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Career Center News - May 24, 2019

Announcements  -

This is the last weekly issue of the Career Center News for the school year.  The Career Center will be closed for the summer as of Friday, June 14 and will reopen August 19.

SENIOR SURVEY? Are you graduating and have you done yours? See Ms. Campbell or Ms. Gifford to complete! We need to know your plans before JUNE 6th!   Details below.  Congrats to the Class of 2019!

Career Center - Seniors heading to NOVA,  Messages for Parents of 10th graders & Parents of 11th graders, Free SAT prep/phone apps, Fee Waivers for SAT/ACTs.

Events- College Fair- Coast to Coast 

Financial Aid-  STILL HELP FOR SENIORS WHO NEED TO DO THE FAFSA!  Websites for Planning Ahead for Younger Students

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

Enrichment Programs-Summer internships or programs would be listed here!!! Marine Corps volunteer program.

Employment- BREAKING NEWS!  As of May 30, Watermine is still in need of hiring lifeguards!  NEW, flexible position working one hr/week for an local elderly woman, 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, Watermine (lifeguards), Katydid Camps, Virginia Kitchen & OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE in Herndon are hiring!  PrepFactory Internship in Arlington.  New part-time summer position with Apex. YMCA is still hiring for summer camps. JK Moving is 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, Eastern Ridge School, Dogwood 5K Dash, Reston Pride Festival Campaign Volunteers, VOLUNTEER RESTON, Opportunity at South Lakes for Summer School classroom assistants, & Volunteer Search Engines Listed. 



SENIOR SURVEY - IF you are a SENIOR haven't yet completed the SENIOR SURVEY, PLEASE come to the CAREER CENTER or see Mrs. Gifford in the Transcript Office to do so ASAP before you\'re too busy with 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 AND how we make sure that ALL GRADUATES have some sort of plan (& can connect to the help).  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 ATTENDING NOVA need to make sure they have a release form on file and  make sure they complete a NOVA APPLICATION & talk to the NOVA counselor about the PLACEMENT TESTS.  These need to be completed prior to signing up for classes and attending school orientation.   A transcript will not be sent if an attending school is not selected. See or email Mrs. Campbell for further directions. Failure to complete or correct Senior Survey issues will necessitate the student coming in to school over the summer  and paying a $5 fee to send!

SENIORS HEADING TO Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA/NVCC)- For SENIORS who wish to attend NOVA (other than Pathway students): Students planning on attending NOVA need to contact the NOVA High School Outreach Coordinator, Cathy Hall, who works with students to determine if a Math or English placement test is needed and will assign them to a NOVA Advisor.  She is the NEXT STEP in the process after completing the NOVA application at .  Contact her at @email if you have questions. See Mrs. Campbell 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 so you can schedule your classes!

Parents of 10th Graders! The school counselors completed Career Units in the spring.  Please follow up with your student 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!  Please view important information 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 or scholarships should fill this form out and return to their counselor by June 12, 2019. Please note many colleges have an EARLY ACTION or EARLY DECISION deadline of Nov. 1, and some even with October 15th deadlines.  Filling out this form will enable our counselors to write their recommendation in a timely fashion and get ahead before the summer when they are OFF and spending time with their loved ones! 

ASVAB-  The ASVAB scores for the April 26th test are in.  Please come to the Career Center for pick up.  The next ASVAB test at South Lakes will be in December 2019.  


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 @email 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:

  • Four official SAT Practice Tests written by the College Board
  • FREE phone apps include Ready4SAT, Ready4ACT, SATup, CrackSAT,  and CrackACT.  If you wish to find a test prep class 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.

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 videos on  "How to register for a college visit" and "How to find a Scholarship" at


Gap Fairs are held in early February every year. 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!

Coast to Coast College Tour - Sunday June 2, 2019 @ 7pm 

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




Still have FAFSA issues or questions? STILL NEED TO DO OR FINISH THE FAFSA? there are 3 hands on workshops June 18, June 19, and June 20 10am-3pm at ECMC, 5520 Cherokee Ave, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22312.  Register at  See previous email for what you need to bring!

**** 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.

****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!  They need to respond immediately if their FAFSA asks for VERIFICATION! 


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   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: (copy & paste into your browser).  


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  http://www.fastweb.comhttp://www.scholarsnapp.org; Hispanic Scholarship Fund:; American Indian College Fund: http://www.collegefund.orghttps://www.collegedata.com;

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



Norman E. Franklin Memorial Scholarship – deadline June 12, 2019

Survivor of a Car Accident Scholarship – deadline Dec. 15, 2019


Anidjar & Levine Community Service Scholarship – deadline June 30, 2019

Danette May Scholarship – deadline May 1, 2020

Omicron Kappa Kappa Scholarship - deadline June 12, 2019

Norman E. Franklin Memorial Scholarship - deadline June 12, 2019

Other: College specific – This is not listed in Naviance.

Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship In Honor of Dr. Glenn Fatzinger – NOVA -

Please see the list of other updated scholarships with deadline in last week's newsletter!


GROWS - Gaining Real Opportunities With Students Summer Program – June – see attached application.

Rising Senior Summer Camp (Culinary) – deadine July 1, 2019 – see attached application.

Glory Days Grill – now – job –

Mattox Photography + Video – now – job -

National Museum of the Marine Corps Teen Volunteer Program – volunteer job -

Quality Services Moving & Delivery – job -

Please see previous newsletter for other listings!

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.  

**Apex Leadership Company is looking for a part-time summer marking/sales asst. to visitt Elementary schools to drop off invitations and company information, Assist with special events, & help assemble marketing materials. Must have a drivers license with reliable car & high enthusiasm.& be able to verbally communicate clearly & effectively.  Pays  $10/hour & mileage.    Contact Dina D'Ambrosi, Area Director,  Apex Leadership Company,  @email or 703.708.4878. 

Local eldering woman is looking for a mature, patient student to assist her at home reaching items, help with computer & other technology in the home.  Flexible schedule, probably one hour/week. Initial phone interview with the daughter, then in person.  Villa Ridge Rd, near SAFEWAY.  Contact Megan McGill at 301-218-1018 or @email.  

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.

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 @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.

**Mon Ami Gabi, a French Bistro is hiring for Reston Town Center.  Contact Judd Winstanley at @email or 703-707-0233. Web site is

** PrepFactory Generalist HS Internship (paid stipend) - is looking for students to work 40 hrs/week for 6 weeks (July 8-August 16) at 2231 Crystal Dr., Arlington, near the Crystal City Metro.  Send email to @email for details. 

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 @email or call 703-757-6222.  Min. age is 18

*Autobell Car Wash is hiring at various locations.  Apply at  Questions?  Contact Will Stratman at @email 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 @email 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 @email 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 @email

Brightiew Senior Living in Great Falls is looking for Dining Servers.  Contact  Teddy Demessie, Director of Dining Services at @email 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 @email 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 @email 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 @email, or 571-323-1398.   

FCPS Summer Classroom Opportunity @ South Lakes, from July 8- July 26, 4.5 hrs/day.  Great for students who might want to go into teaching!  Must be at least 16 by Monday July 3.  Contact  Cassie Burk @email for elementary level and Angela Linker at @email for high school.  Go to  (copy & paste into your browser) or see flyer posted in the Career Center.

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 @email for more information & to apply.

Giant Pharmacy, 1450 Northpoint Village Ctr in Reston is hiring part-time cashiers.  Call Tammy Cohen at 703-850-2751 or email @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 @email.  They also have a positoin for 16+ for Expo, which is a great entry level job for someone interested in a culinary career. Apply on line at  There are other locations as well!

Goldfish Swim School is looking for instructors and front desk representatives.  Located at 2340 Pinecrest Rd in Reston.  Contact Jessica Mummert at @email 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  recently secured the Fairfax County contract for the facility and is hiring 15+ year olds focused on customer service for their vending operations.  Email @email@email, or go on line to  Job is from Memorial day through Labor Day.

JK Moving & CapRelo in Sterling, VA is looking for summer hires.  Earn up to $14/hr.  Flexible schedules.  Contact Craig Kramer at 571-888-3111 or @email.  

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 @email

**OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE - 150 Elden St., Herndon is hiring ages 17+ for hosts, bus boys, TOGO specialist, servers and dishwashers.  Contact Douglas Canby at 703-318-0999 or apply at  

**SUMMER CAMP COUNSELORS WANTED FOR DAY CAMPS AT FRYING PAN PARK and BURKE LAKE – day camps for preschool children half days 8:30 am to 1:30 pm and elementary children from 8:30 am to 4:40 pm.  Monday to Fri.  Must be 18 + years old. Starting Salary is $11.00.  to get an application or go to their web:  & under \"Jobs\".  Email @email or Call S. Kuhn @ 703-734-4944.

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

**ShadowLand, 4300 Chantilly Shopping Center Dr, Chantilly is hiring for part-time staff.  Contact Alex Milian, General Manager or apply on line at:  Starting pay is $8.00 /hr and 6 free games of laser tag a month.

***Water Mine,is hiring over 200 staff members for the summer.  As of 5/30 they STILL NEED TO HIRE lifeguards at Lake Fairfax.  They are part of the Fairfax County Government so other opportunities could unfold after the summer!.  It\'s a great option for those who are interested in the Parks and Rec, hospitality/ tourism field or for those looking to get into the medical and emergency fields. Lifeguard positions available for 15+. Lifeguards start at $10.18/hr. IF you already have CPR certification, you can negotiate for more!  No prior experience needed & they will provide the $150 lifeguard class for free!  Contact Michelle Cabrera, Hiring Manager at Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston VA 20190. Call 703-471-5415 ext.17 or email @email

YMCA RESTON is still hiring for the summer of 2019!  Looking for students ages 16+ including those in college and teachers for Jr. & Sr Camp Counselor,  Assistant Site Director, & Youth Development Staff.  Email @email or visit  Contact Liz Nason at 703-375-7025 or via @email.  



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 @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 @email 

The Eastern Ridge School, is seeking energetic teens to help  with their camp  program.  Applicants need to be willing to spend time outdoors regardless of the weather and be willing to get messy alongside 2-6 year olds. Go to  to access an application to print and return to Julie Liddle, Program Director at The Eastern Ridge School. Email Ms. Liddle, Program Director at @email with \"Summer Volunteer\" in the subject line or call 703-757-7900.

Dogwood 5 K Dash- June 1st -  8am-10am @ Dogwood Elementary Race Sentries and Race Marshalls ages 14-18 are needed. G0 to:!/showSignUp/60B0945AAAD29A5F58-dragon1  or call 703.628.6009 if you have questions on either of the volunteer opportunities.

RESTON PRIDE FESTIVAL- June 1 @ Lake Ann Plaza

There are a variety of shifts and responsibilities available for anyone interested!  Details about each task will be listed on the SignUpGenius which is linked below.  Volunteers will attend a brief orientation and pizza party to kick off the event on the evening of May 31st where you will learn the details of each task!  We thank you in advance for your support and continued dedication to all community members!

Contact  Ladan Madresehee , Leave it to ME, LLC, 703.628.6009 or @email with questions.

Tim Chapman\'s campaign for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is accepting applicants for their Student Fellowship Program, which is an opportunity for students to build their resumes and glean insight into the inner workings of a political campaign. The program will run through the June 11th primary, and high school students of any age are invited to apply. Interested students should contact Ryan Hauck at (301) 767-7088 or @email.

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

The Reston Chamber of Commerce is returning to the Town Center for Taste of Reston, June 14-15, 2019 and is in need of 300+ volunteer positions to fill for this two day event.   Contact Alicia Liddle at 703-707-9045 or at @email

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

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

*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.*