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Guidance Department

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

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

Coreen Bell 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.

SeniorsSenior conferences are being scheduled for August 15 - 18 and August 21 - 23, 2017.  Please call Mrs. Bell to schedule a time with your counselor.  513-842-5206

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.

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 Counselor 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. 

PSAT - Grades 9 - 11:  The PSAT will be administered on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. This test is good practice for the college entrance exam SAT I.  

The test costs $15 and students must sign up in the Guidance Office by Friday, September 22, 2017.  Students may be eligible for National Merit Scholarships by taking and receiving a qualifying score their junior year.

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, March 20, 2018.  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. 

10th Graders

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.

9th Graders

Welcome to Reading High School!   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!

 

 

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