Guidance Gazette

2019-2020, Issue 2

October 2019

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from September 15 to October 15 every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community. During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor all American citizens of Hispanic descent and celebrate their rich and vibrant traditions of faith, family, hard work, and patriotism.

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Every October, schools, and organizations across the country, join STOMP Out Bullying™in observance of National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage schools, communities, and organizations to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying and put an end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children of all ages.

October is College Application Month

Countdown to College is an annual event to support high school seniors in completing three crucial college enrollment steps: residency, FAFSA, and applications. Also, some North Carolina Colleges will wave application fees. No particular fee waiver form is required; all students need to do is apply to college using their CFNC account.

Click Here to view the RCS College Application Week Activity Schedule

North Carolina School of Science and Math Interest Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 3:15pm

RCS Library

Attention Freshmen and Sophomores!!

Representatives from NCSSM will be at RCS to meet with current 9th & 10th graders who are interested in attending NCSSM in 11th and 12th grade. For more information about the School of Science and Math.

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.

Featured Scholarships & Special Programs

Ron Brown Scholar Program (RBSP)

The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities, and demonstrate financial need. A minimum of ten students will be designated Ron Brown Scholars and will receive $10,000 annually for four years, for a total of 40,000.

Deadlines: November 1- the application will be considered for the Ron Brown Scholar Program AND forwarded to a select and limited number of additional scholarship providers.

January 9 - final postmarked deadline to be considered for the Ron Brown Scholar Program ONLY.

NC State University: Goodnight Scholars Program

The scholarship is available to low and middle-income families from North Carolina and is limited to students studying in the STEM disciplines or affiliated education majors. The value of the scholarship is $20,500 and is renewable for up to four years for first-year students. In mid-December, the Goodnight Scholars Program will issue approximately 800 invitations to apply to prospective first-year NC State students who have applied for fall 2020 admission.

To receive an automatic invitation to apply, a student must submit the general NC State application by November 1, 2019. For additional information

Criminal Justice Fellows Program

The CJFP is a forgivable educational loan program for high school seniors and graduates in eligible counties that want to go into the criminal justice field in a certified position. This fellowship will fund an Associate Degree from any North Carolina community college. Students who receive the educational loan would have 5 years to repay, though it would be forgiven if they enter and remain in a criminal justice profession within NC for 4 years in an eligible county. For more information, visit NCDOJ’s Criminal Justice Fellows Program web site. Applications Open November 1, 2019, and Close May 31, 2020

College applications are your teen’s responsibility–not yours

College applications have to be submitted soon. But so far, your teen has done nothing. She hasn’t started her essays or asked teachers to write recommendation letters. She hasn’t even made a list of her school activities.

At times like these, some parents simply take over. They contact teachers. They draw up the list of activities. And some college counselors even suspect that parents write the essays!

Applying for college is part of the separation process. Teens need to take responsibility. Sure, you can proofread your teen’s essay or read it and provide feedback—but the task is hers to complete. Your job is to serve as a guide or mentor to your child during this process, not a manager.

To help your teen get back on track, work with her school counselor. Make an appointment for the three of you to sit down together. List what has to be done and when it has to be finished. With that list, your teen will know what she has to do to prepare her applications. And you can simply cheer her on each step of the way.

Reprinted with permission from the October 2019 issue of Parents Still make the difference!® (High School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2019 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

Show your high schooler how to become self-sufficient

The next stage in life for your teen is adulthood—and that will require him to take care of himself. Developing self-sufficiency will help him when he heads off to college or enters the workforce. It will also make him more responsible as he finishes high school.

To promote self-sufficiency:

  • Emphasize choices and results. Before your teen acts, encourage him to think about what could happen as a result of his decisions.
  • Applaud your teen when he makes a good decision. When he doesn’t, ask what he learned.
  • Don’t rescue your teen unless it’s a matter of safety. Forgotten lunches and missing homework are not matters of safety.
  • Don’t solve your teen’s problems. He knew he wanted to see that new movie this weekend, but he spent all of his money. He won’t learn to rely on himself if you pay for his ticket.
  • Don’t do things over. Your teen’s English paper may not be as organized as you think it should be, but don’t offer to “fix” it.

Reprinted with permission from the October 2019 issue of Parents Still make the difference!® (High School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2019 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.