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Celebrating February as Black History Month!
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Attention all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students!  On-line registration for your 2016-2017 classes will begin on February 8. You MUST have an active StudentVue account to register/pick your classes.  If you do not have one, see your counselor ASAP!

Your counselor will meet with you individually to go over your course requests starting with juniors in mid February, then sophomores in late February, and ending with freshmen in early to mid March. 

 Click here for a detailed step by step guide of how to register for classes online. Click here to access the Program of Studies. (It is in the quick links section.) And  click here if you would like to access the letter that was sent to parents on February 1 about the process.
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. Haley Hough Registrar houghhl@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.



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


Attention Juniors! The Boys/Girls State applications are now in the Counseling Department! Boys and Girls State is a comprehensive one week course in state and local government. The week includes many activities and a great deal of hard work. If you are a junior, interested in state and local government and have leadership, initiative, good character and a positive attitude, please see Dr. Bridges for an application. Click here for more information about boys state and here for more information about girls state.
Celebrating February as Black History Month!
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College Visits at the Nest!
Are you a Senior and interested in going to a culinary arts school next year? Come meet with reps from Johnson and Wales on Tuesday, February 9 at 9:30 am. Sign up in counseling.
Attention all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students! On-line registration for your 2016-2017 classes will begin on February 8. You MUST have an active StudentVue account to register/pick your classes. If you do not have one, see your counselor ASAP!

Your counselor will meet with you individually to go over your course requests starting with juniors in mid February, then sophomores in late February, and ending with freshmen in early to mid March.

Click here for a detailed step by step guide of how to register for classes online. Click here to access the Program of Studies. (It is in the quick links section.) And click here if you would like to access the letter that was sent to parents on February 1 about the process.
Rising Freshman Orientation - Feb. 17!
If you know someone who will be a freshman at Brooke Point High School in 16-17 please encourage them to attend the Freshman Orientation on Wednesday, February 17 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. The orientation will include guided tours of the school, and presentations by clubs. Click here for a flyer.
Junior Firefighter Program
If you are at least 16 years old and have not turned 18 you could be eligible for the Junior Firefighter program. This incredible program would give you the opportunity to be a certified firefighter at the Stafford County Fire and Rescue Academy. Click here for a flyer that outlines all the details and how to apply for the program.
Wonderful New Program from the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)
Black Pearls provides females aged 12-18 of African descent with accurate information about life issues, prepares them for leadership roles, helps them develop a strong sense of self and empowers them to make positive choices for their future. The program includes several forums and college tours. They meet once a month on a Saturday at the Porter library. For more information, contact ncnwsfyouthsection@gmail.com.

PSAT Scores
Students who provided their email on their forms will be able to view their PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 8/9 scores online on January 7. (Click here to access those scores starting on the 7th.) All students who took the exam will receive a paper report in early February. This new date will not affect student's eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Summer Work Opportunities for 18+
Want to earn some extra money this summer? Hilldrup is looking to hire movers, packers and loaders. Click here for more information.
Educational Opportunities for Summer 2016!
Do you like adventure? Want to live and work in a state park this summer? Then the Youth Conservation Corps could be right for you! The corps takes youth between 14-17 for three weeks to live in a Virginia state park. By day the crews focus on park development and the weekends include hikes, canoeing, and caving. This amazing program costs nothing and pays a stipend of $500. The application deadline is March 1, 2016. Click here for more information.

George Mason University is hosting a summer program for current Juniors or Seniors who are passionate about social entrepreneurship, social causes, or service. The program runs from July 7-12, 2016 at Loyola University in Chicago. Students who complete the program can earn up to three transferable college credits from GMU. Click here for more information.

George Washington University offers several credit and non-credit summer programs. For more information, click here.

Oxford University is hosting a week-long summer seminar from August 1 - August 8. Students must be in grades 10-12 to apply and decisions are based on a rolling admission. Courses include Economics, Law, Medicine, and Politics to name a few. For more information, For more information, click here.

National Youth Science Camp is an intense FREE month-long camp for young scientists conducted during the summer AFTER they graduate from high school. Applications are due by February 17, 2016. Click here for more details.

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.

Duke University is accepting applications now for their two summer programs: 1) Duke Summer College for grades 10 & 11 to earn academic credit and 2) Duke Summer Academy for students grades 9-12 to enroll in personal enrichment classes with a global perspective. Click here for more information.

Lebanon Valley College is hosting a Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp from July 10-July 15, 2016. Through lectures and hands-on laboratory investigations, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of molecular biology, pharmacology, immunology, biochemistry and medical ethics. The camp will provide a fun, challenging and engaging college environment in which students will develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a biomedical scientist and health professional. For more information, click here.

Attention 9th graders interested in science and technology: There is a FREE summer on campus program being offered by the Virginia Space Consortium. Click here for more information. Application deadline is February 1, 2016.
This Saturday, February 6 there will be a presentation on the FAFSA and their Fredericksburg area campus will be conducting an information session and campus tour. Click here for more information.

Information Session on
Monday, February 15 from 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm at the Fredericksbug Area Campus at 1000 Germanna Point Drive in the V. Earl Dickinson Building, room 213. Come and learn all about their associate and certificate programs, payment options, and guaranteed transfer agreements. Registration is required. Either call at 540-834-1961 or email kviarella@germanna.edu to reserve your seat and sign up for a campus tour! Click here to see their flyer. There will also be an information session on Wednesday, April 9. Click here for that flyer.

If you are at all interested in attending
Germanna next year you should click here to access their application guidelines.
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 shows 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 Fairs and Open Houses!

Two amazing opportunities are being provided by the United Negro College Fund. On February 17, 2016 there will be a college fair in Washington, DC featuring more than 60 Historically Black Colleges. There will also be information on financial aid, planning for college, FAFSA, ROTC programs, internships and other funding sources. Click here for more information about the Fair.

On February 20, 2016 there will be a college festival at TC Williams High School. The festival will include workshops and visiting with colleges. Seniors will be able to do onsite interviews with up to 3 reps. Click here for more information about the festival.

2016 Veterinary Medical Career Fair and Information Sessions - Sunday, March 6, 2016
Save the date for the AAVMC's Annual Veterinary Medical Career Fair and Information Sessions, This free event is for any high school student with an interest in the veterinary medical profession. To be held on Sunday, March 6 from 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. For more information email, diversitymatters@aavmc.org.

Click here
http://www.nacacnet.org/college-fairs to check out extensive college fairs around the country.

News from UVA

The Society of Women Engineers ins hosting a visitation day for current Juniors and Sophomores on Saturday, April 9, 2016. The program gives young women a comprehensive look at engineering fields and UVA's engineering curriculum through informative speakers and hands-on design activities. Click here for an application that is due by March 12, 2016.

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 2016

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

Fee is $43 for regular registration for the SAT without taking the essay. Fee is $54.50 for the SAT with the essay. 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
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

*Snow make up date is 2/20/16

ACT Test Dates for 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
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.
 VDOE Approved Online Providers List
Click here to access the latest list of approved online course providers. It is essential that you consult with your student's counselor before registering.
 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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