October 6, 2015
Dear Royal Nation,
We are very excited about the start of the 2015-2016 school year! It’s a great time to be a Royal! It’s also a historic time at Roy High…our students are achieving, academically, in so many areas and ways! The purpose of this letter is to re/orient students and parents about the new Royal R&R (Review & Reward) initiative and to celebrate the “gains” we are making in Royal Nation. R&R, our academic enrichment program, is designed to provide a greater degree of support to ALL of our great students—from those achieving at the highest levels to those who may be struggling academically, attendance-wise, or in any other facet of high school life—and all students in between! We are committed to getting our Royals college & career ready, and, in an ever-changing, fast-paced world, educators must think outside of the box to prepare students for life beyond high school. We believe our Royal R&R program serves our students well, in this regard! On a related side note: Our failure rates at Roy High have significantly dropped over the course of the 2 years of Royal R&R’s implementation (from an average of 13.7% down to 9.3%). Also, tardiness rates (and subsequent attendance credit loss rates) have significantly decreased as well. Take a look at the data attached to this email/letter. Less failing grades and attendance credit loss = higher graduation rates! Last spring, 95% of all enrolled seniors graduated! That’s a phenomenal high mark for the Royals! The good news is all the more impressive when we consider that our student enrollment numbers continue to climb. Good stuff!
The Utah State Office of Education grades each school (PACE Report) in regard to several measures of school improvement and student achievement. We’re growing in this area, as well. Last school year (2014-2015), Roy High was issued a “C” grade. We have gains to make in student proficiency related to SAGE testing and school accountability measures, but we gained ground compared to the prior year. Notable improvements:
- *Chronic absenteeism (students absent 18 days or more per school year) was reduced to 11% (in 2013-2014, our rate was 76%!). This is a huge gain!
- 77% of our 11th & 12th graders earned at least 3 credits in the college and career ready courses (concurrent enrollment, Advanced Placement, CTE courses) compared to 73% the year prior! We rank 2nd out of the 4 Weber School District high schools in this area! A big shout-out to our college-level course teachers and their students!
- *Our % of students with an ACT composite of 18 or higher is greater than the state average (around 75%).
- *Our 2014 graduation rate (this 9th-12th grade cohort rate lags a year behind in regard to accountability measures) approached the 80% mark. This rate has steadily increased over the past 4 years (from a 5-year RHS graduation average of 71.3% in 2011-2012).
Here are the main highlights and a general overview of Royal R & R:
- -School begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.—as has been the case the last few years.
- -Most students will still have 8 classes on their schedules—4 on A Days, 4 on B Days—we remain on a “block class schedule.”
- -ONE lunch will be offered Monday-Thursday, and 2 lunches will be offered each Friday. The lunch period Monday-Thursday will be longer in duration and two waves of students will be moved through lunch during this period, with a short break in-between.
- -For 2 classes, each day (A or B day), students will earn ONE of TWO options (Review or Reward) at the end of class—during a 25 min. time frame attached to each class:
- If a student is online academically in the class, if he/she was on time to class, if he/she was not absent the last time the class was held, if he/she has not lost attendance credit in THAT class (more than 4 tardies/4 absences), if he/she participated fully in class activities, if he/she is visibly wearing his/her student ID, or if he/she has no missing assignments/tests, that student will be allowed to leave class during REVIEW to partake of other opportunities. This is the REWARD portion of Royal R&R. Students may go to the writing lab, a silent study hall, or socialize with friends in designated areas near the front of the school. Or, a student in good standing in the class may also choose to STAY for REVIEW time in class, wherein he/she will be able to review class curriculum/concepts with the teacher or work quietly on homework.
- If a student is offline academically in the class, if he/she was late to class, if he/she was absent the last time the class was held, if he/she has lost attendance credit in THAT class (more than 4 tardies/absences), if he/she did not participate fully in class activities, if he/she is not wearing his/her student ID, or if he/she has missing assignments/tests, that student will be required to stay in class during REVIEW to participate in remediation/intervention/review activities facilitated by the teacher. This is what REVIEW time is designed to do—help students who are struggling or who may have fallen behind in class.
- -Once a student chooses/is required to stay in REVIEW, he/she must stay until the bell rings at the end of REVIEW.
- -REVIEW is essentially an intervention or remediation program, attached to each class, once/week--with the volume turned up!
- -On selected Fridays, students will be given the opportunity to participate in an ENRICHMENT activity during a designated time period during the day (see attached bell schedule). -On designated Fridays, students will be given a “Roar Card” to use to sign up for the subsequent Friday’s enrichment activity. Students select an activity from a calendar outlining all offered activities and sign up from Monday-Thursday with the associated teacher/advisor.
- -Assemblies will take place during ENRICHMENT (Fridays), and no other enrichment activities will be scheduled on assembly days.
- -Students are accountable to attend ENRICHMENT, and attendance will be tied to the student’s 1st or 5th period class. If a student attends 1st/5th period and doesn’t attend ENRICHMENT, he/she will be marked truant.
- -There will be a multitude of “enrichment activities” available to students throughout the year on Fridays. Examples of “enrichment activities” include: motivational guest speakers, seminars geared to helping students apply for scholarships, participation in groups sponsored by the counselors, ACT prep, attendance credit make-up community service (during the school day), test make-up, review of curriculum/concepts in college level classes (i.e., A.P., concurrent enrollment), quiet study hall time to work on homework, time in the school’s computer labs, participation in clubs and organizations activities, and unique college and career level opportunities provided by specific departments within the school. The sky is the limit for ENRICHMENT time! We want to provide our students with an engaging, well-rounded scope of meaningful opportunities during their time at Roy High School!
- -Students, pay particular attention HERE! – There is a particular “perk” or REWARD to being online to graduate each and every week—you earn a 55 min. lunch period most days when you are “getting it done” in the classroom. On Mondays and Tuesdays, if you earn the opportunity to leave 2nd/6th periods during REVIEW time, you essentially have a 55 min. lunch period. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, if you earn the opportunity to leave 3rd/7th periods during REVIEW time, you enjoy a 55 min. lunch period, also!
- -Take a look at the visual of what the R&R program “looks like,” integrated into our weekly bell schedule (see attached bell schedule).
Royal students, we strongly believe in rewarding good choices and behavior and providing fair and firm consequences for choices or behavior which take you farther away from the goal of graduation. We hold HIGH EXPECTATIONS for you and we’ll do everything we can to help make good things happen for you and support your endeavors in making good things happen for yourself! We can get you ready for college or a career in a technical job, but YOU must do the heavy lifting!
Royal parents, we ask for your continued and ongoing support in holding your child to the highest of expectations, also. Each and every Royal can graduate and SHINE! Attached to this email/letter, you’ll find a great resource. The Search Institute outlines research-based information concerning what teenagers most need to be successful and healthy as human beings. Listed are “40 Developmental Assets” kids must be able to access externally, or have developed internally, in order to face the challenges of high school and adult life. Take a look! Our great Royal Staff can help your student develop (or further develop) and/or provide many of these important assets, but many are related to, learned and refined in the home. We need your help if we are going to celebrate your child at graduation and beyond! We encourage you to stay current with your student’s grades, attendance and communicate regularly with his/her teachers, counselor and administrator. You can get daily/weekly updates about your student’s academic progress and check daily attendance. Contact the main office if you’d like to get signed up on the Portal!! We are all on the same team! Thank-you, in advance, for sharing your great Royal(s) with us!
Our awesome SBOs have selected a very appropriate and inspiring Class of 2016 unifying theme for this year—Back in Black, Etched in Gold. Get involved in every extracurricular opportunity you can at Roy High (be “back in black”), and strive for excellence, academically (be “etched in gold”). Embrace this theme as your personal mantra, Royals. Each of you is designed to make a positive difference in this world. Get prepared to do just that during your time at RHS!
We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about Royal R&R or any of the information in this email. Feel free to contact us with any suggestions or concerns. It’s going to be a great year! We’ll see you soon at Roy High!
Roy High Administration, Teachers, and Support Staff