College and Career Center News
Dear FHS Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, I hope your school year is off to a great start! The Career Center News is an electronic newsletter to let you know about college visits to Fairfax HS, local college information sessions, FHS & FCPS events, volunteer and leadership opportunities, part-time jobs, career and special programs or events. If you have any questions on the information, please see me in the Career Center, Room L-106, or email at: @email.
Ms. Kim, FHS College & Career Center Specialist
COLLEGE VISITS to the FHS CAREER CENTER:
This fall, over 100 college admission officers visit our Career Center to provide information that is not always available on their websites about campus life, strong programs/majors, scholarship opportunities and admission requirements for their institutions. Visits are usually 30-40 minutes in length.
Sophomores, juniors and seniors can attend the visits if they sign up in Naviance Student and ask their teachers’ permission to be excused from class. Here is how you sign up: Go to Blackboard, Naviance Student. Select: Colleges, Colleges Home. Scroll down to College Visits heading and click on “Show more” for complete list of visits. Find school name of visit you want to attend and select “View Details.” Click on “Register” and print the confirmation screen to serve as your pass, or take a screen shot. Ask your teacher to be excused 24 hours before the visit.
Monday, Sept. 16: Longwood University (1:30) & American University (2:15)
Wednesday, Sept. 18: University of Miami (11:21) & Savannah College of Art & Design (2:15)
Thursday, Sept. 19: University of Maryland-Baltimore County (10:30), University of Cincinnati (1:30) & The New School (2:15)
Friday, Sept. 19: Virginia Tech (8:30) & Washington College (1:30)
Monday, Sept. 23: University of Tennessee (9:00), Coastal Carolina University (9:45), University of Chicago (10:30), Marymount University (11:30), Shenandoah University (12:30), Winthrop University (1:30) & Washington and Jefferson College (2:15)
For the complete list of college visits to FHS, see Naviance Student, select: Colleges, College Visits.
Mock SAT and Mock ACT at Fairfax High School
On Saturday, September 21st at 8AM, the Fairfax High School Academic Boosters will again be partnering with Applerouth Tutoring to offer Mock SAT and ACT exams at Fairfax High School.
This is a perfect opportunity for students who haven’t started their testing to become familiar with the format in a stress-free environment. We will also offer the Mock ACT for students who have already taken the SAT and wish to see if the ACT might be right for them.
Students are encouraged to take a practice test before attempting the actual exam. They may select either the SAT or the ACT practice test. At the Score Giveback (October 8th @ 7pm), students will receive detailed score reports to help them determine which areas they need to study.
To register, go to:
SAT code: M359097 ACT code: M359108
The cost is $25.00
Can't make this date? Future test dates @ Fairfax February 22nd & March 3rd
FOR QUESTIONS ON THE MOCK SAT/ACT PROGRAM, CONTACT: @email
PAYING FOR COLLEGE NIGHT
Thursday, September 26 @ 6:30 pm
Fairfax High School Auditorium, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA 22030
Guest Speaker: Ashley Schroader, Financial Aid Counselor, George Mason University – Office of Student Financial Aid
Please join us for this great opportunity to learn firsthand about what you need to know about paying for college. Presentation topics:
- Applying for Aid
- Cost of Education
- FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- CSS Profile (College Board’s - College Scholarship Service)
- Need based and Merit based Aid
- Scholarships & Grants
Open to all Fairfax HS and Chantilly HS students and parents/guardians, but senior families are particularly encouraged to attend. Korean and Spanish Interpretation will be available.
For more information or questions, contact: Maureen Kim, FHS College and Career Center Specialist, at 703-219-2204 or @email
LOCAL COLLEGE INFORMATION SESSIONS:
Boston University Student Information Session/Reception
Sunday, Sept. 15 @ 1:00-2:30 pm
Tysons Corner Marriott, 8028 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner, VA 22181
University of Chicago Information Session
Wednesday, Sept. 18 @ 6:30 pm
Great Falls Library, 9830 Virginia 193, Great Falls, VA 22066
University of Lynchburg Reception
Tuesday, Sept. 24 @ 7:00-8:30 pm
Westwood Country Club, 800 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180
Harvard, Princeton, UVA, Wellesley, & Yale Information Session in Washington, DC
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
William Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions at Harvard; Karen Richardson, Dean of Admissions at Princeton; Gregory Roberts, Dean of Admissions at UVA; Joy St. John, Dean of Admissions at Wellesley; and Jeremiah Quinlan, Dean of Admissions at Yale will discuss academic programs, campus life, selective college admissions and financial aid. Please bring your friends and family. If interested, register ASAP!! This session typically fills up fast: http://www.hpuwy.com/
LOCAL COLLEGE FAIRS:
FCPS 2019 College Fair and College Night Programs
College Fair: Sunday, October 20 at 7:30-9:30 pm, Fair Oaks Mall
College Night: Monday, October 21 at 7-9 pm, Hayfield Secondary School
Both events provide opportunities for college-bound students and their families to gather information from a variety of schools. Approximately 400 colleges and universities are represented, including two- and four-year colleges and military academies. Students should register at: https://www.fcps.edu/node/31960
2019 DC National Portfolio Day
Nov. 2 @ 1-5 pm
George Mason University School of Art
For more information, see: https://soa.gmu.edu/npd/
NACAC Performing & Visual Arts Fair
Sunday, Nov. 3 @ 1-3:30 pm
Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 300 R Street, Washington, DC 20007 Free and open to the public. Register at: https://www.nacacfairs.org/attend/pva/washington-dc/
JOB OPPORTUNITIES (For more job opportunities, come to the Career Center and look in the Jobs Book, under Ms. Kim’s Smart Board):
Epsilon Academics: Job Opportunity for High School Students
Epsilon Academics is a nonprofit organization that offers private tutoring to students in grades K-12. We are currently looking for hardworking high school students in good academic standing to become private tutors. Tutors can choose whether they want to earn a salary or tutor voluntarily. Entry level tutors may be paid up to $15.00/hour. A portion of all revenue will be donated to educational charities, so by becoming a tutor you would be supporting a great cause. If you are interested in becoming a private tutor, please contact Epsilon Academics by email or phone:
Phone: (703) 868-9973
Autobell Car Wash-45655 Shephard Drive, Sterling, VA 20164 NOW HIRING:
Interested in flexible hours, top $$$, college scholarships, no late work, & a FREE weekly car wash? Must be 16 years of age or older and possess and maintain a valid driver’s license. Apply online at autobell.com/jobs
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES (For more volunteer opportunities, come to the Career Center and look in the Volunteer & Community Service Book, under Ms. Kim’s Smart Board):
Teen Volunteer Information Nights
Do you need to fulfill community service hours for school? Attend one of the following three nights and find out where you can volunteer!
Thursday, Sept. 26 @ 7-8 pm: Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road
Thursday, Oct. 3 @ 7-8 pm: George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike
Tuesday, Oct. 8 @ 7-8 pm: Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place
Register in advance: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/events
FCPS Students grades 8-12 are invited to volunteer at the FCPS 2019 College Fair and College Night Programs:
College Fair: Sunday, October 20 at 7:30-9:30 pm, Fair Oaks Mall
College Night: Monday, October 21 at 7-9 pm, Hayfield Secondary School
KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) Volunteers Needed!
KEEN Greater DC is a non profit volunteer-led organization that provides one-on-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. KEEN’s mission is to empower youth with disabilities by providing free non-competitive one-one-one programs of exercise, fitness, and fun led by volunteer coaches. The following programs are looking for volunteers every month during the school year. No long-term commitment is required:
Zumba: Kilmer Center School, 1st and 3rd Sunday, 2:00-3:00 pm
Sports in Springfield: Irving Middle School, 1st and 3rd Sunday, 10:00 am-1:15 pm
Bowling: Bowl America in Falls Church, 1st and 3rd Saturday, 12:30-3:00 pm
Music in Springfield: Irving Middle School, 1st and 3rd Sunday, 10:00 am – 1:15 pm
Sports in Vienna: Kilmer Center School, 1st and 3rd Sunday, 2:45-4:30 pm
If interested, contact: Sophia Venero, @email, 301-461-3086
If you have a college deadline of October 15, you must turn in your Transcript Request form (green sheet) to Mrs. Scibilia in Room L107 by Sept. 20 in order to avoid a late fee.
SAT & ACT:
The late registration deadline for the October 5 SAT is Sept. 24. To register, go to: https://www.collegeboard.org/
The regular registration deadline for the October 26 ACT is Sept. 20. To register, go to: http://www.act.org/
NOTE: Students on free or reduced lunch should see Ms. Kim in the Career Center for a fee waiver and these tests will be free.
Girls Hackaton: Free All-Day Event Open to all High School Girls
Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (Sign-in begins at 8:15 am)
Location: Microsoft Office (12012 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA)
No experience is needed. At our event, students will:
- Create innovative solutions to various problems in society
- Learn various skills and explore topics in computer science
- Attend workshops conducted by industry experts in everything from machine learning to entrepreneurship
- Enjoy free meals and snacks all day
- Compete for grand prizes (e.g.: Beatsx earphones!)
- Get free swag from companies
- Meet other amazing women in tech from the community!
*Mentors will be available to help students with projects.
Registration is open now at https://metrohacks.org/Women/dc.html
JA Company Program: Starts week of Sept. 16!
Empowering Students. Developing the Workforce of the Future.
Do you want to learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Interested in someday owning your own business? The JA Company Program is an intensive program that offers high school students the chance to put their ideas into action by launching and operating a startup with other students under the guidance of business professionals. The 7-month-long JA Company Program is the ultimate hands-on, in-depth experience for any high schooler preparing for real life, as well as the self-proclaimed student entrepreneur. Not only does the experience empower and transform students, it establishes a pipeline of inspired and prepared individuals for the business community.
Participants in the JA Company Program will:
- Design, launch and run a company
- Expand their network by meeting other passionate teens and business professionals
- Discover the potential for for-profit companies to have a positive social impact
- Become confident surmounting challenges and facing uncertainties
- Learn how to successfully collaborate with a diverse team of individuals
- Build self-confidence by sharpening existing skills and developing new skills
- Prepare for college and beyond
Eligibility: Open to students in 9th through 12th grade. Company size will vary depending on location, ranging from 10 to 20 students.
Time Commitment: Teams will meet weekly for 2 hours from the week of September 16th through the week of April 20th. Qualifying teams will continue to meet through June to prepare for our National Competition.
Key Events: Leadership retreat and subject-specific workshops, Pitch to “sharks” for seed money, Trade Show, JA of Greater Washington Company of the Year Competition, JA National Student Leadership Summit (based on acceptance)
For more information, see: https://www.myja.org/jacompanyprogram/learnmore
Case Western Reserve University Diversity Overnight (Nov. 10-11, 2019)
Meet our students and faculty. Attend classes. Explore campus and Cleveland. Get to know Case Western Reserve University. Diversity Overnight is designed for smart and curious high school seniors from diverse backgrounds. CWRU will cover the transportation and meals for participants. Deadline to apply is October 1. For more information and to apply, go to: https://case.edu/admission/diversity-overnight
Voices of Tufts Diversity Experiences are overnight visit programs for prospective applicants to discover Tufts by interacting with current students, staff, and faculty. While Voices has traditionally attracted participants from varied backgrounds – including students of color, first generation college-bound students, LGBT students, students from low-income backgrounds, and students from rural communities – any high school senior interested in learning more about diversity at Tufts is welcome to apply. The invited students will be housed with a current undergraduate on campus and all meals will be provided. Travel assistance is available for those students for whom the trip to campus would be a financial hardship. The Voices Engineering Experience will take place October 17-18 with an application deadline of 5:00 PM EST on October 1, and the Voices Arts & Sciences Experience will take place October 24-25 with an application deadline of October 8 at 5:00 PM EST. The priority deadline for prospective Arts & Sciences students seeking travel assistance funding is October 3. For more information about Voices and the application process, please view our website at http://admissions.tufts.edu/voices/
Beta Nu Boule Young Scholars Program
The Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Beta Nu Boule of Northern Virginia has an educational program directed to African-American male high school juniors that are contemplating attending college. The minimum GPA to be considered is 3.0. The program meets every second Saturday, 9 am – 12 pm, Nov. 2019- May 2020 in Alexandria, VA. The program provides SAT/ACT preparation, seminars on applying to colleges and universities, and exposure to different professional careers. Students who successfully complete both the junior and senior years of the Program will be eligible to apply for a college scholarship. The application is attached (see below Ms. Kim’s signature). Deadline to apply is October 10.
FHS Nomination Required: United States Senate Youth Program
FHS can submit up to THREE applications for students to serve as one of two student delegates to represent Virginia in the United States Senate Youth Program. Each delegate will receive a $10,000 scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC for the week of March 7-14, 2020. To be eligible, student delegates must hold a leadership position in any one of the following student government, civic, or educational organizations during the entire 2019-20 academic year:
-Student Body president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer
-Class president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
-Student Council representative
-A National Honor Society Officer (including discipline-based Honor Societies such as the National English and Social Studies Honor Societies that include service components)
-Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission, or board) to local, district, regional, or state-level civic service and/or educational organization approved by the state selection administrator.
Note: Participation or holding an officer position in academic clubs and/or educational competition programs/conferences DO NOT qualify a student for USSYP.
Applications will be reviewed and accepted applicants will take the Public Affairs examination. The exam is designed to test knowledge of the United States government, the United Stated Constitution, American History, and knowledge of public affairs and current events. Final selection by the Virginia Department of Education will be based on examination results, outstanding academic ability, and demonstrated qualities of leadership and community service.
If interested in applying, you must submit a COMPLETED application to Ms. Kim in the Career Center by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019. The application is available on Naviance Student, Scholarship List. For "Name of school individual responsible for administering the examination", type: Maureen Kim, email: MHKim@ fcps.edu. Ms. Kim will obtain Principal Lenart's signature for the final applications. (Please note that the deadline on the application is Fairfax High School's deadline to submit. The applications must be sent from the school, and not from individual applicants.) For more information about the United States Senate Youth Program, see: https://ussenateyouth.org/