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Report Cards will be distributed on February 3, 2015
FAFSA Webinar
Webinar - Thursday, January 22  from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm. The webinar will discuss the $150 billion the U.S. Dept of Education awards each year in federal grants, work-study funds, and low interest loans to more than 14 million students. Click here to register.
Counseling News and Information

Welcome to Counseling!

(L-R) Ms. Jones, 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
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.


RACSB Parenting Skills Class
Parenting classes are being offered by the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting February 24. Complimentary dinner and babysitting are provided.The classes focus on positive parenting, self-esteem in parents and children, effective discipline methods and more. Click here for more details.
Attention Juniors!
Do you have an interest in municipal, state or national government? Are you a leader with a positive attitude and character and excellent initiative, scholarship and community service? If so, you may want to apply for the Boys/Girls State -- a week-long course in state and local government to be held June 21st - June 27th. Applications are limited to the first 20 girls and the first 20 boys. Please see Dr. Bridges in the counseling department for an application or for more information on this great opportunity.
Are you America's Next Fashion It Girl?
Applications are being accepted for a two-week paid internship at Fame & Partners and ASOS in NYC. You could also win your dream prom outfit ($1000 value). Click here for more details.
Opportunities for Juniors interested in Engineering!
UVA HS Visitation Program: If you are a woman who is a Junior and interested in Engineering, you may want to apply for the UVA High School Visitation Program taking place on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Click here for the application.

GMU's Volgenau School of Engineering is hosting two visit days this winter -- Monday, Feb 9, 2015 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm and Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. These special engineering, computer science, and information technology open house events are reserved for high school Juniors and feature a complimentary luncheon, admissions and academic information sessions, a tour of campus, and an opportunity to meet with faculty members from their academic programs. Click here to rsvp as soon as possible -- spaces are limited!
Upcoming College Visits at the Nest and College Fairs!
Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA 2/4/15 at 10:15 a.m.
Germanna Community College, Fredericksburg, VA 3/26/15 at 8:30 a.m.
Sign up in counseling.

If you are interested in learning more about Historically Black Colleges and Universities, you will want to check out this college fair on February 18, 2015. Sponsored by UNCF, students attending the fair will receive an orientation to black colleges. The fair will take place from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Vermont Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Click here to see more details about the colleges attending and if they are offering on-site interviews.

Montgomery County National College Fair: Tuesday, April 21 from 9:45 a.m - 12:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 pm and on Wednesday, April 22 from 9:45 am - 12:45 pm at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center in Gaithersburg, MD. Click here for registration information.
FAFSA Webinar
Webinar - Thursday, January 22 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm. The webinar will discuss the $150 billion the U.S. Dept of Education awards each year in federal grants, work-study funds, and low interest loans to more than 14 million students. Click here to register.
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.
Veterinary Medical Career Fair & Information Sessions
Are you interested in veterinary medicine? If so, check out this career fair on Sunday, March 15, 2015, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC from 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm. For more information, click here.
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.
Growing Up Military... In Our Own Words
Are you part of a military family? Are you an artist or a writer? If so, click here for more details about the 2015 Marine Corps Base Quantico Education Symposium. Submissions deadline is January 30, 2015.
Keep cool this Summer with some amazing programs!
Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps is looking for crew-members ages 14-17 to enhance our state parks. Crew members will work in the parks on weekdays, participate in environmental education programs weeknights, and endure adventure training on weekends. Your $500 stipend will be earned through dedicated community service. Application is due May 1, 2015. Click here for more details. Click here for the link to apply.

Attention 9th Graders! Have a BLAST this summer! The Virginia Space Grant Consortium presents a FREE incredible opportunity this summer for freshmen interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. Click here to learn more about this summer program at Virginia Tech and University of Virginia. Applications are due February 2, 2015.

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.

University of Virginia has three sessions of great summer residential programs. The competitive application process begins December 15 and applications are due February 15. Click here for more information.

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.

Click here to learn more about Duke University's summer programs. Application process begins December 2, 2014.

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.
Radford University Announces Test Optional Policy for Students with a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale!
Attention Seniors Interested in Radford University! Applicants with a 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale = 3.8 on 4.5 scale), and who have participated in a rigorous program of study, can apply to Radford University without submitting SAT or ACT test results. Students must submit test scores in order to qualify for merit scholarships. Click here to contact Radford University for more information.
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.
News From Virginia Commonwealth U
VCU Acceleration is an amazing pre-health resource for graduating seniors who intend to apply to VCU for entry their freshman year. Acceleration gives matriculating students the opportunity to strengthen their math and science skills over the summer with a focus on health-professions exposure, professionalism and cultural competency workshops, and community service opportunities. This residential program takes place on the MCV campus in downtown Richmond and is free of charge. For more information contact pipelineappvcu.edu or 804-827-0982.

Fall 2015 freshman applicants to VCU who hold a minimum of a 3.3 GPA may request that their application be reviewed without submitting standardized test scores. To be considered for admission to the university without test scores, students must submit their requests in writing to http://ugtestopt@vcu.edu Please note that admission to VCU remains a competitive process. All candidates will be considered for admission based on their own merits,

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.
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.
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

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
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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