We have enjoyed a memorable first year as Lafayette Lancers! Although we have experienced a very different ending to the school year, we can build upon the strong foundation that each of you made contributions to throughout our time in the building together as we anticipate our return in August as a school body. I am thankful for the growth that each of you have experienced as members of the Class of 2023 since your arrival on campus back in August. I look forward to the continued success each of you will enjoy as Sophomores.
There are a few items I want to cover before your summer plans begin. Please review the information below and let me know if you have any questions.
Exams will NOT be administered for the 2019-2020 school year. This is the final week of school (May 18-21) so you should still be in contact with your teachers and continue to turn in ALP work and assessments.
Last day of school
The last day of school for the 2019-2020 school year will be Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Student Access for Personal Items
Below is the schedule for the Class of 2023 to pick up any materials left behind since Spring Break. Please use this opportunity to retrieve items left in lockers, classrooms, or locker rooms if they are essential or need to be returned to the school through proper channels (uniforms, textbooks, instruments, etc.). Anything not picked up can be retrieved when we return in the fall. Remember, you are NOT required to pick up any items from our school. If you choose to come pick up your belongings, we ask that you maintain the following guidelines:
- Enter through the Welcome Center doors only
- Bring your own face covering, if available.
- Maintain social distancing by keeping at least six (6) feet between you and others at all times.
- Wash your hands often and disinfect frequently touched items.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- You should not enter a building, if within the past 14 days you have experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 including a fever (100.4 degrees or higher), a sense of having a fever, a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or new muscle aches.
- You should not enter a building, if within the past 14 days you have had close contact with an individual that has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or demonstrated any of the symptoms listed above.
Please sign up for one 15-minute time segment using this link. We ask that you adhere to the following date and times assigned as it is imperative that we adhere to the guidelines set forth by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health concerning gatherings.
Tuesday, May 26 - FRESHMEN
8:00 - 10:00: Last names A-F
10:00 - 12:00: Last names G-L
12:00 - 2:00: Last names M-S
2:00 - 4:00: Last names T-Z
Students will enter the building through the Welcome Center entrance and check in with the administrator at the front desk. The entrance and sidewalk will be marked to maintain social distancing. We ask that students go directly to their lockers, clean out their items, distribute items to their respective locations, and then exit the building in their 15-minute block of time. Students will exit the building through the Welcome Center.
- We ask that students bring any books or miscellaneous items to the Commons. Post-it notes will be available for students to mark books with their name and the teacher’s name. Students will hand over these items to staff members working in the Commons.
- Please drop off specific items at the following locations:
- Sports Equipment and Uniforms: Welcome Center Hallway
- For any activity/sport items you are bringing from home, place the items in a bag labeled with your name, your coach’s name, and the sport/activity. Place these items in the corresponding boxes that will be labeled and lined up along the Welcome Center Hallway.
- If you need to access items in either set of locker rooms, please go to the Main Gym Hallway, and a staff member will escort you to the locker room, one student at a time.
- If you have activity/sport items in the locker room, please bring a bag for those items with you on your scheduled day/time. Label the items with your name, your coach’s name, the sport/activity, and drop the items off in the corresponding boxes in the Welcome Center Hallway as you exit the building.
- Band, Orchestra, Guitar: Fine Arts Hallway
- Staff members will be in the Fine Arts Hallway to help students with turning in items. The Fine Arts Hallway will be marked to maintain social distancing.
- Tuxes, dresses, and Vox Solus uniforms should be labeled with your name and hung up on hangers. Tuxedo bow ties and cummerbunds should be stored in the inside jacket pocket.
- Band and Orchestra instruments for students not continuing in Band and Orchestra for the 2020-2021 school year will be collected. Please be sure that your name is on the instrument when you turn it in.
- All guitars will be collected. Please be sure that your name is on the guitar.
- Music folders with music will be collected. Please be sure that your name is on the folder when you turn it in.
- ROTC Uniforms: Room 163
- Any other items: Commons
- If a student has items that need to be returned but does not want to enter the building, we will have receptacles outside the Welcome Center entrance to collect those items. We ask that you place the items in a bag, clearly marked with your name and any additional information needed (coach’s name, band uniform, teacher’s math calculator, etc.).
- Please remember that you are NOT required to come into the building to collect your items.
If you need to collect medication, contact nurse Rita McLafferty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got Your Backpack
Homelessness and families in need touch nearly every Rockwood school. You can help by donating to the Rockwood Got Your Backpack program. The following are ways you can contribute:
- You can drop off sealed food items at Fairway Elementary. Their donation drop off area is located outside the front of the building, and the donation bins are labeled.
- Got Your Backpack items needed:
- Oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, macaroni and cheese, pasta, spaghetti sauce, dried fruit, fruit, and vegetables in cans, soups, and granola bars. People can also donate on the GYBP website: https://mo-rockwood-lite.intouchreceipting.com/
- How can I help?
- Questions? Contact Rockwood Student Services at (636) 733-2177, or send an email to email@example.com.
- All balances left in meal accounts at the end of the school year will automatically be carried forward for students continuing in any Rockwood School. If a student graduates or moves out of the school district, a refund can be requested. Account balances can also be transferred to siblings within Rockwood.
- The parent/guardian may request a refund or transfer by phone at 636-733-3252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Refunds will be issued by check from the Rockwood School District. Families may also choose to donate the remaining meal account balance to a student in need within our district by contacting the Child Nutrition Services office at 636-733-3252.
Summer Reading Ideas
Are you looking for some great titles to read this summer? Our librarians have put together a few resources that will guide you to finding the right book. They have also included an advertisement for library summer programs, Audio sync information, and handouts for Gateway and YALSA fiction, nonfiction, as well as the "newest" (2014) Best Books for the College Bound list.
If you need to take Credit Recovery (CR) courses this summer, you should contact your counselor and register here.
Summer Work for Honors/Accelerated and AP courses
If you are enrolled in a course that recommends assigned summer work, you can find that information, by class, on the Lafayette Guidance Department website and here.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you soon! Please stay safe, read some books, enjoy some sunshine, and get ready for an awesome junior year!
Dr. Timothy P. Jones
Principal, Class of 2023