Guidance

Announcements

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!




OVERCOMING OBSTACLES RESOURCES

        All middle school and high school counselors

Life Skills Education Training Webinars / Beginning March 2015:

Overcoming Obstacles will host Life Skills Education Training Webinars to familiarize educators with their curriculum.  Participants in these training webinars will learn what life skills are and why they are vital to students’ success in school and career.  For additional information, please visit the Overcoming Obstacles Training Webinars page.


Life Skills Day / Event: April 14, 2015:

Overcoming Obstacles will launch Life Skills Day on April 14, 2015 to highlight the importance of life skills education for all students.   Schools can designate a "Goals Wall" and encourage students to share their goals by posting photos, collages, drawings and other creative representations of long or short term goals.

Participating schools who submit photos of their school’s Goals Wall to Overcoming Obstacles by April 8, 2015 qualify for a $1000 prize. To enter, schools can send photos to goalswall@overcomingobstacles.org by April 8.  (Please ensure any required media consent forms for participating students are on file at the school.)  The winner will be announced by Overcoming Obstacles on Life Skills Day—April 14, 2015.  For contest details, please see the back of this flyer or visit the Overcoming Obstacles webpage.



THE JOY OF SINGLE PARENTING CONFERENCE 2015

        All school counselors / 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 amoses@spcbc.com or 718-257-1300 ext. 142.


  
NYC COLLEGE LINE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY 

        High school counselors / Deadline: April 17, 2015

NYCCollegeLine.org 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 Donna.Dei-Baning@cuny.edu or 718-254-7706.



WEST POINT DAY

        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 catherine.m.santopietro.civ@mail.mil.
 

COLLEGE BOARD RESOURCES FOR STUDENT ATHELETES

        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


  
2015 MORRIS AND EVE BROWN FOUNDATION AWARD

        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 psibeneresq@gmail.com.



2015 CHARLES ROBERTSON SCHOLARSHIP

        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.


  
RESPONDING TO BEHAVIORAL CRISES: DE-ESCALATION AND CONTACTING 911 FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES  

        All school counselors

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. 


    
ADVISE MIDDLE SCHOOL FAMILIES ON HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS

        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.



RELATED SERVICES COUNSELING SESSION ATTENDANCE
 

        All school counselors

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. 



RESEARCH STUDY ON HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS

        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 jj73@nyu.edu.


 
ARMED SERVICES VOCATIONAL APTITUDE BATTERY (ASVAB)

        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 (vivian.e.moss4.civ@mail.mil, 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.)