Good Morning Rochester Intermediate School Students and Staff!

Today is Thursday, November 10, 2022


Please stand for the Pledge: 

I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


And now for a moment of reflection


Happy birthday today to…

Jack Kates



If you need a loaner chromebook, please visit the Tech Office before 8:30am.


Bus Announcement

Any RIS student who rides bus 4, 7, 10 and 19 will stay at RIS after school in the cafeteria today.  The double route will come by and pick you up here instead of the EC-1 building.  

Sixth Grade Swing Choir

Please check the Swing Choir Canvas page for a list of Medieval Rehearsals starting this Thursday. 


Library (run through Nov. 11)

Our RIS Library is having a  COLORFUL POSTER CONTEST.  All students, Grades 4-6 are invited to create a colorful poster using ANY one of these themes:

“Stack of Stories” Or “Unlock Your Imagination”

Posters must be encouraging and positive.  Poster Contest rules are posted on the RIS Learning Commons Canvas page and discussed in library classes.

*The deadline for all posters to be turned in and considered for judging is Monday, November 21st .  So, Join in the fun and create a Colorful Poster for our RIS Library!

 Library Announcement for Thursday, November 10, 2022

Congratulations to our   “Link to Learn”  Library drawing winners.  Over 800 Books have been read by our RIS students and 3 links have been randomly drawn for gift cards.  Our drawing winners are: Lauren Beck in Mrs. Graham’s  class, Arabella Wheeler in Ms. Miller’s class, and Warren Jost in Mrs. Acree’s class.    Also, blue links have been added to our “Staff Chaser Chain” and 2 links  have been  randomly drawn for a gift card.  The staff winners are Mrs. Graham and Mr. Coffey..  These 3 students and  teachers should come to the Library to claim their prize.  Another drawing will take place next month as the Hot Air Balloons push toward the finish line.   All students grades 4-6 and staff are encouraged to continue reading books completely through and adding links to their chain.  

 The students selected for the Honor Guard for tomorrow’s Veterans Assembly, please report to the Music Room today at 9:30 to rehearse with Mr. McCafferty…

Selected students include:

•Garrett Adams

•Sebastian Adams

•Hudson Higgenbotham

 •Cayden Holzmacher

*Please Report to the Music Room at 9:30 AM this morning…

Today’s lunch menu includes: 

  1. Biscuits & Gravy

  2. Mini Corn Dogs

  3. Fruit & Winter Cheese Plate

  4. Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza

  5. Chicken Patty

Remember, “Rockets RISE Together” by demonstrating:





Important Dates

Friday, November 11 - Early Dismissal (12:15pm)

Wednesday, November 23 - Friday, November 25 - No School


Lost and Found

Please remind your child(ren) to check out our lost and found table in the back of the cafeteria if they are missing any items.  We have a large amount of items that are piling up on the lost and found table.  


We need your help restocking our empty toilet paper tubes and paper towel tubes for STEAM activities and the Makerspace.  If you can help us replenish our stock that would be greatly appreciated.  Students can bring the tubes to Mrs. Flynn in the technology office.  Thank you for your help!




6th Grade Volleyball

6th/7th/8th Grade Girls Volleyball Announcement: A parent meeting will be held in person on Monday, November 14th at 5:15 pm in the Junior High School Cafeteria for any 6th/7thg/8th-grade girl interested in trying out for volleyball. Players MUST be registered on RSchool AND have an updated physical to try out. 


6th Grade Tryouts will be Wednesday, November 30 from 3:30pm-5:00pm AND Thursday, December 1 from 3:30-5:00 pm. Players are encouraged to attend both days of tryouts.


If you have any questions, please contact Megan Hawkins  at 

If you have questions about physicals or Rschool registration, please contact Sara Powless at

Rschool registration information


Veterans Day

We're eager to celebrate all veterans, including local veterans, at RIS on November 11th at 9:00 AM.  If you are a veteran, we would love to welcome you to a special event on Friday November 11 at RIS Gymnasium.  We will be introducing our Veterans, have patriotic musical numbers performed by our Band and will be saluting our Veterans with the singing of the various Service Hymns, and other military salutes and remembrances.  Also if you have family members currently serving, please let us know this as well.  We will be creating and sending messages of heartfelt thanks and hand-written notes from students to our troops.  We can mail them directly to the veteran if you'd like to include a mailing address, or we can package up the note or notes with your child so they can bring them home to you and you can distribute them.  To send/receive a note, please complete this form by Wednesday, November 9, 2022.  This form will close at noon on Wednesday, November 9th, to allow our students time to craft their notes and office staff time for distribution/mailing.


*On the day of the event (November 11, 2022), we ask:

  • For planning purposes and to be able to comfortably accommodate our guests, we do ask each party to limit the number of visitors to 2 additional guests.

  • We ask all Guests to please park in the North Parking Lot (off Buckhart Road) and enter the gym via the sidewalk at the Northeast end of the Building.  

  • Please do not arrive before 8:30 AM since this is the primary Bus Drop Off Zone for RIS.




Calling all students in 2nd grade through 8th grade.  Come join our high school color guard for their annual swing flag camp fundraiser.  Registration deadline is Monday, November 21.  There are two practices and the performance is Friday, December 2 at the RAC.  Check out the attached FLIER for more information.  Each student that participates gets their very own Rocket Swing Flag!  To register click on this link SWING FLAG CAMP



6th Grade Boys Basketball

We are excited to announce that 6th-grade basketball tryouts will be held on Tuesday, November 29, and Thursday, December 1 from 6:30 - 8:00 in the RIS gym, players need to be at both tryout nights. All students interested in trying out for the team must have a current physical on file with the school and be registered for Basketball Boys 6th on Rschool. If you have questions regarding basketball, please contact Coach Combs at If you have questions about physicals or Rschool registration, please contact Sara Powless at

The parents-only information meeting will be held on Monday, November 21 at 7:00 pm in the RIS cafeteria.

Rschool registration information


Junior High Wrestling

Junior High wrestling practice will start on Monday, November 28. All students interested in participating in junior high wrestling must be signed up on Rschool and have a current physical on file with the school. If you have any questions in regard to your login or your child’s physical, please contact Sara Powless at The wrestling schedule for the season can be found on the Rschool link or app.

Rschool Registration Directions

Open Gyms for wrestling will begin on November 1 from 3:30-5, please reach out to Coach Stevens with any questions.



For the Library newsletter, please check out this link!


Last Chance To Register For RYAA Basketball! - November 15th is the deadline to avoid a late registration penalty.

Leagues for kindergarten through 6th grade boys and girls will be held in school gymnasiums this winter. Practices will begin in December with games starting in January. Please visit RYAA’s new website to register.

Transportation Changes

All transportation changes must be submitted to the office no later than 2:00pm.  Please call the office at 217-498-6215 or email your changes to  Mrs. Lovett at  Any request for transportation changes past 2:00pm cannot be accepted.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Parent Pick-up:

As a reminder, for parent pick-up at the end of the day, all parents should remain in their vehicles and follow the pick-up line around and to the front of the building.  Please do not park in the parking spaces in order to pick up your child.  Thank you for your help with this!

Lunch Balances

The low lunch balance alerts have been reactivated for all families.  You will get an alert when your lunch balance is below $5.00.  If you choose to shut off the alert, you will no longer get any school announcements.

Hazel Health

We want to make sure every student has the option to access our student health services from day one.  Be sure to take part in our Consent for Care Drive by signing the form at  If you have already completed the form, thank you! 

Why sign up?

When students are not feeling well, they often miss more school when they can’t see a doctor.  We are making doctor visits available to all students through Hazel, so they can receive medical care and return to learning faster.  Wondering whether your child has allergies or a potential flu?  Your child says they have a headache that just won’t go away, and you’re not sure whether it’s serious?  Will you need to leave work to drop off medicine at school?

Hazel can help by providing HIPAA-compliant video doctor visits through your school nurse’s office or from home.  Hazel is a trusted resource for extended student health services, including:

  • Medical treatment: For stomach aches, headaches, sprained ankles, asthma concerns, and everything in between

  • Medication: Prescriptions written or over-the-counter provided at school when needed

  • Coordination: With family physician and school

Sign the form at this link now to be prepared for student health this school year:

Parents who are unable to sign the form today can still sign up at any time during the school year.  We encourage you to do this early, so you are prepared for student health this year.