OVHS Counseling Department News

February

Contents

Recent Events

College/Post Secondary

Careers

Guidance

Reminders

Contact Information

Resources

Recent Events

PAW Squad Leaders at the MS Career Fair

Aevidum

Last month, the OVHS Aevidum Team participated in a virtual workshop with Aevidum teams from five other school districts and one local college. Our team had the chance to talk to other teens close to home (Nazareth Area High School) and far away (North Dakota!) about their Aevidum programs. We had the opportunity to discuss the message our OVHS Aevidum team wants to convey by promoting a positive school environment, improving mental wellness and working towards preventing teen suicide.

Aevidum Workshop

Random Acts of Kindness

February 17th was Random Acts of Kindness Day. Each student received a positive note of encouragement in the morning, compliments of our OVHS Aevidum Team. Everyone was encouraged to spread the kindness forward throughout the day!

PA Suicide Prevention Youth Campaign

PA Suicide Prevention Task Force began their youth campaign by asking all Pennsylvania school district and college students to compete in a poster, video and audio contest with the overall message of preventing suicide and providing hope to those that need it. The entries are in and the task force is asking for help in deciding the winners. Below is the public link to vote for your favorite in each category. There is also a school-wide vote which OVHS will participate in by sending our overall winning votes.

National Merit Scholarship Finalist

Congratulations to OVHS Senior Gretchen Kimmel! Gretchen is a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program. Great Job Gretchen!

College/Post-Secondary Education

OVCEF Scholarship


Application due date is Monday, February 28, 2022 by 11:59pm. No late applications will be accepted. Qualifying candidates are required to complete and submit a scholarship application, cover letter, 3 references, and resume, to participate in an interview with a Foundation Board of Trustee and attend an interview recap meeting during Lynx period the first week of April 2022. Interviews will take place the evenings of Monday, March 21, 2022, and Tuesday, March 22, 2022, beginning at 7 PM.

To learn more about the 8 scholarship opportunities or to apply, visit their website at https://www.oleyvalleycef.com/scholarships

Mid-Year Transcripts

Mid-Year Transcript requests: If your student needs their Mid-Year Transcript forwarded to perspective post-secondary institutions, they should reach out to their OVHS counselor via Schoology messenger.

Berks County College Fair 2022

On March 8th, the OVHS counselors will be offering a morning field trip to the annual Spring Berks County College Fair 2022. This year's county-wide fair is being held at Alvernia University. Our field trip that morning is available for any interested Junior and Senior students. Please stop down in the Guidance Office to pick up a field trip permission form - permission forms must be returned by March 4th. The trip will leave at approximately 8:30 AM and return before lunch.

**Face coverings are still required on all buses

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NCAA

NCAA Eligibility: College-bound athletes who wish to play a sport at a DI or DII university should begin planning their high school courses early so that they have the best chance of meeting all the requirements for NCAA eligibility. The OVHS counselors often field questions from students and parents each year regarding NCAA regulations and aligned courses. Below are several resources that provide a deeper dive into NCAA eligibility and considerations while in high school.

PHEAA Financial Aid Webinar Series

PHEAA is offering a free webinar series (see below) to parents and students preparing for post-secondary education. The series includes information about FASFA, Junior year planning and a general overview of the financial aid process.

Careers

Workforce Options

Graduating Seniors heading out into the workforce have more options than ever before. Below is a list of some of the best careers for high school graduates with entry-level positions and room to grow in the future with training and experience.

Mack Truck is Hiring

Mack Truck is looking for Production and Material Technicians, among other positions, at their location in Macungie, PA. Mack Truck provides its employees with a sizable tuition reimbursement program and other hiring incentives. Any Senior student heading out into the workforce may want to consider this opportunity, especially if they have plans to continue their education while employed full-time. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Guidance

Keystone and PSSA scores

Next week, the Guidance Office will be mailing home Keystone and PSSA scores from the Spring 2021 testing window. If you have any questions about your child's score, please contact your student's counselor.

ATTENTION CLASS OF 2024:

State Board of Education 2022 HS Student Representative Application:

Applications are being accepted to fill a high school student position on the Pennsylvania State Board of Education (Board). The applicant must be a rising junior and be a member of the Class of 2024.

In 2008, the Board amended its by-laws to add two high school student members - one junior student member and one senior student member - as well as two students from the higher education sector. These positions have provided public school students with an unprecedented voice in the development of education policy. The student members serve on the Board in a non-voting, advisory capacity, and act as a liaison with their peers regarding policy issues under consideration by the Board. The Board has benefited greatly from the contributions of the student members, and their views have become an important part of the Board’s deliberations on education issues.

The Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils (PASC) is charged with recommending high school students to serve on the Board. Applications for a high school junior student member will be accepted until March 7, 2022. The 2022 student member application is available by clicking this link. Finalists for the position will be asked to participate in a virtual interview with PASC staff.

If you need additional information regarding this opportunity, please contact RoseAnn Fulena, Executive Director of the PASC, at 724.971.4599 or at executivedirector@pasc.net.

Course Selection 22-23

Just a reminder that course selection sheets are now overdue. If your student has not submitted their course selection sheet for next year, please have them return their form to the Guidance Office as soon as possible.


The 22-23 Course Catalog is attached below for your convenience.

Reminders

March 8th - Berks County College Fair at Alvernia

March 17th - Parent Teacher Conference Night

March 25th - End of Marking Period 3

OVHS Guidance Office

Please reach out to us with any questions


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

Naval Academy Bus Tour for Interested Students

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