Welcome to our Incoming 6th Grade Families!

If you haven’t checked it out yet, please head to the BJHS transition page.

You’ll find videos with tips from current 6th and 8th graders, a welcome packet with information about the transition process and highlights about the jr. high, The video from the Parent Information Night is also linked there.  

6th Grade Welcome Packet.pdf

If you have any questions, please reach out to one of us in the counseling department.

Have a great summer! We are excited to see you in the fall! 

Conversations with Common Sense

Check out this weekly webinar series put together by Common Sense Media. This past week’s webinar “Making Room for Uncomfortable Emotions” features Dr. Damour, psychologist, and Dr. Natterson, pediatrician, as they discuss supporting the emotional and psychical needs of kids during these times at home. They suggest ways to lean in to these difficulties alongside teaching protective coping skills. 

“Conversations with Common Sense brings together authors, experts, and thought leaders for meaningful and timely dialogue on what it means to raise healthy and happy kids in the digital age. This special COVID-19 edition will feature tips and advice on keeping kids engaged, entertained, and learning while at home, as well as best practices for managing stress and self-care for the whole family during this time of social distancing.”

Past Webinars

Webinars are recorded and available to watch and share on our YouTube channel

Quarantine with Grace

Young Kids Coping with Anxiety

Crawling the Walls with Teens

Sheltering in Place with Young Children

Parenting in New Terrain

Building Skills in Young Kids

Fostering Happiness

A National Town Hall for Parents

Making Room for Uncomfortable Emotions

Feeling Trapped?

Common Sense Media has released a new Apple podcast called Parent Trapped“The coronavirus pandemic has turned our lives upside down. Parent Trapped is here to help. Each week, host Ann Marie Baldonado checks in with authors, educators, and celebrities to bring you real-world stories and tips. You’ll hear from experts and listeners on everything from juggling work and school with kids at home to awesome pillow fort designs (!) and great family movies. Common Sense created Parent Trapped to capture parents’ candid stories and moments when reality meets (comic) relief. Because, let’s face it: Raising kids in quarantine is a challenge none of us saw coming.”

Upcoming Opportunities for Parents and Families from G.E.A.R. and NAMI

In anticipation of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 3-9),  G.E.A.R. is providing a variety of events and resources.  Take a look here. 

Likewise, NAMI Maine recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month by sharing a variety of resources and supports for families and teens (a new text line, webinars, distance learning tips, support groups, etc.). These are linked here.





Articles to help with the tough feelings

As we enter into the fourth week of remote learning, some may be settling in, while others may be struggling. Below are some articles that may help you understand and navigate the variety of emotions our teens and tweens may be experiencing.  

Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic


That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief


Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis


Quarateenagers: Strategies for Parenting in Close Quarters



‘But Why’ Podcast for Kids

But Why is a podcast let by kids from Vermont Public Radio.  Our students ask some of the best questions and this podcast is dedicated to finding those answers.  Topics that caught my eye include-  Corona Virus for Kids and the Science of Soap, Why Do People Have Nightmares?,  Ice, Ice, Baby, Why is Ice Slippery?, and Are Jellyfish made of Jelly? 

Check it out and share with your kids at home by clicking here