Counseling Corner

Brighton High School Counseling Office

Updates for BHS Students & Families

August 2021

Dear Families,

We hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather and time off! We've been taking some much needed breaks here and there, but we're also hard at work trying to prepare for the fall.

To our new students and 9th grade families- WELCOME TO BHS! We look forward to meeting you in the near future. We use this monthly newsletter to keep families informed of what is going on in our office and the community as related to academic, career and social-emotional learning.

Our department works closely with one another to support you throughout your time in high school. Here are the counseling team members who will be helping you in the coming school year:

School Counselors

Kevin Donohue

Keri Crowley

Courtney Stern (College & Career Counselor)

Jennie Viggiani (Counseling Coordinator)

Travis Figueroa

Holly Juliano

School Social Workers

Julie Bianchi (AIM)

Lance Mitchell

School Psychologists

Erin Merydith

Heather Gabriel

Counseling Secretaries

Jane Ingle

Sandy Hellman


Mary Ellen Schultz

Josie Leyens

Below are a few reminders from our office. We also have some great updates of things happening this summer throughout the newsletter.

  • The Counseling Office is open Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm.
  • Counselors and mental health staff are in regularly throughout the summer, but not every day.
  • Please use the BHS Counseling Office phone number and school emails to connect with your counselor. If we are not in the office on a given day, we will get back to you as soon as we are. Contact information can be found on our website:
  • If you would like to schedule an appointment with your counselor (in-person or via Zoom), you can do so using our Calendly links.

We'll be back in touch with another newsletter in September after school begins. We wish you all peace and wellness, and relaxing rest of summer!


BHS Counseling Office

(585) 242-5000 x4526

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SAVE THE DATES- 9th Grade and New Student Orientations

BHS Administration and Link Crew will be hosting two orientations later this summer for new students and families. More details were included in a letter from Dr. Hall.

New Transfer Student/Parent orientation

Wednesday, September 1st at 6:00 PM in room 262 at BHS.

This orientation is for families of new transfer students.

9th Grade Student and NEW Transfer Link Crew Orientation

Thursday, September 2nd from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the BHS Gym.

This orientation is for all incoming 9th grade students and transfer students in grades 10, 11, and 12.

Please contact the main office if you have any questions regarding orientation.


It's a good idea to apply for a work permit prior to seeking employment!

Please follow the steps below for a work permit:

Step 1: AT-17 Form

Complete Part 1 only at the top of the AT-17 form. This can be picked up in the Counseling office or using the following link:

It requires a parent signature. This can be done with pen or with a digital signature using Acrobat reader or a hand signature. The following link can be used if you chose a digital signature:

Step 2: Health Form

A health form from a physical dated within the last 12 months is necessary.

Step 3: Email both forms

Drop off or Email the AT-17 form to

Email the health form to

**All questions can be directed to Jane Ingle, Counseling Office Secretary

Step 4: Student signature

Once the appropriate forms have been received and approved by the school nurse, please see Mrs. Ingle in the Counseling Office to pick up your work permit.

Due to Covid 19, New York State has waived the requirement of having the student sign the permit in the presence of a school staff member. The card should be signed by the student upon receipt and prior to being presented to an employer.


Work Based Learning

While we aren't certain what this fall will bring, we are planning for the best case scenarios. Please see below if you are interested in any of our WBL programs:

General Work Experience

  • Have a job this summer or during the school year?
  • Will you work at least 150 hours?
  • Are you a rising junior or a senior?
  • If you answered yes to the questions above, contact Mrs. Stern about earning HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT next year just for having a job!

Professional Internship/Job Shadowing

If COVID allows, we can work together to figure out a career exploration plan!

For more detailed information on either programs, please check out our site:

Email Mrs. Stern if you are interested in either of these programs.

Calling all mentors- we need placements for student interns!

Hands on experiences are the best way to learn more about the career opportunities available to our young adults. And our students are asking for them! When we thought about who our students could learn from, we wanted to first look to the professionals in our own back yard.

PARENTS- If you are interested in possibly hosting a student for a Job Shadow experience or Professional Internship in the future, we encourage you to fill out the survey below. There is no obligation to host a student shadow or intern currently. It is merely helping us to create a network of professionals in our community. If you have paid jobs available for students, please email Courtney Stern directly.

If you have any questions regarding the programs below, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. Thank you in advance for considering hosting a student shadow or intern in the future!

Students- if you are interested in a Job Shadow, Internship or earning credit for your Work Experience next year, reach out to Mrs. Stern and we can see what we can do!

Courtney Stern, College & Career Counselor

Sam Rizzo, CTE Coordinator

Class of 2022


Parents- WE NEED YOUR HELP! YOU are the ones who know your kids the best, so please take a few minutes to brag about them to their counselor. We love hearing your stories and often use your comments in our letters of rec:

Please complete this before August 13th


A summer edition of our Senior Newsletter will be sent to you on THURSDAY, and then weekly September through December. This will be packed with information and updates from our office, so be sure to read it!


Check out the Crossroads Yearbook page!

Portrait submissions will begin August 15th and will be accepted through November 30th, 2021.

Contact Yearbook Advisor, Jennilyn Pickering if you have any questions.

Jennilyn Pickering

21-22 Scheduling

We are working hard to balance student schedules and resolve student course conflicts that have developed since the creation of our master schedule. Things may be different, so there is a lot of work to do!

You will be given access to view your schedules late this month.

Administration has asked us to limit any new adjustments to student schedules until further notice, unless a student:

  • does not have enough courses to meet full-time enrollment requirements (minimum of five classes plus physical education per semester)
  • is missing a required course for graduation
  • has scheduled too many courses and wants to make adjustments
  • is requesting a level change
  • are missing Counseling Seminar- 12th & 10th- fall semester, 9th & 11th- spring semester.

Our staffing and course assignments for the 2021-2022 school year have been determined based on student course selections from January to June 1, 2021. Due to this, we will not be able to honor requests to switch electives or select teachers. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the classes they have chosen for the first six days of classes.

We greatly appreciate your understanding.

College & Career


Continue to check college websites- some college campuses are beginning to offer individualized/small group campus visits. If you are able and have the time, this summer would be a great time to get on campus.

RIT- College & Careers!

Monday, Aug. 3rd 2020 at 12am to Thursday, Aug. 6th 2020 at 12am

This is an online event.

College & Careers is a unique opportunity for you to interact with college faculty, explore career interests, learn something new about yourself, and prepare for your next academic endeavor. This annual program is designed specifically to provide rising high school seniors and their parents the information they need to successfully navigate the college admissions process.

This year, College & Careers will be hosted virtually, at no cost to you. From August 3-6, we'll be offering over 70 interactive workshops, presentations, Q&A sessions and more. This experience is designed like a conference. You can register for up to 5 workshops, with sessions designed so you can learn about your area of interest in just two days. Plus join us for optional college planning presentations with your family. Empower yourself and inform your decision-making for the future with RIT, where we're always on to something amazing.

Click here for more information and to register:

NYSACAC Summer Virtual College Fair!

Thursday, Aug. 13th 2020 at 2-7pm

This is an online event.

Virtual College Fair
Thursday, August 13
2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Registration is now open for the fair! Jumpstart your college search and applications this August! NYSACAC is hosting our first virtual college event for students and families across New York State. Students will have the opportunity to attend sessions on:

  • the virtual college search
  • what the move to test-optional means for their application
  • financial aid and financing college
  • starting the college essay and the Common Application, and more!

Registration is now open, and can be found here:

Feel free to contact for any additional information!

Virtual College Exploration Experiences

The Regional Admissions Officers of Metro NYC (ROAM) are proud to announce the upcoming summer webinars for high school students.

Register here:

July 28th @ 5:30-6:30PM: Holistic Review: Navigating the New Normal in Blended Learning

August 4th @ 5:30-6:30PM: Financing Your Education

August 18th @ 5:30-6:30PM: Opportunity Programs (HEOP, EOP etc)

September 1st @ 5:30-6:30PM: There's More To NY Than NYC: Going to College "Upstate"

September 15th @ 5:30-6:30PM: What are Pre-Professional Tracks (Pre-Law, Pre-Med...)

Ways to get "on campus"

Although you can't physically get on campus right now, this is a great time to take a virtual trip! Check out these resources:

  • Individual college websites
  • Naviance (many of the colleges have videos and interactive information posted there)
  • - over 15,000 real videos, tours and experiences from 300+ college campuses, created by current students
  • Thanks to an incredible colleague in a College Admissions Counselor group who put together this working excel file. Including demographic data from College Board, she lists colleges in the US and Canada who offer virtual tours, youtube channels, etc. UK coming soon!

Volunteer/Internship/Work Opportunities

Agape Black Belt Center

ABBC is look for volunteers to help with their summer camps and afterschool programs.

Volunteering is something that we use as a prerequisite for GETTING A PAID POSITION as part of the After School staff during the school year, and we just opened applications for high school students! Students who have volunteer experience with us will be considered for paid staff positions if they apply, but we are also looking to bringing on more volunteers for the school year and possibly new staff members depending on if the applicant is qualified! We would like to extend this invitation to BHS students once more, just in case they were not able to join us this summer.

We are looking for applicants who:

  • Are14 years or older
  • Have at least a B average
  • Can commit to 2 weekdays or more (3:00 - 6:30 PM) during the school year
  • Are respectful, responsible, intuitive, and hardworking

Here is the link for students who wish to apply:

If they have any questions, please have them contact me via email. I would be more than happy to give them more information!

Thank you again and have a great rest of your summer!


Hailey Ra

Girls On The Run

Good afternoon, I hope this email finds you well. We are looking for Junior Coaches for our Fall Season at GOTR. This is a wonderful opportunity for young women ages 16-18 to volunteer with our local community elementary and middle school students. We are more than happy to provide a letter of service for those who are interested. Please see a description of the position below and if you know of anyone who might be interested, please let us know or have them contact us at this email address or

The Junior Coach is a volunteer position for high school students to assist the Head and Assistant Coaches at a Girls on the Run program site. The position entails approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for a 8-week commitment.


  • Junior Coach must be 16-18 years old
  • Must be a high school student
  • Attend Girls on the Run coach training
  • Able to attend practices once or twice per week
  • Have fun!


  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Assist with setting up and breaking down of games and lessons
  • Provide one-on-one attention to program participants
  • Participate in games and workouts with the girls
  • Lead an activity with assistance and supervision of the Head Coach if desired
  • Participate in the site based Your K Your Way



Jeni Bohrer | Program Coordinator

Girls on the Run of Greater Rochester

PO Box 21

Victor, NY 14564

585 662-5980 Office / 585 430-9020 Cell

Overview of the College Search Process

Join Megan Sarkis, Assistant Director of Admissions from SUNY Brockport, as she shares her insider tips and her view from behind the desk.
Overview of the College Search Process with Megan Sarkis (Undergraduate Admissions) | SUNY Brockport

SAT & ACT Updates

If you have questions specific to BHS testing procedures, please reach out to Kristin Haughey: As things are changing so often, please refer to the testing sites for updated information:

Standardized exams have traditionally been a part of the college application. This year, due to COVID, many schools allowed students the option of submitting test scores or not. We aren't 100% sure what next year's admissions process/testing policies will look like and many schools are extending their test-optional policies for next year already. But, it's safe to say it's a good idea to get an exam or two under your belt if you are thinking of applying to a four-year college. Below is some brief information about the two exams and the website to check out to get more information/sign up for the exams.


  • Designed to measure academic aptitude in verbal and numerical reasoning.
  • Test Content: Reading, Math and Writing.
  • Cost $55.00 (w/o writing)


  • Designed to measure academic achievement.
  • Test Content: English, Math, Reading and Science Reasoning.
  • Cost $60.00 (w/o writing)
  • Cost $80.00 (with writing)

Visit for a list of colleges that do not require standardized tests. Check in with your counselor about a Fee Waiver , if needed, to help cover the costs of the exams.



SAT- The BHS Counseling Office applies for all College Board test mods prior to your sophomore year (this summer). If approved, these will apply to all future SAT & AP Exams

ACT- you MUST REGISTER FOR AN ACT EXAM before we can apply for your test mods. Be sure to sign up early, indicate you will be requesting accommodations, and let your counselor know ASAP so we can get them processed before the test date. This typically takes 6-8 weeks.

Remember- both College Board and ACT are private companies. They have the right to approve or deny any test modifications you may have. If you have any questions, please reach out to your counselor or College Board/ACT for more information.


FREE Online Proctored SAT & ACT Exams

Our friends at Chariot Learning will be running free online practice tests! All the details will be on their calendar:


As ever, we are hosting a full season of free proctored practice tests and informational seminars. We've administered over 600 free tests through the last 12 socially-distanced months and are ready to run 600 more this summer if you help spread the word. All of the dates below will be remote, but we will likely add some in-person dates at select locations:

SAT (10am-2pm EST)




ACT (10am-2pm EST)


Parent SAT/ACT Q&A (Our classic parent informational session - 6:30-7:30pm EST)


Health and Wellness

Please check out the district's COVID-19 website for important updates, FAQs and information:

We have updated our BHS Counseling Department Mental Health page with resources specific to managing stress and anxiety related to this pandemic and counseling supports available in the community. Please check them out here:

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