Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Good Morning Students, Parents and Staff!


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Looking Ahead:


9-23 SIP Day - 12:15 Dismissal

9-26 Picture Retakes

9-28 Parent/Teacher conference 


Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held for RJHS on Wednesday, September 28, Wednesday, October 12 and Wednesday, November 2 from 3:30 - 8:30 p.m. Conferences will be held virtually or in person (if requested) this fall. Parents should use their Skyward Family Access to schedule a 15-minute appointment with their student’s teachers that they would like to visit with about their student.  

After scheduling your conference(s), parents will be sent a link by the teacher for each meeting via their email. Directions on how to schedule a conference can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact Christie Jones at 217-498-9761, Ext. 1002 or cjones@rochester3a.net.  


Information for Rochester/Glenwood football - Friday, September 23

  • Elementary/Intermediate students will not be admitted to the game without a parent or adult.

  • Jr high students must be prepared to show an ID to enter the game.

  • Footballs are not allowed inside the stadium.  All balls will be confiscated.

  • There will be no re-entry for students in grades K through 12.

  • Open containers/Yeti mugs are not allowed inside the stadium

  • Tickets can be pre-purchased at the following link until 12 pm on Friday:  https://gofan.co/app/events/709041?schoolId=IL15326

  • Tickets may also be purchased at the gate on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm

  • Tailgating is allowed, but only on either the far east end of the parking lot (near the tree line) or the far west end (by the tennis courts)

  • Main parking lot will open at 4 pm on Friday.  Auxiliary parking (behind the baseball field) will open at 4:30.


Double Bus Routes 9-20-22

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

Bus #20 AM & PM - Ran by Bus #3 PM

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



Into the Woods

INTO THE WOODS Musical practice this week: Monday-Thursday after school until 5:30 pm in the choir room.   Email Mr. Bauser with any questions.   bbauser@rochester3a.net


Rocket Color Blast 5K

Second Annual ROCKET COLOR BLAST 5K - RHS Junior Class Prom 2023 Fundraiser! 

Please help the RHS Junior Class raise money for this year's Prom by participating in The Second Annual Rocket Color Blast 5k Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, October 23, 2022 @ 1pm at the Rochester Community Park! This event is open to the public and will be fun for ALL ages! Please register at the following link: https://gofan.co/app/events/708578?schoolId=IL15326

Ticket Sales end Monday, October 10th at Midnight. 

If you have any questions contact the Junior Class Sponsors, Alex Wagner (awagner@rochester3a.net) or Sam Gumble (sgumble@rochester3a.net)

Let's Have a Blast Rockets! 


Rochester Literary Program

Sign ups for the Literary program will take place through Tuesday, September 20th. Did you miss the Literary parent meeting on Thursday evening? No worries! You can view a recording of the meeting, the information letter shared, and access the sign up form at the links below! Literary season will run from September 26th through our contest day on Saturday, November 12th. If you have any additional questions please contact Mrs. Parker by email at cparker@rochester3a.net 

Literary Parent Information Meeting (Recording)

Literary Information 2022

Literary Registration Form 


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


School Picture Retakes

Retake Picture Day is 9/26/22! If you're satisfied with your child's picture, no further action is required.

 If you purchased and were unhappy with your Picture Package, please send your Picture Package to school with your student on Retake Day. Your Retake Picture Package will be produced and shipped to the school four weeks after Retake Day. Please note, if your child is photographed on the original and Retake Picture Days, the Retake picture will replace the original picture in certain products, like the yearbook.

 Students who were absent for Picture Day should come to school prepared to have their picture taken. If you have not pre ordered, please use the Retake Order Code 71980MF to place your order at https://inter-state.com/Order. To see your Order History, check your Inter-State Account.

Find answers to Retake Day questions here.


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 - Lasagna

Corner Crust Pizza - Sausage & Mushroom

Custom Bros Grill - Curly Fries 

Salad Bar - Taco



Rocket Line - Hot Dog w/ Cheese

Corner Crust Pizza - BBQ Chicken Sriracha

Custom Bros Grill - Bosco Sticks

Salad Bar - Fried Chicken