RCSHS Highlights

March 20 - 26

It's A Great Day To Be A Viking!

If you need to get in contact with an RCSHS Administrative Team Member, click on their name to email them. They will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

Important Reminders!

  1. We have three weeks until Spring Break (April 3 - 7). Please stay the course as we get closer to break.
  2. As it gets warmer, please don't be the reason dress code violations increase. Please make sure you're adhering to the dress code.

2023 - 2024 Class Schedules

The Counselors will begin meeting with students to discuss the 2023-2024 Scheduling Process.
  • 8th grade, rising 9th grade: March 23 at the high school with Counselors and CTE Teachers
  • 9th grade, rising 10th grade: April 11 in Intro to Social Studies Classes
  • 10th grade, rising 11th grade: April 12 in Biology classes
  • 11th grade, rising 12th grade: TBD (after ACT scores have been received)

If you have questions, please contact one of our counselors.

  • Kellyn Gussler
  • Kim Elam

Creative Writing Highlight

SGA would like to recognize some of our talented student writers. The following poem is from one of the students in RCSHS's creative writing class.

Focus is the Easy Part

It's a pain.

Truly it really is.

Sit still, be quiet and focus.

But the silence is so loud.

There's a light hum of the electricity in the lights.

But it isn’t enough.

I Need thumping and banging.

I need loud.

Somehow two medias of information are easier to consume at the same time than just one.

And the sitting.

Why the sitting?

At least it’s a swivel chair.

And I can turn quarter turns in each direction repeatedly.

Focus is the easy part.

Once I get my earbuds in,

and I swivel my chair,

and I bounce my leg,

and I do something with my left hand.

Because I feel so unbalanced if I don't.

If my right hand is doing my left hand must also.

Sometimes I claw at my neck.

Sometimes I tap.

Sometimes I spin a pen in my hand.

Most of the time I put my left hand under my left thigh.

The pressure works.

Ok now I can focus.

And suddenly it’s been two hours.

My stomach growls and I need to pee.

But I don't.

I’m Focused.

Another hour passes and I continue to ignore my body.

I’m Focused.

Finally something snaps me out of it.

Perhaps it's the pounding of my bladder.

Or my phone dies and the music stops.

Sometimes someone taps on my shoulder,

and I know I won't be able to return to my focused state.

Regardless of how, I'm done.

Well I’m not done.

I'm actually 2 weeks behind in classwork.

But what can I say,

Focus is the easy part.

by anonymous RCSHS student

If you are interested in having your work published, email it to ivy.litton@stu.rowan.kyschools.us and we'll have it published in a future highlight.

MAP Testing

We will operate on a block schedule March 27, 28, 29, & 30. Friday, March 31, will be a 7 period day.

Viking Voucher Store - open on Tuesday, March 28. More information to come.

Affinity Groups - Thursday, March 30. More information to come.

MAP Testing Schedule with Lunch Changes

Viking Vouchers

  • Students with a 3 or 4 Employability Score will receive Viking Vouchers on March 23, 24 during each of their classes.
  • Students may earn a maximum of 7 Viking Vouchers (1 per class period.)
  • Viking Voucher Store open on Tuesday, March 28, during MAP testing window.
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Seniors and the Civics Test

RCSHS Seniors: If you have not taken the Kentucky Civics Test, please read the Civics Test Instructions and complete the test as soon as possible as successful completion of this test is a Kentucky graduation requirement. You MUST successfully complete the Kentucky Civics Test in order to graduate in May. If you are unsure as to whether or not you have successfully completed the test, stop by the counseling office or email Mrs. Elam at kim.elam@rowan.kyschools.us.

Counselor's Corner

· Week of March 27-31, MAP testing for 9th, 10th, & 11th grades

· Week of April 3-7, SPRING BREAK, no school

· Tuesday, 4/25—Dual credit informational meeting, RCSHS library, 5:30 pm

· Thursday, 4/27; Friday, 4/28; Saturday, 4/29—Spring Musical, Into the Woods, 7 pm, Performing Arts Center

· Sunday, 4/30—Spring Musical, Into the Woods, 2 pm, Performing Arts Center

· Wednesday, May 3 – AP Literature Exam and AP Computer Science A Exam

· Thursday, May 4 – AP Statistics Exam

· Friday, May 5 – AP European History Exam and AP United States History Exam

· Saturday, 5/6—Prom at Morehead Conference Center, 8-11 pm

· Sunday, 5/7—Project Prom, RCSHS, 12-5 am

· Monday, 5/8 – AP Computer Principles Exam

· Tuesday, 5/09 – AP Language Exam

· Wednesday, 5/10 – AP Biology Exam

· Friday, 5/12—Senior Service Day, more information to come

· Sunday, 5/14—Senior Awards Program, 3 pm, RCSHS Performing Arts Center

· Tuesday, 5/16—RCSHS Band Concert, 7 pm, RCSHS Performing Arts Center

· Wednesday, 5/17—Cap/Gown distribution, during lunches-11 am to 12:30 pm

Thursday, 5/18—RCSHS Choir Concert, 7 pm, RCSHS Performing Arts Center

Prom 2023

RCSHS Prom is set for Saturday, May 6, at the Morehead Conference Center from 8:00 - 11:00 pm with Project Prom at the high school from 12:00 am to 5:00 am. The eligibility time frame is from February 6 - April 21. Juniors and Seniors only will be eligible to purchase a ticket. Tickets will be $30 for juniors and guests. Senior tickets are free but seniors must get a ticket to enter. In order to be eligible to purchase a ticket juniors, seniors and guests must meet the guidelines outlined below.

  • pass 5 of 7 classes
  • no more than 4 missing assignments in any one class
  • no more than 2 unexcused absences, tardies to school, or class tardies
  • no Law violations or 2 Major violations
  • less than $15 in outstanding fees
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Seniors - the join code for the scholarship Google classroom is posted throughout the building and outside the Guidance Office. Please be sure to join this classroom to keep updated with scholarship information. Join code is: ej7ah4h

Student Government Association News

Check out SGA's website for weekly updates on several things including: sports, Pringles, and school events. Also included on the website are the names of our representatives, committees and even explains what SGA is and does.


Library News

Stop by the library to get to know Ms. Carrie Stephens, our new Librarian.

In order to keep up with all of the happenings in the library, please click on the link found here, https://www.smore.com/r8dnw.

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Student Success Team - Tuesdays!

Every Tuesday the Student Success Team Members will be calling for students to come visit with them in the Student Success Team Room - 76. If you are having trouble getting your assignments completed, you may be called to this room to meet with an SST member to help you get a plan to make up your work. You are not in trouble. This is not a punishment. We want to support you in your learning. Teachers can only gage your learning when you complete the tasks they have for you. We care about you and your learning!


Student Dress Code

Just a few reminders about dress code:

  • Blouses and shirts must meet the beltline of skirts, slacks/ pants, or shorts. Stomachs and backs must be covered at all times.

  • Any clothing or accessories with language, statements, pictures, obscene graphics, inappropriate, racially/ ethnically offensive, or pertain to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or sex are not permitted.

  • Head coverings such as hoods or hats are not permitted.

  • Always treat school as your employment. If you wouldn't be permitted to wear it in the work place, then it isn't appropriate for school.

  • If in doubt, don't wear it.

Parking Passes

  • Please see Mr. Wallace for all required forms.

  • Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors may drive!

  • Freshmen may not drive.

  • $30 fee

  • Parking permits are non-transferable to other students

  • Sitting in vehicles before and during school hours is not permitted.

  • Students must park within the available space designated for student use. Students cannot park in visitor parking, at McBrayer, Rowan County Middle School, or Rowan County Board of Education/Preschool Center at any time.

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Not a school rule - It’s the LAW!

  • Students who are sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) years old who become deficient in academics or attendance shall be reported to the Transportation Cabinet for driver’s license, permit, or driving privilege revocation.

  • Students must pass 5 out of 7 classes each semester.

  • Students must not accumulate 9 or more unexcused absences in a semester.

Alive at 25

Alive at 25 is a 4½ hour driver's awareness course designed by the National Safety Council for young drivers ages 15-24 which includes:

Defensive driving classroom curriculum
Gain awareness and develop strategies to keep safe on the road.

Decision-making and responsibility-taking
Learn through interactive media, workbook exercises, role-playing, and class discussions.

Available nationwide
Chances are, there is an agency providing training with the Alive at 25 curriculum in your area. Click here to check availability register.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Breakfast and lunch are free for all students each day! You can view our breakfast and lunch menus on Meal Viewer.

Do you have Youth Service Center needs?

If you are in need of basic needs items, feel free to schedule a virtual or in person meeting with our Youth Service Center Director, Charlie Graham. We are happy to assist you in meeting those needs.

Click here to schedule a meeting with Mr. Graham!

Kroger Community Rewards

Help us fund raise for Project Prom...all throughout the year. Sign up for Kroger Community Rewards and designate Rowan County Senior High School as your organization. Code RX947. RCSHS will earn a percentage of funds at NO COST to you and all you have to do is use your Kroger Plus Card! Thank you for your support!

National ACT Registration Information

Register for the ACT here.

If you are an ELL student or have a 504 or IEP and are requesting accommodations for the ACT, please read this information before registering.

If you have questions, please see a guidance counselor for more information.

Parent Portal

The link for Parent Portal on Infinite Campus has changed. Please use the following link. To set up an account, please call the high school at 606-784-8956.

If you receive an error message, please choose District "Rowan" and log in again. Infinite Campus went through an update over the summer which is causing the error message. If you need further assistance, please contact the high school at 606-784-8956.

Stay Informed!

  • Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @RCSHSOffices

  • Use the hashtag, #vikingsLEAD, #biggreenmachine for all student related posts.

  • Get the Infinite Campus App to keep up with your grades and attendance! Your login credentials are your SCHOOL EMAIL as the username and 10 digit state ID as the password. Keep up with your grades!

**** This weeks Athletic Events****


If you have questions, please contact Brandy Carver at 606-784-8928 or Randy Wallace at 606-784-8956.

JV Baseball at East Carter

Monday, March 20th, 6pm

405 Hitchens Road

Grayson, KY

JV/V Softball at Russell

Tuesday, March 21st, 6pm

908 Powell Lane

Flatwoods, KY

V Baseball vs. Morgan

Tuesday, March 21st, 6pm

100 C B Cornette Drive

Morehead, KY

Track Meet

Tuesday, March 21st, 6pm

499 Viking Drive

Morehead, KY

JV/V Softball vs GRC

Wednesday, March 22nd, 6pm

499 Viking Drive

Morehead, KY

V Baseball vs Menifee

Wednesday, March 22nd, 6pm

100 C B Cornette Drive

Morehead, KY

JV Baseball at GRC

Wednesday, March 22nd, 6pm

2745 Boonesboro Road

Winchester, KY

Tennis at Morgan

Wednesday, March 22nd, 5pm

Branch Street

West Liberty, KY

Tennis at Rose Hill

Thursday, March 23rd, 5pm

1001 Winslow Road

Ashland, KY

V Baseball - Keith Prater Invitational (2 games)

Friday, March 24th, 5:30pm

100 C B Cornette Drive

Morehead, KY

5:30 - Rowan vs. Russell

7:30 - Mason vs. Franklin

JV/V Softball vs. Harrison

Friday, March 24th, 6pm

499 Viking Drive

Morehead, KY

JV Baseball at Mason

Friday, March 24th, 6pm

1320 U.S. 68

Maysville, KY

V Baseball - Keith Prater Invitational

Saturday, March 25th, 11am-9pm

100 C B Cornette Drive

Morehead, KY

11:00 am - Rowan vs. Franklin

1:00 pm - Franklin vs. Russell

3:30 pm - Russell vs. Mason

6:00 pm - Rowan vs. Mason

V Softball vs. Prestonsburg

Saturday, March 25th, 11am

499 Viking Drive

Morehead, KY

V Softball vs. Breathitt

Saturday, March 25th, 3pm

499 Viking Drive

Morehead, KY

JV Baseball at Russell (DH)

Saturday, March 25th, 11am

908 Powell Lane

Flatwoods, KY

Track at Bardstown

Saturday, March 25th, 9am

Bardstown, KY, USA

Bardstown, KY