Virtual College Fair and Presentations for High School Students

The Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Counselors (VACRAO) is proud to present our Virtual College Exploration program, for all Virginia students, September 14-November 5. 

The eight-week program consists of hundreds of opportunities for students to learn about the college search process and about many different colleges through panel presentations and weekly Virtual College Fairs. 

Students will gain a wealth of college knowledge, get exposure to a variety of colleges, and have the opportunity to ask questions of admission counselors, all in a safe, flexible, online environment.

All high school students, transfer students, parents, and counselors throughout Virginia are all welcome to attend. Participation is free.

Students should participate live so they can ask questions and interact with the college admission counselors. If students are unable to attend live, we still encourage them to register for the sessions they are interested in and recordings will be available later.

Go to :bit.ly/2Dr1mlf

How I Spent My Summer Break

The counseling department wishes a happy summer to all of our students. We were very pleased with the way you made the best of challenging circumstances to finish the spring semester and we’re looking forward to getting back as soon as possible.

For many students, summer is a crucial time whether you are planning to go to college or trade school after graduation, enlist in the armed forces or get a job. It’s a time when you can take college visits, participate in enrichment programs, meet with recruiters, and get valuable work or volunteer experience.

Unfortunately some of those opportunities may not exist for our students this summer. We would therefore encourage everyone to make use of your time this summer to the best of your ability.

Think about a personal project you can work on. Do you have a list of books you’d like to read? Maybe you would like to learn a new language or some basic coding skills. Maybe you will commit to a fitness plan to be in the best shape of your life.

Regardless of what you plan to do after graduation, you can make yourself stand out by spending your summer on something that means something to you. Colleges and employers especially may be impressed at your creativity and initiative. More importantly, you deserve the opportunity to explore your interests and enrich yourself on a personal level.

We have added a tab above, “Summer Ideas.” You will find some resources and suggestions for ways to spend your summer, but as always you can reach out to your school counselor. We’ll be happy to help you find what you’re looking for.

Scholarships

Seniors, this is a reminder that the Scholarship Info and Applications page (tab is above) continues to be updated with new scholarships you can apply for. Let’s be honest, you have time – what else are you doing? Go get yourself some free money.

April Newsletter

Students,

We hope you are doing well, staying healthy and enjoying time with your family. Below is the April edition of the School Counseling Newsletter. You will find lots of useful info as we continue on with our school year virtually, and for our seniors, there are still plenty of local scholarships available. Let your school counselor know if you have any questions.

https://www.smore.com/f2z0w

School Counseling Update

The goal of the CHS school counseling department remains unchanged in the face of the current school closures.  We aim to support the academic, social/emotion, and college/career related needs of all CHS students. 

School Counselors will be checking their emails and the sign up form between 7 am and 3 pm Monday through Friday.  Please keep in mind, if you sign up to see us, we will be responding via email so please ensure you are checking your school email regularly.

Ms. Taylor, our college adviser, will be available during normal school hours.   Regular updates for juniors and seniors will be sent out via Remind and email. Juniors may text “@cavs2021” to 81010 to join the group. Seniors may text “@chscavs20” to 81010 to join their group. Video calls can be set up when needed. Ms. Taylor’s email is kataylor@ccps.us.

Mrs. Hummer, our career coach, will be available during normal school hours.   Regular updates for Seniors who are community college or trade/technical school bound  and career information for all students will be sent out via Remind and emails. Seniors may text “@CHSGermannabound” to 81010 to join. All Caroline students for career information may text “@CHSCareerCoach” to 81010 to join. Video calls will be set up when needed.  Mrs. Hummer’s email is lhummer@ccps.us.   

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, students are encouraged to call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

New Scholarships

Seniors,

Make sure that you check the Scholarship Info and Applications page, as several new local scholarships have been added within the past week. You can also get information about these scholarships in the latest edition of the School Counseling Newsletter.