December 18, 2014

Attention FCCLA members: Paige Eriks and Brittany Walker are working with residents at Wynnfield Crossing for a state project. If you are interested in helping, contact Brittany Walker at

Key Club is selling candy canes today at lunch. Buy one for your sweetie, your friend, your teacher or yourself! The cost is only one dollar and will be delivered during second hour on Friday. All proceeds will go to the Riley Dance Marathon fundraiser.

Student Council is offering two movies in the auditorium during semester exams today and Friday.  Today's movie is Pitch Perfect. It will begin the last 10 minutes of 5th period and continue all of 6th and 7th periods.  Friday's movie is The Avengers. It will be shown during 5th, 6th, and 7th periods.  Tickets are $2 and may be purchased during lunch or you may buy them at the door on the day of the show.  Merry Christmas from Student Council!!

The yearbook staff is dubbing the remainder of this week "Ugly Christmas Sweater Week." Wear your ugliest Christmas sweaters for a chance to make the Ugly Christmas Sweater page in the yearbook! Tag us on instagram @rhs_zebras of selfies or group pictures depicting your Christmas sweaters, and we will be coming around to take your picture first period!"

Unclaimed items in Lost and Found will be donated to Good Will during Christmas break.

The Indiana All-Star Driving School is opening in our area. If you are interested in driver education classes, please stop by the guidance office for more information. A class will be held over Christmas Break, December 22 – January 3, at Caston High School.

RTCtv is looking for students to take part in their Students in Training (S.I.T.) program, where they will train and pay the students for filming various school events for RTC. Anyone interested should contact Scott Sayger at 223-0230.

Pre-sale tickets for the 2014-15 Winning Edge Holiday Tourney are available in the athletic office.  Tickets are $10.00 and cover the cost of the four tourney games to be played at Tippecanoe Valley High School (Friday, January 2: 6:00 PM Northwood v. Fairfield and 7:30 PM Rochester v. Tippecanoe Valley; Saturday, January 3::: 6:00 PM Consolation Game and 7:30 PM Championship Game). Single session tickets are $6.00 the night of the game.

Seniors, The Lilly application is available on the Fulton County Community Foundation’s website  Students must be accepted for a full time baccalaureate course of study at a public or private college or university accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools by May 3, 2015. Students must have been a resident of Fulton County at least three continuous years prior to high school graduation. Applications are due online by 3:00 PM on January 6, 2015. For more information visit the Foundation’s website

The GE-Reagan Foundation has announced a scholarship opportunity for high school seniors who embody the characteristics of President Ronald Regan at school, in the community, workplace, and at home. They are looking for someone who possesses Leadership, Drive, Integrity, and Citizenship. Recipients will receive a $10,000 renewable scholarships. Apply online at; the deadline is January 8, 2015.

The 2015 Indiana 4-H Club Scholarship, the 2015 Indiana 4-H Foundation Senior Year 4-H Scholarship and the Indiana 4-H Youth Development Accomplishment Resume Scholarship are now available online There are copies of this information available in the guidance department. All are dueJanuary 15, 2015.

Seniors, Knights of Pythias has announced a scholarship. You must have a GPA of 3.0 or above. Two short essays are to be included. The deadline if January 25, 2015. See guidance for the application and information.

Beacon Credit Union has announced they will be distributing eight $500 scholarships to members or their children. Students are required to write an essay and complete the application. You may pick up the application in the guidance office. Applications are to be postmarked no later thanJanuary 31, 2015and mailed to Beacon Credit Union Attn: Scholarship Program, PO Box 627, Wabash, IN 46992.

Monsanto has announced a $1,500 scholarship for students that live in Fulton County. You must have at least a GPA of 2.5 at the time of application. Applicants must be pursuing or intending to pursue a degree related to agriculture from a two or four year program and majoring in one of the majors listed on the website. For more information go to and apply at www. FFA/org/scholarships. Deadline is February 1, 2015.

Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana, Inc., (PHP), a local managed-care organization, is providing scholarship opportunities for high school seniors planning to pursue a career in a health-related field. PHP will award a one-time scholarship of $3,000 to the first place winner; a one-time scholarship of $2,000 to the second place winner; and third place will receive a one-time scholarship of $1,000. All entries must be postmarked by February 20, 2015, to be eligible. Applications are available in the guidance office.

Seniors, the Cass County Community Foundation has announced the LaSociete Forty and Eight Cass-Fulton Voiture 729 Nursing Scholarship. Eligibility requirements are to demonstrate school and community involvement, financial need, good character, attitude and citizenship, attend a 4-year baccalaureate college, and major in nursing. Applications are available in the guidance office. The deadline is February 27, 2015. Students are to mail application materials and transcripts to Cass County Community Foundation Attn: 40 & 8 Nursing Scholarship, PO Box 441, Logansport, IN 46947

The North Central Coop has announced a scholarship opportunity for seniors intending to further their education. The student must be an active member and completed at least 5 years in 4-H or 2 years in FFA and have a parent, or grandparent who is a current stockholder or employee of North Central Coop. The student must have a respectable GPA. More information and the application is available online at The completed application, essay, and transcript need to be emailed to by March 1, 2015.

Sports:  Freshman Boys Basketball vs. Tippecanoe Valley, 6:15 PM

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A visit from State Superintendent Glenda Ritz

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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Rochester is 11-0 in girls basketball and 11-0 in wrestling dual meets. Rochester girls swimming is 5-0 in dual meets. @ValTsports
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Girls swimming: Rochester 125, Pioneer 60 (final) Boys swimming: Rochester 127, Pioneer 40 (final) #ZebraNation #ZebraSwim @ValTsports
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5:00 PM Swim/Dive (Co-ed V) Vs. Pioneer High School 6:15 PM Basketball (Boys Fr) Vs. Tippecanoe Valley HS
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Girls basketball: Rochester 51, Triton 40 (final). Rochester is 11-0. Alexa Holland had 18. #ZebraNation #ZebraBasketball @ValTsports
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6:00 PM Basketball (Girls JV) @ Triton Jr-Sr High School 7:30 PM Basketball (Girls V) @ Triton Jr-Sr High School
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Girls Basketball 3A poll has the Lady Zebras ranked 8th again this week. #ZebraNation #ZebraBasketball #Undefeated
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The boys freshman game against North Miami tonight has been postponed due to a higher number of NM players being sick.
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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.

Jason Snyder, Principal

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.

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