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5/18/20

Dear Rockwell community,

As Utah Country rolled into yellow this past weekend and some of the restrictions of the past two months have been lifted, please be aware that we are still asked to avoid congregating and groups should be held to 50 or fewer. We also are being asked to use the precaution of using masks and gloves as well as wiping things down with sanitizing wipes. This also asks us to still practice social distancing. What all of this means and what we are being told by Utah County Health officials is that we can meet with very small groups of students or provide tutoring and what not on a limited basis as it works for students and teachers. This week of May 18th and next week should be used to finish up assignments and turn in work. Unlike the Alpine School District, we felt it was necessary to continue through to the end of the school year with as much instruction and support as possible.

Presently, our office hours reflect this guidance in that we are open from 9 am to 2 pm this week, Monday through Thursday, closed on Friday. We are closed on Monday the 25th to observe Memorial Day and will be open that week, Tuesday through Friday, 9 am to 3pm. Then, Monday, June 1st, through Wednesday, June 3rd, we will be open 9 am to 3 pm. On Thursday the 4th, Graduation Day, we will be open 9 am to 12:30 pm. As an FYI whether or not you have graduates and with approval from the Utah State Board of Education and the Utah County Health Department, we are holding 4 small “drive-in” graduation ceremonies on the 4th. Each graduate is limited to a single car as we will be holding graduation in the rear parking lot. Spectators beyond those in cars and essential staff support are not allowed. We wanted to be able to give students as close to a normal graduation as possible under the current situation. We continue to take the issue of Coronavirus/Covid-19 and related matters very seriously. All classrooms have been thoroughly cleaned and, along with the whole school, will receive a detailed cleaning in anticipation of the fall. We have are awaiting guidance from the Utah State Board of Education and the Utah County Health Department about our next steps for the summer and fall. Please go to schools.utah.gov/coronavirus for the most current information from the USBE and our State Health Department. It is updated regularly.

As I will not get another chance, I want to wish especially our graduates all the best now and always. Growing and doing through this very unique quarter of school has hopefully taught us all what is important and matters most in life. I miss the fist bumps and quick chats, the joking around, and so forth in the halls with our students. My hope is that all of our students and their families are as safe and healthy as circumstances allow. Please know I am grateful for each student entrusted to us. I know I have not ever been 100% successful in what I have done, but I have really wanted to get it as close to that as possible, knowing some of you would still not be happy as students, parents, teachers, and support staff. What I have done is be 100% true to my beliefs about every student being able to learn and every student being able to grow and develop. Some of you sold yourselves short and some didn’t think you were worth the effort. Some think too highly of themselves and some seem to believe rules don’t apply to them. Whatever the case may be, I love and appreciate you all. In my personal belief system, you all have immeasurable worth and value. I believe the job of any educator is to help people figure that out. It isn’t ever going to be perfect, but it does all ultimately matter. I apologize for any time I ever made anyone feel they were less valuable as that is far from my intent. I even believe “those” kids (you know the kind) are worthy of time and effort. As one of my heroes said prior to her passing, “every student needs a champion,” and I believe that to the core of my being. I will always cheer on Rockwell students, parents, teachers, and support staff. My heart will always feel for this place I have given roughly a decade of my life to while on this planet.

Lastly, I want to challenge students, parents, teachers, and support staff to get behind your new school leader. Misty Madsen De Farias is a diehard Rockwell Marshal. She loves this school, but more essentially than a school spirit-sort of sensibility, she loves the students, parents, teachers, and support staff. She cares deeply about each person even loosely associated with this school. Misty wants all of us to succeed and she knows success looks different for each of us. I would never have been able to do what I did in the eight years we worked together had it not been for her. I will miss our conversations about the highs and lows of each person, the tears we shed when you all struggled or had hard things happen as well as the smiles and laughter (and sometimes more tears) when something was awesome or when good news hit, or when something was genuinely funny. Watching her wrestle and work through a very tight budget and what this virus means for the future and interviews she has had to conduct and what not confirm what I already know to be a fact: she is the right person for this position. Please look for ways to help her be successful because she is already doing things to help each of us.

Best now and always to everyone and Go Marshals!

Darren Beck,
Executive Director
Rockwell Charter High School

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    2020-2021 School Fees Info

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    We appreciate you all and are grateful you are part of our Rockwell family.

    The Rockwell Governing Board and Administration

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