• Guidance Office News


    Financial Aid Night

                Our PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) representative, Julie Fontana will be in the high school library on Wednesday May 19th at 6:00pm to give a presentation on financial aid.  This presentation is targeted toward parents of current juniors.  Julie will also discuss scholarships and grants.  She shares a lot of great information that will allow you to process and prepare over the summer in order to be ready to complete the FAFSA in the fall. Please email me at popfar@rockwoodschools.org or call the Guidance Office to let me know if you plan on attending, so I can know how many packets to prepare.  (814) 926-4631, ext. 1115.


    PHEAA/Financial Aid Webinars

    Webinar #1:  Two Step Approach to Post Secondary Financial Bliss

    Join financial aid experts Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for this fun and informative webinar.  Learn how to use online tools to plan for financial success as you seek a postsecondary education.  This webinar also emphasizes best practices (such as seeking grants and scholarships first) covers the primary methods of keeping school related debt to a minimum, reminds families about additional resources (such as payment plans) and touches on private/ alternative loans as a last resort. 


    -- Tuesday, 5/4 and 5/18 Noon

    -- Thursday, 5/6 and 5/20 6:30 pm

    Click here to register or copy/paste https://www.pheaa.org/virtual


    Webinar #2:  Deep Dive Into Credit Related to Education Funding

    For most families, borrowing for education is part of the equation and can be confusing as families look for the best options to fit their needs.  Join Dan Wray and Linda Pacewicz of Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for a one-hour webinar to increase your financial literacy and knowledge on the process of credit and how to maintain or improve ratings an comparison points to help make informed and affordable education borrowing decisions.


    -- Tuesday 5/11 and 5/25 6:30pm

    --  Thursday 5/13 and 5/27  Noon  

    Click here to register or copy/paste https://www.pheaa.org/virtual

    West Point Stem Camps   https://www.westpoint.edu/centers-and-research/center-for-leadership-and-diversity-in-stem/middle-and-high-school-stem-workshop


    ATOMS Program 2021

    Please open the link below for more information. 

    Information and Applications

    Conemaugh School of Nursing and Allied Health Programs Open House

    There will be an Open House for the Conemaugh School of Nursing and Allied Health Programs. It will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 6-8 pm.  This is for interested junior and senior students.  Stop in the Guidance Office for a flyer. 

    We also wanted to share that the Conemaugh School of Nursing put together information on Flipgrid. This information can also be shared with your students as well.

    • Directions – go to www.flipgrid.com and enter join code of – conemaughnursing 
    • Students can just click on any video to watch. There are student testimonials that share the life of a “student nurse”.

    * SOS (Signs of Suicide)Program Being Implemented in 9th Grade Health Classes

    The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions which can be difficult for youth, 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.  Depression-which is treatable-is a leading risk factor for suicide.  In addition, self-injury has become a growing problem among youth.

    To proactively address these issues, Rockwood Jr/Sr. High is offering depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS (Signs of Suicide) Prevention Program. The program has proven to be successful at increasing help-seeking by students concerned about themselves or a friend.

    Our goals in participating in this program are straightforward:

    • To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness
    • 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 themselves or a friend
    • To impress upon youth that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns
    • To help students know whom in the school they can turn to for help, if they need it.

    The SOS program will be implemented in Ms. Glessners’s 9th grade Health classes next week, March 17th, 18th and 19th.  Mr. Buterbaugh’s 9th Grade class will have the program at a later date.  There will be a permission sent home for all 9th graders, prior to implementation explaining the program in further detail and asking for a signature if you DO NOT want your child to sit in class the days the SOS program is being implemented.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Mrs. Opfar at 926-4631, ext. 1115 or popfar@rockwoodschools.org.

    *Clarion University – Somerset is hosting an Open House for students interested in visiting the site and learning more about the Associate of Science in Nursing program in Somerset. Also, seniors can use the application fee waiver code Somerset21 to apply for the Somerset ASN program for Fall 2021 at www.clarion.edu/apply.

    *The process of scheduling for next year has begun.  Scheduling sheets are due in the guidance office by Friday, Feb 26th.  After course requests are in and the master schedule is updated, Mrs. Opfar will begin to meet with students individually to discuss their schedule for next year as well as career planning.

    *Interested 9th graders visited programs of interest at SCTC on Feb 17th.  Applications to attend SCTC for next school year are due by Feb 26, 2021 in the guidance office.

    *SATs will be given to all students enrolled in CP English 11 (and other interested juniors and seniors) on Wed. March 3rd at Rockwood, during the school day.

    The Challenge Program-  Week of Giveways! Learn about local businesses and have the chance to earn prizes! Week of Giveaways


    SAT-The SAT (without Essay) will be offered at Rockwood on Wednesday March 3rd.  All Juniors who are enrolled in CP English 11 will take the test.  Other interested Juniors and Seniors can sign up to take the test as well.  Juniors can take the test free of charge.  Seniors will be charged the testing fee.

    If you are not currently enrolled in CP English 11 and are interested in taking the test, please email Mrs. Opfar (popfar@rockwoodschools.org) by Wednesday January 27th to sign up.


    Virtual College Fair--College Board is hosting our first-ever series of virtual college fairs called BigFuture™ Days. Encourage sophomores and juniors at your school to sign up for a chance to connect directly with college admissions representatives and current college students. They'll have a chance to explore colleges in a way that's not overwhelming, ask questions about topics they want to learn about, and take action on key college planning steps.

    Direct students to register at cb.org/bigfuturedays.



    Free money vs. self-help money. Grants and scholarships vs. loans and work-study. Unfortunately, most parents don’t understand the different types of financial aid available and they don’t know how to position better to get more of the free money for college we all want. Let us help! 








    Virtual FAFSA appointment- If you would like to schedule a one on one virtual appointment with help completing the FAFSA, please contact Julie Fontana at jfontana@pheaa.org or 814-322-2563.

    FAFSA Presentation-Click on link below (you must provide the password) to view the FAFSA Presentation.  Please be aware a message will pop up stating "there is no content to view.....", Push the place button at the bottom of the screen and the recording will begin.             

    2021-22 FAFSA Overview Recording

    PLAY RECORDING ( 55 min)

    Recording Password:mR5PnWJS

    Financial Aid Presentation-Click on link below ( you must provide the password) to view the Financial Aid Presentation that was held Monday September 21st, 2020. Please be aware a message will pop up stating "there is no content to view......" Push the play button at the bottom of the screen and the recording will begin.

    PHEAA Financial Aid Presentation
    Monday, September 21, 2020

    Play Recording
    Recording Password:9Zsw9x62

    9th Grade SCTC Experience- Interested 9th graders can attend the 9th-grade experience at Somerset County Technology Center (SCTC) on December 3rd, 2020.  This experience is for 9th graders who are interested in possibly enrolling in SCTC for their 10th-grade year.  Mrs. Opfar will speak with all 9th graders and send home permissions for those interested.


     ASVABs-The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery(ASVAB) will be given on Thursday November 12, 2020. This is a free assessment designed to help students learn about themselves and the world of work, as well as to identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations and to develop an effective strategy to realize their career goals.  The test has three sections;; a multiple-aptitude test, an interest inventory and a career exploration tool.  All current 10th graders will be taking the test, as well as any interested 11th and 12th grade students.  Although associated with entrance to the military, the test is also used by many schools as a career interest inventory.  Scores for the 10th graders cannot be used for entrance to the miliatary.  Student who are interested in the military can submit their scores when taking the exam in 11th or 12th grade.  The test will take place in the morning during 1st-4th period.  If you have any questions please contact the guidance office.


    PSAT & SATBoth tests will given at the school on Wednesday, October 14th. 2020.  ALL CP English 10 students (and other interested 10th graders ) will take the PSAT.  ALL CP English 11 and CP English 12 (and other interested  11th  & 12th grade students) will take the SAT.  Both tests are being offered free of charge. test will be offered to students enrolled in CP English 11 and CP English 12(as well as any other interested junior or senior). Registration will take place in school.  More information will be given when school resumes.





    SOS Program- The Signs of Suicide program will be implemented in the 9th Grade Health classes, please click the following link- SOS program, or visit our district's Facebook page to find out more information. Letters are also being sent home with the 9th-grade students. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Opfar in the Guidance office.


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    Please feel free to stop in the Guidance Office to get started on your College Career!!! We have applications and information for any school requested!