RCPS principals are promoting our Positive Environment and Character Development core values on our local radio stations! Listen to WSVA (92.1), Q101, MORE (96.1), REWIND 105.1 and WSIG (96.9) for public service announcements made by each of our building principals. These PSAs highlight students, programs and activities in our schools that promote a positive school culture and good character. All commercials will broadcast through the end of this school year.
Tomorrow (Wed., Sept. 21) night's Valley Unified Basketball games will be broadcast on WSVA. SHS will be hosting the games. The first game between TAHS and BHS will begin at 6:00 followed by a second game between SHS and ERHS at 7:00
This is the second year of basketball competition for Rockingham County high school students with disabilities. The league consists of four teams, one from each high school, competing for 4 regular season games and a tournament through the months of September and October culminating with a championship game.
RCPS athletic directors developed the program in collaboration with Special Olympics and the Commissioner of the basketball officials association, Gary Leake, to establish modified game rules. Team composition consists of both students with disabilities and non-disabled peers to ensure a balance among teams and to ensure a more consistent flow to the game. Officiating is provided through the basketball association and at no charge to the school division.
The program provides students with disabilities an opportunity to experience competition at the high school level, including the highs and lows of competitive sports. The students play a real game with an audience of peers, family, and community members. They wear a uniform, earn a varsity letter, and attend a sports banquet to celebrate the season. The students with disabilities learn the responsibilities of teamwork. The non-disabled peers learn patience and understanding, to assist without controlling the outcome of the game, and the art of being flexible while working with disabled peers.
If you have not already, it is a treat to come out and witness the event!
Schedule (2 games involving each of the four teams; games at 6PM and 7PM):
Scott L. Hand, Ed. S.
Director, Pupil Personnel Services
Rockingham County Public Schools
100 Mt. Clinton Pike
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802
The second annual Trailblazer Treks event will be held Sept. 17. It features a 5k at PKVES (9AM start) and a 1-mile Color Race at SHS (11AM start).
Note: If you register for the 5k event, you may run in the Color Race for free. Also, if you have a student who is 12 or younger, you may accompany your child in the Color Race for free.
See http://trailblazer-treks.weebly.com/ for more details.
Rockingham County Public Schools is pleased to announce the details of the 2016 Payroll Deduction Plan for Purchasing Home Technology. Any full-time employee can purchase a laptop, desktop, printer, iPad, or any other technology for personal or family use and pay for it with payroll deduction thanks to an arrangement RCPS has with DuPont Community Credit Union.
The details are described at this website: https://sites.google.com/a/rockingham.k12.va.us/rcps-employee-technology-purchase-program/home
This year's program includes offerings from Apple and Dell. The procedure for ordering from each vendor and for registering with DuPont Community Credit Union is described in detail at the above website.
Note that the window of opportunity for the payroll deduction plan is only from August 1 through August 31. After this time you may still purchase home technologies at discounted educator prices but you will need to do so with a credit card. Please contact me with any questions you have about participating in this program.
The Elkton High School Alumni Association will hold its annual reunion on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Elkton VFW. If you attended or graduated from Elkton High School, you are invited.
Rockingham County Public Schools is in year two of a five-year plan to provide digital learning tools for students in grades 3-12. The plan was created to guide the school division on a path of sound decision making with patience, stewardship, and inquiry for effective digital learning. Originally, the plan was to distribute devices to all middle and high school students over a four year period, with two grade levels of students receiving devices each year. Recently, the school division has decided to expedite the deployment process with the goal of giving devices to all middle and high school students within two years. This can be accomplished by using a leasing agreement for the devices in lieu of outright purchasing. After discussions with teachers and school leaders, the division has decided to deploy devices to all middle school students next school year, 2016/2017. The following school year, 2017/2018, all high school students will receive devices. All decisions are contingent upon funding. Several circumstances influenced the decision of beginning deployment at the middle grades, including the following:
All middle and high school teachers will receive their own device at the beginning of the 2016/2017 school year. Middle school students will not receive their devices until later in the school year. High school teachers will have their devices for over a year before the high school students will receive their devices. This will afford them additional time to practice and prepare with the device.
The device decision for middle and high schools will be made in May of 2016. The school division is considering Chromebooks, iPads, and Macbook Airs. The device decision for elementary schools will be made at the conclusion of the elementary pilot projects, which will begin during the 2016/2017 school year.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Larry F. Shifflett
Director of Innovation and Learning
Director of Information Management
School board members, superintendents, teachers and parents play a critical role in creating a climate where bullying is not tolerated. It has been proven when adults and children stand together, bullying ends. This is why Rockingham County Schools is joining with the Virginia School Board Association in recognizing October 2015 as Bullying Prevention Month.
Childhood bullying is a significant problem nationwide. It can cause school absenteeism, mental and physical stress, poor school performance, poor self-esteem, and, in some cases, school violence.
Rockingham County Public Schools values in the importance of character education and understands the role a positive learning environment has on learning. Our mission is to provide an education that guides students to reach their highest potential both academically and as responsible citizens.
During the month of October our schools will provide opportunities for our students to participate in bullying awareness, education and prevention activities. Our staff and students will unite against bullying by wearing orange on October 21, 2015. Join our efforts to end bullying. Remember, “The end to bullying starts with you!”
Learn more: http://rcpsbullyingprevention.weebly.com/
Over the last several years, the number of documented bed bug infestations has been on the rise across the country. Overwhelmingly, bed bugs are found in private residences, including apartments, condominiums, and single-family homes. However, there are incidents of bed bugs in other areas including hotels, theaters, restaurants, and schools.
Rockingham County Public Schools believe in creating a safe and positive environment for our students, parents and staff. Recently one of our schools faced the challenge of bed bugs. We want our community to know this issue has not been taken lightly, and extensive interventions have been, and continue to be implemented. School and division leaders, community agencies, and pest control companies have been working diligently together to ensure the issue is effectively and efficiently addressed. The Rockingham County School Board has established a task force chaired by Steve Reid, Director of Maintenance. This group will review the actions and progress of the current situation, provide input for future actions, and will assist with developing a division protocol for bed bugs. Additionally, all Rockingham County Public Schools employees are receiving information and guidance on the early detection of bed bugs. This is a proactive step to increase the chances of early intervention if bed bugs were to be introduced to a school.
In coordination with these efforts, Rockingham County Schools is working to educate families about early detection and treatment in their homes.
information may be found at the following links:
Contact: Scott Hand, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, RCPS
Rockingham County Public Schools is pleased to announce the details of the 2015 Payroll Deduction Plan for Purchasing Home Technology. Any full-time employee can purchase a laptop, desktop, printer, iPad, or any other technology for personal or family use and pay for it with payroll deduction thanks to an arrangement RCPS has with DuPont Community Credit Union. The details are described at this website: https://sites.google.com/a/rockingham.k12.va.us/rcps-employee-technology-purchase-program/
This year's program includes offerings from Apple, Dell and CDWG. The procedure for ordering from each vendor and for registering with DuPont Community Credit Union is described in detail at the above website.
Note that the window of opportunity for the payroll deduction plan is only from August 10 through September 4. After this time you may still purchase home technologies at discounted educator prices but you will need to do so with a credit card. Please contact me with any questions you have about participating in this program.