Rough Rider Times

November 2021

Contact us

Attendance: (605) 362-2885

Main Office: (605) 362-2860

Activity Office: (605) 362-2866

Counselors: (605) 362-2868

Fax: (605) 362-2883

Rider Remarks

The month of November brings several different things at RHS. We are nearing the end of fall activities, near the beginning of winter activities and midterm grades will be posted soon. With so much of the information provided through Infinite Campus and teachers using many different platforms to help students learn, it can sometimes be difficult to know exactly how your child is doing and what they are learning. If you are having any difficulty knowing exactly how your child is doing, please contact the teacher directly. They will gladly talk to you about your child’s progress and grades. If you have other concerns, please contact the counseling office or the RHS administration at any time. We are always interested in helping our students succeed!

Probably the most frequent question people have asked me this year is, “How is it with fewer students at RHS?” It has taken awhile to know for sure, but the easy answer for me is that it is good for everyone involved. Students have more opportunities, and we can meet their needs and identify issues that need our attention much sooner. We purposefully promoted the idea of Charging Forward as a galvanized and unified community. We have seen new traditions develop among our students and a new sense of pride and spirit has begun at RHS. One of the highlights of the year was the Girls Soccer Team winning the State Championship! The celebration with parents and our students was an awesome event that put our supportive culture on display! We are very excited about our school and the opportunities to grow and work together to create a culture that will support students, staff, and all members of the RHS community.

We hope to see you at RHS for a concert or athletic event throughout the winter season. We will not have school Thursday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day and November 24-26 for Thanksgiving break. As always, thank you for your continued support and partnership with us to educate our students. Please contact us with any question or concern you may have! Have a great November!

Superintendent Message

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Important Dates

Thursday, November 11 - No School

November 24-26 - No School

December 22-31 - No School

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Senior Photos

Thank you so much to everyone who has submitted a senior picture for the 2021-2022 yearbook! You should have received an e-mail confirming that we received the senior picture if you sent it to us.

If you need to submit a senior picture, you are still able to do so. Attached is a PDF that explains the process that we would like you to use to submit your senior picture. The key points to remember are as follows.

1. Please submit your senior picture by Friday, December 17.

2. Please send your senior picture in jpg or jpeg format to the following e-mail address.

You can order the 2021-2022 yearbook today at

If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail Michael Powers at Have a great day!

Thank you!

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Attention Roosevelt Parents!

SALSA is great a way to connect youth with opportunities to serve! SALSA connects high school students to engage them in volunteerism, giving them the opportunity to meet new friends, explore careers, gain leadership experience, earn hours for scholarship applications, and make a difference in their community. Upcoming meetings and one of our SALSA Wide Events is included below! For any additional questions feel free to contact the SALSA Coordinator at or 605-274-1409.

Upcoming SALSA Meetings: Dec. 7th and Jan. 4th afterschool

SALSA Wide Event: Salvation Army Toy Town, Dec. 21st 5-7 PM

Encourage your student to join us at Toy Town to help shoppers pick out toys and assist with carrying items out to their vehicles. We would love to have them!

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District Parent Calendar

View the Sioux Falls School District Parent Calendars.

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RHS Nationalist

Check out the latest edition.


Yearbooks for the 2021-22 School year are being sold ONLINE ONLY starting August 8th. Yearbooks will be delivered in the fall of 2022.

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RHS Library

November is a month full of things to be thankful for:

our veterans

the right to vote

family and friends

schools and hospitals

teachers and nurses

In our library we celebrate the ability and the right to read. We are thankful for books and for all of the students who read them. Thank you parents, guardians, and other adults for supporting the student readers in your lives. Happy Thanksreading!

A few of our new titles are listed below.

The Initial Insult – Mindy McGinnis

Wild Bird – Wendelin Van Draanen

Me (Moth) – Amber McBride

They’ll Never Catch Us –Jessica Goodman

The Lucky List – Rachael Lippincott

Enduring Freedom – Jawad Arash and Trent Reedy

We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire – Joy McCullough

We now have more of our favorite titles written in Spanish, including the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, the Red Queen series, and some of Stephen King’s thrillers.

Many books are also on the app called SORA, which can be accessed through Classlink. On SORA, students have e-book and audio book options. Additionally, all students now have access to the Siouxland Library e-books and audio books (thousands of titles). The directions are included below on how to add the public library to the SORA app, but if your student has any problems with set up, we can help.

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ACT is requiring all examinees to bring & wear a face covering. Test center staff will not allow examinees to enter the testing facility without a mask unless an examinee objects due to a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability.

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HS Tripper Bus Routes

Boarding the Bus:

Do not wave down the Yellow school buses. Simply be standing at the stop location and the bus will come to you. If nobody is standing at a stop location, the bus will not come to a complete stop at that location. It will drive on past. However, we will not leave a bus stop before it’s listed loading time.

Discipline Statement:

The School District’s “Rules of Student Conduct and Discipline” apply to bus Stops and on school Buses. Students need to remain seated while in route.

The HS Tripper route buses will be equipped with camera’s to monitor activity on these buses. Students removed from the bus for discipline issues will not receive refunds for their bus pass. For a full list of Sioux Falls School District Policies.

The high school “Tripper” bus routes will be done by School Bus Inc. High School students riding the “Tripper” buses will load/unload on YELLOW school buses. Stop locations have changed as well.

Any student who purchases a HS “Tripper” routes bus pass at the schools each month, can use that same bus pass to ride any City SAM bus the same month. However, SAM city bus passes will not work on HS Tripper routes.

“Tripper bus” tickets can only be purchased from the Parking Lot Attendant at your school.

Bus Pass Pricing:

Bus Passes will be sold by the month. After and including the 15th of each month, Bus Passes will be sold at half price.

$6.00 for students who qualify for free lunch.

$12.00 for students who qualify for reduced lunch.

$30.00 full price ticket.

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