Office of School Counseling
Friday Sendoff - October 25, 2019
Trailblazers are Trusted Adults
MUST DO ITEMS - Please read this section carefully
Some reminders about the School Counseling Program Plans and Closing the Gap Action Plans:
- Your individual program plans are due November 1, 2019
- The timeline and resources are located in the 9/6/2019 newsletter.
- Departments can create one program plan for the whole group but each counselor must have their own action plans. No 2 counselors should be targeting the same students in their action plans.
- Counselors who are split between 2 schools must create 3 action plans for each of their schools.
- While there are 4 categories of Action Plan goals provided (Academic, Attendance, Climate, Post-Secondary), there is no requirement as to how many action plans you should have for each category. Nor is it a requirement to do 1 of each. Action Plans are based on the individual school's needs.
- The Program Plan template as well as links to the BCPS Blueprint 2.0 and ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors are all available in the Program Plan resources folders in your Schoology Groups.
- The Padlet created in the Elementary Closing the Gap session is also available in the Elementary Schoology group.
- Please submit your program plan to your assigned Specialist only.
West Zone - MaatenRe
East Zone - Jen
Central Secondary - MaatenRe
Central Elementary - Jen
CTE Exploration Day for 1st Year Counselors
Thursday, Nov. 7th, 7:30-11:15am
1901 Delvale Avenue
Elementary Counselors Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 21st, 9:30am-12:30pm
3505 Resource Drive
First Year Counselors Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 21st, 12-3pm
3505 Resource Drive
**NEW** Stella Maris Loss of Loved One Support Group for Teens Mondays, November 4 – December 16, 2019 @ 6:00-7:30 p.m. To register or for more information, please call 410-252-4500 ext. 7291 or email email@example.com. Cost is $120 ($60 each additional sibling). Sliding-fees are available. (flyer attached below)
**NEW** NAMI Basics - Workshop for Parents/Guardians of Children and Teens with Mental Health Issues Please help promote this FREE opportunity for parents and guardians to get resources and skills to support their children struggling with mental illness. The flyer is attached below. Please share with your School Based Mental Health clinicians and PPW's so that they can reach out to families as well.
**NEW** Questions about CEU's, Graduate Credits, Lauryn's Law, and Certification Renewal?
We understand that this new requirement is creating some anxiety and a lot of questions. There are many resources out there to support you. The MSDE School Counselor Renewal information page lays out the description of course requirements and provides links to local courses that fulfill the Lauryn's Law requirement. Additionally, the last 4 pages of the School Counseling Program Plan have a detailed description of the requirements, the contact information at the Office of Certification, as well as a place for you to log your classes, PD's, and other coursework to earn credits/CEU's toward your certification. We highly recommend reading through this section of the program plan and using it to guide you through this process. We created this section of the document in partnership with the Office of Certification in order to be sure that everything is accurate. As always, we will continue to share local courses, conferences and professional learning opportunities to earn credits and CEU's here in the weekly send-off.
Handle with Care - We had a few questions about the determination for notification to school principals. An SRO shared that there's no threshold to make schools aware of an incident that occurred within the community. It seems that the notifications occur for serious situations but more likely on a case by case basis. This happens because it's not protocol to ask children where they attend school when responding to a call. They're typically engaging in small talk with a child who could be traumatized by the event. As the process evolves, we'll likely see increased notifications.
DSS STATE CLOSINGS - if you tried calling CPS on Columbus Day, you learned that DSS was closed for the Columbus Day holiday. There is a recording available that gives the number for the After Hours Line (410-583-9398), which should be used anytime the office is closed. Just so you know, DSS has another State closure coming up when schools are open on Veteran's Day 11/11/19.
EMPLOYEE WELLNESS FACEBOOK PAGE
Employee Wellness now has a Facebook page. The purpose of the page is to keep employees informed, engaged, and connected to all of the Employee Wellness initiatives and incentives that are offered throughout the year. Employees are welcome to request to become a member of the group. Once accepted, employees will receive communication on various health and wellness opportunities as they become available.
Elementary School Counselors
**NEW** Bully Proof
US Naval Academy Summer STEM
Do you have students thinking of a career as a coder, game developer, designer, or robotics engineer? Then they should start with the experience of a world-class program like the Naval Academy’s Summer STEM Program.
STEM is all about exploring, creating, building, and making things better, and at our Summer STEM Program, they’ll do just that. They'll work with students from all over the country as they test your problem-solving, creativity, and collaboration skills.
High School Department Chairs
**NEW** The Office of Health Education Would Like Your Input! Please complete this short survey to help them make decisions about future course offerings for high school students.
**NEW** Updating your Naviance Journal Timeline If your journals are saved in a time zone other than Eastern, there is a way to change the time zone at the school level. Please follow the directions below:
- Hover over the Gear Icon (upper right hand corner) > Click Setup
- Click Preferences > Click Set Time Zone
- Change the Daylight Saving to active from the pull down menu
- Click Update
High School Counselors
**NEW** The National Security Agency (NSA) is looking for high school juniors and seniors who possess outstanding academic credentials in the areas of business, computer, engineering, graphic arts, manufacturing, construction, Chinese language and Russian language. Flyers for 2 different opportunities and an overview of all NSA programs are attached below.
US Naval Academy Summer Seminar If you have students in their junior year of high school and are considering the Naval Academy, it's strongly recommend they consider applying to Summer Seminar. Summer Seminar will introduce you to life at the Academy, where they'll experience first-class academic, athletic, and professional training. click the link below for more information.
Monthly Job Outlook Information - See attachments below
Register Today for FAFSA® Webinars in October
Upcoming College Fairs
School Based College Fairs
Milford Mill Academy HBCU Fair - November 7th at 10am
Scholarships Recently Activated in Naviance
Terry Newendorp Environmental Scholarship
BPM Rays of Hope Scholarship
Champions of Justice and Well-being Scholarship
Dell Scholars Program scholarship
Everipedia Tech Titans Diversity Scholarship
Naval Academy Nominations - During our meeting, the Commander explained that part of the application process involved four nominations students must obtain, each with their own deadline. Below is a link to more information about nominations (reminder: the Vice President nomination is the easiest and should be one students definitely apply for).
Ben Cardin service academy nomination process:
Chris Van Hollen service academy nomination process:
Elijah Cummings service academy nomination process:
MHEC Financial Assistance Programs
FAFSA Demo Site - The 2020–21 FAFSA® demo site became available on Sunday, Sept. 29. The demo site is a learning tool you can use to complete a sample FAFSA form. View the demo site at fafsademo.test.ed.gov.
UMBC College Application Waiver - The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) has partnered with the Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC) to provide an application fee waiver for participating schools in the college campaign. The application fee waiver code, MCAC2019, has been added as one of the UMBC specific fee waivers on the Common App. Currently the code is available for use for the 2019-2020 application cycle (through July 31, 2020).
Common Black College App: FEE REDUCTION - BCPS seniors may apply to the 56 member HBCU's with the promotion code for only $15. Please encourage your students to select “Apply All” when completing the CBCA. To apply, click the link below:
- https://commonblackcollegeapp.com/ The promo code is: bcps2020
NACAC Request for Admission Application Fee Waiver
Students who have limited financial resources may use the NACAC Request for Application Fee Waiver Form when applying for college. The form — aimed at students planning to enroll in post-secondary education immediately following high school graduation — helps ensure that access to college is possible for all.
Hood College - No application fee
Hood College has requested to partner with the Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC). There is no application fee for Hood College.
The following are resources around the Hood College application process.
This links is to their first-year admission website and has the application requirements and deadlines. Attached is also a link to a portion of their website specifically geared towards high school counselors, especially helpful if you 're not very familiar with Hood College.
Please feel free to contact the admission counselor listed below if there is additional information that would be helpful as you are working with students.
Becca Reitmeyer, Admission Counselor
Office Phone 301-696-3408
Cell Phone 301-846-8415
Depaul Counselor Fly-In - We are inviting a select group of high school counselors to get an up-close look at our cutting-edge facilities, meet our dynamic faculty, and discover the wealth of educational and extracurricular opportunities available to students at the nation’s largest Catholic university.
Our hope is that our attendees will leave this experience knowing more about our institution and with a stronger connection to the DePaul Admission staff who will support you and your students during their college search process.
May 31 – June 2, 2020
DePaul University in Chicago, IL
DePaul will be providing the following:
- Airfare to and from Chicago, IL
- Transportation to and from the airport
- Accommodations for all nights of the program (2 participants per room)
- All meals and scheduled activities during the program
This program is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, please complete the Discover DePaul Tour 2020 interest form here.
Interest form submissions to attend will be accepted until Friday, November 15, 2019. Respondents will be notified in mid-December if they have been selected to attend.
Relevant Bulletin Items
October 18, 2019 Bulletin
719. BRING NEIGHBORS AND COLLEAGUES TO MEET THE SUPERINTENDENT
721. THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF BCPS – 21ST CENTURY INSTRUCTIONAL INITIATIVE GRANTS
732. CONSCIOUS DISCIPLINE IN THE CLASSROOM – TEACHERS NEW TO CONSCIOUS DISCIPLINE CURRICULUM (PreK – GRADE 3 ONLY)
744. SPECIAL EDUCATION – GIVING A FISH A BATH: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE ADOLESCENT MIND
747. SPECIAL EDUCATION – OVERCOMING DEPRESSION: FUNCTIONAL COPING SKILLS FOR TEENS AND TWEENS
748. SPECIAL EDUCATION – ROOTS AND WINGS: PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
755. TITLE I PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: MCKINNEY-VENTO SCHOOL-BASED LIAISON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FALL 2019
758. ATTENDANCE AWARENESS MONTH 2019-2020
759. BCPS MARCHING BANDS TO TAKE THE FIELD
761. ESOL – NEW ELEMENTARY ESOL PROGRESS REPORTS
762. MANDATORY STUDENT DATA PRIVACY COMPLIANCE TRAINING
763. MARYLAND RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL ASSOCIATION (MRSPA) MINI-GRANTS
764. MULTILINGUAL MAGNET PROGRAM INFORMATION VIDEOS AVAILABLE!
766. OPERATION JOY FOR FAMILIES IDENTIFIED AS HOMELESS
767. RED RIBBON WEEK
768. REQUIRED ONLINE CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT ANNUAL TRAINING MODULE REMINDER
771. TEAM BCPS DELETING NEGATIVITY: WORDS MATTER - NOVEMBER 2019
772. TITLE I ANNOUNCEMENT: SCHOOL-BASED HOMELESS LIAISON ROLE
**NEW** 13th Annual CCS Conference - Bearing Witness to Racial Trauma: The Role of the Therapist/Supervisor - December 6, 2019 @ 8:30 -12:00 on the HCC campus (see flyer below)
**NEW**How to Use Games Therapeutically in Play Therapy Earn 3 CEU's November 7th @ 1:00 in Owings Mills
**NEW**Trauma Through the Life Span Earn 1.5 CEUs November 19th @12:30 in White Marsh. (flyer attached below)
**NEW**Understanding the Many Faces of ADHD Live Webinar November 20th
**NEW**Neuroscience Tricks for Anxiety, Panic and, Worry Earn 6 CEUs November 21st @ 10:00 in Owings Mills
**NEW**Supervision and Leadership, Management Seminar (required course for becoming an LCPC Board-Approved Supervisor) Earn 12 CEU's January 16 & 23 in Hereford
Lending Library Items of the Week:
- Includes 192 icebreaker questions, 48 blocks and 24 blank cards with pencil erasable surface
- Use Icebreaker cards to start playing right away
- Use blank cards to write and add your questions along the way
- 2+ players, ages 8 and up
- Conversations starters with questions ranging from hilarious to thought-provoking
- Ages 13 and up, 135 questions in a beautiful 4-inch cube
Office of School Counseling Lending Library
Email Sharon Holter to borrow any items from our Lending Library.
Inspiration and Good News
Schoology Access Codes
Elementary Counseling Curriculum: M4HSN-FCFN4
Secondary Counseling Curriculum: CFBV7-B6PCM
Threat Management: Q6RHK-WHHVC
College and Career Counseling: PFZD6-65N4V
Curriculum Updates: T7BM2-R8JSC
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