RJSHS Guidance Home Page

           Richford Guidance Department          
1 Corliss Heights
Richford, Vermont 05476
802.848.7416 (p) / 802.848.3201 (f)

    • Liam Danaher,  VSAC Counselor-ldanaher@vsac.org  
    • Amy Dunnavant, School Psychologist  x222  
    • Lisa Greco, Student Assistance Counselor / School Based Clinician x250-lgreco@richfordk12.net    
    • Heather Haddick-Guidance Counsleor-Cold Hollow Career Center-933-4003 x114
    • Emma Hardy, RN, School Nurse, x245-ehardy@richfordk12.net  
    • Jane Lariviere, Registrar / Guidance Assistant  x220-jlariviere@richfordk12.net
    • Justin Philie, NCSS  School Based Clinician  x222 
    • Kyle Saltzman-Work Based Learning Coordinator-x223
    • Alysa Vallender-School Counseling Intern-x160
    • Allison Witherspoon, Director of Guidance  x221-awitherspoon@richfordk12.net                                                            

The RJSHS Guidance Department provides academic, social/emotional, and career development support to all students in grades 6-12.  


Student Opportunities
(in chronological order)

For 10th graders  interested in healthcare.  Applications due on March 7, 2018.  Scholarships are available.  Click here for more information.

Governor's Institutes of Vermont

The Governor's Institutes of Vermont's summer program is for students who are currently in 9-11th grade and are academically and/or artistically motivated. It offers in-depth learning and extreme fun! There are 11 programs to choose from. These programs are held at various colleges within Vermont and students will reside there for the week. Dates vary depending on the program.  Applications are due by March 23, 2018Click here for more information.

Vermont Law Cadet Training Program

The purpose of the Cadet Training Program is to help young people gain knowledge regarding training and responsibilities of Law Enforcement Officers.  This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in a law enforcement career.  This is a 5 day program beginning Sunday, June 17, 2018 and it's held at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford.  This is sponsored by and paid for by the American Legion. 
Please see guidance for more information.  
Application deadline is April 1, 2018.

You are once again cordially invited to attend a weekend of writing workshops, craft sessions, and open mic at the Champlain College Young Writers' Conference, May 27-29. Now in our sixteenth year, our doors are open to high school students who wish to share their passion for story, drama, and song with their writerly brothers and sisters—and with celebrated New England authors. We offer three days of readings, improv, Moth storytelling, poetry slams, literary jazz/blues fusion, and extended friendship on the hillside campus of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.

OUR 2016 KEYNOTE SPEAKER, AWARD-WINNING POET AND ESSAYIST ELLEN BRYANT VOIGT, is the author of Claiming KinThe Forces of PlentyThe Lotus FlowersTwo TreesKyrieShadow of HeavenMessenger: New and Selected Poems, and Headwaters. A former Vermont State Poet, Ellen’s work has appeared in The American Poetry ReviewThe New YorkerThe AtlanticThe New England Review, and elsewhere. She designed and directed the nation's first low-residency MFA Writing Program, served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and in 2015 received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur “genius grant.”

College Visits
*College visits are for juniors and seniors at RHS

Dual Enrollment/Early College  
Gain college credit while you are still in high school!  Below are dual enrollment/Early College opportunities.  See Mrs. Witherspoon if you are interested!
CCV Intro to College Studies-Take this free course and receive a voucher to take a FREE college class at any Vermont State College.  You must use your voucher by the summer after you graduate from high school.  This class is offered each semester.
University of Vermont-Take a free class at UVM, either online, or in the classroom.  Recommendation is required for participation. 
Johnson State College-Early College Program/JUMP START Program-The Early College Program allows seniors to spend their final year of high school on Johnson's campus taking college classes and earning up to 30 college credits, tuition-free.  Students receive dual enrollment credit.  They complete their senior year of high school AND first year in college at the same time!!  The Jump Start Program allows juniors and seniors to take up to two college classes on Johnson State College's campus tuition-free. 

Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative (VTVLC)

As of the 2013-14 school year, we are a partner school with Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative (VTVLC).  VTVLC offers online courses taught by certified Vermont teachers.  There are many reasons why students may take a VTVLC course: to minimize scheduling conflicts, to offer variety in their schedule (VTVLC offers courses that we do not), for enrichment purposes, or perhaps for credit recovery.  If you are interested in learning more about VTVLC, feel free to contact the guidance office and/or visit their web site.  Click the following links for additional information: VTVLC web site, current online courses, student log in page.   

RJSHS Graduation Requirements
  • English-4 credits
  • Math -  3 credits
  • Science- 3 credits
  • Social Studies - 4 credits
  • Consumer Economics-.5 credit
  • Physical Education-1.5 credits
  • Fine Art-1 credit
  • Practical Art-1 credit
  • Computer Literacy or Computer Science -1 credit
  • Health - .5 credit
  • Electives-5 credits

*30 hours of community service

Total-24.5 credits


SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines-click here

Register for the SAT-click here

*Subject tests will be offered during each of these test dates.  Test subjects vary.  Be sure to have your scores sent to your colleges.  Many colleges will only accept standardized tests scores directly from Collegeboard.    

ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines-click here

Register for the ACT-click here

*Be sure to have your scores sent to your colleges.  Many colleges will only accept standardized test scores directly from ACT.   

Senior Scholarship Opportunities 
Click here for scholarship list.  Scholarships are listed in the order of their due date. 
*Get your applications in early!  Be sure to proof read your essays and ask for letters of recommendation well in advance!! 

Important Forms
Senior Information Sheet (complete this form so teachers can write you letters of recommendation)
College Visit Form (complete this form when you visit a college for an excused absence)

Community Service Learning Project

High School students are required to have 30 hours of community service to graduate from RJSHS!  Be sure to give Jane Lariviere your community service proposal application before starting your hours.  Click here for community service paperwork! 
New this year..... any senior who has not completed at least 15 hours of  documented service by December 20th, will have their senior privileges suspended.

Senior Reminders

1.  Register for the fall SAT and/or ACT.
2.  Know your college application deadlines!
3.  Start to ask teachers, counselor, coaches, etc for letters of recommendation.  Give them plenty of notice!
4. Start completing your college applications.
5.  Continue to research and visit colleges. 
6. Begin to draft your college essay, and consult with your teachers.  This needs to be your best work.
7.  Start to review the scholarship list (see above)
8.  Mark your calendars for the Financial Aid Night on November 7th.
9.  Attend the Franklin County Career Expo in the spring.

Junior Reminders

1. Begin searching for colleges
2.  Attend college fairs/open houses
3.  Prepare for the SAT-take the PSAT and meet with Mrs. Witherspoon in December to go over your results.  Study, study, study!
4.  Prepare for the ACT-look over your PLAN results and study accordingly
5.  Be sure that you are taking a rigorous high school schedule.  Remember, colleges want to see that you have challenged yourself.
6.  Attend VSAC's Paying for College Night in the fall of your junior year.  This workshop will be held in your school's library.
7.  In the spring, register for College Pathways through VSAC.  This is a free day-long conference for 11th grade students and their parents/guardians.  This conference is about the college application and financial aid process.  More information will be available on this event as the time approaches. 
8.  Register for the spring SAT and ACT.
9.  Attend the Franklin County Career Expo in the spring.

Freshmen/Sophomore Reminders

1.   Talk with your teachers and guidance counselor about the classes that you should be taking based on your interests and future career goals.  Also, set up a time to meet with your guidance counselor  to develop a four year plan and discuss credits.
2.  Take advantage of extra-curricular activities that are available to you (i.e. shadow day, career conference, sports, SADD, OVX)
3.  Sophomores, take the PLAN (the practice ACT).  This will get you ready to take the ACT when you are a junior.
4.  Visit the VSAC website and set up an account with Vermont Guidance Central.  Learn about careers and take skill, interest, and value inventories.   This is a great resource!!
 Online Resources for Students/Parents/Guardians
Common Application-The Common Application is an online application that many colleges use.  You complete one application that is sent all of your schools (provided that all of your schools participate in Common App).  For students who are applying to college using the Common Application, it is a 3-part process per school.  You have to submit your payment (or waiver info), supplement, and main application for each school.  Submitting just one of those things does not send your entire application.  You can always check with Mrs. Witherspoon to see if your entire application has been sent. 
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation-VSAC  is a scholarship, financial aid, college, and career resource for Vermont students and families. 

Collegeboard-This web site is very useful for both students and parents/guardians.  Not only is this where students go to register for the SAT, but this web site provides a college search, career/major search, financial aid and scholarship information, and much more.

Financial Aid Resources

Visit the VSAC web site for financial aid information and applications

Liam Danaher, our VSAC Outreach Counselor, is available to meet with students and families regarding financial aid and interpreting financial aid award letters. Call our guidance office to set up an appointment.  848-7416 x220 

Roadmap to College

Click here for the VSAC Roadmap to College

Vermont Colleges


 Summer Camps-2018

Camp Knock-Knock

Middle and High School Students and Families-Camp Knock Knock is a Weekend Bereavement Camp for families. It is held at YMCA Camp Abnaki in North Hero, VT from June 2-June 4.  Click here for additional information.

Vermont Technical College Summer Camps

Middle and High School Students-There are summer camp opportunities on the Vermont Technical College campuses (Williston and Randolph) for students in middle and high school:

Rosie’s Girls STEM Leadership Camps: June 19-23 or July 10-14
(overnight camps for girls entering 9th-10th grades. Randolph campus).

Coder Camp for Girls: July 17-21 (day camp for girls entering 8th-10th grades. Williston campus.)

Aero Camp: July 24-28 (day camp for boys and girls ages 12-18. Williston campus).

Click here for more information on each camp

8th -11th Graders-Dental Career Exploration Camp at the University of New England in Biddeford, ME.-Aug 5th-Aug 7th. This FREE opportunity is for rising 9th-11th graders who are interested in a career in dental medicine (i.e. dental hygiene, general dentistry, or dental lab technician)? Applications due by July 3rd. See Guidance for more info.