COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

RICHMOND HILL HIGH SCHOOL

November 2019 NEWSLETTER

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WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE HILL?

Past Events:



Upcoming Events:

  • ASVAB-November 6th, at RHHS

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ASVAB-7:30 am-10:45 am

The ASVAB will be offered at RHHS, November 6. Please sign up before November 1st.

The ASVAB is a career exploration 'battery', or series of tests, that assists students in clarifying career goals.

  • It is a cost-free and comprehensive program for high school students.
  • Students explore occupations in line with interests and skills, and develop strategies to realize career goals.
  • The Program presents a full-spectrum of career opportunities to students.
  • Career planning tool regardless of post-secondary intentions.

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Be sure to come prepared and on-time to do your best!

Questions about ASVAB Testing?

Please see Ms. Bunyan, Rm 516

Mental Health Workshop

Monday, Nov. 18th, 5:30pm

1 Wildcat Drive

Richmond Hill, GA

We’ll kick off the event with a resource fair, showcasing several local mental health agencies and their support services. After that, school counselors and agencies will facilitate breakout sessions that educate parents/guardians on stress management, mindfulness, self-compassion, and resiliency through interactive activities that they can practice at home. Light refreshments and a self-care toolkit will be provided!


Mental Health Workshop

November 18th, 2019

5:30-7:30pm

East Cafeteria

7 MINDSETS

We are Connected

This month’s mindset is 'We are Connected' which teaches the importance of strong connections to others. The first component of the We are Connected mindset is Embrace Everyone. It teaches that happy and successful people embrace everyone and have learned to deepen those relationships by serving others.


Maximize Positive Relationships is the second component of We are Connected. This component teaches us to strive to spend time around people who lift us up and make us want to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. The second part of this mindset is to spend less time with people that tear us down or hinder our progress.


Build Your Dream Team is about spotting those around us who can help us make our dreams a reality. Those people can help us reach our goals in a variety of ways. They can be our cheerleader, supply their expertise, support us financially or help in other ways. When we build our dream team, we also start to recognize the importance of having strong, supportive people in our lives.


Lead with Value is the fourth component of the We are Connected mindset. It teaches the importance of giving help to those in our Dream Team before asking for help for ourselves. It’s an important step to building strong relationships that are much deeper.

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN 9TH GRADE...

WHAT DOES GRATITUDE MEAN?

Have you really ever wondered what it really means to be grateful? Do you ever think about what you are grateful for? Have you ever made a list? Have you ever really thought about what you have that others don't? Did you know that research has been done to show how taking stock of your gratitude can change your point of view completely and be good for your soul? Have you ever wondered what would happen if we made our gratefulness contagious?

Say "Thank You" - A Motivational Video On The Importance Of Gratitude

WHAT'S GOING ON IN 10TH GRADE...

EOC’s are coming up!

It is important to remember that some of your classes have an end of course test that counts for 20% of your grade! Don’t risk your final average by going into the EOC with a low grade. Teachers are available for before/after school tutoring depending on their schedule. It is always a good idea to get extra help and study time. Make sure to make up any missing assignments ASAP, as they are critical to your final average.

Study Tips & Tricks

Do you ever feel like you studied all night and still did poorly on an exam? Fear not, you’re not alone and you are not hopeless! Check out a few tips listed below and try them out for yourself! Parents: take a look at how your child studies and suggest a few of these tips if you feel they are struggling.


· Remove distractions. Your phone and the TV are the #1 perpetrators in distracting you while you study. You could cut your study time in half if you simply turn off the TV and put your phone out of reach to truly focus on the task at hand.


· Play an instrumental-only playlist. Before you put your phone out of reach, turn on your favorite genre of music, but find it without words! Lyrics also tend to distract us when we’re trying to focus but having the music in the background can also keep that work flow going!


· Schedule breaks for yourself! We perform better when we practice brain breaks. A good model to follow is every 30-45 minutes of work time gets a 10-minute break. Knowing that you have a small reward approaching will keep you working harder/smarter. It helps with not being so easily distracted as well. Healthy snacking and stretching are good fillers for these breaks!


· Don’t just stare at your Chromebook screen. Staring at the same set of notes on a screen for hours is not the best way to ensure the material is sticking. Your eyes, body, and brain will tire quickly if this is all you do. Trying different methods of studying information is key to getting the most out of your designated work time.

o Make note cards

o Write your notes out on paper. This reinforces the information to you and by using a new method, will help it stick better

o Study group! Find a friend in your class and quiz each other. Use note cards together and take turns.

Stay involved!

Don’t forget, Sophomore year is the year to really start diving in to new opportunities to start building that resume! A good place to start is by checking out our wide range of clubs that we offer here at RHHS!


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WHAT'S GOING ON IN 11TH GRADE...

Now that you have learned more about your aptitudes and best fit careers through YouScience, you have probably started thinking more about possible careers and what you need to do to prepare for your future. Below are tools you can use to continue planning for and investigating career opportunities:


HOPE Career Grant

GAfutures.org

The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them. These industries have been identified as strategically important to the state’s economic growth.

  • No minimum high school GPA required! For more eligibility information, visit GAfutures.


Coastal WorkSource Georgia

http://worksourcecoastal.org/

Coastal WorkSource Georgia helps place job seekers to meet hiring needs in coastal Georgia. They support youth and young adults in work readiness training and career development. One of their primary goals is to connect youth and young adults to a career path and employment opportunities.

Support services include:

  • Academics

  • Mentoring

  • Leadership development

  • Employer and college tours

  • Guidance and counseling

  • Youth Resource Network

  • Work readiness

  • Work experience

  • Summer programs

  • Occupational training


Big Future - CollegeBoard

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/explore-careers

Explore 2-year (associates) and 4-year (bachelors) degree majors and research careers that align with your aptitudes and interests. You can also use this website to gather information about colleges, learn about scholarships, and other ways to prepare for post-secondary success!

WHAT'S GOING ON IN 12TH GRADE...

Senior year, the last haul before the adult world begins. The dreams of college, military or career begin to simmer like a star just out of reach but continues getting brighter and brighter as the days pass. However, just like flu season that rears its' ugly head and wreaks havoc every year, school faculty members are seeing an outbreak of senioritis. Senioritis, as defined by Webster's Dictionary, is an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades. Have you been struck with a case of senioritis? Well, fortunately there is a cure! First, be present in the moment; being hyper focused on the future tends to distract from the here and now and we lose the perspective that both are interrelated and one does not exist without the other. Graduation is not an end date but a continuation of success where you show the world what you have mastered, but for today you are still acquiring skills. Next, ask for help! No one wants you to be successful than the staff of Richmond Hill High School, you are the products of all our hard work and labor; however you must buy in the success plan and ask for support. Make us do our jobs, and we are likely to thank you for asking. Finally, realize that everything matters; your work habits, your follow through, your attitude. Though your days of high school are drawing to an end the next step is only a step up on the back of those who walked this journey with you. Ensure that everyone that has passed through and are present in your life can speak of your growth in maturity in a positive light, and remember these days with a smile. Senior year is halfway over, but the work is not! Stay strong and persevere.

COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER

SPRING DUAL ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 22nd

Dual Enrollment for the Spring Semester has a deadline of November 22nd to meet with Ms. Appleton and process the required paperwork.


Please visit: https://rhhs-counselors.wixsite.com/rhhs-counselors/de


Please complete the necessary checklist of your intended university and follow the instructions to schedule a meeting with Ms. Appleton.

SUMMER & FALL DUAL ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: MAY 5th

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MILITARY FAMILY LIFE COUNSELOR

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Due to the unique challenges faced by military families, the Department of Defense offers private and confidential counseling services to military service members and their families. The mission of the MFLC program is to provide short-term, solution focused counseling, support and education. Military counselors may assist military connected students with a variety of issues including: communication, self-esteem/self-confidence, school issues, life stressors, resolving conflicts, behavioral management techniques, building resiliency, sibling/parental relationships, and deployment and reintegration. Within a safe, therapeutic relationship, MFLCs help military children and their parents to cope with normal reactions to the varied stresses of military life, to enhance their lives and to boost military readiness and resiliency.


Ms. Imler is the military counselor for Richmond Hill High School. You can find her in the counseling suite, room 515 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. For more information about MFLC services call (912)271-9725.


NOTE: Parents must sign a consent form before the MFLC counselor can talk with their child.

Military Resources

Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families is a DoD-funded program that allows eligible students in U.S. military families to connect to a live tutor online at any time for one on one help with homework, studying, test prep, proofreading and more. The service is available at no charge to all grades K-12 students.


http://military.tutor.com/home


RESOURCES

PERSONAL WELLNESS

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RHHS COUNSELOR CASELOAD:


Rhashida Bunyan- (A thru De Cesari)

Emily Neff- (De La Cruz thru Hicks)

Tam Daniels- (Hickson thru Medrano)

Debbie Kilpatrick- (Medsker-Sams)

Saraswati Hendrix- (Sanchez-Z)

Deanna Appleton (College and Career Counselor)

Dawn Imler- (Military Family Life Counselor)