RHS Counseling Connection

2020 - 2021: March & April

Hello Riders!

As we go into Spring Break we want to remind you about the different supports and resources you can access even during school breaks. We know that the recent announcement to begin hybrid instruction starting April 19th has brought up many questions and some anxiety for a lot of you. We want you all to remember that participating in in-person instruction is entirely up to you and your families. School will be very different from what it was before we closed last spring so if you decide to stay home and continue with CDL for the remainder of the school year, that is okay.

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Roosevelt Parent Meeting - English (Links to an external site.)

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 252-365-4891‬ PIN: ‪997 493 626‬#

Roosevelt Parent Meeting - Spanish (Links to an external site.)

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 402-852-5104‬ PIN: ‪278 621 025‬#

As acts of hate and violence towards our Asian American communities rise, we want to acknowledge the deep suffering that our Asian American community has experienced not only due to the recent attack and killing of six Asian women in Atlanta, but also due to the countless racially motivated hate incidents (nationwide and here in Portland) since COVID-19 began.

We stand in solidarity with our Asian American students, families and colleagues to condemn all acts of racially motivated violence, and to work together in creating lasting changes. Please reach out to your counselor or other support people as you need to and take care of yourselves and each other.

~RHS Counseling Team

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New and Ongoing Resources

Mental Health Supports & Resources

Safe + Strong Helpline: 1-800-923-HELP(4357)

Portland Suicide Lifeline: 503-972-3456

Multnomah County Mental Health Crisis Line: 503-988-4888

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800 273-TALK En Español: 1-888-628-9454

Crisis Text Line: text “HOME” to 741741

The Teen Line: 1-310-855-HOPE (4673) (Text "TEEN" to 839863)

YouthLine: 1-877-968-8491 (text "teen2teen" to 839863)

Trevor Project: Supporting LGBTQiA+ youth: TrevorLifeLine, 1-866-488-7386 (text "START" to 678678)

Trans Lifeline: Supporting trans community members, 877-565-8860

BIPOC Student Mental Health Supports

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

Grupo Para Inmigrantes Latinos

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PPS Youth Resource App

We now have a PPS Youth Resource App- Say goodbye to the old Pocket Resource Guide and Hello to the new PPS Youth Resource App! This App was created by a PPS Mental Health advisory group along with the input of over 100 PPS students from around the district. The app is full of youth friendly community resources. Please get the word out and download this FREE app to your phones.

PPS Student Confidential Advocacy Hotline

(503) 809-HELP (4357)

This is a free, 100% confidential hotline for PPS students only. Advocates provide support in connecting you to resources and/or guidance for those who have experienced assault or violence. Hotline Advocates, unlike school staff, are not mandatory reporters and will never share information without your explicit permission.

Student Wellness Advisory Group

Are you interested in expanding mental health and substance use resources district wide? Do you want to develop your leadership skills? This amazing group provides feedback and innovative ideas for ways to increase supports, information and services.

Interested? Fill out this Google Form

Jobs 101 Spring Session

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Multnomah County Library Program Updates

Monthly Family Newsletter

Multnomah County Library is offering a monthly Family Newsletter to support families through the home learning experience. They provide tips, tricks, links to family events and activities, and helpful resources. Sign up on their website.

Weekly Tween Club

Multnomah County Library will be starting a weekly Tween Club in February. We will meet virtually every Friday at 3:00 PM. We will offer a Graphic Novel Book Club (1st Fridays), a Dungeons & Dragons Club* (2nd Fridays), and a Science Club (4th Fridays)! Soon we will be adding a Minecraft Club* and a Crafty Surprise Club. This is an opportunity for kids to meet up with other kids in a safe, online environment and have fun together doing something they enjoy!

*These clubs welcome kids 10-18

Live 1:1 Homework Help (and more) in Vietnamese, Spanish, and English via the Multnomah County Library.

Use this resource for:

  • Share a rough draft of your paper and have it proofread.
  • Help tackling how to do a math problem.
  • Practice questions and study guides for the PSAT.
  • Live real-time tutoring in Spanish as a foreign language.
  • Live one-to-one help from 2 pm to 10 pm daily in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
  • Ayuda con la prueba de ciudadanía
  • Giúp với thử nghiệm công dân

Check out the district At-Home Strategies for Distance Learning page for more resources and don't forget about the PPS Virtual Calming Room!

Seniors will be able to pick up on March 31st and April 7th.

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RHS College and Career News!

Need help writing a resume or looking for volunteer/internship experiences? Do you want to learn about different career options and get help with post high school planning?

Check out the RHS Career Newsletter and connect with our amazing Career Coordinator, Raisa!

PPS College and Career Information Night

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Students and families will have an opportunity to attend workshop sessions as well as hear from local and national experts on a variety of college and career topics.

Sessions will include:

  • Parenting through the college application process
  • Understanding the cost of college
  • College test preparation and updates during COVID times
  • 9th & 10th Grade College Planning
  • Information about advanced training and job readiness options

Register HERE

Oregon Public University Virtual Tour

April 6th or April 7th


Oregon’s eight public universities are teaming up to help Oregon high school students learn about their in-state college options. From large research universities to smaller liberal arts universities; urban, rural or suburban locales; Oregonians have many choices! You'll have a chance to meet with admissions representatives from all eight public universities to learn more about the benefits of studying in Oregon.

Visit this site for registration and schedule information!

Important information for Seniors

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2020-2021 Senior Portraits

The 2021 Yearbook crew is officially ready to receive senior portraits for this year’s Yearbook. You can submit senior portraits and quotes using this form (Español), this form (English), or email photos directly to Mr. Flye at tflye@pps.net. ALL PORTRAITS ARE DUE BY APRIL 1, 2021.

Photos should be oriented like a portrait, not a landscape, and should prominently feature the student's face. Images with a student's full body are discouraged.

ALSO! If you would like to schedule a photoshoot with Mr. Flye or the RHS Photography Club, we will make your portraits for free. To schedule a session, please email Mr. Flye directly (tflye@pps.net).

Financial Aid & Scholarship Opportunities & Resources

For a list of scholarships with due in March and April please visit the Financial Aid & Scholarship tab on the RHS counseling website or look for emails from our College Coordinator, Angel Gutierrez.

2021-2022 FAFSA and ORSAA are open!

To be eligible for most types of financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA). These applications compile financial information and other details about students and families, which the US Department of Education and the State of Oregon use to determine financial need and eligibility for various financial aid opportunities. You do not need to fill both applications out, if you have questions about which application is right for you, please contact our College Coordinator or your counselor.

FAFSA Application

ORSA Application

FAFSA Completion Night Webinars

Our partners at The College Place put together these webinars to help explain how students can pay for college, including going over the FAFSA. You can access the webinar here in English and here in Spanish.

College Visits & MaiaLearning

Look for weekly emails from MaiaLearning and our College Coordinator, Angel Gutierrez, for upcoming virtual college visits! Angel will be sending out a list of college visits happening each week. The email will also have information about how to sign up for each visit!

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Angel!

Seniors, all documents that need to be submitted to colleges/universities you are applying to, are uploaded and sent through Maia Learning. If you haven't already added schools that you are applying to, on Maia Learning, you need to do so as soon as possible to make sure that your applications are complete. Please contact your counselor if you have any questions or need help navigating Maia Learning.

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), you can find links to this form on the RHS website or you can 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!

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!

Important Support Staff

In light of ongoing events in Portland and across the country, including grieving the losses of so many Black men and Black women to police brutality, the Roosevelt School Counseling team wants to acknowledge that we stand in solidarity with our Black students and families. We are here to listen and to support each of you. We commit to combating systemic racism within our school and community and we understand that simply making a statement is not enough. Our role and responsibility is to advocate for policies, practices and beliefs that combat systemic injustice. We are working within our department and our school to listen and grow. Young people are a critical part of this movement; please know that we support you and we care about you.