RVH School Counseling Newsletter

September 2017


The Riverside School Counseling department is a team of 12 dedicated individuals working collaboratively to meet the needs of 1590 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 Info

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

Amy Larrick, Registrar

Marsha Gobrecht, School Counseling Assistant

Evan Rodgers, School Counselor (A-Cl)

Kevin Burke, School Counselor (Cm - Hoo)

Scott Valyear, School Counselor (Hop-Mcc)

Anna Rizzo, School Counselor (Mcd-Rose)

Amy Burgess, School Counselor (Rosf-Z)

Anmar Hale, Career Center Specialist

Kristan Ash, Parent Liaison

Noelia Garcia-Gettmann, School Psychologist

Lisa Harris, School Social Worker

Kim Hager, Student Assistant Specialist

CLASS OF 2018!

Dear Senior Rams and Parents:

We are happy to have had a chance to visit with students during US Government classes on Thursday and Friday of last week. 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 were emailed on 9/17/17, if you did not receive the email please contact School Counseling at (703) 554 -8907. These Assessments should be returned to counselors if counselor recommendations are needed. We look forward to working with your senior this year!

Counselors also highlighted some upcoming events for Seniors:

  • LCPS College Fair - Sunday, September 24th at Stonebridge High School, 2:30-5pm
  • Senior & Parent Post-Secondary Planning Night, Tuesday, September 26th at 7pm in the RVHS Auditorium
  • Financial Aid Night at Stone Bridge HS: Wednesday, September 27th 7:30-9pm in the Auditorium
  • FAFSA Workshop at Riverside HS: Wednesday, October 18th 6:30-8:30pm in the Career Center
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The October PSAT is coming fast—help your students get prepped for it with our free PSAT Prep Live, starting September 23. Kaplan's expert faculty will cover the most important PSAT content and tackle practice problems in eight live-streaming, one-hour lessons—all completely free.

This PSAT prep event is the only one of its kind, so don’t let your students miss it! Please feel free to forward this email, or copy and paste this information for students and families:

Ready for the PSAT? Boost your score for the October test with free, interactive lessons, quizzes, and a practice test. Join Kaplan for Free PSAT Prep Live starting September 23.


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Sigma Mu Mu Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. - Essay Contest

Criteria: Essay Contest is open to all college-bound, Loudoun County, Virginia high school seniors.

The essay must be original and neither previously published nor secured by copyright

Essay must be between 700 and 750 words in length

Essay must be typewritten, double-spaced and entitled: “What Actions Can You Take to Promote Social Justice and Embrace Diversity of All


Instructions show set-up of first page of essay The typewritten, double-spaced essay may be submitted via postal service (USPS) or email in .doc (preferred) or .pdf format on or before October 20 2017.

DEADLINE The manuscript must be postmarked or time-stamped on the email no later than midnight, October 20, 2017.

Email the essay to: sigmamumuques@gmail.com

Download Essay Directions

Women in STEM Study.com Scholarship – 1 @ $500

Criteria: Selection will be based on academic history and extracurricular activities

  • Financial need will not be considered

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident

  • Applicant must be enrolled (or accepted) female student in an accredited college or university who is planning on continuing the next year

  • Applicant must be a graduating high school senior who meets the above mentioned criteria

  • Applicant must have a minimum of 30 semester or 45-quarter hours still to be completed

  • Applicant must consent to provide a digital photograph of self and quote for display on Study.com if notified as the award winner by the selection committee

  • Application can be found at: http://study.com/pages/Women_in_STEM_Scholarship.html

DEADLINE: April 1, 2018


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Shadowing brings the classroom to life! During Shadowing Day, 9th - 11th graders will have the opportunity to visit two programs and attend an informational session on the benefits of Monroe and the application process. This is a half-day event and transportation is provided to and from your home school.

Riverside's Monroe Shadow Day is on December 6th. To sign up, please fill out the form here: https://monroelcps.wufoo.com/forms/2017-shadowing-registration/


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To apply for Ida Lee (Parks & Recreation) Part-Time positions please visit www.leesburgva.gov/jobs

After School Youth Program Instructor

Minimum age of 16; high school student or graduate with experience

working with children in a group setting; beginning August 28, 2017;

Monday-Friday, 2:45pm to 5:30pm. $10.30-$14.42/hr

Aquatics Fitness Instructor

Certified Aquatics Fitness Instructor: AEA certified or equivalent; CPR/AED

certified; various days and times. $25.75-$39.14/hr

Aquatics Instructor

Minimum 17 years of age; American Red Cross WSI Certification

recommended but not required; any combination of education and

experience as a competitive swimmer and/or swim coach; various days

and times. $16.48-$36.05/hr

Aquatics Instructor- Springboard Diving

Minimum 17 years of age; American Red Cross WSI Certification

recommended but not required; any combination of education and

experience as a competitive swimmer and/or swim coach; evenings and

weekends. $16.48-$36.05/hr

Fitness Instructor- Aquatics

Certified Aquatics Fitness Instructor- AEA certified or equivalent; CPR/AED

certified; various days and times. $25.75-$39.14/hr

Head Lifeguard

Two years’ experience as a lifeguard, demonstrated high levels of maturity,

responsibility, and strong leadership skills. Must hold current certifications

in American Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and

Certified Aquatic Facility Operator or equivalent certification. Must be

available 10 hrs/week, including a weekend shift each week. $18.54/hr


Minimum 15 years old, high school student and must hold current

certifications in American Red Cross Lifeguarding and CPR for the

Professional Rescuer; various days and times. $12.88-$16.48/hr

NFL Flag Football Referee

Knowledge and skills related to the rules and regulations for flag

football; referring experience preferred; Spring and Fall seasons,

Friday, Saturday and Sunday. $12.88-$30.90/hr

Park Attendant

Minimum 18 years old; prefer ground maintenance or landscaping

experience; various days and times. $8.24-$12.36/hr

Recreation Instructor- Lacrosse

Knowledge, skills and experience related to teaching lacrosse; must be

available Saturdays; preferred requirement: lacrosse coaching/instructing

experience. $12.88-$30.90/hr

Recreation Instructor- Martial Arts

Knowledge, skills and experience related to teaching martial arts; must be

available Saturdays; preferred requirement: martial arts instructing

experience. $12.88-$30.90/hr

Recreation Instructor- Soccer

Knowledge, skills and experience related to teaching soccer; must be

available Saturdays; preferred requirement: soccer coaching/instructing

experience. $12.88-$30.90/hr

Recreation Instructors- Various Recreation Class Positions

Looking for instructors so we can add new and exciting programming

starting with our Fall session. We’re very interested in establishing new

outdoor classes at any of the Town’s parks locations, but are certainly open

to new indoor activities as well. If you have a new class in mind, please be

sure to include that in your application. Must be at least 16 years old, high

school student or graduate with knowledge and skills related to the specific

instruction area; hourly rate varies based on experience and skills knowledge;

various days and times. $12.88-$30.90/hr

*Most positions will be filled at or near the minimum of the range.

*Dependent on Qualifications.

TO APPLY: A Town of Leesburg application for employment is required for each position. Please go to www.leesburgva.gov/jobs to apply online. Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on the closing date, unless otherwise noted. Resumes may be submitted as supplemental only.

The Town of Leesburg is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age and disability in employment or the provision of services. The Town of Leesburg also supports the Americans with Disabilities Act by making reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, so that they may participate in job interviewing, services or employment offered by the Town. Please call (703) 777-2420 or Virginia Relay Center (TDD 1-800-828-1120/Voice 1-800-828-1140).

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CLBL invites Middle School and High School students to become part of our coaching staff!!

Our Youth Coach Development Program has been tremendously successful over the past few years turning kids into young leaders in our community. They learn and grow more than they could imagine while having a great time doing so and impacting many young lives.

For more information and a short video on the program, click on the following link:

As our league continues to grow this season, we call on our youth in grades 6-12 to step up as an assistant coach, or possibly apply to be a head coach if you are in grades 9-12!! With the addition of 1st and 2nd grade leagues this year, we need more coaching support than ever!!

To register, just click on the huge Registration banner at the top of the CLBL homepage.

Please get signed up as a youth coach this week. Remember to just sign up as a "youth coach," not as a coach in any specific age group. I will work with you to get you assigned in the leagues you prefer as best possible.

Looking forward to working with you for this season. Contact me directly at youth-coaching@clbl.org if you have any questions.

Earl Eck

CLBL - Director of Youth Coaches

For additional information about anything listed in our newsletter, please visit our website or contact our office at (703) 554 -8907

Thank you,

RVH School Counseling