Counseling Corner

Royal Oak High School, 2020-21 v. 1

Meet the Royal Oak High School Counseling Department

Paul Surdenik- A- C & OSTC:

Jennifer Vick- D-J:

Carrie Laurence- K-Po:

Jim Bowker- Pr-Z:

Tracie Sandzik- Secretary:

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How to make an appointment with your counselor

Click on the link below to make an online appointment during Remote Learning

Just like when we are in the building, Counselors are ready, willing and able to make virtual appointments with students and parents. After you book an appointment you will either receive a link to join a meeting or get a phone call.

Paul Surdenik A-C, OSTC students:

Jennifer Vick (D-J):

Carrie Laurence (K-Po):

Jim Bowker (Pr-Z):

Important Upcoming Dates:


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

10/6: FAFSA workshop at 6:00pm. Use the link to sign up:

10/14: PSAT/NMSQT: testing for juniors

10/23 : Virtual Counselor Chat at 9:00 am

10/27: SAT testing for seniors

10/27: Virtual Futures Fair from 6-9:00pm.

  • We have 74 colleges, universities and trades from the Detroit area, all of Michigan, the United States and overseas! Plan to attend. Links for student/family registration:


11/4: Deadline for ordering AP Exams

11/3: Election Day, no school for students

11/6: End of first quarter

11/25-11/29: Thanksgiving Break


As we all adjust to learning remotely, here are some suggestions for your student and family to assist in maximizing your student's engagement and success.

  1. Check your school email daily at the very least, or ideally at the beginning and of each school day
  2. Login and participate: each and every class and help session--you are in charge of your own learning
  3. If you are not able to attend a session: contact your teacher before class if possible, or as soon as possible after the class concludes
  4. Put aside all distractions: phones, TV, other open tabs. Treat each session as you would if you were sitting in class
  5. Set up a routine: keep appropriate bed and wake times. Take a lunch break.
  6. Communicate: let your teacher know if you have any questions or need additional help
  7. Reach out to your counselor: any time you need additional guidance or support
  8. Stay connected with the ROHS community and important friends! We all need each other.

Counselor Chat--Please join us!

Friday, Oct. 23rd, 9am

This is an online event.

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.

Meetking link: HERE

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

ATTENTION JUNIORS & SENIORS: Sign up to see College reps Virtually

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In the absence of in-person visits with College reps, schools are moving to virtual meetings.

Attending a virtual admissions visits is a great way to learn about the university and the meet the admissions rep that would be reviewing your application!

  1. Click this LINK to access the college visit dates/times, and get the link for individual virtual meetings with each school
  2. Sign up on the SCOIR calendar so we know who is coming and can send out relevant information prior to the meeting

For FRESHMAN In Particular...

Welcome fledgling RAVENS!

The start of high school involves many new options and opportunities, especially this year. 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. Although we may not be meeting face to face, 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 personally and academically.

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.

For JUNIORS In Particular...

PSAT will be given to all Juniors in school, Wednesday, Oct 14th. 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: and view past results and get FREE test prep with Khan Academy.

ROHS Career Counseling Center website has a lot of information that might also prove helpful. Do a little research.

For SENIORS In Particular...

Class of we go

How to apply to a college or university 1-2-3:. please review this short video: LINK

Note: some schools (University of Michigan, Michigan State University) require you to send test scores directly from ACT/SAT agency. 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 completed your application and have requested your transcript to be sent, it is important to check back in with the online application portal to make sure:

1) all facets of the application are complete

2) you receive a response from the school (accept, defer, decline) along with any next steps

3) Update your SCOIR account with admission decisions (accept, defer, declined).

PAY ATTENTION to important application deadlines on each schools webpage or changes in procedure or policy due to COVID-19.

**This information has been shared with Seniors on multiple occasions, but it's always good to have parents in the know to support the process.


Scholarship: opportunities are added regularly. It is important to continuously check for updated information about scholarships: Scholarship LINK
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Free Application for Federal Student Aid

FAFSA filing season opens
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form completed by current and prospective college students to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.

October 1st is the day this application is open to begin filling out the information. The sooner you fill out the application the better!

October 6th, ROHS will be hosting a virtual workshop to provide further assistance. Use the link to sign up:


Do you still need a class for graduation?

  • Classes will meet Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday each week
  • Program will be running Virtually through E2020
  • Courses are $200 each ($100 if your student qualifies for free/reduced lunch).
  • After School Credit Recovery Information
  • Contact your counselor if you have further questions.


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