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School Counseling Services
   

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Special Services

Mrs. Terry Mawyer    

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Mrs. Amy Scott 

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Mr. Damien White

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Ms. Patti Bagdasarian

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Belmont Ridge School Counselors are committed to the positive growth and development of our students. We provide programs to educate our students in academic development and peer relationships, as well as, recognize and eliminate barriers that impact and effect a student's ability to learn or function within the school environment.

Special Programs

Counseling Groups at Belmont Ridge

Throughout the school year counselor's may run small groups based on the needs of the grade level. Groups that have been offered in the past are study skills, social skills (how to be a friend), girls groups, boys groups, anger management, and orginization.  Small groups are usually meet one time a week for 6 to 8 weeks.  Parent permission is required for all groups.

Classroom Lessons

Grade level counselors have the pleasure of visiting resource classes and leading discussions or teaching lessons on specific topics.  Topics vary depending on the needs of the students.  In all grades our students address bullying, harassment and cyberbullying.  Seventh and eighth grades work with student on academic planning.

  • Career Exploration: Students explore their own interest, strength, values & the relationship to the world of work.
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology: Special Services Counselors coordinate the application process for 8th graders interested in the magnet school in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Academy of Science: Special Services Counselors coordinate the application process for 8th graders interested in this program housed at Dominion High School in Sterling, VA.
  • Monroe Technology Center:In high school, students may apply to MTC to study a one or two year program, which may lead to certification in a career field. Check out the various programs offered at MTC.
  • Career Cafe:  Speakers will be scheduled throughout the year during resource classes to talk about their career choice 
  • Students Assistance Program: Interested students, with parental permission, may seek guidance from a representative of Loudoun County Mental Health Services.
  • Substance Abuse Referrals: Students with potential alcohol/drug abuse may be referred for educational service.
  • Student Recognition Activities: Counselors recognize the many achievements of students.
  • Family Connection  Parents will be able to access Naviance at home through the website using their child's ID number for both user name and ID to view all the features of the Family Connection Program.  Students will use this program throughout their years in high school. 

Expunging Grades

 
Based on a provision of the Virginia Standards of Accrediation, a middle school student who has taken a high school course while in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade (Algebra i, Geometry or a world language) may elect to have the grade expunged from the high school records, and then, if desired, take the course again. 
 
When a middle school student receives a grade of "F" in a high school creditbearing course, that grade and course will automatically be expunged.
 
The student's grade point average and class standing will not include the grade from the expunged course, nor will the student receive a credit toward graduation for this course.  This course will not appear on the high school transcript.  Only credits which appear on the high school transcript will count toward a high school diploma.  Please be advised that the decision to expunge the grade is irreversible and must be made prior to enrollment in high school.
 
If you wish to expunge a grade for a high school course taken in the middle school, please complete and return the expungment form to your child's guidance counselor at the school your child will attend for the 2014-2015 school year.
 
                 ***The expungment forms will be mailed home with the 4th quarter report card.***
Last Modified on March 27, 2014