Rock Ridge Phoenix Week of 3/16

School Closure

As a reminder, schools will remain closed until March 27th, 2020 with additional information forthcoming. Teachers will attend training remotely and explore ways in which to provide virtual enrichment activities. Please utilize this link for continued updates from LCPS.

We will keep supporting our community and wish you all the best of health.

Breakfast and Lunch Options

As announced yesterday, Loudoun County School Nutrition Services (SNS) is expanding and extending free meal service in our school communities from March 16 to March 20 and March 23 to March 27 at schools and other designated locations. Please note, there will be no weekend service.

As a reminder, school-based meal service will be provided from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals will be available at each school and students will be allowed to receive two meals daily (a breakfast and a lunch) and can choose to take both meals simultaneously. Students can receive the meals at the school of their choice, not just at the school they attend.

LCPS is also using our school bus fleet to increase the availability of meal service to students that rely on schools for meal support. Delivery of meals to locations such as community centers and churches throughout the county will begin Monday, March 16, 2020.

Maps indicating the locations and scheduled times of “meal stops” are now posted on the website. Please arrive at the meal stops early to ensure buses can remain on schedule.

Thank you.

School Counseling

Senior please check in Naviance to keep up on doing scholarships. Now is a good time to work on any upcoming scholarship that have April deadlines.

Juniors start working on your Common Application essays. The Common App Essay prompts for 2020-2021 will remain the same as this year. Learn more here.

Juniors in the coming days we will lay out a plan for you to keep your Junior Advising appointments in a virtual environment so we can complete you scheduling process for next year and you can prepare for your post secondary future.

Freshman and Sophomores now is a good time to go into NAVIANCE and work on outlining your resume. It is also a great time to start your college search list.


Unstructured time sometimes creates more anxiety in teenagers. The best way to combat this is to set up a daily routine or calendar of what can be done each day. In that time plan for reading or other learning oriented activities so when we are back in a routine we are ready.

Here are other expert tips from Lynn Bufka, Associate Executive Director for Research and Policy at the American Psychological Association. She

says make sure you are:

· Getting adequate sleep

· Keeping up with proper nutrition

· Getting outside as much a possible

· Engaging in regular physical activity

Colleges to know: University of Vermont

The University of Vermont is a highly-regarded postsecondary institution that has been named “One of the 10 Best Places to Go to College,” an “Up-and-Coming University,” and a “Best Value in Public Colleges” – and for good reason! The school has nearly 100 academic programs, over 175 student organizations, and a 6-year graduation rate of 76%. Plus, graduate assistants teach only 2% of its classes – a lower rate than many public universities. Students are heavily involved in community engagement and volunteer to teach nutrition classes, mentor younger students, and host social justice retreats, among other things.

Career Center Highlights

Upcoming RRHS Visitors & Events

Week of 3/16: School closed.

The Junior Admissions Panel scheduled for 3/18 at John Champe High School has been cancelled.

News You Can Use

Researching schools – in these uncertain times please make sure you are checking school websites if you plan to attend an event or have signed up for a tour or another event.

This blog posts offers some great ways to continue to learn more about schools and demonstrate interest.

Another way you can continue to learn more about various schools is through – pretty much every college has an aerial video of their campus and lots of students post videos of move in day or their dorms. You can also find photo galleries and videos on the college website.

Scholarships - We have not heard of any changes to scholarship deadlines as listed below. As we receive information we will pass it along ASAP.

LCPS Career & Apprenticeship Fair - It is with caution that the Fair will be rescheduled from Wednesday, April 1, 2020 to Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the Academies of Loudoun from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Students are still encouraged to register on the fair’s website. The website will be continuously updated with any changes that might occur.

Mock Interview event with AWS - Will now be a virtual event but still held on March 26th. Details will be available soon on the website. This is a great opportunity for graduating seniors to learn more about post high school opportunities at AWS (Amazon Web Services) and prep to interview for their Summer Internship program. For more information, please contact Theresa Kurzeja at

Seniors – Kent State is still accepting applications and offering merit scholarships. Kent State is a top 10 school for providing out of state scholarships. Apply here.

Seniors – As you decide which school to attend, this is a great article demonstrating “it all works out.”

Juniors – The following schools offer some type of recognition/scholarship as a junior. If you are interested in applying to any of the following schools next year, please check out their websites:

-University of Mississippi

-High Point University

-Rensselaer Medal

-Furman Scholar

-Rochester Institute of Technology

-University of Rochester

Seniors – As your decision letters (accepted or denied) come in please email me a copy or drop off a copy in the Career Center. Having your decision letters will help ensure the validity of the Scattergrams for future classes. In addition, if you received merit, athletic or talent scholarships with your acceptance, please share that information with me too. We are required to report all scholarship money offered to LCPS. I really appreciate your help with this request!

The RRHS PTSO has partnered with Revolution Prep to over both the ACT and SAT on April 18th. Yes, it’s the day after prom but this is a great opportunity for sophomores and juniors to assess how they will do without spending a lot of money. It’s only $15 and all proceeds go to the PTSO. You will choose one of the tests to take. Register here.

Upcoming Local Events

4/1: Northern Virginia Regional College Fair Not required but ideally students should pre-register.

4/1 - ASVAB – (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) – You can register here.

4/4: Air Force ROTC Info Session at the U of MD – this applies to students interested in pursuing ROTC at NOVA. In addition to representatives from the US Air Force Academy, AFROTC, Air National Guard, and Active Duty Air Force, we will have a speaker from the Air Force Research Laboratory! This is a great option for students who are wanting to support the mission of the Air Force while working as a civilian. Here is a description from their website: "AFRL leads the discovery, development and delivery of warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. We’re pushing the boundaries and creating a new tomorrow through unparalleled research." They also have summer internships for both high school and college students. Here is a link to their website:

4/19: Baltimore/Greater Washington STEM College & Career Fair. Register here.

4/29: Military Fair at Independence High School. All branches, the Academies and ROTC programs will be represented. This event is open 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.


The RRRHS PTSO offers four generous scholarships and a senior may apply for all four scholarships. The student/family must be a PTSO member by April 1st. Scholarship applications are due 4/17.

The RRHS Athletic Boosters also recognize graduating seniors through several different scholarships. The student/family must be an Athletic Booster member by April 1st. Scholarship applications are due 4/26.

Applications for both the PTSO and Athletic Boosters can be found in the hallway in front of the Career Center.

Newly Added Scholarships in Naviance: Home > Colleges (top right) > Scholarships & Money > Scholarship List

3/15: IET Diversity Scholars Program

3/15: Northwest Federal Credit Union Scholarships 5 different scholarships

3/15: Army Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Greater Washington Area

3/16: The Jewel College Scholarship

3/20: New Dominion Section-National Council of Negro Women Scholarship

3/22: NEW: Northern VA Business & Professional Women’s Club

3/23: Community Foundation for Northern Virginia–Booz Allen Hamilton Vision - 5 @ $3,000

3/25: Leesburg Garden Club

3/25: JP Popovich #JustkeePswimming Memorial Scholarship

3/25: Dulles International Airport Rotary–LeRoy Collins Memorial Scholarship

3/25: Air Force Retired Officers Community Falcons Landing Scholarships 15 @ $5,000

3/25: Dr. Juergen Reinhardt Memorial Scouting Scholarship is offering one scholarship of $1,000

3/25: Debbie Settle Scholarship Foundation

3/25: Gavin Rupp “I Promise 15” Scholarships

3/25: Loudoun Association of School Librarians (LASL) Scholarship

3/25: LEA (Loudoun Education Association) for those students pursuing a 4 year degree in Education

3/25: Loudoun Retired Educators Association Scholarship

3/25: Loudoun County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Scholarship

3/25: Loudoun County Beat the Odds Scholarship

3/25: Loudoun Educators Foundation – Elaine Avington Griffin Unsung Educators Scholarship

3/25: Loudoun Soccer Scholarships

3/25 Madison Small Scholarships

3/25: Master Singers of Virginia is offering one, $1,000 scholarship

3/25: Virginia Tech Alumni Association

3/25: CFLNFC - Blair & Mike Pirrello Vocational Scholarship

3/26: Jeffrey C. Fowler Memorial Scholarship, $1,000

3/27: WISER (Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources)

3/29: Ira Dorsey Scholarship by Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter – up to $2,000

3/31: Virginia State University Alumni Association

3/31: Sigma Mu Mu Chapter 942 Scholarship

3/31: Legacy of Life Essay or Video Scholarship - $5,000

3/31: Loudoun First Responders Scholarship

4/1: Army Emergency Relief – MG James Ursano Scholarship

4/1: Esperanza Education Fund Scholarship

4/1: Hampton University Alumni Association of Northern Virginia

4/1: Visionary Integration Professionals (FIP) Women in Technology Scholarship

4/1: Naval Officers Spouses Club of Washington, DC

4/1: NEW: AFCEA Scholarship for STEM

4/2: Community Foundation for Northern Virginia–Charles Homer Barton Memorial 5 @ $4,000

4/2: Community Foundation for Northern Virginia – Elizabeth Koury Scholarship 2 @ $5,000

4/2: Community Foundation for Northern Virginia – Rose Koury Scholarship – 2 @ $5,000

4/2: Community Foundation for Northern Virginia –Vance International, Inc. 2 @ $500-$2,000

4/5: DC Area Phi Beta Kappa

4/5: NEW: VSCA Scholarship (2 or 4 year college)

4/9: Sadie O. Embrey Memorial Scholarship

4/15: C. Richard Walk Masonic Memorial Scholarship

4/15: Servant’s Heart – Joshua’s Hands Essay & Video Scholarships - 3 @ $1,000

4/15: Triple Point Security

4/15: Loudoun County Chapter of Izaak Walton League Conservation Scholarships

4/15: WMCCAI - Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute

4/15: NEW: Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship

4/17: Northern Virginia Kappa Achievement Foundation – Allia Watts Scholarship

4/17: Northern Virginia Kappa Achievement Foundation Scholarship

4/17: Northern Virginia Kappa Achievement Foundation-Clarice Elizabeth Abney Scholarship

4/17: Northern Virginia Kappa Achievement Foundation-JADE Scholarship

4/17: Northern Virginia Kappa Achievement Foundation-LT Charles Spencer

4/17: Northern Virginia Kappa Achievement Foundation-Kim Vismale

4/17: VESA (Virginia EL Supervisors Association) Scholarship

4/17: Sterling Soccer Club Scholarship

4/24: NEW Loudoun Roadrunners Assocation

4/30: Ryan Bartel Foundation Acceptance of Others

5/1: VRLTAEF (Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association Education Foundation) Scholarships

5/1: Virginia Sheriff’s Institute Scholarship

5/1: Loudoun Valley Community Center Scholarship

5/3: Northern Virginia B’nai B’rith Sports Scholarship

5/31: Tronfeld West & Durrett Step by Step – 5 @ $1,500

Summer Programs

3/13: Cisco High School STEM Externship – Open to Juniors and Seniors. See attached flyer for more details.

3/27: The VALHEN Latinx Leadership Academy is inviting high school freshmen and sophomores to apply to take part in their summer program at JMU. All costs are covered for this program that runs 6/18-6/20. Apply here.

The Coding School has summer STEM programs. See attached.

4/1: Rising Juniors and Seniors, VT Black College Institute applications are now open. These 3 and 5 day summer programs are free to participants. You can learn more and register here.

4/3: The Leading Ladies Initiative provides qualified and selected participants who are rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in Loudoun County high school's with a STEM internship opportunity

4/10: Rising Seniors interested in law, Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Program. This is a wonderful, local program. Learn more and apply here.

4/16: The Virginia Latino Higher Education Network’s Hispanic College Institute (HCI) is a free 4-day, overnight program that gives you the opportunity to learn about the college admissions process while meeting Latinx professionals and engaging with Latinx college students from all over our Commonwealth.

4/30: NEW: 2nd TMCF Fleischer HBCU Scholars Program at Virginia State University summer camp. This summer, VSU is once again partnering with Thurgood Marshall College Fund to offer 50 students an opportunity to participate in an amazing FREE, 1-week residential program that will be held on the beautiful VSU campus. This program provides rising high school seniors, who will be graduating from high school in 2021, the opportunity to experience college-life, entrepreneurship, and business courses for the duration of the week. TMCF Fleischer HBCU Scholars Program at Virginia State University


What are the Common App Essay prompts for 2020-2021? The Common App Essay prompts for 2020-2021 will remain the same as this year. Learn more here.


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