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Rocky Hill High School Guidance & Counseling Department

***  2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR  ***

WELCOME BACK! 

 

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: 

CHET ADVANCE SCHOLARSHIP

The 2018-19 CHET Advance Scholarship will award up to 100 seniors a $2500 scholarship to be used toward college expenses. Up to 100 freshmen will receive a $2000 scholarship, and are eligible for another $500 if the student/family saves at least $500 in their individual  CHET account by the time the recipient graduates. To be eligible, seniors must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. No GPA is required for freshmen. Scholarships will be chosen through a random drawing. Apply online at www.chetadvance.com by Tuesday, October 2nd

SENIORS - UCONN SCHOLARSHIPS: 

UCONN offers scholarships to seniors who meet specific criteria.  Deadline to be nominated is 10/15/18 - see Guidance if interested.  

  • Day of Pride Criteria: 3.5 GPA, top 15% of graduating class, 1170 SAT or 24 ACT, and commitment to diversity and multiculturism.  Click here for more information.  
  • Nutmeg:  Criteria:  3.5 GPA, top 10% of graduating class; 1370 SAT or 30 ACT; and leadership activities.  OR National Merit Semi-finalist.  Click here for more information. 

 INSPIRING WOMEN IN ENGINEERING & MEDICINE WORKSHOP

 Female high school students (grades 9-12) can apply for this workshop on 10/13/18 at the Musculoskeletal Institute at UConn Health in Farmington (FREE 4-hour hands-on workshop).  Deadline to apply is 10/3/18 at  http://www.drcoyner.com/iwem.html

MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE -  OPEN HOUSE ON 10/17/18

All prospective students and families are invited to attend the open house on 10/17/18 from 4-7 PM at MxCC Chapman Hall; Middletown Campus; 100 Training Road.  For more information, visit http://mxcc.edu/event/open-house

ASPIRATIONS IN COMPUTING HIGH SCHOOL AWARD

The Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests.  Any US high school woman in grades 9 through 12 is eligible to apply.  Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and interest in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.  Applications can be submitted anytime between now and November 5th, but I ask that you encourage your students to apply sooner rather than later.  The application includes a number of multiple-choice questions and short essays -- this should not take long to complete. To apply, students must go to https://www.aspirations.org/participate/high-school. Deadline to apply is November 5, 2018. 

PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARD

High school students who have made a difference through volunteering can apply for a 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Go to http://spirit.prudential.com to access the online application. Deadline is November 6, 2018. Your application must be certified by administration, so plan accordingly.

UCONN/ECE COURSES FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR

For students who missed the June 1st deadline, UCONN ECE's Add/Drop will be from August 15-September 14. Same process applies.... 

Students who enroll in UCONN/ECE classes have the opportunity to earn UCONN college credit.  Students who have requested a UCONN/ECE class for the 2018-2019 school-year received the signed consent form and information on how to apply and enroll for this credit.  Steps are listed below: 

  1. Complete a consent form that includes signatures from Gudiance, parent/guardian, student. 
  2. Apply through the UCONN/ECE website, which includes uploading the signed consent form electronically.  DEADLINE:  JUNE 1, 2018
  3. Students will receive an email confirming they have applied, and then a follow-up email with information about activing the Net ID.  Students must activiate their Net ID to continue the process. 
  4. Once students receive a confirmation email that their Net ID is activated, they will need to enroll in classes online.  DEADLINE:  JUNE 29, 2018. 

It is very important to check email, as ALL communication will be sent to the email the student provided when applying.  Select below for more information: 

YOG 2019 -REMINDERS

  • Please request letters of recommendations from your counselor and teachers.  They will need a copy of your resume. 
  • Narrow down your list of colleges so you can visit over the summer.   Some college search options are in Naviance and College Board.  
  • If the college you are applying to uses the Common App, you can create your account, start your application and your essay by visiting http://www.commonapp.org/
  • If you plan on taking the SAT or ACT in the fall, please register online.  Click here for dates and fees. 

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.  

JUNIOR PLANNING NIGHT - Tuesday March 20 at 6:30 PM in Auditorium

Juniors and their parents were invited to attend the junior planning night to learn about post-secondary options.  Click here for handouts.  Juniors will receive their transcripts in homeroom by the end of the week.  

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.  

10/9/18 FINANCIAL AID PRESENTATION

A representative from University of Hartford will be here on October 9, 2018 at 6:30 PM to present "How to Pay for College."  

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.  

 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). 

 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.    

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.

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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.