RHS Weekly Announcements | February 5, 2021
Hello, Ram families!
So, most of you are aware that the big news is students who are on Plan B will return to campus in the very near future! Beginning Feb. 17th for traditional calendar schools, students will return in three-cohort rotations, starting with Cohort 2 per the school calendars. We will continue with the posted rotation schedule through at least the end of the third quarter. If changes are made to the cohort rotations for the fourth quarter, we’ll share that information as soon as it is available. The Asynchronous Learning Day schedule remains the same. We are reviewing feedback from staff and the community on this topic. We’ll share updates as they become available.
There are a couple of things that we need to make sure students know that they need to bring. First of all, we will continue to use laptops in the building. Students will need to bring FULLY CHARGED LAPTOPS to school. While we have some laptops, those students who have a school-issued laptop MUST bring yours. Those who have a laptop of your own may also bring yours. In both cases, you MUST secure your device and care for it while on campus.
Secondly, students will not be allowed to drink directly from a water fountain. Students must bring a water bottle or cup if they wish to get water from the fountain. Students may prefer to fill bottles with water at home or bring recyclable water bottles to school.
Also, we created a video to help students prepare to return to campus. We shared it in January before we knew that the return to campus would be delayed. It would be helpful for families to familiarize and review this video together.
If You Missed Curriculum/AP Night: There are two videos here that provide a good overview. There is also a list of AP classes we will potentially (depending on interest and staff availability) be offering next year and any required summer assignments here.
Rams Gear Sale on Campus: The Rolesville Athletic Club will have gear on sale at the main entrance on Monday (Feb. 8th) from 2-5PM.
ACT @ RHS - February 23rd for 11th Graders - VERY IMPORTANT: Juniors will come to campus to take the ACT. We administer the ACT to all Juniors each year. Please fill out the survey below to help us plan for your arrival on February 23rd.
February 23rd will be an asynchronous day and Juniors will not miss any classes. We need you to fill out this information to allow us to plan the appropriate number of classrooms, teachers to administer the test, health screeners at the entrances, as well as coordinate with transportation to ensure social distancing requirements are met.
Senior Ads are due next Friday, February 12th! Visit jostensadservice.com to purchase and design your senior's ad.
Yearbook Portrait Submission! If your student was unable to attend one of the Picture Days, please have them upload a picture for the yearbook's portrait section. Please see this flyer for guidelines and they can upload their picture at ybkplus.com. Portraits are due before March 31st. Contact Ms. Hatcher at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Virtual Men's Tennis Interest Meeting
- MONDAY, February 8th @ 1:30pm-2:00pm
- Google Meet class code: uokgbcr
Upcoming ASVAB Administration: The ASVAB test will be held on Friday, March 5th, 2021. The ASVAB test can be taken by 10th - 12th graders interested in the military & military careers, or students interested in identifying their skills and strengths for various professions. Please check your WPCSS e-mail the week of the ASVAB. A testing pass will be sent to you & you will need to show it when you arrive the morning of March 5th. We will be starting the test PROMPTLY at 7:30AM on March 5th. The testing location in the building is TBD. The final day to sign up to take the ASVAB will be on Monday, March 1st. Please register here to take the ASVAB: http://bit.ly/RHSASVAB2021
WAKE Up and Read! From January 23 through February 28, 2021, we are collecting books for WAKE Up and Read. Building home libraries is one of their biggest initiatives and they need our help! This year WAKE Up and Read has a goal to collect 200,000 new and gently-read books for babies up to children 12 years old. These books will be shared with children in Wake County to ensure that every child in our community has the opportunity to develop a love for reading.
YOU can make a difference in our community by donating books! Please clear your cluttered shelves of gently read books your kids have outgrown, or bring in current favorites of your own, so that we can help Wake county children grow up loving books.
Look for the book collection bins located outside the main office and please help us fill them! To help with safe collection, please put your books in a bag or box in our collection bins.
INCs in First Semester Grades: We know that some grades still need to be updated. There is an internal process that must be followed and is not as simple as just keying a change. Please give us a little time before emailing. The teachers and clerical staff are juggling several big start-of-semester tasks that also have slowed grade changes down. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Senior Information: Remember that we update information on the website that pertains to seniors. Go to STUDENTS and then CLASS OF 2021 to find updates. We are still waiting for more direction and will be in communication. For the moment, we just want you to note where we place updated information for your reference.
Applying for Scholarships: Check out the scholarship update at the RHS Student Services website weekly! You can't earn $$ if you don't apply!
Important: Complete a Meal Benefits Application by February 26, 2021 - Parents, please consider applying for meal benefits by Feb 26. For every student that turns in the free and reduced lunch application and qualifies, the school receives federal funds that benefit the student and teachers at the school. These funds provide additional teachers and staff for the school which means more services for students, especially students that are struggling in reading or math. These funds also are used for materials and supplies for students and teachers. These are valuable resources that teachers can use to improve student achievement.
Yes, meals will still be free for all students through June 2021 but we still need you to complete a meal benefits application so our school can be eligible for this extra funding next year. Information about applying for Meal Benefits for the 2020-21 school year can be found at www.wcpss.net/Page/1849 . Help our school continue to receive this funding by completing an application online at MySchoolApps.com. Paper applications can be requested by calling 919-588-3535.
ACT - February 23rd: At this time, WCPSS is still planning to administer the ACT to juniors as we do each year across the state. We will need to make this day asynchronous for the whole school as we will need all available staff to administer exams. We will share more information with you soon for juniors who are scheduled to take the exam. For the moment, I just want to get this on your radar.
Army Informational Meeting: Interested in learning more about joining the Army after graduation? Staff Sergeant Dipesh Dongol will host an informational session about the Army on February 10th, 2021 at 2:30PM. He will share information about enlistment in the Army & scholarship opportunities. There will be a Q&A portion at the end of the presentation. All grades are welcome to attend. Please register here for the meeting: https://forms.gle/6kdqX4gQf7Yny5n28
WCPSS CTE- Career Connections 2021: Career and Technical Education will be celebrating CTE Month by hosting Career Connections 2021 on February 24, 2021 for students grades 8-12. The virtual event using Booth Central will kick-off at 9:00 am with a wide selection of 30-minute career readiness workshops hosted by WCPSS Career Development Coordinators. From 11:00-12:00, students will have the opportunity to meet virtually with industry professionals during an Industry Fair showcasing the 16 Career Clusters. For more information, contact your School’s Career Development Coordinator- Mrs. Ellis (firstname.lastname@example.org). To register, click HERE.
SAT Registration for Administration @ RHS
Registration is open for March 13 (registration deadline Feb. 12)and May 8th (registration deadline April 8th).
From Rolesville Athletic Club:
- If you are interested in spring sports, please complete the Rolesville Rams Athletic Interest Form and your information will be forwarded to the appropriate coaches.
- RAM Head Walk Fundraiser. Proudly display the name of your student, club, organization or team. Limited time special! Click here for more information or to sign up!
- Our next Rolesville Athletic Club (RAC) booster meeting is 2/1 at 6:30pm. It's a virtual meeting so email email@example.com for the link. ANYONE may attend and you are invited to Join the Rolesville Athletic Club.
- SAVE THE DATE! Our Spring Golf Tournament is coming up on Saturday, April 10th - 2pm Shotgun start. More details about the tournament and registration are coming soon.
- LGFCU College Scholarship application deadline is February 1, 2021! 25 one-year college scholarships will be granted to deserving high school seniors as well as students attending colleges, universities and trade schools. The best part - the LGFCU scholarships have increased from $1,000 to $5,000 this year! All applicants must be members of LGFCU with an individual share account, joint account with a parent/guardian and/or a savings account. Other requirements can be found here. If you have any further questions email firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
WCPSS Seeking Substitutes: Our district has recently launched a campaign to recruit substitute teachers. Our subs receive training, work flexible hours and earn bi-weekly pay and incentives based on the number of jobs they pick up. If you have an interest in supporting our schools and shaping bright futures, visit wcpss.net/subs to learn more. I am sharing these flyers for your information.
National Technical Honor Society Clothing Drive: NTHS leaders have been in contact with Note in the Pocket and are planning for a new and gently used clothing drive. From February 1-26. They are specifically looking for
- Girl Short and Long-Sleeve Shirts sizes 5, 8, 10 and 12
- Girl Jeans and Athletic Pants sizes 5, 8 12 and 16
- Girl Underwear sizes 5, 16 and 18
- Girl Tennis Shoes sizes 1, 3 and 4
- Boy Short and Long-Sleeve Shirts sizes 5, 8, 10 and 12
- Boy Jeans and Athletic Pants sizes 7, 8, 10 and 12
- Boy Underwear size 8
- Boy Tennis Shoes sizes 1, 4, 6, 6.5 and 7
- Women short and Long-Sleeve Shirts size M
- Women Jeans and Athletic Pants sizes 14, 16 and XL
- Women Underwear sizes 4 and 5
- Women Tennis Shoes 6, 8.5 and 9
- Women Coats sizes M, XL and XXL
- Men Short and Long-Sleeve Shirts sizes S. M. L
- Men Jeans sizes 32x32, 32x34, 34x32
- Men Boxer or Boxer Briefs sizes M: 32-34 and L:36-38
- Men Tennis Shoes sizes 9 and 9.5
- Men Coats sizes S and M
- Gift Cards: Walmart, Target, Amazon, Kohl’s
Please support PTSA
If you have not linked your grocery cards or use Amazon Smile, please do so to support our PTSA. It is the easiest way for us to raise the money that we desperately need to support school functions. The Amazon Smile online is listed as Rolesville High School PTSA. The Harris Teeter code is 2392 and the Target code is 15343. Remember that Lowes Foods cards can also be linked.
PTSA drew on 12/18 for the first custom wreath. Remember that a no-fuss donation gets you a chance to win a custom wreath. There will be a drawing in January and another in February. Your donations support scholarships, senior celebrations, teacher classroom grants and more.
From the Rolesville Athletic Club:
Livestreaming Athletic Events
WCPSS Athletics has officially installed live streaming cameras in all twenty-four (24) high school stadiums and gymnasiums to help provide parents, relatives, and friends with access to hundreds of athletics events throughout the year. Watch hundreds of football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, and wrestling games! Now, friends and relatives who can't attend local sporting events can watch live from any device. Your annual subscription includes access to the entire network including all twenty-four (24) Wake County high schools, JV and Varsity events, live and on-demand.
TO SUBSCRIBE & ENSURE A PORTION OF YOUR PURCHASE GOES BACK TO WAKE COUNTY ATHLETICS, CLICK THE LINK AND CLICK ON "ROLESVILLE." https://www.wakecountyathletics.com/livestreaming
ANNUAL PASS - $5.83/mo. - Billed at $69.99 - (30% Goes Back to Your School) OR MONTHLY PASS - $10.99/mo. - Billed monthly. Cancel anytime. - (10% Goes Back to Your School)
Parking for Second Semester
We have started to get questions regarding student parking. As you may know, we will not charge a fee to park until students return to school on Plan A. We will, however, require the usual paperwork to register the students’ vehicles. We plan to share that form as soon as we return in January. It will give students time to complete and return in order to get a temporary parking number/space. This information will be submitted online except for the portion that has to be notarized. We will set a time for students to get their tags. NOTE: Students will not have off-campus lunch at least for the third nine weeks. Keep this in mind and begin to think about bringing lunch or eating in the cafeteria. I put it here, because those who drive often leave campus for lunch. Also keep in mind that we will not take receipt of food deliveries. We are going back to the olden days of eat at school or bring your own lunch for a little while. We MUST limit possibilities of COVID transmission in all ways possible.
As you know, our PTSA is running a no-fuss fundraiser. For those who make a contribution, $5, $10 or whatever, you get a ticket and your name will be entered to win a wreath. No fuss link: https//rolesvillehsptsa.member hub.store/
If you’ve already donated your name will automatically be included. Total of three drawings will be held in December (#1), January (#2) & February (#3). You can choose from your favorite team for example, ECU, State or UNC. This will help with scholarships, senior celebrations, teacher classroom grants, etc. Good luck & thanks for supporting your RHS PTSA. Winner will be announced each month.
Examples of the wreaths are here..
Student Accident Insurance is available to purchase for students each school year. Affordable yearly premiums begin at $11.00. Four plans offer optional accident coverage during school time only or 24 hour coverage. The 2020-21 coverage plans, premiums and complete details can be found on the Parent tab of WCPSS homepage under Student Accident Insurance. Questions can be directed to The Young Group at (888) 574-6288.
Guidance for Parents of Athletes - Event Spectators
As some of you know, parent spectators will be allowed to attend home athletic events with certain limits. We will communicate with families of students in season soon to help us all prepare for events beginning November 30th. Spectators other than immediate family will not be permitted to attend and those numbers will be limited. There will be specific instructions related to masks, distance, cleaning and clearance of the event space.
2021 Yearbook Distribution: Summer 2021
The tough decision has been made to push our 2021 yearbook delivery date back to July due to the cancelation of senior portraits last week, the need for another set of underclassmen picture days in Jan-Feb, and RHS sports occurring later in the spring semester. We will hold a pick-up date over the summer. More information to come. This also means that lower yearbook prices are extended. The current price of $75 is available until 2/12. Order yours here! If you have questions, please contact Ms. Hatcher at email@example.com.
PTSA No Fuss Fundraiser
Given that our PTSA was not able to hold our one annual fundraiser (Reindeer Day), the association is trying to determine ways to bring in the money necessary to support school functions. They have already provided gifts for seniors in the parade and provided treats for staff. Normally, Reindeer Day brings in about $12,000. It sounds like a lot of money, but celebrations are expensive with large student populations. If you have not joined the PTSA or if you have not made a no-russ donation to PTSA, they are still very much open and hopeful that families will help however they can. Please also help by linking your cards or use Amazon Smile when you shop. These methods are the most cost effective for all! With the number of Amazon orders we make today, RHS should get a nice check!
Calling all Senior Rams! Don’t forget to join the PTSA for an awesome opportunity to apply for our PTSA scholarship. Scholarship information will be available soon. Rams are strong! Rams rock!
Second Semester Remote Learning and Asynchronous Days
Students will still have work, but I thought you might want them for the calendar now.
- February 24
- March 10 and 11
- April 14
- May 5 and 26
Attestation Required to Ride a School Bus
When students return to school to take in-person exams or to begin second semester rotations, we must have a completed attestation on file. Essentially, this means that you understand and will abide by health and safety requirements to board the bus and attend school. Students are not permitted to ride until this form has been completed. Screenings at school will still occur. You may go online to register by using this link or following the pathway provided. https://www.wcpss.net/Page/44657 OR wcpss.net-->Transportation--> Online Attestation Form (left side, bottom of list)
We have posted the senior fees to our Online School Payments. You can access through our school website.
Making our Schools Safe Learning Environments
WCPSS has created and shared a document to prepare families for return to campus. While most of our students will not return this semester, it would be wise to review this information. You may also have younger students for which this information is important now. Go to the Return to Campus Guide linked here. It will address student requirements, cleaning plans, transportation questions and more.
WCPSS Anonymous Tip Line
After a conversation with a couple of our students who are members of the Rolesville Coalition for Equity, I think I need to remind students and parents that WCPSS has a tip line for students in the event that they see or hear something but are uncomfortable telling an adult. The number is 919-856-1911. Here is the website with more information. This tip line is for real, serious concerns about school safety.
Here Comes the Bus App
While it might not apply to many of our high school students, I wanted to be sure you were aware that you will have access to the app for your younger students. The Transportation Department notified us this week that the app is up and running for the return of younger students to school.
What if my Ram’s WCPSS-issued Chromebook or Hotspot is not working properly?
WCPSS has a family help desk to support your needs. Please visit https://www.wcpss.net/domain/17256. You will complete a form online to which a WCPSS employee from the Help Desk will respond with a call to you.
If you must come to school
I know I have said it, but please come prepared. You must wear a mask, follow social distancing guidelines and sanitize when you are here.
If we can handle things remotely
Anything we can handle remotely, let’s plan to do it remotely. We will hold virtual meetings with parents, Student Services, etc. We are happy to schedule them. We all just need to get our virtual work calendars in sync!
Have a great weekend and stay RAM STRONG!