RFHS Compass

May 19, 2023

Hello, Pirate Families! 🏴‍☠️

This is it...The final of week of high school for over 200 students! Our seniors are really such a wonderful group of young men and women, and we hope their memories of RFHS are just as fond as our memories are of them. Regardless of the path they choose after high school, we hope they will always remember and cherish the memories made at good, old RFHS!

Graduation will be held on Friday, May 26 at 8:00 PM at Pirate Stadium. We hope to have a large crowd and beautiful weather to celebrate the RFHS Class of 2023!

Here's what's happening next week:

5/20: Saturday - GT Field Trip

5/22: Monday -

5/23: Tuesday - Final Exams, 9-11 Grade;

5/24: Wednesday - Final Exams, 9-11 Grade;

5/25: Thursday - Final Exams, 9-11 Grade; Graduation Practice; Early Release, 1 PM

5/26: Friday - Teacher Work Day; 2023 Graduation Ceremony, 8 PM

5/27: Saturday - Band State Solo & Ensemble

5/29: Monday - Choir State Solo & Ensemble



As a reminder, each student is required to take a semester exam in each of their courses. If a student is exempt, they must be present for the entire exam class period or they will receive a zero for their exam.

Please ensure your student is attending the full length of class each day next week.



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Exemption Policy

All students will be required to take the semester exam, which will count as 20% of the semester average) unless they have met the exemption criteria:

  • 3 or fewer absences (excluded from this count: medical notes, school-approved activities, or other excuses permitted by law)
  • 5 tardies = 1 absence
  • Students with disciplinary placements of ISS, OSS, or DAEP are not eligible.

Students who are exempt may elect to take a semester exam in order to increase their grade. Those exempt students who choose to test will not have their grades negatively impacted by the exam. Even exempt students must be present for the exam class period; otherwise, the exemption is lost and the exam grade is a 0.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions.


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Student Advisory Committee Application for current Grades 7th -11th

Current 7th-11th grade students, we have a great opportunity for you to have a voice in our district and learn some leadership skills along the way. You will have a monthly meeting with the SAC committee board members and the superintendent of schools to discuss how we can improve our district.

If you would like to apply to be a part of the 23-24 Student Advisory Council (SAC), please click this link to apply: https://forms.gle/1HAPvK1gSKjJ3ZQg8

All applications are due by midnight on May 21st. Please email Dr. Lowery if you have any questions clowery@acisd.org


Class Of 2023 Senior Letter

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Cap & Gown

If you have not purchased a graduation cap and gown, you still have time to order. Order online here. Search: Rockport-Fulton High School. Cost for cap, gown, & tassel unit: $44.50


Blood Center Winners!

Coastal Bend Blood Center had its annual awards banquet on Tuesday May 16th. Rockport-Fulton placed 4th out of the 4A schools. Rockport had 418 units of donated blood and 65 seniors earned their red cord by donating 3 times or having 5 people donate in their name. The National Honor Society students would like to thank all students, parents and community members who donated during the school year.

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Culinary Arts Certifications

Rockport/Fulton High School is proud of their Culinary Arts students who have earned the Food Safety & Science Certification. A shout out to their instructor Mrs. Summers.

The Culinary Arts program is part of the Career and Technical Education Department (CTE), preparing students for life after high school.


Welding Certifications

Rockport/Fulton High School is proud of their Welding students who have earned their NCCER Core Safety and NCCER Level 1 Welding certifications this school year. A shout out to their instructors Mr. Wilson and Mr. Dandre.

The Welding program is part of the Career and Technical Education Department (CTE), preparing students for life after high school.


Nurse Clinic Reminder

If your child has medication here at school, either prescription or Over The Counter, please pick up by May 25th. If it is not picked up, it will be discarded. If you have any questions or need to make special arrangements, please contact the nurse, hcheek@acisd.org


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22-23 Yearbook

Yearbooks are here!!! Yearbook staff will be available during both lunches for pick-up and purchases. There are a limited number of books available for purchase, so get yours as soon as possible! Staff will so be present at the Senior Breakfast 5/25. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Shindler sshindler@acisd.org


Attendance Matters Incentive

Perfect attendance prizes for the last 9 weeks will be awarded on May 23 during both lunches. A mini fridge, Nintendo Switch, 32” flat screen TV, or a moon lamp could be yours! Check the list at A and B lunch on Monday, May 22 to see if you are eligible.


Summer School Info

This year's summer school programming will take place from June 5th to June 29th (Monday- Thursday). RF/SD will use local district assessments to determine eligibility for summer learning. For STAAR-tested subjects, there will be a delay in results as the Texas

Education Agency completes its redesign of the STAAR test. Parents will receive information directly from their child's campus if summer school is necessary.


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Summer Youth Volunteer Program


Summer Youth Volunteer Program

  • Come join in the fun. You will get the chance to walk, train, bath, play, and help enrich the animals of Aransas County Animal Care Services.
  • Collect volunteer hours for College applications, NJROTC and 4H

When: May 30th – July 7th Tuesday – Friday 1:00-4:00 pm

Please call to sign up (361-790-0151)

872 Airport Rd, Rockport Tx 78382


Counselor Corner

Hello Pirate Families!

As we head into summer break, I thought it would be good to offer some strategies for parents. These tips are from Nicole Schwarz on her website Parent Coach for Imperfect Families.

7 Summer Survival Strategies For Parents

School’s out! Hooray for summer vacation…or maybe not.

Let’s face it, summer break may be full of fun family activities, but it may also mean more arguing, less compliance with chores, and those dreaded words: “I’m Bored!”

Before you start counting the days until school starts again, check this list and see if there is anything you would like to implement in your home this summer.

Here’s your summer survival guide for the next few weeks:

  • Set a Routine: Even the most basic structure can be a great help in the summer. Most children feel comforted when there is a predictable pattern to their day or week.

  • But also Be flexible: Too much planning can get in the way of fun. Teach your children that it is ok to be spontaneous and to make adaptations when plans change.

  • Clarify Expectations: Summer often comes with a laid back attitude. Talk with your kids about any changes to chores, curfew, allowance or spending money in advance.

  • Brainstorm together: Parents do not need to be the activity coordinators or problem-solvers. Work together to create a list of fun activities or find solutions to conflicts.

  • Honor space: Some children are emotionally drained after social activities. Give them time to recharge by setting aside time for reading, individual play or naps.
  • Help Someone Else: If your children are complaining or bored, it may be time to focus on others. Encourage them to do random acts of kindness or sign up to volunteer.

  • Take a Deep Breath: Not every summer day is full of sunshine and laughter. Rather than being hard on yourself, give yourself permission to take a break and relax.

Finding balance is never easy. It’s especially hard when the routine changes. Keep it simple this summer. When things seem to get off track, focus on re-connecting with your kids first. Then, look at this list and see which area could be improved.

Summer will be over before you know it…no, really, it will!

I am adding my tip as well. For the teens who are old enough, a great learning experience is a job.

Smooth sailing until next week! #Pirate Strong

Del Mar College Training Opportunities

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College and Career News

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The Senior Advisors hosted the Rockport Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Friday. Students learned how they could earn a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification for free (a savings of 2,500.00) while getting paid a salary. We continue to bring in relevant college and trade related organizations so that our Pirates are exposed to the many opportunities and fields that are available to them here in the Coastal Bend!

The winners of this weeks Senior Advisor drawing are David Chittarath and Riley Whitstine. They won some great prizes that will help them on their post secondary journeys!

With Graduation right around the corner we are happy to announce we are awarding at least 75 Academic Scholar Stoles to our Seniors to wear with their graduation gowns next week. These students are all considered College Ready by achieving superior test scores on TSI or SAT tests.

Senior Advisors continued to test students for college readiness. Students were tested all week and several students reached the benchmark of being college ready. If any Seniors would like to take it again see please see Mr. Kelly or Mrs. Mann to schedule a test next week as time allows. Spend a little time now to save time and money later.

The last schedule group test is June 6th in Mr. Kelly’s office at 8:30. Sign up is on Google classroom and space is limited. Must be registered to take the test!

TSI Exam (college ready) please review practice text before you take the test - https://www.accuplacerpracticetest.com/ Save time and money by being College Ready!! There are Tips and Strategies for TSIA2 Essay writing on your google classroom.

Important Dates!


June 6 – TSI Retest

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.

Senior Checklist: Where are you?

By now all seniors should have a plan in place for life after High School graduation. Your Senior Advisors are here to help you and welcome you to stop in!

  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/ . Save time and money by being College Ready!! There are Tips and Strategies for TSIA2 Essay writing on your google classroom.
  4. Complete Scholarship Applications

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!



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This summer ACE is partnering with ACISD and local organizations to offer ACE students a variety of free activities. RFHS ACE summer sessions will open on May 30th and run through June 29th.

ACE in conjunction with RFHS Athletic Department will be offering the ACE–Pirate Power Program. This program provides free instructional strength and conditioning to our ACE students. Our professional staff members are dedicated to improving the physical fitness of Rockport-Fulton students and offering specialized training to support the specific needs of each student’s goals. For your convenience, the ACE-Pirate Power Program schedule, registration and release form are below.

Drivers Education, one of our most popular and impactful RFHS ACE activities, will be offered this summer. Students interested in signing up for this free Drivers Education program need to have the ACE registration form signed by a parent or legal guardian and returned to Paula Dean in room 244. New students will be entered in the Drivers Education course when ACE summer sessions begin following Memorial Day.

For information about these programs or any other ACE activity, please contact Paula Dean at pdean@acisd.org or 361 790-2220, ext. 2244.

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Pirate Sports


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