Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Good Morning Students, Parents and Staff!


Follow us on Twitter @RJHS78


Looking Ahead:

8-29 Meet the teacher 5:45

9-1 Map Testing - Reading

9-2 Map Testing - Math

9-5 No School - Labor Day


Transportation Changes:

Any transportation changes need to be made before 2:00, so we can get students where they need to go. 


Leonard Bowl Tickets:

Tickets for Rochester at SHG football on Friday, August 26 will be pre-sold in the RHS Athletic Office on Wednesday and Thursday from 8 am until 3 pm.  Tickets can also be purchased at the gate at SHG on Friday evening.  Kickoff on Friday night is at 7 pm.


School Pictures:

If you would like to order pictures you can at https://inter-state.com/order 

You will use order code 68859HB 


RJHS Student Council

The application process for the RJHS student council is now OPEN!  If you are interested in being on student council for the 2022-23 school year, please read the attached document and fill out the application by Friday, August 26th at 3 PM.  Tell your friends! See or email Mrs. Jett if you have questions.

Here is the information sheet.  Please fill out this form to apply.


Leonard Bowl Shirts

Any extras will be sold by Mrs. Hawkins- this week.

Shirts are $15.


RJHS Boys Basketball

JH boys' basketball will hold an open gym Wednesday, August 24 from 5-7 in the junior high gym. If you have any questions, please email Coach Spencer at jspencer@rochester3a.net.


Free-Reduced Lunches

Free-Reduced lunches is our Rocket Line  along with fruit and vegetables off of the salad bar and milk.  If you are wanting something extra funds will need to be added by your parents to your account.  If you have any questions, please ask an adult around you.



This year’s Rochester High School Homecoming Parade will be on Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30 p.m. The parade will start at the Rochester Baptist Church on State Street, will turn left on Main Street, and turn right on North Walnut and  will end in the back parking lot at the high school. This year’s theme is “Breakfast Cereals”. If you are interested in participating in the parade or need additional information, please contact Deena Powell at (217) 498-9761 ext. 3122 during the school day or you can email at dpowell@rochester3a.net. Parade entries should fill out a form at this link Parade Entry Form.  All parade entries need to have adult supervision and will not include political entries. We would love to see area businesses participate in our parade! There will be monetary prizes for the best parade entries that follow the parade theme displaying school spirit. (Businesses are not eligible for prizes)


Kindergarten Parents: Kindergarten Parents: The Breakfast Cereal for the Kindergarten students will be Trix.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher (not the office).


ALL sports/activities/businesses not directly connected to the Rochester Schools will need to fill out a Waiver of Liability Form and return to Deena Powell dpowell@rochester3a.net no later than 3:15 pm on Tuesday, September 13.  (Just take a picture of your completed form with your phone camera and email to me) The head/owner of each group (President, Owner, etc) can sign the waiver for the entire group if you have your own liability insurance. Example: the head of JFL will sign for all the JFL entries.  I do NOT need waivers signed from each individual parent unless there is not an individual who is able to sign for the entire group.  This form takes liability away from the Rochester School District.  Release and Waiver Form


Few reminders about RJHS:

  • The doors at RJHS open at 7:30.

  • The tardy bell rings at 8:05 which means that students should be in class, ready to learn by 8:05.

  • School is dismissed at 3:05.

  • Lunch is 12:22 - 12:52

  • Students should bring a plastic water bottle (with a lid).  Water fountains are not available, although we do have bottle filling stations. 

  • Parent drop-off & pick-up is on the NORTH side of the building, near the auditorium doors (across the parking lot from the football field).  Buses will drop-off & pick-up on the SOUTH side (route 29 side) of the building.

  • Please make sure your student's chromebook is charged and ready to go tomorrow morning!

  • Student phones should be turned off and out of sight during the school day, although students are allowed to use them at lunch time.  Airpods/earbuds/headphones are only to be used in class when directed by the teacher such as when students are independently watching videos for instruction. 

  • Students should report directly to their first period (Learning Lab) class upon arrival.

  • Lockers will only be used before school, at lunch time, and after school.

Dress Code – Dress for Success

Rochester Junior High School is committed to preparing students for the next steps in their lives such as high school, college, career, and postsecondary life success.  The “Dress for Success Norms” encourage students to keep their focus on learning, maintaining age-appropriate expectations, and providing an environment that allows students to feel comfortable and to express their individuality appropriately. Rochester staff have taken great strides to ensure that these straightforward Dress for Success Norms apply equally to both male and to female students. We strive to enforce these rules respectfully and without judgment.



  • All students must follow these norms at school and all school-sponsored events. This includes, but is not limited to, school activities, field trips, and school-sponsored afterschool programs. 

  • Students should dress appropriately for school, wearing clothing that is well-suited for a school environment. 

  • Clothing will completely cover torso through top of chest, including backside in non-see-through materials. 

  • The front and back of a shirt (or top of any kind) must be connected by at least 2 inches of fabric over both shoulders 

  • Clothing must cover all undergarments. 

  • Head and face will be uncovered. Appropriate headgear may be worn for warmth and protection outdoors and inside for religious reasons or special circumstances. 

  • Clothing, accessories, and visible tattoos that display or promote negative messages are not permitted. These could include, but are not limited to, illegal or prescription drugs, gangs, weapons, alcohol, or tobacco-related information, obscenities, putdowns, stereotypes, sexual innuendo, plainly offensive subject material, or disruptive activities. 

  • Safety is paramount. Footwear (sneakers, boots, sandals, etc.) must be worn at all times. State law specifies that safety glasses must be worn in shops and labs when working with machinery and/or chemicals. Pierced jewelry that presents a safety hazard, spiked apparel, spike accessories, animal collars, or chains that can be used as weapons are prohibited. 



When a student’s outfit does not meet the Dress for Success Norms, he or she will be asked politely to address the issue. This can be done in whatever way the student feels works best for him or her. Options include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Adjusting the fit of the clothing (if possible to do so and meet the guidelines) 

  • Putting on something else that is already at school (PE uniform, jacket, etc.) 

  • Calling home and requesting a change of clothes R


Rochester staff will address noncompliance with the Dress for Success Norms in a respectful and professional manner; our intent is not to shame individual students for their wardrobe choices. We would expect that no student should need to be asked more than twice, in one year, to adjust their attire to meet the norms. Having to ask more than twice becomes an issue of disrespect rather than an issue about dress.


We appreciate parent and student cooperation in our efforts to make our Dress for Success Norms and their enforcement fair, balanced, and gender-neutral.



Safe2Help is a 24/7 program for students, staff, and families to share school safety issues, find resources to get help, and find encouragement to help others.  Anyone can call to talk to a trained staff member about abuse, bullying, depression, self-injury, or suicidal thoughts for themselves or other students.  You can access Safe2Help by calling 844-4-SAFEIL, texting SAFE2(72332), or emailing help@safe2helpIL.com.


Sign Up for Student Health Services:

We want all students to have access to student health services. With Hazel Health, students now have access to doctor visits right from the school nurse’s office, and virtual visits from home.  

 We’re launching our health services program for this school year, and we want to make sure your family has access to these services all year long. Our district is hosting a Consent for Care Drive to ensure 100% of families learn about our student health services from Hazel Health. With Hazel, students can immediately speak with a Hazel doctor right from school or at home.

On-demand health services include:

  • 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 return to school communications

Parents - Please sign the Consent for Care form to ensure your child has access to these services:


If you have already completed the form, thank you! Help us reach 100% of families by reminding your fellow Rochester families to opt-in or opt-out of this new service.



Lunch Menu:

August Menu



Rocket Line - BBQ Mac & Cheese

Corner Crust Pizza - BLT Pizza

Custom Bros Grill - Curly Fries

Salad Bar - Taco



Rocket Line - Chicken Fried Steak

Corner Crust Pizza - Chicken Bacon Ranch

Custom Bros Grill - Bosco Sticks

Salad Bar - Fried Chicken