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REaCH eNewsletter - Vol. II, Issue 1, July 2018

Happy 2018/2019!

We are thrilled to welcome our new freshmen, returning students, and their families! We have spent the summer busily planning for this school year; the new year promises to bring many good things for the REaCH learning community.

We hope this e-newsletter will be a helpful source of information for REaCH families throughout the year. Want to plan ahead for all the great activities? See the events section and mark your calendar! Want to understand the color coding of that class schedule students will bring home on the first day of school? Check out this issue's "REaCH Student Schedules at a Glance." Want to get REaCH news delivered straight to your email inbox? Click the "Follow" button on this or any issue!

Have a wonderful 2018/2019 school year!

~The REaCH Faculty & Staff

Ways We Communicate

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Don't Miss Out on the Memories! Get Your REaCH Yearbook!

See the yearbook flier here.

A Look Ahead for the Class of 2019 and Senior Parents

What an exciting year this will be for our REaCH seniors and their families! Throughout the year, services and events will be offered to support our seniors in their future planning. Please see the REaCH Events calendar on the REaCH website and the school's Facebook page for ongoing information.
  • Senior Parent Night, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 6:00 p.m., Distance Learning Room (LLC-120): Senior year and graduation information will be provided. Featured guest speaker from College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) will present information about college financial aid and scholarships. RSVP in the events list below and plan ahead to attend!
  • FAFSA Night, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 4-6 p.m., Distance Learning Room (LLC-120): The ICC Financial Aid Office staff will provide one-on-one assistance for REaCH seniors and their parents in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that is the required first step for all college financial aid. Students and parents should attend together and bring the student's MacBook or a personal laptop, as well as their 2017 tax return. RSVP in the events list below and take advantage of this valuable service!
  • CFNC Countdown to College Month, Oct. 1-31: Includes CFNC College Application Week, Oct. 15-19, when many NC colleges waive their application fees. Specific details and activities will be announced. Visit cfnc.org for more information and to complete college applications.
  • Senior House: During Senior House meetings, held Fridays during House period unless otherwise announced, students will be provided information about college applications, graduation, career preparation, and other topics to support them in a smooth transition to their next life stage.

College-Ready Resources for Families

Preparing for college is a family affair that involves action steps for parents/guardians and students alike. Many actions can be completed throughout high school, well before senior year, to get both the student and their family future ready. One helpful resource is the BigFuture website from the College Board (creators of the SAT). This website offers a wealth of information about college and college planning, including action plans per grade level for both parents and students. Parents, find action plans and other tools just for you on the For Parents page of the website. Check out the website as early as 9th grade to get your family future ready!


Other college-readiness resources:

Videos about FAFSA

Office of Federal Student Aid

Club Corner

Our student-led clubs will soon be up and running! These include the following for the 2018-2019 school year. Students are encouraged to join in!


  • Academic Team (Sponsor - Ms. Ledbetter)
  • Art Club (Sponsor - Ms. Anders)
  • Conservation/Recycling Club (Sponsor - Mr. DeCaprio)
  • Culture Club (Sponsor - Ms. Laughter)
  • Fellowship of Christian Students (Sponsor - Ms. Bradley)
  • Robotics Team (Sponsors - Mr. Smith, Ms. Anders)
  • Yearbook (Sponsor - Ms. Lambert)

Announcements

  • All sophomores will take the PreACT this fall. The exact date is yet to be determined; the PreACT testing window is mid-October through November.
  • As you make travel or other plans for the Christmas holiday break, please be aware that fall semester final exams will be Thursday, Dec. 13 through Wednesday, Dec. 19. The holiday break will begin on Thursday, Dec. 20.
  • Receive REaCH announcements via text message! In addition to our Facebook page and school website, we are using the remind.com text announcement service for school-wide and grade level announcements. Parents and students are encouraged to sign up for both their grade level and the school-wide groups (your phone number will not be visible to the school or others). All students will receive sign-up instructions during House at the beginning of the school year. Sign-up instructions are also available in the REaCH office.
  • REMINDER: For traffic safety reasons, students should be dropped off/picked up in the Student Center parking lot (below the REaCH building) only, NOT in the REaCH parking lot off of Piney Ridge Road.

Freshmen Orientation

Thursday, Aug. 2nd, 4pm

ICC Library Auditorium

First Day of School!

Monday, Aug. 6th, 7:45am

REaCH

Students should report to House at the beginning of 1st period.

School-Wide Camp Day!

Friday, Aug. 10th, 7:45am

Camp Bud Schiele Boy Scout Camp

Senior Portraits (by appointment)

Thursday, Aug. 16th, 10am-2pm

REaCH 2nd floor, room 234

LifeTouch makes appointments directly with seniors.

School Pictures, 9th-11th Grades

Friday, Aug. 24th, 7:45am

REaCH 2nd floor, room 234

Senior Parent Night with CFNC

Tuesday, Sep. 4th, 6pm

REaCH Distance Learning Room, LLC-120

Seniors and their parents are invited for an information session covering college financial aid and scholarships. Graduation information and college-going resources will also be shared.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Make-Up Pictures

Friday, Sep. 21st, 7:45am

REaCH 2nd floor, room 234

FAFSA Night for Seniors and Parents/Guardians

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, 4-6pm

REaCH Distance Learning Room, LLC-120

ICC Financial Aid Office representatives will be on-hand to assist seniors and their parents/guardians with filling out the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students should bring their MacBook or personal laptop and 2017 tax returns.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

College Visit Day

Friday, Oct. 19th, 7:30am

Depart from REaCH to various colleges per grade level

CFNC College Application Week (cfnc.org)

Monday, Oct. 15th, 8am to Friday, Oct. 19th, 3pm

This is an online event.

Application fee waived at many North Carolina colleges.

ICC Grub Day

Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 11am-2pm

Student Center & Adjacent Outdoor Areas

Student-Led Conferences

Friday, Nov. 2nd, 7:45am-2:45pm

REaCH Classrooms

Parents/guardians are invited to a conference with their student, who will present their academic portfolio and progress for the semester. Students will sign up with their House teacher for a time slot.

REaCH Final Exams

Thursday, Dec. 13th, 7:45am to Wednesday, Dec. 19th, 2:45pm

REaCH classrooms

REaCH Student Schedules at a Glance

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