RFHS Compass

January 27, 2023

Hello, Pirate Families! 🏴‍☠️

Here's what's happening next week:

1/28: Saturday - FCCLA Culinary Competition; UIL Robotics Meet

1/30: Monday -

1/31: Tuesday -

2/1: Wednesday -

2/2: Thursday - Bostick Student Leadership Academy; Scholarship Parent Meeting

2/3: Friday - HS Band Region Jazz Clinic & Concert; Bostick Student Leadership Academy; Bostick Family Night

2/4: Saturday - HS Band Region Jazz Clinic & Concert; HS Choir Solo & Ensemble


Attendance Matters Incentive

Calling all students for perfect attendance! Want a chance to win Mr. Stovalls parking spot? Students with perfect attendance for the next 3 weeks will be entered to win a chance to use Mr. Stovalls parking spot for one week! See you at school!

*If the winner drawn does not drive, an alternate prize will be awarded.


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New High School Nurse

Help us welcome, Director of Health Services, Heather Cheek. She will be starting Monday, January 30.


Varsity Tennis Team

RFHS Varsity Tennis Team won 1st place team overall at their first home varsity tournament yesterday with several of our players winning medals. Individual results below:

1st place girl's singles

1st place mixed doubles

2nd place boy's singles

2nd place Mixed Doubles

3rd place boy's doubles

3rd place girl's doubles

Please congratulate our student athletes as they work hard both on the courts and in the classroom.

RFHS Tennis



aquatic Science

Our Aquatic Scientists are able to have field experiences collecting data in real aquatic environments. Students are monitoring the water quality of a local creek in our watershed, Tule Creek. Classes visit the creek three times to measure the changes in different physical and biological aspects of the creek ecosystem throughout the year. Students use the sampling equipment we use to measure pH, temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and salinity levels in the creek. Students also measure the depth, width, and flow speed of the creek. They also use a mobile weather probe to measure weather conditions: air temperature, wind speed, relative humidity, and dew point. They pinpoint the location using the compass on their phones as well as determine the wind direction. Plankton is collected using a plankton net. Working together, some students put on waders and net fish, crayfish, grass shrimp, and macroinvertebrates that live in the creek. All of this data is entered into our database and students will graph the data and determine trends in the data across seasons and times of the day. Species caught during this winter visit are sheepshead minnows, sailfin molly, white mullet (juvenile), crayfish, dragonfly nymphs, mayfly larva, some type of snail, and a mosquito fish.


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Yearbook Reminders

Reminder: Yearbooks are being offered for a special low price of $55, but only until January 31, 2023. Order yours today at www.yearbookforever.com

Class of 2023, purchase a full-page ad for $200 and get your yearbook for free! Don’t miss this deal! For more information on purchasing an ad please email sshindler@acisd.org

Parents, don’t forget to email your photos of RFHS events to rfhsyearbook@acisd.org They may find their way into the yearbook!


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Counselor Corner

Ahoy Pirate Families!

The Counseling Department was very pleased to see all the parents who came to the course planning parent meeting Thursday evening. We hope that you were able to take away some valuable information.

  • A Scholarship Parent Meeting will be held February 2 in the HS Library. Some of the scholarship organizations will also be on hand to answer questions.

  • Scholarships Senior students are busily making post-secondary plans, completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) , College applications and researching career and military opportunities. Students and parents are encouraged to visit the RFHS Counselor Scholarship pages for updated information. A link to local and general scholarship information can be found on the RFHS Counseling website. Local Scholarship information here and General Scholarship information here.

  • SAVE THE DATE: The Senior Awards Night will be held on April 24, 2023.

  • Advisory January 30-February 2:

    • S14: Practicing Social Support This is the 3rd of 3 sessions focused on social support. A powerful way we can all cope with challenges in life is through getting support from others. We are often better at giving advice to others than to ourselves. This session we harness that through identifying things we could use support for in different times in our lives and giving good advice and support to ourselves.

    • 10th grade - S14: Understanding Stress This is the 1st of 2 sessions on Stress Coping. The goal is to discuss what we can control versus what we cannot control during stressful times (and what it means to manage that stress).

    • 11th grade - S14: Assessing School Barriers to Belonging This is the 2nd of 3 sessions on identifying Barriers to Belonging. The goal is to begin identifying school-wide barriers to belonging. We will have the opportunity to share some meaningful and challenging feedback today. Try to remember the Community Agreements if there are feelings of frustration, taking something personally, or not understanding a different perspective

    • 12th grade - S14: Developing Leadership Habits In this session, we focus on how we spend our time and ways we can make time for doing the things we value

Smooth sailing until next week! #Pirate Strong


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College and Career News

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • February, 1, 2023: ASVAB Registration Deadline on 10th - 12th grade grade level Google Classroom
  • February 8, 2023: ASVAB Administration on the RFHS campus for interested students
  • March 1, 2023: All Juniors will take the SAT exam during the SAT School Day administration (registration is not needed)

ASVAB Administration - Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Students in 10th grade and above, who would like to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) on the RFHS campus Wednesday, February 8, 2023, will need to sign-up for the exam through their grade level google classroom page by February 1, 2023. The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success. Students who take the exam will also have access to the ASVAB Career Exploration Program. The program helps students learn about their skills and interests, identify potential occupations, and discover all the pathways to career-field entry.

Students are assessed on the following:

  • General Science – life science, earth & space science & physical science

  • Arithmetic Reasoning – basic word problems

  • Word Knowledge – understand the meaning of words through synonyms

  • Paragraph Comprehension – measures ability to obtain information from written material

  • Mathematics Knowledge – knowledge of mathematical concepts and applications

  • Electronics Information – electrical current, circuits, devices & electronic systems

  • Auto & Shop Information – measures knowledge of automotive maintenance & repair, and wood & metal shop practices

  • Mechanical Comprehension – principles of mechanical devices, structural support & properties of materials

  • Assembling Objects – measures ability with special relationships

Go to: https://www.asvabprogram.com/ (sample assessment and info)

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There will be a scholarship meeting next week for parents and students. Counselors will give a brief overview on the process, including how to find individual scholarship opportunities on our website. We will be hosting some local organizations offering these scholarships so come prepared to ask questions!

Date: Thursday, Feb. 2nd

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where: Rockport-Fulton H.S. Commons

ASVAB Test- Students interested in military will have an opportunity to take the ASVAB test on Wednesday February 8th from 8:30 – 12:00. Please see Mrs. Stephenson or your Senior Advisors for more information.

FAFSA Day is coming!! Thursday February 9th from 11 to 3pm. TAMU-CC financial aid counselors will be onsite to help everyone with FAFSA. Event will take place in Mr. Kelly’s office. Parents are welcome!

TAMU-CC Campus Tour- Registration is now open on the Senior Google Classroom page. The event is scheduled for Thursday February 16th. Spots are limited to 30 students. So, if you plan to go, please get signed up ASAP! NOTE: Students must be in good academic standing and not have any attendance issues. Each student can go on 2 college tours during the year. See your Advisors for more information.

Attention Seniors- TSI Boot Camp registration is now closed! Math boot camp is on Monday Jan. 30th at 4:30 by Mr. Scott. ELAR boot camp is on Jan. 31st at 4:30 by Mrs. Brock. The retest for both will be held in Mr. Kelly’s room at 8:30 am on Wed. Feb. 1st. We are excited about the turnout and look forward to seeing our awesome Pirate Seniors make the benchmarks!

Not being college ready can cost you. Not being college ready means that the college/university will have you take remedial course that does not count toward your degree.

  • Del Mar / 3 hrs / $ 606.00
  • Texas A&M in CC / 3 hrs / $ 1134.35
  • Texas A&M in CS / 3 hrs / $ 1480.43

It will also cost you valuable time. You will need to spend approximately 45 hours of class time during the semester plus homework. This is substantial!


Here are some links to scholarships that are listed on the ACISD website. It is updated frequently!

Important Dates!

January 30 – Math Boot Camp for TSI

January 31 – ELAR Boot Camp for TSI

February 1 – TSI testing

February 7 – Craft Training Center campus tour

February 9 – FAFSA Day with TAMUCC

February 16 – TAMUCC campus tour

February 23 – Texas State Technical College (TSTC) lunches in library

March 1 – Girls in STEM at Del Mar

March 23 and 29 – Woman in Industry

April 5 – Career Fair

April 25 – TAMUK campus tour

Be sure to look at the Class of 2023 Senior Google Classroom each week. There is a lot of important information for Seniors and parents posted there.

Attention Senior Parents – 41% of our class has already completed their FAFSA and 66% have applied to colleges or trade schools. While we are extremely pleased with these numbers we sure would like you to have access to these great financial aid programs. Parents and students must drive this effort and your Senior Advisors are here to help. If we don’t have the answer we will certainly help you find a resource that can. If your student has completed FAFSA or applied and is committed to a particular school or university, please make sure he/she notifies their Senior Advisors!

FAFSA Due Dates…The first due date comes from colleges themselves. Spoiler alert! It’s typically early. College deadlines vary from school to school, but they usually come well before the academic year starts. If you’re applying to multiple colleges, look up each school’s FAFSA deadline and apply early.

Many college FAFSA due dates have priority deadlines, which means you need to submit your FAFSA form by that date to potentially receive the most money from the college. Many colleges have this date clearly marked on their financial aid webpages. If you can’t find it, call the school’s financial aid office. The final deadline comes from the federal government and is June 30th! Visit https://studentaid.gov/articles/3-fafsa-deadlines/ for more information.

Senior Checklist: Where are you?

  1. Apply to college/university/trade school - https://www.applytexas.org
  2. Complete FAFSA (student aid/loan) - https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
  3. TSI Exam (college ready) please review the practice test before you take the test - https://www.accuplacerpracticetest.com/

Interested in a Military Career?

If you would like to speak to any branch recruiter please contact Mr. Kelly (tkelly@acisd.org), or Mrs. Mann (lauram@acisd.org) they can help get you connected!



It’s the beginning of an exciting new year! Looking for something for your students to do indoors during these chilly days? Why not have them attend one of our ACE afterschool activities? We offer Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering, and Pokemon for gaming experts. Karaoke and Creative Writing are available for our artists; you may have a future super star in your family. If math is giving your student trouble, ACE offers math tutorials to help them. Interact Club students work in teams to develop community projects, which enrich all our lives. Now is the time for students to work their way through our free online Drivers Education course.

For additional information about ACE activities, contact Paula Dean at pdean@acisd.org or 361 790-2220, ext. 2244.



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Pirate Sports


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Important Dates

Please try to avoid personal appointments for students on the days below:
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