Guidance Gazette

2019-2020, Issue 7

March 2020

NACAC National College Fair

Thursday, March 19th, 4:30-7:30pm

500 South Salisbury Street

Raleigh, NC

To Register:

E-mail or call: 703/836-2222 ext. 14

Four strategies can reduce your high schooler’s test anxiety

Does your teen’s stomach do flip-flops at the thought of a huge test? Although you can’t take the test for her, there are lots of ways you can help her get ready.

You can:

  1. Chat with your teen. Ask her why she’s so nervous about the test. Is the material too hard? Does she not understand it? Sometimes just getting her concerns off her chest can make the test less scary.
  2. Help your teen make a study schedule. Encourage her to set aside study time on each of the days leading up to it.
  3. Create a comfy study spot. Carve out a quiet, well-lit place at home where your teen can study. Make sure she has all the supplies she needs—including a healthy snack—when she sits down to hit the books.
  4. Remind her of her strengths. “I know you’re worried about the big science test, but remember how well you did on the last one?” Focus on the positives and let her know you believe she can be successful.

Reprinted with permission from the March 2020 issue of Parents Still make the difference!® (High School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Attention Juniors!! 2020 Martha Guy Summer Institute

The Martha Guy Summer Institute at Appalachian State University for future business leaders was created to give high achieving high school students, interested in pursuing a college degree in business, a premier summer experience exploring the different disciplines within business, exposing them to regional business leaders and developing leadership and professional behavior skills needed to be successful in the business realm.

Interested juniors, please review the admission requirements before submitting your application.

Application Deadline extended to March 15, 2020

NCSSM Summer Accelerator

Summer Accelerator is an exciting summer program created by the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics for exceptional rising 5th-12th graders. We introduce students to exciting topics in hopes to encourage their interests in STEM concepts.

Early Accelerator for rising 5th and 6th Graders

Through interactive and hands-on activities, students will embark on a series of STEM adventures. These non-residential, day programs are held on NCSSM's Durham Campus and in Wilson, NC.

Accelerator for rising 7th - 9th Graders

For rising 7th to 9th grade, we introduce students to exciting topics at a critical age for engaging and encouraging their interests in STEM. Courses are each one week-long session that begins on Sunday afternoon and culminates on Friday afternoon at our Durham campus or Brevard, NC.

Accelerator for rising 10th - 12th Graders

Talented rising 10th to 12th-grade students choose courses of interest that combine residential, hands-on learning on campus with online education. These courses are conducted over three weeks. The first two weeks of each course take place virtually, at the student's own pace. One week of each course takes place on campus, either in Durham or Brevard, NC.

Step UP to STEM

Now Funded by Summer Accelerator, Step UP to STEM is a free one-week residential course for underrepresented minorities. It is an innovative interdisciplinary academic program that uses exciting real-world subjects to challenge current 8th graders (rising 9th graders) across North Carolina and build their skills in science, math, and communications. The program is open by application to African American, Hispanic American, and Native American 8th graders who live in North Carolina. The application opened on December 2.

NC State - Leadership Institute for Future Teachers (LIFT)

This is a five-day (June 14-18) residential program for rising high school seniors who are persons of color or bilingual and are interested in leadership and education. During the program, students will be introduced to field-based experiences in the field of education and faculty in the School of Education at NC State. Students must be a rising high school senior, bilingual or identify as a person of color and be nominated for the program by a counselor or community member. Students interested should see Mrs. Ragland for further instructions by Feb.19.

National Youth Science Camp

A residential STEM camp for recent high school graduates running June 22-July 15. During the program, participants will attend lectures, engage in hands-on experiments, attend various educational field trips, and take a trip to Washington, D.C. as part of the program. Students eligible are those graduating high school in spring 2020. Applications due Feb. 28

UNC-Chapel Hill - North Carolina Renaissance

A four-day (July 8-11) on-campus leadership development program at UNC-Chapel Hill, NCR is designed to introduce high school students to college life at Carolina. During the program, students will participate in leadership development activities, academic seminars, and team-building. Students will also have the opportunity to speak with Carolina faculty, students, and admissions and financial aid staff. Eligible students must be rising high school juniors only.

Deadline March 1.

UNC-Greensboro Campamento Hispano Abriendo Nuestro Camino a la Educación (CHANCE)

This six-day residential program for Hispanic/Latinx students is designed to introduce rising high school juniors and seniors to college life. During CHANCE, participants will experience college classes, meet professors and current UNC-G students, and participate in leadership activities and other fun team-building events. Student eligible are Rising high school juniors and seniors only; minimum GPA 2.8. The program cost is $65.
Deadline March 1

NC State - Summer Textile Exploration Program

During STEP, students will learn about the five areas of the NC State textiles program (apparel design, textile engineering, business management, textile design, and polymer chemistry) and work on a project related to the area most interesting to them. All students will live in on-campus housing during the week of their attendance at the program. Available to rising high school seniors only. The program cost is $250; students are encouraged to bring extra money for meals not covered by the program fee. Fee waivers available. Deadline April 1

NC State Native Education Forum

Designed to support students identifying as Native American, this six-day residential program (June 14-20) allows rising 11th and 12th graders to gain familiarity with the college experience and application process. Students eligible must have a 3.5 or higher GPA. Deadline April 1

NC State Emerging Scholars Academy

Emerging Scholars Academy is designed for students interested in the African American experience and culture. During this residential program, participants will experience campus life, participate in college prep activities, and discuss cultural identification and college concerns of African American students. The residential program runs June 21-27 on campus in Raleigh. Eligibility criteria: GPA over 3.5 OR top 10% of graduating class; rising 11th graders (current 10th graders) only. Deadline April 1.


CAMINOS: College Access Program Meant to Improve Nuestras Oportunidades in Scholarship is a four-day residential pre-college experience for rising high school juniors and seniors. During the program, students will explore college campus life and the City of Raleigh, and have the opportunity to build relationships with Hispanic/Latinx students and faculty. The program runs June 28-July 1. Eligible students must be rising high school juniors and seniors; minimum GPA 3.5. Deadline April 1

Family Medicine Summer Academy

A three-day residential experience for recent high school graduates who are interested in careers in medicine. Students will shadow family health and primary care providers during their choice of one of two program dates: July 12-14 or July 14-16. Applicants must graduate high school and turn 18 by the time of their selected program dates. The program is free for selected students. Applications are due May 1.

American Legion - Tar Heel Boys’ State

A one-week (June 21-27) residential experience designed to educate young men about NC government and politics, allowing opportunities for participants to participate in congressional-style proceedings. This residential program is hosted at Catawba College. Eligibility: Only males may apply. The program cost is $400. Click here for the application

CFNC's Summer Enrichment List

Help your high schooler keep grades in perspective

Studies consistently show that pressure to get good grades is one of the biggest causes of stress for today’s high school students.

But experts say that as significant as grades are, they are not the only indicators of future success. It’s more important, many agree, to have a positive attitude about learning, a strong work ethic and a balanced outlook on life.

To put grades in perspective:

  • Be clear about the message you’re sending. Sometimes, teens feel too much pressure from parents to get perfect grades—which can lead to cheating.
  • Let your teen know that your love does not depend on a straight-A report card. Tell her that you are proud of her when she finishes a challenging project or brings up a grade in a tough subject.
  • Have your teen focus on doing her best, not being the best. Encourage her to strive for personal excellence rather than perfection. Teach her to value the knowledge she gains in her classes—and not to focus solely on grades.
  • Keep pressure about college in perspective. Yes, it is hard to get into select colleges and universities. But there are many wonderful schools out there. Assure your teen that you’ll work together to find a school that’s a great fit.

Reprinted with permission from the February 2020 issue of Parents Still make the difference!® (High School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: “Parents’ Values and Children’s Perceived Pressure: Topical Research Series #4,” The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth,

Transcript Request

For North Carolina Colleges/Universities

Submit your transcript from the CFNC Transcript Manager

  • Go to

  • Sign in with your CFNC account.

  • Choose Apply.

  • Choose To College.

  • Choose Transcript Manager.

  • Enter all necessary information in Your Profile and qualify to submit transcripts electronically.

  • Select the Go to Transcript Manager button.

  • Select a college from the list and click Send My Transcript. Track the status of transcripts requests from this screen.

The college/university should receive a successfully requested transcript within 1-2 business days.

For Colleges/Universities Outside of North Carolina & Special Programs

To send an official high school transcript to out-of-state colleges/universities, special programs, current high school students and graduates must submit a Transcript Request Form.

Transcript Request Forms are located on the wall outside of Room 222, the front desk, and are linked on the Guidance page of the RCS school website.

Please be sure that all areas of the form are completed and that it contains the complete mailing address for the college/institution or special program to which the transcript should be mailed. Incomplete forms can not be processed. Requests should be submitted at least one week before the transcript is needed.

Scholarship Reminders

  • Seniors, keep checking for new additions to the Master Scholarship List! You can find hard copies of local scholarships in the guidance department, room 222.
  • Students must complete the transcript request form to have their transcript printed for scholarship requirements. Please allow at least one week to process your request.

  • When completing your scholarship applications, please refer to the Scholarship Etiquette document for tips to improve your applications.

Career and College Promise (CCP)

Interested in taking free PCC classes as a high schooler next school year? Currently Rising Sophomores and Juniors with an unweighted 2.8 are eligible. Fill out this google form to get on the list. Keep an eye out for application announcements.

All interested students please fill out this google form

questions? Please email

Mrs. Rollins is the Career and College Promise Coordinator. She is available to RCS students every Tuesday. Have questions? Need an appointment? Please email her at

Mrs. DeVillier's Testing Corner

Seniors are reminded to check with the colleges or universities where they've been accepted to see if they are required to take SAT Subject Tests to determine course-level placement for classes they'll be taking their Freshman year. The link below has upcoming SAT dates, along with registration deadlines. Or you can find more information at If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Mrs. DeVillier at 336.597.0020, ext 114, or by email at

Parental expectations set the stage for academic success

Research shows that parental expectations have a significant impact on high school students’ achievement. One study found that:

  • Teens strive to reach parents’ expectations of them. If you believe in your teen and expect him to succeed in school, he is likely to have higher academic achievement.
  • Teens’ expectations for themselves begin to match the expectations their parents have for them. If you make it clear to your teen what you want of him, by saying things like “I want you to do well in school,” he will begin to have the same expectations for himself.

To inspire your teen:

  • Talk to him about what you want him to achieve in high school—and ask him what he expects to achieve.
  • Help him set attainable goals—such as improving a grade in a certain class.
  • Discuss the future. Compare your dreams for your teen with his own. Talk about potential careers or college plans. Tell him that you support him and know he can succeed in whatever he does.

Reprinted with permission from the March 2020 issue of Parents Still make the difference!® (High School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: J.M. Froiland and M.L. Davison, “Parental expectations and school relationships as contributors to adolescents’ positive outcomes,” Social Psychology of Education, Springer.

2020-2021 High School Course Registration

Pre-Registration Events

Feb. 28- High School Grade Level Meetings with Students

March 10- High School Curriculum Night 6 pm

Course Registration Meeting (course selection forms distributed to students)

March 2- Rising Seniors

March 3- Rising Juniors

March 4- Rising Sophomores

March 5- Rising Freshmen

Course Advisement starts now- March 20, 2020

Students should communicate with teachers about what level of courses they should take next school year.

Mrs. Ragland will be available for advisement meetings. Please use the link below to schedule a time at your convenience.

March 18- Course Selection Forms Due (Return them to your English Teacher)

Big picture