RSJH Counseling Office

Meet our staff and find valuable information relating to course offerings and selection. Information and links are also provided on a variety of student guidance topics. We are here to help!

Our Counseling Office Staff

Eileen McGarvey
Eileen McGarvey
School Counselor/Seventh Grade
Kris Owen
Kris Owen
School Counselor/Eighth Grade
Jan Vensel
Jan Vensel
Athletic/Counseling Secretary


WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) is a leadership organization that allows students to make decisions for our school and bring about change through personal action, mentorship, leadership and positive role modeling. We are looking for students who are willing to step up and make things happen, who are eager to make a difference, and who are friendly, kind, and enthusiastic.  If you are currently in 7th grade and are interested you need to complete this online application by March 22nd.  The application is available in the link below:


New to Pickerington?

Welcome!  We are glad you’re here.  You may enroll by contacting our Welcome Center.

Once you are registered with the Welcome Center, contact us at 614-548-1700, and make an appointment with a counselor to create your class schedule.  We look forward to meeting you!

You may browse course options at Course Catalog 2018-2019

Information about Gifted and Advanced Placement Courses

Students new to PLSD are eligible to take Gifted and Advanced courses, according to specific requirements. For more information, click on Gifted Course Info (RTF) or you may contact

WISE Program

With funding and assistance provided by The United Way of Fairfield County, Ridgeview STEM Jr. High School will again be implementing the WISE program for this school year.  This year we will have two WISE coaches. One coach will be staying after school this year to provide extra help.


What is WISE?


The WISE Program is an educational program designed to improve the organizational skill, study skills, and self-confidence of junior high school students.


When will the WISE program be implemented?


Students can select either first, second or third trimester.  This will take the place of one of their electives.  Students selected to the program will meet 5 days per week during the day.  Students will be withdrawn from one of their electives.


Who will be responsible for working with my child during the WISE program periods?


The WISE Program will be implemented by a WISE Coach who is a certified classroom teacher, with experience working with students that struggle with staying organized, studying for tests and quizzes, and completing work consistently in a timely manner.


Is there data proving the program’s effectiveness?


Since the WISE program’s inception in 2008, data has shown that of the 389 students who have participated, 85% have seen an improvement in grades.


If you are interested in your child participating in the WISE program, contact your child’s school counselor at 614-548-1700.  Mrs. Owen works with the 8th grade and Mrs. McGarvey works with the 7th grade.  You may also complete the WISE consent form (PDF) | WISE consent form (RTF) and return it to the counseling office ASAP.


Mrs. Owen:

Mrs. McGarvey:

Resources for Parents and Students

Suicide Prevention

Common Warning Signs of Suicide

*Marked change in an individual’s behavior
*Giving away favorite possessions
*Previous suicide attempts
*Inappropriate goodbyes
*Obsession with death; revealing a desire to die
*Decline in school performance
*Deterioration of physical appearance/ reckless actions

**Published by the Fairfield County Suicide Prevention Coalition.  If you are concerned about your child, yourself, or someone else, please call one of the following numbers appropriate for your situation:

24 Hour Suicide Prevention
Teen Hotline

Crisis Intervention

National Suicide Prevention Line


Stop Bullying website

The Bully Project

Safer Schools Hotline

Signs of Suicide Screenings Begin October 2017

The teen years are marked by a roller coaster ride of emotions – difficult for teens, their parents, and educators.  It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age, and the past decade has seen teen suicide rates increasing.

In order to proactively address this issue, Pickerington School District and New Horizons Mental Health Services will provide a suicide prevention lesson as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention program.  This program has been used by thousands of schools over the past nine years. It has proven successful at increasing help-seeking by students concerned about themselves or a friend, and is the only school-based suicide prevention program selected by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for its National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices that addresses suicide risk and depression, while reducing suicide attempts.

Our goals in participating in this program are straightforward:

  • To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness, and help them assess whether or not they may have symptoms consistent with depression.
  • To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression.
  • To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in a friend.
  • To impress upon teens that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns.

With generous funding and support by the Fairfield County ADAMH Board and the United Way of Fairfield County, we will begin implementation of the SOS Program in our middle and high schools in October. The program will take place during one health class or a class the school deems appropriate. A voluntary depression screening tool is part of the SOS program. This tool cannot provide a diagnosis of depression, but does give an indication of whether your child should be referred for evaluation by a mental health professional.


All students will:

  • Watch the video, “Time to Act”
  • Participate in a discussion
  • Complete a depression screening form (voluntary)
  • Complete an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s ) questionnaire

Students whose responses indicate they are thinking about suicide will be seen by a New Horizons clinician immediately and parents/guardians will be notified.  Other students whose responses indicate potential depression will be seen within a week and parents will be notified if there is a concern. Students may also request to talk with a clinician regarding a friend they are concerned about.

Communication will be made with school counselors regarding information relevant to your child should a concern be present after screening.

If you do NOT wish for your child to take a written screening test for depression, please contact the counseling office IN WRITING by October 26th.   If we do not hear from you, we will assume your child has permission to participate in this screening.

If you have any questions or concerns about this program, please do not hesitate to contact,

Betsy Mathess at 740-304-7637. 


SOS Program Facilitators

Eileen McGarvey

Kris Owen


Children's Advocacy Project For Kids

Check out this wonderful new resource sponsored by Children’s Hospital.  There is everything from fun activities for kids, to resources for basic needs, to help in finding a career.   Link:   CAP4Kids website


Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS)

is a research-validated program that utilizes above-grade-level assessment, as a means of gifted testing, to help parents and educators better understand their students’ educational needs. NUMATS allows eligible students to take internationally recognized tests before the grade levels at which they are normally administered. SAT® and ACT®, designed for students in grades 11 and 12, are administered to students in grades 6 through 9. NUMATS identifies academic ability, measures growth and connects students to resources and opportunities for advanced students.  Click here to register or to understand more about the program.