Quick Reference for Parents
Address: 70 Loveland Hill Road,Vernon, CT 06066
Website: http://vernonpublicschools.org/rhs-homepage Facebook: www.facebook.com/rockvillehighschool
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/RockvilleHighCT/ Twitter: @RockvilleHighCT
College Board School Code: 070645
Principal: Michelle Zawawi (ext. 4003)
Assistant Principals: Edward Brewer (ext. 4012) and Allayne Sundt (ext. 4009)
First Day of School: August 30th, 2017 (Wed) Projected Last Day of School: June 8th, 2018 (Fri)
Absence Procedure: Parents are expected to call the Attendance Office (870-6050, option 1) by 9:00 a.m. the day their student is absent. Please note that voicemail is available 24 hours a day.
School Meals: -$1.95 (breakfast), $3.15 (lunch); use myschoolbucks.com for prepayment options -Free or reduced price meal applications may be submitted at any time during the school year.
School Closures or Delays: Announcements will be made on area radio (WTIC AM & FM, WRCH, WZMX) and television (WFSB 3, WVIT 30) stations if there are any closures or delays. Parents may also access Vernon information online at www.ctweather.com and sign up for email or cell phone text notifications about delays and cancellations. If school is closed, the A/B day rotation will continue on the next school day. The same policy applies for holidays and school vacations. If school is delayed, the A/B day schedule will remain the same.
Adding a Course: A course can be added to your child’s schedule within the first five (5) consecutive class meetings have taken place. Any course that is added after this point in time requires an administrator’s signature and the student’s grade in the course depends upon the completion of all work missed prior to the date of adding the course.
Dropping a Course: A course may not be dropped from a student course load three (3) classes past the halfway point of the course. Any course that is dropped after this point in time requires an administrator's signature. Students who drop a course after the first progress report will receive a W on their report cards/transcripts.
Incomplete Grades: Incomplete grades are to be made up within five (5) school days of report card distribution unless an extension is granted by the teacher and/or administration. Failure to make up an incomplete grade will result in the teacher submitting a “grade to date” for the final grade average.
Schedule Changes: Student schedules are developed in a collaborative effort between students, teachers, school counselors, and parents during the spring semester each year and finalized by the end of the school year. Students receive a copy of their final schedule prior to the start of school in August. Consequently, any questions relating to the student's schedule should be addressed before the opening of the fall semester.
ASPEN: Parents are encourage to sign into ASPEN to check their child’s grades. If there are any difficulties in accessing the ASPEN account, contact your student’s guidance counselor.
Advanced Placement* (AP) Courses Offered: Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Language & Composition, Music Theory, Studio Art, U. S History, Computer Science Principles*
Early College Experience* (ECE) Courses Offered: Statistics, Biology, Spanish, Personal Finance and French. *Inquire with the Guidance Department or the individual teachers who teach these courses for more information.
Credit Requirement: All students in grades 9 through 11 are required to take a minimum of seven (7) credits. Seniors are required to take a minimum of six (6) credits. Exceptions to these requirements must be approved by administration.
A passing grade is no less than 70% for all courses offered at Rockville High School.
Promotion Requirements: Students at Rockville High School are assigned to a grade level based on the number of years they have attended high school (i.e., first year students to grade 9, second year students to grade 10). However, students are strongly encouraged to meet or exceed the following guidelines as they work toward graduation:
Grade 10 – minimum of 5 credits and 12 hours of community service
Grade 11 – minimum of 11 credits and 25 hours of community service
Grade 12 – minimum of 17 credits and 38 hours of community service
Graduation Requirements: Students are RHS are currently required to take and pass 25 credits and complete 40 hours of community service to graduate from Rockville High School. (Please see the Student/Parent Handbook for a more detailed description of the 25 credits needed to graduate.) 50 hours of community service for class of 2021
Mid Year/End of Year Exams: All students will be given mid-year and and of year examinations in all subjects. Students may report to school only for scheduled exams provided they have their own transportation. Students who are unable to provide their own transportation and arrive at school at a time when they do not have a scheduled exam must report to the Library Media Center or Cafeteria 114. Students who need to reschedule their mid-year or final exams must obtain permission from their teacher and assistant principal. BUSES WILL PICK UP STUDENTS BEGINNING AT NORMAL PICK UP TIME ON DESIGNATED EXAM DAYS AND WILL FOLLOW THE NORMAL EARLY RELEASE SCHEDULE. If a student is tardy to an exam, he/she must obtain a pass from the Attendance Office to be admitted to the exam. No additional exam time will be provided for late arrivals. Cafeteria 114 will be open serving breakfast in the morning before exams, and light snacks between the scheduled exam periods. Students must remain in the examination room for the entire exam period (two hours). Students will not be issued passes during exam times to the bathroom, cafeteria, school counseling office, or any other classroom.
All overdue books and library fines must be settled with the Library Media Center. Books for semester courses must be turned in a timely manner.In the event of a postponement due to inclement weather, the exam schedule will continue in the same order. Exams scheduled for the day school was closed will be given on the next day school is in session.
Honor Roll: The Honor Roll is based upon the marks in all subjects in each quarter. It is published four times a year. To achieve general honors, a student must earn an unweighted numerical average of at least 85 and may not have any grades lower than 75 or any incomplete grades. For high honor roll status, a student must earn an unweighted numerical average of at least 90 and may not have any grades lower than 80 or any incomplete grades.
National Honors Society: Members are chosen at Rockville High School at the close of their junior year and again at the end of the first marking period in their senior year. All students with a weighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 88.0 or better meet the minimum scholastic requirement. In addition to the scholastic requirement, candidates must also meet established criteria in the areas of service, leadership, and character. The procedure for selection begins when all students having the required GPA are notified of their eligibility. If students wish to be further considered, they must complete a Student Activity Form. Those selected for membership will be notified by letter, and will be inducted during a ceremony in the spring.
Health Services: The Nurse’s Office is available to all students and faculty during school hours (7:30 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.). Students will not be dismissed due to illness without parental consent or consent from some person designated by the family. The transportation of such students is the responsibility of the parents. The school nurses are not permitted to dispense ANY medication, prescription or non-prescription, without an order from the prescribing physician, and parental permission. All medications must be in the original container and must be brought to school by a parent or guardian. Medications are to be kept in the Nurse’s Office; students are NOT allowed to carry medications in school unless there is a physician’s order (i.e. inhalers, epipens) These orders need to be updated every year.The school nurses are willing to help families meet individual physical or psychological problems of their child. They can be of assistance in contacting state agencies or other resources for special help with medical, dental, psychiatric, audio or visual help in the event of serious problems. Students and parents should feel free to contact the school nurses at any time in regard to any problem.
Privileges: Students who demonstrate RESPONSIBLE and RESPECTFUL behavior may earn privileges. Students that have earned privileges must obtain privilege cards from the Attendance Office at the start of every quarter. Privilege cards must be carried with students at all times. Senior Privileges include: Pass Privileges, Parking, Late arrival, Early dismissal, Access to the Library Media Center during free blocks, Dismissal during free blocks, No assigned study halls, Access to Senior Lounge. Junior Privileges include: Pass privileges, Parking, Late arrival, Early dismissal, and Access to the Library Media Center during free blocks. Sophomore Privileges include:
CIAC Eligibility for Athletes: RHS students must be taking and passing at least 4 courses. In addition, students cannot participate on an outside team (i.e. travel team) that is the same sport they are participating at RHS in the same season. The complete listing of eligibilty requirements can be found at http://www.casciac.org/pdfs/eligibility_brochure.pdf.
Visitors: All visitors are required to make an appointment to visit school at least 24 hours in advance. All visitors must present valid, government issued photo identification, have a photo taken for entry into the digital visitor management system, and wear a visitor's pass which must be returned prior to leaving the school. Visitors that have already had their identification information and photo entered into the digital visitor management system will still be required to present valid, government issued photo identification for subsequent visits to the building.
Volunteer/Chaperone Application: Prospective volunteers and chaperones for school activities must submit an application for thorough review and security check. Application materials are available at http://vernonpublicschools.org/documents-forms
Working Papers: Upon receipt of a "promise to employ" statement from the employer and proof of birth (birth certificate, driver's license), working papers will be issued from the Career Center.
Truancy vs. Chronic Absence: Truancy = unexcused absences; Chronic Absence = is defined as missing 10% or greater of the total number of days enrolled during the school year for any reason. It includes both excused, unexcused, in-school suspensions that last more than one-half of the school day, out-of-school suspensions, and expulsion. RHS monitors both truancy and chronic absenteeism and we ask for your help with both so students don’t fall behind with their school work and lose out on educational opportunities here at school.
Code of Conduct: Please consult the Student/Parent Handbook for a more detailed description of the expectations for student conduct. Below is a list of areas of student conduct that parents can assist with:
-Electronic devices--should be “off and out of sight” in the classroom setting, unless such devices are being used for educational purposes with permission from the teacher. These devices can be used in common areas (unless otherwise posted) and the hallways (without the use of headphones/earbuds).
-Appropriate Dress--Students should dress appropriately for a school environment and avoid dressing in a way that could have a negative impact on learning and the safety of themselves and others. Students should not wear the following items: black carbonized soles shoes, clothing that has references to gangs, drugs/alcohol, violence/weaponry, and sexually explicit language/images, any headwear that covers eyes/face (i.e. sunglasses, hoods, masks), any garment that does not appropriately cover the body (i.e. strapless tops, clothing that exposes excessive cleavage, skin in the midriff area, back, and upper thigh), and visible undergarments.
-Students should avoid being involved in any of the following behaviors: verbal/physical altercations, use of illegal substances (tobacco, alcohol, drugs), gambling, inappropriate physical contact, insubordination to any school personnel, leaving school grounds without authorization, use of profane or discriminatory language, audio/video recordings without permission, tardy to class, skipping class, bullying or harassment, bringing any weapons to school, using laser pointers, and vandalism.
-Class Detention vs Administrative Detention--Teachers may issue classroom detentions to promote responsible and respectful school behavior. Failure to serve a classroom detention will result in an administrative detention. Administrative detentions are assigned by the principal and assistant principals for violation of school rules. Administrative detentions are held after school from 2:10 to 3:00 p.m. Detentions take precedence over other student obligations including sports, after school activities, and part-time jobs.