Guidance Gazette

2019-2020, Issue 5

January 2020

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 to learn more about trafficking and how you can join the fight to stop it.

Attention Juniors!! 2020 Martha Guy Summer Institute

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.

Early Accelerator for rising 5th and 6th Graders

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.

Accelerator for rising 7th - 9th Graders

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.

Accelerator for rising 10th - 12th Graders

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.

Step UP to STEM

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 opens on December 2.

Develop family habits that support your teen’s learning

The idea of “reinforcing learning” can be tricky when you are the parent of a high school student. You may not feel that you remember or know enough about what your teen is learning to reinforce it.

That’s OK. Parents can support learning by creating everyday opportunities that make it possible. Here’s how:

  • Talk about the jobs people hold whenever you visit a business with your teen. Discuss the education needed for such a job, but keep the conversation casual. Do not turn the occasion into a lecture.
  • Plan some family projects that involve math skills, such as painting a room or cooking a meal. Get your teen involved.
  • Encourage your teen to research and explore. Ask him to help you pick out something your family needs or to find a new place for your family to visit.
  • Let your teen know that you are interested in anything new he learns at school. Ask him to explain those concepts to you.
  • Encourage your teen’s talents, even if they are not what you would have wished for him. Remember, these talents may become the foundation of his future career.
  • Ask for your teen’s opinions. Teens are usually aware of major current events and have given them some thought. Make sure he knows that you value his opinion—whether you agree with it or not.

Reprinted with permission from the January 2020 issue of Parents Still make the difference!® (High School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

Attention Seniors!! Mid-Year Transcript Request

Seniors who need their mid-year grade sent to colleges should initiate the request by completing the mid-year transcript request form located on the wall outside of Mrs. Ragland's office.

If you applied to college using the common application, your mid-year grades will automatically be sent; therefore, completing the form is not necessary.

Transcript Request

For North Carolina Colleges/Universities

Submit your transcript from the CFNC Transcript Manager

  • Go to

  • Sign in with your CFNC account.

  • Choose Apply.

  • 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.

Scholarship Reminders

  • 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

Mrs. Rollins is the Career and College Promise Coordinator she available to RCS students every Tuesday. Have questions? Need an appointment? Please email her at

Project Uplift and Uplift Plus


Project Uplift is a summer enrichment and college access program designed to promote and increase access to higher education for all outstanding students, especially those underrepresented in post-secondary education. Every year, during May and June, approximately 1,000 high school seniors participate in one of four separate Project Uplift sessions. During this two-day experience, Project Uplift participants live on Carolina’s campus, interacting with faculty, staff and current students, participating in educational, cultural and social activities. Project Uplift Scholars have the opportunity to immerse themselves in college life and experience the academic rigor and social climate of a four-year institution.

Uplift PLUS is an intensive, 5-week summer academic enrichment and college readiness program for Project Uplift participants. This residential program, on Carolina’s historic campus, provides an immersive and engaging experience to prepare the next generation of scholar-leaders. By participating in Uplift PLUS, students will:

  • Receive test-taking strategies and resources for the ACT & SAT
  • Take the English 100 course and earn three college credits from UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Receive direct instruction from Carolina’s world-renowned faculty and one-on-one mentoring from current Carolina students.
  • Participate in research and leadership development while gaining exposure to various schools and units at UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Engage one-on-one with representatives from UNC offices of Admissions and Scholarships & Student Aid.
  • Participate in academic, social, cultural and experiential learning activities.

ACT Prep Course Offered at RCS

Calling all RCS students. Many parents and students have asked for ACT help, so we are launching this incredible opportunity at Roxboro Community School to help students.

Join us for this eight-hour exploration of the ACT that will explain the basic test structure of all five subject tests. We will share our best tips and strategies to slay this monster.

Please visit to register or click here to register:

This workshop will have three parts:

1) We will start the morning by administering a full length ACT released test, so our students can experience what it is like to take a real ACT. Unfortunately, the pre-ACT is too short and too easy to properly prepare our students for this marathon like test. We will then break for a working lunch** where students and instructors will score their test. Scoring the test will allow students to evaluate where they are and where they want to be.

2) We will then spend the afternoon discussing the basic test structure of all five subject tests. We will share some of our best tips and strategies. We will show students (based on their earlier scores which strategies are most likely to give them the largest point increase). It is all about working smarter NOT harder.

3) We will end the workshop by creating individualized study plans that the student can use for the month of February to prepare for their school administered ACT that should fall during the last week of February (February 25 is the rumored NC ACT testing date).

This is proven test prep at less than $10 an hour.

When: February 1, 2020

Where: Roxboro Community School

Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The fine print: This class is open to Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors from Durham, Chatham, Person, and other surrounding counties. This opportunity is only available to the first 30 students that apply for this workshop. Registration is first-come, first-served. No refunds will be offered if a student misses the workshop for any reason. Registration fees will be refunded if the instructors must cancel the session. The workshop will be rescheduled for a later date if a weather closure is called by RCS's Administration.

Once students have registered and paid for the course, we will contact them via email with more information about the details and how to prepare for our boot camp.

**Students will need to bring a bagged lunch, as we will not break during the day for them to leave campus.

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Mrs. DeVillier's Testing Corner

Reminder to all Juniors – ACT Day is February 25th

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. Mrs. DeVillier will be visiting classes soon to give you more information about the test and permission slips to use if you would like to check out early after testing is over that day. In the meantime, start thinking about which colleges you want to receive your ACT scores. Watch your email inboxes for a letter listing the codes for NC colleges and universities. (Mrs. DeVillier will have codes for out-of-state colleges.)

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.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Mrs. DeVillier at 336.597.0020, ext 114, or by email at

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