RHS Counseling Connection

2020 - 2021: October

Hello Riders,


In light of recent events in Portland and across the country, including grieving the losses of so many Black men and Black women to police brutality, the Roosevelt School Counseling team wants to acknowledge that we stand in solidarity with our Black students and families. We are here to listen and to support each of you. We commit to combating systemic racism within our school and community and we understand that simply making a statement is not enough. Our role and responsibility is to advocate for policies, practices and beliefs that combat systemic injustice. We are working within our department and our school to listen and grow. Young people are a critical part of this movement; please know that we support you and we care about you.


~RHS Counseling Team

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VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Riders, one of the most important rights you have is the right to vote and we want to make sure that you know how you can exercise this right!


To be eligible to vote you must be:


  • A U.S. citizen
  • A resident of Oregon
  • 18 years or older (You can register to vote once you turn 16 however you will not receive a ballot until an election occurs on or after your 18th birthday.)


Follow these steps to register to vote:

1. Go online to this website. You can register to vote in the following languages: Spanish, Somali, Chinese, Russian, and Vietnamese.

2. Click on the blue box that says Register to Vote Now.

3. Answer the questions.


The deadline to register to Vote in Oregon is 11:59 pm on October 13, 2020.


If you are already registered to vote your ballot will arrive in the mail soon. To find a ballot drop box visit this website.


If you have questions you can contact the Oregon Elections Division at 1-866-673-VOTE (8683)

Need to Contact Your Counselor?

If you have any questions or concerns, please send your counselor an email. We look forward to checking in with you all!

Portland Evening Scholars

Students in need of credit recovery or who are interested in retaking a class to improve their GPA should connect with their counselor about night school. Portland Evening Scholars registration is currently open now through Oct. 2. Classes will be held Oct. 5 - Jan.21, one night per week for each class, 5:00-8:15 pm. No tuition is being charged this term. Classes will be virtual all semester.

Student Health Center

During distance learning, students can still access their medical & mental health services at the Roosevelt Student Health Center regardless of insurance provider. School counselors can also make referrals for students interested in receiving ongoing counseling support.


Roosevelt HS School Based Health Center

503-988-3909 - Call for an appointment 8:45 am - 4:45 pm


Additional Mental Health Resources:


Safe + Strong Helpline: 1-800-923-HELP(4357)

Portland Suicide Lifeline: 503-972-3456

Multnomah County Mental Health Crisis Line: 503-988-4888

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800 273-TALK En Español: 1-888-628-9454

Crisis Text Line: (text “HOME” to 741741

The Teen Line: 1-310-855-HOPE (4673) (Text "TEEN" to 839863)

YouthLine: 1-877-968-8491 (text "teen2teen" to 839863)

Step Up is Accepting New Students!

Step Up has expanded and is now serving 9-12th grade students! They have seven advocates who will be offering online support and small group student meet ups to up to, 134 students throughout the school year!


For more information contact Step up Coordinator Serge de Barros or your counselor.


Returning Student Application

New Student Application (English)

New Student Application (Spanish)

Sun Clubs 2020-21

Clubs officially start meeting this upcoming week (10/5-10/9). Access our list of clubs here: SUN/Partners Directory.


Please fill out this registration form to sign up for a club and fill out this new club form to start your own club!


If you have any questions, please email Josephine Arceo at jarceo@pps.net.

Virtual Tutoring through SUN

SUN is partnering with the University of Portland to offer virtual academic support to Roosevelt students this term. Tutors will be available every Wednesday from 12:30-2:00 pm for the next two weeks and we will then transition to offering tutors Monday through Thursday starting on October 12th.


Students do not have to register to access this free resource, we encourage students to drop in whenever help is needed. The Google-Meet nickname is RHSTUTORS.

RHS Social Work Team

Have you all heard that we have an amazing new team of social workers supporting our RHS students and families?! Here is a message from them:


"We are here to support students with significant barriers to success at school. Our ultimate goal is to make sure you have all the support you need to be successful in school! This may include connecting to emergency services (food, housing, school supplies, etc), support groups, or being a liaison between school and families, and community resource referral needs."

Meet The Team

Important Support Staff

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Need help writing a resume or looking for volunteer/internship experiences? Do you want to learn about different career options and get help with post high school planning?


Check out the Fall 2020 RHS Career Newsletter and connect with our amazing Career Coordinator, Raisa!

Important information for Seniors

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College Visits & MaiaLearning

Look for weekly emails from MaiaLearning and our College Coordinator, Angel Gutierrez, for upcoming virtual college visits! Angel will be sending out a list of college visits happening each week. The email will also have information about how to sign up for each visit!


If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Angel!

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FAFSA and ORSAA open October 1st!

To be eligible for most types of financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA). These applications compile financial information and other details about students and families, which the US Department of Education and the State of Oregon use to determine financial need and eligibility for various financial aid opportunities. You do not need to fill both applications out, if you have questions about which application is right for you, please contact our College Coordinator or your counselor.


There was an event put on by our partners at The College Place that helps explain how students can pay for college, including going over the FAFSA. It was recorded and you can watch the recording here in English and here in Spanish.


FAFSA Application

ORSA Application

Financial Aid & Scholarship Opportunities & Resources

You can find a list or scholarship sites on the RHS Counseling web site under the Financial Aid & Scholarships tab. Here is a list of scholarships with October deadlines:


Letters of Recommendation

Your counselors want to write the best possible letters for you and in order to do that, we need you to do the following:


  • Complete the Counselor Letter of Recommendation Request Form (brag sheet), you can find links to this form on the RHS website or you can email your counselor if you need a copy. This is important, please complete this form with as much detail as you can provide.
  • Submit this form to your counselor as soon as possible and schedule a time to meet with them at least 3 weeks before you need the letter.


Requests for letters of recommendation must be made at least 3 weeks before you need to submit your letter!