Guidance Department

  • The Guidance Department of James S. Rickards High School is dedicated to the academic, emotional, mental, social, and physical well-being of every student on our campus. We take a holistic approach with our students as we are concerned not only with how they are doing in class, but also how they are doing in other activities outside of class.

    Our Guidance Counselors are prepared to assist you with finding information related to college applications; scholarship searches; dual enrollment; testing; emotional, social, and mental wellness; and a variety of other topics. 

GUIDANCE NEWS

  • SUMMER HOURS

    Parents, counselors will be available over the summer on:

    Tuesdays: 12:00 pm-4:00 pm

    Wednesday:  8:00 am-12:00 pm


     FASFEPA – Scholarship Opportunity

    The Florida Association of State and Federal Education Program Administrators (FASFEPA) is pleased to announce the three scholarship programs (Vivian Scott Scholarship (Students), Instructional Support Personnel Scholarship, and Dr. Ulysses G. Horne, Jr., Dr. Brian Dassler Leadership Scholarship for Educational Leadership). One is designed to support students as they attend college, the second is for paraprofessionals who are enrolled in a post-secondary teacher preparation program and the third is for teachers and other staff enrolled in a post-graduate degree program in Educational Leadership. Application are due February 28, 2018.  Please see your guidance counselor for an application packet.


    New Start Scholarship in Memory of David and Nancy Lawrence 

    The New Start Scholarship in Memory of David and Nancy Lawrence was established to assist young individuals who have had involvement with the Juvenile Justice system and who want to create a New Start by attending Tallahassee Community College. The scholarship is supported by a large number of members of the community who believe that with a New Start, these students can and will turn their lives around.  See your guidance counselor for more information.


     Beta Theta Pi Fraternity

    Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Florida State University would like to invite all incoming male students to apply for the $500 Men of Principle Scholarship. 

    The scholarship is given to the Florida State non-Greek affiliated male student who best demonstrates the values of Beta Theta Pi, makes a positive impact on the people and the community around him, and excels academically.

    If any students wish to pursue this opportunity please have them fill out the application here: https://goo.gl/forms/XWpSunZrPHMCS6X92.

    If you have any further questions, feel free to contact James Kropelin, President (jjk16b@my.fsu.edu) or Tyler Shanahan, Vice President (tks14b@my.fsu.edu). 


    L3 Airline Academy

    L3 Airline Academy is an accredited Flight Academy that trains professional pilots around the world including Sanford and Jacksonville Florida locations.  There are scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors worth up to $35,000 as well as several $10,000 scholarships for future pilots. There are also several scholarships for future female aviation cadets.

    On Saturday January 27th they will be hosting one of their Be A Pilot Career Expos at their academy located at the Sanford International Airport.  There is no cost to attend the event as long as guests register on our website.  They will have 13 of thier airline partners as well as University and College partners on hand to discuss degrees in aviation.

    https://www.l3airlineacademy.com/events/2018/be-a-pilot-career-expo-sanford-florida--january-27-2018.html

    Below is the Scholarship link for more information. 

    https://www.l3airlineacademy.com/us-career-programs/scholarships


     Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)

    SUMMER HIGH SCHOOL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS

    APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

    The Army Educational Outreach Program’s (AEOP) apprenticeships are an excellent way to learn about STEM research in a university or Department of Defense laboratory.

    REAP offers high school students a research experience in a university lab.  Visit the link below to apply.

    HSAP offers students who will be rising high school juniors and seniors during the summer of the internship a research experience alongside university researchers sponsored by the Army Research Office.   Visit the link below to apply.

    SEAP is a high school program that matches students with scientists in a Department of Defense Lab.  Visit the link below to apply. 

     

    Student applications close on February 28, 2018

    Contacts:

    Pamela Hampton, phampton@aas-world.org

    Jody Fortin, jfortin@aas-world.org

    Renie O’Mara, renie@aas-world.org

    Jennifer Ardouin, jennifer.r.ardouin.civ@mail.mil


    TCC Scholarship Fair

    Thursday, February 1, 2018| 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    TCC Fine & Performing Arts Center-Main Campus


    Code Quest

    About Lockheed Martin’s Code Quest®

    Code Quest is an annual computer programming competition where teams of 2-3 High School students each work together for 2.5 hours to solve problems by using JAVA, Python, VB.net, C, and/or C++ programming to complete the “quest.” The problem set consists of 15-20 challenging problems created by Lockheed Martin engineers and computer programmers. 

    Code Quest 2018 will take place Saturday, April 21, 2018 at several Lockheed Martin facilities, including:

    • Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (new location)
    • Dallas, Texas (new location)
    • Denver, Colorado
    • Fort Worth, Texas
    • Greenville, South Carolina (new location)
    • Huntsville, Alabama (new location)
    • King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
    • Marietta, Georgia
    • Moorestown, New Jersey
    • Orlando, Florida
    • Ottawa, Canada (new location)
    • Owego, New York
    • Palmdale, California
    • Stratford, Connecticut
    • Suffolk, Virginia (new location)
    • Sunnyvale, California
    • Washington DC
    • Whiteley, United Kingdom

    For a glimpse into what Code Quest is like, check out the Lockheed Martin Code Quest site and watch the 2017 Code Quest video. Please send any questions to code-quest.gr-aero@lmco.com.

    We look forward to seeing you April 21 for Code Quest 2018!

    Registration opens January 29, 2018.

    We want you to be among the first to know that registration for Code Quest® 2018 will open Monday, Jan. 29. Teams will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Your school may register at only one location. When registration opens, each location will announce how many teams it will accept from your school. Registration for all sites will close on Friday, March 30.

    Please visit the Lockheed Martin Code Quest site for official rules and eligibility requirements for each Code Quest location.

    Feel free to forward this message to additional teachers and students in your communities to help us get the word out. If you have any questions, please email us at code-quest.gr-aero@lmco.com.

     


    Scholarship Search – January 27th , 11am

    Learn different websites to mass search for scholarships. Learn which apps students are using to find scholarships. Begin applying for scholarships! For more information and RSVP, please contact Andrea @ 850-906-9494 or agaskin@keiseruniversity.edu


    Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Best & Brightest Winners

    Art:  Trenton McCray

    Athletics:  Pawan Badisa

    Business:  Ean Scanameo

    Career Technical:  Anvitha Mandapati

    Drama & Performing Arts:  Shreya Kondapalli

    English & Language Arts:  Sarah Halbert

    Foreign Language:  Brenda Gikunda

    Journalism & Media Production:  Phillip Wright

    Leadership:  Tareq Salley

    Mathematics:  Carson Jones

    Music:  Josie Kriss

    Public Speaking:  Katherine Sorrell

    Science & Health:  Charitha Moparthy

    Social Science:  Olivia Saunders

    Technology:  Hana Kiros


    Scholarship Opportunity

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 1890 National Scholars Program application period is open until January 31, 2018.  For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.outreach.usda.gov/education/1890/ . 


    College Reach Out Program/Engineering 

    The CROP-ENG High School Program serves students in grades 9-12 who want to attend college and major in a STEM program. The Saturday Enrichment Program begins at 9:00 am and ends at 12:00 pm on every other Saturday during the academic year.  The academy meets at the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering.

    Services Provided include:

    • Tutoring
    • Mentoring
    • Test Prep
    • Summer Career Exploration
    • Design Competition
    • Research Opportunities

    For more information, contact your guidance counselor or go to: www.eng.famu.fsu.edu/prospective


    Juniors

    Talquin Electric is looking for leaders.  If you are a leader in your Community, school,  or church, then you may be eligible for the Talquin Electric Youth Tour. 

    In order to Qualify:

    • Students must currently be enrolled as a junior
    • Students must have a close relative who is currently a Talquin Member
    • Students must live in Gadsden, Leon, Liberty or Wakulla

    Chosen representatives will participate in a two day conference  and be eligible for selection to represent Talquin at a youth conference in Washington D.C.

    The deadline is December 8 and applications can be downloaded at: www.talquinelectric.com/about/talquin-youth 


    2017-2018 Parent Night Dates

    • September 26… IB Freshman
    • September 28… IB Sophomore and Junior
    • October 3… Senior Parent Night (joint) with break out for IB after general / Clearing House begins @ 5:30pm
    • October 4… IB College Application Day
    • October 6… Non-IB/Non-AVID College Application Day
    • October 24… Freshman-Juniors Parent Night

    ACE- Credit Recovery

    Ace Classes will begin on August 28. 2017, from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, in room 1432.


    PERT Testing

    PERT testing for students who need the score to qualify for Dual Enrollment will take place September 6 and 7.  Students who wish to take the test should sign up with Ms. Bradwell in the front office by Friday September 1st .


    PSAT

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at James S. Rickards

    The PSAT/NMSQT (or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a preliminary version of the SAT. Not only does the PSAT help prepare students to take the SAT or ACT, a great score on the PSAT can also open the door to National Merit Scholarships and other awards . The PSAT will be administered to all 10th grade students free of charge ; 9th and 11th grade students wanting to take the PSAT may sign up with Dr. McNeil in the IB office . The cost of the exam is  $15.00 .


    Military Academy Day

    The Office of Congressman Al Lawson Jr. will be hosting Military Academy Day in Tallahassee, Florida August 26, 2017 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at The Bethel Life Center 406 North Bronough Street Tallahassee, Florida 32301. Military Academy Day is a day when students and parents will be able to talk with representatives from each of our Nation’s 5 Military Academy’s about the nomination process, academy life, and any other questions they may have.


     

CONTACT

  • MRS. THOMPSON
    SURNAME A-E
    ESOL  COORDINATOR
    CELLA
    ACT/SAT WAIVERS

    MRS. JONES
    SURNAME F-L
    NCAA CLEARING HOUSE
    BRIGHT FUTURES
    DUAL ENROLLMENT
    ACT/SAT WAIVERS

    MRS. SCHMECKENBECHER
    SURNAME M-R
    MILITARY CONTACT
    REFERRAL COORDINATOR (504 CONTACT, HOMELESS CONTACT)
    ACT/SAT WAIVERS

    DR. KING
    SURNAME S-Z
    COMMUNITY GROUPS
    YOUTH LEADERSHIP TALLAHASSEE
    ACT/SAT WAIVERS 

    STUDENT SERVICES

     
     
    MS. BRADWELL
    GUIDANCE SECRETARY

    MRS. GOODMAN
    TESTING COORDINATOR

    MRS. HENDERSON
    VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
    MENTOR
    PARTNERS

    DR. MCNEIL
    ADVANCED PLACEMENT COORDINATOR
    IB ASSISTANT COORDINATOR
    AVID COORDINATOR
    COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER
    SCHOLARSHIPS 

    MS. SATCHELL
    GRADUATION COACH
    AT-RISK COORDINATOR 

    MR. VARN
    IB DEAN OF CURRICULUM
    COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER
    ACCOMMODATIONS FOR COLLEGE TESTING
    COLLEGE VISITS