Middle / High School Orientation
- We want our teachers to be able to give you their full attention, so if you need to speak to your child’s teacher about a concern, please email them to schedule a time; please avoid trying to conference with your child’s teacher without an appointment.
- If you need to meet with all of your child’s teachers, please email Mrs. Ayesha Hall, School Counselor, and she will schedule a meeting that works for everyone.
- Wolf Tracks – Weekly school-wide newsletter
Contact Holly Winchell (email@example.com) if you are not receiving the Wolf Tracks.
FACTS Family Portal
Check it frequently for lesson plans, homework, and grades. Lesson plans and homework for each week are posted on Friday afternoons for the upcoming week. These are subject to change; the teacher will try to update online with any major changes, but ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to note changes in their agenda when the teacher announces them in class.
Click here for directions on how to navigate your FACTS Family Portal.
Email is the most frequently used communication tool. If you have a class-specific question or problem or would like to request a meeting with a teacher, email him/her directly.
Teachers strive to answer communication in a timely manner; they will get back to you within 24 hours, often much sooner. If you email after 3:30 p.m. please do not expect a reply that same day. Thank you for allowing our teachers to maintain a healthy work/life balance by respecting their personal/family time.
Some teachers may use the “Remind” and/or “Class Dojo” apps, but are not required to do so.
- Learning is negatively impacted by frequent tardiness and/or absences. Please help us help your child learn by making regular and prompt attendance a priority.
- If your child is absent or will be checking in late or out early, please contact the office to let us know. Email is preferred because we keep documentation for all absences/tardies.
- Email Ms. Taylor in the high school office: firstname.lastname@example.org
- If your child arrives after 8:00, they must come to the front office to sign in and receive a tardy slip. Students will not be admitted to class after 8:00 am without a tardy slip.
- For a full explanation of attendance policies, see Student Handbook here.
- If your child is sick, PLEASE keep them home until they are fever-free (without medicine) or have not been vomiting for 24 hours.
- If your child is sent home from school with fever or vomiting, and they return the next day, they will not be allowed to go to class. They will wait in the office, and we will contact you to come pick them up.
- Students will have one day per absent day to make up work.
- Arrangements can be made for extended or severe sicknesses.
- **See COVID-19 Parent Consent form for details on coronavirus procedures.
Homework & Studying
- Homework: amount, frequency, type vary by teacher. Research continues to show that large amounts of homework are not beneficial. Teachers are encouraged to assign homework that is meaningful and reasonable. It may be checked for completion and/or accuracy depending on the assignment and how the information has been covered in class.
- The goal is deep learning/understanding/application, NOT just memorization/regurgitation. Therefore…
- Some teachers may give “study guides” or “review guides,” but they will not give the exact questions students will see on the quiz or test.
- Some teachers may expect students to study by the notes they have taken in class.
Make-up Work (Student Handbook)
- Unplanned absences due to sickness or other unpreventable/unexpected circumstances: It is the responsibility of the parent/student to contact the teacher to make-up all missed work/tests. All missed work/tests must be made up in a timely manner. A typical time frame would be one day for each day missed. Additional time may be given for special circumstances (such as extended sickness) at the teacher’s discretion and approved by the Dean of Academics and/or School Counselor.
- Planned absences due to appointments, travel, etc.: Students should communicate with the teacher prior to the absence to determine what he/she will be missing and turn it in and/or be prepared to make up the test upon the day he/she returns. If it is an extended absence, the due date will be set by the teacher.
- Students are not allowed to make up work if the absence is UNexcused.
Late Work (Student Handbook)
- It is the STUDENT’S responsibility to turn in work; the teacher may remind the student, but they will not repeatedly beg them to turn in missing work.
- Late Work Policy If a student is present at school but does not turn in an assignment (homework, classwork, essay, project, etc.) on the day it is due at the appointed class time, the student may turn in the work up to two days late and the following penalties will be assessed.
- 1 day late: the highest possible grade that may be earned is (85).
- 2 days late: the highest possible grade that may be earned is (70).
- No work will be accepted more than two (2) days late, and a zero (0) will be posted.
- Each teacher is encouraged to handle minor discipline issues within his/her class; a Disciplinary Action Form (DAF) may be issued for misbehavior. Teacher will email/call parent if there is a problem.
- For major and/or recurring issues, the teacher will submit issue to Dean of Students.
- If/when a behavior issue is referred to the office, parents will be contacted, and the event and consequences are recorded in FACTS and are viewable in your Family Portal.
- Students will turn in phones at the beginning of each class (bucket or shoe holder).
- Should always be on silent (not vibrate).
- Teachers may give permission to use phone for a specific educational purpose.
- If you as a parent need to get a message to your child, please call the office, and we will relay the message, or call your child out of class so that you can speak to them personally if necessary.
- If your child needs to call you, they may come to the office and use the office phone there.
- Phones are NOT allowed at break or lunch or in the restrooms, locker rooms, etc.
- If a phone is used without permission, a DAF is issued and the phone is taken up and given to the Dean of Students for the remainder of the day.
Social Media & Bullying
- Text, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, Musical.ly, Tumblr, etc.
- Be aware of who and what!
- Review Bullying Policy in Student Handbook.
- Review Technology/Internet/Social Media Policy in Student Handbook.
- We do not search out offenses, but if it is brought to the attention of an RCA teacher or administrator we must and will act to investigate and address it.
- Consequences can include suspension and/or expulsion.
- TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT KINDNESS.
Please refer to your Student Handbook or click here for proper school uniform attire specifics.
- General: Bottoms: khaki/navy shorts/pants/skirts/skorts (jeans on Fridays)
- Tops: solid red/white/navy polo style or collared button down
- Shoes: closed-toed and closed-heel shoes
- Special Note on Outerwear:
- Hoodies/sweatshirts: must be RCA
- Pull-over (half-zip with collar with no hood): may be any brand/team/color/pattern as long as it is a small logo
- Jean Day ($2) on Fridays or you can purchase a Jean Pass for the year; click here to purchase.
- Dress Code violations will be referred to the Dean of Students.
Click here to visit our Spirit Store for Wolf Gear!
Break & Lunch
- 15 minutes (10 minutes on Tuesday/Thursday due to activity schedule)
- May bring a snack from home
- May purchase a snack at concession stand
- May eat & visit outside, in hallway, in teacher classroom (w/ teacher present
- 30 minutes
- All lunch orders must be placed online (see below)
- Students may not check out for lunch.
Lunch/Snack Ordering Online through Family Portal
- Menu Daily Specials change quarterly.
- Orders must be placed by 11:00 p.m. the night before. You can order as far in advance as you would like for the quarter.
- Two options for payment: 1) Load an amount into your child’s account / 2) Pay at time of order
- Jr. K-2nd grade are not permitted to purchase candy, soft drinks, or sweet tea due to the high sugar content and the way that affects their academic focus.
- Click here for instructions for ordering.
- When you order online, you will not be charged automatically. The charges will not be added to your account until the following day after lunch. When you log in to Family Portal and click Family Home, you will be able to see and pay your balance. You can do this each day or at the end of each week on Friday. To avoid excess processing fees, we suggest pre-loading money or paying at the end of the week so you are only charged one transaction fee (.85 for bank draft or 3.75% for credit card).
- The BEST option is to load money onto your child’s account, and then the orders will be automatically deducted from that credit each day after lunch is served.
- Make sure to scroll to the bottom and click “ORDER ITEMS” to submit your order.
- When you place your child’s order, the items will show up in blue and say “items ordered;” the charges will show up on your account the next day after lunch has been served.
- Visa is NOT accepted. All other credit cards are, as well as bank draft.
- In Family Portal, you can check your balance by clicking onFamily in the left menu and then select Family Home. You will see a Family Billing section; click “Pay Now” to load money and/or pay your balance.
- All 7th & 8th grade lockers located together in the MS building.
- All 9th-12th grade lockers are located in the HS building.
- No lock necessary; if a lock is used, office must have combination or key.
- May decorate the inside (no sticky liners), but not the outside.
- Shelves, magnets, pictures, notepad, dry erase board, etc.
- Nothing may be stored on top of the lockers.
P.E. Uniforms for 7th & 8th Grade
P.E. - Coach Kevin Rhyan
- All students must have non-marking soles on P.E. shoes. These must be worn with the P.E. uniform on the day your child has P.E.
- P.E. uniforms are ordered online by Wednesday, August 26th.
- Order online here.
- Until PE uniforms come in, appropriate length (no shorter that 2” above the knee) gym shorts and a white, gray, navy, or red t-shirt may be worn.
Drop off & Pick up
- Drop Off & Pick Up: you may park or circle around in front of HS or MS building for student to get out/in
- Any middle or high school student who arrives before 7:40 a.m., must report to Mrs. Schwalb’s classroom in the high school building (unless they have a tutoring appointment with a teacher).
- Students are dismissed to lockers/class at 7:45 a.m. (Tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m.)
- “Homeroom” Teacher: On your child’s schedule they will have a “homeroom” teacher listed. They do not actually attend a “homeroom” time. Every grade (7-12) is assigned a “Class Sponsor” (typically two). These Class Sponsors will help lead class meetings for homecoming, etc.
- Medication: must be dispensed in the office. Please send any prescribed medication to the office labeled and with instructions. We keep over-the-counter pain relief meds, but will only dispense with parent’s permission.