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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.

Counselor                                 Students                  E-mail Address

                                           (By Last Name)

Ms. Courtney Portell                  A – Cl                       portellca@staffordschools.net

Ms. Levette Jones                    Co – Haq                   joneslj@staffordschools.net

Mrs. Mary Dobson                     Har – Me                   dobsonme@staffordschools.net

Mrs. Kara Stansbury                  Mi – Sa                     stansburykm@staffordschools.net

Dr. Marialena Bridges,                Sc – Z                      bridgesm@staffordschools.net

        Director

Mrs. Janie Berry                       Registrar                    berryjg@staffordschools.net

Mrs. Christine 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.


Summer School Registration Information
During the summer of 2014, Stafford County Public Schools will offer academic classes for new and repeat credit, and driver’s education (both classroom and Behind the Wheel). Information about the SOL remediation/test review for students, who pass a class but fail the SOL test, as well as the Jump Start program, are also included. Please click HERE to visit the SCPS summer school webpage for information and registration forms.


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


APRIL- Month of the Military Child
Virginia military youth are resilient and take pride in their service to our country.  They deserve our appreciation and support.  The month of April provides an opportunity to recognize and honor the service of our youngest heroes, military children.   Join us as BPHS helps promote the 4th annual Purple Up! for Military Kids celebration by wearing purple on Tuesday, April 15th.
Explore opportunities for military youth
here.



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

Announcements
Exploring College Options
Exploring College Options is a special recruitment program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of five of the country's leading universities: Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University.  At this event, representatives from the five universities will conduct brief slide presentations about their institution and answer your questions about the sometimes-mystifying world of college admissions.  You will learn what distinguishes one fine university from another, what competitive colleges look for in the selection process, and what you can do to enhance your college application.
 
The program starts promptly at 7:30pm, so it is suggested students/parents arrive 15 to 20 minutes beforehand to complete the sign-in process and find a seat. The program typically last one and a half hours.  For more information, or to register, please visit HERE.
Summer School Registration Information
During the summer of 2014, Stafford County Public Schools will offer academic classes for new and repeat credit, and driver’s education (both classroom and Behind the Wheel). Information about the SOL remediation/test review for students, who pass a class but fail the SOL test, as well as the Jump Start program, are also included. Please click HERE to visit the SCPS summer school webpage for more information and  registration forms.

Summer Programs at VCU
Spring is here and with that comes the rapid approach of summer! Students are already daydreaming and making plans for the warmer months ahead, so why not think about something that's both fun and academic! The VCU Pipeline offers multiple programs for high school students who are interested in the health sciences, and are a great way for students to explore perspective health careers, participate in fun hands-on activities in those fields, and visit the VCU medical campus in downtown Richmond, VA. The majority of these programs are nonresidential day-camps that are also free of charge. Visit the website here for a brief description of the programs, such as Dental Career Exploration, Physical Therapy Career Exploration and Dental Hygiene Career Exploration. All students interested should submit an online application today! Supplemental materials such as letters of recommendation and official transcripts should be mailed to their office prior to the program deadlines. 
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.
Global Scholar 2014
Are you eager to make your mark on the world? Global Scholar is an intensive global leadership program, at American University, for high school students who are eager to build a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. We empower young leaders who possess a firm understanding of global challenges, are confident in their ability to lead others, and have the skills and vision to make change happen. Seminars include topics on policy with experts working on key global challenges, global leadership, strategic communications, social change and innovation clinic, career planning, as well as visits to Embassies, the World Bank, think tanks, and other D.C. institutions. Join us! Space is limited, scholarships are available and an affordable commuter option is available for local students! For more information, visit www.globalscholar.org, call: (202)709-6172 or email globalscholar@aidemocracy.org.
UVa Advance Summer Program
The University of Virginia is pleased to announce UVa Advance, a new 4-week summer residential program for highly-motivated, rising high school juniors and seniors. UVa Advance offers students an exceptional opportunity for intellectual and personal growth. Each student takes two undergraduate classes, participates in academic workshops and engages in social activities organized by UVa Advance. Students live in an air-conditioned residence hall with a dedicated staff of community advisors.
               Application Deadline:   Session II- April 1
                                                Session III- April 15
               Costs per session: Virginia Residents- $4, 888
Costs include tuition for two three-credit courses, housing in Gooch/Dillard residence hall, 60-meal dining plan, academic support/workshops, activities, and access to services such as Student Health and athletic facilities.
 
For more information, visit: www.virginia.edu/summer, call: (434)924-3371 or email: summer@virginia.edu
JMU Summer Honors Institute
JMU is offering a special opportunity this summer to qualified high school rising junior and seniors – the Summer Honors Institute. The weeklong (7/13-7/20) institute will provide students with a great opportunity to get a close glimpse of college life: live in a college dorm, sample classes, and engage with professors and current students.  Participants will hear from representatives from JMU’s Admissions Office, who will explain the college admissions process, offering tips and answering questions.  Representatives from the Career and Academic Planning Office will provide advice regarding the selection of a major and career preparation.  Honors Program staff members will explain how participation in an honors program can enhance the college experience. There will be opportunities for students to participate in a variety of fun activities on and off campus. A more complete description of the program is available on the SHI website located here.  There is a $650 fee per student, which will cover all SHI related expenses (room and board, class materials, activity fees, etc).  Partial scholarships may be available for students with financial need.
Please contact Katie LaPira in JMU’s Office of Outreach and Engagement if you have questions or would like more information. Katie can be reached at  lapirakm@jmu.edu
GMU's Summer Term for High-School Students
Interested in experiencing college before actually going to college?  George Mason University offers a unique experience for rising high school juniors and seniors as well as graduating seniors.  Participants may take freshman level courses during Session C of their summer Term which may be acceptable as transfer credit to any college in which the student enrolls.  The application deadline for the 2014 Summer C Session (June 30 - August 8) is June 16, 2014.  For more information, or to register, please click HERE.
Villanova University College of Nursing Open House
The College of Nursing at Villanova University is hosting an Undergraduate Open House for prospective students on Sunday, April 27, 2014.  The program begins at 1:00 p.m. in the Villanova Rooms, Connelly Center.  Students will be able to tour Driscoll Hall, a state-of-the-art nursing facility with ten clinical simulation labs, meet with nursing students and faculty, discuss their nursing curriculum, and tour Villanova's campus.  To register and find directions for the Open House Program, visit www.villanova.edu/nursing
Agents of Change Day
Agents of Change Day is a free, family, fun event that will be held on Saturday, March 29th, at Colonial Forge High School from 8am - 12pm.  Please click here to see the attached flyer for more information!
Georgetown University Summer Programs
Georgetown University's Summer Programs for high school students afford students from around the nation and the world the opportunity to invest in and plan for their futures while expanding their horizons and finding their passions.  The programs take students out of the classroom, allowing them to experience the action of congressional hearings, medical school labs, Pentagon briefings, foreign embassies, Capital Hill offices, prominent government institutions focused on security and intelligence, and other exciting Washington, DC events.  Georgetown is now accepting applications for their summer programs, which fill up quickly.  All materials are available here.  Please note that April 15, 2014 is the Priority Application Deadline. 
Rappahannock United Way Community Resources
The Rappahannock United Way connects people with free information on available community services and provides access to services in our community.  If you, your family, or someone you know could use assistance for food, clothing, shelter, or more, please visit this link.
Germanna Community College News
Registering at Germanna Community College?  If so, be sure to attend one of their Orientation Sessions now being offered.  After registering, attendance at an orientation is strongly encouraged, as it will help your transition into the Germanna community a successful one.  At orientation, you will receive the information you need to prepare for, select, and pay for your classes.  Information regarding placements tests and disability services will also be provided.  Orientation registration id open online at www.germanna.edu and is required.  Look under the event calendar and find the orientation date that you would like to attend then click the "register" button at the top right of the web page and provide the required information.  For more information call 540-891-3069
SAT Test Dates for 2013 - 2014

Register on-line at www.sat.org/register
Fee is $51 for regular registration
To change a test date or location, or to register late, there is a fee of $27.50

Test Date       

Register by

Oct 5

Sept 6

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Dec 7

Nov 8

Jan 25

Dec 27

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May 3

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Jun 7

May 9

ACT Test Dates for 2013 -2014
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
Sept 21
Aug 23
Oct 26
Sept 27
Dec 14
Nov 8
Feb 8
Jan 10
Apr 12
Mar 7
Jun 14
May 9
Important Forms and Handouts
 2013 - 2014 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.
 Germanna Community College Documents/Procedures for DE
Information on requesting a transcript from Germanna for DE students as well as enrolling.
 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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