Counseling

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       Sheila Lepak
         Counselor / AP Coordinator

Announcements

It has been difficult to take in the information throughout the past weeks and understand the impacts COVID-19 and our extended absence from school will have. The district will continue to provide updates as they become available. Here is some relevant info as it pertains to the counseling office:

  • Please continue to take advantage of enrichment opportunities teachers are providing. 
  • E2020 credit recovery courses remain available for students who have failed/lost credit in previous semesters. I encourage you to take this time away from school to work extra hours on credit recovery. If you are not currently registered in a credit recovery class, but failed a class previously and would like to start credit recovery now, please email me. This break would be a great time to get caught up on credits!
  •  If I obtain info regarding changes to state testing, I will pass it along.
  • Seniors who are completing scholarship applications: Please submit scholarship applications that state they are to be returned to the counseling office when we return on April 13. Those scholarship deadlines have been extended to April 13,  If our return date is pushed back further, I will provide an update on this website and through email regarding how to submit completed applications. Scholarship applications that are to be sent to outside institutions should be sent by the deadline to the addresses listed on those applications. 


Advanced Placement Test Updates

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Collegeboard has released information regarding changes to Advanced Placement testing procedures.  Please keep in mind this only applies to Advanced Placement testing for those of you who have signed up to take AP tests and paid either the full amount or a deposit.  Collegeboard has informed us:

  • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. 
  • Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.
The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3. Collegeboard will also unlock any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam.

Collegeboard also is allowing students who no longer wish to test to receive a refund. Working on the premise that we will return to school on April 13, we will have time to address issues surrounding AP testing after we return.  
As I receive more info or if our start date gets pushed back, I will email updates.

The entire update from Collegeboard  is available here: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update

I will continue to check email regularly and provide support from home.  I know this may be a stressful time. Please contact me if you have questions or concerns. I will continue to update you as I receive info. Stay healthy and I hope to see you soon!

To request an appointment with Ms. Lepak, please send an email to slepak@richmond.k12.mi.us. Please indicate the purpose of the appointment in your message.


Counseling Services

  • Macomb Family Services, Richmond (586) 727-5529
  • Blue Water Mental Health, Marysville (810) 985-5125
  • Downriver Community Services, New Haven (810) 794-4982
  • Harbor Oaks (Inpatient Programs) (800) 537-7924
  • Teen Rehab Resources
  • Video Game Addiction Resources

Crisis Information

  • Macomb County Crisis Center (586) 307-9100
  • Macomb Family Services (586) 727-5529
  • Sexual Abuse Help line (877) 666-3267
  • Parent Help line 1(800) 942-HELP
  • Pregnancy Aid (313) 882-1000
  • Runaway Assistance Program 1(800) 292-4517

Richmond High School Counseling Department Philosophy

The mission of the RHS Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. School counselors are student advocates who provide support to maximize their students' personal growth, potential, and academic achievements. Partnering with other educators and family members, school counselors facilitate the support system to ensure all students are equipped with the knowledge and the skills to function as productive members of society.
We believe:
  • All students have access to the school counseling program.
  • School counseling program activities are planned and coordinated by the counseling staff.
  • Counselors are available to all students to discuss academic, social and personal matters.
  • All students have access to information about occupational and education planning.
  • A counselor's role is to help families navigate the challenges of high school and make plans for the future.
  • The student and parents are responsible for monitoring the student's educational progress with the assistance of a counselor.
  • Counselors are available to assist students and families in making decisions about academic planning and post-high school planning.
  • Counselors advocate and guide every student and act as a liaison between all members of the school community.
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