BSHS Counseling

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    NTI Days with your school counselor

    Many students are accustomed to dropping by our offices.  We have a similar setup for NTI days with regular office hours. 
    Beginning April 6, BSHS School Counseling Department office hours will be regular school hours and responding to emails from 1pm to 3pm.   School counselors for all academies will be available via email to respond to questions or concerns you may have on the same topics you usually can discuss with us (academic, career/college, social/personal) and now including questions about NTI. 
    We appreciate your patience if we do not respond immediately during office hours to your emails as we will be working on other tasks and with other students during this time. 

    Annie Belding, Leadership Academy, annie.belding@fayette.kyschools.us  
    Jennifer Berk, Freshman Academy Last names J-Z, jennifer.berk@fayette.kyschools.us  
    Lorie Daugherty, Information Technology Academy
         859-813-4481 (google voice, text and voice friendly) lorie.daugherty@fayette.kyschools.us  
    Dana Lawrence, Engineering Academy and Station Arts, dana.lawrence@fayette.kyschools.us 
    Brandi Odgen, Medical Academy, brandi.ogden@fayette.kyschools.us  
    Yvette Thompson, Freshman Academy Last names A-I, yvette.thompson@fayette.kyschools.us  

    NTI Tips from your school counselors:

     We know this is a weird time for students and families, and that is quite an understatement.  We are all struggling with balancing feelings of wanting life to continue as it was while also wanting to help our community and family members. This is not what anyone thought the last couple months of this school year would be. Know this... we are here for you, walking the journey with you.  Email your school counselors if have questions. Many of you will hear from your school counselor over the next couple weeks.  

    In the mean time, here are some tips on how to find some balance in this time. 

    Routine:

    1. Keep a consistent routine. 
    2. Try and get plenty of sleep every night. 
    3. Wake up at a designated time each morning and get ready to do your school work. 
    4. After you get ready, check your school email account, google classroom sites, and the school website. 
    5. Choose when you are going to do your schoolwork everyday. Starting earlier means you are finished earlier and will reduce procrastination.
    6. Schedule short breaks for snacks and fresh air.
    7. While doing school work, avoid distractions as much as possible: avoid social media, keep your phone in another room and turn off notifications, delay playing video games and watching movies until you are finished with your school work for the day.
    Organization: 
    1. Write a list of assignments in your planner along with due dates and check them off when completed.
    2. Take notes as you go along in assignments to help remember important points you might see on future assessments.
    3. Keep an electronic copy of your assignments (organized in folders or by file name) as backup in case.
    Resources:
    1. Email your teacher if you have a question. Do not wait until you are overwhelmed and frustrated.
    2. Refer to platforms provided for you for clarification
    Coping:
    1. Keeping a structured routine and schedule will help reduce anxiety and stress.
    2. Be patient and empathetic with family members and siblings who are also struggling with challenges of virtually learning.
    3. Take time to do things you enjoy. Find activities that allow you to positively connect with other people even if it is virtually.
    4. Find the positives and take care of your yourself and those around you. 

    The FCPS website has a Covid-19 link with all of the latest announcements and resources as well as our BSHS Website. Check it out!  

    Caring for the Emotional Well-Being of your Families During the COVID-19 Outbreak Concern over this new virus can make families anxious.

    Community Mental Health Resources

    • Community Mental Health Resources KVC Behavioral Health Kentucky 859-254-1035 
    • Mountain Comprehensive Care 859-368-8897 
    • New Vista (formerly Bluegrass.org) 859-233-0444
    • The Ridge Behavioral Health Systems 859-269-2325 
    • Sunrise Children’s Services 859-455-8185 
    • Mental Health Crisis Resources The Ridge Behavioral Health Systems 800-753-4673
    • Samaritan Hospital 859-226-7000 
    • U of L Peace Hospital (formerly known as Our Lady of Peace) 859-313-3515 
    • New Vista (formerly Bluegrass.org) 800-928-8000 
    • Crisis Hotlines National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 
    • National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8500 
    • Suicide Crisis Textline Text Help to 741741 
    • Trevor Project Crisis Line for LGBTQ+ Youth 1-866-488-7386 
    • Other Arbor Youth Services 859-254-2501 
    • Salvation Army Homeless Shelter 859-252-7706 
    • FCPS Mental Health Resource Page: https://www.fcps.net/mental 
    • Mental Health Resource Library: https://www.galesupport.com/district/fcps

     

    It is that time of year ... AP EXAM REGISTRATION!

    WATCH FOR UPDATES FROM TEACHERS AND IN YOUR EMAIL!!!!  

      

    Information for Seniors

    It's time for college bound seniors to start applying to college, if they haven't already begun. Each Academy school counselor will be giving some overall information to get all the seniors started on their college applications and following that with individual meetings with the seniors over the next several weeks.  

    Some helpful information:

     

    AP Exam Scores

    College Board will begin releasing AP Exam scores beginning July 5.  These scores are rolled out in stages.  Kentucky is typically the 2nd or 3rd day of the release window.  You will need your AP number to access your account and scores.  That number was in your student pack (the little book) students were instructed to take home with them after their final exam.  

    No Pass/ No Drive
    For your drivers permit verification, visit the registrar's office, room 301, before/ after school at least two days BEFORE your permit test.  In order to be eligible, students must have less than 9 unexcused absences and be passing at least 3/4 of classes in the PRIOR semester.  Visit the DMV.org website for a copy of the drivers manual. Over the summer, you can request that verification through the front office. 

    Transcripts 

    Order Credentials from Parchment 

    Transcripts for current students and graduates 2008 through present should be requested through Parchment at the link above or go to bit.ly/bshstranscriptrequest. Transcripts for graduates requesting prior to 2008 are $5 and should be requested at the BSHS Registrar's office, 859-381-3306. We cannot FAX any transcripts.

    To request a transcript:

    • Go to bit.ly/bshstranscriptrequest. Log into your Parchment account. 
      • If you haven’t logged in before, you need to create a "new learner account". You will need access to the email you use to create the account to complete the activation of the new account. 
    • When you have logged in, click the Order button.  Select your destination by searching for the name of the organization where you are requesting the transcript be sent. 
      • If you don’t see the Order button, then you need to add BSHS to your account. To do this, click +Add another school or organization you attended. When completing this step, be sure the "graduation/leave" year is the year you graduate from/leave HIGH SCHOOL.  
    • You'll land on the Order Details page. To wait until your next grades are in before sending your transcript, select Hold for Grades from the drop-down menu. The only reason for this is when you request before the end of the school year and need a final transcript. Otherwise, you can "send now". 
    • To send your transcript to another destination, click + Add Another Destination.
    • Your total charges appear on the right side, and include any shipping fees. This will remain free for students until the end of July of the year you graduate. 
    • Click Save & Continue.
    • Continue following directions until you can click Checkout.
    • For more detailed instructions, go to bit.ly/parchmentdirections. Transcripts requested after August 1 of the year you graduate will be charged a fee.  

    Colleges and universities requesting students send transcripts always prefer the official and digital copy, like these provided by Parchment. Most will not recieve transcripts as official if they are delivered or emailed from the student.   Recent graduates who do not provide final transcript after graduation will often not be allowed to register for classes until the final official transcript is submitted. 

    Some mistakes have been made when creating accounts that will prevent Parchment from matching the transcript requests.  
    The following are the most common mistakes and will delay release of transcript:

    • Using a nickname instead of the name on the transcript (same as on your birth certificate).
    • Misspelled student names
    • Using graduation leave date from college instead of high school 
    • Incorrect date of birth
    • Parents completing the requests and using parent's information like birth year instead of the student's info.

    If you have requested a transcript via Parchment, the transcript will be delivered electronically.  Senior need to request a final transcript through Parchment during May/June.

    College Rep Visits

    ALL COLLEGE REP VISITS ARE CANCELLED
    UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

    Each fall is the big travel season for college representatives.  They travel all over their region talking to students about their college or university.  This is a great time for juniors to start narrowing their options, choosing the top 5 or so schools they like best, and for seniors to make their final selections and make intentional connection with the college reps. 

    Seniors and Juniors should visit the link www.bshscounseling.eventbrite.com and order a ticket.  You will need to create a free account and the tickets are free.  While you can avoid creating an account, having the account streamlines your ordering for future college visits that aren't on the calendar yet. 

    A few things to remember: 

    • This is for students only.  
    • Juniors can get bumped if a senior needs a ticket. 
    • Sign up only for the meetings you plan to attend. If you schedule one and then find out you have a test, cancel your ticket. 
    • Sign up only for the ones you are serious about getting information. 
    • We do check attendance and there will be no announcements. Students who don't arrive on time risk being counted absent.  
       

    FAFSA 
    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to apply for federal, state and college-based financial aid.  FAFSA now opens October 1st.  Awards are income-based, so appying early does not guarantee you will get an award.  However, applying late could mean the money has been distributed before you apply. Apply early.

    Make sure you have active email accounts for both the student and at least one parent of dependent students.  Visit fsaid.ed.gov to set up your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) for the student AND at least one parent of a dependent student.  Using your most recent tax information, set up your FAFSA account at www.fafsa.gov.  

    Set by step tips are listed on this FAFSA Checklist from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). 

    For more information on the FAFSA and helpful links about financial aid in general, visit our Financial Aid page

      

    ACT 2019 - 2020 testing dates

     
    Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
    September 14, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 17-30, 2019
    October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 21-October 4, 2019
    December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 9-22, 2019
    February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020 January 11-17, 2020
    April 4, 2020 CANCELLED February 28, 2020 February 29-March 13, 2020
    June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9-22, 2020
    July 18, 2020* June 19, 2020 June 20-26, 2020

     

    Registering for the ACT

    It's more than just signing up for a test. The information you provide is used to make recommendations for majors and careers. Here's what you'll need:

    • About 45 minutes to complete the registration process
    • A credit/debit card or fee waiver 
    • A laptop or desktop computer is preferred
    • Up to four colleges and universities to send your score reports for free during registration (additional score reports can be purchsed later)
    • Your photo to upload during registration or later

     Visit www.actstudent.org. Students on free/reduced lunch program can request a fee waiver on the bit.ly/requestcounselor form.  Your school counselor will contact you with information. 

    For more information on what you need to register and suggestions for test day, please visit our ACT Info Page