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#WEareRH - Weekly Newsletter - April 3, 2020

Spring Break

All students and teachers will be on Spring Break next week, April 6-10. We will resume eLearning on Monday, April 13th.


Best wishes for you and your family during our "eBreak".

eLearning and Grades

We are finishing our second full week of eLearning, and we will continue using this format for instruction through the end of the school year.


Students can expect to see grades posted for eLearning assignments. Students who fail to submit a required assignment will receive a 40 for that assignment. Teachers are working with students/families and realize that there are unique needs and situations at this time, but we also want everyone to understand that teaching and learning is continuing and is expected.


Teachers will be working to update PowerSchool gradebooks, and most teachers have indicated that gradebooks should be up-to-date by the end of the day on Friday, 4/3. Teachers who anticipate needing time over spring break to grade assignments will communicate this with parents/guardians via email.

Information about upcoming events

The following events have been suspended, postponed or cancelled:


  • GHSA contests and practices, including band and JROTC, have been suspended through the end of May.
  • Prom has been cancelled. With the announcement that we are not able to return to school this year, we made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel Prom. Students who purchased tickets (for guests, or because they didn't pay student dues) will receive a refund through MyPaymentsPlus.
  • Grad Bash has been cancelled. Students who registered and paid for this trip have been refunded this money. These refunds were made through MyPaymentsPlus to the original method of payment.
  • Graduation plans are being reviewed and options for this ceremony are being discussed. Additional information will be shared in the coming weeks.

Purple Up on Wednesday, April 15th

RHHS is proud that so many military families choose to make Richmond Hill their home. Each year, we take time to recognize and celebrate our children of military families on "Purple Up" day.


This year, Wednesday, April 15th is Purple Up Day. Please join me in wearing PURPLE on Wednesday, April 15th, and show your support of our military children and their families.

Chromebook device support

Bryan County Schools has established a centralized location where BCS technology devices will be issued and replaced by appointment. If your child's chromebook becomes inoperable, or you need a charger, you will need to schedule an appointment so another device can be made available. The tech depot will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 9:00am & 1:00pm.


Scheduling of appointments can be done by either calling (912.531.3099) or using this online link: https://tinyurl.com/upqh47h


South Bryan Tech Depot:
Community Education Front Lobby
120 Constitution Drive, Richmond Hill, Ga 31324 Contact number: 912.531.3099

School closure & elearning

RHHS and all school buildings in Bryan County are currently closed and will remain closed for the duration of the school year.


During the closure, instruction will continue using elearning platforms. Students will use Google Classrooms to interact with teachers and receive instruction daily, Monday - Thursday. Students must be logged into their Bryan County Schools gmail account (not their personal email) in order to access their Google Classrooms. Teachers will be available (via email) to students and parents from 8am-3pm daily, Monday - Thursday. RHHS has set a "schedule" to provide structure for both students and teachers:


  • 1st block: 8am-9am
  • 2nd block: 9am-10am
  • 3rd block: 10am-11am
  • 4th block: 11am-noon


We fully understand that some students will not be able to follow the schedule, and this is fine. All students should login to each Google Classroom daily, complete the attendance form, and complete the associated lessons and activities for the course (even if it is at a time outside of 8am-noon). Our goal is for students to have 30-45 minutes of instruction/activities for each of their classes, each day.


We have created a link on our RHHS homepage with information related specifically to elearning.


Updates and information will be communicated using the RHHS website, our Facebook page, and Twitter.

Meals on the Bus

During Spring Break, no meals will be provided.

Meals on the Bus will resume following Spring Break.


Meals may be picked up at RHHS beginning at 11am. There will be signs directing you where to pick up the meals once on campus. We ask that you not get out of your vehicle. We will deliver the meals to the cars.


Buses will also make meal deliveries to three of our neighborhoods in south Bryan:

Ashton at 11am, Piercefield at 11:15am, and Plantation at 11:30am.


If you have questions, please email Ms. McNeal directly at dmcneal@bryan.k12.ga.us .

Turning off notifications for Google Classroom

If you are getting more notifications from Google Classroom than you would like, there is a way to disable these notifications.


How to disable notifications: Go to your Settings (clicking the 3 horizontal lines on the top left of the computer screen when you are logged into classroom), scroll down to Settings at the bottom, click that, and simply toggle off Class Notifications to your liking at the bottom.


Below is a link to a YouTube explaining this same process:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-rzYroHEKE

GSU modifying their admission requirements for Summer and Spring

Georgia Southern University first year applicants for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 are not being required to submit ACT or SAT scores as a requirement of their institution application.

According to University's Office of Admissions website, “First-year students applying to Georgia Southern University for the summer and fall 2020 semesters can be admitted without an ACT or SAT score, if they have a sufficiently high GPA.”


Counselors at RHHS encourage students to stay connected throughout the time of e-learning. Grades are going to matter more than ever without the ACT or SAT being considered for admission at GSU! Official high school transcripts will be used to evaluate a student’s academic performance and will be used in the college admission process.

The COVID-19 pandemic has lead the College Board and ACT to suspend many upcoming ACT and SAT testing dates. More information about these cancellations can be found at Collegeboard.com and ACT.org

The University System of Georgia authorized the change that granted GSU prospective first-year students to meet all other admission requirements, including satisfactory completion of the required high school curriculum and all other requested documentation.

Georgia Southern enrollment counselors remain available to assist applicants and prospective students via phone and email.

Please note that the change to waive the test requirement is ONLY for first year applicants. Dual Enrollment applicants must still meet the required scores and GPA as indicated and set forth by the university.

Other universities and colleges throughout the states may or may not be adjusting dates and application criteria. Students and families should visit the school’s website they are interested in to learn about the most current information during this time.

Countdown to Graduation 2020

Graduation plans are being reviewed and options for this ceremony are being discussed. Additional information will be shared in the coming weeks.


Caps and gowns have been received at the school. If you placed an order for announcements, these have also been received at the school. In an effort to support regulations and recommendations to stay home and limit contact, we are not distributing these items at this time

Scholarships available

RHHS has a webpage that is devoted exclusively to scholarship opportunities. We strongly encourage students to visit this page regularly. Ms. Jenny Kea, one of our Social Studies teachers, serves as our Honor Committee chair and coordinates scholarships and maintains this webpage. If you have questions, please email her directly at jkea@bryan.k12.ga.us .


Scholarships:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11N0_95_3gEeLqH-mv2uKL5P0msHlyNy85oONGpj-wXk/edit?usp=sharing

Yearbooks on sale

ORDER A YEARBOOK TODAY!

Yearbooks are ON SALE for $80 until APRIL 25th. To purchase both a senior ad and/or a yearbook, go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and key in our school’s order number (902).

Overdrive E-library Update

RHHS has just joined the district-wide Overdrive collection, so we now have access to even more e-books & audiobooks! Students and staff can go to https://soraapp.com/library/resaga, choose Bryan County School District from the drop-down, & login using your school Google Account. Login is the same now for both faculty AND students. Our old Overdrive page is no longer active, so please update your bookmarks to include the new RESA collection!

Counselors

RHHS has a strong team of school counselors to support our students. Students are assigned a counselor based on their last name.


Rhashida Bunyan

rbunyan@bryan.k12.ga.us

A-De Cesari


Emily Neff

eneff@bryan.k12.ga.us

De La Cruz-Hicks


Tam Daniels

tdaniels@bryan.k12.ga.us

Hickson-Medrano


Debbie Kilpatrick

dkilpatrick@bryan.k12.ga.us

Medsker-Sams


Saraswati Hendrix

shendrix@bryan.k12.ga.us

Sanchez-Z


Deanna Appleton

dappleton@bryan.k12.ga.us

College and Career


Dawn Imler

dimler@bryan.k12.ga.us

Military and Family Life

*RHHS Essential information*

>some of this is does not apply at this time due to school closure<


School times

7:30am-2:30pm/Buildings open at 7am

Daily Bell Schedule


Car-rider/parent drop-off information

http://bryancoga.apptegy.us/o/rhhs/page/traffic-pattern


Bus rider information-

https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/405755/SB_-_HS_-_7-16-19.pdf


School nutrition information-

Breakfast is not served; Lunch is $2.85

MySchoolBucks - Online Payment Portal

BCS Free or Reduced Price Meals Application - English

BCS Free or Reduced Price Meals Application - Spanish


Clinic information-

Nurses: Taryn Parker and Denell Foster

If you should need to discuss health information at length, please call to schedule a meeting. All clinic forms are available on the high school website. Inhalers and epi pens that are carried by the student must have forms completed by their physician.

Clinic form - http://www.bryancountyschools.org/o/rhhs/browse/17573