As we approach the posting of Quarter 1 grades for BHS students, I have included 2 timely documents from www.believeperform.com/ The goals of the BHS Counseling/Guidance department and the school community overall is to encourage students to try their best in school while keeping their stress levels to a healthy level. If you are ever concerned about your student, please reach out to your student’s assigned school counselor.
THE MAKE UP DATE FOR SCHOOL ID PICTURES IS MONDAY, NOV. 18TH. IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE SCHOOL, OR MISSED PICTURE DAY IN SEPTEMBER, YOU SHOULD GO TO THE SCHLUNTZ GYM BETWEEN 7:30 AM AND 3:00 PM TO GET A NEW ID. THIS WILL BE YOUR ONLY OPPORTUNITY TO GET YOUR ID for this school year. Please note that students are not able to use this time for retakes from the previous photo day, but only for students who have not yet gotten their photo taken for IDs, etc. If you have additional questions, please contact the BHS Main Office at 617-713- 5003.
IMPORTANT - Week of Thanksgiving special school schedule
CURRENT BHS Club/Organization Info for students:
- The Brookline Literacy Partnership Club is holding a silent online action from December 1st to the 10th. The proceeds will go to building libraries in underdeveloped areas. Stay tuned for the link to the auction!
Lunch Lounge is now scheduled FOR ALL LUNCHES EVERY WEEKDAY in Room 277 at the 115 campus and LUNCHES on Tuesdays at the OLS campus. This alternative lunch space offers a place for fun conversation, a board game competition, or having a quiet lunch. BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH. Any student can join for one lunch lounge or become a regular. Check it out!
Girls STEM Summit-Statewide 2020
DURING THE SUMMIT STUDENTS WILL:
Hear an inspirational keynote speech by a local female leader in a STEM field.
Meet successful women working as experts in STEM fields, and work directly with them in hands-on career-specific workshops.
Expand knowledge of STEM industries and emerging career paths.
Be inspired to continue taking STEM high school courses applicable to college STEM programs.
Date: Sunday, April 5, 2020
Fee: $70.00 (Scholarship available to students with limited resources to cover fee – please see your counselor or Counseling Coordinator Darby Neff-Verre in Room 285 for more info)
Location: Wentworth Institute of Technology
Time: 8:00 am–4:00 pm (lunch included)
Important message to seniors who have applied for EA/ED October/November applications – Please try to avoid INCs or need for grade changes for Quarter 1. The turnaround time for the guidance office to send out all Quarter 1 grades for early appliers is very short before all staff head out for Thanksgiving break in November.
Also for students applying Early Decision- It is your responsibility to notify your counselor about your ED contract and remind the counselor to sign off on your contract. When you hear back with the college ED decision, please also inform your counselor. We cannot send any grades to other colleges until we know your ED contract no longer applies (ie you did not get accepted to your ED school).
Senior students -
If you've applied to college recently, please note that it takes some time for colleges to process documents. Therefore, even though
the BHS Guidance Dept has sent all of your documents on time, your common app and college portals might reflect the submission days later. The situation is similar for teacher recommendations too.
All Seniors Seminars have now been offered in your advisories since mid-September. If you missed these advisory overviews, please contact your counselor or Lenny Libenzon, BHS College Counselor – room 279/280, for a copy of the BHS College Application Quick Guide and other important details to help you follow the steps for a successful application process.
Transcript release / Teacher-Counselor Recommendation Deadlines
To best support every senior in their college admissions process, we require that all seniors meet the deadlines below for communicating to both teacher and counselors re: recommendations.
UPDATE: If you have college applications with Dec 1 and Dec 15 deadlines – your transcript release form and other important documents are now overdue. Counselors and department staff are working hard during and outside of the school day to get your documents ready for these deadlines. If you got your completed transcript release to your counselor by BHS deadlines and did FERPA and “matching” steps with your Naviance and Common App accounts, then we will meet your deadlines. If you did these steps after BHS deadlines, we will do our best to meet your deadline whenever possible. Thank you!
Upcoming due dates (attachment of dates below):
College deadline BHS Deadline
January 1 Tuesday, November 26
SENIORS AND JUNIORS
Avoid FAFSA mistakes when completing the Federal Financial Aid form in the Fall of your senior year-
Naviance access for BHS parents/guardians - BHS does not provide separate parent accounts to Naviance. Parents are encouraged to use their students' username and passwords. It is
possible to log in to naviance as BHS guest, click on "Log in as Guest" from the Naviance website and the password is "bhs" (all small letters).
THIS WEEK - International College Options Evening College Fair – NOT SPONSORED BY BHS but great opportunity!
Admission representatives from 40 colleges & universities outside the U.S. will present information about their schools and application
processes. To view the list of institutions attending, click here: https://www.internationalcollegeoptions.org/boston-participants-2019
College Fair for Students and Families:
Thursday, November 21
- Embassy Suites Waltham
- 550 Winter Street
- Waltham, MA 02451
The fair is free and we encourage students to pre-register here: https://ico.gotocollegefairs.com/. For further questions about the college fair, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BHS counselors and College/Career Counselors will begin focusing on the post high school/college planning with juniors in December and January.
- Junior Assembly with Lenny Libenzon and counselors on Dec 12 advisory – REQUIRED for all juniors to attend
- Junior Seminar Round 1 will happen through January/early Feb in advisories
- Junior Seminar Round 2 will happen in March during MCAS mornings. More details on times/dates to come soon!
THIS WEEK – The 2nd OLS Counselor Meet and Greet for Parent-Guardians is scheduled for this Wed Nov 20, 2019, OLS Auditorium from 8:30am - 9:20am. Coffee and muffins will be served. Hope to see you then!
We encourage all 9th grade students to meet their assigned guidance counselor. Please encourage your 9th grader to stop by their counselor’s office between classes or during HUB or X block if needed. Students can also email their counselor to set up a meeting time - CounselorFirstName_LastName@psbma.org