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Rocky Hill High School Guidance & Counseling Department

***  2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR  ***

AFTER-SCHOOL SAT PREP PROGRAM

Juniors can sign up in Room 2074 to attend the after-school SAT prep program from 2:20-3:20 from November 19, 2019 - March 5, 2020.  Instructions are Mr. Czuchta (Math - 3011) and Mrs. Oberndorfer (Reading & Writing - Room 2074).  There are limited spots available.  

"TRANSITION TO COLLEGE:  KEYS TO SUCCESS" - STUDENTS WITH 504 OR IEP PLANS

Cromwell High School is presenting information information for students with 504 or IEP plans about the transition to college on November 19, 2019 at Cromwell Middle School Library, 6 Mann Memorial Drive, Cromwell from 6:30-8:00 PM.  Click here for more information. 

MIDDLESEX SPRING 2020 HIGH SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM 

Eligible juniors and seniors can enroll in one general fund supported credit course at Middlesex Community College for the Spring 2020 semester at no cost, but are responsible for transportation and book expenses.  Students should evaluate their anticipated time commitment to activities such as sports, clubs and employment in addition to their normal academic requirements when considering adding enrollment in a college class to their schedule.  Deadline to apply is December 13, 2019.  For more information: 

2019-2020 ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) INFORMATION

Due to a change in College Board policies, payment for AP exams was due by November 11, 2019 (recommended deadline is October 4, 2019).  Payment can be made through www.mypaymentsplus.com.  A late fee will apply for any exams ordered after the deadline.  Please click here for more information.

10TH OR 11TH GRADERS - JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT CAREER CONNECTIONS

Junior Achievement offers a program to inspire young women (sophomores and juniors) to focus on careers, professional goals and financial responsibility.  The program runs for 10 weeks starting January 8, 2020 with a commitment once a week from 4:00-6:00 PM at the JA office in Hartford.  Transportation may be provided for those who need it.  Please see your counselor if interested in being nominated by November 19th.  Click below for more information:

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES

College representatives from over 70 colleges visit RHHS throughout the fall.  Seniors are invited to meet with these representatives by obtaining a pass in Guidance prior to the visits.  Visits are listed in Naviance.  

YOG 2020 - COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS

Counselors met with seniors at the beginning of the school year to provide information on the college application process.  

“HOW TO PAY FOR COLLEGE” PRESENTATION

On Tuesday, October 15, the School Counseling Department hosted a workshop on “How to Pay for College” presented by a financial expert from University of Hartford.  Handouts are available.  

2019-2020 SCHEDULES

School Counselors met with students at the end of last year.  As a reminder, changes cannot be made after the last day of school.  

SCHOLARSHIPS

As Guidance receives notices of scholarships, they are advertised on Naviance (https://student.naviance.com/rockyhill) which includes information on qualifications, deadlines and the application process. 

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. 

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.  

FAFSA - OPENS OCTOBER 1, 2019 FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Colleges and scholarship committees require the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which will open as of October 1, 2019 for the 2020-2021 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.   

STUDENT SUCCESS PLANS are tasks students are expected to complete each year in Naviance.  Click here fore 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.   

ONLINE CLASSES

Online classes allow students the opportunity to take a class not offered at RHHS.  Online classes require students to be independent with an expectation of between 6-12 hours per week spent on completing assignments.  Options can be found at Educere.  Click here for the updated application effective with the 2019-2020 school year.   

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 (x22223) notarangelos@rockyhillps.com
E - K        Mrs. Amy Carbutti (x22224) carbuttia@rockyhillps.com
L - Rf       Mrs. Heidi Bikowski (x22241) bikowskih@rockyhillps.com
Rg - Z      Mrs. Jennifer Russell (x22225) 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.