RHHS Wildcats: News You Can Use

#WEareRH - Summer Edition - June 28, 2018

Taking care of our students - school safety

I know that school safety is a topic on the minds of many these days. But, for me, as a school principal, school safety is always on my mind. You wouldn't know this, though, because much of what we do is so ordinary for us in the school that we forget to tell you. I wanted to take an opportunity this summer to let you know of some of our safe school practices and ongoing safety education.

We believe in being as proactive as possible. This means that we expect teachers to teach with doors closed and locked. We keep exterior doors locked, and we actively inspect this throughout the day as we are moving through the campus. We ask parents/guardians to see their IDs, and visitors sign-in and out when on campus.

Our School Resource Officers are actively moving about our campuses throughout the day. Multiple times a day they check parking lots to verify that all cars parked on campus are registered, and they investigate cases of unregistered cars. Our SROs walk the campuses during classes and are visible during class changes, and they are among the students at all lunches. Our SROs make it a point to know and get to know our students. The support provided by our SROs and Richmond Hill Police Department is the very best, bar none.

I ask students to limit movement outside of classes during instructional time. The safest place for students, I believe, is in the classroom behind the locked door. During instruction, if a student has to be out of class, I expect that they have a hall pass. Oftentimes, students out of class are stopped by an adult to make sure they are getting where they need to go without haste.

Several times during the year RHHS will have safe school searches. These searches are unplanned. Contrary to popular belief, even I do not know the days and times these will happen. Locations of the school to search are chosen at random. I will say that most of the feedback I get about these is that we should have them more often.

Teachers receive regular school safety training. RHHS has staff members who are trained throughout the year on how to react to a variety of different safety and health issues. This training is provided by local law enforcement officials, heathcare professionals and emergency responders.

Finally, we work tirelessly it feels like to keep you informed. That being said, I realize we can always do a better job with communication. One way you can help me make sure you get all of the information I share is to keep your contact information up-to-date with us. We will use email and text message alerts to notify you about school safety situations as soon as it is logistically possible. It is imperative that we have accurate email and cell phone numbers on file. In August, when we ask you to review the demographic information papers, please do this carefully.

I am always willing to speak to you if you have questions or concerns. I take my responsibility to keep your children safe very seriously. I can assure you, there is nothing more humbling than to know you are expected to keep 2200 students and 250 adults safe and healthy, day in and day out each school year.

Together, we will continue to keep RHHS and RIchmond Hill safe.


Debi McNeal



Summer reading and summer assignments

All students attending RHHS for the 2018-2019 school year will have some sort of summer reading assignment. To illustrate our commitment to success and to maintain reading levels, ALL students, regular, honors, and advanced placement, are required to read at least one book over the summer. The grade level and book choices are provided on the RHHS website in the link below.

Additionally, students enrolled in honors level or AP level mathematics, science, English, and social studies courses may have summer reading, research, or other activities and assignments. Please use the link below. You may click on the various core content areas to see the summer assignments for your child’s courses as well as contact information for the course instructors.


Senior pictures

Each senior is fully responsible for making his/her appointment for his/her senior pictures. There are still appointments available. If you are a rising senior and have not yet made your appointment, please do this today!


Summer Hours for RHHS

RHHS will be fully closed the week of July 2nd - July 6th.

RHHS east campus front office will reopen on July 9th at 9am.

RHHS JROTC Cadets recognized at Leadership Camp

RHHS finished JCLC, JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp, last week. Out of 195 cadets representing 16 local and area high schools, RHHS had two of the three Distinguished Honor Graduates, Julia Pickering and Isaiah Pangilinan (pictured below). RHHS also had two Honor Graduates, Jacob Byrd and Brittany Shannahan. RHHS sent a total of 18 cadets. The link below is from one of the local TV stations. Larry Manning, a RHHS cadet is featured. Congratulations to these exemplary students and cadets!


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Report Cards

Report cards are ready for pick up in east campus front office. Please be aware that any student owing a fee or fine will not be issued a report card until this is resolved. One of our administrative assistants in East Office can assist you in determining the issue and how it can be resolved.

Certificates of Enrollment

Please remember that our office closes for the summer on June 28th. The deadline to request a Certificate of Enrollment is Sunday June 24th. Requests made after June 24th will be ready for pick up the week of July 16th. Please remember that when you submit for a Certificate of Enrollment you will receive an email (to the address you provide in your request) when it is ready for pick up. Certificates issued in the month of May, June and July will be honored at DDS until September 30th, 2018.

Please follow the link below to submit for Certificates of Enrollment:


Are you moving over the summer?

If your family is moving over the summer, we need this information. Please click the link below, complete this short form, and let us help you with the transition from RHHS to your child's new school.


Student parking: parking permits for all go on sale July 16

Regular parking permits will go on sale Monday, July 16th, for $65.

On the first day of school, August 6th, all vehicles parked on campus must have the required parking permit displayed.

All Sports Pass is on sale now

RHHS Athletics is excited to offer an ALL SPORTS PASS for next school year. The pass will allow for the holder to get into all RHHS home athletic events for the 2018-19 school year. This is a value of over $350! Individual football game tickets will be $8 next year, and other athletic events range from $5-$7.

The ALL SPORTS PASS is being sold to students for $65. Rising seniors, as a senior privilege, may purchase this pass for $50. These passes are sold individually and not transferable to another person. The card-holder's name will be printed on the card.

We will only make these available until July 20th. After this date, no more All Sports Passes will be sold.

The All Sports Pass is purchased through MyPaymentsPlus - click the link below or the MyPaymentsPlus link on the RHHS website.


SAT and ACT test dates and registration information

The SAT and ACT are given several times throughout each school year. Please click the links below for additional information about test dates, registration deadlines, and information about how to register.

Fee waivers are available for students on free/reduced lunch. Students should talk to their counselor for more information.

SAT information

ACT information