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WINTER SPORTS TRYOUTS BEGIN NOVEMBER 10.  MUST HAVE A FULLY COMPLETE VHSL SPORTS PARTICIPATION FORM TO PARTICIPATE.
URGENT NEWS FOR SENIORS INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON
UMW On-Site Admissions Coming to BPHS!
University of Mary Washington is offering seniors a unique opportunity to have their application considered for acceptance on November 13.  On that day, representatives from the University will meet at Brooke Point to review student transcripts/records and make an on-site admissions decision.  Students do not need to be present for the meeting.  Admission representatives will provide BPHS counselors with the results to pass on to all participating students.  You can take advantage of this opportunity if you do the following:
1) Apply early action or regular decision;.  Click here for a flyer with more details about how to register.
2) Have your application submitted through the Common App by November 1 but no later than November 3.
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.

 

Announcements
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.
URGENT NEWS FOR SENIORS INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON
UMW On-Site Admissions Coming to BPHS!
University of Mary Washington is offering seniors a unique opportunity to have their application considered for acceptance on November 13. On that day, representatives from the University will meet at Brooke Point to review student transcripts/records and make an on-site admissions decision. Students do not need to be present for the meeting. Admission representatives will provide BPHS counselors with the results to pass on to all participating students. You can take advantage of this opportunity if you do the following:
1) Apply early action or regular decision;. Click here for a flyer with more details about how to register.
2) Have your application submitted through the Common App by November 1 but no later than November 3.
ZAPS SAT & ACT Test Prep
Do you need a little preparation for the SAT or the ACT? ZAPs could be a great option! They are hosting a series of webinars that are proven to help increase scores. The next session is on December 3 and 4 from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm and you need to register by November 21st. Cost is $99.99. Click here for more information on how to register and on upcoming sessions.
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.
VCU Pipeline is Open!
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.
Youth with Disabilities Pathways to the Future
Click here for more information about a free transition conference and resource fair on Saturday, November 15th in Fredericksburg. Fifty vendors and 30 information sessions will be offered to assist young adults with disabilities prepare for the move from school to adult life into the community. Registration is required by November 7th.
UVA - STEM & Architecture Program on Nov. 3
Click here if you are interested in learning more about University of Virginia's STEM and Architecture Program on Monday, November 3.
Miltary Family Scholarship Resource
If you are a member of a military-connected family, click here to get more information about college scholarship opportunities.
Financial Aid Night!!
Attention BPHS students! Need money for college? Not sure about financial aid? Let us answer your questions and guide you through this process. Attend the BPHS Financial Aid Night on Thursday, December 4 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm (doors open at 5:30 for light refreshments). Sign up in the counseling office starting November 10th. Space is limited, so don't miss out!
Naviance Night - Postponed to Parent/Teacher Conferences
Check out the excellent web site, Naviance, that assists with the college application process and post-secondary planning during Parent/Teacher Conference Night on Tuesday, November 18. We will be holding two sessions -- Session I from 5:00-6:00 pm and Session II from 6:00-7:00 pm. (You do not need to stay for the whole hour.) To register, just log onto schoolbookings.net, code WLFUP, and select Naviance under subject. We will be raffling off a $25 gift card to Wa Wa! Hope to see you then!
Seniors: If you are having trouble matching your Common App account to BPHS' Naviance Account, please click here to view a video to assist you.
College Visits at the Nest through December 16
ALL VISITS ARE HELD IN THE COUNSELING OFFICE - SIGN UP REQUIRED! Students are limited to three visits a year.
Bryant University, Smithfield, RI 11/5 at 10:15 am
Radford University, Radford, VA 11/10 at 9:45 am
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 11/24 at 8:30 am

Paul Mitchell the School, Woodbridge, VA 12/16 at 10:00 am
ASVAB TEST
If you are a junior or senior, you may want to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test (ASVAB). The test is helpful for any student, not just those seeking a military career, who are interested in learning more about which careers and/or college majors are a good match. The test is free. If interested, sign up with Ms. Berry in counseling starting on October 27. Last day to sign up is Wednesday, November 12. The test will be given in the media center on November 17 at 8:00 am.
Paying for College
Stafford County Parks and Recreation would like to announce their upcoming courses: Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College. This class will teach you how to send your children to the college of their dreams without bankrupting your retirement. You will discover strategies that may enable you to qualify for financial aid, sources for scholarships and strategies for minimizing your tax exposure, giving you greater cash flow for funding a college education.
Course #1 - Wednesday, November 5, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Stafford Gym and Recreation Center
For more information and to register contact Stafford County Parks and Recreation at 540-658-4871
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.
NASA-related Programs
Are you a Junior? Do you love aerospace? Would working at NASA be your dream job?
Then click here for more information about the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars Program that includes a possible stint at the residential NASA Summer Academy. Applications are due November 2, 2014.

If you are a Sophomore and interested in aerospace programs, click here to link to the space grant website for information on an online class that could include a week at the Summer Academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

College Open House/Events
Virginia Tech Open House - November 15-16
For more information go to www.admiss.vt.edu/openhouse

Quantico Education Fair, November 4 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. More than 30 colleges and universities will be represented. High school students are welcome. Go to Quantico.usmc-mccs.org for more information.
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

December 6, 7

November 6

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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