RHHS Wildcats: News You Can Use

#WEareRH - Friday, 3/2/18

Instructional time is protected time

Instructional time is highly protected here at RHHS. We want students in class and disconnected and unplugged from cell phones. Because of this, teachers are expected to eliminate the option/ability of students to access and/or use their cell phones during class. Students who are messaging, snapchatting, and tweeting are not engaging in the instruction. All students and teachers should be aware of the standard regarding cell phones: students can use them before and after school, at class change, and at lunch - during class, they are not allowed to have access to their cell phones. Students have no need for earphones or earbuds at school - these are not allowed to be used on campus. Teachers who might have a need for students to use earbuds should have some available for students. Students must be in class for the duration of the class to get the best instruction. Students who are coming and going from class are not only missing instruction, but it can be a distraction to other learners as well. Teachers are expected to limit passes out of class and use good judgment. Students have time before school, after school, at class change and at lunch to tend to personal needs. I want to be supportive of students and their needs, but I also want what we are here for - learning - to have the appropriate priority and emphasis and for our behaviors to reflect that.

RHHS to host JROTC Regional Drill

Richmond Hill High School is hosting the JROTC Regional Drill competition on Saturday, 10 March from 9:00am – 3:00pm for the local Area 1 JROTC high schools. Qualifying drill teams will compete at the Georgia State Drill competition to be held in Griffin, GA on Saturday, 17 March. Local high schools competing include Beach, Groves, Benedictine, Windsor Forest, Liberty County, Ware County, and Bradwell Institute.

Please join us at RHHS on Saturday, 10 March, and show your support for our JROTC cadets.

Senior Cap and Gown pictures - Wednesday, March 7th

Seniors received information about having Cap and Gown pictures made from their advisor during advisement yesterday. If you have a senior and would like to purchase Cap and Gown pictures, please register your child and click the link below to purchase the picture package. Only students who have purchased a package will be photographed. Pictures will be taken on Wednesday, March 7th, during 1st block.


To register/sign up senior to be photographed: http://bit.ly/2HWwcQe

To purchase picture package: www.mylifetouch.com

Picture Day ID: FT707194Q0

Prom ticket distribution

Prom tickets will be distributed March 5th – March 9th in the east cafeteria during lunch and/or after school in room 705. Students should consult the letter they received last week for procedure to purchase a guest ticket.

Blood Drive - Tuesday, March 13th

"HOPE begins with you"

Blood Drive

Richmond Hill High School

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

8 am to 2 pm

Come to donate and receive a FREE American Red Cross t-shirt

Students can sign up using the QR code on the posters around the school, by visiting redcrossblood.org and using the sponsor code: rhhs or by coming to Ms. Fina's Room, 706, before or after school to sign up.

Rising Senior Night - Tuesday, March 13th

Our counselors are planning a special workshop for Tuesday, March 13th for rising seniors and their parents. Please mark this on your calendar and plan to join us for this important information. More detailed information will be shared with students and parents next week.

New Wildcat Gear is HERE!

Need some new tshirts for your wardrobe? We have three new designs, in short and long sleeves. Stop by the east campus front office. Short sleeve shirts are $10 and long sleeves are $15.
New Wildcat Gear!

Parent conferences for 9th and 11th graders

Each year, each advisor is expected to meet with the parents/guardians of each child in his/her advisement. During this parent conference, the advisor and parent/guardian discuss the child's academic progress, 4 year plan, pathway completion, and course registration for next year. For 9th grader parents, this might be the first advisement conference you have had; for 11th grade parents, this may very well be the most important advisement conference as you review your child's progress as he/she prepares for his/her senior year.

Advisors of 9th and 11th grade students have started contacting parents to set up these conferences. All conferences should be scheduled and completed by March 23rd.

Perfect attendance and PROM DAY!

This year, Prom is on a Friday - Friday, March 23rd. Historically, students were required to be in attendance at least half day the Friday prior to prom on Saturday. This year, since Prom is on Friday, students have asked if they can be absent (take an unexcused absence) and still be allowed to attend Prom. Juniors and Seniors with NO absences and NO tardies March 1-22 will be allowed to attend Prom even if they are absent (unexcused) on Friday. Students with any tardies and/or absences will be required to be at school at least half-day on Friday in order to attend Prom.

SAT and ACT test dates and registration information

The SAT and ACT are given several times throughout each school year. Please click the links below for additional information about test dates, registration deadlines, and information about how to register.

Fee waivers are available for students on free/reduced lunch. Students should talk to their counselor for more information.

SAT information

ACT information

Taking care of our students

Teens and Self-Injury: What Parents Need to Know


Self-Injury Awareness Day (SIAD) is a global event held annually on March 1. Its purpose is to remove the stigma attached to self-injury and to encourage parents, family members, educators, and healthcare professionals to recognize the signs of self-harm.


Realizing that your child or one of their friends may be self-harming can come as a shock. It can help to start with learning what self-harm is and the common reasons for it. Then, you can consider practical first steps and understand what you can do to support your child or another young person who is self-harming.

This can help if you:

  • know your child is self-harming or you suspect they may be

  • want to learn more about self-harm

  • want to find out about the signs of self-harm

  • need more information about what to do


What is self-harm or self-injury?

Self-harm (or self-injury) is deliberately hurting your body but usually without suicidal intent. It can be cutting or another type of deliberate physical harm.The most common forms of self-harm are cutting, burning, or scratching the skin and bruising the body tissue. It is a compulsive behavior. You may not understand it or know why your child may be doing it, and it will probably be very difficult to address. It’s really important for you to learn more about it and be there to support your child to find both the cause behind the behavior and more effective coping skills. For most young people who self-harm, it is a way to cope with painful emotions, thoughts or memories and not an attempt to end their life. They need to learn - and then practice - better coping strategies for dealing with difficult or painful feelings. The physical pain of self-harm can provide a relief from difficult emotions, but there are healthier and safer ways of coping. Talking with a trusted adult is the first step. That can be a parent, teacher, school counselor, coach, trusted relative, or family physician.


“Teens and Self Injury - How to Talk With My Kids” will be addressed in the March 8th community newsletter.


  • Please remember: Parents should always contact their licensed healthcare professional if they suspect their child is self-injuring or self-harming.


Additional Parenting Resources For Self-Injury:

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/self-injury

https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Related-Conditions/Self-harm

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/cutting-and-self-harm.htm


At Richmond Hill High School, we want to work with parents/guardians to make sure that our kids are aware of the dangers of self-harm and know to talk with a trusted adult when they notice this behavior in themselves or others. Counselor information is included below - please never hesitate to let us know if we can be of better support. Email information for each counselor can be found on the RHHS website (http://www.bryan.k12.ga.us/o/rhhs/page/school-counseling--7 )


Rhashida Bunyan: last names A-Davidson

Emily Neff: Davis - Hobby

Wallace Ingram: Hod-Miller

Laine Lynch: Milton-Sa

Saraswati Hendrix: Sc-Z

Jennifer Blanton: Graduation Coach

Jonna Vaughn: Military Family Life Counselor