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Post-Secondary Planning for Rising Seniors
During the Junior Assembly today (April 15), BPHS counselors spoke with the rising Seniors about how to prepare for life after high school. The presentation included discussion around 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges, technical/trade schools, workforce, SAT/ACT information, and Naviance Family Connection. Click here for a copy of the power point.

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.


2015 Virginia Private College Week
If you visit three or more of Virginia's Private Colleges during the week of July 27-August 1, you will receive three applications for fee waivers. Click here for more details.
Post-Secondary Planning for Rising Seniors
During the Junior Assembly today (April 15), BPHS counselors spoke with the rising Seniors about how to prepare for life after high school. The presentation included discussion around 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges, technical/trade schools, workforce, SAT/ACT information, and Naviance Family Connection. Click here for a copy of the power point.

15-16 Registration Letter & Form
Your counselors are looking forward to meeting with all students who are registering for classes next year. They are visiting freshmen English classes this week to discuss this year and registration. They will start meeting individually with the freshmen next week. Sophomores and Junior individual conferences will follow. Click here for the cover letter. Click here for a copy of the registration form. (Please note that courses in bold are corrections to the original registration form that was sent home Feb. 3.)
RACSBTeen Parenting Skills Class
Teen 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.
College Fairs!

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.
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.
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 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.

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.

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.

Open Hand of Fredericksburg seeks to partner with under-resourced youth and their families to secure sustainable employment through education, leadership development and long-term committed relationships. Their workshops include character formation, college preparation, job readiness, and financial literacy. They also offer internships. Click here to email Alisha Henley for more information.

Game Experience summer program at the University of Washington in Seattle -- a three-week video game development program that incorporates hands-on instruction from industry professionals as well as interactive video game studio tours. Click here for more details.

William & Mary -- Pre-collegiate Program where students earn four hours of college credit for an exciting, fast-paced, in-depth summer course in which they study American history "on site" at many historic places, museums, and archeology sites in eastern Virginia and the Chesapeake region. Click here for more information and click on Pre-Collegiate Program. Applications are due on April 30, 2015.
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
Will you be a Freshman at VCU in Fall 2015? If so, read on.
VCU Acceleration is a bridge program with summer and academic year components for incoming VCU freshmen interested in pursuing the health sciences. Kick start your college experience with a 4-week summer program on the MCV Campus where you participate in math and science prep courses, healthcare workshops, community service, and social activities. During the academic year, VCU acceleration students take a specific set of courses together throughout the first year and can take advantage of tutoring sessions, study groups, health-related internships and more. The application deadline is May 1, 2015. For more information click here or call 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.
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

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
April 18
March 13
June 13
May 8
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.pdf
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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