RBHS BRIDGE Communication

Rock Bridge High School Newsletter: November 19, 2021

Mission: Rock Bridge High School is a community in which ALL students and staff inspire each other to become lifelong learners.

RBHS Families,

As we near our Thanksgiving Break, I wanted to take a moment and say, "Thank you"! Thank you for your support of our school community. Thank you for allowing us to partner with you in nurturing such impressive and inspiring young adults. Thank you for believing in this very important work that we do every day at Rock Bridge High School. Thank you for supporting our efforts to appropriately engage your students to perform at their highest academic levels.

At the time this BRIDGE is sent, we have a total of 9 A-days and 8 B-days remaining in our semester. This means there is a small window of time for students to complete remaining school work and demonstrate mastery of the content. At the conclusion of of the semester, student grades will become their final transcript grade. There are several important academic related pieces in this BRIDGE Communication. We encourage families to read these together and talk about these items in the interest of finishing the semester strong.

Below you will find information about the following.

  • IPR 3 (November 18, 2021)
  • Semester 1 End Date
  • RBHS Tutoring Center
  • RBHS "One Thing" Campaign
  • The Importance of Good Attendance
  • RBHS Media Center Update
  • Performing Arts Honors and Accomplishments
  • Fall Athletics Honors and Accomplishments
  • Rock Bridge Esports Recognition
  • RBHS's Winter Play is "The Outsiders"
  • Early College Information
  • Free and Reduced Lunch Application
  • Yearbook Order form
  • Bearing News
  • 2021 Toys for Columbia Youth Application
  • October RBHS BRIDGE Communication
  • December Schedule

We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!


Jacob Sirna


Our 3rd round of progress reporting occurred this week. All families have access to these grades as of Thursday, November 18th. IPR grades are simply a snapshot of a student's grade at the specific time of the IPR. Grades are not permanent until the end of the semester. The current semester ends December 21st.

Parents, we encourage you to check Home Access if you haven't already and take some time to talk with your student about the grades and what they are learning in their classes. If you have questions that your student cannot answer, please reach out directly to your student's teacher(s) for answers. If your student needs extra support in their Math, Studies, or Science classes, please make sure they are utilizing our Tutoring Center (see below).

On the IPR you will see an academic grade as well as conduct and effort scores. Student academic letter grades should reflect a student's academic performance. Conduct and Effort scores should reflect a student's school-related behaviors.

1st Semester Ends December 21

Be aware that semester 1 will be ending Tuesday, December 21st. All students need to make sure they are paying close attention to teacher expectations regarding due dates and final assessment opportunities.

RBHS Tutoring Center (room 334)

As we near the end of our semester 1 grading period, we want to remind families of an opportunity for all Rock Bridge Students to receive extra assistance in Math, Studies, and Science. The Rock Bridge Tutoring Center provides an opportunity for all students to receive academic assistance from a certificated content area teacher during each of the 8 blocks.

9th graders are able to access the Tutoring Center during the second half (45 minutes) of their Advisory class period. They can also use their time in Advisory to seek assistance from their 9th grade peers, Advisory Mentor, and Advisory Teacher.

10th, 11th, and 12th graders are able to access the Tutoring Center during the first 45 minutes of their AUT or ARC block. Please speak with your student and remind them that their AUT or ARC block is the perfect time to get assistance with academics.

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RBHS's One Thing Campaign

We are seeing an increased use of cell phones as we've returned from virtual learning. Virtual learning allowed for greater flexibility in time management and attention to tasks. While we appreciate the convenience these devices provide us, they are very distracting to the in-person direct learning that we've returned to. Please join us in our "One Thing" campaign, where we are working to remind our entire community that putting the phone away is the best method to fully engage during in-person learning. We believe this to be true for more than just school, so we are asking that you join us in these conversations at home about giving one's full attention to the current moment.
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Attendance is Critical to Academic Success

We feel that it is the right time to remind all families that good attendance at school leads to positive academic performance. Following our time in virtual learning, it is easier than ever for students to access classroom materials and content from home. However, as we have shifted our priorities back to in-person learning, we want to remind everyone that there is rarely an appropriate substitute for being in seat and learning the content directly from teachers alongside peers. There are so many opportunities that occur in-person to assist with learning that are very difficult to recreate virtually. In order to have the best opportunity to perform at their highest level, students need to come to school every day they are able, be on time, be present in each class, and engage fully in the activities their teachers are facilitating.

RBHS Media Center Updates


Our Media Center is the place for all kinds of learning, and we’re gearing up for DeSTRESS DECEMBER again. Each day of December, we’ll provide new tools, toys, guest speakers, hands-on activities, giveaways, and resources to help students and teachers destress and focus on their wellbeing. Pssst . . . .we’ve already booked the therapy dogs. Be on the lookout for a calendar of events.


We recommend that students restart their school laptops on CPS wifi every morning. The best way to restart (once you’ve logged in) is to click on the windows icon in the lower left corner of the laptop, click on the power button (at the bottom), and select restart. Restarting daily allows laptops to receive the frequent updates that Tech Services pushes out, and solves many problems, even hardware issues.


We’re continuing our genrefication project in the RBHS MC. We are affixing colored spine labels to every fiction book, so readers can find the genre they like to read at a glance. Use this Genre Color Guide to help you find your favorite type of books (or avoid the types you dislike).


LearningExpress Library is a resource for Test Prep for students and is housed in the CPS Portal. This collection of information includes practice tests and overviews of ACT/SAT and several AP exams as well as “skill building resources for classroom and homework success”. To access, log into the portal and

  1. Click on Electronic Library
  2. Click on Electronic Library - High
  3. Scroll down the list and click on LearningExpress Library


The official Twitter of the RBHS Media Center is @BruinLiBEARian

You can follow us on Instagram under the same name: bruinlibearian

Jill Varns, Media Specialist jvarns@cpsk12.org

Donny Silver, Media Specialist dsilver@cpsk12.org

Performing Arts Honors

Orchestra 1st Semester Honors

Brandon Kim (violin) – NafME All-National Honors Symphony

Kristen Yu (viola) – NafME All-National Honors Symphony

Vocal Music 1st Semester Honors

NEMO 9-10 All-District Choir: Mei Mueller (Soprano), Natalia Johnson (Alto)

NEMO 11-12 All-District Choir: Mackenzie Haupt (Soprano), Maggie Brown (Soprano), Kate Lopez (Alto), Sunday Crane (Alto), Aidan Ryan (Tenor), Drew Graff (Tenor), Josh Foreman (Tenor)

MO All-State Choir: Sunday Crane (Alto), Aidan Ryan (Tenor), Drew Graff (Tenor), Mackenzie Haupt (Soprano 2nd Alternate)

District Choir Sightreading Perfect Score: Kate Lopez – will participate in State Sightreading Bee (January 2022)

Rock Bridge Band 1st Semester Honors (quick stats)

35 total Rock Bridge students auditioned for 41 total auditions

17 were placed in the All District Concert Band

5 students were placed in the All District Honorable Mention Concert Band

*The Honorable Mention Band is a non-performing group this year

1 student placed in the Honorable Mention Band is an alternate and can audition for all state band

3 were placed in the All District Jazz Band

1 student is an alternate for the All District Jazz Band and can audition for all state jazz band

Between these 2 ensembles, Rock Bridge has 3 students sitting first chair

22 auditions qualify to audition for All State

Link to Individual Band Honors

Emerald Regiment Marching Festivals

Lafayette High School - Contest of Champions - September 25, 2021

  • 3rd Place in the Black Class, Qualified for Finals - 6th Place in Finals

University of Central Missouri - Festival of Champions - October 16, 2021

  • 2nd Place in the AA Division for Prelims, Qualified for Finals - 8th Place in Finals
  • Outstanding Drum Majors in the AA Division

University of Missouri - Champion of Champions - October 22, 2021

  • 1st Place in the 5A Gold Division, Qualified for Finals, 1st Place in Finals and Grand Champions
  • Finals Caption Awards: 1st Place Music General Effect, 1st Place Visual General Effect, 1st Place Music Performance, 1st Place Visual Performance (sweeping all caption awards)

Fall Athletics Honors

It was another incredibly successful Fall season for Rock Bridge Athletics!

6 CMAC Championships (Girls Tennis, Boys Swimming and Diving, Girls Golf, Volleyball, Girls Cross Country, Boys Cross Country)

5 District Championships (Girls Tennis, Girls Golf, Girls Cross Country, Boys Cross Country, Volleyball)

4 MSHSAA State Championship Team Top Four Finishes:

  • Volleyball- 4th
  • Boys Cross Country- 2nd
  • Girls Cross Country- 4th
  • Girls Golf- 4th

Individual Achievements/ MSHSAA State Honors:

  • Andrew Hauser- 1st Place Class 5 MSHSAA State Championship (Gans Creek Course Record 14:52)
  • Ian Kemey- 4th Place Class 5 MSHSAA State Championship (XCountry)
  • Weston Jokerst- 12th Place Class 5 MSHSAA State Championship (XCountry)
  • Carolyn Ford- 11th Place Class 5 MSHSAA State Championship (XCountry)
  • Siena Minor- 3rd Place MSHSAA State Championship (Golf)
  • Tierney Baumstark- 6th Place MSHSAA State Championship (Golf)
  • Maggie Lin- 4th place MSHSAA Individual State Tournament (Tennis)
  • All State- 1st Team- Abby Hay (C), Anna Christ (P/U) (Softball)
  • All State- 1st Team-Ella Swindle and Lily Dudley (Volleyball)

Rock Bridge Esports

Congratulations to Rock Bridge's Green and Gold Teams for finishing 3rd and 4th place at the MOSEF (Missouri Scholastic Esports Federation) Rocket League Championship. Rock Bridge was the only school that qualified two teams for this Elite 8 Championship event!

The Outsiders

RBHS Advanced Acting Presents The Outsiders December 2-4! Be sure to put this on your calendar, and come out to support these students.
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Early College Information

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Free and Reduced Lunch Application

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Yearbook Orders

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Bearing News

Click here to view the webpage for Bearing News, Rock Bridge High School's online student newspaper.

2021 Toys for Columbia's Youth

Click here for a 2021 Toys for Columbia's Youth application. This program is sponsored by Columbia Parks and Recreation and is for boys and girls ages 12 and under.

October RBHS BRIDGE Communication

Click here to view the October BRIDGE Communication.

RBHS December Schedule

  • November 24, 25, & 26 - School Not In Session (Thanksgiving Break)
  • December 21 - Last Day of Semester 1
  • December 22 through January 3 - School Not In Session (Winter Break)
  • January 4 - First Day of Semester 2 Classes for Students