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Guidance Department

Ronda Eisenhard 513-842-5208 reisenhard@readingschools.org Counselor for students who have a last name beginning with A-K.

Teri Bemmes 513-842-5228 tbemmes@readingschools.org Counselor for students who have a last name beginning with L-Z

Coreen Bell 513-842-5206 cbell@readingschools.org Guidance Secretary

Our goals as the Guidance Counselors at Reading High School are to help students with their academic achievement and prepare for post-secondary schooling. Encouraging students to participate in social and personal development opportunities is also a goal of our department.

This web page will be useful to students and parents to inform you about important timelines and events. 

Please check out the "Forms" and "Links" section at the right for  school forms, valuable information, and links to other useful websites.

All Students:  

Quarter one interim reports go home with students on Friday, October 4.

Students who signed up for PSAT need to pay the $17 fee as soon as possible.  It has been added online so you may pay with cash, check, or on EZ Pay.

Parents were sent letters with Progress Book access.  If you have any trouble please contact Coreen Bell in Guidance 513-842-5206 or email at cbell@readingschools.org.

There will be a College Credit Plus (CCP) meeting on Wed, January 15  at 6:00 PM to discuss the process of applying to college credit courses offered at RHS.  More information will be sent home.

Seniors: 

Jostens will be at RHS on Tuesday, Oct 1 to meet with Seniors about cap and gown orders!  Your student will receive a packet to bring home to share with you.  The only requirement we have is that your student order a cap, gown, and tassel.  The cost for that is $42.75 with tax.  The price increases in December to almost double.  Mr. Tanner will be here to take orders Tues, Oct 8 and Tues, Oct 15.  You may also order online at Jostens.com.

FAFSA!!!!  There are several sites that offer help completing the FAFSA.  Information was sent out about FAFSAHelpOH.org.    You may apply to FAFSA now as it opened October 1.  Visit their website at https://fafsa.ed.gov.

College Entrance Exams: The easiest way to find information on the ACT and SAT is to visit the test web sites: www.actstudent.org and www.collegeboard.com. Remember our High School Code number is 364360 and is very important for reporting scores back to us for your transcript. Also, many schools are requiring test scores to be sent directly from the testing agencies so be sure to list the colleges to which you plan to apply.  You can look up codes for colleges here:  college CEEB code search.

ACT Resource Links

Why Take the ACT?  Student information.

Preparing for the ACT Test - free practice test          8 Tools to Help You Prepare for the ACT

ACT Test Dates          Parent/Student FAQs for the ACT Test Accommodations and ELA

PrepFactory is a free, interactive test prep site for teachers and students. Our site breaks the test into bite-sized concepts and provides strategy tips, practice sets, and a personalized study path so you can master the test. Give us a look at www.prepfactory.com!

Colleges Visiting RHS this fall:  Colleges are signed up for visits at RHS this October!  A list has been shared with students on Google Drive and there are sign up sheets in Guidance.  Stop in today!

College Visits for Seniors and Juniors: Seniors and Juniors scheduling a college day must bring a note from their parent at least 3 days in advance of the visit. Upon providing this note to the Guidance Secretary they will be given a form to be signed by their teachers approving their absence. This form must be signed and filed in the Guidance Office. Students must have passing grades in all classes to take a college day. Upon return to school, students must provide documented evidence of their visit from the college. Seniors are allowed to take 3 college days, Juniors are allowed 2 college days beginning 2nd semester. We encourage students to visit their possible college choices.

College Applications: Students are encouraged to carefully check application deadlines for the college they are applying to. Colleges cannot process applications until an official transcript is received from Reading High School.  Students applying online need to request their transcript be sent. 

Local Scholarships:  Local scholarships will be available to all Seniors on Wed, March 18, 2020.

11th Graders 
Your junior year provides the last 1/3 of your GPA that will be used for admission into college and scholarships because you will be applying in the fall of your senior year. Plan to take the ACT and SAT in the spring and then again in the fall of your senior year. You will take the ACT at RHS on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.  To prepare for your senior year when you will be applying to colleges, it is important to develop an activity list. Your activity list should include volunteer work, awards and recognitions, activities (clubs and sports) you participated in each year of high school, paid work experience, and anything else that helps a college know you better. You will work on this in your American Literature class. 

There will be a Junior Parent meeting on Wed, January 15, 2020  at 7:30 PM to discuss everything you need to do to be ready for your Senior year!  More information will be sent home.

All Juniors will take the Mandatory ACT on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

10th Graders

Class Ring Orders - to order your class ring from Josten's, go to their website at Jostens.com or via phone at (513) 561-3225.

A representative from Scarlet Oaks will be here in December to talk to all 10th grade students about the programs they offer.  There will also be a field trip to Scarlet Oaks on Fri, January 24, 2020 to tour their campus.  More information will be presented about this during their visit to RHS.

GPA continues to be important. If your freshman GPA is not one of which you are proud, it is not too late to improve it this year. Make this first semester a really good one, and you will see the difference. 

Continue to develop your Activity List by getting involved in activities and volunteering in your community.

All Sophomores will take a Pre-ACT test to prepare them for the ACT.  This will be administered at RHS on Wed, Nov 6.

9th Graders

 A strong start your first year of high school is extremely important.  Your freshman year in high school lays the foundation for the next three years.  Freshman year is the foundation for your high school GPA that will be used for graduation, admission to college, and scholarships. At the end of this year 1/4 of your GPA will already be decided. Make sure you work hard to make that GPA a good one. The study skills and habits you develop now are important.  Each year of high school should include new challenges and new experiences as you prepare yourself for education and a career after high school.

It’s not just about academics either, what you do outside of the school day is important.  Explore extracurricular activities, join a sports team, or club, and get involved in your community through service activities.

Get to know your teachers, principals, and counselors.  Ask questions and be actively involved in your education.  Make it your responsibility.

Start keeping a record of all of your activities that should include all school and community activities, leadership positions, honors, awards, unique educational experiences, employment, and volunteer work. This information will be updated each year and will be essential when you start the college application process.

Most importantly, remember that your Guidance Counselor is here to help.  If you need some help, advice, support, or encouragement, come see us!