Guidance Gazette

2018-2019, Issue 2

October 2018

News from NC School of Science and Math

October 15, 2018, The NCSSM Application for the Class of 2021 will open!

Admissions Update: NCSSM now accepts the ACT as part of the application process, see learn more!

Open House Dates

October 20, 2018

December 8, 2018

February 2, 2019 (middle school open house)

To register and for additional information contact

***NCSSM Representatives will visit RCS to meet with interested students on Thursday, October 11th at 3:30 pm. RSVP with Mrs. Hawkins or Mrs. Ragland***

2019 High School Diplomats Program

10-day Program at Princeton University

July 25- August 4, 2019

Current High School Sophomores and Juniors are Eligible to attend

Application Period

September 15, 2018- January 9, 2019

for more information:

SAT News

Registration is still open for the two remaining 2018 SAT dates: November 3 and December 1. With most college applications due in early 2019, now is a great time for students to take the SAT and strengthen their applications. Learn how retaking the SAT can benefit students in A Surprisingly Simple Way to Help Level the Playing Field of College Admissions from The New York Times.

Remind your students how SAT Subject Tests can help boost their college applications. Check out the 20 different tests available for students to choose from.

ACT/SAT Worshops

Durham County Library will host free SAT/ACT prep and scholarship session in October 2018. These sessions are packed with info for students and parents and designed to help families access vital information about college admissions tests. Here's the schedule:

Scores and Scholarships (this link provides a downloadable flyer)
October 8. Stanford Warren Branch.
October 23. Southwest Regional Branch

SAT & ACT Prep: Get Ready for College (this link provides a downloadable flyer)
October 2. South Regional Branch.
October 13. North Regional

NC Countdown to College--College Application Week SAT ACT Free Prep Workshop

Sat, October 6, 2018

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

for more information and to register visit

NC Virtual Public School

The Canvas App

Parents and facilitators can now download the Instructure’s Canvas Parent app in both the iTunes and Google Play stores.

Parents and facilitators will need a “pairing code” from the student’s account to connect with the student. Students must generate a separate pairing code for each person who wants to connect to their account. This might include parents, advisors, and mentors. This link shows how students create a pairing code from inside their Canvas courses.

The Canvas Parent app is designed to provide visibility into a student’s progress at a glance. Canvas Parent allows both parents and facilitators to:

  • View assignment descriptions and due dates
  • Set reminders for assignments
  • View assignment grades
  • View course grades
  • Set grade alerts
  • View course announcements

App Setup

Here are the complete directions from Canvas on how to set up the Canvas Parent app and connect with your student.

NOTE: Type in the following web address for the institution: The search will not find NCVPS. You must type in the web address for our link to Canvas. Remember that students will need to generate a pairing code for you to connect to them.

The Canvas Web Portal

Parents and facilitators can also access their students’ courses via the web. The setup process is similar to the Canvas app, but the login is online at this web address: You will still need the pairing code to connect accounts.

Dates to Remember


10.4 Freshmen Advisory

10.9 Sophomore Advisory

10.10 PSAT (11th grade)

10.11 NC School of Science & Math Intrest meeting (3:30 pm - RCS Library)

10.15-19 CFNC's College Application Week

10.25 Career College Promise Program interest meeting (6-7pm- RCS Library)

10.25 FAFSA Day

2018-2019 ACT Dates

2018-2019 SAT Dates

Please note: RCS is not a testing center. Students will need to visit the ACT and college board websites to register and locate the nearest testing center.


Please view the links below for available scholarships. These links are also posted on the RCS School website and will be updated as new awards become available.


Popular Websites for Scholarship Searching

Transcript Request

For North Carolina Colleges/Universities

Submit your transcript from the CFNC Transcript Manager

  • Go to

  • Sign in with your CFNC account.

  • Choose Apply.

  • 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, or to obtain a personal copy of an official transcript, 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 two weeks before the transcript is needed.

Scheduling Appointments

Please use my calendar link to schedule an appointment time that is most convenient for you.

Mrs. Ragland's Calendly