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Counseling Corner: September

Wellness Corner

Challenge Success: Going back to school can be particularly challenging for teens. Making new friends, stresses outside of school, and the motivation to attend can add to the pressure. Listen to this episode as they approach the discussion through the lens of parents, teachers and the teens themselves. 15 Ways to Help Teens & Tweens Adjust to Going Back to School

Local Opportunity

College and Career Resources

Tustin Unified School District will be hosting a College & Career Fair with representatives from dozens of different colleges and universities who will be available to answer your questions and provide information about their campuses. In addition, there will be workshops on Financial Aid and NCAA eligibility, as well as the UC, Cal State, and community college systems.

When: November 4, 2019

Where: Tustin High School Gym


Check out the colleges that will be visiting Beckman this fall. College visits are held during student break and lunch in the Career Center.

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NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fair is on September 22nd in LA. Learn more and register here: https://www.nacacfairs.org/attend/pva/

AP Exam Registration Information

Senior Scene

  • If you missed 12th Grade B Prepared for Post-secondary Success, you can view the presentation here.

  • Seniors met individually with their counselors in their Government/Economics classes. Graduation status, college planning updates, testing, etc.

  • As soon as possible and if needed, make sure you ask your teachers to write letters of recommendations. Many teachers will have a quota that once reached, will not take on anymore seniors. Don’t wait until the last minute!

  • Register still for the SAT or ACT given in October, November & December. You can also take the SAT subject exams, which is a good idea if there's a particular subject you excel.

  • Work on your applications. If you are using the Common Application, make sure each application is tailored to the school. Don’t make the mistake of copying and pasting and forgetting to change the name of the college.

  • A reminder that if your colleges require a counselor recommendation, you must submit your BCAP through Google Classroom by 9/16 (TODAY) for EA/ED/REA or 10/16 for regular admission.

  • If you're looking for scholarships, Going Merry is a great place to search. Watch the video below for more information on how it works.
Going Merry: One Place for All Scholarships

Junior Junction

  • We encourage you to explore career options, college majors, and a wide variety of post-secondary programs. See below for a list of resources to help you get started!


  • Looking to get involved? Give back to your community by engaging in service! One OC is an organization that posts a wide variety of volunteer opportunities from local Non-Profit organizations.


  • Reminder: If you registered for the PSAT please arrive to the BHS Gym at 7:45 AM on Saturday, October 19.

Sophomore Stop


  • Parents, please plan to attend 'B' Prepared for Next Steps Grades 10 & 11 sponsored by Ed Fund on Oct 2nd at 6:30 pm in the PAC. It will be an updated and new presentation. Join us!

  • Sophomores should set goals for the school year that are attainable and healthy. This is subjective to each student and parents should be aware of any undue stress that their student is facing.

  • Engage in activities at school; go to games and try to attend a dance. Join clubs during Club Rush as colleges value club participation, especially in leadership roles.

  • Make appointments to talk to your counselors about classes, especially if you are struggling. Begin to research career options and the colleges that support those majors.

  • Make a plan to check your student's Aeries account regularly; know what is assigned and when it is due.

Freshman Forum


  • If you missed 9th Grade B Prepared for High School Night, you can view the presentation here and post questions on the parent padlet wall.


  • Club Rush is on September 26th! Students will have an opportunity to check out all the clubs available on campus. Clubs motivate student to get involved on campus and allow students to make connections with others of similar interests. Check out our clubs page here.


  • Revolution Prep is offering a SAT and ACT Practice Exam at the Backman High School Gym on September 28th from 9am-1pm. This is an opportunity for your freshman to get a taste of the SAT or ACT without an official score. Every practice exam comes with a personalized score report and one-on-one review. This is strictly pratice for $10. Register by 9/20 here



  • Be sure to visit your student's teachers at Report Card Night on October 16th

Upcoming Dates

Student Dates:

Lunch & Learns: all during lunch in the library
October 8: Mindfulness Emotional Regulation Tool Box

October 15: Tips for Success-College Application Strategies

November 5: Financial Aid


Parent & Student Evening Dates:

October 2: B Prepared for Postsecondary Options-Grades 10/11 at 6:30 in the PAC

October 9: Mental Health Stigma & Emotional Regulation at 6:00 in the PAC

October 16: Report Card Night at 5:30 in the Gym

November 4: College & Career Fair at 6:00 at Tustin High School

November 6: Cash for College Financial Aid Workshop at 6:00 in rooms 131-136

Counseling Haiku Pages

Need immediate information related to academics or college & career?

Check out our grade-level Haiku pages or the Beckman Counseling page linked below.