Counselor Connection

UBMS - September 2020

Welcome to Unity Braxton Counseling Department!!

If this is an emergency, please visit the Counseling Department immediately (or during the next school day). Parents should email their students' counselors to set up an appointment.

Useful Phone Numbers:

Suicide Hotline: 1.800.784.2433

PWC Police Department Non-emergency Number: 703.792.6500

ACTS Helpline: 703.368.4141

Crisis Text Hotline: 703.940.0888

Dear Families,

Welcome to a new school year at Unity Braxton Middle School! This year is certainly going to be different than what we are used to, but we are devoted to making it an amazing year! The UBMS Counseling Department publishes newsletters each month to share important information and tips with students and parents. Click the link below to get more information about the counselors, including caseloads. Please let your student's counselor know if you have any questions or concerns as we begin the new year.


Unity Braxton Counseling Team

Office Hours: Mondays 10:15am - 12:00pm

UBMS Counselor Page

Who is your counselor? Check it out here

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Having Trouble Getting Online

Please email UBMS Help Desk at

School Counseling Orientation Classroom Visits

During the last week of September, school counselors will be conducting a School Counseling Orientation through Advisory/Jaguar Time. During this lesson, the school counselor will inform students on how to access the School Counseling Canvas page, Office Hours, Scheduling an appointment, and using technology. It is very important that parents complete the Return to Learn Packet that was sent out by Prince William County Schools. If a student wants to meet with groups or individually with a school counselor, the parent MUST complete the RTL Packet.

September 29th 8:15-8:40 am

6th Grade Team: Duke

7th Grade Team: Penn State

8th Grade Team: UVA

September 30th 8:15-8:40 am

6th Grade Team: Clemson

7th Grade Team: Ohio State

8th Grade Team: Mason

October 1st 8:15-8:40 am

6th Grade Team: Pittsburgh

7th Grade Team: Michigan

8th Grade Team: VA Tech

Unity Braxton Middle School 6th Grade & New Student Orientation

Tuesday, Sep. 1st, 8:30am

This is an online event.

This year's orientation will be virtual. This presentation will be released on September 1st. Please visit the School Counseling Webpage for this event. Click on the the School Counseling Topics tab to access it.

Enrollment, New Students & Transfers

If you are planning on registering and enrolling or transferring your student here to Unity Braxton Middle School. Please complete the online registration. Link is provided below. Mrs. Escobar, Counseling Secretary & School Registrar will be in contact with you to set up a face-to-face appointment AFTER you have completed the online portion of the registration process.

Click on the links below for registration forms and other information. Please make sure you have all required documents when you come to your face-to-face appointment.

VIrtual Learning Resources

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Schedule Change Request Forms

EVERY schedule change (adding or dropping) requires a Schedule Change Request Form.

Please be aware that changes can't be guaranteed. Changes are based on administration approval and seat availability. Dislike for a teacher, disciplinary problems, desire to be with friends, lunch changes, or failing grades are not valid reasons for requesting a schedule change. Parents & students may not request a specific teacher or team.

Turning in a complete form does NOT mean that your schedule has been changed.. Follow your current schedule until you receive a revised schedule from your school counselor.

Priority for schedule change requests will be given to students who submit their forms within the first ten days of school. (September 21, 2020)

No schedule change requests will be accepted AFTER September 25, 2020.

If your request is denied, you will receive an email with explanation.

Please know that Encore Quarter class changes will not be granted, due to seat availability and encouragement that every student tries a variety of elective classes during their middle school years.

Please select the appropriate grade level form and complete it to request a schedule change. See links below.

The High School Special Opportunities Application

The deadline to submit applications February 1, 2021.

Deadline for The Center for Fine and Performing Arts at Colgan High School is Monday, December 14, 2020.

Please check back for dates about High School Information Nights.

Information for 8th Graders: Thomas Jefferson High School

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is a specialized high school in Fairfax County for students who have a passion for science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.). Admission to the school is highly competitive.

Click here for more information