OVHS Counseling Department News

May 2022

Contents

School Community

Post-Secondary Planning

Careers

Guidance

Contacts

Resources

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School Community

Student Assistance Program

Caron’s Student Assistance Program can provide comprehensive behavioral health assessments for students in 5th-12th grade. Students can be recommended by a school’s Student Assistance Program Core Team or at the request of a parent.


Following written parental permission, Caron’s Student Assistance Program Specialists will meet with a student individually to complete the confidential assessment which will focus on issues related to substance abuse, mental health, and any other areas of concern in a young person’s life. Upon completion of the comprehensive assessment, the Caron SAP Specialist will work with the family to make recommendations designed to support the student in addressing the identified stressors. The Caron SAP Specialist will provide support to the school and family in their efforts to implement the recommendations.


Assessments can also be arranged privately for any parent concerned about their teen. It is the parent’s decision if they would like their child’s school to be part of this process.

For questions about the SAP process, please contact your school counselor.

Meet OVSD's New SAP Specialist

Hello! My name is McKenzie Epler. I graduated from Exeter High School and Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Psychology degree. Currently, I am studying at Alvernia University for my Master of Clinical Counseling degree. My goal is to graduate in 2024 and become a licensed professional counselor. I began working for the Caron Foundation, specifically the Student Assistance Program, in 2022. While I am the SAP specialist at Oley School District, I will be located at the middle school on Mondays and Thursdays, and I will be at the high school on Tuesdays and Fridays. I look forward to meeting everyone soon!

What's Trending - Counterfeit Pills

Message from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA):

Today, the country is facing an unprecedented opioid crisis that has already cost more than 100,000 lives in a single year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Fentanyl, the main driver for over 60% of these deaths, is a synthetic opioid being used illegally to produce counterfeit drugs that are lethal. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), criminal drug networks are mass-producing fake pills and falsely marketing them as legitimate prescription pills to deceive the American public. These pills are easy to purchase, widely available, often contain fentanyl or methamphetamine, and can be deadly. Fake prescription pills are easily accessible and often sold on social media and e-commerce platforms, making them available to anyone with a smartphone, including minors. We encourage you to download our new “What’s Trending?” to learn more about the dangers of counterfeit pills.

College/Post-Secondary Planning

Paying for College - Part Two

Take a moment to check out this article below from The Morning Call. It contains great tips, important information and a host of valuable resources on ways to pay for college and how to minimize student debt.

First Generation College Students

Video stories by First Generation College students are being collected and shared to inspire others. See link below to hear some of these personal stories and feel free to share your own.

Careers

2021-22 Senior High School Internship Students - Natalie, Tanner, Abby, Addy and Julie

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Internships

Internships can be an invaluable experience in learning hands-on employment skills, engaging in career-related situations and simultaneous problem-solving, all while honing those intangible soft skills. OVSD offers Internship experience for credit to Juniors and Seniors in good academic standing. Please see your counselor for more information.

Guidance

Summer School Academy

The 2022 Summer BOL paperwork can be found in the link below. This paperwork is ONLY for students* who are accelerating in their courses over the summer.


This packet needs to be completed, signed, and returned to the OVHS Guidance Office no later than June 3th.


For those students in need of credit recovery, a separate letter will be sent home with information on how and when to register. Also, if you are interested in having your child participate in a booster class over the summer, please contact your child's counselor for more details. Informational flyers on both credit recovery and booster classes can be found in the resource selection in this newsletter.


BOL Summer Class Orientation will be online and is scheduled for June 9 from 11 am – 1 pm.


ALL Summer classes - accelerated, credit recovery, and booster - end on August 8th. There will be NO extension granted.


*Students need to register using their personal email addresses.

End Of Year Information

Marking period 4/EOY Report Card will be available for viewing on June 15th after 4:00 PM.


Current BOL classes for Seniors end on May 26th; Underclassmen on June 2nd.


Laptop return schedule:

JUNE 2 - ALL SENIORS

June 6 - 11th grade & 10th grade (A-L)

June 7 - 9th grade & 10th grade (M-Z)

Transcripts - Seniors

Seniors and their parents - Final transcripts will be forwarded to your college of choice based on the information provided in the Naviance Senior Survey. If you have not yet completed this survey, please make sure to complete this task ASAP. The link to complete the survey is attached below. Instructions can be found on the Schoology Class of 2022 Page.

Class Of 2022

The OVHS Counseling Department would like to express our sincere well wishes and bittersweet goodbyes to the Class of 2022. You will be fondly remembered and always welcomed back.

22-23 Student Schedules

22-23 Student Schedules will be sent home via mail during the last week in June. Included in the June mailing will be instructions for parents on how to approve of their student's schedule or request a change. All change requests must be entered into the accompanying google form address no later than August 1, 2022. After August 1st, all schedules are final and considered approved.

Community Service Hours

Just a reminder to all rising Seniors - Community Service (30 hours) MUST be completed AND logged in with the Guidance Office to be eligible for Senior Privileges, including Teacher Aide, Internship, OV Fair Activities, Fall Sports and Early Dismissal.

Parent Feedback Requested

The Guidance Counselors strive to provide meaningful information, resources and communication with parents and students. This year was the first year that we used the online newsletter platform as one of those methods. Now that the year is coming to a close, we could use parent input and feedback on how effective this platform was and what we could change or add going forward.


Please kindly complete this survey below by June 8th. Your feedback is very important to us.

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

RESOURCES

VOICEup Berks

The application for the 2022-2023 Youth Advisory Board is now open! Applications for the 2022-2023 school year remain open through May 27 with interviews occurring in June and YAB members chosen by July 1. All high-school students from Berks County are encouraged to apply before the May 27th deadline.

SAP Design Content

See below for more information.

Summer Camps in the Region

Health and Wellness Fair

Please see the flyer below for more information regarding a BCIU sponsored Health and Wellness Fair being offered this summer.
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New Suicide Prevention Number coming soon

States prepare for summer launch of new 988 suicide prevention number

The transition to 988 is ‘not optional,’ according to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has been in operation since 2005 and is funded by HHS. Callers currently reach the critical 24/7 national hotline by phoning the 10-digit number: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). Starting July 16, the FCC will establish 988 as an easy-to-remember three-digit dialing code for suicide prevention and mental health crises. Calls to that number will be redirected to 1-800-273-8255, which will stay operational during and after the 988 transition.
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BOL Flyers

Please see the flyers below for more information on BOL Credit Recover and Booster classes.
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