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Summer Reading Titles

Click here for the Summer Reading handout (Spring 2016)

Dear Students and Parents:

What’s the last great book that you read? Isn’t it nice to be able to read at your leisure over the summer months? To encourage reading and prepare you for the coming school year, the English department is continuing the summer reading program for all students registered for advanced-level classes, grades 9-12, and some academies or specialized programs. Please read through the following list to identify the requirements for each course. It is the responsibility of each student to complete the reading by the start of the school year. Students may buy or borrow the book(s); this is your choice. Please have the book with you when you come to school at the beginning of the school year.

In addition to reading, it is expected that each student will ponder what he or she reads. To this end, each student should either write notes in his or her own handwriting (in the form of a dialectical journal or annotations) unless otherwise noted. Please see the attached instructions and examples. Of course, students may go beyond these requirements in their note taking. Students should bring their work with them to school on the first day of the school year, as their independent reading will be assessed within the first days or week of the school year. Assessments of required readings will be worth approximately 10% of the first nine-weeks grade (except for AP, which will be more than 10%).

Finally, remember, you’re not limited to what you see here. Read beyond these lists! Worlds of great ideas, interesting characters, and memorable turns of phrase await you.

Wishing you insightful and enjoyable reading,

The English Teachers at RHS

Peek’n Peak Departure & Arrival Info

This is it! We head out tomorrow morning, February 14, at the crack of dawn!

5:45 a.m. – Bus loads
6:00 a.m. – Bus Departs RHS lot
8:45 a.m. – Bus Arrives Peek’n Peak Resort
6:45 p.m. – Bus re-loads
7:00 p.m. – Bus Departs Peek’n Peak Resort
10:00 p.m. – Bus Arrives RHS lot (and leaves once it is unloaded)

We will ask students to call/text when we are approx. 30 minutes away from returning to RHS so parents can be there to pick them up.

Please be on time, as the building is NOT accessible and it will be cold waiting there!

Please refer to your paperwork for emergency contact info for the advisors. You can also call/text 330-267-9762 if you are unable to reach one of the advisors.

For additional Ski Club information, please visit the club website at:

Ski & Snowboarding Club Starts this week!

Attention RHS ski and snowboard members:  Ski club starts this Thursday!

Remember to bring your ski/snowboard passes to school that day.

Buses will leave from Stanton Middle School at 3:45 p.m.

And if you would like to join us at Brandywine, there is still time to join ski club.  If you are interested, please contact Mr. Thompson or Mr. Susel ASAP.

To stay up to date with Ski Club info, please visit the Ski Club site for Calendar & Cancellation updates.

Carpe Diem T-Shirts


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Please note that the colors are close to those in the picture, but NOT exact.

Also, the ONLY shirts that will have white ink are the Black, Charcoal, and Purple (& Navy tie-dye). All others will use black ink!

The response among Latin students for our Latin Club t-shirts was so great, that we decided to offer them school-wide.  We will only be offering these during the OGT week, so don’t delay. This will be the last time to order these this school year…

Interested in seeing a sample, look around RHS! Or ask Mr. Susel (224) or Mr. Phillips (229) for more info.

All orders are due by 3/13/15!  Delivery of items will occur after we come back from spring break…

Gifted Program Update & Upcoming Meeting Info

Dear Students and Parents,

Your teachers and administrators are taking a look at the current Gifted Programming model and processes in the Kent City Schools. We want to understand what is working and what opportunities there are for change so that we can best meet the learning and social/ emotional needs of our gifted students.

To help us better understand the current program and make good decisions for our students, we invite you to share your thoughts, observations, and questions with us through a short survey. There is one for parents, one for students, and one for Kent Schools staff. Your responses are anonymous unless you choose to share your contact information. We invite your responses even if you are not or have not been involved in gifted programming.

Gifted Program Review – Parent Survey
Gifted Program Review – Staff Survey
Gifted Program Review – Student Survey

In addition, you are invited to attend a parent/community update on January 21 at 7:00 pm in the Stanton Middle School Media Center. We will update interested attendees on the Gifted Program Review process, including an analysis of the current gifted student opportunities and an overview of the Review process. There will also be time for question and answer. Please feel free to send questions/comments ahead of time via the survey or to

Thank you for your support for our gifted students and their learning opportunities. We hope to hear from you through the survey or on the 21st!

Karen Rumley
Director of Instructional Program
Kent City Schools

Latin Club Apparel


The Latin club is going “old school” and returning to a classic shirt design.  The message “Carpe Diem” (Seize the Day!) is as meaningful today as it was 2000 years ago…

The phrase carpe diem appears in Horace’s Odes (I.11) as part of the injunction “carpe diem quam minimum credula postero,” which can be translated as “pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the next one.” Carpe diem has, however, become better known by a less literal translation: “seize the day.”

Click here for the 2014 Latin Club T-Shirt order form.  Orders forms and payment are due by this Friday, December 19. Items will be delivered in January when we return to school.

See Mr. Susel or Mr. Phillips if you have any questions.

Rome 2013 – Early Registration Deadline is approaching!


Attention anyone interested in traveling to Rome next spring break: The Early Registration Deadline is this coming weekend. If you are at all considering the trip, please see Mr. Susel or Mr. Phillips for important information. March 31st is the last day to lock in at 2012 prices!

To lock into the lowest price available (the price you see on the trip information sheet), you must register by March 31, 2012.

In the meantime, check out for all the information you could want about Roman Italy before the meeting, including cost worksheets and slideshows of past trips.

2012 KSU Regents STARTALK Student Foreign Language Academy in Arabic, Chinese or Russian (KSU)

Below is an announcement from KSU about an amazing opportunity for students to learn Arabic, Chinese or Russian for free. If you are interested, please check out the website for information at the end of the post. Thanks…

Announcing the 2012 KSU Regents STARTALK Student Foreign Language Academy in Arabic, Chinese or Russian!

Chinese and Russian Student Academy: June 17-July 14, 2012.

· 2012 Application forms available at
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Latin Club Meeting

Attention Latin students. Believe it or not, the Latin Club will be holding its first meeting today, Thursday, September 22, at 2:45 in room 224.

Join us for some pizza as we begin the process of elections and make plans for the year. See you then. Ciao!