RVH School Counseling

March 2019

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

Website: http://www.loudoun.k12.va.us/domain/17735

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


The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. It recognizes young people who’ve made a difference – and inspired countless others to consider how they might contribute to their communities.

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

Counselors have now met with the majority of their students individually to review each students course requests and academic plan. All course registration materials have been posted here. Students and parents may access their course requests in ParentVue and Student Vue. Please keep an eye out for course verification letters which will be mailed home toward the end of April 2019. All course request changes for the 2019-20 school year must be turned in to your counselor by June 7, 2019.

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.

Academies of Loudoun /Monroe Advanced Technical Academy

March/April 2019 – Admissions offers will be posted in admissions portal

April/May 2019 - Students must accept or decline all admissions offers

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

Juniors! As you continue planning for college, we have several information sessions planned for you in the next few months. With that in mind, spring is a great time to visit colleges you are interested in. If you are planning tours during spring break (April 13-18) be aware that some school's events fill quickly and this is a great time of year to register in advance! Most Virginia Colleges and Universities April calendars for tour/information session registration will open in mid February 2019! JMU, CNU, VT and UVA calendars are now open for Spring Break dates!


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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.

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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!

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UVA Engineering will hold an open house on Saturday April 6th from 9 am to 3:30 pm at Thornton Hall ! Join us and discover how UVA students make a name for themselves in whatever they choose to study! UVA is dedicated to every student's success and is the # 1 Public Engineering School in the US for its 4 year graduation rate ! Register here.
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Mental Health and Wellness Events

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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

Hobsons and Kaplan have entered an exclusive partnership to offer students and parents at Naviance schools access to Naviance CCLR Live by Kaplan, a series of interactive livestreaming courses. Naviance users have free access for a limited time to all Naviance CCLR Live by Kaplan 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.
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Military Opportunities

Each month respresentatives from our military visit Riverside during lunch periods to speak with any interested students. U.S. Navy recruiter Stephen Hunter visits on the first Monday of the month. U.S.Army recruiter SFC Dustin Koch visits on the first Wednesday of the month, and U.S. Marines recruiter SGT Luis J Burgos visits on the first Thursday of the month. Students can also see Mrs. Robinson in the career center for brochures and recruiter contact information.

ASVAB Testing

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:

-General Science
-Arithmetic Reasoning
-Word Knowledge
-Paragraph Comprehension
-Mathematics Knowledge
-Electronics Information
-Auto and Shop Information
-Mechanical Comprehension

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.


Seniors, please check out the information we have posted on our website and the main LCPS website regarding potential scholarships to apply for! Also, the new LCPS Scholarship Handbook for 2019 is complete and now available.

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

This $500 scholarship honors the memory of Ali Nawab who graduated from Riverside in 2018. To apply, Riverside seniors should submit a short essay describing obstacles that they have overcome. This should be submitted to Mrs. Robinson in the Career Center by April 30th. No minimum GPA is specified. The recipient student agrees to contribute the same amount of funds he or she received at some point in their lives whenever they have the means to help another student financially.

JMU Scholarships

JMU MetroDukes Alumni Chapter offers several scholarships (Legacy and Chapter). Scholarships are available to high school graduating seniors who plan to attend JMU for the Fall 2019 semester. If an applicant has questions regarding the scholarships s/he may contact Sarah Orem at oremse@jmu.edu. The online applications may be found here. Deadline for the scholarships is May 29, 2019.

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 jj.blton@gmail.com no later than April 30, 2019.

Women in Technology

VIP Women in Technology Scholarship - $2,500 per recipient – This scholarship is offered to women students who are enrolled or accepted into either a two or four-year college or university for the 2019-20 school year. Applicants must be planning a career in computer science, information technology management information systems, or another related field. Applicants must have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average or higher. The applicant must answer an essay question and applicant summary and participate in community service and/or extracurricular activities. An unofficial transcript is required. The application package must be emailed to WITS@trustvip.com or postmarked by April 15th, 2019. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

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 loudounacesbaseball@gmail.com no later than April 30, 2019 – Decisions will be made in May before the students graduate.

Friends of Ashburn Library Scholarship

The Friends of Ashburn Library (FOAL) Board is pleased to announce graduating senior scholarships in the amount of a minimum of $750 for each qualified/chosen student.You can find the 2019 FOAL Scholarship application here or pick up a copy in the Riverside library! Completed submissions are due by 19 April as stated on the application.

ADS Scholarship 2019

American Disposal Services Scholarship - $2,500 - Applicants for this scholarship must be a graduating LCPS high school senior that is a US citizen or permanent resident. Applicants must have participated in ONE of the following: completed and Environmental Science class at any high school level; joined an environmentally-focused group or committee at school or in the community. The applicant must have a 2.8 or higher GPA. The application package must contain one teacher or school counselor recommendation, a copy of the high school transcript, the completed application form and a 500 word essay on the topic described on the application form. Deadline for this scholarship is April 5, 2019 by which the applicant must email the complete application package to marketing@adsimail.com or by US mail to: American Disposal Services, Inc., Attn: Marketing Department, PO Box 1326, Centreville, VA 20122.
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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 essaycontest@ca4.uscourts.gov 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 medalt@wm.edu or 757-221-2494.

Smithsonian Latino Center Program for Young Ambassadors

This program is offered June 23-August 2, 2019 and is for graduating HS Seniors interested in a summer experience in Washington DC. The program is all expenses paid and includes a week in Washington DC and also a four week internship with $2,000 stipend. The application deadline is April 12, 2019 and more information can be found here.

Actuarial Science Camp

An actuary is a business professional who uses mathematical and financial tools to help identify and manage risk, so it's a great career for students who are strong mathematically but who are not necessarily interested in teaching. It's also great for students who like business and have good math aptitude.

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

Sweet Briar College is offering a pre college summer course from June 18-23rd. Girls will work in teams with Sweet Briar professors and students to create and bring a project through design and the problem solving process to reality. Ideal for both experienced students and those new to engineering. Cost is $700. Register at sbc.edu/engineering
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2019 Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Summer Program

We have received the application information for the 2019 Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Summer Program. This is an annual week long summer program for rising seniors in team building and mock trial sponsored by Loudoun County and Fauquier County Bar Associations. Students should be well-rounded individuals, motivated and eager to learn about the legal system. There is no cost for the program and 24 students will be selected. Applications are due by April 5, 2019. Selected participants will be notified by Friday April 19, 2019. See Mrs. Robinson in the career center for an application packet.

George Mason Conflict Resolution Youth Summit

The Conflict Resolution Youth Summit is a one-week summer day program (July 15-19, 2019 from 9 a.m to 5 pm) geared toward high school students (grades 10 to 12) offered by the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. This program will introduce you to topics within the field of conflict resolution such as social and political action, global engagement, justice and reconciliation, interpersonal dynamics and building peace in divided societies. There will be simulation labs, field trips and workshops led by experts in the field! Cost is $400. Apply now at bil.ly/CRYS2019

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 mlsimmersion@gwu.edu 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 mlsimmersion@gwu.edu.

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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

(571) 313-0335

Email: info@werockthespectrumloudoun.com

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 dcc@loudoun.gov if interested.

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Continental Pools- Lifeguarding Jobs

On January 14th and March 25th, Continental Pools will be visiting Riverside HS during lunches to recruit new summer pool managers and lifeguards! Students interested in part-time employment will be able to talk about these opportunities with a representative. They are looking to hire students who are at least 15 years of age. Students will become certified lifeguards and be trained in CPR, First Aid and AED certification.

Atomic Trampoline is Hiring

Atomic Trampoline is located in the Villages at Leesburg! Riverside students sixteen and older interested in part-time work, please contact Ms. Janet Miller, marketing manager at Atomic Trampoline, at marketingva@atomictrampoline.com

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 gowmaf@gmail.com if you are interested.

Choolaah BBQ

Choolaah BBQ in Cascades Overlook plaza in Sterling, VA is hiring. No late nights/flexible hours/weekly pay. Apply now at joinChoolaah.com

The Yellow Pail Project

RVHS students that need volunteer hours! The Yellow Pail Project is looking for students to help with this new endeavor to make getting food to those in need easier! Volunteers drop off yellow pails to donors doorsteps, donors fill them and then they are picked up and delivered to local food banks! Visit their website to learn more!

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