Teaching Our Children to be Good Digital Citizens: Working Together to Prevent Cyberbullying and Sexting: A presentation for parents/guardians of children in grades PreK-12 - Featuring Dr. Elizabeth Englander - Director of Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center and nationally-recognized expert in the areas of bullying and cyberbullying, childhood causes of aggression and abuse, and children’s use of technology. Brookline High Auditorium, Monday December 10, 6-8pm.
IMPORTANT NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS RE: JUULING -
The price of cool: A teenager, a Juul and nicotine addiction - The New York Times- https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/health/vaping-juul-teens-addiction-nicotine.html
Join the Friday Lunch Lounge!
Want a different place to eat lunch?
You are invited to come to room 277 on Fridays to hangout, play games, and meet some new people. Bring your lunch, snacks provided!
We are looking forward to meeting you!
Georgia Tech University Admissions blog – Ways to Prepare for EA/ED decisions:
READ YOUR EMAIL IF YOU HAVE APPLIED TO COLLEGE! Set up and check your portal for each college. If you have questions, students should be contacting the admissions offices, not parents….. See this article for more info about documents to college - http://admitted.nacacnet.org/wordpress/index.php/2018/11/21/parents-before-you-yell-at-your-childs-school-counselor/
If you change your admissions requests or decide not to apply to a college on your original transcript release form, PLEASE NOTIFY YOUR COUNSELOR OR STOP BY ROOM 161 (Main Guidance Office) so we can update your requests.
Transcript release / Teacher-Counselor Recommendation Deadlines
If you have college applications with January 1 deadlines – your transcript release form and other important documents are now overdue. See you counselor and teachers tomorrow (Monday)!
January 1, or 2 deadlines IMPORTANT NOTE – Counselors, teachers, administrators, and guidance secretaries are NOT in school over the December break from 12/22 – 1/1. Late requests cannot be managed during that time. Please get your materials, transcript release forms, and information needed for counselor/ teacher recommendations to the correct person now. We will do our best to support every student, but cannot promise that any January 1 requests made now until 12/22 can be sent before January 2.
Upcoming due dates:
College deadline BHS Deadline
January 15 Monday, December 10
February 1 Friday, January 4
February 15 Friday, January 18
Thinking about an alternative plan to 4 year college? You are not alone! Almost 10% of last year’s BHS graduates planned to attend a 2 year technical or community college, work full time, or considered the military. Please see Kate Cordner, the BHS Career Counselor, on Tues- Friday in Room 279 or 280 for more info.
“Is it a Scam?” – Scholarship and other financial aid scams - Federal Trade Commission - http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0082-scholarship-and-financial-aid-scams
Beware of scholarship and other financial aid scams! This website can help you spot scams and avoid wasting your money.
JUNIORS AND SENIORS
Seniors - Have questions about your Common Application? Need essay help? Not sure how to send your scores to colleges? Having trouble matching your Common App to Naviance? Still deciding on colleges to apply to?
Juniors- Starting to research colleges? Wondering whether to take the SAT, ACT, or go test-optional? Thinking about when you should take these tests?
Make an appointment with your counselor (email or leave a note, if needed) OR see Mr Libenzon, BHS College Counselor, in College-Career Center 279 or office 280
Resume Writing Drop In Hours for 11th and 12th graders -
Need help with your starting a resume, learning what a resume is, or just help editing what you already have? Come see Ms. Cordner in Room 279/280 Wednesdays during 1st and 2nd lunch or Thursdays from 8- 8:20am!
ALL JUNIORS! PSAT results will be available online via the College Board website on approximately during this week of Dec 10. Students who took this practice test should be receiving an email from the College Board to announce that scores are available and to provide directions for access. College Board accounts should be created by students, so we have no way of knowing their username/passwords. If a student cannot access their account, they should try the "forgot the password" feature first. If that doesn't work, Lenny Libenzon can help students with access when they drop by College-Career Center 279 or his office 280. Last year, issues arose when a student's parents used their own emails to create the account.
To better understand the information on the score reports, students and parents can view PSAT video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNQGjsOQGpU-
This Thursday, 12/13 X block room 020, Mr Libenzon will conduct a quick overview of how to interpret your PSAT scores. You are welcome to stop by and ask any questions.
Students can contact their counselor for more information – stop by, leave a note, send an email if they are not available.
WE ENCOURAGE ALL JUNIORS TO DO A FEW THINGS AFTER VIEWING THEIR SCORES:
1- MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR COUNSELOR TO DISCUSS SCORES AND START THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE PLANNING
2- USE THE FREE ONLINE KHAN ACADEMY LINKED TO THE PSAT REPORT TO LEARN ABOUT HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SCORES
3- ATTEND THE 12/11/18 7pm EVENT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BHS JUNIOR YEAR TIMELINE AND TO HAVE AN IN-DEPTH EXPLANATION OF COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TESTING INFORMATION
SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS
Junior Year Calendar and Standardized College Admissions Testing presentation - Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at 7 pm, in the BHS Auditorium - BHS Guidance Department with Lenny Libenzon, BHS College Counselor, will go over the Junior Year Calendar, and Drew Heilpern from Summit Educational Group will talk about the different types of standardized tests that our juniors take (SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, AP). This night is open to junior and sophomore students and their parents/caregivers. Please note that BHS does not specifically promote any outside testing prep companies, but appreciates their information sharing for this event.
Special presentation before this event on December 11, 2018 – Please come early…Why Students Need to Rethink Social Media in 2018! Today, both colleges and employers are actively looking at students' social media profiles. Many employers are using third-party background screening companies as part of their hiring process. Legally, these companies can look at up to seven years of internet and social media history, which means what students are posting today may be part of a social media audit that could affect their prospective employment opportunities. Join Robin Clebnik, Career Exploration Expert and founder of InternBoston, as she explains exactly what information prospective schools and employers are looking for, as well as how students can use social media to build an authentic,discoverable and informative digital presence. There’s time for a Q + A at the end of the talk and all participants will receive a digital copy of this presentation.
SOPHOMORES/ Some Juniors
The PreACT will be administered at Brookline High this Saturday,
December 15th from 7:45- 11:45 am. Please report to BHS, Clinic Room 147 by 7:45 a.m. to find your testing room location. Bring picture/ School ID, 3 sharpened #2 pencils and a calculator for math – act.org/theact/calculator (although calculator not required). No phones/devices allowed.
The PreACT is a shorter practice version of the ACT college admissions test, normed for sophomores in high school. The PreACT also offers a built-in career interest inventory.
Each student taking the test will have the opportunity to:
- Identify current academic readiness for college and career using the PreACT report
- Predict how you’ll perform on the ACT after an additional junior year of learning (predictive quality of test is different for juniors since they already are having an “additional year” of curriculum as defined by the ACT)
- Determine skills you can improve based on your performance (using your results to guide use of the free online ACT Academy prep program)
- Explore how your career aspirations align with your interests
PreACT score reports will be available in school at a PreACT score report overview X block, Thurs January 10th.
B-PEN Freshman Parent Network Meeting Dec. 12th- Interested in connecting with other parents around some of the social issues concerning parents freshmen year? B-PEN and Parent Educator Hope Schroy, LICSW, invite you to an informal discussion meeting on Wednesday Dec. 12 , from 7-8pm at the Brookline Public Health Department in the Denny Room. We’ll address some of the top issues concerning freshmen parents, from vaping and dating to setting limits and new found freedoms. Please join us! For more information or to RSVP, contact June Harris at June_harris@psbma.org
Freshman Guidance Seminars Round 2 continue in Advisories until 12/18:
- Resources at BHS
- Recap BHS grad requirements
- January Midyear Exams overview
- Naviance Log In