RVH School Counseling

March 2018

About Our Department:

The Riverside School Counseling department is a team of 12 dedicated individuals working collaboratively to meet the needs of 1590 students, including teachers and parents. We have an open-door policy, but at times we are needed at meetings or have scheduled appointments with other students and parents. To serve you more efficiently, we ask that you please call or email us to schedule an appointment.

We support Riverside High School by:

  • working with staff to address obstacles that interfere with students’ learning and success.

  • focusing on skill development through a variety of ways, such as small group or individual counseling sessions, classroom guidance, and consultation and coordination with parents, administrators, and teachers.

  • helping when students experience challenges. We focus on conflict resolution, transitions, study skills, test-taking skills, crisis intervention, bullying prevention, suicide prevention, and special needs of students.

  • preparing students with post-grad planning. College visits, career days, internships, scholarships, and job matching are just a few resources available to help our students succeed in life after high school.

RVHS School Counseling Office

Hours: 8:00 am to 4:15 pm

Website: http://www.loudoun.k12.va.us/domain/17735

Get connected with us on remind, text @7a0b5 to 81010

Follow us on twitter @RVHCounseling

Rob Yarborough, Director of School Counseling

Amy Larrick, Registrar

Marsha Gobrecht, School Counseling Assistant

Evan Rodgers, School Counselor (A-Cl)

Kevin Burke, School Counselor (Cm - Hoo)

Scott Valyear, School Counselor (Hop-Mcc)

Anna Rizzo, School Counselor (Mcd-Rose)

Amy Burgess, School Counselor (Rosf-Z)

Anmar Hale, Career Center Specialist

Kristan Ash, Parent Liaison

Noelia Garcia-Gettmann, School Psychologist

Lisa Harris, School Social Worker

Kim Hager, Student Assistant Specialist


Dear Parents and Students,

The course selection process for the 2018-19 school year started February 20th. You can review our course registration forms and the program of studies on our website at: https://www.lcps.org/domain/21983.

The Riverside faculty and staff look forward to assisting our RAM families with this important course registration process.


Rob Yarborough

Director of School Counseling

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Students that are interested in attending MATA next year are still able to apply. Please be aware that the application window deadline has been extended to Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 12:00pm (noon).

As an applicant to a MATA pathway, we are offering you the opportunity to submit an optional resume as part of your application.

The resume must include:

  • Full name and LCPS student ID
  • All relevant experiences
  • Career goal statement (500 words maximum)

Resumes must be submitted as an email attachment to AOLadmissions@lcps.org by March 14, 2018, at 12:00pm (noon).

For more information, please visit: https://www.lcps.org/Page/195878


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Riverside Scholarships

Riverside PTSO Scholarship 2017 - 2018

- Amount: $1,000

- awarded to a student who will be attending a college or a university

- Deadline: April 4th

- Turn in to Ms. Hale in the Career Center

The Barbe Family Vocational Scholarship

- Amount: $1,000

- awarded to a student who will be pursing a vocational career

- Deadline: April 4th

- Turn in to Ms. Hale in the Career Center

Riverside Athletic Boosters Club's Senior Scholarship 2017 - 2018

- Amount: (4) $500

- Deadline: April 6th

- Turn in to Ms. Hale in the Career Center

Loudoun Aces Baseball Club Scholarship 2018

Central Loudoun Little League Scholarship 2018

- Deadline: April 30th

- All essays must be emailed to jj.blton@gmail.com

Belmont Ridge Middle School Scholarship 2018

- Award - $1,000

- must have attended BEMS

- Deadline: April 6th

- Turn in to Ms. Hale in the Career Center

Cedar Lane Elementary Scholarship 2018

- Award: $750

- Must have attended Cedar Lane

- Must have contributed to Cedar Lane while in middle school/high school

- Must be attending an undergraduate or higher learning institution after graduation

- Deadline: April 2nd

Seldens Landing Elementary Scholarship 2018

- Award: $500

- Must have attended Seldens Landing Elementary

- Send application to Seldens Landing Elementary

Attn: 5th Grade Scholarship Committee

43345 Coton Commons Drive, Lansdowne VA, 20176

- Deadline: April 20th

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO DUE DATES AS MOST LCPS SCHOLARSHIPS ARE DUE BY APRIL 4th (be mindful of transcript requests, teacher recommendations and spring break)

The famous SCHOLARSHIP & FINANCIAL AID HANDBOOK 2018 is officially published and ready for you to view:

Scholarship & Financial Aid Handbook 2018

Every $ counts and every year there is $32,000,000,000 available for students to win to pay for college!



  • Read the scholarship requirements and only select scholarships for which you qualify
  • Fill out the information requested on the scholarship application neatly and completely and make sure to proofread it
  • Submit the completed scholarship application with any other documents that is required prior to the due date
  • Make sure to pay attention to the scholarship deadline. If it is not an online application, find out where you are supposed to submit the scholarship application. (Some are returned to Ms. Hale in the Career Center and some are mailed directly from you)
  • Scholarship applications require a copy of your transcript or an official transcript. Please see Ms. Hale in the Career Center to request your transcript. Or click here to download the Transcript Request Form. Requests must be made 10 school days before the scholarship due date!

If you need any help or more information on the scholarship process, please contact Ms. Hale by email: anmar.hale@lcps.org.

Central Loudoun Little League Scholarship

CLLL’s annual scholarship was developed in 2012 with the intent of recognizing one individual from each of the high schools within our boundaries, (Heritage, Loudoun County High School, Riverside and Tuscarora High School), who have demonstrated a commitment to baseball, our community and continuing his or her education.

Criteria: Applicant must have been a player participant or youth umpire in Central Loudoun Little League

Applicant must be in the graduating class of 2018

Applicant plans to enroll in an accredited community college, trade school, college or university as a full-time or part-time student

The scholarship is payable to the educational institution directly upon proof of enrollment

Applicant must submit a minimum one page, double-spaced essay detailing the impact that their experience in CLLL has had on their lives. Essay must include the years of participation in the league

Selection: Selection of the scholarship recipient will be made by the CLLL Board of Directors

Please note that CLLL reserves the right not to award the scholarship if we do not receive suitable applications

Deadline: All essays must be emailed to the League President at jj.blton@gmail.com no later than April 30, 2018

NOVA Field Trip for Seniors

Riverside’s scheduled campus tour of the NOVA Loudoun Campus is on April 27th Students will take a bus from Riverside High School around 9:30am to the Northern Virginia Community College - Loudoun campus and return to Riverside High School around 2:30pm.

Pathway students and students that know they are attending NOVA in the Fall and have completed their NOVA application are allowed to attend. This visit is not a “exploratory tour” for students that are interested in attending NOVA.

Students will learn about:

  • campus life
  • success tools available to them (tutoring, library, etc…)
  • money mojo (a class about financial aid/payments/scholarships/tuitions/books)
  • tour the campus
  • Lunch will be provided

To register please fill out the online form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17OX7EgTJ45UVCgwHe8ddcOsponImoAj5QtgBnLFWaCA/viewform?ts=5a97193a&edit_requested=true

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Northern Virginia College Fair at George Mason University March 28, 2018 6:30pm – 8:30pm

The Office of Admissions at George Mason University invites representatives from your institution to participate in one of Northern Virginia’s largest college fairs!

Northern Virginia Regional College Fair
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
6:30pm – 8:30pm
EagleBank Arena (formerly the Patriot Center)
George Mason University
Fairfax Campus

High school students, counselors, and their parents from Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Fauquier counties, as well as Falls Church and Alexandria Cities, will attend the program (representing over 50 high schools). We expect over 200 colleges and universities to participate.

For more information: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/nvrcf

The Big Virtual College Admissions Fair on March 13th

Dear virtual Students and Parents,

We wanted to make you aware of an upcoming national “The Big Virtual College Admissions Fair” event that will be held on March 13 from 10am – 6pm.

As a young adult, choosing a college is one of the first big decisions you’ll make. Attending The Big Virtual - College Admissions Fair will help you clarify your options. It will give you the confidence that you’ve made the right choice. What makes this virtual fair so special is that you can participate using a tool you’re very familiar with - your smartphone. The event allows you to directly communicate with representatives of colleges of interest using modern techniques you love such as text and video chat, and live streaming all in one sitting. The system makes it easy and quick to get the details you need about your favorite schools so you can make an informed decision and move on to the next great phase of your life!

To register and for more information, please visit this website: https://collegefair.thebigvirtual.com/national-online-college-admissions-fair-student-registration-and-information

We hope you can attend this virtual event and find helpful information and connections!

Thank you,

Mrs. Fillman
Virtual Loudoun School Counselor
Email: Cynthia.Fillman@lcps.org

NACAC College Fairs

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Youth Cadet Law Program

For the first time in our post’s 99-year history, American Legion Post 34 Leesburg/Johnson-Brent will sponsor students to attend the American Legion/Virginia State Police Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program (YCLEP). The cost of the program is $200, and our post will provide scholarships to all cadets. We hope to send five cadets from the Leesburg area.

The program will be held from Sunday, June 24 to Friday, June 29, 2018, at the Virginia State Police Academy in Richmond. Only 50 cadets state-wide can attend, so the selection process is highly competitive.

The Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program is only for students who are rising Seniors in high school. Specifically, between their Junior and Senior years.

This is a high intensity and physically demanding week of learning based on the type of training that Virginia State Police trooper candidates receive. Because the training includes activities that are potentially dangerous like driving a police car at high speeds, it is imperative that they are always focused. These activities are what make this such a sought-after experience.

Cadets will be selected by competitive and objective evaluation of interested applicants, based on worthy character, interest, and evidence of self-discipline whose attitude and demeanor would benefit significantly by association and contact with officers of the law. They should also have the ability to share the knowledge gained with others. Applicants do not have to be an “A” student. We are looking for well-rounded, out-going, hardworking students with reasonable grades who can communicate and lead their peers. The student should have a valid learner’s permit or operator’s license, and a copy of it must be attached to the application. As an option, the applicant may attach a copy of his division of motor vehicle transcript. Students must be available to attend the complete Youth Cadet Law Enforcement program.

Applications must be completed by Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Our post will collect the applications after the April 11th application deadline. If interviews are required, they will be held on your campus if possible.

Here is a link to an informational video<https://www.legion.org/legiontv?pid=latest&v=D-VFmA8FYWU>.

Further information is available at the Department of Virginia American Legion web page<http://valegion.org/?page_id=421>.

Here is a link to the application<http://valegion.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/2018YouthCadetLawEnforcementProgramApplication.pdf>.

Thomas. D. Horne Leadership in the Law

Mindframe Education - STEM Internship

STEM Internship

Mindframe Education, an innovative STEM education company located in Northern VA, is looking high school interns to assist with teaching STEM to students in grades 1-8.

The high school STEM interns will assist with STEM classes including science, programming, robotics, game design and digital arts. The ideal candidate will have good communication skills and have a willingness to learn new technologies.

Our instructors and interns establish a mentoring and guiding relationship with their students to help them solve problems, and know how to break ideas down into intermediate solvable steps using a project-based lesson plan.

The position is paid internship and offers flexible work schedule.

An ideal candidate for this position should have the following skills and attributes:

· Ability to work well with teachers and younger students

· Good interpersonal and communication skills

· Patient and positive attitude

An ideal candidate will have some experience in one or more of the following subjects:

· Science and Math

· Programming (Scratch, Python and Java desired)

· Robotics (LEGO Mindstorms EV3, VEX, or similar)

· Game design software

· Digital Arts Programs (3D Printing, Photoshop, Photography or Film)

Mindframe Education focuses on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. We provide after-school, weekend, evening, and summer programs that combine expert instruction, hands-on learning and the latest tools and technologies. At Mindframe, our students gain the skills they need to succeed in the classroom and in their future careers. Our mission is to empower students to become tomorrow’s leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators.

To apply for this position, please send a current resume to info@mindframeeducation.com or call us at (703) 940-9440.

To learn more about Mindframe Education, visit our web site - www.MindframeEducation.com.

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George Mason University Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program

The George Mason University Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program was established in 2007 by Dr. Lance Liotta, Dr. Emanuel Petricoin III, Dr. Virginia Espina, and Amy Adams to give high school and undergraduate students, who have an interest in STEM, access to real-world, hands-on research.

Students work one-on-one with faculty researchers at George Mason University and collaborating institutions using state-of-the-art technology to solve hypothesis driven questions in Biochemistry, Biodefense, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Genomics, GeoInformation Science (GIS), Mathematical Modeling, Medicine, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Serious Game Design, Sports Medicine, Physics, and Proteomics.

As part of the 7.5 week full-time training students:

  • Gain hands-on experience using cutting-edge sophisticated equipment and technologies,

  • Develop and exercise scientific writing and communication skills

  • Explore STEM career choices through discussion forums and meetings with role models

  • Develop and exercise creative skills, crucial to performing innovative research

Hard work often pays off with participants' names published in scientific journals and their work presented at scientific conferences.

The 2018 Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program will begin on Friday, June 22, 2018 and will conclude with a poster symposium on Friday, August 10, 2018.

There is no fee for students to participate in the Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program.

To apply: http://assip.cos.gmu.edu/students/2018-aspiring-scientists-summer-internship-program-application

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Lebanon Valley College - Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp

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Boys & Girls State for Juniors

JUNIORS, if you're interested in a government and leadership summer program, come see Ms. Hale about Boys & Girls State. Boys State is held at Radford University from June 17th to June 25th and Girls State is held at Longwood University from June 17th to June 23rd.

Boys State: http://www.vaboysstate.org/about/about.shtml

Girls State: http://www.vagirlsstate.org


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Prep Cook/ Dishwasher/ Delivery Driver

Great opportunity for someone interested in learning meal prep and culinary skills

Growing, woman owned, meal prep business in Ashburn, looking for energetic, hardworking individual for assisting the Chef with meal prep and packaging as well as other kitchen and food related tasks.

Hours: Part time; Sundays 4pm until 8pm plus Mondays and Tuesdays 5pm until 9pm

Pay: $10/hour to start

· Experience in restaurant or catering a plus but not required

· Strong knife skills and knowledge of kitchen equipment

· Attention to detail and ability to follow clear instructions

· Flawless track record with attendance

· Driver’s license and personal vehicle for deliveries

· Works well on a team

· Positive attitude, takes initiative

· Neat, quick and efficient worker

· Ability to work in a fast paced environment

· Asks questions and eager to learn

· Communicates well with teammates and customers

· Enjoys working with people

· Promotes living a healthy lifestyle

Job responsibilities

· Measures and prepares ingredients in accordance to chef's specifications

· Prepares all the food items as directed in a sanitary and timely manner

· Portions the food and packages the meals for delivery to clients

· Carefully supervises the food temperature to ensure safety

· Post cleanup of work area and used equipment

· Updates inventory records

· Delivers meals to clients as needed

· Performs other duties as assigned

· Must be able to lift objects weighing up to 30 pounds

Please contact hiring manager if interested.


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For additional information about anything listed in our newsletter, please visit our website or contact our office at (703) 554 -8907

Thank you,

RVH Counseling