RCHS Counselor's Corner

Monthly Counseling Newsletter-January 2023

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Welcome to 2023 and the second semester!

The Spring semester is such a busy time, make sure to check emails and social media accounts for all the important dates!

RCHS Updates and important info!

Important Dates

1/9: First day of 2nd semester

1/16: Student Holiday

1/25: Bulldog Review for upcoming Freshman

1/26: Advanced Academic Night

1/16: Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service

1/27: International Holocaust Remembrance 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.