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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

 

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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

National School Counseling Week
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SCHEDULING NEXT YEAR
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OSTC Open House
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Credit by Exam
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SM2 - AP Econ classes

For students in AP Microeconomics or AP Macroeconomics for SM2:

AP SM2 signup
Counseling Caseload and Appointments
Counseling appointment link

 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

Joy of Coding
First page of the PDF file: TheJoyofCodingFlyer2024
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 

GIRLS WHO CODE SUMMER PROGRAM

Girls Who Code’s Free Virtual Summer Programs Overview

  • ·     Our free virtual summer programs are open to current 9th-12th graders who identify as girls or non-binary. Any coding experience level is welcome!
  • ·     In addition to our free programs, we offer a financial support grant of up to $300 to support students who might otherwise earn a summer income, and laptop and hotspot access for eligible students.
  • ·     This year, students can choose to learn new coding skills in game design, web design, cybersecurity, or data science and artificial intelligence! As they build computer science skills, students will learn about the many diverse careers in tech through virtual events with professionals in the field.
  • ·     Students receive priority consideration if they apply at girlswhocode.com/summerapply by February 14, 2024. Regular-decision applications are due by March 22, 2024.
OU Physics Program
First page of the PDF file: OUphysicsflyer2024
Wayne State Summer Program

Here’s an amazing opportunity this summer for any students interested in becoming a teacher and the application is pretty simple. 

Wayne State University’s Next Gen Teachers Summer Programs is announcing TWO unique residential summer programs specifically designed for high school students interested in pursuing careers as K-12 teachers. 

Both summer programs are FREE for participants, and all students who are invited will receive an $800 summer stipend, a WSU undergraduate application fee waiver, eligibility to win a new laptop, and eligibility to participate in year-round mentorship!

Visit their website https://education.wayne.edu/next-gen-teacher-programs and view the info below:

WayneStateSummer2024

SENIOR INFORMATION

Summit Scholarship
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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

HOPE
There is Hope Lifeline number
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!

nat'l suicide prevention lifeline

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.

Titan Edge Scholarship
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Oakland University Honors College

This is an opportunity for high school students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade to come to Oakland and experience what it is like at the Honors College, be paired with a mentor, meet the Dean, have a picnic with other prospective students, and ask all their questions!

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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.

JOBS
Job Opportunity Post
XELLO - Career Awareness and Exploration: Making your Future Plans

 

Xello link

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!