Office of School Counseling

Friday Sendoff - November 8, 2019

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Trailblazers Have Courage

Being a trailblazer can be a little scary because you can't always see what's in front of you. When students see adults, whether family, mentors, neighbors, or other role models, demonstrating courage and perseverance in the face of struggle, it inspires them to work hard. As school counselors, we empower students and help them to find their inner strength and courage to blaze their own trails. We prepare them for the fear of not knowing what's to come and empower them with the knowledge that they're clearing a path for others to follow.

MUST DO ITEMS - Please read this section carefully

We have several upcoming Mandatory Meetings. Please see below for the dates and times. The registration link for the middle and high school meetings have not gone live yet. We'll add them as soon as they become available.

Upcoming Meetings

Elementary Counselors Meeting

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

3505 Resource Drive

Randallstown, MD

You asked, we listened! We will get a full Conscious Discipline training, including how to infuse it into our lessons, groups, individual sessions, and conversations with staff and families.


https://registration.bcps.org/Event.aspx?Event_DetailID=29243

First Year Counselors Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 21st, 1-3pm

3505 Resource Drive

Randallstown, MD

Middle School Counselors Meeting (morning option)

Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 8-11am

1114 Shawan Road

Cockeysville, MD

This session will provide a basic understanding of multiple gender identifies, a history of gender, basic terminology regarding identities and sexual orientation, techniques to create environments for non-conforming students and staff, and to learn strategies to support students dealing with harassment or micro-aggressions. 3 CEU's will be available.

Middle School Counselors Meeting (afternoon option)

Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 12-3pm

1114 Shawan Road

Cockeysville, MD

This session will provide a basic understanding of multiple gender identifies, a history of gender, basic terminology regarding identities and sexual orientation, techniques to create environments for non-conforming students and staff, and to learn strategies to support students dealing with harassment or micro-aggressions. 3 CEU's will be available.

High School Counselors Meeting (option 1)

Thursday, Dec. 5th, 7:30-10:30am

2034 Greenspring Drive

Lutherville-Timonium, MD

This session will provide a basic understanding of multiple gender identifies, a history of gender, basic terminology regarding identities and sexual orientation, techniques to create environments for non-conforming students and staff, and to learn strategies to support students dealing with harassment or micro-aggressions. 3 CEU's will be available.

High School Counselors Meeting (option 2)

Thursday, Dec. 5th, 11:30am-2:30pm

2034 Greenspring Drive

Lutherville-Timonium, MD

This session will provide a basic understanding of multiple gender identifies, a history of gender, basic terminology regarding identities and sexual orientation, techniques to create environments for non-conforming students and staff, and to learn strategies to support students dealing with harassment or micro-aggressions. 3 CEU's will be available.

Announcements

**NEW** Presentations from the recent MD-SPIN Suicide Prevention Conference are available on their website.


**NEW** The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control has compiled a new webpage – Key Resources on E-cigarettes and Vaping. This new resource provides a “one stop shop” for information and materials to help address youth use of tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices (ESDs) such as e-cigarettes, vapes, and pod devices like JUUL®. As you know, use of these products has skyrocketed over the past few years – with a 78% increase in vaping among high school youth from 2017 to 2018 alone – leading the U.S. Surgeon General to classify this drastic rise in vaping an ‘epidemic’. On the website you will find materials and resources your staff and teachers can share with parents, students, and community members – with individualized links for each audience. There are also programs specifically designed as alternatives to suspension for schools to raise awareness on the harms of these products and to help students quit.


**NEW** Junior Achieve Inspire Parent Night is open to all BCPS families. Families can sign up here. This will be held at the fairgrounds (in the Cow Palace) on 11/12 at 6:00 - 8:00. Maryland's top employers will be there to share career information, as well as the CTE Office and the Office of School Counseling. If you have a moment, please feel free to stop in and get information from area organizations to share with students in your school. This event is meant to be a preview of the Junior Achieve Inspire event for 8th graders on 11/13-11/14 but is open to parents of students in grades 4 - 12. It is a great way to help them make decisions about magnet programs too!


Bilingual Behavioral Health Professionals and Resources for Families

Attached below are 3 documents with local resources for non-English speaking families seeking mental/behavioral health resources. One is a list of local bilingual professionals. The other is the Kennedy Krieger Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress. This program offers FREE mental health services for children and families who have developed emotional or behavior problems as a result of a traumatizing experience. Services include psychiatric evaluation, therapy, consultation with schools, and transportation for the families to attend appointments. We attached 2 flyers - one in English and one in Spanish.


Child Abuse and Neglect Training As a reminder, all staff in your building (as indicated in the photo below) have until 11/8 to complete the online training. After that time, you will receive an email from Sharon with a list of school staff who did not complete the online training. Share the following link: https://bcps-md.safeschools.com/login with those who need to complete the compliance training. Keep in mind that not every BCPS staff member received the online training invitation. Only positions indicated in the picture below need to complete the online training. If you have staff members (ie. interns or volunteers) that need to complete the training in person, contact your specialist for the PowerPoint.


LGBTQ+ Resources A Schoology group was established with GSA Resources. Whether your school has a GSA or not, this would be a great place to get resources, get help starting a GSA, or connect with others who run a GSA. The Schoology code is ZMBZ-4QXP-DKC89.


CPS Updates PowerPoint In the attachments below, you will find the PowerPoint from the 10/30 WebEx. The WebEx recording will be available in the near future.

Staff who must complete the online Child Abuse and Neglect training

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Elementary School Counselors

Oh...The Possibilities!

We're sharing sample elementary counselor calendars show how your schedule could look with planning and duty-free lunch built in. Having your schedule in your Outlook calendar and sharing it with administrators and secretaries keeps everyone in the know. Some of the time slots can be replaced with groups or individual counseling based on your school needs.
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Secondary Department Chairs

**NEW** Unpaid Guest Speakers - Attached is a letter that should be completed by schools/offices for no-charge speakers, such as college and career reps and military recruiters. This letter will soon be posted to the Office of Purchasing intranet page and a BCPS Sup's weekly bulletin item will also be posted.


**NEW** Workforce Job Trends: Updated LMI Summaries from Workforce Development are attached below.


Naviance User Admin If you have not done so already, please review your Naviance users and deactivate any staff who are no longer in your building.


Careers in Construction Staff in the Office of Career and Technology Education, in conjunction with the Associated Builders and Contractors, Baltimore Chapter, invite all interested middle and high school students to participate in the annual Careers in Construction–Build Your Future contractor visit. This event is coordinated with a local construction contractor and will include a student interaction session and pizza lunch or breakfast at a date and time selected. The attachment below contains a memo with additional information, registration form, facilitator guidelines, and student selection sheet. Questions regarding this information should be directed to Valerie Brennan, 443-809-9588 vbrennan@bcps.org or Michelle Butt, 443-742-6125 mbutt@abcbaltimore.org

High School Department Chairs

Don't forget! Please submit your College Counselor Implementation Plan to your specialist by 11/22.

High School Counselors

**NEW** Bank of America Student Leaders Program for Current Juniors and Seniors

This is a unique opportunity for high school juniors & seniors to earn a paid internship at a local non-profit organization and participate in a national leadership summit in Washington DC. Past hosts of our interns have included – Strong City, Teach for America & Guidewell Financial Solutions. This program is unique as there is no academic requirement for admission. They are looking for youth that are passionate about their community and making an impact in the world. (see flyer attached below)


**NEW** Year Up Baltimore The Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC) has partnered with Year Up Baltimore to provide a pathway to career and education. The Year Up Baltimore is a one-year training program for young adults, ages 18-24. It provides an intensive year-long program with a combination of hands-on skills development, coursework eligible for college credit, corporate internships, and wraparound support. For the first six months of the program, students develop technical and professional skills in the classroom. Students apply those skills during the second six months in an internship with one of Year Up’s corporate partners. To provide young adult a stepping stone to their college experience and/or to a career path


Master Course File Attached below is a sample your school can use to document courses for students new to BCPS. Please contact your specialist if you have any questions about classes. If your new student is also a student athlete, please be sure all courses are in the NCAA district list.

Middle School Department Chairs

**NEW** The link for this month's College and Career Newsletter is: https://www.smore.com/je2sn. Please share with families and community members.


**NEW** Remember that fabulous chart of EVERY CTE and magnet program in BCPS that Alicia Fales presented to you in September? We were able to get an electronic version of it. It has been added to the Schoology group in the CTE Resources folder. It is also attached below.

College Counselors

**NEW** FAFSA Line by Line Demo Webinar for students and parents 11/14 @3:00 - 4:00

  • a live demo of the 2020–21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form,
  • online resources to assist students and parents with the FAFSA process, and
  • a live Q&A chat to answer your questions.


**NEW** Discover CCBC Information Sessions The Admissions Office will host Discover CCBC Information Sessions on Saturday, November 9th and Saturday, December 14th at 9a.m. See flyer attached below.


Application Waiver for University of Baltimore UB is partnering with MCAC to provide an application fee waiver code, which is valid until 2/28/2020. The fee waiver code is UBFRESH20 (must be entered in all caps).

MHEC Financial Assistance Programs

State Financial Assistance Programs and Applications


Tuition Waiver for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth


Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients


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.

College Fly-Ins

**NEW** York College Counselors Breakfasts on 11/9, 11/16, and 12/7
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Recently added/updated Scholarships in Naviance

Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program

Imagine-America Scholarship

Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship

Girls in STEM Scholarship Award

NRA Civil Rights Scholarship

RevPart STEM Scholarship

Rove Pest Control Scholarship

Student Education and Leadership Fund Scholarship

Video Game Design Scholarship

The No Sweat Scholarship

Relevant Bulletin Items

November 1, 2019 Bulletin

https://intranet.bcps.org/superintendent/bulletin/2019/1101/Bulletin110119.pdf


816. TEAM BCPS DELETING NEGATIVITY: WORDS MATTER - NOVEMBER 2019

826. COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS – HIGH SCHOOL EARLY COLLEGE ACCESS PROGRAM (ECAP) LIAISON MEETING

840. SPECIAL EDUCATION – OVERCOMING DEPRESSION: FUNCTIONAL COPING SKILLS FOR TEENS AND TWEENS

841. SPECIAL EDUCATION - SENSORY STRATEGIES AT HOME AND SCHOOL

845. MARYLAND STATE RETIREMENT SYSTEM FALL 2019 PRERETIREMENT SEMINARS

847. OPERATION JOY FOR FAMILIES IDENTIFIED AS HOMELESS

851. BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY 4102, Sexual Harassment

Leadership

Intern Supervision – Interested in hosting an Intern in the Spring of 2020? If so, please complete this survey. Internship placement will be made based upon the needs of the intern. Everyone will be considered, but not all will receive an intern. We will do our best to provide interested supervisors with an intern placement.

Professional Development

**NEW** Anxiety and Action - this FREE PD is offered by MSCA. December 6th @10:00 - 2:00 in Columbia. Flyer is attached below. 2.5 CEU's will be available. (NOT Lauryn's Law)


**NEW** "Lunch & Learn" sessions provided by the Maryland Suicide Prevention & Early Intervention Network (MD-SPIN)

Traumatic Brain Injury & Suicide Risk 11/21 @12:00 - 1:00

Our Duty to Protect: Suicide Prevention for Mental Health Clinicians 12/19 @ 12:00 - 1:00

Register for either or both here. (The link may be blocked on BCPS wifi, so you may need to access it elsewhere).


**NEW** Upcoming YMHFA Course with Heather Radebaugh and Anne Galvin Thursday, 11/14 & Thursday, 11/21 @ 4:30-8:30 pm at Campfield ELC. You must attend both nights to earn the 8 CEU's.


**NEW** Are you an LCPC looking to become a Board-Approved Supervisor? LCPCM has an upcoming Supervision Workshop. December 12-13 in Columbia. 18 CEU's

If you plan to attend any professional developments during the school day (outside of our mandatory meetings), you must get permission from your principal to be out of the building for that time.
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Resource Roundup

**NEW** Check out this idea from Counselor Keri!! Games that Teach Self-Control 6 out of the 10 don't require any materials! (Warning - the link may not work in BCPS wifi. You may need to pull it up elsewhere.)


Lending Library Items of the Week:

Building Resilience in Students Impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Whole-Staff Approach

This workbook-style resource shows K-12 educators how to integrate trauma-informed strategies into daily instructional practice through expanded focus on:

  • The experiences and challenges of students impacted by ACEs, including suicidal tendencies, cyberbullying, and drugs
  • Behavior as a form of communication and how to explicitly teach new behaviors
  • How to mitigate trauma and build innate resiliency


Healing Days: A Guide For Kids Who Have Experienced Trauma emphasizes that children are not to blame for what happened, and that they can get help and look forward to a happy future. Kids will begin to understand their response to the trauma and learn some strategies for feeling safer, more relaxed, and more confident.


Kids will begin to understand their response to the trauma and learn some strategies for feeling safer, more relaxed, and more confident.

You can download an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers including a list of helpful resources from APA.org.

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Office of School Counseling Lending Library

Inspiration and Good News

BCACD Substance Abuse PD

First Year Counselors CTE Exploration Day

Milford Mill HBCU College Fair

Look at the smiles on these seniors' faces after receiving instant admissions!

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

GSA Sponsors (LGBTQ+ resources): ZMBZ-4QXP-DKC89

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.