RVH School Counseling
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
Get connected with us on remind, text @7a0b5 to 81010
Follow us on twitter @RVHCounseling
Rob Yarborough, Director of School Counseling
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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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:
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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.
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
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
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.
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
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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 email@example.com if you are interested.
Community Pools- Lifeguarding Jobs
Slapfish Restaurant is Hiring
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.