The Rockville Times

November 2019


Rockville High School has been very busy this fall. This newsletter is designed to keep you informed, celebrate our accomplishments and communicate with the greater Vernon community all that is going on here. We hope you enjoy the articles, photographs and news!

As the quarter comes to an end we want to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of our students. They have been working very hard to achieve academic success. If parents/guardians would like to check their student’s progress, they can access Aspen at any time online. To view the info as it appears on the report card, parents/guardians can follow the following instructions: Login to Aspen, click the Family top tab, the Transcript side tab, and then on the link (shows up under the Year column) for the specific class.

All Q1 grades and comments will be posted on November 7. Report cards will be distributed to students during block 5 on Monday, November 11

  • Remember that after school tutoring by NHS/AP/Honors students is available on Mondays and Tuesdays after school in the Library from 2:00 – 2:30 pm.
  • Our next Parent Advisory is scheduled for Wednesday, November 13th at 6:00 pm in the RHS Library. The theme will be roles and relations with school counselors over four years. Additionally, there will be an overview on the impact Naviance has on high school and beyond. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend!​

Upcoming Events, Holidays, and Activities

November 1 (3:00 pm - 6:00 pm) - RHS Dodge ball Tournament

November 2 (7:15 am - 2:30 pm) - SAT Administration Day

November 5 ( ALL DAY) - No School, District Professional Development

November 5 (6:00 pm - 7:30 pm) - RHS Nursery School Open House

November 7 (3:30 pm - 5:30 pm) - Rockville High School Transition Fair

November 7 (5:00 pm - 7:00 pm) - Rockville High School: ASTE Open House

November 10 - Munsons Chocolate's Fundraiser

November 11 (9:00 am - 10:30 am) - Veteran's Day Assembly at Rockville High

November 13 (6:00 pm - 7:00 pm) - RHS Parent Advisory Meeting

November 15 (3:00 pm - 6:00 pm) - RHS Student/PD and Staff Basketball Tournament

November 21 (6:30 pm - 7:15 pm) - Spanish National Honor Society Induction at RHS

November 22 (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm) - Mr. RHS

November 27 - Early Dismissal (See Schedule)

November 28 (ALL DAY) - No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

November 29 (ALL DAY) - No School,Thanksgiving Holiday

Upcoming Field Trips

  • November 1 (8:00 am - 1:45 pm) - Field Trip to Manchester Community College
  • November 8 (7:30 am - 3:30 pm) - Field Trip to Mystic Aquarium
  • November 8 (7:30 am - 3:15 pm) - Field Trip to Lockwood Farm
  • November 8 (8:30 am - 10:30 am) - Field Trip to Timothy Edwards Middle School
  • November 15 (7:30 am - 3:30 pm) - Field Trip to UCONN
  • November 16 (To Be Determined) - Field Trip to Manchester High School
  • November 18 (12:00 pm - 6:00 pm) - Field Trip to Stafford High School
  • November 19 (12:00 pm - 6:00 pm) - Snow Date: Field Trip to Stafford High School
  • November 20 (7:45 am - 1:30 pm) - Field Trip to XL Center
  • November 20 (12:00 pm - 6:00 pm) - Field Trip to NCCC Music Festival
  • November 21 (12:00 pm - 6:00 pm) - Snow Date: Field Trip to NCCC Music Festival

Community Events (EVERYONE IS WELCOME)

November 2 (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) - University of Connecticut Worldfest

Location: Student Union Ballroom, Hillside Road, Storrs, CT 06268

November 7 (10:00 am - 11:00 am) - FSCP Laugh and Learn

Location: Park West Community Room, 2 Terrace Drive, Vernon, CT 06066

November 21 (10:00 am - 11:00 am) - FSCP Laugh and Learn

Location: Park West Community Room, 2 Terrace Drive, Vernon, CT 06066

November A/B Day Schedule

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November RHS Breakfast Calendar

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November RHS Lunch Calendar

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On the evening of October 16 into October 17, New England was hit with severe coastal storm. Thousands were without power, including Rockville High School. As a result of this outage, Vernon superintendent Dr. Macary closed all public schools due to student safety concerns.

Due to the cancellation, the last day of school is now Friday, June 12, 2020. Parents and students should revise their calendars to this date.

Students and teachers, please be aware that there will be three continuous "B" days at the end of the first quarter. They are...

  • Thursday, October 31
  • Friday, November 1
  • Monday, November 4


Students, Faculty, and the community here at Rockville High School want to make Veteran's Day not just any day, but a very special day!

For all of us, please take a day like this and take a moment of your time to talk with one of these special people. Listen to their stories and understand why we have a very important day like today.

There will be an assembly honoring our Veterans during the school day on November 11th.

The Library Media Center currently has a Veteran's book display. Come check it out and learn more about Veterans!

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Challenge Accepted Dr. Macary!

Students at Rockville High School spent the last weeks of October making cards to Thank Veterans for their service. RHS students created a total of 602 cards for our Veterans!
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Happy Holidays (Gobble Gobble)

From all the students and faculty here at Rockville High School...

We wish you a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving holiday to those who celebrate. Remember to have fun with friends and family. We encourage you to meet and socialize with new people and give thanks for all that we can share with each other.

Tutor Doctor at RPL

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International Club

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Transition Fair

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Dodgeball Tournament

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Do-Re-Mi !

The choir will be performing in the November 11th Veteran's Day ceremony at RHS. We are pleased to use our gifts to honor those who have served or are currently serving in the United States Military!

The Choir will hold its Munson's Chocolate Fundraiser starting the second week of November!! These items make amazing holiday gifts, so don't forget to order before it's too late!!


  • Our football team is 6-0 and ranked #1 in Class M. We have home games on November 1st, 15th (senior night), and 21st.
  • Boys soccer team is 10-4-1 and may have a home game for the first round of the state tournament on November 11th.
  • Girls soccer has a record of 7-7 and has qualified for the state tournament.
  • Cross country had a good showing at the state meet. Sam Hollsworth qualified for the state open meet, which is November 1st.

New Grading Policy for athletics and co-curricular activities

On September 11th the board of education unanimously approved a policy to increase our minimum academic standards for all students involved with athletics, and co-curricular/extra-curricular activities.

The new policy will take effect during the 2019-2020 winter athletic season. The policy states that in order to be eligible to participate in athletics and co-curricular/extra-curricular activities students “must be taking a minimum of five (5) classes during the season and meet the Grade Requirements criteria (70 or above) for five (5) classes.” For the winter athletic season eligibility will be based on the first quarter report cards. On the date that second marking period report cards are released, eligibility will once again be verified.

Class Updates: Health and Wellness 1

Health & Wellness 1 students will begin quarter 2 talking about Mental Health. More specifically, they will be learning about Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and Suicide. The goal is for students to determine what information is critical for teenagers to know about these topics, and, ultimately, understand the relationship between the topics and living a healthy and balanced life. Students will be completing an "Info & Art" project whereby they will be gathering information about these topics and then creating a teen friendly educational poster, pamphlet, or infographic on one of these topics (their choice). They will be working in the Makerspace to create their projects.

Class Updates: Health and Wellness 2

Health & Wellness 2 students are preparing for the Connecticut Physical Fitness Assessment. They have performed “pre-tests” for all four tests to figure out their current fitness level and are developing individual plans for how to improve their scores. The four tests in which students participate are the One-Mile Run test, the Sit and Reach test, the 90 Degree Push-Up test, and the Curl-Up test. Students score in one of three zones on each test (Needs Improvement Zone, Health Fitness Zone, and High Fitness Performance Zone). The goal is to score in the Health Fitness Zone in all four areas but we always encourage students to aim for the High Fitness Performance Zone! Click on the link to check out the Standards for Health Related Fitness Zones to see how students are scored: CT Fitness Test Standards Chart


Here is this month’s ROCK YOUR BODY Fitness Board! Remember to “Take a Pic to Get Fit.”
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Book Club

The Book Club will meet in the Library Media Center during Block 8 on November 16. Students will be discussing the novel How It Feels To Float.

Lets Make a Video

Come to the RHS Media Center to make a short Book Recommendation Video! Your video can be approved and posted on our RHS Books FlipGrid!
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October In Review

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Click Below for more pictures from the morning of WTNH's Game of the Week!


On October 31st, students were invited to participate in a Halloween costume contest. Three winners were selected out of sixteen finalists. It was a fun day for all!


ASTE held a Barn Dance on Friday evening, October 25. Over 30 students attended and learned to line dance. It was a fun evening for all!

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On October 25th, students interested in the arts went on a field trip to Eastern Connecticut State University. Eastern's Performing Arts Department Theatre Program offered a day of workshops, classes, talks and tours for students. Creative Writing students and participating Drama members enjoyed workshops that focused on playwriting, lighting and technical aspects of stage design and activities that allowed students to express themselves through acting and improvisation. Several area schools attended this all-day wonderful event.


A Creative Writing Halloween overnight writing retreat was held on October 18 &19. Creative Writing students had the opportunity to create short stories, learn about craft, and share their final products in the RHS auditorium. This retreat fostered a community of writers that are excited about writing! Vicky Nordlund coordinated the event. This was such an incredible opportunity for students to make connections with other writers. Pizza, desserts, and midnight snacks were provided by the chaperones. ​

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Measuring for Moana

Mrs. Stevenson's students measuring grain for ASTE's new cow, Moana. Their new job is to weigh out and bag the 6 pounds of food she eats every day!
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Power Outage: Call the Electricians!

Students learning electrical wiring in the AG department.

Project Oceanology 2019

Message From the Librarian

The Library Media Center has added a brand new Z-space Lab with 25 Z-space computers!
Z-space is a a stunning interactive experience with the latest AR/VR technology in an all-in-one computer. Zspace contains activities in Science, Math, Animal Science, Technology, 3D printing, and more!
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Putting out Fires!

Students from the Fire Technology class participated on hose lines and water streams.

Mock interviews

Mock Interviews took place on Wednesday October 16th. Seniors met with 40 people from the local business community to practice their interview skills and get feedback on their resumes.

Foster Farm

ABL class went to Foster Farm in South Windsor on Wednesday Oct 16. We went on a hay ride, did a corn maze, saw animals, played on the playground and brought back pumpkins to paint!

Peace and Quiet! For Now!

Columbus Day stopped by and brought an unexpectedly quiet morning to RHS.

RHS Festival of the Bands

The Festival of the Bands was on October 12th, and the RHS Symphony Band competed. The festival featured bands such as Rocky Hill, Manchester, East Haven, Sheehan, New Britain, and UCONN. It was a fantastic event that we hope parents and students alike enjoyed.


October was definitely filled will fun and school spirit. On the 4th, students participated in the October powderpuff game. The girls were the ones playing football, and the guys were the cheerleaders. Take a moment to view all the exciting pictures that were captured. Go RAMS!

Connecticut Literacy Festival

Emily Fisher, Cori Diaz, Allison Blume, Carley Simler, and Chelsea Koss​ were selected to read their award-winning poetry at the Connecticut Literary Festival on Oct 5 at Real Art Ways. They share the stage with an incredible line up of CT writers. Please congratulate these students for a job very well done!
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Plate Practice

We snapped some photos of students in Baking I practicing their plate design presentations. Look at all the delicious food.

Field Trip to Wilderness School

On October 3, Rockville High School students took a field trip to Wilderness School in Hartland, CT. Students went hiking up the trails exploring nature and soon found themselves scaling the side of a cliff.

Community Events

UCONN Worldfest

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This newsletter was created by the students of the Library Media Center Club at RHS

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