Southside Region 8

February 2016

National School Counseling Week-February 1st-5th

It is National School Counseling Week!! It is our week to celebrate!! Our theme this year is "School Counseling: The Recipe for Success". I hope that you are able to celebrate your great accomplishments this week and I hope that you are able to see the impact that you have on so many. The American School Counselor Association website has many great activities and ideas to help us celebrate!! Please send me your photos or a list of activities that may be taking place at your school site during this week. It would be great to display Region 8 on VSCA's social media sites. Members of VSCA should have received something in the mail from VSCA for this week. Please let me know if you have not received it. Again, Happy National School Counseling Week!!

VSCA Updates

Our VDOE school counseling specialist, Joe Wharff, met with Dr. Staples about the school counselor evaluation tool and it has been approved for VSCA to create and place on the state website as a resource for schools counselors. There will be more information to come as well as input directly from you, school counselors.

It is time for VSCA Board nominations. If you would like to run for a position on the board please visit We need people who will work hard and who like to have fun!!

Do you know an amazing school counselor or administrator? It's VSCA awards nomination time. Nominate & Celebrate. We have awesome school counselors and administrators in Region 8. Let's nominate them and celebrate them through the VSCA awards. Please visit

Student Scholarship Essay Competition is back!! Encourage your seniors to APPLY!! Go to for more information and details.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches participants to recognize and respond to warning signs of mental health issues and crises in adolescents (12-18) and teaches a 5-step action plan for crisis and non-crisis situations. It is an interactive training with hands-on activities, role plays, and simulations. You can visit

REMINDER: DOE asking all school counselors to add the STI numbers to any student currently enrolled in a Virtual Virginia course into Virtual Virginia student information system by Feb 15, 2016. The purpose is to grab data from those courses to help with verified credit and graduation discussions. Questions go to Mark Saunders

REMINDER: R U Ready & Ready or Not magazine/online for careers. Target audience is 10th graders but good for 6-12.

Military transfers and graduation requirements - using virtual learning to graduate. Virginia making compacts internationally to allow students to graduate. Call/email Joe with any questions for students who must transfer due to military and there are credit issues.


Attention High School Counselors!!! It is Super FAFSA Month!! SCHEV will offer another free webinar on February 11th. Please see below for more information or visit FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid). Let me know what activities you are conducting at your school to help assist your parents and students this month!

SCHEV: Both webinars are FREE and OPEN to all Virginians (students, parents, counselors, access providers, etc.); however, space is limited.

Webinar #1

Financial Aid 101: Federal student aid programs and the FAFSA

Thursday, January 21 at 5:30PM

Register now at

Webinar #2

How to Complete the FAFSA Tutorial

Thursday, February 11 at 5:30PM

Register now at

Region 8 Spring Meet & Greet

Friday, April 29th, 11am-1pm

200 East 3rd Street

Farmville, VA

I have heard from many of you that a time during the school day works best for Meet & Greets. The time and location has been set. Please let me know if you can attend.

Southside Region 8 Representative-Dominique Foster

  • Amelia
  • Appomattox
  • Brunswick
  • Buckingham
  • Charlotte
  • Cumberland
  • Greensville
  • Halifax
  • Lunenburg
  • Mecklenburg
  • Nottoway
  • Prince Edward