BHS COUNSELORS

Susan Moore

Counselor for last names: A-D smoore@vanburenschools.net

Ben Kellum
Counselor for last names: E-K & Early College:
bkellum@vanburenschools.net

Kelli Robinson-Quick
Counselor for last names: L-R:
krobinson@vanburenschools.net

Shahna Currie
Counselor for last names: S, T & B.O.S Program: scurrie@vanburenschools.net

Jake Sweets
Counselor for last names: U-Z & Belleville New Tech
jsweets@vanburenschools.net

COLLEGE & CAREER ADVISING

collegeadviser@vanburenschools.net

Sydney Rosenblum, Ph. D.
 

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CREDIT RECOVERY

Please contact your counselor for recovery options.

TEST PREP RESOURCES

WELCOME TO THE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

Welcome to the Belleville High School Counseling Department! All students have access to counseling services.

Vision:

The vision of counseling in the district is to produce graduates who are career and college ready, know how to make positive choices and manifest the desire to impact their community and the world in a positive way.

The mission of counselors in the Van Buren Public School District is to provide academic, social, and emotional support to students as they grow and develop into lifelong learners.

Confidentiality Clause:

A student’s right to privacy and confidentiality is the basis for an effective counseling relationship. Confidentiality ensures that school counselors won’t share students’ disclosures with others except when the student authorizes it or when there is a clear and present danger to the student and/or to other persons.

As counseling with a student progresses, it may become beneficial or necessary for the school counselor to consult and collaborate with parents and or other school staff. The parent, student, or the professional school counselor may initiate the collaboration process. It’s the school counselor’s responsibility to reach an agreement with the student about what information to share with parents or other school staff, unless, of course, there is a clear and imminent danger to the student or others.

Counselors' Corner Google Classroom Join Codes

  • Class of 2023  - pfcml6r

  • Class of 2024  - br7k6wf

  • Class of 2025 - w4vraz6

  • Class of 2026 - ooxtr74

AP EXAM INFORMATION 2022-23

Taking the Advanced Placement exams is an important part of all AP courses. Belleville High School requires that all students take AP exams for the AP classes that they have taken. Scoring well on an AP exam can often earn students college credit for their high school class, saving a significant amount on tuition.

For the 2023 AP exams, students at Belleville High School will be registering online.

The AP exam registration process is two steps, but both can be completed in one sitting when the student and parent/guardian do this together. You need to complete both steps to access the College Board’s AP resources.

Both steps must be completed in order to have AP exams ordered:

Step 1: Begin the process by registering at www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/230265. Here you will indicate both the AP courses you are taking this year and the exams you wish to take. You will receive your join codes and directions to complete the second required step. Any exam fees will be paid online so be sure to have a debit card or credit card available before beginning registration. Paying online is a great way to make sure that payment has been made while avoiding mailing payment.
Step 2: Use the join codes provided at the completion of step one to enroll the student's AP courses and exams in the College Board's system.

This year each AP exam costs $88.00. If the family qualifies for free and reduced lunch then the cost is $56.00. If the student is taking multiple exams then each extra exam's cost is reduced by $10.00.

Belleville High School requires that every student take their AP exams.

Students requiring financial assistance should contact Mr Jake Sweets, jsweets@vanburenschools.net, in the Counseling Office to learn more.

Here are the important dates for the registration process:

Since we are requiring students to take the exam, we will not require the payment on November 14th. However, if you are able to pay on November 14th we are STRONGLY encouraging it.

For others who are struggling to make the November 14th payment we ask that you make payment by at least January 31st

Please contact Mr Jake Sweets, jsweets@vanburenschools.net , if you would like to register for an exam not listed or have any questions.

AP Contract

HOW DO I SEE MY COUNSELOR?

Typically, you may ask your classroom teacher for a pass to the Counseling Office.  Please reach out to your counselor via email with any questions you may have.  You may request a meeting in person or remotely.  

Quick questions can be answered via email or by phone. The number to the Main Office is 734-697-9133, and you can ask for your counselor. Individual email addresses are listed below:

WHO ARE THE COUNSELORS?

  • Susan Moore, Counselor for last names: A-D

  • Ben Kellum, Counselor for last names: E-K

  • Kelli Robinson-Quick, Counselor for last names: L-R

  • Shahna Currie, Counselor for last names: S-T and BOS

  • Jake Sweets, Counselor for last names: U-Z and BNT

WHAT IS THE FAX NUMBER?

Our fax number is (734) 697-6523.

A NOTE TO PARENTS 

The counselors would like to remind parents and students that we are here to advocate for the students and their needs. We would like to encourage parents to:

  • Contact the individual teachers first with concerns about assignments, grades or student progress.

  • Ask teachers for specific feedback and to offer specific recommendations/suggestions for improving academic achievement in their classes.

  • Contact counselors if grade concerns are not resolved.

  • Seek additional help from teachers before or after school…consult teachers to make appointments

  • Contact counselors if/when questions arise.

ACADEMIC RESOURCES

How to Best Help Your Student Succeed in High School:
Suggestions for Supporting Academic Success

Carnegie Math:
http://https://2013.carnegielearning.com/2013.07.40/auth/login2013.html

How to Ask for Help:
Many students struggle but don't know exactly where to start asking. Telling a teacher "I don't get it," usually does not result in any concrete solution, and can lead t miscommunication between the teacher and the student. Click here for an article with some great advice!

Local Tutoring Resources:
Dynamic Tutoring

CAREER AND COLLEGE PLANNING RESOURCES

Comprehensive Website to Explore Interests, Careers, Colleges, and Career Schools

This RESA website is an amazing resource for students researching Post secondary plans. 

See the College Adviser, Sydney Rosenblum, for help with making a college list, applications, financial aid, and scholarships!

Don't know what Career would best fit you yet?

Go to your google apps on your Chromebook and click XELLO and take the assessment!

Use This to Determine if your Grades/SAT scores will get you in! Big Future

New to the College Process? Increase your College Knowledge! XELLO

Here is the list of Michigan colleges and universities participating in Michigan College Month with free applications during the month of October!

BHS ENROLLMENT

Welcome to Belleville High School! The counseling office will be staffed through Wednesday, June 29 for enrollment. The office will reopen for enrollment on Thursday, August 10. The necessary forms are below. The required identification and other important information can be found on the enrollment form. Have a great summer!

Enrollment Forms

FINANCIAL AID

Financial Aid
A Toolkit for Helping to Understand Financial Aid 

FastWeb
Financial aid, scholarships, internships and more.

FAFSA
Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Federal Student Aid PIN Site
"This Web site is your source of information for the Federal Student Aid PIN. Your PIN can be used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your Federal Student Aid records online."

TESTING OUT INFORMATION

If a student would like to attempt to test out of a course at Belleville High School, the following conditions apply:

  1. There are two test out dates each year: one in August and one in December.  Please reach out to your counselor for Test Out info. for the 2022/23

  2. Please check Michigan Gov to make yourself aware of curriculum and standards for each course.

  3. Sign up to test out with your counselor a minimum of two weeks prior to the test date.

  4. A student must receive a score of 78% or better to receive credit for the course.

  5. A student only receives ONE try for each subject.