April Guidance Update

APTS Meeting Presentation: April 4, 2019

Class of 2019: Scholarships

The 2019 Local Scholarship Checklist Application is now available under the Scholarship List on Naviance. The Application includes local scholarships available only to Ramapo students including from APTS, FLOW Follies, and other local organizations. The Application must be submitted online by 2 PM on Friday, May 3rd. No late submissions will be accepted. Please note students can only access the Application from their student email account!


While on Naviance, students are strongly encouraged to check out the many other scholarship opportunities available! School Counselors will be discussing the Scholarship Checklist in all Senior English classes on Friday, April 5th.


The direct link to the 2019 Local Scholarship Checklist Application can be found here: https://forms.gle/WireXqrjStvDca966

Student Leaders Recognized

The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Committee interviewed a number of exceptional candidates for this year’s award. The Committee was greatly impressed by the credentials, accomplishments, and student interest in learning more about the possibilities of leadership. The Committee selected the following students to participate in this year’s RYLA conference: Camille Dash, Lauren Judd, Gavin Foley, Jackie Schwartz, Maddy Frick, Alex Gifford, Alana Fernandez and Greg Latronica. Congratulations to all selected student-leaders! Thank you to Ms. Piccinno for facilitating the student interviews!


Jason Maytin has been selected to attend the Governor's School of Engineering & Technology at the Rutgers University School of Engineering. Jason will be spending four weeks, immersed in engineering and technology with others who share his interests. This summer, scholars will be taking 4 academic classes, completing an intensive research and/or design project in small groups, going on site visits to local corporations, and meeting equally talented peers and professionals from across the state. Thank you to Mrs. Martone, the Science Department and Ms. Saladino for facilitating the application process!


The RHS Guidance Office in collaboration with the faculty is pleased identified two outstanding Junior students as candidates for respective Book Awards. These awards are a way of honoring a standout Junior student who best exemplifies the characteristics of the sponsoring University. This year, both George Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania have extended invitations to identify students. Selected students will be notified prior to Spring Break and the book awards presented at the May APTS meeting.

RHS Committee Gets SAVY: Students Against Vaping Youth

You spoke and we listened! As a result of a previous APTS meeting and growing concern over the prevalence of vaping among adolescents, Ms. Calabrese has taken the initial steps to organize an Anti-Vape Committee.


The objective of this Committee is to address the vaping epidemic comprehensively by educating students, staff, and parents, using positive peer pressure, and creating a cultural shift towards vaping and substance use.


The Committee includes various stakeholders:


  • Ms. Laura Rensel (parent)
  • Ms. Amy Sommpi (parent)
  • Det. Frank O'Brien (Franklin Lakes Juvenile Detective)
  • Mr. Charlie Wolfe (Head of RIH Security)
  • Mr. Mike Mancino (RHS Assistant Principal)
  • Ms. Lauren Yerger (RHS Instructional Aide)
  • Ms. Lindsey Russo (RHS School Psychologist)
  • Mrs. Lisa Martone (Supervisor)
  • School Nurses: Mrs. Kim Sikora and Mrs. Tereena Elias
  • Teaching Faculty: Ms. Marissa Barnes, Mr. Tom Basili, Ms. Hailee Gregory, & Ms. Eileen Shemon
  • RHS Students: Jess Perini, TJ Young, Jenna Caso, Julia First, & Kara Chin



The Committee is also in consultation with the Franklin Lakes Municipal Alliance. '


Ms. Calabrese will be sharing Committee updates with the APTS following collaboration between both RHS and IHHS. Future meeting dates include Thursday, April 18th and Thursday, April 25th.

Spring College Visits

Please log into Naviance to check out the colleges that will be visiting Ramapo High School this spring. The number of visits are conditional on college availability with a larger group of colleges represented in the Fall during "travel season." Students who are interested in attending a college visit should sign up through their Naviance Account and print their confirmation page to use as their pass to provide to their teacher on the date/class period.


Explore upcoming open houses at colleges in NJ, NY, PA, DE, MD, and VA. Be sure to call the college in advance to verify the date and time as some of the dates listed may have changed. Many schools request that you register before coming to an open house. Many schools besides those listed offer open houses. Call your prospective colleges and universities for their schedule. It is an excellent idea to include both open houses and college tours in your college exploration. The open house allows you to see many of the activities available on campus while the traditional college tour lets you experience the college in a more typical environment.

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May: Mental Health Awareness Month

A Movie Night will be held on Tuesday, April 30th in Little Theater as a collaboration between SADD and Film Club hosting "The Mask" as the favorite movie of Kasie Del Otero. There will be special tributes to Kasie including the sale of yellow roses. Movie snacks will be sold as a fundraiser for the "Brain and Behavior Foundation” to honor Kasie's memory.


On Thursday, May 16th, a panel presentation consisting of Alumni in Recovery (AIR), parent impacted by the opioid epidemic, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, Franklin Lakes Detective O’Brien, and Mental Health Professional(s). This is part of the AIR PAIRent program. AIR participants are Alumni from the FLOW area that share the defining moments that started them on the path of use and abuse. The presentation will begin at 7pm in the RHS Media Center.


The RHS Guidance Department in collaboration with SADD / The Mental Health Club, TNT and RHS students will be hosting a Mental Health Fair on Thursday, May 23rd in Media Center. This event will be open to all students and parents beginning at 10am until 1pm (all lunch periods). Ms. Calabrese as the RHS Student Assistance Counselor has secured mental health providers to share educational materials and increase awareness and promote support surrounding mental health. The Christian Healthcare Center and Stigma Free initiative are active supporters. Senior Grace White will be a lead student organizer in connection to her Gold Award Project.


RHS Student Counsel will be hosting the first POCHELLA on Wednesday, May 29th. POCHELLA is a recreation of eARTh Day and the old Celebration Day: an afternoon of wellness and community. The entire school will join together to enjoy music, wellness activities, field day games, food, and more!

Advanced Placement Testing

AP registration is now complete. Pre-administration sessions for AP testing are anticipated to be held the week of April 29th to assist students in completing general demographic information ahead of the test administration. Specific classes hosting pre-administration will be identified shortly. AP Testing will begin on Monday, May 6th though Friday, May 17th.


Students must stay for the entirety of the AP exam. All staff members including coaches have been notified of the time commitment associated with AP test administration. Cell phones will not be permitted in the AP testing room. Students are advised to review information in the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents prior to testing to ensure all understanding of all AP requirements (such as approved calculators, etc).


Best of luck to all students taking the AP exams!

Maternity Leave Begins!

I will begin my maternity leave in mid-April and am delighted to announce that Mr. Vander Molen will be serving as my maternity leave replacement through the end of the school year. Please do not hesitate to contact the Guidance Office with any questions or concerns as the academic year comes to a close. The Guidance Office will remain open throughout the summer months. I look forward to resuming my work on Monday, August 5th.


Special thanks to the RHS APTS for their support and efforts to engage all members of the RHS community. The saying "It takes a village to raise a child" aptly describes the volunteerism, encouragement and fostering of the sense of community embodied by the APTS.