Counseling Department

Richmond Hill High School


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What's Going On At The Hill?

Past Events:

Missed the November Newsletter?

Upcoming Events:

EOC Test Dates-

  • Dec. 3, 4, 5 - American Lit
  • Dec. 6, 7- Geometry
  • Dec. 10-11th – U.S. History and Economics
  • Dec. 12th, 13th- Biology, Physical Science

Final Exam Dates-

  • Dec 20th 1st and 3rd Block (Early Dismissal Day)
  • Dec 21st 2nd and 4th Block (Early Dismissal Day)

Winter Break- 12/24 thru 1/4

Rising 9th Grade Night- 1/28/19 at 5 pm, East Cafeteria

Academic Night- 2/4/19 at 5 pm - 7:00 pm, East Cafeteria

Congrats Mitchell, from your Wildcat Family!!!

In June, Mitchell Brock represented Richmond Hill High School and the State of Georgia at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA. Mitchell was surrounded by many fellow high school students, from all over Georgia, who share his passion. During the 3 day visit, Mitchell was personally taught by some of the greatest living minds in medicine.

For more information about this remarkable life-changing experience, please click here!

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What's Going On In 9th Grade...

Feeling Stressed?

It is all too easy to get lost in preparing for the EOCs and/or final exams and having a feeling of being overwhelmed. If you are feeling stressed, it is important to take the time to explore why you are stressed so that you can take the appropriate steps to alleviate it. We want to remind all students that your school counselors are here to help you with this.
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What's Going On In 10th Grade...

Making an academic plan

It’s time to get serious about the courses you take here at RHHS. Freshman year was a time to explore different electives and discover what pathways you found interesting. Now, you will want to begin planning the last half of your high school career. Colleges like their student applicants to have a strong academic program in high school. They also like to see the student was intentional in their course selection throughout high school because it shows proactive planning and thoughtfulness about their future. Here are a few things to keep in mind when creating your academic plan:

  • Become familiar with the HOPE Rigor Courses and make sure that you are keeping these in mind when registering. You need four to be eligible for the HOPE scholarship, in addition to a 3.0 GPA
  • Take two sequential courses of a world language. Four-year universities are looking for completion of two credits of one world language.
  • Pay attention to pre-requisites for any honors or AP classes you may want to take. Start planning this out now, while there is still time to take courses that you may need. The Academic Guide will help guide you through this process.
  • Continue to explore the many different pathways that we offer. These are designed to spark your interest in a potential career field. Colleges also like to see commitment to a subject area i.e. completion of pathways.

Stay involved!

Don’t forget, Sophomore year is the year to really start diving in to new opportunities to start building that resume! A good place to start is by checking out our wide range of clubs that we offer here at RHHS!

RHHS Clubs 18-19

Other ways to gain extracurricular experiences:

  • Try out for an athletic team
  • Volunteer/community service
  • Apply for a job

Final Exams/ EOCS

Make sure you are consistently studying for your exams/EOCs as we near the end of the semester. Cramming the night before will not be beneficial, and if you’re taking an EOC, remember that it is 20% of your grade! Ask your teachers about their tutorial schedules and take the time to get 1:1 time before or after school. This shows that you care about your grades and can be very helpful as we approach testing season!

What's Going On In 11th Grade...

It is important to start making a plan after high school, or a post-secondary plan, to ensure that students are taking steps toward achieving their career goals. There are a variety of post-secondary options, including 4-year college, technical college or 2-year college, military, and the workforce. Students should take into account aptitudes, interests, finances, and career goals to determine which path to take. Grades and assessments can be tools to help students make the best decision for themselves, their career path, and their family.

School counselors recommend that students who plan on attending a 4-year college sign up to take the SAT or the ACT by the end of their junior year. If possible, we recommend that students take each test at least once to determine which test does a better job of highlighting a student’s strengths. Both tests offer students a way to stand out in the college admission process; however, there are differences between the tests. It is essential that any student who plans on attending a 4-year college takes either the SAT or the ACT, as almost all 4-year colleges and universities require standardized test scores to be considered for admission.

SAT Quick Facts

  • Total Questions: 154

  • Time per Question: 1 minute, 10 seconds

  • Structure: 3 subtests (Reading, Writing & Language, and Math) + optional essay

  • Composite Score Range: 400-1600

  • Total Testing Time: 3 hours + 50 minute optional essay

  • No guessing penalty

  • FREE, personalized SAT practice on Khan Academy

  • Fee waivers for eligible students

  • Testing accommodations are available for students with disabilities--students are NOT guaranteed the same exact accommodations provided by RHHS; there is an approval process that takes 6-8 weeks

Spring SAT Test Dates

Test Date Registration Deadline

March 9th, 2019 February 8th, 2019

May 4th, 2019 April 4th, 2019

June 1st, 2019 May 3rd, 2019

Click here to register for the SAT by creating or logging into your CollegeBoard account.

ACT Quick Facts

  • Total Questions: 215

  • Time per Question: 49 seconds

  • Structure: 4 subtests (Reading, English, Math, AND Science) + optional essay

  • Composite Score Range: 1-36, writing scores: 2-12

  • Total Testing Time: 2 hours, 55 minutes + 40 minute optional essay

  • No guessing penalty

  • Fee waivers for eligible students

  • Testing accommodations are available for students with disabilities--students are NOT guaranteed the same exact accommodations provided by RHHS; there is an approval process that takes 6-8 weeks

Spring ACT Dates

Test Date Registration Deadline

February 9, 2019 January 11, 2019

April 13, 2019 March 8, 2019

June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019

July 13, 2019 June 14, 2019

Click here to register for the ACT by creating or logging into your ACT account. Please keep in mind that RHHS is not an ACT testing site. Students must take the test at another testing site.

Four-year colleges are not the best post-secondary fit for everyone. If students are planning on joining the military, enrolling in a technical college, or immediately entering the workforce, the SAT and ACT test may not be the most advantageous. Below are some helpful tools for each of those paths.

  • Students who plan to enlist should talk to a local recruiter and start preparing for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. Your recruiter will help you register to take the ASVAB at the nearest Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). RHHS typically offers the ASVAB once per school year in November at no cost. A registration link will be sent out in Fall 2019.

  • Students who plan on enrolling in a technical college should prepare and sign up to take the ACCUPLACER. The ACCUPLACER is a computer-adaptive assessment that evaluates students’ reading, writing, and math skills. It is used to assess student preparedness for technical college courses. It provides immediate results that can be used to place students in college courses accurately based on aptitude and remediation needs. RHHS will offer the ACCUPLACER on March 14th, 2019. A registration link will be sent out in the spring. Download the FREE ACCUPLACER study app to prepare!

Students who plan to enter the workforce immediately after high school should plan to take aptitude and interest inventories, such as YouScience and, believe it or not, the ASVAB! Both tests give students a clear report of strengths. YouScience combines aptitudes and interests to match students with best-fit career paths. In addition, it provides self-advocacy language that’s designed to help students communicate unique abilities on resumes, in job interviews, and on cover letters. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program involves an interest inventory that pairs with students’ ASVAB scores to match students with a variety of careers and will guide students toward resources to research careers and jobs, such as O*NET.

What's Going On In 12th Grade...

All Senior students are expected to make an appointment with their counselor in the fall semester before December 21st.

Students are asked to make the appointment through the Doodle App with their respective counselor’s link:

Rhashida Bunyan (last names A- Daly):

Emily Neff (last names Daniel - Hernandez):
Deanna Appleton (last names Herring - Michaud):
Laine Lynch (last names Michel - Sanchez):
Saraswati Hendrix (last names Sanderlin - Z):

Follow the directions as indicated:

1. Enter your first and last name under “Meeting request for”

Add “12” after your last name if the meeting is for a Senior Meeting. (EXAMPLE: Coral Appleton12)

2. Select TWO meeting times. Meetings will last 15-30 minutes.

3. Click on “Create Meeting Request”

You must use a non-Bryan County email, so you can receive a confirmation when a meeting time is approved. If the meeting time is not approved, you will receive an email requesting new dates.

It is VERY important for you to keep your appointment and attend. You will need to show your confirmed email with the date and time of your appointment to serve as a PASS to excuse you from class. Please BE ON TIME.

Counselors will review transcripts, current grades, and discuss post-secondary plans.


First semester is nearly OVER!

One semester left until you walk across that stage and down the road of YOUR LIFE!

What do you need to do next?

1. Stay focused and on track for graduation

2. Avoid Senioritis- continue to give 100%

3. Communicate with everyone! Teachers, parents, friends and counselors. Include everyone with your ongoings- We love to celebrate your triumph and assist you with your challenges.

Still need to take the SAT?

Time is running out to improve your score! What is your study plan? Go here and explore and PRACTICE for FREE!

Still exploring careers?

Your source for training, jobs and resources!


  • Apply to College
  • Create a GAfutures account
  • Complete the Dual Enrollment Funding Application
  • Check your HOPE GPA
  • Request your transcript

November was Apply to College Month… Where did you apply to???

Get those applications in! If applying to school isn’t for you, get that resume crafted!

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College and Career Center

Monthly College Field Trips

Georgia Southern University (Armstrong Campus)

November 6, 2018

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At RHHS, many of our juniors and seniors are well into their college preparation. Most are in the process of taking the ASVAB, ACT, and SAT - and others are already visiting colleges independently and filling out applications.

RHHS is excited to be offering monthly college field trip opportunities this year to eligible juniors and seniors on a first come/first serve basis for the first 35 students to register.

RHHS junior and senior applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Passing all classes with a 70 or higher

2. No more than 3 tardies

3. No more than 3 excused absences

Upcoming field trips planned for 2nd semester include:

Eligible 11th and 12th grade students may register through this link

*Parents of the first 35 applicants each month are welcome and encouraged to volunteer as chaperones. Contact Jennifer Blanton, school counselor, at with any questions about eligibility criteria.

JCB Apprenticeship Career Fair

February 8, 2019
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Scholarships in the Spotlight this Month:

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The 2018-2019 online application is open!

Apply today at

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a graduating high school senior planning to attend a four-year accredited academic institution

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a legal resident of Colorado, Georgia, Illinois or North Carolina.

  • Have a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above

  • Demonstrate financial need (annual household income no greater than $70,000)

  • Possess excellent leadership skills, an ability to persevere through difficult circumstances, and a strong interest in and commitment to their community

Contact Leah with any questions: or 303.459.5482.

MLK Tomorrow's Leaders Essay 2019

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Deadline: December 12th

The Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast commemorates the 89th anniversary of Dr. King's birth; honoring his life and his dream for social change.

Coastal Georgia Community Action is pleased to offer the opportunity for deserving middle and high school students to be nominated as “Tomorrow's Leaders". Tomorrow's Leaders are young persons who excel in community volunteerism, leadership and civic responsibility. It is during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast their efforts are recognized.

This event will take place on Friday, January 18, 2019 at the College Place United Methodist Church. Educators or organizations can nominate a deserving student who exemplifies the ideals and principles of Dr. King.

Guidelines for participation:

  • Eligibility requirements: Student must be in in grades 6th –12th from Bryan, Camden, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh counties.
  • This is a two-part process:

  1. An educator or organization must nominate student.
  2. Student must submit an essay to be considered for review. (Essay guidelines and criteria are listed on application)

Interested students can pick up applications from Ms. Blanton, Rm 602.

Georgia Southern Honors Program


Incoming freshmen to the University Honors Program are considered for two scholarships. Approximately 20% of Honors Program students have scholarships awarded by the Program, but many more have scholarships awarded by other entities on campus. To receive an honors scholarship as an incoming freshman, a student must also interview at one of the university scholarship events (see the Office of Admissions site for details).

  • The 1906 Scholarship is a four-year (8 semesters), scholarship that pays the amount of tuition to help with other educational expenses.

  • The University Honors Program Scholarship is a four-year (8 semesters), $1,500/year scholarship.

Application Deadlines

Final Application Deadline is February 1, 2019. Students who apply by this deadline will be considered for program admission and the University Honors Program Scholarship.

SAT and ACT Dates

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Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC)

Due to the unique challenges faced by military families, the Department of Defense offers private and confidential counseling services to military service members and their families. The mission of the MFLC program is to provide short-term, solution focused counseling, support and education. Military counselors may assist military connected students with a variety of issues including: communication, self-esteem/self-confidence, school issues, life stressors, resolving conflicts, behavioral management techniques, building resiliency, sibling/parental relationships, and deployment and reintegration. Within a safe, therapeutic relationship, MFLCs help military children and their parents to cope with normal reactions to the varied stresses of military life, to enhance their lives and to boost military readiness and resiliency.

Dawn Imler is the military counselor at RHHS. She is on campus Wednesday(afternoon), Thursday, and Friday in the LINK. If you have any questions about the program stop by the LINK or call (912)271-9725.


Rhashida Bunyan- (A-Daly)

Emily Neff- (Daniel-Hernandez)

Deanna Appleton- (Herring-Michaud)

Laine Lynch- (Michel-Sanchez)

Saraswati Hendrix- (Sanderlin-Z)

Jennifer Blanton- (Graduation Coach)

Dawn Imler- (Military Family Life Counselor)