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Counseling Corner: November

Wellness Corner

Wellness & Crisis Resources for Thanksgiving Break

While we hope that all of our students will have a chance to relax and spend time with loved ones over the break, the reality is that for some students and families, holidays can be a very difficult time. Thanksgiving also coincides with college application deadline season--which can be very stressful. Remember to practice self care and reach out for help if you feel overwhelmed.

HuffPost Teen’s Guide to Surviving December (applicable to Thanksgiving break too!)

5 Ways to Avoid Excess Stress When You Are Applying to College

Challenge Success

The Beckman Challenge Success Team went to Stanford and watched Dr. Damour along with Challenge Success Co-Founders Dr. Pope and Dr. Levine share tips and strategies on the topic, KIDS UNDER PRESSURE. Here is a link to the recording of their Parent Ed event.

College and Career Resources

Seniors planning to attend community college in the fall of 2020, and need help with the application process, Honors Program, EOPS, Promise program, FAFSA or anything regarding community college can take advantage of the following events happening in Beckman’s career center. Dates will continue to be added throughout the semester.

Coastline ROP is now enrolling students for the spring semester 2020. Many options for career focus electives are available, some including working with animals, construction, learning to cook and working in a dental office as a dental assistant. To learn about all the career focus opportunities stop by the career center to register!

Coastline ROP schedule :

Hear past ROP students share their experience:

Girls, Inc. Opportunity

Girls, Inc. Externship Informational Lunch & Learn Meeting: Tuesday, November 19th

Interested in getting work experience and exploring different college & career options after high school? Then the Girls, Inc. Externship Program might be for you!

On Tuesday, November 19th there will be a Lunch & Learn meeting with a Girls, Inc. representative to provide information about this wonderful opportunity to apply to their Summer 2020 Externship program! All 9-11th grade students who identify as a girl or as non-binary are eligible to apply to this program and participate. If you are accepted to the Girls, Inc. Externship program, this will be a great way to spend your summer and a chance to get work experience and prepare for your college/career goals--you will also get a $500 stipend at the end of successfully completing the program!

Sign up for the Girls, Inc. Lunch & Learn at this link to reserve your spot.

If you have any further questions or want to learn more about the program before the meeting, please contact Ms. Orozco in the Counseling office!

GradeSlam Info

Attend the GradeSlam Lunch & Learn on Monday, November 18th to learn how to get homework and studying help online 24/7! Sign up at this link to reserve your spot.

Live Help

GradeSlam is an online academic support service that provides students with instant homework help. Students can log on and message a real tutor for help anytime day or night, no appointment necessary.

How does it work?

Students chat with real tutors through instant messaging. They type out their questions, write them on the digital whiteboard, or upload them to the chatbox as a file or photo.

Essay Review

Students can use GradeSlam to have their papers, lab reports, and college application essays reviewed by real tutors. It’s easy! They simply upload their paper and receive feedback on their work within 24 hours.

Senior Scene

Imagine if you will, you’re sitting at the Thanksgiving table and you’re ready to brace yourself because the last question you really want to hear from Uncle Harvey & Aunt Nina is ,"So, where are you going to college next year?” This is the last thing you want to hear on Thanksgiving break; you need a break from the college process scene. It will be there when you return to school, but for now hopefully you can just enjoy your family and friends.

  • Finish your UC & Cal States applications. They're due by November 30 but recommend you complete and send by November 20.
  • Be sure to continue to check scholarships and financial aid deadlines.
  • If you’re not pleased with your test scores, you can still take the SAT and/or ACT in December for many universities.
  • Finish strong with your high school classes. If your quarter grades were less than stellar, now is the time to get serious. Remember, even if you are accepted to a school, the decision can be reversed if your grades take a nosedive.
  • Financial Aid can be a huge determinant of where students decide to attend. Here is a FAFSA guide for students who have unique situations on how to answer the application questions.

REMINDER: Counselors are unavailable during the holiday breaks for college application support and recommendations. Please be sure to get with your counselor before the break if a deadline occurs during the break.

Junior Junction

Self-Care Tip:

  • Junior year is busy! Manage your time and to-do’s efficiently with one of these handy phone apps. Pocket Schedule Planner is one of Mrs. Krikorian’s favorites, it helped her survive Grad School.

College & Career Readiness:

  • Those planning to attend a four-year university after high school should plan to prepare for and register for the SAT with writing and/or ACT with writing. Visit or to learn more.

  • If you took the PSAT on October 19 the scores will be available on December 10 online.

  • Have you registered for one of the SAT Subject Tests in Language and Listening (Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean)? Digital practice tests (on CD’s) are available to borrow at the BHS Library.

  • Learn while you earn! If you are interested in attending a certificate or training program after you graduate from high school consider participating in an Apprenticeship Program. There are over 200 openings right now in Orange County alone in a wide variety of fields including public safety, automotive, cosmetology, quality control, information technology, business, and so much more!

Sophomore Stop

Future Built is an initiative from the Orange County Strong Workforce Program at OC community colleges. This website provides career exploration tools, surveys, and search engine for career education programs. This is a great resource for students interested in finding out more information regarding careers and CTE programs at community colleges.

Sophomore student athletes should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center if they are interested in college athletics. Students need to make sure they are on track to meet the NCAA's required initial-eligibility standards; these are different from A-G and graduation requirements. Come to the counseling office to see the list of core classes available to meet the NCAA requirements.

Freshman Forum

Freshman counselor, Erin Charles visited 9th grade Biology classes to educate students on:

1. Graduation requirements

2. College entrance (A-G) requirements

3. Elective pathways offered on campus

4. Developing a personal academic 4 year plan

ACSA Mindsets and Behaviors Addressed:
• M 2. Self-confidence in ability to succeed
• M 4. Understanding that postsecondary education and life-long learning are necessary
for long-term career success
• M 5. Belief in using abilities to their fullest to achieve high-quality results and outcomes
• M 6. Positive attitude toward work and learning
• B-LS 4. Apply self-motivation and self direction to learning
• B-SMS 5. Demonstrate perseverance to achieve long- and short-term goals

As a result of the lesson, 98.8% of students say they have a 4 year plan of their high school classes. Parents and students can view the 4 year plan in Aeries under "Academic Plan".

100% of students know they must complete 230 credits to graduate. Finally, 89% of students claim they understand the difference between high school grad requirements and A-G.

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Upcoming Dates

Student Dates:

Lunch & Learns: all during lunch in the library

-Nov 18: Grad Slam Informational Meeting

-Nov 19: Girls, Inc. Informational Meeting

-Dec 3: Test Anxiety

-Jan 21: Goal Setting

Parent & Student Evening Dates:

December 11: Effective Communication: Parenting Styles (Aspire) at 6:00 in the PAC

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.