Ronda Eisenhard 842-5208 email@example.com Counselor for students who have a last name beginning with A-K.
Teri Bemmes 842-5228 firstname.lastname@example.org Counselor for students who have a last name beginning with L-Z
Kim Bell 842-5206 email@example.com 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 bottom of this page for school forms, valuable information, and links to other useful websites
UPCOMING MEETING: There will be a Junior Parent Meeting on Thursday, November 21 at 6 pm in the Media Center. The purpose of this meeting is to go over scheduling for their senior year, dual enrollment, SAT and ACT tests, PSAT results, scholarship information, college applications, financial aid, and other valuable information to help parents get ready for their student's senior year.
Seniors: Cap and Gown order forms are available in the Guidance Office or in the Front Office, if you have not ordered already. PLEASE NOTE: The cost of a cap, gown, and tassel is $46, if ordered prior to December 9, 2013. After this date there will be a $20 late fee. Orders may be placed online at www.graduateserviceinc.com.
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.
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. Check out the “College Application Process” on this web page.
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. To prepare for you 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.
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.
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!