Counselor Corner

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 8:52am

Counselor Corner

March 8

Upcoming Events and Programs:

Angst Film Screenings & Discussions

Angst Film Screenings & Discussions on Anxiety in Youth: Parents and guardians are invited to a free documentary screening and panel discussion around anxiety in youth. This 55-minute film features candid interviews with children and young adults who struggle, or have struggled, with anxiety - including Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. This film explores the causes, symptoms, and effects of anxiety and stress, and encourages youth and their families to seek help. Middle and high school students are invited to attend with a parent or guardian. Each film screening will be followed by a discussion with local experts.

Register for this free event:


Youth Suicide Prevention Campaign: Howard County Health Department Special Announcement

Suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-24 in 2017.  In Howard County, suicide was the leading cause of death for youth ages 15-19 between 2014-2016.  According to the Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 1 in 6 high school students and 1 in 5 middle school students have “seriously considered attempting suicide”.

On February 28, 2019, County Executive Ball and the Howard County Health Department  announced a plan to reduce youth suicide in Howard County.

Strategies include:

-increasing awareness and reducing the stigma around suicide/mental health

-educating the community about how to recognize risk factors and warning signs

-demonstrating how to talk to someone about suicide

-linking youth to appropriate resources

The evidence-based plan, accompanied by an “It’s OK to Ask” outreach campaign, encourages both youth and adults to talk openly about suicide and suicide prevention.

If you, or someone you know is in crisis, contact:

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center 24/7 at 410-531-6677 or

text HOME to 741741 (Crisis Text Line)

Learn suicide warning signs and get tips about how to start a conversation by visiting


Summer School Information:

The HCPSS Comprehensive High School Summer Program is designed to provide diploma-bound students entering Grades 9 through 12 with opportunities to support academic achievement and acceleration. The program offers high school credit-bearing courses in a variety of content areas and levels.

The program Snapshot Sheet provides information in regards to course offerings, tuition, and registration. This program is an opportunity for students to have access to courses for recovery or acceleration for student success.

Contact with questions.


Reminder- Course Requests for 2019-2020 school year:

Course requests and recommendations for rising  7th and 8th grade students were sent home with students on Friday, March 1st. Families should also have received a digital copy via email. Any students wishing to request a Course Placement review must submit the Course Placement Review form to Student Services by Friday, March 15th. Please contact your student’s counselor with questions.

Course Placement Review Form rising 7th grade

Course Placement Review Form rising 8th grade


“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

-Alice Walker


Ms Kempthorn and Ms Lee