COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

RICHMOND HILL HIGH SCHOOL

February 2020 Newsletter

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WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE HILL?

Past Events:
  • Missed the January Newsletter ?
  • 1/27-Academics and Pathways Open House
  • 1/31-Course registration forms go out during advisement

Upcoming Events:


  • 2/6- Course registration forms are due to advisor

ACCUPLACER

The ACCUPLACER will be administered at RHHS on March 10th in room 620.


This test serves the purpose of dual enrollment admissions into Georgia Southern University, and Savannah Technical College. We will have STC administer at 7:30 AM, and GSU administer at 1:00. Your student will receive specific information dependent on their registration submission. If your child is interested in attending GSU for dual enrollment, they must have an application submitted prior to testing on March 10th.


Please follow the link below to register:

https://forms.gle/csN37ys7mLA6dBVJ8

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Whether you’re planning on college, a technical school, the military, or you’re just not sure yet, the ASVAB Career Exploration Program can put you on the right path toward a satisfying career. Understanding your skills and interests will help you make the best decisions about your future.


The ASVAB is a career exploration 'battery', or series of tests, that assists students in clarifying career goals.

  • It is a cost-free and comprehensive program for high school students.
  • Students explore occupations in line with interests and skills, and develop strategies to realize career goals.
  • The Program presents a full-spectrum of career opportunities to students.
  • Career planning tool regardless of post-secondary intentions.

The ASVAB will be offered at RHHS, March 11th…please sign up before February 28th!!!


Be sure to come prepared and on-time to do your best!


Questions about ASVAB Testing?

Please see Ms. Bunyan, Rm 516

7 MINDSETS

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Lesson 5.1 Treasure yourself – This lesson teaches us that our self-perceptions can drive the way we act and the way that others act towards us. Treating ourselves as beautiful can transform the way we feel inside which in turn, can radiate positively out towards others. The more that we focus on our positive qualities the more we can see ourselves as beautiful, inside and out. It’s time to give ourselves a little self-love!


5.1 Treasure Yourself Video – Dove: Choose Beautiful
Choose Beautiful

Lesson 5.2 Be More Grateful – This lesson expands on the previous lesson so that we choose to focus our energy on the good that happens in our life. The mere act of being grateful for the good things we have and focusing on what we enjoy can help us continue to do more positive activities. If we surround ourselves with positive, grateful people, we can get though any challenge that comes our way! This isn’t always easy. It takes practice to start being grateful. If you can’t think of 20 things that you are grateful for, start with one and increase it from there.

The bottom line is Be More Grateful!


5.2 Be More Grateful Video – After Losing Parents, 6-Year-Old Boy Seeks Smiles

After losing parents, 6-year-old boy seeks smiles

WHAT'S GOING ON IN 9TH GRADE...

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN 10TH GRADE...

Social/Emotional Skills for Teens- Easy practice techniques!

We can all agree that many teens do not naturally possess adequate social/emotional skills nowadays for various reasons. Technology of course being the biggest culprit. Social/emotional intelligence is key to achieving your fullest potential at school, in life, in a career, etc. It’s important to know how to cope with obstacles and improve interpersonal relations throughout all of our lives. The growth mindset is important to remember, and here are a few exercises to help cultivate that mindset.


1. Social/Communication skill: Listening


Everyone sits in a circle and one person elects to start. That person begins telling a story, anything, and after the first 4 sentences- tell them to stop. Another person in the circle must then pick up by repeating the last sentence that was said, and then continue to add to the story. Whoever is unable to repeat the last sentence is disqualified.

Discussion: When did you notice your attention was distracted? What helped you to remember the last sentence that was said?


2. Social/Communication skill: Assertiveness


*Defined as the ability to directly and confidently express our opinion, feelings, or attitudes such that the rights of others and social circumstances are respected.

This one is simple. Create a list of social challenges for your child to tackle. Writing these individually on notecards helps take away from the teens feeling overwhelmed and brings confidence as they start completing each card. The idea is that your child is challenged to pick a random card and has the next 24 hours to complete whatever it says. Examples of social challenges:


· Give an honest compliment to someone

· Learn two new things about somebody in your class

· Share with a friend what’s been on your mind lately

· Ask a teacher/coach for clarification on a task you don’t understand

3. Social/Communication skill: Emotional Awareness


Emotional awareness is something that is more so modeled/taught over time as certain experiences or situations arise with your child. When an obstacle comes up at home, make sure to take the time to discuss feelings that are associated with that.

*Start with the core emotions- and as other emotions are identified, tie them back to one of the 7 core emotions: Happy, Sad, Angry, Afraid, Anxious, Ashamed, Surprised.

WHAT'S GOING ON IN 11TH GRADE...

Scheduling season in upon us! Remember to turn in your course request form by Thursday, February 6th, 2020 to better your chances of getting the courses you want.


Your advisors, school counselors, and administrators are working together to ensure the 2020-2021 school year runs smoothly for you. Course Request Forms help us develop a master schedule that allows you to take the classes you want. Below are things to consider while you work on your Course Request Form for senior year:

  1. Narrow down post-secondary (college/career) plans A, B, and C. RHHS Pathways are designed help you try out various career paths so you can develop a plan that’s the best fit FOR YOU, whether that’s college, military, or straight into the workforce. Whatever your plan is, you should always have a back up plan, just in case!

  2. Double and triple check that you are requesting all the courses you need to graduate. Use the Academic Guide to help. Remember: students are expected to take English, science, math, and social studies every school year, even if they have completed their graduation requirements in that area.

  3. Check your HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility: track your HOPE GPA and rigor courses (4 required) by logging on to or creating a GAfutures.org account. Click here to learn about HOPE GPA, rigor courses, and other HOPE scholarship requirements.

  4. Maintain your academic rigor. Colleges track the academic rigor of your senior year so toning down the rigor of your courses might not be the best idea. Rigorous courses will better prepare you for college courses. If you’re going straight into the workforce, rigorous courses will demonstrate your ability to take initiative, work hard, and challenge yourself.

  5. Consider your GPA. Research GPA requirements to be considered for admission to college, scholarships, or apprenticeship programs through JCB or Georgia Ports Authority.

  6. Planning on applying to a 4-year college? Be sure to include 2 sequential world language courses if you haven’t already completed this requirement.

  7. College-bound student-athletes: Are you on track to meet NCAA, NJCAA, NAIA or any other athletic organization’s academic requirement? Check their websites for more info. For more guidance, speak to Ms. Hendrix in room 516.

  8. TURN IN YOUR COURSE REQUEST FORM BY THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2020.

2020 Washington Youth Tour-Apply TODAY!

Once a year, Coastal Electric Cooperative selects six high school students to represent the co-op as delegates for the Washington Youth Tour on an all-expenses paid trip to D.C.


The 2020 tour will be June 18-25.


Questions, please see Ms. Bunyan, room 516.

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The National Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest

The Theodore Roosevelt Institute at Long Island University (TRI) is partnering with the Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) to present the National Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest.


High School juniors are invited to compete in the national Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest to win scholarships and awards. Develop a speech on “Why Theodore Roosevelt Matters in the 21st Century” while enhancing your critical thinking, leadership, and independent research skills.


Entry deadline: February 27th

Finalists selected: March 12th

Finals in New York: March 28th


Enter the contest here: https://trspeakingcontest.strutta.me/home

Vote for speeches after 2/27 here: https://trspeakingcontest.strutta.me/gallery

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN 12TH GRADE...

Approaching the spring semester of your Senior year is exciting with the ending and beginning of many things in life. So, as you reflect on your years within these halls, take a few minutes to remember all your school years and how far you have come. Recall your growth and development from childhood to adult and recognize that everything you do, have done, and will do is taught to you. A parent, coach, teacher, relative or friend taught you and influenced you every day since your birth. If you can walk, talk, tie your shoe, feed yourself, write your name, drive a car, cook a meal, or even read this article; remember to thank the person that helped you. It is in gratitude that a teacher finds joy to feed the kindness and motivation to share their knowledge with others who will pass it along. It is in the passing along that gives birth to lifelong learners and the torch is passed to you as you become the parent, coach, teacher, relative or friend that teaches and influences our future Wildcats.

COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER

Watch these short and informative short clips on Dual Enrollment & Work Based Learning!


Stop by Room 602 with any questions on these great opportunities!

Dual Enrollment Presentation

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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.


Ms. Imler is the military counselor for Richmond Hill High School. You can find her in the counseling suite, room 515 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. For more information about MFLC services call (912)271-9725.


NOTE: Parents must sign a consent form before the MFLC counselor can talk with their child.

MILITARY RESOURCES

Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families is a DoD-funded program that allows eligible students in U.S. military families to connect to a live tutor online at any time for one on one help with homework, studying, test prep, proofreading and more. The service is available at no charge to all grades K-12 students.

RESOURCES

PERSONAL WELLNESS

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RHHS COUNSELOR CASELOAD:


Rhashida Bunyan- (A thru De Cesari)

Emily Neff- (De La Cruz thru Hicks)

Tam Daniels- (Hickson thru Medrano)

Debbie Kilpatrick- (Medsker-Sams)

Saraswati Hendrix- (Sanchez-Z)

Deanna Appleton (College and Career Counselor)

Dawn Imler- (Military Family Life Counselor)