Special Thanks to Our School Counselors

Happy National School Counseling WeekDear Counselors:

We are so grateful for National School Counseling Week because it gives us the opportunity to share with you our deep appreciation for the difference you make in so many young lives every day. Among the most important evolutionary steps we have taken as a school division are initiatives that more closely align the student experience with the contemporary requirements of the world they will enter in their post-graduate life. Continue reading

Service Academy Day 2016 – April 23

Service Academy Day 2016Senator Mark R. Warner invites high school and middle school students, their parents, and guidance counselors to Academy Day 2016 on April 23, 2016. Attendees will be provided a comprehensive overview of the United States service academies and their admission processes. In addition, students will be able to meet with officials from all five academies as well as representatives from ROTC programs, Virginia Tech, and the Virginia Military Institute. Continue reading

Scholarships for Women & Minority Students Studying STEM – Applications Due Sep. 15

AFCEA CEVA LogoACPS Counselors & Educators: If you know a current or former student who may qualify, please share! The Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association of Central Virginia (AFCEA CEVA) will be awarding four (4) $1,000 merit-based scholarship grants to qualified female or minority students who will be or who are currently enrolled in a four-year accredited science or engineering program at a Virginia college or university. Open the application »

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VSCA 2015 Student Scholarship – Submissions Due by Apr. 17

VSCA Student ScholarshipThe Virginia School Counselor Association (VSCA) 2015 Student Scholarship was established in 2015 for the purpose of providing financial assistance to Virginia students pursuing post-secondary opportunities. One scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded each year funds are available. Participants should be high school seniors planning to pursue a post-secondary opportunity, with a minimum unweighted cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Applications must be submitted by April 17, 2015; final selection will be made by May 22.

Service Academy Day 2015 Will Be Held March 28

Service Academy Day 2015

Senator Mark Warner invites high school and middle school students, their parents, and guidance counselors to Academy Day 2015 on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Attendees will be provided a comprehensive overview of the United States service academies and their admission process. In addition, students will be able to meet with officials from all five service academies as well as representatives from the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DoDMERB), ROTC programs, Virginia Tech, and the Virginia Military Institute. Continue reading

It’s School Counseling Week! Have You Thanked Your Counselor Today?

SCW2015_v2National School Counseling Week 2015, “Celebrate School Counseling,” will be celebrated from Feb. 2-6, 2015, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February. It’s a golden opportunity to show your community’s appreciation for your school counselor(s)!

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U.S. Department of Education Announces Guidance on Bullying of Students With Disabilities

US Dpt of Ed Logo_NEWAs part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated—including against America’s 6.5 million students with disabilities. If a student with a disability is being bullied, federal law requires schools to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate the issue and, as necessary, take steps to stop the bullying and prevent it from recurring. Read more »