Counseling Department


April 2019 Newsletter

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What's Going On At The HILL?

Past Events:

Upcoming Events:

  • Prom- Saturday, 4/6
  • Fall 2019 DE deadline- Friday, 4/19
  • Underclassmen Honors Night- Monday, 4/29
  • Senior Honors Night- Monday, 5/6

2019 BCS' STAR Student and Teacher Regional Luncheon at GSU

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CONGRATULATONS Zachary Sewell and Mrs. Erin Turner...they are the 2019 STAR Student/Teacher winners for Bryan County Schools!

The PAGE STAR program honors Georgia’s highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. Since its creation in 1958 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) program has honored nearly 27,000 students, who have in turn chosen their STAR Teachers to share in this recognition.

To obtain the STAR nomination, high school students must have the highest score on any single test date of the SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.

When you see Zach and Mrs. Turner, congratulate them on being a SPECTACULAR student and teacher at Richmond Hill High School!

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2019 Washington Youth Tour Delegates

Congratulations to Joe Belfield and Garrett Stigall!!! They will represent RHHS as delegates in Washington, D.C., this summer.

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In the summer before their senior year, students join hundreds of their peers from across the country – all-expenses paid – for an incredible week in our nation’s capital. The tour is a fast-paced leadership opportunity to see what makes America tick.

This year the tour will be June 13-20.

Plus, each of those chosen earn a $1,000 cash scholarship.

The Washington Youth Tour, sponsored nationally by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and statewide by Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (GEMC), is a jam-packed backstage pass to Washington, D.C.

It offers rising high school seniors – students currently juniors – an unforgettable leadership experience in our nation’s capital. It’s free!

Since 1965, the Washington Youth Tour has given 1,650 students in Georgia and more than 40,000 students nationwide the opportunity to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The program was initially implemented at the request of President Lyndon Johnson to “send youngsters to the nation’s capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents.”

what's going on in 9th grade...

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The Importance of Motivation in Tackling Procrastination
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what's going on in 10th grade...

The importance of staying connected with your student at home

It’s not news that technological advances have taken over our world as we know it. It’s also not news that our teenagers are being affected by this era, more negatively than positively. Even as adults/parents, we are still learning how to manage our time and attention with the technology boom. It is easy to get caught up in mindless screen time, and it’s important that we break this cycle in ourselves and in our children. Children are becoming dependent on their phones to manage their social relations which often leads to isolation and lack of experiences.

Family time is the first foundation that allows our kids to develop social skills for the future. Human interaction is vital for healthy human development, and we must ensure that our kids are getting that. You probably find yourself thinking “I remember the good ole’ days when we played outside together, went to drive-in movies, all that good stuff”. It is our responsibility to help our kids gain these experiences and in turn the social skills they will need in life. Though it can be intimidating battling the appeal of technology, you as the parent should feel empowered to do so. Easing into the transition of a more connected family will yield better responses from your children.

Start at home! Studies show that by eating at least five meals with your children a week, you can reduce chances of depression, pregnancy, drug/alcohol consumption, and student's becoming high school dropouts. Connecting through conversation is so important. It’s our job to encourage they eat dinner with the family and eliminate phone usage during that time so we can truly connect and start fueling their social development. Many times, it’s hard to notice that your child is feeling isolated and alone, because they will likely tell you everything is fine. No-tech dinners are a great first step in building your family’s connectedness.

what's going on in 11th grade...

Effective Resume-Writing Tips for Juniors

It’s important to start early when it comes to resume-writing. Senior year is demanding and applying to colleges or jobs could be its own class. As a junior in high school, students are in the early stages of their lives and probably haven’t reached many noteworthy achievements. However, by understanding marketable qualities colleges and employers value in a candidate, students can craft a resume that highlights their experiences, skills, and personality in a way that makes admissions officers and employers say, “That’s exactly who I need!”

Below are 10 resume-writing tips to help juniors get started on their resume this summer:

  1. Before you begin, make a list of your experiences, skills, and personality traits.

  2. Highlight the most relevant things from your list. Effective resumes are carefully aligned with the values and requirements of a specific college or job.

  3. Arrange a meeting with your school counselor to discuss your future goals and your list.

  4. Use dynamic language. Active verbs leave a powerful impression on an admissions officer or employer. A list of action verbs that could represent your skills and experiences can be found here.

  5. Write about your accomplishments in a certain role. Colleges and employers want individuals who set goals and achieve positive results. How did you improve an organization? What did you contribute?

  6. Portray yourself as an engaged learner. Include any academic successes and any serious projects you have completed.

  7. Showcase your leadership abilities. Not all students have leadership experiences, but if you do, make sure to highlight those skills in your resume. Are you in a leadership role in your organization or team? Have your demonstrated leadership in one of your classes?

  8. Appreciate your community service experiences. If you haven’t taken part in community service, try to get involved this summer. Some community service ideas are tutoring, cleaning up your neighborhood, and volunteering at a food bank.

  9. Create one master resume template that lists all of your experiences, skills, and personality traits with explanations in a professional manner. You can copy bits and pieces from this template and paste them into your specific college or job resume. If there is something on the master resume that doesn’t align with that college or job, then leave it out, but don’t delete it--it might be helpful to have for your next application!

  10. Review, revise, and submit. ALWAYS review your resume. Ask for feedback on your resume from a friend, parent/guardian, trusted adult, or counselor and be open to their constructive criticism--they might catch some unnoticed grammar and spelling mistakes.

what's going on in 12th grade...

Seniors- 7 more Weeks!!! Seven!!!!

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Senioritis STAY AWAY from the Class of 2019

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My Next Move

What do you want to do for a living?

“I want to be a …”

Search careers with key words.

“I’ll know it when I see it.”

Browse careers by industry.

“I’m not really sure.”

Tell us what you like to do.

Additional resources: Bright Outlook, Interest and Job Prep links.

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Before you venture off beyond the walls of RHHS, you may recognize that you still do not have the skills to be fully productive or manage your time efficiently (with all the technological distractions, it is no wonder, but that is another article).

“Take control of your life.”

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Want to have the right mindset?

Be intentional and purposeful in things that you do?

Do you want to be accountable? Have non-negotional goal?

Sound good?

Read more in this inspirational read from BBC, “How to master new skills with ‘deliberate practice’

“Talent is not rare. What is rare is talent and motivation and focus on mastery.”

“Typically, we underestimate what we can accomplish in a small amount of time and overestimate what it will take to do a thing,” says Deutsch, who succeeded in 11 of his 12 tasks (the chess win eluded him). “By creating a structure, you remove the mental noise. Deliberately practicing things for an hour for a month is not a lot of time but when was the last time you spent 30 hours deliberately working on one specific thing?”

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college & career center


Any student that took the March 14th exam, should have their official ACCUPLACER scores, at this time. If you have not received your scores, please see Ms. Neff, Rm 515 (Counseling Suite).

Y.E.S. Student Operator Training Program

The Georgia Ports Authority Y.E.S. (Youth learning Equipment and Safety) Program is a valuable work-based learning opportunity that will train, influence, and prepare students to become top performing employees for the GPA. The Y.E.S. Program will offer on-the-job training that will give the students experience that will specifically meet GPA’s workforce needs. This program will help students achieve their dreams and develop a world-class workforce for the state of Georgia and beyond. The Program will include:

  • Developing in-demand skills particularly through work-based training, with special emphasis on equipment operation and safety.

  • Enhancing the student’s employability by obtaining critical sought-after work skills

  • Creating a pathway to connect and mentor with tenured employees

  • GPA career and training development

  • Our goal is to select eight students from Savannah-area public and private schools, predicated on GPA’s growth. Those interested in taking part should contact their school counselors and school administrators for more information. Packets are available in all school counselors’ offices and in the College & Career Center (Rm 602).

  • Resumes will be accepted February 1, 2019 thru March 31, 2019.

Click on link for more details from the Georgia Ports Authority.

Monthly College Field Trips

At RHHS, many of our juniors and seniors are well into their college preparation. Most are in the process of taking the ASVAB, ACT, and SAT - and others are already visiting colleges independently and filling out applications.

RHHS is excited to be offering monthly college field trip opportunities this year to eligible juniors and seniors on a first come/first serve basis for the first 35 students to register.

RHHS junior and senior applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Passing all classes with a 70 or higher (2nd semester)

2. No more than 3 tardies (2nd semester)

3. No more than 3 excused absences (2nd semester)

The last college field trip planned for 2nd semester will be on April 10th to Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, GA.

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Eligible 11th and 12th grade students may register through this link

*Parents of the first 35 applicants each month are welcome and encouraged to volunteer as chaperones. Contact Jennifer Blanton, school counselor, at with any questions about eligibility criteria.


scholarships in the spotlight this month:

The Savannah Coastal Empire Society of Women Engineers will be awarding a $1000 scholarship to a female, high school senior, intending to enroll at an ABET accredited university for the upcoming school year and majoring in an engineering, computing, or engineering technology program. Additionally, $250 for 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded. The student must be currently enrolled in high school in one of the following Georgia Counties: Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Liberty, Long or McIntosh.

Along with the application form, applicants must also submit an official copy of their transcripts, as well as two reference forms (forms below). One reference form must be completed and submitted by a high school teacher, counselor, or administrator. The second reference form can be completed and submitted be another high school teacher, counselor, or administrator or someone else who knows the applicant personally, such as a coach, mentor, or employer.

Scholarship Flyer

Application packets must be postmarked no later than April 12, 2019 and can be mailed to:

SWE Savannah Coastal Empire

2018 Scholarship

PO Box 122

Savannah, GA 31402

Applications may be submitted electronically by April 12, 2019 to:

SAT & ACT dates

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military family life counselor

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Due to the unique challenges faced by military families, the Department of Defense offers private and confidential counseling services to military service members and their families. The mission of the MFLC program is to provide short-term, solution focused counseling, support and education. Military counselors may assist military connected students with a variety of issues including: communication, self-esteem/self-confidence, school issues, life stressors, resolving conflicts, behavioral management techniques, building resiliency, sibling/parental relationships, and deployment and reintegration. Within a safe, therapeutic relationship, MFLCs help military children and their parents to cope with normal reactions to the varied stresses of military life, to enhance their lives and to boost military readiness and resiliency.

Dawn Imler is the military counselor at RHHS. She is on campus Tuesday/Thursday (all day) & Wednesday (morning) in the LINK. If you have any questions about the program stop by the LINK or call (912)271-9725.

***Attention New Military Families ***

Are you familiar with the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3)? The purpose of the compact is to resolve challenges experienced by military students when transferring to a new school. Key areas addressed in the compact include enrollment issues, course placement, placement flexibility, absence related to deployment activities, eligibility for extracurricular participation, and graduation requirements. Learn more about the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) at


personal wellness

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RHHS Counselor Caseload:

Students with last names:

Rhashida Bunyan- (A thru Daly)

Emily Neff- (Daniel thru Hernandez)

Deanna Appleton- (Herring thru Michaud)

Laine Lynch- (Michel-Sanchez)

Saraswati Hendrix- (Sanderlin-Z)

Jennifer Blanton- (Graduation Coach)

Dawn Imler- (Military Family Life Counselor)