Very grateful for the people serving on our board. At present, we are looking for three new members. While previous experience is helpful, there will be opportunities to be trained. Currently serving the school are Bob Hill, Chair; Tiffany Southern, Vice Chair; Brian Hayes, Treasurer; and David Pyne, member. Please email Mr. Beck and/or the Board at the following emails, dbeck@rockwellhigh.net and board@rockwellhigh.net. The primary efforts of the board are to review academic achievement, monitor compliance with the charter, and certify fiscal fitness. They are the oversight for the school's Executive Director and hire and dismiss that position. The board members are also the main cheerleaders for the school. There is an upcoming board meeting on Tuesday, September 29th at 7 pm that all are invited to attend. The board will be meeting every other month so the next meeting will be on about Tuesday, November 17th at 7 pm (to avoid Thanksgiving week). The remaining meetings will be the fourth Tuesday in January and March as well as the third Tuesday in May (due to the hectic schedule the last 2 weeks of school), and then a final meeting for the year in June that also allows us to plan for the new school year. Please consider joining the board to help our school improve. Again, if interested or if you have questions, please email board@rockwellhigh.net or dbeck@rockwellhigh.net.

    Even with these two options available, we strongly encourage students to work with teachers about handling the making up of work with that teacher directly. All of this is directly related to maintaining the RCHS graduation rate at 95% or better. Seniors needing credit recovery should see Misty Madsen or Darren Beck as soon as possible. Our goal of 95% or better for our graduation rate can only be met with everyone doing their part. No magic involved - lots of extra hours and efforts.


    Fall conferencing will take place on Wednesday, September 23rd, 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Please note that teachers will be in their classrooms and that any discussion needing more than about 10-12 minutes probably ought to be scheduled for a different day and time. At 7:20 pm, we will announce that we will be locking up at 7:30 pm. For those new to a charter school - even for those who have been at charter schools - Rockwell hopes you feel invited to set up appointments to visit on nights other than the 23rd (we will have a spring conference in February). We know that student success is best achieved when parents, guardians, and schools all work together. Also, that evening at 4:30, the Family School Organization (FSO) is providing dinner for our teachers. If you are able to help out, please email Dianna Byrd, atthebyrdhouse@hotmail.com or Paula Beck, paulalbeck@hotmail.com, for more information on what they are looking for in terms of help.

From the Director


Dear Students, Teachers, and Parents,

Our recent College and Career Readiness Day was a great opportunity for students to take the PLAN, EXPLORE, and ASVAB tests which will in turn help us at the school know how to best assist with college and career plans. Contrary to ill-informed, but no less popular belief, these tests have nothing to do with SAGE testing at the end of the year and really are entirely about giving students a sense of the possibilities out there for them as they do their best in high school heading toward graduation. These tests are indicators about ACT performance, but they are more about allowing us to find ways to help students be successful.

Speaking of college and career readiness, one of the main things I want each student here to realize is that anything worthwhile is worth the effort. Grades, credits, and diplomas are not given, they are earned. You have to show up and do the work in order to earn these things. Opportunities are available for extra help with Math Lab on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:05 - 4:00, and for Saturday School, 10:00 - 2:00 (unless otherwise notified), both in the library. And every teacher will gladly make time before or after school to help students willing to put in the effort. Also, teachers are willing to meet with parents or guardians who make an appointment. School personnel teaming up with parents/guardians means our students have a better-than-average chance of long-term success in life.

Along these lines, I am concerned as we near the end of term 1 (October 14th) that far too many students are choosing to (1) not take attendance to their classes seriously (I see a direct correlation between absences and tardies and D- and F grades) and (2) not take grades in those classes seriously (any grade below a C- indicates that (a) students are not engaged or unmotivated, (b) students are lazy, (c) students need extra support, or (d) a combination of these issues). When we, as the adults in their lives, makes excuses and allow students to avoid responsibility, we subject them to a future that is potentially full of failure. Parents/guardians should regularly check Aspire/SIS and help hold their student(s) accountable. Students should take responsibility for their education and decide to make it meaningful - best and easiest way to do that: show up on time for class, dressed appropriately, and ready to learn. Teachers can do themselves a huge favor by keeping grades updated and by taking timely attendance. We all need to be committed to this effort.

As an update and heading toward our October 1st enrollment audit (annual student count done throughout the state), Rockwell presently has 480 students with 43 in 7th, 39 in 8th, 83 in 9th, 93 in 10th, 98 in 11th, and 124 in 12th. We are grateful for these students and want the best for them. But, as mentioned, the best requires a best effort.

Last, but not least, best wishes to our Shakespeare team heading to Cedar City - break legs, gals and guys. Likewise, as Cross Country and Volleyball seasons wind down over the next few weeks, just want say how pleased we are with these great student athletes and their efforts. Very grateful for the coaches as well as the supporters who cheer all of our teams on. We have some great young people at this school and it is an honor and privilege to work with them and the great teachers and support staff we have here. And we are grateful to our parents/guardians for their support and appreciate you trusting us with your students. (Thanks to those who came to our recent Parent-Teacher-Student conferences and making those so successful.

Best to everyone,

Darren Beck,
Executive Director
Rockwell Charter High School

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