Please review this back to school checklist.
RHS Back to School Checklist
- Calendar of Important Dates
The first day of school for students is Monday, August 27th. School starts at 8AM and students should report to Period A listed on their course schedule.
Here is a copy of the district calendar which includes holidays, early release dates, and other key dates to save.
Here is a frequently updated google calendar of events at RHS, including RHS sporting and extracurricular events.
Here is a 3 page calendar of tentative dates for RHS events only throughout the year.
Upcoming dates include the following:
Friday, August 17
RHS Band Camp
RHS Football Begins
Saturday, August 18
RHS Band Camp
Sunday, August 19
RHS Band Camp
Monday, August 20
Tuesday, August 21
6PM Meet the Coaches Night (Auditorium)
Wednesday, August 22
RHS Teacher Orientation/Staff Development Day
Start of Fall Sports (except football)
6:30pm RHS New Student Orientation (Auditorium)
Thursday, August 23
RHS Teacher Orientation/Staff Development Day
Monday, August 27
8AM First Day of School for Students
RHS Grade Level Welcome Back Assemblies (in AM)
All incoming freshmen and any students to Rockland High School are encouraged to attend New Student & Freshmen Transition Night which will be held in the Rockland High School Auditorium from 6:30-7:30PM on Wednesday, August 22nd. During the course of the evening, each incoming Grade 9 student and their family will be presented with an overview of the high school experience from the student perspective as well as have a chance to tour the building with their schedule for the upcoming school year.
- Student Schedules
We plan to make student schedules for the 2018-2019 school year available on the X2 Aspen Student Portal starting sometime next week (week of 8/13-8/17).
Guidance Counselor Assignments
Please review the guidance counselor’s caseloads for the upcoming school year. All Guidance Counselors have an alphabetical breakdown, allowing them to work with the same students for four years. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Guidance Office at 781-871-8410.
Guidance Counselor Students with last names:
Margie Black A – B
Chris DeVine C – G
Casey Morrison H – N
Jill Delaney O – Z
2018-2019 Student Academic Schedules
To access a student schedule in X2, please do the following:
- Log-in to X2: https://ma-rockland.myfollett.com/aspen/logon.do
- Go to MY INFO Top Tab.
- Select CURRENT SCHEDULE on the left Side Tab.
Every effort was made to schedule students into electives of their choice, however graduation requirements need to be a priority. Students may be scheduled for electives they didn’t request because those were the classes that were available and accommodated the academic needs of the student.
If a student needs/wants to make a change request, Guidance counselors will be available before the first day of school as follows:
Thursday, August 16th: 1:00 – 3:00
Monday, August 20th
Tuesday, August 21st
Thursday, August 23rd: 1:00 – 3:00
We strongly suggest calling to check your counselor’s availability and/or schedule an appointment on those days.
Please note the following:
- Academic class changes (including course or level) require written parent consent.
- Electives are limited. We cannot change academic courses to accommodate an elective change.
- No classes will be changed based on teacher preference.
- Students will need to see their assigned counselor for the 2018-2019 school year for schedule changes.
- We strongly encourage students to request schedule changes prior to the first day of school.
- Schedule change requests will only be taken in Guidance until August 29th.
For a listing of course descriptions in the Program of Studies, please click here.
- Bell Schedule
All students carry 7 classes or “blocks” (A, B, C, D, E, F, G) but attend only 6, 57 minute classes each day.
Period 1: 8:00–9:02am
Period 2: 9:06–10:03am
Period 3: 10:07-11:04am
Period 4: 11:04-12:34pm
Lunch 1: 11:04-11:34am then Class: 11:34-12:34pm
OR Class: 11:04-11:34am then Lunch 2: 11:34 – 12:04pm then 12:04-12:34pm
OR Class: 11:04-12:34pm then Lunch 3: 12:04 – 12:34pm
Period 5: 12:37-1:34pm
Period 6: 1:38-2:35pm
Students should report on the first day of school to Period A no later than 8am.
- Summer Reading & Homework
Rockland High School is committed to promoting student literacy and a love of reading. We offer many extracurricular literary activities throughout the year, including our Book Club, IMAGES Literary Magazine, Poetry Out Loud Competition, and Spellman Oratorical to name a few. Over the summer, students are asked to read one book from the list below. Students who submit a thoughtful response (400-750 words) to the essay prompt may win a $25 gift card to Dunkin Donuts.
The essay prompt is the following:
Authors communicate their messages in many ways. After reading your selected summer reading book, explain the book’s theme and how the author expresses this message to the readers.
Students should email Dr. Harrison (firstname.lastname@example.org) essay responses no later than September 4, 2018. Dr. Harrison will review the essay responses and then all thoughtful submissions will be entered into the raffle. 8 recipients will receive $25 gift cards to Dunkin Donuts.
In addition to selecting one of the summer reading selections below, students should complete any additional summer homework assignments that may have been assigned for Honors or Advanced Placement courses.
The summer reading instructions are located on our website here.
- School Breakfast/Lunch Program
The cost for school lunch is $2.95 for the 2018-2019 school year. This is the same cost as last year.
The cafeteria is open for breakfast service in the morning from 7:30-7:55 AM. Students may bring food into school in the morning for consumption in the cafeteria. When the 7:55AM bell rings, you must report to your first class of the day.
A free and reduced lunch application can be found here.
The breakfast and lunch menu’s are located here.
- School Supplies
Rockland High School does not post general supply lists in advance of the start of the school year like they do at the elementary and middle school level. Each individual teacher will provide students with the list of needed supplies for class. A pencil/pen, notebook, and folder are perfect for the first day of school.
- Start of Fall Sports
Open registration for fall sports is currently taking place in the nurse’s office Monday thru Thursday from 8am to 2pm. All student athletes participating in football will begin the practice season on Friday, August 17th. Other student athletes participating in fall sports will begin on Wednesday, August 22nd .
Rockland High School offers the following fall sports:
Soccer (Boys and Girls)
Volleyball and Golf
X-Country ( Boys and Girls)
On Tuesday, August 21st at 6pm in the Rockland High School Auditorium, we will have a “Meet the Coaches” Night for any parent or guardian whose child will be participating or is interested in participating in a fall sport. The purpose of the evening is for the coaches to communicate season expectations, practice schedules, and answer any parental questions. Athletic Director Mr. Gary Graziano and Dean of Students Mr. Fred Damon will address the parents in the auditorium before each coach breaks into a separate meeting room to discuss the expectations of their specific sport with parents.
As we get closer to the start of fall sports, please remember that no athlete will be issued any equipment without a clearance card from the athletic department.
Please remember the following is needed to register:
- Use Fee ( One time user fee of $ 200.00 per year, Family Max is $ 375.00 per year). The User Fee is non-refundable. Cheerleading is an activity and the fee will be $ 50.00. All checks must be made payable to: The Town of Rockland.
- Academic (Eligibility)
- Physical (within the last year)
- Discipline (any hours owed need to be resolved before you get a blue card)
The blue card will be give to your coach on the first day of tryouts/ practice in order that he/she may issue equipment.
- Extracurricular Activities and Advisor Contact Information
Students should begin thinking about the extracurricular activities they would like to get involved in for the 2018-2019 school year. Here is a list of contact information for all of the club advisors and coaches.
Our website lists all of the information regarding extracurricular clubs and activities, including sports here.
- First Day of School Paperwork
On Monday, August 27th, the following materials will be distributed to students in their period A class. The emergency contact information, parent contact/dismissal card, and the student handbook contracts are due by Tuesday, September 4th.
- Emergency Contact Information
- Parent Contact/Dismissal Card
- Student Handbook/Agenda Book
- Student Handbook Contract Sheets
- Internet Essential Advertisement
- Student Handbook
Students and families are strongly encouraged to review the 2018-2019 student handbook. Students will be provided a hard copy in their agenda book. The handbook is also located electronically here.
Please note the revised attendance policy. Some of the changes are highlighted below:
A few important reminders about our school attendance policy.
- Students arriving after 8:00 am must report to the main office and receive a tardy slip before they will be allowed admittance to their assigned classroom.
- A student who accumulates 7 or more days of unexcused absences from school for a semester class and/or 14 or more days of unexcused absences from school for a full-year class will lose academic credit for those classes. Grades earned from the course are not affected by a loss of credit. The course grade will appear on a student’s transcript but without credit. A student is eligible to participate in a Credit Recovery Process to receive the credits.
- Please note a student is considered absent in a particular class after 20 minutes from when the period begins. The administration may assign a Saturday Detention for any students who exceed 5 unexcused tardies per term.
- Medical notes need to be provided to the main office within one week of the date of the absence.
- Absences, Tardies, and Dismissals are excused for the following reasons:
- Medical Situations – physician’s note
- Bereavement – parental contact
- Religious observance – parental contact
- Professional appointments that could not be scheduled outside the regular school day (i.e. court appointments) -parental contact
- Field trips or other school-sanctioned event/activity
- College visits approved ahead of time by guidance
Please be sure to review all school-wide policies.
- School Safety Reminders
On the first day of school, the administration and faculty will review procedures with students regarding fire evacuations, stay in place, lockdown, and ALICE procedures. If anyone has any questions, please contact our School Resource Officer Ethan Schnabel, Assistant Principal Kathy Paulding, or Principal John Harrison.
Students should be reminded at home the importance of not opening the doors for anyone and never propping a door open, before or after school.
In addition, student tardiness and dismissals should be limited. Students should come to school with all of their belongings as parent drop offs lead to interruptions into the classroom as well as frequent entrances into the building.
- Bus, Student Parking, and Parent Drop-Off Information
Parents should drop students off at the West Entrance near the gym. No students should be getting dropped off by the main office entrance where the buses drop students off. Students may park in the student lot, located near Veterans Memorial Stadium. Bus information is located on our website here. Bus Routes for 2018-19 should be ready the third week in August. Look for a letter or a postcard in your mail.
Please stay informed throughout the school year. We have a new website which you can access by clicking here. I also try to keep my twitter updated with the latest news and announcements. Follow me on twitter at @RocklandHS. Lastly, be sure to read the weekly newsletter sent through X2 Aspen.