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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.​ Follow us on twitter @BPHSCounseling

Counselor Students
(By last name)
Email addresses
Ms. Holly Williman A-Cl willimanhm@staffordschools.net
Mrs. Levette Hull Co-Haq hulllj@staffordschools.net
Mrs. Bethany Falk Har-Me falkbw@staffordschools.net
Mrs. Barbara Smiley-Ingalls Mi-Sa smileyingallsbg@staffordschools.net
Dr. Marialena Bridges Sc-Z bridgesm@staffordschools.net
Mrs. Janie Berry Registrar berryjg@staffordschools.net
Mrs. Amy Griggs Data Processor griggsab@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.


Great opportunity in IT and Cyber security for HS grads!
Year Up is a program where students take NOVA college courses on-campus for a semester, learning the information technology or cyber security skills and professionalism needed to launch a successful career. Year Up then matches students to an internship for six months and assists with job placement. They are recruiting for their January cohort through December 3 and will start recruiting for their August cohort in February 2016. Click here for more details about this incredible opportunity for those high school graduates up to the age of 24. Click here for a list of information sessions.
Start Planning for Summer 2016!
Cornell University offers three and six week summer programs in academic areas including medicine, veterinary medicine, architecture and art - to name just a few. Click here for more information,

Yale University offers a two week selective leadership-development program. The program brings together high school students from around the world for rigorous and interactive opportunities to attend lectures and engage with world renowned Yale faculty. Program options include Politics, Law and Economics, Biomedical Science, and Applied Science and Engineering. Click here for more information.
Project: Change
If you have an idea to help solve a problem in the world, join the AFS-USA's Project: Change. If your idea is chosen, you'll receive a full scholarship to spend two weeks abroad with AFS making your vision come to life in Summer 2016. Contestants must submit a 200-500 word essay OR a 1-minute video addressing the following question: "What is one problem in the world that you would like to solve, and what type of volunteer project would you design to help solve it? Applications are due on December 1. Click here for more details.
Apprenticeship Opportunities in Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Process Piping and Environmental Systems Fields
If you are interested in serving an apprenticeship in the Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Process Piping and Environmental Systems Trades, applications are being accepted in person at locations in Virginia and Maryland in January. Click here for an application and list of dates.
News from Radford University!
Radford University is coming to the nest on Monday, December 14 at 10:00 am to make on-site decisions. They will meet with students individually. You would need to have the following prepared in order to be considered:
Application submitted BEFORE November 16
Transcript has been sent
SAT/ACT has been sent
Sign up in counseling!
Attention Sophomores! Great FREE Summer Learning Oppoortunity!
Are you intellectually curious? Do you want to live on a college campus this summer and participate in a seminar led by two professors? Seminar topics are within the fields of critical Black and ethnic studies and include Exploring Cultural Identity Through the Music of the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Struggle for Freedom: An Interdisciplinary Prospective. Sponsored by the Telluride Association, TASS, seeks, public-spirited young people from a wide variety of life experiences and backgrounds. Please contact your counselor if you would like her to nominate you for this scholarship. Our nominations are due by December 1.
Attention Seniors! Critical news from Germanna!
If you are at all interested in attending Germanna next year you should click here to access their application guidelines.
Financial Aid Night! Thursday, December 3, 6:30-7:30 pm
Need money for college? Have questions about loans and financial aid? Dexter Burlew*, a licensed investment advisor representative, will answer your questions and help guide you through this process during the Financial Aid Workshop on Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Brooke Point High School in the auditorium. Doors will open at 6:00 pm for light refreshments. The seminar is free but you will need to register in advance through the BPHS counseling center.

*Mr. Burlew hs been a financial management professional for over 10 years, having served both within the federal government and private industry. He has specialized in college financial planning and provides valuable service to the community by holding college financial planning workshops. Mr. Burlew holds an MBA in Financial Management.
Common Black College Application now available!
Students can now complete the 2015-2016 Common Black College Application (CBCA) and apply to any number of 43 Historically Black Colleges and Universities at the same time for only $35. Click here for more information.
News from University of Mary Washington!

The University of Mary Washington is now test optional. Students with a 3.5 GPA may be considered for admission without their SAT or ACT scores. Students offered admission under the test optional plan will be considered for curriculum-based scholarships. Award range from $1,000 to $4,000 for residents of Virginia. Visit the website for additional details and restrictions.

Naviance Tips for Seniors!
If you are using the Common Application to apply to colleges you will need to link your application with your Naviance account. Click here for a quick video that show's you how to do that. Once you get to the youtube site, use the search words: Naviance and Common application to find the video.
College Visits!
Attention Seniors! Colleges are making plans to visit you here at the nest! You will need to sign up in counseling to attend and have the permission from the teacher whose class you will partially miss. You are limited to three visits so choose carefully!

Radford University, Radford, VA 12/14/15 10:00 am - Onsite Decisions
College Fairs and Open Houses!
Click here http://www.nacacnet.org/college-fairs to check out extensive college fairs around the country.

News from UVA

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.
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 2015-2016

If you would like to explore the differences between the SAT and the ACT click here.
Register on-line at

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. *=SAT Subject Tests being offered.

Date tests reg. deadline late reg
12/5/15 SAT & Subject 11/5/15 11/23/15
1/23/16 SAT & Subject 12/28/15 1/12/16
3/5/16 NEW SAT 2/5/16 2/23/16
5/7/16 NEW SAT & Subject 4/8/16 4/26/15
6/4/16 NEW SAT & Subject 5/5/15 5/25/16

ACT Test Dates for 2015-2016
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 Reg Late Reg
December 12, 2015 November 6 Nov. 7 - 20
February 6, 2016 January 8 Jan 9-15
April 9, 2016 March 4 Mar 5-18
June 11, 2016 May 6 May 7-20
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.doc
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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