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Wednesday, 10/1/2014

Mission Statement of Rochester High School

Rochester High School focuses on the total development of the child,

creating a challenging learning environment that encourages students to be

motivated, respectful, and driven to help achieve their full potential.

  

Mission Statement of the Rochester Community Schools

The Mission of the Rochester Community Schools is

to provide a quality education

in a caring atmosphere,

for students to attain the necessary skills and knowledge

to become lifelong learners

and contribute to a diverse, interdependent, and changing world.


School Phone Numbers:

Attendance, automated reporting system:  (248) 726-5410

Attendance, late arrival/early dismissal:      (248) 726-5510

Main office:                                                  (248) 726-5400

Counseling office:                                        (248) 726-5407

Fax:                                                             (248) 726-5405


School Hours:

Full-Day Schedule: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.                                                                               
Half-Day Dismissal: 10:42 a.m.

Class Schedule:

1st hour:   7:30-8:32

2nd hour:  8:38-9:37

3rd hour:   9:43-10:42

4th hour:  

     1st lunch:  10:42-11:13

Class A:   11:19-12:20

Class B:  10:48-11:16

     2nd lunch:  11:16-11:47

Class B:  11:49-12:20

Class C:  10:48-11:49

     3rd lunch:  11:49-12:20

5th hour:   12:26-1:25

6th hour:   1:31-2:30


About Us:
Click on this link to learn about Rochester High School and it's history. Also included is the RHS Fight Song and Alma Mater.


Academic Integrity Agreement:
All students at RHS are expected to know and abide by the RHS Academic Integrity Agreement. In it, students are reminded that all of their work should reflect their own efforts and ideas, and work from other sources must be credited accurately. Examples of academic dishonesty are included.


Academic Recognition:
Recognition for academic distinction consists of the three different categories for graduating students that meet all of the achievements outlined below. For more information, download an informational flyer here.
Scholars of Highest Distinction
GPA: 3.9-4.0
AP: 4 or more courses
ACT: composite score of 32 or higher
Scholars of Distinction
GPA: 3.8-3.899 or higher
AP: 3 or more courses
ACT: composite score of 28 or higher
Scholars of Achievement
GPA: 3.5-3.799 or higher
AP: 2 or more courses
ACT: composite score of 26 or higher 

Annual Report: 
Download a copy of the
2013-2014 Annual Education Report and the accompanying Annual Report Cover Letter that provides a concise summary of the data.

In addition, read our full report on the U.S. News website, where Rochester High School on the "Best High Schools" List!   As we did in 2013, Rochester High School has again received a Silver ranking in the U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools National Rankings for 2014


Attendance Boundaries:
Access the RCS Attendance Boundary Maps page for a list of maps by school.


Attendance Policy and Procedures:

For excused absences, parents/guardians are asked to call the 24-hour attendance number, (248) 726-5410, no later than 12:00 noon the school day following the absence. When students are leaving the building for any reason during the school day, they must properly sign out in the Attendance Office to receive an excused absence.

Any absence not covered under the excused or exempted guidelines will be considered unexcused. A student who arrives ten or more minutes after the start of class without an excused pass will receive an unexcused absence for that class. School work cannot be completed for credit for unexcused absences. 

For the complete district attendance policy, which includes details on tardies and exempted absences, read the RCS Attendance Policy. This year, changes have been made regarding tardies that affect RHS students (see page 8 of the attendance policy). Other forms regarding attandance consist of the RCS Guidelines for Excessive Excused and Unexcused Absences and the Attendance Appeal Form.


For information on determining whether to keep your child home from school for an illness, download a one-page information sheet compiled by Crittenton Hospital.


Cafeteria Information:

Breakfasts:  Breakfast is available to students from 7:05-7:30 a.m. every school day. Items for sale include daily specials in addition to cereal, pancakes, bagels, muffins, cereal bars, frudels, and other regular items. A full breakfast includes milk or juice, a break, fruit, and protein and costs $1.30.

 

Lunches:  RHS has a three-period lunch schedule. Seniors are the only students allowed to leave the school campus during lunch. All seniors leaving campus must have a current school picture ID.
Our cafeteria serves a variety of lunch options. Choices include a hot lunch daily specials, made-to-order subs, salads, hot sandwich specials, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and daily pizza spcials. There is also a large selection of a la carte items that include snacks, side dishes, and desserts. A full lunch includes an entree, two side dishes, and choice of milk or juice for $3.05.

 

Online Prepay:  Online prepay for school meals is available at www.mySchoolBucks.com. With this system, you may deposit money into your child's account for meals at anytime, view your child's purchase history for the past 90 days, receive low balance email notifications, and schedule recurring payments. For questions, go to educate.myschoolbucks.com.

 

Free and Reduced Meal Pricing:  RHS offers free or reduced meal pricing for those students eligible. Download complete information here and a free and reduced meal application here.


Calendar of RCS District Dates:
Download a copy of the district's 2014-15 School Calendar containing district-wide dates, including days when school is not is session, parent-teacher conferences, and holiday breaks.


Code of Conduct:
Students are responsible for knowing the district guidelines contained within the RCS Student Code Of Conduct. Those students who ride a bus to or from school should also be familiar with the School Bus Code of Conduct. In addition, students participating in sports programs are asked to read the Athletic Code of Conduct.


Concussion Information for Athletes and Their Parents: 
To be in compliance with the new Michigan Sports Concussion Awareness Laws, all RHS student athletes are required to complete and return a signed copy of the
Concussion Information Sheet before your child participates in any athletic activity. No student can participate in any scheduled athletic activity including (but not limited to) sports and physical education classes unless this form is signed and returned. Students can return it to their coach on the first day of practice or to the school office.

A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow, bump, or jolt to the head that can have serious consequences and can occur in any sport or recreational activity. The Michigan laws require an awareness of potential concussion-causing injuries, for coaches to regulate an athlete's return to their activity, and they also require coaches and other adults involved with youth athletics to complete a concussion awareness online training program. Read more about the laws on the state's Michigan Sports Concussion Law page.


Coursework Planning and Course Descriptions:
Students are encouraged to use this Four Year Course Selection Planning Form to assist them in their selection of courses throughout their high school years. Students may also find it helpful to view the high school course descriptions by subject area or to access individual teacher pages for information on courses that each teacher instructs.  For an overview of courses needed for graduation and the order in which subject-area courses are taken, view a copy of the Rochester Community Schools Instructional Pathways booklet.


Directions and Maps:

Directions to RHS from north or south of Rochester Hills via I-75:

  1. Use exit 81 and stay right; merge onto Lapeer Rd. south.
    1. 1/2 mile south, turn slight left onto Opdyke Rd.
    2. At next light, turn left onto Walton Blvd.
    3. Continue east on Walton approx. 4 miles. 
    4. Enter Rochester High on the south side of Walton just before the Livernois intersection:
           180 S. Livernois Rd., Rochester Hills, MI 48307.

From east or west of Rochester Hills via M-59:

  1. Use exit 46: Rochester Road and go north approx. 3.5 miles.
  2. Turn left at W. University Dr.
  3. Travel west approx 1.5 miles. Cross the Livernois intersection and turn left into the driveway off Walton Blvd. (University becomes Walton west of Livernois).

Map of RHS attendance boundaries:
Download a copy of RHS' attendance boundaries here.

Map of RHS:
Download a copy of the RHS building map.


Eflyer Delivery through Peachjar: 
Electronically-Delivered School Flyers from PeachJar 
Peachjar eflyers

RCS now distributes school flyers electronically via parent email through our new eflyer serivce provider, Peachjar. Parents can also access all flyers online by clicking on the Peachjar button above. All RCS district parents were sent a welcome email from Peachjar that includes a username and password to use for managing your account and delivery preferences. Your email address is not shared or used for any other purpose.
To ensure you receive these eflyer emails, add Peachjar to your email contacts when you receive the welcome email, and please click “always display images." For school-related information, activities, and events, parents will continue to receive emails through the RCS School Messenger program


Extracurricular Activity Fee Schedule:
Click here to see the Fee Schedule for student extracurricular activities. This attachement also gives the price for school lunches, parking passes, clubs, high school drama performances, sports participation, and attendance at athletic games. Service clubs such as the National Honor Society and Key Club are not subject to the club fee.


ESL Community Liaison:
Rochester Community Schools has an ESL community liaison program available to parents of all pre-school and K-12 students in Rochester Community Schools. We will be available to assist with parent/teacher conferences, community resources, parent/student materials, or school issues or concerns. Assistance is available Monday through Friday, located at Hampton Elementary School, room 24, during the following times:

  • Korean:  8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Mrs. Tate)
  • Spanish/German:  12:15 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (Mrs. Janicke)
  • Albanian:  By appointment (Ms. Ajredinoski)

For questions, please call (248)726-3743. ESL Liaison flyers are available for download in both Korean and in Spanish.


Homework Requests:
Click the button below to request homework if your child is missing school from an approved absence or is receiving intervention assistance. 48 hours notice is required please.


Lost & Found:

The Lost & Found is located in the Library, located on the lower level adjacent to the Mall and just inside the Livernois entrance. Students looking for lost items or turning in items found can stop by before school or during the school day. All items that have not been claimed by the end of each semester are donated to local charities.


Medical Management Plan:
RCS requests that parents/guardians complete a Medical Management Plan for their child with any health issues that may require attention during the school day. For students needing medications, a seperate permission slip is required.
Please access the district's Medical Management Plan page for further details and form downloads. Completed forms can be turned in at the RHS attendance office.


RCS Notice of Nondiscrimination:
Rochester Community Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, creed or ancestry, age, sex, marital status, height, weight, familial status, arrest record or physical and mental disabilities in accordance with the Elliot-Larson Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) MCL 37.2206, Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act (PWCRA), MCL 37.1206, Title II, Title VI, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendment Act of 1972, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (8U.S.C., Section 1324A Et.Seq.) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In addition, individuals will not be excluded from, or be denied, the benefits of participation in any program or activity for which the Board is responsible. Rochester Community Schools has designated the following individuals as Compliance Coordinators: Title IX, Title II and Section 504 – Students: Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, 501 W. University, Rochester, MI 48307 (248)726-3106; Equal Employment Opportunity/Section 504 for non-students: Executive Director of Human Resources, 501 W. University, Rochester, MI 48307 (248)726-3110.


School Closings:

The following sources provide updated information on potential school closing days:


 

Student Drop-Off Location:

When driving students to school, please enter through the Walton Blvd. driveway and drop them off at the front of the building.



Student Health and Accident Insurance:
Rochester Community Schools does not provide any type of health or accident insurance for injuries incurred by your child while at school. However, as a service to students and their families, the school district is making available a student accident insurance plan for your child at a nominal cost through First Agency of Kalamazoo.
All school-sponsored and supervised activities and time spent in school are covered in accordance with the terms and limitations of the policy. For an increased premium, the policy will cover your child 24 hours a day, 12 months a year, rather than only during school time. Double benefits at double the premium are also available. 
Benefits brochures and applications explaining the plan and details of coverage are available in the main office.


Student ID's:
All student are issued an ID card at registration for each new school year. Students must carry their ID on their person at all times in school and are required to show it to any staff member upon request. Student ID's are also used for textbook checkout, attendance at school dances, and admission to athletic events. If an ID is lost, replacements are available for $5.00 and are made in the Counseling Office. For students who have purchased an A-Pass with their ID (All-Events Athletic Pass) for $60.00 at registration, there is an additional $20.00 fee to replace an A-Pass ID.


Technology-Enhanced Courses:

Rochester Community Schools recognizes a need to provide alternative means for instruction in particular subject areas that are not always available or able to be offered as traditional classroom courses. Therefore, different types of technology-enhanced learning courses are offered to students at the high school level: web-based courses (learning via an online course provider) and blended learning (combines face-to-face instruction with online learning).

 

For additional information regarding policies and guidelines for technology-enhanced learning courses, download a copy of our Technology-Enhanced Learning Courses Handbook for parents and students.
For students who are interested in enrolling in a distance learning course, complete the online Student Self-Assessment to determine if a technology-enhanced course is right for you, and be sure to read Student Success Tips, a compilation of suggestions given by previous students. Also available for viewing is a copy of the Student Agreement for Technology-Enhanced Learning Courses.


Transcript Requests:
Make an online request to have a copy of your transcript through Parchment Secure Transcript by clicking on the button below: Request your Transcript from Parchment - Leader in eTranscript Exchange

Click on "Sign Up" to create a free account and have a credit card ready for payment. For details and additional help, see information on the Counseling Office web page.


Visitor Information:
In an ongoing effort to keep our students safe, visitor registration is required and all visitors must show photo ID. All visitors must enter through the main doors off the Walton Blvd. circle driveway entrance and sign-in upon entry with the RHS greeter. All other exterior doors are locked from entry.