COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

RICHMOND HILL HIGH SCHOOL

May 2019 NEWSLETTER

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What's Going On At The HILL?

Past Events:


  • Missed the April Newsletter?
  • Prom- Saturday, 4/6
  • Fall 2019 DE deadline- Friday, 4/19
  • Underclassmen Honors Night- Monday, 4/29



Upcoming Events:


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

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e3Z2Vp21Rc

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

Stress-LESS during testing season!

EOCs and AP exams are approaching- here are a few ways for your student to beat test anxiety and stress.


· Exercise- Numerous studies show that exercise improves cognitive functioning- a clearer mind. Ideally a student would exercise right before the exam, perhaps a 15-minute jog before school starts.

· Peppermint essential oils- The scent of peppermint can increase performance while studying or testing. Try out an oil diffuser with peppermint while you child is studying. Also, peppermint candy during tests have been known to yield better results.

· Deep breathing- Practice how to breathe deeply with your child and advise them to practice this when they get that gut feeling of worry before a big test. Breathing deep within the belly will help calm them in the moment.

· Positive self-talk- Advise your child to remind themselves of all that they’ve done to prepare for the test, that they know this information, remember the times they answered correctly in class, etc.

Junior year- get ready!


Junior year is known for being a very critical year in a student’s high school career. This is the time to really focus on post-secondary planning and what you need to do to prepare. Here are a few tips to prepare you and your child for junior year:


· Get serious about standardized testing- utilize all possible tools available to study for these tests. The ACT, SAT, ASVAB, and Accuplacer all have study guides available online.

· Don’t get lazy! One of the reasons why junior year is looked at more closely by admission offices is because they want to see that the student continued to challenge themselves, and continued to make good grades- despite the tendency for EOS (Early onset senioritis) to kick in.

· Get to know your teachers and counselors- RHHS staff can be a great resource to kick-starting your child’s post-secondary journey. We welcome the conversations about your child’s future! Having a relationship with the student really makes a difference when completed references and recommendations.


Start looking at schools- It’s never too early to start planning, even if your student has a wide range of options in mind. Waiting until senior year to research different schools could end up being very stressful when facing different deadlines. Plan college visit tours in advance, so that ultimately the decision is made based on your child’s personal connection to the school, and not because of deadlines

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

Making the Most of Your Last Summer in High School


And just like that, junior year is coming to an end! In about a year, students will be putting on their caps and gowns to walk across the stage and FINALLY becoming a high school graduate! Before the excitement and chaos of senior year begins, students should make the most out of their last summer before graduating. Here are some ways for juniors to balance fun and productive planning this summer:


  1. Get a part-time job-- Working gives you a chance to earn money, gain some freedom, and learn time-management and communication skills. You can save this money for your college fund.

  2. Gain practical skills through volunteering or internships-- Look into opportunities to explore professions that interest you. Unpaid or paid internships can be a great way to learn about a career. Volunteering is another tool you can use to develop essential skills and learn about a profession that interests you!

  3. Research post-secondary options-- Post-secondary encompasses any and all training one pursues after high school, including technical college or trade school, 4-year college/university, military, or a full-time job. Make sure you are selecting a path that is the best fit FOR YOU and your goals in life. If college is your next step after high school, plan on visiting colleges this summer to get a feel for the atmosphere and determine if it’s a good fit for you personally and educationally.

  4. Develop a strong resume-- Resume-writing could be a full-time job and senior year will be chaotic enough with graduation around the corner! Start early on your resume--you’ll thank yourself later. Check out the April newsletter for tips on writing an effective and captivating resume.

  5. Brainstorm essay ideas and write a rough draft-- Senioritis is plaguing seniors everywhere! Get ahead on those post-secondary tasks and save yourself the stress during the school year so you can focus on finishing high school courses. Starting early means you’ll have more time to brainstorm, edit, and revise.

  6. Look into financial aid opportunities and scholarships-- Apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) even if you don’t think you’re eligible! The FAFSA for the 2020-2021 school year opens up on October 1st and you’ll need your 2018 tax returns.

  7. Keep an active mind-- Reading a book, brain games like Lumosity, or learning a language through Duolingo are engaging ways to keep your mind active this summer. The best thing is that these activities are fun and don’t feel like you’re learning!

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

Bye-Bye Seniors… Bye Bye

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3MNaGEfOtM

Congratulations to the Class of 2019

Students, family, friends, teachers, counselor and other stakeholders who have contributed to the culmination of your high school career! A BIG thank you to all those who have supported you through this time!

Set the World on Fire with your gifts and talents and be the change you want to see!

GRADUATION DETAILS

View the Countdown to Graduation Important Document Here:


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EkFhO0wM34sBQEyL7lA4m-7LEF-qhYcU/view

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RHHS CLASS OF 2019

Sign up for Remind. Text @rhhs-2019 to 81010.

If you still have questions, email Mrs. Sara Goldrick at

sgoldrick@bryan.k12.ga.us

GRADUATION DAY INFORMATION

LOCATION:

Savannah Civic Center

301 W Oglethorpe Ave. Savannah, GA 31401

DATE/TIME:

Saturday May 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

GRADUATION TIME

The ceremony will begin promptly at 1:00 and will end sometime between 2:30 and 3:00pm. Doors will open at 12:00pm. To ensure that all families can hear their graduate’s name announced during the ceremony, air horns or other noise makers are not allowed during the ceremony.

TICKETS

Tickets are required for admission for ages 2 and older.

Each graduate will receive 8 tickets at the Senior Meeting on Thursday, May 16th. Graduates that participate in Senior Walk on Wednesday, May 15th will receive 2 additional tickets that morning. There are no extra tickets. Seniors who are on the Obligations List or who do not return their permission slip will not receive tickets to graduation.

SEATING

Seating is “general admission”. There will be NO reserved seating.

**There will be seating for handicapped relatives or guests on the lower level. Each handicapped person may be accompanied by only one family member.

STREAMING VIDEO

Information will be added as it becomes available.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Graduates will be photographed as they receive their diplomas. Visit www.events.lifetouch.com to sign up and receive notification when your proofs are online and ready to order. Photos will be online ten days after the ceremony. Complimentary proofs will be mailed to graduates. There is no obligation to purchase.

WHAT TO BRING GRADUATION DAY

Seniors should bring their graduation robe and hat, tassels, cords, stoles, etc. (DO NOT DECORATE YOUR CAP) Also, bring hairpins for caps and safety pins for collars and honor cords. Do not bring anything that you will have to carry in your hands. There is no secure storage area for personal belongings.

WHAT TO WEAR GRADUATION DAY:

GIRLS – Wear a dark dress or skirt. Wear dark dress shoes (No flip flops or tennis shoes).

BOYS – Wear a white dress shirt with a collar. Wear dark dress pants (No jeans!), dark dress shoes (No flip flops or tennis shoes.) and a dark necktie.

REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION IN GRADUATION CEREMONY:

Seniors must attend the entire graduation practice on Friday, May 17th and must be free from the Obligations List.

COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER

SCHOLARSHIPS IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS MONTH:

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SAT & ACT dates

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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.


Dawn Imler is the military counselor at RHHS. She is on campus Tuesday/Thursday (all day) & Wednesday (morning) in the LINK. If you have any questions about the program stop by the LINK or call (912)271-9725.

RESOURCES

PERSONAL WELLNESS

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RHHS Counselor Caseload:

Students with last names:


Rhashida Bunyan- (A thru Daly)

Emily Neff- (Daniel thru Hernandez)

Deanna Appleton- (Herring thru Michaud)

Laine Lynch- (Michel-Sanchez)

Saraswati Hendrix- (Sanderlin-Z)

Jennifer Blanton- (Graduation Coach)

Dawn Imler- (Military Family Life Counselor)