Students are encouraged to stop by the Counseling Center with any questions or concerns, especially before school, during lunch and after school school when the school counselors are most accessible. Students are also welcome to email at any time.

We welcome the opportunity to meet with parents/guardians of our students to discuss any concerns and/or answer any questions. Please note that a school counselor’s schedule can be a bit unpredictable, so it is best to schedule a time to meet by calling or emailing to schedule an appointment.

Anne Marie Jones, School Counselor

Grades 6-8
jonesa@bsd405.org

Michelle Ball, Counseling Secretary

Sarah Frost, School Psychologist

Schedule of Middle School Events
Sept 20 (Thurs): BPS MS Curriculum Night

An opportunity for parents/guardians to visit their children’s teachers and staff, including Anne Marie. Students are not to attend unless they are with their parent(s)/guardian(s) throughout the event. There will be no student supervision provided by staff.

Jan 24 (Thurs): Transitioning to Middle School Information Night @ Stevenson Elementary

Transitioning to Middle School Information Night
Date: Thursday, January 24th
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Stevenson Elementary
Details: For 5th grade families, this is an opportunity to learn what to expect for your students in middle school. This event is hosted by Big Picture School (Anne Mare!), International School and Odle Middle School. Topics include: Social/Developmental Changes, Academic Grading in Middle School, Class Structure, College Bound Scholarship, as well as Information on Open Enrollment, Choice Schools and Advanced Learning. *Spanish translation available!* Cheese pizza will be served. Child care available. Survey: http://bit.ly/2019MSInfo110. Need more information? Contact Arty Christianto @ christiantoa@bsd405.org.

March 15-22: BPS MS 2019-2020 Course Registration

Anne Marie will be meeting with current 6th and 7th grade students in their classroom on Friday, March 15, to talk about next year’s course selection and the registration process. Students must complete both the paper form AND online course registration in Synergy. On Friday, March 22, Anne Marie will return to the classroom to collect the forms. For more details on how to register in Synergy, see the Synergy Quick Tip – StudentVUE Online Course Requests.

March 27-April 16: Sign-up for Summer Accelerated Middle School Math Class (Lottery)

Accelerated math classes are available to students entering 6th and 7th grade. Students are only eligible to register for the next course in their math sequence and must have all prerequisites to enroll in the course. For more details, go to the BSD page: Summer Accelerated Middle School Math Class.


Important Middle School Announcements

2019-2020 Course Registration for Current 6th and 7th Graders
Date: Fri March 15 – Fri March 22
Location: Big Picture School
Details: Anne Marie will be meeting with current 6th and 7th grade students in their classroom on Friday, March 15, to talk about next year’s course selection and the registration process. Students must complete both the paper form AND online course registration in Synergy. On Friday, March 22, Anne Marie will return to the classroom to collect the forms. For more details on how to register in Synergy, see the Synergy Quick Tip – StudentVUE Online Course Requests.

Sign-up for BSD Summer Accelerated Middle School Math Class (Lottery)
Date: March 27 – April 16
Location: online
Details: Accelerated math classes are available to students entering 6th and 7th grade. Students are only eligible to register for the next course in their math sequence and must have all prerequisites to enroll in the course. For more details, go to the BSD page: Summer Accelerated Middle School Math Class.

It’s Never Too Early to Start Thinking About College
Date: Ongoing
Details: Please keep an eye on the BPS HS Counseling webpage for college events and announcements, where a wealth of college information can also be found. Feel free to contact the Counseling Center at any time to see if the event is appropriate for middle school students.