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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.


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.
Attention Seniors Applying to College!
Seniors: College is expensive! It is so important that your parents/guardians attend a workshop to learn about completing the FAFSA for College Financial Aid. The workshop will be at Brooke Point on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Click here for more details.
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!
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.
Apprenticeship in Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
If you are interested in serving an apprenticeship in the Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Process Piping and Environmental Systems Trades click here for details about the application process. In person applications will be accepted in two locations -- one in Landover, MD and one in Springfireld, VA starting January 5, 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
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
December 13
November 7
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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