If you follow the Board of Education meetings, you may already have heard the news…if not, I wanted to share that River Hill Assistant Principal Dr. John DiPaula has been appointed as the new Manager of Teacher Recruitment and Retention for HCPSS Human Resources. A start date in his new position has not been determined, nor has a replacement here at River Hill; however, once we have that information, we will share it with you. River Hill has definitely benefitted from his 3 ½ years of service here and we wish him well in his new position!
Enjoy the time with your children over Winter Break. Thanks to all the coaches who work throughout break to support our sport teams! The calendar is full in January so please make sure to check to riverhill.org for updates.
These monthly discussions with Principal Novak are a great way to ask questions, hear about activities and initiatives, and become familiar with the school environment. You will ALWAYS learn something new! [i.e., Mr. Novak has pastry chef skills which he shared with parents last month…hum!] The next meeting is Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 8am in the Professional Development Center. The PDC is conference room located within the Media Center.
We know you’ll be asked this question by family visiting over the holidays, so here’s what we know:
HCPSS has requested the graduation window between May 21st and June 1st. Merriweather Post does not confirm that availability until after Spring Break. Once confirmed dates are established, schools will be assigned dates and times within the approved window. The RHHS date will be announced as soon as we know it!
Sat., Jan. 14, 6-11 p.m.
River Hill High Auditorium, 12101 Rt. 108, Clarksville
Audition Applications Due: Dec. 21
The River Hill High Department of Music hosts the annual music festival featuring rock bands and emerging talent from schools throughout the HCPSS. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Students interested in auditioning to perform at the festival must submit an application and demo recording on CD or DVD by Wed., Dec. 21. Application forms and additional information are available under "Bands" at www.riverhillmusic.org.
PARENT PROGRAM: “Insiders tips to creating the best high school course schedule”
Are you wondering if the courses your child is planning to take next year are appropriate for his or her college and career plans?
How about if the courses are too difficult or too easy for child’s strengths or weaknesses as a student?
In an effort to provide you more assistance with the scheduling process, the PTSA, in conjunction with RHHS administration and student services, is hosting a panel discussion and Q and A session on Monday January 9th at 7pm in the information center. Come hear the advice of parents whose students have successfully navigated the challenges of River Hill, the words of wisdom from alumni who actually took the courses your students are considering, and the guidance of River Hill staff including teachers, counselors, and administrators. We hope to see you there!
LAST CALL – SENIOR PHOTOS
The deadline for senior yearbook portraits has been extended to Friday, January 6th. Yearbook portraits must be taken by Lifetouch because we have a contract with them. Seniors must also go online to select the picture they want in the yearbook. No pictures will be accepted after the deadline!
Contact Lifetouch Photography, 1017 Wilso Drive, Baltimore, MD 21223
410-735-9191, 410-644-1237, 800-445-1191 Ext. 191
Citrus Fruit orders are due by Jan. 6th!
Jazz Band Winter Concert on Friday January 6th at 7PM in the auditorium, this is a FREE event!
Gift Cards by Scrip orders are due by 4PM on Jan. 9th.
Band Winter Concert with Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble & Percussion Ensemble with a special side by side performance with Future Hawks on Friday Jan. 13th at7PM in the auditorium. This is a FREE event!
RHHStival; Howard County’s largest Rock Band Festival featuring high school students from all over HoCo will be Saturday Jan. 14th from 6-11PM tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door.
Please join us as we welcome the US Army Field Band on Friday Jan. 20th at 7:30PM in the auditorium. This is a FREE event!
For more information on any of these events or fundraisers please go to www.riverhillmusic.org.
PTSA Scholarships - Join PTSA by Jan 10 for Eligibility!
PTSA awards five $500 scholarships to River Hill Seniors. Applicants and at least one parent must be PTSA members in order to be eligible for the scholarships. Recipients are determined by RHHS Student Services Center. Students and their parent must become PTSA members by January 10, 2012 to apply for the scholarship. Please fill out the MEMBERSHIP form on RiverHill.org under the PTSA tab and then send a check to school.
Do you need to get this course completed before spring sports? Schedule today!
DATES: 1/9/12 - 1/26/12
No class on 1/6, 1/18, 1/19 & 1/23DATES: 2/13/12 - 2/28/12
SAT PREP Classes FILLING UP!
December is a busy month for everyone but don't forget to register your student for the Spring SAT Prep courses now! Saturday classes begin January 28th with a registration deadline of January 13th and Tu/Thurs classes begin February 9th with a registration deadline of February 1st. Don't delay your registration......all of our Fall SAT Prep classes filled up several weeks before the deadlines! Registration forms can be found on the River Hill PTSA website atwww.riverhill.org/ptsa (or click here) or from the Guidance Office at River Hill High School. Contact Sally Swygert at TSwygert@verizon.net or at 301-395-9728 with questions.
STORE CARDS - RHHS participates in a variety of fundraisers in which the school receives a cash rebate when you make purchases using your store card. If you currently shop at these stores, please helps support our school by registering your card.
Giant Food A+ Bonus program: http://www.giantfood.com/aplus, Code 03336
Bloom For Your School: http://www.bloomforyourschool.com/cardno.php , Code 2052
Harris Teeter: http://www.harristeeter.com/community/together_in_education/link_to_your_school.aspx , code 7149.
Safeway: http://www.escrip.com/ code 6609733
Target: http://sites.target.com/site/en/corporate/page.jsp?contentId=PRD03-005158, School ID:112030
Verizon Velocity RHHS PTSA earns cash when you order a residential Verizon product. The FiOS Triple Freedom order earns us $65! Just call 888-695-5299 to place your Verizon order and give them RHHS code 12160. Read more
GIFT CARDS (SHOP WITH SCRIP) PROGRAM 2011 -- 2012 SCHOOL YEAR: Check out participating merchants at www.shopwithscrip.com. For more info or to sign up please email email@example.com.
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