RHS Newsletter

November 2013

Hickman Mills C-1 Board and Administrative Priorities 2013-2014

  1. Ensure full accreditation
  2. Increase academic achievement of ALL students
  3. Improve student attendance
  4. Improve faculty and staff attendance
  5. Improve safety and discipline
  6. Attract, retain and ensure the professional development of highly qualified teachers and staff, committed to increased student achievement and more effective teaching
  7. Develop and coordinate capital improvement plans in the areas fo facilities and technology that supports continuous improvement
  8. Ensure the funding of priorities through an ongoing, coordinated approach to district budgeting

TGIF From Mr. Rivers

Week of NOv 25 2013

Bright Spots:

-Grease!!! What an awesome performance from all of our students and staff who worked extremely hard to pull it off. We had nice crowds and it was well received. I personally thank, Ms. Michale, Ms. Anderson, and Ms. Sole for their dedication to our students.

-The canned food drive sponsored by the student council.

-The Polar Plunge under the guidance of Ms. Copas designed to raise money for the Special Olympics.

-The Educational Foundation Gala was a success. The Ruskin Basket went in excess of $70.00.


-The next two weeks is the beginning of EOC and SRI Testing. Please limited hall passes including the use of the library. Let's create a positive testing environment.

-Continue to schedule your evaluation dates with your appropriate administrator.

-I apologize for the administration not posting when grades needed to be entered. We can do better. However, it is a professional responsibility to know when grades are due. Keep an eye on the district calendar.

-Jeans/dress down for all staff tomorrow.

-We need to better schedule our field trips. Please note this is not to say field trips are not beneficial but too many oft he same kids are missing classes. Often these are the students best equipped to handle missing assignments, but this is something we need to address.


-Objectives posted, lesson plans readily available, lesson plans uploaded, ensure students can articulate the objective, engage students every minute of the class.

-Socratic Seminar...........we have some work to do. I will meet with the literacy committee to re-examine where we are.

-Please read the attachment.

Have a safe holiday!!!!!

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RHS Calander of Events

Ruskin News (Click to view calendar)

Home Athletic Events for the Week

  • Basketball Tryouts are Monday and Tuesday Girls 3:00 to 5:00 Boys 5:00 -7:00

*If your interested in working these events please sign up using the link below or see Mr. Martin.*

Athletic Sign up form - click here to sign up for future games!!!!!!

Assemblies or Field Trips

Tuesday Nov 5- Sophomores to Herndon Career Center 11:00 am

Upcoming Events

RHS Professional Development Weekly Focus

  • PD this week - continue our work with Dan Mulligan strategies
  • Check the Google folder RHS PD Resources for additional resources. (Lesson Plan Template,etc)
  • Please continue to work on uploading your information into Google drive. I added a link below that shows you how to upload documents and files into Google drive. I will share the folder with Central Office staff at the end of the this week.
  • Assessment data - Remember I need you to fill out the weekly assessment data form on a weekly basis. There is also the expectation that your data charts are displayed in your classroom. Here is a link: RHS Weekly Data Form

How does Google drive work

How to view a shared Google folder

How to share a folder on Google drive

How to upload files into Google drive.

Data Braggin' Rights

Send me a story about an instructional strategy that worked well this week. Include the description of the strategy, the objective and the data. Still waiting????


Morning Duty Schedule

Teacher Report times 7:05 - 2:35

THANK-YOU staff for ALL your help with morning check-in. Running really well!!
We do appreciate all your effort and hear the fun conversations and positive greetings you give our students.

Schedule for the Month - Click on the link to view the document.

Ruskin Book Club

We'd like to announce November and Decembers books for staff and students:

Student Book Club

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Faculty Book Club

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell


This month's faculty book club is the latest book from Malcolm Gladwell. Since it's new, I realize this will be more challenging to check out from a library, but it's worth it. Even if you don't get a chance to read it this month, please keep it in mind for future readings.

I know some staff members have asked that the book clubs have the same book for both student and faculty, but right now we'd like to keep them separate because many of our faculty members like to use the RHS media center to check out club books. We want to make sure student book club books get checked out for students first. (There are student waiting lists for current book club books. --That's something to celebrate!!)

Since we have had much success in the popularity of the book club books, please let students know that if they didn't get to read the September book, they can still read that book at any time for the RAFT/extra credit assignment.

Thank you for supporting RHS's efforts in promoting reading!

Student Bright Spots

  • Jonathan Barrett - Kathy Deleve overheard Jonathan using "yes mam" several times in the counseling center when speaking to an adult. Nice!
  • Ty-Kiera Berry-This student has exceptional leadership qualities and is respectful, hardworking, smart and maintains a positive attitude!

Please use the link below to nominate students!!!

Bright Spot Nomination Form

Staff Bright Spots

Kelly Michale took Drama Club students door to door in her neighborhood to gather can goods for the "Treats so Tots Can Eat" program. 236 pounds of food was gathered!!!! What an AWESOME service project.

Please use the link below to tell us about staff bright spots!!!

Staff Bright Spot Nomination Form

RHS Attendance

RHS Weekly Average = 94.19% Last Week = 94.05%

Percentage of Students 90% or better = This week = 79.98%. Last week 79.60% We made a slight increase. Attendance Goal = 90%

We still need to increase by 10% which means we need move 121 students to 90% or better.

We need to focus on the students in the 80% range.

  • 71 Students in the range of 85% to 89%
  • 50 Students in the range of 80% - 84%
  • 121 students in the 80% range.
These are the students you as advisement teachers need to work on. There is still time to get them to 90% or better. Make sure to take advantage of parent teacher conferences to let parents know the importance of consistent attendance and academic success. Students with attendance less than 80% are already identified by Mr. Cason our Family Resource person.

If you have any students who have fallen below that 90% attendance mark, please make sure you call parents and note the interaction in the PLP on Infinite Campus. Starting October 1st, students below a certain percentage will undergo a strict monitoring process. Having our parents aware of this will assist in this process. If a student has missed school and has documentation to prove that the student was required to not come to school that day, please make sure they turn that documentation into Tammy Hagermann.

Top 5 Advisement

UpWard Bound 97.53%




Note: Soaring Eagle trophy is awarded to the advisement class with the highest average attendance for the week. The advisement class that wins the trophy the most for the month will win an incentive from the administration. Examples may be a pizza party, ice cream sundae party, etc.


PBIS Expectations Communications Schedule

1st Semester 2013

December – Ready to Learn Month

Week 1 Dec.2-6 Ready-to-Learn Arrival/Dismissal

Week 2 Dec. 9-13 Ready-to-Learn Hallways

Week 3-4 Dec. 16-20 Ready-to-Learn Cafeteria/Classrooms

Technology News

This is a great site for developing ideas and applications toward embedding and integrating technology in instruction. http://www.edudemic.com/

Lewis McKenzie will be in Rm 103 to help anyone having difficulty with saving the lesson plan or uploading the lesson plan into Google drive.

At Risk Updates

The At-risk committee met this week to discuss behavioral referrals and the new attendance policy. We have numerous students on at-risk management plans. Thank you to those Advisement teachers who have started plans and have been communicating that to staff via email. Students will be monitored for 10 days and those not making progress will be referred to the at-risk committee for Tier Two interventions. Please continue to monitor the progress of your advisement students in the areas of behavior, attendance, and academics using the weekly advisement sheet.

RHS Student Service Center

Upcoming ACT: December 14th

DEADLINE to register for the Dec.14th test is NOVEMBER 8TH

Registration is available on-line and fee waivers are available in student services. Students who qualify are granted 2 fee waivers total throughout high school.

QUOTES from Copas:

One of my favorites: When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left , and could say, "I used everything you gave me".

Erma Bombeck

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Shawn Sanders has a new grandson. Landon C. is 4 months old and attends our daycare. If Ms. Sanders is missing some day, you might want to check the daycare. I think Landon might have a FAN!

Sherrie Richmond Jackson's son DJ is on a full ride basketball scholarship at Oral Robert's University in Tulsa Oklahoma. Jackson #12 is the starting point guard.

Ms. Frances Sanders loves to fish. This lady can do it all!!!! She has a fishing boat at Truman lake where she catches, cleans and frys it up!

Administrative Assistants Updates and info

From the desk of Kathie Deleve: Please be diligent in getting homework that is requested back to Mrs. Deleve within 24 hours. You can bring it up to student services or email it to her.

Department Updates

Social Studies Dept:


  • Socratic Seminar is not a option
  • Continue to have your discussions about grades and attendance .

Advisement Weekly Schedule

Monday: Grade Checks

Tuesday: Prep for Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday: Socratic Seminar Video (Link will be sent)

  • Those who do not have internet access need to attempt to find a room to view. The library will also show video.
  • Please member to be inviting parents to Parent Teacher Conferences!

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