Thursday, March 2, 2023

Good Morning Students, Parents and Staff!


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Looking Ahead:

3/6 - 3/8 IL Assessment Testing

3/10 End of 3rd Quarter

3/13 - 3/15 IL Science Assessment Testing ( 8th Grade Only)

3/20 - 3/24 Spring Break

4/7 - 12:15 Dismissal

4/10 - No School - Easter Break

Double Bus Routes 3-2-23

Bus #4 - Ran by Bus #2 

*Any transportation changes need to be made before 12:00, so we can get students where they need to go. 


Culture Club Speaker Tomorrow

Culture Club would like to invite you to join us to hear from a speaker this Friday during lunch in Mrs. Nuding's room. No involvement or commitment to Culture Club required. 

We will be hearing from Mrs. Sherry Wold. She was an English/Spanish teacher for 40 years. She moved from Macomb to Springfield to teach at PORTA High School. After retiring, she became interested in, and involved in, social justice issues and is now a member of the Resistor Sisterhood. The Resistor Sisterhood is a grassroots activist group committed to positively and proactively amplifying education about social justice and equal rights for all.

Dress Days during testing

All week: Dress comfy

Friday, March 3: Orange and Blue day - Go Rockets!

Monday: “Donut stress, do your best” Pajama Day (donuts)

Tuesday: Go Team! Put your game face on and get ready for testing week. Wear your favorite team gear. (popcorn)

Wednesday: Show us how bright you are! Rainbow, tie dye, neon day (colorful goldfish)

Thursday: Don’t sweat the test - wear your sweats today (Make up day??)

Friday: We are stronger together. Wear your orange and blue. 

Rochester School Band Families *Due Tomorrow*

Forms will be coming home with your students for the Band Boosters principal fundraiser, the annual Antonio's pizza sale. 50% of all pizza sales revenue benefits the 5th through 12th grade Rochester School Band Program and will enable us to purchase  new instruments for the Band Department. To reach our revenue goal, we need to sell 1500 pizzas! Customers are also allowed to donate money to the Band Boosters and a receipt will be  provided for their donation. Sales take place from February 20th through March 3rd, with the pizza build and pick-up happening on March 11th.  Forms due March 3rd to your band director!  For questions, email LHicks101505@gmail.com.

RHS performance of “Anything Goes”

Time to purchase your tickets for the Spring musical, ANYTHING GOES!  All seats are reserved and can only be purchased online at this link TICKETS  Shows are Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 12 at 2 p.m.  All shows will be presented in the Rochester Fine Arts auditorium.  

RJHS Track Apparel

Hello 6th-8th grade Track & Field Athletes, Parents, and Family. The apparel store for the JH Team is now open through Sunday, March 5th at 12:59 pm. Please click on the link below if you would like to order.

JH Track & Field Apparel Store 2023

Football Moms Meeting:

Mark your calendars, the first Football Moms meeting of the 2022-23 season will be on Wednesday, March 8th at Public House 29 at 5:30 p.m.  We will have a Happy Hour/Meet and Greet with appetizers before we start the meeting. Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend, not just “moms”.

The agenda will include:

  • Finances

  • Summer Schedule

  • Information for:

    • Orange and Blue Game

    • Homecoming

    • Senior Night

  • We will need to find a Class Rep for the incoming Freshman Class

  • We will explain committees and volunteer opportunities

If you have any questions, please contact Lyn Young or Tara Nelson. Lyn can be reached at lyn@greenegablesinn.com or call/text at 217-415-9700.  Tara can be reached at rochesterfbmoms@gmail.com or call/text at 217-638-6329.

STEM Fair is back!

The Rochester Athletic Complex will be the site of the 2023 Central Illinois STEM Fair on Thursday March 30, from 6 to 8 pm.  The STEM Fair will feature science, technology, engineering, and math clubs and activities from Rochester and throughout Central Illinois.  This event is free and open to all K-12 students and their families from Rochester and other area schools.

To reserve your free ticket for you and your family, go to https://centralillinoisstemfair.eventbrite.com and click on Reserve a spot.  Teachers, if you would like to exhibit your STEM curriculum or after school activity, answer YES to the exhibitor question on the ticket reservation to claim your spot.  Questions?  Contact Sheril Flynn or Stephanie Zeidler, or email rochesterstemfair@gmail.com.

PAC Summer Camps

SAVE THE DATES!  Performing Arts Summer Camps are returning to Rochester.  PAC@ROCHESTER will hold three week long camps this year instead of two camps.  Mark your calendar for the weeks of July 10, 17 & 24.  Plan to attend one, two or all three camps!   Registration will begin in late March.  Please email Mr. Bauser with any questions at bbauser@rochester3a.net  Initial registration will be for Rochester School District students first before opening registration to the general public.


Preschool Screenings for 23-24 school year

See attached flier for Pre-K screening information

RYAA Softball Registration

RYAA 2023 softball registration is now open!

We are fielding 8u, 10u, 12u, and 14u teams. Early Bird rate until February 28th. Registration closes March 15th. More info at https://www.ryaasports.org/

Mental Health Days and Parent Excused Days

Students are allowed six (6) parental absences (A-E) in one school year.  Five (5) of those can be Mental Health Days (M-E).  After six (6) parental absences, they will be marked as unexcused unless we receive a doctor’s note.  Please make sure your student is bringing in their doctor’s notes so you do not use up your parents' excuses.

Dr. Notes

Make sure that Doctor’s notes are being brought to the Jr High office after the appointment or if your student has been sick.  That note will change that absence in Skyward from a parent excuse - AE or an unexcused absence -AU to a doctor excuse - AD. 

Lunch Menu:

March Menu



Rocket Line - French Toast Sticks & Sausage

Corner Crust Pizza - Buffalo Chicken

Custom Bros Grill - Bosco Sticks

Salad Bar 


Rocket Line - Chicken Enchilada

Corner Crust Pizza - Buffalo Chicken

Custom Bros Grill - Corn Dog

Salad Bar