• WELCOME TO SEAHOLM COUNSELING!

    Dear Seaholm Community,

    There are so many experiences in life that we are uncertain of, that we are afraid of, that we have no control over, that we should find safe, empathic confidants to discuss sensitive topics with so that we can maintain our own sense of peace in a very troubled world. Please know that the counselors are here for you. If you would like to talk, please reach out to any of us.

    Sincerely,

    Kristy Fekaris, Nicole Festian, Brian Flatter, Walt Romano, Jenn Vanderveen, Sherree Wilson

     

    UPDATES:

    Counseling Weekly Newsletter:

    May 11, 2020 

    May 18, 2020

    May 26, 2020

    June 1, 2020

    June 8, 2020

    College Checkoff 2020

    The counselors are offering support through email, phone, live chat, and online face-to-face. We encourage students to please reach out to us through email and together we can determine the best mode of communication. Below are counselor office hours. 

    COUNSELOR

    CASELOAD

    EMAIL and PHONE NUMBER

     

    OFFICE HOURS

    Brian Flatter

    A-D

    bflatter@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    248-607-0922

    Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 - 11:15

    Nicole Festian

    E-K

    nfestian@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    248-939-5097

    Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 - 11:15

    Jenn Vanderveen

    L-P

    jvanderveen@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    248-203-3760

    Tuesday & Thursday 9:30-10:15

    Walt Romano

    Q-V

    wromano@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    248-203-3757

    Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:11:45

    Kristy Fekaris

    W-Z and Department Chair

    kfekaris@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    248-203-3756

    Tuesday & Thursday 9:30-10:15

    Sherree Wilson

    Wellness and Crisis Counselor

    swilson@birmingham.k12.mi.us  

    CELL: 248-703-5506

    Monday-Friday 10:00-1:00 pm

    Jason Hurst

    Counselor Intern

    jhurst@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    248-648-1077

    Monday-Friday

    1:00 -4:00 pm

    The counselors are receiving communication from many colleges/universities. In this unprecedented time, below is an example of how many Undergraduate Admissions are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. See example.

    We understand that these are difficult times. If a student would like to talk face to face (virtually), please send a request to our wellness and crisis counselor, Mrs. Wilson, at swilson@birmingham.k12.mi.us. She will set up a time with you to chat.

    Letter to students and parents about COVID and counseling services.

    BPS Closure Counseling Advice by Mr. Flatter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMiTYl07eyI&feature=youtu.be

    Talking to Children about COVID-19: A Parent's Resource https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/NASN/3870c72d-fff9-4ed7-833f-215de278d256/UploadedImages/PDFs/02292020_NASP_NASN_COVID-19_parent_handout.pdf

     TESTING:

              ACT/SAT National Testing Updates:

    Dear Seaholm Community,

     

    There are so many experiences in life that we are uncertain of, that we are afraid of, that we have no control over, that we should find safe, empathic confidants to discuss sensitive topics with so that we can maintain our own sense of peace in a very troubled world. Please know that the counselors are here for you. If you would like to talk, please reach out to any of us.

    Sincerely,

    Kristy Fekaris, Nicole Festian, Brian Flatter, Walt Romano, Jenn Vanderveen, Sherree Wilson

    The following national ACT and SAT dates have been postponed:

    State Day Testing for April 14, 15, and 16 is cancelled.  Once we get more information from the Michigan Department of Education, we will share updates. Latest info. https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Assessment_Changes_COVID-19_v2_683820_7.pdf 

    Advanced Placement Testing: Updates - please visit https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update  for the latest information. 

    New! College Admission Status Update 2.0 provided by National Association for College Admission Counseling

    NACAC's College Admission Status Update 2.0 compiles information from institutions worldwide about changes to college admission and related policies due to the coronavirus crisis. A second round of questions was recently added to provide information regarding colleges' decisions about high school transcripts, standardized test scores, deposit dates, fall tuition, registration plans, and more.

    Updates Regarding Test- Optional schools

    1,130+ Accredited 4-Year Colleges and Universities with ACT/SAT-Optional Policies (for Fall 2021 Admission). To learn more, please visit http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional 

     

    GREAT NEWS! You can now follow Seaholm's Counseling Department on Instagram. Our username to search is seaholm_counseling

    Keep your eye out for weekly posts regarding social/emotional learning, mental health awareness, character ed, relationship building, goal setting, mindfulness, stress management, important counseling dates/tips and much more!

    We're very excited to have the opportunity to be more visible within Seaholm’s community!

     

    Mission Statement

    The Birmingham Counseling Program’s “whole-child” approach is an integral part of the educational mission of the Birmingham Public Schools. The comprehensive guidance program will empower students to make responsible academic/personal-social, and college/career choices to gain self-knowledge and understand the uniqueness of others.    Counselors will provide opportunities for academic achievement, personal /social growth, and college/career exploration for every student.  Counselors will coordinate, consult, and collaborate with staff, parents, and the community to help all students be successful lifelong learners in a global society. 

    Our Beliefs

    • All students will learn.
    • All students will be successful.
    • All students develop and grow at their own rates

    We provide the following services: 

    • Provide Guidance Curriculum, a.k.a. information you should know
    • Provide social and emotional support
    • Provide career and college counseling
    • Provide academic support 

      

    If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Balow, Counseling Secretary at cbalow@birmingham.k12.mi.us or 248-203-3751.