Guidance

Rocky Hill High School Guidance & Counseling Department

***  2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR!!!  ***

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) INFORMATION

Letters were sent home to students enrolled in AP and UCONN/ECE classes.  AP Registration will be completed through MyPaymentsPlus, and the deadline is March 16, 2018.  For more information, see below: 

COURSE SELECTION PROCESS FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR

On 1/26 and 1/29, counselors will meet with students to provide information about selecting classes for the 2018-2019 school-year.  All course requests are to be submitted through the PowerSchool Parent Portal by February 9, 2018.  If students are requesting a higher level, the form must also be returned by February 9.  Schedules will be finalized by the end of the school-year based on course requests and availability.  Students may not make any changes to their schedule after the last day of school.  Students should meet with their counselor and refer to the Career Clusters and Pathways as they choose their classes.   

CRILA - 2018-2019 FOR SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS
The Capital Region Interdistrict Leadership Academy (CRILA) provides current sophomores and juniors with the opportunity to participate in a year-long leadership program.  Successful applicants will meet several times during the spring of 2018 and will travel together to Newry, Maine for an Outward Bound experience from June 23 to June 29, 2018. During the 2018-2019 school year, Academy members will meet regularly to work on a variety of community service projects and to study ethical and collaborative leadership.  Students are selected based on their current academic standing, their leadership resume, and an essay which provides examples of their leadership experience and demonstrates their desire to be a participant in the CRILA Program.  For more information, click here or visit CRILA’s website at www.crec.org/crila.  There is a cost of $550 for chosen participants.  Deadline is March 23, 2018. 
  
UHART - FALL 2018 COLLEGE NOW APPLICATION 
Eligible seniors have the opportunity to enroll in one college course per semester on a tuition-free basis.  Deadline to apply for the Fall 2018 semester is Friday, April 6, 2018.  See below for more information: 
Hartford Hospital Summer VolunTeen Program 
Hartford Hospital has a summer volunteer opportunity for students 14-18 ages interested in healthcare.  Information session on Tuesday 2/13 from 6-7 PM.  Register ahead of time by emaiiling Eileen.Pelletier@hhchealth.org.  Click here for more information.  

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.  

JUNIORS - SAT PREP CLASS OFFERED AFTER SCHOOL

RHHS is offering a free after-school SAT Prep Program class starting December 19, 2018 through March 9, 2018 on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:15-3:15.   Interested juniors should sign up in Room 2074.  

SPRING 2018 MIDDLETOWN ADULT ED & MxCC CAREER AND TRANSITIONAL STRATEGIES

 

This program is for students who are interested in furthering their education beyond high school, but may be in need of career and academic preparation.  Middletown Adult Education, in collaboration with Middlesex Community College and the CT Board of Regents, is offering spring, evening classes focused on career exploration and post-secondary academic preparation. Classes begin on February 20th.  Registration will close on March 5th.  Click here for more information.  

 

 2017-2018 COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS

Counselors met with seniors to provide information on the college application process.  RHHS sends official transcripts, letters or recommendation, school reports, school profile and other supporting documentation, when requested by the student.  Please be aware of deadlines, as Guidance needs at least two weeks notice. Additional forms include the Request for Transcript and Teacher Recommendation Form.    

10/10/17 FINANCIAL AID PRESENTATION

A representative from University of Hartford was here on October 10, 2017 to present "How to Pay for College."  Click here for handouts.  

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, 2017 FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR

Colleges and scholarship committees require the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which will open as of October 1, 2017 for the 2018-2019 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

2017-2018 SCHEDULES

All students have received schedules for the 2017-2018 school year.  As previously stated, all changes must have been made by June 22.  Any requests for changes after this date must be approved by administration. 

SENIORS - Goodwin College / High School Partnership 

Eligible seniors have the opportunity to take tuition-free courses at Goodwin College.  Must have a cumulative B average.  More information can be found at goodwin.edu/earlycollege or click below: 

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.    

2017-2018 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: 

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). 

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.