February 27, 2015

Student workers will not be going to Middle School next week due to ISTEP testing.

Permission slips, advanced assignment sheets, and lunch money is due to Mr. Schoenhals today for students attending the Transition Exploration Day at Grace College on March 13. 

If you are interested in taking the Microsoft course or attend Knox Beauty School next year, please see your counselor today for an application.

Scholarship applications due by 3:00 today are: William A Smith Memorial, Kappa Delta Phi, Rochester Optimist Club, Rochester High School Memorial and American Legion.

Today is the mailing deadline for applications and transcripts for the LaSociete Forty and Eight Cass-Fulton Voiture 729 Nursing.

In order to support the girls' basketball team this Saturday, the Riley Dance Marathon has been rescheduled for March 13.

Indiana State Teachers Association and North Central Coop scholarship applications are due March 1.

Fulton County Community Foundation scholarships are due March 6. .

The deadline to mail applications and transcripts for the LaSociete Forty and Eight Cass-Fulton Voiture 729 Nursing Scholarship is this Friday. Applications are available in the guidance office. 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.

Indiana State Teachers Association has a scholarship available for a senior pursuing a degree in education. It is $1,000 per year for a total of four years. The student must be attending a college or university in Indiana and have maintained a 3.0 gpa. Income criterion is listed on the application. Applications are available in the guidance office and are due by March 1.

North Central Coop Scholarship applications are due March 1. Applications are available online at www.ncc.coop.

Indiana All-Star Driving School is offering online classes with drives starting March 2, 2015. If you are interested in taking the class at Caston High School, please stop by the guidance office for more information.

Girls going to Prom: The Fairy Godmother Project will be underway March 8th from noon to 4:00 PM. It will take place at St Charles School (80 W 5th St Peru). Dresses are free to high school girls. Bring a pair of heels and a friend. For more information you may email Bella Borse at bella.borse@gmail.net or message them on Facebook.

On March 11, Ancilla College will be hosting an Access Ancilla Day from noon until 3:00 PM. Students will be able to tour the campus, learn about degree programs, athletic programs, talk with current students and meet faculty to learn more about Ancilla. Lunch and parking are free but you must RSVP for this event at http://www.ancilla.edu/access-ancilla.

Grace College welcomes all high school students to learn more about their 9% tuition reduction and free textbooks for all students at Grace College during one of their spring campus visit days on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, April 10. Go to www.grace.edu/vip to register for a campus visit today!

The 3 C's Scholarship applications are available in the Guidance office. There is a minimum of three $1,000 scholarships. In order to be eligible for the scholarship you must be a senior, active in the school/ community, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and have completed six athletic seasons during high school as an athlete, trainer, manager, or cheerleader. Scholarships must be postmarked by March 31.

The Indiana Sheriffs Association has announced they will be awarding forty $500 scholarships. Applicants must be committed to pursuing an education and career in law enforcement at an Indiana College/ University.  All applicants must be members of the sheriffs association or a dependent child or grandchild of a current member of the association. (If you are not a member there are also applications for that attached to the scholarship applications which are available in the guidance office.) All applicants must enroll as a full time student, all applicants must have taken the SAT or ACT. Applications are due April 1.

Juniors and seniors, Ivy Tech Indianapolis is offering a Camp Culinaire I & II and Bake Shop Camp June 17-19, 12:30-5:30 each day. If this is something that is of interest to you, stop by the guidance office for an application. Applications are due by May 15.

The Salon Professional Academy in Kokomo has announced a $3,000 scholarship for students that are planning to attend the Academy. The application and more information on the academy can be picked up in the guidance office. The deadline is June 1.

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Public Service Announcement from RHS Students

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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
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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