RHS Counseling Connection

2020 - 2021: February

Hello Riders!

If you struggled with engagement in your classes and fell behind last semester, this is a time to start fresh. New semester, new beginnings! We are proud of the work that you've been able to do during these strange and difficult times. Please remember to reach out to your counselor or other school supports any time you need to!

RHS Counseling Team

Schedule Change Requests

At the start of each semester students have the opportunity to adjust their class schedule. Reasons to change your schedule include:

  • You are enrolled in a course you already took.

  • You want to change electives/add a course

  • The courses you are enrolled in do not allow you to meet your diploma requirements.

All schedule changes must be completed by February 12th. If you need to request a schedule change please use your School Counselors Schedule Change Request Form which can be found on the Counseling Website.

*Please note, we cannot honor all schedule change requests due to scheduling limitations and class sizes.

Portland Evening Scholars Registration

Portland Evening Scholars will continue to be online for the remainder of this school year

Portland Evening Scholars registration is currently open, students in need of credit recovery should connect with their counselor about registration. Classes will be held one night per week for each class, 5:00-8:15 pm. No tuition is being charged this term.

Tentative dates for Spring session are: February 22 - May 27

2021-2022 Forecasting

The forecasting process will begin on February 1st. Please take some time to review the Forecasting Tab on the RHS webpage, here is what you need to do next:

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Forecasting links:

Video instructions on how to input classes in StudentVUE

RHS Academic Mini Guide

Forecasting Lab Calendar

Your counselors are looking forward to connecting with you to select courses for next school year. If you have any questions, as always, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Attendance Challenge

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New and Ongoing Resources

Mental Health Supports & 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)

Trevor Project: Supporting LGBTQiA+ youth: TrevorLifeLine, 1-866-488-7386 (text "START" to 678678)

Trans Lifeline: Supporting trans community members, 877-565-8860

BIPOC Student Mental Health Supports

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

PPS Youth Resource App

We now have a PPS Youth Resource App- Say goodbye to the old Pocket Resource Guide and Hello to the new PPS Youth Resource App! This App was created by a PPS Mental Health advisory group along with the input of over 100 PPS students from around the district. The app is full of youth friendly community resources. Please get the word out and download this FREE app to your phones.

Multnomah County Library Program Updates

Monthly Family Newsletter

Multnomah County Library is offering a monthly Family Newsletter to support families through the home learning experience. They provide tips, tricks, links to family events and activities, and helpful resources. Sign up on their website.

Weekly Tween Club

Multnomah County Library will be starting a weekly Tween Club in February. We will meet virtually every Friday at 3:00 PM. We will offer a Graphic Novel Book Club (1st Fridays), a Dungeons & Dragons Club* (2nd Fridays), and a Science Club (4th Fridays)! Soon we will be adding a Minecraft Club* and a Crafty Surprise Club. This is an opportunity for kids to meet up with other kids in a safe, online environment and have fun together doing something they enjoy!

*These clubs welcome kids 10-18

Live 1:1 Homework Help (and more) in Vietnamese, Spanish, and English via the Multnomah County Library.

Use this resource for:

  • Share a rough draft of your paper and have it proofread.
  • Help tackling how to do a math problem.
  • Practice questions and study guides for the PSAT.
  • Live real-time tutoring in Spanish as a foreign language.
  • Live one-to-one help from 2 pm to 10 pm daily in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
  • Ayuda con la prueba de ciudadanía
  • Giúp với thử nghiệm công dân

Distance Learning Tips

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Check out the district At-Home Strategies for Distance Learning page for more resources and don't forget about the PPS Virtual Calming Room!

RHS College and Career News!

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!

Hispanic Scholarship Fund - College 101 Workshops

The College 101 Series features free, bilingual, 3-hour, college preparation workshops held virtually in various time zones. The programs are designed to help middle and high school students – and their parents – prepare, plan, and pay for college. Topics include preparing for and applying to college, choosing a college that’s the right fit, writing a personal statement, researching financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and understanding the real cost of a college education. Students and parents can choose to receive information in either English or Spanish.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 – HSF College 101 – Pacific Time Zone

English Session: Register here

Sesión en español: Regístrese aquí

In celebration of Black History Month, The College Place is hosting an HBCU Virtual College Tour Series! Throughout the month of February, we will feature virtual tours of over 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 PST

All tour sessions will take place at https://ecmc.zoom.us/j/96027749366.
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Important information for Seniors

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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 February deadlines:

Upcoming Scholarship deadlines:

2021-2022 FAFSA and ORSAA are open!

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.

FAFSA Application

ORSA Application

FAFSA Completion Night Webinars

Our partners at The College Place put together these webinars to help explain how students can pay for college, including going over the FAFSA. You can access the webinar here in English and here in Spanish.

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!

Seniors, all documents that need to be submitted to colleges/universities you are applying to, are uploaded and sent through Maia Learning. If you haven't already added schools that you are applying to, on Maia Learning, you need to do so as soon as possible to make sure that your applications are complete. Please contact your counselor if you have any questions or need help navigating Maia Learning.

Important Links From PCC

PCC Preview Day

Are you a high school student thinking about going to Portland Community College? Would you like to learn more about PCC’s excellent academic programs? Do you have questions about how to fulfill your college goals? Then PCC Preview Day is the event for you!

February 17th from 10:30 am to 12 pm

Sign up here!

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!

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!

Important Support Staff

In light of ongoing 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.