OVHS Counseling Department News

November 2021

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Upcoming Events

Guidance

College

Career

Community

Reminders, Contacts and Resources

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Pictures from OVHS Autumn Events ~ Fall Play, Red Ribbon Week, Junior Meetings

UPCOMING EVENTS/DATES

OVHS SPARC College and Career Fair

The OVHS Counseling Department is proud to host the 6th Annual SPARC College & Career Fair on Wednesday, December 15th from 8:15 AM - 11:45 AM at OVHS. All 10th and 11th grade students will have time to walk the fair, talk with admissions counselors from a variety of colleges and universities, participate in a individual mock interview session and network with local business representatives. 12th grade students interested in attending will also be invited.


SPARC = Students Paving A Road to Careers

BCTC Applications

DUE DATE ALERT: 2022-23 School Year BCTC Applications are still open! Any CURRENT 9th, 10th or 11th grade student can apply on-line NOW at: https://berkscareer.com/apply-to-bctc/


  1. Log onto https://berkscareer.com/apply-to-bctc/ to get started. *Make note that you are completing the correct application - 2022-23 Application. Click 'Oley" to get started.
  2. Let the counseling office know you have applied and pick up the paper portion of the application.
  3. You will need to have two teachers complete a recommendation page for you - make sure you include your demographic information on the page before handing them to your teachers - teachers recommendations will be returned directly to the counseling office.
  4. Complete your essay along with your signature pages - return these pieces to the counseling office.
  5. Deadline for applications and documents to be returned to OVHS Guidance is NOVEMBER 30th. If you could have your on-line application completed by NOVEMBER 22nd, the counselors would appreciate it.

ASVAB Testing Information

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is being offered at OVHS on December 7th. Students must be in Grades 10, 11 or 12 to sit for the test. There is no commitment to enlist but students interested in military service should consider taking the test this year. Please note: 10th grade students will only take the test as practice, scores will not be recorded.

Written parent permission is required - permission form is below.

GUIDANCE

Report Cards

Marking Period 1 Report Cards are now available on Infinite Campus.


Instructions to View Report Cards in Infinite Campus: Grades 6-12

1. Login into your Portal Account.

2. Click on the three (3) lines in the top-left corner to open the Menu.

3. Click on “Documents” to view your student’s report card. For multiple students, you can toggle between students using the left, top drop down menu.

4. Click on “MP1 Report Card” to view and print the report card.

Guidance Meetings

The OVHS Counselors have met with the 9th grade students to review high school expectations, credits, grades and graduation requirements. We will be meeting with the 9th and 10th graders in December to have them complete career/interest inventories in Naviance.


Currently, we have finished with Part 1 of our Junior meetings and are beginning to focus on the college application timeline and process in Part 2.

NHS

Juniors and Seniors with the qualifying GPA of 3.8 or above were invited to apply for membership into the Oley Valley High School Chapter of the National Honor Society.


The 2021-22 NHS induction ceremony will take place on December 2, at 6:30pm in the Oley Valley High School auditorium.

COLLEGES

College/Post-HS Rep Visits at OVHS

November 15 - East Stroudsburg

November 17 - Immaculata University

November 18 - Moravian College

November 19 - Reading Area Community College

November 30 - Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences

*December 8 - Navy recruiter will visit during Lunch.

Scholarships

NAVIANCE:

Keep an eye out for updates to the scholarship list in the Scholarship section of Naviance. This section can be found by clicking on the COLLEGES tab.


MICRO-SCHOLARSHIPS:

Through a new program called RaiseMe, students can guarantee scholarships from 250+ colleges as early as 9th grade, making it easier to plan financially for school. RaiseMe has proven to be a great tool to motivate students in high schools throughout the U.S.

As an example: • Get an A in a course ($100 - $1,000) • Get a B in a course ($50-$600) • Participate in a school club or sport ($25 - $250) • And much more!

Visit www.raise.me/parents for more information.


SCHOLARSHIPS:

Find scholarships based on specific categories.

https://scholarships360.org/

CAREERS

Internship/Learn To Earn

Internship is a fantastic way for young people to have real-world experience and exposure to potential careers, all while still earning their HS credits and potentially getting paid for their work. Students completing an internship at Oley Valley have time built into their high school schedule for travel, on-site hours and a monthly seminar with their cohort. This year, we have ten students interning in a variety of fields, such as Auto Mechanics, Physical Therapy, Education, Nursing, Business Management and Medical. These students plan to continue their education in these fields while at a post-secondary setting.


Any interested 10th or 11th graders should speak to their counselor about the Internship process for the 2022-23 school year.

2021-21 Internship Students Learning on the Job

Naviance

The Career section in Naviance has new updates and a user-friendly, mobile device layout. This section can be very helpful to students who want to research multiple careers and would like to narrow down options which fit into their individual interests and skills profile. The short video below offers a guide to accessing this section of Naviance.

Young Playwrights Opportunity

Fleetwood Community Theater is proud to announce its involvement with the first annual Berks County Young Playwrights Festival. Submissions are now being accepted. The festival is open to all students from K through 12. Submissions will be accepted until February 28, 2022. See the flyer below for more information.

Hawk Mountain Summer Intern Opportunity

Check out the information below about Summer Internship at Hawk Mountain

Electrical Apprentice Applications

Any 12th grader interested in an electrical apprenticeship with IBEW LU 743 & Rdg Penn-Del-Jersey NECA post-graduation should stop in the Guidance Office this month for more information.

COMMUNITY

Community Service

Enter to Leave, Leave to Serve


All OVHS students need to complete 30 hours of community services as a graduation requirement. These hours should be completed by the end of Junior year. Each round of service should be documented on a separate log sheet and turned into the Guidance Office. A blank copy of the Community Log Sheet can be found below.

Angel Tree

Once again, the OVSD will be initiating the annual Angel Tree program which directly benefits families in the district. If you or your family are experiencing a hardship this season, please reach out to your child's school counselor.

Toys for Tots

The Oley Valley School District is supporting Toys for Tots. Toys can be dropped off in the front office of each building from November 8 to December 3. Toys should be new and unwrapped. All are welcome to drop off toys at any of the three buildings.

GENERAL INFORMATION

A Few REMINDERS

Parent-Teacher Conferences - November 22, 23 and 24.

BCTC Applications and Paperwork DUE - November 30

NHS Induction Ceremony - December 2

ASVAB test for 10th, 11th and 12th grade - December 7

OVHS SPARC College and Career Fair - December 15

Winter Keystones - January 6, 11 and 13

OVHS Counseling Office CONTACTS

Mrs. Terri Robinson - Students Last Names A-G - trobinson@ovsdpa.org

Mrs. AnnMarie Borovik - Students Last Names H-O - aborovik@ovsdpa.org

Ms. Kristina Angstadt - Students Last Names P-Z - kangstadt@ovsdpa.org

Mrs. Karen Shearer - Guidance Secretary - kshearer@ovsdpa.org

RESOURCES

Junior Parent Night Presentations

Junior Parent Night was well attended this year and we want to thank everyone who participated. The slide show from the evening's presentation can be found below. In addition, the slides and video recording are posted on the Counselor's Corner page of the OVHS website -


https://ovhs.oleyvalleysd.org/en-US/counseling-d5c0ce06

John's Driving School

John's Driving School has partnered with the Berks County IU and the Oley Valley School District. Please see the information below for more details.

Being Thankful

Thankfulness and gratitude have long been shown to have a positive effect on our mental and physical wellbeing. Expressing our gratitude to others and being thankful for what we have can be done in a variety of ways such as: keeping a Gratitude Jar, writing notes of thanks, making a daily Gratitude Journal for the whole family or simply just saying "Thanks."


In the spirit of the holiday, the OVHS Counselors would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of the OVSD parents who support us in supporting our students. We could not do what we do without your support.