Thanksgiving is almost here…. The BHS Guidance/Counseling Dept hopes this time offers relaxation and positive family time for all. Here are two good articles on surviving the holidays, some focus on smaller children, but good reminder. Thanks to Courtney Balacco, M.Ed., LMHC, Westborough HS for these resources:
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. See flyer below
GIRLS AND STEM – Consider this experience (NOT sponsored by BHS):
Girls STEM Summit-Statewide 2019! An annual daylong event for 8-12 grade girls interested in pursuing STEM careers or exploring STEM topics.
The daylong event will be held on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. The registration fee is $67 per student and includes all speakers, hands-on sessions, lunch, and a take home gift. – See flyer below
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family to Family offers - Free Educational Program for Family Members, Partners, and Friends of Individuals with Mental Illness – 12 session class starts January 10, 2019, Jamaica Plain MA. Preregistration is required and instruction and class materials are free for registered class participants – see flyer below
VERY IMPORTANT…..If you are a senior applying EA or ED deadlines in Oct – Nov, YOU MUST LOOK AT YOUR UPLOADED FINAL GRADES FOR QUARTER 1 ON THE STUDENT PORTAL IMMEDIATELY. If there are any missing grades, it is your responsibility to contact that teacher and your counselor to correct this issue. Senior counselors have reviewed and the department will be sending out transcripts starting Monday 11/19 - Wed 11/21 at noon, including Q1 grades, to colleges of early applicants. Admissions offices will be considering this information as they review early applications and make decisions for mid- December.
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.
Last note for EARLY DECISION applications – remember you cannot apply to more than one ED school. This may also apply to Restricted Early Action applications as well. The Guidance Dept will be in touch with you when we note these errors. Let your counselor know if you are applying ED so they can sign off electronically on the ED form for these applications by deadlines. Thank you!
Upcoming due dates:
College deadline BHS Deadline
December 15 Monday, November 19
January 1 Friday, November 30 (NOTE- counselors, teachers, admins, and admin assts in Guid are NOT in the office over the December break from Dec 22 – Jan 1 so late requests cannot be managed during this time. Get your materials, requests to counselors, teachers by Nov 30 so we can help you!)
JUNIORS AND SENIORS
Resume Writing Drop In Hours for 10th and 11th 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 released beginning approximately December 10-12, 2018 to students online.
Consider registering for the PreACT (practice ACT with career interest inventory) at BHS on Saturday, December 15. This test is normed for sophomores in high school, but may be a good way to experience the style of the ACT test. Registration form is attached below with more information included or pick up in the Main Guidance Office - Room 161. PreACT registration must be completed by Monday 11/26.
SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS
Gr 10 and 11 Students/Parents Event Reminder - Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at 7 pm, in the BHS Auditorium, the BHS Guidance Department will present the Junior Year Calendar and Standardized College Admissions Testing night. 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 us on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 6:15 to 7pm to hear Robin Clebnik, Career Exploration Expert and founder of InternBoston, explain 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.
PreACT test and career interest inventory coming to BHS - Saturday December 15, 2018!
Gr 10 - PreACT test information and registration forms will be available in Advisory for sophomores starting Tues 11/13. You can also stop by the Main Guidance office - Room 161 or your Deans Suite/Counselor office for more info.
All completed forms and $20 check must be returned to the Main Guidance Office - room 161 by Monday November 26.
Freshman Guidance Seminars Round 2 begins in Advisories during the weeks of 11/20 – 12/18.
- Resources at BHS
- Recap BHS grad requirements
- January Midyear Exams overview
- Naviance Log -in