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Week of December 7

Weekly Schedule:

7 Monday December
  • Regular Schedule
  • College Visit (Virtual) - Ashland University (Rm 24 during Flex)
  • Community Service Opportunity - Writing Hope (ITC during Flex)
  • Varsity Swimming @ St. Bernard
8 Tuesday December
  • Mass Schedule - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • College Visit (Virtual) - Tiffin University (Rm 24 during Flex)
  • Varsity Boys Basketball @ Carroll
  • Varsity Bowling vs Badin @ Stones Lanes
9 Wednesday December
  • Regular Schedule
  • Varsity Girls Basketball vs Badin
10 Thursday December
  • Regular Schedule
  • Coffee with Christ (7:20 am in room 20)
  • College Visit (Virtual) - Eastern Kentucky University (Rm 24 during Flex)
  • Varsity Bowling vs Chaminade Julienne @ Poelking Lanes Wilmington
  • Alumni Association Meeting (6:30 pm in ITC)
  • Spirit Shop Holiday Sale (6:00 - 8:00 pm)
11 Friday December
  • Regular Schedule
  • Dress Down Day - Jamaica Mission Trip
  • Community Service Opportunity - Sow Love (ITC during Flex)
12 Saturday December
  • Varsity Girls Basketball @ Chaminade Julienne
  • Varsity Girls Bowling (Holiday Classic) @ Western Bowl
  • Varsity Swimming vs Winton Woods @ St. Bernard HS
  • Varsity Wrestling (Goshen Invitational) @ Goshen
13 Sunday December
  • Varsity Boys Bowling (Holiday Classic) @ Western Bowl

Announcements

  • Attention AP Students & Families: An email was sent to each student enrolled in an AP course regarding AP testing. All parents/guardians were included in this email. This email contains individualized information about which tests were ordered and payment details. Please contact Ms. Smith (jsmith@rogerbacon.org) with any AP testing questions!
  • It’s spring musical time and the Drama Guild is looking forward to producing the musical Once On This Island. This musical tells the story of one small girl and her journey with the Gods of Love, Earth, Water and Death to learn what the ultimate sacrifice of love really is. If you are interested learning more about the show and how to audition or apply for the Crew, please come to the informational meeting after school on Wednesday, December 9th in the Fine Arts Center. If you can’t make this meeting, please let Ms. Murray know!
  • There is no school on Monday, December 14th.
  • 1st semester exams will be held on Monday, December 21st and Tuesday, December 22nd.
  • Christmas vacation starts Wednesday, December 23rd and runs through through Sunday, January 3rd. Classes resume Monday, January 4th.

Spirit Shop Holiday Hours

Give the gift of Roger Bacon this Christmas! The Spirit Shop will be open for holiday shopping on:

  • Thursday, Dec 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

These will be the only late nights the shop will be open before Christmas, so please take advantage. There will be special discounts on items as well on these shopping nights!

Remember - anyone is allowed to stop by the shop during normal school hours, 11:00 am – 12:20 pm on school days.

Inclement Weather Information

As we approach winter and our first winter storm, a review of our inclement weather notifications is in order.

When inclement weather strikes, Roger Bacon will either cancel school or institute a 2-hour delay (school starts at 9:45 am).

Roger Bacon uses the Springmyer Communications Network to notify local news TV stations of the decision to either cancel school or have a 2-hour delay. The following stations are notified:
- WLWT/TV, Channel 5
- WCPO/TV, Channel 9
- WKRC/TV, Channel 12
- WXIX/TV, Channel 19
- WSTR/TV, Channel 64
- CINCI.COM

Additionally, students will receive an email from the Principal and our phone notification system (School Messenger) will be used to make a phone call home.

The decision to either cancel or delay will be made as early as possible. In case of a delay, the school cafeteria will be open at 7:00 am for those students who need to be dropped off early.

Exam Schedule

Students should report to the location of the first exam at 7:45 a.m.

Monday, December 21

7:45 - 7:55 - Prayer, Announcements, Attendance
8:00 - 9:30 - English Exam
9:45 - 11:15 - Math Exam
11:45 – 1:00 - English Exam – remote students
1:10 - 2:40 - Math Exam – remote students

Tuesday, December 22

7:45 - 7:55 - Prayer, Announcements, Attendance
8:00 - 9:30 - Science Exam
9:45 - 11:15 - Social Studies Exam
11:30 - 12:45 - Make-up/Conflict Exams
11:45 – 1:00 - Science Exam – remote students
1:10 - 2:40 - Social Studies Exam – remote students

Please note . . .

  • Exams will be taken during exam week for all non-elective courses in the following departments: English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
  • Students are expected to take exams during the designated time on the schedule.
  • The make-up/conflict exam slot is intended for students who miss an exam on the first day or have two Math/Science classes. Students may also set up a make-up time with their teacher for a mutually agreed upon time during Exam Week or after we return from Christmas Break.
  • Exam grades count as 20% of the semester average. Study for your exams. Get a good night’s sleep. Eat a good breakfast in the morning.
  • Lunch will not be served on exam days.

Behavior Expectations . . .

  • Regular dress code is to be observed during exams.
  • Students who do not have to take an exam do not have to be on campus. Students who are on campus but do not have to take an exam must report to the Cafeteria.
  • Students are expected to stay in the exam room until the end of the testing period.
  • In the event of a school closing due to weather, the exam schedule will shift one day, and the second day of exams will take place after we return from Christmas Break.
  • If there is a two hour delay, exams will begin two hours later.

Guidance Department

All college representative visits will be held virtually this year. Students can sign up on Naviance to participate in the “visits”. The representatives from the colleges will host a Zoom with interested students. Students on campus will participate during Flex in Room 24 (adhering to room capacity limits) and remote students can join the Zoom session from home. Please contact Ms. Smith (jsmith@rogerbacon.org) for more information on how to sign up for these sessions.

The remaining colleges/universities are scheduled:
- Ashland University - December 7th
- Tiffin University - December 9th
- Eastern Kentucky University - December 10th

We have a bulletin board at the bottom of the Guidance ramp near the FAC to highlight the class of 2021. Seniors can add their names as they submit college applications! See your counselor to add your name!

Community Outreach

Our department continues to provide service opportunities for our students via the various monthly projects, with some changes. These projects are communicated via student email and daily school announcements.

  • The freshman and sophomore service days have been postponed to the second semester to ensure proper healthy safety; more will be communicated near the end of second semester.
  • Juniors are participating in the Tuesdays with Vincent project, connected with the Freestore Food Bank.
  • Community Outreach has checked in with all our seniors to see their progress with the senior service experience, and follow up with any questions or concerns.

For a comprehensive guide to Roger Bacon’s Community Service program click here. You can email our department with any questions at: Outreach@RogerBacon.org

Drama Guild

Follow Drama Guild at the following:

Twitter & Instagram - @RBDramaGuild

FacebookRoger Bacon High School Music

Website - https://sites.google.com/rogerbacon.org/rogerbaconfinearts

School Nurse

An important part of our safety plan is ensuring that students who are sick are not permitted to come to school. If you are sick, please stay home. Check the temperature of students before leaving home. Students with a temperature of 100.4 degrees of higher should stay at home.

Primary symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, shortness of breath and/or loss of taste/smell. If you have have multiple symptoms or symptoms persist, please consult your family health provider.

Immunization Requirement for Senior Year. Senior students, if you have not received your meningococcal vaccine yet, please make an appointment with your physician. These can also be given at Kroger’s or Walgreens’ clinics. Proof of this vaccine or an updated immunization record should be turned in to the nurse’s office by the end of September. Thank you! If you have any questions, please contact our school nurse, Karin Herold, via email or leave a voice message 513-641-1300, ext 1140.

Alumni/ae News

First Friday Mass. Mass is at 8:15 am in the Thomas J. Fogarty Center. Parking is available on the plaza directly in front of school. Pastries and coffee are served after Mass. We usually have 40-50 OLA and RB alums, friends and relatives on a regular basis. Contact a fellow alum and enjoy a morning of prayer and fellowship. Reservations are not necessary. The next Friday Friday Mass will be on Friday, February 5th.

Alumni Association Meetings. All alums are welcome to come and help support the students at RB. The next scheduled meeting is Thursday, December 10th at 6:30 pm in the ITC.

Bron Bacevich Memorial Engraved Bricks. Support the Roger Bacon/OLA Alumni Association by purchasing a brick which can be designated for placement in the new stadium. For more information, contact Rick Sollmann at 641-1313 or rsollmann@rogerbascon.org.

Remote Learning

Students eligible to attend classes remotely are as follows:

  • Students who have elected to be remote for the entire quarter. At the end of each quarter, these students will have the option to either return to in-person classes or remain remote.
  • Students who are in quarantine. These students include those who tested positive; came in close contact with a person who tested positive, or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. These students will remain remote until the required quarantine period has been completed.
  • Students with documented medical reasons. Students who have documented medical reasons (i.e., surgeries, etc.) will remain remote as long as required.

A few key details about our remote learning model for this year includes the following:

  • Classes will be broadcast via Zoom so that students not able to be in the classroom can participate in the educational experience.
  • Students will follow their normal class schedule and connect with the class via Zoom during normal class times. Students will not be able to set their own schedule or just complete their assignments without attending Zoom classes.
  • Students will be considered present for attendance purposes if they are either physically or electronically present in class. All attendance policies, including the excessive and chronic absenteeism policy according to state guidelines, remain in effect.
  • Work expectations remain the same for students participating either in-person or remotely.
  • Students requiring help/assistance are responsible for initiating meetings with their teachers or other students (i.e., peer tutoring). The preferred time for this is during the daily Flex period. Students attending remotely can request meetings via Zoom during this time.
  • Families need to ensure that internet connections are robust enough to handle the daily Zoom requirements and a suitable learning environment can be established and maintained at home. A suitable learning environment is one free from distractions and with a designated work station for the student. Students should not be in bed for their Zoom sessions.

In addition, please review the following expectations for student conduct during Zoom sessions:

  • Students must have their full correct name as Zoom participant.
  • Students must have their video on at all times.
  • RB dress code must be observed from the waist up.
  • All disciplinary expectations will be followed (no sleeping, no chewing gum or eating, etc.).

If you have any questions about remote learning this year, please contact Julie Vehorn, Director of Academics, at jvehorn@rogerbacon.org or 513-641-1300.

Face Coverings

All students, faculty, and staff are required to have a face covering.

  • Face coverings must be worn when inside any Roger Bacon facility or outside on campus when social distancing of 6 feet is not possible.
  • Any face covering must be a solid color. No designs, wording, or pictures are allowed outside of a RB logo and/or the student's name.
  • Please ensure the face covering:
    - fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    - completely covers the nose and mouth
    - is secured with ties or ear loops
    - includes multiple layers of fabric
    - allows for breathing without restriction
    - can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Important Upcoming Dates:

Dec 14: No School
Dec 16: Board of Directors Meeting (4:30 pm in ITC)
Dec 17: Christmas Concert (7:30 pm in FAC)
Dec 21-22: 1st Semester Exams
Dec 23-Jan 03: No School - Christmas Break
Jan 08: End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
Jan 11: PTO Meeting (7:00 pm in ITC)
Jan 14: Alumni Association Meeting (6:30 pm in ITC)
Jan 18: No School - Martin Luther King Day
Jan 20: Celebration of Success
Jan 28-31: March for Life
Jan 31-Feb 05: Catholic Schools Week
Feb 01: No School - Professional Development
Feb 10: PTO Meeting (7:00 pm in ITC)
Feb 11: Alumni Association Meeting (6:30 pm in ITC)
Feb 15: No School - Presidents' Day
Feb 17: Mass - Ash Wednesday
Feb 23: ACT (Juniors) / Sophomore Service Day
Feb 26: Freshmen Service Day (1/4 class)
Mar 02: College Planning Night
Mar 03: Sacrament of Reconciliation
Mar 10: 8th Grade Course Selection Night
Mar 08: No School / PTO Meeting (7:00 pm in ITC)
Mar 11: Alumni Association Meeting (6:30 pm in ITC)
Mar 12: Freshmen Service Day (1/4 class)
Mar 18: End of 3rd Quarter
Mar 19: No School - Professional Development
Mar 24: Career Day
Mar 25-28: Spring Musical
Mar 26: Freshmen Service Day (1/4 class)
Mar 30-31: Junior "JOY" Retreat
Apr 01-11: No School - Easter Break
Apr 05-13: Assisi Scholar Pilgrimage to Italy
Apr 14: PTO Meeting (7:00 pm in ITC)
Apr 16: Shantytown
Apr 19: Sophomore Retreat Day (Female)
Apr 20: Sophomore Retreat Day (Male)
Apr 21: Board of Directors Meeting (4:30 pm in ITC)
Apr 22: Band and Choir Concert
Apr 23: Freshmen Service Day (1/4 class)
Apr 24: Evening for Excellence
Apr 27: Academic Awards Ceremony
Apr 28: Community Service Awards
Apr 30: No School - Prom / Staff Religious In-Service
May 03-14: AP Testing
May 07: Fine Arts Festival
May 14: Go Local / Michaela Farms
May 16: Senior Showcase
May 19: Spring Concert
May 21: Seniors Last Day of School
May 25-25: Senior Final Exams
May 26: Early Dismissal - Underclass Last Day of Classes
May 27-28: Underclass Final Exams
May 31: No School - Memorial Day
Jun 01: Graduation Practice / End of 4th Quarter / Make-Up Exams
Jun 02: Graduation Mass & Awards
Jun 03: Graduation
Jun 08-10: Kairos