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.) Click here for a more thorough description of the school counseling program.
Counselor Students' last names Email addresses
Ms. Jill Simoniz A-Cl Simonizjm@staffordschools.net Ms. Katrina Zurasky Co-Haq firstname.lastname@example.org Mrs. Bethany Falk Har-Me email@example.com Ms. Kristen Tuxbury Mi-Sa Ms. Jessica Wood Sc-Z , Counseling Director Woodje@staffordschools.net Mrs. Sandra Gardella-Cherry Available Mondays and Tuesdays firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Heather Ludwick Registrar Ludwickhk@staffordschools.net Mrs. Wendy Knight Data Processor Knightwl@staffordschools.net Mrs. Karen Gose' Administrative Assistant email@example.com
Counseling Center FAX: 540-658-6074
BPHS CEEB Code: 472142
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Dual Enrollment Teachers for Tomorrow Course SY 19/20
We are still taking registrations for the Dual Enrollment Teachers for Tomorrow class that could equate to three college credits. Click here for step by step directions on how to register. .Click here for the registration form for DE Teachers for Tomorrow.
2019 Girls Go CyberStart Program
This program aims to support and inspire high school girls across Virginia to explore careers in cybersecurity and computer science. Click here for more details about this incredible opportunity!
2019/2020 Program of Studies!
Summer 2019! Get involved!
Virginia State Parks 2019 Youth Conservation Corps program is now accepting applications for the crewmember positions. Click here for more information.
Would you like to experience life in another country this summer? If so, you should apply for the Lions Club International Youth Camps & Exchange Program. Applicaitons are due February 1, 2019. Click here for more information.
The College of William & Mary's Law School is offering courses this summer for high school students. Click here for more details.
Are you from a military family? If so, check out these two incredible opportunites through the Semper Fi Fund. Click her for information on being a Camp Mentor. Click here to see a brochure from the Semper Fi Fund Kids Camp.
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 your're an immigrant? Then make sure your 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, please check with your counselor first before you sign up to ensure that you are eligible for credit towards graduation.
OPPORTUNITIES IN AEROSPACE
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC)
VSGC provides a variety of STEM opportunities for high school students. All programs are FREE. Click here for more information.
Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars
NCAA & STUDENT ATHLETES
Student/Athlete Information: Students who are planing to play competitive sports in a 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 llast 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.
This fall, counselors held individual conferences with their Seniors to discuss post-secondary plans. Each student acquired access to a handbook that outlines options including workforce, trade school,military, community college and four year universities. Click here for a copy of the Jr./Sr. Handbook that was updated on September 18, 2018.
Another great resource on post-secondary planning is the NextStepU Magazine. This excellent college planning magazine is now available online. http://www.nextstepu.com
FOR JUNIORS! - Virginia Private College Week is from July 22-27. If you visit three colleges during that week, you can apply to three for FREE and you will be entered into a drawing for a $250 Amazon gift card. Click here for more information.
News from Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech is committed to diversity among their student body. To achieve this goal, they are offering several programs focussed on building student populations from different backgrounds. Below is a list of these programs.
Black College Institute - Summer enrichment program
Hispanic College Institute - Summer enrichment program
Germanna Community College
Germanna Community College is changing how they are enrolling students. Click here for more information about the enrollment process. Germanna is also working to limit the need for placement tests if you have the crediatials to be exempt. Click here to see a flyer about testing policies.
Germanna Community is holding several sessions at their Fredericksburg area campus. Topics include: Exploring Associate Degrees and Certificate programs; Discovering how the Guaranteed Admissions Agreements work and taking a campus tour -- among other topics. Link here for upcoming dates and details.
Financial Aid Resources: Click here for a comprehensive guide on financial aid lendedu.com/top-posts/
Score reports were released on December 11, 2018. Sutdents must create a CollegeBoard account to access their score reports. See below for details about how to link your score to KHAN Academy for free, personalized SAT prep!
SAT & ACT
Personal Best Tutoring is Partnering with Brooke Point for a 4 Day SAT prep seminar FREE to all Juniors and Seniors. The course runs from April 29-May 2 from 2:45 until 4:45. Registration closes at 3:00 pm on March 1. Click here to register.
SAT: Free study booklets for the SAT and the ACT are available in the counseling office. Click here to register and to see upcoming dates.
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.