You will receive weekly updates from BHS Guidance each week, sent to all students, parent/guardians (listed as “1st contact” on Aspen), and also fully uploaded to the BHS Guidance website. After today’s update, any new information and events coming up in the next week will be highlighted in red for easier reading.
Lunch Lounge is now scheduled FOR ALL LUNCHES EVERY WEEKDAY (Room 277! 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. Please join us!
Save the date—Oct. 28 – for THE TRUTH ABOUT VAPING – UPDATED FOR FALL 2019
From nicotine addiction to life-threatening respiratory illness, the health risks of e-cigarettes (vapes, juuls) have been all over the news lately, and Brookline is not immune. In fact, vaping among our middle and high school students is on the rise. What do parents need to know? And what can we do to help our kids fully understand that these products are not harmless? Through the generosity of a Brookline community member in collaboration with PSB/ BHS Counseling-Guidance Department, Caron Treatment Centers will present a special informational parent event on October 28 at 7 p.m. in the Brookline High School Auditorium. Save the date! Please join us for this free presentation. Registration requested at https://thetruthaboutvaping.eventbrite.com
Encourage your child to be in touch with their guidance counselor.
With 9th grade students and staff at Old Lincoln, many 10th to 12th graders' guidance counselors and deans changed this year. To find out who your student's guidance counselor is, log on to Aspen, click on "Family" tab and then on (one of) your student's name. The middle column will list their 'administrator/dean and guidance counselor. Most the counselors with students in Grades 10,11,12 have moved their offices to the new Counseling/Guidance HUB in Room 285. Kara Lopez (who also works with ACE students) will stay in her Room 248. Dan Bresman (SWS Counselor/ Program Director) is still in Room 400A. For more information on guidance and counseling support staff, contact info, and locations, see the attached PDF below.
Our goal is to offer BHS students support as they develop into caring, resilient, capable, and academically balanced young adults during their high school years and beyond.
The annual Club/Activities Fair was held in mid-September during X block. We encourage all students to consider participating on at least one BHS extracurricular activity, school sport team, or area community service opportunity. Never fear… If a student did not attend or wasn’t sure about signing up for any activities, a student can join most of these wonderful opportunities at any time throughout the school year. Here is a link with an updated list of activities with contact information –
School Pictures/ ID Makeup Day – Scheduled on Wed, November 6.
We look forward to supporting you in your planning for life after BHS. It is important that you attend ALL required senior events – including Senior Seminar #1 in many senior advisories tomorrow, Monday 10/7.
Mandatory Senior Mentor Senior Seminar and Make-Up Seminar
Thursday, Oct 24th from 10:40 to 11:55 -MLK room both T block and X block
Senior mentors with early deadlines should see also see their counselors individually to hand off transcript release forms and to make sure you are on track for your deadlines.
"Post High School Planning" evening parent presentation was offered on Tues, Sept 17… Powerpoint presentation and BHS Quick College Application Guide links are here:
BHS Quick College Application Guide
Please note that college representatives are coming to BHS daily through mid-November. Check your Naviance homepage or stop by the College-Career Center Room 279 for a full listing of all reps and the date/time they will be available in the College-Career Center to meet you! You must have a signed pass from your teacher if you plan to attend during one of your classes. See Mr Libenzon (Room 279/280) or your counselor if you have any questions.
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 October 15 deadlines – your transcript release form and other important documents are now overdue. See you counselor and teachers immediately!
Upcoming due dates (attachment of dates below):
College deadline BHS Deadline
November 1 Monday, October 7
November 15 Monday, October 21
December 1 Monday, November 4
December 15 Friday, November 15
SENIORS AND JUNIORS
Great Opportunity for BHS students……FREE STEM College and Career Fair in Boston – Sunday 10/27, 1-4pm, Northeastern Univ, Cabot Physical Education Center. Open to the public, the fair is for college-bound students interested in college majors and careers in engineering, medicine, computer science, and other STEM fields.
Students will meet face-to-face with hundreds of college representatives and industry professionals — all in one place. They'll get their questions answered about majors, degree programs, campus visits, internships, scholarships, financial aid, and much more. Plus, they can take advantage of STEMinars on topics such as writing a winning college essay and standing out in the admission process.
Not sure if you should be taking the essay portion of the SAT or ACT? Most college admissions do NOT require the essay as part of their application process. Please read the link below from Compass Prep. Save yourself money and time by only taking the college admission testing you need for the colleges you are considering. As always, see your counselor or Lenny Libenzon, BHS College Counselor Room 279/280 if you have any questions.
The PSATs are coming to BHS…. The PSAT – practice for the College Board SAT college admissions test – will be available to all juniors on Saturday, October 19.
Online registration will end this Wednesday 10/9 midnight so please register today if you have not already. See attached information and registration link/timelines flyer.
Free live online practice for PSAT – Kaplan offers FREE PSAT prep which brings students live, interactive lessons on the key topics for the exam right before test day. Students can sign up for an all-access pass and then start studying with our free quizzes, prep plan, and practice test.
Join Kaplan's PSAT Prep Live. Free live lessons start October 12. Stream must-know math, reading, and writing strategies with teachers, Boris and Stephanie. Save your seat by completing this link -
The Sophomore Parent/Guardian Guidance Meet and Greet has been rescheduled to this Tues Oct 8 from 8:30-9:30 AM, MLK room. Please join this informal opportunity for parents/guardians of sophomores to introduce (or re-introduce) yourself to your student’s 10th grade counselor while enjoying some coffee and muffins. All counselors – including SWS counselor Dan Bresman and ACE/mainstream counselor Kara Lopez - will be there.
Two important notes:
-- any need for more detailed conversations with counselors should be scheduled for another time
-- a few tips on the importance of communication between your 10th grader and counselor will be shared
9th grade students have been introduced to their assigned guidance counselor in the first week of school during advisories. You can contact your student’s counselor at the following numbers and 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
9th Grade Parent Meet and Greet with School Counselors will be on Tuesday, Oct. 8th, 8:15-9:15am in the OLS Auditorium. Please stop by for some coffee, muffins, and introductions!
UPDATE - Counselor Sara Aggeler will be returning to her office tomorrow, Tuesday 10/2. Big thanks to Larry Allen who covered for Ms Aggeler during her September maternity l