Winter Cougar News

Rancho Cotate High School

Finals Schedule 7:55-12:10 December 19th, 20th and 21st

Two exams daily.

Students are released at 12:10 on finals dates.

Tuesday 1st and 2nd period finals

Wednesday 3rd and 4th period finals

Thursday 5th and 6th period finals

Tips for successful finals


We strongly encourage every student (and their parents) to monitor their progress and their grades through the parent portal By doing this, every student and parent should be aware of their student's standing in their courses as we head into final exams.

If you are NOT able to access this information, please e-mail with your student's full name and your current e-mail address. You will receive an e-mail within 3 days with a link to set up your gradebook access.


We also recommend students apply the following tips:

Keep up with your work. It is essential that students attend class daily, keep up with readings, and take notes conscientiously. By doing this, studying can be a relatively pain-free process. Make sure to review and expand upon class notes regularly throughout the semester. Consider developing a glossary or collection of note cards for vocabulary review in each class.

Do not multi-task while studying. Set aside time to study in advance and then follow through. For most people, that means turning off visual/auditory distractions, including iPods, Facebook, and music with lyrics.

If you have outstanding questions, go see your teacher in advance of the exam! Teachers are here to help, they want students to succeed and will meet with any student who requests time.

Find a group of dedicated students with whom to study. A group study session is an ideal time to review and compare notes, ask each other questions, explain ideas to one another, discuss the upcoming exam and difficult concepts, and, when appropriate, delegate study tasks.

Take notes on the course readings. You should also review these notes on a regular basis. Create visual enhancements when possible (e.g., compare/contrast charts, timelines, etc.).

Make sure to get plenty of sleep and have a good breakfast. You want to be as fresh as possible and able to fully engage your working memory when you take the exam.

Winter Band Concert 12/11 @ 7:30pm & Choir on 12/14 @ 7

Winter Break starts December 22nd. Students return on January 8th.

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Mr. Hartman and Mr. Smith are awarded $21,000 for student learning

Harbor Freight Tools for Schools has awarded the WOODWORKING AND CONSTRUCTION courses taught by Cole Smith & Bill Hartman for teaching excellence, and one of seven second place schools! The funds will go to learning projects like the Sonoma County Mobil Learning Lab pictured above.

RCHS students care for those in need at the holidays

Through ASB leadership, RCHS feeds our Cougar Community, through donations which will be used in local soup kitchens. Thank you for your contribution to this important holiday tradition.

A toy drive is going on now, and donations can be delivered to the office for local children.

Annual Cougar Booster Fundraiser: Crab Feed

Rancho Cougar Boosters Annual Pasta & Crab Feed

January 27th, 2018 5pm
Rohnert Park Community Center
Pre Sale tickets to Booster Members starts Nov 2nd "Invitation Only for Booster Members to purchase."
General public sales open Dec 1st and will be available at
Event Sold Out Last Year!

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Thank you student athletes for a wonderful season. You have made us very proud.

Second Semester Dates to Remember

January 8th – First day of semester

January 10th – Late-Late Wednesday

January 12th – Fall Spirit Point Award

January 15th – NO SCHOOL

January 17th – 8th Grade Parent Step Up Night

January 18th- 19th – 8th Grade Step Up Day

February 1st – Electives Fair
February 7st – Late-Late Wednesday
February 8th – Junior Class Rings – Class Visits

February 10th – ACT

February 12th– NO SCHOOL
February 13th – Blood Drive
February 15th – Junior Ring Orders

February 16th – Early Release Day

February 19th – NO SCHOOL
February 20th – 23rd – Unity Week
March 1st – 31st – Leukemia/Lymphoma –

Purple Month March 7th – Late-Late Wednesday

March 13th – WEILL Hall Band Performance

March 16th /End 3rd Quarter
March 20th – ASB Elections
March 20th – Choir Concert

March 30th – Early Release Day
April 2nd – April 6th - NO SCHOOL
April 10th – Drumline/Color Guard Performance

April 11th – Late-Late Wednesday
April 14th – ACT
April 17th–Class Council Elections
April 18th – 20th - Spring Play
April 27th – Prom Rally (tentative)
April 28th – Prom (tentative)
May 1st – Blood Drive
May 1st – ALL CAP/GOWN orders must be in to

avoid expedite fees May 2nd – Late-Late Start

May 3rd– Top 20 Dinner
May 4th – Prom Rally (tentative)
May 5th – Prom (tentative)
May 7th – 17th – Cougar Olympics
May 7th – 18th – AP Testing
May 10th – Band/Choir Concert
May 18th– Spring Spirit Point Award
May 25th – Early Release Day
May 28th- NO SCHOOL
May 29th – Cap/Gown Pick-Up
May 29th – Senior Skate Night
May 30th – Senior Picnic
May 30th – Senior Awards Night
May 30th – June 1st FINALS/Early Release
May 31st – Mandatory Graduation Practice - Seniors

May 31st – Senior Sunset
June 1st – Senior Breakfast
June 1st – End of 4th Quarter/2nd Semester
June 1st – Graduation

Students enjoyed cheering on RCHS Coach Morrow's son, Brandon--- a Rancho alumni who pitched for the Dodgers in the world series

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