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RHS Senior Parent Newsletter

May 30, 2017

This will be my last newsletter to senior parents.  I know that you have had a whirlwind of excitement the last few weeks preparing for graduation; I hope you enjoy the opening days of summer.  I wanted to thank you again for sharing your students with me this school year thank you class of 2017 you have left a mark on Rockdale High School and you have left a mark upon my heart. I care about each one of you and I will sorely miss you all. 

Below are a few reminders for parents and seniors.  As always please do not hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do to help your student. 

I wish you the very best of luck and look forward to all that this class will accomplish in the future.

Tiffany Commerford

Principal

* College Textbooks – Here are some great sites to purchase college textbooks:

                                     www.chegg.com

                                     www.barnesandnoble.com

                                     www.slugbooks.com

                                     www.amazon.com

                                     www.halfprice.com

*Diplomas – ALUMNI may pick up diplomas in the front office anytime Monday-Thursday from 8-4.  This is for students who chose not to participate in graduation or need to return their cap & gown.

*FASFA – the due date for junior college financial aid (FASFA) is June 1st

*Graduation Pictures - The proofs will be available online this evening for Rockdale Photography, to access go visit  www.rockdalephotography.com  any email will work and the password will be Rockdale.

* Scholarship Thank You Notes -If you received a local scholarship last Monday at the award’s ceremony please be sure to send a thank you card.  If you do not have an address or name please call the office, reply to this email, or drop the card by RHS and we will take care of it for you.

*Transcripts- Ms. Neumeyer goes on summer break starting June 29th and does not return until August.  Please make sure that any additional transcript requests are submitted ASAP.  It takes 2 business days to complete requests.

*New Information

UPCOMING DATES:

June 30 – July 9   High School Office Closed

July 10 – July 31  RISD Summer Office Hours (Monday-Thursday)

10/13       RHS Homecoming v. Troy

Senior Reminders (Final Week)

Senior Parents,

Graduation is almost here!

Here are some reminders and updates.

Credit hours and credit recovery - classes are due Thursday, May 25th by 4:00pm.

Fines: We still have 17 seniors that owe fines/materials as of today. Please get this taken care of we cannot start graduation practice on Friday until this is complete. If you have any questions please contact Gloria Thomas (512) 430-6152.

Graduation walk @ RES – seniors are required to attend Thursday, May 25th at 9:00am. Wear your cap & gown (you don’t have to wear fancy clothes underneath or fancy shoes). We will meet in the RES gym beginning at 8:40am for sign-in and to line-up.  Parking will be tough so please plan to be early.  It should takes us 30-40 minutes.

Graduation practice - seniors are required to attend Friday, May 26th at 9:00am in the new gym. Cap & gown are not needed for practice.

Graduation dress code reminders:

The school dress code will be enforced on graduation day. Any student not in compliance with the code will not be allowed to participate in the graduation exercises. Flip flops, tennis shoes, and other inappropriate footwear should not be worn. Make arrangements now to be within the code. Inspection will be held for both practice and commencement. Boys must shave before graduation practice and graduation. In addition, the following recommendations are made for commencement attire:

A. Boys are to wear dark or khaki pants, white shirts, dark socks, a tie and dress shoes or nice boots. Be sure to wear a tie. No Shorts

B. Girls are to wear dresses or nice dress pants. Costume jewelry should not be worn on the gowns. Remember that the gowns are lightweight material. No Shorts.

C. Wear the cap straight and level with the tassel on the left side.

Weather – we are monitoring the weather and will make a decision about moving graduation into the gym by noon Thursday. Please remember that each graduate will receive 9 wristbands for graduation if it is moved to the gym. Seniors will receive their wristbands at practice Friday morning (if needed). We will announce the decision on the district/campus website, campus Facebook, and through messenger.

If you have any questions or need anything please do not hesitate to contact us (512) 430-6140 or reply to this email.

Tiffany Commerford

Principal

RHS Newsletter 5/19

 

RHS Newsletter

May 19, 2017

 It’s hard to believe, that we are down to just a few days!

 Please take a look at the exam schedule for next week; there are 3 different schedules next week. We received STAAR EOC scores early today (they look good) and we shared these with students today; please contact the counselors if you have any questions about STAAR scores or summer school.

Congratulations to junior Marcella Gutiérrez for winning the Battle of the Bell T-Shirt design for 2017.

Seniors must attend RES graduation walk Thursday at 9:00am AND graduation practice Friday morning at 9:00am – please remind the men to shave and all students to pay their fines! We will not begin practice Friday until both of those items are complete.

Tiffany Commerford

Principal

Athletic Paperwork - The Rockdale High School Library will be open from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23 for parents and athletes to fill out the required UIL paperwork online.  These forms will no longer be paper and must be completed online for the 2017-18 school year.  As always, these forms must be completed before a student can participate in any athletics.  This training is not required but may be helpful especially for those who do not have internet access.  

Baccalaureate Service – The Rockdale Ministerial Alliance will be hosting the Baccalaureate Service on May 21st at 2:00 p.m. at Meadowbrook Baptist Church of Rockdale.  All graduating seniors are invited to attend this special and memorable service that will be led by clergy and members of the graduating student body.  Students are encouraged to wear their graduation robes and will be honored and blessed for their hard work and achievement.  

Driver Education Class – information for upcoming driver education class in Rockdale is available on the RISD webpage or in the front office. Students interested in participating in the class must be 15 years old before July 6, 2016. RISD students pay $220 to register. The balance of the fee will be paid for RISD students by the RHS ACE grant. Please see Mrs. Thomas in the high school office May 16-27. You must pay with a check or a Money Order made out to Region VI ESC (NO CASH).

*Project Graduation: The event will be held at Austin Park & Pizza on May 26-27. The seniors will need to arrive at the high school gym parking lot at 10:30 pm on Friday, May 26. We will return at approximately 7:00 am Saturday, May 27. Students are encouraged to wear their senior shirt.

* New Information

 UPCOMING DATES:

5/21 Baccalaureate Service – Meadow Brook Baptist Church 2:00pm

 5/22 Little River Clinic @ RHS - PM

         Boys State Golf @ Grey Rock (day 1)

         Awards Ceremony – RHS Gym 6:30pm

5/23 Exam Schedule

         Boys State Golf @ Grey Rock (day 2)

         PALs @ RIS Field Day     

5/24   Exam Schedule

         Little River Clinic @ RHS – AM

        Mandatory Faculty Meeting (all staff) w/ Dr. Monzingo 1:15-2:15pm

5/25   Exam Schedule

         Student Early Release 12:00pm

         Senior Cap & Gown Walk @ RES 9:00am (report to RES gym 8:45am)

         Last Day of the 6th Six Weeks

         All Credit Recovery Hours due to Mr. Hasselbach 4:00pm

         All Edgenuity completed by 4:00pm 

5/26 Teacher Work Day 8:00am

         Mandatory Graduation Practice 9:00am RHS New Gym

         Graduation 7:30pm Tiger Stadium

         Project Graduation @ Austin Park & Pizza 

5/30 Credit Recovery Summer School Begins

6/5  EOC Test Prep Summer School Begins

RHS Newsletter 5/12

RHS Newsletter

May 12, 2017

 It’s hard to believe, that next week we are down to the last full week of school. Students will receive exemptions letters on Wednesday, May 17th. While we don’t have much school remaining this year, please continue to encourage your students to check their grades and keep on top of their homework and classwork. We have many end of year events planned BUT we still have plenty of classwork and finals coming up.

Students received their course verification forms this Monday with the list of their classes for next year; please review, sign, and return they are due TODAY. All textbooks and library books are due May 17th please remind students to return all RISD materials (uniforms, instruments, books, calculators..).

Good luck to our state track participants today and Saturday AND girls state golf competing Monday and Tuesday!

Tiffany Commerford

Principal

*Athletic Paperwork - The Rockdale High School Library will be open from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23 for parents and athletes to fill out the required UIL paperwork online.  These forms will no longer be paper and must be completed online for the 2017-18 school year.  As always, these forms must be completed before a student can participate in any athletics.  This training is not required but may be helpful especially for those who do not have internet access.  

Baccalaureate Service – The Rockdale Ministerial Alliance will be hosting the Baccalaureate Service on May 21st at 2:00 p.m. at Meadowbrook Baptist Church of Rockdale.  All graduating seniors are invited to attend this special and memorable service that will be led by clergy and members of the graduating student body.  Students are encouraged to wear their graduation robes and will be honored and blessed for their hard work and achievement.  

Driver Education Class – information for upcoming driver education class in Rockdale is available on the RISD webpage or in the front office. Students interested in participating in the class must be 15 years old before July 6, 2016. RISD students pay $220 to register. The balance of the fee will be paid for RISD students by the RHS ACE grant. Please see Mrs. Thomas in the high school office May 16-27. You must pay with a check or a Money Order made out to Region VI ESC (NO CASH).

* New Information

UPCOMING DATES:

5/13 PTO Luau

         State Track @ Austin 

5/15   Drivers Ed Registration Begins

           Girls State Golf @ Grey Rock (day 1) 

5/16   Girls State Golf @ Grey Rock (day 2)

           Athletic Sports Banquet @ KC Hall 6:30pm

           PTO Meeting 6:00pm RJHS 

5/17   Exam Exemption Forms Distributed (3rd period)

           All Library & Textbooks Due

           Letter Jacket Measurement 8:00-noon Rotunda

           C2L Planning Session 2:00-4:00pm          

           STUCO officer meeting e105 3:30pm

           2017-18 Cheer Meeting 5:30pm Library

           RISD School Board Meeting 6:00pm

           2018 Project Graduation Meeting 6:00pm Library          

5/18   Athletic Physicals (11th graders) 8:00-2:00pm

           UIL Academic Trip to Dallas

           State Tennis @ College Station (day 1) 

5/19   Exam Exemption Forms due to Mrs. Neal

           State Tennis @ College Station (day 2)

           (Mandatory) senior obligations paid/all RISD materials returned

Class of 2021 - Freshmen Information

May 9, 2017

Class of 2021 Parents,

You will receive an envelope in the mail from Rockdale High School this week with information regarding your child’s schedule and upcoming events. Below are details about the items you will receive. If you do not receive an envelope or have questions about what you received please let us know.

Information in every envelope:

Course Verification Form (white form) – this form has the classes that your child registered for in February. Please double check that the courses are correct. This is the last chance to make any changes before schedules are shared in August.

Freshmen “Fish” Camp (neon pink form) – this form has information about freshmen camp on August 9th. Camp is a great way to start a successful career at Rockdale High School and we hope that you are able to join us. Freshmen schedules will also be available during camp. Because we are ordering shirts and food for this event we need students to pre-register for planning purposes.

Other information that may be present in your envelope:

Invitation to a Lemonade Social (green form) – for life skills students that will have Mrs. Elliott as a teacher next year we will host a parent and student meet and greet to help students transition and tour the campus.

Native Speaker Spanish (white form on letterhead) – this letter notifies parents of the results of their child’s Spanish Exam and if they are enrolled in the Native Spanish course for next year.

Pre-AP Summer Reading (blue form) – this handout has directions for the summer reading project required for students enrolled in Pre-AP English. The project/assignment are due Friday, September 1st. If your student cannot afford to purchase a summer reading book please contact Ms. Commerford 512-430-6262 to check out a book for the summer.

Information for planning:

School Supplies:

At high school each student could have an individual schedule so the school supply list you are used to from the past nine years is hard to share because the supplies they need will depend on their class choice. Students will receive information about supplies the first day of school from their teachers and will have a week to get them.

All freshmen will need: 3 inch binder, 8 dividers, pencil pouch, notebook paper, 2 or 3 composition books, pencils, pens, and highlighters if you want to beat the rush but know that more supplies may be required.

Upcoming Events:

Two-a-days – Monday, August 1st (volleyball & band)

Two-a-days – Monday, August 7th (football)

Freshmen Camp – Wednesday, August 9th 1:00-4:00pm

Meet the Tigers – Monday, August 14th

First Day of School – Tuesday, August 22nd

Pep Rally – Friday, September 8th 3:00pm

RHS Open House – Tuesday, September 12th 6:00-7:30pm

If you are receiving this email you are signed up through Skyward. We send a weekly newsletter to high school parents each Friday during the school year. You can also view the newsletter on our campus webpage each Friday. Throughout the summer we send updates and important back to school information. We also update our campus webpage and campus Facebook/ Twitter regularly. Consider making these sites a favorite to help with planning for the fall.

If there is anything RHS can do to help your transition please let us know (512) 430-6140 or respond to this email. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Tiffany Commerford

Principal

RHS Newsletter 5/5

RHS Newsletter

May 5, 2017

Woohoo, we finished the final round of STAAR EOC! We were impressed with the student’s hard work and their diligence during testing. This week students will finish Advanced Placement exams. Progress reports were distributed to students yesterday 6th period.

Congratulations to the RHS teachers and staff recognized at last night’s reception: Robert Johnson – perfect attendance, Julie Hrozek & Becky Ingram – 5 years of service, Kelly Windham – 10 years of service, Debra Neal – 15 years of service, Bart Gibbs – 20 years, and Marilyn Rasmussen – retirement / 27 years.

We still have three weeks of school left. Please remind students be here and be on time. Students still need to bring their school supplies; we have plenty of school left! Seniors don’t have any more days off so please make sure they are here until the end.

Tiffany Commerford

Principal

*Athletic Physicals: Forms will be given to students on Monday, May 15 and will be due back on Wednesday, May 17.  Physicals will be done on Thursday, May 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for $10.00 a person in the High School Gym.

*Baccalaureate Service – The Rockdale Ministerial Alliance will be hosting the Baccalaureate Service on May 21st at 2:00 p.m. at Meadowbrook Baptist Church of Rockdale.  All graduating seniors are invited to attend this special and memorable service that will be led by clergy and members of the graduating student body.  Students are encouraged to wear their graduation robes and will be honored and blessed for their hard work and achievement.  

*Cafeteria Charges – Friday, May 5th is the last day for students and teacher to charge meals to their accounts. They will no longer be able to charge a breakfast or lunch, they will be issued the alternative meal of a cheese sandwich, fruit and milk if they are unable to pay or have a negative balance on their account. 

*Canned Food Drive - Students can bring canned food for the Rockdale Food Pantry to dismiss detention and Saturday School. Four cans = 1 day of detention (maximum 3 days) or 12 cans for 1 day of Saturday School (maximum 2 days). Students must check expiration dates as no cans will be taken if any cans have expired or will expire this month. Students can bring canned food thru Friday, May 12th at noon.

College Readiness Night - Wednesday, May 10th at 5:30pm in the RHS Library we will host a Sophomore/Junior - College Readiness Night.

Driver Education Class – information for upcoming driver education class in Rockdale is available on the RISD webpage or in the front office. Students interested in participating in the class must be 15 years old before July 6, 2016. RISD students pay $220 to register. The balance of the fee will be paid for RISD students by the RHS ACE grant. Please see Mrs. Thomas in the high school office May 16-27. You must pay with a check or a Money Order made out to Region VI ESC (NO CASH).

*Exam Registration - The registration deadline for the June 3rd SAT exam in Rockdale is Tuesday, May 9th. The campus code is 445-925. If you are eligible for free or reduced lunch please see your counselor for information on how to register at a reduced cost.

* New Information

UPCOMING DATES:

5/8 AP Biology Exam

5/9 AP Calculus Exam

       NHS Induction – 6:00pm @ RHS Auditorium

       SAT Registration Deadline (Exam June 3rd Rockdale)

5/10 AP English (3) Exam

        Faculty Meeting 7:30am

        College Readiness Night 5:30pm

5/11 Last Day of iTigers for Spring Semester

       Band Concert & Visual Arts Show @ RHS Auditorium 6:30pm

       State Bound Steak Dinner @ RHS Cafeteria 6:00pm        

5/12 STUCO sponsored Blood Drive

         Band @ Texas Music Festival

         FFA Area Convention

         State Track @ Austin

         Golf Boys & Girls @ Grey Rock (State Practice Round)

5/13 PTO Luau

         State Track @ Austin

RHS Newsletter 4/28

RHS Newsletter

April 28, 2017

The next round of testing for the STAAR End of Course Exams is scheduled for this week and we will start advanced placement exams. Since a large number of students and teachers will be involved in testing, we will follow an alternate bell schedule and lunch will be later than normal for the students but we have provided snacks for testers. Seniors will follow their regular schedule and are expected to be in attendance all week. Please make sure students get plenty of rest in preparation for the exams, I know they are ready and will do great things!

EXAM SCHEDULE

Tuesday, May 2

Algebra I EOC

AP Spanish Exam

Wednesday, May 3

Biology EOC

AP English IV Exam

Thursday, May 4

US History EOC

 

Friday, May 5

 

AP US History Exam                 AP Art Exam

 

Next week is teacher appreciation week and nurse’s day; if you get a chance send an email/note of appreciation to someone that made a difference for you or your child.

Tiffany Commerford

Principal

Battle of the Bell Design: Juniors can submit a t-shirt design for the 2017 Battle of the Bell t-shirts until May 12th. See Mrs. Neal for information.

*Cafeteria Charges – Friday, May 5th is the last day for students and teacher to charge meals to their accounts. They will no longer be able to charge a breakfast or lunch, they will be issued the alternative meal of a cheese sandwich, fruit and milk if they are unable to pay or have a negative balance on their account. 

Driver Education Class: information for upcoming driver education class in Rockdale is available on the RHS webpage or in the front office. Students interested in participating in the class must be 15 years old before July 5, 2017. RISD students pay $235 to register. The balance of the fee will be paid for RISD students by the RHS ACE grant. Please see Mrs. Thomas in the high school office May 15-26 to register. You must pay with a check or a Money Order made out to Region VI ESC (NO CASH).

Texas Workforce: There is information in the office for graduating seniors interested in paid training and summer work through the Workforce. Seniors who receive free & reduced lunch or our a parent are eligible for this program. Please see Mrs. Neal for more information.

Yearbook: Senior parents the yearbook staff has only a few Senior “Brag” Ad spaces left in our 2016-2017 Yearbook.  Buying an ad for your senior is a wonderful opportunity to forever document the pride you have for your child, as well as the hopes and dreams you have for their future.  It is a personal touch you can put on the end of this very special year.

Please contact Glenda Walker at 512-430-6139 if you are interested in an ad.

 *New Information

 UPCOMING DATES:

4/29 Regional Track @ Baylor

         Rotary Interact – Earth Day Planting @ Pool 9am to noon

**Teacher Appreciation Week

5/1   Little River Clinic @ RHS – PM due to testing

         Project Graduation RSVP & Project Graduation Waiver Due to Office

         Project Graduation Meeting 7:00pm Rockdale General Store       

5/2   Algebra EOC

         AP Spanish Exam 

5/3   Little River Clinic @ RHS – AM due to testing

         Biology EOC

         AP English IV Exam

         STUCO Officer Meeting 3:30pm e105

         DEC Meeting @ RISD Admin 4:00pm

         RISD Retirement & Service Reception @ RJHS 5:30pm 

5/4   US History EOC

         Band Banquet 6:30pm in the RHS Cafeteria 

5/5   AP US History Exam

         AP Art Exam

         FFA Welding Contest @ Sam Houston State

         STUCO Meeting e105 7:30am

         Registration Deadline for June ACT Exam

         2017-18 STUCO applications due        

5/8   Graduation Contracts due to Ms. Scruggs

Upcoming Due Dates & Forms for Seniors

Senior Parents,

I met with seniors TODAY and shared the Commencement Guide & Expectations packet, Upcoming Events, Project Graduation RSVP, and Project Graduation Waiver.

Cap & Gowns were delivered to campus last week. If your child still needs a Cap & Gown they are available for purchase $65.00 from Cyndi Neumeyer in the office 512-430-6140.  If your child is unable to purchase a Cap & Gown please contact Ms. Commerford ASAP.

The signed Project Graduation RSVP and Project Graduation Waiver are due Monday, May 1stProject Graduation meeting at the Rockdale General Store Monday, May 1st at 6:00pm.

I have linked the Graduation Expectations packet above but please remind seniors the last page requires a parent signature and student signature and is due to Ms. Scruggs or the Office Monday, May 8th. 

I also reminded students that all fines and fees must be paid by Friday, May 19th if you have questions about fines or fees please contact Gloria Thomas 512-430-6152.  Credit hours and credit recovery classes are due Thursday, May 25th by 4:00pm. 

Seniors are required to attend the Cap & Gown Parade Thursday, May 25th at 9:00am AND Graduation Practice Friday, May 26th at 9:00am.

Keep in mind a lot of local scholarships deadlines are next week. Please remind your students to keep applying for scholarships. 

If you have any questions or need anything please do not hesitate to contact us or reply to this email.

Tiffany Commerford

Principal

RHS Newsletter 4/21

RHS Newsletter

April 21, 2017

Congratulations to our State UIL Academic Qualifier, State Tennis Qualifiers and Regional Track Qualifiers this week. 

I look forward to seeing students at Prom tomorrow night at the Patterson Center!  Please review the Prom Expectations . The prom committee has done a fabulous job of organizing the event and the decorations are gorgeous.

Students are invited to help clean-up prom 10:00am-1:00pm Sunday; this can count for a Saturday School or credit hours if needed.

Tiffany Commerford

Principal

Battle of the Bell Design: Juniors can submit a t-shirt design for the 2017 Battle of the Bell t-shirts until May 12th. See Mrs. Neal for information.

Driver Education Class: information for upcoming driver education class in Rockdale is available on the RHS webpage or in the front office.  Students interested in participating in the class must be 15 years old before July 5, 2017. RISD students pay $235 to register. The balance of the fee will be paid for RISD students by the RHS ACE grant. Please see Mrs. Thomas in the high school office May 15-26 to register.  You must pay with a check or a Money Order made out to Region VI ESC (NO CASH).

*Lifeguards / Pool Manager: The city of Rockdale is seeking qualified applications for Lifeguard and Pool Manager please apply in person at Rockdale City Hall.

Prom: Prom will be at the Patterson Center this Saturday from 8-midnight. All juniors and seniors must present the personalized ticket they received in their Prom invitation for entry into the Prom. Doors will close at 9:30pm and students who leave will not be allowed to re-enter.

RISD Technology Student Worker: Applications are available in the office for RHS students 16 or older interested in applying for a paid position in the technology department for summer and 2017-18 school year.  Interested students should sign-up in the office by May 1st.

Texas Workforce: There is information in the office for graduating seniors interested in paid training and summer work through the Workforce.  Seniors who receive free & reduced lunch or our a parent are eligible for this program.  Please see Mrs. Neal for more information.

*Yearbook: Senior parents the yearbook staff has only a few Senior “Brag” Ad spaces left  in our 2016-2017 Yearbook.  Buying an ad for your senior is a wonderful opportunity to forever document the pride you have for your child, as well as the hopes and dreams you have for their future.  It is a personal touch you can put on the end of this very special year.

Please contact Glenda Walker at 512-430-6139 if you are interested in an ad.

*New Information

UPCOMING DATES: 

4/22  Prom @ Patterson Center 8:00pm-midnight

4/23  Prom Clean-Up 10:00am-noon

4/24  Little River Clinic @ RHS – PM

         Boys Golf Regionals @ Brenham

         FFA District Convention @ Rudder HS

         Color Guard Auditions 4:00-6:00pm Band Hall

4/25 FLEX SCHEDULE

        Baseball @ Jarrell 4:30/7:00pm

        Boys Golf Regionals @ Brenham

        Travel to Boston 2018 Information Meeting  7:00pm Room C104

        NHS Volunteer/Service Hours Forms Due 

4/26  Little River Clinic @ RHS - AM

         Girls Golf Regionals @ Brenham

         Ag Mechanics Show @ Blinn

         STAAR Training (teachers) 7:30am

4/27  FLEX SCHEDULE (Seniors Meet w/ Ms. Commerford)

         Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon @ RHS (Library Closed)

         Girls Golf Regionals @ Brenham

         STAAR Accommodation Training (students)

4/28  Rotary Interact Meeting 7:30am Library

         Regional Track @ Baylor      

4/29  Regional Track @ Baylor

         FFA Six Flags @ Arlington