F.A.Q

BMHS School Counseling F.A.Q.’s 

How can my son or daughter make an appointment with a counselor?

Students are encouraged to email their counselor, who will respond with an appointment time. Parents/guardians also should email their child’s counselor to make an appointment. School Counselor work hours are 7:15 AM - 2:30 PM.  The School Counseling Office is open from 7:15 AM until 3:00 PM. on most school days. We cannot receive walk-in appointments unless it is a dire emergency. 

How can I best communicate with teachers and school counselors so I am a partner in my child's education?

The counselor is available Monday-Friday from 7:15am-2:30pm if you would like a meeting, please contact the counselor ahead of time to make an appointment. The counselor schedule is not open to immediate walk-in meetings, however parental involvement is a priority for us and the counselor will try to schedule a meeting for as soon as possible. Parents are always encouraged to communicate with teachers and counselors through email about their child's progress. Please make sure that your phone number and email address is up to date in our SIS. If you make any changes please email your student’s Vice Principal. This will ensure that teachers and staff can contact you about your student’s progress and other school activities. You can monitor your student’s progress, through the NPS Parent Portal.https://www.norwalkps.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=71681&pageId=3777410
 
What are the parameters around confidentiality?

Confidentiality is an important aspect of counseling; this is how the counselor builds trust with the student. What the child says during counseling is to remain between the counselor and the child unless: 1. The child is in imminent danger. 2. The child is threatening to harm him/herself or someone else. 3. The child reports an incident of abuse and/or neglect. 4. The child gives permission to disclose. When a breach in confidentiality is necessary, the counselor would make a report to the appropriate agencies, support staff and/or parents depending on the situation. Note: Our highest priority is to keep your student safe. School counselors and other school staff members are mandated reporters. Mandated reporters are required by law to report to CPS any time a student is suspected of being in danger.


What is Power School? How do I reset my PowerSchool login?

Power School is a web-based student information system which provides access to student schedules, grades, attendance information, etc.  Parent/guardians can gain access by contacting the Assistant Principals’ secretaries.  Students who need to reset their passwords should seek help in the Library Learning Commons.

What is Naviance Student? How can I reset my Naviance Password? 

Naviance Student is a web-based college and career portfolio that helps you plan and organize your high school career, as well as keep track of your post-secondary application process. Naviance allows students to learn about their strengths and reflect on their interests. Assessments provide suggestions on how to apply personality traits and learning styles in class, in addition to helping students discover career options based on their interests and strengths. 
 
THE NAVIANCE HOMEPAGE OFFERS:
Messages from counselors
Links to important websites
The schedule of colleges visiting BMHS

"COLLEGES" HELPS STUDENTS:
Search for colleges
Research colleges
Create a file of “Schools I’m Thinking About”
Request Teacher Recommendations
Search for scholarships

"MY PLANNER" TAB HELPS STUDENTS:
Set goals
Create To Do Lists

"CAREERS" HELPS STUDENTS:
Research and explore different jobs
Take surveys that help match abilities and interests to different careers
View more than 3,500 career-related videos

"ABOUT ME" HELPS STUDENTS:
Compile and store searches and assessments
Create a resume
Explore learning styles
Request a Counselor Recommendation

To access Naviance, click here.
To reset your Naviance password, email your counselor. 


Is there a list of clubs? If a student is interested in joining a club or becoming involved with their school, what should they do?

All students are welcomed and encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities. A list of clubs can be found in the Student tab of the website. Students need to listen for club announcements regarding meetings. Students are always encouraged to participate in clubs that are related to the courses that they are enrolled. Flyers for clubs are posted around the school building for various clubs, sports and activities. 

How do I get working papers?

In order to get working papers you must first get hired. Your new job will provide you with a promise of employment, a letter that contains information regarding specifics about the job. Once you have the promise of employment bring this document in to Mrs. Ball who will help you in obtaining working papers. 

When should I start to plan for college and career? 

College and Career Access and Affordability planning should begin as soon as 9th grade.  Families should become aware of Four Year Colleges and Universities, Community Colleges, Career and Technical Schools and Online Education including duration, preparation and cost. Ideally, all students will be prepared to apply to post-secondary institutions and complete FAFSA by October of their senior year. 

How do I sign up for a College Information Rep Visit?

Seniors and juniors can sign up for information sessions with College Admissions Representatives on their Naviance Student. Upcoming visits are listed on the homepage and the entire list can be found through the “College” tab under “College Research”. 

How can my child register for SAT's or ACT's?

Register for the SAT or SAT II on the CollegeBoard website at: http://www.collegeboard.org . Register for the ACT website at http://www.act.org. School Counselors can provide test fee waivers for students who receive free or reduced lunch and for students who are enrolled in the HUSKY Health Program. 


Where can I find information on scholarships?

Students can check their Naviance account under “Scholarships and Money” for a scholarship list. There is a plethora of other scholarship websites as www.fastweb.com, www.finaid.com, www.collegenet.com and many more. If you have more specific questions about scholarships, please see your school counselor. As soon as freshman year, students can join raise.me and begin to college scholarship money for their accomplishments. 

How do I reset my CollegeBoard account?

Counselors cannot reset anything on the CollegeBoard website. To reset your password, follow these steps:

Go to Forgot Password. 
Submit the username and email address associated with your account. (If you forgot your username, get that first through the Forgot Username page.)
You'll be asked to answer your security question. If you correctly answer it, you'll be able to reset your password and access your account.
If we don't have enough information to securely verify your identity, or if you can't correctly answer your security question, click Email Me My Password on the security question page to receive a temporary password.

Call us at 866-315-6068.
Email us at any of the addresses below:
SAT: sat@info.collegeboard.org
PSAT-related assessments: psathelp@info.collegeboard.org
AP: apstudents@info.collegeboard.org


What is the BMHS Senior Internship Program?

It is a three week voluntary internship program for seniors for the final three weeks of the year. Students participating in this program need to find their own internship site and gain approval from their teachers, administrator, parent and school counselor. The minimum GPA to participate is a 2.7 and attendance is very important.

Is after school help available?

Teachers are available for after school help in every subject area. Students should speak with their own teachers to find out when after school help is offered. Peer Tutoring takes place after school in the career center. 

When can I take Advanced Courses?

Several Advanced Honors and College level courses are available to all grade levels. Please see the Program of Studies for specific requirements. https://bmhs.norwalkps.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_71770/File/2018-2019/PROGRAM%20OF%20STUDIES%20FINAL%2019%2020.pdf

What is a Student Record? 

Your student record contains much valuable information that includes standardized test results, SAT scores, and CAPT results, along with any interest inventories or other specialized evaluation instruments.

How can I request a Transcript?

Current BMHS students can request a transcript from their school counselor. Graduates of BMHS may request a transcript in person by visiting BMHS School Counseling Department or they can email Ms. Tavella tavellaa@norwalkps.org . For questions please refer to the NPS Transcripts Policy: https://bmhs.norwalkps.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_71770/File/Guidance/Issuing%20of%20Transcripts%20-%20UPDATED%20-%204-4-16.pdf 

How are students graded?

The following are the letter marks, which make up the marking system with a description of the academic performance corresponding to each mark:
Grade Value Default Honors AP/IB/ECE
A (93-100) 4.0000 4.5000 5.0000
A- (90-92) 3.7000 4.2000 4.7000
B+ (87-89) 3.3000 3.8000 4.3000
B (83-86) 3.0000 3.5000 4.0000
B- (80-82) 2.7000 3.2000 3.7000
C+ (77-79) 2.3000 2.8000 3.3000
C (73-76) 2.0000 2.5000 3.0000
C- (70-72) 1.7000 2.2000 2.7000
D+ (67-69) 1.3000 1.8000 2.3000
D (63-66) 1.0000 1.5000 2.0000
D- (60-62) 0.7000 1.2000 1.7000
F (0-59) 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000

Marks:
  Estimates of the student’s work as determined by the teacher of a particular subject.

Weights:  Numerical expression of Mark of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, P, F.

Units of Credit:  Points earned for subjects taken in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 are used for graduation requirements, admission to college, and determining scholastic honor roll.

Quality Points:
  Result of multiplying the weight times the unit.

Grade Point Average:  A numerical average arrived at by dividing the quality points by the units.

Incomplete:   A rank of incomplete makes one ineligible for the Honor Roll until the mark is changed to a letter grade at which time the pupil will become eligible.  A student has ten school days to make up incomplete work or an incomplete becomes an “F” grade.

Advanced Placement Program:
Qualified highly-motivated students may take college-level subjects. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement exam. More detailed information is available in the Guidance Office and through the guidance counselors.  Advanced Placement courses carry one additional point.  Advanced Placement courses may be open to underclassmen with special approval.

Honors Courses:  An honors program for highly motivated and academically talented is available to all students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. It is generally recommended that students who elect this program a) demonstrate a high level of motivation for learning, b) have achieved A’s and B’s in related subject areas, and c) be recommended by a team consisting of teachers, counselors, and department chairpersons.

Grade Level:  In order to be promoted to the next grade level students must accumulate a set number of credits per year.

Semester:  An academic session constituting half of the academic year.

Required Subjects:  Subjects necessary for graduation from high school.

Elective Subjects:  Subjects selected in addition to required subjects in order to earn sufficient credits for graduation.

Prerequisite Subjects:  Subjects that must be taken to qualify a student for more advanced subjects in the same area.

Co-requisite Subjects:  Subjects that may be taken concurrently with sequential subjects.



 

 

 

How do I get working papers?

 

In order to get working papers you must first get hired. Your new job will provide you with a promise of employment, a letter that contains information regarding specifics about the job. Once you have the promise of employment bring this document in to Mrs. Ball who will help you in obtaining working papers.

 

When should I start to plan for college and career?

College and Career Access and Affordability planning should begin as soon as 9th grade.  Families should become aware of Four Year Colleges and Universities, Community Colleges, Career and Technical Schools and Online Education including duration, preparation and cost. Ideally, all students will be prepared to apply to post-secondary institutions and complete FAFSA by October of their senior year.

 

How do I sign up for a College Information Rep Visit?

 

Seniors and juniors can sign up for information sessions with College Admissions Representatives on their Naviance Student. Upcoming visits are listed on the homepage and the entire list can be found through the “College” tab under “College Research”.

 

How can my child register for SAT's or ACT's?

Register for the SAT or SAT II on the CollegeBoard website at: http://www.collegeboard.org . Register for the ACT website at http://www.act.org. School Counselors can provide test fee waivers for students who receive free or reduced lunch and for students who are enrolled in the HUSKY Health Program.

 

 

Where can I find information on scholarships?

 

Students can check their Naviance account under “Scholarships and Money” for a scholarship list. There is a plethora of other scholarship websites as www.fastweb.com, www.finaid.com, www.collegenet.com and many more. If you have more specific questions about scholarships, please see your school counselor. As soon as freshman year, students can join raise.me and begin to college scholarship money for their accomplishments.

 

How do I reset my CollegeBoard account?

Counselors cannot reset anything on the CollegeBoard website. To reset your password, follow these steps:

 

Go to Forgot Password.

Submit the username and email address associated with your account. (If you forgot your username, get that first through the Forgot Username page.)

You'll be asked to answer your security question. If you correctly answer it, you'll be able to reset your password and access your account.

If we don't have enough information to securely verify your identity, or if you can't correctly answer your security question, click Email Me My Password on the security question page to receive a temporary password.

 

Call us at 866-315-6068.

Email us at any of the addresses below:

SAT: sat@info.collegeboard.org

PSAT-related assessments: psathelp@info.collegeboard.org

AP: apstudents@info.collegeboard.org

 

What is the BMHS Senior Internship Program?

 

It is a three week voluntary internship program for seniors for the final three weeks of the year. Students participating in this program need to find their own internship site and gain approval from their teachers, administrator, parent and school counsellor. The minimum GPA to participate is a 2.7 and attendance is very important.

 

Is after school help available?

 

Teachers are available for after school help in every subject area. Students should speak with their own teachers to find out when after school help is offered. Peer Tutoring takes place after school in the career center.

 

When can I take Advanced Courses?

 

Several Advanced Honors and College level courses are available to all grade levels. Please see the Program of Studies for specific requirements. https://bmhs.norwalkps.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_71770/File/2018-2019/PROGRAM%20OF%20STUDIES%20FINAL%2019%2020.pdf

 

What is a Student Record?

Your student record contains much valuable information that includes standardized test results, SAT scores, and CAPT results, along with any interest inventories or other specialized evaluation instruments.

How can I request a Transcript?

Current BMHS students can request a transcript from their school counselor. Graduates of BMHS may request a transcript in person by visiting BMHS School Counseling Department or they can email Ms. Tavella tavellaa@norwalkps.org . For questions please refer to the NPS Transcripts Policy: https://bmhs.norwalkps.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_71770/File/Guidance/Issuing%20of%20Transcripts%20-%20UPDATED%20-%204-4-16.pdf

How are students graded?

The following are the letter marks, which make up the marking system with a description of the academic performance corresponding to each mark:

Grade

Value

Default

Honors

AP/IB/ECE

A

(93-100)

4.0000

4.5000

5.0000

A-

(90-92)

3.7000

4.2000

4.7000

B+

(87-89)

3.3000

3.8000

4.3000

B

(83-86)

3.0000

3.5000

4.0000

B-

(80-82)

2.7000

3.2000

3.7000

C+

(77-79)

2.3000

2.8000

3.3000

C

(73-76)

2.0000

2.5000

3.0000

C-

(70-72)

1.7000

2.2000

2.7000

D+

(67-69)

1.3000

1.8000

2.3000

D

(63-66)

1.0000

1.5000

2.0000

D-

(60-62)

0.7000

1.2000

1.7000

F

(0-59)

0.0000

0.0000

0.0000

 

Marks:  Estimates of the student’s work as determined by the teacher of a particular subject.

Weights:  Numerical expression of Mark of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, P, F.

Units of Credit:  Points earned for subjects taken in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 are used for graduation requirements, admission to college, and determining scholastic honor roll.

Quality Points:  Result of multiplying the weight times the unit.

Grade Point Average:  A numerical average arrived at by dividing the quality points by the units.

Incomplete:   A rank of incomplete makes one ineligible for the Honor Roll until the mark is changed to a letter grade at which time the pupil will become eligible.  A student has ten school days to make up incomplete work or an incomplete becomes an “F” grade.

Advanced Placement Program: Qualified highly-motivated students may take college-level subjects. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement exam. More detailed information is available in the Guidance Office and through the guidance counselors.  Advanced Placement courses carry one additional point.  Advanced Placement courses may be open to underclassmen with special approval.

Honors Courses:  An honors program for highly motivated and academically talented is available to all students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. It is generally recommended that students who elect this program a) demonstrate a high level of motivation for learning, b) have achieved A’s and B’s in related subject areas, and c) be recommended by a team consisting of teachers, counselors, and department chairpersons.

Grade Level:  In order to be promoted to the next grade level students must accumulate a set number of credits per year.

Semester:  An academic session constituting half of the academic year.

Required Subjects:  Subjects necessary for graduation from high school.

Elective Subjects:  Subjects selected in addition to required subjects in order to earn sufficient credits for graduation.

Prerequisite Subjects:  Subjects that must be taken to qualify a student for more advanced subjects in the same area.

Co-requisite Subjects:  Subjects that may be taken concurrently with sequential subjects.