2019-2020, Issue 7
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.
- 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.
- Help your teen make a study schedule. Encourage her to set aside study time on each of the days leading up to it.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Applications due Feb. 28
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.
Deadline March 1
Deadline April 1
Deadline April 1
Deadline April 1.
Deadline April 1
Applications are due May 1.
Click here for the application
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, niswc.com/high_pressure.
For North Carolina Colleges/Universities
Submit your transcript from the CFNC Transcript Manager
Go to CFNC.org.
Sign in with your CFNC account.
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.
- 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 SAT.org. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Mrs. DeVillier at 336.597.0020, ext 114, or by email at email@example.com
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
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)