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
614.548.1716
Kris Owen
Kris Owen
School Counselor/Eighth Grade
614.548.1717
Jan Vensel
Jan Vensel
Athletic/Counseling Secretary
614-548-1700

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 leanne_ross@plsd.us.

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  Students will be withdrawn from one of their electives.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:  Kris_Owen@plsd.us

Mrs. McGarvey: Eileen_McGarvey@plsd.us

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
*Depression
*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
614-294-3300

Crisis Intervention
740-687-8255

National Suicide Prevention Line
800-273-8255

Bullying

Stop Bullying website

The Bully Project

Safer Schools Hotline
844-723-3764

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

NUMATS

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.