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Career Center News - November 22, 2019- Happy Thanksgiving!

CAREER CENTER- 

STUDENTS in 11th & 12th grades NEED TO PRINT OUT A PASS FOR THEIR TEACHER\'S PERMISSION.  Go to Blackboard, click on Naviance Student, go to WHATS NEW with the list of college dates, find the college and click on MORE INFO,  click on REGISTER button in upper right side, then RIGHT CLICK on the mouse to print.  If you are at school you can put it in your FCPS ON, then log on to a station with your student ID at school.  You will use this sheet as your pass for your teacher!  This will especially help with time when the large VA colleges come to visit.

Please note that the representatives that come to South Lakes are most often the person who reads your application!  Some smaller colleges use this opportunity for "documented interest".  Also, if students miss a visit and want information, come to the Career Center to view the college brochures as well as my notebook of notes from the visit!  

Career Center Events: College Visits with Maine College of Art & Randolph College, Onsite admission interviews with Univ. of Mary Washington & Richard Bland, NOVA Pathway apps are due- deadline extended until SUNDAY before 11:59 pm!  

ASVAB Testing 12/6/19 for 11th & 12th grade

Need Tutoring?

Free SAT Practice and PSAT Scores

Writing Center- Need help with those college essays?

Events - College Access Fairfax Workshops  for FAFSA county wide

Financial Aid - FAFSA Completion Workshops at various locations in FCPS!

Scholarships- Most are for Seniors, but other students should mark and save for their year!

Enrichment Programs- Any internships or "extra" enhancement programs would be listed here!!! See previous weeks.  

Employment - Local temporary afterschool babysitting job!  HoneyBaked Ham, Meadowlark, Reston Pavillion etc.

Volunteer Activities - SLHS FOOD PANTRY,  Winter Wonderland & Celebration Station @ Burke Lake Park, Jill's House, Town of Herndon Youth Advisory position, Community Empowerment in Sterling,Beacon Hill Landscaping help,  Mentors needed at Crossfield Elem, Eastern Ridge School, Terraset Elementary looking for PTO meeting childcare helpers, X2Vol Info & Volunteer Search Engines Listed. 

College Visits This Week in the Career Center:  Maine College of Art 11/18 11:20am, Randolph College 11/20 10:34 am.  

ONSITE COLLEGE ADMISSION INTERVIEWS @ SLHS FOR SENIORS!   This is the REAL deal for SENIORS who are applying to these colleges:  University of Mary Washington 12/2 at 12:30pm and Richard Bland 12/4 at 12:50 pm.  Seniors MUST sign up on line AND see Mrs. Campbell for complete directions.  The college application must already have been completed several days prior to the interview for these schools!  Seniors will also be assigned a specific interview time.  You MUST submit your application beforehand & obtain an unofficial transcript to hand to them!!!

Northern Virginia Community College & Pathway-  Monica Gomez from NOVA will be in the Career Center on Tuesdays to answer any student questions about NOVA. Pathway applicants will need to complete an online NOVA application FIRST (unless they take dual enrollment) to obtain a NOVA (EMPL) ID number, which is required for the Pathway online application.  https://www.apply.vccs.edu/applications/vccs/apply.html?application_id=4089  Deadline is EXTENDED AGAIN due to technical issues for the Pathway application is SUNDAY November 17, 2019 @ 11:59pm- MS. Gomez will be here on Tuesdays.  Please see the NOVA PATHWAY email sent earlier today 11/15 with directions and helpful hints!

PLEASE NOTE:  Pathway is a SLHS based program that provides additional support to students while getting ready to attend NOVA.  NOT every student who goes to NOVA needs PATHWAY.  IF a Non-Pathway student has questions about the process of applying to NOVA, they may contact @email (Copy & Paste into your browser)

ASVAB TESTING - Friday, December 6, 2019 8 am-11:30 am SLHS Lecture Hall- for 11th & 12 graders

This is a career inventory test that can be used as an assessment tool to explore potential career paths.  It is also used as the entrance exam for the branches of the military.  IF students take the test, they are under no obligation to enlist.  Scores are good for 2 years. Students wishing to take the test MUST sign up in advance and obtain a teacher/parent permission form from Mrs. Campbell in the Career Center.

For students who are interested in military careers, reps will be in the cafeteria corridorar during the 2nd week of the month.  Marines/Monday, rmy/Tuesday, & Airforce/ Wednesday (AF 2x/year).  Let Mrs. Campbell know if you need a branch contact.

Need TUTORING? 

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 prc@fcps.edu 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.  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/tutors-and-tutoring/parent-resource-center-tutor-list.

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:

FREE phone apps include Ready4SAT, Ready4ACT, SATup, CrackSAT,  and CrackACT.  

PSAT/NMSQT Scores   The  College Board releases scores in mid-December, based on geographic region. Most students in VA should have access to online score reports on or around December 9.

An email will be sent to the email address that your student put on their PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet with their access code when scores are ready. They will need to log onto their College Board account, or create one if they do not have one yet. Paper score reports will be distributed at school, but students often get access to their online score reports before paper score reports and test books are ready for distribution. The online score report also links to free SAT practice on Khan Academy.  Any PSAT questions should be directed to Ms. Gina Lee in room 485B or at @email

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.

EVENTS - 

Save the dates:  Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Fair – Jan. 23, 2020 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Edison High School- More information to come about a SLHS fieldtrip!  Double checking the times...

Historically Black College and University (HBCU) College Festival – Jan. 25, 2020 from 8am to 3:30pm at Gaylord National Resort- available to all students from all grades.  Sponsored by Alfred Street Baptist Church.

FAFSA Completion Events  - https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/   The next one in FCPS is December 5th at Annandale High School.  Seniors, please be aware of your college's Financial Aid deadline- that means your FAFSA (including parent info & taxes) needs to be submitted before their financial aid deadline date!

Scholarships  (See previous weeks for other ones.) These are listed in Naviance Student under Colleges then Scholarships & Money, and Scholarship List and Scholarship Match.  Most of them are for 12th gr. Underclassmen should write them down & mark their calendars any pertain to them when they are a senior! PLEASE NOTE:  When applying for scholarships, use your personal, non-FCPS email! 

NOMINATION Scholarships due to the Career Center- only 1 application moves upward:  NVADACA - $3,000  Application & Essay Due Thursday February 6 before 3pm to the Career Center. See email from 11/3 

Michell Merhige Scholarship - $1,200. Financial need, US citizenship, overcome hardship, priority given to someone who has lacked substantial family support.  Essay.    Due Thursday February 6 before 3pm to the Career Center.  

VA Tech Pamplin Leadership- $5,000 Min. GPA of 3.8+. Application & Essay due before January 16 at 3pm to the Career Center.

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution American History –$2,000, 24 credit hours in Am History & Government - deadline Feb. 15, 2020

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution History Scholarship – $2,000, pursue history studies in college - deadline Feb. 15, 2020

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Nursing Scholarships –$2,000-2,500 - deadline Feb. 15, 2020

Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund –Amt. Varies, Female - deadline May 15, 2020

Herb Block Scholarship – Up to $8,000, Must attend community college - deadline July 7, 2020

Patrick Henry Maddren Scholarship –$1,000 -  deadline August 1, 2020 

From last week:

U.S. JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship- due Jan. 24, 2020.   $1,000.  Three Letters of references, leadership, financial information, transcript, test scores, essay.

***THEDREAM.US Scholarship - Feb. 27, 2020.  $14,500 - $29,000.  Meet Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or TPS Eligibility or come to the US before Nov. 1, 2014. Must attend one of their Partner colleges. 2.5+ GPA Essay.

Wisepowder Scholarship – Due March 31, 2020.  $1,000 .  Due to enroll as a full time student at an accredited college or university in the USA for the semester that you are applying to receive the scholarship. 3.0+ GPA Essay.

American Culinary Federation Education Foundation- Due April 30, 2020.  $1,500 - $2,500.  Be accepted to the institution with a culinary, pastry or foodservice-related major. 2.75+ GPA.  Essay

Joyce E Dawkins Memorial Scholarship – Due May 1, 2020.  $2,500. A student whose parent, grandparent or legal guardian is either currently employed or was previously employed in the Fairfax County Public Schools pupil transportation field.           3.0+ GPA Essay.

**FINANCIAL AID**

South Lakes has a NEW Financial Aid Chamption.  Please welcome Bonnie Horowitz!  She will be in the Career Center on Thursdays during lunches from 11:20am-1:20pm.  She is an expert in FAFSA and can help you through those "Sticky" situations where you don't know what to do or check off on your FAFSA application.  She can be reached by email at @email and will also be at SLHS FAFSA workshop day 11/2. She covers several schools, so when you email her, please let her know that you're from South Lakes. She can schedule appointments on an as needed basis or answer your problem question via email!

For anyone who wants to know what is covered at Financial Aid or Paying for College nights, you'll be able to view the powerpoint with helpful information. Last year's is still up and the one from this past week at SLHS will soon be here:   https://southlakeshs.fcps.edu/student-services/college-and-career-center

**** The 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid  (FAFSA) is AVAILABLE NOW for seniors:  https://fsaid.ed.gov/ 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.  Seniors also need to check their college to see if the CSS profile is also needed. IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE FILLING IT OUT (not everyone does), there are numerous FAFSA Completion workshops offered by College Access Fairfax throughout the county for which you can go to ANY of them. South Lakes is having one on Saturday, November 2 from 10am-2pm.  Students can stop by the Career Center for a list, or you can see the other times and locations on the College Access website.  You must preregister at www.collegeaccessfairfax.org.  HOW DO I APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID  (& what to bring or have ready) is also attached.  

****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! Please check your email daily

IMPORTANT FINANCIAL AID OFFERINGS:

PLANNING AHEAD FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS?  Want to see what college costs?  Go to collegescorecard.ed.gov.  Most colleges also have a net price calculator on their financial aid web site. Also try https://myintuition.org/ for a quick college cost estimator. Younger students/parents can also go to http://fafsa4caster.ed.gov 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:  www.bls.gov/ooh, Career help & scholarships:  https://www.careeronestop.org/, jobs in VA https://www.vawc.virginia.gov

Some helpful resources: www.studentloans.govwww.studentaid.govwww.finaid.org (copy & paste into your browser).  

Scholarships  (See previous weeks for other ones.) These are listed in Naviance Student under Colleges then Scholarships & Money, and Scholarship List and Scholarship Match.  Most of them are for 12th gr. Underclassmen should write them down & mark their calendars any pertain to them when they are a senior! PLEASE NOTE:  When applying for scholarships, use your personal, non-FCPS email! 

NOMINATION Scholarships due to the Career Center- only 1 application moves upward:  NVADACA - $3,000  Application & Essay Due Thursday February 6 before 3pm to the Career Center. See email from 11/3 

Michell Merhige Scholarship - $1,200. Financial need, US citizenship, overcome hardship, priority given to someone who has lacked substantial family support.  Essay.    Due Thursday February 6 before 3pm to the Career Center.  

VA Tech Pamplin Leadership- $5,000 Min. GPA of 3.8+. Application & Essay due before January 16 at 3pm to the Career Center.

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution American History –$2,000, 24 credit hours in Am History & Government - deadline Feb. 15, 2020

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution History Scholarship – $2,000, pursue history studies in college - deadline Feb. 15, 2020

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Nursing Scholarships –$2,000-2,500 - deadline Feb. 15, 2020

Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund –Amt. Varies, Female - deadline May 15, 2020

Herb Block Scholarship – Up to $8,000, Must attend community college - deadline July 7, 2020

Patrick Henry Maddren Scholarship –$1,000 -  deadline August 1, 2020 

From Previous Week::

U.S. JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship- due Jan. 24, 2020.   $1,000.  Three Letters of references, leadership, financial information, transcript, test scores, essay.

***THEDREAM.US Scholarship - Feb. 27, 2020.  $14,500 - $29,000.  Meet Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or TPS Eligibility or come to the US before Nov. 1, 2014. Must attend one of their Partner colleges. 2.5+ GPA Essay.

Wisepowder Scholarship – Due March 31, 2020.  $1,000 .  Due to enroll as a full time student at an accredited college or university in the USA for the semester that you are applying to receive the scholarship. 3.0+ GPA Essay.

American Culinary Federation Education Foundation- Due April 30, 2020.  $1,500 - $2,500.  Be accepted to the institution with a culinary, pastry or foodservice-related major. 2.75+ GPA.  Essay

Joyce E Dawkins Memorial Scholarship – Due May 1, 2020.  $2,500. A student whose parent, grandparent or legal guardian is either currently employed or was previously employed in the Fairfax County Public Schools pupil transportation field.           3.0+ GPA Essay.

ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

Enrichment Programs ( Also see previous weeks) More can also be found in Naviance Student under COLLEGES, then click on RESEARCH COLLEGE, then ENRICHMENT.  You can put a search word in such as college name or STEM for a listing!

Hugh O'Brian Leadership Nomination (HOBY)- for 10th graders dates are 5/29-5/31/202 @ Christopher Newport.  Pick up self nomination form in the Career Center and turn in by Friday, December 6th by 3pm.  Two students chosen- one sponsored by SLHS and the other self pay at $225.

Year Up – for graduating seniors - starts in Jan. 2020 and Aug. 2020 - https://www.yearup.org/future-students/?location=national-us/

Simons Summer Research Program – must be nominated – see Career Center Specialist - deadline Jan. 22, 2020 – June 29 – Aug. 7, 2020 - https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/simons/index.php

BLAST - Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology – deadline Feb. 10, 2020, June and July dates - http://vsgc.odu.edu/blast/

Vetro Education – Sept. 2020 - https://vertoeducation.org/

FROM PREVIOUS WEEK:

Career Exploration Fair – event date Nov. 19 from 9:30am to 2pm - http://career.novastem.us/explore

CTE Career Connections - event date Nov. 21 from 6pm to 8pm

AbbeyRoad Programs – event date July - August 2020 -          https://www.goabbeyroad.com/

Pathways Flight Academies – event date June – July – deadline Jan. 12, 2020 – http://vsgc.odu.edu/pathwaysflightacademies/

High School Scientific Training and Enrichment Program (NIH-HiSTEP) – event date June 29 to Aug 6, 2020 - deadline date Jan. 17, 2020 - https://www.training.nih.gov/histep

High School Scientific Training and Enrichment Program 2.0 (NIH-HiSTEP 2.0) – event date June 11 to Aug. 7, 2020 - deadline date Jan. 17, 2020 - https://www.training.nih.gov/histep_20_home_page

Summer Music Institute – event date June 29 to July 27, 2020 - deadline date Jan. 20, 2020 - https://education.kennedy-center.org/education/nsoed/smi/

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research for High School Students – event date June 2020 for 8 weeks - deadline date Feb. 1, 2020 - https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/hs-sip   

CONTESTS- 

George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest –deadline Dec.15 2019 https://www.sar.org/education/youth-contests-awards/george-s-stella-m-knight-essay-contest

EMPLOYMENT: Please NOTE- When applying for jobs, use your personal, non-FCPS email!!!

Work Permits can be obtained by going to https://www.doli.virginia.gov/labor-law/employment-certificate-application-instructions/  

EMPLOYMENT- PLEASE NOTE- When applying for jobs, or anything outside of FCPS, use your personal, non-FCPS email!!!

Work Permits can be obtained by going to https://www.doli.virginia.gov/labor-law/employment-certificate-application-instructions/  

***Crossroads FREE Employment Service.  www.crossroadsjobs.org 703-771-4112.  email findajobcrossroadsjobs.org Orientations offered in English (Leesburg) & Spanish (Sterling).

*** Local Temporary Afterschool Baby Sitting Job: Near SLHS off Olde Crafts Dr., 4-6pm, M-F.  $10/hr.  Contact Ruth Schulte at @email or 571-643-4856.

**Astar Explorer is hiring part time STEM instructors for their STEM Learning Center @ FairOaks Mall (next to JC Penney) for school-aged children.  Pay is $10-$15/hour for 10-19 hours/week.  Min. age is 16.  

**Mindframe Education is offering STEM internships (paid & unpaid) for high school students in their Ashburn & Reston locations. Go to www.mindframeEducation.com for more information.  Send resume to @email or call Shani Nyandemoh at 703-940-9440.  

***Bow Tie Cinemas is for hiring full-time, part-time and seasonal positions for their Reston Town Center theater.  Apply at Guest Services or onlie at www.BowTieCinemas.com.  

***i9Sports is looking for 16+ prefer 11th & 12 gr with athletic background to volunteer or work part time with their sports leagues coaching, marketing, communications, & event management.  Terraset Elementary & Baron Cameron Park are two of the locations.   Location:  Central and Northern Fairfax CountyContact: Christopher Streeter, Program Director, @email or 202-818-0786    Starting Pay: $12.50. www.i9sports.com

***HoneyBaked Ham in North Point Village Center is hiring for seasonal staffing. Apply on line or at the store.  Contact Mundi Broda.  Honeybakedcarrers.com, 703-733-3860, @email 

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

***Mission BBQ near the Clocktower in Herndon is opening soon & hiring ages 16+.  Contact Adam Faggio, General Manager at (410) 703-0268 cell or Email- @email.  www.MISSION-BBQ.com

The Airports Authority Skilled Trades Apprentice Program is seeking candidates for HVAC, electrical, plumbing, heavy equipment, electronics, structured maintenance.  For details go to www.mwaa.com/about/careers.  Applications are on line. 

***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

**Chuck E. Cheese Herndon is hiring.  https://www.chuckecheese.com/cast-member-employment or speak to a manager at 2465 Centreville RD. J-9, Herndon, 20171. phone 703-713-0232

***KSB cafe of New York, in the Fox mill shopping center, Herndon is hiring for line cooks and cashiers, age 16+.  Text 703.508.7387 to schedule an interview.  Questions, contact Nisha Arora at @email

***WINTER WALK OF LIGHTS - Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is looking for seasonal help 16+ from Nov 8-Jan 5th for check in desk, concessions, parking, greeter, chidren\'s area, & fire pit attendant.  Pay $9.80-$11.00.  Email Jeff Hill at @email or go to https://www.novaparks.com/about/employment?p=job%2foel1afwu (copy & paste into browser)  phone 703-255-3631. 

***Reston Community Center is hiring ages 15+ for its newly reopened aquatic center. They offer:Free training for Lifeguarding & Water Safety Instructors (swim lessons), Flexible scheduling, Free uniforms.Pay range from $11.50 to $14.00 for lifeguards,Head Lifeguards range from $15.00-$18.00,  Swim Instructors range from $22.00-$26.00, Free swim training to get employees ready for the life guard class.Contact Matt McCall (SLHS ALUM) at 703-390-6151 or Mccall, @email

***Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion is hiring Cashiers, Skate Host, Mgr, Zamboni Driver.  Contact Erich Ober @703-709-6300 or RestonIceSkating@gmail.com.  Apply at rinkmanagement.com/careers.

VOLUNTEER

***SOUTH LAKES HIGH SCHOOL HAS an OPENING for student volunteers in the FOOD PANTRY this month - Saturday, November 30 - fund raising at Reston Town Center Carriage rides.  All slots are in the sign up link: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10C0D4AA9AA2EAA8-november2.  

SLHS FOOD PANTRY is also seeking student volunteers to help receive & sort a large food donation on Saturday, December 7, from 9:15 am-Noon.  Go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4aa9aa2eaa8-december1 to sign up. Contact Amy Shaw with questions at @email 

*** Reston Association- Parade help @Reston Town Center on Fri., Nov. 29, 2019  from 10:30 a. m. - Noon.  Nature House Holiday Open House, Sun., Dec. 8, volunteer shift (including mascots) from 12:15-4:15 PM, free event runs 1-4 PM -  Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston (Volunteers must be 14 years old or older), Cookies with Santa-Sat., Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Lake House, 11450 Baron Cameron Ave. Contact Ha Brock, Volunteer Reston Manager @703-435-7986 or @email. More info is also on X2Vol 

***Jill's House in Vienna is looking for volunteers (age 16+) to serve as a group buddy, kitchen helper, or admin helpers.  Go to jillshouse.org/volunteer for more information or email @email.

***Winter Wonderland (12 pm-5 pm) Dec. 7, 8, 14 & 15 & Celebration Station (6pm-9pm) Dec. 6, 7, 13, & 14 are seeking volunteers for high school & college students.  Sign up at volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov  search under FCP Burke Lake Park  www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/burkelakepark/ or call Ashley Hudak at 703-323-6600 or email @email

***Town of Herndon is seeking youth 9-12th grades who are in good standing in school and community who wish  to serve on the Herndon Youth Advisory Council.  Contact Viki L. Wellershaus, CMC, Town Clerk, Town of Herndon 703.435.6805 with questions.  Apply at www.herndon-va.gov.  

**Community Empowerment of Northern Virginia in Sterling is looking for ater school volunteers to help support them with their elementary & middle school kids with STEM Club, tutoring, afterschool mentoring, martial arts, and cheerleading.  Contact Lauren McCreary at laurenmc.cenv@gmail.com

**Crossfield Elementary School is looking for 20 high school students for 30 min/week to mentor students grades K-6 from 3:25pm - 3:55pm (one day/week).  Training provided.  Contact Thaisa York, School Counselor at thyork@fcps.edu.

**Terraset Elementary needs students to care for children during PTA meetings.  Dates Needed are Tuesdays, December 10, February 11, April 21, and June 2 at 7pm.  Contact Jane Derrick at president@terrasetpto.org

 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 https://www.velbranchout.org or contact velbranchout@gmail.com

Volunteer Search Engines:  Create an account at: http://www.volunteermatch.org, www.volunteerfairfax.org,  & Volunteer Reston ]www.reston.org (copy and paste into your browser)

Also look for opportunities in x2VOL!  Students access via Blackboard & then the Naviance Student portal.