2016 Sept 28: RJH Programs
Speaking from the experience of being a former junior high administrator, I understand how hard dealing with change can be for junior high students. This week Kelly Blair, Rockdale Junior High Principal, has information regarding various ways she and her staff are working to assist students with this issue.
Junior High can be one of the most difficult transitions for students. Some students are coming from the elementary level and experiencing multiple teachers for the first time while others are simply adjusting to secondary education and the added responsibilities that come along with that. The pressures of junior high include everything from greater academic expectations, social pressures, and of course, “fitting in”.
One of our goals this year is to provide all students with as many opportunities as possible to get involved with their campus, take ownership of their education, and find intrinsic motivation. Rockdale Junior High has worked very hard to evaluate our student strengths, weaknesses, and needs in order to provide these opportunities. Listed below are only a few of the opportunities that our campus is providing along with a brief explanation of each one:
SUCCEED Elective Class
Before moving into high school, all junior high students will have taken the SUCCEED elective class which mirrors the AVID elective class at the high school. This program provides daily guidance on organizational skills, peer tutoring, leadership skills, team building activities, and provides students with college readiness skills.
Academic Intervention Schedule
Early intervention is critical to academic success! Rockdale Junior High is now offering intervention before, during, and after school. Every Tuesday and Thursday, our campus works on a modified schedule to incorporate a 30 minute “flex” time called Tiger Time. Teachers select students in need of additional support each six weeks and those who are not selected, are exposed to the SUCCEED curriculum in more depth. A tutorial matrix will be sent home with report cards and parents are encouraged to sit with their child to create a schedule for them to obtain academic support based on their needs.
Each six weeks, Rockdale Junior High will hold an awards assembly in which students will be recognized for excellence in the following areas: Perfect Attendance, A Honor Roll, A/B Honor Roll, Conduct Excellence, and STAR Student. Each teacher will select 1 student as their ‘STAR Student’ in their particular subject. Parents are encourage to attend. The first awards assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, October 4th.
Clubs on Campus
Rockdale Junior High has restructured and added a few clubs/events to include more students in extra-curricular activities as well as having a voice on campus. Some of these include: 6th Grade Spirit Club, Photo Club, Principal Luncheon, NJHS, STUCO, and the LEO club.