Thanksgiving Break - November 25-27

The Elks National Foundation awards $2.44 million in college scholarships to a total of 500 high school seniors nationwide through its Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest. Applications are available on the Elks website at The application deadline is December 4. If you plan to drop off your application to the local Elks lodge, you must have it there by November 30.

Did you like playing Trivia Crack? Maybe you still play? Imagine playing with a team of your friends to win prizes! Quiz Bowl is hosting a Trivia Night on December 2nd in the cafeteria. Admission is $5 for students and $7 for adults. Teams can have up to 8 people and the two teams with the most points at the end of the night will win prizes. You can pre-register your team by signing up on the sheet on the office window. If you’d like more information, see Mrs. Norris or a Quiz Bowl member.

Mrs. Yocum’s JAG classes are starting a food drive for United Ministries. United Ministries serves 250 families per month on average and is currently in desperate need of nonperishable food items and personal hygiene items. Items can be dropped off in Mrs. Yocum’s room (room 106). Student names will be entered into a drawing for every item they donate. A drawing will be held on Friday, December 4, and five student names will be drawn for individual prizes. Take some time to donate for a good cause.

Students interested in taking an Ivy Tech class at the Learning Center next semester may pick up applications in the guidance office. You must fill out the online dual credit application ( before completing and submitting the paper application. Because of the holidays applications will be due Wednesday, December 16.

Students interested in taking a novels class with Mrs. Friend next semester for an English credit should see their counselor to get signed up for the class.

The American Legion has announced their oratorical contest. This is "A Constitutional Speech Contest" and is open to any student grade 9 through 12. If you would like more information regarding this, stop by the guidance office.

The Indiana Chapter of the American Public Works Association is offering a scholarship to an Indiana high school senior who is pursuing a degree in related Public Works fields including but not exclusively Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or Public Works Management. The scholarship is $1000 a year for four years for a total possible amount of $4000. Please see for more information. Contact Chad Kincaid at with questions.

Seniors, Beacon Credit Union has announced they have 8- $500 scholarships. Your parent or guardian must be a member of Beacon Credit Union as of November 20, 2015. Applications are available in the guidance office. The completed application, essay, and transcript must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2016.

United States Jaycee Senate will be offering a one-time $1,000 academic scholarship to 2016 high school graduates. Indiana is allowed to submit two people each year for consideration. Indiana has received seven scholarships during the past five years. All Indiana students are eligible and do not need to be related to a Jaycee. Applications are available at Applications are due in early January and must be submitted to Kyle Wright at (do not submit to the national organization as those will be disqualified). Questions: or 219-866-8586.

Seniors the Ge-Reagan Foundation has announced a scholarship for high school seniors who embody the characteristics of President Ronal Reagan at school, in the community, in the workplace, and at home. So if you are a student with leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship please take the time to go online and apply at The application deadline is January 7, 2016. This is a $10,000 renewable scholarship. If you have questions you can see Mrs. Horn in the guidance office.

The Knights of Pythias has announced a $1,000 scholarship for seniors. Applications and requirements are available in the guidance office. Deadline to be postmarked is January 25, 2016.

Seniors planning to pursue careers in a health related field can apply for the PHP Scholarship. Program requirements and applications are available to download at www/ The deadline for submission is February 19, 2016.

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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