The Rockville Times

November 2021

November at the Rock!

November is Native American Heritage Month

The students of Rockville’s Youth Equity Squad (Y.E.S.) are preparing displays to honor the five tribes recognized by our state, and they will be making announcements to share more about these tribes on Monday afternoons. Y.E.S. hopes to illustrate the significance of these tribes’ stories in hopes students and staff will look, listen, and learn from them about Connecticut’s history. The majority of us are immigrants in this land, and this month is about honoring the first natives we so often forget.


In the words of Gladys Tantaquidgeon, a 20th century medicine woman from the Mohegan tribe in Connecticut, “Education is the best cure for prejudice. You can’t hate someone that you know a lot about.”

Pictured Below is Gladys Tantaquidgeon, a 20th century medicine woman from the Mohegan tribe in Connecticut.
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Come Check out our Native American Heritage Month Display in the Library!
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Mark your Calendars!

November 11th- Veteran's Day (Thank a Veteran today!)

November 24th- Half Day Schedule

November 25th/26th- Thanksgiving Break

December 10th.- Mr. RHS (A king will be crowned!)

Boys Soccer Fundraiser

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Walk or Run for Recovery

The Catch Addiction Early Walk/Run Event will be taking place on Saturday, November 20th at the Rockville High Track from 10am - Noon. Rockville High Students are invited to participate and/or volunteer. The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to recovery from substance use disorder. The event is FREE, but donations are welcome . All funds raised help support treatment for those in need. Be part of the solution, and help catch addiction early! For more information on how you can volunteer, see Mrs. McTighe in room 235, or visit the community service link on the RHS webpage.
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Drop off a Stuffed Animal of Good Cheer!

BEAR DROP OFF IS EARLY THIS YEAR! 11/19 ! The Main office is collecting new stuffed animals of all shapes and sizes! They will be donated to the Cornerstone Children's Holiday Party on November 19th.
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RHS Creative Writer Victoria Mitchell will be reading her original poetry on December 5 at 3:00PM at Arts Center East.
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Celebrations & October Events

ASTE Livestock Evaluation Team wins State Championship

Under the direction of Mrs. Lanz, our ASTE Livestock Evaluation Team won a state championship last Friday during the State CDE Competition at UConn! They will represent Connecticut next year at the national convention. Great job to the staff and students. The team consisted of Seniors Savannah Battles, Abigail Griffin, Bridget Scanlon and Junior James West.

Senior Mock Interview Day

While underclassman took PSAT's on October 13th, RHS Seniors showed up dressed to impressed with polished resumes. They each met with a Vernon professional for an interview where they gained valuable experience and feedback. Shoutout to Mrs. Kasek for organizing this yearly event that is so beneficial to our students.
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State Band Competition

On Monday, November 1st the RAM Marching Band hosted the State Competition. The RHS Ram band brought their A game and gave it their all. Thank you to all that volunteered their time to help make it such a successful night for 13 bands from around the state. Sacred Heart University did a special performance! Congratulations to Mrs. Ayer and her Band for a very successful season. Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed!
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Homecoming Spirit Week!

Poster Made by RHS Student Rachel Mathes
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Monday- NEON DAY

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Tuesday- TWIN DAY

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Wednesday- Anything but a Backpack Day

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Thursday- Blue and Gold Day

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Powderpuff Game and Bonfire

The Juniors and Seniors came out to play in full spirit! Both teams showed a solid effort, but the Juniors won with a 14-07 final score!
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Homecoming Dance

The homecoming dance took place on Oct. 30th at RHS. Over 500 students attended!

ASTE Ribbon Cutting

Our ASTE department held a ribbon cutting on the morning of October 29th for the new animal barn and to show off all of the upgrades to the facility. Come out and take a look at the newly installed Ram weathervane on top of the animal barn!
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Students and Teachers Honored at CT Literary Festival

Caitlin Chatterton, Kaylin Mayer, Victoria Mitchell, and Cali Miville were selected to read their award-winning poetry at the Connecticut Literary Festival on Oct 23 at Real Art Ways. They shared the stage with a fantastic line up of CT writers. This was an incredible honor for these poets, and for RHS-- They were the only high school students to perform at this event.


Their teacher, Victoria Nordlund has been published in the 2021 Connecticut Literary Anthology http://connecticutliteraryfestival.org/connecticut-literary-anthology/​. She read her work at the CT Anthology Release Party on October 22.

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RHS Creative Writers at the 2021 Scary Story Write In!

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RHS Yearbook News

Now is the time to ensure that all the memories that you make this year don't get forgotten, so order your yearbook today! Yearbook prices are only $55 right now, the lowest price they will be all year! Don't miss out! Go to jostensyearbook.com ​​to order! If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Amanda Langan or Mrs. Jill Williams (amanda.langan@vernonct.org or jill.williams@vernonct.org).


Attention Class of 2022! We want YOU to be in the yearbook! Time is running out to schedule your senior yearbook portrait. You should have received a postcard and emails about scheduling your appointment. You will need to go to https://schedule.prestigeportraits.com/schedule/home.html ​to enter your 8-digit confirmation code and schedule your portrait appointment. We do not accept senior pictures from other photographers. We still have appoinment dates available in November with the last ones being November 23-24. We will not be scheduling any more sessions after November! Portraits are done right at school during the school day. If you have any questions or need help setting up your appointment or finding your confirmation code, please don't hesitate to see or contact Ms. Amanda Langan or Mrs. Jill Williams (amanda.langan@vernonct.org or jill.williams@vernonct.org)​. ​​

Athletics

Pink Games

The Rockville Rams and the entire Vernon community raised awareness for the fight against breast cancer during the fall sports season.

STATES

Volleyball and boys’ soccer have qualified for the state tournament. Matchups will be coming out soon. Volleyball played Monday at 5:00 and boys’ soccer will play Tuesday at 2:00. Both games are away. Good luck!!

Cross Country All Conference Athletes

Congrats to Isabel Cintron, John Paul Glidden, and Tiarnan Doyle for placing in the NCCC Conference meet at Bolton High School
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RHS Cross Country Teacher Relay

The RHS XC team hosted RHS Teachers, staff, and Administration in a teacher relay on Thursday, October 28th! The team wants to send a hug thank you to all who particated! Everyone earned a trophy for their effort and food donations made to support RHS students.


Our top teacher teams consisted of Mrs. Nordlund Ms. Mondo, Mrs. Tuller, and Mrs. Albert. The cross country teams welcomes any teacher to come for a run at any time!

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In the Classroom

Students in Mrs. Taweh's class use a Swivl to record their class debate
Tech Ed Production and Engineering students are experimenting with a Hydro-Dipping paint process while building guitars! Pretty cool!
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Students in Clay class are working hard on their unique creations
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Several classes finished the semester creating WeVideos to showcase their learning.
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Art Work by Mrs. Symkowicz's students
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Floral Design Students deliver their beautiful Fall arrangements
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Sophomores have been working on creative projects to showcase their Learning of "Of Mice and Men" Here are a few of their creations

Library Media Center

Library- Maker Move of the Month

Each Month the Library Media Center will be featuring one of the activities that you can do in the Makerspace!


This Month's Feature is the Makerbot 3D Printers! You can use the program Tinkercad to build your creation and print in any color you choose! Tinkercad and using the Makerbot 3D printers are both easy to learn.There are tutorials and lessons you can complete to become a 3D printing expert! Learn more and experience 3D printing by visiting the Makerspace during the month of November! All 3D prints must be approved by Mrs. Gumke or Mrs. Ball.

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