Career Center News

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Career Center News - April 26, 2019

Announcements  -

NCAA Night for  coaches, parents and student athletes at SLHS Wednesday, May 1st 6:30, presentation starts at 7pm. Cafeteria. Middle Schoolers and up are welcome!

The Career Center will be CLOSED FRIDAY May 3rd & during Junior Parent Info Sessions next week.

Career Center Lunch & Learn, Parents of 10th graders, Career Fair, College Night handouts, Job Corps for Juniors/Seniors, Military. Free SAT prep/phone apps, Fee Waivers for SAT/ACTs, Writing Center.

Events-  Tomorrow's Academy Day by Sen. Warner,  Military Service Academy Night with Gerald Connolly, Other College Fairs, Trade School Career Fair. STEM EXPO at Gaylord. College Essay writing workshop in Reston. 

Financial Aid-   Websites for Planning Ahead for Younger Students

Scholarships- SLHS ONLY Scholarships,Scholarship Tips for all students, Search Engine Websites for students to set up an account. 

Enrichment Programs-Summer internships or programs would be listed here!!!  Academy Camps, Youth Conservation Corps & Americorps & more!

Employment- NEW part time temporary job packing boxes for 4-5 weeks for 14+ in Reston area, Also see previous Job Fair email sent March 26th for the list of employers who are hiring.  Ben & Jerry's, Glory Days, Jay Vending @ Watermine and Katydid Camps are hiring.

Volunteer Activities -Elderly gentleman looking for computer help.  New opportunity 1-2 days week for computer skills, BranchOut! is looking for STEM mentor volunteers; also Be Amyazing Reston Youth Triathlon, Asian American Chamber of Commerce seeking volunteers, Volunteer Search Engines Listed. 


IF you are a SENIOR haven't yet completed the SENIOR SURVEY, PLEASE come to the CAREER CENTER to do so ASAP before IB Exams!  ALL 12th graders are required to take the Senior Survey as this is the process for how we know which college to send FINAL transcripts to.  EVEN IF you aren't going to college, it still needs to be completed. This is for ALL seniors, regardless of their post graduation plans, as results are reported to the Virginia Department of Education.  Students are sent from their Social Studies classes.  If you are a senior and don't have a Social Studies class, or aren't in school on these dates, please contact Mrs. Campbell for further directions.

The Career Center will be open for Lunch & Learn during most lunches! This is the time for students from all grade levels to get assistance & learn what the resources the Career Center has to offer.  Learn how to use the Naviance Student platform to look at college scattergrams and look for scholarships!  Other times are available by appointment.  Email Mrs. Campbell at to schedule a specific time during the day or drop by to check availability. 

Parents of 10th Graders!- The school counselors recently completed the Career Units with 10th grade students and also the CAREER FAIR.    Please follow up with yourstudent by asking your them who they spoke to as well as what they did for their Career Inventory (in Naviance Student) and what they learned by going to Road Trip Nation. Have them show it to you!   Road Trip Nation is accessed via Naviance Student under the Career tab and it is the last one on the drop down menu!  Here are some additional resources for checking out careers: Bureau of Labor Statistics site to see their Occupational Outlook Handbook:, Career help & scholarships:, jobs in VA

Parents of 11th Graders!  Students came out of their English classes this week for their College and Career Information sessions.  Please ask what they've learned!  Information can also be obtained by going to the FCPS SLHS Website:   (please copy and paste into your browser). This website includes a lot of helpful information as well as the the link for the Student/Parent Information for Recommendations.  Students who need a counselor recommendation for college applications should fill this form out and return to their counselor by June 12, 2019.  Also please see previous email about Junior Parent Info Sessions coming up this coming week!

DID YOU MISS THE COLLEGE INFO NIGHT?  If you missed the College Info Night several weeks ago, STUDENTS are welcome to come to the Career Center to get the handouts to bring home to discuss with family.  PLEASE have student come in- the point is to have them know where the Career Center is and how we can help here!  

JOB CORPS in the Career Center- On Thursday, May 9th during SS6m Raheem Turane from Job Corps will be presenting.  This is an ideal program for graduating seniors who want it.

NOVA - For SENIOR students who wish to attend NOVA (other than Pathway students): If you are NOT in the Pathway program, students planning on attending NOVA can self-select for the GPS program.  The NOVA Highschool Outreach Coordinator, Cathy Hall, is the counselor who works with students and the transition.  Contact her at if you have questions. She will be here to meet with students on Thursday, May 9th during SS #7.  See Mrs. Campbell for a contact list of important NOVA numbers and if you need help with your application.  You will need to fill out your application in order to sign up for classes.  The time is NOW!

Military-  Recruiters come to SLHS once monthly to set up a table in the main corridor during student lunches.  The Marines will be here on Mondays, while the Army and National Guard are here on Tuesdays & Wednesdays respectively.  If any one is interested in Air Force or Navy, let Mrs. Campbell know, so she can put you in touch with the recruiter. STUDENTS INTERESTED IN ACADEMIES - see Academy Day under EVENTS!


Colleges look for a strength of schedule and an upward trajectory of grades.  A sign of student success is when they realize they need help and are willing to receive it.  Tutoring is available to the community via emailing or calling the FCPS Parent Resource Center at or 703-204-3941. They can send you a list, which changes monthly.  Parents are responsible for contacting, paying and working directly with the tutors.  FCPS employees may tutor or provide private instruction to FCPS students, but MAY NOT instruct their own students for private compensation.

Free SAT Practice Available on Khan Academy

The official SAT Practice available on links to classroom learning and has great potential as a valuable tool and it is free!  Khan Academy's world-class practice tools are free for all students and include:

The official SAT Practice available on links to classroom learning and has great potential as a valuable tool and it is free!  Khan Academy's world-class practice tools are free for all students and include:

Now that students PSAT and SAT scores have been delivered or should be next week, students must link their accounts in order to have access to this resource.  To help with the process, College Board has provided a video on their web site for students and families. Before you consider purchasing expensive test prep services, check this out first!  Besides, College Board has now opened up a Sweepstakes now, for JUNIORS, that has as part of it's criteria, plugging in to Khan for 12 hours.  More info on that was sent in a separate email for JUNIORS last week! This scholarship/sweepstakes will be available for the next 5 years!

FREE phone apps include Ready4SAT, Ready4ACT, SATup, CrackSAT,  and CrackACT.  If you wish to find a test prep clas that you PAY for, there is a six page list posted on the Career Center bulletin board that students can take a picture of.  FCPS employees cannot recommend or endorse a particular test prep company.

Fee Waivers for SAT/ACT.  Now is the time for JUNIORS to start signing up for the SAT or ACT in the spring if they have taken Algebra II. IF you are a student who receives Free or Reduced Lunch, please see Mrs. Campbell in the Career Center for a test fee waiver.  These must be obtained in advance to register for the test prior to the registration deadline; otherwise the waiver won\'t work!  Students may qualify for one waiver for each test. Go to or to register.

Writing Center @ SLHS - Afterschool on Wednesdays! 

Need writing help? Confused on how to write your college essay or need practice for class presentations?  Held in the Library on Wednesdays, afterschool.

SIS Parent Account & Naviance Help

Parents - please make sure you activated your SIS Parent Account.  This will allow you to log in and view important information such as report cards, attendance, schedule, discipline, teacher gradebooks, course history, and health records.  The Parent Account will also give you access to Blackboard, Naviance Student and News You Choose.  For more information about SIS accounts go to:

With the advent of Naviance Student, a colleague at Hayfield made some “how to” videos on YouTube. These may be helpful tutorials, but be aware that the author uses “Hayfield” instead of South Lakes. Our access to scholarships and colleges is similar.  Of note are the 2nd and 3rd videos on  How to register for a college visit "How to find a Scholarship"


Gap Fairs were held in early February.  If you missed them, check out the their web site to see which program matches your interests at: (Copy & paste into your browser).  New brochures from the event are in the Career Center! Students are welcome to come and browse!

TOMORROW!!!  Academy Day, Sponsored by Senator Mark Warner in Charlottesville:

Saturday, April 27th, 2019  10am-1pm @ The Paramount Theatre, 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

RSVP AT: (copy & past into browser)

FOR ATHLETES - SAVE THE DATE!  NCAA WORKSHOP @ SLHS May 1, 2019,  6:30pm Cafeteria

Rick Wire, President of Dynamite Sports and author of  Guiding the College Bound Athlete, will be presenting to coaches, parents, and high school athletes about NCAA academic elgibility, athletic preparation, recruiting, how to market your athlete to college coaches, and how to choose the right college.  Pizza will also be served @ 6:30pm; presentation at 7pm!  Too many students (& parents) think about this too late in the process!

Trade School Career Fair - Saturday, May 4 10:30am-2:30pm

At John Marchall Library 6209 Rose Hill Dr., Alexandria.  Learn about opportunities in a variety of trade industries: HVAC, commercial driving, healthcare, construction, college security, technology & more.  Sign up online at begins April 13.  of call 703-324-8428

Military Service Academy Night - Monday, May 6 7-9pm with Congressman Gerald Connolly

Woodbridge Middle School, 2201 York Dr., Woodbridge, VA 22191.  Congressional Nomination Process, Admissions info from Academy Liaison Officers, ROTC Scholarship Information.  Open to the public.  


The Navy League STEM Institute, in confunction with the Office of Naval Research is sponsoring a STEM program that will be offered on May 5 at the Gaylord. Geared toward 5th-12th grade students, this free event inspires students interested in science, technology, engineering and math careers through workshops, hands-on demos, career info, & networking opportunities.  For more information go to   Register at 

Federal IT Governance Summit for juniors & seniors - May 13 @ Washington Marriott Georgetown 

Monday 11:30am-2:30pm  Free for students.  Contact Chantalle Walker-Brouwers at for more details and to sign up.  This is an opportunity to speak with reps from the Federal Government leadership.

Colleges that Change Lives College Fair (CTCL)

May 20th at 7pm, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC.  to see the full school list of CTCL to register.

College Application Essay Workshop- Saturday, May 25 3pm @ The Reston Regional Library

Free!    Sign up by contacting Jill Hacker at 

Coast to Coast College Tour - Sunday June 2 7pm 

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814




Still have FAFSA issues or questions?  Email Andrea Acosta at  

****SENIORS NEED TO DOUBLE CHECK that they have submitted the FAFSA and have seen their SAR report and EFC!  A copy of this is often needed to apply for need based scholarships!

**** The 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid  (FAFSA) is AVAILABLE for seniors: Both student and at least one parent are REQUIRED to create and FSA ID.   If you are a SENIOR, you need to complete the application whether you go to a 2 or 4 year school. This is the FIRST STEP to getting any financial aid. See Mrs. Campbell in the Career Center if you need help setting up your FAFSA ID.  The FAFSA is the first step in getting financial aid from the colleges! Seniors also need to check their college to see if the CSS profile is also needed. Current JUNIORS will start theirs after October 1. 2019.


PLANNING AHEAD FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS?  Want to see what college costs?  Go to  Most colleges also have a net price calculator on their financial aid web site. Also try for a quick college cost estimator. Younger students/parents can also go to FAFSA4caster at  for estimations.  

Curious what jobs pay or trying to figure out a potential career?  Go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics site to see their Occupational Outlook Handbook:, Career help & scholarships:, jobs in VA

Some helpful resources:,,  


Helpful tip - All scholarships listed are available through Naviance Student. Here\'s how to find them. Log into your Blackboard account and select Naviance Student. Scroll over to the Colleges tab. Click and scroll down to the Scholarships and Money link & select it. Click on Scholarship list to access the full list of scholarships currently active. Click on filters to sort options such as grade level, major, leadership, and more. If you get into a regular habit of checking Scholarships on Naviance Student, you can even check a box to only show the new scholarships that were listed since your last visit!  There are some scholarships that are available to all grade levels!  

The scholarships below can be located on Naviance Student.  Download the application from there or go directly to the web site listed. Type information wherever possible, use black ink and submit before the deadline!  There are also many others listed in Naviance Student since we cannot possibly highlight ALL of them!  Check out the scholarship search engines mentioned at the end of the scholarship list below and set up a free account.  Underclassmen should start a list now of what they might qualify for, as deadlines each year are approximately around the same time! When you see the links below, copy and paste them in your browser; the same goes for the scholarship names- put them in the search box in the Scholarship List in Naviance Student to get more information.

SEARCH ENGINES-  Students from all high school grade levels should set up these free accounts - Senior year will get VERY busy with deadlines!  Some helpful websites for the college and scholarship search (students of any grade level can set up a free account & get "pinged" when new ones come up) include but are not;;;; Hispanic Scholarship Fund: Https://;; American Indian College Fund: ];;;;;;;;

Career One Stop- US Dept of Labor;;; Military scholarship search


Please use student's non-FCPS email when applying for scholarships & anything outside of FCPS! (otherwise it will bounce back for the sender)

These will be listed in Naviance Student in the alphabetical Scholarship List unless a web site is included!

AVIDITY Scholarship (SLHS ONLY!) - unquestionable financial need and min. GPA 3.5 or higher, 2 or 4 yr college Due to the Career Center by 9am Monday, May 6th (date extended due to Career Center being closed on May 3).  

Harold & Jeanette Segal Memorial Scholarship (SLHS ONLY!) - due to the Career Center 3pm, May 17- For 2 yr community college or tech program!

Open Door Presbyterian Church- DEADLINE TO THE SPONSOR BY APRIL 30, 2019 by 5pm,  Application is on the web site:  for 2 or 4 yr schools.

Shannon Tully PTSA Scholarship (SLHS ONLY!!) - Deadline Thursday, May 16, 3pm to the Career Center.

Reston Scholarship Fund- (SLHS ONLY!)for 2 yr schools only!- DUE MAY 1st to the SPONSOR OR by APRIL 29th to the Career Center.


Classroom to Classroom Scholarship – deadline June 30, 2019 Scholarship – deadline July 31, 2019

Burnetti, P.A. Scholarship – deadline Dec. 31, 2019

CAIL Annual Scholarship – deadline Dec. 31, 2019

McDonald Worley Annual Scholarship – deadline Dec. 31, 2019

Nettles Morris Annual Scholarship – deadline Dec. 31, 2019

Patrick De Arteaga Scholarship for Artists – deadline Dec. 31, 2019

The Weinstein Firm Annual Scholarship – deadline Dec. 31, 2019


Shawn Carter Scholarship – deadline April 30, 2019

Prince William-Fairfax County Farm Bureau Scholarship – deadline May 10, 2019

Child of an American Veteran Scholarship – deadline Dec. 15, 2019

Alsos see previous newsletter!



Autism & STEM: Fostering Balanced & Inclusive Communities at School & Work – event date May 11, 2019 -

Leadership by Design at William & Mary – deadline June 1, 2019 -

Youth Leadership Academy – event dates July 15 – 19, 2019 -

InfraGardNCR\'s #CYBERCamp2019 – event dates July 15-26, 2019 -

Young Writers' Conference – event dates Aug 5 – 16, 2019 -

College & Career Fair – event dates Sept. 12 – 14, 2019 -

Advanced Medical & Public Health Summit -

Hoos First Look - for rising junior women

Internlab Remote Skill Camp –

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue offers an Explorer Post for high school students wanting to try out the profession.   

Camp Heat is a 5 day event June 24-28 open to young women ages 15-18 whi are interested in career as a fire fighter/EMT.  FREE through Arlington County Fire Dept. SPACE IS LIMITED!!   The application is at .  For questions contact Capt. Tyson Stanislaus (703)228-0098 or email

Conflict Resolution Youth Summit (CRYS) -- event dates July 15 - 19, 2019 -

FBI Washington Field Office Future Agents in Training (FAIT) Program -- event dates August 5 - 9, 2019 (deadline May 17, 2019) -

Shirley Povich Center Sports Journalism Summer Camp -- event dates July 8-12, 2019 (deadline June 24, 2019) -

For more, see previous weekly newsletters!

EMPLOYMENT: Please NOTE that students should use their personal email when applying for jobs!

Work Permits can be obtained by going to  

Need an internship/job? Sign up at and set up a free account and include interests and availability.  

NEW PAYING OPPORTUNITY!!!- Short-term and for a motivated 14+ year old!  A Reston resident is looking for help after school packing and moving boxes for approximately 4-5 weeks after school beginning April 23rd and ending in May.  Gunsmith Square area.  Phone Ms. Daniel at 949-637-8094 or email for an interview.  

Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship- The Washington, D.C. Joint Plumbing Apprentice Committee is now accepting applications for the Apprentice Training Program's 2019-20 school year.  Apply online at  Applicants must be 18 by the time of application and have either a high school diploma or GED.  

The Northern Virginia Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act Youth Program (WIOA)offers an opportunity for students who don't want to go to college, but want a training program.  It offers educational support, college exploration, vocational school and includes training/work opportunities for young adults, ages 17-24.  For more information go to or call 1-571-385-9716, TTY 711.

**Anthony & Sylvan Pools Pool Service Tech Job --

Aldi is hiring at various locations.  Apply online at Search jobs by location.  

** Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Towne Center near the Cinema, has positions for age 16+.  Contact Melanie at 571-992-7175 or email

*Bon Ami Restaurant & Lettuc Entertain You Restaurants are hiring for all postions.  Apply online at and search jobs by restaurant name, job title or city.  Ages 16+.and adults.

Roer's Zoofari has several openings for part time (school year) and summer openings in guest services, grounds & Maintenance, and also has an 18 month paid animal care apprenticeship.  Descriptions are listed on their website  or email Vanessa Roer at or call 703-757-6222.  Min. age is 18

*Autobell Car Wash is hiring at various locations.  Apply at  Questions?  Contact Will Stratman at or 800-582-8096 ext. 2551

Cascade Beverage Company is hiring for spring & summer jobs for farmer's market, concert venue, & kitchen assistant.  Contact Jane Hyde at and go to or call 844-322-7223 .  ALSO HIRING ADULTS & TEACHERS!!!

The Airports Authority Skilled Trades Apprentice Program is seeking candidates for HVAC, electrical, plumbing, heavy equipment, electronics, structured maintenance.  For details go to  Applications are on line.  Contact Shana Hargrove at or 703-417-8640.

Atlantic Pool Service is looking for lifeguards or pool managers throughout Virginia.  go to or call 703-941-1000.  

*Beckstrom Electric has an electrical apprenticeship training program.  Go to or email

Brightiew Senior Living in Great Falls is looking for Dining Servers.  Contact  Teddy Demessie, Director of Dining Services at ] or call 703-759-2513. Hiring for ages 14 and up.

CHICK-FIL-A Village Commons in Reston is looking for people of all ages and backgrounds, and no experience is necessary. Please contact Austin Scott, Director of Human Resources at or via cell @ 703-475-0864

Chipotle Mexican Grill- South Lakes Plaza is still hiring.  Contact Alis Sorto, General Manager, at 571-392-7746.  Apply on line at:  

Community Pool Service has openings for numerous positions.  Go online to or call 1-800-966-2500

Continential Pools is hiring NOW for the summer!  Minimum age is 15 and there are full and part time positions.  Contact Reem Badwey at or 703-321-7040.  

Cornerstones-Hope for Tomorrow Today at the Laurel Learning Center has openings for students interested in working with children ages 1 to 12 yrs.  Hours are 3:30-6:30 Mon-Fri.  Min. age is 16.  Contact Courtney Park-Jamborsky at, or   

Frying Pan Park Birthday Party Facilitator-lead fun and educational parties that feature our farm animals!  Set up and clean-up program spaces; fuel tractors; transport small farm animals; greet party guests and answer questions; lead programs with our farm animals; drive tractor with wagon on a farm tour. Must be 18+ and available 2-4 weekend days per month. Hours usually 9am-3pm. Contact for more information & to apply.

Giant Pharmacy in Northpoint in Reston is hiring part-time cashiers.  Call Tammy Cohen at 703-850-2751 or email Giant is also hiring for other positions!

Glory Days- Fox Mill location is looking for high schoolers for host and takeout.  Contact Erin Sisk FOH Manager at (703) 390-5555 or  They also have a positoin for 16+ for Expo, which is a great entry level job for someone interested in a culinary career..  

Goldfish Swim School is looking for instructors and front desk representatives.  Located at 2340 Pinecrest Rd in Reston.  Contact Jessica Mummert at or call703-348-3261.Must have or be willing to obtain CPR/First Aid/Lifeguard certifications. 

High Sierra pools is looking for lifeguards for the summer.  No experience necessary/will train.  Apply online at

**JAY VENDING @ Watermine is hiring 15+ year olds focused on customer service for their vending operations.  email or go on line to  Job is from Memorial day through Labor Day.

MIL Industries in Reston is looking for some office help for an isolated project.  Contact Ashley Fink at 703-318-1900.

Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center is looking for lifeguards in Sterling.  Training provided, flexible schedules- even one day a week.  Contact Betty Cook, Aquatics Supervisor at 571-258-3600, or

*Katydid Kids camps are hiring for the summer at Frying Pan Farm & Burke Lake Park.  Min. age 18. Contact or go to for an application.  or contact S. Kuhn at 703-734-4944.

Nando’s Peri-Peri Chicken in Reston Town Center West is hiring. Go to for more information.

Herndon Parks & Rec are hiring for various General Employment positions.  Min. age 15.  For more information and to apply, go to http://herndon-VA.GOV/jobs or call John H. Walsh,  Services Supervisor II, at (703)435-6800 Ext. 2109.

Premier Aquatics offers free American Red Cross training & flexible hours. Minimum age is 15.  Apply at or 703-373-0350

Reston Association has multiple job openings and will be at the SLHS Job Fair.  Go to

*The Southgate Community Center is looking hire teens for summer jobs. Contact Christine Hodgeson 703-860-0676

Tailored Living is looking for junior carpenters in the Herndon area; great for seniors with the right skills after graduation.  Email or call 703-707-0009. SLHS family!

Target is hiring at various locations.


A local disabled man is looking for assistance 1-2 days a week for a couple hours after school  typing, answering emails (PC not apple) and answering the phone.  Townhouse near Northpoint.  email or phone 703-408-2931.  Interview required.  

BranchOut!, a group of students at TJ High School is looking to recruit qualified student volunteers from FCPS schools to help serve as mentors to promote STEM education & close achievement gaps.  For more information go to or contact 

The Southgate Community Center is looking for teens to come 1-2 times a week after school to do tech programming: movie making, music studio, photography, robotics, 3D printing or resume building. If you know of students who might be willing to help with any of these programs, please have them contact Christine Hodgeson 703-860-0676

+++Volunteers Needed for the Be Amyazing Reston Youth Triathlon – Sunday, May 12th at South Lakes to raise money for Childhood Brain Cancer. Get a free t-shirt and earn up to 6 volunteer hours!  Volunteers are needed for the Swim, Bike, and Run portions of the race. Go to:

Asian American Chamber of Commerce seeking volunteers for their gala on Fri. May3rd at the Sheraton Hotel in Tysons Corner.  Students earn up to 5 vol hours and be given dinner.  contact Rachel Tao at or 703-309-5663 and ask for the link to the google form. 

Volunteer Search Engines:  Create an account at:,],  & Volunteer Reston ]

Look for opportunities in x2VOL!  Students access via Naviance Student.

This will explain how students enter hours and set up X2Vol (copy & paste into your browser)

*Some information, including volunteer and employment information, is being shared on behalf of outside entities. These materials are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or this school.*