Thursday, September 15, 2022

Good Morning Students, Parents and Staff!


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Looking Ahead:


9-23 SIP Day - 12:15 Dismissal

9-26 Picture Retakes


Little Mermaid videos *Last Call*

Last call for anyone that ordered a DVD of THE LITTLE MERMAID JR, please pick it up from Mr. Bauser by the end of this week.   If you have any questions, please email him at bbauser@rochester3a.net.  


 Homecoming Spirit Week Sept 12-16

The Student Council has just sent out the themes for this year's Homecoming week! Spirit week themes 


 Double Bus Routes 9-15-22

RJHS riders for Bus #7 & #19 need to wait in the HS/JH cafeteria until your bus comes to pick you up and take you home.

Bus #7 PM - Ran by Bus #15 PM

Bus #19 AM & PM - Ran by Bus #2 PM

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



Literary *parent meeting tonight*

Attention students! Are you interested in acting, public speaking, or improvisation? Then the Rochester Literary Program is for you! We have opportunities for solo, duet and group performances for all students in grades 5-8th! The program will begin rehearsals the week of September 26th, with our contest currently scheduled for Saturday, November 12th at RJHS. 

A virtual parent information meeting will be held this Thursday, September 15th, at 6:00pm to cover all the details and additional information you will need to get signed up! You may access the meeting at the link below. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Parker at cparker@rochester3a.net

Literary Parent Information Meeting

Thursday, September 15 · 6:00 – 6:30pm

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/bos-dset-dbe

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 650-735-3859‬ PIN: ‪310 856 531‬#

More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/bos-dset-dbe?pin=5898311948680


Yearbook Committee

Hello students of RJHS!  We are in need of a yearbook committee for the 2022-2023 school year.  If you are interested in making the yearbook, proofreading pages, taking pictures of classmates, and being creative, complete this form before Wednesday, September 21st. I will notify committee members by email on Friday, September 23rd.  You will also get an email if you are not chosen.  Remember I can only take 10 or so people so please give your best on the question!  Thanks ~ Mrs. Rezba, Yearbook Sponsor


Into the Woods - Audition Information

Audition information can be found here AUDITION INFORMATION.  Callbacks, if necessary, will be held on Thursday, September 15 after school.  Please email Mr. Bauser if you have any questions.  bbauser@rochester3a.net.  


School Pictures:

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

You will use order code 68859HB 


School Picture Retakes

RJHS picture retake will be on Sep 26, 2022. Order online  https://inter-state.com/order 

(order code 71980MB), or there are envelopes in the office.


RJHS Boys Basketball - Open Gyms

JH boys' basketball will hold open gym Wednesdays only from 5:30-7 in the junior high gym. If you have any questions, please email Coach Spencer at jspencer@rochester3a.net.


Lunch Notifications

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 receive messages from Skyward or Thrillshare.


Free-Reduced Lunches 

Not everyone gets Free-Reduced lunches.  If you qualify for Free-Reduced Lunches you can have an “Entree” (ex: burger, pizza), a fruit or vegetable (could be fries) off of the salad bar and a milk.  If you are wanting something extra, funds will need to be added to your account either on Skyward or you can bring a check or cash to the office before 11am.  If you have any questions, please ask an adult around you.

*If you feel that you qualify for this lunch plan, here is the Free-Reduced form to fill out. You will return it back to the office.


Dr. Notes

Make sure that Doctor’s notes are being brought to the Jr High office after the appointment.  That note will change that absence in Skyward from a parent excuse - AE to a doctor excuse - AD.  Students are only allowed 6 AE absences in a school year, after that they will be counted as unexcused - AU.



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:

September Menu



Rocket Line - Donut Holes w/ Sausage

Corner Crust Pizza - Pepperoni, Sausage & Onion

Custom Bros Grill - Bacon Cheeseburger

Salad Bar - Cobb



Rocket Line - Veggie Burger

Corner Crust Pizza - Hawaiian Pizza

Custom Bros Grill - Corn Dog 

Salad Bar - Chef