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Rochester High Counseling Department

Mrs. O'Toole-Seyka     A - CH
Ms. Kinney      CI - G

Ms. Martin

H - LEI
Mr. Green LEJ - O
Ms. Sorentino P - SH
Mrs. Messing-Mirabito SI - Z
Ms. Condron Counseling Intern

 

 

Mrs. Karwacki - Secretary 248-726-5407
Mrs. Hamameh- Registrar 248-726-5427

 

To make an appointment with your counselor, please click the button below.

Counseling Appointment

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Rochester Community Schools' Counseling Mission Statement

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The Mission of the Rochester Community Schools guidance counselors is to provide a comprehensive program of counseling and guidance services to all students. Designed to meet the developmental needs for academic planning, along with personal and social growth, this program assists students in their pursuit of rewarding educational and career goals and positive life choices.

COUNSELING THIS MONTH

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AP TESTING

AP EXAM TAKERS!

AP Exams will begin on May 6th and will run through May 17th. Students should have purchased their exams during the Fall or Winter registration period. All information regarding AP Exams will be posted on the Rochester High AP Google Classroom. This will include exam locations for each exam, dates, and times. 

Students looking for resources to prepare should start in the classroom discussing opportunities with their teachers. The Rochester High AP Google Classroom also has links to find resources. 

Any questions about Rochester High’s AP Exams should be directed to Mr. Green in the counseling office cgreen@rochester.k12.mi.us

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Oakland ACE Early College Program
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Rochester Community Schools recently signed on as a participating district with the Oakland ACE Early College Program. 

Oakland Schools recently mailed informational flyers to 10th grade families.  Since that time, RHS counselors met with the Oakland ACE Early College staff to learn about the program.  Please see the link below for further information about the Oakland ACE Early College program and reach out to your student’s counselor if interested in participating

This program is open to current 10th graders.  The program would take place for 11th, 12th and their 13th year of high school.

https://www.oakland.k12.mi.us/student-programs/accelerated-college-experience-ace

Counseling Caseload and Appointments
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 Caseloads have been adjusted this year!  Please see the new alpha below:

Mrs. O'Toole-Seyka (A - CH)

Ms. Kinney (CI - G)

Ms. Martin (H - LEI)

Mr. Green (LEJ - O)

Ms. Sorentino (P - SH)

Mrs. Messing-Mirabito (SI - Z)

 

COUNSELING HELP

JUST A REMINDER ....THINGS YOUR COUNSELOR CAN HELP YOU WITH

COUNSELING HELP INFO

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Electrify Tech Camp -summer program

The University of Michigan is sharing some information regarding Michigan ECE's summer program, Electrify Tech Camp.

Electrify welcomes current high school students to north campus in Ann Arbor for a week to learn more about electrical and computer engineering. THE ELECTRIFY 2024 APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN.

Electrify Tech Camp Programs

Electrify consists of five non-residential programs and each week-long program focuses on a different aspect of electrical and computer engineering. Each program is taught by a Michigan ECE faculty member with assistance from current ECE students, and provides a challenging, innovative, and educational environment. This program will allow students to experience the life of a Michigan Engineer first-hand and fosters a hands-on approach in tackling age-appropriate topics. 

The following programs will be offered in 2024

Electrify Tech Camp Cost and Scholarships

Each camp program costs $700 per participant. We have a limited number of full and partial scholarships available for students who would otherwise not be able to attend Electrify.

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I have also attached our flyer for this year's camp. If you are able to share it, along with this email, with teachers and students we would greatly appreciate it!

More information regarding cost, schedules, etc. can be found on our website

We will begin reviewing applications the week of April 22, 2024.

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West Point - Summer Leaders Experience

What is SLE?

  • SLE is a one-week program for current Juniors (High School Class of 2025) to visit West Point in June.
  • Students in this program get to spend the week with our cadets, live in the barracks, and eat in the mess hall.
  • Learn about West Point’s world class academics by trying 5 of our 17 academic workshops.
  • Learn about military training and becoming a Leader of Character at West Point by completing two military days to include rappelling, Zodiac boats, combatives (like Jiu-Jitsu) training and more!
  • Challenge themselves physically by attempting the Candidate Fitness Assessment, conducting physical training, and sports.
  • Complete their admissions interview with a cadet.
  • Spend the week making friends with other students from all over the US who are applying to West Point.

Students may sign up for this program now by using the QR code on the “2024 SLE FLYER” or directly at westpoint.edu.

Our priority application deadline for SLE is the following Friday on March 15th and we will accept applications until April 15th. SLE is competitive and not all who apply are offered to attend.

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TEENLIFE

Summer Programs for Teens 

Whether it’s an overnight precollege program, a local day camp, or a sleepaway adventure experience, summer programs for teens are a great to pursue new interests, improve existing skills, and make new friends outside of the classroom.

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR DETAILS https://www.teenlife.com/summer/?program-type=summer 

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SENIOR INFORMATION

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April 22, 2024
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OCC Paying for College Info

Oakland Community College will offer in-person Paying for College Info Sessions at four campuses. The seminar will cover information about the FAFSA, scholarships, and other payment options. Staff will be available to assist families and students with both the FAFSA and OCC Admissions Checklist. See the flyer below with detailed information for each event.

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Senior Parents - FAFSA update

Attention Seniors: Important FAFSA Updates

This year the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has undergone revisions. Consequently, colleges will not receive student information from the US Dept of Ed until March, making it likely that financial aid packages to accepted students won't be sent until April. These are sent by the college.  The confirmation of attendance, which includes deposits, is typically due in early May.

We strongly advise all families to proactively monitor communications from the colleges where your student has been accepted. This includes crucial details about FAFSA, orientation, necessary documents, and more. Keep an eye on your student's college portal, the account created during the admission process, as this is often the primary channel for such information.

If your family has not yet completed the FAFSA, we encourage you to do so at your earliest convenience.  https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

Be sure to check out the other information about the FAFSA update that is posted below.

FAFSA UPDATE

NEW INFORMATION RELEASED FROM MCAN (Jan. 2024)

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Seniors and Families,

We want to share some updates and resources for the new FAFSA application process. In December 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which included the FAFSA Simplification Act. This act reduces the number of questions on the application, expands Pell Grant eligibility, and removes outdated restrictions to increase access to federal aid. While the updates may be challenging to navigate at first, we trust they will benefit students and their families in the long term.

This year's FAFSA will open by Dec. 31, 2023. In future years, the FAFSA will resume its opening date of Oct. 1.

The FAFSA Simplification Act has resulted in several changes, starting with the 2024-25 FAFSA. Here are a few of the major changes:

  • The application will be streamlined and contain new terminology.
  • The FAFSA will use a different calculation to determine a student's financial aid eligibility.
  • Financial information can be pulled directly from the IRS to streamline FAFSA filing.
  • The term Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) will change to the Student Aid Index (SAI). The Michigan Achievement Scholarship will change eligibility requirements accordingly.

Because the FAFSA is opening much later than usual, you can anticipate that award letters will also arrive later. MCAN will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available, but here are important actions you can do right now:

1. Create your FSA ID at StudentAid.gov
Your Federal Student Aid ID is the username and password for your StudentAid.gov account. You and
anyone contributing to your FAFSA (like a parent) will need an FSA ID. Refer to the contributor
document to determine who contributors might be.
 
2. Gather the information you will need to complete the FAFSA
You and anyone contributing to your FAFSA will need 2022 income tax returns, records of investments
and assets(if not a public high school family), Social Security numbers, child support information (if
applicable), and other personal information. Much of this data will be directly pulled from the IRS and
auto-populate your FAFSA, but it will be good to have it on hand.
 
3. Research colleges
One of the keys to succeeding in college is to find the right fit. Think about your ideal college
environment and use the College Scorecard or BigFuture to learn about the institution, such as the
fields of study offered, the average cost of attendance, the size of the institution, and admissions and
graduation rates among other factors.
 
4. Apply for admission to college
Once you’ve created a list of potential colleges, complete your applications for admission.
(many students applied by November 1st)
 
5. Research and apply for scholarships
One of the best ways you can spend your time as you await the FAFSA to open is to research and apply
for scholarships. Scholarship searches and applications take time, but every scholarship received helps
reduce the cost of your education and may prevent you from having to take on debt. Here are some
 
6. Watch webinars for support
 
 
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Michigan Student Aid Resources
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FREE TUITION PROGRAMS

There are 15 public universities in Michigan that are committed to providing a quality education at an affordable price. Many universities now offer free tuition programs for some of our state’s students with the highest need. Each program has additional restrictions and/or requirements.  

Visit their website for more info:  https://www.masu.org/student-success/financial-aid/free-tuition-programs

HOW TO REQUEST YOUR TRANSCRIPT

   

Transcript Request Link

CLICK HERE TO GO TO PARCHMENT TO SET UP YOUR ACCOUNT AND/OR ORDER A TRANSCRIPT.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Neighborhood House Fundraiser
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Neighborhood House is thrilled to announce its upcoming fundraising event at Topgolf Auburn Hills, on Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 6:00 to 9:00PM. This event is the perfect opportunity for all, from businesses and organizations to gather clients and colleagues as well as individuals, families and friends to create teams for an evening in support of Neighborhood House and its mission of helping neighbors in the community facing times of hardship. The evening will be filled with golf, food, drinks, networking and fun, friendly competition. 

As their largest fundraiser of the year, this event embodies the spirit of Neighborhood House's vision of a community of neighbors helping neighbors thrive. "With over 200 people anticipated in attendance, this event offers an exceptional opportunity to network with fellow community members and leaders," said Kim Ronan, Director of Fund Development of Neighborhood House. "It's not only a chance to have a great time but also to support the ongoing mission and programs of Neighborhood House."

Sponsorship Details:

Various sponsorship opportunities are available for those looking to make a meaningful contribution while maximizing their event experience. Sponsors will have the flexibility to utilize their bay at Topgolf in ways that best align with their objectives, whether it's entertaining clients, hosting team-building events, recognizing clients, building new relationships, or simply enjoying the evening with friends, family, or colleagues.

The presenting sponsor will have the exclusive opportunity for speaking engagements at the event, providing additional visibility and recognition.

For comprehensive sponsorship opportunities and ticketing information, please visit ranh.org/topgolf

For More Information:

For inquiries or to secure sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kim Ronan, Director of Fund Development at Neighborhood House, via email at kimronan@ranh.org or by phone at (248) 219-5985.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024 Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Location: Topgolf Auburn Hills Address: 500 Great Lakes Crossing Dr, Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Join Neighborhood House for an unforgettable evening of golf, networking, and community support at Topgolf Auburn Hills!

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OK2SAY
OK2SAY info

OK2SAY is the student safety program which allows students to confidentially report tips on potential harm or criminal activities directed at students, school employees, and schools. It uses a comprehensive communication system to facilitate tip sharing among students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and law enforcement officials about harmful behaviors that threaten to disrupt the learning environment.

SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE

The Lifeline is FREE, confidential and always available.  HELP a loved one, a friend, or yourself!

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COLLEGE INFO AND UPDATES

CMU financial aid update

Our 2024 Financial Aid Updates webpage will provide you with important announcements and updates as soon as we have them We are committed to supporting you and your students throughout the financial aid and college decision processes.

Right now, there are three recent changes to highlight. You can find additional details about each of these on the 2024 Financial Aid Updates webpage.

New students can expect a financial aid offer from CMU in mid-April. 
The federal government has delayed delivery of FAFSA information to all colleges and universities, so new students can expect aid offers to arrive around this time from each of the schools where they have been admitted. 

CMU has extended two key dates by one month. 
Because financial aid offers will be delayed, we have moved the enrollment deposit refund deadline from May 1 to June 1, giving families an additional month to review aid offers and other important information. The enrollment deposit is now refundable for students who cancel their enrollment before June 1. We have also extended the housing deposit deadline from May 1 to June 1. 

More of your students will qualify for free tuition. 
Just a few weeks ago, we announced the CMU Tuition Advantage program which covers the cost of tuition (30 credits per year) and the student service fee for eligible Michigan students. New students whose families have an adjusted gross income and family assets of $65,000 or less may be eligible.

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College Search Service through College Board
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OTHER POST HIGH PLANS

CAREER INFORMATION

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER NEWSLETTER
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Career Newsletter

Click here to see the career readiness website which includes the monthly high school newsletter along with many other resources.

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XELLO - Career Awareness and Exploration: Making your Future Plans

 

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ALL GRADE LEVELS can check out our grade level classrooms and work on your Educational Development Plan (EDP) using Xello.  You will find it under the topic "Resources and Forms" and the title is Career Awareness and Exploration. There's also a resume building activity for Juniors!  The more time you spend understanding your skills and interests along with career awareness, the better off you’ll be to make informed career and post-secondary planning decisions.  Enjoy learning about yourself, about careers, and about how it all fits together!