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.
This is WEEK A schedule
IMPORTANT DATE CORRECTION TO MIDYEAR SCHEDULE UPDATE - MIDYEAR EXAMS HAVE SHIFTED TO TUES 1/28, WED 1/29, & THURS 1/30 WITH FINAL Q2 GRADES DUE ON FRIDAY 1/31 MORNING. There will be a special schedule on Mon 1/27 and Fri 1/31- see attached. Grades will likely be posted to the student/parent portal by later on Friday 2/7.
Now is the time for students to use the Help Centers at both the 115 and OLS campuses to seek support and improve any challenging academic situations before the end of Quarter 2.
- Help people understand hereditary diseases
- Facilitate decision making about genetic testing
- Provide emotional support to patients
- Genetic counseling has multiple specialties and is a growing field with excellent job availability. More information about this career can also be found online at https://www.nsgc.org/page/frequently-asked-questions-students. The Division for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is hosting a free career day to provide more information about genetic counseling on Saturday, February 8th, 2020. We will have three sections of the event:
- A full-day detailed overview aimed towards college age students and above (9am-3:30pm)
- A half-day overview aimed towards high school age students (9am-12pm)
- An informational overview aimed towards individuals in career advisory positions (2pm-3:30pm)
- Interested students and career advisors can register online at genetic-counseling-career-day-2020.eventbrite.com
The ACE Program is currently accepting applications for entrance for next Sept 2020. Applications are due no later than Friday, March 6th. Launched in 2015, ACE is an innovative, competency-based program at Brookline High School for55 students who choose to be in a smaller educational setting where they can move at their own pace and engage in project-based and experiential learning. ACE provides a rigorous college-preparation pathway in which students are placed in multi-age classes based on their skill levels, can progress at their own pace and graduate with a Brookline High School diploma when they complete their content and skill competencies. Students can also pursue internships for academic credit and take college classes through dual enrollment programs while still in high school. ACE Parent Information Night on Tuesday, February 25th from 6:00-7:30pm in the MLK Room. ACE Student Information Meetings and classroom visits will be held throughout the month of February. Students should email ACE Secretary, Christine_Carruthers@psbma.org to schedule a time to attend one.
School Within a School (SWS) is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. Please go to this link for more info - http://bhs.brookline.k12.ma.us/sws.html
Summer PreCollege Program Info Fair - 1/25 - Mt Ida / UMass Amherst campus, Newton, 1-3pm – see attached flyer
It's time to think about your summer plans!
Please see the attached info sheet for many ideas (updated 1/17/20). Note that programs listed here are not all inclusive and do not suggest that Brookline High specifically endorses any program. Remember to read the intro at the top of the info sheet. See your counselor for more feedback or questions!
Some suggested summer pre-college opportunities with financial aid available - http://blog.collegegreenlight.com/blog/summer-pre-college-programs-2019/
Please note that attending a pre-college program at any particular college does not usually offer any special consideration during future admissions at that school.
Bill of Rights Institute sponsors the 2019-2020 We the Students Essay Prompt - What does civil discourse mean to you? DEADLINE APRIL 15, 2020 - Civil discourse is a concept that goes beyond a simple dictionary definition, and understanding it involves a combination of personal experience and ‘big ideas.’ Perhaps it is something you recognize from an occurrence in your own life. Maybe you can easily recognize when it is missing. Differing perspectives are a key part of learning, of democracies, and of civil society. For this essay, we ask you not only share your comprehension of what civil discourse is meant to be but to also relate what it looks like when it works – and when it doesn’t – and why. Perhaps you will choose to include mention of a time when you, yourself, were part of an exchange intended to understand something – how did you go about it? We encourage you to bring emotion, creativity, specific examples (including current events), and well-researched facts into what you write. A good essay will demonstrate how civil discourse is not just an abstract idea, but is, in fact, action inspired by constitutional principles, and demonstrated through civic virtues. We want to know what you think civil discourse truly means.
The winners of this year’s contest will receive:
1st Place – $7,500 and a scholarship to our 2020 Constitutional Academy in Washington, D.C.Runners Up – 5 prizes at $1,500 eachHonorable Mentions – 8 prizes at $500 eachhttps://billofrightsinstitute.org/engage/students-programs-events/scholarship/we-the-students-rules-and-regluations/
UPDATED BHS Clubs/Organizations Info for students:
Interested in Medicine? Come to Medical Club in room 343 - Meets X Block in Week A Only.
- Talks by health professionals who will speak about their field in medicine that will provide information like: what's it like to be a doctor, information about their certain field, what medical school is like, and what you need to do in order to accomplish your dreams!
- Hosting events as a club for the school
- Field Trips**
- Snacks will be provided!
This is a great way to explore your passion for medicine! Want to be added to the email list for updates? Email: email@example.com
Lunch Lounge happens ALL LUNCHES EVERY WEEKDAY in Room 277 at the 115 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.
Complete these applications as soon as possible……
The Brookline High School Scholarship Committee wants your applications for tuition scholarships to Boston University (2 full-tuition renewable scholarships) and Northeastern University (2 half-tuition renewable scholarships) NOW. Applications are available online at the BHS homepage under 2020 BHS Scholarship Application. The deadline for applying for BHS scholarships for students attending ANY OTHER college is April 1. Please use the same application as above. The Scholarship Committee would like parents to know that we use three criteria for choosing award recipients: academics, contributions and activities at BHS, and most importantly, unmet financial need. There are no merit scholarships per se given out through this program. To make fair decisions, the Committee requires that families fill out the CSS Profile financial aid form, available at CollegeBoard.com. Please use code #0424
Find the January 2020 Scholarship Letter attached here.
Deferred to regular decision? Please carefully read advice from the BHS Counseling/Guidance Department about next steps – attached
Seniors – If you haven’t already, please say thanks to your teachers and counselor who supported you by writing recommendations for your application process. Just stopping by to say thanks and let them know where you stand with admissions or writing a quick note makes a BIG difference to those who helped you!
Early Decision acceptances - please contact all colleges also applied to for EA/RD and remove your name from their lists...and congrats!
As College Counselor Tara Anne Dowling suggests-
“Say 'Thank you' as well as 'No, thank you'
--‘Thank you for taking time with my credentials’, ‘thank you for answering my questions’, ‘thank you for offering me a scholarship’ etc.
--‘No, thank you, I will be attending another college’ (you can say the name of your attending college if you feel comfortable)
This is done in myriad ways:
* via the online portal they may give you the option to decline your offer and say where you are going
* via email to the rep who has been working with you
* via post--did you get a big packet in the mail? There may be a postcard that asks for you to respond with info if you are declining the offer
What is goodwill and why does it matter?
--Admission officers very often become invested in the students they are reviewing. They have read your file, recommended you to the admission committee, and perhaps put you up for a scholarship. Hard work deserves a big thank you.
--You never know if you may need to transfer
--You may have a younger sibling or friend who will attend this university. How can a good relationship that helps other people be a bad thing?
What's in it for me?
--If good will doesn't move you (or good manners!) then think of kids on waitlists who are dying to find out if they can have that place that is currently being held by you. You can help colleges clean up their records and make room for other candidates!"
Transcript release / Teacher-Counselor Recommendation Deadlines
Upcoming due dates:
Note that you have missed the deadline if applying for the 1st time with Feb 1 or 15th application deadlines. Please see your counselor on Tuesday 1/21.
READ YOUR EMAIL IF YOU HAVE APPLIED TO COLLEGE! Set up and check your portal for each college. If you have questions, students (not parents) should be contacting the admissions offices!
Although over 77% of the BHS Class of 2020 has applied to college as of 1/1/20, there are still seniors working on their post- high school plan. There are many 4 year colleges still accepting applications, so see your counselor or Mr Libenzon, BHS College Counselor, for support.
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 Kennedy, the BHS Career Counselor in Room 279 or 280 for more info. If she is not available when you stop by (since she is also working with 9th graders at the OLS campus), please leave her a note!
SENIORS AND JUNIORS
Thanks to students and families who attended the BHS Guidance/Counseling Dept sponsored USA Gap Year Fair event last Monday 1/13/20. In case you were not able to attend, you can view a similar presentation from our 2018 event here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH6yYkdLEy0&feature=youtu.be
Also check out attached Teen Life Gap Year information, including overview of various Gap Year opportunities with broad range of specific programs and contact info included.
Suffolk Univ offering:“Is Accounting for Me?” High School spring conference!
Date: March 6, 2020
Location: Suffolk University
1st Floor Function Room for Welcome/Breakfast: 8:30am
Join us to for a day of exploring the accounting profession!
New this year, students will have the opportunity to participate in technology break-out sessions to understand how cutting edge technological advances are affecting the accounting profession and being used by CPAs in their day to day career. Students will have the opportunity to learn about blockchain, data visualization, bots, and virtual reality (and try out some virtual reality goggles!)
The event includes:
• Interactive activities;
• Panel discussions with accounting professionals;
• Technology demo break-out sessions
• A networking lunch with students and CPA practitioners
• An optional tour of the campus
These conferences are appropriate for high-performing juniors and seniors who are considering studying accounting or business at the college level. Students may come unchaperoned with Ms Cordner Kennedy’s approval. Contact Ms Cordner Kennedy (BHS Career Counselor - Room 279/280) if you'd like to attend.
There is no fee to attend.
Final details will be emailed to the email address provided approximately 1 week before the conference.
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).
1) Your Naviance account has been updated with your GPA and your assigned counselor for this school year. Please check that it is correct. If you do not remember your Naviance login, talk to your counselor or email Mr. Libenzon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2) Junior Seminar Round 1 will happen in Advisories started on January 9 in advisories and the next cycle of advisories will hear this information on either this Thurs 1/23 or Monday 2/3. Junior Seminar Round 2 will happen in Feb and early March advisories with Seminar Round 3 during ELA MCAS mornings in later March. Be sure to attend your advisory to get the most updated information from your counselor.
3) Starting to research colleges? Missed the Naviance tutorial for college search support? 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.
College Admissions Testing Prep suggestions:
More hands-on test prep resource sessions with the amazing BHS librarians to come after midyear exams – info coming soon!
Kaplan Test Prep will offer a combination ACT/SAT Practice Test on Tues Feb 25 from 2:45=5:45. The Combo Practice Test is a great opportunity for students to get a feel for each of the tests and the environment of test day. In addition, it will give students experience on each section of the SAT and the ACT, allow them to receive their scores immediately after completing the test so that they will leave the event knowing exactly how they performed and where they will need to focus their test preparation, and help them to know which test is the right exam for them to take for college admission.
To register for this practice combo test go to kaptest.com/class/SKRB200003
Or call 1.800.KAPTEST (1.800.527.8378) and use event code: SKRB200003.
Your student MUST be pre-registered in order to take the ACT/SAT Practice Test.
Kaplan will also be offering in-person and online test prep courses for the SAT starting next weekend or in March. Please check out the attached information. Be sure to use the promo code listed for some fee reduction. If you have substantial financial constraints, please see your counselor for more info on more course fee reductions.
Please note that BHS does not specifically promote any outside testing prep companies, but appreciates their information sharing for these events.
SAT? Go to Kahn Academy on the College Board website for specific help related to your individualizes PSAT score results… and it’s free!
ACT? Check out the ACT Academy on their website.
Kaplan test prep courses at BHS - sched and flyer
DAY OF WEEK CORRECTION! Mark your calendars now for 2 evening events for juniors and their parents/caregivers:
– Junior Night – WEDNESDAY, Feb 12 – 6:30-8:00 pm, Auditorium
The BHS guidance and Lenny Libenzon, will present information about post high school planning with a focus on the college search and application process. This presentation is offered for junior students and parent/guardians.
- Thursday, March 19 – BHS College Fair, 6:30-8:30pm, Cafe
SOPHOMORES and JUNIORS
2020 Post-Secondary Fair, for students who learn differently, attendees will meet representatives from college and university admissions and student support services, gap year programs, technical schools, and other non-traditional options.
"[The fair] was incredible! Both my daughter and I left feeling less stressed and better prepared to make a college list. We even started to plan our trips/visits." -2019 parent attendee
Save the date for Thursday, March 26, 2020, 6-8 p.m.
447 Hale Street, Prides Crossing, MA
Landmark School Alice Ansara Athletic Center
This event is FREE and open to the public.
High school students, parents, guardians, guidance counselors, and educators are all encouraged to attend.
IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR OLS LUNCH LOUNGE - NOW ON WEDNESDAYS! PIZZA PARTY COMING this Wednesday January 22nd! Other OLS Wed Lunch Lounges, please note that 9th graders should bring their own lunch.
What: A drop-in lunch space with games, occasional snacks, a friendly staff member, and other kids looking to eat with others.
When: Every Wednesday, all lunches, staffed by Kate Lipman, Guidance Interns Sufia and Emma, and Josh the buiding sub
Where: In the Fireplace Room inside of Room 107 (Home Base)