The Ravens' Nest

Randolph Early College High School Newsletter

September 21, 2020

Major Academic Concerns

Parents and Students,

In my observations and monitoring of student grades, I am seeing an increase in students who are struggling regarding their academic performance. I am seeing this in the high school courses and largely in their college courses.

I am asking for everyone's help with monitoring student grades. In regards to the college courses, Mr. Ferguson, our RCC Liaison, receives an 'alert' when student grades fall below a 70, if a student accrues two or more absences, or if an instructor simply has a concern about a student. We are seeing a major increase in the number of alerts we are receiving.

When Mr. Ferguson receives the alert, he is emailing the alert to the student. He is asking for a response from the student, and when necessary follows up with a phone or in-person conversation. It is possible that Ms. Blackmon or I will also follow up with the alert. With that said, parents, please have your child show you their college course work in their Moodle accounts. There you will be able to see missing assignments and track their academic performance.

Please note, that in college courses, if students go a certain amount of time without submitting work, that counts as absences. Instructors can withdraw students from college courses for receiving too many absences or not completing work. This withdrawal actually shows on the high school transcript as a F. While our students are in college and high school courses, both high school and college courses are merged onto their high school transcript and factored into their Grade Point Average.

Legally, for the college courses, Mr. Ferguson needs a FERPA release from the student in order to speak with parents regarding students' academics. All students and parents, please see the FERPA release instructions in the section below. Once parents submit this form, Mr. Ferguson is able reach out to parents concerning college grades.

Similarly, please ask students to show you Canvas and PowerSchool. If you do not have Parent Portal, please let me know and we will get you registered. Parent Portal allows you to see real-time grade updates for the high school courses. You can also become an observer in your child's Canvas. This allows you to see every assignment your child has in his/her high school course.

While remote learning is not the best option for some of our students, we need to work together to ensure that our students are successful during this "new way of doing school." Students WILL NOT be successful if they only work the two days they are in school for face-to-face instruction, and not complete work on the three days they are at home. Please reach out to their high school teachers, or Mr. Ferguson regarding college courses, or me at any time.

Thank you for your time and help. Let's work together to help our students excel.

Thank you,

Shea Setzer Grosch


FERPA Release Form

The FERPA Form can be found at the following web address: .

It must be noted that parents will need to fill out the FERPA form by clicking the "Azure AD" button (pictured to the right).

Parents will then log in with their child's RCC username and password.

Once this form has been processed, parents will be able to request any information from their child's records at the registrar's office (full transcript included). Mr. Ferguson will also be able to include the parent's email address when he sends out a student's alert.

This form must be filled out each academic year to retain access. Additionally, once approved, the parent will be able to login and see their child's information without asking their child for it on Self-Service.

Dr. Gainey's Phone Message

All students need to commit to either face-to-face instruction (2 days a week) or 100% remote instruction. If a student plans to change their instructional delivery, please email me (Shea Grosch, principal, by 5:00pm on September 25, 2020.


Seniors, please use the link below to register with Southern Recognition. Caps and gowns are $55 (this includes the cap, gown, tassle, and stole).



Some key notes for seniors from Southern Recognition, Inc.

  • Caps & gowns are delivered to RECHS (not shipped home) in the early spring before your cap and gown pictures in April.
  • All other graduation products will be manufactured, packaged, and drop-shipped directly to the student's or parents' home (multiple shipments may occur depending upon the manufacturing timeline for graduation products).
  • All orders and shipping statuses can be reviewed and tracked through MY ACCOUNT on
  • CONTACT US: if any questions or concerns arise in the ordering or delivery processes for the Class of 2021.

RECHS Yearbooks on Sale NOW!

You can order your 2020-2021 yearbook now for $45. Please use this link to order.

Parents and College Grades

Parents, we invite you to reach out to Mr. Ferguson (, our RCC Liaison, at any time with questions or concerns about your child's academic performance in a college class. Please remember, our high school students are treated as college students regarding their RCC courses; therefore, college instructors will only speak directly to the student. Additionally, Mr. Ferguson addresses any alerts/concerns he receives from instructors with our students. We encourage you to have conversations with your student; and have students show you their Moodle (college courses), Canvas (high school courses) and PowerSchool. You can access Parent Portal for PowerSchool and you can become an observer in Canvas as well.

Parent Observers in Canvas

All students are using the online learning management platform, Canvas, for their high school classes. All of our high school teachers are using Canvas for their classes. Parents are able to join the class as an observer and see their child (and only their child's) academic performance. If you would like to join your child's class as an observer, please email your child's teacher. If you are unsure who to email, you are welcome to email me, (Shea Grosch and I will forward your email to the correct teachers.


Students and parents, please remember we are taking attendance each day. Even all remote students, need to check-in with their teachers and complete their work daily. Students who are only in college courses, still need to complete attendance with Ms. Blackmon each day. It is imperative that every single student communicates with their high school teachers each day.

Lunch Options

Students are able to bring their own lunch, order from Randolph County School System or order from RCC's Armadillo Cafe. If a student orders from RCSS Child Nutrition, the food is prepared at Southmont Elementary and delivered to RECHS. Once a student submits their order to Southmont Elementary, the school cafeteria will prepare the order for that student. Students need to commit to that order, and pick up their food once it is ordered. The online ordering forms are below.
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School Fees

9th Grade-----$17.00 (Instructional and Science Fees)

10th Grade---$17.00 (Instructional and Science Fees)

11th Grade---$17.00 (Instructional and Science Fees)

12th Grade---$42.00 (Instructional and graduation)

Fees go to providing educational opportunities for students both in person and remote, such as subscriptions, lab materials, supplemental books, etc. Remote students can mail these in if they wish. If mailed, please make to the attention of Christy Cross.

Looking Ahead

September 25- Remote Learning Day

October 13 and 15th --- Senior Picture Make-Ups

October 19- RCC Fall Break/RECHS Teacher Workday

October 20- RCC Fall Break/ RECHS Remote Learning Day


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