OVHS Counseling Department News

January 2022

Table of Contents

Recent Events

College/Post Secondary

Careers

School Community

Guidance

Reminders/Contacts

Resources

College/Post-Secondary Education

Scholarships

Be sure to check the Scholarship Section in Naviance:


Local scholarships can now be found under the Scholarship Search tab. You can sort by Deadline, Amount Awarded and Latest Updates!

OVCEF

8 SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES = $19,500


Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, the Oley Valley Community Education Foundation is pleased to provide the opportunity for our Class of 2022 Seniors to apply for 8 (that’s 2 more than last year) scholarships that total $19,500.


Application due date is Monday, February 28, 2022.


Qualifying candidates are required to complete and submit a scholarship application, cover letter, 3 references, and resume, to participate in an interview with a Foundation Board of Trustee and attend an interview recap meeting during Lynx period the first week of April 2022.


Interviews will take place the evenings of Monday, March 21, 2022, and Tuesday, March 22, 2022, beginning at 7 PM.


To learn more about the 8 scholarship opportunities or to apply, visit their website at https://www.oleyvalleycef.com/scholarships

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How To Add Colleges Into Your Naviance Account

Careers

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials (MCAM) in Reading.

MCAM is a specialties manufacturer (https://www.mcam.com/en/) that is in many different areas; from airplanes, to making computer chips, to oil & gas, etc. MCAM is looking to expand their workforce and will provide training. More information can be found at their website.

RACC K12 Career Page and Resources

RACC is excited to offer career ready experiences in Health Professions, Human Services and Education, Business, and STEM via their K12 Career Page. On this page, students will be able to navigate pathways by viewing videos of business and industry leaders in our community, as well as viewing RACC faculty instructional videos. Students have access to career pathway guides, career resources, and workforce statistics. See the link below to check out this career resource.

School Community

Aevidum

Those students interested in joining Aevidum should use this google link to sign up: https://forms.gle/Y12AasQ7XVJyKVPX7
What is Aevidum?

Student Wellness


The Oley Valley Community Education Foundation will be hosting its 3rd Community Outreach Event entitled:



"Student Wellness: Supporting Students Through Challenging Times"



This will be an online Zoom event on Thursday, February 17th at 7 PM.



Our guest speaker, Mr. Matt Moyer, has presented on topics that develop, promote, and advocate for campus and community environment that creates, emphasizes and supports healthy choices and positive decision-making regarding health, safety, and wellness. Learn the signs to look for in a student who is struggling and the resources available to you through the school district and outside private professionals.



Relationships are at the core of what we do as parents. Building quality relationships with our children and our child’s school can benefit all families.



In our session, we will discuss:



*How to build better relationships with your children and with your child’s school.

*How relationships can help with children’s social media use.

*Some basic tips for helping your child navigate social media.

*How to recognize the sign that a child is struggling.

*The benefits of a full value contract for your family



To learn more about the guest speaker Mr. Matt Moyer or to view the Zoom Meeting Information, visit our website at:

https://www.oleyvalleycef.com/community-outreach-events

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COCA Teen Prevention Coalition

COCA (Council on Chemical Abuse) invites Berks County high school students in grades 9-12 to participate in our Teen Prevention Coalition. Participants will learn about substance use prevention, develop leadership skills, and take action to make a difference in the community. The group will meet once a month, beginning January 2022. Dates and locations TBD. Open to all Berks County high school students. For more information and to sign-up please see the link below

Guidance

Report Cards

Marking Period 2/Final Fall Semester Report Cards will be available for viewing on Infinite Campus FRIDAY January 28th after 4:00 PM - delayed from Thursday due to technical issues.

Semester Change

Spring Semester has begun! If you want to check out your student's schedule to review any new courses for the 2nd Semester, please follow the directions below:


Infinite Campus Parent Portal Access If you have forgotten your username or password, please do the following.


1. Access the Parent Portal Click Below:

https://oleyvalleypa.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/parents/oleyvalley.jsp.


2. Verify You’re Using the Right Username The recommended format provided by the district was: Firstname.Lastname (Example: John.Smith) Parents could choose to make their username in any format when activating their Infinite Campus account so the above format may not necessarily work for all. If you need to recover your username, please select the “forgot username” option off the Parent Portal log-in page.


3. Request New Password – If Needed Please request a new password from the main log-in page.


4. Log-in With Username and Password from the Parent Portal Parent Portal


Finding Your Child's Schedule:


When you sign in to the parent portal you will begin on the homepage where announcements can be posted for parents. Please follow these steps to locate your child’s schedule.


1. Click on the drop-down menu on the left, top side of the screen. If you do not see the drop-down menu, then you will need to click on the 3 horizontal bars in the upper left hand corner of the screen.


2. Click on ‘Downloads"


3. Select MP 2 MP 3 Schedule - scroll to the second page to see the Spring schedule.


4. For those parents with multiple children in the high school, you can toggle between children using the drop down menu on the right, top corner under the notifications (Bell icon).


5. Any questions regarding schedules should be directed to the Guidance Department – 610-987-4100 Ext. 6013.


Families who never activated their Infinite Campus account will need to request the initial password from the school district. Please contact Mrs. Shearer in Guidance.

Transition Night for Parents and Students

Transition Night is being held on Thursday, January 27th in a VIRTUAL format. Parents and students will have the opportunity to view videos about available courses in each subject and zoom in with teachers and counselors to ask specific questions. The evening begins at 6:30 PM. We hope everyone will have the chance to view the videos.

Below is access to a video regarding the overall course selection process along with each counselor's individual ZOOM link for the evening.

Transition Night Zoom Links

Thursday, Jan. 27th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

Mrs. Robinson: Students with last names letters A-G

https://zoom.us/j/94787880790?pwd=alJXMnVkZnBraEVSZWxNeVJzUm9NZz09

Meeting ID: 947 8788 0790

Passcode: 922610


Mrs. Borovik: Students with last names letters H-O

https://zoom.us/j/94894910550

Meeting ID: 948 9491 0550


Ms. Kristina Angstadt: Students with last names letters P-Z

https://zoom.us/j/97403853188?pwd=QUNIZGVkVkRWTGtUV29JbGpuK3VrUT09

Meeting ID: 974 0385 3188

Passcode: 565115

Course Selection 22-23

Students will be receiving Course Selection Sheets during the week of January 24th.


STEPS TO COURSE SELECTION:


1) Students should have conversations with their teachers regarding teacher recommendations for next year and have their teachers sign off approval for next year's courses.


2) Once teachers have signed off, students and parents should review and sign off on the selected courses next year. Please keep in mind the following information:

~Students should select enough courses that combined equal 8.0 credits

~Generally, students should select 1.0 credits in the four core courses (Math, Social Studies, Science and English) *BCTC students have different requirements for graduation - see the 22-23 Course Catalog on the HS Website (link below).


3) Course Selection Sheets should be returned to the Guidance Office by FEBRUARY 4th. The form must have all the required signatures - Parent, Student and Teachers - to be considered completed.


4) AFTER handing their course selection sheets, students will meet individually with the counselors to make sure they are meeting all graduation requirements.

After School Tutoring/Homework Help

After School Tutoring/Homework Help is available Mon-Wed-Thurs from 2:50 PM - 3:50 PM in the OVHS Library. Both a certified teacher and peer tutor are available for assistance in any subject. No need to sign up prior to attending.


Also, teachers are available during every lynx period for tutoring assistance during the school day. Math, Writing/English and Biology help is available in the Learning Center. Students just need to ask their subject teacher for a pass.

Reminders

January 27th - Transition Night 22-23

February 4th - Course Selection Sheets due back to Guidance

February & March: Individual Guidance/Students Meeting for Course Selection

March 8th - Berks Co. College Fair at Alvernia (open to all Juniors and Seniors) - see Guidance for a Field Trip Perm Slip

OVHS Counseling Dept.

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

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, sometimes known as SAD, is a common disorder hallmarked by a change in mood based on the seasons. Symptoms often include feelings of sadness, hopelessness, social withdrawal, and sluggishness along with a decrease of enjoyment and fulfillment in preferred activities. Typically, 3 million cases of reported in the US each year and many more go under-reported. Although most cases are reported in the winter, spring and summer are also known to impact unexplainable mood changes.

Below are a few tips in helping to ease the symptoms of SAD. If you or a loved one continue to experience deepening and pervasive feelings of depression, hopelessness or fatigue, please reach out to your family doctor or mental health professional.

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RACC Spring Admissions Events 2022 and Pres. Scholarship

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