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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.


AP EXAM INFORMATION

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NEW 2020 ExAM DATES/TIMES

Below are the primary exam dates. Makeup exam dates are here. Course Specific Exam Information are here.

IMPORTANT: Two Days Before Each Exam


 Two days before each exam, students will receive an email with their unique exam e-ticket that includes their AP ID. On exam day, students will use their e-ticket to access the exam. If a student hasn't received their exam e-ticket by email, they can access it through their student account on My AP. E-tickets are nontransferable and shouldn't be shared with anyone. Students who haven't been receiving College Board emails still have time to confirm their contact information.

Exam Start Times:

Eastern Time: 12:00 p.m.



Eastern Time: 2:00 p.m.


Eastern Time: 4:00 p.m.

Mon, May 11

Physics C: MechanicsPhysics C: Electricity and MagnetismUnited States Government and Politics
Tues, May 12LatinCalculus AB Calculus BCHuman Geography
Wed, May 13Physics 2: Algebra-BasedEnglish Literature and CompositionEuropean History
Thurs, May 14Spanish Literature and CultureChemistryPhysics 1: Algebra-Based
Fri, May 15Art HistoryUnited States HistoryComputer Science A
Mon, May 18Chinese Language and CultureBiologyEnvironmental Science
Tues, May 19Music TheoryPsychologyJapanese Language and Culture Italian Language and Culture
Wed, May 20German Language and CultureEnglish Language and CompositionMicroeconomics
Thurs, May 21French Language and CultureWorld History: ModernMacroeconomics
Fri, May 22Comparative Government and PoliticsStatisticsSpanish Language and Culture

On Exam Day


Students should click their e-ticket to check in 30 minutes before exam start time. Students should allot 80 minutes for each exam—30 minutes to enter their AP ID, name, and other information, and 50 minutes to draft and submit their responses. Make sure your students know their local testing time, since each subject's exam will be taken simultaneously worldwide.
If something goes wrong during exam. If a student accidentally closes the browser, their device crashes, or they temporarily lose internet access, they can quickly click their exam e-ticket again to return to the exam. They should continue the exam, and if they feel at the end of the exam that the temporary disruption negatively impacted their performance, they can request approval to take the makeup exam at cb.org/requestmakeup. Students can also request a makeup exam if they've lost too much time due to a technical problem, can't connect to their exam, or experienced some other serious disruption.

Please contact Mr Jake Sweets, jsweets@vanburenschools.net , if you have any questions.

How do I see my counselor?

If you need to see your counselor, all you have to do is get a pass from your teacher during a time that is convenient for both you and the teacher. Additionally, counselors are available in the hallways during passing time and in the Commons at lunch.

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?
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

http://public.careercruising.com/us/en
Generic Username: Belleville
Generic Password: Tigers
Contact your student's counselor for a copy of the student's individualized username and password.

Directions for getting started with career cruising

Use This to Determine if your Grades/SAT scores will get you in!https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search?navid=gh-cs

New to the College Process? Increase your College Knowledge!http://knowhow2go.acenet.edu/


BHS Enrollment/Registration

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/Registration Forms


Financial Aid

Financial Aid
A Toolkit for Helping to Understand Financial Aid http://www.financialaidtoolkit.ed.gov/tk/

FastWeb

Financial aid, scholarships, internships and more.

http://www.fastweb.com/

FAFSA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

https://fafsa.ed.gov/

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."

https://pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp




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.  The date for 2019/2020 is  December 12, 2019 at 2:30pm in the Mini-Auditorium.
  2. Please check http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-28753_64839_65510---,00.html 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.