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Friday, April 13, 2018

RHS COMMUNITY WEEKLY UPDATE #32


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ROCKLAND HIGH SCHOOL
RHS COMMUNITY WEEKLY UPDATE #32
April 13, 2018
IN THIS EDITION:
In this week’s edition, you will find information on the following:
  • ALICE Student Trainings
  • Spellman Oratorical Recap
  • Ellard receives accolades from National Merit Scholarship
  • Environmental Club Participates in Garden Expo
  • Site Council Minutes from March
  • Prom Time
  • Top Dog Club
  • Spring Sports Recap
  • Next Week’s Lunch Menu
  • The Week Ahead

ALICE STUDENT TRAININGS:
On Tuesday, April 10th, Rockland High School began training students in our A.L.I.C.E. safety response protocol.

Over the past several months, all Rockland Public school staff have been trained in A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate), a research-based proactive approach to responding to situations when an intruder enters a school building. Previously, the Rockland Public Schools used a traditional lockdown procedure to exclusively handle all situations for responding to incidents of violence. The strategies of the A.L.I.C.E. program have been accepted as best practices through a partnership between the Federal Department of Education and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. On Monday, March 19th, the district held an informational night for parents to learn about this new safety procedure.  Here is a video from the Parent Night courtesy of WRPS. Here is also a one page summary of A.L.I.C.E.

This week, we reviewed a powerpoint presentation and showed a video to students on Tuesday, April 10th. We met with students to engage  in follow-up discussions with teachers in classrooms after the presentation on April 10th. On Thursday, April 12th, had students and staff practice the A.L.I.C.E. protocol. The purpose of these 2 practice drills was to help students evaluate their surroundings and create a plan of action with their teachers depending on 2 unique scenarios. We have gathered student and staff feedback following the training. Ongoing A.L.I.C.E. trainings will be provided to students and staff in the future as part of our safety training.



SPELLMAN ORATORICAL RECAP:
On Tuesday, April 10th, the 2018 Spellman Oratorical Contest was held in the RHS Lecture Hall. The topic for this year's Spellman Oratorical Contest was The Art of Darkness: Evil, Pain, and Enlightenment. Eight seniors competed for $4000 in prize money. This year's speeches were articulate, original, and provocative. Prize money was awarded from a trust established by the late Francis Cardinal Spellman of Whitman in memory of his mother, Ellen Conway Spellman.
Winners of the contest were Aiden Glennon who took first place honors and $1200; Erin Field who came in second, winning $1000; third place went to Sean Sugrue who won $700; Sean Fitzgerald came in fourth winning $500; Stephanie Blaney was fifth and won $300; Kellie Berry, Brianna Ferraro and Saoirse McNally placed 6th, 7th, and 8th, each winning $100. Congratulations to all of these students and thank you to Mr. Neal and Ms. Cahill for assisting in the planning of the evening.

ELLARD RECEIVES ACCOLADES FROM NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP:
On April 10, 2018, Rockland High School learned that Junior John Ellard, III qualified to receive recognition in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.  John took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) last October during school with his peers in both Grade 10 and Grade 11. John's strong performance qualified him to enter the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. This is a huge accomplishment for John as he is one of the 50,000 highest scoring participants out of the 1.6 million test takers. In other words, John scored in the top 3% which is extraordinary!

From the 50,000 top scorers across the United States, approximately 16,000 will be named National Merit Program Semifinalists. The other 34,000 students will be recognized for their high performance on the PSAT/NMSQT assessment.  John will be notified in September on whether he has been selected as a semifinalist.

Please join Rockland High School in congratulating John on his continued academic success and we wish him luck as he moves into the next round. For more information, please click here.
ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB PARTICIPATES IN GARDEN EXPO:
Saoirse McNally, Michelle Ramoska, Jad Bendarkawi, Hannah Wyllie helped the North South Watershed Association sell rain barrels and composers at their Garden Expo in March and then helped distribute them on Wednesday, April. They were featured on the NSRWA Facebook page:




SITE COUNCIL MINUTES FROM MARCH:
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Site Council Meeting 6
Date: March 15, 2018 7:15AM
Location: Superintendent's Conference Room

Site Council Members:
Ms. Caitlin Cameron, Mr. Richard MacAllister, Ms. Sam Hoyo, Ms. Amanda Lanigan, Ms. Jeanine Oliver, Ms. Maddie Gear, Ms. Sydney McKenna, Ms. Greta Russo, Mr. Richard Phelps, Ms. Julie Shields

Minutes:
Site Council approved minutes from February 8, 2018. Site Council agreed to change next meeting date to April 12th.

Mr. Harrison reviewed the success of the winter sports and festival theater. He previewed upcoming events, including a parent information night for ALICE, a shakespeare assembly, Grade 10 MCAS testing, and Nets for Nets.

Site Council reviewed Handbook and Attendance Policy changes for 2018-2019.

PROM TIME:

TOP DOG CLUB:


SPRING SPORTS RECAP:
Boy’s lacrosse and girls lacrosse fell to Cohasset on Tuesday, 4/10 and Plymouth South 11-10 on Thursday, 4/12.
The JV boys team defeated Plymouth South 9-1 for their first win of the young season.
The Girls Track team lost to East Bridgewater Monday, April 9th, 86-49.
First place winners included
  • Ariana Roosa in the 200 meters
  • Lily Matson in the Triple Jump
  • Ariana Roosa, Sarah Pollard, and Lily Matson swept the Long jump;
  • Lydia McWilliams, Julia Yeadon, and Megan Diver swept the javelin.

The lady dogs defeated Randolph 71-64 on Thursday, April 12th.
First place winners included
  • Lily Matson (100 hurdles, long jump, triple jump)
  • Ari Roosa (high jump)
  • Megan McDonald (400 M)
  • Jailene Escalera (800 M)
  • Rebecca Mullen (discus)
  • Lydia McWilliams (javelin)

The boy’s track team lost to East Bridgewater and Randolph this week.

The girls and boys tennis teams defeated Carver on Wednesday, 4/11. The girls tennis team improved to 2-0.
The girl’s softball team fell to 0-2. The boy’s baseball won on opening day 2-1. Aiden Glennon pitched well, earning a non-decision and striking out 8. Mark Shields recorded the final four outs to earn his first varsity win. Sam Gray went 1-1 with 2 big RBIs. Lou Casey recorded his first varsity hit with a game winning RBI double!

NEXT WEEK’S LUNCH MENU:
Click here to view next week’s lunch menu.

THE WEEK AHEAD:
Monday, April 16
11:00am RHS-Whitman-Hanson - G/JV/Softball
11:00am RHS-Whitman-Hanson Regional - G/V/Softball
Tuesday, April 17
12:00pm RHS-Hanover - B/V/Baseball
3:00pm RHS-Hanover - B/V/Baseball
Wednesday, April 18
11:00am RHS-Plymouth North - G/JV/Softbal
11:00am RHS-Plymouth North - G/V/Softbal
Monday, April 23
4:00pm RHS-Norwell - B/V/Track
4:00pm RHS-Norwell - G/V/Track
Tuesday, April 24
RHS-Abington - G/V/Lax
RHS-East Bridgewater - B/F/Baseball
RHS-East Bridgewater - G/V/Softball
4:00pm RHS-Abington - B/V/Lax
4:00pm RHS-East Bridgewater - B/JV/Baseball
4:00pm RHS-East Bridgewater - B/V/Baseball
5:30pm RHS-Abington - B/JV/Lax
Thursday, April 26
4:00pm RHS-Cohasset - B/JV/Baseball
4:00pm RHS-Cohasset - B/V/Baseball
4:00pm RHS-Cohasset - B/V/Tennis - Team
4:00pm RHS-Cohasset - G/V/Tennis - Team
Friday, April 27
RHS-Mashpee - G/JV/Lax
9:30am RHS-Shakespeare Assembly
4:00pm RHS-Hanover - B/V/Tennis - Team
4:00pm RHS-Hanover - G/V/Tennis - Team
4:00pm RHS-Mashpee - B/V/Lax
4:00pm RHS-Mashpee - G/V/Lax
5:30pm RHS-Mashpee - B/JV/Lax
Saturday, April 28
9:00am RHS Saturday School
10:00am RHS-Plymouth North - B/V/Lax
11:30am RHS-Plymouth North - B/JV/Lax

Please check out our school-wide calendar by clicking here.

Friday, April 6, 2018

RHS COMMUNITY WEEKLY UPDATE #31

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ROCKLAND HIGH SCHOOL
RHS COMMUNITY WEEKLY UPDATE #31
April 6, 2018
IN THIS EDITION:
In this week’s edition, you will find information on the following:
  • Term 3 Grades Available Next Week
  • New Website
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Student ALICE Training
  • Arts Festival Recap
  • Site Council Agenda
  • Top Dog Club
  • Senior Class Meeting-Road to Graduation
  • Spring Sports Highlights
  • Announcements
  • Next Week’s Lunch Menu
  • The Week Ahead

TERM 3 COMES TO AN END:
Term 3 ended on Friday, April 6th. Report Cards for Term 3 will be available on X2 Aspen on Friday, April 13th after the close of school.

NEW WEBSITE:
Please check out our new website- www.rocklandschools.org.

Some of the key features are the following:
  • Allows for staff to update information; will result in more up to date information
  • More user friendly navigation
  • Easy language translation functionality
  • Consistency in format across schools; branding through press releases
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES:
On Wednesday, April 11th, Rockland High School will have Parent Teacher Conferences from 1-2:30pm and 6:30-8pm. Please print off your child’s schedule and visit your child’s classrooms during these time windows.  There are no set appointments during these time windows so please drop by and see your child’s teachers as you would like.

STUDENT ALICE TRAINING:
On Tuesday, April 10th, Rockland High School will begin training students in our A.L.I.C.E. safety response protocol.
Over the past several months, all Rockland Public school staff have been trained in A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate), a research-based proactive approach to responding to situations when an intruder enters a school building. Previously, the Rockland Public Schools used a traditional lockdown procedure to exclusively handle all situations for responding to incidents of violence. The strategies of the A.L.I.C.E. program have been accepted as best practices through a partnership between the Federal Department of Education and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. On Monday, March 19th, the district held an informational night for parents to learn about this new safety procedure.  Here is a video from the Parent Night courtesy of WRPS. Here is also a one page summary of A.L.I.C.E.
All staff have been trained and we are now looking to train our students next week. We plan to go over a powerpoint presentation and show a video to students on Tuesday, April 10th. We will have students engage in follow-up discussions with teachers in classrooms after the presentation on April 10th. On Thursday, April 12th, we will have students and staff practice the A.L.I.C.E. protocol. The purpose of these 2 practice drills is to help students evaluate their surroundings and create a plan of action with their teachers depending on 2 unique scenarios. We will  gather student and staff feedback following the training. Ongoing A.L.I.C.E. trainings will be provided to students and staff in the future as part of our safety training.

ARTS FESTIVAL RECAP!
The arts are alive and well in the Rockland Public Schools. The annual Rockland Public Schools’ Arts Festival was held on two nights this year, Wednesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 5.  Bigger and better than ever, this Arts Festival, coordinated by Art Department Chairperson, Cheryl Thompson had something for everyone. Artwork from all of Rockland’s public schools including pre-school, the elementary schools, the middle school and the high school were on display in the high school gymnasium for students, teachers, parents, and other members of the community to view.  
In addition to the Art Department’s exhibits, the Family and Consumer Science students’ work was also on display, as well as the Technology Department students’ projects.  The Robotics classes had their robots ready to command, and the Science Department had several exhibits including slime-making and a demonstration by the Rubik’s Cubers.

Rockland High School’s 2018 art and literary magazine, Images, was also unveiled for the festival.  Students were on hand to sell their newest edition, and also to write poems on-demand.

New this year, on Wednesday night, the English Department held a coffee house/open poetry mic from 7 to 8 pm in the high school/middle school library.  The venue transitioned nicely into the Blue Dog CafĂ© with soft lighting and a respectful crowd of poetry and music lovers, led by English teacher Chris Neal.


On Thursday, the Rockland Music Department presented a preview of its upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz at 7 pm in the high school auditorium.  The show dates of the musical will be May 4 and May 5. The RHS band and chorus and Zach Webb’s band also performed musical selections
A student government scavenger hunt, Positivity Project activities, computer science coding demonstrations, and a crepe-making station rounded out this event-filled 2018 Rockland Public Schools Arts Festival.

RHS Principal John Harrison said, "This year's arts festival redefined art for our community. It was great to see such a wonderful variety of artwork representing many different mediums. Our students continue to impress us with their artistic talent and I am very grateful to our teachers who worked closely with our student artists to make this event possible."
Pictures and information provided by Ms. Mal Lannin-Cotton.

SITE COUNCIL AGENDA:
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Site Council Meeting 7
Date: April 12, 2018 7:15AM
Location: Superintendent's Conference Room

Agenda:
  1. Approval of the minutes from March 15, 2018.
  2. What’s new at RHS?
  3. Upcoming Events at RHS
  4. Vote to approve Student Handbook Changes 2018-2019.
  5. Discussion- School Improvement Plan 2018-2019.

Next Meeting Date: May 17th 7:15am (Superintendent’s Conference Room)


TOP DOG CLUB:


SENIOR CLASS MEETING- ROAD TO GRADUATION:
On Friday, April 6th, the senior class held a meeting. The powerpoint below was reviewed with students:

SPRING SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS:
On Thursday, April 5th the girls tennis team and the boys tennis team each defeated Randolph to open their season.
The boy’s lacrosse team defeated Braintree 14-10.
The softball team lost to Plymouth North 7-3.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
RHS is looking for 2 students to be representatives in the State Student Advisory Council. If you are interested, please send a letter of interest to Mr. Harrison  by April 13th to have your name appear on the ballot.
NEXT WEEK’S LUNCH MENU:
Click here to view next week’s lunch menu.

THE WEEK AHEAD:
Monday, April 9
4:00pm RHS-@ Cohasset - B/V/Tennis - Team
4:00pm RHS-@ East Bridgewater - B/V/Outdoor Track
4:00pm RHS-@ East Bridgewater - G/V/Outdoor Track
Tuesday, April 10
RHS-Abington - G/V/Tennis - Team
4:00pm RHS-@ Abington - B/JV/Baseball
4:00pm RHS-@ Abington - B/V/Baseball
4:00pm RHS-Abington - G/V/Softball
4:00pm RHS-Cohasset - B/JV/Lacrosse
4:00pm RHS-Cohasset - B/V/Lacrosse
4:30pm RHS-Cohasset - G/V/Lacrosse
5:45pm RHS-Cohasset - G/JV/Lacrosse
7:00pm RHS Spellman Oratorical (Lecture Hall)
Wednesday, April 11
12:30pm RHS Early Release
1:00pm RHS Parent Teacher Conferences
4:00pm RHS-Plymouth North - G/V/Lacrosse
5:30pm RHS-Plymouth North - G/JV/Lacrosse
6:30pm RHS-Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday, April 12
2:50pm RHS Department Meetings
4:00pm RHS-@ Randolph - B/V/Outdoor Track
4:00pm RHS-Randolph - G/V/Outdoor Track
Friday, April 13
10:00am RHS Report Cards Available
4:00pm RHS-Norwell - B/V/Lacrosse
4:00pm RHS-Norwell - G/V/Lacrosse

Please check out our school-wide calendar by clicking here.