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April 9, 2021

 

Good afternoon Rockville Families,

I hope this message finds you well and ready to enjoy some well-deserved time off with your families next week.  I sent a message to the students telling them to enjoy and stay safe as well.

Report Cards:

Q3 report cards were mailed to students' homes on Wednesday, April 7.  The deadline to resolve any INC grades for Q3 is Wednesday, April 21.​

Seniors:

  • ​Completed applications for the Morey and Helen McCarthy Miller Scholarship are due to the School Counseling Office no later than the end of the school day on Thursday, April 22.  This scholarship awards approximately $150,000 each spring to graduating RHS seniors and can cover up to the cost of the first year's college tuition.  Applications are available on Naviance.  The application requires signed copies of the parents' federal income tax return for 2020 (or 2019, if 2020 has not been filed yet).

  • If you have not paid for your cap & gown yet, please do so as soon as possible.  The cost is $35 (cash or check/money order payable to Rockville High School).  Payment should be given to Mrs. Courtois in the School Counseling Office.

The annual class T-shirt sale is underway.  It usually occurs in the fall but we've shifted gears to the spring for this year.  Order forms were included with the report card mailing.  Long-sleeved and short-sleeved T-shirts as well as Rockville hoodies can be ordered.  Payment is due with the order form.  Delivery will be in mid-May.  The order deadline is April 28.  Order forms/payments can be given to Mr. Courtois in Room 164 or to Mrs. Courtois in the School Counseling Office.

Senior Prom and Graduation:

  • We will be having a senior prom at RHS because we could not get the other venue we wanted with the exception of a few Monday nights.  It will be a fun filled night and I will send out the details when we have them.  

  • We will be holding graduation at RHS this year.  Depending on what the governor allows for gathering sizes we will have a more traditional ceremony.  Once this information is available I will send out all of the details.

Athletics

Contests begin on Saturday April 10th. If you are attending please wear a mask at all times and maintain social distancing.

For volleyball we are only allowing 2 spectators per athlete.

We will live stream some events to our YouTube channel.

Click here to follow- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnOAttFC1jctNe04YpC9e6Q 

Enjoy,

Mr. Magao


April 1, 2021

Good afternoon Rockville families,

We wish you a Happy Easter and hope you enjoy the long weekend.  Thank you to everyone that has downloaded Parent Square and for your children who have downloaded Student Square.  I will send out a final message using this email to announce when we will transition entirely to using Parent/Student Square for communication in the near future.  If you need assistance with Parent Square please reach out and we would be glad to help.

Juniors NGSS (Science) Testing:

  • We plan to hold the assessment in the upcoming weeks with make-ups during May.  We will have a specific Wednesday for virtual learners to come into RHS because the assessment has to be done in-person.  I will send more detailed information as we have it.

Seniors:

  • We are exploring and discussing prom, graduation and potential senior week activities

  • More information to follow as details are worked out

My spelling lesson for this week:

Segway - a motorized personal vehicle consisting of two wheels mounted side by side beneath a platform that the rider stands on while holding on to handlebars, controlled by the way the rider distributes their weight

Segue - move without interruption from one piece of music or scene to another.

Have a great long weekend and holiday,

Mr. Magao


March 29, 2021

Good afternoon,

We were having issues with our Wifi and we ended up not having email on Friday so I waited until today to send this message out.  This is a perfect segway to encourage everyone to download the Parent Square App.  I was able to send a message about the internet and email issues using the Parent Square App and I plan to send my weekly updates the same way in the near future.

Parent Square App

Attire:

With the warmer weather coming soon, please encourage your students to dress appropriately for school.  We do not want to send anyone home for dress code violations but we will address them as needed- please see RHS Handbook - Page 21.  Our physical education classes will also be going outside for classes so students will need to be prepared. 

Thursday Schedule:

All students will be virtual on this coming Thursday as we have our second planned vaccination clinic for staff on this day.

Have a great week,

Mr. Magao


March 19, 2021

Good afternoon,

Important:

Next Wednesday, March 24, 2021 will be a full virtual day as we typically have except, students in grades 9,10, and 12 will not have zoom/google meets with their teachers. Students will be required to sign in for attendance purposes and can use the link provided by their teachers.  They will be provided direction by their teachers for that day.  We are having all grade 11 students come into Rockville High School who have made arrangements with their school counselors to take the SAT.

Juniors - Please see this website for practice SAT material if you are interested.

We encourage you to get a good night's sleep, eat breakfast, and remember to bring your calculator if you have one. If you do not know your room assignment, please email your school counselor.

Parent Square 

We are very excited to adopt a new form of communication at Rockville High School and you will be receiving an email to join today. ParentSquare is designed to keep parents informed and facilitate participation at school. It provides a safe way for the school principal, teachers, staff, and parents to: 

• Send and receive school and class information

• Share pictures and files

• See calendar items

• Sign up to volunteer

• and much more . . . all in one centralized place!

ParentSquare Parent Videos

Padres - Introducción a ParentSquare

All school, grade level and classroom information will now be sent to your computer or phone via email and/or text or you can download the free App.

The Help & Support question mark in the top right corner of the home page can help answer most of your questions. Please join in!

 

FAQs- https://www.vernonpublicschools.org/rockville-high-school-home/2020-21-news

 

Zoom for Parent Square

We will be holding a Zoom meeting next Tuesday evening from 6:00 - 7:00 pm to help answer any questions you might have regarding Parent Square.  I will send you the link on Tuesday.

Quarter/Report Cards:
The third quarter will close on Tuesday, March 30.  Report cards will be mailed to parents/guardians on Wednesday, April 7.  The Q3 INC deadline is April 20, following the spring vacation week.

SENIORS:
Cap & gown measurements for in-person students will be completed during lunch waves next week (March 22-26).  The cost is $35.  Payment (cash or check payable to Rockville High School) is expected at the time of measurements.  Virtual seniors will receive a link via email to submit their orders.  Payment should then be mailed to RHS (Attn: Rita Courtois) or dropped off in the Main Office.

The deadline for the Morey & Helen McCarthy Miller Scholarship is April 22.  Because the federal tax filing deadline has been extended until May, either 2019 or 2020 signed federal tax returns will be accepted for this scholarship this year.

Reminder - completed applications for the "Power from Within: Rockville Strong Scholarship" are due to the senior's counselor by the end of the school day on Monday, March 22.  Applications are available on Naviance.  The new local scholarship was announced on March 9.

 

Athletics
Registration for spring sports is now open. Click the link below to get started. We are anticipating all spring sports will run on schedule and will begin on March 27th. 

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

Follow our athletics YouTube channel to watch all home basketball games on live stream. Boys basketball will host a conference tournament game Monday 3/22 at 6 PM.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnOAttFC1jctNe04YpC9e6Q 


March 12, 2021

Here are some important updates from the Vernon Public Schools (VPS): 

· The Vernon Pubic Schools is at a critical juncture in the COVID-19 Health Pandemic.  School Personnel, who want the vaccine, has been giving their first dose, however to be fully vaccinated individuals need to wait 2 weeks after their 2nd dose.  Please remember that none of our students are vaccinated at this time and there is no timeline from the DPH.  This issue, along with the several variants detected in Connecticut, reminds us that we must remain vigilant with our mitigations strategies.  It is the suite of Mitigations Strategies (see below) that have allowed us to be in school.  We are asking families to adhere to these strategies both in school and at home!   

·  Our Plan is to fully vaccinate all school personnel (teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, custodians, secretaries, librarians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, and everyone working in schools), by April 15, 2021, which is two weeks after the second dose.  There may be changes to the school schedules on Monday, April 26, 2021.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

· The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.  You can access them here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html

·The Vernon Food & Nutrition Services Department will continue to provide free meal bags every Wednesday at Rockville High School and Vernon Center Middle School from 12:00PM – 3:00PM. Meals are free for all children 18 and under (including toddlers). Child does not need to be present at pick up. Please wear a mask when picking up meals.

·Today is the 120th Day of School in Vernon.  Please note there will be No School for Students on Friday, March 12th and Monday, March 15th for Teacher Professional Development.  There will be a Remote (Virtual) Learning School Day on Thursday, April 1, 2021 for all Vernon schools and students.  No in-person classes on April 1st.

 Mitigation Strategies in Schools

Slowing the Spread of COVID-19 through effective mitigation strategies is the key to providing a healthy and safe learning environment for all students.  The Vernon Public Schools has experienced positive results with this suite of numerous mitigation strategies over the past 6 months and we need to remain vigilant as the new strain of COVID-19 emerges in our nation.  Please note some of our on-going strategies:

·         Face Coverings at all times for Students and Staff

·         Regular hand-washing for students in bathrooms

·         Hand Sanitizers in all classrooms for student/staff use

·         Reconfigured Water Fountains to avoid germs

·         Sanitizing and Cleaning all tabletops and desks

·         Cohorting of Students & Contact Tracing

·         Air filter replacements & enhanced ventilation maintenance

·         Twice daily cleaning of high-touch areas

·         Self-monitoring for Covid-19 symptoms during quarantine

·         Social Distancing, maximizing where feasible

·         Visual Markers and Positioning in Hallways

·         No Public Entry & Limited Visitors in Buildings

·         Disinfecting Cafeteria Tables between Lunch Waves

·         Enhanced Building Cleaning every day in all classrooms

World Language Department survey regarding student interest in additional languages.

https://forms.gle/BhcQb3hEWRvmAd1a6

Athletics

Registration for spring sports is now open. Click the link below to get started. We are anticipating all spring sports will run on schedule and will begin on March 27th. 

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

Follow our athletics YouTube channel to watch all home basketball games on live stream.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnOAttFC1jctNe04YpC9e6Q 

 

March 5, 2021

Good afternoon,

Excellent Presentation:

Hidden in Plain Sight (please click link)

Seniors 

Save the date! ​ Cap and gown measurements for the Class of 2021 will be completed during lunch waves during the week of March 22.  The cost will be $35, due at the time of measurements.  Virtual seniors will have to arrange for payment to be mailed to or dropped off at RHS.  Cash or check (payable to Rockville High School) will be accepted. ​

Athletics

Registration for spring sports is now open. Click the link below to get started. We are anticipating all spring sports will run on schedule and will begin on March 27th. 

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

Follow our athletics YouTube channel to watch all home basketball games on live stream.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnOAttFC1jctNe04YpC9e6Q 

 

Have an amazing weekend,

Mr. Magao


February 26, 2021

Good afternoon Rockville families,

Thank you for your support!

We would like to extend a hearty congratulations to the senior class on their Powderpuff Food Drive victory. The final score was 3,348-2,175. The junior class gave a valiant effort with several sizable paper product donations. Through your generosity, RHS will bring a donation of 1,098 items to the Hockanum Valley Community Council food pantry.

This includes 31 packs of paper towels equaling 77 rolls, and 89 packs of toilet paper equaling an astounding 558 rolls of toilet paper!!!

A cash donation will be added from staff dress down to enable HVCC to purchase milk, eggs, and fresh fruits and vegetables for their clients.

In a time of great need, RHS gave a great team effort to help feed members of our community.

Photo Retakes

  •  We have rescheduled photo retakes for 3/5 for the M-Z cohort.

Midterm Progress Reports

  • Midterm progress reports for the third quarter were mailed on Friday, February 26. 

Seniors

  • Seniors - save the date!​  Cap and gown measurements for the Class of 2021 will be completed during lunch waves during the week of March 22.  The cost will be $35, due at the time of measurements.  Virtual seniors will have to arrange for payment to be mailed to or dropped off at RHS.  Cash or check (payable to Rockville High School) will be accepted.  Additional information will be provided in March.

Spring Sports

Registration for spring sports is now open. Click the link below to get started. We are anticipating all spring sports will run on schedule and will begin on March 29th. 

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

Happy Friday,

Mr. Magao


February 19, 2021

Good afternoon Rockville families,

I am going to set up evening Zoom meetings for families in the near future.  We are going to offer multiple sessions in an attempt to accommodate as many families as possible.  I am waiting to iron out some details of Parent Square which is a one stop shop for communication between the school, students and families before I schedule these meetings.  We would like to have the most accurate information to share with everyone.  The goal of Parent Square is to alleviate confusion from the amount of emails you might be receiving.  We are always looking for the best possible ways to connect with our students and families.

Connecticut State Department of Education - Professional Support Series for Families

Professionalsupportseries_series22.pdf  (click link to access)​

Athletics

If you haven’t had an opportunity to see a live streamed game they are very well done.

Basketball games will be live streamed on our YouTube channel. You can subscribe by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnOAttFC1jctNe04YpC9e6Q

Registration for spring sports is now open. Click the link below to get started. We are anticipating all spring sports will run on schedule and will begin on March 29th. 

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

Have a terrific weekend,

Mr. Magao


February 11 2021

Good afternoon Rockville families,

We hope everyone has a great 4 day weekend!

Attendance:

Please remember to inform the school, (RHS.Attendance@vernonct.org) or the teachers, when your student will be working virtually for the day instead of in person. 

School Photos:

School retakes for grades 9-11 in the M-Z cohort will be held on Friday, February 19th in the school auditorium. Students that wish to have a retake done should see Mrs. Krupienski or Mrs. Haines in the administrative offices for a pass.

Any student in grades 9-11 that has not had their photo taken, including new students to RHS and virtual students, should have their photo done on this date. 

Athletics

Our spectator policy for basketball games will be one parent/guardian per athlete for the game your son/daughter is playing in. This is based on state guidelines for athletic events.

Basketball games will be live streamed on our YouTube channel. You can subscribe by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnOAttFC1jctNe04YpC9e6Q

Happy Valentine’s Day,

Mr. Magao


February 9, 2021

Good evening,

We are going to use our Wednesday schedule tomorrow because this is not a typical snow storm where people will be digging out in the morning or having to travel in dangerous conditions for those who report to the school.  I have included the schedule below.  This will allow students to meet with staff from 12:00 – 2:00 during office hours as well.  Tuesday, February 9, 2021 is a B day.

Block 1/ 5:  7:30 - 8:25

Block 2/6:   8:30 - 9:25

Block 3/7:  9:30 - 10:25

Block 4/8:  10:30 -11:25

Lunch

 

Office Hours:  12:00 - 2:00 –  staff are available to meet with students and provide support


February 05, 2021

Good afternoon Rockville families,

Hopefully you are a fan of football or snow and this will be an enjoyable weekend for you.  I would like to thank everyone again for all of the support you are providing your children when they are working through virtual learning, it is a tremendous help! 

Unfortunately, we are unable to have the typical crowds at our sporting events that we would in a non-pandemic year but for everyone’s information and a link to watch basketball games live streamed, Mr. Farrell has shared the information below.

Athletics-

Our spectator policy for basketball games will be one parent/guardian per athlete for the game your son/daughter is playing in. This is based on state guidelines for athletic events.

Basketball games will be live streamed on our YouTube channel. You can subscribe by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnOAttFC1jctNe04YpC9e6Q

 Have a great weekend!

Mr. Magao


January 29, 2021

Good afternoon Rockville families,

I waited  to send out this email in the event that we would have our schedule impacted by the weather.  Hopefully everyone has a chance to enjoy the snow today. 

I am not certain what tomorrow will bring but if we have an in-person delayed schedule everything will begin 2 hours later including buses and parent dropoff.  Our first block will begin at 9:30.  

If we have a snow day virtual day for all students we will begin our first block at 9:30.  The difference between the two schedules is our lunch block.  If students are home we have one standard lunch block but if we are in-person we need to have multiple lunches to safely distance our students.  In the event we have an impact on our schedule for tomorrow based on the weather, I will send out the schedule to all families and students.

Photo Retakes:

Photo retakes for students in the M-Z cohort have been rescheduled for Friday, February 19th  in the auditorium.

Students should obtain a pass from Mrs. K or Mrs. Haines in the administrative offices. Virtual students may come in for photos through the main office. New students should have their photo done on this day for their student IDs.

Report Cards/Grades

Second quarter report cards were mailed to students' homes on Wednesday, January 27.  If you do not receive the report card by Monday, February 1, please email rita.courtois@vernonct.org.

The deadline for the submission of work to resolve Q2 INC grades is Thursday, February 4, 2021.

Thank you,

Mr. Magao


January 15, 2021

Good afternoon Rockville families,

We hope all is well and everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the three day weekend.  We will return to our normal Hybrid Schedule on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Coming Soon:

Very soon, Rockville High School will be piloting a program called Parent Square.  This is a one stop shop for communication and from the research we have done it is extremely user friendly and parents as well as students give it rave reviews.  I feel as though we have way too many ways we communicate with our families and students so we are going to use this program to streamline the process.  Once we have all of our data in order we will be sending along all necessary information to our staff and families.  Please feel free to google Parent Square for more information now.

QUARTER 2/SEMESTER 1 ENDS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021

Report cards will be mailed to parents/guardians on Thursday, January 28​.

SEMESTER 2 BEGINS THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2021.

To view second semester schedules:

  • Students

    • Click the My Info top tab

    • Click the Current Schedule side tab

    • Change the drop down menu to Q3

    • To view cafeteria assignments for Q3, click Matrix View (below the Options button)

      • ​Q3 Cafeteria assignments will be posted on Wednesday, January 20

  • Parents/Guardians

    • Click the Family top tab

    • Click the Schedule side tab

    • Change the drop down menu to Q3

Enjoy!

Mr. Magao


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