Good Morning Rochester Intermediate School Students and Staff!

Today is Thursday, December 1, 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                                                             




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


It is important to remember your chromebook daily and to bring it charged and ready for class.  Please carry your chargers in your case so if your battery gets low at the end of the day you can charge it.  We are seeing more students for loaners everyday and only have a limited number of chromebooks.  



Bus Announcement

There are no double routes today.


Today’s lunch menu includes: 

  1. Sugar & Cinnamon Donut with Pancakes

  2. BBQ Rib Sandwich

  3. Chipotle Chicken Wrap

  4. Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza

  5. Chicken Patty

Remember, “Rockets RISE Together” by demonstrating:





Important Dates

RIS Medieval Performance - December 15 at 4:30pm (RHS/RJHS Auditorium)

Early Dismissal (12:15pm) - December 22nd

No School -Winter Break- December 23rd - January 4th



Sixth Grade Swing Choir Celtic Dance Group:

See the email from Mr. McCafferty and let him know as soon as possible (TODAY) about your availability to rehearse on Saturday morning from 10:00–11:30 AM in the RIS Music.  If you need to call a parent to check your availability on Saturday see Mr. McC during lunch recess today!

We will be rehearsing all Medieval production skits, speaking parts and soloists today and every day after school until the show from 3:15-5:30 PM

Volleyball players, please come to the Music Room after your practice!



*Please see the recently updated Medieval Production Rehearsal Schedule on the Swing Choir Canvas page (or by clicking HERE).  ALSO be sure to check this page regularly for the most up-to-date schedules and production-related information leading up to our show on December 15th at 4:30at the Rochester Fine Arts Auditorium!!


RJHS PTO Fundraiser

If you ordered Rocket wear from RJHS PTO, they will be handing them out December 1 in the JH cafeteria from 4-6. If you have any questions please email Mrs. Jones at







We need more volunteers to attend PTO meetings this year in order to continue to operate. Can you make it to our next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 5:15 pm in the RIS cafeteria? Hope to see you there!  Here is a link to information about our meetings for the rest of the school year.


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 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.


 Players MUST be registered on RSchool AND have an updated physical to try out. 


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



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

Rschool registration information



For the Library newsletter, please check out this link!


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 2:00 pm 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.