Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!Counselors are preparing to meet with all grade levels to deliver guidance lessons.Counselors will be meeting with all seniors in their English classes on Wednesday, September 28th to review important senior year items, including helping them prepare for their post high school plans. Slideshow with links here.Additionally, students of any grade level are encouraged to take advantage of the College Fairs in our area, with the next one being the National College Fair NACAC on November 4th and 5th in Seattle.Our valued partner, College Success Foundation provides essential information to students and families as they navigate the college financial aid process.A recording of this year's "Financail Aid A-Z Workshop" is linked here.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Pre-Registration for the 2022-2023 school year took place this spring, March 7th- March 21st.Counselors visited Woodward and Odyssey in addition to 9-11th grade BHS classes the week of March 7th and March 15th.During these visits, counselors talked with students about their credits, considerations for courses in the next year, course planning, and how to register through Skyward.Pre-registration is a student-driven process. The student's course selections drive our master schedule, course offerings, and staffing for the following school year. Because of this, we ask students to carefully select their courses and give students two weeks to ask questions and talk with BHS staff and parents.Slides from classroom presentations:***********************************Beyond BHS is coming March 7-11!!Beyond BHS is an annual event presented by the BHS Counseling Team and features representatives from 4 year colleges, community colleges and vocational programs. This virtual event is designed to give students and families information about a variety of post high school options. All BHS and EHHS students are invited to participate but the presentations are geared towards 10th & 11th grade students. Presentation topics include; Navigating the College Application Process, Finding the Right Fit- College Search, How to Connect with Colleges, Private School Application process, Public School Application Process, Military Academies & ROTC, Financial-Aid/FAFSA. Community College Experience, and Technical and Apprentice Programs.More information to come on how you can sign up for the various sessions!**Below are a few of the presentations given by BHS Counselors and community representatives from our previous events. We hope the information is useful in helping to plan for life after high school!***********************************Parents of Juniors and Seniors- Financial Aid information:This fall, our regional Financial Aid officer offered a virtual financial aid workshop called A-Z of Financial Aid.If you happened to miss this wonderfully informative presentation click here to view a recording of the workshop.Attention Seniors- Class of 2022:
It's the second semester of senior year. Now what?
Need a mid-year report sent?: These will be ready to send the end of next week (Feb. 11). If the colleges that you applied to are asking for a mid-year report (your transcript with fall semester grades), two things to know:
1. The BHS Counseling Office will AUTOMATICALLY send that for you for all Common Application schools only.
2. For Non-Common Application schools, you need to log into your Parchment account and request your transcript to be sent to those schools and click the option 'Hold For Grades'. This will alert us to wait to send that transcript until your 1st semester grades are on your transcript.
Senioritus? Are you ready to be done? Please don’t ease up yet! You don’t want to lose your college acceptance. Watch this video on what senioritis is, why you may be feeling this way, and solutions.
Still unsure of your plans? Schedule a time to see your counselor or make an appointment with the Career Center counselors in the BHS Library. There are many opportunities you may not be aware of with jobs, gap year experiences and internships.
Have you written thank you cards? Showing gratitude is an important life skill because: “People remember how you make them feel,” a popular quote from Maya Angelou. We encourage you to write thank you cards to the teachers that wrote your college LOR. Teachers work hard on these and they really appreciate them. It'll make their day! There's an art to a great thank you card, this article may help.
Check your applicant portals and emails: If you miss a request for more information or an additional document, it could jeopardize your admission chances, so check regularly.
Have you been deferred or waitlisted? Read this article from the College Essay Guy, What to do if you’re deferred or waitlisted. Review your application and determine whether you want to write a letter of continued interest. And if you’re confused about the purpose of a waitlist, read this blog post by an admission director.
Need money? Keep searching for scholarships. Additionally, BHS has our own scholarship committee so stay tuned for more information. There will be an application and a deadline for you to be aware of.
Did you get accepted? Please share with your assigned counselor, teachers that wrote letters of recommendation, and also include our counseling secretary, Ms. Hughes. firstname.lastname@example.org. She needs this info so we can keep data on BHS graduates. This helps us follow trends and better guide the next year’s class. Please we want to celebrate with you!PSATFor students who took the PSAT:College Board released scores to student email addresses. Please be sure to check the email address you listed on your answer sheet for instructions on how to access your score. For students who already have a College Board account, you can log in to access your score report. Students who do not have a College Board account will need to create one by following the directions here. Please check out the following websites for more information. Questions? Contact your counselor!*****