The Rocket Glare

Keeping RCHS Students, Families, & Staff Connected!

Volume 1, Issue 2: Friday, November 20th

Principal's Message

Principal: Mr. J.D. Bussell

Email: James.bussell@rockcastle.kyschools.us

November 20th, 2020

RCHS Students & Parents,

Greetings from The Rock!


Governor Beshear’s Mandate

I’m sure everyone has heard that all Kentucky high schools have been ordered to move to virtual instruction until January 4th, 2021. Bright side? This means that the unforgettable year of 2020 will be over; otherwise, it means we will not get to see our students until next year.


Instruction Will Continue

All classes at RCHS will continue and assignments, quizzes, exams & virtual learning will roll along as well. It is so important that each student check his/her Google Classroom work for all 7 classes each day. You are high school students now and part of our job is to teach you responsibility for your own actions. If you are having issues with a class, email your teacher. You are too old for your parents to make you get online and use the Chromebooks each of you have been assigned. Remember, we have access to your assignments and the quantity & quality of “activity” on your Chromebooks.


Organize Your Day

Wake up each morning with a plan! Just because you are home doesn’t mean you should sleep until noon. Get out of bed on onto your Chromebook! All of our teachers are available from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday – Friday to work with students. Give your teacher a call or drop an email if you need help or have any issues. Our counselors are also available for college, career or emotional needs.


Student Email

Check your email every single morning and even multiple times throughout the day. You will be receiving information about our school calendar, your classes, assignments & events at RCHS. Stay involved in daily communication with your teachers!


Infinite Campus Parent Portal

I encourage all parents to check your child’s grades on IC Parent Portal regularly. Because we have been unable to physically send home report cards, it is imperative that parents check grades online. You can go the link: https://kyede11.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/rockcastle.jsp and if you have issues logging on, email Ms. Sherri McKinney: sherri.mckinney@rockcastle.kyschools.us or call RCHS for login information.


Be safe & please contact me at RCHS if I can be of service.


J.D. Bussell

Principal

Guidance Counselors' Corner

Guidance Counselors: Mrs. Amy Lewis & Mrs. Casey Harper

Email: Amy.lewis@rockcastle.kyschools.us / casey.harper@rockcastle.kyschools.us


Guidance Page: Click HERE


Senior Interviews

The RCHS Guidance Office is continuing to work on senior interviews. Senior interviews are scheduled by homeroom. You can find this schedule on the Senior Google Classroom. Seniors, please remember that the interview is a graduation requirement.


Any senior who has not joined the classroom needs to do so ASAP with the code: 65ep2m5.


Governor's Scholars Program

Juniors, the deadline to apply for the Governor's Scholars Program is Friday, December 4th. If you have questions about GSP, please contact Mrs. Harper, Mrs. Lewis, or Ms. Joanie.This deadline is quickly approaching!


Seniors: Complete your FAFSA

Click HERE!

Rock Athletics

RCHS Athletic Director: Mr. Mike McNabb

Email: mike.mcnabb@rockcastle.kyschools.us


Our Rocket football team will play in the district playoffs next Friday, November 27th.


More detailed athletic information will be provided as it becomes available! With changes occurring each day, we appreciate your patience and flexibility. Go Rock!

Notes from the Book Cart - RCHS Library Updates

Library Media Specialist: Ms. Joanie Alexander

Email: Joanie.alexander@rockcastle.kyschools.us


RCHS Library Website

Click HERE to access!


Book Checkouts

The RCHS Library continues to offer a digital platform where students can read 30+ top picked and NEW texts that rotate every 60-90 days. Every RCHS student has their own account where they can bookmark, highlight, etc. To access this, visit the RCHS Library Website and then go to Student Resources OR Checkouts to access the JLG Dashboard! Make sure to login to your individual account for more access! If you have questions or your account login doesn't work, please contact Ms. Joanie.


During NTI/virtual instruction, students may request books using the Google Form (Click HERE) or by emailing Ms. Joanie. Please use the form or email and include the title and author. Once requested, Ms. Joanie will have the book ready for pick-up at the RCHS front desk. Books may be picked up on any day of the week from 8AM-3PM. A day/time will be arranged with Ms. Joanie.


RCHS Writing Center

The RCHS Library Writing Center aims to help students find their writing voice and tackle various writing and interview challenges. The writing center is able to help with revisions/editing, job applications and interviews, resumes, and college applications and essays. During NTI instruction, appointments will take place via Google Meet. To schedule an appointment, click HERE!

Classroom Spotlight: Geometry with Mrs. Charity Johnson

RCHS Geometry students are working hard to learn all about parallel lines and angles. One of our favorite activities to practice what we learn is Quizizz, an online program where the "players" earn points and powerups. They try to stay at the top of the leaderboard for their classes. Mrs. Johnson says, "Math isn't usually a favorite subject, so I try to incorporate different things to make it a little more fun for my students! I'm a competitive person and believe many students are also driven by the desire to win!"


Thank you for your dedication to our students, Mrs. Johnson!

Student Council Announcements

  • The RCHS Student Council is excited to participate in Student Voice Week from Nov. 16-20. As a part of this week, a survey link has been sent to all students through their email. Please check for this survey.
  • Student council would like to inform everyone that RCHS Homecoming has been moved to Dec. 8th. Please be on the lookout for updates regarding this year's Homecoming!
  • The RCHS SC reminds all students to check their email and Infinite Campus daily!


Thank you to our Student Council for their hard work and dedication to RCHS!

Yearbook & Picture Day Information

Yearbooks are now on sale!

Yearbooks are $55 until December 31st. After 12/31 the price will go up to $60. Sales are 100% online this school year. To purchase a YB , click HERE.


Senior Ads

Senior ads for the RCHS Yearbook are still available. Please see the flyer linked below for more information. Click HERE to register for a senior ad.


Picture Day: Underclassmen & Senior Portraits

Picture day that was originally scheduled for 11/23 & 11/24 has been canceled and will be rescheduled for the spring semester. Please be on the lookout for more information that will be coming at a later date!

Immunization Records Needed from ALL RCHS Students!

The school nurse needs an updated copy of immunization records from each student. The state of Kentucky requires a second dose of meningococcal when students turn 16 years of age and Hepatitis A needs to be updated for all students. Please contact the RCHS Nurse if you have questions or concerns: teri.renner@rockcastle.kyschools.us

Gear Up Corner

GEAR UP Virtual Learning Tips for Students: Click HERE!

RCHS UNITE Club Provides Hand Sanitizer

The RCHS UNITE Club provided each student and staff member with hand sanitizer this week. The hand sanitizer is great to clip on student ID lanyards and to have with you on the go. A big thank you to the RCHS UNITE club for their kindness!


Pictured left to right are RCHS students, Megan Ellis, Amy Cornelius, and Jordan Harper.

RCS Staff Members Receive Literacy Awards from DAR

Rockcastle Schools Superintendent, Mrs. Carrie Ballinger, and RCHS Library Media Specialist, Ms. Joanie Alexander, received Literacy Awards from the Rockcastle County Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Chapter. Mrs. Ballinger was awarded for her work with Rockcastle Storytime and Ms. Joanie was awarded for her work with RCHS's Spring into Reading event.

Rockcastle County High School Youth Service Center

Phone: 606-256-4818

Hours: 7:30 AM-3:30 PM (Other hours available by appointment)

Coordinator: Jessie Mahaffey: jessie.mahaffey@rockcastle.kyschools.us

Program Assistant II: Barbara Mullins: barbara.mullins@rockcastle.kyschools.us


What is a YSC?

A Youth Service Center mission is to enhance the students’ abilities to succeed in school.


Who can use the YSC?

All students enrolled in our high school, their families, teachers, and the community!


What services does RCHS YSC provide?

· Clothing assistance

· Food assistance

· Referrals to physical & mental health agencies, and social services

· Hygiene assistance

· Thanksgiving food basket

· Holiday assistance

· School supplies

· In school dental visits

· Other needs determined by families and community


The Rockcastle County Youth Service Center is open to serve all students and families of Rockcastle County High School. Families & students are always welcome in our center! A student can refer himself to YSC, a parent, staff member, or someone in the community may contact the YSC to assist a student, and/or family of the student.



FYI…Please be sure to sign up for the Holiday break meal box! For All children (18 and under) in Rockcastle Co. Boxes are shipped directly to your home! Click Here to register. FRIDAY is the deadline.

About Us

Principal: Mr. J.D. Bussell

Assistant Principal & Athletic Director: Mr. Mike McNabb

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Becky Smith

Guidance Counselors: Mrs. Amy Lewis & Mrs. Casey Harper

Library Media Specialist: Ms. Joanie Alexander