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October 2018

The Firebird

ROCK UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

OCT 2018 VOL. 1

RUHS MISSION

The mission at Rock University High School is to inspire and empower all students to reach their full potential by providing them a college preparatory learning experience. The students’ learning experience includes an emphasis on STEM and the humanities so that students acquire the knowledge, skills, and practices to become critical and creative thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, leaders, and collaborators. RUHS ensures that graduates can apply what they have learned in order to compete and succeed in a global economy emerging with innovation.

RUHS VISION

Rock University High School provides a small, student-centered school that empowers students to move from consumers of information to creators of their own learning. RUHS is a place where creativity, innovation, and flexibility are rewarded, mistakes are viewed as opportunities, and learning is ongoing. RUHS prepares all students with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed to be successful in college, meaningful careers, and life.

Important Dates 01
Fundraisers 01
Birthdays  02
Meet A Board Member  02
RUHS Grant Information 02
Policy Reminder 02

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

RUHS Students will be participating in the 2018 Manufacturing Day. The students will visit Alliant Energy, BTC’s Milton Campus, and Evonik.

FUNDRAISERS

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Sale Dates:

Book Orders: Now – November 5, 2018

Online Orders: Now – December 20, 2018

RUHS Scoopie Night

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join us at Culver’s on West Court Street for dinner, dessert, or both! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to RUHS for social events, field trips expenses, and general supplies. We look forward to seeing you there!

Birthdays This Month!

1.    ALIYAH BERG

2.    ELLIOTT BRIGHAM

Meet a RUHS Board Member

JANE THOMPSON, President:

Jane is a retired educator and former Rock University High School Dean of Students. She currently serves on the Statewide International Educational Council. Jane’s global connections assist with expanding the reach of student research. She was the impetus for the partnership which allows RUHS students to research and present at the yearly Critical Issues Forum focused on nuclear non-proliferation.

Policy Reminder

Attendance

Students may not be absent without excuse for more than any part or all of five (5) or more days on which school is held during a school semester. Students are limited to ten (10) days (80 hours) of excused absences per year, except as otherwise provided in this policy. Students beyond the 10 days/80 hours may be required to make up academic time through detentions or in-school suspension.

RUHS Grant Information

We are pleased to announce that RUHS was given a Charter School Expansion grant by the Department of Public Instruction.  RUHS was given $650,000 for a period of five years.  The grant will allow us to increase the numbers of students that we can serve and will also mean that we will be open to ninth grade students beginning in the fall of 2019.  RUHS is excited to partner with Blackhawk Technical College as we develop a high school where students can graduate with both a high school diploma and credits toward an associate degree.  More information will be coming about these plans in future newsletters.

The RUHS Governing Board meets every 3rd Monday of the Month at Rock University High School from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

RUHS Governing Board Meetings
3rd Monday of the month
Location:  Rock University High School
Room:1303
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm

November 2018

The Firebird

Rock University High School Newsletter

The mission at Rock University High School is to inspire and empower all students to reach their full potential by providing them a college preparatory learning experience. The students' learning experience includes an emphasis on STEM and the humanities so that students acquire the knowledge, skills, and practices to become critical and creative thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, leaders, and collaborators. RUHS ensures that graduates can apply what they have learned in order to compete and succeed in a global economy emerging with innovation. 

RUHS VISION 
Rock University High School

Provides a small, student centered school that empowers student to move from consumers of information to creators of their own learning. RUHS is a place where creativity, innovation, and flexibility are rewarded, mistakes are viewed as opportunities, and learning is ongoing. RUHS prepares all students with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed to be successful in college, meaningful careers, and life.

 
Important Dates 01
Parent Group Meetings 02
Birthdays  02
Exciting News  02
Policy Reminder 03
RUHS Grant Information 03
Meet A Board Member  03

 

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES/EVENTS

BIRTHDAYS this month

JaQuala Dumas
Vega Russell

RUHS Field Trip

Tuesday, November 20, 2018. RUHS students will be going to the Discovery Building in Madison, WI.
Workshop 1: Engineering & Nanomaterials for a Better World
Workshop 2: A Differentiation Investigation: Characterizing Human Cells

RUHS Parent Group Meetings

1st Monday of the Month
. 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

All parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend!
RUHS Parent Group Mission is to make every student's
potential a reality by engaging and empowering families
to play a supportive role through volunteering,
fundraising, mentoring, and advocating for our RUHS
students and staff.

No School -Thanksgiving Break

  • Wednesday, November 21, 2018
  • Thursday, November 22, 2018
  • Friday, November 23, 2018
Tentative Meeting Dates: Mark your calendar!
Monday, October 1 Monday, February 4
Monday, November 5 Monday, March 4
Monday, December 3 Monday, April 1
Monday, January 7 Monday, May 6

The RUHS Governing Board meets every 3rd Monday of the Month at Rock University High School from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

RUHS Governing Board Meetings
3rd Monday of the month
Location:  Rock University High School
Room:1303
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm

BTC Culinary Arts Visit:
A 2-hour exploratory Culinary Arts session where students will learn about Culinary careers, the Culinary Arts program at BTC, and participate in a hands-on activity.

Exciting News!

For the second year in a row, Rock University High School once again leads the district in ACT Scores!

Janesville Schools ACT Scores
  2016-17 2017-18
Rock University High School 21.9 20.7
ARISE 19.4 19.9
Craig 20.3 19.7
Parker 18.9 18.5
TAGOS 17.7 17.2
Rock RIver Charter 13.5 14.1
District 19.3 18.9
State 20.2 19.9

Source: State DPI

RUHS Grant Information

We are pleased to announce that RUHS was given a Charter School Expansion grant by the Department of Public Instruction. RUHS was given $650,000 for a period of five years. The grant will allow us to increase the numbers of students that we can serve and will also mean that we will be open to ninth grade students beginning in the fall of 2019. RUHS is excited to partner with Blackhawk Technical College as we develop a high school where students can graduate with both a high school diploma and credits toward an associate degree. More information will be coming about these plans in future newsletters.

Fundraiser Update 

As a result of our Scoopie Night on October 10, 2018, RUHS raised $421.53 to be used for student needs, field trip expenses, and our Critical Issues Forum class/trip.

Policy Reminder Inappropriate Clothing/ Attire

Clothing/attire is considered inappropriate if it is offensive or disruptive to the school environment as determined by staff/administration. 
Inappropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to: 

♦    alcohol or drug-related clothing/jewelry
♦    threat/hate group or gang-related clothing
♦    clothes that contain a message that is discriminatory
♦    clothing or attire that causes a distraction or is embarrassing to others
♦    clothes that contain a negative message about any aspect of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy or physical, mental, emotional or learning disabilities - hats may not be worn in the building.

Meet A Board Member 

CARLO GOVANTES, Vice President: 
Carlo is an alumnus of Rock University High School and a current Blackhawk Technical College student. Carlo was a member of the first graduating class of Rock University and has remained active with guidance of the school since graduation. 

Service Learning Opportunity 

Below is a link to a service learning/volunteer opportunity: 
Teens Encouraged to Participate in Teen Volunteer Involvement Program (V.I.P. 
http://www.ci.janesville.wi.us/Home/Componen ts/News/News/12217/29 

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF JANESVILLE ANNUAL NOTICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION REFERRAL AND EVALUATION PROCEDURES

Upon request, the School District of Janesville is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services. A request for evaluation is known as a referral. When the district receives a referral, the district will appoint an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services. The district locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private (including religious) schools, elementary schools and secondary schools located in the school district.

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child's parent that the referral will be made.

Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.

Referrals must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. A referral may be made by contacting Ms. Kimberli Peerenboom, Director of Pupil Services, School District of Janesville, at 608-743-5061, or by writing her at 527 S. Franklin Street, Janesville, WI, 53548.

School District of Janesville CONFIDENTIALITY OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH CHILD FIND ACTIVITIES

The School District of Janesville is required to locate, identify, and evaluate all children, with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools in the school district, and homeless children. The process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities is known as child find.

This agency conducts the following child find activities each year in the form of Early Childhood and Speech and Language Developmental Screenings. This notice informs parents of the records the school district will develop and maintain as part of its child find activities. This notice also informs parents of their rights regarding any records developed.

The school district gathers personally identifiable information on any child who participates in child find activities. Parents, teachers, and other professionals provide information to the school related to the child’s academic performance, behavior, and health. This information is used to determine whether the child needs special education services. Personally identifiable information directly related to a child and maintained by the school is a pupil record.

Pupil records include records maintained in any way including, but not limited to, computer storage media, video and audiotape, film, microfilm, and microfiche. Records maintained for personal use by a teacher and not available to others and records available only to persons involved in the psychological treatment of a child are not pupil records.

The school district maintains several classes of pupil records.

  • "Progress records" include grades, courses the child has taken, the child's attendance record, immunization records, required lead screening records, and records of school extra-curricular activities. Progress records must be maintained for at least five years after the child ceases to be enrolled.
  •  "Behavioral records" include such records as psychological tests, personality evaluations, records of conversations, written statements relating specifically to the pupil's behavior, tests relating specifically to achievement or measurement of ability, physical health records other than immunization and lead screening records, law enforcement officers' records, and other pupil records that are not "progress records." Law enforcement officers' records are maintained separately from other pupil records. Behavioral records may be maintained for no longer than one year after the child graduates or otherwise ceases to be enrolled, unless the parent specifies in writing that the records may be maintained for a longer period of time. The school district informs parents when pupil records are no longer needed to provide special education. At the request of the child's parents, the school district destroys the information that is no longer needed.
  • "Directory data" includes the student's name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, photographs, degrees and awards received, and the name of the school most recently previously attended by the student.
  • "Pupil physical health records" include basic health information about a pupil, including the pupil's immunization records, an emergency medical card, a log of first aid and medicine administered to the pupil, an athletic permit card, a record concerning the pupil's ability to participate in an education program, any required lead screening records, the results of any routine screening test, such as for hearing, vision or scoliosis, and any follow-up to the test, and any other basic health information, as determined by the state superintendent. Any pupil record relating to a pupil's physical health that is not a pupil physical health record is treated as a patient health care record under sections 146.81 to 146.84, Wisconsin Statutes. Any pupil record concerning HIV testing is treated as provided under section 252.15, Wisconsin Statutes.

Request for School Transfer/Placement (Intra District Transfers) within the School District of Janesville Attendance Areas

Due to Move:

If you move within the School District of Janesville during the school year and wish to remain at your current school please ask the school office for a Request to Remain in Current School Following Move to New Attendance Area Form (Blue). Complete the form and return it to the school office.

Due to Parent Choice:

If you wish to apply to have your student transferred/placed in another school within the district next school year (2018-2019), please ask the school office for a School Transfer/Placement Within the School District Form (Goldenrod). Completed forms will be accepted from December 1 through December 15, 2018 only. Submit your Request for School Transfer/Placement Within the School District Form (Goldenrod) to your home school attendance area office. Parents applying for Requests for School Transfer/Placement Within the School District will be notified of approval or disapproval by January 15, 2019. Parents applying for Requests for School Transfer/Placement Within the School District for incoming Kindergarten students will be notified of approval or disapproval after they have enrolled their child during the Kindergarten Enrollment period with the New Student Enrollment Office. If you have questions, please contact the school office of your home school attendance area.

Open Enrollment – Public School Choice – District to District Transfers

If during the school year, you move outside the School District of Janesville and you wish to remain at your current school please contact the Administrative Services office at 743-5152 and request a tuition waiver form within two weeks of your move. This will allow you to be eligible to attend your current school for the remainder of the current year tuition free. To continue attending the School District of Janesville after the 2018-19 school year, you will also need to complete an open enrollment application. Application instructions are provided to the School District of Janesville by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and should be available by late January 2019. This year applications will be accepted February 4 – April 30, 2019.

If you have questions regarding Open Enrollment or Public School Choice please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152.

December 2018

  The Firebird

ROCK UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

DEC 2018 VOL. 3

 

RUHS MISSION

The mission at Rock University High School is to inspire and empower all students to reach their full potential by providing them a college preparatory learning experience. The students’ learning experience includes an emphasis on STEM and the humanities so that students acquire the knowledge, skills, and practices to become critical and creative thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, leaders, and collaborators. RUHS ensures that graduates can apply what they have learned in order to compete and succeed in a global economy emerging with innovation.

RUHS VISION

Rock University High School provides a small, student-centered school that empowers students to move from consumers of information to creators of their own learning. RUHS is a place where creativity, innovation, and flexibility are rewarded, mistakes are viewed as opportunities, and learning is ongoing. RUHS prepares all students with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed to be successful in college, meaningful careers, and life.


In this Issue:

  • Important Dates 01 Parent Group Meetings
  • Governing Board Meetings
  • Birthdays
  • Exciting News
  • Policy Reminder
  • RUHS Grant Information
  • Meet A Board Member

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES/EVENTS

RUHS Parent Group Meetings - 1st Wednesday of the Month - 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

All parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend!

RUHS Parent Group Mission is to make every student’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families to play a supportive role through volunteering, fundraising, mentoring, and advocating for our RUHS students and staff.

Tentative Meeting Dates: Mark your calendar!

Wednesday, December 5

Wednesday, April 3

Wednesday, January 2

Wednesday, May 1

Wednesday, February 6

Wednesday, June 5

Wednesday, March 6

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

 

The RUHS Governing Board meets every 3rd Monday of the Month at Rock University High School from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Below you will find a link to the meeting minutes from the Governing Board meeting on 11/19/18.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-RyyDQXbhmj9kQAoKIaTMocGPMJV-2qnbjRnzY2DRao/edit?ts=5bfc7644

Birthdays This Month
Kyslee Schliem

No School
December 24, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (Winter Break)
(Classes resume January 2, 2019)

Charter School Community Career Fair:
Friday, December 7, 2018
Rock County Job Center 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Blackhawk Technical College’s Winter Carnival
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Blackhawk Technical College Cafeteria
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Community Events

December 14, 2018: Kids Helping Kids
https://www.wclo.com/kids-helping-kids/

December 15, 2018: Rock County Historical Society hosting Carriage House Christmas
http://www.rchs.us/event/carriage-house-christmas/

December 15, 2018: SDJ's Annual Bags of Hope
https://www.wclo.com/2017/11/14/janesville-school-district-gars-up-for-bags-of-hope/

January 8, 2019: RUHS End of Semester Open House!

 

Exciting News!

An RUHS Student had the pleasure of speaking in front of the School Board on October 23, 2018. Click the link below to hear what Alex Ries had to say about RUHS!
https://www.facebook.com/RUHSJanesville/videos/253158085312768/

RUHS Grant Information

RUHS is continuing to work diligently on preparing to add a new freshman class starting next school year (2019-20) and follow a middle-college model. In a middle-college model, students will take a combination of core high school courses and college courses to receive their diploma and graduate with, or close to, an associate's degree. The core classes are provided by teachers employed by Rock University High School while all the college courses are taken with real college students and instructors at BTC, or other local college options. Our partners with Blackhawk Technical College are developing pathways for students to graduate high school with credits towards an associate's degree in several areas, including but not limited to: Business, Health Sciences, and Education. 

Fundraiser Update Yankee Candle
There is still time to order Yankee Candles if you are interested.
Sale Dates:Online Orders: Now – December 20, 2018

Fundraiser - Mac's Pizza Shack
December 20, 2018 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Policy Reminder: Electronic Devices
Authorized electronic devices may be used with Administrator approval; however, they are prohibited in locker rooms and restrooms unless powered off in accordance with State Statute 175.22. Unauthorized electronic devices are prohibited on school premises.

Consequences: Students who commit this act of misconduct will be disciplined in one or more of the following ways:

¨     Conference

¨     Confiscation

¨     Detention

¨     Parent Referral/Contact

¨     Police Referral

¨     Probation Referral

¨     In School Suspension

¨     Removal from premises

Maximum Consequences:

¨     Out of School Suspension

¨     Pre-Expulsion

¨     Recommendation for Expulsion

Meet A Board Member Kathy Boguszewski:
Kathy is a retired educator and an Education Consultant with the Rock County Historical Society. Kathy works closely with students researching and developing National History Day projects.

Scholarship Information

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Scholarship
Merit Scholarships
Financial Aid Scholarships
Scholarships for Advanced Strings, Winds, and Percussion
https://bluelake.org/

America’s Farmers Scholarship
Want a future in an exciting field. We’re giving away more than $500,000 in scholarships to students interested in AG Careers!
https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/MTY0NzI0MTQ4Nzha/p/MjQ4MjY3MDM0NjBa/details
Full website: https://www.americasfarmers.com/

Delta Theta Sigma Co-Ed Fraternity Scholarship
The Gamma chapter of Delta Theta Sigma Co-Ed fraternity at UW-Madison is offering scholarships to students attending UW-Madison in Fall 2019. There will be 2 scholarships available. One type will be worth $1000 and is for students who wish to live at the DTS alumni house (it is encouraged these recipients "rush" with us, but it is not required and will not impact our selection), as well as $500 scholarships for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance during their high school careers.
http://www.deltathetasigma.com/

GSAFE Scholarship
Apply for GSAFE's 2019 Youth Scholarship Award!
Are you or do you know a young activist who has demonstrated commitment to creating safe schools and communities for all students? GSAFE's 2019 Youth Scholarship Award is open to current Wisconsin seniors graduating in 2019.
Applications are due on January 11th, 2019
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfbGnxOWiboR3yLInL-vNr23wXmc29rw2MKAxb8ColOPcCbMw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2zx6CfiX82f0nZ9SNrMZYytF1LaGiQDX32rTMhc__9M4PGJjtBvuW3-io

Internship Opportunities

The Rock County Historical Society is looking for student interns in the following areas:
-Digitizing Historical Photographs
-Archiving Images
-Docents for the Tallman House tours
If you have any students interested or would like more information, please have them contact Tim Maahs at the Rock County Historical Society via email at tmaahs@rchs.us or phone at 608-756-4509.

Internship / Apprentice Opportunity!
Interested in Aviation???? Check out the attached flyer!
SC Aviation is looking for a student for their billing/accounting department & to be a youth mechanic working on jets!
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-PVeyOif0YNWjU3YnkxcC1JS1ROSHZqSXJ2Q3l6Ty1rMjBv&authuser=0

Volunteer Opportunities

Teens Encouraged to Participate in Teen Volunteer Involvement Program (V.I.P.)
Become a V.I.P. with the Janesville Recreation Division through our volunteer program! Teens age 13 and up can sign up to volunteer at one or more of our special events held throughout the year and for event set up/clean-up days. Teens will donate their time and in turn will gain valuable experience and a sense of fulfillment. This is a great opportunity to complete required volunteer hours for school!
Interested teens should complete a volunteer application on our website. Have an experience of a lifetime, while making a difference today. Please contact the Recreation Division with any questions at (608) 755-3030.
http://www.ci.janesville.wi.us/home/showdocument?id=2407

Article from DPI website

Internet Discount Finder

Friday, August 3, 2018

Digital equity is an urgent issue. Schools increasingly provide their students with mobile devices to take and use at home. However, according to the 2017-18 Wisconsin Digital Learning Survey and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, about 20% of Wisconsin households do not have access to the internet.

While 1:1 computing can be beneficial for students, affordability is the main reason why many people do not have internet access at home.

The Internet Discount Finder, created by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC), can help low-income households find discounted internet service. Discounts are as deep as 80%. Moreover, it’s easy to use: enter a full home address to see if there are any providers in the area and then learn about what different programming is offered and how to qualify. Some providers base qualification for internet discounts on participation in programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8, the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and other means-tested programs.

Schools and public libraries can play a critical role in promoting the Internet Discount Finder to ensure all of their students and library users get internet access at home. For many children and adults, the public library is the only source of internet access. The Internet Discount Finder is not just for households with students. It is designed to help all Wisconsin families and residents get internet access.

Provider programs cover as much as 85% of the state, according to the PSC. The Internet Discount Finder's ease of use, combined with the potential to reach an overwhelming majority of the state, puts educators and librarians in optimal positions to promote and explain it to families or residents who can benefit from the service.

 

Internet providers offer an array of discounted internet subscriptions based upon a variety of factors such as income, participation in Free and Reduced Cost Lunch programs, housing assistance, veteran status, Medicaid, Supplementary Security Income and more. 

The Wisconsin State Broadband Office has developed a tool to help identify programs available based upon location. 

Here is the link to see if you qualify for any of these programs.

http://maps.psc.wi.gov/apps/DiscountPrograms/

January 2019

The Firebird

Rock University High School Newsletter

Jan 2019 Vol 4

RUHS Mission

The mission at Rock University High School is to inspire and empower all students to reach their full potential by providing them a college preparatory learning experience. The students’ learning experience includes an emphasis on STEM and the humanities so that students acquire the knowledge, skills, and practices to become critical and creative thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, leaders, and collaborators. RUHS ensures that graduates can apply what they have learned in order to compete and succeed in a global economy emerging with innovation.

RUHS Vision

Rock University High School provides a small, student-centered school that empowers students to move from consumers of information to creators of their own learning. RUHS is a place where creativity, innovation, and flexibility are rewarded, mistakes are viewed as opportunities, and learning is ongoing. RUHS prepares all students with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed to be successful in college, meaningful careers, and life.

In this Issue:

  • Important Dates
  • Parent Group Meetings
  • Governing Board Meetings
  • Birthdays
  • Exciting News
  • RUHS Grant Information
  • Policy Reminder
  • Meet a Board Member

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES/EVENTS

RUHS Parent Group Meetings 1st Wednesday of the Month
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

All parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend! RUHS Parent Group Mission is to make every student’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families to play a supportive role through volunteering, fundraising, mentoring, and advocating for our RUHS students and staff.

Tentative Meeting Dates: Mark your calendar!

Wednesday, December 5

Wednesday, April 3

Wednesday, January 2

Wednesday, May 1

Wednesday, February 6

Wednesday, June 5

Wednesday, March 6

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

 

The RUHS Governing Board meets every 1st Wednesday of the Month at Rock University High School from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Below you will find a link to the meeting minutes from the Governing Board meeting on  12/17/18.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QtuA0QgPi7jv5rvhMGwbqf00y6KmJws7Dv--E0fQ65k/edit?ts=5c13073c#

Birthdays this Month
Colten Mekeel

Rock University High School End of Semester Open House


Tuesday, January 8, 2019 6:00 p.m - 7:30 p.m.

RUHS Picture Day

Friday, January 11, 2019

RUHS Winter Formal

Voigt Music Center
January 18, 2019
7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

RUHS Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 17, 2019 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

No School

Friday, January 18, 2019: End of First Semester
Monday, January 21, 2019: Martin Luther King Day

Exciting News

8th graders from the 3 Janesville Middle Schools visited RUHS on January 3, 2019. RUHS students gave tours of the school, advice for any interested 8th graders, and the great reasons why they chose to attend RUHS.

RUHS Grant Information

An intensive marketing campaign is underway in educating the community about the new opportunity for our very first freshman class this coming fall. You may be hearing an ad on the radio (WJVL and WCLO) or seeing print ads in the Janesville Gazette and messenger newspapers. Staff and students have been visiting our local middle schools to present eighth graders information about the middle college model and how they can apply to be a Firebird next year! New student applications have been coming in and we are excited to be enrolling students for next year already.

Policy Reminder

Students enrolled in the School District of Janesville are expected to:

  1. Attend school and scheduled classes on a daily basis unless ill or excused by school officials.
  2. Take advantage of all available resources and learning opportunities presented to them, and develop and learn to the best of their abilities.
  3. Select courses with the purpose of achieving meaningful goals.
  4. Complete assigned work within the time designated.
  5. Challenge their intellect and not just work for grades.
  6. Give the best possible performance in all testing situations.
  7. Obey all rules, directives, and district policies, which are communicated either in writing or verbally.
  8. Participate in school-sponsored events and activities.
  9. Accept help from their classmates and be willing to help others when they can.
  10. Register complaints and concerns with those who have the most direct responsibility to address them.
  11. Students and parents should consult the Student Conduct Code for further conduct guidelines.The Student Conduct Code will have the same authority as the student rules outlined in student handbooks.
  12. Students are expected to be polite, helpful, and considerate when a substitute teacher is present in the classroom. Uncooperative students should expect disciplinary consequences from their regular classroom teacher.

 Please see Board Policy 6000 - District Beliefs, Goals, and Expectations.

Meet a Board Member
Jose Carillo:

Jose is a retired General Motors engineer. Jose has served as a local and state representative for the United Automobile Workers Union. Jose is a member of the Arrowhead Library Board.

March 2019

The Firebird

Rock University High School Newsletter 

March 2019 Vol 5  

RUHS MISSION

The mission at Rock University High School is to inspire and empower all students to reach their full potential by providing them a college preparatory learning experience. The students' learning experience includes an emphasis on STEM and the humanities so that students acquire the knowledge, skills, and practices to become critical and creative thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, leaders, and collaborators. RUHS ensures that graduates can apply what they have learned in order to compete and succeed in a global economy emerging with innovation.


RUHS VISION

Rock University High School provides a small, student-centered school that empowers students to move from consumers of information to creators of their own learning. RUHS is a place where creativity, innovation, and flexibility are rewarded, mistakes are viewed as opportunities, and learning is ongoing. RUHS prepares all students with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed to be successful in college, meaningful careers, and life.


In this Issue:

  • Important Dates
  • Parent Group Meetings
  • Governing Board Meetings
  • Birthdays
  • Exciting News
  • RUHS Grant Information
  • Policy Reminder
  • Meet a Board Member

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES/EVENTS

RUHS Parent Group Meetings 1st Wednesday of the Month
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

All parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend! RUHS Parent Group Mission is to make every student’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families to play a supportive role through volunteering, fundraising, mentoring, and advocating for our RUHS students and staff.

Tentative Meeting Dates: Mark your calendar!

Wednesday, December 5

Wednesday, April 3

Wednesday, January 2

Wednesday, May 1

Wednesday, February 6

Wednesday, June 5

Wednesday, March 6

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

 

The RUHS Governing Board meets every 1st Monday of the Month at Rock University High School from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Here are the meeting minutes from the Governing Board meeting on  2/18/19.
 


Birthdays This Month (February)

Devin Kind
Jaret Washtock

Reality Check Event - Parker HS
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

RUHS Picture Re-take Day
Friday, February 15, 2019

ACT & ACT WorkKeys Testing
February 20 - 21
11th Graders Only
No School for 10th & 12th graders

RUHS - Famous Daves School Spirit Fundraiser
February 21, 2019
9:00 A.M. - 11:00 P.M.

Snow Make Up Days
March 6, 2019
April 22, 2019
May 24, 2019

RUHS Game Night
Friday, February 22, 2019
4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
March 5, 2019: 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
March 6, 2019: 4:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
March 7, 2019: 8:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.


Exciting News!

Scholarships
Wisconsin Towns Association 2019 Scholarship Program
The Wisconsin Towns Association, Rural Mutual Insurance Company, and Scott Construction, Inc. will be awarding $7,000 in scholarships to high school seniors graduating from either a public or private high school in Wisconsin that plan to enroll in a Wisconsin public or private college or a university in 2019. The winners are determined by independent judging of an essay contest. The essay should address the topic: "Please explain the importance of high-speed broadband access to town economic and community development." Students do not need to be residents of towns. Essays must be postmarked by May 31, 2019. Thank you in advance for promoting the program!
https://www.wisctowns.com/resources/scholarship/


Policy Reminder

Visitors to The School

The administration and staff welcome families, community members and other interested persons who wish to visit a school with its responsibility to provide an environment which is conducive to learning and protective of the safety and welfare of students and staff. The principal or designee may place restrictions on a visitor to the school or prohibit access to the safety of students or staff or as required by law or court order.

Registered sex offenders who wish to visit schools including parent/legal guardians must submit a Sex Offender Notification form to the Office of Administrative and Human Services at the Educational Services Center, obtain approval and follow the procedures as required by that office.

The principal or designee may order the removal of persons who the principal/designee believes are: disturbing the school's educational programs, on school premises for the purpose of committing an illegal act; and/or making threats or engaging in other intimidating acts. The principal may order the removal of persons who do not report to the school office, identify themselves, state the purpose for entry upon school property or who enter school property for improper reasons. The principal may order the removal. The principal/designee will contact law enforcement authorities if necessary. Please refer to Board Policy 1240 and Administrative Regulation 1240.1 for the complete policy and regulations on visitors to our schools.


Meet a Board Member

Gail Graham:
Gail just recently joined the board. Gail is the Business Services Coordinator at the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. Her expertise on pathways for college and careers is a tremendous asset for RUHS students.

 


RUHS Grant Information


Rock University High School to offer AP Capstone Diploma Program
Diploma Program Focuses on College Level Research, Collaboration, and Presentation Skills Crucial for College and Career Success.

Rock University High School (RUHS) is the first school in the School District of Janesville and one of approximately 1,800 schools worldwide to implement the AP Capstone Diploma Program - an innovative program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for college success, such as research, collaboration, and communication. The program consists of two courses taken in sequence: AP Seminar and AP Research.

Students who score a 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing earn the AP Capstone Diploma. This signifies outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. Students who score a 3 or higher in both AP Seminar and AP Research (but not on four additional AP Exams) earn the AP Seminar and AP Research certificate.

RUHS will start offering AP Seminar in the Fall of 2019.

In AP Seminar, typically taken in 10th or 11th grade, students choose and evaluate complex topics through multiple lenses; identify credibility and bias in sources; and develop arguments in support of a recommendation. AP Seminar is a project-based learning course. Official AP Seminar assessments include research reports, written arguments, and presentations completed during the academic year.

In the subsequent AP Research course, students design, execute, present, and defend a yearlong research-based investigation on a topic of individual interest. They build on skills developed in AP Seminar by learning how to understand research methodology; employ ethical research practices; and collect, analyze, and synthesize information to contribute to academic research. Like AP Seminar, AP Research is a project-based course. Each student's official AP Research score is based on their academic paper, presentation, and oral defense.

"We're proud to offer AP Capstone, which enables students and teachers to focus on topics of their choice in great depth," said Trevor Packer, senior Vice President for AP and instruction at the College Board. He adds, "This provides terrific opportunities for students to develop the ability to write and present their work effectively, individually and in groups-the very skills college professors want their students to possess."

In partnership with the higher education community, the College Board developed AP Capstone so students can practice skills that serve the well in college and career. Colleges and Universities have voiced their support for the program.


Rock University High School to offer Computer Science Courses with Amazon Future Engineer

More than 1,000 high schools across the country are participating in Amazon Future Engineer, an initiative making computer science available to all students.

Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part, childhood-to-career program that works to inspire and educate 10 million children and young adults each year to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer science and coding - Amazon Future Engineer focuses on access for all.

We are now part of the Amazon Future Engineer program and will receive funding from Amazon to start offering computer science classes to students this Fall 2019. High School is one of more than 1,000 high schools across the country currently signed up for Amazon Future Engineer, a national program aimed at making computer science accessible to all students. With more than 1,000 high schools signed up, Amazon Future Engineer will serve tens of thousands of high school students.

With Amazon Future Engineer's funding, RUHS will offer Intro to Computer Science and Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science classes through curriculum provider, Edhesive. Amazon's funding provides preparatory lessons, tutorials, and professional development for teachers, fully sequenced and paced digital curriculum for students, and live online support every day of the week for both teachers and students. These full-year courses are designed to inspire, prepare, and propel students in their pursuit of computer science education. All students participating in this program will receive a free membership to AWS Educate which provides them with free access to computing power in the AWS Cloud for their coding projects and content to learn about cloud computing.

"We couldn't have taught these courses without the support of Amazon," said Dr. Onsrud, RUHS Principal. "We are thrilled to give our students this opportunity as they prepare to apply to college and build the skills for a rewarding career in technology and innovation."

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs. Computer Science is the fastest profession within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field, but only 8% of STEM graduates earn a computer science degree, with a tiny minority from underprivileged backgrounds. And, underprivileged students are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.

"We want to ensure that every child, especially those from underprivileged communities, has an opportunity to study computer science," said Jeff Wilke, CEO Worldwide Consumer, Amazon. "We are excited more than 1,000 schools will now provide these courses, and look forward to adding 1,000 more schools over the coming months.

Launched in November, 2018, Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part childhood-to-career program intended to inspire, educate, and prepare children and young adults from underprivileged, underrepresented, and underserved communities to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer science. Each year, Amazon Future Engineer aims to inspire more than 10 million kids to explore computer science; provide over 100,000 young people in over 2,000 high schools access to Intro or AP Computer Science courses; award 100 students with four-year $10,000 scholarships, as well as offer guaranteed and paid Amazon internships to gain work experience. Engineer has donated more than $10 million to organizations that promote computer science/STEM education across the country.

April 2019

The Firebird

Rock University High School Newsletter

April 2019 Vol 6

RUHS MISSION

The mission at Rock University High School is to inspire and empower all students to reach their full potential by providing them a college preparatory learning experience. The students' learning experience includes an emphasis on STEM and the humanities so that students acquire the knowledge, skills, and practices to become critical and creative thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, leaders, and collaborators. RUHS ensures that graduates can apply what they have learned in order to compete and succeed in a global economy emerging with innovation.

RUHS VISION

Rock University High School provides a small, student-centered school that empowers students to move from consumers of information to creators of their own learning. RUHS is a place where creativity, innovation, and flexibility are rewarded, mistakes are viewed as opportunities, and learning is ongoing. RUHS prepares all students with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed to be successful in college, meaningful careers, and life.

 

In this Issue:

  • Important Dates
  • Parent Group Meetings
  • Governing Board Meetings
  • Birthdays
  • Exciting News
  • RUHS Grant Information
  • Policy Reminder
  • Meet a Board Member

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES/EVENTS

RUHS Parent Group Meetings 1st Wednesday of the Month
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

All parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend! RUHS Parent Group Mission is to make every student’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families to play a supportive role through volunteering, fundraising, mentoring, and advocating for our RUHS students and staff.

Tentative Meeting Dates: Mark your calendar!

Wednesday, December 5

Wednesday, April 3

Wednesday, January 2

Wednesday, May 1

Wednesday, February 6

Wednesday, June 5

Wednesday, March 6

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

The RUHS Governing Board meets every 1st Monday of the Month at Rock University High School from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Birthdays This Month
Megan Garvoille                 
Taylor Jenkins
Luke Perry
Juliana Pritchard
Mason Sake
Erica Schmitz
Keegan Sheridan
Lukas Streuly

Spring Break - No School
Monday, April 15, 2019 - Friday, April 19, 2019

Forward Testing for Sophomores
April 2, 2019 and April 4, 2019
During Peer Group

Job Fair - Parker High School
April 3, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Policy Reminder

Request to Withhold Directory Data: Release of Pupil Directory Data Information and High School Student Information to Military Recruiters and Institutions of Higher Education

In the course of a school year, groups of students are occasionally videotaped and/or photographed in classroom situations, during fine arts performances, on field trips, for teacher training, etc.

The resulting photo and/or videotape may be used in a variety of ways: to promote the school district, individual school, or specific programs to the community, to instruct students or staff members, or to orient new parents, staff and students. The final product could also take a variety of forms, photo display, slide presentations, newspaper articles, pamphlets or video programs.

Wisconsin statutes provide that school districts may legally release:

  • A pupil's name, Address, Telephone listing, Date and place of birth, Photographs, Grade level
  • Major field of study, Participation in officially recognized activities and sports, Weight and height of members athletic teams, Dates of attendance, Degrees, honors and awards received
  • Name of the school most recently previously attended by the pupil

The School District of Janesville will consider videotapes the same as photographs.

Such information may be withheld if the district is advised by the parent, legal guardian, or eligible student (18 years of age or older) to do so. If it is your wish NOT to allow the above information to be released, and if you are the parent. Legal guardian, or eligible student, you must annually acknowledge the "Release to Withhold Directory Data" within Infinite Campus. If we do not have your acknowledgement of the request to withhold information within 14 days of the distribution of this handbook, we can assume, according to state statutes, that the directory data listed above may be released if requested.

In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 to provide military recruiters and institutions of higher learning, upon request, with three directory information categories - names, addresses and telephone listings - unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student's information disclosed without their prior written consent, we are required to provide this. This is a separate form (See Administrative Regulation 5500.1b and/or Administrative Regulation 5500.1c) that must be annually signed within 14 days of registration and is available at the high school offices.

Please understand if you request to withhold directory data your child will not have his/her picture or name in school yearbooks or student newspapers, sports programs, awards programs, music/drama programs, The Janesville Gazette (news stories, graduation issue) etc. There can be no exceptions.

Meet a Board Member
Michael McKinnon:

Michael is a retired educator and curriculum coordinator. He is currently serving as an adjunct faculty member of Cardinal Stritch University. Michael provides students with feedback on their research when in process and serves as a panelist for many of their final capstone presentations.

Critical Issues Forum

We have 2 students and a teacher going to Monterey, CA on March 29th - April 1st. Senior James Anderson and Junior Nick Jacobus will be the 2 RUHS ambassadors this year. They will be sharing their project "Dialogue for Risk Prevention: Deliberating to Solve the Nuclear Weapons Crisis" (see abstract below) that they created with their other CIF team member, Sophomore Karl Anderson. Staff who have collaborated and coached the CIF team are Stephanie Villarello and Erin Jensen. Erin Jensen will be accompanying James and Nick to the conference.

Abstract

Dialogue for Risk Prevention: Deliberating to Solve the Nuclear Weapons Crisis

           In the modern political climate, the topic of denuclearization has been on the minds of many people. This is due to nuclear weapons being either obtained by new powers or the updating of current nuclear weapons. Leaving us with a choice: How do we slow down or eliminate nuclear proliferation while at the same time keep the nuclear powers happy? In order to bring the issue to light and to educate people about the issue, we decided to research and identify three solutions to the issue of nuclear weapons and risk prevention. With this research, our deliberation guide was created. The deliberation guide breaks down the issue and solutions and allows for groups to analyze and determine what solution is the strongest.

           We hosted a deliberation within our school. The question: How do we manage and limit the risk of nuclear weapons in today's turbulent world? The three options were given for those involved: Create and implement a nuclear curriculum for schools, support mutually assured destruction/security, or ratify and improve the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Each option was analyzed by the group. In the end, the group determined what solution, or combination of solutions, was the strongest. The group was then surveyed about how they thought the deliberation want and the importance of discussing issues; as well as, asking them to assess their opinions throughout it. We believe, deliberations or conversations like this will educate others on the topic of nuclear proliferation allowing them to make more informed decisions on nuclear risk prevention in the world.

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Middlebury Institute of
International Studies at Monterey

High School Students from Japan, Russia, and the United States convene in Monterey to discuss Nuclear Risk Reduction

Monterey, Calif. - On March 29-30, students and teachers from Japan and Russia will join their peers from the United States to participate in the 2019 Critical Issues Forum (CIF) conference on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament as part of the education outreach program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. In addition to presenting the conclusions of their own research, students will hear from keynote speaker Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, leading expert in nuclear nonproliferation and arms control issues, author of The 2020 Commission on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States, and Director of the East Asia Nonproliferation program at the Middlebury Institute's James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. On the second day, Dr. Mona Dreicer, Deputy Director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, who is well known for her extensive experiences in nuclear nonproliferation, threat reduction, and verification, will also join as keynote speaker.

At the 2019 Critical Issues Forum (CIF) conference, students from five Japanese high schools, three Russian high schools from closed nuclear cities, and over 10 U.S. high schools from four different states are scheduled to present at the conference. This year, the CIF project is more actively engaging local high schools in Monterey County, both public and private, such as Pacific Grove High School and York School. Furthermore, for the first time we have Salinas Union High School District participating, with students from each high school in the District.

Students will present their studies on the topic of "Nuclear Risk Reduction: Crisis Prevention in a Time of International Turbulence" which eloquently presents the current tumultuous international security environment surrounding nuclear weapons policy. By studying this topic, CIF high school students will learn the current challenges and crisis surrounding nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament, nuclear risks threatening global and regional peace and security, and explore pathways to solve such nuclear challenges and crisis. Students will identify the current outstanding nuclear weapons-related issues including the possible new arms race between the United States and Russia, uncertain prospects of Iran's nuclear program, uncertainty in ending North Korea's nuclear and missile program, and divided views toward the goals of a nuclear weapons free world.

The CIF conference is the culmination of a semester-long program for high school students that is designed to develop critical thinking skills and to engage students and teachers around issues related to international peace and security. All participating students are expected to present and exchange their findings on their topic in a creative and innovative way, followed by an open discussion centered on a question and answer session with their peers and teachers. Students will also engage in interactive and cross-cultural activities during the conference, and will have the opportunity to interact with graduate students studying nuclear disarmament issues in the Institute's Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Program.

The CIF conference provides high school students with a unique opportunity to engage with leading experts of the nonproliferation and disarmament field. The keynote speakers' distinct backgrounds will provide students with a comprehensive view of nuclear weapons and nonproliferation. Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, known for his scholarship and profound understanding of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, will provide an important perspective for a safer and more secure world from his striking work The 2020 Commission on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States, claimed by one reviewer to be "the gut punch everyone needs".

This year's CIF program is funded by the Saga Foundation and the Tom and Sarah Pattison Fund. For more information on the CIF program, please visit the CIF website at https://sites.miis.edu/criticalissuesforum/, and view this short video at https://youtu.be/nZYPFCzfrGQ

Preliminary Schedule

What: Critical Issues Forum Students Spring Conference
When: March 29-30, 2019
Where: Irvine Auditorium, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, 499 Pierce St., Monterey, CA

Participating Schools

United States
Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallington, CT
Dr. Olga Mohan High School, Los Angeles, CA
The Harker School, San Jose, CA
International Polytechnic High School (iPoly), Ponoma, CA
Pacific High School, Pacific Grove, CA
Punahou School,Honolulu, HI
Rock University High School, Janesville, WI
Salinas Union High School District, Salinas, CA (Alisal HS, Everett Alvarez HS, North Salinas HS, Salinas HS)
York School, Monterey, CA

Japan
Hiroshima Jogakuin Senior High School, Hiroshima
Kwaussue High School, Nagasaki
Kaisei High School, Tokyo
Kansai Soka Senior High School, Osaka
Soka Senior High School, Tokyo

Russia
Lyceum, Lesnoy
School No 41, Novouralsk
School No 164, Zelenogorsk

Contact: Masako Toki 831-915-6162 (mobile)

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey has been preparing graduate professionals for global careers since 1955. Located in Monterey, California, the Institute offers advanced degrees in international business, international education management, international environment policy, international policy studies, language teaching, localization management, nonproliferation and terrorism studies, public administration, and translation and interpretation, as well as a variety of specialized certificates and programs. The Institute, whose approximately 750 students come from more than 50 countries is also home to the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, the Center for the Blue Economy, and the Center for Conflict Studies. Visit www.middlebury.edu/institute for campus news or to find an expert.

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) strives to combat the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by training the next generation of nonproliferation specialists and disseminating timely information and analysis. CNS at the Middlebury Institute Studies at Monterey is the largest nongovernment organization in the United States devoted exclusively to research and training on nonproliferation issues. CNS news releases and photos are available at at www.nonproliferation.org.

To view photos, click here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxRjJMETTzIlM3V0
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