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Why Demonstrating Is Good for Kids


Maya Morales, 15, holds a sign during a walkout and demonstration for gun control last month at Anderson High School in Austin, Tex. CreditJay Janner/Austin American-Statesman, via Associated Press 

Participating in political activism may be good for our teenagers, according to a new research report.

The study, published in January in the journal Child Development, found that late adolescents and young adults who voted, volunteered or engaged in activism ultimately went further in school and had higher incomes than those who did not mobilize for political or social change.

By tracking nearly 10,000 young people from a wide variety of ethnic, racial and economic backgrounds, researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine, Fordham University and the University of Massachusetts measured the long-term implications of youth political and social engagement. Remarkably, they found that civic activity linked to better academic and financial outcomes regardless of early school performance and parental education levels, two factors that usually drive later success.

The full story can be found at

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Dear RHS Families,

At 10:00 am this morning 457 Rockville High School students participated in the Walk for Our Lives march to raise awareness about school safety.

This was a student created event and we are very proud of the maturity of our students who chose to exercise their freedom of expression under the First Amendment.  Classroom instruction continued for those students who did not wish to participate.

 The walk- out began with the National Anthem sung by RHS student, Kailyn.   RHS student leaders, Eric and Julianna shared a few words about the purpose of the walk which focused on school safety, kindness and mental health and a poem written by Julianna called “Seventeen Angels” was read.   The students then took a few minutes to remember each of the seventeen people who lost their lives in Parkland, Florida one month ago.  Orange balloons were then released in their memory and our students locked arms and chanted, “We are students. We are victims. We are Change,” before returning to class at 10:17am.

I would like to thank the RHS students for peacefully participating in the march and the teachers and students who continued on with instruction and activities.  I would also like to thank the Vernon Police Department for their assistance in this morning’s event and continued support to keep all of our students safe.

Thank you for your continued support of Rockville High School.


Michelle Zawawi, RHS Principal

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Members of the RHS Robotics club that took 10th place at the Connecticut State Finals participated at the Skinner Road Elementary School science fair bringing robots that students played soccer with at the fair.

In attendance were Erin Ellefson, Andrew Niemczyk, Kobe Albright, Hunter McNulty, and Curtis Roggi (Caleb Roggi and Sam not in the picture)



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Congratulations to first place winner Kimberly McGuire, second place winner Cierra Taber, and third place winner Jarod Werner in the 2018 UCONN ECE Wallace Stevens Poetry contest!  These students will be honored at a ceremony on March 28th in the Konover Auditorium at UCONN.  Kimberly will receive a $500.00 prize and will read one of her winning pieces during the poetry program featuring poet Joy Harjo.  Cierra will receive a $300.00 prize and an autographed copy of Harjo’s book. Jarod will receive a $200.00 prize as well as an autographed copy of Harjo's book.

RHS Writers continue to shine!!

See below for a sample of the prize-winning poems:

Scripture for the Little ones

by Kim McGuire:

Inside the wood of the cherry branches laid the framework for children,

scribbled frantically beneath dead skin. The instructions pushed

a hundred words not to say through its bark and into the air where they promised

not to tempt, but to tease them into doing exactly what they shouldn’t.


In the late Autumn air he could touch his own lips and feel soil beneath his feet,

noticing blossoms of fruit grow wonderfully beneath the pink of his jacket,

where the hundred words tore through the material. It was his pained cry at night that he did not utter such indecencies, and instead ran through their pastures

only inside the safety of his head. He remembered

her pointing to the top when they were kids, after the fruit opened

their buds and spores filled the blades of grass.


“There,” she beckoned, her voice soft and hushed beneath the unforgiving hum of

wind that filled his rounded ears. “There,” she pointed again, this time to his name

at the top of the list, carved into the bark of the tree limb besides hers with a half

swallowed heart,

encircling their feet and the words that they should never really say.


Lost/Not Found

by Jarod Werner:

I keep thinking that if I chip away the paint some more,

I will happen to uncover you.

If I burrow within one of these bales of hay,

you will be the needle.

I listen for your breath,

but all I can hear is the wind.


I think this is you,

so I must keep searching.

I keep chipping the paint,

I uncover the wood beneath.

I realize that this is not you.

Though it is battered and forgotten,

hollow and cold,

it is not you,

and I will never find you.

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It’s that time again! J The 12th annual overnight Volleyball Lock-in, sponsored by the Peer Advocates, will take place on March 16 from 10pm - 6am.  

 For those new to RHS, the goal of the lock in is to provide a safe, fun and substance-free weekend event for RHS students.  The lock in has become a very popular event and usually involves over 250 students.  Students have the opportunity to come up with a creative team name and uniform and then they participate in round robin and tournament games throughout the night until there is one team left.  Students will also be able to participate in Zumba, karaoke and board games.  In addition, we will be serving food and beverages all night.  

In order to have an event of this size we desperately need chaperones to supervise students and ensure no one leaves the building.  We need about 10 – 15 chaperones for each shift and we will make sure to have coffee for you! 

We need chaperones to fill the following shifts: 

  • 9:30 - 12:30
  • 12:30 - 3:30
  • 3:30 - 6:30

 We would be very grateful for any amount of time that you could give.  Without enough chaperones we would have to cancel the lock in and we'd be letting a lot of students down.  Please email or see Mrs. McTighe and let her know what shift would work best for you.

 Thank you so much! Hopefully we'll see you then!

 The Lock In planning committee