Office of School Counseling

Friday Sendoff - October 25, 2019

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Trailblazers are Trusted Adults

Obstacles and challenges on a trail offer opportunities for hikers to work together lean on each other to get through some of the more challenging areas of the journey. In order for students to successfully navigate situations, they need to utilize protective factors and have a trusted adult in the building. Trailblazing counselors, are uniquely positioned to be that supportive presence for your students. It's true that most students are able to manage life challenges but the walk is so much easier with your support!

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

Upcoming Meetings

CTE Exploration Day for 1st Year Counselors

Thursday, Nov. 7th, 7:30-11:15am

1901 Delvale Avenue

Dundalk, MD

Once again, we are partnering with the CTE office to provide a day for 1st Year Counselors new to BCPS to learn about the CTE programs offered in BCPS. Meet current students in CTE programs, tour the classrooms, learn about the coursework, and get information to help your students set both academic and post-secondary goals.

Elementary Counselors Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 21st, 9:30am-12:30pm

3505 Resource Drive

Randallstown, MD

First Year Counselors Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 21st, 12-3pm

3505 Resource Drive

Randallstown, MD

Announcements

**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 hbenassi@stellamaris.org. 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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BCPSEmployeeWellness/

Elementary School Counselors

**NEW** SEL Survey and Handout - Attached below you will find handouts from the 10/17 SEL presentation. If you are interested in doing the "Backpack Activity" with your staff or another audience, please contact your specialist for more information.

**NEW** Bully Proof

This anti-bullying rap song by 2nd grader Lil Money Mike went viral! It’s called “Bully Proof”
Lil Money Mike Bully Proof Official Video

Secondary Counselors

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:

  1. Hover over the Gear Icon (upper right hand corner) > Click Setup
  2. Click Preferences > Click Set Time Zone
  3. Change the Daylight Saving to active from the pull down menu
  4. 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

Federal Student Aid is hosting webinars in October about updates to the upcoming 2020–21 FAFSA® form as well as enhancements and a walkthrough of our myStudentAid mobile app. There will also be a live Q&A chat available for you to submit your questions. Current parents, students, and college access professionals are all welcome to register.

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

College Counselors

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).


https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Apply/Nomination-Sources.php


Ben Cardin service academy nomination process:

https://www.cardin.senate.gov/help/service-academy


Chris Van Hollen service academy nomination process:

https://www.vanhollen.senate.gov/constituent-services/academy-nominations


Elijah Cummings service academy nomination process:

https://cummings.house.gov/services/service-academy-nominations

MHEC Financial Assistance Programs

State Financial Assistance Programs and Applications


Tuition Waiver for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth


Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients



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:



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.

https://www.hood.edu/admission-aid/first-year-students/first-year-admission

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.

https://www.hood.edu/admission-aid/school-counselors

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

Email reitmeyer@hood.edu

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College Fly-Ins

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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.

Event Details:

WHAT:

Discover DePaul Tour 2020

WHEN:

May 31 – June 2, 2020

WHERE:

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

https://intranet.bcps.org/superintendent/bulletin/2019/1018/Bulletin101819.pdf


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

Professional Development

**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

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Resource Roundup

Lending Library Items of the Week:


Totika

  • 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


TableTopics Teen: Questions to Start Great Conversations


  • 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

Idea Sharing

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Shred It!

This mini paper shredder facebook find is a great way for students to process, write and discard what you're working through during group or individual counseling. It's available on Amazon for $12!

Inspiration and Good News

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Websites

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

Contact Information

Naviance Support: 1-866-337-0080 option 2 & support@naviance.com

Signup Genius Support: support@signupgenius.com

CPS email address: dhr.baltimorecountycps@maryland.gov

MHEC FAFSA Completion (MD CAPS): fafsa.mhec@maryland.gov

Counselor T-Shirt Designs

Want to make a custom shirt for you or your department? Check out these svg desgins. There's a kiosk outside of Burlington in Security Mall that can make one for you.