RVH School Counseling

November 2018

About Our Department

The Riverside School Counseling department is a team of 13 dedicated individuals working collaboratively to meet the needs of 1808 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 are pleased to welcome our new counselor, Cassandra Asekhauno to the Riverside family. We are very sorry to say good-bye to Amy Larrick as she pursues a new job opportunity. We will be hiring a new registrar shortly.

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

TBD, 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/College Center Specialist

Noelia Garcia-Gettmann, School Psychologist

Mrs. Frances Jester, Social Worker

Kim Hager, Student Assistant Specialist

Class of 2019 Information

Dear Senior Rams and Parents:

We are happy to have had a chance to visit with our 12th grade students during US Government classes in September. Topics covered included Post High School Planning options and an overview of the college application process. As part of our presentation, we talked about the 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

College Visits to RVH

Throughout the Fall we will be hosting numerous college visits in our career center. We encourage all 11th and 12th grade students to sign up to hear from each college they are interested in. See the screenshot below on how to sign up for these visits via naviance! Please sign up online through Naviance-Student, so that we can adequately plan for the amount of students that plan to attend!
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Upcoming College Visits

University of Delaware 11/7/18

Frostburg State University 11/8/18

Longwood University 11/15/18

Texas A&M 11/19/18

University of PIttsburgh Bradford 11/19/18

US Military Academy West Point 11/20/18

Radford ONSITE ADMISSIONS 11/30/18

Upcoming Events

Virginia Military Institute

VMI is a small, public college offering a broad range of degrees in engineering, science, the social sciences and liberal arts. VMI offers our nation’s best and brightest a personalized education in a military setting steeped in honor and integrity. A local Information Session will be held on Tuesday November 13 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at 1757 Golf Club 45120 Waxpool Road Dulles, VA 20166. Snacks and light refreshments provided. Please RSVP by Nov. 9 ! Contact TJ Lighton ’15 at tlighton@vmiaa.org if you have any questions.

Virginia Governor's School 2019

The Virginia Governor's School Residential Programs are approximately four weeks long and are held on various college and university campuses each summer. This program offers current 10th and 11th grade students the unique opportunity to work and study with other students of similar interests as well as mentors, professors and scientists. Applications can be found on the VDOE website: https://www.lcps.org/Page/636. Applications should be typed in entirety and are due back to the counseling office by December 4th - No Exceptions. If you have questions please feel free to reach out to Anna Rizzo in the School Counseling Office.

Academies of Loudoun (ACL)

The Academies of Loudoun are beginning to prepare for their winter admissions cycle, which includes admissions for Advanced AET (11th grade entry) and MATA programs (10th, 11th, and 12th grade entry). ACL will offer tours to interested students instead of the “shadowing” experience from previous years. These tours will be hosted by the ACL admissions team. Academies of Loudoun staff will provide guided tours of the facility, detailed information on the Advanced AET and MATA programs, and instructions on how to apply. Our Riverside students will tour ACL on January 8, 2019! Please see Mrs. Robinson in the Career Center to sign up and receive a permission form. To learn more about the ACL programs see The Academies of Loudoun.

Beyond Academics: A Conversation about Substance Use for Parents and Teens

We invite teens and parents to a shared workshop experience on Thursday November 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the LCPS Administrative Building 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA 20148. The workshop will begin with a powerful personal story of recovery from speaker Sam Lucania. From Sam’s website, “Sam Anthony is a person in long term recovery from substance use disorder, who uses his personal experiences with drugs, alcohol, depression, anxiety, and suicidal behavior to educate and motivate others. He has passionately shared his story with thousands of high school and college students, health care professionals, and government officials through motivational speaking, panel discussions, and personal testimonials. Sam’s message emphasizes awareness and encouragement.” Following Sam’s presentation, parents and teens will participate in small group discussions led by Student Assistance Specialists to learn how to navigate conversations with their loved ones about substance use and mental health. If, due to a disability, you need assistance to enable you to participate in a workshop or need an interpreter, please call Parent Resource Services at 571-252-6540 at least five working days prior to the event. Please register at https://www.lcps.org/Page/179754

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 ASVAB test will be held at Rock Ridge High School on November 28 from 1 to 4 pm. 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.

Turbo Tutoring

Looking to improve your ACT/SAT score? The popular prep program is here in Northern Virginia!!

Turbo Tutoring offers quality, affordable ACT & SAT prep seminars and we are proud to be partners with several area high schools in Virginia. We give money back to the PTO for every Riverside student that participates! For just $199, we cover all of the sections on the tests in single, 2 hour and 45 minute, interactive prep classes. We discuss strategies for eliminating incorrect answer choices and ways to move through the test faster and more efficiently. We also provide confidence-building techniques that can be applied to other exams as well. Packets for each section and take home questions are provided for students. Go to our website to read what students, parents, educators, and local media have said about Turbo Tutoring.

Register for our next ACT/SAT prep class! The 2018-2019 prep class date options are below.

Westfield HS: 4700 Stonecroft Boulevard; Chantilly, VA 20151

Saturday, April 27th (SAT prep class)

Briar Woods HS: 22525 Belmont Ridge Road; Ashburn, VA 20148

Wednesday, February 6th (ACT prep class)

Wednesday, May 29th (SAT prep class)

Stone Bridge HS: 43100 Hay Road; Ashburn, VA 20147

Wednesday, March 6th (SAT prep class)

Tuesday, June 4th (ACT prep class)

Check out our website for additional information, and to register! www.turbo-tutoring.com

RHS Fine Arts Boosters and Kaplan Test Prep

The RHS Fine Arts Boosters are pleased to continue partnering with Kaplan Test Prep to help your child prep smarter and score higher on the PSAT, SAT and ACT. Higher scores can increase your child's scholarship and college admissions opportunities. Enroll in Kaplan's comprehensive eight-session SAT classes held at Riverside. Reserve your seat today. Use discount code SAVEHS200

Class Registration https://www.kaptest.com/college-prep/partner/kas and enter the class code in the search bar.

SAT course 10/30-11/29 Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 pm code: SAIKM181313

SAT course 2/5-3/5 Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 pm code: SAIKM19199

Kaplan Practice Test:

SAT January 12 at 9 am

to register visit http://kaplan.formstack.com/forms/rhs_jan_2019

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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.

Pathways Flight Academies

Do you have dreams of one day becoming a commercial airline pilot and traveling the world? The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), in partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Liberty University, Averett University and the Virginia Department of Aviation, is offering flight academies at no cost for high school students statewide.

The Pathways Flight Academies will immerse students in learning to fly while discovering the range of exciting aviation career opportunities available. Four, two-week residential academies will be offered during the summer of 2019 for selected students who have shown an interest in and passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM), and have career aspirations to become a pilot. Students admitted to this intensive program will undertake ground school and flight training that can culminate in their first solo flight at the end of the academy!

Funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Pathways Flight Academies will be rigorous programs in which students immerse themselves in learning about weather, electronic navigation, flight systems and operations, and FAA regulations. The competitive application process is open to students statewide. Qualified applicants must be U.S. citizens, Virginia residents and 16 years old by the start of the Academy. They must also be able to pass an FAA flight physical exam upon acceptance into the program. Twenty-four students will be selected.

The demand for aviation jobs is extremely high. Sixty thousand new U.S. pilots will be needed in the next 15 years as well as 10,000 new U.S. air traffic controllers and 480,000 new aviation maintenance technicians worldwide by 2026. “The support for Pathways Flight Academies is an indication of the State’s understanding of the importance of Virginia’s aviation sector and its critical workforce needs,” notes VSGC Director, Mary Sandy.

VSGC is pleased to be partnering with two outstanding Virginia flight training schools for this program. Both Averett and Liberty universities have outstanding facilities for aviation education and flight training, and operate FAA-Approved part 141 flight schools.

The application deadline is January 25, 2019. Learn more about the Pathways Flight Academies and the application process at


Scholarship Information

Seniors, please check out the information we have posted on our website https://www.lcps.org/Page/170546 and the main LCPS website https://www.lcps.org/page/1914 regarding potential scholarships to apply for! If you need an official transcript, or for general assistance with scholarships, please see Mrs. Robinson in the Career Center.

Apple Federal Credit Union

In May 2019, the Apple FCU Foundation will award up to 25 $5,000 scholarships to deserving students who will graduate from high school in 2019, are Apple Federal Credit Union members and wish to attend either a 2-year or 4-year College or University. Students with a 2.5 GPA (2 year college) or a 3.0 GPA (4 year college) can visit a local Apple FCU branch to join for as little as $5. Competition for these scholarships is significant and applications are evaluated by a committee of 12 different judges. For more information please visit their website. The deadline to apply is February 13, 2019.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships

The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships – Up to $40,000 per year for four-years - recently opened to accept applications. This renewable scholarship is offered to high-achieving graduating high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best accredited four-year colleges and universities. Applicants must earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above and receive standardized test scores of either an SAT total score of 1200 or above OR an ACT Composite Score of 26 or above. Applicants must demonstrate unmet financial need by providing information on the family’s Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) as reported on federal tax returns from the past three years of up to $95,000. (Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $26,000.) Applicants will complete the Common Application and add the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation as one of their “schools” to access the requirements that are specific to the college scholarship which includes eligibility questions, several short essays, college plans and intended major and financial information for the last three years. Two recommendations are required, one from an 11th grade teacher in a core academic subject, and, one from another teacher who is acquainted with your performance and character, and should be able to discuss your academic progress through the class curriculum, challenges you faced, how you overcame them, and your overall academic engagement. Deadline for the completed application is November 20, 2018.

The notification of award amounts will usually be received to the winners by an award letter within four weeks of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation receiving your Cost of Attendance from your four-year institution.

This scholarship has a lot of information with it and it is strongly suggested that students and their family review the information on the website at: https://www.jkcf.org/.

Loudoun Elks Lodge Scholarship

Loudoun Elks Lodge #2406 accomplishes their charitable works through helping the community and local families in need. Our signature effort for this goal is the valuable student scholarship program.

We believe this program is the avenue for our community students, near the top of their class, active in their schools and communities and recognized as leaders by their peers, to succeed and contribute to their future.

Our Elks outreach to you is to provide this opportunity for you to submit a competitive scholarship form. Please provide your scholarship forms by November 15th, 2018. We will begin the review process at the local lodge level. Please go to the Elks website for the scholarship form and more information. https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm

Job & Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Community Pools- Lifeguarding Jobs

Community Pools will be visiting us in the career center on December 7th during all lunches to talk with students about discounted training and job opportunities in the surrounding area. They offer seasonal and year round employment, either part or full time to students age 15 and older!

Slapfish Restaurant is Hiring

Slapfish restaurant will be opening mid November in One Loudoun and they are interested in hiring Riverside students 16 and older who are looking for part-time work.

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