Welcome to Student Services at Randolph Union Middle and High School.
Dear Students, Parents, and Families
RU Student Services Department is here to support students and families as we all navigate these challenging times. Please feel free to reach out to any of us with questions, concerns, or for support.
Kara Merrill, RU School Counselor-grades 7-9 and half of grades 11 and 12. firstname.lastname@example.org
802-728-3397, ext. 143
Beverly Taft, RU School Counselor-remote students 7-9, grade 10, and half of grades 11 and 12 email@example.com Remote number: 802-552-8209
Martha Gold, RU School Based Mental Health Clinician, firstname.lastname@example.org 802-728-3397, ext 146
Colin Andrzejczyk, Student Assistance Professional, email@example.com
VSAC Vermont Career Connect
Have you ever wondered about a job or career and what it would be like to do that work? Check out Vermont Career Connect to take the first step in discovering your future. During the first hour of this virtual event, students will work with Kathi Terami of Careers CLiC to explore their interests and think about how those interests might match up with promising careers. The second hour will provide students the opportunity to attend one of over a dozen breakout Q&A panels based on their career interests. Find more information and register at https://www.vsac.org/vermont-career-connect
Grade 12 Advisory
Reminder, this year attendance in senior advisory is required. RU Seniors have been assigned to one of two advisory groups, Mondays at 11:20 or Tuesdays at 11:20. Advisory can be accessed in person, in the RU media center, or virtually through google meet. If you are unsure of your advisory group, please reach out to Beverly or Ms. Holder. RU RTCC students are welcome to join in virtually if one of those days is a remote day. If interested, reach out to Beverly and she will provide you with a link.
Post-secondary planning - Beverly and Kara have been meeting with seniors to plan for life after high school. If you have yet to meet with your counselor, please reach out.
As you all are aware, the FAFSA went live on October 1st. While the financial aid process might feel daunting, do not panic as VSAC offers navigation support through 1:1 meetings and webinars. You can also access a VSAC video tutorial, here.
Even if you're not a participant in VSAC's talent outreach, you can schedule a Zoom meeting to have a financial aid expert assist you in the process. To set up an appointment, click on this link. In addition, check out and download the Paying for College Guide.
On Nov. 19th, and 23rd, VSAC will be offering an online presentation-Financial Aid and Managing College Costs. I strongly recommend families attend. This is the link to choose a date and register.
To All RU Students - TRY for the Environment - Apply to be a Teen Teacher! (grades 7-12)
TRY stands for Teens Reaching Youth and is an environmental leadership opportunity for students in grades 7-12. It is an environmental education program taught by teens and designed to increase environmental literacy and responsibility in younger youth.
NEW for 2020-2021: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the TRY program will be limited to two content areas - 4-H2O and Waste Solutions. Each content area will consist of three, 45 minute lessons that are designed to be delivered virtually - either when students are in the classroom or at home. We will offer the TRY teaching opportunity to teens twice - Session 1 (January - March with training in December) and Session 2 (March - May with training in February). All trainings and program delivery will be virtual; Session 2 applications are due by January 15, 2021. You can apply here.
To RU Upper Grades
CELEBRATE 2021 THE 12TH ANNUAL & 1ST VIRTUAL VERMONT ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK! Feb 10, 2021
Theme: “Inspiring Vermont Entrepreneurs to ReFocus – ReImagine – ReEngineer –We’ve Got You Covered”
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 (morning) -Open to Students Grades 9-12 –Hear from Enterprising Vermont Entrepreneurs
Participate in Breakout Workshops
View Visual Media Competition Submissions - & more!
WIN CASH PRIZES! -Students may enter in one or both categories Submission deadline: January 12, 2021 Event details & competition guidelines can be accessed by clicking this link or by contacting Laurel Butler, firstname.lastname@example.org (VT Small Business Development Center)
To RU 11th and 12th grade - Dual Enrollment
Interested in taking a dual enrollment college course? Now is the time to sign up for 2nd semester...don't leave it until the last minute!!! If you don't have an account you can create one by clicking on this link. We strongly recommend that you sign before December break. Reach out to your school counselor if you have questions.
RU 12th grade - Post-secondary planning
Beverly and Kara have been meeting with seniors to plan for life after high school. If you have yet to meet with your counselor, please reach out. It is important to meet with your counselor before you apply so that we can make sure that we are aware of when you will need documents, that your Naviance account is activated, and that you have all you need to complete a successful college application.
VSAC Scholarships & VT Grant
This week’s senior advisory focused on the VSAC scholarship application process, as well as the VT Grant application. This information has been sent out in earlier senior family emails, however, we felt it was important to go over the process with students. For those who weren’t in attendance, you can find more detailed information through these links: VSAC Scholarships & VT Grant . In addition to college expenses, the VT Grant can be used for trainings and employment needs. In order to apply for the scholarships and/or the grant, families must complete the FAFSA. As a reminder, if you have questions or are struggling with navigating the FAFSA, VSAC offers a ton of support. The VSAC Scholarship application and VT Grant deadlines are both February 11th. Do not hesitate to reach out to your school counselor if you need assistance or have any questions.
Grade 10 - UVM Virtual College Visit
In a typical year, the 10th grade visits UVM as part of our postsecondary exploratory opportunities at RU. This year, we are going to move our visit to the virtual world...but, we promise it will be entertaining! Beverly and a mystery RU alum are in the process of developing a small group, virtual campus tour and an insiders info session for the 10th grade. Beverly will also have Alison Anker, UVM admissions counselor provide an informational session as a follow up to our tours. These sessions will happen over multiple days in groups of 10. Stay tuned for more info!
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.