RHS Pirates Chest
February 24th 2023
This weekend athletes competed at the Mat Classic state wrestling tournament. Senior Blaise Cross made it to the second day of wrestling. He ultimately went 5-2 this weekend to take 5th place at the 160 lb weight class. Congratulations to Blaise on his accomplishment!
History was made this weekend at the Mat Classic (state wrestling). We have not one, but TWO state champions in our school. Congratulations to Ellabelle Taylor and Viktoryia Dovhoruka who took 1st place at state wrestling at 115 lbs and 170 lbs respectively. They worked hard all season and it paid off to become the top female wrestler in small schools (2A and under) in their weight class for the ENTIRE state of Washington. The girls wrestling team took 6th as a team at state. If you see Viktoryia or Ellabelle in school today tell them congratulations.
The new John R Rogers Facebook page is up and running! Please go like, follow, and share for all the latest up to date events, information and all things John R!
Spring Sports Registration
All athletes wanting to play a spring sport must register using Final Forms and have a current physical on file at the Business Office.
College & Career Corner
Need help with scholarships? FAFSA? College Applications? Finding a job?
Please reach out to Emily Gwinn in the College & Career Center with questions: 509-354-6603 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT EVENTS COMING UP from the College & Career Center
March 1: Junior Class College Check-In: March 1 (after the SAT), 1pm - 2:30pm in the College and Career Center and Library. After the SATs, don't check out. CHECK IN - with your college plan. Visit with former Rogers students and current admissions reps from Gonzaga, Whitworth, SCC, and EWU. Learn about college essays and financial aid. Get a jump start on planning and asking questions. Students must register with QR Code on Flyer or here: https://forms.office.com/r/huWg5wVeX8
March 3: Find a Job Friday series to help students get ready. They can click the QR code to register on the flyer, or use this link: https://forms.office.com/r/gNF79H9AgV
March 7: FAFSA Completion Event, 5pm – 7pm – Rogers Cafeteria. SENIORS! Do you still need support completing your 2023-2024 FAFSA? Please join us for dinner and help. Bring your Social Security Number, birthdates, and completed taxes from 2021. We are here to support you. Contact Ryan or Kipton with GEAR UP with questions.
March 8: Junior/Senior ASVAB Testing: March 8 from 8am - 12pm in the College & Career Center. Students need to pre-register and bring a laptop. They can use the QR code on the flyer or this link: https://forms.office.com/r/Jq8erMZ5a1
March 13: PLU is here! In the College and Career Center from 9am – 10am. Learn about PLU, the application process,
March 17: Find a Job Friday series to help students get ready. They can click the QR code to register on the flyer, or use this link: https://forms.office.com/r/gNF79H9AgV
March 31: Spring Job Fair during lunch on March 31 outside the cafeteria, and all are welcome. We'll have organizations hiring from ages 14 - 20 (Department of Ecology, Amazon, City of Spokane ... just to name a few).
Seniors: Information Sessions for SCC Programs are Live! It's too early to register for Fall Programs - but if you want more information about the programs they offer, check out this calendar. We'll try to bring students to sessions if requested! Reach out to Emily Gwinn for more information. Calendar (spokane.edu) We'll set up dates/times for on-campus registration when that window opens in May.
Scholarships: Stop by the College and Career Center to learn more.
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship: Due 2/28! For anyone wanting a STEM degree. There is a four-year degree/bachelor's option and two-year degree option. Only the four-year is currently open: https://www.waopportunityscholarship.org/students/applicants/baccalaureate/
Innovia: Due March 3! Regional scholarship! Complete ONE profile and they will put your application in for 30 regional opportunities! https://innovia.org/students/
Check out this new scholarship! Due Date is March 15. Please visit Mrs. Gwinn for more scholarship materials! Believe in Me Scholarship Program: https://www.believeinme.org/scholarships
Class of 2023 Good News!
Do you have news to share about college admissions or job placements - come celebrate and share with Emily Gwinn in the College and Career Center - N106.
Congratulations to our Rogers Senior Class of 2023!
Keep applying and stop by N106 - the College & Career Center - if you need any help.
Upcoming Deadlines: remember to also complete your FAFSA and add the schools you are applying for to your list.
YOU MUST ALSO ADD THESE SCHOOLS TO SCHOOLINKS.
MARCH 1: Central Washington University
MARCH 1: Whitworth University
MARCH 31: Washington State University
JUNE 30: University of Washington – Tacoma
JULY 21: Pacific Lutheran University
JULY 31: St. Martin’s University
John R. Rogers High School
College & Career Readiness Facilitator
Office Phone: 509-354-6603
Google Voice/Text: 617-468-8440
Find a Job Friday is COMING!
Are you interested in finding a job NOW?
Need help with your resume, interview tips, or applications.
Join Mrs. Gwinn in the College & Career Center for Find a Job Fridays: Feb. 17, March 3, and March 17.
Register for a session here. You will receive a reminder and pass to attend at lunch in N106.
Congrats to the following students who have already received acceptance letters for college!
Whitworth University - Go Pirates!
Jillian Applonie, Paige Bovey, Samantha Brough, Ionela Dragomir, Kylee Feldhusen, Ayden Fortier, Victoria Grecu, Alexandra Haas, Jelena Jelic, Jacob Kamura, Long Nguyen, Hannah Tillett, Araceli Orozco Torres, Kennadie Strasburg, Weiying Su, Alexis Tosh, and Arina Ueno
Spokane Community College-
Davion Angel, Raymond Calderon, Seliani Clement, Isaiah Colgrove, Jesse Derizzo, Eliana Galeana, Abigail Hilde, Shyla Jenkins, Brian Jennings, Reab Joran, Menasiah Malolo, Angie Mendoza Ramos, Anthony Northington, Kari Page, Josiah Robles, Sansana Sami, Mang Sang, Gabe Smith, Shantelle Snyder, Kameron Staab, Ariana Ueno, Gracie Wrisley, and Mollysha Yea
Eastern Washington University - Go Eags!
Joseph Adams, Rofaida Ahmed, Marileen Anien, Lori Aningi, Jillian Applonie, JoeAnna Avila, Angelina Bolen, Paige Bovey, Samantha Brough, Aidan Bui, Seliani Clement, Kimora Cleveland, Cordell Cole-Fuqua, Blaise Cross, Ambrose Denny, Zoe Dittmer, Jaelin Featherstone, Ryan Flack, Ayden Fortier, Makia Friedley, Eliana Galeana, Ladaezia Grayson, Adilene Gutierrez, Mario Hernandez Torres, Quan Hoang, Kaydence Hobbs, Tucker Holmes, Jelena Jelic, Jaliyah Joseph, Conner Kemano, Gunn Manchanda, Addyson McLendon, Felicia O'Malley, Araceli Orozco Torres, Nathaniel Othmer, Kyla Peterson, Josiah Robles, Maeghan Salsbury, Kevin Shoniber, Mandy Smith, Kamerson Staab, Kennadie Strasburg, Weiying Su, Hamasa Sultan, Justice Thompson, Alexis Tosh, Arina Ueno, Zachary Walton, Kianna Ward, Ellawyn Wilson
Hey all you Talented Pirate Students and Staff!!!! Do you want to show off your skills and celebrate what makes you unique and special? Audition for our talent show on Tuesday, February 28 in the theatre from 2:30-5 pm. Grab your audition form outside of B164 today!
Attention 9th grade parents
A new role has been created specifically for you! Jodel Phillips, a John R. Rogers’ graduate and former staff member, is now serving as your 9th Grade Parent Engagement Specialist. She is here to help work with you and help you best support your student.
Parent Engagement Specialist
College Success Foundation‒Spokane
Open Gym will run Sundays (with some date exceptions) from 2 - 4 p.m. at all five SPS high schools. SPS 5 - 12 grade students are welcome to play games in the gym. We will feature basketball to start our Open Gym season. Families can sign their students up online.
SEPAC (Special Education Parents Advisory Council)
SEPAC is a joint effort between Spokane Public Schools and families to advance services and outcomes for students with an IEP. Some tasks may include providing feedback on district policy, helping facilitate communication with parents through workshops and bring topics to the attention of the district. SEPAC meets on the last Tuesday of every month. As attendance has been low, please help us to encourage families of students in special education to attend SEPAC. The Special Education Department is willing to provide you some information that you could put in one of your communications to families. More information can be found on the SPS Special Ed Webpage under Parent Involvement and Resources. Here is a direct link to further information: Special Education / Parent Involvement & Resources (spokaneschools.org)
The Greater Spokane League charges for all football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, and wrestling regular season and for all postseason contests. A GSL pass is your best value if you plan on attending games across multiple seasons. The GSL pass works at all regular season events at any of the 2A/3A/4A Greater Spokane League schools. Discount passes are available in the Rogers Business Office for any family that qualifies for Free/Reduced Lunch at a rate of $15. For those that do not qualify for reduced rate passes, please visit: https://gslmerch.com/products/gsl-annual-sports-pass-2022-2023 to purchase your yearly pass.
The rate for entry to any football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, or wrestling event is $5 for students or $10 for adults. This year we will accept cash or credit for entry. You may view our team schedules by visiting: https://www.arbiterlive.com/Teams?entityId=11387. We would love to see the Rogers community at all our events to celebrate what our student-athletes and coaches are doing.
Late Start Mondays
REMINDER: This year, SPS students* will begin their school day 1 hour later every Monday on the following start schedule:
• High Schools and Libby Center: 9 a.m.
• Middle Schools: 10 a.m.
• Elementary Schools: 9:30 a.m.
*NEWTech Prep and TEC at Bryant students will attend on a regular schedule.
Breakfast will be available 30 minutes prior to Monday’s start time. Yellow buses will pick up students 1 hour later. Spokane Transit bus riders, visit spokanetransit.com/spsconnect for routes and timetables.
The weekly late start is part of a new 3-year collective bargaining agreement that allows teachers time to work with colleagues around student learning and supports. Providing structured time within the workday for teachers and other certificated staff to collaborate is an educational best practice consistent with other area school districts. Having a late start Monday consistently scheduled every week allows families to plan for the whole school year. Visit spokaneschools.org/calendar for a full calendar.
Questions? Please send us a message at spokaneschools.org/letstalk.
Covid Guidelines for 2022-23
COVID guidelines for 2022 - 23 school year
The Washington Department of Health has released COVID guidelines for the upcoming school year. SPS will continue to track cases on the COVID dashboard, and parents, students and staff will need to report symptoms, a positive test and/or a COVID exposure.
· Stay home if symptomatic:
o Testing is strongly recommended.
o If you choose not to test, you must isolate for 5 days after symptoms appeared, and can return on day 6 if symptoms have significantly improved and it has been at least 24 hours without a fever (without fever-reducing medication).
o If you have symptoms and you test negative, you may return to school if symptoms have significantly improved and it has been at least 24 hours without a fever (without fever-reducing medication).
· If you test positive:
o You must isolate for 5 days after symptoms appeared and can return on day 6 if symptoms have significantly improved and it has been at least 24 hours without a fever (without fever-reducing medication).
o If you test positive again at the end of your 5-day isolation (days 6-10), you must complete the full 10-day isolation period (testing not required).
o Masking is strongly recommended for days 6-10 if you have not repeated testing and have symptom improvement.
· If exposed to a positive case AND asymptomatic, you may continue to attend work/school.
o Consider wearing a well-fitting mask for 10 days after exposure
o Consider getting tested 3-5 days after exposure
o Monitor for symptoms for 10 days. If symptomatic, stay home and follow appropriate guidelines for symptoms.
· What tests are allowed?
o PCR, antigen, home tests.You can get your free at-home test kits here