We hope that the start of the 2019/20 school year has been a great one! We wanted to take a moment to update everyone of important upcoming events and activities happening in the RHS School Counseling Department this Fall.
College Representative Visitations to RHS: Students can sign up for representatives from colleges that are visiting the RHS School Counseling Department via Naviance.
Senior Checks: We are in the process of meeting with each 12th grade student to go over the following key items:
Transcripts (making sure students are ready and on track to graduate)
Future plans (College/Career)
Use of Naviance to request transcripts, request letters of recommendation, search for scholarships, and further college exploration
Other possible items of discussion include: community service, continuation of college/career exploration, etc.
Junior Checks: Counselors will meet with each 11th grade student to continue to help navigate and explore college and career pathways, discuss goals and future plans, thoroughly review transcripts and graduation requirements, and provide students and their parents an opportunity to meet one on one with their school counselor. Junior check appointment sign-up went out via email last week to all RHS families. Families may schedule their appointments by going to the Guidance webpage.
AP Changes: Students and teachers in Advanced Placement courses will now have access to new online resources from The College Board. All AP students will work with their AP teachers and the RHS AP coordinator to access the College Board website as well as “join” the class in which they are enrolled in. Payment for AP tests must be completed in EZ Pay by October 1st.
Minutemen Time: By now students and parents have heard of this great new opportunity that will occur every Tuesday and Thursday for 24 minutes in the middle of the school day. We encourage each of you to become involved in an activity that will benefit you and your goals. Please look out for opportunities from our department that will focus on mindful learning, continuation of career exploration, and ACT/SAT preparation.
ADAP: Adolescent Depression Awareness Program-https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/psychiatry/specialty_areas/moods/ADAP/index.html
In conjunction with the health classes, counselors utilize the ADAP Program from Johns Hopkins University to increase awareness and decrease stigma about mood disorders in young people while stressing the need for evaluation and treatment.
Our Department will be continuing this beneficial and crucial program in the next few weeks to all Health classes.
FAFSA Night: Please mark your calendars for Thursday October 3rd at 6:30pm in Room 200. Parents and students will have an opportunity to learn about the financial aid process by a presentation from The University of Akron’s financial aid department.
Future’s Day: In the morning of Wednesday October 16th, all 11th grade students will be participating in the PSAT/NMSQT exam and 9th and 10th grade students will take a practice ACT. The second half of the day will be devoted to 9th and 10th grade students participating in presentations from professionals in various career fields and 11th grade students will go on a college visit to The University of Akron. 12th graders will be completing college/campus visitations or job shadow experiences.
We will continue to send out relevant updates and reminders throughout the school year. The RHS School Counseling Department looks forward to working with each of you.
Thank you for all that you do! Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.
RHS School Counseling Department: Mr. Nicholas DePompei, Mrs. Emily Rion, and Mrs. Elizabeth Long