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Class of 2022! College Application, Transcript, Recommendation Processes

The School Counselors visited US Government classes on August 31 and September 1 to share with seniors the information and steps needed to follow through on college applications, transcripts, and recommendations. If you missed it in class or want to view it, check the Advisory 12 Schoology group for a copy of the slideshow. On Tuesday, September 21 at 7:30 PM in the Riverside Auditorium, the School Counselors will provide a presentation for parents.


National Merit Scholarship Competition Recognitions

Last October, about 1.5 million 11th graders from across the United States took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The NMSC uses PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores to determine 50,000 high-scoring participants who qualify for program recognition.

Riverside is proud to announce that we have 17 students who are among the 34,000 which the NMSC recognized as Commended Students. Some of these students may be candidates for Special Scholarships provided by corporate and business sponsors. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Sarah Afzal
  • Konstantinos Papalabrakopoulos
  • Abhiraam Bathula
  • Afia Paracha
  • Rohini Das
  • Noah Salehi
  • Anika Goel
  • Camron Sepehri
  • Isaac Goldman
  • Divya Sharma
  • Hao Gu
  • Yihong Song
  • Noelle Koo
  • Isabella Thissell
  • Sadhana Mallemudi
  • Brian Van Dyke
  • Aangad Minhas

We also have five (5) Semifinalists to recognize. The National Merit Scholarship Program recently announced approximately 16,000 Semifinalists from across the country, which include:

  • Laasya Doppalapudi

  • Edward Joo

  • Shyamanth Kudum

  • Shreya Paliwal

  • Alexander Steele

Semifinalists are the highest-scoring entrants in each state and have an opportunity to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million to be offered next spring. Congratulations to all the students recognized by NMSC for their outstanding academic performance.


Dear Parents and Guardians:

SENIORS: October 13-PSAT Day is an Asynchronous (you don't come to the schoolhouse)

Grades 9-11: Loudoun County Public Schools will be offering the PSAT 8/9 (Preliminary SAT) to students in grade 9 and the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) to students in grades 10 and 11 this year. The test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. This will be the only administration for the 2021-2022 school year. Registration is not required and there will be no cost for students. This letter provides some information about the PSAT assessments.

Both the PSAT 8/9 and the PSAT/NMSQT assessments measure mathematics, reading, and writing. The tests focus on reasoning skills, knowledge, and comprehension. They are one indicator of college readiness and provide students the opportunity to prepare for college entrance exams. Additionally, students in grade 11 who take the PSAT/NMSQT are eligible to compete for National Merit Scholarships. Additional information on both the PSAT 8/9 and the PSAT/NMSQT can be found at the College Board PSAT website at and also the LCPS Office of Assessment website.

Additionally, it may be helpful to download the specific student guides found here:

PSAT 8/9 Student Guide 2021-2022

PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide 2021-2022

For additional questions regarding the PSAT administration, please contact your Schoo Testing Coordinator, Michi Bryant at


Interested in applying to The Academies of Loudoun?

The application portal will open in December for students applying to programs for the 2022-23 school year. HOWEVER, students MUST have a current PSAT score to apply. If you are a current 9th, 10th, or 11th grade student planning to apply for an Academy program next year, make sure you take the PSAT on October 13!

As the Fall 2021 PSAT testing day draws near, please understand high school students interested in applying to the Academies of Loudoun MUST have a PSAT (NMSQT) score on file in order to apply to the Academies of Loudoun during the 2022 Winter Admissions Cycle.


2022 Winter Admissions Cycle - For enrollment in school year 2022-2023

Application Timeline & Requirements

  • Window Opens | December 6, 2021 – For Academies of Loudoun Winter 2022 Admissions
  • Window Closes | February 15, 2022 - Winter admissions window closes at 12:00 p.m. (noon)
  • Winter Admissions Testing Session | Saturday, February 19, 2022 (For Advanced AET applicants only)
  • March 2022 - admissions offers will be posted in admissions portal
  • March-August 2022 - Students must accept or decline all admissions offers

MATA Admission Criteria – All applicants must submit an application in order to be considered for enrollment

  • Resume required (upload in admissions portal)

The resume must include:

Full name and LCPS student ID

All experiences or interests relevant to pathway choices in application

  • Career Goal Statement required (500 word max – upload in application portal)

  • Enrolled in Algebra I or above at time of application

  • PSAT score (NMSQT) required**

  • Review of Academic Record by counselor and admissions office

  • Verification of on-time graduation requirements by high school counselor

  • Counselor recommendation required (automated process through application portal for LCPS students)

Advanced AET Admission Criteria - All applicants must submit an application in order to be considered for enrollment

  • Currently enrolled in Math Analysis

  • Successful completion of 2 science credits by the end of 10th grade (Research Earth Science and/or Research Biology and/or Research Chemistry are recommended)

  • Final grade of C or above in each course in grade 9 and grade of C or above in each course for Semester I of grade 10

  • PSAT scores (NMSQT)**

  • Writing Assessment score required

**Applicants without a PSAT score report may submit an SAT or an ACT score report as a substitute. Results must be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to February 17, 2022


A little help needed: We (as a school) do a great job of getting to class once we are in the schoolhouse! But, we have quite a few stragglers in the morning who are late for school. The last two weeks have been a trial run for the kids to work out their schedules (I'm really talking walking, driving, and drop-offs) to make sure they are in class by 9:15 am. Any help you can provide to help us start the day on time would be much appreciated!


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RVHS Weekly Bulletin


Monday, September 20, 2021: A Day / Ram Jam 3 - Early Release students to library/media center.

  • Fraze Out

  • 8:15 - Wave 6 PL Teacher Committee / Student Panel Check-In

  • 11:15-Admin Mtg.

  • 1:30 - College Visit: University of Chicago rep visit, Career Center, register in Naviance

  • 3:00 - College Visit: University of Virginia rep visit, Library, register in Naviance

  • Field Hockey @ Tuscarora vs. Briar Woods 6:45pm. Riverside—home team (bus leaves at 5:30pm)

  • Freshman Football vs. Stone Bridge 5:30pm

  • Volleyball vs. Freedom Fr/JV-5:45pm; Varsity-20 minutes after JV

  • Theatre Manager Interest Forms Due by 9pm

Tuesday, September 21, 2021: B Day / Ram Jam 8 - Early Release students to library/media center.

  • Fraze Out

  • 8:00-9:00 -The Bloopers Improv Team Practice

  • 8:15 - SpEd Dept Meeting L604

  • 8:30-12:00 AP Mtg @ IHS

  • Late registration deadline for October 2 SAT

  • District Golf Championship @ Brambleton 9:30am

  • 2:15 - H&PE - CLT 9 Meeting

  • 2:45 - Science Department Meeting

  • 3:30 – College Visit: Vanderbilt University virtual rep visit, Career Center, register in Naviance

  • 4:00-5:00 - Theatre Manager Interviews

  • 5:00-7:00 - Clue Play Rehearsal

  • 7:00-8:00 Theatre Parent Volunteer Meeting

  • 7:00 – Mental Health Awareness webinar “How did I miss that?”

  • 7:30 – Senior Parent Meeting presented by School Counseling on College Admissions Process, Auditorium

Wednesday, September 22, 2021: A Day / Advisory - Class Officer Elections

5:15 Activity Bus Begins

  • Fraze Out

  • 8:15 - National Honor Society Full Membership Meeting - Auditorium

  • 9:00-11:30 - Mrs. Northman and Ms. Jackson EIC3 Training

  • 9:30 – School Counseling Team Meeting

  • 10:30 - 12:30 - Wave 6 PL @ RVHS

  • 2:40 - CTE Department Meeting

  • 3:00 – College Visit: University of Kentucky rep visit, Career Center, register in Naviance

  • 3:30 – College Visit: Christopher Newport University, Career Center, register in Naviance

  • 5:00-7:00 - Clue Play Rehearsal

  • 7:00-PTSO Mtg.

  • Cross Country @ Woodgrove vs. Briar Woods, Woodgrove (early dismissal at 1pm)

Thursday, September 23, 2021: B Day / Ram Jam 5

  • Mason out all day, Training on Understanding and Healing Racial Trauma

  • US Army Recruiter visiting outside cafeteria during all lunches

  • 8:00-9:00 SIP Committee Meeting

  • 4:00-5:00 - Theatre Manager Interviews

  • 4:15 - Equity Team Meeting - Room 1206

  • Field Hockey @ Park View vs. Independence 6:45pm. Riverside—away team (bus leaves at 5:15pm)

Friday, September 24, 2021: A Day / Ram Jam 4

  • 8:15 - 9 Sources of Strength in Aux Gym

  • 9:25 IC Mtg.

  • 11:00-1:00 State of the Schools-Mr. Anderson

  • 11:25 - RVH AP Meeting

  • 1:30 – College Visit: Florida Institute of Technology rep visit, Career Center, register in Naviance

  • Varsity Football @ Stone Bridge 7pm (football buses leave at 4:30pm; cheer bus leaves at 6:15pm)

Saturday, September 25, 2021:

  • Cheer Invitational @ Stone Bridge

  • 9:00-3:00 - Clue Construction

Sunday, September 26, 2021

  • 9:00-3:00 - Clue Tech Production Day

  • Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Virtual College Fair (register here)

Coming Events:

Sept 27 - 8:15 - Club Council Meeting - Cafeteria

Sept 27 – Summer Governor’s School interest meetings during all lunches in Room 1302

Sept. 28 - RVHS’ BSU Meeting: 8:15 in Room 1804

Sept. 28 - PBIS Committee Meeting

Sept 29 - VA IEP Parent Information Night (room TBD)

Sept 29 – Quarter 1 Interim mark

Sept 30 - Riverside Attendance Matters Meeting (RAMT) - Room 1826

Oct 1 – Late registration deadline for Oct 23 ACT

Oct 1 - Club/Organization Rosters due to Dr. Di Nicola

Oct 2 – SAT Test Administration

Oct 12 – FAFSA Workshop Night webinar presented by NVCC

Oct 13 – PSAT for 9th, 10th, 11th graders administered at Riverside HS; 12th grade Asynchronous day

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