Big Picture School Counseling Center
The Counseling Center has an open door policy for all students and encourages those visits before school, during lunch and after school. Student are also welcome to email staff at any time with questions or concerns.
School Counselors are happy to assist students and their families with information regarding academic achievement, college prep, post-secondary options and community referrals.
|Anne Marie Jones||MS School Counselor (Grades 6-8)||firstname.lastname@example.org||Tue, Thurs, Fri|
|Jamie Ginter||HS School Counselor (Grades 9-12)||email@example.com||Mon – Fri|
|Michelle Ball||Counseling Secretaryfirstname.lastname@example.org||Mon – Thurs|
|Sarah Frost||School Psychologistemail@example.com||Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri|
|Rosy Mendoza||Family Engagement Specialist for
Sammamish (Room 211)/Big Picture
Family Connections Center
Presented by the BSD’s Special Ed. Department & the Bellevue Special Needs PTA.
RSVP for attendance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interpreter services available upon request – please provide request within at least 2 weeks prior to event.
Jan 24 - College & Career Ready (SHS, Library, 5:30-8:00pm)
Hear from a panel of community members from various colleges & organizations that serve individuals with disabilities. After the panel, attendees will have time to visit each table to get more information.
Feb 05 - DDA Info Session & Application Workshop (BSD Office, Room 200, 5:30-8:00pm)
Learn about eligibility requirements for DDA (Developmental Disabilities Administration), along with what services are covered. After the info session, parents can stay and fill out applications with help from the DDA staff themselves.
Feb 04 & 07 - Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety (Chinook Middle School Feb 4, 7-8:30pm; WISC Feb 7, 12-1:30pm)
The Bellevue Schools Foundation in partnership with Medina, Chinook, Odle I-Connect and Chinook Middle School invite you to a screenign of: “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety.”
Join us for a FREE screening on:
- February 4
- Chinook Middle School (2001 98th Ave NE Bellevue)
- February 7
- WISC – Rainier Room (12241 Main Street Bellevue)
Apr 16 - Social & Recreational Community Resources (BSD Office, Room 200, 5:30-8:00pm)
Learn about a wide variety of local community resources for students of all ages including social & recreational opportunities, residential services, King County transportation, and more.
May 16 - Advocacy/Outreach Support Agencies (BHS, Library, 5:30-8:00pm)
Hear from several local agencies and organizations about how they provide advocacy and support to families/guardians with children with disabilities, including Arc of King County, Open Doors for Multicultural Families, Fathers Network, & the Bellevue Schools Special Needs PTA.
How can my student earn high school credit for outside learning experiences?
How can my student earn high school credit for a language they already know?
The nationally normed proficiency tests are used by businesses, government and the military for salary and job placement. They are most appropriate for older adolescents. Our current testing infrastructure is designed to test high school students, so middle school students are asked to wait until the fall of 9th grade to test. For more information, go to BSD World Language Credit Program.
How can a student earn high school credit for classes taken in middle school?
Yes. High school credit for designated middle school courses may be requested once the student is in high school by completing the form: Request for Credit for High School Courses Taken Prior to Entering High School. The BSD Middle School Course Catalog, which is available from the BSD homepage (search on “Course Catalog”) will identify which courses are offered for high school credit. This request can be made at any time up to the point that a student graduates from high school, though it is strongly recommended this request be made prior to the end of a student’s junior year. (Important Note: Once the grades are recorded on the high school transcript, the grade and credit cannot be removed and are included in the computation of the student’s GPA.) Additional questions? Please see your school counselor.
How can I change my schedule if I don’t like the classes I’ve been given?
During the first 10 days of each semester, if there is an error in your schedule (i.e. you are missing a core class, or you’ve been placed in the wrong level of a World Language course, or you didn’t receive one of your choices or alternates for electives), please complete a Schedule Correction form (which can be found in the Counseling Center). Once you’ve completed the form, please return it to the Counseling Center during the first week of the new semester. Counselors will review the request, and if approved, changes will be made within the first 10 days of the new semester.
Can counselors make recommendations for private therapists, tutors, psychiatrists, etc?
No, BSD counselors are not permitted to make recommendations to individual providers due to liability concerns. However, we can refer families to one of the agencies with whom the district has an inter-agency agreement on file. Please see BPS Counseling webpage and click the link for the document entitled “Counseling Agencies with whom BSD Contracts.” Many agencies work with ALL families – i.e. private pay, insurance, low-cost and no-cost clients and all have the potential to see your student here at school, if transportation is an issue for your family. To initiate counseling for your child, please contact the agency directly. If you are interested in having a therapist work with your child at school weekly, please let the agency know and they will contact the school counselor. If you still prefer to work with a provider who has their own private practice, you may also want to consider reaching out to other parents, your family physician, or check to see if your employer has an Employee Assistance Program.
- Police/Medical Emergencies – Dial 911 For assistance in an emergency situation.
- Child Protective Services (CPS) – Dial 800.609.8764 Report child abuse or neglect.
- Parenting Classes
- Drug & Alcohol Treatment
- Anger Management Class
- Domestic Violence Programs
- Food & Clothing
- Individual & Family Counseling
- Other Important Numbers
- Asian Counseling and Referral Services (ARCS)
- Cowlitz Tribal Health Seattle
- Sound Mental Health
- Youth Eastside Services (YES)
- List of phone numbers in an emergency or crisis
- Domestic Violence, Abuse and Sexual Assault Resources
- Treatment Resources
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Support Resources
- Self-Help Resources & Groups
- Other Resources
A complete directory of resources in King County (including those that do not specifically focus on domestic violence) can be found at www.crisisclinic.org or by calling 211. Compiled by the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
- Hotlines (King County and neighboring counties)
- Shelters & Hotel Vouchers (Confidential shelters and Non-Confidential shelters)
- Individual Advocacy and/or Counseling (may also have referrals to individual therapists)
- Support Groups (for women experiencing domestic violence)
- Legal Information & Advocacy (may also have referrals to attorneys)
- Children & Parenting
- Teen Dating Violence (Advocacy & Support, Prevention)