OVHS Counseling Department News

April 2022

Contents

Recent Events

College/Post Secondary

Careers

Guidance

Reminders

Contacts

Resources

Recent Events

Saying Thanks/Giving Back

As part of our community service project, the NHS students took a moment to thank all the teachers who provide so much support throughout the year. Students gave each teacher an individual note of gratitude and decorated the faculty lounges. Cookies were served as treats.

It's In My Cell

In March, our Aevidum Team encouraged all students to save the National Suicide Prevention Hotline in their contact information. This initiative, called "It's In My Cell," was promoted via Schoology, posters and through the morning announcements.

College/Post Secondary

AP Exam Schedule

Below are the dates and times for the 2022 AP Exams:


AP US Government and Politics: 5/2/2022 at 8am

AP Chemistry: 5/2/2022 at 12pm

AP Environmental Science: 5/3/2022 at 8am

AP Psychology: 5/3/2022 at 12pm

AP English Literature: 5/4/2022 at 8am

AP Macroeconomics: 5/5/2022 at 8am

AP Statistics: 5/5/2022 at 12pm

AP European History: 5/6/2022 at 8am

AP United States History: 5/6/2022 at 8am

AP Microeconomics: 5/6/2022 at 12pm

AP Calc AB and BC: 5/9/2022 at 8am

AP Computer Science Principles: 5/9/2022 at 12pm

AP English Language: 5/10/2022 at 8am

AP Physics C: 5/10/2022 at 12pm

AP Spanish Language: 5/11/2022 at 8am

AP Biology: 5/11/2022 at 12pm

AP Music Theory: 5/13/2022 at 8am


DETAILS: Please review the Exam Terms and Conditions prior to your testing date at cb.org/apexamterms.

AP Exam Day Information

For your scheduled exam day, please report directly to the AUX gym (unless told otherwise) at 7:35 for an 8:00 AM exam or 11:45 for a 12:00 PM exam.


AP Exams: what to bring and what not to bring:


Be sure to bring these:

  • No. 2 pencils for your multiple-choice answer sheet.
  • Pens with black or dark blue ink for completing areas on the exam booklet covers and for free-response questions in most exams.
  • An acceptable calculator if your AP Exam allows the use of a calculator.
  • Your College Board SSD Accommodations Letter if you are taking an exam with approved testing accommodations.
  • A watch that does not have internet access, does not beep or make noise, and does not have an alarm.
  • A ruler or straightedge only if you are taking an AP Physics Exam. Protractors are not allowed.


Don't bring these:

  • Electronic equipment including phones, smartwatches, fitness trackers, wearable technology, cameras, recording or listening devices, or any other type of electronic or communication device. (except AP English Literature)
  • Books, reference guides, notes, compasses, protractors, mechanical pencils, pencils that are not No. 2, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters, or colored pencils.
  • Scratch paper: Students are prohibited from bringing scratch paper to the AP Exam.
  • Watches that beep, make a noise, or have an alarm.
  • Computers or calculators that are not approved.
  • Reference guides, keyboard maps, or other typing instructions.
  • Ear plugs.
  • Clothing or shoes with subject-related information.
  • Food or drink.
  • Clipboards.


Students will be permitted to have drinks and snacks in the break area outside of the Aux Gym but will not be allowed to have cell phones, smart watches, or other electronic devices in that area. Students that violate these rules are subject to having their score cancelled and/or being banned from all related college board testing.

AP Score Reports

We want to let you know about an upcoming change that will affect how your students access My AP® and AP Classroom. Starting on April 11, when students sign in to My AP, they'll see a pop-up window prompting them to choose a college, university, or scholarship organization to receive their AP scores for free. Seniors will need to make a selection in order to access AP Classroom and their course resources and assignments.


As a reminder, students get one free score sent each year they take an AP Exam, and their score report will include their AP scores from this year and any previous years. Colleges and universities use official score reports to determine credit or placement, if applicable. Students have until June 20, 2022, to change their free score send selection.

Their official score report will be sent in July, and it will include scores for the AP Exams that they take this year as well as any past AP Exam scores.

SAT

Last SAT test date for this school year - June 4th

Registration deadline is May 5th; late registration by May 25th


The next time the SAT will be offered is August 27th, 2022

JUNIORS

During junior meetings, students are encouraged to secure references for jobs or request letters of recommendation if they are applying to college.

For letters of recommendations, students should:

1. Ask teachers in person if they agree to write a letter of recommendation.

2. Complete a Brag Sheet (see below) - Due May 1st!

3. Bring the brag sheet to Guidance, leave the original and take copies to teachers that have agreed to write letters.

4. Officially request the letter in Naviance (see video below- General Requests).


Students should not request the letters in Naviance until they have talked to teachers in person. Please note that teachers will upload the letters of recommendation into Naviance. Colleges/Universities want these letters to come directly from school officials and not directly from the student. We will send these letters (officially) with their transcripts after students have submitted their application and a transcript request form.


Also, now is a great time to start scheduling those college visits. Helpful tips for planning your visits can also be found below.

Careers

Careers in Health Care

Tower Health remains the second largest employer in Berks County. Neighboring counties are also home to some of the best health care facilities and specialists on the east coast. The field of health care is expected to continue growing, adding close to 3 million more jobs in the next ten years. Many of our students report an interest in this field each year. There are numerous jobs in this field with varying educational experience required. Find out more on the OOH's resource page: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm

Ashley Furniture

Ashley Furniture Industries is looking to employ graduating Seniors in the areas of manufacturing, logistics and distribution positions. For those with experience, management positions are also available. Please reach out to Steve Erianne, Ashley Furniture Field Recruiter for more information: (484)660-2710

Alcon Brilliant

Alcon is also looking for graduating Seniors in need of employment. Please see the flyer in the Guidance bulletin board section below.

Community

May is National Mental Health Month

National Contest Encourages High School Students to Write Short Essays Exploring Mental Health


The deadline for entries is April 30, 2022.


The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) are co sponsoring the “Speaking Up About Mental Health! This Is My Story” national essay challenge.


The contest aims to start conversations about mental health and encourage young people to seek help for mental health issues. U.S. high school students ages 16-18 are invited to submit a short essay. Topics may include resilience, ending stigma, improving communication among peers and adults, and more. Multiple winners will be chosen to receive cash prizes! For more contest details click the link here

Community Volunteers Needed

The Special Olympics Eastern Spring Sectionals are being held on May 7th at Kutztown University and the organizers are looking for volunteers in every area. Please see the information below for more details on how to register.

OVCEF Student Representatives - Classes of 2023 and 2024

WANTED - OVCEF Student Representatives

The Oley Valley Community Education Foundation is seeking applicants from the classes of 2023 and 2024 to serve as non-voting student representatives to the Foundation Board of Trustees. With students being the main beneficiary of the Foundation’s programs and initiatives, having student input will provide OVCEF with a different and important perspective into our decision-making process.


OVCEF student representatives will be expected to do the following:

1. Attend OVCEF meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00am.

2. Be willing to offer input at the OVCEF meetings.

3. Serve as a connection between OVCEF and the Oley Valley student body.

Foundation student representatives will be eligible to earn community service hours for their attendance at Board of Trustees meetings and their participation in Foundation activities.


Applications are available in the Guidance Office.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: MAY 15

Guidance

Summer Academy Information

As in past years, OVHS will utilize the BOL platform for Summer Course offerings. There are three types of summer courses being offered this year:


Accelerated - intended for students who want to advance to the next level course, do not have room in their class schedules or need to take a prerequisite before Fall 2022. These courses are funded by the district, must result in earned credit (a failed class or incomplete will result in the parent cost) and approved by administration. *Please note that all summer courses do NOT qualify for NCAA eligibility and final grades are calculated at CP-level weight.


Credit Recovery - for students who did not successfully complete a course during the school year. Counselors will notify students and parents on an individual basis if a credit recovery course is an option. These courses are funded by the parent and cost approximately $270.00 per class.


Booster - the purpose of these courses is to help students who did not fail but are weak in a specific subject, such as Math. Each course will review the main concepts of the past school year and preview the next school year. These courses are parent-funded with a cost of $270.00 and may not be used for credit.


More information, including the BOL summer registration packet, will be available in the May newsletter.

PAW Squad

The counselors would like to extend our sincere gratitude and heartfelt wishes for a bright future to our 2022 Senior Paw Squad Members:


Addy, EliAnna, Dante, Rian, Kristina, Gretchen, Dalaney, Ava, Andrew, Luke, Natalie, Nathan, Madison, Corbin, Julie, Josey, and Anthony.


You will all be missed!

In the coming weeks, the counselors will begin the process of filling the spots left behind by these outstanding students for our 22-23 PAW Squad Team.

From The Bulletin Board

Below are a few items currently posted on the Guidance Office Bulletin Board.

After School Tutoring

Just a reminder that we have after school tutoring Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in the HS Library from 2:50 - 3:50 PM. No need to sign up - just show up.

Reminders

NOCTI Testing: April 27

Prom: April 30

AP Testing: May 2-13

Keystone Testing: May 17, 18, 19

Keystone Makeups: May 23, 24 25

Awards Night: Seniors - June 1 / Underclassmen - May 25

Graduation: June 8

Last Day of School: June 8

Summer Courses Begin: June 13

Summer Courses End: August 1

OVHS Counseling Department

Mrs. Terri Robinson - Students Last Names A-G - trobinson@ovsdpa.org

Mrs. AnnMarie Borovik - Students Last Names H-O - aborovik@ovsdpa.org

Ms. Kristina Angstadt - Students Last Names P-Z - kangstadt@ovsdpa.org

Mrs. Karen Shearer - Guidance Secretary - kshearer@ovsdpa.org

Resources

PACAC Camp College 2022

PACAC Camp College is a one-day, in-person experience exposing rising high school juniors and seniors to a comprehensive college prep curriculum. During the program students are immersed in an array of meaningful experiences to expose them to the nuances of the college selection and application process, including but not limited to; scholarships and financial aid, meeting admissions representatives, using your school counselor effectively, writing a college essay, etc.

Camp College has two locations to serve students from across Pennsylvania. Both sites will host Camp College on Tuesday, June 28 from 9am-4pm. Each site is limited to 60 eligible students.


There are two locations to choose from:

  • Camp College East: Cabrini University
  • Camp College West: Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Session Topics

15 to 20 different session topics for students and families to select from. Some example sessions include:

  • College Admissions Fundamentals
  • Paying for College
  • Doing Virtual College Research
  • Writing A Great College Essay
  • Finding Success In College


If the in-person session does not work with your schedule, there will be an online experience later in the summer. More information will be released at a later date.


The application is linked below:

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