The Royal Decree
Royal High School's Weekly Bulletin: September 24-28, 2018
IMPORTANT DATES: SEMESTER 1
Oct 8 - Financial Aid Night
Oct 10 - PSAT Exam (11th Grade Only)
Oct 10 - SAT During the School Day Exam (12th Grade Only)
Oct 19 - No School - (Staff Development)
Oct 22-26 - Royal Valley Week (aka Beat Simi)
Oct 26 - Royal vs Simi (50th Football Game)
Nov 12- No School (Veterans Day Observed)
Nov 19-23 - Thanksgiving Break
Dec 20-Jan 7 (Winter Break)
CSI DIPLOMA SEAL PROGRAM KICKOFF 18-19
VISIT OUR PROGRAM WEB PAGE HERE
Royal High School and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library have built a unique partnership that has resulted in the Ronald Reagan Citizen Scholar Institute (RR CSI) at RHS. The program provides a superior civic education for all of the school’s students. Students complete a series of requirements modeled directly from the Guardian of Democracy report to build civic knowledge and political engagement skills. Students from a wide-variety of demographic groups and interests are provided with unique, meaningful learning experiences. Our award-winning Citizen Scholar Institute is leading the way in civics education for high schools across the United States.
ATTENDANCE AWARENESS MONTH
September is Attendance Awareness Month. Regular school attendance benefits the academic and social success of students even during the high school years.
For attendance questions please contact Mrs. Bass.
DID YOU KNOW...
- Regular attendance in 9th grade is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
- A student can fall behind if they miss 1 or 2 days every few weeks.
- 4 or less period absences in a year is considered satisfactory attendance, 5 to 9 is considered a warning sign and 10 or more period absences is considered chronic.
- Missing 10% of school negatively impacts a student’s academic success.
- Regular attendance is a life skill.
- Absenteeism can be a result of something else going on in a student’s life.
- Students who are engaged in extracurricular activities (sports, clubs, drama, band, etc.) have better attendance rates
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Make attendance a priority
- Avoid extended vacations
- Stay engaged
- Log into Aeries daily
- Communicate concerns or issues with the school
CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS (CAS)
The Center for Academic Success offers coaching where teachers and peers are available to meet with students who are experiencing challenges at RHS that impact academic performance and persistence. Learn more about the opportunity to receive free tutoring by clicking the CAS Website.
Logging in and monitoring your student's grades can all be done from the Aeries portal. The importance of this cannot be communicated enough. Parents and students will be able to better partner with the teachers by monitoring students' grades, attendance, and other important information within Aeries.
SAT DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
On Wednesday, October 10th we will use part of the school day to test seniors with the first-ever SAT During the School Day. At this point, students can only request to be added to the waitlist in the case another student cancels.
The cost of the SAT exams are as follows:
$64.50 with essay
$47.50 without essay
On Wednesday, October 10th we will use part of the school day to test many of our juniors with the Preliminary SAT (PSAT). The PSAT serves several purposes. It is a practice test to the SAT, provides the school with data to help students determine AP readiness, and it serves as a qualifier for 11th graders to be identified for the National Merit Scholarship.
The window for 11th grade students to register for the PSAT is open until October 5th, or until the first 200 people register. Students who would like to sign up should follow the steps below.
At this point, students can only request to be added to the waitlist in the case another student cancels.
Registered students should stop by the counseling office to pick up the PSAT Student Guide to help them prepare for the exam. Details specific to the exam logistics will be shared as we approach the testing date.
Khan Academy also provides free practice through their online adaptive learning portal at Khan Academy PSAT prep.
CLICK HERE to visit our Royal Academics Homepage
CLICK HERE to visit our Royal Arts Homepage
NEW ROYAL ART GALLERY & STUDENT CLUB
Royal ASB is proud to partner with Department Chair Amy Petrocelli and her amazing students to build Royal's new Art Gallery (to be housed in the Library Building). This also has lead to the establishment of a new student Art Club that will be stewards of this space as well in charge of planning many new artistic initiatives for Royal. Updates coming as this project unfolds!
PERFORMING ARTS STAFF
For questions and info about Fall performances, please contact the following (and welcome to new Vocal Director and Royal alum Ms. Bethany Spielman!)
Lisa Pate - Director of Bands
Bethany Spielman - Director of Vocal
Tara Wade-Karin - Director of Theater
CLICK HERE to visit our Royal Athletics Homepage
ADULT SPORTS PASSES AVAILABLE
New adult sports passes are here. This punch card (20 punches) can be used for entry to any of our home sporting event (not including CIF playoffs). Each member of your party entering the game equates to a punch on the card. Passes are valid for the entire 18-19 school year. $110 (20% savings) at the Activities & Athletics office. For questions call extension 2738 or contact Yvette Shuster.
CLICK HERE to visit our Royal Activities Homepage
INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN LEAGUE FORMING
For students who participate in equestrian sports, a new student group has been started to help students compete with other high schools. For information email here.
JOIN YOUR CLASS COUNCIL
Each class will have a teacher-leader to guide their spirit initiatives through the year. Class Presidents for the upper grades were elected in the spring and will coordinate the Class Councils with advisors.
All students are welcome to get involved in the Class Council for their grade. For questions, please visit or contact the following class advisors.
This year, our Freshman events will be coordinated through our Link Crew Program.
Senior Advisor: Mrs. Kari Lev
Senior Class President: Madeline Marciano
Junior Advisor: Ms. Jessica Fancett
Junior Class President: Kabir Jain
Sophomore Advisor: Mrs. Jennifer Letus
Sophomore Class President: Grace Fausett
Freshman Class Advisor: Mr. Reid Furlong
SENIOR CLASS INFORMATION
Parents of seniors were recently mailed a Senior Credit Check form confirming their student's graduation status. If you didn't receive one or have questions, please contact your student's counselor.
All Seniors MUST take a senior portrait for the Yearbook. Contact O'Connor Bros at 805-306-9542. The deadline to make it into the Yearbook is the end of October.
COUNSELING & COLLEGE INFORMATION
Never Miss an Event for College & Career Planning! TEXT @g8f3bf to the number 81010 to stay up to date with your Royal CCC.
For the Scholarship List please click HERE
SAT & ACT PREP
Fall SAT classes are under way on our Royal Campus. Fall ACT classes available, ask Mrs. Hong in the CCC.
VENTURA COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
Click here to see a list of 50 scholarships for Ventura County students.
MONTHLY COLLEGE REP VISITS IN THE CCC ROOM 2-12.
SIGN UP THROUGH NAVIANCE OR SEE MRS. HONG
For questions email Mrs. Hong
*You must have a pass from that period's teacher
GET PAID & EARN ELECTIVE CREDITS
Students with qualifying jobs can join WEE (Work Experience Education) and earn practical arts or elective credits. This class combines on-the-job training with one hour a week of classroom instruction. Classes are semester or year long.
Internships can be used as a valuable tool, to gain job experience, strengthen resumes, and receive elective credits. Each semester Royal High School coordinates with community businesses offering student internships.
- Simi Valley Veterinary Hospitals and Clinics
- Internships through Chamber of Commerce & the Youth Employment Service
- Teacher Assistant (on campus) and Teachers of Tomorrow (off campus)
If you are interning at a local business, check-in with Mrs. Longo in the Work Experience office 2-11. Your non-paid internship combined with weekly class instruction, may qualify for elective credits.
Royal High School students can explore Regional Occupational Program courses which are offered each semester at the Career Education Center at the Camarillo campus, the Moorpark campus and local high schools.
Visit our Work Experience and ROP Homepage
PARENT & COMMUNITY INFORMATION
CLASS OF '88 REUNION
Calling all 1988 Royal High School graduates! Our 30th reunion is October 20th from 12-4pm at the Ranch House in Ojai $85 pp. For more information please call Tara Thomson/Beeh 805 444-9488
"DREAM IT BE" CONFERENCE
The Dream It Be It Conference sponsored by Soroptomist International of Simi Valley will take place November 3rd for girls in grades 8-12 at the new Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Activity Center (4201 Guardian Street, Simi Valley CA 93063). The event runs 9:00 am to 3:30 pm and it is a free event, with breakfast and lunch for the first 100 girls. There will inspiring speakers, and activities will concentrate on goal setting and meeting with career mentors. (See flier below)
ROYAL PTSA INFORMATION
Our mission is to positively impact the lives of our students and families. Click Here to learn about PTSA's current meetings, programs, and events.
Follow Royal PTSA on Instagram & Twitter @royalhighptsa
"Heroes Around Me": The PTSA Reflections Art Program increases awareness of the importance of arts in education. Any student of Royal can participate in submitting an original piece in one of six areas: Dance/choreography, Literature, Photography, Video Production, Music Composition, Visual arts & Special Artist. Entry forms are available at the front desk and ASB through October 10. Click Here for participation information and forms.
VOLUNTEER AT THE COMMUNITY GARDEN
A variety of opportunities to participate in garden projects, farm projects, skills development projects in woodworking, masonry, mechanical equipment, agriculture, administrative tasks, social media management, etc. and community projects such as the Free Farmers Market, the @SocialFeed hunger project, the Worm Farm etc. Volunteers of all ages accepted, please complete the Participation Form found here. Participants 11-years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Contact the Community Garden Volunteer Manager at (805) 416-8300 or at email@example.com for upcoming volunteer projects, days and times. www.simiatthegarden.org
COLLEGE OF THE WEEK
THIS WEEK: UNIVERSITY of DENVER
Click here for Admissions Info
Click here for Tuition & Financial Aid Info
Acceptance Rate: 73%
DETAILS: The only major midsized private university between Tulsa and the West Coast. DU’s campus in residential Denver is pleasant, and brochures tout Rocky Mountain landscapes and healthy lifestyles. A haven for skiing enthusiasts and business majors, DU has gotten more selective in recent years.
The oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain region, the University of Denver is where former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice earned her B.A. in political science at age 19 and later returned for a Ph.D. in international studies. Her mentor was Soviet specialist Joseph Korbel, father of former secretary of state Madeline Albright. Thus, it’s not surprising that DU boasts strong programs in political science, international studies, and public affairs. Many students, however, opt for DU’s business program, and the campus location offers ample opportunities for networking, skiing, and taking in the beautiful Colorado landscape. “Students bring their exploration of the world into the classroom by being inquisitive and curious about their chosen fields,” observes a senior.
DU’s 125-acre main campus is located in a comfortable residential neighborhood only eight miles from downtown Denver and an hour east of major ski areas. Architectural styles vary and materials include brick, limestone, Colorado sandstone, and copper. Nearby Mount Evans (14,264 feet) is home to the world’s loftiest observatory, a DU facility available to both professors and students. A new facility for the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science recently opened, serving as a hub for interdisciplinary, STEM-related research and scholarship.
Under the general education requirements, undergraduate students choose from a series of courses from the Common Curriculum that emphasize writing and rhetoric, language, analytical inquiry, and scientific inquiry. “At first I thought, ‘Who wants to take these science, art, and English classes?’” explains a business major. “But now that I’ve completed the core, I feel better about myself and my world knowledge.” University rules stipulate that all core courses must be taught by senior faculty. Core courses are supplemented by a first-year seminar (limited to 15 students) and an advanced seminar, which serves as a capstone to the curriculum model. As part of their orientation, freshmen spend 10 hours with a small group of students and a professor discussing a collection of essays by prominent writers.
DU Student Perspective: “Professors desire to become more like mentors to their students, rather than ‘that one professor who taught that one class.'"
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