Office of School Counseling
Friday Sendoff - October 4, 2019
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.
School Counseling Program Plan Bootcamp
Wednesday, Oct. 9th, 9:15am-3pm
323 Sollers Point Road
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
Elementary Counselors Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 17th, 9:30am-12:30pm
3505 Resource Drive
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
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Friday, Oct. 18th, 8:30am-4:30pm
323 Sollers Point Road
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.
Saturday, Oct. 19th, 7pm
255 East Padonia Road
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
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Curriculum Updates Meeting (for Department Chairs and Master Schedulers)
Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 8am-12:30pm
7201 Rossville Boulevard
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 www.happytotes.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 https://www.smore.com/xhy0v
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.
Naviance College and Career Tools
Below are links to short videos you can watch on a variety of topics as needed:
- • Intro to eDocs
- • Common App matching for staff
- • Multiple Transcript Manager
- • Upload and send documents
- • Tracking Submissions
- • Teacher Recommendations
• 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.
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
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
Kenwood High School Fair - October 22nd at 6pm
Milford Mill Academy HBCU Fair - November 7th at 10am
Harford Community College - College and Career Fair
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.
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
Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship
UNCF Michael Jackson Scholarship
AFCEA Freedom Scholarship
AFCEA of Central MD Merit Scholarship
UMES MCAC Fee Waiver
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 email@example.com. To use the fee waiver, the student will access the application for Frostburg State University at https://www.applyweb.com/frost/index.ftl.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please copy Michelle on the email (email@example.com) 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
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.
Wells Fargo offers a suite of free college planning resources to help you assist your students in their journey to college.
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
541. EQUITY TRAINING FOR SCHOOLS AND THE DIVISION OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION 2019-2020
550. MARYLAND CERTIFICATION
551. MARYLAND CULTURAL PROFICIENCY CONFERENCE
554. SCHOOL COUNSELING- CURRICULUM UPDATES MEETING
572. MANDATORY STUDENT DATA PRIVACY COMPLIANCE TRAINING
574. OPEN ENROLLMENT 2020 MATERIALS
575. OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALK – OCTOBER 6, 2019
576. REIMBURSEMENT OF THE PROFESSIONAL LICENSE
577. SCHOOL COUNSELING – 2019-2010 COURSE REGISTRATION GUIDE CORRECTION
578. SCHOOL COUNSELING – UNITED STATES SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM (USSYP)
582. STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES – OCTOBER IS BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH: KINDNESS MATTERS
584. YOUTH SUICIDE: AWARENESS AND PREVENTION ONLINE TRAINING
**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)
Office of School Counseling Lending Library
Email Sharon Holter to borrow any items from our Lending Library.
Inspiration and Good News
Helping your Child find the Right College: Advice from BCPS School Counselors
Rodgers Forge Elementary - Character Education School of the Year!
Schoology Access Codes
Elementary Counseling Curriculum: M4HSN-FCFN4
Secondary Counseling Curriculum: CFBV7-B6PCM
Threat Management: Q6RHK-WHHVC
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