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2/28/17 Academic and Career Planning Resources and Vendor Fair

Are you aware of all the great academic and career planning resources available to VBCPS students and parents? Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the Academic and Career Planning process in Virginia Beach Schools! This session will showcase a new Academic and Career Planning process and website designed to help your child achieve his or her dreams. We will explore resources used with elementary, middle and high school students. This session will help you work with school counselors to guide your child and ensure that he or she gains access to all VBCPS has to offer. Attendees will learn more about the counseling process and student options at the middle and high school levels. These choices include more than just course selection! Attendees will gather information about high-tech career and technical programs, academies and centers available at all levels, dual enrollment, college and career planning, career pathways and steps to ensure students are prepared to apply to the programs that support their dreams.

Academic & Career Planning Resources | Video

1/26/17 Protect Your Child Online

Do you have concerns about your child's safety? The US Department of Homeland Security's Project iGuardian helps kids, teens and parents to be smart about online safety and to stay safe from online predators. Project iGuardian, a Department of Homeland Security partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's NetSmartz and the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, is committed to combatting the sexual exploitation of children.

iGuardian Flyer | Internet Safety Pledge | Parent Tipsheet | A Parents' Guide to Cybersecurity | Smartphone Safety | Parent Booklet of Online Safety | Tips for Teens | You Sent a Sext Now What

11/29/16 Are You Cyber-Smart?

Have you used public Wi-Fi at a local business? Accepted a friend request from a stranger? Can you tell if an email you received is from a real person or if it is a scam? In today's world, simple digital decisions we make have the potential to cost us financially, personally, or professionally. Tech-savvy Advanced Technology Center students will discuss these topics and explain and demonstrate easy-to-implement tools to protect yourself in our connected environment. We will also discuss and demonstrate solutions to protect your data and information.

Are You Cyber Smart?

10/13/16 Assessing Your Teen's Readiness to Launch

Parents of teenagers have a great opportunity to take a dose look at their children and evaluate their preparedness for the next stage of life after high school. There tends to be enormous focus on academic achievement but far less attention on the other characteristics that research shows are crucial to lifelong success and happiness. Join us for a presentation that will guide parents through the key psychological, emotional and life skills necessary for college and beyond and explain how parents can use their children's time in high school to fully prepare them for a happy and successful adulthood.

Assessing Your Teen's Readiness to Launch Presentation | Readiness to Launch Handout | Video

9/28/16 College Planning

The college application process leads to questions ranging from campus visits and admissions essays to transcripts and financial aid. To address these questions and more, the school division’s Parent Connection offered a free workshop for parents. During the event, a panel of high school counselors and representatives from the ACCESS College Foundation and Tidewater Community College presented material about the following college planning topics: college search and campus tours; college admissions factors; e-transcripts and testing; paying for college; and NCAA requirements and eligibility. Resources from the workshop are below for our community’s convenience.

Citywide College Planning Presentation | Parent Checklist | Junior Checklist | Senior Checklist

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Last Modified on Wednesday, March 1, 2017