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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. 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 Seniors!
Are you involved in scouting or other volunteer activities in the community? If you have B's in U.S. History and U.S. Government, and 50 volunteer hours, you may qualify for a Civics Seal on your diploma. Please see Mrs. Gose in counseling for an application.
English News for Rising Seniors
A letter was sent out the week of April 18 to the parents of rising Seniors who chose DE English as a class for their Senior year. Click here to see a copy of the letter.
News for Admitted Students to VCU
VCU is offering an incredible opportunity for their admitted students who may want to pursue a career in the heatlh science. Upon acceptance into Acceleration, participants attend a mandatory four week Health Sciences Summer session which gives exposure to the math and science pre-health preparatory courses taught by VCU faculty members. The summer session also offers several workshops, hospital orientations, and advising in preparation for the fall semester. Applications are due on May 6, 2016. Click here for more information.
Fredericksburg Optimist Club's Student of the Month
Brooke Point is proud of our Black-Hawks's who have been chosen as Student of the Month by the Fredericksburg Optimist Club.

They are:
September: William Wilcox
October - Yessica Bonilla
November - Danielle Cornwell
December - Carla Hatfield
January - Joseph Nelson
February - Emanuella Serwa
March - Nathalie Chao
April - Jackie Esquivel Contreras
May - Taylor Hayes

FAFSA Assistant!
Click here for an online interactive tool that offers students and families tips and advice they can use to prepare for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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.

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!

If you are a rising Junior or Senior and are loving your Career and Technical Education classes (i.e. Culinary Arts, Carpentry...) then we have a great summer opportunity for you! The University of Richmond is hosting a free three week summer residential program. Click here for more details and click here to access an application. (Feel free to also talk with your school counselor.)

Christopher Newport University is offering a Summer Humanities Institute -- a two week residential program where students take college credit. Click here for more information.

Gettysburg College provides wonderful summer programs. 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.

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.

Global Scholar is an intensive global issues and leadership program to be held at American University from July 17-28. Students interested in global issues are encouraged to apply for a scholarship to the program through an essay contest. Click here for more details about the scholarship and program.

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!

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

News from UVA

UVA offers 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
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
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.
 Freshman Orientation
A Powerpoint given during the 2016 Freshman Orientation.
 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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