OVHS Counseling Department News

December 2021

Table of Contents

Recent Events

Guidance

College/Scholarships

Career

Contact Information

General Resources

RECENT EVENTS

Sophomore Meetings

The OVHS counselors met with the Class of 2024 to conduct a Career Interest assessment and reflection activity. We also reviewed how to access PSAT scores and connect to SAT practice and discussed the upcoming Life After High School College and Career Fair 2021. Counselors handed out a 10th Grade Timeline that highlights key points students should be focused on as they transition to upperclassmen next year.

OVHS Life After High School College and Career Fair

On December 15th, 2021, the OVHS Counselors hosted 35 colleges, technical schools and military representatives, 9 local businesses, an OVSD alumni table and a mock interview station for our entire 10th and 11th grade classes. Every student had an opportunity to practice interviewing with a professional, speak one-on-one with representatives and check in with an Oley Grad about their recent experiences beyond high school.

GUIDANCE

Student Support Groups

Starting after the holiday break, we are looking to run various student support groups addressing issues such as stress management and teen issues. Groups will run once a week for eight weeks during the school day. Any student interested participating in these groups should speak with their counselor.

High School Course Selection Night

On January 27th, OVHS will be hosting the 22-23 Course Selection Night for all parents and students currently in 8th - 11th grades. This night is a great opportunity to hear from teachers and staff about the courses being offered next year. This event will be presented in a virtual format only. Please feel free to attend from the comfort of your home that evening.

End of Marking Period/Semester 1

The end of the Marking Period 2/Fall Semester is fast approaching. It is hard to believe the school year is almost half over. The marking period for 2nd Quarter/1st Semester ends on January 19.


Please keep in mind that there is still time to improve grades, if needed. Tutoring is available DAILY during Lynx period. After-School Tutoring is also available Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.


Any student taking a on-line course should expect to receive a grade on this upcoming report card - this includes both semester and year-long courses.

COLLEGE

How to Access PSAT scores

2021 PSAT scores were released last week. If your student took the PSATs on October 13th, 2021, their scores should be available for viewing on CollegeBoard. Directions on how to access these scores is below - PSAT score access pdf. If you are having difficulty viewing your child's scores, please email or call their school counselor for assistance.
Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report

Khan Academy - SAT Practice

SAT practice can be accessed through Khan Academy. By linking your CollegeBoard account to Khan Academy, FREE practice can be tailored based on specific areas of need. A step-by-step guide on how to link these two accounts can be found below - pdf steps linking college board khan academy accounts.

Scholarships

Scholarship information for the Class of 2022:


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Brennan Charles Gumeniski Memorial Scholarship


Eligibility: 2021 Oley Valley High School graduating senior planning to further his or her education at an institute of higher learning, inclusive of trade schools and career preparation programs. The applicant must be in good standing, who is employed and involved in extracurriculars, including extensive community service within the Oley Valley. Applicants must provide no less than 2 Oley Valley community member references.


Award Amount: $2,500

Application Due Date: March 1, 2022

All submissions to be evaluated for merit and the award recipient(s) chosen by the BlikeB committee. Interviews may be requested the week of March 22nd, 2022.


To apply: Submit an essay describing what citizenship means to you, incorporating the aspect of small town life in the Oley Valley. Applicants must also provide 3 reference/recommendation letters from community members that can attest to their achievements, character traits and qualities for which they are deserving of this scholarship. Essays should be submitted as Google Docs to 1111BlikeB@gmail.com. Please include your name, address, phone, email, and details of your post graduation plans in the email introduction.


The Lehigh Valley Professional Section of Society of Women Engineers


The Lehigh Valley Professional Section of Society of Women Engineers grants scholarships to HS seniors who identify as female and will be entering an accredited engineering program. Evaluation is based on academic achievement, extracurricular and leadership activities and evaluation form and an original essay. A one-time award of up to $5,000 will be granted to each of the successful applicants. Apply online at http://LV.SWE.ORG/SCHOLARSHIPS


Berks County Kennel Club


The Berks County Kennel Club is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior enrolling in the field of animal studies ie. Biological (Zoology), Animal Behavior, Veterinary Tech. Deadline to apply April 24, 2022.


Hugh Carcella Scholarship


The United Steelworkers, District 10, Hugh Carcella scholarship offers $1000 per year for four years. The applicant must have a parent or guardian who is a member in good standing of the United Steelworkers District 10, Local Union participating in the Scholarship Program. Applications may be obtained from participating Local Unions. Deadline to apply March 15, 2022.


Vietnam Veterans of America


The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 131, Berks County will present a $400 Patriot Award Scholarship to a graduating Senior. The recipient should have a family member who is on active duty or has served at any time in the past on active duty in the US military. If you qualify for this scholarship, please see your Guidance Counselor.


OVCEF


Applications opening on January 3rd, 2022 for 8 Scholarships - more information can be found at: https://www.oleyvalleycef.com/scholarships


**PLEASE SEE THE GUIDANCE OFFICE OR THE NAVIANCE SCHOLARSHIP LIST FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIPS ABOVE**

Berks County Spring College Fair at Alvernia

Alvernia University will be hosting the Berks County Spring College Fair again this year! The fair will take place on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022 at the Tom and Helen Flynn Complex (PLEX). This fair is specifically targeted for current high school juniors, but high school seniors who have not finalized their post-secondary plans are also welcome. Since a significant number of community colleges and technical schools will be present, juniors who are enrolled in a tech prep curriculum should consider attending.


After winter break, we will distribute permission forms to attend this event.

CAREERS

Naviance Career Exploration

Roadtrip Nation is a collective video archive of over 8000 interviews featuring a wide variety of leaders and innovators discussing their personal career paths. These videos are a convenient and efficient way for students to learn about different careers across the country as interviewees share their career stories.

BCTC Applications

BCTC Applications were due December 15th. However, BCTC will still accept applications throughout the year. If you have a student interested in BCTC, Half-Day Visit Days are available in January, February and March by appointment only. Please sign up for a Visit Day in the Guidance Office.

Reminders and Warm Wishes

Winter Keystone Exams: January 5, 6 and 11

22-23 Transition Night: January 27 (Virtual Only)


The OVHS Counseling Office would like to extend their warm wishes to each and everyone. We hope that you have a peaceful and restful holiday season and Happy New Year.

Oley Valley School Counseling Office

Please reach out to us with any questions


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

Top 5 Career Readiness Skills for Future Success

10 Ways to Help Your High School Teen Succeed