Counselor Connection

Nov/Dec 2019


Michelle Morris A-C

Patti Neoske (sub for Sarah Bleich) D-H

Kristen Pina I-L

Maria Saltas M-P

Adrian Arciniega Q-R & ELD

Allyson Fellers S-Z

College & Career Center Technician: Gina Greenbauer

Registrar: Carmen Kash

Counseling Secretary: Mayra Estevez

Dates to Highlight...

  • November 14 & 15: 10th Grade Counseling lesson
  • November 21: PLUS Forum
  • November 30: UC and CSU applications are due
  • December 7: Cash for College Event @ RBV (Saturday 9-noon)
  • December 7: SAT test date
  • December 14: ACT test date
  • December 2-19: Second semester schedule change window opens
  • December 20: End of First Semester

Class of 2020 Happenings

Senior Supports

  • September 26 & 27: Counseling lesson was presented in Senior English classes focusing on transcript review + post high school planning. Thank you Senior English Team!
  • ALL Application Assistance: CSU, UC, private schools, community colleges FAFSA, California Dream Act. In October and November, there is expert assistance every Wednesday in Room 218 at lunch and after school in the College & Career Center. If those times don't work, students can meet individually with their counselor for assistance.
  • Letters of Recommendation: please remind senior students that letters take time to create and writers need at least two weeks notice in order to write the best letter possible.
  • Cash for College Event: Saturday, December 7th, from 9 am to noon, at RBV. Senior families can start & finish the FAFSA or Dream Act with experts available to help.
  • Senior College Night was October 1st. 100+ people attended (see picture below); families attended break-out sessions for Palomar College, the Armed Services, CSU San Marcos and UCSD.
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What counselors are working on...

11th Grade Counseling lesson (10/17-18): Thank you to the English 11 Team for your support and participation with our academic planning and college exploration lesson. Students reviewed their transcript relating to earned credits, a-g targets, and post high school planning. Counselors guided students through a college or post high school planning search using California Colleges and other search tools.

10th Grade Counseling lesson (11/14-15)
: Thank you, in advance, to the English 10 Team...Students will participate in a counseling lesson reviewing academic content related to graduation and post high school planning. Via the California Colleges website, students will complete a personality inventory that will match them to future career possibilities. Students will research careers (i.e. education level needed, salary, industry sector growth).

California Colleges website:

Grief and Loss Group: A specially-trained grief counselor from Elizabeth Hospice will facilitate a support group on campus starting in January for eight consecutive weeks. Thank you for referring students who need additional support in this area. We are in the process of setting up the "who, where, and when," so that we can start when we get back from winter break.

Support Spotlight


  • Hats off to the Peer October 31st, they had helped their 100th student! As a reminder to all, we have two or three well-trained Peer Counselors available to assist students every period throughout the school day. The referral process? Walk-ins are welcome, student self-referral forms are available in the Counseling Center, and teachers can refer via email to the student's assigned counselor.

  • In the month of November, Peer Counselors will be visiting the Freshman Seminar classes to present information on good decision-making and suicide awareness and prevention.

College & Career Center

What is it all about...

Work Permits

Any employed student under the age of 18 is required by State and Federal law to have a work permit. Work permits are valid for the school year and shall expire five days after the opening of the next succeeding school year. Applications are available in the Career Center.


Student can check out the College & Career webpage to view a list of some of the current scholarships available. There are billions of scholarships out there - Students are welcome to stop by the Career Center for information about how to find them.


Available to RBV students: fee waivers for college entrance exams, SAT & ACT study guides, help with the test registration process, and assistance with the financial aid process & application. Encourage students to stop by...the College & Career Center has a lot to offer!