RCHS Counselor's Corner

Monthly Counseling Newsletter-December 2022

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We have almost completed first semester, can you believe it?

The counseling office will continue working with our students to make course selections for the 22-23 school year. We have several resources on our website under the counseling tab-Course Guide. We also have several other resources we are working on and will be sharing more during Bulldog Review in January.

As always, the counseling office is here for you and your students. Please continue to read the monthly newsletter, reach out as needed, and let us know how we can help!

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RCHS Updates and important info!

Important Dates

12/15: Last day for makeup hours

12/20-12/21: Semester exams and early release at 12:30

12/21: Last day of semester

12/22-1/9: Winter Break

12/2: Special Education Day

12/5: International Volunteer Day

12/15: Bill of Rights Day

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Course Requests 23-24 school year

Course requests for the 23-24 school year will begin this month for our current Juniors, current sophomores during the month of November, and current freshman the month of December. Bulldog Review will be during the month of January and we will meet with our current 8th graders (upcoming freshman) during the month of February. More information can be found on the counseling website (https://www.rcisd.org/Page/784) under the course guide.

College, Career, and Military Resources

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FAFSA Platform "Going Merry"

Going Merry is a free financial aid application platform for students used in 2 of 3 US high schools. With a simple, six-step process, Going Merry helps students achieve their educational goals with less debt. A student presentation is linked below.


MapMyGrad is an online tool developed by education experts to help students, families, and schools learn more about the Texas Grad Plan and how it works on their individual high school campus.

Mental Health Resources

*NEW* The National Suicide Prevention Line

Starting July 16h The National Suicide Prevention Line is changing! The once 11-digit number is now shortened to three digits 9-8-8. When people call or text #988 they will be connected to trained counselors with the lifeline network.

In 2020, Congress designated the new 988 dialing code to operate through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s (1-800-273-8255) network of over 200 locally operated and funded crisis centers across the country. On July 16, 2022, the U.S. will transition to using the 988-dialing code, offering an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen and expand the existing Lifeline. The vision for 988 is to have additional crisis services available in communities across the nation, much the way emergency medical services work.

As 988 rolls out across the country it is vital that the unique needs of children, youth and young adults are considered to ensure that crisis response services are not traumatizing for children, services are age and developmentally appropriate, and services stabilize the situation to keep children in their homes and with their families.

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