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!



WEST POINT DAY

        High school counselors

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.  

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. 

Please contact Catherine SantoPiero at catherine.m.santopietro.civ@mail.mil for further information.
 

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 NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PROGRAM
 
        High school counselors: Deadline: March 6, 2015

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) is currently accepting applications for its 2015 Scholarship Awards Program. NPRDP’s mission is to empower the Puerto Rican community through promoting culture, education, scholarships, and civic engagement. To this end, a Scholarship Awards Program was established.  NPRDP will award thirty $2,000 scholarships to exceptional Puerto Rican youth who are making a difference in their community.

To be eligible, a candidate must:

  • be of Puerto Rican descent
  • currently be seniors in high school
  • have at least a 3.0 (approximately 85) Grade Point Average (GPA)
The application is available here.  The deadline for application submissions is March 6, 2015.  Additional information on the scholarship is available here.  For questions, please contact nprd.scholars@gmail.com.


  
25TH ANNUAL LATINO COLLEGE EXPO & LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

        Middle school & high school counselors:  Deadline: Pre-register by February 20, 2015.

The 25th Annual Latino College Expo & Leadership Summit will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 8 AM to 3 PM at New York University's Kimmel Student Center located at 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY.  Students and parents are invited to attend the annual career & college readiness program to meet with representatives from public and private post-secondary institutions from across the nation.  Prior to the college fair, students will attend a leadership summit to hear motivational speakers and to attend college prep workshops.

Online registration (here) for students is required.  The deadline for on-line registration is February 20, 2015.  Space is limited.  Parents are not required to register for their workshops on the admissions process and financial aid.  For further information, please contact Antonio Aponte, The Boy's Club of New York.
 


  
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. 


  
NYC GREAT! A YOUNG WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE

        High school counselors in community school districts 7-12 in the Bronx / Deadline: March 6, 2015

The NYC DOE Office of Equity and Access is pleased to announce the launch of NYC Great! A Young Women’s Leadership Initiative. NYC Great! (Girls Reaching Every Apex Together) is designed to provide experiences that support the development of leadership and communication skills in young women who are currently attending high school. The program will begin with young women in the 9th grade, attending high schools serving community school districts 7-12 in the Bronx. Applicants are required to answer two short essay questions and attend a personal interview. 

We expect a GREAT Girl to:
 
 • Be comfortable in her leadership and ability to motivate others
 • Display academic motivation and self-determination
 • Maintain good academic and attendance standings
 • Have self-confidence with respect to college/career choices
 • Participate in leadership, community service or volunteer activities 
 • Aspire to attend college and/or pursue a career  

About the Applicant:
 
 
 • Meets the Title One category criteria
 • Meets the 9th grade criteria per credit accumulation
 • Should not be already involved in a college preparatory or leadership program
 • Has 85% or above attendance for the Fall 2014 semester

Applications will be accepted January 20 through March 6, 2015.  Access the application here.

For questions regarding the program or the application, email nycgreat@schools.nyc.gov.
  

    
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.)