Rockwood Summit High
1780 Hawkins Road, Fenton, MO 63026
Phone (636) 891-6800
Fax (636) 891-8817
Principal 2021 - Dr. Emily McCown
Nov 01
A+ Program and Certification

Several weeks ago our freshmen received a presentation on the A+ Program in their Freshmen Seminar class.  I know several of our freshmen are not in this course so I wanted to highlight this opportunity to all our families.

The A+ Program is a nationally recognized program in which students earn an A+ Certification upon graduation by meeting specific requirements and completing 50 hours of tutoring.  Students are able to sign up for this program beginning freshmen year and work towards meeting the requirements during their 4 years of high school.  Students who graduate with A+ certification are eligible to receive scholarship funds to any public community college or trade school.   I always recommend our students pursue this program even if their plans may not include community college as completion of the program indicates many positive characteristics that any college or university would be looking for in a student.

Below you will find the presentation students received in Freshmen Seminar.  You can also click this link to find more information on the program through our district website.  Typically during freshmen year most students will simply sign up for the program.  Towards junior and senior year we will discuss more about meeting the requirement for the tutoring hours as those are easier to complete when they are older and able to drive.  

If you have any questions regarding this program you can contact our A+ Coordinator Jennifer Kottmann at kottmannjennifer@rsdmo.org.

A+ Program ppt 17-18.pptx.pdf 

Enrollment Packet

Happy November!

Emily

Oct 05
Fall College & Career Information - 9th, 10th, 11th Grade Students & Parents

​Being prepared is a great way to avoid frustration and stress especially as it pertains to the post-high school planning process.  In an effort to help you with this planning, I want to make you aware of some opportunities. 

College Information Night, Thursday, October 12, 2017 7-9:15p.m. is open to families with students in 9-12th grade.  Become an expert on college by attending this event!  There are 12 different sessions on college planning offered.  You will have time to attend only three of them.  Some families choose to attend this event more than one year so that they can glean all of the information that is offered in the sessions.  More information on College Information Night and the entire list of workshops available can be found online.  Students and parents are encouraged to attend Thursday, October 12, beginning at 7p.m. in the theater.  

Sessions include:

College 101

Financial Aid

How to Find Scholarships

A+ Ins and Outs

Community College 101

Athletic Recruiting

ACT, PSAT, SAT information and preparation

Medical Careers (MD, OT, PT, RN)

Selective College Admissions

Essay Writing

Fine Arts (and game design) College Admissions

Performing and Visual Arts College Fair at Webster University, Saturday, October 71-3p.m. This is a great opportunity for students who want to study music recording, game design, app design, theater, music or the visual arts to interact with college reps with exceptional programs in these areas.  Pre-register and check out a list of schools attending: www.gotomypvafair.com

College Fair at SLU- on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 1-4p.m. in the Simon Recreation Center is a national college fair attended by thousands of students and hundreds of colleges.  It is recommended that students pre-register online: www.gotomyncf.com.  You can also find a complete list of colleges that are attending on this same website.  Visit this site for tips on how to make the most of a college fair: http://www.nacacnet.org/college-fairs/students-parents/resources/Pages/NCFTips.aspx

Naviance/Family Connection is a helpful tool for searching for colleges.  Students logged on to use Naviance during their Advisory period this fall and completed a StrengthsFinder.  Naviance is used for: college searching, signing up to meet with college reps that visit RSHS  and career searching.  Ask your student to share their login information with you (username: @rsdmo.org email password: 10 digit student #).  Instructions can be found here for Family Connection/Naviance: http://www.rsdmo.org/rsummit/offices/college/Pages/FamilyConnectionsNaviance.aspx

I recommend starting the search process for post-high school options as early as 9th and 10th grade.  The best way to do this is by using online resources to find a good fit, visiting campuses, attending summer programs (usually on college campuses), and talking to other adults (friends parents, parents friends, etc. What did you do? How did you get there? What do you like best/least about your job or college you attended?)  By fall of senior year students should have a pretty good idea of their post-high school plans.  We can assist with applications, financial aid and the college search process.  Check out our website for college planning timelines and other information: http://www.rsdmo.org/rsummit/offices/college/Pages/default.aspx

I am available to meet with students one on one beginning in spring of 11th grade.    Appointments can be made by calling Mrs. Ronda Skinner or your student can stop by the Counseling Office to make an appointment.  In the meantime, please take advantage of our evening programs. I will also be available for brief conversations during conferences. 

As always, please feel free to contact the College and Career Office with questions.

Sincerely,

Ivy Hutchison

Mrs. Hutchison, College and Career Counselor hutchisonivy@rsdmo.org

Mrs. Skinner, College and Career Secretary skinnerronda@rsdmo.org (636) 891-6834​

Sep 18
Homecoming and PSO Information 9-18-17

​Homecoming 2017

I am so excited for our Freshmen to experience their first Homecoming Week!  STUCO has planned a great week to celebrate our students, our school, and our community.  We know this week is exciting for them but it is also a good time to talk with your child about making good choices.  We want this time to be fun for our students and families but also for the Fenton community.  Please take time to talk with your child about acting responsibly this week, both in the classroom and in our community.  

Included below is information regarding ticket sales this week and spirit dress days so you understand why your child may look a little different leaving the house!  

A few reminders of events this week:

Wednesday - Powderpuff Game, ends at 8:00 pm

Friday - Parade at 6:00, Football at 7:00, should end around 9:30 pm

Saturday - Dance 7:00 - 10:00 pm

I appreciate your help in picking up your child at the end of these events at the designated times.

Dance Ticket Info:

  • Tickets go on sale Monday, September 18th. They will only be sold during lunches. Tickets will not be sold after school or at the door.

  • Cost is $10 per ticket Monday-Thursday; price goes up to $15 on Friday.

  • Students can receive $5 off if they donate five or more canned goods when purchasing tickets during the week.

  • Students cannot purchase tickets if they owe any fines.

  • If purchasing a ticket for a date from another school, students must have date cards filled out completely and approved by an administrator before a ticket can be purchased.

  • Students can only bring one guest.

  • Students will only be admitted to the dance with their own ticket. Any outside dates who arrive without the Summit student who purchased the ticket will not be allowed in. Students are responsible for their guests.


A message from our PSO Parent Reps:

Good Evening Freshman Parents,

We hope everyone's child is doing well and adjusting to life in high school. We have a few upcoming events to help raise money for our freshman class. Below is the link to sign up to help with the concession stands for our 2 games this month. Remember your student can also help you in the concession stand duties and earn tickets for Senior Slam.

Here is the F/JV football game on September 18th http://signup.com/go/VBAzScq

And the Varsity game on September 29th http://signup.com/go/wwQtJwB

Thanks in advance for signing up!!!!

Thank you again for your support this week.  Happy Homecoming!

Emily
Aug 30
Parent & Class Meeting Info 8-25-17

   Meeting Information

Thank you to all of those that were able to attend Open House.  A special thank you to our PSO parents for presenting as well.  If you are interested in volunteering or getting involved in our PSO please check out their slides from the parent presentation.  I have attached the "Flocking" fundraiser flyer if you are interested.  I am attaching information from both last night’s parent presentation as well as today’s freshmen class meeting.  As I mentioned last night, students will receive their Rockwood Summit Student Handbook today in their advisory.  Hopefully that makes its way home today but if not, I have attached the link to our online version as well.

Parent Night 2017 - 9th grade.pdf 

Aug Class Mtg - 9th grade.pdf 

Student Expectations Final for Class Meetings.pdf 

flocker flyer.pdf 

Rockwood Summit Student Handbook link

Rockwood School District Policy Handbook Link

As I mentioned last night, today and Monday students will attend their first advisory session.  Advisories will meet on Late Start Mondays.  During Friday’s advisory students will be introduced to our focus on Essential Skills for Personal Success, or “soft skills” as some of you may be more familiar with.  Attached you will find more information regarding the purpose of our advisories this year as well as the essential skills we will be working on. 

Summit advisory for parents.pdf 

Soft skills .pdf 

On Monday’s advisory, all students will take the StrengthsExplorer assessment through Gallup.  This online assessment tool will provide students with three strengths based on their responses.  Attached you will find the Parent Guide to the StrengthsExplorer to continue the conversation at home with your child. 

Parent Strengths Explorer Playbook.pdf 

If you have questions over any of the above information please do not hesitate to contact the freshman office.

Have a wonderful weekend!​

Aug 12
Make Up Orientation on 8-14-17

We had a great day on Friday!  I hope your child feels confident to start the school year on Wednesday.  If you missed the freshmen orientation we have a make-up orientation time for all grade levels on Monday, Aug 14th from 12:30 - 3:00.  Please report to the Freshmen Office located in the main office.  We will get your child's schedule and locker.  You are welcome to take a tour at this time to find your child's classes as well.  Bring any paperwork with you from the summer mailing to turn in.  Please contact me if this time does not work for your family and we can try to make other arrangments.

Enjoy your weekend!

Emily

Aug 09
Forms from Parent Meeting on 8-7-17

​Here are some of the forms that were handed on at the meeting, including the Chromebook Agreement and t-shirt order form.  

​CLICK HERE.  Print the sheet you need.

I will post Dr. McCown's PowerPoint Presentation here after she sends it out to you.

Jul 28
Freshmen Packet - (received in mail)

​Here is the link to get forms that were included in the summer mailing packet.

CLICK HERE​ for the link, you can find the form(s) you need to print and print just the pages you need.

Jul 28
Freshmen Back-to-School Updates 7-27-17

​Back to School Class of 2021 Meetings

Class of 2021 Families,

By now you should have received back to school information in the mail including information about 2 important events specifically for our freshmen parents and students.  I hope you have marked these on your calendars so that your freshman has the best start to school on August 16th.  Just a few highlights regarding both events.

Freshmen Parent Meeting

August 7th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, RSHS Theater

This evening is for parents only.  We will be discussing important topics about high school and Rockwood Summit expectations.  Included in this presentation will be information regarding the 1:1 Program and your child receiving their Chromebook the first week of school.  This is important information for all our incoming families to have whether you are new to Summit or a veteran parent.  In addition to our meeting there will be opportunities for you to turn in of all the forms and take care of other “back to school” business so that when your child comes to the Friday, August 11th orientation they will not have to worry about bringing in forms or money.  Below is a list of all that will be available for you beginning at 6:30 in the theater lobby.  We will begin the parent meeting portion at 7:00 so please arrive in time to take care of anything listed below.

When you arrive please pick up your child’s first semester schedule and turn in the following forms:

  • REQUIRED forms – all were included in back to school mailing
    • Census (gold form)
    • Health Form (blue form) – please make sure this form has your signature
    • 1:1 Program Agreement Form (white form)
  • OPTIONAL Paperwork (if applicable) – also included in the back to school mailing
    • Meal Plan Application
    • FERPA – only sign this form if you want your child excluded from directory information, military recruiter information, and/or photographs (this exclusion includes yearbook photos)
    • School Picture Order Form – students will take their photos at orientation on Aug 11th
    • PIE parent resource form
    • Renaissance donation
    • Talon Newspaper subscription

Other Stations Available: (Optional)

  • PSO (Parent-Staff Organization) Table 
    • Purchase Class of 2021 Yard Sign
    • PSO Falcon Partner donation program form
    • 5 for Falcon Challenge form
  • Purchase Activity Pass - $40 individual, $80 family
  • Order Class of 2021 t-shirt - $10
  • Nurses available for medication turn in and questions
  • School Spirit Shop


Freshmen Orientation

Friday, August 11th, 8:15 am – 3:00 pm

Our Link Crew has an excellent day planned for our freshmen to acclimate them to our Summit family.  They will be doing fun activities in the morning with opportunities to interact and talk with our upperclassmen leaders.  Lunch will be provided, kids will be eating in their scheduled lunch shifts to ease that anxiety on the first day.  We will hand out schedules again to students during lunch and they will have the opportunity to talk with their counselors at this time to resolve any schedule issues.  During lunch students will also receive their assigned lockers and get their school picture taken.  After lunch students will go through their schedule and meet all their teachers in their 1st thru 7th hour classrooms.  I highly recommend all freshmen attend this day.


I am in need of a few parent volunteers to help serve kids pizza for lunch.  If you are available to help on Aug 11th from 11:15 – 1:00 please email me at mccownemily@rsdmo.org


Please contact me if you have any questions.  Click here if you need new copies of any forms from the back to school mailing.

I look forward to meeting everyone!

Emily McCown

Class of 2021 Principal

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May 16
Senior Class Updates - Week of May 15th

A few quick reminders of important information for this week’s events.

Senior Awards Night – 7 pm

Just a reminder that tonight is our Senior Awards Night.  Please join us in celebrating our Seniors as they receive recognition for scholarships and other accolades.  Seniors who are unable to attend tonight will be able to pick up their awards at Graduation Rehearsal on Friday.

Locker Cleanout – Tuesday, May 16th

Seniors are asked to clean out their locker and take home all belongings on Tuesday, May 16th.  Seniors will be provided time during their 7th hour to clean out their locker.

Senior Final Exam Schedule - Wednesday May 17 - Friday, May 19

Seniors are able to exempt ALL final exams in which they have earned an A.  Seniors will be expected to attend all classes unless excused by a parent.  May 17th - 19th will be normal school hours 8:16 - 3:05.

Wednesday, May 17th - Seniors will attend 1st - 5th hour, final exams in 6th and 7th hour

Thursday, May 18th - Seniors attend 1st and 2nd hour, final exams 3rd, 4th, and 5th, attend 6th and 7th.

Friday, May 19th - Finals 1st and 2nd hour

Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal - Friday, May 19th

After 2nd hour final (or 10:00 if exempting) Seniors will be required to attend the mandatory graduation rehearsal.  The rehearsal will be at Summit in the main gym.  Students will be dismissed at 12:00 to leave for the day.  

Elementary Graduate Celebration Friday, May 19th

Our elementary schools will be hosting a celebration for 2017 graduates.  Seniors are asked to arrive at their former elementary school in cap and gown at 1:30 to be honored by staff and students.  This is an optional event.  Students will be responsible for their own transportation.

Final Transcripts

You can complete the attached Final Transcript Request and turn it in to the Counseling Office before graduation rehearsal.  Final Transcripts will be sent by mid-June.  They will include the A+ stamp of certification (if applicable).  

A+ Hours

Any student enrolled in the A+ Program who assisted with flood relief efforts May 1-7, 2017 in the Rockwood Community, including sandbagging and cleanup, may turn in the hours for A+ hours.  The hours need to be verified by a Rockwood staff member (if this is not possible, contact the A+ Coordinator for other acceptable verification options).  This is a one-time exception to the Rockwood District A+ policy that requires hours to come from academic tutoring, mentoring or career shadowing.  It is not a permanent change to allow other community service activities to count toward A+ hours; however, in this unique situation we will allow students to count hours they assisted within the Rockwood Community, especially when they may have been tutoring had school been in session.  

All hours must be logged on an A+ log sheet, signed by a staff member, and turned in to the Guidance Office no later than May 19, 2017 by 3:30 p.m.


Lunch Accounts

Seniors with a balance in their lunch account after this week have 3 options to close out the account.  Families can transfer the funds to a sibling account, donate to a student in need, or receive a refund.  Please see attached letter for options if your child will have money left over in their lunch account.

Lunch Refund Form May 2017.docx 

RSD Google Email/Google Drive

Seniors will only have access to their Rockwood email and google drive account until June 30th.  Seniors should alert necessary institutions of an email address change and transfer any items saved in their google drive to another location not associated with the Rockwood ID.

I will send more information regarding the graduation ceremony after our rehearsal on Friday. If you have any questions please contact the Senior Office at 636-891-6821.

Apr 26
End of the Year Info - 4/26/17

​Senior Awards Night is Monday, May 15, 2017 at 7p.m. in the RSHS Theater.  All seniors are invited to attend.  Some students might receive a letter encouraging them to attend.  Students will be recognized for Bright Flight status, A+ completion, academic honors (cum laude), and local scholarships will be presented.  Each student will have an opportunity to walk across the stage and be recognized for their honor cords and scholarships that they have received (as reported to the Counseling Office before May 10th).  Students will be given their honor cords at Senior Awards Night.  If you are unable to attend Senior Awards Night on 5/15 seniors will be given their honor cords at graduation rehearsal on 5/19.  The deadline to include scholarship and college plans in thegraduation program has passed.  Students can complete the Scholarship Inventory form and return it to the Counseling Office by May 10th to have information included in Senior Awards Night.

Send your Final Transcript to the college you plan to attend.  Even your military recruiter will want a copy of your final transcript.  You can complete the attached Final Transcript Request and turn it in to the Counseling Office before graduation rehearsal.  Final Transcripts will be sent by mid-June.  They will include the A+ stamp of certification (if applicable).  

A+ will be automatically applied at the participating A+ instution after they have received the final transcript with the A+ certification, the FAFSA has been completed, and students have enrolled and signed a financial agreement. More information on A+ and St. Louis Community College can be found here: http://www.stlcc.edu/Programs/A_Plus_Program/index.html.  

How do I send AP scores to colleges? Log into your CollegeBoard AP Online account and request to have your scores sent directly to the college(s) you plan to attend.  This is usually done after AP scores are released in the summer.  If you didn’t take an AP course senior year you can request your scores be sent before summer. More information on sending your AP scores can be found online:https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores/score-reporting//.  

How do I send my UMSL transcript to colleges? If you took a class at RSHS and you also paid for and registered to receive credit through UMSL’s Advanced Credit Program you will need to send your UMSL transcript in addition to your final RSHS transcript to the college of your choice.  You can request a transcript online from UMSL (there will be a fee): https://www.umsl.edu/~registration/Transcript%20Request.html

Senior Final Exam Schedule - Wednesday May 17 - Friday, May 19

Seniors are able to exempt ALL final exams in which they have earned an A.  Seniors will be expected to attend all classes unless excused by a parent.  May 17th - 19th will be normal school hours 8:16 - 3:05.

Wednesday, May 17th - Seniors will attend 1st - 5th hour, final exams in 6th and 7th hour

Thursday, May 18th - Seniors attend 1st and 2nd hour, final exams 3rd, 4th, and 5th, attend 6th and 7th.

Friday, May 19th - Finals 1st and 2nd hour, graduation rehearsal 3rd and 4th hour (mandatory attendance)

Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal - Friday, May 19th

After 2nd hour final (or 10:00 if exempting) Seniors will be required to attend the mandatorygraduation rehearsal.  The rehearsal will be at Summit in the main gym.  Students will be dismissed at 12:00 to leave for the day.  There will be no bus transportation until dismissal at 3:05.  Students remaining on campus will report to their 5th thru 7th hours.

Elementary Graduate Celebration Friday, May 19th

Our elementary schools will be hosting a celebration for 2017 graduates.  Seniors are asked to arrive at their former elementary school in cap and gown at 1:30 to be honored by staff and students.  This is an optional event.  Students will be responsible for their own transportation.

Graduation Ceremony - Thursday, May 25th

Students are asked to arrive by 6:00 pm.  Graduation ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are NOT required for graduation.  Graduates may have as many guests as they wish. Additional information in attachment.

Graduation Basics.pdf 

Professional Graduation Photography

Families can purchase photos of students receiving their diplomas on stage through Inter-State Studios.  Information/Order form attached.

ROCKWOOD SUMMIT - For School.pdf 

Graduation Ceremony Slide Show Pics

Senior parents are creating a slideshow to play prior to the graduation ceremony.  They want to include all graduates.  Please send pictures of your senior to rshsseniorslampictures@gmail.com or seniors can drop them off in the senior office.  Please send 5 individual pictures and any additional group photos you want to send.  Deadline is May 5th.

Senior Slam - Thursday, May 25th

This is an overnight celebration for students post-graduation held at Rockwood Summit.  Check in begins at 10pm and students will be dismissed between 5:00 - 6:00 am.  Students can still purchase tickets in the Senior Office for $40.  Seniors must turn in the permission slip with their money.

Stop by the Senior Office if you have any questions on the above information.

Dr. McCown

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