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Spirit Week 10/19 is Blue & Gold Day
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Project Graduation - Desperate Need for Volunteers for Saturday

Project Graduation runs a chicken fry booth at Rentschler during events, and we earn a percentage of the sales as a fundraiser to help fund Project Graduation night. We need volunteers to help us run the booth.

Our next game is Saturday, October 21st at 12pm. (it states TBD but Spectra sent me an email stating they were told its at Noon)

Ø  Gates will open at 10:30am and Volunteers will need to be there no later than 10am. 

Ø  Also, the following are the games for the rest of year that we have yet to get start times for as they are all TBA at this time.  Games are all on Saturday:  October 28th and November 4th.   If you are able to volunteer at any of these games let us know as well.

Please contact us by October 18th, to let us know by responding to this email or call/text to 860-990-5090.

This is our Biggest Fundraiser for Project Graduation! Thanks for your consideration in helping out with this event.

~Michelle Schifley

P.S. Volunteers will receive an email with detailed information regarding the event and what they need to know. Training is provided in the booth on the day of the game. 



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Marching Band - who is the best of the IIA bands!

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, the RHS Marching Band will compete against 7 other bands in New England to determine who the best of the IIA bands is! The students have worked entirely hard this entire season. Please consider coming out to support their final efforts in this competition. Times will be posted as soon as they are available. The whole event begins at 12:00pm at Veteran's Stadium in New Britain, CT- 635 S Main Street, New Britain, CT. 

Thank you for all of your support and please consider joining us for our final competition of the season!

Laura Ayer

RHS Band Director

VCMS 6th Grade Band Director

6-12 Music Department Subject Leader

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The Homecoming Dance, "To the Moon and Back" will be held Saturday, Oct 21st from 7 pm- 10 pm.

Tickets are $6.00 and includes snacks and a specialty drink.

Tickets will be on sale during lunchwaves beginning Wednesday.

Students bringing guests must fill out a form ahead of time.

Dress to impress.

See Mrs. Gilmore for further information.

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Rockville High School

October Newsletter

Principal’s Message


Dear RHS Families,

We have had a great start to the school year. Friendships have been formed, classrooms are in full swing, clubs and extracurricular activities , are well under way and learning is happening both in and out  of the classroom.  It’s a great time to be a Rockville High Ram and  I am so happy to be part of this community. Our school core values and educating the whole student are very important to us and you will see throughout this letter and future letters that everything we do connects to our Core Values.

Core Values

The Rockville High School Community is committed to providing a safe and respectful environment where all members are dedicated to life-long learning. By working collaboratively with families and community members, we will graduate students who are productive and contributing members of a dynamic, global, 21st century society. We believe rigorous and meaningful academic and extracurricular programs afford all students the opportunity to become Responsible, Open minded, Critically Thinking, and Knowledgeable.


School-wide Learning and Celebrations

In September, Officer Scott Driscoll presented an informational session on social media and internet safety. Our entire school, grades 9-12, were invited to participate in the assembly. Scott Driscoll commented on how respectful our school was and how attentive the students were. “The most respectful school I have ever presented to.” Students asked good questions and many commented on new learning and awareness.


In October we held our first pep rally. The students were truly amazing.  I have never seen nearly 800 students so positive, supportive and enthusiastic about their high school.  The day was enjoyed by everyone and quite honestly it was hard to tell who had more fun...the students or the faculty. I hope you were able to check out the many pictures and videos on the school Facebook, and Instagram page.  


Last week we hosted the PSAT for grades 9-11.  Grade 12 students were involved with our Mock Interviews.  Once again our student body rose to the challenge (close to 95% attendance for tests) and all of our seniors arrived at their interview times, dressed to impress with their resumes in hand.  I had the privilege of interviewing several students and I can honestly say these students are ready for the next chapter.  Several of our  interviewers from various business and community groups also commented how prepared our students were and how impressed they were with their interviewing skills and confidence.


If you are ever at RHS bright and early check out the gym where you will see many students participating in Open Gym,  7-7:25am. Students have been gathering to play pick up basketball, bounce a volleyball or just socialize before they start their day.  This has been a great addition to our program.  Additionally, we have the library opened from 2-3:15pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week with a late bus to bring students home.  Students may also see their teachers for help early in the morning or after school and then catch the bus home.


While I could go on and on about the great things that have happened in the last six weeks of school year and how wonderful RHS is I will share just a few highlights in this letter.   (Please look for our Facebook and Instagram posts for daily updates.   We are now posting all morning announcements on the webpage and on Aspen to help you as parents/guardians stay informed)


Unity Team:


The Unity Team will be hosting the CT Youth Forum on Wednesday, October 18th. Over 200 students from 20+ high schools across CT will come together to discuss how they feel about being an American Teenager in today’s politically charged environment. Likely to be mentioned sub topics of this student-driven, adult-facilitated meeting include: the happenings at Charlottesville, the American dream, patriotism, Colin Kaepernick and the NFL. They will also discuss whether they feel united or divided as a nation.


Annually, the CT Youth Forum Monthly Meetings provide the unique opportunity for students from more than 35 Hartford area towns to connect and engage across the divides of geography, race, social and economic status, and more. We are excited to host one of these engaging meetings at our school!


Agri-science and Technology


"Ag Open House", Thursday, October 19th from 6 to 8 pm in the Ag Center.

Student Demos, program information and self-guided tours.


Career Center

Sixteen of our tech ed students attended Manufacturing Day at MasterCam in Tolland, CT on Friday, Oct. 6.  They learned about many exciting job opportunities in the manufacturing field



On Friday, September 29th, two UCONN Engineering students spent the day working with Rockville High School students enrolled in the Principles of Engineering class.  The UCONN students are part of an outreach program called Engineering Ambassadors.   They introduced Rockville students to emerging transportation technologies that included driverless cars.  As part of their presentation the Rockville students got an opportunity to design and build a vehicle that would protect an egg during crash testing.





The October Art Student of the month is Finn Woodruff, 11th grade.  Finn Woodruff. He is currently enrolled in Two Dimensional Design.  Finn Woodruff is 16 years old and has been making art since he could first hold a pencil. In college, he hopes to pursue a degree in animation. He enjoys working mostly with pencil and ink, and hopes to create art that pushes boundaries and breaks through the walls of gender roles. Fun Fact:  Finn’s hair has been at least nine different colors ​


The Education Practicum and Independent Living


The Education Practicum and Independent Living class worked together to create a scarecrow contest entry for the Strong Family Farm. The Crayola Crayon box design was chosen to represent the diversity in our class, school and community.  Many of the materials used were recycled or borrowed. This project took a lot of team work, problem solving and creativity!



RHS students traveled to Mystic Seaport on Oct. 10th. They researched three vessels prior to their field trip.  After touring the Conrad, Morgan and Gerda III, the students created historical fiction and poetry using these ships as inspiration.  A truly incredible opportunity for authentic learning!


Thank you very much for sharing in our excitement.  I hope you enjoyed the highlights and pictures.  As always if you have any concerns, feedback or suggestions please don’t hesitate to call or email.  



Michelle Zawawi

Principal RHS