Rice Lake High School
Student Services Newsletter Term One 2021-22
Important Contact Information
Food Service (Mrs. Hackel): 5184
Financial/Student Services (Mrs. Young): 5510
Work Permits (Mrs. Groth): 5653
Counselor Last Names A-G (Mr. Kowalski): 5836
Counselor Last Names H-N (Ms. Spear): 5726
Counselor Last Names O-Z (Mr. Shomion): 5335
School Nurse (Mrs. Neuser): 5110
School Social Worker (Mr. Morey): 5262
Please Join Us for Term One Parent Teacher Conferences
RLHS Graduation Requirements
4 credits of English
3 credits of Social Studies
3 credits of Science
3 credits of Mathematics
1.5 credits of Physical Education
.5 credit of Health
.5 credit of Freshman Success
10.5 credits of Electives
Academic and Career Plan
New School Counselor
My name is Mr. Kowalski and I will be replacing Ms. Ebner who left to take a different job outside of the world of education. I spent the last 12 years as a K-12 counselor in a small district. Prior to that I did some time in the Army. I live in the Chetek area with my wife and two kids. We don't have much spare time outside of our kids activities, but enjoy spending time outside, including at our family farm. I look forward to working with the Rice Lake High School team and the Warrior families. Thanks for the great welcome!
Financial Aid Tips for High School Seniors
Prior to applying for FAFSA, a student and one parent must each create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) at fsaid.gov. This FSA ID can be created at any time, even prior to October 1st. It is very important that the FSA ID and password for parent and student be kept in a safe place that can be found each year. This FSA ID is used to apply for financial aid each academic year and the FSA ID is used by students after accepting student loans offered by a college to sign their loans and complete loan counseling at studentloans.gov.
Want free help to apply for 2021-2022 FAFSA? "College Goal Wisconsin" at Northwood Technical College (Formerly WITC) in the Conference Center, Monday, October 25, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. This event is for all students and parents no matter which college a student plans to attend. Both student and parent are encouraged to attend together.
What do I need to bring to receive help with FAFSA at College Goal Wisconsin?
- 2020 Federal Tax Returns (Parent and student if applicable)
- Personal email address for parent and student (not a school email address)
- Social Security Number for parent and student
- Current balance of savings and non-retirement investments
- Child support received or child support paid during 2020
"MUST Know" for Seniors
College Applications: Most college systems should now be accepting applications for Fall 2022. University of Wisconsin application can be completed at www.apply.wisconsin.edu. Application deadlines can vary from college to college so students should pay close attention to those dates.
Transcript Requests: One of the required documents needed when applying to college is an official high school transcript. RLHS uses Parchment to send transcripts securely to any college or university. Seniors should have a Parchment account created from an email link they received last spring. Please use a personal email when creating an account. Current RLHS students can send transcripts at no cost. Alumni will be charged $4.15 per transcript. See Mrs. Young if you have any questions.
Scholarships: Most scholarship applications arrive in early spring; however, a few scholarships trickle in earlier. When a new scholarship becomes available it will be announced in the daily announcements, paper copies will be available in student services, and electronic copies will be available on the Scholarship website:
Academic and Career Plan: All seniors are required to have an Academic and Career Plan (ACP). Rice Lake High School uses the online Xello program to maintain their ACP requirements. For more information on the ACP see https://rlhs.ricelake.k12.wi.us/parent__student_resources/e_portfolio__a_c_p
ACT - Frequently Asked Questions
The ACT is a national college admissions exam that consists of tests in English, Math, Reading, Science Reasoning and an optional Writing test. The ACT is not an aptitude or IQ test. Instead, the questions on the ACT are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses in English, Math, and Science.
Why should students take the ACT?
- The ACT is an important step in the college search and admissions process. Many colleges require that students submit test results as part of the application process. The ACT is accepted by virtually all colleges and universities in the United States.
- The ACT results are often considered as part of scholarships and grant awards for colleges and scholarship agencies, and many state scholarship programs.
- The ACT is more than a test. The ACT also provides students with a unique interest inventory that contains valuable information for career and educational planning.
- Because grades may not tell the whole story about a student's academic ability.
- ACT scores, together with high school grades, indicate how prepared a student is for college.
When should a student take the ACT?
Again this year, all juniors in Wisconsin will be taking the ACT at their high school, during the school day on March 8th, at no cost to the student. In the past, it has been recommended that students take the ACT for the first time in the spring (April or June) of their junior year of high school. Students still have the option to take the ACT on the national test dates if they wish to take the test more than once.
How often should students take the ACT?
Students may take the ACT as often as they wish. Many students take the test twice, once on the state test day and again at the end of junior year or the beginning of senior year. There are no limitations on how many times students can retest.
ACT Test Dates and Fees
- October 23 (late registration deadline October 1)
- December 11 (registration deadline November 5)
- February 12 (registration deadline January 7)
- April 2 (registration deadline February 25)
- June 11 (registration deadline May 6)
- July 16 (registration deadline June 17)
*Rice Lake High School is a testing site for the October and June ACT dates only.
ACT non-writing $60; ACT with writing $85. Students should register for the ACT online at www.actstudent.org