Office of School Counseling

Friday Sendoff - October 4, 2019

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Trailblazers Welcome New Comers

Every now and then you have new students join you on the K-12 journey from other trails. They’re coping with changes in schools, teachers and friends. For some, the transition from old to new is successful and they’re able to follow your lead. It's an exciting time for them to challenge themselves, try new things, and meet new people. But you may have students who need time to let go, honor the preceding expedition and accept the new path they’re on. Trailblazers support students as they adapt to a new normal. There’s a lot to learn and this can be an uncomfortable transition for some newcomers. You are patient, provide clear direction and encouragement along the way to acknowledge their small wins. Change is a journey…

MUST DO ITEMS - Please read this section carefully

School Counseling Program Plan - see the 9/6/2019 newsletter for the timeline and resources. Your individual program plans are due November 1, 2019. The Program Plan template is also available in all 3 schoology groups in a folder titled "Program Planning Resources." The Padlet created in the Elementary Closing the Gap session is also available in the Elementary Schoology group. Please submit your program plan to your assigned Specialist only.

Program Plan Bootcamps - If you plan to attend one of the OPTIONAL Program Plan Bootcamps, please RSVP on the 9/6/19 newsletter. The dates are 10/9 and 10/22.

Upcoming Meetings

School Counseling Program Plan Bootcamp

Wednesday, Oct. 9th, 9:15am-3pm

323 Sollers Point Road

Dundalk, MD

This optional PD is being held at the Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center.

There will be an additional opportunity available on October 22, 2019.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

College Counselors Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 8am-2:30pm

Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA

Annapolis, MD

Due to limited parking accommodations, we have a bus meeting us at CCBC-Catonsville Library at 6:30am. Please contact Sharon Holter if you have any questions about transportation.

Elementary Counselors Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 17th, 9:30am-12:30pm

3505 Resource Drive

Randallstown, MD

This will be held at the Randallstown Community Center.

Register at


If you are in an elementary school with two counselors, both counselors should be in attendance at every meeting.

First Time Intern Site Supervisors Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 17th, 1-3pm

3505 Resource Drive

Randallstown, MD

This meeting is for counselors who have never supervised school counseling interns. Please register for the meeting at:

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Friday, Oct. 18th, 8:30am-4:30pm

323 Sollers Point Road

Dundalk, MD

**This training will be held at the Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center**

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a research-based training program to provide information and skills to identify and respond to children with symptoms that may indicate a mental health concern.

To register:


Saturday, Oct. 19th, 7pm

255 East Padonia Road

Lutherville-Timonium, MD

In an effort to promote drug and alcohol awareness among high school students, the play Addicted” will be performed on Saturday October 19 at 7 pm in the auditorium at Dulaney High School.

Addicted tells the story of three young adults who struggle with a variety of addictions including alcohol, heroin, and prescription pain pills. The play not only gives the audience an inside look into the struggle and hardship of the individual who is addicted, but also sheds light on the devastating impact to one’s friends and family members. Addicted reveals the current trends and dangerous practices that teens and young adults today are engaging in, in an effort to bring awareness to parents and their children.

Due to the nature of the subject, the play’s content is mature and is recommended for students age 13 and older. Tickets are free, but should be reserved in advance:

If you have questions, please contact:

Jessica Hackmann, Ed.S, NCSP

Dulaney High School


Baltimore County School Psychologist

School Counseling Program Plan Bootcamp

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 9am-3pm

6901 North Charles Street

Towson, MD

This is an optional workshop for assistance with your program plan that will take place at Greenwood Building A, Boardroom A

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Curriculum Updates Meeting (for Department Chairs and Master Schedulers)

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 8am-12:30pm

7201 Rossville Boulevard

Baltimore, MD

Please share this registration link with your master scheduler

CCBC - Essex: Administration Building, room 120


**NEW** Happy Totes for children in need - Happy Totes is a non-profit organization in Maryland that makes tote bags for children in need. These bags contain a new plushy toy and a soft blanket. The organization would love to donate bags to your schools. You can visit to see more information and photos.

For more information, contact Nina Thompson the Founder and Director at 301-706-2456

**NEW** Annual Baltimore County Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Resource Fair 10/29/19 at 11:30 - 3:00. This is a free event at the Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center. See the attached flyer. If you are interested in attending, you must register using the link on the flyer. For more information, contact

Use of Time Template - Thank you to Tara Tyler and Katie Oppenheim who revamped the Use of Time spreadsheet that was shared. This spreadsheet (attached below and also available in all schoology groups) has the ability to tally your contacts FOR you! Email Jen Abbe with any questions.

GLSEN Youth Summit - This event is an opportunity for LGBTQ youth and allies to connect with young leaders across the state of Maryland, with each other, and with local community leaders to network, build relationships, share knowledge, and develop plans for creating change in local communities. This event features keynote speakers and educational workshops. October 12th at Roland Park Country School.

BCACD is excited to invite you to attend their first Professional Development of this school year. Drug Trends and Youth will be presented by the dynamic, superstar therapist Katie McCabe, LCPC (The Resource Group). This PD will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd from 4:45pm-6:15pm at Honeygo ES (Perry Hall). Earn CEUs! This PD is free for BCACD members and $20 for non-members. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

A Message from BCACD - Don’t forget to join / renew your BCACD membership! As a member of BCACD, you can attend all of our professional development events at no charge! If you choose to join both BCACD and MSCA, you save $15! We accept payment in the form of checks, credit cards, Venmo and PayPal. Please see the attached BCACD Brochure and MSCA form for membership details.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Courses - We've been getting a lot of questions about these courses. Here are some points of clarification:

  • These courses are OPTIONAL and are offered to any BCPS employee.
  • School counselors can earn 8 CEU's toward the 15 required for Lauryn's Law from this course. This course will cover all 6 required categories from Lauryn's Law.
  • YMHFA courses are offered throughout the school year by various instructors and at various locations. MaatenRe and Jen are teaching a course on 10/18 but you can take any of the YMHFA courses offered throughout the year.
  • There are TWO different courses offered on October 18th. If you signed up for one on this date, please note the time and location of the course for which you registered.

Middle School Counselors

**NEW** The October College & Career Newsletter link is

CTE Presentation - The handouts from Alicia Fales's presentation are attached below. The PowerPoint was too large to upload to this send-off, so it is saved in Schoology. All of the CTE resources shared on 9/25/19 were placed in a folder called "CTE resources" in the curriculum folder. The Apprenticeships link was added to the 6 year plan recommendations bank in Schoology, as well.

Secondary Counselors

NEW** Secondary Science SMORE

Attached is a link to the September, 2019 issue of the Secondary Science Newsletter from the Office of Science.

Naviance College and Career Tools

Below are links to short videos you can watch on a variety of topics as needed:

• eDocs

• Videos that show the student process:

These videos are shorter in length (under 10 minutes) for you to watch on your own time. For some of them, you'll need to be logged into Naviance in order to access the video.

Department Chairs

Naviance User updates

Each year there are staff that are no longer associated with your school that need to be deactivated from your account. Please take a moment to review your school users and make users INACTIVE who are no longer in your building.

Assigning Naviance Programs

As discussed in the summer department chair meeting, your students will have Naviance tasks assigned to them today. Before visiting classrooms, please view your account to ensure students have tasks assigned associated with the Scope and Sequence. Any student who enrolls new to BCPS, will have to have the program assigned to them. If you have any questions, please MaatenRe.

Wells Fargo Resources

In past we've sent a shipment of Wells Fargo College Planning Guides and Five Step Guides to Financial Aid materials to your school. This year they're no longer printing the planning guides but you should expect a shipment of the financial aid resource within the next month. If you do not receive your shipment, please contact your Specialist.

High School Counselors

New Transcript Process - BCPS has implemented an exclusively automated online process for alumni to request graduation verification, duplicate diplomas, and transcripts. Additional information is available on the Request For Official Transcripts & Official Duplicate Diplomas Web site. High School staff may continue to serve graduates throughout their first year after graduation with transcript requests.

MHEC FInancial Aid Updates - In the attachments below, you will find a PowerPoint from their presentation to the High School Chairs on 9/25. It includes MANY scholarship and grant opportunities.

GED School Withdrawal Exemption Form - see in attachment below

Notes from the HS Chairs Meeting on 9/25 - Thank you to Lou Wikes for taking these detailed notes! (see attachment below)

PSAT/AP/SAT Fee Reduction Qualification Letter - see attachment below

Updated Dual Enrollment Course list - see attachment below

Upcoming College Fairs

School Based College Fairs

**NEW** Lansdowne High School Future Fair - October 22nd at 6pm

Perry Hall High School Fair - October 3rd at 8pm

Kenwood High School Fair - October 22nd at 6pm

Milford Mill Academy HBCU Fair - November 7th at 10am

Harford Community College - College and Career Fair

October 16, 2019

6-8:30 pm


See the event flyer in the attachments

NACAC College Fair Baltimore: Monday, October 21, 2019 to Tuesday, October 22, 2019

October 21, 2019

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

October 22, 2019
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

For more information:

Recently Added/Updated Scholarships in Naviance

Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Physics Teachers

Richard W. Collins III Leadership with Honor Scholarship

Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program

Conroy and Cryor Memorial Scholarship

Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts (VAIC) Scholarship Program

CARiD Scholarship Program

Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest

Kermit and Mickey Schafer Foundation Scholarship

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship

Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship

UNCF Michael Jackson Scholarship

AFCEA Freedom Scholarship

AFCEA of Central MD Merit Scholarship

College Counselors

UMES MCAC Fee Waiver

University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) has agreed to provide an application fee waiver code for high schools participating in the 2019 Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC). The fee waiver code is MCAC2019. The code is active from Monday, September 30th through Thursday, October 31, 2019.

Frostburg State University MCAC Fee Waiver

Frostburg State University has agreed to provide an application fee waivers, for schools participating in the 2019 Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC). The fee waivers are limited. To get a fee waiver code, site coordinators listed on the contact list for the MCAC will need to contact Michelle Daley directly for the code. She can be reached by phone at 410-767-0359 or by email at To use the fee waiver, the student will access the application for Frostburg State University at

Once the list of codes is exhausted, students will need to download and complete the application. Once completed, the application should be submitted by the site coordinator or the counselor directly to Mr. Wray Blair, Associate Provost for Enrollment Management at Frostburg State University. Mr. Wray's email is Please copy Michelle on the email ( so She can keep track of the number of submitted applications. Once Mr. Blair receives the application, he will waive the fee.

Coppin State University MCAC Fee Waiver

Coppin State University has agreed to provide an application fee waiver code for high schools participating in the 2019 Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC). The fee waiver code is CSU2020. The code is active from Monday, September 30th through Friday, October11, 2019

Morgan State University MCAC Fee Waiver

The focus of the Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC) is to provide support to all students; particularly low-income, first-generation, unaccompanied homeless youth, foster care youth, in the juvenile services education system, and student with disabilities. This year, the college-campaign is also focusing on undocumented students. As we collaborate to provide supports to our future graduates, the college campaign is also working diligently to remove barriers as these students pursue their post-secondary education.

To assist the MCAC with removing barriers for schools participating in the MCAC, they are happy to announce that Morgan State University (MSU) has agreed to waive their application fee for one week during the college campaign! The week will be October 7th-11th. The MCAC is schedule to take place September 30-October 31, 2019. For students in participating MCAC schools interested in applying to MSU, please use the code MDFREE20.

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College Fly-Ins

RIT Counselor Breakfast and Information Session (Maryland)

Christopher Newport University Counselor Breakfast (Maryland)

York College of Pennsylania Counselor Breakfast

University of Tampa Counselor Fly-In

2019 Fall and 2020 Spring Diversity – Student Fly-In Visit Programs

University of Arizona Counselor Fly-In Program

Colleges of Rochester Tour Counselor Fly-In Program

Upstate New York Counselor Tour

Vanderbilt University Counselor Conference

University Of Dallas - Magic in the Metroplex Counselor Program

Relevant Bulletin Items













Professional Development

**NEW** Advanced Trauma Counseling & Attachment Theory - Webinar 12/16/19 - 3 CEU's

**NEW** Best Approaches in Trauma Treatment - 11/14/19 in Annapolis, earn 6 CEU's

Drug Trends and Youth - 10/23/19 @ 4:45pm-6:15pm at Honeygo Elementary. Earn 1.5 CEUs! Free for BCACD members and $20 for non-members. See attached flyer below.

Creative Supervision Techniques 1/11/20 in Lutherville - Earn 4 CEU's (flyer is attached below)

Resource Roundup

Lending Library Item of the Week: How (and Why) to Get Students Talking

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Office of School Counseling Lending Library

Additional Attachments

Inspiration and Good News

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Helping your Child find the Right College: Advice from BCPS School Counselors

In the latest blog post, BCPS school and college counselors from -- Dundalk, New Town, and Pikesville high schools -- share their expertise regarding how parents can best support their children in choosing the right college – or technical school. (Pictured above some 2019 Dundalk High graduates wearing their college T-shirts.)

Rodgers Forge Elementary - Character Education School of the Year!

Congratulations to Lisa Ludwig and her school team for being recognized as the Stevenson University Maryland Center for Character Education School of the Year. Tonight was the award ceremony to celebrate the hard work they did to support students.

Schoology Access Codes

Elementary Counseling Curriculum: M4HSN-FCFN4

Secondary Counseling Curriculum: CFBV7-B6PCM

Threat Management: Q6RHK-WHHVC

Contact Information

Naviance Support: 1-866-337-0080 option 2 &

Signup Genius Support:

CPS email address:

MHEC FAFSA Completion (MD CAPS):

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.