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Important News from Counseling!
Counselors will be going into the classrooms this fall to discuss important tips for your student to have a successful year. As parents/guardians, you are our partners to ensure that your student has the best year possible. Letters are being sent out with more details but why wait for snail mail!  
Click here if your student is a freshman.
Click here if your student is a sophomore.
Click here if your student is a junior.
Click here if your student is a senior.
Counseling News and Information

Welcome to Counseling!

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.

Counselor Students
(By last name)
Email addresses
Ms. Courtney Portell A-Cl portellca@staffordschools.net
Ms. Levette Jones Co-Haq joneslj@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.


Financial Aid Night!!
Attention BPHS students! Need money for college? Not sure about financial aid? Let us answer your questions and guide you through this process. Attend the BPHS Financial Aid Night on Thursday, December 4 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm (doors open at 5:30 for light refreshments). Sign up in the counseling office starting November 10th. Space is limited, so don't miss out!
Naviance Night - October 21 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
If you are interested in learning more about Naviance and how it can help you with your post-secondary options, please plan to attend our Naviance Night on October 21 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm here at Brooke Point. Sign up begins on October 8 and closes after the 60 allotted spots are filled so don't delay!!!
College Visits at the Nest in October
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 10/3 at 8:00 am
Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA 10/3 at 9:30 am
Averett University, Danville, VA 10/15 at 8:30
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 10/15 at 9:00 am
Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC 10/15 at 10:00 am
Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA 10/16 at 1:00 pm
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 10/16 at 9:00 am
Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA 10/16 at 1:00 pm
West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV 10/16 at 1:30 pm
Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA 10/17 at 8:30 am
Dean College, Franklin, MA 10/20 at 9:15 am
Bryant University, Smithfield, RI 11/5 at 10:15 am
Radford University, Radford, VA 11/10 at 9:45 am
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 11/24 at 8:30 am

Holiday Help
If you are in need of some assistance with the upcoming holidays, registration is being held at Regester Chapel Church at 85 Bells Hill Road from September 29-October 3. For more information, contact Stafford Department of Social Services at (540) 658-8732. In order to be eligible you must receive SNAP or TANF, remain a Stafford County resident during the 2014 holiday program and remain in good standing during the 2013 holiday program. Click here for a flyer. Espanol
If you are a junior or senior, you may want to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test (ASVAB). The test is helpful for any student, not just those seeking a military career, who are interested in learning more about which careers and/or college majors are a good match. The test is free. If interested, sign up with Ms. Berry in counseling starting on October 27. Last day to sign up is Wednesday, November 12. The test will be given in the media center on November 17 at 8:00 am.
Paying for College
Stafford County Parks and Recreation would like to announce their upcoming courses: Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College. This class will teach you how to send your children to the college of their dreams without bankrupting your retirement. You will discover strategies that may enable you to qualify for financial aid, sources for scholarships and strategies for minimizing your tax exposure, giving you greater cash flow for funding a college education.
Course #1 - Tuesday, October 14, 6:00 pm -8:30 pm, Courthouse Community Center
Course #2 - Wednesday, November 5, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Stafford Gym and Recreation Center
For more information and to register contact Stafford County Parks and Recreation at 540-658-4871
Colleges Visiting the DC Metropolitan Area in October!
Washington & Lee University, October 19 at 4:00 pm at the Marriott Bethesda, 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, MD
West Virginia Wesleyan College is hosting an App Night on Wednesday, October 15 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Panera Bread at 1760 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA rsvp to white_sm@wvwc.edu
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.
Aerospace Scholars Program for Juniors
Do you love aerospace? Would working at NASA be your dream job?
Then click here for more information about the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars Program that includes a possible stint at the residential NASA Summer Academy. Applications are due November 2, 2014.
Important News from Counseling!
Counselors will be going into the classrooms this fall to discuss important tips for your student to have a successful year. As parents/guardians, you are our partners to ensure that your student has the best year possible. Letters are being sent out with more details but why wait for snail mail!
Click here if your student is a freshman.
Click here if your student is a sophomore.
Click here if your student is a junior.
Click here if your student is a senior.
PSAT- Breaking News!
All 10th grade students will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 15th at no cost. The test will be from 7:40 am - 10:40 am. If any 9th, 11th, or 12th grade student would like to take the PSAT the cost is $20 cash or a check made out to BPHS. Sign-ups for those students will begin on Monday, September 29th in Counseling. *10th grade students do not need to sign up.

Due to the number of students testing on October 15th, school/classroom calculators WILL NOT be available to students either prior to or during testing. Each student is responsible for providing his/her own calculator. Please note: All math problems are able to be solved without a calculator or with a basic 4-function calculator.
VDOT Hosts Transportation Career Fair
"Transportation: Your Ride to the Future!" will offer students information about careers in transportation-related fields such as engineering, aviation, transit, architecture, construction, and the environment To be held on Thursday, October 2 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Prince WIlliam County Fairgrounds in Manassas. Click here for more information.
College Open House/Events
Germanna Community College Admissions Information Sessions
Thursday, October 2 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Room 100, French Slaughter Bldg, 2130 Germanna Highway, Locust Grove, VA 22508
Thursday, October 30 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Room 212, Earl Dickinson Bldg, 10000 Germanna Point Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Registration required at recruiting@germanna.edu or call 540-834-1961

College Fair -- Spotsylvania Towne Centre, Wednesday, October 15; 6:30-8:30 pm. Mark your calendars for the Annual College Fair in the Mall in Fredericksburg. More than 150 local, regional, and national post-secondary institutions will be represented. All grade levels are welcome, and juniors and undecided seniors are urged to attend.

Virginia Tech Open House - October 18-19 and November 15-16
For more information go to www.admiss.vt.edu/openhouse

Greater Washington, DC National College Fair: Come check out this national college fair on Thursday, October 2 from 6:00 pm -8:00 pm and Friday, October 3 from 9:00 am - noon at the Convention Center in Washington, D.C. To find out which colleges are attending, log onto http://bit.ly/NCFExhibitorSearch. Go to www.nacacnet.org/ncfstudent to register.

The Citadel, Friday, October 31 from 12:30 - 4:00 pm . This open house will take place on campus in Charleston, SC. For registration and more information, go to www.citadel.edu/discover

Quantico Education Fair, November 4 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. More than 30 colleges and universities will be represented. High school students are welcome. Go to Quantico.usmc-mccs.org for more information.
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

October 11, 19

September 12

November 8, 9

October 9

December 6, 7

November 6

January 24, 25

December 29

March 14, 15

February 13

May 2, 3

April 6

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
October 25
September 19
December 13
November 7
February 7
January 9
April 18
March 13
June 13
May 8
Important Forms and Handouts
 2014-2015 Registration Info
Registration information is available here. This includes the parent letter that has been mailed home, a sample registration form, and lists of the electives that available to the different grade levels.
 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.
 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.
 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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