RVH School Counseling

February 2019

About Our Department

The Riverside School Counseling department is a team of 14 dedicated individuals working collaboratively to meet the needs of 1,812 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

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

Susan Westgate, Registrar

Marsha Gobrecht, School Counseling Assistant

Evan Rodgers, School Counselor (12th A-CL; 9-11th A-CARR)

Kevin Burke, School Counselor (12th CM - HOO; 9-11th CARS-GH)

Cassandra Asekhauno, School Counselor (9-11th GI-KOO)

Scott Valyear, School Counselor (12th HOP-MCC; 9-11th KOP-NI)

Anna Rizzo, School Counselor (12th MCD-ROSE; 9-11th NJ-SE)

Amy Burgess, School Counselor (12th ROSF-Z; 9-11th SEF-Z)

Robin Robinson, Career Center Specialist

Noelia Garcia-Gettmann, School Psychologist

Mrs. Frances Jester, Social Worker

Kim Hager, Student Assistant Specialist

Susan Sabloff, Parent Liaison


Riverside is proud to announce that we have six students who were named as National Merit Semifinalists that have now been named as Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Congratulations to Nikita Amin, Hansa Doppalapudi, Erin Harrison, William Joo, Rohan Parikh and Ryan Pesak! We wish you all the best as you await notification in March of final scholarship offers and we appreciate your stellar achievement!


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Course Selection Notes

Counselors are meeting with students individually during their history (rising seniors) and PE classes (rising juniors and sophomores) throughout the weeks of Feb. 13- March 15. All materials have been posted here.

Students interested in dual enrollment classes (english, history, government and biology) must fill out their forms and apply to NOVA online by April 1st. Please note that PSAT scores can no longer be used to waive VPT requirements for english and biology courses. They can still be used to meet VPT requirements for history or government courses. For more details on dual enrollment, please refer to our website.

Dual Enrollment Classes

Participation in Dual Enrollment (DE) courses allows students to meet requirements for high school graduation while simultaneously earning college credits upon successful completion of the course. DE courses taught at the high school by a credentialed LCPS teacher enable students to earn these credits through agreements with partnering colleges or universities. DE course descriptions list the number of college credits that can be earned.

DE course offerings in LCPS high schools are determined by student interest, existing course offerings, and availability of teachers possessing the endorsements required to teach the course. Not all DE courses will be available at all LCPS high schools. Students should speak with their school counselor to determine which courses are available at their high school.

How do I take a DE Class?

  • Speak with your School Counselor

  • If you would like to enroll for a Dual Enrollment course(s) for the 2019-2020 school year, register here: Northern Virginia Community College. Choose create an account if you have not previously taken a DE course/applied to NVCC. You can follow these step by step directions!

  • Print out the "Intent to Pursue Dual Enrollment Course(s)" form for each course and have you and your parent/guardian sign it. Forms can be found on our website

  • Return the form to School Counseling before April 1, 2019.

  • If you don't meet the qualifying DE scores listed on the "Intent to Pursue Dual Enrollment Course(s)" form, you will have to take the Virginia Placement Test (VPT). Riverside may offer the test during the school day (TBD). If a student cannot test on the dates provided, it is the student's responsibility to go to the Loudoun Campus and test, see your School Counselor for specific information.

Academies of Loudoun /Monroe Advanced Technical Academy

March 8, 2019 - Winter admissions window closes at 12pm "noon". $35 application fee must be paid before applicant can proceed in the application.

March 9, 2019 - Advanced AET Admissions Assessment (writing prompt and interest statement) administered at the Academies of Loudoun only.

March 9, 2019 - MATA Practical Nursing Admissions Assessment (Test of Essential Academic Skills - TEAS) administered at the Academies of Loudoun only.

March/April 2019 – Admissions offers will be posted in admissions portal

April/May 2019 - Students must accept or decline all admissions offers

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2018-2019 AP Testing

We are pleased that your student is taking an Advanced Placement (AP) class during the 2018-2019 school year. As you and your student plan for AP testing this coming May, we want to remind you of a few important items.

Students and/or their parents/guardians pay the costs for the AP examinations. Each exam is $85.00, and this cost must be paid by March 1, 2019.

To pay for AP Exam fees, we encourage everyone to use the LCPS on-line payment system for electronic payments which is located on the Loudoun County Public School’s website. The payment portal is now available, but please note that if you do pay electronically through the LCPS payment portal, there is a credit card service charge. See attached online payment directions. Check and cash payments will also be accepted in the RVHS School Counseling Office. If you wish to pay by cash or check, the enclosed “RVHS AP Exam Payment Form” must accompany your payment. If paying by check, please make checks payable to Riverside High School and please write in the student’s name in the subject line. The payment form is not necessary if you submit your payment online.

If a family needs to arrange for a payment plan or anticipates difficulty in paying for the exam, the family should speak confidentially with their student’s school counselor.

The dates of the AP exams are attached and lists the schedule of the specific dates of individual AP exams scheduled at Riverside for May 6 to May 17, 2019. Please make every effort to schedule vacations, appointments, or other activities on dates that do not conflict with the testing dates. Make-up testing is only permitted for verified emergencies.

If you have questions about AP exams, please contact your student’s school counselor.

We wish your student a successful academic experience.

Visit our AP Testing page for more information!

Class of 2019 Information

Dear Senior Rams and Parents:

We know that many of you are well along in the application process and are awaiting word from your chosen colleges and universities. For students who are still working on applications, here are links to your Senior Self-Assessment and Parent Assessment, which are required should you need a counselor letter of recommendation. These Assessments should be returned to counselors soon if counselor recommendations are needed. Counselors have been and will continue to meet with their seniors to discuss their post-secondary plans. We look forward to working with your senior this year! Please check out our Senior Resources page https://www.lcps.org/Page/181786

The application for our Riverside PTSO Higher Education Scholarship ($1,000) and the Riverside PTSO Vocational Scholarship ($1000) is now available and posted on our website. Applications can be submitted to Mrs. Robinson in the Career Center or sent to the school c/o the PTSO by April 12, 2019.

College Representatives Visiting

US Military Academy at West Point --Thursday March 7th at 10:45 am

St. Bonaventure University- Tuesday March 12 at 9:30 am

University of Louisville- Tuesday March 26th at 12 noon

US Air Force- TBD (re-scheduled due to snow days)

Class of 2020 Information

Juniors! As you continue planning for college, we have several information sessions planned for you in the next few months. With that in mind, spring is a great time to visit colleges you are interested in. If you are planning tours during spring break (April 13-18) be aware that some school's events fill quickly and this is a great time of year to register in advance! Most Virginia Colleges and Universities April calendars for tour/information session registration will open in mid February 2019! JMU, CNU, VT and UVA calendars are now open for Spring Break dates!


Northern Virginia Community College

NOVA's High School Outreach Coordinator Cathy Hall will be visiting the Career Center on February 26th at 12 noon to meet with students who are interested in applying to and attending NOVA. Students can sign up to vist with her via their Naviance account and she visits with us on a monthly basis if there are follow up questions/new students interested.

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Boys and Girls State 2019

Information has been posted by the American Legion for the selection process for Boys and Girls State 2019. Check out the websites for more information and visit your counselor if you are interested in participating. Interviews for nominees will be held on March 20-21 at Stone Bridge HS.
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Mental Health and Wellness Events

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Parent Resource Schedule

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ACT and SAT Test Dates



Test date - April 13, register by March 8 (at JCHS)

Test date - June 8, register by May 3

Test date - July 13, register by June 14

FREE ACT STUDY GUIDE: https://www.mometrix.com/academy/act-study-guide/



Test date - March 9, register by February 22 (late registration)

Test date - May 4, register by April 5

Test date - June 1, register by May 3

FREE SAT PREP on Khan Academy - sync your College Board account to prep from your PSAT

Naviance & Kaplan Livestreaming Courses

Hobsons and Kaplan have entered an exclusive partnership to offer students and parents at Naviance schools access to Naviance CCLR Live by Kaplan, a series of interactive livestreaming courses. Naviance users have free access for a limited time to all Naviance CCLR Live by Kaplan courses.

The courses align to the industry College, Career and Life Readiness (CCLR) Framework and help students develop critical academic skills, interpersonal skills, career knowledge, college preparation knowledge, and transition skills to support their academic journey.

Learn more about the https://www.naviance.com/content/kaplan-partnership and access implementation resources, including email templates to share the courses with students and parents.

SAT Classes with RVH Teachers May 2019

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Military Opportunities

Each month respresentatives from our military visit Riverside during lunch periods to speak with any interested students. U.S. Navy recruiter Stephen Hunter visits on the first Monday of the month. U.S.Army recruiter SFC Dustin Koch visits on the first Wednesday of the month, and U.S. Marines recruiter SGT Luis J Burgos visits on the first Thursday of the month. Students can also see Mrs. Robinson in the career center for brochures and recruiter contact information.

ASVAB Testing

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors interested in the military? The next ASVAB test will be held at Loudoun Valley HS on Saturday, March 2nd at 8:30 am.The ASVAB test is open to all LCPS students, grades 10-12. Please pre-register by checking with Mrs. Robinson in the Career Center at Riverside if you intend to test.

The ASVAB Career Exploration Program can help young adults identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations and develop effective strategies to realize career goals.

The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is one of the most widely used, multiple-aptitude tests in the world, developed and maintained by the Department of Defense. More than half of all high schools nationwide administer the ASVAB test to students in grades 10, 11 and 12 (sophomores cannot use their scores for enlistment eligibility).

The ASVAB consists of the following eight individual tests:

-General Science
-Arithmetic Reasoning
-Word Knowledge
-Paragraph Comprehension
-Mathematics Knowledge
-Electronics Information
-Auto and Shop Information
-Mechanical Comprehension

Students are provided with scores on each of these individual tests and three Career Exploration Score composites: Verbal Skills, Math Skills and Science and Technical Skills. The battery takes approximately three hours to complete, and test results are returned to schools in a few weeks.

The Military uses students’ ASVAB scores to identify the occupations that best suit their abilities. Junior, senior and post-secondary school students can use their ASVAB scores for enlistment for up to two years after taking the test.

More information on the ASVAB can be found here.


Seniors, please check out the information we have posted on our website and the main LCPS website regarding potential scholarships to apply for! Also, the new LCPS Scholarship Handbook for 2019 is complete and now available.

We recently sent out an email message with further information on researching scholarships. This information can be found here under handouts.

If you need an official transcript, or for general assistance with scholarships, please see Mrs. Robinson in the Career Center.

Loudoun Aces Baseball Scholarship

The Loudoun Aces Baseball Club (LABC) has created a scholarship this year to recognize students who are graduating seniors and who have played baseball in the Aces organization. The first Aces team was created in 2009 (when the 2019 graduating seniors were 9 years old) and teams have been added at ages 8U-17U since that time. The intent is to recognize one individual from each of the high schools within the Central Loudoun area, (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.

  • Applicant must have been a player on an Aces team for at least one full season
  • Applicant must be in the graduating class of 2019
  • Applicant plans to enroll in an accredited community college, trade school, college or university as a full-time or part-time student

The $500 scholarship is payable to the student directly upon proof of enrollment. An essay detailing the impact that their experience with the Aces has had on their lives to date and how they think it will help them in the future. The essay must include the years of participation with the Aces.

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

All essays must be emailed to loudounacesbaseball@gmail.com no later than April 30, 2019 – Decisions will be made in May before the students graduate.

Friends of Ashburn Library Scholarship

The Friends of Ashburn Library (FOAL) Board is pleased to announce graduating senior scholarships in the amount of a minimum of $750 for each qualified/chosen student.You can find the 2019 FOAL Scholarship application here or pick up a copy in the Riverside library! Completed submissions are due by 19 April as stated on the application.

ADS Scholarship 2019

American Disposal Services Scholarship - $2,500 - Applicants for this scholarship must be a graduating LCPS high school senior that is a US citizen or permanent resident. Applicants must have participated in ONE of the following: completed and Environmental Science class at any high school level; joined an environmentally-focused group or committee at school or in the community. The applicant must have a 2.8 or higher GPA. The application package must contain one teacher or school counselor recommendation, a copy of the high school transcript, the completed application form and a 500 word essay on the topic described on the application form. Deadline for this scholarship is April 5, 2019 by which the applicant must email the complete application package to marketing@adsimail.com or by US mail to: American Disposal Services, Inc., Attn: Marketing Department, PO Box 1326, Centreville, VA 20122.

Apple Federal Credit Union

In May 2019, the Apple FCU Foundation will award up to 25 $5,000 scholarships to deserving students who will graduate from high school in 2019, are Apple Federal Credit Union members and wish to attend either a 2-year or 4-year College or University. Students with a 2.5 GPA (2 year college) or a 3.0 GPA (4 year college) can visit a local Apple FCU branch to join for as little as $5. Competition for these scholarships is significant and applications are evaluated by a committee of 12 different judges. For more information please visit their website. The deadline to apply is February 13, 2019.

Promise Scholars

This program allows students to attend a two year program at Richard Bland College (RBC) and graduate from William and Mary with minimal cost, if any. The application process for the Fall 2019 freshman and sophomore Promise Scholars cohorts is open until February 1, 2019. In person interviews will take place on February 18, 2019. If selected, students will be awarded scholarships and grants to cover 80% of costs at RBC, take one course for William and Mary credit each semester of sophomore year at RBC, participate in the Honors Program, attend special events exclusive to Promise scholars and transfer the year following graduation to William and Mary with guaranteed housing. Students interested in applying should visit the website for more information.
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2019 Girl Scout Leadership Conferences

The Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital is announcing their annual Leaders of Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond (1/12/19), Your Turn to Lead (2/9/19), and Encuentro de Chicas Latinas (3/9/19) Conferences for 2018-2019. Girls will learn smart financial decision-making skills, explore creative ways to budget, save and spend money. They will have the opportunity to make new friends, gain leadership skills, and learn how to plan and save money for college and establish good credit. Please register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/gsconference. For flyers and more information girls can visit the career center.

Latest News & Announcements
Fourth Circuit Sponsors 2019 High School Essay Contest
January 28, 2019

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is seeking submissions for its 2019 essay contest. Students are invited to consider and share their thoughts on the question:

“How has the right to freedom of speech established for public school students in the Supreme Court case of Tinker v. Des Moines evolved in the 50 years since it was decided?”

The contest is open to all students currently in grades 9 through 12 from Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Essays are limited to 1,000 words and must be submitted by April 15, 2019. Students have the opportunity to win one of three cash prizes: first place, $2,000; second place, $1,500; and third place, $1,000.

Winners will be announced in July, and travel will be provided to the court’s Constitution Day event in September 2019.

For additional information and instructions on how to submit an essay, visit www.ca4.uscourts.gov/essay-contest-2019.

For questions, contact the Fourth Circuit Clerk’s Office at essaycontest@ca4.uscourts.gov or (804) 916-2706.

Please note: Children, grandchildren, stepchildren, or members of the household of a federal judge or federal judiciary employee are excluded from the competition.


Actuarial Science Camp

An actuary is a business professional who uses mathematical and financial tools to help identify and manage risk, so it's a great career for students who are strong mathematically but who are not necessarily interested in teaching. It's also great for students who like business and have good math aptitude.

Lebanon Valley College has a one-week summer program for rising high school seniors who want to learn more about the profession. Here's a link to the program web site. If you have questions about the program, please contact Mr. Patrick Brewer, Director of Actuarial Science Lebanon Valley College at 717-867-6082.
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2019 Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Summer Program

We have received the application information for the 2019 Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Summer Program. This is an annual week long summer program for rising seniors in team building and mock trial sponsored by Loudoun County and Fauquier County Bar Associations. Students should be well-rounded individuals, motivated and eager to learn about the legal system. There is no cost for the program and 24 students will be selected. Applications are due by April 5, 2019. Selected participants will be notified by Friday April 19, 2019. See Mrs. Robinson in the career center for an application packet.

Summer Internship Opportunity at Janelia Research Campus

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a science philanthropy organization whose mission is to advance biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity.

The Janelia-LCPS Summer Internship Program will offer high school students attending Loudoun County Public Schools the opportunity to spend eight weeks at Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus, performing research using state-of-the-art technology and methods to answer questions in biology and computational science under the guidance of group leaders, scientists and engineers. Selected students will have the opportunity to attend seminars by Janelia researchers, as well as to participate in journal clubs and other events.

In 2019, the program will run from June 14th to August 9th. Please note that this is a full-time paid internship to which you will be dedicating 40 hours per week, and therefore it is expected that you will not undertake other organized activities that conflict with the program and will plan vacations around the internship dates. Students selected will be responsible for their own housing, food, and travel to and from Janelia.

We accept applications for students attending an LCPS high school who are in good academic standing and will be 16 years old by June 13, 2019.

We are looking for students with strong biology and computational background who have demonstrated a high level of academic standard and have experience in scientific research. Projects cover a wide variety of topics including machine learning algorithms, data annotation, reconstruction of neural networks, animal behavior analysis and optogenetics. High school students interested in computer programming, engineering, mathematics, physics, and neuroscience are encouraged to apply. Programming experience in Python, MATLAB, and/or C++ is strongly encouraged.

For full consideration, applications must be received before 5 pm on January 15, 2019. For more information please go to https://www.lcps.org/Page/200365 .

George Washington University Summer Program

The George Washington University's Medical Laboratory Sciences department will be holding its 3rd annual Summer Immersion Program. Students will have the opportunity to select from two, one-week options in the month of July.

The summer immersion is intended for high school students with limited laboratory experience to gain theory and skills performing hands-on biomedical laboratory techniques. In order to be considered for the program students must have completed both Algebra 1 and Biology, with a letter grade of B or better. Unofficial transcripts must be scanned and emailed to mlsimmersion@gwu.edu with the applicant's name in the subject line. Please see your guidance counselor as to how to obtain your unofficial transcript.

To access the application and for additional information, go to: https://smhs.gwu.edu/medical-laboratory-sciences/programs/summer-immersion-program.

The application deadline has been extended to March 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST.

Inquiries from parents and students should be directed to mlsimmersion@gwu.edu.

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We Rock the Spectrum

We Rock the Spectrum gym is looking for students who:

* have a passion for working with all children

* want to help make a difference in their community

* have a lively and positive personality

* are responsible and reliable

* have a customer service skills

Flexible scheduling and help during weekends, special events, parents night out and camps during Spring Break and Summer. Great for students looking to into a career in Education, Special Ed or any Child-Related field.

We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym - Loudoun

22446 Davis Drive, Sterling, VA 20164

(571) 313-0335

Email: info@werockthespectrumloudoun.com

Job Opportunities at Douglass Community Center

Douglass Community Center in Leesburg is currently looking to hire rising juniors/graduating seniors for our instructor and camp leader positions. Students may contact us via phone or email at 703-771-5913 or dcc@loudoun.gov if interested.

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Continental Pools- Lifeguarding Jobs

On January 14th and March 25th, Continental Pools will be visiting Riverside HS during lunches to recruit new summer pool managers and lifeguards! Students interested in part-time employment will be able to talk about these opportunities with a representative. They are looking to hire students who are at least 15 years of age. Students will become certified lifeguards and be trained in CPR, First Aid and AED certification.

Atomic Trampoline is Hiring

Atomic Trampoline is located in the Villages at Leesburg! Riverside students sixteen and older interested in part-time work, please contact Ms. Janet Miller, marketing manager at Atomic Trampoline, at marketingva@atomictrampoline.com

Williams Martial Arts and Fitness

Williams Martial Arts & Fitness in Ashburn is looking for dependable, energetic and responsible Riverside students to work with children K-6 in the afternoon. As a counselor, you will be helping them with homework, supervising group games, creating activities, and inspiring them to become responsible, confident young adults. Please call 703-858-3800 or email gowmaf@gmail.com if you are interested.

Choolaah BBQ

Choolaah BBQ in Cascades Overlook plaza in Sterling, VA is hiring. No late nights/flexible hours/weekly pay. Apply now at joinChoolaah.com

The Yellow Pail Project

RVHS students that need volunteer hours! The Yellow Pail Project is looking for students to help with this new endeavor to make getting food to those in need easier! Volunteers drop off yellow pails to donors doorsteps, donors fill them and then they are picked up and delivered to local food banks! Visit their website to learn more!

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