshop and it is a reminder to have specific information ready on the day of the workshop. The second flyer will be IVC’s weekly matriculation office hours to help address any questions or concerns Beckman students may have about IVC’s onboarding process.

Questions, please contact Ms. Rosas

Santiago Canyon College

Every Tuesday from 1:30-3:00 pm Griselda Morones from Santiago Canyon Community College will be available virtually to meet with Beckman students and parents. Griselda will be able to assist with applying to SCC, exploring SCC programs and services, support with general community college exploration/questions and help completing FAFSA/Dream Act applications. Students or parents can schedule a meeting with Griselda here:

Orange Coast College

The OCC Outreach and Onboarding Team will be hosting application workshops for new students, including high school seniors, on the following dates and times:

· Wednesday January 25, 2021 at 3pm

· Wednesday February 3, 2021 at 3pm

· Wednesday February 10, 2021 at 3pm

· Wednesday February 17, 2021 at 3pm

· Wednesday February 24, 2021 at 3pm

If students are interested in attending the event please sign-up.

Due to COVID-19, this year OCC will not be hosting our annual Senior Day. Instead of this event, they have created an event called Discover OCC. ONLY the students who have APPLIED to OCC or any of the other Coast Colleges, will have access to this event via Coast Colleges Canvas platform. Discover OCC will take place during March 2nd-5th and March 9th-12th of 2021. Discover OCC will allow prospective students to:

· Attend live one hour workshops from various programs and services

· Connect to faculty about the opportunities available in various majors

BigFuture Days

College Board is hosting virtual events for high school students to connect directly with college admissions representatives and take action on the most important steps for college.

What to Expect

  • Explore colleges in a way that’s not overwhelming, and show them you're interested.
  • Take action on key college planning steps like searching for colleges and exploring careers and majors.
  • Listen, learn, and participate in live Q&A and online chat with admissions representatives and current students who have been through it all.
  • Download college planning resources, and drop in with questions for a college adviser.

You can register for any event and more than one.

Who: This event is meant for high school sophomores and juniors, but younger and older students are welcome. We also encourage parents/guardians to join along with their students.

When: Click the events below to learn more about the colleges and states included in that region.

BigFuture Days Southeast
Tuesday, February 23, 5:00-9:00 PM ET/2:00-6:00 PM PT

BigFuture Days Northeast
Sunday, March 7, 4:00-8:00 PM ET/1:00-5:00 PM PT

BigFuture Days Midwest
Thursday, March 11, 5:00-9:00 PM ET/2:00-6:00 PM PT

Sign Me Up Now

Pre-Health Career Development

High School students are invited to join undergraduates from UCI and UCLA in a series of workshops regarding health care development in high school and college! This is a chance to ask your questions and get introduced to life as an undergraduate. For more information: and to sign up here.

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The Greater Irvine Chamber presents Career Edge – an award winning, 3-part series addressing the “Soft Skills” any 21st century job seeker will find essential in today’s work world. Successful Business Etiquette & Workplace Behaviors, the second workshop, is scheduled for Saturday, February 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

We offer the series online through Zoom. You must register for the event here.

You will learn how to:

  • adapt and leverage your workplace environment;
  • explore basic business practices, etiquette and those professional attitudes and characteristics that will define you;
  • improve your ability to influence, perform, and manage people, expectations, and situations; and,
  • navigate the demands and expectations of a fast-paced and evolving workplace, and explore a variety of workplace cultures and test your abilities to adapt.

Soft skills are the #1 or #2 item on any employer qualifications list. Be prepared – gain this FREE knowledge to gain the wining advantage!

Financial Aid

Need to complete your Financial Aid/Dream Act application? Here are some helpful resources!

  • The Irvine Valley College Financial Aid Department will be hosting a virtual Cash for College event on Wednesday, February 17th. Please forward the attached flyer to graduating seniors who may need assistance in completing their 2021-22 financial aid application. Workshop is free and open to the public. Students and parents can register for the event at:

  • On 3/2 from 1:30-2:30 pm via Zoom to get one-on one support completing your FAFSA/Dream Act application. Reserve your spot here: Questions email Ms. Rosas Please have the following documents available during the webinar:
  1. Your parents and your FSA ID (For FAFSA filers ONLY) or Dream Act Account (For CADAA filers)
  2. Driver's License, if you have one
  3. Social Security Card, if you have one
  4. Alien Registration Card, if you have one
  5. ITIN, if you have one
  6. List of colleges you are interested in to list on the applications • Most current bank statements
  7. Any records of untaxed income
  8. 2019 tax information (1040’s and W2’s)

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday Noon- 2:00 pm IVC is hosting Financial Aid and Dream Act Application for high school seniors attending IVC in Fall 2021. Come to this free virtual Financial Aid workshop to learn how to apply for grants, loans, and more! We’ll help you complete the FAFSA and CA Dream Act Application or documentation needed to complete your file. They can assist with the following:
  1. FAFSA or CA Dream Act application
  2. Cal Grant
  3. California College Promise Grant Application
  4. Student forms
  5. SAP appeals
  6. Nelnet (choosing how your aid will be disbursed)

If applying for the new 2021-2022 FAFSA (for the Fall 2021-2020 academic year), please have with you:

  1. 2019 tax returns AND W-2 forms
  2. If you are a dependent, have your parents’ tax information

Financial Aid staff will be available from the start of the appointment for two hours. Please Register here.

Senior Scene

February is the shortest month of the year but it’s also a busy month for seniors. Lots of

celebrations February has to offer: Black History Month, Financial Aid Awareness Month,

Groundhog Day, Superbowl LV, Valentines Day and more. Seniors can get very distracted

during this short month but they need to focus more than anything else.

  • Plan your virtual college visit. If you’re one of the lucky ones who knows now where you will be going next fall, congratulations! Many don’t. Now is the time to schedule any last minute visits to the schools on your lists.
  • Keep in touch with your counselor. Make sure you’re on track for graduation. Keep them in the loop on your college plans to solidify your choice.
  • If you haven't already done so, complete your FAFSA. You don’t want to miss out on paying for college and it is due no later than March 2nd.
  • Make memories wherever and whenever you can. It’s been very difficult for you during this pandemic year and we realize this, but if you can capture moments with your friends and families, it will be something to remember for a lifetime.
  • Stay on top of your scholarship applications. Set a goal to complete 2-3 scholarships a week. It’s tedious, we know, but the rewards are fantastic.

So, even though this is a short month, there is plenty for you to do. Good luck.

Junior Junction

Course Selection Updates

  • On February 3, the 11th grade tutorial classes participated in a Course Selection Lesson. If you missed it or would like to review the key highlights please review this video.
  • March 10 is the deadline for changes to online Aeries Course Requests. If you need a refresher on how to add/change Course Requests please review this video.
  • March 11 thru March 30 – Individual Student Meetings with Counselors in Chemistry classes to finalize course selections for 12th grade.

Virtual Counselor Coffee for 11th Grade Parents

  • This year’s Parent “Coffee with the Counselors”is still available in video form for you to view at your convenience. Discussed in the video is reminders, resources, post-secondary planning, and 12th grade course selection. You can post questions for the counselors and find a PDF of the slideshow on this padlet wall.

Counseling Lesson Results: Goal Setting

  • All 11th Grade students participated in a Goal Setting Lesson on January 13 during their tutorial class.
  • ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors standards addressed:
    • M 5. Belief in using abilities to their fullest to achieve high-quality results and outcomes
    • B-SMS 5. Demonstrate perseverance to achieve long- and short-term goals
    • B-LS 4. Apply self-motivation and self direction to learning
  • Learning Objective(s):

1. Students will learn about the importance of goal setting.

2. Students will be able to identify the components of a S.M.A.R.T. goal.

3. Students will engage in an activity to help them practice developing a S.M.A.R.T. goal.

  • Pre/Post Survey Results
    • 97.1% of students Agree or Strongly Agree that they “feel confident in my ability to create and accomplish goals that I set for myself.”
    • 98.1% of students Agree or Strongly Agree that they “know how to create a S.M.A.R.T. Goal.”
    • 97.1% of students Agree or Strongly Agree that they, “can name at least two tools that can help me track my goals.”

School Day Administration of the March SAT Reminders

  • If you are registered for the March 3 SAT please read the below information:
    • SAT with Essay- This test will include the essay portion. You may have read that CollegeBoard recently announced they will be eliminating the essay, but that will not occur until June.
    • The SAT at Beckman will take approximately 4 hrs & 40 minutes for standard tests. This includes pre-administration activities, such as bubbling in personal information. Please plan on your student being on campus from 7:45am-1:15 pm on that day with more precise times to be communicated as we get closer to the date.
    • Emails will be sent, prior to March 3rd, with specific information, such as what time to report, what room to report to, and what to bring.
    • Consider practicing over the next month. Create an account with the Khan Academy and College Board to access free practice resources.
  • Curious about how COVID has impacted college admission testing for the class of 2022? Please review the SAT/ACT FAQ document for updates and relevant info.

Sophomore Stop

Course Selection Updates for Rising Sophomores

  • The Rising Sophomores (current Freshman) Course Selection Guide is now available. Check-out this guide for course selection information and timelines.
  • February 11 thru February 23 – Individual Student Meetings with Counselors in Biology classes to finalize course selections for 10th grade.
  • On February 3, the 9th grade tutorial classes participated in a Course Selection Lesson. If you missed it or would like to review the key highlights please review this video.
  • February 10 is the deadline for changes to online Aeries Course Requests. If you need a refresher on how to add/change Course Requests please review this video.

Virtual Counselor Coffee for 10th Grade Parents

Freshman Forum

If you missed it, the 2021 Spring Freshman Counselor Coffee Presentation can be found here

Please feel free to post any questions on this padlet wall.

We also encourage you to fill out the parent survey

On January 27th, 9th grade students participated in an Aeries 4-Year Planning Lesson.

The lesson provided opportunities for freshman students to be exposed to Beckman’s elective pathways, graduation requirements, A-G requirements, and build their 4-year academic plan in Aeries.

Please find the lesson here and here

ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors standards addressed:

M 4. Understanding that postsecondary education and life-long learning are necessary for long-term career success

B-LS 4. Apply self-motivation and self-direction to learning

B-LS 7. Identify long- and short-term academic goals

Learning Objective(s):

  1. Students will know the high school grad and A-G requirements
  2. Students will know the different pathways offered on campus
  3. Students will enter a 4-year academic plan in Aeries meeting both high school grad and A-G requirements

On February 3rd, 9th grade students participated in a Registration Lesson giving an overview of course selection for 10th grade and upcoming events and information. You can find that lesson here

9th Grade Registration - 9th grade students are currently meeting one-on-one with their 10th grade counselor February 11th - February 23rd to finalize their course requests for 10th grade.

The graph below is the pre and post survey data collected from students during Wednesday's(1/27/21) Aeries 4-year planning lesson. As you can see, students not only gained confidence, but have a 4-year plan, and know how many credits they need to graduate and meet A-G.

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The graph below is the pre and post survey data collected from students during Wednesday's Healthy Habits tutorial lesson. As you can see, students know at least 10 healthy habits, how to turn hindering habits into healthy ones, and at least 6 ways to improve their mental health!
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Upcoming Dates

Parent Events:

  • 2/17 Cash for College Night
  • 2/24 Challenge Success Well-balanced Student
  • 2/25 Empowering your Child's Self-esteem
  • 3/11 Challenge Success A Healthier Approach to College Admissions

Student Events:

  • 2/18 IVC Application Workshop
  • 2/24 Sleep and Technology Lunch & Learn
  • 3/3 Test Anxiety and Strategies Lunch & Learn
  • 3/6 Practice SAT/ACT