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Reading Community City School District | September 2021

RCCSD Homecoming Week

Homecoming week is always a fun celebration for students and staff members across the RCCSD. This year staff and students at RES and RJSH schools participated in spirit week with different themes for each day.

On Friday, the RJSH students had a pep rally with competitive relay races between grade levels. The sophomore class walked away with the victory.

The culmination of the week ended with the traditional homecoming parade through the streets of Reading followed by the Homecoming football game on Friday evening. The Blue Devils were able to celebrate a Homecoming victory over the Madeira Mustangs, which improved our overall record to 5-1.

During the weekend festivities, the class of 1971 celebrated their 50th class reunion and were provided a tour of the new RCCSD campus by Superintendent Jason Enix as part of the weekend celebration. We are always happy to engage with our alumni and celebrate the great traditions in our school district.

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National Merit Commended Student Recognition

Congratulations to Julie Thomas for being named a Commended Student in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be presented by RJSH Principal Shane Ferguson to this talented senior.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. "Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. "These students represent a valuable national resource, recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation."

RJSH - Math Tessellations

At the beginning of the year, teachers always do some sort of activity to get to know their students. This year, Mrs. Kelly wanted something different. She stumbled across the tessellation activity and thought it would be great to use as we are coming together as one school.

The message is this: Each student is an individual, with their own interests and talents, but when combined with their classmates, they can create something beautiful and meaningful and show that we are all connected.

RJSH - Paper Maché Project

Art students in grades 7-12 started the year with an eye-catching collaborative display piece. Mrs. Freese and Mrs. Mcquinn's students studied the work of contemporary artist, Yayoi Kusama, and her world-famous dot themes. Students used paper maché on balloons to create their own sculptures, on which they painted their own Kusama-inspired designs! Mrs. Freese and Mrs. Mcquinn then hung the sculptures across the railings of the main staircase to create a suspended installation of dotty spheres! Students and staff enjoy walking beneath the display and peering upward, as well as looking down on it from above. Be sure to check it out the next time you enter the building!

RJSH Counselor Corner

  • Juniors and Seniors - check your email for sign-up sheets to meet with visiting college representatives. So far we have NKU, Mt. St. Joseph University, Ohio Northern University, Wright State, Tiffin, and Miami University Regionals.

  • Seniors - UC Blue Ash Open House is Saturday, October 2 from 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM at the Blue Ash campus. Registration is not available online yet, however you may call them at (513) 558-9988 or email them at to sign up for this event. Your $50 application fee will be waived at this event! You can also visit the UC Blue Ash campus on any Wednesday from 5:00 - 6:30 PM for a campus tour and a bag of information from the Admission's office. For this, you just need to show up at Muntz Hall - Room 150 for the tour. If you choose to take the tour and want to apply to UC Blue Ash, you can get your application fee waived by calling them at (513)558-9988 or emailing them at and requesting a waiver.

  • Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences will be Thursday, October 7. In the last week of September, a PTC Fast sign-up will be sent to parents to schedule conferences. There will be no school for students on Friday, October 8.

Reading SRO - Officer Magly

Walking the hallways of RCCSD it is not uncommon to see Officer Magly receiving high fives and fist bumps from students, talking with teachers, administrators, or meeting with parents. For over a decade Officer Magly has been serving the community of Reading as a police officer. Before becoming our district's School Resource Officer seven years ago, Officer Magly was a Road Patrol Officer with the Reading Police Department. Officer Magly is an essential member of our school community, and he brings a relational approach to the important work he does to support students each day. Officer Magly enjoys watching students grow and develop as they move from young elementary students to graduating high school seniors. Having the opportunity to watch students grow into successful young adults is a rewarding aspect of the work Officer Magly does. Being a School Resource Officer has allowed Officer Magly to work closely with families and build strong relationships, and he has developed a vested interest in the education of their children.

Welcome to RES Nurse Hannah!

The Reading Community City School District is excited to welcome our new elementary nurse Hannah Hale. Nurse Hannah shared that being the building nurse at RES has been a great experience. She has found that everyone at RES is helpful, nice, and has taken time to get to know her. The RES clinic can be a very busy place with a variety of student needs, but Nurse Hannah has done an excellent job juggling all of the responsibilities of successfully running a school health clinic.

Walk to School Day

Save the date - Wednesday, October 6 is National Walk & Bike to School Day! Here’s what you can do to help make the day successful:

  • Wear your Blue Devil gear and walk or bike to school with family, friends and neighbors.

  • Take a selfie and tag @ReadingCSD on Twitter or @ReadingCommunityCitySchools on Facebook and use the hashtag #WalktoSchoolDay.

Learn more about the benefits of walking and biking to school HERE!

Vision Screening at RCCSD

On Friday, September 24, students across the district in grades k, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 were able to have their vision screened through our district's partnership with One Sight. This organization brings eye exams, glasses, and permanent vision centers to individual school districts and other organizations that need eye care the most.

RCCSD students had their vision screened and any students identified as needing additional vision screening will be referred by One Sight. Those students will receive a free eye exam conducted by an eye doctor and a free pair of eyeglasses. Thank you to RES Nurse Hannah for organizing this important event for our students.

Important Upcoming Family Information

  • As students move through the first quarter of the school year, it is important to note that student midterm grades are now available for parents to view on Progressbook.

  • Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 7, 2021. Individual buildings will communicate how parents can schedule a conference. Students will not have school on this day.

  • Teacher Record’s Day will be on Friday, October 8, 2021. Students will not have school on this day.

  • The first quarter ends on Thursday, October 14, 2021.

  • District Professional Development Day on October 15, 2021. Students will not have school on this day.

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Safety Drill - October 15, 2021

The safety and security of our students and staff at RCCSD are a top priority of our school district. Each school year districts are required to hold various types of safety drills at regular intervals. On October 15, district staff, in coordination with local first responders, will be conducting a full-scale safety drill. Every three years districts are required to conduct these types of drills to continue to help our school district be prepared in the event of an emergency.

Community Chats

Reading Community City School Superintendent Jason Enix and Treasurer Colette Lewis continue their series of community chats. They are committed to making themselves available for all our parents, community members, and stakeholders. The next community chat is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12 at 5:30 pm in the media center. If you ever have questions, send them to