RHS Counseling Connection

2020 - 2021: May

Hello Riders!

As acts of hate and violence towards our Asian American communities continue, 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

Youth Action Council

Youth Action Council (YAC) is a student-led group connected to Student Health Centers that works to empower youth, schools, and communities to make better health choices through education and action. This year they will present a workshop at the PNW School Social Work Conference built around amplifying student voices in order to offer School Social Workers perspective students’ experiences as they navigated the daily stresses of the pandemic, social unrest in a divided country, online school, worries and grief over sick family members and friends, uprisings to support Black liberation, and other issues. To give this perspective, YAC is asking youth to share their stories. If you are interested in sharing your story through video/audio recording or written out for a peer to read during the event, please use this this form to submit your story.

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

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

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

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!


Black Student Success Summit on May 8 from 9:00am-1:00pm. This is an opportunity for Black Students to speak with College advisors, Career Professionals, Financial Aid Officers, HBCU representatives, opportunities to learn and to apply for scholarships, learn about internships, enter to win prizes, listen to music, and so much more!!! Register NOW
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Important information for Seniors

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Senior Wednesdays

The end of the school year is quickly approaching and we want to make sure that you have as much support as possible in completing your graduation requirements. If you have any questions about your credits or progress towards graduation please make an appointment to speak with your counselor!

Every Wednesday (from 11am - 1pm) in May, seniors will have the opportunity to come to Roosevelt for extra, in person, support from teachers. If you are interested, you must fill out this form.

MaiaLearning and Final College Documents

Seniors, all documents that need to be submitted to colleges/universities you are applying to or attending, are uploaded and sent through Maia Learning. If you haven't already added schools that you are applying to and identified the school you will be attending, on Maia Learning, you need to do so as soon as possible to make sure that your selected schools receive the final official documents that they need.

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

Financial Aid & Scholarship Opportunities & Resources

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

Good in the Hood Scholarship Application

Good in the Hood Multicultural Music & Food Festival 501(c)(3) Portland, Oregon is awarding 9 academic scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each to eligible high school graduates and college students. Application deadline is May 15, 2021.


1. Applicant must submit a completed scholarship application.
2. Applicant must complete all 4 essay questions.
3. Applicant must submit 2 letters of recommendation from non-related professionals.
4. All materials must be submitted online by deadline: May 15, 2021.

Scholarship awardees must provide college registrar verification for 2021 Fall term.

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.

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.