‘RAM’arks – February 2017

— Justin Carrington, Administrative Intern • February 2017

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Greetings, RHS families! With second semester now underway, I’d like to share some important information about one of the major things we will be working through over the next month or so: course registration for the 2017-18 school year.

At the end of January, underclassmen received course registration packets in their advisory classes. Throughout February and early March, counselors will meet with students to review this information and to assist students in selecting courses. Juniors will do this in formal conferences, while freshmen and sophomores will do this with counselors during their second period classes.

As an educator, I cannot overemphasize how important this process is for high schoolers and how vital your role is as parents.

When speaking with your student, I encourage you to have the same conversations that we will have with them – conversations around the need to challenge themselves while maintaining balance; conversations about what they hope to get out of certain classes as well as what they are willing to put in; conversations about how certain courses will help them achieve their future goals. These are just some of the conversations you can have to assist your child in navigating this process.

To provide some context into one reason that these selections are so important, I thought I’d share a little bit about what we do with student course selections.

Using student course selections, we develop the master schedule for the entire school. This schedule not only dictates which students take what classes but also how many sections of certain classes we offer and which teachers teach what classes and how many students are in each class and where classes are taught and what blocks/periods courses are taught in and so many other things. As you can probably tell, this is not something that can be easily changed without disrupting many other pieces of the puzzle – especially when there are more than 2,100 students who we are considering. To develop a schedule that provides the best opportunities to our students requires much planning and careful consideration on the parts of all involved.

As such, we ask students and parents to plan and register very carefully – specifically because schedule changes are considered only for very specific reasons.

I hope that you will find this information helpful as you assist your child in selecting classes for next year. For more information, please visit the course registration section of the RHS website or feel free to contact your child’s counselor.