College & Career Weekly Update

RCHS Counseling Department-Week of 9/28/2015


Seniors - this is a reminder that your college paperwork (blue transcript request sheet and senior brag sheet) is due to your school counselor by the following deadlines:
October 1st: For any college application deadline before January.
This includes ANY early action and early decision school.

December 1st: For any college application deadline January or later.

YOU MUST ADHERE TO THESE DEADLINES. This allows us ample time to write letters on your behalf and submit all of your documentation. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to keep track of your deadlines and to turn your paperwork in on time.

You must turn in both the blue transcript request form and the senior brag sheet
at the same time. They must be given to Ms. van Ravenswaay in person.
leave them on her desk if she is not available.

Need College Application Essay Help? Come to Lunch Bunch!

The school counseling office will begin hosting Lunch Bunch this Wednesday, October 7th during 4th period (covering all lunches). Lunch bunch is designed for seniors that want feedback or assistance on their college application essays. School counsleors and students from W&L will be available to read your essays, give feedback on your essays, and answer any questions that you may have about college application essays or the college application process in general.


Our new website and email newsletter are new initiatives for our office this year and we would love to hear your feedback! We have a short survey available to get input about what you like and to hear any suggestions that you have for improving these resources. It should take less than 2 minutes and can be submitted anonymously.

Please click here to take our short survey.

Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Program (HOBY) for Sophomores

Attention Sophomores! Are you interested in building your leadership skills and promoting positive change in the community? If so, please see Ms. Bateman for more information about the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Program. If selected, a student will attend a 3 day seminar at James Madison University.

HOBY Advanced Leadership Academy

Attention Juniors and seniors! Are you interested in leadership development, social change and earning up to 3 college credits from George Mason University? If so, you may want to attend the HOBY Advanced Leadership Academy. For more information about this program, contact 818-851-3980 x306, or email Vicki Ray at You can register directly at

College Scorecard

The White House just unveiled a new resource for the college search process: College Scorecard. This is a website that we highly recommend to use as you search for colleges.

Ms. Burkhardt just wrote a new blog post about the resource and all of the features it offers. Click here to read that post to learn more about how you can utilize the information in your college search!


The PSAT (Practice SAT) will be administered free to all sophomores during the school day on October 14th.

There are still a limited number of testing spots available for Juniors on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please bring $15 to Ms. van Ravenswaay as soon as possible.

This year's PSAT will match the NEW SAT that will be administered starting in March.


Global Student Leaders Summit
Are you interested in attending the Global Student Leaders Conference? The selected students will travel on a free tour to Europe in June 2016 with other scholarship winners. This is a great chance to get students involved who may not have teachers leading a Summit tour and/or who want to learn more about Human Rights with their peers from across the world! The 2016 Global Citizen Scholarship is now live at
Early Application Deadline: October 12th
Final Application Deadline: November 6th

Upcoming Recruiter Visits

These recruiters will be in the cafeteria for all three lunches on the following dates:
National Guard
: October 1st
US Army: October 7th, October 21st, November 4th
US Marine Corps: October 13th, November 10th
US Air Force: October 8th
US Navy: October 12th, November 9th

Upcoming College Visits

These colleges will be visiting the College and Career Center in the Counseling Office:

Christopher Newport University: October 2nd at 12:30
Bridgewater College: October 5th at 11:00 am
Roanoke College: October 7th at 11:00 am
Virginia Tech: October 19th at 1:30 pm
Emory & Henry: October 20th at 10:30 am
Eastern Mennonite University: October 22nd at 9:30 am
Randolph Macon College: October 25th at 9:30 am
Radford University: October 28th at 9 am
Shenandoah University: November 3rd at 8:30 am
Jefferson College Of Heath Sciences: November 11th at 10:15 am

Governor's School

Anyone interested in applying to GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL for the VISUAL and PERFORMING ARTS or the ACADEMIC SUBJECTS needs to visit with Mr. Rapoza.
ALL applications and supporting documents are due on NOVEMBER 6th by the end of the school day. Late applications will not be considered.

SAT – Important Dates


November 7th SAT at RCHS; Deadline to register: Oct 9th

December 5th SAT at RCHS; Deadline to register: Nov 5th

January 23rd SAT at RCHS; Deadline to register: Dec 28th

March 5th SAT* at RCHS; Deadline to register: Feb 5th

May 7th SAT* at RCHS; Deadline to register: April 8th

June 4th SAT* NOT at RCHS; Deadline to register: May 5th

*Redesigned SAT

ACT – Important Dates:

October 24th ACT at RCHS

December 12 ACT at RCHS; Deadline to register: Nov 6th

February 6th ACT NOT at RCHS; Deadline to register: Jan 8th

April 9th ACT at RCHS; Deadline to register: March 4th

June 11th ACT at RCHS; Deadline to register: May 6th

*FREE* SAT Prep: Khan Academy's Partnership with College Board

College Board and the Khan Academy have entered into a partnership to provide free SAT preparation for students. You will have access to four official full-length practice tests, plus study and test-taking tips, interactive practice, thousands of practice questions, video lessons, and hints. There are also short quizzes and instant feedback. To learn more, please go to:

Parchment: How to Send Your Transcript

Parchment is our new transcript service. It is free to our students. We will be using Parchment to send all transcripts. Anyone asking for a transcript to be sent (including the Common Application) must have a Parchment account and a completed “Blue Sheet” on file with Ms. van Ravenswaay. Please create an account at and set up your preferences.

Register For Your Free Account:

1. Visit

2. Click ‘Sign Up Now’

Request Your Transcript:

1. In your account, go to ‘Transcripts’

2. Click ‘Send Transcripts’

3. Select a destination

4. Request is confirmed

Track Your Transcript:

1. Log into your account

2. In the top navigation bar, click ‘Transcripts’

3. Click ‘Order History’ to see the status


Become a Delegate to Boys and Girls State!

Boys State and Girls State are summer leadership and citizenship programs sponsored by The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, for high school juniors. Representatives are nominated by their high school during their junior year. Boys and Girls State are among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government. Our delegates are generously supported each year by the Brownsburg Ruritan Club. If you are interested in applying, please see Ms. van Ravenswaay.

Lions Clubs International Youth Camp and Exchange Programs

Each year the Lions International Youth Camp and Exchange Program introduces young people to life in other cultures by helping them travel abroad for free. Our District Lions Club, 24-C is offering to sponsor one student to:
  • Live with a family in another country for four to six weeks.
  • Meet people your age from around the world
  • Learn about our shared bonds--and our differences
This program is not based on grades, but for a well-rounded student of high character.
Please see Ms. van Ravenswaay if you are interested in being nominated for this valuable experience.