Welcome to Counseling!
Counselors are assigned to alphabetical caseloads, based on students' last names. This allows us to work with the same students during all four years of high school and to provide more appropriate information on an individual basis. Counselors are available to help with scheduling issues, academic assistance, career planning, college planning, records management, and personal issues. We are located near Commons II.
"The professional school counselor is a certified/licensed educator trained in school counseling with unique qualifications and skills to address al students' academic, personal/social and career development needs. Professional school counselors implement a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student achievement." (ASCA, The Role of the Professional School Counselor.) This link provides for a more thorough description of the school counseling program.
Counselor Student last name Email address
Ms. Jill Simoniz A-Col Simonizjm@staffordschools.net
Mrs. Katrina Palyo Com-Gr email@example.com
Mrs. Bethany Falk Gu-Ly firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Kristen Tuxbury M-Qu email@example.com
Mrs. Teri Hassek Ra-Tra firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Jessica Wood Tre-Z, Counseling Director email@example.com
Mrs. Heather Ayers Registrar firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Stacee Atchley Data Processor email@example.com
Mrs. Kelly Thompson Administrative Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Counseling Center FAX: 540-658-6074
BPHS CEEB Code: 472142
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Amazing Scholarship Opportunity for Juniors!
The Coolidge Scholarship is a ful-ride, four-year merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. High school juniors planning to enroll in college in the fall of 2021 are eligible to apply. The DEADLINE IS JANUARY 16, 2020! Click here for more information.
Summer 2020 Opportunities
Randolph-Macon College is offering Pathways to Science -- a free summer residential experience for high school Latinas in Virginia. The application opens in early January. Please click here for more information.
The US Air force Academy summer seminar application opened on December 1, 2019, and will close on January 15, 2020. The summer seminar offers a unique opportunity to get the Academy experience first-hand. Specifically designed for high school juniors, it is a recruiting program that allows participants to see themselves as a USFA cadet. Come to counseling if you would like more information.
Virginia Tech is offering a Black College Institute. Applications are due on April 1 for this free program. Click here for more information.
If you will be 18 years old by August 15, 2020, and am interested in a career in pipefitting, welding, heating, air conditioning and refrigeration, construction, service and maintenance, don't miss the apprenticeship fairs starting in January. Click here for all the details!
If you are a 9th grader interested in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math and have at least a C+ average, you may be eligible for a free program as part of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. Click here for more information and for the application that is due by February 10, 2020.
Another great resource on post-secondary planning is NextStepU Magazine. This excellent college planning magazine is now available online. http://www.nextstepu.com
SAT: Click here to register and to see upcoming dates.
Attention all Juniors and Seniors who are taking the SAT this semester: Personal Best Tutoring will provide an SAT prep seminar at no cost to students between 2:45 -4:45 pm, September 23rd through 26th. Registration flyers will be provided by English teachers and posters with QR codes are located throughout the building. Registration closes on September 19th at 3:00 pm.
ACT: Click here to register and see upcoming dates.
There are excellent study sites available on the internet. They include: http://www.freerice.com; http://www.sat.collegeboard.org/practice; http://www.prepfactory.com, http://www.princetonreview.com,https://www.chegg.com/test-prep/free-resources/sat,https://www.chegg.com/test-prep/free-resources/act freeteach4teachers.com and http://www.varsitytutors.com.
KHAN Academy is an excellent resource! Click here for step by step instructions to link your collegeboard account to KHAN Academy. Click here for continued instructions.
ASVAB is coming to the Nest on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Sign up will begin in February. A great tool to study for the ASVAB and the SAT is March2success.com.Click here for more details.
2019/2020 Program of Studies!
ATTENTION ALLL YOUNG MEN...
Do you want to keep your driver's license and be eligible for college loans, job training, government jobs, and citizenship if you're an immigrant? Then make sure you register with Selective Services within a month of your 18th birthday!
Federal law says that you must register. If you don't, you miss out on all of these opportunities and more. Don't let that happen to you! It's quick and easy to register. Click here to register.
ON-LINE COURSE PROVIDERS ACCEPTED BY THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Click here to access a list of online providers. If you are planning to take a course over the summer or outside of school hours, please check with your counselor first before you sign up to ensure that you are eligible for credit towards graduation.
NCAA & STUDENT ATHLETES
Student/Athlete Information: Students who are planning to play competitive sports in Division I or II college need to register with the NCAA clearinghouse. The NCAA needs to see a copy of your transcript after your Junior year is completed. You will need to fill out a transcript request form. Click here to access the transcript request form. Click here to go to the NCAA website. www.ncaa.org
The nationally acclaimed program, "Guiding the College-Bound Athlete" was presented to a packed crowd last year. Click here to access the website http://www.dynamitesports.com
The NAIA Eligibility Center is another option for athletes with more than 300 colleges participating. For more information, click here http://www.playnaia.org
Mental Health Resources
Suicide Hotline: If you are feeling alone and suicidal there is help. See your school counselor for help or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Suicide is preventable.
Click here for more information about the Rappahannock Area Community Service Board Child and Adolescent Services. RASCB also offers emergency services that provide crisis intervention services 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. The number in Stafford County to call is 540-373-6876
Click here for more information about Poplar Springs Hospital. Poplar Springs also has a program specifically for the treatment of active duty military and veterans.
Snowden at Fredericksburg provides an adolescent partial hospitalization program. For more information, call 540-741-7157.