Counselor Corner 2017-2018

January 2018 (v.3)

It's another new year...Welcome 2018!

Many activities are underway at ROHS...

Paul Surdenik, Jennifer Vick, Carrie Laurence & Jim Bowker

Mark your Calendars:

Counselor Chat: January 9th at 8:00 in the Roost.

The objective of this new initiative Counselor Chat is to forge stronger school/home/community connections in an effort to best meet the needs of our students and families. We are going to strive to make topics timely and relevant.

Our first meeting will afford us the chance to hear your thoughts and concerns and chart a course for future meetings. Please click here for a copy of the agenda and Parent Input form, if you are interested. (If you did not attend the meeting but would like to share your input, please download the form and email it back to your student's counselor.) Thank you for those who were able to attend--it was a great first meeting!


MLK Holiday (no school): Jan. 15


Incoming Freshman Parent Orientation: Jan. 17th at 6:00 pm in the ROHS Auditorium. Topics will include: scheduling, curriculum and extracurricular overviews for parents of current 8th graders.


Parenting Workshop at ROMS (Topic: Social Media): Jan. 18th at 6pm in the ROMS Learning Commons. The ROMS PTA has generously extended an invitation to ROHS families--the topic is appropriate for parents of students at both levels. Dinner and childcare are provided, in order to plan, please RSVP Mrs. Knapp: knappk@royaloakschools.org


Semester 1 Exams: January 23rd-25th (students dismissed at 11:15)


  • January 23rd: 1st and 2nd hour exams
  • January 24th: 3rd and 4th exams exams
  • January 25th: 5th and 6th hour exams



  • January 26: No school, teacher work day


ACES meeting for Sophomore Parents: Jan. 29th at 6:00 (additional information below)


February Recess: Feb. 19 & 20 (classes resume Wednesday, Feb 21)


Spring Break: March 30- April 6 (classes resume Monday, April 9)


SAT (Juniors)/PSAT (9th & 10th): April 10-11

Homework Help:

Learning Commons: Monday-Thursday from 3:00-4:00 in the Learning Commons. Free, on the spot tutoring by NHS students in a variety of subjects. Stop in and check it out.


Math Help--free, no appointment needed:

  • Tuesday afternoon @ 3pm in Room 215 (Mrs. Hart)
  • Thursday morning @ 7am in Room 215 (Mrs. Hart)
  • Friday morning @ 7am in Room 211 (Mr. Morgan)

NEW: Stay in touch with Class specific announcements with Remind 101

Class of 2018: text code @e74gbc to # 81010


Class of 2019: text code __________ to # 81010


Class of 2020: text code @kak74f2 to # 81010


Class of 2021: text code @h8g98h to # 81010


If you choose to enroll you'll receive the same announcements from the Counseling Office that your student is receiving (events, deadlines, announcements, etc.)

FRESHMAN in particular...

Freshman it is not to late to get involved. Click here for the full list of ROHS clubs/activities.


Find time to meet with your counselor and develop your four year plan. Sign up in the student service center.



SOPHOMORES in particular...

Sophomore parents of students interested in the ACE (Accelerated Early College) program at OCC there will be an informational meeting on January 29th at 6:00 pm in the ROHS auditorium. Attendance is strongly encouraged for interested families.

JUNIORS in particular...

Juniors now is the time to "window shop" and start creating a list of colleges/universities, that you may be interested in attending after gradation. Steps to follow:

1. Keep a list (google sheet or spreadsheet in order to keep track of pros and cons)

2. Web search: google the institutions to find out as much information about their university.

3. Visit. Visit. Visit. It will be hard to determine if this is the perfect college for you, unless you visit, talk to college admissions and tour the campus. Sign up on the college website to set up an official tour. (Insider tip: try to schedule your college tours--when possible--when the college/university is in session...it makes for a more authentic visit).


Junior parents: ever thought about a "Gap Year" for your student? Perhaps you should (see below)

SENIORS in particular...

Ever consider a "Gap Year" after high school and before college? A gap year is NOT just a "year off;" it is an intentional year to participate in a program, typically abroad, in a meaningful capacity after high school graduation and prior to exploring other post-secondary options. This can be an enriching and life-changing experience. Ann Arbor Community Schools is hosting a "Gap Year Fair" January 23rd. Click here for more information and click here for registration.


Seniors continuously investigate and research scholarships AND APPLY. Reference the link below.

Scholarships?

Does your student qualify for Medicaid? Has he/she qualified in the past? If so, you may want to investigate the TIP (Tuition Incentive Program) for help with college tuition costs. Go to the website to see your student qualifies: http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid


There are many avenues to pursue with scholarships for college. One of the easiest, is to read the Senior Bulletin distributed by the Student Service Center each month. Click here for the latest December 2017 edition. Give it a read and keep checking for updates each month (back issues are also located under the Counseling and Career Center link on the ROHS website)


The Detroit News & CATCH Outstanding Seniors Scholarship: application

The Detroit News, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Education and professional educational organizations, is searching for the best high school seniors in the state. For 32 years, The Detroit News has recognized the state's outstanding high school graduates, adding $1,000 scholarship money for the winning students and contributions to charity.


Selected students will be honored as part of the 33rd annual Detroit News Outstanding High School Graduate program. The top two students in each category will be featured in stories and photographs in The Detroit News this spring and will be honored at an awards dinner. Four students in each category will be selected as runners-up, and their names will be published in The News. All nominated students will receive certificates.


Criteria were developed in consultation with academic specialists at the Michigan Department of Education. Grades, test scores, honors, and community involvement are key criteria. The most important criterion, however, will be a demonstrated ability in athletics, health,journalism, language arts, performing arts, science, mathematics, visual arts, vocational-technical or world studies.



The "against all odds" category was added to the recognition program in 1989. In past years, we have honored blind students, physically impaired students, a student who was maintaining a home and raising her younger brother, and a student who overcame substance abuse problems and a bout with cancer. We seek your nomination of students who have overcome and prevailed in the face of extreme adversity.

Testing Dates 2017-2018:

ACT 2017-2018:

  • Feb 10,
  • April 14,
  • June 9,
  • July 14


SAT 2017-2018:

  • March 2018--TBD, will be administered to all Juniors at ROHS, no registration needed,
  • May 5,
  • June 2


*To register your student for testing, please do so directly on the respective websites below

Should I retake the ACT or SAT?

This is a good question, and one only you and your student can answer. The advantage of a strong ACT or SAT is primarily two-fold. One, a strong test score strengthens your application for colleges. Two, a strong score may enhance your scholarship options (merit based and private scholarships).


However, it is good to know WHY you are electing to retake the test. Would scoring 1 or 2 (ACT) or 100 (SAT) points higher help you qualify for $1000 more in Merit Scholarships from your college? Are you close to getting into your "reach" school? If so, then maybe. HOWEVER...these instruments are generally very "reliable" metrics, meaning student scores don't tend to vary much from one test to the next.


Tips if you DO want to retake:


  1. Focus on ONE test (ACT or SAT) whichever one you felt more confident and comfortable with. All colleges take either test.
  2. If you want a different score, take a different approach. If you didn't do any prep work the first time, do some actual prep the second time. Online tutorials, test prep books or tutors/prep classes are all options.
  3. The ROHS Career Counseling Center website has a lot of information that might also prove helpful. Do a little research.

Your Counseling Staff:

Paul Surdenik, alpha A-B and OSTC students, surdenikp@royaloakschools.org


Jennifer Vick, alpha C-J, vickj@royaloakschools.org


Carrie Laurence, alpha K- Re, laurencec@royaloakschools.org


Jim Bowker, alpha Ri-Z, bowkerj@royaloakschools.org


Karen Murphy, secretary, murphyk@royaloakschools.org