Principal's BulletinPosted by Julius W. Clark on 8/28/2019
Dear Families and Students:
The opening of school is an exciting and important time for everyone. As we enter the new school year, the faculty, staff, and administration extend a warm welcome and best wishes to everyone. I am especially excited to be part of such a great school and community.
Our academic standards are rigorous but we also offer a strong support system for all students including homework help, peer tutoring, and counseling services. Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of all that is offered at Red Bank Regional.
Red Bank Regional is an exceptional school with award-winning programs and a rich curriculum. Although your academic work is a very important aspect at RBR, we also encourage you to become involved in the other offerings that RBR provides such as athletics, clubs, and service organizations. Our school has a wide range of extra-curricular offerings and truly has something for everyone to stay engaged, explore, and build new friendships.
The school website and Genesis Parent Portal is one of our major modes of communication. The “Student Photography & Video Consent Form” can be completed through Genesis. Other relevant forms may be found on our website under Parents/Students -> Forms. All forms are required to be completed and returned to study hall teachers by September 16, 2019
Families are required to sign up for our Parent Portal. The Portal allows access to important information such as grades, attendance, and student schedules. Students are reminded that their summer assignments are due when school begins. The assignments can be found on the school website.
We are proud to continue our 1:1 Student Chromebook initiative. Incoming 9th grade and new students will be assigned a Chromebook to support their educational program and expand access to technology. Enclosed in this mailing is the RBR Student Chromebook Agreement that explains these expectations. Students and families should review the document carefully, sign it and return it during the 9th Grade Orientation or the first day of school. Your Chromebook will not be distributed unless the agreement has been received.
Please note that September 5th is the first day of school for students. This will be an “A” day; September 6th will then be a “B” day. A reminder that RBR will hold the 9th Grade Orientation for students on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, from 9:00a.m. until 11:35a.m. at the high school.
On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration, I wish you happiness and success this school year. Remember that our “Back to School” night will be held early this year on Thursday, September 12th at 7:00p.m. A special presentation will be given to the parents/guardians of the 9th grade students at 6:00p.m. during “Back to School Night.” We hope to see you there.
Julius W. Clark
Julius W. Clark
Available on our Parent Portal is your new class schedule indicating class blocks, teacher names, subjects and room assignments. Also appearing on each schedule is your assigned locker and locker combination. Parents, please stress to your child the importance of keeping this information secure. In some instances, changes have been made to a student’s course selections. Any course selection changes were necessitated by scheduling conflicts. Questions concerning your schedule can be directed to the guidance office beginning AUGUST 27, 2019.
Schedule for Opening Day: A Day
Our opening day, September 5th , will be an A day. The second day of school, September 6th will be a B day.
Back to School Night
Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 12th from 7pm-9pm. As per past practice, there will be a delayed opening (9:30am) the next day. On Friday, September 13th students are expected to report to first block by 9:30am. All transportation pick-up times will be 2 hours later than usual.
Located on our website you will find our 2019-2020 school year calendar. The faculty and administration of Red Bank Regional High School place a high priority on student attendance. The classroom experience can never be replicated when students are absent.
We appreciate your cooperation in scheduling family vacations and personal commitments during school holidays and after school hours. Family vacations during days school is in session will be recorded as “unexcused” absences. Final exams will begin June 12, 2020. These dates may change depending on inclement weather. Please be aware that the school has the flexibility to add days to the school calendar
We welcome parents and families at RBR! There are many ways you can become involved with our school. We have a great parent organization, the RBR BUC Backers, and membership is simple. Please see the Welcome Letter from the executive board of Buc Backers. See this link to download the membership form or you can locate the sign-up form section on our website by going to Parents/Students -> BUC Backer Foundation. This will take you to the BUC Backer Foundation homepage. Afterwards you can click on new form to sign up for the foundation. Finally, there are many opportunities to volunteer and participate. It is a great way to meet other RBR families.
RBR Parent Portal
Families can access student report cards and attendance through the Genesis Parent Portal on our school website. Sign up for the Portal can easily be accessed 24/7 through your computer and is safe and secure. We use the Portal for important notifications and information throughout the school year. All necessary paperwork may be found using a special tab on our school website.
We are looking forward to the Fall Sports Season with much anticipation. Opening day for Fall Sports is September 3rd. Please mark your calendars for the RBR Homecoming Game on Friday, September 27th at 7:00p.m. vs Holmdel. GO BUCS!
Monmouth County Schools Partnership for Wellness presents a Symposium on Mental Health and Wellness- October 3, 2019, Brookdale Community College, 6pm.
The Monmouth County Schools Partnership for Wellness (MCSPW) is a volunteer consortium of public school districts created to promote mental health and well-being for school community members. Through collaboration with member districts, the MCPW strives to enhance awareness regarding mental health and well-being topics, cultivate empathy for individuals who struggle with various types of mental health conditions, and engage school community members in this important work. The ultimate goal of this partnership is to share rich, appropriate resources in order to help communities develop timely, sustainable, and systemic initiatives focused on creating stigma-free, inclusive and supportive environments. The MCSPW understands that when individuals receive the care, support, and safety they deserve along with access to sources of resiliency, people are empowered to lead more productive lives as learners and as citizens. For more information on this event, please follow us on Facebook or Twitter @mcspwellness
As a parent of an RBRHS student, you are an important stakeholder and a valuable partner. To help us address your needs, we are asking you to please take a moment to complete a brief survey (anonymously) to help our district plan for addressing your needs. The survey can be found here https://bit.ly/333YpPr. Thank you for your support.
Several years ago we began the tradition of honoring the athletic team with the highest GPA and awarding them with the Principal’s Cup. Last year we also added an additional award for the team with the most improved GPA. Stay tuned for this year’s seasonal winners and most improved team. Student athletes will be recognized at luncheons throughout the school year.
Federally Subsidized Breakfast and Lunch Program
An application for a free or reduced school meal program is viewable on our website. Families meeting the income guidelines for this program are encouraged to return a completed application as soon as possible to ensure delivery of services to your child. Families completing applications may expect applications to be processed within one week from the time of submission. Students will be responsible for their own meals during the processing period. If your child was receiving federally subsidized meals in June 2019, your child will continue to receive those meals through October 18, 2019. You must reapply by October 18th to potentially receive free/reduced priced meals after that date.
For additional information and/or assistance completing this application please call 732-842-8000, press 1 then 250, for assistance in Spanish please dial 732-842-8000, press 1 then 437. The high school office is open every day from 7:30 am-2:30 pm throughout the month of August. After September 3rd, the high school offices are open until 3:00pm.
Student ID Card
All students must have and carry their student ID. This card displays an individual barcode number for each student, allowing students to use the card as a source of identification and as a means to borrow reference materials from the Media Center. In addition, the card serves as a personal debit card in the school cafeteria, eliminating the need for a student to carry cash to school. Please stress to your child the importance of keeping this card in a safe and secure place on their person at all times. There is a fee for card replacement. Parents can add money on line to your child’s lunch card through My School Bucks, it’s easy and convenient and may be accessed through our website www.rbrhs.org. Freshmen and transfer students are issued a photo ID card free of charge during the first week of school
School Photos/Yearbook Portraits for Underclassmen – Senior Make-Ups
On September 10th and 11th yearbook pictures will be taken for freshman, sophomores and juniors. Underclassmen make-up date will be October 17th . Senior make-up date will be October 24th and 25th. All school photos will take place in the rear of the auditorium.
Military Recruiters - Federal Legislation Requirements/Exemptions
The law requires that districts receiving Federal funds must, upon request, provide military and college/university recruiters access to the names, addresses, and telephone listings of high school students. Parents and students who wish to receive information from the military and/or colleges/universities, do not have to sign or return this form. If this form is not completed and returned, the district will provide the military and colleges/ universities, upon request, with the student’s name, address and telephone number. Forms are available in the Guidance office and on the school website.
All students will be presented with an overview of the student handbook and school policies by our Dean of Students during the first week of school. Our digital handbook will be posted on our website. Please take the time to review the policies outlined in the handbook with your child. You and your child(ren) will need to sign an acknowledgement form via Genesis Parent and Student Portal stating that you have reviewed the school policies outlined in the handbook. We are asking that all parents and students sign off on the handbook in the by Monday, September 16, 2019.
Student Attendance and Absences
Parents and students are reminded that only 10 absences are allowed in a semester (1/2 year) and 20 in a full year, regardless of whether the absences are excused or not. Students in excess of 10 days in a semester or 20 in a full year will lose credit for their classes. They may have to attend summer school or repeat the grade in the next school year. Vacations are not allowed during the school year and will be recorded as unexcused absences. Parents are also reminded to always (1) contact the Attendance Office at 732-842-8000, press 1 then 270 on the first day of an absence, as well as (2) submit a note for their absence upon the return stating the reason. Parent notes for illnesses less than 3 days must state the “nature of illness” (symptoms). Illnesses lasting more than 3 days require a doctor’s note. Absences for Court, Motor Vehicle and College visit appointments require documentation only from those office.
Students Excused Early for Appointment
Parents are reminded that if their child is being picked up early from school, the student must submit a note in writing before 7:30a.m. from the parent stating the time of pick up, and the student must pick up an “Excused Early” pass from the Attendance Office to leave class at the specified pick up time and report back to the Attendance Office for the parent to sign them out. Students may be signed out ONLY by a parent or guardian listed on either the note given or on the Emergency Contact list. Under no circumstances may an 18-year old student sign out another sibling student.
The SOURCE @ Red Bank Regional High School 732-842-8000 press 1 then ext. 341 Performed Care/Children’s Mobile Response 1-877-652-7624 Monmouth Medical Center Crisis Response 732-923-6999