Please note the following "Guidance Bulletin" announcements shared with you by the Office of Guidance and School Counseling. 

Special thanks to the Office of Student Enrollment for the announcements on high school admissions!


        All high school counselors  / Event: May 13, 2015

The 2015 Additional Ways to Graduate Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8 PM at the 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue (between 25th and 26th Streets), New York, NY.  The Fair is designed for high school students who may be interested in transferring to a small school or program that offers strong academic, social supports, paid internships, and post-secondary planning.  Students, who will be 16 -20 years old on September 1, 2015 and have between 0 and 44 credits, are invited, along with their families, to attend the Fair.  

Students are strongly encouraged to bring an up-to-date transcript to the Fair. For more information on alternative schools and programs available to NYC students, visit  A flyer and translated versions are available here. For questions about this event, email Kathleen Connolly at


        All school counselors and social workers

The NYC DOE Office of Guidance and School Counseling is establishing an advisory group that will discuss concerns specific to LGBTQ students.

The hope is to have an equal representation of school counselors and social workers from each of the boroughs.  Ensuring that our school communities have a physically and psychologically safe space so that our students can be fully present to their education, is a part of our professional responsibility.

If you would like to contribute to this work and join other interested colleagues in having these discussions which can lead to supports for youth, please contact Jaye Murray, Senior Administrator of Guidance and School Counseling, at or 212-374-2530.


        All school counselors and social workers

  A Safe Space is a welcoming, supportive and safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students.  According to the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network's National School Climate Survey, a biennial survey of LGBTQ secondary school students, school may not always feel like a safe place for LGBTQ students.  All schools are invited to avail themselves of Safe Space materials and stickers as a step towards ensuring that all students feel welcome and safe.

Educators can make a big difference! For many students, simply knowing that allies exist can be a source of support. Research shows that LGBTQ students with many supportive educators feel safer at school, skip fewer classes, and earn higher grades than students without supportive educators. Display these stickers throughout your school or on an office door to show support to LGBTQ students and let students know where their allies are should events of bullying occur. Check out GLSEN’s Safe Space Kit while you wait for your stickers. Stickers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Order your school’s Safe Space Stickers here now! 


        All school counselors and social workers / Event for parents: April 25, 2015

The Joy of Single Parenting Conference will be held on April 25, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Boys and Girls High School, 1700 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY.  Single parents are invited to participate in this day of awareness, education, support, and enjoyment.  The event is hosted by EDIFY Communities of New York and the Parent Leadership Institute.  The event's lead facilitator is Dr. Angela Moses, author of The Joy of Single Parenting.

Breakfast and lunch will be served.  The event will feature workshops by expert facilitators, as well as a stress relief dance party.  A flyer is available (here).  The registration link is available (here).  For further information, please contact Dr. Angela Moses at or 718-257-1300 ext. 142.


        High school counselors / Event: April 18, 2015

The U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton and U.S. Military Academy, West Point would like to invite high school students, counselors, teachers, and principals to West Point Day at Fort Hamilton on April 18.  A flyer is available (here).

The prestigious U.S. Army Military Academy has afforded young men and women the opportunity of worldly education while molding them to be outstanding leaders in our nation’s Army.  For the first time here in New York City, the U.S. Army Military Academy will be showcasing its work at West Point Day.  The one day event will include a parade and college day activities.  Highlights from the event will also include a parachute jump, choir, string ensemble, drill and pipes and drums performances, static displays, admission information and demonstrations by various clubs, including power lifting, competitive cyber, hell cats, boxing, grappling, law enforcement and numerous others.  

For more information about West Point Day and to register, please visit Fort Hamilton's webpage.  For questions, please contact Catherine SantoPiero at


        High school counselors / Deadline: April 17, 2015 is running a scholarship contest through April 2015 for New York City’s graduating high school seniors! By sharing stories about their journey to college, students will be entered to win a $1,000 scholarship.  Please share information about this scholarship opportunity with your students.
NYC College Line is the City's unique solution to the information gap surrounding college exploration, application, financing and completion for young people in New York.  By leveraging the expertise of its partner organizations (Graduate NYC!, the Options Center at Goddard Riverside Community Center, CUNY, and the NYC DOE), connecting to the best tools available, and creating new materials where they do not already exist, NYCCL aims to become the foremost local college access and success destination for students, parents, and the school-, college-, and community-based professionals who support them. 

For questions, contact Donna Dei-Baning at or 718-254-7706.


        High school counselors
The College Board has developed comprehensive resources to ensure that student athletes' academic coursework and college planning meet their unique needs.

The College Board also offers the following resources for college counselors:
In addition, college counselors can participate in a national movement by joining the College Board's Apply to 4 or More Campaign


        High school counselors / Deadline: Postmarked no later than March 20, 2015

The Morris and Eve Brown Foundation will be presenting several awards of  $2,000.  To be eligible, a candidate must:    
  • Be a high school senior graduating from a New York City public school.
  • Have demonstrated excellence in the field of language.
  • Begin college level studies in the Fall of 2015 majoring in language (either English or foreign).
Applications must be submitted by mail and must include:
  • A copy of the student's high school transcript;
  • Student’s social security number; and 
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from English and/or Foreign Language teachers. Please note the foundation can only process letters written in English. Also note that letters of recommendations should  ONLY be from faculty who teach in the fields of English Language Arts or Foreign Language).
  • Optional: Students may also include a piece of their own writing for review. However, only compositions written in English will be reviewed since trustees are not able to evaluate items written in other languages.
Additional information is available (here).  Submitted applications must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2015.  For questions, please contact Paul S. Sibener, Esq. at


        High school counselors / Deadline: Postmarked no later than May 1, 2015

The NYC DOE Office of Guidance and School Counseling is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Charles Robertson Scholarship.   To be eligible, a candidate must be a high school senior scheduled to graduate from a Brooklyn public high school this June.

Charles E. Robertson was President of the School Board of the Borough of Brooklyn from 1899 to 1902. As stipulated in his will established in 1937, Charles E. Robertson’s Estate awards a scholarship to one male graduate and one female graduate from a Brooklyn public high school each year,“…not merely on the basis of scholarship, but of equal importance, character, and deportment.”  Please note this scholarship is a one time award estimated at $400 given to each recipient.

Applications must be submitted by mail and must include:

1.     The completed application form (see attached)
2.     Copy of most recent high school transcript
3.     Nomination letter (from the school principal, counselor, or teacher)
4.     Student personal statement essay (Typed, double-spaced and between 250-500 words), responding to the following question:  If you had to write an autobiography, what would the title be and why? 

Further information is available in the application package (here).  Submitted applications must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2015.  For questions, please contact Margarita Suero-Duran.


        All school counselors and social workers

When students experience behavioral crises and engage in behavior that poses a substantial risk of serious injury to themselves or others, schools must determine the appropriate way to manage the behavior and whether the behavior can be safely de-escalated.  Every effort must be made by responding school staff to safely de-escalate the behavior where possible using strategies and interventions for addressing behavioral crises and in-school and community resources, including engaging staff trained in crises de-escalation, members of the Building Response Team, Crisis Intervention Team members, guidance staff and staff from School-Based Health and Mental Health Clinics. However, where a student’s behavior poses an imminent and substantial risk of serious injury to himself or others and the situation cannot be safely addressed by school staff or the support services available to the school, 911 must be contacted.  

The policies and procedures for responding to behavioral crises and determining when to contact 911 for emergency medical assistance are available here.  Please review these carefully and ensure that all school staff are familiar with these policies and procedures.  Additional guidance for schools on responding to behavioral crises is being developed and will be made available. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact your Network Youth Development Liaison. 


        Middle school counselors / Deadline: Early September

Meet with families of all middle school students in September to plan their path to high school. The Student Enrollment Management System (SEMS) provides an email template for families of all middle school students that can be used for initial outreach.

  • Facilitate presentations for middle school families on the Introduction to High School Admissions: 2014 Family Workshop Series Information Packet.  For the families of 6th and 7th grade students, emphasize the importance of 7th grade report cards, test scores, and attendance in terms of the data, which will be reviewed for selective high school programs.  Ensure that the families of 8th grade students are familiar with the high school admissions timeline.   ------------------------------------------------------------------------- jl;j;j'jllllllllllll  ---------------------------------------------------     -------------
  • Work with the families of 8th grade students to develop their list of desired programs, create a calendar of information sessions, auditions and tests (if applicable), and fairs they plan to attend.


        All school counselors and social workers

Please note that DOE related services counseling providers are no longer required to call IVR to record first attend dates or to add students to their caseloads. Beginning on September 4, school-based users will have inquiry-only access in CAP and will no longer have access to SEC.

Principals should ensure that all related services providers have access to a networked computer and sufficient time during the workday to manage their SESIS caseloads and to enter session attendance. Resources will be posted on the SESIS website as they become available; instructions on how to record the provision of services for DOE providers are now available on that page. 


        Middle school counselors

A research team affiliated with New York University will be piloting a study at several NYC middle schools this fall about the high school admissions process. The research team plans to conduct short interviews with school counselors and other personnel to learn how students are supported during this process. Some schools will be offered an opportunity to pilot a new informational tool to help students in their high school search. Selected middle schools that are invited to participate will be contacted directly by email and/or phone.

Participation is completely voluntary and interview responses will be anonymous. There are no consequences for choosing not to participate. However, the DOE has approved this study, which may lead to the development of better tools to help school counselors, families, and students with the high school admissions process.

The NYU affiliated research team is led by Dr. Sean Corcoran and Dr. Jennifer Jennings.  If you would like to learn more about the study, please contact Jennifer Jennings at NYU by phone at 212-992-7465 or by email at


        High school counselors

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Career Exploration Program provides a wide range of career exploration tools free to participating schools.  For additional information or to schedule an ASVAB test date at your school, please contact Vivian Moss (, 718-765-7344).  

(N.B.:  As per
Chancellor's Regulation A-825, NYC DOE schools which administer the ASVAB must select Option 8, which does not permit the results to be released to military recruiters.)