Counseling Quarterly

Quarterly news from the ROHS Student Service Center v. 1

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Important Upcoming Dates:

October

10/1: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens www.FAFSA.org

10/2:Futures Fair (College and Technical training fair at ROHS) 6-7:30PM

Public welcome--see flyer below

10/8: FAFSA workshop

10/16: PSAT testing for all Juniors

10/16&17: Parent Teacher Conferences (4-7PM)

10/17: Understanding the Middle School Brain
Assessing your child’s study skill type, understanding how to support effort not perfectionism, understanding the brain development of a middle schooler. (6-7:30 at ROMS)

10/22: Academic Honors Night, by invitation at ROMS 6:30PM

10/27: The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. Test is free to students and may provide useful career pathway information even for students not interested in the military.


November

11/1: End of first quarter

11/5: Election Day, no school for students

11/12: OTECH pm field trip (sophomores only)

.11/19: OTECH pm field trip (sophomores only)

11/21: Drugs 101 Stay informed about current trends in substance use abuse among teens (6-7:30pm at ROMS)

11/27: Early dismissal at 11:10

11/28-Dec 1: Thanksgiving Break

*UPDATED* Oakland Schools Technical Campus (OSTC)

Do you have a 10th or 11th grader interested in OSTC for next year (2020-2021)? The time is now. Have your student stop by the Student Service Center and sign up for one of the OSTC field trips.

Counselor Chat--Please join us!

Friday, Oct. 25th, 8:30am

Royal Oak High School--THE ROOST

Come chat with ROHS Counselors in this informal setting where we will address current happenings pertaining to our department and answer questions from parents over a cup of coffee. This is the first of our quarterly meetings.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

For FRESHMAN In Particular...

Welcome fledgling RAVENS!


The start of high school involves many new options and opportunities. We always encourage our new Ravens to spread their wings at the high school and seek out new ways to get involved and meet others. Whether it is sports, clubs, activities--we have a little something for everyone. High school is the perfect time to try out something new, and the research supports that students who are more involved in school tend to fair better academically as well.


RO Connect: is our mentoring program. We encourage ALL fresham to sign up for RO Connect. This is a fun way for 9th grade students to get paired up with an upperclassman for the school year. If you are interested in more information or signing up your student, contact Jim Bowker: james.bowker@royaloakschools.org

For SOPHOMORES In Particular...

They've made it through the first year of high school, now is the time to step up their game. Sophomores are hopefully looking for opportunities to begin to step into leadership roles. Whether in extracurriculars, roles outside of school, or just in the halls and classrooms of ROHS. Now is the time. Now that they are on a firm footing as sophomores it is also still a great time to continue to check out new ways to get involved at ROHS. Seize the day.


Are you interested in Oakland Schools Technical Campus (OSTC)


  • OSTC (click here) has many exciting programs for ROHS students to pursue.


  • 10th and 11th grade students interested in visiting OSTC for a tour, please sign up in the Counseling Center.

For JUNIORS In Particular...

PSAT will be given to all Juniors in school, Wednesday, Oct 16th. The "P" in PSAT is for practice. Taking the PSAT seriously and preparing for test day (a good night sleep, eating breakfast, etc.) will help students feel prepared for the actual SAT in the spring.


Additionally, students can log into their College Board account: www.collegeboard.org and view past results and get FREE test prep with Khan Academy.


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.

For SENIORS In Particular...

SENIORS--How to apply to a college or university 1-2-3:


1) Go to the school's website, click on the "Admissions" tab, and then click the "Apply" button--at this point the student will either be directed to create an account OR will be directed to apply via the "Common App" (not widely used for colleges/universites in Michigan).


2) After you hit "submit" on the application, your student should send his/her transcripts to that school via Parchment (www.parchment.com). Please note, the SSC does not typically send transcripts unless the student is applying to a school via the Common App. Students will need to do this on their own.


3) Send test scores (ACT/SAT) if asked to do so and your student hasn't already done so. Your student's SAT from last spring at ROHS is published on their transcript, for most schools this is adequate.


Note: some schools (University of Michigan, Michigan State University) require you to send them directly from ACT/SAT. If your student designated a school to receive their test scores at the time they took the test (both tests allow you to send 4 for free per test). If you did not do this, you must log into the testing website, request them to be sent, and pay).


After you have done the above steps, prompt your student to check back in with the online application portal to make sure 1) all facets of the application are complete 2) they receive a response from the school (accept, defer, decline). PAY ATTENTION to important application deadlines on each schools webpage.

*UPDATED* --SENIORS & JUNIORS: Sign up to see College reps at ROHS

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*UPDATED*-- For students interested in OSTC Cosmetology Program--Information Night

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*UPDATED* Do you know of someone struggling with Opioid addiction?

Check out the supports and programs here from Families Against Narcotics.

Planning for post-secondary: How can I help my student?



SCOIR is a dynamic new software we are implementing at ROHS (link) with ALL grade levels to help acquaint, discuss, and prepare for options after high school. All students have a ROHS SCOIR account already--all they need to do is access it.


Your student can use the worksheet below to create their SCOIR account (if they haven't done so already) and get started.


Additionally, your student can "invite" you as a parent to create your own account from their profile page.

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I have a question/concern about something at ROHS. What should I do next?

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Need additional help? Tutoring opportunities:

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Credit Recovery option for ROHS students

E 20/20:


  • Classes will meet Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday each week
  • Program will be running in ROHS Computer lab
  • Courses are $200 each ($100 if your student qualifies for free/reduced lunch).
  • Click here for more information


You can STILL sign up for fall semester of E 20/20. Contact your counselor if you have further questions.

2019-20 Family Workshops at ROMS

Royal Oak Middle School is hosting workshops open to parents of children of all ages. Check out the free workshops for more information on topics such as brain development, substance abuse and student mental health. https://www.royaloakschools.org/Core/News/Article/13917

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