RVH School Counseling
About Our Department
The Riverside School Counseling department is a team of 14 dedicated individuals working collaboratively to meet the needs of 1,812 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
Get connected with us on remind, text @7a0b5 to 81010
Follow us on twitter @RVHCounseling
Rob Yarborough, Director of School Counseling
Susan Westgate, Registrar
Marsha Gobrecht, School Counseling Assistant
Evan Rodgers, School Counselor (12th A-CL; 9-11th A-CARR)
Kevin Burke, School Counselor (12th CM - HOO; 9-11th CARS-GH)
Cassandra Asekhauno, School Counselor (9-11th GI-KOO)
Scott Valyear, School Counselor (12th HOP-MCC; 9-11th KOP-NI)
Anna Rizzo, School Counselor (12th MCD-ROSE; 9-11th NJ-SE)
Amy Burgess, School Counselor (12th ROSF-Z; 9-11th SEF-Z)
Robin Robinson, Career Center Specialist
Noelia Garcia-Gettmann, School Psychologist
Mrs. Frances Jester, Social Worker
Kim Hager, Student Assistant Specialist
Susan Sabloff, Parent Liaison
CONGRATULATIONS PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY HONOREES
Riverside is proud to announce that Tycho Svoboda has received the 2019 President's Volunteer Service Award due to the significant amount of time he has dedicated to causes in our community. Esha Tulsian was also recognized as a local honoree, congratulating her on her community service record.
We appreciate your contributions to Riverside and the greater Loudoun community !
Course Selection for 2019-2020
2018-2019 AP Testing
AP exams are scheduled at Riverside for May 6 to May 17, 2019. Please make every effort to schedule vacations, appointments, or other activities on dates that do not conflict with the testing dates. Make-up testing is only permitted for verified emergencies. Please check the schedule of the specific dates of individual exams and let Mr. Yarborough know if you have two exams scheduled at the same time or are concerned about a scheduling conflict. We wish your student a successful academic experience!
Dual Enrollment Classes
Participation in Dual Enrollment (DE) courses allows students to meet requirements for high school graduation while simultaneously earning college credits upon successful completion of the course. DE courses taught at the high school by a credentialed LCPS teacher enable students to earn these credits through agreements with partnering colleges or universities. DE course descriptions list the number of college credits that can be earned.
DE course offerings in LCPS high schools are determined by student interest, existing course offerings, and availability of teachers possessing the endorsements required to teach the course. Not all DE courses will be available at all LCPS high schools. Students should speak with their school counselor to determine which courses are available at their high school.
How do I take a DE Class?
- Speak with your School Counselor
- If you would like to enroll for a Dual Enrollment course(s) for the 2019-2020 school year, register here: Northern Virginia Community College. Choose create an account if you have not previously taken a DE course/applied to NVCC. You can follow these step by step directions!
- Print out the "Intent to Pursue Dual Enrollment Course(s)" form for each course and have you and your parent/guardian sign it. Forms can be found on our website
- Return the form to School Counseling before April 1, 2019.
- If you don't meet the qualifying DE scores listed on the "Intent to Pursue Dual Enrollment Course(s)" form, you will have to take the Virginia Placement Test (VPT). Note that PSAT Reading Scores cannot be used for DE English or Biology any longer. Riverside will offer the test during the school day (March 27 & April 12). If a student cannot test on the dates provided, it is the student's responsibility to go to the Loudoun Campus and test, see your School Counselor for specific information.
Class of 2019 Information
Dear Senior Rams and Parents:
We know that many of you are well along in the application process and are awaiting word from your chosen colleges and universities. For students who are still working on applications, here are links to your Senior Self-Assessment and Parent Assessment, which are required should you need a counselor letter of recommendation. These Assessments should be returned to counselors soon if counselor recommendations are needed. Counselors have been and will continue to meet with their seniors to discuss their post-secondary plans. We look forward to working with your senior this year! Please check out our Senior Resources page https://www.lcps.org/Page/181786
The application for our Riverside PTSO Higher Education Scholarship ($1,000) and the Riverside PTSO Vocational Scholarship ($1000) is now available and posted on our website. Applications can be submitted to Mrs. Robinson in the Career Center or sent to the school c/o the PTSO by April 12, 2019.
College Representatives Visiting
Northern Virginia CC March 19 at 11 am
University of Louisville- Tuesday March 26th at 12 noon
US Air Force- TBD (re-scheduled due to snow days)
UNC Wilmington- April 3rd at 11 am
Penn College of Technology April 5 at 1 pm
Northern Virginia CC April 9 at 10 am
Class of 2020 Information
Northern Virginia Community College
NOVA's High School Outreach Coordinator Cathy Hall will be visiting the Career Center on March 19th at 11am to meet with students who are interested in applying to and attending NOVA. Students can sign up to vist with her via their Naviance account and she visits with us on a monthly basis if there are follow up questions/new students interested.
Also, there will be a NOVA Vision 2019 seminar on Friday May 3 from 3:30 to 6 pm for students applying to NOVA who have an individualized education plan (IEP). Registration begins at 3:30 pm followed by introductions and brief talks on pathways, financial aid, tutoring, writing center and student life. Break-out sessions will follow for both students and parents. Student ambassadors will also be available to offer campus tours.
Build Your Path--Promoting Careers in the Built Enivronment Industry
Build your path is a sustained campaign in the mid-atlantic region to promote the next generation of building professionals. Details about careers in traditional college pathways (architecture, engineering, construction management) as well as apprenticeship pathways (electrician, plumbers, HVAC) and vocational pathways (carpentry, masonry) can be found at
http://buildyourpath.org/. Career descriptions are outlined including earning potential and educational opportunities!
UVA ENGINEERING OPEN HOUSE
Mental Health and Wellness Events
ACT and SAT Test Dates
Test date - April 13, register by March 8 (at JCHS)
Test date - June 8, register by May 3
Test date - July 13, register by June 14
FREE ACT STUDY GUIDE: https://www.mometrix.com/academy/act-study-guide/
Test date - May 4, register by April 5
Test date - June 1, register by May 3
FREE SAT PREP on Khan Academy - sync your College Board account to prep from your PSAT
Naviance & Kaplan Livestreaming Courses
The courses align to the industry College, Career and Life Readiness (CCLR) Framework and help students develop critical academic skills, interpersonal skills, career knowledge, college preparation knowledge, and transition skills to support their academic journey.
Learn more about the https://www.naviance.com/content/kaplan-partnership and access implementation resources, including email templates to share the courses with students and parents.
Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors interested in the military? The next ASVAB test will be held at Tuscarora HS on Saturday, April 6th at 8:00 am.The ASVAB test is open to all LCPS students, grades 10-12. Please pre-register by checking with Mrs. Robinson in the Career Center at Riverside if you intend to test.
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program can help young adults identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations and develop effective strategies to realize career goals.
The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is one of the most widely used, multiple-aptitude tests in the world, developed and maintained by the Department of Defense. More than half of all high schools nationwide administer the ASVAB test to students in grades 10, 11 and 12 (sophomores cannot use their scores for enlistment eligibility).
The ASVAB consists of the following eight individual tests:
-Auto and Shop Information
Students are provided with scores on each of these individual tests and three Career Exploration Score composites: Verbal Skills, Math Skills and Science and Technical Skills. The battery takes approximately three hours to complete, and test results are returned to schools in a few weeks.
The Military uses students’ ASVAB scores to identify the occupations that best suit their abilities. Junior, senior and post-secondary school students can use their ASVAB scores for enlistment for up to two years after taking the test.
More information on the ASVAB can be found here.
We recently sent out an email message with further information on researching scholarships. This information can be found here under handouts.
If you need an official transcript, or for general assistance with scholarships, please see Mrs. Robinson in the Career Center.
Ali Nawab Pay-it-Forward Scholarship
Central Loudoun Little League Scholarship
Central Loudoun Little League Scholarship
(4 @ $500 - one per each high school)
CLLL’s annual scholarship was developed in 2012 with the intent of recognizing one individual from each of the high schools within our boundaries, (Heritage High School, Loudoun County High School, Riverside High School, and Tuscarora High School), who have demonstrated a commitment to baseball, our community, and continuing his or her education.
- Applicant must have been a player participant or youth umpire in Central Loudoun Little League.
- Applicant must be in the graduating class of 2019.
- Applicant plans to enroll in an accredited community college, trade school, college or university as a full-time or part-time student.
- The scholarship is payable to the educational institution directly upon proof of enrollment.
- Applicant must submit a minimum one page, double-spaced essay detailing the impact that their experience in CLLL has had on their lives. Essay must include the years of participation in the league.
Selection of the scholarship recipient will be made by the CLLL Board of Directors. Please note that CLLL reserves the right not to award the scholarship if we do not receive suitable applications
All essays must be emailed to the League President at email@example.com no later than April 30, 2019.
Women in Technology
Loudoun Aces Baseball Scholarship
The Loudoun Aces Baseball Club (LABC) has created a scholarship this year to recognize students who are graduating seniors and who have played baseball in the Aces organization. The first Aces team was created in 2009 (when the 2019 graduating seniors were 9 years old) and teams have been added at ages 8U-17U since that time. The intent is to recognize one individual from each of the high schools within the Central Loudoun area, (Heritage, Loudoun County High School, Riverside and Tuscarora High School), who have demonstrated a commitment to baseball, our community and continuing his or her education.
- Applicant must have been a player on an Aces team for at least one full season
- Applicant must be in the graduating class of 2019
- Applicant plans to enroll in an accredited community college, trade school, college or university as a full-time or part-time student
The $500 scholarship is payable to the student directly upon proof of enrollment. An essay detailing the impact that their experience with the Aces has had on their lives to date and how they think it will help them in the future. The essay must include the years of participation with the Aces.
Please note that LABC reserves the right not to award the scholarship if we do not receive suitable applications.
All essays must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 30, 2019 – Decisions will be made in May before the students graduate.
Friends of Ashburn Library Scholarship
ADS Scholarship 2019
Latest News & Announcements
Fourth Circuit Sponsors 2019 High School Essay Contest
January 28, 2019
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is seeking submissions for its 2019 essay contest. Students are invited to consider and share their thoughts on the question:
“How has the right to freedom of speech established for public school students in the Supreme Court case of Tinker v. Des Moines evolved in the 50 years since it was decided?”
The contest is open to all students currently in grades 9 through 12 from Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Essays are limited to 1,000 words and must be submitted by April 15, 2019. Students have the opportunity to win one of three cash prizes: first place, $2,000; second place, $1,500; and third place, $1,000.
Winners will be announced in July, and travel will be provided to the court’s Constitution Day event in September 2019.
For additional information and instructions on how to submit an essay, visit www.ca4.uscourts.gov/essay-contest-2019.
For questions, contact the Fourth Circuit Clerk’s Office at email@example.com or (804) 916-2706.
Please note: Children, grandchildren, stepchildren, or members of the household of a federal judge or federal judiciary employee are excluded from the competition.
LCPS Summer in the Arts 2019
Online registration for the Summer in the Arts program will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6th, and will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12th, (unless the program reaches capacity earlier).
The link for the Summer in the Arts webpage is https://www.lcps.org/Page/78249
Summer in the Arts is an arts enrichment program for rising sixth- through 12th-graders. The program offers a wide range of classes including instrumental, vocal, theater, visual arts, dance, literary courses and robotics.
The program runs from Monday, June 17th, through Thursday, June 27th, at Heritage High School.
Center for Legal & Court Technology (CLCT) at William & Mary Law School
Registration is open for our upcoming summer law-related program for high school students. Classes are filling up, and if any of your students are interested in original extra-curricular activities, our courses would be perfect!
Our unique and innovative program consists of interactive and dynamic modules designed to stimulate students' conceptual learning and problem-solving skills. The courses cover a variety of topics ranging from:
- the U.S. legal system,
- contracts and torts, and
- legal issues arising from emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence.
We recommend these courses to students who are keen to explore what studying law entails, and also for those who have a passion for government studies or are interested in business and technology.
The courses are taught by Professors Fred Lederer and Iria Giuffrida, members of the faculty at William & Mary Law School and respectively CLCT's Director and Associate Director for Research. All classes are held at the William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, VA, which offers an exceptional opportunity for high school students to experience life in a law school that is home to the most technologically advanced courtroom in the nation.
The full list of courses, including dates, prices, and enrolment details, is available on CLCT's website: www.legaltechcenter.net.
For more information, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-221-2494.
Smithsonian Latino Center Program for Young Ambassadors
Actuarial Science Camp
Lebanon Valley College has a one-week summer program for rising high school seniors who want to learn more about the profession. Here's a link to the program web site. If you have questions about the program, please contact Mr. Patrick Brewer, Director of Actuarial Science Lebanon Valley College at 717-867-6082.
Engineering for High School Girls
2019 Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Summer Program
George Mason Conflict Resolution Youth Summit
George Washington University Summer Program
The George Washington University's Medical Laboratory Sciences department will be holding its 3rd annual Summer Immersion Program. Students will have the opportunity to select from two, one-week options in the month of July.
The summer immersion is intended for high school students with limited laboratory experience to gain theory and skills performing hands-on biomedical laboratory techniques. In order to be considered for the program students must have completed both Algebra 1 and Biology, with a letter grade of B or better. Unofficial transcripts must be scanned and emailed to email@example.com with the applicant's name in the subject line. Please see your guidance counselor as to how to obtain your unofficial transcript.
To access the application and for additional information, go to: https://smhs.gwu.edu/medical-laboratory-sciences/programs/summer-immersion-program.
The application deadline has been extended to March 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST.
Inquiries from parents and students should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOB AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
We Rock the Spectrum
We Rock the Spectrum gym is looking for students who:
* have a passion for working with all children
* want to help make a difference in their community
* have a lively and positive personality
* are responsible and reliable
* have a customer service skills
Flexible scheduling and help during weekends, special events, parents night out and camps during Spring Break and Summer. Great for students looking to into a career in Education, Special Ed or any Child-Related field.
We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym - Loudoun
22446 Davis Drive, Sterling, VA 20164
Job Opportunities at Douglass Community Center
Douglass Community Center in Leesburg is currently looking to hire rising juniors/graduating seniors for our instructor and camp leader positions. Students may contact us via phone or email at 703-771-5913 or email@example.com if interested.
Continental Pools- Lifeguarding Jobs
Atomic Trampoline is Hiring
Williams Martial Arts and Fitness
Williams Martial Arts & Fitness in Ashburn is looking for dependable, energetic and responsible Riverside students to work with children K-6 in the afternoon. As a counselor, you will be helping them with homework, supervising group games, creating activities, and inspiring them to become responsible, confident young adults. Please call 703-858-3800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
The Yellow Pail Project
For additional information about anything listed in our newsletter, please visit our website or contact our office at (703) 554 -8907.