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January 08, 2021

Good afternoon Rockville High School families,

Welcome back and it has been great to see our students this week.  I hope you had some time to enjoy your family and relax over the break and I look forward to amazing things in our future together!

We are nearing the end of quarter 2 and the first semester.  We understand that this has been a trying year for our students and many of them have struggled with virtual learning. I am proud of the perseverance our students have shown and their continued determination.  We want to ensure that every student has every opportunity to succeed so we are continuing with our after school STAR program to help students catch up and we will continue with office hours on Wednesday afternoons for teachers to meet in small groups or individually via teleconferencing with students.  We are also in the planning stages of creating a Peer Tutoring opportunity for students during Rock Blocks.  Please join us in encouraging your students to strive for success and to use any of the supports we have in place for them.

End of Semester 1: January 20th is the last day of the quarter, all work is due by January 20th.  If your student receives an incomplete for quarter 2, they must  make-up those incompletes no later than February 4th.  

Athletics- Our Student Athlete Leadership Team is hosting a “College Night” presentation on Thursday January 14th at 6:00 PM. We will have former RHS alumni and college coaches on to answer questions and discuss steps high school athletes can take to get to the next level, and what life is like as a college athlete. Use this link to join us that evening.

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Jan 14, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: RHS- SALT- College Night

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://zoom.us/j/96013630976

Or iPhone one-tap : 

    US: +13126266799,,96013630976#  or +16465588656,,96013630976# 

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 558 8656  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 9128  or +1 253 215 8782 

Webinar ID: 960 1363 0976

    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/abgU9L9qZh

 

Looking forward to a bright future,

Mr. Magao


December 18, 2020

Good morning,

Please accept my apology as I did a poor job of communicating clearly.  I would like to outline what the Rockville High School schedule looks like from now until the break.

schedule for virtual snow days

 

 

 

 

 

 

December Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you,

Mr. Magao


December 16, 2020

Good afternoon Rockville High School families,

We hope you can take the time to enjoy the snow and maybe even make a snowman.  Please stay safe and enjoy your Holidays.

Snow Day Virtual versus Virtual for COVID related reasons:

Our delayed opening schedule for Snow Day Virtual Learning was created because many of our students have to help shovel out their family members who continue to have to report for work as well as for staffing purposes.  If the roads are not passable and we begin at 7:30 with students, this will create issues for attendance purposes as well as answering your phone calls in a timely manner.  This is the schedule that we will use for Friday, December 18, 2020.

If the superintendent deems it necessary to move to full virtual learning on a short term basis as he has done next week for COVID related purposes we are going to use our ½ day schedule (our current Wednesday schedule) where students will have their classes in the morning and then be able to work with teachers during the afternoon office hours as needed. We will have the previously scheduled ½ day on Wednesday December 22nd without afternoon office hours.  Many students reported in their survey results that they feel they are behind with their work and we feel this is a great opportunity for students to get caught up before the new year while getting support from their teachers.

Photo Day make-up

Grades 9-11 photo day is cancelled for tomorrow and has been rescheduled to January 22nd

From the Attendance Office:

For accurate record keeping purposes, please EMAIL the Attendance Office rather than call whenever possible.

If your student is absent, dismissed or tardy please email this information to the Attendance Office at

RHS.Attendance@vernonct.org  Be sure to include your student’s name, grade AND the time for dismissal or entry into class.

****If your student feels their attendance is incorrect, please have them email their teacher to discuss this rather than the Attendance Office. The teacher will inform the Attendance Office if any correction needs to be made.

From the School Nurse:

I sent this message earlier but I made a mistake on the email and added an e to Jasmin's name so I am resending this information with the correct email address.

In accordance with the CDC schools can only accept the PCR Covid test.  Rapid tests do not meet the guidelines . The antibody test, which tests for the individual's immune system reaction to a past viral infection can not be used to determine school attendance per CDC. 

Please inform the nurse (jasmin.flores@vernonct.org) if your student is getting a covid test in order to assist with contact tracing. 

Happy Holidays,

Mr. Magao


December 11, 2020

Good afternoon Rockville High School families,

We are inching closer and closer to the Holiday break with the potential for inclement weather over the next week.  We will be sharing the Family Guide for Virtual Snow Days early next week.  I will have it posted on our website and shared via social media for your reference.  This document will help answer questions you might have.

Exams:

After meeting with my principals’ group, gathering data from 25 districts, and discussions with faculty and department chairs, we have decided that exams will only be given if:

  •  required for course completion (i.e. dual enrollment courses, AP, ECE, ) or 

  • Your student has a semester long course with a culminating project that needs to be completed 

Teachers may give an end of quarter 2 assessment but it will not be as complex as an exam.  This plan will provide more contact time between students and teachers which will hopefully lessen the stress for our students.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out.

Enjoy your weekend,

Mr. Magao


December 04, 2020

 Midterms:

Midterm progress reports for the second quarter will be distributed to in-person students on Friday, December 4 and Monday, December 7.  Reports for virtual learners will be mailed on Friday, December 4.  If you do not receive a report for your student, contact Rita Courtois in the School Counseling Office (rita.courtois@vernonct.org or 860-870-6050 ext 4065).​

Attendance:

We have been attempting to streamline our attendance procedures.  Please have your students email their teachers if they feel there has been an error in how the teacher marked them.  We will then work with our attendance office to make certain every student has the correct attendance in Aspen.

STAR Program (After school help):

Students have the opportunity to work after school with staff both in person (Tuesday and Thursday) and virtually on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Students can see their counselor or classroom teacher to get recommended for this program.  

Support Opportunity:

The Peer Advocates are sponsoring a “Gift Card Giveaway” to benefit RHS students in need.  We are looking for gift card donations (suggested gift card amount is $25)  to stores such as Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, TJ Maxx or Ocean State Job Lot since they carry basic need items.    Parents can drop off the gift cards or students can bring them to the main office or to Mrs. McTighe in Room 235.  The gift cards will be distributed to students by the school support staff.  Please contact Kim McTighe at (860) 896-4107 or kimberly.mctighe@vernonct.org   with any questions or to request a gift card for your child.  All donations are greatly appreciated.  Happy Holidays!

From the School Nurse:

In accordance with the CDC schools can only accept the PCR Covid test.  Rapid tests do not meet the guidelines . The antibody test, which tests for the individual's immune system reaction to a past viral infection can not be used to determine school attendance per CDC.  Please inform the nurse (jasmine.flores@vernonct.org if your student is getting a Covid test in order to assist with contact tracing. 

Have a restful weekend,

Mr. Magao


November 25 ,2020

Good afternoon Rockville High School families,

We hope you enjoy these next few days with your families and wishing you health and happiness.

School Photographs:

Picture retakes for grades 9-11 (M-Z cohort) will take place Thursday, December 17th. Please have your student see Mrs. Krupienski or Mrs. Haines in the Administrative Offices for a pass to the auditorium if they did not have their photo taken.

Seniors that have not scheduled their senior portrait session with Prestige should contact them at 1-800-426-9533 for an appointment. 

Happy Thanksgiving,

Mr. Magao


November 20, 2020

Good afternoon Rockville High School families,

Thank you to those of you who filled out our district survey.  I believe in being reflective so I have been reflecting a lot lately on how we did things last spring and then how we have done thus far this year.   I need to say how impressed I am with our students and families and the dedication and determination that both have shown.  We have an amazing group of students and our families have been right there with us trying to have the greatest educational impact on them as well.   We will continue to adapt and advance for the sake of every student at Rockville High School no matter what obstacles we might face.

Thank you for being our partner!


Athletics: At this time the CIAC has delayed the start of the winter season. See their statement below for details. We are looking to offer conditioning options for athletes within the guidelines. Stay tuned for more detail on that.

-The CIAC Board of Control acted this morning to postpone all winter sports to January 19, 2021. The CIAC Board of Control will continue to collaborate with the DPH, Governor Lamont’s office, and the CSMS Sports Medicine Committee in the weeks leading up to the January 19th start of winter practices. CIAC Interscholastic athletics are an education-based experience that maintains in-person learning and the health and safety of our school communities as our top priority. Today’s action supports our member schools while they continue to manage rising COVID numbers within their communities and experience


 

November 17, 2020

Good afternoon, Could you please take a few minutes to complete our survey so we can learn from your feedback and help create an amazing experience for your children during their time at Rockville High School? I really appreciate your help with this and have an amazing weekend! https://surveys.panoramaed.com/vernonct/rockville/surveys Sincerely, Mr. Magao


November 6, 2020

Good afternoon Rockville High School families,

Attention Seniors: Seniors - please check your school email for an October 29 email from Mrs. Courtois regarding your diploma.  The Google form must be completed (by the senior) by November 20.

Athletics update: The CIAC has delayed the start of the winter sports season. The original start date of November 21st is no longer accurate. At this time we do not have a new start date but will communicate once we do. You can still register for a winter sport by clicking on the link below.

https://www.familyid.com/organizations/rockville-high-school-vcms 

Financial Aid Presentation: If you were unable to attend last night’s RHS School Counseling Financial Aid Evening Virtual presentation, the power points are on the bottom of their department’s website page:   https://www.vernonpublicschools.org/rockville-high-school-home/academics/school-counseling 

Distribution of Q1 Report Cards

  • Students in the Monday-Tuesday cohort will receive their report cards in block 5 on Tuesday, November 10.

  • Students in the Thursday-Friday cohort will receive their report cards in block 1 on Thursday, November 12.

  • Report cards for students who attend virtually will be mailed on Wednesday, November 11.

  • Report cards for students who are absent from in-person instruction on Tuesday and/or Thursday will be mailed.


October 30, 2020

Good afternoon Rockville High School families,

The first quarter ended today, Friday October 30.  Report cards will be issued to in-person students on Tuesday , November 10 (Monday-Tuesday cohort) and on Thursday, November 12 (Thursday-Friday cohort).  Report cards for fully virtual students will be sent via the postal mail.  All Q1 INC grades must be resolved by Thursday, November 19.

Winter Sports START DATES AND TIMES

  • Girls basketball- 11/21 8:00-10:00 AM

  • Boys basketball- Virtual Meeting 10/23 @ 2:15

  • Tryouts:11/21 10:00-12:00 and 3:00-5:00. Google classroom code- xiw7h7l

  • Indoor Track- Meeting 11/20 3:15. First day 11/23- 3:15.

  • Wrestling- 11/23 @ 3:00

  • Boys Ice Hockey- 11/21 6:30-8:00 PM @ Bolton Ice Palace

  • Girls Ice Hockey- Player/guardian meeting 11/4 @ 6:00 in East Catholic Cafeteria. First day 11/23 3:30 @ Newington rink

  • Cheerleading- 11/18 5:00-7:00 PM

To sign up you must register on Familyid.com with a parent/guardian. A current physical must be uploaded or submitted to the nurse prior to the first day. - FAMILY ID LINK 

Families: Below is an anonymous survey link for RHS Families. The survey is available in English, Spanish and Urdu (select on upper left hand corner).  

https://surveys.panoramaed.com/vernonct/rockville/surveys



October 23, 2020

 

Good afternoon Rockville High School families,

Picture Retakes: Picture retakes for grades 9-11 (A-L cohort) will take place this Monday, October 26th. Please have your student see Mrs. Krupienski or Mrs. Haines in the Administrative Offices for a pass to the auditorium. Picture retakes for the M-Z cohort will be held in January on a date TBD. More information to follow.

Picture day for virtual students is Wednesday, November 4th from 8-12. Students should enter the school via the auditorium. Please use the link below to sign up.

NOV 4 - Virtual students picture day (sign up)

Seniors! Please contact Prestige Portraits at 1-800-426-9533 to schedule your yearbook photo session if you have not already done so. Please see Mrs. Krupienski in the Administrative Offices or call 860-870-6050 extension 4009 with senior photo questions or concerns. It is important to us that all seniors have a photo in the yearbook. Let us know how we can help!

Working Papers Information (click link below)

Distance Site:    Link to RHS 9-12 Distance Site 

Grades - Q1 Ending:

  • The first marking period ends on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 please excuse my error in my update last Friday. 

Athletics:

Winter Sports START DATES AND TIMES

  • Girls basketball- 11/21 8:00-10:00 AM

  • Boys basketball- Virtual Meeting 10/23 @ 2:15

  • Tryouts:11/21 10:00-12:00 and 3:00-5:00. Google classroom code- xiw7h7l

  • Indoor Track- Meeting 11/20 3:15. First day 11/23- 3:15.

  • Wrestling- 11/23 @ 3:00

  • Boys Ice Hockey- 11/21 6:30-8:00 PM @ Bolton Ice Palace

  • Girls Ice Hockey- Player/guardian meeting 11/4 @ 6:00 in East Catholic Cafeteria. First day 11/23 3:30 @ Newington rink

  • Cheerleading- 11/18 5:00-7:00 PM

To sign up you must register on Familyid.com with a parent/guardian. A current physical must be uploaded or submitted to the nurse prior to the first day. - FAMILY ID LINK 

Enjoy your weekend!

Mr. Magao


October 16, 2020

Good afternoon Rockville families,

Student Success:

  • Please be sure to check grades on ASPEN on a regular basis.  The quarter will be closing on October 29, 2020 and we want to help our students start off on the right foot and we truly appreciate your support.  If you have questions on how to access your children’s grades please don’t hesitate to contact their school counselor or teachers

Athletics:

  • A reminder to all parents and spectators for athletic events: Spectators are not allowed at other schools. For home contests, spectators must have a ticket to attend. Masks and social distance are required at all times. GO RAMS!

Virtual Open House

  • We are planning a virtual open house for families.  I will send out detailed information soon on how to access this information.

Have a great weekend,

Mr. Magao


October 9, 2020

Good afternoon Rockville families,

We hope you enjoy your Holiday weekend and the time spent with family.  

Reminder:

 October 14th PSAT and SAT

  • We will have regular bus transportation in the morning and then on the half day schedule for when students finish

  • There will be no classes for grades 9 and 10

  • Grade 11 students will take the PSAT 

  • Grade 12 students who choose to will be taking the make-up SAT school day

SCHOOL FORMS

Annual Parent Notice FERPA (Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act) forms are posted on the Vernon Public Schools website.  These forms include:

  • Access to Student Information by Military or College Recruiters

  • Student Privacy Rights - Directory Information and Photography

  •  Annual Notice of Student Education Record Privacy

  •  Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment – Scheduled   Activities and Surveys Annual Notice to Parents

  • Notice of Pesticide Applications

  •  Annual Notification of Asbestos Management Plan

To access these forms:

vernonpublicschools.org

Click on “Rockville High School”

“About Us”

“Documents and Forms”

“Annual Parent Notices”

These forms are provided for your information and do not need to be returned UNLESS a parent wishes to sign an “exclusion” form.  Any signed exclusion forms should be returned to the RHS Main Office as soon as possible.

Enjoy!

Mr. Magao


October 2, 2020

Good afternoon Rockville families,

Schedule: We have been gathering feedback from you, the students and the staff and we are going to implement a new thought process starting the week after next. We hope this will help us reach all learners in the most effective way possible. Unfortunately, due to the unforeseen but significant increase in cost with making an adjustment to the daily drop off time, we are not going to be able to move forward with the original plan.  We have a back-up plan which will look similar but keep the same schedule and cohorts for the high school.  I will send a detailed plan to everyone Monday.

October 14th PSAT and SAT

  • We will have regular bus transportation in the morning and then on the half day schedule for when students finish

  • There will be no classes for grades 9 and 10

  • Grade 11 students will take the PSAT 

  • Grade 12 students who choose to will be taking the make-up SAT school day

Progress Reports

First quarter midterm progress report grades and comments have been posted in Aspen and can be viewed by parents/guardians and students.  The first quarter will end on October 30, 2020.

To view progress report information in Aspen:

  • Select the Family top tab

  • Select the Transcript side tab

  • Click on the 2021 link for each course

    • Midterm 1 = numerical grade for course

    • Comments for each course listed as they would show on a printed progress report​

  • ​Navigate from course to course using the arrows at the t​op of the screen under Log Off

To receive a printed progress report via the postal mail or for assistance with an Aspen account, contact Rita Courtois at rita.courtois@vernonct.org or 860-870-6050, ext 4065.  Please provide the student's name in the email.

Please see the distance learning site for school and individual classroom/teacher information.

https://sites.google.com/vernonschools.org/vpsonline/rhs-9-12

Thank you,

Mr. Magao


September 25, 2020

Good afternoon,

Athletics-

  • Games will begin on October 1st. Each spectator will be required to have a ticket. Tickets will be given to the student athletes to give to 2 members of their family. Tickets will be collected at the game. Face coverings must be worn at all times and please socially distance at the games.

  • For a full schedule please go to this link. http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105

  • This fall we are running boys soccer, girls soccer, cross country, girls volleyball, cheer, unified sports, and football (practice only).
     

  • We are in need of student volunteers to help at athletic events. Community service hours will be provided. If your son or daughter would like to help have them see Mr. Farrell in the athletics office.

Community Service Hours

  • I am in discussions with Dr. Macary and the BOE about how we will be handling our community service requirements, more information to follow.

October 14th SAT and PSAT 

  • We will be having PSAT for grade 11 and SAT Schoolday for current grade 12 students who have not already taken the SAT (make-up from the Spring).  This will impact the 9th and 10th grade students as they will not have school on that day, but will have assigned work to be completed.  This will impact 11th and 12th grade students because that is a Wednesday and they will have to physically come to Rockville High School to take the test.  Students who are entirely virtual will have to make a decision if they are going to come to RHS for these assessments.


September 19, 2020

Good afternoon,

We have been reviewing survey results from both parents and students while we try to make each day even better for students at Rockville High School.  Thank you for your valuable input.

Student/Parent Handbook

Please follow the link below to view and acknowledge the RHS Student Handbook Sign Off and Technology Compliance Agreement:

https://www.familyid.com/rockville-high-school-vcms/2020-2021-technology-compliance-agreement-and-rockville-high-school-handbook-sign-off

Free

Breakfast and lunch is currently free for all Vernon students until at least mid-December per the State of Connecticut. 

Zoom

We have had a few minor issues over the past week that we have sorted out in regards to Zoom.  To enhance Zoom security, students will only be allowed into their Zoom classroom if they are displaying their first and last name. Staff members at RHS can assist if students do not know how to change their name on the screen.

Attendance

We are currently having conversations around the best practice for students who are enrolled in the hybrid model but decide to go virtual on a day in which they should be physically present.  There are pros and cons to each side of the argument but we have not come to a decisive conclusion yet.  We will be sending out guidance on this matter in the near future.  At this time, whenever a student chooses to go from in person to virtual for the day , they must contact the Attendance office at RHS.Attendance@vernonct.org and their teachers?

Teacher Communication

The best way to contact teachers is through their vernonct.org email which is first name.last name@vernonct.org. (ex: jason.magao@vernonct.org) There have been issues with Google Classroom and messaging through that avenue. Please email teachers with questions and concerns. 

Thank you and have an outstanding weekend,

Mr. Magao


September 4, 2020

Good afternoon Rockville Families,

Thank you for your assistance and understanding during our opening week of school.  Your children were fantastic!

This email is to send information that has been requested the most over the past week from families.  I will continue to send updates every Friday in an attempt to keep everyone current.

Rockville High School Virtual Learning Information:

The distance learning site is used to provide information to families and be a one stop shop for you to find information regarding RHS both Virtual Learning and in-person Hybrid.  This information includes but is not limited to: 

  • Where to find Google Classroom Codes for all teachers

  • Chromebook repair contact information

https://sites.google.com/vernonschools.org/vpsonline/rhs-9-12

Aspen: The link below is a tutorial for families on how to navigate ASPEN. Please contact Rita Courtois at rita.courtois@vernonct.org for assistance with logins and passwords, if needed. 

ASPEN Help

Google Classroom:

Please follow the link below to better understand the Google Classroom 1:1 process. 

Google Classroom Help

RHS Student/Parent Handbook:

The link for our 2020/2021 Student/Parent Handbook is below.  We have also provided every student with a paper copy.  Please click here to read, review and acknowledge the Handbook Sign-off and

Technology Compliance Agreement.   

RHS 2020/2021 Student/Parent Handbook

Video Conferencing Expectations (Zoom, Google Meets, etc.):

While using any video conferencing platform, students/parents/guardians are expected to follow the practices noted below. Failure to comply with the following expectations may result in school consequences.

  • Screenshots or photos of screens on any device when using any video conferencing platform may not be taken.

  •  Meeting links and passwords cannot be shared with anyone, including other students who are not scheduled to be in the assigned meeting.

  • Video conferencing sessions on any platform, including Zoom and Google Meet, cannot be recorded.

  • All school and district policies apply, including the Acceptable Use and Technology Compliance Agreement for all grade levels, when using any video conferencing platform. 

  • All behavioral expectations included in each respective school’s student handbook, including adherence to school dress codes, apply when using video conferencing platforms.

  • When students lose a connection to a video conferencing platform while it is in session, they are expected to make several attempts to rejoin the session. Should problems or technical issues persist, please email the student’s teacher(s). This will provide documentation of the issue and appropriate adjustments can be made to ensure a student does not fall behind due to an issue with technology.

Late Bus Information

  • Begins next week Tuesday and Thursday

  • Normally Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday

  • Leaves RHS around 3:15

  • Drops off at elementary schools

  • Used for extracurricular activities and working with teachers after school

Have an excellent holiday weekend!

-Mr. Magao


An Important message from Pupil Services


August 28, 2020:

Hello Rockville Students & Parents,

During the last few weeks many families have let us know what type of learning model your student will be engaged in  - virtual versus the hybrid model.  On Monday we will have two types of learning going on in person and virtual synchronous learning.

 How things will differ from the Spring of 2020

  1. All students are required to take part in every class, attendance will be taken both in-person and virtually at regularly scheduled times. (see below for schedule times).
  2. 70% is passing for every class.
  3. Wednesday’s are ½ Day’s in the morning and all students are required to participate virtually.
  4. Masks must be worn unless you are directed by a staff member otherwise (mask-breaks).
  5. Lanes must be followed in the hallways as they are now divided and arrows are on the floors.
  6. Water fountains will be disabled but water filling stations will work. Water bottles are encouraged. 
  7. Teachers will be requiring students to attend video conferences this year. 
  8. We will survey parents, staff and students to continuously develop this plan as it will continue to be fluid.
  9. We will support students while we work through any and all issues this week including logging into google classroom, zoom, etc.

 Hybrid (last name) A-L

  • Rockville High School opens at 7 am but during this time it would be helpful if students who are driven to school or walk came closer to 7:15.  Due to this being the first week of school, we have to go over rules and protocols, therefore all students will be directed to the front entrance (Monday and Thursday),  to receive materials.  Remember that student drop off is on the side of the school and buses drop off in the front.  Monday is an A day you will have blocks 1- 4. Please bring a charged chrome book, binder and writing materials (pens, pencils). Please bring any materials you have from the Spring that belong to RHS.

 Hybrid (last name) M-Z and ALL VIRTUAL LEARNERS

  • Blocks 1-4 will be running at their normal times and the expectation is that you will sign into your teachers zoom and/or other online platform that they have indicated via email/Google Classroom.  
    • Block 1 - 7:30 - 8:54
    • Block 2  - 9:00 - 10:29
    • Block 3  - 10:35 - 12:30 (there is lunch built in here and your teacher will let you know when your lunch is for that block)
    • Block 4  - 12:36 - 2:00
  • Rock Block - if you have a rock block your teacher will be in contact with you to let you know how you will jointly navigate this resource.  Rock Block teachers are here to help you and to advocate for educational opportunities that you need.

  IMPORTANT RESOURCES

As we all navigate this learning together there are resources along the way to help  you.  Please peruse our Distance Learning Link to learn more about RHS.

 Can’t wait to see everyone next week and have a great weekend!

The Entire Rockville High School Team