Office of School Counseling

Friday Sendoff - May 15, 2020

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What a Joyful Noise from the Morgan State University Choir....We Are the World!

Morgan Choir sings "We Are The World"


**NEW** Intern Supervisors Needed for Fall 2020

If you are interested in supervising an intern in the fall of 2020, please complete this survey by May 20th. **UPDATE** Per the graduate programs, all intern supervisors must be TENURED (at least 3 years of experience as a school counselor) in order to supervise an intern.

**NEW** Virtual Career Day Videos and Resources

If you have done a virtual career day and are willing to share your videos and resources with your colleagues, please email links/videos/resources to your specialist. We would like to create a shared folder of these items for other schools to use. Additionally, we are partnering with the CTE office to get MORE videos and resources for your virtual career days! They have contacts in a wide variety of industries to help us build this video library.

**NEW** Guide for Self-Care in Times of Uncertainty.

This free e-booklet, A Guide to Self-Care for Practitioners in Times of Uncertainty, is for therapists and clinicians working to help others through these difficult times. As a mental health professional, there are no doubt moments when you struggle with painful thoughts and feelings in your work with clients, as well as in your own life.

This e-booklet covers:

  • How to persist when things are uncertain
  • How to deal with uncomfortable internal experience
    like uncertainty and fear
  • How to care for ourselves and others in difficult moments

**NEW** From Employee Wellness

Janice Zimmerman is sharing the employee wellness newsletter with you. Feel free to check out the employee wellness website for more information.

Student Art Kits available

The art office has a program to get therapeutic art supplies to students in need across the district. They hope to start getting the supplies out soon pending final approval. Feel free to use this link or reach out to Sherri Fisher with questions. Additionally they’re including art activities in each kit developed in collaboration with the Art Therapy program at Notre Dame (see below).

If you have any feedback or additions you would like added please let Sherri know. Students do not need to attend a title I school to receive supplies. Given the current timeline of supply requests, delivery may not match up with the school calendar. However what they’re providing goes beyond curriculum and the end of the school year. Kits will continue to be sent as requests are able to be filled.

Elementary School Counselors

**NEW** Elementary Counselors Meeting

Please be advised that the regularly scheduled elementary meeting is cancelled.

**NEW** Combination Lock Tutorial

In the May 1st Friday Send Off there was information about an App to practice unlocking combination locks. Since our kids can’t practice with real locks at school, Lea Dissen from Chase Elementary created a PowerPoint for students to practice opening a lock using the App.

**NEW** Learn about Museum Careers

Join Kate Porter, Communications & Development Manager at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum for a Virtual Career Day!
Virtual Career Day

Scientists at Home

Watch Facebook LIVE as entomologist Lou Sorkin and Museum Curator Jessica Ware share facts about insects and introduce you to a few special creepy crawly guests!
Scientists at Home: Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!

Middle School Department Chairs

**NEW** Dove Self Esteem Project

31 Days of Self Esteem & Body Confidence Prompts for Young People

During this time, the Dove Self-Esteem Project has created calendar prompts for middle school students that include learning extension activities for thirty-one days. The activities reflect different student learning styles and require an action or actions that support the development of positive health skills
Please share the May College and Career Newsletter with students, staff, and families.

High School Counselors

**NEW** Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant (WSSAG) Program

The 2020-2021 Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant (WSSAG) Program application is now available!

Students will need to create an account within the Maryland College Aid Processing System (MDCAPS). To create or log into an existing MDCAPS account (if applicable), please visit Once they log into their MDCAPS account, they will see the "Apply" link where they may submit the application.

Once an application has been submitted, students may select the "To Do" list link (within their MDCAPS account) to view the list of documents required for consideration of the 2020-2021 WSSAG program.

Remember... students must complete the WSSAG application and submit ALL supporting documentation no later than July 1, 2020. Faxed documents are not acceptable and all required documentation must be received and/or postmarked by the Office of Student Financial Assistance by July 1st.

Also, to be considered for WSSAG based on need, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-2021 academic year by visiting

Visit or email for more information.

High School Department Chairs

**NEW** CCBC Non-Degree Program

CCBC is hosting information sessions for your non-degree bound seniors who are interested in workforce credentials. Please contact your CCBC admissions rep to begin scheduling for 5/21 and beyond.

**NEW** CCBC ECAP Information sessions

CCBC admission office would like to schedule early college access program information sessions for interested students. Please contact your admissions representative to schedule dates after June 1st.

FAFSA Completion Data from MCAC

Last week you received completion percentages from the Maryland College Application Campaign. The document shows the total number of applications by school to date and completion totals from those same applications. The difference between the two numbers are the applications college counselors need to follow up on to determine what’s incomplete using the file Sharon provides.

The attached excel document shows the actual senior enrollment divided by the completion numbers from your document to get your actual completion numbers by school. While the original document shows the percentage of completed applications from current submissions, it doesn’t reflect the senior class enrollment.

Please continue to use Sharon's FAFSA completion file to support students who are planning to attend 2 or 4 year colleges.

Naviance Graduation Survey

See the attachment below for a senior survey questions. The built in grad survey data populates the following district/school reports in Naviance. There isn't a way to just pull only their responses for the 5 questions.

  • Student outcomes report
  • College application reports
  • Scholarship report

**NEW** Graduation Survey Completion Results

In order for seniors to send their final transcripts through eDocs, we need them to complete the Graduation Survey that was assigned to them. One of the five survey questions asks seniors where they’re attending in the fall, which makes completion crucial so we have the location to send their final transcript.

Please take a look at the attached, but you’re also able to run this report using the following steps:

  1. Go to the Analytics tab
  2. Click on Reports BETA
  3. Click on Task Completion Report
  4. In the filter on the left side select the "Complete Graduation Survey" under the tasks section.

There’s also the current task completion status report available to provide the names of students who need to complete the survey by following the steps below.

1. Choose settings

2. Class year: 12

3. Continue


5. Continue

6. Choose CSV so you can reorder by complete, in progress and not started

Please contact your Specialist directly if you have any questions about the reports.

College Counselors

**NEW** University System of MD Contacts

Below is a helpful document that includes (on pages 2 and 3) the admissions and transfer services contacts at each of the USM institutions.

**New** Scholarship Opportunity for students planning to attend CCBC in the fall

The Marie Lloyd/ Ed Lamon Endowed Scholarship is offered each year to students graduating from a Baltimore area high school planning to attend CCBC for the Fall Semester, 2020.

The Marie Lloyd/Ed Lamon Scholarship is a two year award (four semesters) for a student pursuing an Associate Degree in a program of the student’s choice. The scholarship will fund up to $1,500 per semester.

Students will be evaluated on financial need, quality of essay, and high school grades.

The recipient can attend CCBC either full-time (12 credits) or part-time (6 credits). (Note: the scholarship amount will be prorated for a part-time student). The recipient must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and demonstrate acceptable progress toward an Associate Degree to be renewed each semester.

See Naviance for application. Deadline is July 15, 2020.

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SMORE Translation Feature

6.3 Translation Feature: Viewers can now translate your newsletters in seconds into multiple languages! The Translation feature is powered by Google Translate and translation is based on their translation functionality.

**College Counselors have access to a SMORE license, which you can use for your school community**

1. Finish and publish your newsletter by clicking on "Done Editing" at the top right of the Editor.

Please note: Translation is only available to viewers of your newsletter.

2. Click Preview at the top right of your published newsletter.

3. Access the Translation and ADA bar

On the right side of the newsletter, a bar will appear with the ADA and Translation features.

Your recipients will be able to translate your newsletter to their desired language there.

Your recipients will need to open your newsletter on the Smore website by clicking on the link provided at the top of the email. Once they accessed the online newsletter, they will be able to translate your newsletter by scrolling down to the bottom of the newsletter, they will then see the "Translate" option. SMORE currently doesn't offer the ability to print the newsletter in the translated language.

Scholarships Listing

Recent Naviance Updates:

Naviance Graduation survey

See the attachment below for a senior survey questions. The built in grad survey data populates the following district/school reports in Naviance. There isn't a way to just pull only their responses for the 5 questions.

  • Student outcomes report
  • College application reports
  • Scholarship report

BCPS Hub Information

Recently added Hub items

  • Parent University- Free Virtual Workshops for Family Wellness

Professional Development

Teachers and counselors must engage in a minimum of two hours of virtual professional learning each week during the closure. Please document your participation in your Outlook calendar.

**NEW** MSCA Webinars - MSCA is holding evening webinars to support school counselors' growth during the COVID 19 pandemic. Sessions are free for members ($10 if you want CEU's) and $15 for nonmembers.

**NEW** Generalized Anxiety And Trauma Interventions (Home Study Course) 3 CEU's, currently 30% off!

**NEW** Mindfulness Client Care Interventions (Home Study Course) 6 CEU's - currently 30% off!

**NEW** Anxiety Stops Here: 10 Powerful Interventions (Home Study Course) 3 CEUs - currently 30% off!

**NEW** A Rainbow Of Play Techniques (Home Study Course) 1 CEU - currently 50% off!

**NEW** Advanced Concepts: Cognitive Conceptualization & Modification Of Core Beliefs In CBT (Home Study) 5 CEU's - currently 33% off!

**NEW** (Live Webinar)Helping Clients Address Anxiety Through the Lens of Emotional Intelligence 2 CEU's on 6/10/20 at 8:00pm

**NEW** (Live Webinar) Understanding the Therapeutic Value and Real Work Within Play Therapy 2 CEU's on 6/22/20 at 8:00pm

**NEW** (Live Webinar) How Trauma Transforms: Nurturing Resilience Through Play Therapy With Clients Impacted by ACEs 2 CEU's on 7/9/20 at 8:00pm

FREE Webinar: Forced Childhood Marriage and Issues of Family Abuse (flyer attached below)

Naviance Webinar Series

Learn from Naviance experts about completing critical tasks with your students during the final months of the year. Register for a free webinar by clicking the button above. You must be logged into your Naviance account to view the webinar series.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health during COVID-19

From MD Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Network

ASCA Webinar series

Sign up for upcoming webinars. You must have an ASCA login and password to access their materials.

ASCA on Air (recorded webinars)

You must have an ASCA login and password to access their materials.

BCPS Counselors Good News & Inspiration

Making sure our seniors have their caps & gowns.

School counselors help administrators distribute caps and gowns to our graduating seniors.

Lansdowne High starts the morning off right...

...with virtual morning announcements!
LHS Video Announcements for the week of 5/11/2020 fixed!

Pikesville Middle has an amazing National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week/Day.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week/Day was recognized last week by the counseling department by wearing green. Over 25 students shared their thoughts and give each other feedback on how to remain busy during this time of social distancing.

Perry Hall High School Counselors sending shout outs to their Class of 2020.

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Riverview Elementary partners with MD Food Bank

Riverview Elementary partnered with the Maryland Food Bank recently to help feed 100 community members and families. Way to go Riverview!

Laura Sherline teaching about mindfulness and relaxation

Looks like Laura Sherline has found her zone. We could all use some of this!

Virtual World of Parkville High

Check out what’s happening in the virtual world at Parkville High School: On Instagram they’re posting daily content about staying healthy during this time of social distancing and virtual learning. They invited their students to check out @counselphs and join them with their own #mentalhealthawareness posts including pictures of them wearing green


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 &

Signup Genius Support:

CPS phone number: 410.887.TIME

CPS email address:

MHEC FAFSA Completion (MD CAPS):

Cigna Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Through EAP, you get access to licensed clinicians to help you with emotional, behavioral, and other issues you may be experiencing such as help with finding pet care, elder care and caregiver support.

Crisis Text Line

Free confidential crisis intervention via SMS message. The organization's services are available 24 hours a day, every day, throughout the US

Counselor Observation and Evaluation Forms

The documents from this link are the most up to date and only forms that should be used for School Counselors. There are not online options or alternate observation forms for Counselors.

Office of Certification Contact Information

For information about recertification, growth charts and tuition, PD and conference reimbursements

Lauryn's Law Requirements and Course Offerings

This is the MSDE information page about Lauryn's Law requirements and local course offerings that fulfill the requirement.

BCPS School Counseling Pinterest

Check out our Pinterest page for ideas that will enhance your counseling program

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.