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Rocky Hill High School Guidance & Counseling Department

***  2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR  ***

 

 

JUNIOR PLANNING NIGHT - Tuesday March 19, 2019 at 6:30 PM in Auditorium

 Juniors and their parents are invited to attend the junior planning night to learn about post-secondary options. 

PSAT SCORES

PSAT scores became available on College Board as of December 11, 2018. Students will receive their test booklets in homeroom, and they should have received an email from College Board with an access code to view scores. Please follow instructions provided in the email to access scores. The website is https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home.

  • If a College Board account has already been created, log in using the username and password the student selected previously.  
  • If a College Board account has not been created, create an account (make note of the username and password since Guidance does NOT have that information). It is strongly encouraged to use a non-RHHS email address when creating your account, as RHHS email accounts are deactivated once students graduate.

If you have specific questions or issues creating an account or logging in, please contact the College Board directly at 1-866-315-6068.  Please click here for additional information about linking to Khan Academy.  

SPRING 2019 MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE EMT COURSES

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the emergency response system and in caring for patients in the back of an ambulance en route to the hospital. The course is offered in cooperation with Middlesex Hospital, Office of Emergency Medical Servcies and the CT Department of Public Health.  This program is open to students age 16 and up - students who become state certified EMTs are eligible to receive college credit through Charter Oak State College.  The EMT course is offered Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-10 PM and one Saturday per month.  For more information, click here, contact MxCC Continuing Education at 860-343-5713 or visit www.mxcc.edu/ceinfo.  Courses start on January 28, 2019. 

SENIORS - 1ST QUARTER GRADES TO COLLEGES

If colleges require 1st quarter grades and your transcript has already been sent to colleges, please make sure you complete the Request to Send Quarter 1 Grades (found in Guidance).  Guidance will only send 1st Quarter grades when requested. 

10/9/18 FINANCIAL AID PRESENTATION

 A representative from University of Hartford presented "How to Pay for College."  Click below for handouts and more information:  

 SENIOR COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS

Counselors met with seniors in September to go over the college application process. RHHS sends official transcripts, letters of recommendation, secondary school reports, school profile and other supporting documentation electronically to all colleges that accept electronic dcuments, including the Common App (www.commonapp.org). 

Please click below for specific information and forms: 

NCAA ELIGIBILTY CENTER

 Students who are interested in playing Division I or II athletics in college should start preparing as early as freshmen year.  Students must meet very specific academic requirements, as noted on the NCAA website.  Students and their families can view NCAA approved RHHS classes by clicking here.  Search by the school name or CEEB/ACT code (070648).  Click here for a one-page handout. 

COMMON APP ESSAY PROMPTS

Essay prompts for the 2018-2019 school-year are available online at http://www.commonapp.org/whats-appening/application-updates/2018-2019-common-application-essay-prompts.  

JUNIORS - SAT PRACTICE AND KHAN ACADEMY

Click here for information on how to link your College Board account (PSAT and SAT scores) to Khan Academy for free SAT practice.  

COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY

At College Goal Sunday, students and parents can talk to experts and get in-depth help filling out the FAFSA, as well as general information regarding state and federal aid programs.  More information at http://www.collegegoalsundayct.org/ 

FAFSA - OPENS OCTOBER 1, 2018 FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

Colleges and scholarship committees require the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which will open as of October 1, 2018 for the 2019-2020 school-year.  All senior parents are encouraged to complete the form.  Most colleges require the information contained in this form for loans, grants and scholarships.  The forms are available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  ** Please be certain you are using the government’s free website (www.fafsa.ed.gov).  Some other websites will ask for a credit card number to guide you through filling out the FAFSA.  For help completing the FAFSA and answers to most questions, go to www.studentaid.ed.gov/completefafsa

In addition to the FAFSA, some private colleges require the CSS/Financial Aid Profile, which has a fee associated with it.  The CSS Profile is available online https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/index.jsp

REMIND - TEXT MESSAGES

Guidance will be sending out reminders and announcements for students and their parents via text message. To subscribe to the free service, follow the instructions below.  Your phone number and contact information will not be visible to anyone. There is no charge for the service.  Parents and students can sign up separately.  Click below for instructions on how to subscribe for your specific class.  

FRESHMEN - DO WHAT YOU ARE

Counselors will meet with freshmen to complete "Do What You Are", a personality assessment which is part of their Student Success Plan.  Click here for more information.  

SOPHOMORES - CAREER INTEREST INVENTORY

Counselors will meet with sophomores in Health classes to complete a Career Interest Profile in Naviance as part of their Student Success Plan.  Click here for more information.    

 JUNIORS - COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS

 Counselors will meet with juniors to receive information about researching colleges and theh college application process as part of their Student Success Plan.  Click here for more information.    

SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM

Every male (ages 18-25) is required to register with the Selected Service System.  Registration is quick, easy, and it’s the law.  Even though men must register at 18 years old, they have the opportunity to submit their information as early as 17 years and 3 months.  These registrations will be processed on their 18th birthday.  We encourage online registration, available from any mobile device, at www.sss.gov , or visit any U.S. Post Office.  Click here for more information.   

2018-2019 VHS INFORMATION

VHS allows students the opportunity to take a class not offered at RHHS.  VHS classes require students to be independent with an expectation of between 6-12 hours per week spent on completing assignments.  See below for more information: 

SUMMER PROGRAMS 

Summer enrichment opportunities are posted in Naviance (https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=rockyhill) under Colleges > Enrichment Programs.  

TUITION BREAK FOR NEW ENGLAND STUDENTS

Residence of the six New England states are eligible to pay a lower, regional tuition rate (instead of the regular out-of-state tuition rate) when enrolled in associate, bachelor's and graduate degree programs approved under the RSP.  View eligibility information at www.nebhe.org/tuitionbreak or click here for more information.  

JOB SHADOWS 

A job shadow provides the opportunity for students to spend a day or partial day at a company observing the demands, rewards and challenges of a particular career.  Students can interview an employee about the job and learn what further education and training may be necessary to prepare for specific fields of work.  Click here for more information.  

DEVELOPMENTAL GUIDANCE:

  • Counselors meet with seniors individually to go over the college application process within the first few weeks of school.  
  • Juniors meet with counselors to go over the college search process in the computer lab. 
  • Counselors meet with sophomores in Health classes to complete a Career Interest Inventory. 
  • Counselors meet with freshmen individually within the first month of school for a transition-to-high school meeting.  Freshmen will also meet with counselors in the computer lab in the fall to complete the "Do What You Are" personality-type assessment. 
  • All students have a Student Success Plan which can be accessed through Naviance (My Planner tab).  Student Success Plans allow students to plan and maintain personal, social, academic and career goals.  

FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES

Be sure to check out Financial Aid resources under the Guidance website, then click Files and select Financial Aid Resources for more information.  

GUIDANCE MISSION STATEMENT

To systematically provide guidance and counseling to all students in order to facilitate academic, personal, social, and career development. Students should acquire this knowledge while appreciating individual and cultural diversity, so that they may become contributing members of a democratic society. Guidance focuses on three domains which are sequential and developmentally appropriate:

     Academic - Learning to Learn
     Personal/Social - Learning to Live
     Career/Vocational - Learning to Earn

Rocky Hill High School Comprehensive School Counseling Program- click to view

Students are assigned to counselors by Last Name:

A - D        Mrs. Sarah Notarangelo (x2223) notarangelos@rockyhillps.com
E - K        Mrs. Amy Carbutti (x2224) carbuttia@rockyhillps.com
L - Rf       Mrs. Heidi Bikowski (x2241) bikowskih@rockyhillps.com
Rg - Z      Mrs. Jennifer Russell (x2225) russellj@rockyhillps.com

Please contact your Counselor by calling Guidance at (860)258-7724 and dialing their extension listed above.

Click here for Announcements and News. 

Click here for Links and Other Resources

Click here for Guidance Documents and Files.  

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 Rocky Hill Public Schools Notice of Non-Discrimination

 The Rocky Hill Board of Education prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, marital status, military or veteran’s status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation and past or present learning disability, physical disability or mental disorder.  The Rocky Hill Board of Education provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The Rocky Hill Board of Education guarantees compliance under Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments Acts of 1973, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the American with Disabilities Act of 1991 and Connecticut General Statutes 46a-60.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Amy K. Stevenson, Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services, 761 Old Main St., Rocky Hill, CT 06067, 860-258-7705.  For further information on non-discrimination, visit: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/about/rgn-hqaddresses.html for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.