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Spartan School News, Feb. 16, 2021

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From the Principal

Greetings Spartan Families,
As a high school, we are in a unique position to guide our learners in thinking about college and career options early by fostering academic success, supporting family involvement, informing students and families about college and career options (2-year, 4-year, certificate, internships, career exploration, etc.), providing students with 21st century learning opportunities, promoting rigorous academic coursework based on college entrance requirements and career interest areas and setting high expectations for all learners. Additionally, we must offer the necessary support to assist all learners in meeting high standards: mentoring, tutoring, counseling, after-school programming, enrichment, programs like College Possible, and by exposing learners to a wide variety of elective opportunities.

In reviewing RHS programming, we are meeting many of these standards, and we continue to work for continuous improvement in supporting students for college and career readiness (CCR). One change to our supports has been the configuration of our grade-level teams. Our counselors and administrators are assigned by grade level in order to support students as they transition into high school and build relationships throughout the high school years. This possibility of deepening relationships and learning more about students interests, skills, and talents are a pathway to supporting their post-secondary options. 

A component of our CCR structure that is new to RHS is our aligned advisory college and career readiness curriculum through a program called Naviance, which has lessons for each grade. This is not a new platform, and our opportunity for greater access through advisory has proven to be an effective step as students explore possibilities for their future. At RHS, the month of February is “Focus on Your Future February!” We have an AIR Pod contest for engagement in the Naviance lessons. Students in the winning AIR Pod will get $10 Target gift cards.

In partnership,

Stacy Theien-Collins

Special Announcements

Weekly Schedule Feb. 16-19

With February 16-19 being a short week and our upcoming change to hybrid programming starting Feb. 22, please note the changes to the schedule to maximize synchronous time with our students and the needed time to ready classroom spaces for our return.

Tuesday Feb. 16 Wednesday, Feb. 17 Thursday, Feb. 18 Friday, Feb. 19
9 a.m. AIR Pod 9 a.m. AIR Pod 9 a.m. AIR Pod 9 a.m. AIR Pod
9:20-10:35 a.m. Period 1 9:20-10:35 a.m. Period 4/5 Asynchronous Learning Day 9:20-10:35 a.m. Period 7
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Period 2 10:45a.m.-12 p.m. Period 5/6 *No synchronous support classes 9:20-9:55 a.m. Period 7A
12:45-2 p.m. Period 3     10-10:35 a.m. Period 7B
*Regular Monday synchronous classes     10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Period 8
      10:45-11:20 a.m. Period 8A
      11:25 a.m.-12 p.m. Period 8B

In-Building WiFi Access

This week only, due to our altered Finals Schedule, we will host wifi on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Please sign up below.

Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.   Fridays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Purchasing a Yearbook

It’s not too late to purchase a yearbook for this unforgettable school year, and for a limited time, we still have a sweet deal for you! Purchase a yearbook by Thursday, Feb. 18 and save $10*, no coupon code necessary!* Use this link to purchase online with a debit/credit card. Last year we sold out, so don’t delay! For questions, contact Kayla Vo, Yearbook Adviser, at
*Prices will increase by $10 starting 2/19
*Excludes Tax
*Payment installments available

Spartans Making News

Joe Carr, Fire and Ice Crowned Royalty

Ryan Miles Scores his 1,000th Point

From the Activities Office

Live Streamed Athletic and Activities Events

Did you know you can watch many of our home events on YouTube Richfield High School? Check it out here.

Upcoming Events

Please check for the most up-to-date schedule and for any changes:


February 17

  • Picture Retake Day from 12-4 p.m., please see the schedule below. If the assigned time does not work, please call 612-798-6100. 
    • Scheduled Times According to Last Name:
      • 12-1 p.m.    A-G
      • 1-2 p.m.    H-N
      • 2-3 p.m.    O-T
      • 3-4 p.m.    U-Z

February 22

  • Return to Hybrid Model
  • Beacons is back! Watch next week's newsletter for more details and specific opportunities.

Parent Resources

Technology Resources

MDH COVID Resources for Families

Free Online Course: Connected: How to Show Up For Your Kids in the Digital Age 

This course is through the Spark & Stitch Institute and is free for RPS families. Over the next few months, some of our student support services staff will be hosting online discussion groups to talk about the course content, share resources and provide an opportunity for you to ask questions. If you would like to participate, you can register online and we will add you to the online course within 1-2 business days. 

Virtual RHS Media Center

Spartans, did you know you can request books from the media center? 

  • In the portal, look for the Destiny image 
  • Click on the Destiny link > Select Richfield High School > Click "Log in" (upper right corner) 
  • Enter your Chromebook username and password (the Google login option is not working yet)
  • Use the search bar at the top of the screen to look for books, including e and audio formats. Selections can be placed on hold, marked as favorites, etc.
  • Click on the triple line (hamburger) menu in the upper left corner to view your checkouts, books on hold, favorites, and more 
  • Mrs. Anderson and Ms. Glavas will work with you to arrange a pick up for any holds you request. Email us or call 612-798-6319.

CCR @ Air Pod

Many thanks to CCR @ AIR Pod Guest Speaker Beverly Soto, who shared her journey to becoming a first year teacher with us last week. Beverly encouraged students to “be true to yourself” and not to be influenced by social media. She reminded students that they have to “get up every day and do” what they’ve chosen as their career path, so it’s important to choose based on interests and happiness. She recalled her time at RHS, giving a special shout out to Dr. Schiffler, and her love of FACS. As a new teacher, she is going to try to remember to be patient with her students, as many are going through unspoken hardships. Beverly herself lost both of her parents while a teenager, yet still graduated on time, went on to college, and is now a teacher only 5 years after her graduation from RHS. She is an excellent role model and a living example of resilience and determination. Her recorded interview can be viewed by clicking on this LINK

Counselor's Corner

Counselor Contact Info 

Information for all Grades

  • United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) Virtual National College Fair - Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021
    USHLI is excited to announce a variety of events that are planned for students and parents. Beginning at 9 a.m., students will have the opportunity to participate in leadership seminar activities. There is a financial aid workshop scheduled from 10:30-11 a.m. Beginning at 12 p.m., more than 120 schools from all over the country will be available to answer questions during USHLI’s renowned National College Recruitment Fair. For more information and to register, please visit this link.
  • Stanford University AI (Artificial Intelligence) Summer Program - Deadline to apply is March 1, 2021
    Students are invited to apply for this pre-college enrichment program developed and taught by a team of Stanford PhD students. Through the AI Scholars Live Online program, high school students are taught fundamental AI concepts and work toward building a socially impactful AI project in a domain of their interest such as healthcare, robotics, finance or sustainability. Students attend live online classes. Click on this link for more information.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Programs - Deadline to apply is April 30, 2021
    Applications for these pre-college high school programs, Badger Summer Scholars and the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), are now open. Financial aid is available for both programs.  

Information for 9th-11th Grade Students

  • Girls Who Code—Virtual Summer Immersion Program (SIP)
    Apply to Girls Who Code’s Virtual Summer Immersion Program (SIP) for an unforgettable summer experience! During this FREE 2-week virtual program, you'll learn the computer science skills you need to make an impact, get an inside look into the tech field, and join a supportive lifelong sisterhood—all while being virtually hosted by influential companies like Twitter, AT&T, Bank of America, Walmart and more.

    Current 9th-11th grade girls and non-binary students are eligible to apply. SIP is 100% free and need-based stipends of up to $300 are available for those who qualify. Low tech? No tech? No problem! Girls Who Code is there to support you!
    Apply today or learn more in a webinar
    Last week in AIR Pod, students received information and tools for academic planning for the 2021-22 school year. Registration resources are also available on our website. Please talk to your child about their academic planning and encourage them to submit their 2021-22 course requests this week. This video provides a brief tutorial on how to submit course requests. Students should work with their AIR Pod teacher or reach out to their grade level counselor if they have questions.

Information for Juniors

  • Genesys Works - Learn more about how junior students can apply for a paid internship in 2021-22! 

    New for this year: Students will earn college credit for participating in summer training!

    • Last week our juniors had the opportunity to participate in a live webinar to learn more about Genesys Works and get their questions answered. Here is the link to the recorded webinar. Through the free summer training program, students gain real-world skills like public speaking, accountability, time management, Microsoft Office, networking and business technology. Upon completion of this training, students will have the opportunity to obtain a paid corporate internship during their senior year at a top Twin Cities company like Toro, Target Corporation, Optum, Best Buy, or Ameriprise Financial. GW interns also receive college and career support—in fact, 100% of GW students are accepted to college!
    • The GW MISSION is to provide pathways to career and college success for high school students in these categories:
      • on track to graduate
      • eligible for free/reduced lunch status
      • first-generation college applicants
      • able to adjust their school day to allow for early release (1-5 p.m. work schedule)
  • ACT at Richfield High School—Tuesday, April 20, 2021
    Originally scheduled for early March, the district-sponsored ACT for all juniors has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 20. This ACT is intended to take place in-person during the school day—specific details are yet to be determined, depending on the status of how school attendance may resume according to state and district guidelines. Please stay tuned for more information. Any ACT questions may be directed to Sara Linde, counselor for students in the class of 2022. 

Information for Juniors & Seniors

  • 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). 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Distinguished Young Women: Scholarship, Leadership, Talent - DYW is the nation’s largest and oldest scholarship program for high school women. It offers the opportunity to earn cash and college-granted scholarships in a non-competitive atmosphere. The competition is free to participants, and no fees nor expenses are expected of any participant. More information is available here.

Information for Seniors

  • Midyear Transcript Requests
    If you have been notified that your college/university would like to see a midyear transcript, please complete the transcript request form as soon as possible and no later than Feb. 12. 

  • 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. 

  • School Information Night @ Minneapolis College (MCTC)

    • Business and Economics

      • Business, Economics, and Accounting | Tuesday, Feb. 16, 5 p.m.
        Explore career pathways & connect with Business, Economics and Accounting program faculty | RSVP HERE

      • Alumni Panel Discussion | Wednesday, Feb. 17, 5 p.m.
        Listen to an alumni panel to learn about future career opportunities and their experiences | RSVP HERE

    • Design and the Arts

      • School and Program Overview | Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m.
        Learn about our unique Design and the Arts program offerings | RSVP HERE

      • Information Night | Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m. 
        Explore career pathway and connect with Design and the Arts program faculty | RSVP HERE

      • Panel Discussion |Thursday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m. 
        Listen to an industry/alumni panel to learn about future Design & the Arts career opportunities | RSVP HERE

  • Alex R. Smith Memorial College Scholarship
    This scholarship was created to honor the efforts of Nicole Smith-Holt and the rest of Alec Smith’s family in memory of their son, who have fought for years to keep insulin costs low and helped create the emergency insulin law for pharmacists in MN and other states. “Be A Part Of It” and the CampTime Kids program would like to announce a yearly scholarship to a student residing in Alec’s home state of Minnesota entering college his/her freshman year in the fall of 2021 in the amount of $5,000 in memory of Alec R. Smith and his family’s dedication to protecting our children’s future. Email to get your application.

  • Vernetta Wilson Memorial Scholarship (deadline Feb. 26, 2021) - The Minneapolis St. Paul Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is committed to the education of young women in the Black community. Visit this website for more information about this scholarship offered by RMS Principal Dr. Hines’ sorority.
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar Program - The HSF Scholar Program is designed to empower courageous young leaders of Hispanic heritage. The program helps ensure students achieve their higher education and career goals. To be eligible, applicants:
    • Must be of Hispanic heritage
    • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students
    • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public or not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, in the U.S., for the 2020-2021 academic year
    • U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
    • Submit the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms (if applicable)
  • 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!
  • MnACC Student of Color Scholarship - MnACC is excited to provide scholarships for students of color who are in pursuit of higher education. Students who are awarded this scholarship will receive a one-time award ranging between $500 to $2,500 to be used towards their education during the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Page Grant (deadline April 1, 2021) - The Page Grant is a scholarship program awarded to students of color and/or American Indian students who graduate from a Minnesota high school and attend a Minnesota post-secondary institution. Students at all levels of academic achievement seeking to pursue a 2- or 4-year degree at an accredited Minnesota college or university and agree to complete annual service projects with children can qualify for a grant. Grants range in value from $1,500 to $2,500 annually, and subsequent grants are based on students’ academic progress and mentoring performance. Students must be registered and maintain full-time status throughout the academic year they are awarded the grant to remain eligible.
  • 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. We 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.

  • Community Service HoursYou’re already doing them!
    • 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 or Ms. Jastrow, Class of 2021 Counselor, at



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Social-Emotional Learning: At Home Connection

Hello Richfield Families!

It’s February and it’s cold outside! While it’s nice to see the winter sun from our windows, we thought we would send a few fun “virtual” family trips you can take. With hope in the future, some of these cool virtual offerings might go away soon so jump in some while you can! Stay comfy and safe in your house while still getting a little “family” adventure. 

Arizona and Grand Canyon:

Virtual Florida hikes:

California and beyond:

Washington, D.C. Botanical Gardens:

Guggenheim Museum virtual tour:

This is just the beginning of a long list. As everyone is restless in your house with cold temps and pandemic lifestyle, we thought a few of these could provide for some family entertainment, learning, and hope for visiting places in person in the future!

As a reminder, we continue to offer:

Mindful Moment: Mondays at 8:50 a.m.                         
We will continue to offer a guided breathing exercise each Monday morning to help students enter their week feeling calm and focused.

While our Thursday “Managing Stress” Virtual group has now ended, we look forward to supporting hybrid students on Thursdays in person. For distance learning students, we remain just as available, and will continue with 1:1 student virtual support for all interested. Please reach out.

We are here for you and your students!

Your RHS School Social Workers,

Marisa Zimmerman:
Jill Carlton:

Student Pride Award


Mr. Kalbow: "Jason always arrives to class with a positive attitude and a friendly greeting. He gives his best effort on any assignment I give him and is always ready to get his work done. In distance learning, Jason was very responsible. He completed all the work assigned to him and showed up on time to every class on his schedule. He is kind to everyone he meets and is a positive role model in my classroom."

Ms. Chamberlin: "Jason goes out of his way every single day to say hello to every person in the room. He is a great student, a great friend and a great role model to other peers at Richfield High School. Even during the unprecedented year we have had, Jason has put forth maximum effort in all of his school work and communication goals both through distance learning and the hybrid model. Jason is an absolute joy to work with, and he brings a little bit of sunshine with his daily kindness during these cloudy times!"

Mr. Paddock: "Jason is one of my Super Star students in DAPE! Not only is he a helper but also he's a leader. His classmates look up to him and model his effort in class."

Staff Spotlight

Andrea Manuel, Social Studies Teacher

Hi! I'm Andrea Manuel - Social Studies teacher at RHS. I have been teaching in Richfield for 16 years and love working here. I'm very happy to be part of our school community and proud to be a Spartan! 
I grew up in the Twin Cities in the northwest suburbs - I graduated from Osseo High School. I then went on to college at the University of Minnesota and earned my degree in Anthropology and Political Science. I dabbled in a few other careers before I landed in education - I worked as an archaeologist and then in the Minnesota state legislature. Finally, I realized my true passion was working with students and passing on my love of the social sciences to them. I received my Masters in Education from the University of Minnesota and have been working with students ever since. 
Outside of school, I spend time with family and friends. My husband and I live in Rosemount. When we are not visiting family or taking our corgi-chihuahua mix to the dog park, we love to travel whether it is exploring Minnesota or visiting someplace new to us.

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CCR @ AIR Pod: Jesus Garcia Garcia

Many thanks to CCR @ AIR Pod guest speaker Jesus Garcia Garcia, who shared his inspirational education and career pathway with us this week. Jesus shared that his goal in life is to help, “I want to use my time for good.” You can watch the video here.

Spring Sports: Spectators

The spring competitive season is here and we are excited to open our stands to fans! Here you can find information about attending spring sports.

MCA Testing Schedule

Here you will find the MCA testing schedule at RHS.