August 31, 2015

Thank you to everyone who participated in the blood drive. We surpassed our goal by donating 44 units of blood.

Key Club will meet in the library Tuesday morning at 7:15. Pumpkin picking, PTO babysitting, election of officers, Kiwanis Club presentation, and the Prudential Spirit of Community Award will be discussed.

Forgot to order your class ring or turn in your senior announcement order?  Jostens representatives will be returning this Wednesday during lunch to take ring and announcement orders in the foyer. Don’t forget your $50.00 deposit for a ring and $75.00 deposit for announcements. Ring and announcement packets are available in the main office or go to www.jostens.comto design your own ring or order your announcements.

There will be a National Honor Society meeting this Thursday morning at 7:20 in Mrs. Norris' room.

National Honor Society applications are due this Friday. You can turn them in to the tray in the office or to Mrs. Norris.

If you are planning to pursue a degree in teaching, check out the Indiana State Teaching Association Website at

On September 22, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski’s office will be hosting an informational meeting for ambitious high school students regarding admission to the five United States service academies. If you are interested, please join her at Mishawaka Penn Harris Library (209 Lincolnway East in Mishawaka) at 5:30 PM.

Seniors, a representative from IUSB will be at RHS on September 29 during lunch. At this time you can have your $35 application fee waved and see if you qualify for a $500 scholarship. Also, you will receive your admission decision on the spot. Applications are available with Mrs. Horn.

Seniors, to look over the requirements and complete the application for the Horatio Alger Scholarship log on to their website The application deadline is October 26. Awards in the past have ranged from $7,000 to $22,000.  If you have questions, please see Mrs. Horn in the guidance office.

If you plan to attend IUPUI next year, now is the time to sign up for their scholarships. You may visit their website at for more information. The deadline is November 15.

Daughters of the American Revolution has announced a scholarship for students in grades 9 through 12. You must write an 800 to 1200 word essay titled "Columbus and Lindbergh: A Journey Across the Atlantic." Application forms are available in the guidance office. The due date is March 1, 2016.

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Welcome to the Rochester Community High School web site!

As Principal, I believe you will find our website informative and a useful tool to gather information regarding RHS.

Rochester High School is an outstanding high school where we are committed to the success of each of our students. Strong parental involvement in the education of their children is a vital component to our success. Working together, we are helping the children grow into readers, writers, creative thinkers, and problem solvers, as we prepare them for life in the 21st century.

Many changes are coming to RHS. New courses and dual-credit opportunities are being expanded.  More Project Lead the Way classes are being offered including CIM and Biomedical Sciences.

There are many ways for you to communicate with us. Our address, phone numbers, and email address are listed here on the website. We look forward to hearing from you regarding anything that can help us continue to thrive as an excellent school.

Adam Strasser
Principal - Rochester High School

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Rochester High School houses grades 9-12.  The school is located on the southwest side of Rochester, just south of the City Park.  RHS serves about 575 students and has 35 teachers, 2 counselors, a media specialist, nurse, assistant principal, principal, ECA treasurer, and 4 secretaries.
SAT Scores

Class of Grads # Testing Avg Critical Avg Math Avg Avg Total
      Reading   Writing Score
2006 112 64 (57%) 478 501 * 979
2007 123 103 (84%) 483 495 464 1442
2008 121 72 (60%) 476 500 455 1431
2009 128 69 (53%) 482 491 456 1429
2010 158 102 (65%) 488 493 455 1436
2011 132 92 (70%) 457 490 443 1390

    *Writing test was added to the SAT in Spring 2005, scores not available before 2007
Class of 2011 Statistics

  • 132 graduates
  • Average SAT score for Top Ten Students -  1729
  • Academic Honors Diploma Recipients - 48
  • Technical Honors Diploma Recipients - 5
  • Core 40 Diploma Recipients - 55
  • Future Plans
    • 4 year college - 56%
    • 2 year college - 12%
    • Vo-Tech college - 8 %
    • Work - 12%
    • Military - 4%
    • Undecided - 8%
Zebra New Tech High now applies to all four grade levels. But more than "new tech", RHS strives to meet student needs. Great opportunities exist for students in all areas:
  • Studying Biomedical Science in our science department
  • Studying Spanish or Chinese supplemented by Rosetta Stone to improve foreign language speaking and listening skills
  • Studying World Languages through the use of Rosetta Stone while also gaining an understanding for the cultural aspect
  • Studying engineering in our Project Lead The Way curriculum
  • Learning 21st Century Skills in all classes (collaboration, work ethics, oral presentation, written communication, research, technology)
  • Vocational courses leading to certification in designated areas
  • Microsoft Certification
  • Fine arts (art and music) and practical arts (agriculture and family and consumer science)
  • Over 30 classes to earn dual credit for high school and college
American students are falling behind the rest of the world. As educators, students and parents we need to rededicate ourselves to excellence. A stronger partnership needs to exist between parents and educators. Please check your student's status using Harmony (report cards and attendance) and Echo. For Echo, the day to day organizational system used by students, use your student's login and password to check assignments, due dates and daily grades.
As educators we need to communicate with parents when students are excelling or struggling. Our focus must be on student success.
To get login information to access your child’s Echo program which contains, their class agendas, grades, assignments etc., send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and she will fix you up with login information.
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Bullying can affect you in many ways. You may lose sleep or feel sick. You may want to skip school. You may even be thinking about suicide. If you are feeling hopeless or helpless or know someone that is, please call the Bully Hotline at 223-SAFE (7233). 
State Superintendent visited Zebra New Tech high recently.  See pictures of the visit on the next page.  Special thanks to Mike Kenney, Rochester Sentinel Photographer

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