RHHS Wildcats: News You Can Use

#WEareRH - Friday, 4/20/18

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RHHS Spring Art Show

Our Spring Art Show is planned for Saturday, April 21st, 4-6pm. We will host our Art Show in the East Campus Cafeteria. This is a well attended and favored event each year, and we look forward to sharing the many great pieces of art work created by our talented students.

Inaugural RHHS Spring Spirit Week: #WEareKIND

RHHS Student Council, in conjunction with RHHS Beta Club, will sponsor our first ever Spring Spirit Week the week of April 23rd. The theme of the week will be KINDNESS. We will host a campus cleanup day Saturday, April 21st, and we would love to have your help. I applaud the student and adult support of and participation in the events of this upcoming week. This is a great time of year to celebrate both school spirit and kindness!

Vaping - what do you know?

Vaping has quickly influenced our society and community, and our students are not exempt from this influence. If, as a parent of a student, you aren't familiar with vapes or vaping, I would strongly encourage you to do some reading. I would also suggest that you have candid conversations with your child(ren) about vaping and the known, and unknown, effects of it.

Most recently, I have been made aware of a substance called Kronic, a synthetic form of marijuana that is being found in some vape juices. Some users have reported serious reactions, such as seizures, after taking a hit of a vape that contained this.

When we suspect the use of/possession of a vape, we investigate the situation and search students. The minimum consequence for this is 1 day of Out of School Suspension (1st and 2nd offense), and 3 days OSS for the 3rd and subsequent offense with the possibility of a discipline hearing and legal charges.

As a principal, I continue to educate myself, and I think it is appropriate and necessary for me to ask you, as parents, to do the same. I am including a link below to a resource that was shared with me by one of our nurses here.

I hope this information is helpful. As is often the case, education is key in helping to bring awareness and hopefully a correction to what appears to be a growing influence among teenagers.

https://www.campussafetymagazine.com/for-parents/drug_trend_its_just_a_vape_pen_right/

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.

End of Pathway Assessments (EOPAs) will be given in all 3rd level CTAE pathway courses on 4/24-4/26.

End of Course (EOC) tests will be administered 4/30 - 5/11.

Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be administered 5/7-5/18.

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.

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

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

Obligations List

Students are strongly encouraged to take care of their obligations so that they can be removed from our Obligations List. For underclassmen, obligations not met by the end of this school year are rolled over to the next school year; for seniors, obligations must be met prior to graduation week. All teachers have access to the Obligations List daily, and any teacher can give students information about their obligations.

Detention is held daily, Monday-Thursday, 2:45pm-4:30pm, in room 520.

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

Richmond Hill High School is proud to foster the intellectual growth of our high achieving students. Occasionally, we’ll hear students self-identify as perfectionists or notice a student who bases their self-worth on grades. Even as adults, we strive for perfection within ourselves and our families, despite its unattainability, to protect ourselves from judgement and mask our flaws. We all want to look like we have this perfect life and family, even though we are all perfectly imperfect. Here is an explanation of perfectionism and some tips to help our community live wholeheartedly and continue to grow, in other words strive to #BuildTheHill.

Definition and Implications of Perfectionism

In Brené Brown’s “The Gifts of Imperfection”, she defines perfectionism as, “a self-destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: if I look perfect, live perfectly, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgement, and blame.” Perfectionism is associated with how we come across to others, which is completely out of our control. No matter how much time and energy we spend trying to be perfect, the reality is that we will never achieve it. Unfortunately, perfectionism actually increases the odds of painful emotions (i.e., feeling shamed, judged, and blamed) and that very familiar feeling of “not good enough”, which could turn into feelings of depression or anxiety over time.

What Perfectionism is NOT

Perfectionism is not about growth or healthy achievement; it is a shield against shame, judgement, and blame that prevents us from living authentically and wholeheartedly. It is also not self-improvement. Throughout their lives, perfectionists were praised for their performance and achievement based on grades, rule-following, people-pleasing, appearance, or sports. Rather than focusing on the question, “How can I improve?”, perfectionists ask, “What will they think?” Many perfectionists have internalized the idea that they are their accomplishments (i.e., grades, appearance, sports, and perhaps relationships). In other words, perfectionists base their self-worth on these accomplishments, which can lead them down a very dark path. In order to overcome perfectionism as an adult, teen, or child, we must embrace our imperfections, become more loving and compassionate towards ourselves, and focus on growth rather than accomplishments.

Tips

Our students and youth are always learning from us, not only from what we say (even though they might not always listen), but also what we do. If we show them what it’s like to embrace imperfections as a parent, guardian, employee, leader, or citizen, they will notice and follow our lead. No matter your age, overcoming perfectionism or perfectionistic tendencies takes courage. Here are some practices that you and your family can try out to help overcome perfectionism and live wholeheartedly:

  • Engage with the world from a place of worthiness.

  • Embrace your vulnerabilities and imperfections.

  • Feel a deep sense of love and compassion for yourself and others.

  • Value hard work, perseverance, and respect.

  • Carry a sense of authenticity and belonging within yourself, rather than searching for it in external places.

  • Have the courage to be imperfect, vulnerable, and creative.

  • Don’t fear feeling ashamed or unlovable if you feel different or if you are struggling.

  • Move through our rapidly changing world with courage and a resilient spirit.


For more information on perfectionism and other aspects of wholehearted living, dive into Brené Brown’s books, including “Braving the Wilderness”, “Daring Greatly”, and “The Gifts of Imperfection”, or check out her TED Talks centered on courage, vulnerability, authenticity and shame.

Brené Brown’s Website

Brené Brown’s TED Talk Page


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