RHS Counseling Center News

September 2022 (Volume 1, Issue 1)

Welcome back to school!

It's officially Autumn and Rainier High School is in full swing! The counseling center is done making schedule changes and we are ready to fill you in on what we are doing to help the students succeed now and prepare for their futures.

Counseling Center Highlights

  • Mental Health
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Community Service
  • PSAT & SAT Fall Testing
  • FAFSA night
  • College & Career Opportunities

Mental Health Moment

Big picture

Graduation Requirements

Our state graduation requirements are designed to ensure students have a solid foundation of reading, writing, math, and science skills, no matter the path they choose after high school. We encourage families to meet regularly with their school counselor to ensure their student is on track for graduation.

Here is a brief summary (with lots more information on our website)

25 service hours per year

9-11 grade: .5 credits earned toward graduation each year

12 grade: .5 credits earned & required for graduation

Why Service Hours?

  1. Being exposed to different experiences outside of school can help students develop connections or ideas for their future plans.

  2. Students have the opportunity to earn additional credit towards graduation.

  3. Service hours help our students meet college acceptance requirements.

  4. Helps students become more visible in our community.

  5. They foster relationships with community members, which in turn leads to better references for resumes and applications.

  6. The school board wants our students to be involved in community service and it is a requirement to earn a Rainier High School diploma.

Current Service Opportunities

  • Teens in Thurston (TnT) is a volunteer program at the Thurston Conservation District for local high school students. This group meets approximately once a month to participate in a variety of conservation and sustainability activities, learn from Conservation District staff and partners, and build community between students from a variety of backgrounds. snadell@thurstoncd.com
  • Rainier Education Foundation We need your help! Volunteers are the life-blood of our organization and we are always in need of many hands to accomplish our goals. We have lots of jobs, big & small, throughout the year. rainiereducationfoundation@gmail.com
  • We Love Rainier is a group of Rainier citizens and business owners who are collaborating to brighten the future of Rainier and contribute to the development and growth of a vibrant community. They host activities throughout the year and always need volunteers!
  • Rainier Community Garden Is located here at Rainier High School and there are volunteer opportunities to help make this garden create a big impact on lives throughout the county. rainiercommunitygarden@gmail.com
  • Rainier Lion's Club
  • Rotary Club of Yelm
  • Rainier Eagles
PSAT at Rainier High School on October 12th

Open to all Juniors, but space is limited.

Cost is $18 (waivers are available)

Contact Ms. Memmott if you would like to register.

SAT at Rainier High School on October 27th

Open to all Seniors, but space is limited.

Cost is $55 (waivers are available)

Contact Ms. Memmott if you would like to register.

More information can be found here.


Tuesday, November 15th from 6:00-7:00 pm

Hosted by Rainier High School Counseling Center

A Presentation by Tracy Dahl from Centralia Community College in the Commons

and Support with Filling out FAFSA in the Library

College & Career Opportunities

  • College Admissions 101 hosted online by PLU
  • Tuesday, September 27th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thurston County PNACAC College Fair at St. Martin's University (To access the student registration, please click here. On the registration page you will need to scroll down and choose "09/27/22-Saint Martin's University-Thurston County.")
  • Tuesday, September 27th, University of Oregon at Rainier High School (contact Ms. Memmott if you are interested)
  • Thursday, September 29th, Cornish College of Arts in Seattle at Rainier High School (contact Ms. Memmott if you are interested)
  • Thursday, October 6th, Great Wolf Lodge at Rainier High School to discuss job opportunties

Rainier High School Counseling Center

Lauren Memmott, M.Ed., LMHCA, Counselor


Kasey Yanusevich, Registrar