from the Principal's Desk 08.24.15

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 6:24pm

Back-to-School has finally arrived as we welcome students on August 24th and parents on August 27th.  We are excited for a new school year!  It is my deepest hope that we focus on what is strong with our goal to finish even stronger.  The RHHS staff will be committed to preparing our students for success in the future.  The RHHS students will be challenged to be engaged with both school and community life.  Parents will be highly valued partners as we work together to guide our students to find balance between academics, athletics, and activities and to find individual pathways to college and career.

What's new this year? 

  • Later in the week students will be introduced to the new learning management system CANVAS, which will provide real time access to classroom assignments and learning activities.  Parents and students may choose to download the easy CANVAS app so that you can follow class assignments and grades. 
  • When you visit the school, you may notice a new ticket booth for the stadium, a renovated concession stand, the fresh blue paint (not red) in the lobby, and the re-branded HAWK proudly displayed on the gym floor.  Hawk Pride is alive and strong!  We anticipate our new scoreboard installation sometime in September, so be sure to come cheer on our athletes!
  • Our enrollment stands at approximately 1215, so with a drop in student enrollment comes a drop in staffing.  As happens every year, we made some adjustments with some of our staff moving on and new staff joining us.  Late moves are always the hardest since we don't have the opportunity to say farewell.  Justin Rix took a science transfer to Glenelg High School; Danielle Wojcik welcomed a baby girl and will stay at home with her this year; and Jaime Munford took a math transfer to Hammond High School.  We wish them the very best.  We also welcome Rhoda Nunez-Donnelly (Spanish), Jean Eddy Augustin (French), Lisa Nam, (ESOL), Katie Geiger (Music), Lauren Fischetti (English), Matt Shagogue (English), Jill Babe (School Counselor), and Kelly Miller (Special Education) as they join RHHS.

As new principal for RHHS, I am honored to lead a school that demonstrates strengths each and every day.  Our students welcomed staff with ice cream and smiles.  They have exhibited determation and discipline with the start of atheltic practices.  They have volunteered time to help prepare classrooms and host orientations.  Our teachers are achievers themselves as they worked diligently to be ready for our first day.  Our parents are generous with their time and their support through PTSA, Boosters, and the many forms of staff appreciation.  The single question asked most of me is, "What do you expect?"  I expect that we will be better tomorrow than we are today, for every day this school year!  As a parent here in Howard County, as a former teacher and a long-time principal in HCPSS, and as an educator, I believe in the future for which I am committed to preparing our children.