RVH School Counseling

September 2019

About Our Department:

The Riverside School Counseling department is a team of 16 dedicated individuals working collaboratively to meet the needs of 1,920 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

Follow us on twitter @RVHCounseling

Luke Mason, Director of School Counseling

Susan Westgate, Registrar

Marsha Gobrecht, School Counseling Assistant

Donna Smith, School Counseling Assistant

Robin Robinson, Career Center Assistant

Evan Rodgers, School Counselor (A-Burc)

Kevin Burke, School Counselor (Burd - E)

Cassandra Asekhauno, School Counselor (F-Jer)

Kimberley Harris, School Counselor (Jes-Marn)

Susan Pangman, School Counselor (Maro-Pf)

Anna Rizzo, School Counselor (Pg-Sm)

Tracy Wood, School Counselor (Sn-Z)

Noelia Garcia-Gettmann, School Psychologist

Mrs. Frances Jester, Social Worker

Kim Hager, Student Assistance Specialist

Susan Sabloff, Parent Liaison

CLASS OF 2020 Information

We hope all is well and welcome to the 12th grade! The RVHS School Counseling staff is eager to work with you during your senior year and prepare you for life after high school. We want to inform you about some dates, tasks, and resources that will help you get the ball rolling on your post high school planning process.

Important Dates:

Senior Presentations – Week of September 9th

- School Counselors will be going to all US Government classes and giving presentations on post high school planning (college application process, NVCC, Military, Workforce, etc.)

Senior 1 on 1s – throughout September, October, & November

- School Counselors will be meeting with all the seniors in their caseload individually to go over their own specific plans for life after high school (Please feel free to reach out to your counselor and let them know a good time to meet)

LCPS College Fair – September 22nd, 2:30 – 5 pm, Stone Bridge HS

Senior Parent Post-Secondary Planning Night – September 26th, 6 pm, RVHS Auditorium

Financial Aid Night – September 26th, 7:30 pm, RVHS Auditorium

FAFSA Workshop – Saturday October 12th, Tuscarora HS

Gap Year Fair - February 6, 2020

LCPS Apprenticeship & Workforce Night - April 1, 2020 The Academies of Loudoun

Tasks to complete now:

Student & Parent Surveys:

- If you need a counselor recommendation for your college applications, please reach out to your counselor for information on how to access and complete. Once you have completed, please return to your counselor 2 to 3 weeks prior to your first application deadline date. This is an easy task to take care of now before senior year gets into full swing.

College Visits to RVH

Throughout the Fall we will be hosting numerous college visits in our career center. We encourage all 11th and 12th grade students to sign up to hear from each college they are interested in. See the screenshot below on how to sign up for these visits via naviance! Please sign up online through Naviance-Student, so that we can adequately plan for the amount of students that plan to attend!
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Upcoming College Visits

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Register for the LCPS College Fair

Students are strongly encouraged to register for the college fair so that they may receive a barcode to be used when providing information to college and university representatives. By registering for a barcode students will spend less time filling out information cards and gain important one-on-one time with representatives.

Students should click on the register button below to complete their information through www.gotocollegefairs.com then search for the VACRAO fair at Stone Bridge High School.

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FAFSA Completion Workshop

October 12th between 10 am and 12 noon at Tuscarora HS. Professionals will be on hand to answer your questions and provide assistance. These are the items you will need to complete the FAFSA:

  • Your Social Security number. It is important that you enter your Social Security Number correctly!
  • Your driver's license (if any)
  • Your 2017 W-2 forms and other records of money earned
  • Your (and if married, your spouse's) 2018 Federal Income Tax Return.
  • IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ
  • Foreign Tax Return, or
  • Tax Return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, or Palau
  • Your Parents' 2017 Federal Income Tax Return and W-2s (if you are a dependent student)
  • Your 2017 untaxed income records (child support received, interest income, veterans benefits, etc)
  • Your current bank statements (savings, checking, CDs, etc)
  • Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records
  • Your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Date parents were married, widowed, divorced or separated
  • Parents date of birth, including day, month and year

Keep these records! You will need them again. Do not mail these records to Federal Student Aid.

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LCPS Job for a Day

Once again Loudoun Schools will be offering Juniors and Seniors an incredible opportunity to participate in Job for a Day! Last year we had over 300 students participate county-wide and 10-12 students from Riverside. We would love to increase that number this year!

Students make connections in the community that could possibly lead to internships or jobs in the future. On October 10th during lunches, a representative from the program will visit our Career Center to meet with potential participants. Students will need to speak to their teachers about this year's schedule (November 13 and 18 (for Inova Hospital Placements only)) and discuss class schedule/work to be completed. Students will be able to preview jobs on the 11th at 5pm and then actual registration will begin online on October 14th at 8am. These jobs go quickly so students are advised to research and preview available jobs in advance and be ready to register as soon as the portal becomes available. Please contact Mrs. Robinson in the career center if you have any questions or to receive the student/parent agreement form.

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Testing Dates 2019-2020

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Looking to improve your ACT/SAT score? The popular prep program is here in Northern Virginia!!

Turbo Tutoring offers quality, affordable ACT & SAT prep seminars and we are proud to be partners with several area high schools in Virginia. For just $199, we cover all of the sections on the tests in single, 2 hour and 45 minute, interactive prep classes. We discuss strategies for eliminating incorrect answer choices and ways to move through the test faster and more efficiently. We also provide confidence-building techniques that can be applied to other exams as well. Packets for each section and take home questions are provided for students. Go to our website to read what students, parents, educators, and local media have said about Turbo Tutoring.

Register for our next ACT/SAT prep class! The 2019-20 prep class date options are below.

Westfield HS: 4700 Stonecroft Boulevard; Chantilly, VA 20151

Saturday, September 28th (SAT prep class) Saturday, March 7th (SAT prep class)

Saturday, October 26th (SAT prep class) Saturday, April 25th (SAT prep class)

Briar Woods HS: 22525 Belmont Ridge Road; Ashburn, VA 20148

Thursday, September 12th (ACT prep class) Thursday, April 30th (SAT prep class)

Wednesday, February 5th (ACT prep class) Thursday, June 4th (SAT prep class)

Stone Bridge HS: 43100 Hay Road; Ashburn, VA 20147

Wednesday, October 2nd (SAT prep class) Tuesday, June 2nd (ACT prep class)

Wednesday, March 11th (SAT prep class)

Is your son or daughter someone who might do better with a one-on-one prep class? Is our schedule of classes not convenient to your availability? Contact us about setting up a private prep class at: turbotutoringinfo@gmail.com . All of the same material is provided and discussed. Cost for the individual prep class: $400.

Check out our website for additional information, and to register! www.turbo-tutoring.com

Job Opportunities

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Scholarship Information

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships

The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships – Up to $40,000 per year for four-years - recently opened to accept applications. This renewable scholarship is offered to high-achieving graduating high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best accredited four-year colleges and universities. Applicants must earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above and receive standardized test scores of either an SAT total score of 1200 or above OR an ACT Composite Score of 26 or above. Applicants must demonstrate unmet financial need by providing information on the family’s Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) as reported on federal tax returns from the past three years of up to $95,000. (Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $26,000.) Applicants will complete the Common Application and add the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation as one of their “schools” to access the requirements that are specific to the college scholarship which includes eligibility questions, several short essays, college plans and intended major and financial information for the last three years. Two recommendations are required, one from an 11th grade teacher in a core academic subject, and, one from another teacher who is acquainted with your performance and character, and should be able to discuss your academic progress through the class curriculum, challenges you faced, how you overcame them, and your overall academic engagement. Deadline for the completed application is November 13, 2019.

The notification of award amounts will usually be received to the winners by an award letter within four weeks of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation receiving your Cost of Attendance from your four-year institution.

This scholarship has a lot of information with it and it is strongly suggested that students and their family review the information on the website at: https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/college-scholarship-program/

College Board Opportunity Scholarships. Offered by College Board, applying to college is a complicated process, so we’ve created a program that guides you through it. It doesn’t require an essay, application, or minimum GPA. Instead, it rewards your effort and initiative. Complete key steps along your path to college for a chance to earn scholarships. The more effort you put in, the more opportunities you have to earn a scholarship. Complete all six, and you’re eligible to earn $40,000. Scholarships will be awarded through monthly drawings to students who complete each action.

Education and Training Voucher Program. Applicants between 14-25 years of age that are currently in foster care of Fostering Futures; left foster care after turning 18, or left foster care through adoption or the Kinship Guardianship Program after turning 16. Applicants hold a high school diploma are GED Certificate. Applicant must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a post-secondary education or vocational training program. This program provides up to $5,000 per year in grant funds to assist with education and training expenses. Information on this program is obtained from the local Social Services Department of by calling: 804/726-7905.

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship fund honors Americans in our Armed Forces who have been killed or permanently disabled in an operational mission or training accident by offering scholarships for their children. Although earlier thedeadline stated July 31 for the 2019-2020 school year, the information remains open on their website for both new and current recipients. Information can be found at their website: https://www.fascholarship.com/apply/

Schoolhouse Connection’s Scholarships. (Applicants have experienced homelessness). Scholarships for students who are entering college for the first time during the 2020-2021 school year and have experienced homelessness within the last six years. Applicant must have been born on or after November 10, 1999. Scholarships are open to those who are high school seniors, or in a GED program; or who have taken a gap year but still meet the other criteria. Undocumented students who meet these criteria are also eligible.

The Gates Scholarship. The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation, and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential. Applicants winning a scholarship receive full cost of attendance that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution as determined by the FAFSA. Deadline for this scholarship is September 15, 2019. The online application can be found at: https://www.thegatesscholarship.org/scholarship.

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