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.
We also have a wealth of information on our google site. Please click here to access this site.
Counselor Student last name Email address
Ms. Jill Simoniz A-Car Simonizjm@staffordschools.net
Ms. Katrina Palyo Cas-Fi email@example.com
Ms. Janell Daniels Fl-Jil firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Bethany Falk J0-Mil email@example.com
Ms. Kristen Tuxbury Min-Ro firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Teri Hassek Ru-Va email@example.com
Ms. Jessica Wood Ve-Z, Counseling Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Heather Ayers Registrar email@example.com
Ms. Stacee Atchley Data Processor firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Kelly Thompson Administrative Assistant email@example.com
Counseling Center FAX: 540-658-6074
BPHS CEEB Code: 472142
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Girls/Boys State is Coming!
Attention all Juniors! You will not want to miss this amazing opportunity to become a part of Girls/Boys state this summer! Selected students will gain hands-on experience in one of three areas of government. These programs are among the most respected programs of government instruction for high school students. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government. Click here to access the application. Applications are due to counseling by March 6, 2021.
Oratorical Contest date Saturday January 16, 2021 10:00am
Cash prize 1st $500.00, 2nd $300. 3rd $150.00
The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. The post contest is open to all high school students under age 20 are eligible.Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government. Speeches are eight to 10 minutes long; three- to five-minute speeches on an assigned topic also are part of the contest.
Contact the American Legion at 703-362-8277.
Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are at least 14 years of age and have completed the 8th grade through 20 years of age. Stafford Venture Crew activities include rock and ice climbing, skiing, snowboarding, canoeing, kayaking, back-packing and mountaineering. If you are interested in learning more about this program or would like to become a member, the Venture Crew meets at the Post on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. For further information, check out their website feel free to contact Mike Robinson at 540-760-3255.
Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program -
Cadets experience a life similar to a trooper-in-training, complete with daily room inspections and instruction by state police troopers on Department operations, crime scene investigations, officer survival, undercover operations, driver improvement, scuba training, defensive tactics and firearms safety. Contact your school counselor of Mike Robinson at 540-760-3255 for more inforamation. Interviews will take place on February 4 2021.
SUMMER 2021 OPPORTUNITIES!
Randolph Macon College is offering a FREE summer residential experience for high school Latinas interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Selected students are also eligible for a $2,500 scholarship to the college of their choice upon completion of the program. Click here to apply!
Camp Alleghany for Girls in Lewisburg, West Virginia is looking for counselors. Click here to watch a video about this experience and get more information on applying.
University of Mary Washington is excited to announce the return of their Summer Enrichment Program. The 2020 SEP will run from July 12-18, 2020. This unique one-week residential program is open to motivated students currently enrolled in 8th, 9th, or 10th grades. Click here for more information and an application.
William and Mary is offering law-related summer courses for high school students. Click here for more information.
Carnegie Mellon is offering a pre-college program in the fine arts. Click here for more information.
GRAD is a summer internship to help students foster skills to prepare them for the workforce. It offers 20 hrs a week paid work for 6-8 weeks at $8 an hour, as well as mentoring and community service.Click here for more information.
VA SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM
There are lots of amazing opportunities for students interested in Aerospace through the VA Space Grant Consortium! Click here for information about Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars.
Virtual College Fairs & Open Houses
Alpha Kappa Alpha Society is offering a virtual program on the College Application Process on January 19 and January 26 at 7:00 pm. The January 19 presenters include a college advisor from James Monroe HIgh School and the Director of Undergraduate Admissions from the University of Mary Washington. The January 26 session is focused on financial aid and financial resources. To register Click here to register and for more information.
The National Association for College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) is holding a major college fair on January 31 from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Click here to register.
The 19th Annual Historically Black Colleges Festival will be offered online this year on Saturday, Febrfuary 20 from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm. This event for Seniors will offer dedicated virtual space for online student interviews. Seniors, click here to register for this excellent opportunity!
Virginia Tech is hosting a virtual Black College Institute for rising Juniors and rising Seniors during the summer of 2021. Some of the benefits of attending the Institute are college admissions advising, exposure to the African American student experience at Tech, and fee waiver to the university. Applications are due by April 1. Rising Juniors click here to apply. Rising Seniors click here to apply.
The National Hispanic College Fairs is inviting students to sign up for free access to their college directory. Click here for more information.
Resources to Share with your family on the Coronavirus
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.
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.
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.
NCAA & STUDENT ATHLETES
The NCAA is offering a webinar for students and their families on Saturday, October 10 on Navigating Initial Eligibility during COVID-19. Click here for more information.
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. 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
Ninth Grade Starts the Eligibility Center Registration Process: Ninth grade is a great time for student-athletes to start the initial-eligibility process and learn about the Eligibility Center's requirements by registering for a free Profile Page account. Your students should expect to spend 15-30 miutes registering. If at any time your student wishes to play at the DI or II level, they can transition to a Certification account and pay the registration fee.
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.