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Dear FHS Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Parents: I hope the school year is off to a great start. For those of you who are new to Fairfax, welcome! I am the College & Career Specialist at FHS, and I specialize in working with students in three areas: college planning, career planning, and scholarships and financial aid.
The Career Center News is an electronic newsletter of all the information I receive in the Career Center. Think of it as a list of OPPORTUNITIES…College visits to FHS, college information sessions, college fairs, volunteer and leadership opportunities, part-time jobs, internships, career programs, and diverse events at various colleges.
As a reminder, Naviance is every FCPS student’s on-line college and career planning tool. It is an excellent resource for students of all grades…get more familiar with it this year! To sign onto Naviance, go to this page: https://www.fcps.edu/naviance (I recommend bookmarking it) and click on “Student Naviance Login.” All students will receive this newsletter in their fcpsschools.net email account, but parents will continue to receive this newsletter in the email address listed in SIS. I have noticed that there are formatting issues (i.e., a lot of spaces) in the emails that students receive from Naviance, so I have made a copy of this newsletter and included as an attachment for ease of reviewing. (Attachment will be at the bottom of this email.)
Please come to the FHS College Visits! We have about 50 more college visits scheduled between now and the end of October. Sophomores, juniors and seniors can attend these visits during the school day. Students should sign up in Naviance – Colleges – College Visits and they need to ask their teacher’s permission to be excused at least 24 hours before the visit.
If you have any questions about this information, please feel free to contact me at @email.
College & Career Specialist
Fairfax High School Career Center
3501 Lion Run
Fairfax, VA 22030
For resources on college planning, career planning, scholarships and financial aid, check out: FHS Virtual Career Center
(Note: Students must use their fcpsschools.net account to view. Parents need to log into their student’s fcpsschools.net account to access.)
If you would like to schedule an appointment, please email me: @email
Please note my first quarter appointments are reserved for seniors.
FHS College Visits:
The following College Admissions Officers are visiting FHS this week….
- On Monday, Sept. 20: College of Charleston (9:00 am) & Providence College (10:30 am)
- On Tuesday, Sept. 21: Xavier University (11:30 am), University of Mary Washington (12:45 pm), Old Dominion (1:30 pm), & Stevens Institute of Technology (2:15 pm)
- On Thursday, Sept. 23: Roanoke College (11:30 am), Ohio University (12:45 pm), & Longwood (1:30 pm).
- On Friday, Sept. 24: VCU (9:00 am), Emory (9:45 am) and East Carolina University (10:30 am).
See Naviance College Visits for complete list. Sign up on Naviance – College Visits (https://www.fcps.edu/naviance) and ask your teachers to be excused 24 hours before the visit.
VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS:
Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC) Fall College Fair
September 20 @ 5:00-7:45 pm
Register for sessions to meet up to 6 colleges: https://www.strivescan.com/pcacac/
National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) Upcoming Virtual College Fairs:
Sept. 28 @ 4:00-8:00 pm EDT – Northeastern US Fair
October 3 @ 1:00-6:00 pm EDT – Signature Fair
October 14 @ 5:00-9:00 pm EDT – Midwest Fair
October 24 @ 1:00-6:00 pm EDT – Signature Fair
November 2 @ 4:00-8:00 pm EDT – Arts & STEM Fair
November 14 @ 1:00-6:00 pm EST – Signature Fair
Sign up here: https://virtualcollegefairs.org/conventions
The Coalition for College hosts virtual college fairs designed to help students build smart college lists. 140 schools will participate. All schools participating are members of the Coalition, meaning they have a proven commitment to access, affordability and student success. The Coalition will host a virtual college fair Oct. 5 & 6, 2021. The fair is free, and students and student supporters are welcome to register for as many sessions as they like.
VIRTUAL COLLEGE INFORMATION SESSIONS:
Purdue University, Olin College of Engineering, Harvey Mudd College and Georgia Institute of Technology welcome you to the 2021 CUBE TOUR:
Tuesday, Sept. 21 @ 8:00-9:00 PM EST Pull up a chair, get comfortable and enjoy:
- Engineering Program overviews for each school,
- a rundown of admissions changes,
- and a Q&A/panel discussion!
To register, go to: https://apply.purdue.edu/register/?id=8083a160-c1b7-471c-874a-9f9db6e244ac
Greater Atlanta-area Colleges Spotlight
Agnes Scott College, Emory, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Oglethorpe University, SCAD, Spelman College and University of Georgia
Wednesday, Sept. 29 - Thursday, Sept. 30
For more information and to register, go to: https://www.strivescan.com/atlanta/
The next SAT is on October 2. The late registration deadline is Sept. 21. To register, go to: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat
The next ACT is on October 23. The late registration deadline is Oct. 1. To register, go to: http://www.act.org/
Note: Students who are on free or reduced lunch should contact Ms. Kim at @email, or see her in the Career Center, for a fee waiver.
City of Fairfax Schools Communications Intern Job Description (Juniors/Seniors)
Description The City of Fairfax Schools seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist marketing and communications efforts to tell stories about Fairfax HS to the City of Fairfax community. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of marketing while working in a flexible work environment. The Communications Intern will work independently and on a team to fulfill organizational goals and initiatives related to programming and events.
Qualifications: – This internship is for current Fairfax HS seniors and juniors. Academy students welcome to apply, but focus will only be on Fairfax HS.
- Student must be in good academic standing and attendance with a 2.5 GPA or above. A teacher reference will be required.
· Firm grasp of social media tools and platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Access to all three platforms a plus.
· Interest/Curiosity in a variety of groups and organizations in Fairfax HS to find, write and promote stories about for our website, e-newsletter and other publications.
· No previous experience needed. Emphasis on responsibility, enthusiasm, creativity and flexibility.
· Desire to learn about the basic principles of public relations, journalism/writing and marketing.
· Access to technology including laptop (school issued laptop or personal), cell phone with camera.
· Exposure to graphic design websites such as Canva a plus, but not requirement.
· Self-starter, time management, creative, with ability to communicate in a professional manner.
· Assist in planning, writing and managing stories about Fairfax HS. Interview students and teachers.
· Create plan to increase awareness of social media platforms within and outside of the school.
· Research, pitch and manage stories to local and national publications.
· Provide ideas to update City of Fairfax Schools’ social media accounts.
· Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and tools for marketing and communications
Start Date: October 2021 – June 2022. Meeting 1x per month for 1 hour before/after school or during Lion Time with teacher permission. Work 3-5 hours per month. Hours, meeting times are flexible with student schedule. Hours can/will increase or decrease depending on student’s homework, college applications, tests, after school schedules or at the student’s request.
Compensation: $500 honorarium
To Apply: Two ways to apply:
Email Carrie Dorsey, Communications Manager at @email and include application as attachment. For more information and application, see attachments at bottom of this email.
Go to our website www.CityofFairfaxSchools.org/apps/form/intern and fill out the application online.
Applications due by October 8th.
Rita’s Italian Ice – Fairfax:
Do you have a sweet tooth? Looking for something to do after school or on the weekends? Rita's Italian Ice of Fairfax, located at 10726 Fairfax Blvd., is looking for outgoing treat team members for part-time help after school and weekends. Applicants should be at least 16-years old, have transportation, and be able to work 15-20 hours a week. Job is seasonal, running through the end of November. Our 2022 season will start in March 2022. Interested? Apply online at www.ritasoffairfax.com through the "Join our team" tab
Help Wanted: The UPS Store
Please call us at 703-280-1500 or visit us in the store at 3057 Nutley Street in Fairfax for any inquiries!
We are looking for a result-driven retail Sales Associate to be responsible for all sales job duties. Sales Associate duties and responsibilities include working closely with customers to determine their needs, answer their questions about our products and recommending the right solutions. You should be able to promptly resolve customer complaints and ensure maximum client satisfaction. It’s a friendly work environment with flexible hours. For a complete job description, see attached Help Wanted flyer (below.)
Senberry Acai Bowls – Old Town Fairfax
Senberry is a coffee and acai bowls shop located in the heart of Old Town Fairfax. We are a charismatic, high-energy, people-oriented team seeking to add additional team members with both weekday and weekend availability into Fall/Winter and beyond. Full-time and part-time available. At this time we are only seeking candidates that can work with us throughout the year.
Duties include: Running Cash Register, Making Acai Bowls, Cleaning, Interacting with Customers, General Shop Duties.
Prerequisites: At least 16 years old, Good Attitude, Hard Working
Job Type: Part-time
If interested please send resume to @email or apply in person
Great Part-time Job Opportunities for Students – The Gardens at Fair Oaks, 4310 Forest Hill Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Server/Hostess, PT, $13 per hour
Evening and Weekends available. Begin your culinary career as a dining room servers, great team environment, paid on the job training, sign-on bonus opportunity. To apply, contact: Human Resources at 703-278-1001, or apply using QR code (on attached flyer), or come in person to apply at: The Gardens, 4310 Forest Hill Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030.
Needed: Female tutor for 10 year old girl
Requirements: Fairfax HS Junior/senior Honor high school female student with excellent grades, Tutoring in elementary math, a reference from a science or math teacher, previous experience is imperative.
- The tutor will follow 5th and 6th grade math content curricula
- The tutoring will take place at my home address which is the Fair Lakes shopping center area.
- Compensation is $12 to $15 hourly upon qualifications.
- Usually math tutoring will last 1 or 2 hours per session.
- Tutoring needs to be held between 5 pm to 8 pm weekdays, twice a week and on weekends - there is flexibility too. Weekend morning sessions are encouraged.
- There will be an adult present at home during the sessions.
- COVID 19 full vaccination required. Card proof. Our family members are also fully vaccinated, except tutee who is not currently eligible.
If interested please text 571-236-7769 to set up an in person interview. Interviews can be arranged Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 6 and 7 pm. Isabel Tello
Lifetime Fitness – 5900 Trinity Pkwy, Centreville, VA 20166 or 9602 Main St, Fairfax, VA, 22031
Come and join the Aquatics Team at Life Time Fitness. We are now hiring for Fall and Year- Round Lifeguards & Swim Instructors. We offer state of the art facilities, competitive pay, and flexible hours. Membership to the club is included with employment! Call or email for more info: 703-815-5123, @email or @email
Autobell Car Wash is Hiring High School Students!
Interested in flexible hours, top $$$, college scholarships, no late work, & a FREE weekly car wash? Apply online today at autobell.com/jobs. Must be at least 16 years of age or older, possess and maintain a valid driver’s license, and maintain a professional, safe, and neat appearance.
Ryans’ Barber Shop – 3846 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
ESLI Summer Retreat (Sept. 25 @ 10 am – 4 pm)
The Environmental Student Leadership Initiative (ESLI) is a Fairfax County Park Authority supported volunteer team that seeks to empower the community through environmental action. Students learn how to teach environmental topics to elementary school aged children, sample macroinvertebrates to determine stream health, recognize invasive organisms and more. This free, annual program is open to all motivated, high school students in Fairfax County. The ESLI Retreat will take place on Saturday September 25, 2021 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Riverbend Park Outdoor Classroom. Riverbend Park is located at 8700 Potomac Hills Street in Great Falls. To sign up, go to: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/riverbend/esli-retreat/092521
COLLEGE CAMPUS EVENTS:
Christopher Newport Open Houses:
Sept. 25 & Oct. 23, 8:30 am – 1 pm
Register online and view the full schedule: https://cnu.edu/admission/freshman/toursandevents/openhouse/
West Virginia University:
Discover WVU Open House (in-person): The on-campus Discover WVU open house events will be held on Oct. 23 and Nov. 13. Students can customize their experience, meet other students and explore topics from admissions and housing to student life and academics. Registration Link: https://www.wvu.edu/events/discover
Go First Fridays (in-person): These on-campus events will be held on various Fridays throughout the Fall. Students will experience campus the day before a WVU home football game and will partake in a campus tour, tailgate snacks, on-the-spot admission decisions and more! Registration Link: https://www.wvu.edu/events/go-first-fridays
Sweet Briar College Fall Open Houses:
October 23 & November 6
To register, go to: https://admissions.sbc.edu/portal/fall_open_house?scid=
Davidson College’s FREE Fall Admissions Intensive Workshops For juniors and seniors:
Essay Writing 201: Brainstorming
College Application & Financial Aid Basics
Essay Writing 101: Myth busting
Essay Writing 201: Brainstorming
Leveraging Your Activities List and Supplemental Materials
What Do You Do After You Hit Submit?
All sessions are at 7:00 pm. To register, go to: https://admission.davidson.edu/portal/fallintensives
Access Davidson: October 24-25, 2021
Access Davidson is a selective virtual college visit program designed for high school seniors from historically excluded racial and ethnic groups, those who are first in their family to attend college, and students from rural or low-income backgrounds. The program is open to students living and attending high school in the United States and Puerto Rico. Students who have not been on an official visit to campus will be prioritized for participation. This year’s virtual program will offer a mix of required and optional programming over the course of two days. Our required virtual sessions will consider student time zones and there will be no expectation to miss any school commitments on Monday, October 25.
The deadline to apply is September 27: https://www.davidson.edu/admission-and-financial-aid/visit/access-davidson
The Coalition will host six panel discussions during the Fall 2021 semester. Each will feature a short presentation, followed by a Q&A with Coalition member schools. Students and student supporters can submit questions in advance and ask questions live during the sessions.
Four of the six panels will also be offered in concurrent Spanish-language sessions. All six will be recorded, with captions in English and Spanish, and shared with those who register.
Oct. 13: Admissions & the Arts
All events found here: https://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/events
Girls in Technology (GIT) Programs
GIT is led by a committee of women volunteers who are dedicated to initiating programs to excite, inspire and create awareness for girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Our vision is to significantly increase the number of girls who pursue STEM education and ultimately join the ranks of other successful women in STEM careers. Our mission is to engage and inspire girls in grades 6 through 12 in the D.C. Metro Region, especially underserved girls, to enable them to envision a path for education and career opportunities in STEM. Our programs will offer successful women role models, targeted education, endearing support and affinity. We will hold ourselves accountable to focus on GIT girls-first and foster diversity and inclusion (and belonging). See attached flyer (below) to join GIT’s mailing list for notification about programs. For more information on GIT, see: https://www.womenintechnology.org/girls-in-technology
For African American Male Juniors: Beta Nu Boule Young Scholars Program
Please encourage your African American male students entering their junior year (2021-2022) and living in Arlington or Fairfax Counties or Alexandria City to apply for the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Beta Nu Boulé Young Scholars Program. The application deadline is October 1, 2021. Notification of acceptance will occur no later than October 18, 2021. Please see the attached application (on bottom of email).
The Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, founded in Philadelphia, PA in 1904, is the country’s oldest African American fraternity of college educated men. The Beta Nu is the fraternity’s local Boulé that works in partnership with the Beta Nu Boulé Education Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to sponsor the Beta Nu Boulé Young Scholars Program (YSP). The Program is dedicated to mentoring and preparing young African American males who are contemplating attending college and preparing them for educational and professional opportunities after high school. Following are a few particulars about the Program:
- The minimum GPA to be considered for acceptance is 3.00.
- Meets each second Saturday, 9a.m.-12p.m., currently via Zoom, November 2021-May 2022.
- Provides SAT/ACT preparation seminars on applying to colleges and universities, and exposure to different professional careers. Seminars are conducted by the Princeton Review, college and law school adjunct professors, physicians, dentists, retired senior military officers, business executives, attorneys, judges, and senior federal government managers.
- Students who successfully complete both the junior and senior years of the Program will be eligible to apply for a college scholarship.
Please see the attached application (on bottom of email), or the Career Center.
We are looking for more high school students to tutor in-person for two hours at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (a large population of the school is near Fairfax City Library, so this could be a convenient location). We hold our tutoring sessions on Sundays(excluding holiday weekends) from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm. We do not require commitment, so tutors are free to only attend sessions they are available to attend.
Below we have attached the links for both our website and the link they need to fill out to be a tutor in our organization.
Willow Springs Glow Party – October 22
Willow Springs PTA is sponsoring the first ever glow party and we need your help to make it super fun. Please review the available slots on the Sign-up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c4aa8ac2aa13-willow1 CONTACT Jill Mossman, @email FOR VOLUNTEER HOUR CONFIRMATION
ASAProject, or the Advancement for Student Accessibility, is looking for new members! We advocate for socioeconomically disadvantaged students within Fairfax County by reaching out to organizations, working with school board members, and working on a mutual aid project. Our goal is to keep families informed and connected with resources to make sure that students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged are being represented and advocated for.It is a great way to get plenty of service hours while doing meaningful work. You will have the opportunity to advocate to school board members, do physical volunteer work, and become a part of a great community! If you are interested, please fill out this Google Form - we will be in touch! https://forms.gle/Z7yjA2fy2wtYWHtG9. Our Instagram is @fcps.asaproject
For 10th graders: Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS)
VSCS is a program for High School Sophomores focusing on the science, engineering, and technology integral to current missions at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. This dynamic (and FREE) program, designed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), inspires students who possess technical and/or scientific interests and are motivated to learn about the many different opportunities that NASA offers. The program features two key elements. The first is a dynamic on-line science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experience featuring five modules. Upon completion of the online program, top performing scholars may be invited to attend a seven-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA, where scholars will learn first hand from NASA professionals and their partners about the latest, cutting edge technologies and missions. The deadline to apply is October 17. For complete details, see: https://vsgc.odu.edu/spacecoast/
For 11th and 12th graders: Virginia Earth System Science Scholars Program (VESSS) – June 25-July 1, 2022 or July 16-22, 2022
VESSS engages students in NASA’s latest challenge - designing satellite missions to improve understanding of our own planet’s complex systems. The VESSS online course will guide you to explore and analyze data related to NASA's seven major Earth Science missions. Students who participate in VESSS broaden their understanding of the science that drives NASA's research and engineering and work to mitigate the effects of climate change. If you are selected to attend a VESSS Summer Academy, you will work closely with NASA scientists, engineers, and other mentors from both industry and academia to design a satellite mission that builds on NASA's current body of work. The deadline to apply is October 24. For complete details, see: https://vsgc.odu.edu/vesss/
For 11th and 12th graders: Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS)
The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience, highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Students selected to participate in the program are immersed in NASA-related research through interaction with scientists, engineers and technologists. The deadline to apply is October 24. For complete details, see: https://vsgc.odu.edu/vasts/
DISCLAIMER: Opportunities offered by organizations other than Fairfax County Public Schools are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or this school.
Advertisement of this opportunity does not constitute sponsorship or endorsement of the sponsoring organization or the enrichment opportunity by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific FCPS school. This opportunity may utilize a technology tool that has not been assessed by the Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Information Technology. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and families should review and agree to the Terms of Service and User Agreements for any technology platform that enrichment opportunity may use before participating.