The Rockville Times

February 2020

Note From Mrs. Czapla

Welcome to the February edition of The Rockville Times! It's hard to believe we are halfway through the school year.​ As February begins, students at RHS have quickly transitioned into the second half of the year. This is an exciting opportunity for them to explore new content, courses, meet new classmates and staff or recommit to the work they started in the fall. For our seniors, these will be the last courses they take as they prepare for opportunities beyond high school. It is a time of excitement and trepidation.

Our winter sports season is in full swing. Our athletes should be commended for their efforts and sportsmanship. They have committed to hard work and creating communities within their teams. Please remember our clubs and activities are a great way for students to be involved. These clubs are student driven. If students have a club they are interested in they should see our activities coordinator Mr. Paul Courtois. Two of our newest clubs are the Tabletop Role Playing Card Games run by Ms. Schlett and Music Jammers run by Mr. Forte. Students who are interested should see either teacher. We are also exploring a ski club for next year and a fishing club in the Spring.

As always, please be sure to look at our daily announcements posted on our website and ASPEN. There is an abundant amount of important information in both locations.

Take a moment to join me in congratulating our creative writing students. See the article below that highlights their awards and recognition from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. We took home more than fifty-seven awards. What an accomplishment!

Looking forward to seeing all our families at our first RHS Extravaganza Thursday evening from 4:45 to 7:10 pm.

  • ​Academic Extravaganza Evening Open House (4:45-6:00 pm)
  • ​Guest Speaker: "How Major is your Major?" - Micah Heuman from University of Connecticut, Assistant Director for the Academic Center for Exploratory Students (​6:10-7:10 pm​)
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Upcoming Events and Activities

Feb 4 (10:30 am - 12:30 pm) - Elective Course Fair

Feb 6 (10:30 am - 12:30 pm) - Elective Course Fair

Feb 6 (4:45 pm - 7:15 pm) - RHS Academic Extravaganza Evening

Feb 6 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) - Snow Date for ASTE Consulting Committee Meeting

Feb 11 (6:30 pm - 8:30 pm) - FFA Alumni Meeting

Feb 12 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm) - RHS Symphony Band and Chorus Solo Ensemble Night

Feb 13 (6:00 pm - 7:30 pm) - RHS Snow Date Academic Information Night for Scheduling

Feb 13 (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm) - RHS ASTE Freshmen SAE Orientation and Greenhand Ceremony

Feb 21 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) - RHS Spring Drama Production

Feb 22 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) - Snow Date for Spring Drama Production

Feb 25 (7:00 am - 7:30 am) - Coffee and Conversations

Upcoming Field Trips

Feb 20 (8:30 am - 1:40 pm) - Field Trip to New Britain Museum of American Art

- Classes attending: American Studies and Modern European History

- Advisors Attending: Matyseck, Stevenson, Forte, Mendelsohn

Upcoming Holidays and Breaks

Feb 14 (All Day) - No School, February Vacation

Feb 17 (All Day) - No School, February Vacation


Beginning immediately, all attendance matters should be reported to the following email


All dismissals MUST be in writing. A note, email, or fax should be received by the Attendance Office at the beginning of the day. Phone calls

are accepted only in emergency cases. The note should specify the student name and grade, date, time, and reason for dismissal.

Dismissals are unexcused unless a medical note is received after the appointment.

You may also report an absence through this email. Be sure to include the student’s name, grade, date, and reason for the absence.

Thank you

Year to Date: School Closings

The original last day of school was scheduled for June 11, 2020, but school closings push this date back to Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The last day of school is still an early release date.

Please Note: If school is cancelled 9 or more days, any make-ups beyond 9 will be taken from the April vacation beginning on April 13th working forward.

Looking Forward to February

RHS Extravaganza

Please join us on February 6th!

Academic Extravaganza Evening Open House 4:45-6:00 pm

Guest Speaker: 6:10-7:10 pm

We are having an Extravaganza here at RHS that will celebrate and showcase student work. As you support your child through the course selection process we want to increase parent awareness of what we at RHS offer. Staff from every department will be present to discuss their course offerings and unique learning opportunities for your child. We are excited about this event and are looking forward to you attending. This is a wonderful opportunity to see what "learning looks like at RHS" We will have numerous student presentation and student work available.

As indicated in a communication from Mrs. Czapla at the beginning of January we will also have a guest speaker that evening. Micah Heuman from University of Connecticut who works as an Assistant Director for the Academic Center for Exploratory Students He will be discussing “How Major is Your Major” this is a conversation for all grade levels as you explore life beyond High School.

Library Media Center

We have several new items in our Makerspace! Come see us during rock block or before or after school

-Sewing Machines

-Buddha Boards (drawing with water)

-Cricut Machine with heat press

-Kapla and Keva Engineering Blocks

-Calligraphy Sets

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LMC February Maker Challenge

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Using Makerspace Materials create a MAZE and code the Ozobot to go through it


  • The Ozobot must travel through a TUNNEL that it at least three inches long.

  • The Ozobot must push open a GATE and go through.

  • The Ozobot must push a PINGPONG BALL around a corner.

  • The Ozobot must knock down a PAPER TUBE.

  • The Ozobot must ring a BELL.

  • The Ozobot must travel through an S-shaped CHUTE

*Prize: Your choice donut or drink from Dunkin’*

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Looking Back at January

RHS Scholastic Art and Writing Winners

Thirty-three Rockville High School students are winners in the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. RHS students received 57 awards this year, including 8 Gold Keys, 21 Silver Keys, and 28 Honorable Mentions. This is the most awards in the state of Connecticut! Two RHS students received a 2020 American Voices Nomination for Best in Show
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Mr. Forte's Instagram Photography Contest

Congratulations to Troy Balsewicz on his winning photos!
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RHS Pre-K Class

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12th annual Band Aid concert

The 12th annual band aid concert was held in the auditorium on January 10, 2020 at 7 pm. Thank you to the RHS Social Studies Department for hosting this annual event!
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Robotics Competition

The RHS Robotics Team competed on January 11th, 2020.
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International Club

International Club members Kiomar Rodriguez Amaro, grade 10, and Makeilah DeLong, grade 9, shared a presentation about Puerto Rico along with a sampling of Puerto Rican food at a recent club meeting. International Club officers this year are co-presidents Tiffany Adejayan and Kelly Ruesta and vice-president Georgiette Adejayan.
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Heal with a Meal Benefit Concert

The Heal with a Meal Benefit Concert raised just over $1000 towards school lunches at Rockville High School on January 17, 2020.
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Girls Basketball
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Boys Basketball
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Ice Hockey
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Indoor Track (girls and boys)
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