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Family Newsletter March/ April 2017
Make Noise Against Bullying!!
This week at RKA we worked on raising awareness around Anti Bullying and Bullying Prevention. Our theme this year was Make Noise Against Bullying. We are aiming to have students recognize the various ways that bullying takes place in order that they become more aware of their own actions and that they might be able to help a potential victim out by befriending them, avoid being a passive bystander or telling an adult.
An Important Message from Ms. O'Mara
And, when I write “us”, I mean ALL of us: teachers, staff, parents and students. Together our hard work is paying off. As you may have read this weekend, the NY Post has once again listed RKA as one of the top high schools in NYC. I am proud of our ranking as #29 and only one of two schools in the Bronx (Specialized HS were not included).
The New York Post’s high-school rankings are based on the latest available state and city data, using these factors:
• Four-year-graduation rate (weight: 10%)
• Percent of students scoring over 85 on Regents Integrated Algebra and Regents English Language Arts exams, including Common Core (20%)
• Number of students taking Advanced Placement exams (7.5%)
• Percent scoring a passing 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams (22.5%)
• Number taking SAT exams (10%)
• Average total SAT scores (30%)
So, thank you all for your hard work day in and day out. I continue to love working at RKA as we push toward an even brighter future!
Things you should know!
RKA Notes....Things you should know
Week of May 1st
* A reminder that the New York State Math Exam is this week, 5/2, 5/3, and 5/4 for grades six through eight. Please make sure your child comes to school with sharpened #2 pencils with erasers (no mechanical pencils) and a calculator if you have one. All students should get a good night's sleep, eat a good breakfast, and be extra-sure to arrive to school on time. Advanced Placement exams also begin this week, on 5/2, running through 5/9.
* It's Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week! Why not show your appreciation to a favorite teacher, staff member, or administrator by penning a paragraph about what you think makes them so special, and such a positive force at RKA? The "You Make a Difference" celebration is coming up soon (Tues 6/6) and all the nominations will be printed in a special program, and all nominators and their nominees will be invited to the breakfast! LOmara@schools.nyc.gov, or JPrince4@schools.nyc.gov.
* There is a general Parents' Association meeting tonight, Mon 5/1, at 7:00 PM in the RKA library. On the agenda is the election for next' year's Executive Board officers. There is still time to place your name in nomination; contact Annette Acosta at firstname.lastname@example.org. There may also be nominations from the floor at the meeting.
* Invitations were distributed today for the upcoming Student-Led Conferences on Thurs 5/18; please check your child's book bag. All students will be taking part at specific times and with a specific class, with demonstrations and presentations. Every effort has been made to define siblings in the school, so that a parent with more than one child in the school will be able to attend all their children's presentations with no time conflict. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Miller at SMiller43@schools.nyc.gov.
* The seventh grade Walk-a-Thon to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital is this Fri 5/5. Permission forms and donation list are due to homeroom teachers by Wed 5/3. Parents! Come on out and join us for the walk in the RKA softball field at 1:15.
* Permission forms and payment for the seventh grade trip to Philadelphia on Tues 5/16, are due to Ms. Roberts by this Fri 5/5.
* Another reminder that all documented community service hours for the National Honor Society (grades seven through twelve) are due directly to Ms. Velez in room 140 no later than this Fri 5/5. This is a FIRM deadline, and NO hours will be accepted after this date. It is mandatory that all hours are submitted and counted in order for students to take part in the Honor Society induction and trip.
* There is a meeting for boys in grades eight through eleven interested in trying out for the Boys' Soccer Team Thurs 5/4 at 2:45 in room 319. Questions? Coach Cushing: WCushing@schools.com.
* In Sports: The Girls' Softball Team has a home game against High School of American Studies on Mon 5/1. They travel to Harris Field on Tues 5/2 to play Bronx Science and to DeWitt Clinton on Thurs 5/3. They also play Walton campus at home on Fri 5/5. All games start at 4:00. The Boys' Baseball Team hosts Alfred E. Smith on Mon 5/1, Christopher Columbus on Tues 5/2, travels to Bronx Park East to play Christopher Columbus again on Thurs 5/3, and plays Evander Childs at home on Fri 5/5. All games start at 4:00. In Track: The Boys' Track Team competes at DeWitt Clinton on Mon 5/1 at 4:00 and at South Shore High School on Sat 5/6 at 9:00 AM. The Girls' Track Team competes against Bronx Science at Harris Park on Tues 5/2 at 4:00, and South Shore High School on Sat 5/6 at 9:00 AM. The boys and girls compete together. The Co-Ed Golf Team plays Lab Museum United on Tues 5/2 at Pelham Bay Park at 4:30. They play Mott Haven at Van Cortlandt Park on Fri 5/5 at 4:00.
RKA HS ELA Poetry Slam (tent date) - 5/9
Honor Society Trip - for qualified students who submitted hours - 5/8
Report card distribution - week of 5/15
School Leadership Team meeting - 5/11
Seventh grade Philadelphia trip - 5/16
Student-Led Conferences - 5/18
School Calendar 2016-2017
Please enjoy the late winter edition of the RKA Gazette- our student newspaper!
Congratulations to the RKA Girls Volleyball team who captured the City Championship!!
Congratulations to the RKA Girls Volleyball team who captured the City Championship title last night. It was an excellent action –packed match with the girls battling back from a loss in the first set. We were standing the whole time as we watched the girls scrap it out and work as a team. Very exciting! Congratulations to Coach Reingold and the entire team. We are so proud of you!
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