VSCA Region 6 - Western

April Newsletter

Region 6 Monthly Newsletter

Keeping you updated with important VSCA news and dates!

Region 6 - (Western) includes the counties and/or cities of: Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Covington, Danville, Floyd, Franklin, Henry, Martinsville, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Roanoke (city & county), Salem).

Your Region 6 Representatives are: FreAnda Glass & Sharon Hicks


For those of you who were able to attend the VSCA Spring Conference I hope you were able to gather tons of knowledge to help continue being the great counselors you all are!

If you weren't able to attend no worries!! Save the date for the VSCA Fall 2014 Conference!! October 1-3, 2014, Doubletree Hotel, Koger Center Blvd, Richmond, VA!!

You Heard It Right, Partner!

Virginia School Counselor Association (VSCA) is Transforming N' Trailblazing by moving our annual conference to the fall! So saddle up! Hitch your wagons! And follow the trail to the DoubleTree by Hilton in Richmond, VA! Don't forget to leave those SOL tests behind ya!

Annual Conference

Annual Conference

When: Wednesday, Oct. 1st, 2pm to Friday, Oct. 3rd, 1pm

Where: 1021 Koger Center Blvd , Richmond, VA

Join us for three lovely fall days of networking, workshops and plain ol' fun!

VSCA Fall 2014 Conference Call for Programs

VSCA Call for Fall Conference Programs

Please share your ideas, programs and strategies that are Transforming N' Trailblazing at the VSCA Conference, October 1 - 3, 2014 in Richmond

Proposals are due May 30, 2014

To submit a proposal form go to:


Questions? Email the Programs Committee at

Governor McAuliffe Statement on the Retirement of Virginia Superinten​dent of Public Instructio​n Patricia I. Wright

Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement in response to the announcement that Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright will retire on May 1st, 2014:

“I want to thank Superintendent Pat Wright for her exemplary work making our education system better for Virginia’s students, educators and economy. As a product of Virginia public schools, a former public school math teacher and a statewide education leader, Pat is living proof of the opportunity our schools can offer students and educators across the Commonwealth. Few have made a greater difference in the lives of Virginians than Pat Wright has, and I have no doubt that her legacy will endure in the students and colleagues she mentored and inspired.

“I also want to thank Superintendent Wright for staying on through May 1st as my team and I seek a qualified education leader to continue her great work. In the coming weeks we will evaluate candidates and choose a Superintendent who will work alongside Secretary Anne Holton and our entire team to strengthen our education system and prepare every Virginia student to succeed in a 21st Century economy.”

If anyone has a person they would like to nominate for VDOE Superintendent, please let me know at vscaregion6@gmail.com and I will forward these names to our VSCA President Tracy Jackson.

Advocacy at It's Best!

§ 22.1-253.13:10. Standards of Learning Innovation Committee.

The Secretary of Education, upon receiving recommendations for appointments from the Virginia Parent Teacher Association, Virginia Education Association, Virginia School Boards Association, Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals, Virginia Association of School Superintendents, Virginia State Reading Association,Virginia School Counselor Association, and Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, shall establish and appoint members from each of the specified groups to the Standards of Learning Innovation Committee (Committee). The Committee shall also include (i) three members of the Virginia House of Delegates, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates, (ii) three members of the Virginia Senate, appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules on the recommendation of the Chair of the Senate Committee on Education and Health; at least one (iii) parent of a currently enrolled public school student, (iv) public elementary school teacher, (v) public secondary school teacher, (vi) public secondary school guidance counselor, (vii) school board member, (viii) public school principal, (ix) division superintendent, (x) curriculum and instruction specialist, (xi) higher education faculty member, (xii) business representative, and such other stakeholders as the Secretary deems appropriate. Members of the Committee should reflect geographic diversity and rural and urban school systems as far as practicable. The Superintendent of Public Instruction, the President of the Board of Education or his designee, and the Secretary of Education or his designee shall serve ex officio. All other members shall be appointed for terms of two years. The Committee, under the direction of the Secretary, shall periodically make recommendations to the Board of Education and the General Assembly on (a) the Standards of Learning assessments, (b) authentic individual student growth measures, (c) alignment between the Standards of Learning and assessments and the School Performance Report Card, and (d) ideas on innovative teaching in the classroom.

Kudos to the VSCA Board members for their hard work in advocating for our students!

School Counselor Advocacy Video

Please share...

Virginia School Counselors! We hope you will share this video with your stakeholders for it embodies the message we want to convey to decision makers...school counselors are an invaluable resource to the educational system!!! The testimonies shared by students and adults support the belief statements held by the Virginia School Counselor Association and school counselors, alike. We are VSCA!


Quarterly Regional Counselor Meetings

Your regional representatives are looking for ways to assist counselors. The idea of quarterly meetings for counselors to meet and share best practices was presented to us and we want to move forward with this idea.

Send your thoughts about places, dates, times, and discussion items to vscaregion6@gmail.com. We want to know how best to serve you!

VSCA Region 6 - Western

FreAnda Glass & Sharon Hicks

Regional Representatives

VSCA Region 6 - Western

FreAnda Glass & Sharon Hicks

Regional Representatives