College & Career Weekly Update

September 26, 2016

Attention Seniors

If you are applying to college and you need a letter of recommendation from your counselor there are some deadlines that are approaching fast! Your counselor wants your letter to be an accurate reflection of your history and abilities; therefore, it is important that you submit these items on time: if you have a college application deadline in November, your Blue Sheet and Brag Sheet are due to your counselor by September 30th.

Tutoring is Available!

The RCHS Library Media Center is offering free drop-in tutoring for all RCHS students beginning on today, September 19th. Tutoring and homework help is available on Monday and Tuesday afternoons until 4:30 PM. A more complete schedule of subject areas being offered is forthcoming and will be posted.

Students wishing to stay after school for tutoring must report to the library between 3:15 and 3:30 PM and sign in at the front desk. Students must have their own transportation arranged and leave campus when the library closes at 4:30 PM or go directly to another school-sanctioned and supervised activity. Students will receive a signed proof-of-attendance slip from the W&L tutors that parents and teachers can use for verification of attendance.

OCT 3 & 4
OCT 10 & 11
OCT 18 *there will be no tutoring Monday, Oct. 17th as it is a teacher workday
OCT 24 & 25
OCT 31 & NOV 1
NOV 7 & 8
NOV 14 & 15
*No tutoring the week of Thanksgiving
NOV 28 & 29
DEC 5 & 6 *December 6th will be the last day of tutoring for the fall semester. Tutoring will resume after winter break.

Talent Search is Accepting New Students!

Talent Search is here to help students reach their goals of graduating from high school and continuing their education. The services provided by Talent Search include college and university field trips, one-on-one college and career planning, financial aid counseling, SAT and ACT registration and fee waivers, group workshops, and up-to-date information and handouts. Talent Search serves both middle and high school students who are potential first-generation college students. Pick up an application today in the RCHS School Counseling Office!

Military Recruiter Visits

The following military recruiters will be visiting RCHS during all three lunches:
United States Marine Corps:
United States Army: October 6; October 20.
United States Navy:

Virginia National Guard: TBD
United States Air Force: November 9; January 11; March 8; May 10

College Representative Visits

Roanoke College: September 28, 11:00 a.m.
Washington and Lee University: September 30, 9:30 a.m.
Bridgewater College: October 3, 11:00 a.m.
University of Virginia:
October 6, 9:00 a.m.
Virginia Tech: October 14, 8:30 a.m.

SAT – Important Dates*

Test Date: October 1, 2016
Registration Deadline: September 1, 2016

Test Date: November 5, 2016
Registration Deadline:
October 7, 2016

Test Date: December 3, 2016
Registration Deadline: November 3, 2016

Test Date: January 21, 2017
Registration Deadline: December 21, 2016

Test Date: March 11, 2017
Registration Deadline: February 10, 2017

Test Date: May 6, 2017
Registration Deadline: April 7, 2017

Test Date: June 3, 2017
Registration Deadline:
May 9, 2017

*Accommodations are available for students with disabilities, but must be approved well in advance by the College Board. Please see your counselor.

ACT – Important Dates*

Test Date: October 22, 2016
Registration Deadline: September 16, 2016

Test Date: December 10, 2016
Registration Deadline: November 4, 2016

Test Date: February 11, 2017
Registration Deadline: January 13, 2017

Test Date: April 8, 2017
Registration Deadline: March 3, 2017

*Accommodations are available for students with disabilities, but must be approved well in advance by ACT. Please see your counselor.

*FREE* SAT Prep: Khan Academy's Partnership with College Board

College Board and the Khan Academy have entered into a partnership to provide free SAT preparation for students. You will have access to four official full-length practice tests, plus study and test-taking tips, interactive practice, thousands of practice questions, video lessons, and hints. There are also short quizzes and instant feedback. To learn more, please go to:


October 1: Submission for 2017-2018 FAFSA begins (NEW)
October 4:
Financial Aid meeting 6 p.m. in the cafeteria
October 7:
Senior Picture Retakes-Drape Only
November 3: Club Picture Day
February 23, 2017: Senior Cap and Gown Pictures
April 6, 2017: Mock Interview Day
April 27, 2017: Senior Group Photo-Stadium
May 1 -12, 2017: AP Testing
May 15 - 17, 2017: Senior Examinations
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Because of the new deadlines for the FAFSA (see below) some colleges have adjusted the deadline for you to submit your financial aid information to them. For example, Norfolk State University and Radford University require that you have your FAFSA completed by December 1st. Christopher Newport University requires that you have your FAFSA done by December 15th. Please make sure that you check the date for other schools that you are applying to. If you need help, please see your counselor or Ms. van Ravenswaay.


Starting with academic year 2017-2018, the traditional FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) submission date will change from January 1 to October 1. What this means to students and their parents is that on October 1 of this year, you may file your 2017-2018 FAFSA using your 2015 tax return. In future years you will use the tax return for the previous year. The result of this change is that families have more time to collect tax information and colleges will have more time to process financial aid requests, giving students more time to consider financial aid awards. Please see Ms. van Ravenswaay if you have any questions. Or, please come to the Financial Aid Meeting on October 4th!


Be Nominated for the Wendy's High School Heisman

Wendy’s High School Heisman is looking for high-achieving seniors from public and private high schools within the U.S. They consider young women and men who are academic achievers and active in school and community activities. To achieve award eligibility for the 2016 Wendy’s High School Heisman, students must be seniors during the 2016-2017 academic year and graduating with the class of 2017; have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of a B (3.0) or better; participate in at least one of the 43 sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Association and sponsored by your school; be a leader in school and in the community and serve as a role model for underclassmen. Students must submit Phase 1 of their application by 3 p.m. on October 3, 2016, in order to be considered. It’s best to complete your application in September to give your reviewer adequate time to submit their review. Please go to:

2017 Prudential "Spirit of Community" Award

Are you a student who's making a difference through volunteering? Apply for a 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. How? Apply online at by November 8th, 2016. You and your parents will also need to sign the application signature page. Submit the application to Mr. Hand by November 8, 2016. A committee will review the applications and choose one honoree from RCHS; the nomination is forwarded to the state committee, who chooses one candidate to represent Virginia in the national contest. One winner from each state will receive $1000 and a trip to Washington, DC, in May 2017. Further information is available from Ms. van Ravenswaay or by going to the website listed above.

Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Leadership Award

Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Leadership Award - This award, worth $10,000, is given to one student from each of Virginia's Congressional Districts who have been nominated by their high school principal. The criteria are: academic accomplishment, excellence of character, qualities of leadership, and devotion to duty. In establishing this award, Senator Byrd's desire was to recognize and nurture public service. If you would like to be considered for nomination, please contact Mr. Hand or Ms. van Ravenswaay. The recommendation must be postmarked by November 11th, 2016, so don't delay!

ELKS National Foundation

The ELKS National Foundation has helped thousands of students who need financial assistance to fulfill their dreams of attending college. MVS scholars are outstanding students who are at, or near, the top of their classes, active in their schools and communities, and recognized as leaders by their peers. To apply, got to:
Applications are online only. Deadline for applications is November 30, 2016.


Are you a low-income student who has excelled academically, but feels that the nation's best colleges are financially out of reach? The Questbridge National College Match was created for students like you. Through this program, you can be admitted to a top college with a full four-year scholarship, including tuition, room and board, and additional expenses. If you are interested, please see your counselor for more information.

Other Opportunities

STEM Opportunities!

Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) is a NASA-based program for 11th grade students who are interested in aerospace-related science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM). This course focuses on space mission design and human space flight. Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) is an interactive online learning course with a space mission design and human space flight theme, culminating in a one-week residential Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton for those students who qualify. Offered at no cost to the student, VASTS consists of eight modules and a final project to be completed from November 2016 through May 2017 under the guidance of licensed master educators. Based on success in the online coursework, students may be selected to attend a Summer Academy where they interact with NASA scientists, engineers and technologists to design a human mission to Mars. Students who successfully participate in VASTS can apply to earn 2 college credits for the online course and 2 additional credits for the Summer Academy. Please direct students or other faculty to the website for program information and application, . The deadline for student applications is October 30th, 2016.

Virginia Earth Systems Science Scholars (VESSS) is a NASA-based program for 11th/12th grade students and STEM teachers who are interested in Earth Systems Science-related science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM). This course focuses on Earth Systems Science and the NASA mission that help study these topics.
By combining detailed Earth System Science content with real world data analysis, students will be exposed to a rigorous course that will work across science disciplines to cultivate 21st Century Learning Skills. The program will focus on preparing students for the rigors of college and careers while allowing them to develop strong science-based skills such as critical thinking and inquiry-based problem solving. VESSS will have two components. The first component is an online sixteen-week course running from December through April. The second component is a residential NASA Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center for students who perform well in the course. Students who successfully participate in VESSS can apply to earn 3 college credits for the online course and 1 additional credit for the Summer Academy. Please direct students or other faculty to the website for program information and application, The deadline for student applications is October 30th, 2016.

Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) is a NASA-based STEM program for 10th grade students who are interested in NASA’s space, Earth, and airborne science-related missions managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility. The VSCS program features two key elements: 1) an on-line science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experience featuring five modules; and 2) a seven-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA where selected scholars will learn first-hand from NASA professionals about cutting edge technologies and missions. Online modules covering NASA aircraft, balloon, and sounding rocket missions launched or managed at Wallops Flight Facility. Online course runs from December 2016 through April 2017. Highly successful students will be selected for a week long Summer Academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. The deadline for student applications is October 30th, 2016. for application and more information For more information, please contact Kirsten Manning, Education Program Coordinator, at

Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Seminar HOBY for Sophomores

The Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar has conducted annual leadership seminars since 1958. During these events, 10th graders have the opportunity to meet, interact with, and question regional, national, and international leaders. This year, HOBY Virginia will be at James Madison University from June 2 – June 4, 2017. HOBY’s purpose is to bring together select groups of high school sophomores who have demonstrated leadership ability so that they can interact with leaders in business, government and education. The Lexington Woman's Club sponsors one student each year. If you are a sophomore and you are interested, please see your Counselor.

Boys and Girls State

Boys State and Girls State are summer leadership and citizenship programs sponsored by The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, for high school juniors. Representatives are nominated by their high school during their junior year. Boys and Girls State are among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government. Our delegates are generously supported each year by the Brownsburg Ruritan Club. If you are interested in applying, please see Ms. van Ravenswaay.