Student Services

Student Services


Welcome to Student Services at Randolph Union Middle and High School.

Dear RU Students and Families:
 
If the current pandemic teaches us anything, it’s that human beings are all connected and that we all share responsibility for each other’s wellbeing.  Much may be out of our control, but our response to these circumstances is something that is within our control.   
 
Set a goal to make time to take care of yourself, and show yourself and your fellow humans love and kindness. Prioritize your mental and emotional health. You don’t have to tackle this alone; while school is closed, we will remain available to connect with you virtually!
 
Course Planning: Counselors will reach out to students via email or phone.  Over the next 3 weeks, school counselors will be reaching out to high school students to schedule video chat sessions that focus on academic planning for next year.  Current RU juniors should expect to receive an email next week to set up a video chat session or phone call.  We will then move onto sophomores, and freshmen. Middle school students will have meetings later in April. 
 
Checking in: Students can schedule a video chat or call.  We have 20-minute appointment slots available. If you have internet access, please use the following links:
Kara:  Kara’s Calendar.   Beverly: Beverly's Calendar
 
You'll need to be signed into your school or personal Google account and click the time you want to meet with your counselor and hit “Save.” At that scheduled time, your counselor will video-message the email account from which you made the appointment.  
If you do not have internet access, you can reach us by phone; we will be checking our voicemails regularly and returning calls during school days within 24 hours.
 
            Kara:  728-3397 ext. 143                   Beverly:  728-3397 ext. 146
 
Groups: Join a counselor video group.  To promote connection during this time of social distancing, we are offering virtual group check-ins. This is a video group with an open invite; join if you would like:
MORNING - at 10:00 am - Morning Group Hang Out
AFTERNOON - at 1:00pm - Afternoon Group Hang Out
 
Urgent Help: If you are struggling, you can connect with these 24-hour resources:
Text “VT” to 741741 from anywhere, anytime, about any crisis.
Call your local Mental Health Center:
Orange county: 800-639-6360
Windsor county: 800-622-4235
Washington county: 802-229-0591
 
During this time away from school, practicing self-care is essential:
 
Breathe: Take a deep breath and sigh it out (yes, make noise!) to release tension in your body. 
 
Express Gratitude: Spend a few minutes getting your thoughts and feelings out and clear your mind.  Make space for love and positivity.  One idea is to start a gratitude journal or vlog.
 
Get some fresh air: Spring is here! Can you smell it? Use your bodies and senses: go for a walk, leaving phones behind. Enjoy nature and the company of animals when possible. Be mindful of sounds: What do you hear?  Maybe that flock of birds is returning for the summer!
 
Have a physical activity routine:  While we know we need to socially distance ourselves, exercise is something that you can do while being 6 feet apart. . . Schedule a walk or run with a friend as a way to connect safely.  Additionally, this is a great time to experiment with a new type of self-care.  Healthy coping strategies include: yoga practice, zumba, core workouts, etc., which can all be found on YouTube.  
 
Send love: Send out random texts of appreciation and love to friends and family. Sometimes all we really need is a little more love and communication in our day. We can all be the first drop that causes a ripple effect.
 
Set boundaries: For most of us, the fear, stress, and anxiety produced by the current state of affairs will be worse than any illness we endure. So pay attention to how the news that you consume, the people you talk to, and the thoughts and feelings you have impact your sense of well-being. Set boundaries to protect your spirit.
 
Take care, and we hope to connect with you soon!

School Choice Information:

As in previous years, our school board has chosen to participate in the Winooski Valley Regional Public
School Choice Collaborative for the 2020-21 school year. Through this program and the state school choice program, students may apply to go to any public high school in Vermont at no cost.

For more information about the program, or to download an application, click on the appropriate link in the "documents" box to the left.

Here are just a few upcoming activities that students and families might find of interest:

Standardized  Test Option: ACT - March 24th:  Canceled 

Possible Reschedule Date:  TBD

RUHS 11th Graders - As part of the effort of student services to expose RUHS students to post-secondary options, RUHS is offering an in-school test date and time for the ACT.  The ACT is a college entrance exam that typically costs a student $46 to take on a Saturday at other area schools. All juniors will be taking this exam unless their family and school support team feels that they should be excused.  All American universities and colleges accept this standardized test as a college entrance exam. For more information about the ACT, please check out www.act.org. With extra time at home, students can study for their standardized tests. Free prep is offered at https://academy.act.org/

Standardized  Test Option: SAT

May 2nd: Canceled 

June 6th:  To Be Determined  

Possible Reschedule Date:  TBD

Typically RUHS for the May test date and for the June test is offered at other local schools.  With extra time at home, students can study for the SAT with free test prep offered at https://www.khanacademy.org/ sat.

RUHS 12th Graders - Course selection-week of March 24th

Currently, we have a class meeting scheduled for April 8th. This is when we will walk you through the local scholarship process.  Should this need to change, we will let you know and have in place an alternative means for making sure you get thorough information.


RUHS 11th Graders - Course selection-week of March 24th

Typically, the month of March is when we get students registered for courses for the next school year.  Despite the unusual circumstances, we are going to follow the same timeline. We urge you to sign up for a time that works for you next week to meet with us virtually.  We currently have virtual appointment slots,M-F, from 8:00am-10am. If you have internet access, please use the links below. You'll need to be signed into your school or personal Google account and click the time you want to meet with your counselor and hit “Save.” At that scheduled time, your counselor will video-message the email account from which you made the appointment. If you find these slots full, just send us an email and we will schedule you for another time during the day. If we do not hear from you, we will contact you directly to schedule an appointment. If you do not have reliable internet access, just leave a message on our school voicemail and we will get back to you for a phone meeting.

Kara:    Kara's Calendar     Beverly: Beverly's Calendar

RUHS 10th graders

Toward the end of this week, Beverly and Kara will be reaching out to you and your family, via email, to establish virtual course selection appointments for the week of March 30th.  In the interim, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out. Beverly has regular, virtual, student appointment slots M-F from 8:00am to 10:00am. You can set up your appointment through the link below. As she is currently working on course selection with the 11th grade, if you find those slots full, just send her an email to let her know some school day times that work and she will email you an invite to meet. If internet access is problematic for you, you can always feel free to leave a message on her school voicemail (ext. 146) and she will get back to you within 24 hours, if not sooner. In addition, Student Services is offering twice daily, student, group hangouts at 10:00am and 1:00pm.  Parents are welcome to reach out by email or by leaving a message on Beverly’s school voicemail, as well as join in on your students upcoming course selection meeting.

For Students: 

Beverly: Beverly's Calendar

Kara:    Kara's Calendar

MORNING - at 10:00 am - Morning Group Hang Out

AFTERNOON - at 1:00pm - Afternoon Group Hang Out

RUHS 9th graders

As a reminder, Beverly has virtual, daily, student office hour appointment slots, M-F from 8:00am-10:00am.  In addition, Student Services is offering twice a day student group hangouts at 10:00am and 1:00pm. If you need anything do not hesitate to reach out!  In the coming weeks, she will be in touch regarding course selection for the 20/21 school year. Parents are welcome to reach out by email or by leaving a message on Beverly’s school voicemail (ext.146) as well as joining in on your students upcoming course selection meeting.

For Students: Beverly: Beverly's Calendar

MORNING - at 10:00 am - Morning Group Hang Out

AFTERNOON - at 1:00pm - Afternoon Group Hang Out

RUHS Middle School Students

As a reminder, Kara has virtual, daily, student office hour appointment slots, M-F from 8:00am-10:00am.  In addition, Student Services is offering twice a day student group hangouts at 10:00am and 1:00pm. If you need anything do not hesitate to reach out!  Parents are welcome to reach out by email or by leaving a message on Kara’s school voicemail (ext.143).

Kara:    Kara's Calendar

MORNING - at 10:00 am - Morning Group Hang Out

AFTERNOON - at 1:00pm - Afternoon Group Hang Out