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#WEareRH - Friday, 2/9/18

Special Parent Workshop, 2/13 - Taking care of our kids

Advisement for 2nd semester will cover a number of sensitive topics which include: bullying, self-injury, suicide prevention/awareness, and alcohol/drug awareness. We feel that these are important topics to discuss with our students in order to raise awareness and educate them about the topics as a whole. The lessons will provide key information about what to do if they're experiencing said issue, who to talk to, and also to let students know that they aren’t alone. Our goal is to break the common misconception that we aren't supposed to talk about these things. These issues are at an all-time high in today's youth, and we want to be proactive in educating our students here at RHHS about them.

These advisement lessons will simply be PowerPoint presentations on each subject that include any combination of facts, misconceptions, discussion starters, informational videos, and processes/procedures that are taken for each type of situation.

We invite you to Stakeholder night, Tuesday February 13th at 6pm. Counselors will be presenting to you some of the information that we are going to go over in these advisement lessons. It is important to us that parents are aware of what we will be covering with the students. We will have a few of our PowerPoint presentations to share with parents and also want it to serve as a night for you all to ask questions that you may have. An important piece of Stakeholder night is also to share with you the specific procedures and protocol that we follow pertaining to each situation. For example- what we do when bullying is reported, what we do when self-harm is reported, etc. We will also provide parents with useful resources that aid when faced with any of these situations.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Valentine's Day -

Valentine's Day is Wednesday! I encourage you to celebrate the ones you love, but please know that RHHS does not accept deliveries for students. Additionally, students will not be permitted to have balloons and large gifts with them during the school day. Historically, we have not had any problems with this, but I wanted to make sure I reminded everyone about this.

Class Dues Deadline is near

The deadline for paying class dues before prom is February 23rd.

JUNIOR Dues = $35.00 (includes the $5 late fee)

  • If the student did not pay freshman ($30) and sophomore ($30) dues, he/she owes $95. Juniors who have dues paid in full receive a prom ticket at no additional cost.

SENIOR = $35.00 (includes the $5 late fee)

  • If the student did not pay freshman ($30), sophomore ($30) or junior ($30) dues, he/she owes $125. Students only pay for years that he/she has attended RHHS. Seniors who have dues paid in full receive a prom ticket at no additional cost.


After February 23rd, Juniors and Seniors who have not paid class dues who plan to go to prom will have to purchase their prom ticket separately. Prom tickets, purchased separately from class dues, are $125.


Dues are paid through MyPayments+ - https://www2.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome

Georgia Parent Survey

Each year, the State of Georgia gives schools the opportunity to have all stakeholders provide feedback about their schools. Students, school personnel, and parents are provided survey links to share their feedback. School personnel and students will complete their surveys during January and February. During this same time, we would also like to get as many parents to complete the survey as possible.


Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone or tablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, please come to the west office, and we will gladly provide you the computer and internet access to complete this. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.

The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.


Georgia Parent Survey:

http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents


Please take time to share your perspective about RHHS.

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AP Test Registration - Deadline is approaching

Advanced Placement Exam Registration is now open.

Please visit the following link to register for 2018 AP exams:

https://user.totalregistration.net/AP/112525

The Advanced Placement Program offers services and reasonable accommodations appropriate to students' disabilities. If your child is currently receiving accommodations due to a 504 or an IEP, please contact Tracey Buchner at 912-459-6413 for more information. The deadline to apply for College Board Accommodations is February 23, 2018.

SAT and ACT test dates and registration information

The SAT and ACT are given several times throughout each school year. Please click the links below for additional information about test dates, registration deadlines, and information about how to register.

Fee waivers are available for students on free/reduced lunch. Students should talk to their counselor for more information.

SAT information

ACT information

Taking care of our students

Dual Enrollment – the basics

The State of Georgia offers high school student the opportunity to earn college credit while earning high school diploma. The dual enrollment program covers tuition, mandatory fees and required textbooks. Participation is open to students in grades 9 – 12. The fall semester of the 9th grade year is students first semester of eligibility and the spring semester of 12th grade is the last semester of eligibility. Student may participate in dual enrollment 3 semesters of each academic year (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters). The state pay tuition at a set rate; up to 15 hours per semester at public colleges and universities. At private colleges and universities the state pays $250 per semester hour up to 15 hours per semester or the institutions standard tuition whichever is less. The state will pay up to $50 for mandatory fees and $ 25 per semester for book fees. Students are responsible for paying for lost or damaged books.

So how do students qualify to dual enroll? Students must attend a participating high school (RHHS is a participating high school) and their high school must endorse their request to participate. This is our process at RHHS

Dual Enrollment Process

  • Join Google Classroom www.classroom.google.com/h – code = hl5v30n

  • Complete Essay and survey

  • Complete College Application

    • Request transcript through GA Futures

    • Complete Testing Requirement

      • SAT/ACT/ACCUPLACER

    • Participation Agreement – Schedule with your school counselor through Doodle (see Dual Enrollment Google Classroom)

  • Acceptance Notification

  • Academic Advisement at the college

  • Complete online Dual Enrollment funding application – Ga Futures

  • Submit College Schedule to you assigned School Counselor

Joining the Dual Enrollment Google Classroom is a vital first step. Everything students need to do to gain an endorsement from RHHS is describe their.

Students do have to select an approved participating college. Traditionally, most of our students have chosen the Armstrong Campus of Georgia Southern (formerly Armstrong State University), Savannah Technical College, and Point University. We have had a few students elect to attend Georgia Southern University’s Statesboro campus or Savannah State University.

Georgia Southern University (all campuses) http://students.georgiasouthern.edu/dualenrollment/

Savannah Technical Colleges (all campuses) https://www.savannahtech.edu/academics/programs-for-high-school-students/

Point University (Savannah Campus) https://point.edu/admissions/dual-enrollment/georgia-dual-enrollment/

Savannah State University https://www.savannahstate.edu/dual-enrollment/index.shtml

Universities require students to have a 3.0 GPA and SAT/ACT scores. The test scores vary slightly from university to university. Follow the links above to see what each university requires. Savannah Tech will base their decision on a 2.5 GPA and the results of the ACCUPLACER. STC will be offering the ACCUPLACER at RHHS in February (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScG2Pl947qkwfwtXBFRJGzwvrzRgDtBFDRzLCx_Sd7fTTerAQ/viewform?pli=1 )

In addition to a completed application, current transcript, and test scores, colleges and universities require a copy of the completed participation agreement to consider the application complete. They will not admit a student without a complete application.

So what kind of classes do dual enrollment students take? Generally they are taking classes that will advance them towards earning a high school diploma and satisfying the college core curriculum requirements. Generally, that is a rather broad array of academic classes (English, math, science, social studies, and world language class) as well as some fine arts, physical education, philosophy/religion, etc. Savannah Tech offers a number of University System of Georgia classes that will transfer to 4 year colleges. Additionally, students can take selected classes leading toward any of Savannah Tech’s degree, diploma, or certificate programs. Classes are discussed during the Participation Agreement meetings. GA Futures has a complete list of courses by school https://www.gafutures.org/hope-state-aid-programs/scholarships-grants/dual-enrollment/course-directory/

GA Futures also has a FAQ section for parents https://www.gafutures.org/media/187566/de-parents-and-students-faqs-010518.pdf

What are the advantages of Dual Enrollment? DE provides an opportunity for your students to ease into college classes. He/She may start with only one class and then take a heavier load in subsequent semesters. Studies show that student who earn college credit in high school (whether DE or AP) are more likely to earn a college degree. Credit are earned base on classroom performance. Some potential disadvantages: Student have to have transportation to the college/university campus. Competitive colleges may look more favorably on AP courses.

If you are interested in learning more about dual enrollment, schedule an appointment with your child's assigned school counselor to learn more about dual enrollment.

Counselor information is included below - please never hesitate to let us know if we can be of better support. Email information for each counselor can be found on the RHHS website (http://www.bryan.k12.ga.us/o/rhhs/page/school-counseling--7 )


Rhashida Bunyan: last names A-Davidson

Emily Neff: Davis - Hobby

Wallace Ingram: Hod-Miller

Laine Lynch: Milton-Sa

Saraswati Hendrix: Sc-Z

Jennifer Blanton: Graduation Coach

Jonna Vaughn: Military Family Life Counselor