RHHS Wildcats: News You Can Use

#WEareRH - Friday, 3/23/18

Music to my ears...

Last week, the RHHS Chorus Program participated in the annual Large Group Performance Evaluation. Groups from all over district 1 perform over a three day period and are judged on the performance of two songs and sight reading. This year, RHHS had two groups sing, the intermediate women’s chorus and the advanced mixed chorus. Both groups earned the superior rating in sight reading. The women’s chorus was over all superior class C, and the advanced mixed chorus was overall excellent in class A on their performance pieces. Congratulations to all of the chorus students and to Mr. Hillen, our chorus teacher!

JROTC State Drill Meet Results

Congratulations to the entire JROTC Drill Team in qualifying for and competing at the Georgia State Drill Meet this past weekend in Griffin, Georgia. Placing 2nd in State in the Individual Exhibition was Yadriel Rivera. The Platoon Exhibition team led by Cadet Jillian Jackson placed second and the Squad Exhibition team led by Cadet John Platt placed fourth. Congratulations to the entire team and for an outstanding season, well done Wildcats!

Talent Show - you don't want to miss this!

Richmond Hill High School will hold its annual talent show on Thursday, March 29th in the east gym. The show will start at 7:00pm.
Tickets are $5 and are sold at the door.

STEM field trip to San Franciso

Erin Turner is planning a STEM field trip to San Francisco next year.

Anyone interested in attending this trip is encouraged to attend the information session next week,

Tuesday, March 27, 6 pm, in the Link.

Student Parking - some changes

With our growing student and teacher populations, we are having to reevaluate how we have structured parking on campus. I am willing to work with students and parents with regard to parking on campus and finding solutions, but I am going to ask that students and parents do the same for me and work to follow expectations and rules that we establish.

Effective Monday, March 19th, students will see some changes with regard to parking on campus:

  • Student parking decals should be placed on the rear, driver-side window
  • Students may park in any student lot/student parking space-except the senior lot- with a registered student parking decal
  • Student parking spaces in the non-senior lots are on a first-come, first-served basis
  • After 7:30am, if all of the student parking spaces are full, students will be expected to park behind the softball field
  • Students parked behind the softball field will not be permitted to exit that area until after buses have cleared that afternoon
  • Students who are in violation of established rules for parking on campus are subject to fines - the first offense will be $5 and each subsequent offense will increase by $5
  • Citations will be written for vehicles without decals or properly displayed decals, vehicles parked in unmarked spaces, and student vehicles parked in faculty-designated spaces
We have over 500 student drivers and more than 150 faculty/staff drivers. Please urge your child(ren) to take the privilege of driving and parking on campus seriously. Students who are not able to meet expectations or who repeatedly violate rules will lose their parking privileges. With such a high demand for parking on campus, I simply must require that we all work together to make sure our campus runs effectively and efficiently and remains safe and secure.

Spring Break

Spring Break is just a week away, April 2nd - 6th. RHHS will be closed for that week.

Enjoy the time with your family and friends. All students return on Monday, April 9th.

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

Last year, “13 Reasons Why” aired on Netflix and grabbed the attention of young people, adults, and mental health professionals nationwide. The show is about a high school student named Hannah Baker, who completes suicide, but seeks revenge by leaving behind 13 cassette tapes for the people she believed contributed to her death. Each tape described how that person influenced her decision. The series graphically depicted sexual assault and glorified suicide, so it is not appropriate for all audiences. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 90% of individuals who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness, which was not discussed in the show. Mental health resources were also not highlighted in the series even though mental health resources and appropriate care for mental illnesses can prevent suicide.

Because “13 Reasons Why” season 2 will be released this year, we want our community to be aware of resources available for those who might be struggling with their mental health. We invite you to consider these resources from NAMI to seek help for yourself or others:

· National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 800-273-TALK (8255) – provides 24/7 support for people in distress and prevention and crisis resources

· The Crisis Text Line – Text “NAMI” to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor

· Ok2Talk – This is NAMI’s safe community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems. Anyone may share a personal story of recovery, tragedy, struggle, or hope.

· Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health – A guide for both parents and young adults to start important conversation about mental health before the college years.

· Say It Out Loud – This toolkit helps adults talk to teens about mental health. The toolkit includes a film, discussion guide, presentation, and fact sheets to help start the conversation.

· NAMI Ending the Silence – A presentation that helps middle and high schoolers understand mental illness. During the 50-minutes presentation, a young adult living with mental illness and their family member tell their stories about mental health challenges.

· The NAMI HelpLine – 800-950-6264 or info@nami.org can offer you empathy and support and provide you information about resources in your community.

Here are some helpful mental health resources in Georgia:

· Georgia Crisis & Access Line – 1-800-715-4225 where help is available 24/7 for problems with mental health, drugs, or alcohol.

· Chatham County Safety Net offers 2-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshops every month for community members and mental health professionals to learn skills to prevent suicide and save lives. To register for a workshop, click here.

· If you have concerns about your student, your student’s school counselor can provide support at school and mental health resources – please find your student’s counselor in the list below.

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