From the Principal
Excitement is in the air as we welcome students back to school in our four-day per week instructional model. Students, we are all a little rusty (to say the least) navigating an in-person schedule. In order to support our students as we welcome them back, we have our Spartan Crew here and ready to serve. Student leaders and support staff will be available in hallways and common areas to support students with questions, help you find classes and support in whatever way is needed. You will be able to identify the SPARTAN CREW as they will all be wearing yellow t-shirts.
Parents, if you have any questions about our evolved hybrid model, please email me at email@example.com or call 612-798-6101. Information can also be found on our website.
Stacy Theien-Collins, Principal
Graduation is June 9 at 7 p.m. Please see an update about graduation here.
Student Wellness Council
We are excited to announce that we are starting our recruitment for the Student Wellness Council. The Student Wellness Council is a student-led program focusing on overall health and wellness within RHS. Teachers will be completing nomination forms for students. If your child is interested in joining, please have them discuss it further with their advisory teacher. More information to come!
PE Students (in-person learning)
Students in a Physical Education class should come prepared for activity on the days they are scheduled in PE. This includes activity-appropriate clothing; sweatpants, shorts, t-shirt, sweatshirts and tennis shoes. PE students will not have access to a locker room.
The 2021 Senior Party will be a night of fun and games, food and prizes (everyone gets a prize!!!), hypnotists and inflatable activities, arts and crafts. Every senior class student is invited to come celebrate in a safe and controlled environment. It is an outdoor event and masks/face covering will be required at all times. A symptom screening and temperature check will be administered prior to entering the party area. Social distancing will be encouraged.
- Complete this form
- Online payment via PayPal or Venmo. Cash and Checks will be accepted at Paying and Receiving at RHS.
- Where: RHS Spartan Football Field Turf
- When: Thursday, June 10 (Rain date: June 14)
- Time: 6-11 p.m.
- $40 EARLY BIRD RATE—Get a ticket at a reduced fee if purchased by April 4
- $50 Full Price—Tickets must be purchased by June 9
- $25 if student qualifies for free or reduced lunch
- We have some need-based scholarships available to cover the ticket cost of students who can not afford the fee. For more information, please contact Carrie Vala at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact the volunteer group of organizers at email@example.com if you have any questions or would like to donate additional money to the party games and prizes.
Important AP Exam Information
- Biology, May 27 at 11 a.m.
- Computer Science A, May 18 at 3 p.m.
- English, May 26 at 11 a.m.
- French, May 21 at noon
- German, May 21 at noon
- Human Geography, May 28 at 11 a.m.
- Psychology, May 20 at 3 p.m.
- Spanish Language, June 4 at 8 a.m.
- Spanish Literature, June 4 at noon
- World History, May 20 at 11 a.m.
The College Board charges a fee for each AP exam. The school district pays the exam fees for all AP Human Geography students and for DLI students taking AP Spanish Language.
- If a student qualifies for free/reduced lunch (they must have a current application on file for this year), then there is no fee.
- If a student does not qualify for free/reduced lunch, the fee will be $51 per exam.
All applicable exam fees must be paid by April 30 in order to be eligible for testing. Exam fees can be paid by logging in to SchoolPay.
From the Activities Office
Spring Athletics are Happening Now!
If you are interested in participating on an athletic team this spring and have not yet completed the registration process, please register at www.schoolpay.com. If you have questions or need assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All students are encouraged to participate and all ability levels are welcome to try out. Before students practice, they need to be registered through SchoolPay. You can access this platform through the ParentVUE app or www.schoolpay.com. For detailed instructions, check out these SchoolPay Instructions.
Each activity has a registration fee. If you are unable to pay the full amount based on your Educational Benefits (Free/Reduced Lunch Status), please contact the Activities Office for payment plan options at email@example.com. We never want finances to be a reason for a student not to participate.
- Returning athletes, you only need to complete the sport-specific registration, you have already completed the required MSHSL forms with your fall/winter registration.
- Spring sport athletes only, you need to complete the required MSHSL forms AND the sport-specific registration.
Please join the Schoology Group for up-to-date information for your activity. Schoology is a tool coaches are using to keep players and their families informed about practices, equipment, meetings and changes. Please join the group today!
FIRST WEEK PRACTICE INFO.
Baseball (Gr. 8-12)
Chris Peterson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Golf (Gr. 7-12)
Holly Noble, email@example.com
March 29-April 1
Lacrosse - Boys (Gr. 7-12)
Mike Cunningham, firstname.lastname@example.org
Softball (Gr. 7-12)
Bryan Skof, email@example.com
March 29-April 1
Synchro. Swim (Gr. 7-12)
Lauren Kranig, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tennis - Boys (Gr. 7-12)
Lee Herman, email@example.com
March 29-April 1
Track & Field (Gr. 9-12)
Boys Coach, Teresa Stadem, firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Coach, Pat Burns, email@example.com
March 29-April 1
Please check for the most up-to-date schedule and for any changes: https://rhs.richfieldschools.org/about-our-school/calendar
- Correction: No school for students
- Day 1 of evolved hybrid instruction
- Please visit our Technology web page to get connected! If you have technology-related questions or concerns, please call 612-798-6050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you need access to wifi, please contact your counselor or grade level administrator.
- Beacons is also happy to offer space with wifi at the Southdale YMCA. Please take a moment to look at the flyer, linked here. If it is helpful, Beacons is able to support bus fare.
Family Resources/COVID-19 Information FAQ
RHS frequently updates the family resource section of our website. Most recently, an FAQ section was added to present information about our evolved hybrid model and safety procedures.
Media Center News
March Book Madness: The winner of March Book Madness is: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas! All American Boys by Jason Reynolds was a close second, followed by Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, and the Fault in our Stars by John Green.
We also had three students win fabulous prizes. Thank you to all who participated! Again, the March Book Madness books and other great selections (including new print books like Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas) are available in the media center. Follow these directions to view and reserve both print and digital copies: RHS Media Center—Checking Out Books
Technology corner: Our first ever RHS podcast was recently recorded in our new sound production room. This room, as well as a video production room with a full green screen wall, are part of the media center updates. Both rooms contain equipment and software for audio and video projects to support student learning. Students can reserve these rooms by contacting Ms. Glavas in the media center.
CCR @ Air Pod
After our successful “Focus on your Future in February” friendly competition, which was won by Mr. Caruso’s AIR Pod, we will be launching new competitions this spring with brand new traveling trophies in play for each grade level! Our first challenge, coming up soon, will be for every student to complete the assigned CCR lesson of the week. Trophies will be displayed in winning AIR Pod classes for each grade level. Students should make sure to stay up to date with CCR lessons so all classes will be ready to compete. Which classrooms will be the first to host the traveling trophies? Stay tuned to find out!
Counselor Contact Info
- Morgan Kelley (Gr. 9) email@example.com
- Jessica Okey (Gr. 10) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sara Linde (Gr. 11) email@example.com
- Danielle Jastrow (Gr. 12) firstname.lastname@example.org
Information for all Grades
- Summer Opportunities, Updated with NEW Options!
RHS students in all grades are invited to check out this LINK to find out about summer events, pre-college offerings and volunteer opportunities. This chart is updated on an ongoing basis as opportunities continue to arise. Each entry contains a link for more detailed information, which can be especially pertinent for some of the more competitive pre-college programs. Taking advantage of opportunities like these enhance future scholarship and college admission applications!
- You're invited to earn college scholarships with RaiseMe!
Students at Richfield Senior High are earning micro-scholarships from schools all over the country, starting as early as the first semester of high school. Sign up free at https://www.raise.me/join/6033466589!
Information for Freshmen
Hello Freshpeople! Are you all ready to get back in class and finish strong? If you have not made an action plan yet, I highly recommend doing so BEFORE class starts again. If you can check off just one thing for each class this week, you will be doing your future self a big favor! I will be offering group time on Tuesdays and Fridays to help 9th-grade students deal with transitioning back to in-person, anxiety, and basically processing the events of the pandemic. Please reach out if you would like to join (the link is also in your Schoology). Remember, you can make an appointment to chat with me about anything (registration, time management, academics, mental health) at morgankelley.youcanbook.me.
Information for Sophomores
- Before spring break, sophomores completed a Naviance lesson about building their resume. Students should continue to look for ways to grow through activities and outside-the-classroom experiences. The summer grid linked above has many fantastic opportunities for students to explore. After spring break, the next Naviance lesson for sophomores helps them begin to explore different college options. They will begin to think about the different paths students can take after high school and what to consider when making those choices.
- For students interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree after high school, College Possible is now accepting applications from sophomores! College Possible is a FREE college access and success program that supports low-income students as they start to navigate the college process. Check out the flyer to learn more about program requirements and how to apply!
Information for Juniors
WHAT CAN JUNIORS BE DOING NOW TO PREPARE FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL?
Check out this article for seven tips on what juniors can be doing now. We will be covering many of these topics in our informational evening webinar (details below) next week as well, so feel free to read what the “experts” have to say.
JUNIOR FAMILY VIRTUAL INFORMATION NIGHT—Monday, April 12
Please plan to join us for a webinar to highlight the transition from JUNIOR to SENIOR year—learn what you and your child can be doing this spring and summer as senior year approaches. We will talk about course planning, college/career search, college applications, financial aid, scholarships and volunteer opportunities, as well as provide time to answer questions. There are two sessions scheduled, one in English at 6 p.m. and one in Spanish at 7 p.m. Here is the LINK to register. We look forward to *seeing* you on April 12!
IMPORTANT UPDATE—DATE CHANGE—ACT @ RHS has been RESCHEDULED for Wednesday, April 21
All Richfield High School juniors will have the opportunity to take the ACT+Writing for no cost during the school day on Wednesday, April 21. Students will be provided with registration details through their AIR Pods the week before spring break. For students outside the 2-mile bussing zone, transportation will be offered—details to be determined. All students will be provided with breakfast, a mid-morning snack, and lunch that day as well. Students will be provided with registration details through their AIR Pods before spring break. If you have questions, please contact Sara Linde at 612-798-6121 or email@example.com.
Information for Juniors & Seniors
- Community Service Hours Opportunity
Hey 11th and 12th-grade students! Are you interested in earning 40 volunteer hours virtually?
We are working with Luv Michael, a non-profit that advocates for adults with autism and autism acceptance. Luv Michael has developed a 100% virtual volunteer program, where students can earn 40 hours of community service for virtually completing two weeks of service advocating for adults with autism using digital platforms. Links to sign up were posted in your Schoology updates.
- Virtual College Rep Visits - Seniors, are you still looking for the right fit for college? Juniors, are you ready to start exploring? Take advantage of VIRTUAL COLLEGE REP VISITS. These visits, hosted by the admission officer who works with RHS students, are a great way to learn more about the college, ask specific program or application questions, and get to know the person who will be reviewing your application! You can find the list of upcoming visits through your Naviance account (Student portal > Clever icon > colleges home > scroll down). Parents/guardians, you can see the upcoming list by logging in as a guest and clicking on colleges home. Sign up to attend, and you’ll get a reminder the day before the visit. The link will be made available at the time of the visit. Here’s a list of who has signed up as of Feb. 25:
|Date||College Name||Virtual Visit Time|
|Tuesday, April 6, 2021||University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire||1 p.m.|
Thursday, April 8, 2021
|Concordia University-Saint Paul||1:30 p.m.|
Thursday, April 8, 2021
|Carroll University||2:30 p.m.|
- Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program - Open to juniors and seniors. Submit an essay on the following topic: Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals. They will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s). Deadline is June 12, 2021. Additional information can be found on the A&F Business Consultants website.
Information for Seniors
Plans for Next Year?
Every senior is expected to have a plan for what they will do following graduation. It is not too late to apply to additional education or to explore professional opportunities. Please make an appointment with Ms. Jastrow to discuss.
Still need to do your FAFSA or Dream Act application? It’s not too late to get it submitted! See Ms. Jastrow if you need assistance.
- Community Service Hours
- Still looking to complete service hours? Check out the Community Service Opportunities database!
- What are you already doing?
- The drastic changes to “normal” life and school have many seniors concerned about how to complete the 15 community service hours required for graduation. Fear not! As with everything else this year, we need to think about this in a new way.
- Service is NOT limited to volunteering at the local community center; instead, the opportunities are all around us.
- Many students have taken on more responsibilities in their homes and for their families. That COUNTS! If you are helping siblings with school, providing childcare, caring for a family member, cooking meals, shoveling, count it! Count it EVEN IF it’s something that you had already been doing! Complete the Community Service Hours Submission Form detailing the service you have completed. We will be sharing additional service opportunities as they become available.
- Are you looking for service projects? Check this out!
You can make 3-5 minute, educational videos (in English or Spanish) to be shared with our Pre-K students and families. These educational videos can include:
- Reading age-appropriate books (sharing the pictures as you read, etc.)
- Demonstrating a simple skill (dribbling a basket or soccer ball, for example) and prompting them to try along with you
- Completing a simple art project with items found around the house
- Be age-appropriate AND creative!
- When making the videos, be sure to be engaging! Speak clearly. It's okay to ask questions and allow them time to respond. Imagine that they are in front of you. These videos do not need to be professionally edited. Be thoughtful about what you're going to say. Make sure that the room/area that you are filming in is appropriate. Completed videos can be uploaded to this Google Drive. Questions? Contact Ms. Norwick, Pre-K teacher, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Jastrow, Class of 2021 Counselor, at email@example.com
- Scholarships are added to our database weekly. Be sure to check frequently!
Dr. Donald S. Cameron Scholarship (due April 29, 2021) - This scholarship is given in honor of Dr. Cameron, a long-time Richfield resident and a leader in both his community and the dentistry field. In an effort to provide a service to the community and advance the cause of medical science, this scholarship is being offered in his name. This scholarship is awarded to a senior student who has maintained at least a B average during their four years of high school. The student must have exhibited service to their community over and above that required for graduation. It recognizes students who will maintain high ethical standards and who intend to pursue a career in medical science, research or related health fields. This scholarship of $1,000 will be sent to the school the recipient attends as a credit towards tuition.
Diversity Scholarship (due April 30, 2021) - The Association of Legal Administrators MN Diversity and Inclusion Committee is offering a $2,000 scholarship for a student of a diverse background who is planning to pursue a career that can be utilized in a law firm, such as business administration, marketing, human resources, finance, accounting, paralegal or attorney. This one-time scholarship is paid directly to the college or university and may be used for tuition, books, or room and board. The applicant must be accepted at an accredited college and in good academic standing in high school. Submission directions can be found on this flyer. Application requirements:
- A short (250-500 word) essay by the applicant which summarizes
- the area of intended study or degree,
- the applicant’s interest in legal administration or a related field, and
- describes what diversity means to the applicant and why it is important.
- The applicant’s name, telephone number, and email address are to be included in the essay.
- One letter of recommendation
- A copy of the applicant’s high school transcript
- A short (250-500 word) essay by the applicant which summarizes
- The Richfield Spartan Foundation Scholarship (deadline Thursday, April 15, 2021, by 3 p.m.) - The Richfield Spartan Foundation will be awarding twenty-three (23) $1,000 scholarships. Designed to provide financial support to a wide range of students, eligibility criteria include school spirit, athletics, leadership, first-generation college students and overcoming obstacles. Paper applications are available, although students are encouraged to complete the online applications. More information—including the applications—can be found by visiting the Counseling page of the RHS website.
- Wallin Education Partners 2-Year Scholarship Program (priority deadline May 15, 2021) - The Wallin Education Partners 2-Year Scholarship Program is designed to serve students pursuing a two-year degree to enter the workforce. Aspire Scholars receive up to $8,000 over two years. Opportunity Scholars receive up to $6,000 over two years. In addition to the financial assistance, scholarship recipients also receive individualized advising to help students navigate through college as well as access to college-to-career programs, internships and opportunities through Walllin’s effective partnerships. Minimum eligibility requirements:
- Graduating senior from the class of 2021
- Minimum unweighted 2.0 GPA
- Demonstrated financial need
- Plan to start college full-time in fall 2021 at Dunwoody College of Technology or one of the partner community colleges
- Power of You (deadline August 6, 2021) - The Power of YOU, also referred to as POY, is an academic support and scholarship program that provides intensive student advising, community engagement and leadership opportunities to all participants. They offer tuition-free degree completion, an advisor assigned to you until you complete your degree and assistance mitigating barriers toward your academic goals. All are encouraged to apply; however, low income students are given preference for admission. The application for the scholarship is also used as your application to Minneapolis College, and there is no application fee.
- Native American Scholarship Database - These scholarships are available specifically for Native American high school students. Students should be encouraged to apply to ALL other sources of financial aid for which they are eligible. Special thanks to Tami Johnson, School Counselor in St. Paul Public Schools, for her creation and continued updating of this resource!
- Virtual Teacher Assistant Interest form
- Community Service Hours Submission form
- 2020-21Community Service Opportunities
- Really Important Stuff: Graduation, Service Hours and College Applications slides and presentation
- Transcript Request Form
- College Application Tracker (get organized!)
- College Application Completion Cheat Sheet (info on class size, ranking, etc.)
- RHS Scholarship Database
- RHS Financial Aid Webinar (in both English and Spanish)
- Resources for Undocumented Students and Dream Act application
- FSA ID (Needed to begin the FAFSA)
Social-Emotional Learning: At Home Connection
Hello Richfield Families!
We hope this finds everyone well after spring break. We know this week brings a big return to more in-person students through expanded hybrid. You have heard us mention how thrilled we are to see students back in person!
As caregivers at home this week, we have an ask that sounds simple, but we know can be quite challenging at times… if you are at home with a student returning to in-person learning, be ready to show grace and practice patience! For all students transitioning to this format, we know this will be a big adjustment. Even for those students who have been coming 1-day each week, this transition could be tough. While students have missed school, there are many aspects of school and being out of the house that many days will be exhausting for some.
Students have been spending much more time at home alone, so we know social anxiety could be high. Remember, our students are not used to hall passes and asking permission to use the bathroom. We hear students have enjoyed snacking when they want, deciding on their meal times and not being confined to the bell schedule. Some of the perks of home are going to be hard for students to miss. We know many have become accustomed to afternoon naps and turning off a camera when focusing feels hard.
We name these to prepare ourselves that the joy of a return has to be balanced with having empathy for the new reality students have gotten used to over the past year. Many students may experience a range of emotions over the next few weeks, and it may be hard to keep up! At times, some may feel a combination of happy and anxious, excited to be back but exhausted all at the same time.
If you see ups and downs in them, know that it is normal. Also, remind them (and yourselves!) that we have a strong team of student support here ready to help them cope with all of this. We will be here ready to support.
Also, we continue to remain as dedicated to our distance learners. They may feel a shift this week as some friends return in person. We are here to support them through these changes as well.
Please reach out anytime- Your RHS School Social Workers,
Marisa Zimmerman and Jill Carlton
Jessica Okey, School Counselor
Hi RHS families! My name is Jessica Okey, and I am the counselor for students in the class of 2023. I started working at Richfield High School in 2002 and I have loved working and learning as part of RPS. In addition to my work as a school counselor, I am also a coach. In the fall I am an assistant coach for cross country and in the spring I am the pole vault coach for track & field. I love having the opportunity to get to know students in this setting and watching them improve as they set personal goals.
I grew up on a small hobby farm outside Menomonie, WI. (Yes, I am a cheese head.) I currently live in Richfield and love being a part of this community. My husband Chris and I have three kids—Jenna is a 6th-grader at RMS and Connor and Isaac are 9th and 10th-graders at RHS. As parents, we also have experienced the parental stress of distance learning and the challenges for this year. As a family, we enjoy activities like hiking, biking, and playing with our new cat. In my free time, I enjoy running, quilting, photography, and visiting my parents in Wisconsin.
Sara Linde, School Counselor
Hello Spartan Families! My name is Sara Linde, and I’m the counselor for students in the class of 2022. I have been a part of the RHS family since 2000, and I continue to enjoy working with students as they navigate their way through high school. Living in Richfield for the past 20 years has been an important part of my life, too, because I like its hometown feel.
I grew up in Hastings, MN, and enjoyed activities like pep band, spring musical pit orchestra, soccer, golf, German Club, Math Team, and National Honor Society while in high school. I think that’s why I enjoy still coming to school every day! In college, as a German major, I had the incredible opportunity to live and study in Salzburg, Austria, for a semester. During that time my love for travel was ignited, and I have enjoyed several trips overseas to keep my German from getting rusty and to visit relatives in Norway. A future goal of mine is to take part in a summer immersion program to learn the Norwegian language.
In my spare time I love to golf, spend time with my family, my shih tzu Fritzi, and to spoil my nieces, nephews, and godchildren. (I’m known as the “fun” aunt in my family!)