RHS Counseling Connection

2020 - 2021: September


Hello Riders!

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! Although this school year is starting off more different than any of us could imagine, we want you all to know that we are committed to providing support in any way that we can during these challenging times.

This will be a monthly newsletter, intended to share important information with you all, throughout the school year. We look forward to connecting with you all!

RHS Counseling Team

Need to Contact Your Counselor?

If you have any questions or concerns, please send your counselor an email. We look forward to checking in with you all!

Schedule Changes

All schedule changes must be completed by September 25th. In order to request a change, students should complete the Google form sent out to them (it can also be found here). Please note, we cannot honor all schedule change requests due to scheduling limitations and class sizes.

Portland Evening Scholars

Students in need of credit recovery or who are interested in retaking a class to improve their GPA should connect with their counselor about night school. Portland Evening Scholars registration is currently open now through Oct. 2. Classes will be held Oct. 5 - Jan.21, one night per week for each class, 5:00-8:15 pm. No tuition is being charged this term. Classes will be virtual all semester.

Student Health Center

During distance learning, students can still access their medical & mental health services at the Roosevelt Student Health Center regardless of insurance provider. School counselors can also make referrals for students interested in receiving ongoing counseling support.

Roosevelt HS School Based Health Center

503-988-3909 - Call for an appointment 8:45 am - 4:45 pm

National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention month. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between ages 10 to 24.

How to Help: Take your loved one seriously. If your child, friend, or family member confides thoughts of suicide, believe them and get help. Listen with empathy and provide support. Minimizing what your child or friend is going through can increase his or her sense of hopelessness. Don't keep suicide a secret: If your child knows someone is considering suicide, they can't promise to keep it a secret. They should offer to help, but they need to involve other people, like a trusted adult. No one should have to face this alone.

Know the Risk Factors:

  • Mental health disorders
  • Alcohol or substance use disorders
  • Hopelessness
  • Impulsive/aggressive tendencies
  • History of trauma/abuse
  • Major illness
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Family history of suicide
  • Job or financial loss
  • Loss of relationship(s)
  • Easy access to lethal means
  • Local clusters of suicide
  • Lack of social support or sense of isolation
  • Stigma associated with asking for help
  • Lack of mental health care/treatment
  • Exposure to others who have died by suicide (real life or via media or internet)

Important Support Staff

Important information for Seniors

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College Visits

Look for emails from Maia Learning for upcoming virtual college visits!

Paying for College Night

Seniors & families, please join a virtual meeting on "How to Pay for College", learn tips & have questions answered in preparation for completing the FAFSA or ORSAA in October. Participants will be able to personally and privately interact with financial aid officers from across Oregon via a secure chat room, to ensure that they can receive information about their specific questions.

English Meeting:

Wednesday, September 16

6:00-8:00 pm

Register here for Zoom Webinar

Spanish Meeting:

Miercoles 30 de septiembre

6:00-8:00 pm

Registrar aqui

Financial Aid & Scholarship Opportunities & Resources

You can find a list or scholarship sites on the RHS Counseling web site under the Financial Aid & Scholarships tab. Upcoming deadlines:

Letters of Recommendation

Your counselors want to write the best possible letters for you and in order to do that, we need you to do the following:

  • Complete the Counselor Letter of Recommendation Request Form (brag sheet), email your counselor if you need a copy. This is important, please complete this form with as much detail as you can provide.
  • Submit this form to your counselor as soon as possible and schedule a time to meet with them at least 3 weeks before you need the letter.

Requests for letters of recommendation must be made at least 3 weeks before you need to submit your letter!