Directors Acknowledgments - December 2017
Dear Students and Parents & Guardians of RTCC Students:
We are almost to the halfway point of Quarter 2 and I wanted to pass along information that could help your student succeed here at RTCC. We truly hope they are enjoying their learning experience here.
Before I get to my end of the year notes, I'd like to direct you to a recent and important message from our new Superintendent, Layne Millington. You can read his message here.
Interim Grade Reports
Students will receive their Interim Grade report on December 4th, 2017 and we will be mailing a copy home. Please review their progress with them. If a student is failing a program course or academic course an Academic Warning Letter & Contract will be mailed home at a later date. For students who have been on an Academic Contract from Quarter 1, we are looking for a passing grade when Interim grades are assessed; if not the contract will continue. Please contact us with your concerns.
No School or Half-day Schedules at Sending High Schools
When a “sending school” has a planned half-day or are not in session (for example on in-service days) and RUHS/ RTCC students are still in full-session, students should plan to attend and stay at RTCC for the whole day. Arrangements have been made with all schools to provide busing to and from sending schools in order for students to attend, and stay at RTCC for the full day. If it is impossible for a student to get back and forth from home to your sending school on these days, please let us know so that we can make special arrangements. If a sending school is closed due to weather conditions or other unplanned emergency then students from that school do not have to attend RTCC.
RTCC adheres to the school calendar of the Randolph Union High School (RUHS). Any school closings (due to, for example, weather conditions) that affect RUHS will affect RTCC as well.
Grade reports are issued quarterly (and mailed home), and in between, students come home with Interim Reports. The Interim Report is a snap shot of how your student is doing grade-wise half way through the quarter.
We have very high expectations for students. It is often said that students arrive to RTCC as teenagers but we expect that they act like adults; this is exactly the case. New students to RTCC find they need to balance learning about a new school and manage multiple assignments within their technical program as well as in their related, academic programs.
During the first quarter, some students find out that not doing homework or handing in an assignment late has seriously affected their grade. Most students, however, have enjoyed the freedoms offered by the RTCC learning model, as well as the respect that comes with a technical education program and have done well.
If your son or daughter is doing well, please acknowledge their accomplishment. If they are struggling in any course, please support them to do better. Give them time, whatever structure they need, and the encouragement to talk to you about their coursework, homework, and course assignments. Thank you for standing behind your son or daughter and enabling and encouraging him/her to pursue technical education at RTCC.
By now you should have received a letter explaining how to access your students Power School account. This is one way to keep track of what is going on. As a reminder you can access Power School at http://ossu.powerschool.com/public/home.html If you have not received our letter please contact the office at 802-728-9595.
Keys to Success at Randolph Technical Career Center:
- Attendance- It is vital students attend RTCC every day. We understand when a student is sick or may be late because of an appointment, but otherwise students need to be here with us all day. If a student is absent for 5 days, we are required to send a letter home, and may ask for a follow up meeting. If you have questions about attendance please refer to the Academic Chart/Student Handbook on our website or call the office at 802-728-9595.
- Lunch Time- We are not an open campus and students are required to be in the cafeteria during lunch, regardless of age and adult status. Students can purchase lunch here or bring lunch but are not allowed to leave to purchase a meal. On our website, under the quick links is a tab to the RUHS Cafeteria Lunch Menus. Also on the RTCC Website towards the bottom left, is a link to the School Nutrition Program. You can purchase meals through the “My School Bucks” on line, just like your home schools.
- All seniors will be required to complete a Technical Project and we need your support in helping students meet their deadlines.
- All juniors will be required to complete a Career Portfolio and will receive a packet in detailing the requirements in September. Both Junior & Senior projects are a tool students can use after graduation to continue their career and or college placement.
Communication- Visit our Website
Our website includes information on every program, a calendar of events, Friday night dinner menus, and contact information for all staff, and our school handbook. We also list weekly announcements as well as acknowledge our students and staff weekly. You can also follow us on facebook to keep up with what happens here on a daily basis.
In closing, I again want to encourage your support for your daughter or son and their participation in our technical education program. Our expectations for positive behavior and hard work pay off for everyone involved. Please do not hesitate to contact us!
Jason Gingold, Director