Rockwall High School Jacket Notes

May 22, 2022

Jacket Nation

This past week our Lady Jacket Soccer Team finished their season 2nd in the State bringing home the silver medal from the State Tournament in Georgetown, Tx. What a huge accomplishment by this group of athletes. All that to say this past weekend included more outstanding achievements by some of our other groups. Our Men's Gymnastics team won their 2nd State Championship in Back to Back fashion. Our Ladies' team finished up 3rd in the State. Our Softball Team finished their Season Undefeated in District and start their playoff run this next Thursday. Our Lady Jackets Track Team Won the Area Championship and our Men's Team finished 2nd, which is the first time that this has ever happened in the history of RHS. We have approximately 22 athletes advancing to regionals in Waco this coming Friday.


All of our Choir Groups won Sweepstakes at their UIL performances this past week. Our A Capella Group, Walk the Line traveled to NYC for their National Competition where they finished 2nd in the Nation. I feel like our programs and kids have been resilient the past two years eager to "shine" a spotlight on RHS and to put people on notice that we have some of the best and brightest young men & women walking our hallways. The best part of the job is seeing our kids excel and highlighting their achievements. I couldn't be prouder for our kids and programs who strive for excellence in all they do. I could keep going but that takes away from the rest of the newsletter, make sure and check out all the accomplishments the last two weeks.


Arena preview week has concluded for rising Sophomores and Freshman and scheduling will open on April 25th for current 9th graders/rising sophomores. Be sure and refer to the emails sent from the counseling center for all the details.


Prom is just around the corner and we still need parent volunteers. If you are a senior parent please pitch in and help work a shift. You can sign up on the link that was included in the prom informational email or the one included in this paragraph. We want to provide a memorable evening for our Seniors and this is one of the few times we request for parent help so we can make sure that happens for our kids. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a4eacae2d6-senior


Testing and Graduation is here. In the next few weeks our students will be taking End of Course STAAR Exams, AP Tests, Dual Credit Exams, and IB tests. Through these exams our students confer college credits and our campus accountability is determined as well. All that to say that this is a very stressful time for our students and your encouragement is appreciated. We believe in our students and know they are ready to be successful on these exams.


Thank you Jacket Nation for your support and partnership.


JFND


Kevin Samples

Principal

Rockwall High School

Follow me on Twitter for information or check out the campus website.

@kevinwsamples

@Rockwall_HS

https://www.rockwallisd.com/Domain/8

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - ATTENTION SENIORS

All graduating seniors will move to "Graduated" status in our systems on Tuesday, May 31st. When this happens, students will lose access to all school accounts, including Google drive. We recommend that seniors save anything they wish to keep to a personal Gmail account prior to 5/31. Nothing will be recovered after this date.
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SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS

Boys Baseball

Hello Baseball Fans!


Your Yellowjackets baseball team won their 1 game playoff in the 3rd Round Regional Quarterfinals last night in extra innings, 4-1, over Waxahachie. https://www.dallasnews.com/high-school-sports/

Cade Crossland started and pitched 3 innings allowing 1 run. Mac Rose relieved and went the final 5 innings earning the Win after striking out 6, walking 0 and allowing only 2 hits. Our lineup competed against the Waxahachie pitcher, Texas commit Jared Thomas. Tyler Rollins scored in the 2nd inning on a Tate Sloan 2 out single to left field. In the top of the 8th, Mac Rose hit a 3 run double down the right field line (scoring Brayden Randle, Pearson Riebock, and Andrew Tellia) to give the Jackets a 4-1 lead.

Tate Sloan and Brayden Randle turned a 4-6-3 double play to end the game and send Waxahachie home!

Next up is the 4th Round Regional Semifinals. Only 16 6A teams remain in the state. We will play either The Woodlands or Grand Oaks. https://txhighschoolbaseball.com/uncategorized/6a-flatbill-baseball-regional-quarterfinals-schedules/

More details to come.


Schedules:

Varsity

JV (JV Orange)
9th (JV White)


Be sure to follow our Rockwall Baseball Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rockbaseball

Boys Volleyball

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RHS Track & Field

RHS Track Athletes had a great weekend at State. Two athletes, two medals.

Claire Lowrey placed 2nd in the high jump. Although, not the place or height she was expecting, she still managed to bring home a state medal for the 2nd consecutive year. Claire has one more chance to do that next year. We are still extremely proud of Claire.

Sam went out like he wanted by winning his event the Boys 110 Hurdles and by breaking his own meet record. Sam brought home the gold after bringing home bronze last season. He also shaved off a little from his previous personal best and school record of 13.75 by running a 13.70. Sam will be missed as he now will be attending Texas Tech to continue running Track.

I have attached pictures of Sam and Claire along with a video of Sam running his race.

It has been a great year overall for RHS Track and Field.

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FINE ARTS HIGHLIGHTS

RHS Band

Hello All,

While there is no national signing day for musicians, I would like to take a moment to recognize these NINETEEN Orange Wave Band seniors that will be continuing to share their musical talents in college! If you teach or know any of these students, please congratulate them and wish them well in their future musical endeavors! JFND!

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SPEECH & DEBATE

Click the image below to download the PDF.

PTA INFORMATION

Special Events Closet

Did you know that PTA maintains a closet full of special events dresses and accessories? With an assortment of sizes and styles, it is open to any Rockwall High School student. Please contact your counselor or special events closet chair, Karen Woodliff, to shop the selection: karen.woodliff@sbcglobal.net


Chick-fil-A Breakfast Sandwiches

Get your Chick-fil-A breakfast sandwiches every Friday for only $3 each. Sandwiches are sold before school at the main school entrance; all proceeds benefit RISD Council of PTAs scholarships.

ATTENTION SENIORS

Hello Class of 2022!

Graduation is fast approaching, and we have all the information you'll need up on our RHS website. Please visit https://www.rockwallisd.com/domain/2553 to review your RHS Senior Information Packet and the Curtis Culwell Center Packet. These two documents contain detailed information regarding graduation. Once you've reviewed both documents with your parent(s)/guardian(s), fill out the Acknowledgement Google Form. This Acknowledgement form is required to pick up your graduation tickets. Be sure to check the website above frequently for any updates!

Free Money

Meet our new RHS Scholarship Informer!

RHS now has an expert Scholarship informer- Gabrielle McCormick! We are THRILLED that our Jackets have her as a support! Her goal is to connect our students with College Scholarships so that they're able to graduate with their degree, completely debt-free. Click below to connect to the RHS Buzz Hub:


RHS Students: https://rhs.scholarshiphelpnow.com/login

RHS Parents: https://rhsparents.scholarshiphelpnow.com


WE'RE SO EXCITED!!! - Take advantage of this fantastic resource!!

ATTENTION JUNIORS!

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DESIGNATED A/B DAYS - May & June

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Planning to go to College?

Make sure you are looking at our Counselor's Newsletter. They have tons of information about AP testing and registration, Dual Credit Classes, college commitment celebration. They are here to support our students in their Social Emotional Need (SEL) and guide them academically for their future.

FAFSA Opened October 1st!

Federal student aid from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is money to help you pay your education expenses at a college, career school, university, or graduate school. The quickest way to apply for federal student aid is online at fafsa.gov, where you will find the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA


Tip: Before starting to fill out your FAFSA, make sure to create your FSA ID—a username and password that is used to access ED’s websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity and electronically sign your federal student aid documents, including the FAFSA. To create an FSA ID, visit StudentAid.gov/fsaid.

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All students get a Verification of Enrollment form unless:

1. That student failed one or more classes in the second semester AND

2. Any failure is directly attributable to a violation of the 90% attendance law (5 absences for periods 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10 absences for periods 1 and 8) for that failed course.

Early dismissal requests must be submitted at least 2 hours prior to the requested dismissal time. We do not allow early dismissal requests after 3:25pm.