Dear Incoming Freshman Students & Families,
Welcome to Rockport High School! I am delighted to meet you in August and I wanted to send along some exciting (and some not so exciting, but important) information to help you as you plan and prepare for this next phase of your educational journey. I will be sending a detailed letter to all families in early August, but since Freshman year can bring some added stress and uncertainty, this letter serves to provide just some essential information applicable to Freshmen for what’s to come.
Freshman Seminar Course for all grade 9 students
Freshman Seminar is a year-long course designed to facilitate a smooth and successful transition to high school for all grade 9 students. Through support in self-awareness and self-reflection, students will identify their individual strengths and areas for future growth. Students will engage in strategies to support study skills, communication skills, organizational skills, time management skills, self-advocacy skills, social-emotional learning, and health/wellness. Freshman Seminar is a pass/fail course. In order to pass this course, students will be expected to demonstrate concrete evidence of growth in these areas.
New Student/Freshman Orientation
New Student/Freshman Orientation will take place on August 26th from 9:30 am-10:30 am at Rockport High School. The orientation will cover topics such as: developing a four-year plan, effectively using the Student Information System, communication at the high school level, an overview of the high school handbook, how to get involved at the high school level, and more. Students and parents will have the opportunity to review the schedule for the year and hear directly from high school administration and Guidance staff.
Summer Reading Information
Rockport High School requires students to participate in our summer reading program. Please be sure your child does this in order to be prepared for the opening day of school. The 2021-22 summer reading list is available on our website under the “Resources” tab, HS Summer Reading 2021. If you have trouble accessing the list online, please contact Ms. Lucido in the main office by calling 978-546-1234.
Students should report to their classes on the first day of school with a writing utensil and notebook or other electronic means of notetaking. Requirements for school supplies vary depending on your child’s teacher and classes. Teachers will spend the first few days outlining their specific class requirements and expectations.
As a parent/guardian, assisting your child/ren with their transition to high school can feel daunting. In the coming weeks, you will receive more information on how to best support your child; along with a RHS Parent Guidebook that is designed to help you to organize the most critical and important information you will need throughout the year. Please stay tuned for this important resource.
Enjoy the summer and take the time to relax and relish in the moments with family and friends. Stay tuned for more essential information to come. I couldn’t be more excited and honored to welcome you to RHS!
Amy Rose, Principal