BHS School Counseling Newsletter

2017-2018 Volume 4 Issue 1

Welcome Back!

The School Counseling Department would like to welcome all of you back for the 2017-2018 school year. For those of you who are new to BHS, the School Counseling Department shares a newsletter each quarter with the school community in order to communicate important news, dates and programs. As school counselors, we are dedicated to supporting our students academically, personally and socially as well as assisting students with their college/career planning. We strive to help students become active learners and self-advocates. We look forward to working with all students, parents and teachers this year.

Meet the School Counseling Staff

School Counseling Department Chair: Mrs. Toni Corry

School Counselors: Mrs. Dawn (Pappas) Cacchillo, Mrs. Stefanie Mezzanotte, Mrs. Jennifer Ruhle and Mr. Patrick Sullivan

Student Assistance Counselor: Mrs. Joanne Royley

School Psychologist: Ms. LeeAnn Markowski

What is the Role of the School Counselor?

A school counselor’s role is to support students’ individual growth in the following areas: academics, personal/social issues and college/career exploration. Counselors advise students with their academics and help them create four-year plans. Throughout a student’s high school career, counselors help students develop skills such as goal-setting, self-advocacy, problem-solving and decision-making. Counselors are available to help students learn about their personal interests and strengths, develop healthy coping strategies, and assist them during crises. Students see counselors individually, in groups, in advisory and during grade-level seminars. Ultimately, counselors provide support to students throughout their high school experience through collaboration with parents, teachers, administrators, school support personnel and outside resources.

What is the Role of the Student Assistance Counselor?

The goal of the Student Assistance Program is to enhance the resiliency of adolescents who are at-risk for substance use and other destructive behaviors.

The Student Assistance Counselor provides individual and group counseling, coordinates school-wide prevention programs and provides information and referral to treatment services.

To refer a student to a group or for individual counseling, please call Joanne Royley, Student Assistance Counselor in the Guidance Department at 247-3154.

What is the Role of the School Psychologist?

The school psychologist helps students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. By collaborating with parents, teachers, administrators and other professionals, the school psychologist works to create a safe, healthy and supportive learning environment for all students. The school psychologist fulfills her role by providing individual and group counseling for students. To refer a student to the school psychologist, please call Lee-Ann Markowski, the school psychologist at 247-3154.

Upcoming Dates & Deadlines


September 19th - College Fair at McCoy Stadium, 6-8 pm

September 22nd - Last day to register for the October 28th ACT

September 27th - Class of 2021 Graduation Requirements Presentation for parents, 6:00-6:30 pm in the BHS Auditorium

September 27th - BHS Open House, 6:45 pm

September 28th - Barrington-Mount Hope College Fair, 4:30-6:30 pm at Barrington High School

September 29th - Midpoint of the 1st Quarter

September 29th - Last day to register for the PSATs (Grade 11). Parents can register students through their "My SchoolBucks" accounts.

* Grade 10 will take the PSAT10 in April. More info to follow.


October 5th - Last day to register for the November 4th SAT

October 6th - Last day to drop a course without a "W" on a student's transcript

October 7th - SATs

October 11th - PSATs for Grade 11 in school, 7: 30 am

October 28th - ACTs


November 2nd - Last day to register for the December 2nd SAT

November 3rd - Last day to register for the December 9th ACT

November 3rd - End of the 1st Quarter

November 4th - SATs

November 13th - Financial Aid Night, 7:00 pm in the HS Auditorium


Freshman News

  • Counselors will be calling all freshmen down to the School Counseling Office to introduce themselves.
  • We encourage all freshmen to continue getting involved in the school community whether it be through a school club, activity or sport. Activities Handbook
  • Information regarding the new Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2021 will be presented in the high school auditorium on September 27th at 6:00 pm before the Open House. Administration will be providing parents with an overview of the new requirements that the Class of 2021 will have to complete in order to earn their diploma.

Sophomore News

  • Log onto Naviance in order to update your resume and revisit the results of your Personality Inventory. Naviance
  • Counselors will be continuing their work with you on Naviance during the second quarter as we shift our focus to career development.
  • To assist with planning ahead, please note that you will be taking the PSAT 10 on Wednesday, April 11th during the school day. More information will be posted as the test date gets closer.

Junior News

  • Please check the School Counseling website to view when college admissions counselors are visiting BHS. You can sign up to attend a presentation on our X2 page or the School Counseling website. Students pick up a pass in the School Counseling office on the morning of the presentation. College Visit Schedule
  • We welcome you to attend the BHS-Mt. Hope College Fair on 9/28 at BHS from 4:30-6:30 pm. This is a great way to connect with college admissions counselors and learn about many colleges and universities.
  • November: Counselors will be meeting with all juniors in order to help them develop a schedule for taking the SATs and/or ACTs as well as to help them begin their college/career exploration.

Senior News

  • Senior Seminars will be held during Health Classes at the end of September. Counselors will assist seniors with updating their resumes and Individual Learning Plans on Naviance, continuing their career exploration and creating/continuing their Common Application online.
  • September- October: Counselors will be meeting with all seniors individually in order to finalize their career/college plans.
  • Applying to a college or university that is not on the Common Application? Please complete a Transcript Request Form on our the high school's website.

Click on the "Student/Parent Tab".

Then click on "School Counseling",

"Transcipt Requests"

and then your School Counselor's Name.

Contact Information:

220 Lincoln Ave

Barrington, RI 02806

(401) 247-3154

School Counseling Website

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