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Principal's Corner

First Quarter Update

First pep rally of 2018-19
First pep rally of 2018-19

With the wettest and hottest September in a behind us, the hint of Fall is finally in the air as RCHS students are nearing the end of their first nine weeks grading period.

September was school safety awareness month and our students and staff put in some quality time during the first few weeks of school practicing to be prepared for events we hope never to occur but for which we will be ready. With multiple fire and lockdown drills under our belts, our school community is well versed on what to do in the event of an emergency at the school. The school division also hosted a Public Forum on School Safety on Wednesday Sept. 26 and school administrators, Sheriff’s Office representatives (including the Sheriff herself!), and local Emergency Services Coordinators all presented the actions steps that have been taken to make our schools as safe as they can be.

Two other items of note that have come into focus with school back in session are attendance and cellphones. Parents have noticed that personal calls are now made when students are absent, with school personnel calling to be sure that parents know their students are absent and also to check on the students themselves. We also encourage our students and parents NOT to miss any more days than is absolutely necessary; the best makeup work in the world cannot take the place of the original classroom instruction. And with SOL tests literally right around the corner - writing SOL tests are Oct. 24 and 25- every day is crucial.

Since the first day of school our students have been made aware that cellphone use during instructional time is prohibited – students are allowed to use their phones in the morning before the 820 bell, at their lunch time, and in the afternoon after the final 320 bell. At all other times their phones should be off and locked away in either their backpacks or their lockers. Up until this point in time warnings have been given for those who have their phones out during instructional time but the grace period has ended, with the consequence of using phones during class time being confiscation of the phone for the day and possible loss of the cellphone privilege. Parents are asked to please help us with that policy, refraining from texting their children during the day and reminding their children of the RCHS cellphone policy.

The end of September also marked Homecoming Week and I am thrilled to report that we had the greatest amount of participation in our spirit days that I can ever recall, PARTICULARLY among our faculty members. Students delighted in dressing up for the various themes and seeing how their teachers dressed up as well, many quite imaginatively!!!  Congrats to ALL our classes for their superb school spirit!!!

For October our students will have the chance to show their spirit during our Volleyball Dig Pink games on Oct. 2 and again on Oct. 9. And of course we will have our fantastic PRIDE Club Kickoff event on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Happy Fall everyone!! Here’s hoping that the monsoon and heat of the past few months are gone for the year!!!