2019-2020, Issue 6
Human Trafficking Awareness Month
It is estimated that up to 40.3 million people around the world are being trafficked. Children are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, especially children connected to the child welfare system.
Visit https://www.childrensrights.org/ to learn more about trafficking and how you can join the fight to stop it.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month or TDVAM for short. Every February across the United States, teens and those who support them join together for a national effort to raise awareness about teen dating violence. Dating violence is more common than many people think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. And nearly half (43%) of college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors. By joining together every February, we can spread awareness and stop dating abuse before it starts!
The 2020 TDVAM campaign theme is “#1Thing”
Summer Enrichment Opportunities
The Martha Guy Summer Institute at Appalachian State University for future business leaders was created to give high achieving high school students, interested in pursuing a college degree in business, a premier summer experience exploring the different disciplines within business, exposing them to regional business leaders and developing leadership and professional behavior skills needed to be successful in the business realm.
Juniors interested, please review the admission requirements before submitting your application.
Application Deadline is Friday, February 28, 2020.
NCSSM Summer Accelerator
Summer Accelerator is an exciting summer program created by the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics for exceptional rising 5th-12th graders. We introduce students to exciting topics in hopes to encourage their interests in STEM concepts.
Through interactive and hands-on activities, students will embark on a series of STEM adventures. These non-residential, day programs are held on NCSSM's Durham Campus and in Wilson, NC.
For rising 7th to 9th grade, we introduce students to exciting topics at a critical age for engaging and encouraging their interests in STEM. Courses are each one week-long session that begins on Sunday afternoon and culminates on Friday afternoon at our Durham campus or Brevard, NC.
Talented rising 10th to 12th grade students choose courses of interest that combine residential, hands-on learning on campus with online education. These courses are conducted over three weeks. The first two weeks of each course take place virtually, at the student's own pace. One week of each course takes place on campus, either in Durham or Brevard, NC.
Now Funded by Summer Accelerator, Step UP to STEM is a free one-week residential course for underrepresented minorities. It is an innovative interdisciplinary academic program that uses exciting real-world subjects to challenge current 8th graders (rising 9th graders) across North Carolina and build their skills in science, math, and communications. The program is open by application to African American, Hispanic American, and Native American 8th graders who live in North Carolina. The application opened on December 2.
Applications due Feb. 28
A four-day (July 8-11) on-campus leadership development program at UNC-Chapel Hill, NCR is designed to introduce high school students to college life at Carolina. During the program, students will participate in leadership development activities, academic seminars, and team-building. Students will also have the opportunity to speak with Carolina faculty, students, and admissions and financial aid staff. Eligible students must be rising high school juniors only.Deadline March 1.
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Applications are due May 1.
Click here for the application
Help your high schooler keep grades in perspective
Studies consistently show that pressure to get good grades is one of the biggest causes of stress for today’s high school students.
But experts say that as significant as grades are, they are not the only indicators of future success. It’s more important, many agree, to have a positive attitude about learning, a strong work ethic and a balanced outlook on life.
To put grades in perspective:
- Be clear about the message you’re sending. Sometimes, teens feel too much pressure from parents to get perfect grades—which can lead to cheating.
- Let your teen know that your love does not depend on a straight-A report card. Tell her that you are proud of her when she finishes a challenging project or brings up a grade in a tough subject.
- Have your teen focus on doing her best, not being the best. Encourage her to strive for personal excellence rather than perfection. Teach her to value the knowledge she gains in her classes—and not to focus solely on grades.
- Keep pressure about college in perspective. Yes, it is hard to get into select colleges and universities. But there are many wonderful schools out there. Assure your teen that you’ll work together to find a school that’s a great fit.
Reprinted with permission from the February 2020 issue of Parents Still make the difference!® (High School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: “Parents’ Values and Children’s Perceived Pressure: Topical Research Series #4,” The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, niswc.com/high_pressure.
Attention Seniors!! Mid-Year Transcript Request
If you applied to college using the common application, your mid-year grades will automatically be sent; therefore, completing the form is not necessary.
For North Carolina Colleges/Universities
Submit your transcript from the CFNC Transcript Manager
Go to CFNC.org.
Sign in with your CFNC account.
Choose To College.
Choose Transcript Manager.
Enter all necessary information in Your Profile and qualify to submit transcripts electronically.
Select the Go to Transcript Manager button.
Select a college from the list and click Send My Transcript. Track the status of transcripts requests from this screen.
The college/university should receive a successfully requested transcript within 1-2 business days.
For Colleges/Universities Outside of North Carolina & Special Programs
To send an official high school transcript to out-of-state colleges/universities, special programs, current high school students and graduates must submit a Transcript Request Form.
Transcript Request Forms are located on the wall outside of Room 222, the front desk, and are linked on the Guidance page of the RCS school website.
Please be sure that all areas of the form are completed and that it contains the complete mailing address for the college/institution or special program to which the transcript should be mailed. Incomplete forms can not be processed. Requests should be submitted at least one week before the transcript is needed.
- Seniors, keep checking for new additions to the Master Scholarship List! You can find hard copies of local scholarships in the guidance department, room 222.
- Students must complete the transcript request form to have their transcript printed for scholarship requirements. Please allow at least one week to process your request.
- When completing your scholarship applications, please refer to the Scholarship Etiquette document for tips to improve your applications.
Career and College Promise (CCP)
Interested in taking free PCC classes as a high schooler next school year? Currently, Rising Sophomores and Juniors with an unweighted 2.8 are eligible. Fill out this google form to get on the list. Keep an eye out for application announcements.
All interested students please fill out this google form
questions? Please email email@example.com
Mrs. Rollins is the Career and College Promise Coordinator. She is available to RCS students every Tuesday. Have questions? Need an appointment? Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs. DeVillier's Testing Corner
Reminder to all Juniors – ACT Day is February 25
All 11th graders will take the ACT here on the RCS campus on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. The State of NC pays for this, saving you close to $70.
Don’t forget, the ACT Academy allows you to link your Pre-ACT results to the Khan Academy and will customize practice plans just for you ….all for free. http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation.html.
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Mrs. DeVillier at 336.597.0020, ext 114, or by email at email@example.com
Teens’ behavior is influenced by friends, social media and TV
Even though you have a big impact on your teen’s life, you aren’t the only one influencing his behavior and his attitude about important things, such as school.
Make sure you are paying attention to outside influences that affect your teen, such as:
- Friends. Try to get to know your teen’s friends and their families. Encourage him to invite friends over occasionally. Talk to your teen about what he and his friends do for fun. Are his friends planning to go to college? If not, what are their plans?
- Social media. Ask your teen about the social media sites he belongs to—Instagram, Snapchat, Tik Tok, etc. Together, look at some of the things he and his friends post online. Are the photos, comments and videos appropriate? Do they reflect your teen’s values?
- Television. What shows does your teen watch? Watch some of his favorite shows with him, and use them as a starting point for a conversation. Do the characters make good decisions? Ask him why he likes the shows.
Reprinted with permission from the February 2020 issue of Parents Still make the difference!® (High School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.
2020-2021 High School Course Registration
Feb. 28- High School Grade Level Meetings with Students
March 10- High School Curriculum Night 6 pm
Course Registration Meeting (course selection forms distributed to students)
March 2- Rising Seniors
March 3- Rising Juniors
March 4- Rising Sophomores
March 5- Rising Freshmen
Course Advisement starts now- March 20, 2020
Students should communicate with teachers about what level of courses they should take next school year.
Mrs. Ragland will be available for advisement meetings. Please use the link below to schedule a time at your convenience.
March 18- Course Selection Forms Due (Return them to your English Teacher)