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We'll Miss you Ms. Portell!
Ms. Portell, counselor for students with the last names beginning with the letters A-Cl, will be leaving Brooke Point at the end of the school year.  We will miss her enthusiasm and unbounding positivity and wish her well in her new position as a school counselor for Patriot High School in Prince William County.
Counseling News and Information

Welcome to Counseling!

(L-R) Mrs. Hull, Mrs. Calvello, Dr. Bridges, Ms. Portell, Mrs. Falk --Counselors are assigned to alphabetical caseloads, based on students' last names.  This allows us to work with the same students during all four years of high school and to provide more appropriate information on an individual basis.  Counselors are available to help with scheduling issues, academic assistance, career planning, college planning, records management and personal issues.  We are located near Commons II.  Follow us on twitter @BPHSCounseling

Counselor Students
(By last name)
Email addresses
Ms. Courtney Portell A-Cl portellca@staffordschools.net
Mrs. Levette Hull Co-Haq hulllj@staffordschools.net
Mrs. Bethany Falk Har-Me falkbw@staffordschools.net
Mrs. Alyson Calvello Mi-Sa calvelloam@staffordschools.net
Dr. Marialena Bridges Sc-Z bridgesm@staffordschools.net
Mrs. Janie Berry Registrar berryjg@staffordschools.net
Mrs. Christina Donlan Data Processor donlanch@staffordschools.net
Mrs. Karen Gose' Secretary goseka@staffordschools.net

Counseling Center FAX:  540-658-6074
BPHS CEEB Code:  472142

Mission Statement:  The mission of the Brooke Point High School Counseling Department is to promote optimal learning and psychological wellness in the areas of academic, personal, social and career development through the use of developmental psychology, educational philosophy and counseling methodology so that students will untimately become active, contributing members of society.

Click HERE for the approved  SCPS 2014-2015 High School Program of Studies


Need a work permit? Please visit www.doli.virginia.gov. Per the new state guidelines, schools no longer handle work permits.


News from the University of Mary Washington
Attention Seniors! If you are interested in applying to the University of Mary Washington, take note! UMW is now offering high-achieveing prospective students the opportunity to opt out of providing standardized college admission tests with their application for enrollment. High school students who have maintained at least a 3.5 GPA have the option of waiving submission of their SAT or ACT scores when applying to the university. Students applying for merit-based schloarships would be ineligible for the program.
New Course Recommendation Override Policy
Please see the attached Course Override Request Form HERE if, as a parent/guardian, you would like to override the SCPS Course Catalog recommendation for a specific class for your student. This signed form must be received by July 25th.
Tutor's Available
Need a tutor this summer to get you ready for the fall? Click here for a list of teachers who are available to tutor over the summer.
Graduating Seniors will receive a free copy of their immunizations when they receive their diplomas. If a former student would like a copy of their immunizations, they would need to click here to fill out the form and attach payment.
We'll Miss you Ms. Portell!
Ms. Portell, counselor for students with the last names beginning with the letters A-Cl, will be leaving Brooke Point at the end of the school year. We will miss her enthusiasm and unbounding positivity and wish her well in her new position as a school counselor for Patriot High School in Prince William County.
Are you thinking about attending Germanna Community College? If so, you will want to click here to check out one of their open houses and click here to learn more about financial aid.
College Bound Rising Seniors - STAT Opportunity
Harvey Mudd College in California is offering a FREE fall program for college bound high school seniors interested in Science and Technology. The program includes class visits, research lab tours, an admissions interview, a hands-on workshop and more. It runs from October 8-10, 2015. Click here for more information. Applications are due August 24, 2015.
Women Can Fly - Amazing Summer Event!
Women can fly, a series of three special Saturday events scheduled for June 2015, will introduce aviation to more girls and women in Virginia. There will be a variety of experiences, including classroom presentations, outdoor displays, simulation opportunities, and a flight in a general aviation aircraft for participating girls and women. Women and girls may register to attend by clicking here.
Free Sports Physicals
On Wednesday, July 15 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, free sports physicals are being offerred at James Monroe HIgh School. Click here for more information.
Apprenticeship Training Classes 2015-16
Spotsylvania County Schools are offering apprenticeship training classes this fall in Cosmetology, Electricity, HVAC, and Plumbing. Click here for information on registration.
School Dressing Days!
If your child is in need of clothing or school supplies, plan to attend the Interfaith Community Council's School Dressing Days event on either August 15 or August 16. Click here for more information. Espanol.
News about 15-16 Courses
Life Planing will not be offered at BPHS next year. If you registered for that class, your alternate class will be substituted. Any questions, see your counselor!
We want to know what your plans are next year! If you are going to college, please stop by counseling with a copy of your college acceptance letter and any scholarships you have obtained.
If you are going into the military, please bring by your letter or your military ID.
2015 Virginia Private College Week
If you visit three or more of Virginia's Private Colleges during the week of July 27-August 1, you will receive three applications for fee waivers. Click here for more details.
Post-Secondary Planning for Rising Seniors
During the Junior Assembly today (April 15), BPHS counselors spoke with the rising Seniors about how to prepare for life after high school. The presentation included discussion around 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges, technical/trade schools, workforce, SAT/ACT information, and Naviance Family Connection. Click here for a copy of the power point.

15-16 Registration Letter & Form
Your counselors are looking forward to meeting with all students who are registering for classes next year. They are visiting freshmen English classes this week to discuss this year and registration. They will start meeting individually with the freshmen next week. Sophomores and Junior individual conferences will follow. Click here for the cover letter. Click here for a copy of the registration form. (Please note that courses in bold are corrections to the original registration form that was sent home Feb. 3.)
College Fairs!

Germanna Community College is having information sessions for their Dental Assisting Certification Program. The dates and locations are:
June 1, 2015, Locust Grove Campus, Room 507 at 6:00 pm
July 7, 2015, Fredericksburg Area Campus, Room 213 at 10:00 am
August 3, 2015, Locust Grove Campus, Room 507 at 2:00 pm
Any questions contact Ms. Mesimer at 540-423-9823 or mmesimer@germanna.edu


is also offering a class shadowing program for any high school student interested in seeing how classes function in college. By shadowing a current UVA student, each prospective student will be able to experience firsthand the difference between high school and college learning environments as well as engage in a potential future area of study. Click here for more information.

New Stafford County Policy Regarding Immunization Records
Upon graduation, all Seniors will be provided with a copy of their immunization records* along with their diploma. If a graduate needs an additional copy of their immunizations, he/she must fill out the "Request for Immunizations" form located on the Counseling website and bring/mail the form to Counseling along with a $4.00 fee.
*Please note that college board seniors will, in most cases, require a copy of their immunizations for college enrollment.
International High School Exchange Programs
ASSE International Student Exchange Program: Offers students the opportunity to study abroad through Academic Year, Homestay, and Summer Homestay. Placements are in 32 countries in Europe, Africa, Oceana, Asia, Canada, and Mexico. Scholarships are available. Go to http://asse.com for more information.
Keep cool this Summer with some amazing programs!
UVA's School of Architecture
Click here for more information about this amazing program that runs from July 13-August 7, 2015.

George Mason University Summer STEM Research Program

During this two week program, students will be engaged in hands-on, experiential and lab-based intellectual experience in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Forensic Sciences. Program runs from June 21, 2015- July 3, 2015 and the application deadline is June 5, 2015. Click here for more information.

Attention Sophomores: Telluride Association Sophomore Seminars (TASS) are a free and intellectually rigorous residential summer program on topics related to Critical Black Studies. The application process for free scholarships to this summer's programs at Cornell University, Indiana University and the University of Michigan are underway. Click here to connect to their website or call 607-273-5011.

Cornell University offers a one week residential program for rising Junior and Senior high school girls who excel in math and science. The on-site program runs from July 12-18, 2015. Click here for more information.

Carnegie Mellon University offers a one week program for high school students in fine arts, architecture, art& design, drama, and music that runs from June 27-August 8, 2015. Click here for more information.

Barnard College offers offer pre-college summer experiences for current 10th and 11th grade girls. For more information click here.

Lebanon Valley College is offering high school students a Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp. Through lectures and hands-on laboratory investigations in state-of-the-art laboratories, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of molecular biology, pharmacology, immunology, biochemistry and medical ethics. Click here for more information.

Open Hand of Fredericksburg seeks to partner with under-resourced youth and their families to secure sustainable employment through education, leadership development and long-term committed relationships. Their workshops include character formation, college preparation, job readiness, and financial literacy. They also offer internships. Click here to email Alisha Henley for more information.

Game Experience summer program at the University of Washington in Seattle -- a three-week video game development program that incorporates hands-on instruction from industry professionals as well as interactive video game studio tours. Click here for more details.

Selective Service Registration
The Selective Service NOW accepts early submission of registration information by 17 year-old-men. Information can be submitted to the Selective Service at age 17 years and 3 months old and be automatically registered when they turn 18. Under federal law, virtually all men must register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. For the fastest way to register, or for more information, visit: www.sss.gov.
Miltary Family Scholarship Resource
If you are a member of a military-connected family, click here to get more information about college scholarship opportunities.
University of Virginia's Diversity Programs
Click here for more information from the University of Virginia about their Hispanic/Latino student and African American student recruitment efforts.
SAT/ACT Test Prep for military families
College Bound?
eKnowledge Offers Free $250 SAT and ACT Test Preparation Programs Eligible Recipients Include: Active Duty, Transition Military, Veterans, Retired Military, Reserve, National Guard and Federal Employees. Please click HERE for more information on the classes and HERE for information on free software, if eligible.
SAT Test Dates for 2014-2015

Register on-line at www.sat.org/register
Fee is $52.50 for regular registration. Ask your counselor if you are eligible for a fee waiver based on family income.
To change a test date or location, or to register late, there is a fee of $28
NCAA Students: Remember that all test scores need to be sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center by entering the code 9999 on the test registration form.

Test Date

Register by

June 6, 7

May 8

ACT Test Dates for 2014-2015
Register on-line at www.actstudent.org
Fee is $36.50 (No Writing) or $52.50 (ACT plus Writing)
Late registration has an additional cost
Test Date
Register by
June 13
May 8
Important Forms and Handouts
 BPHS Information/Procedures
Information on School Profile, policies, county calendar, etc.
 College/Trade School/Military Planning Information
Find information on planning for college, trade school or enlisting in the military and helpful websites to assist you with additional research.
 Credit Recovery & GED Programs
The Commonwealth Challenge Youth Academy is a free educational alternative program that gives high school students and drop outs, ages 16-18, an opportunity to earn their GED or up to 5 credits to apply towards their high school diploma.
 Transcript Request Forms
Forms for both current and former students/graduates who need his/her transcript sent out. Please be sure to submit the correct form to the Counseling Department.
 Mental health providers.pdf
Stafford area mental health list of providers.
 Senior Year Tips and Tidbits.doc
General information page for seniors
 Success Strategies for Life.doc
Learn about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (Steven Covey's program)
 Virginia Diploma Requirements.mht
Do you know what courses you need to complete in order to graduate? Look here to check on your graduation requirements!
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