RHHS Wildcats: News You Can Use

#WEareRH - Friday, 5/11/18

BYOD for 18-19 School Year

For the 2018-2019 school year, all students will be using a laptop as a primary learning device in all of their classes. Students will either be issued a school laptop (Chromebook) or can opt to use an approved laptop that they already own (BYOD, Bring Your Own Device) in lieu of receiving a school issued Chromebook. To get a head start for those students who will be planning on using their own approved laptop instead of receiving a school issued Chromebook, RHHS will start verifying and enrolling student devices during all lunch periods May 15th through May 18th in the Media Center.

If your child is interested in choosing this device path for the 2018-2019 school year, then please read through the Student Acceptable Use Guidelines and bring in page 4 signed by a parent and student to the Media Center during any lunch period May 15-18. More information about this can be found in the following resources.

Student Acceptable Use Guidelines (Page 4 Sign-Off)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VeUlwiln2T2OUjz9LqEYpiBvQQQJIaYtvqxOwPyEy3U/edit?usp=sharing

Testing is upon us

State and national testing begins next week and continues through the end of the school year. Please make note of these dates. Students should make every effort to be here, and be here on time, for testing. Once a test begins, students are not permitted to enter the classroom late.

Advanced Placement (AP) exams continue this coming week, 5/14-5/18.

Senior final exams will be given on Monday, 5/14 (3rd and 4th blocks), and Tuesday, 5/15 (1st and 2nd blocks).

Underclassmen final exams will be given Tuesday, 5/22 (1st and 3rd blocks), and Wednesday, 5/23 (2nd and 4th blocks).

Student check-outs

During state and national testing windows, we must ensure that tests are not interrupted or disturbed. If a test is interrupted or there is a disturbance, we must report this and this could result in students' scores being cancelled. Because of this, student check-outs are not permitted during class time for the remainder of the school year. We will most certainly allow students to be released/checked out during class changes (before the next class begins).

If your child has an appointment that requires him/her to be checked out early from school, please make sure that you schedule that check-out to occur between classes. Thank you for understanding and supporting this need.

Are you moving over the summer?

If your family is moving over the summer, we need this information. Please click the link below, complete this short form, and let us help you with the transition from RHHS to your child's new school.

https://goo.gl/forms/LyWazdTj2qtXObc32

All Sports Pass is on sale now

RHHS Athletics is excited to offer an ALL SPORTS PASS for next school year. The pass will allow for the holder to get into all RHHS home athletic events for the 2018-19 school year. This is a value of over $350! Individual football game tickets will be $8 next year, and other athletic events range from $5-$7.

The ALL SPORTS PASS is being sold to students for $65. Rising seniors, as a senior privilege, may purchase this pass for $50. These passes are sold individually and not transferable to another person. The card-holder's name will be printed on the card.

We will only make these available until July 20th. After this date, no more All Sports Passes will be sold.

The All Sports Pass is purchased through MyPaymentsPlus - click the link below or the MyPaymentsPlus link on the RHHS website.

https://www2.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome

Basketball Camp for K-8th graders

The RHHS Basketball program will be holding our annual summer basketball camp on Wednesday and Thursday, May 30th and May 31st . The camp will be for children who will be entering K-8th grades next school year. Please click the link below for more information and to complete the registration process.

2018 RHHS Basketball Camp Registration

Certificates of Enrollment

SUMMER BIRTHDAY? Certificates of Enrollment for the summer must be applied for by MONDAY June4th. Typically, the form is valid for one month. However, according to the Dept. of Drivers Services, the Certificate of Enrollment forms issued beginning in May, 2018 will be accepted until September 30, 2018.

Please follow the link below to submit for Certificates of Enrollment:

https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/70584/COE__2017-07-22_.pdf

RHHS is collecting pop-tops

RHHS is proud to support Justin Jeffery and his community service to support the Ronald McDonald House. We have placed pop-top (the tabs from aluminum soda cans) collection houses in the foyer of each campus.

Justin has been involved in this since his elementary school days. Justin has a family member in Alabama who is disabled, and the immediate family member stays at the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham, Alabama. So Justin knows well the positive and significant impact of the Ronald McDonald House. Justin and his father first teamed up in 2011 and enlisted help from Justin's 4H Club members and his dad's 3rd Infantry Division peers. Since then, the two have helped to collect hundreds of thousands of soda can tabs.

Please help us support Justin and his continued community service by sending in your pop-tops.

Student parking: presale permit applications being accepted

Presale permits are made available to students who have no ISS or OSS for the year, are passing 75% of their classes, are clear of the Obligations List and who have 5 or fewer absences and 3 or fewer tardies for this semester. Presale permits will be $50. Presale begins in April and will continue through mid-June.

Regular parking permits will go on sale Monday, July 16th, for $65.

On the first day of school, August 6th, all vehicles parked on campus must have the required parking permit displayed.


April 16-May 4, 2018: presale open for rising seniors

May 29-June 14, 2018: presale open for rising juniors and sophomores

Rising juniors and sophomores will make application for $50 presale parking permits

Medications in RHHS Clinic

All medications (OTC, prescription, epipens, inhalers)

must be picked up by parents/guardians

by 12:00PM on May 24th

No medications are kept for next school year

No medication is sent home with students

Please contact the nurse if you have any questions

Exam exemption and Early Release

Students in grades 9th-11th will receive exam exemption forms on Monday, May 14. Students will be required to get these completed, to include a parent's signature, and returned by Friday, May 18. This semester, we extended the number of allowable absences from 4 to 9 in consideration of the flu this year.


On Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22 and May 23, students have early release following exams. Students will be released at 11am both days. Students wanting to eat lunch before leaving must pre-order their lunch on those two days. Students' 3rd and 4th block teachers will be taking their pre-orders today, 5/11, and Monday, 5/14.

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

Final Exams are Coming…


Five Ways to Help Your Student Conquer Tests and Learn from Them


In a perfect world, schools, parents, and students would consciously treat tests as occasions for learning and growth, focusing less on the result and more on the powerful benefits of simply taking the test in the first place. But no matter how the school approaches testing, parents can help children at all ages use the experiences to learn about the material, about the process of being tested, and about themselves. Here are some strategies for getting the most out of the testing process.

Self-Testing: When students test themselves — using flashcards, a practice test, or just putting down their notes and testing their memory — they employ the psychological principle of retrieval. Retrieval means producing information from one’s own memory, as opposed to passively taking it in. Retrieval fosters learning, bolsters retention, and improves performance. Decades of research have shown that retrieval has many advantages over re-reading (students’ most common study strategy).


Spacing Study Time: Many students cram for hours the night before a test. They would do better if they spent a little time studying the subject every few days. Spacing self-tests every few days or once each week allows the student’s brain to partly forget, and then re-learn the tested information. This technique has particularly powerful effects on memory.


Changing Things Up: Students often study in predictable ways, reading history or learning math problems in an orderly fashion that builds on the last item studied. But shuffling different types of practice problems into an unpredictable order — a technique called interleaving — means students don’t know in advance the sort of question they will encounter at each turn. Interleaving problems on self-tests gives students practice at a crucial skill: figuring out what kind of problem they are facing.


Study the Test: When graded tests and exams are handed back, most students glance at their scores and stuff them away — missing an ideal moment of metacognition, which involves learning about oneself and one’s own thought process. Instead look over the graded test, read over the problems missed, and focus on re-learning the correct answers. This technique strengthens memory in an important way.


Calming Test Anxiety: Before a test, students often experience a quickened heartbeat, sweaty palms, and butterflies in the stomach. They interpret these physical cues as meaning, “I’m nervous,” a message from their bodies that causes them to become even more anxious. Instead students can take stock of their physical state and deliberately choose to think about it in a different way. Reinterpreting “I’m so nervous” as “I’m so excited” can allow students to turn their state of nervous worry to their advantage. An expressive writing exercise can also help. Studies show that students who spend 10 minutes before a test writing about whatever is on their mind have less anxiety and perform better on tests.


At Richmond Hill High School, we want to work with our parents to make sure that our kids feel more comfortable - and less anxious - about taking tests and final exams. 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