College & Career Weekly Update

May 9, 2016

Cafeteria Money Refunds

Positive balance seniors should talk with Brenda Clark (Cafeteria Manager) regarding their refund. They may be required to wait a day or so if the funds are not in the registers at the time of their inquiry. Checks will be mailed to students who have a positive balance of $20.00 or more.

Class Registration 2016-17**

Your school counselors have been working extensively over the past few weeks as we begin course registration for the upcoming school year!

This year, counselors will be meeting individually with each student to discuss what courses they were recommended for and to discuss their plan toward graduation. Students will then bring a form home to be signed by a parent/guardian that lists the courses they have selected with their counselor. Parents, if you are not content with the courses that your child has selected or if you wish to receive additional information about their choices, there is a box to check to request a meeting with your child's counselor. Click here for more information about our registration process for this year.

**The FINAL day for a student to change their course requests for the 2016-17 school year is the last day of the current school year.*


JMU Summer Honors Institute - July 10-16, 2016

The James Madison University Summer Honors Institute is a unique week-long program where talented rising high school seniors get a first-hand look at life in a dynamic university and its Honors program. Participants will live in a residential hall, sample classes from a variety of majors, and engage with professors and current students. Workshops will offer tips and advice on college admissions, major and career exploration, and making the college transition. Current JMU Honors students will lead fun activities on and off campus and provide their own insight on the college honors experience. A complete description of the program, as well as application materials, is available on the SHI website:

The cost is a $900 residential fee which covers instructors, class materials, housing, meals, and activities. Scholarships are available to applicants who demonstrate financial need. The deadline to apply is May 23. For more information, please contact Melissa Heatwole at

Dual Enrollment

On April 11th, the School Counseling Office held a meeting about the Dual Enrollment Opportunities offered at RCHS. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can view the presentation on our website by going to the following link:

Summer School Information

The Summer School registration forms are here! You may download and print one here:
or you may stop by the main office or the counseling department and pick one up. Please read the brochure carefully as there are some changes this year. Brochures are also available at both middle schools.

Recruiter Visits

The following military recruiters will be visiting RCHS during all three lunches:
United States Marine Corps:
United States Army:
United States Air Force:
Virginia National Guard:
United States Air Force:

SAT – Important Dates

May 7th SAT* at RCHS;

June 4th SAT* NOT at RCHS; Deadline to register: May 5th

*Redesigned SAT

Accommodations are available for students with disabilities. Please see your counselor.

ACT – Important Dates:

June 11th ACT NOT at RCHS; Deadline to register: May 6th

Accommodations are available for students with disabilities. Please see your counselor.

*FREE* SAT Prep: Khan Academy's Partnership with College Board

College Board and the Khan Academy have entered into a partnership to provide free SAT preparation for students. You will have access to four official full-length practice tests, plus study and test-taking tips, interactive practice, thousands of practice questions, video lessons, and hints. There are also short quizzes and instant feedback. To learn more, please go to:


Please note: new transcripts are shown in bold

The Lexington Moose Lodge 1700 Scholarship: this scholarship is offered to a graduating senior from the class of 2016. Criteria are: a desire to go to college, demonstrated financial need, and good grades. Applications are available across from the Counseling Office and are due to Ms. van Ravenswaay by May 12, 2016

The Jane P. Steinheimer Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship, established by the Stonewall Jackson Hospital Auxiliary, will be awarded this year to one or more members of the RCHS class of 2016. The recipient must be planning to pursue a career in a health related field. The application and details of this scholarship are available in the guidance office. Applications must be turned in to the counseling office no later than May 13th, 2016.

Mountain View Elementary School PTA Scholarship: This $1000 (2) scholarship is offered to RCHS seniors who attended Mt. View Elementary School from kindergarten through grade five. Financial need and school involvement are considerations. Criteria: Preference shall be given to students demonstrating financial hardship; who have attained a minimum overall GPA of 3.0; who have maintained superior attendance and disciplinary records; who have participated in extra-mural and/or community service projects; who are planning a course of study with a strong emphasis on math and the sciences. Students shall be considering enrollment at an accredited university or college; "on-line" schools will not be considered. Applications are available outside the Counseling Office and are due to Ms. van Ravenswaay by May 15, 2016.

Virginia Tech Alumni Association Scholarship: The Rockbridge Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association would like to invite you to apply for our scholarship to be awarded to a worthy high school senior who will attend Virginia Tech in the fall of 2016. The criteria for selecting the scholarship winner include academic achievement, participation in school activities, community support and financial need. We plan to announce our selection by May 28, 2016. Applications are available on the bulletin board outside the counseling office and must be submitted to your counseling department no later than noon, May 21, 2016.

Wildcat Scholarship:
The RCHS Wildcat Scholarship awards $1000 to both a female athlete and a male athlete. Criteria are: applicant must have participated in at least one sport and complete four consecutive years of participation in a sport. Applicant must be attending, within a year, a four year college, two year college or trade school. Leadership, loyalty, dedication and perseverance a characteristics that weigh heavily in the selection process. Applications are available on the board outside the Counseling Office and are due to Ms. van Ravenswaay my May 24, 2016.