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Guidance Department

Charles Gassar

Mr. Charles Gassar

DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL COUNSELING:

Phone Number: 631-369-6728
Twitter: @CMG_Guidance

 

GUIDANCE SECRETARIES:
Mary Allen, Kathy Smith and Donna Alfano
Phone Numbers: 369 – 6728 / 6730

WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORT (Download Form)

 

GUIDANCE COUNSELORS
Ms. Anastasia Cobis – A – Cichy – Grades 9 thru 12
Mr. Christopher Martin – Cioch – Gellner – Grades 9 thru 12
Ms. Jennifer Boese – George – Lewin – Grades 9 thru 12
Mr. Craig Korobow – Lewis – Oban – Grades 9 thru 12
Ms. Suzanne Maurino – O’Brien – Schultz – Grades 9 thru 12
Ms. Christy Salerno – Sci – Z – Grades 9 thru 12

THE ROLE OF THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR

The school counselor is a certified professional educator who assists students, teachers, parents and administrators. Their role is to help students as they seek to identify and achieve personal goals, and assume rights and responsibilities in various life roles at each developmental stage.

The following functions of the school counselor are developmental and provide impact on all grade levels.

  • Academic Improvement and Planning – Includes the selection of a plan of study, placement into appropriate courses and programs, attendance improvement, study skills development, as well as participation in the CSE process as appropriate.
  • Personal/Social Growth– Includes counseling concerning self-esteem, communication skills, decision making and relationship skills as well as peacemaking prejudice reduction and compassion.
  • Crisis Intervention Services– Includes counseling students in crisis e.g. suicide prevention, child abuse, pregnancy, substance abuse and provides follow up services as appropriate. The counselor plays an integral part in the crisis intervention team.
  • Transition Services– Orients students as they move from grade to grade as well as from school building to school building so as to provide a comfortable and success oriented learning environment.
  • Parent Support– Includes individual conferences and group meetings with parents centered on academic and personal growth of their children. This also includes the referral of students and parents to appropriate specialists.
  • Career Life Planning– Increases student’s awareness of the career and educational planning process as well as the individual careers themselves, and instills in students the values and attitudes necessary for becoming a contributor to their families and society.
  • Consultant– includes serving as a reference and resource on student and school issues for the school psychologists, the school social workers, teachers administrators and the community as well as for local and state agencies, mental health offices/clinics and other professionals designated by parents and/or the school district.
Riverhead High School Guidance Events 2022-2023
College Selection - Informational Videos

The Riverhead High School Guidance Department has created a series of virtual informational videos for parents and students to better understand the college selection and application process at Riverhead High School. Our specialized presentations are listed below. Simply click on each link to view each video presentation.

The College Application process at Riverhead High School (What students and parents need to know)

The College Application process at Riverhead High School (incl. Spanish subtitles)

Understanding the Common Application

Writing Your College Essay

Scholarship Opportunities for Students (What to know before you apply)

Overview of the NCAA Clearinghouse for Student Athletes

Preparing for Music Auditions and Art Portfolios

Students with Disabilities: Transitioning From High School To College

Upcoming Fall Guidance Events
  • October 6, 2022: College planning and Information Night  6:00 PM HS Auditorium 
  • October 12, 2022: In School Pre ACT Exam (10th Grade) PSAT Exam (11th Grade)
  • October 14, 2022: In School College Fair (for Seniors) 11:30 AM HS Gymnasium
  • October 19, 2022: NCAA Information Night 5:30 – 6:30 PM HS Auditorium
  • October 19, 2022: Financial Aid Information Night 6:30 – 8:00 PM HS Auditorium
  • October 26, 2022: Fall Evening College Fair 5:00 – 7:30 PM HS Gymnasium
Method Test Prep
  • Method Test Prep is an online course that helps students build their math, reading, writing and SAT prep skills. Set up an account at the following link:
    http://methodtestprep.com/sign_up.php?regtoken=tkn.54480237.
  • Students can listen to math, verbal and writing tutorials. Each tutorial is accompanied by a quiz to test student mastery. The program is highly adaptive and keeps track of a student’s strengths and weaknesses. Students have access to a large pool of practice questions and receive instant feedback upon completion of each question. Method Test Prep is interactive and time efficient. The website can be accessed at any time from anywhere with internet access.
  • Students are encouraged to log in at: https://quickstart.collegeboard.org/posweb/login.jsp
  • SAT PREP LOG-ON INSTRUCTIONS
Naviance

Naviance has been in existence for several years and is the leading provider for high schools and colleges across the country for sending and receiving college applications, transcripts and letters of recommendation.  It is currently being utilized by the majority of high schools across Long Island.  The program is offered to the entire student body.

Financial Aid

Check Calendar for Financial Aid Nights

Parents are reminded that any student planning on attending college in the fall should file a FASFA after October 1. Learn to file online.

VISIT FAFSA ON THE WEB: WWW.FAFSA.ED.GOV.

New York State’s College Financial Aid Awareness Network provides financial aid information. For questions about financial aid, either visit the websites listed below OR call 1.888.NYS.HESC (1.888.697.4372)

The New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA) was founded in 1968 by a group of people involved in the financial aid process.

www.nysfaaa.org

HESC is the state agency that helps people pay for college. HESC administers the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), guarantees federal student and parent loans, provides guidance for college planning and provides a highly-rated 529 college savings plan.

www.hesc.org

The guidance office has a current listing of some websites for various companies that are offering scholarships. SEE THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS.

Attention 10 and 11th Grade Families!

IMPORTANT BOCES INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

Within the next few weeks, representatives from Eastern Suffolk BOCES will be offering a series of virtual evening presentations to interested 10th and 11th grade RHS students and their families.  They will be sharing detailed information about the 2023–2024 Occupational Educational programs offered by BOCES to eligible students starting September 2023.  The presentations have been scheduled for the following dates at 7:00 PM: November 16th, December 14th, January 11th and February 15th.  Next, interested students will be invited to participate in a Visitors Day field trip on February 1st, 2023 to gain greater insight and understanding of the specific programs they are interested in attending.  

Students who are interested in attending BOCES for the first time or if they are currently enrolled and plan on returning next school year must meet the entrance criteria established by both Riverhead Central School District and Eastern Suffolk BOCES.  The admission requirements are published in the RHS Course Offering Booklet, which is available for viewing on the RHS Guidance web page under Occupational Education.  

New and returning candidates for BOCES programs must submit his/her fully completed applications to the Riverhead High School Guidance Office no later than Friday, March 3rd, 2023

Students and families must complete the Google form below to register. Once completed, click submit, and the next screen will share the Zoom link. 

Google Form for Registration