OVHS Counseling Department News

October 2021

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Junior Parent Night

Oley Valley High School Counselors are excited to meet with all Junior parents during the evening of November 4th, 2021 starting at 6:30 PM. This event is IN-PERSON with an option to join via Zoom:
https://zoom.us/j/96791707180?pwd=VitTUy9yeElBVnpISVJZOCtJZVo5QT09


During this event, the OVHS Counselors will review with parents the information presented to students during their Junior year. Topics include:


Post-Secondary Options

SAT vs. ACT vs. Test Optional

Naviance Tools Overview

College Visits and Important Questions to Ask

Common App Procedures

Senior Year Timeline


First-time (or if it has been awhile since you've had one) Junior parents are highly encouraged to attend. No Pre-Registration Required.

BCTC Applications

BCTC Applications are now open! You can apply on-line at: https://berkscareer.com/apply-to-bctc/


  1. Log onto https://berkscareer.com/apply-to-bctc/ to get started. *Make note that you are completing the correct application - 2022-23 Application. Click 'Oley" to get started.
  2. Let the counseling office know you have applied and pick up the paper portion of the application.
  3. You will need to have two teachers complete a recommendation page for you - make sure you include your demographic information on the page before handing them to your teachers - teachers recommendations will returned directly to the counseling office.
  4. Complete your essay along with your signature pages - return these pieces to the counseling office.
  5. Deadline for applications is NOVEMBER 30th.
  6. Save the Dates for our Open Houses at the West Campus-scheduled for November 10th and at the East Campus is scheduled for November 11th both from 5:30 to 8:30pm.

Pictures from the 9th Grade BCTC/RACC Tours

HOBY /Community Leadership Workshops

The Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership program (HOBY) offers a local leadership seminar annually to high school sophomores. During HOBY seminars, students have the opportunity to explore leadership through collaboration with other PA students. The Berks County seminar is typically a weekend event held in June each year.


The Oley Valley Women's Club graciously pays the cost for one Oley sophomore to attend each year.


Any interested sophomore should apply by Friday, October 29th. The application can be found below:

Naviance Guide for New Users

OVHS students and faculty use Naviance for a variety of important functions, such as exploring careers and colleges, requesting letters of recommendations, submitting student records for college applications and seeking local and national scholarship opportunities. Below is an overall student guide on how to use Naviance (the video plays straight thru and is not interactive).

College and Career Fair - Businesses Needed

The 6th Annual OVHS College and Career Fair will be held Wednesday, December 15th from 8:15 AM - 11:45 AM.


This event will be geared towards all 10th and 11th grade students. We would like to open any space/tables to local businesses in the Oley area and Berks Co. that would like to come in and meet with our students


Anyone interested can email Mrs. Borovik at her email address below.


**Snow Date - December 16th**

9th Grade Meetings

High School Counselors will begin meeting with 9th Grade students during the month of October to discuss the following important information:


  • Credit Requirements and Community Service for Graduation

  • Keystone Exams and Career Portfolio

  • Grading scale, Grade point average, Report cards and Transcripts

  • Grades and Eligibility

  • Resources

PACAC Virtual College Fair


StriveScan 6x6/PACAC
Virtual College Fair

Student Registration is Open!


October 14th. 19th, 21st, 25th, 27th

5pm, 6pm, 7pm ET

Registration for students, families and counselors is now open! Sign-up to virtually connect with colleges / universities from around the country (and world) for free.

During the StriveScan 6x6 Virtual College Fair, families will have the chance to hear from many different colleges. They can choose one session or multiple sessions. And they may ask questions of the college representatives throughout the presentations as well.

Check out the schedule, list of colleges, and register now!

RACC High School Senior Day

RACC High School Day will be held November 4th, 2021 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.


There will be a tour of campus, overview of programs, and an opportunity to speak with faculty and staff about the many programs available at RACC. It will end with a boxed lunch from Subway.


See the flyer below for more information.

Upcoming College Rep Visits at OVHS

Monday, 10/18 – ARMY Recruiter – 2 pm

Monday, 10/18 – Wilson College – 2 pm

Tuesday, 10/19 – St. Joseph’s College – 11 am

Wednesday, 10/20 – Muhlenberg College – 2 pm

Thursday, 10/21 – Reading Area Community College – 10:30 am

Monday, 10/25 – NAVY Recruiter – 10:30 am

Tuesday, 10/26 – Albright College – 2 pm

Wednesday, 10/27 – Lock Haven University – 10:30 am

Thursday, 10/28 – Kutztown University – 2 pm

Tuesday, 11/ 2 – Bucknell University – 10:30 am

Wednesday, 11/3 – Penn College of Technology - 2 pm

Wednesday, 11/10 – NAVY Recruiter - 10:30 am

Thursday, 11/11 – Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology – 2 pm

Monday, 11/15 – East Stroudsburg University – 2 pm

Wednesday, 11/17 – Immaculata University – 2 pm

Thursday, 11/18 – Moravian University - 10:30 am

Friday, 11/19 – Reading Area Community College - 2 pm

Report Cards

Marking Period 1 Report Cards will be available on-line via Infinite Campus on Monday, November 8th at 4:00 PM.


Instructions to View Report Cards in Infinite Campus: Grades 6-12

1. Login into your Portal Account.

2. Click on the three (3) lines in the top-left corner to open the Menu.

3. Click on “Documents” to view your student’s report card. For multiple students, you can toggle between students using the left, top drop down menu.

4. Click on “MP1 Report Card” to view and print the report card.

Aevidum

Aevidum, a student-driven national organization, started in 2003 at Cocalico High School in Lancaster, PA, after the tragic suicide of a classmate. Since then, this organization and its message has rapidly spread throughout the country, empowering our youth to find their voices and discover their strengths. Aevidum, meaning 'I've Got Your Back,' inspires students to create and promote a school community where every student belongs, plays a vital role and is valued. Aevidum's hallmark is its student-based clubs but it is much more than just a club - it is a way for students to think outside the box about how they can make a positive impact in the school community.


OVHS is looking to bring Aevidum to our school and follow in the footsteps of our younger students who have already established Aevidum at OVMS.


More details on Aevidum at the high school will follow in future newsletters. Feel free to visit the Aevidum website listed below for more information.


https://aevidum.com/cms/

Red Ribbon Week

Since 1988, the last week in October has been designated as Red Ribbon Week. This week is a time to focus on making healthy life decisions for our future. Through prevention, awareness and sense of school community, we can support each other in remaining substance-free.


Themes for Red Ribbon Week 2021:

10/25 Monday - Wear Red Day

10/26 Tuesday - Hat Day (Put a Lid on Drugs)

10/27 Wednesday - Sports Team (Team Up Against Vaping)

10/28 Thursday - College/Company Wear (Keep an Eye to Your Future)

10/29 Friday - Blue and White Day (Lynx Always Stick Together)


Trivia of the Day Contest - we will also hold a daily trivia contest via Schoology with a drawing to win a prize through our Lynx Express team.

Wear Orange on October 20th - Unity Day

In recognition of October being Bullying Prevention Month, we're hoping to make "Unity Day" a school-wide celebration on October 20th. Unity Day was created for schools and communities to come together against bullying and to promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.


Part of Unity Day is encouraging everyone to wear orange on Oct. 20th. The color orange was chosen to represent Unity Day because it is described as vibrant, warm and inviting, and is commonly associated with safety and visibility.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

On Friday, October 22, we encourage all staff and students to wear the color Pink to honor survivors and remember those lost to the disease.

Just A Few Reminders

VETERAN'S DAY - Thursday, November 11th

AMERICAN EDUCATORS WEEK - November 15 - 19

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES - November 22, 23 & 24

SAT Date - December 4th

ASVAB Exam - December 7th

OVHS College and Career Fair - December 15th


AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING is available every week after school on Mondays, Wednesdays (Math Tutoring) and Thursdays from 2:50 - 3:50 PM. No need to sign up; Just show up.

OVHS Counseling Department

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

RESOURSES

Veterans Day

Please support our veterans, both home and abroad. If you know of a veteran that is struggling, please reach out to someone for support:


https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/veterans/

https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/stress-coping/veterans-support/index.html

Financial Aid Night 2021 Slides

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