- Principal's Weekly
- Week of February 14
Posted Friday, February 11, 2022
The Scholastics Art and Writing competition winners were announced and congrats is in order for the talented artists here at Roger Bacon once again! The winning artists include: Ava Alexander, Jordyn Broenner, Abigail Browning, Jacob Burdette, Keilah Cianciolo, Sarah Dirr, Alex Dougoud, Isabell Ernst, Leah Gentry, Rylie Hungler, Joe Kenny, Lily Middendorf, Jordyn Petrey, Cecilia Rice, Gracie Smart, Sophia Barlow-Siegel, Kara Lally, Maya Lee, Clare Wiley, Morgan Moeller, Charlie Peters, Emma Rutemueller, and Connor Stager!
23 students won a combined 58 silver medals and honorable mention awards and 8 gold medals!
Isabell Ernst, Abigail Browning, Leah Gentry, Clare Wiley, Kara Lally, Sophia Barlow-Siegel and Morgan Moeller were among the elite winners of a gold medals. Their artwork has been sent to New York City for national judging to be announced in March. Great job Ladies!
Roger Bacon is so proud! Good luck to all our national nominees!
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Celebration
The Scholastic Awards Celebration will be held at the Art Academy of Cincinnati's Site 1212 Center for Community Impact <https://artacademy.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f8e9ef199e4c67c3d6af3897b&id=c26d4c42e2&e=87d4a33bc2>. The event will include guest speakers, followed by an open-house style celebration. You are invited to enjoy activities throughout the building - including a photo-booth and open-mic reading!
WHAT: Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Celebration
WHEN: February 18, 2022, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
WHERE: 1212 Jackson St, Cincinnati
Scholastic Art & Writing Exhibition
The 2022 exhibition, presented by Summerfair Cincinnati <https://artacademy.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f8e9ef199e4c67c3d6af3897b&id=f8845bc2f8&e=87d4a33bc2>, will take place at the Art Academy of Cincinnati of all Honorable Mention, Silver and Gold Key artworks, plus Gold Key Portfolios. The work will be on view from February 14 - 18.
Please note that the 2022 Scholastic Celebration is a masked and vaccinated event. Vaccine cards will be checked at the door and masks are required throughout the building. If you do not have a mask, one will provide one for you. If you are not vaccinated, you must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken at least 72 hours ahead of the event. Under no circumstances will the public be allowed to enter the building if they do not meet these qualifications.
February Testing Update
The IOWA tests allow students to fulfill the testing portion of the Ohio Department of Education’s graduation requirements. Students who are retesting will receive an email from Ms. Vehorn with more details. Retesting will begin in Flex. Students should make arrangements to stay until 3:00 pm on testing days. Students who get extended time should plan to stay until 3:20 pm. For any questions related to testing, please contact Julie Vehorn, Director of Academics, at email@example.com.
February 22 & 23: ELA IOWA retesting for students in grades 10-11
March 1st: Grade 9 - Math, ELA, and Social Studies IOWA testing / Grade 11 - ACT
College Information Night
On Tuesday, March 1st, the Guidance Office will host College Information Night for all juniors and their parents and guardians. The program will be virtual, and information about participating will be sent later this month. There will be presentations on four-year colleges, two-year colleges, and the financial aid process as well as information about Naviance and the Common App. All juniors will receive the College Planning Handbook prior to March 1st.
ACT for Juniors
On March 1st, juniors will take the ACT. This is an official test and can be used for college applications. Students will take the test at Roger Bacon, and will dismiss when it is completed at noon. There are no classes that day.
Senior Scholarship and Award Reporting
We know that many of our seniors have starting hearing back from the colleges they have applied to and either have or will soon have scholarship offers! It is our expectation that students report ALL of the awarded scholarships, whether they plan to use the awarded scholarship or not. This includes scholarships to all institutions, private scholarships, essay contests, etc. We are using the following form to collect this information: Senior Scholarship and Award Reporting. Dollar amounts are used only for internal reporting purposes. We will not share dollar amounts, but we will share the names of scholarships awarded in the graduation program. If you need to add additional scholarships beyond the five provided spaces, please submit the first five and then return to the form to enter a new batch of awards.
Spring College Fairs
Cincinnati Spring College Fair is back in person! It will be held on Monday, March 28th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at St. Xavier High School, Ellis Gymnasium.
If you would rather attend a virtual college fair, here is the Spring Virtual College Fair schedule – click on the link to register!
College Credit Plus (CCP) Program Information Night
The CCP Team at the University of Cincinnati will host a virtual information session via Zoom for the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year. The sessions will provide an overview of the UC CCP program and discuss application checklist items, eligibility requirements, and then finish with a question and answer session with the audience.
The Information Session for non-public and Home School students and families will take place on Wednesday, February 16th from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Register by using the link found on the U.C. main page at www.uc.edu/ccp. The meeting link will be sent upon registration. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Fernside Grief Counseling
We have invited the Fernside Center for Grieving Families to conduct an in-school grief support group for students who have experienced a death of someone in their life. The group will meet every week starting Tuesday, March 8th for six weeks from 2:08 – 2:50 pm. Each week focuses on a different theme. The group sessions are confidential and meet in a private area of the school. The representatives from Fernside will be wearing face coverings and are requiring all students who participate in the group to wear coverings as well. If you are interested in participating in this support group or would like more information about it, please email your counselor or stop by the Guidance Office!
Below is a reminder of how we handle inclement weather notifications and either a school cancellation or delay.
Upcoming Community Outreach projects and dates are as follows:
- Wednesday, February 16th: Care Pax
- Wednesday, February 23rd: Writing Hope / Salvation Sandwiches
- Thursday, February 24th: Sow Love
- Sunday, February 27th: Trash OTR
- Monday, February 28th: Bacon Buddies / Food Pantry @ St. Clement
- Tuesday, March 1st: Archbishop Leibold Home
- Monday, March 7th: Care Pax
- Wednesday, March 9th: Sow Love
- Sunday, March 13th: Trash OTR
- Monday, March 14th: Food Pantry @ St. Clement
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.
Sophomore Service Day
The Sophomore Service Day will mirror the freshmen, since they were not able to have their service day last year. We will divide the current sophomore class into quarters with their days in the second semester. Your child will be participating on an assigned service day in Over-the-Rhine that are:
March 4th: Allen – Farmer
March 7th: Fasbender – Lanser
March 11th: Lee – Rohling
April 1st: Rolfert - Zestermann
Drama Guild’s “Newsies”
Follow Us - rogerbaconfinearts.com
Facebook – Roger Bacon High School Fine Arts
Instagram – @RBFineArts; @RBDramaGuild
Twitter – @RBFineArts; @RBDramaGuild; @rb3official
YouTube Channel – CLICK HERE!
First Friday Mass. Mass is at 8:15 am in the Carol Dauwe Fine Arts Center. 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 First Friday Mass will be on Friday, March 4th.
Alumni Association Meetings. All alums are welcome to come and help support the students at RB. The next meeting is Thursday, March 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 email@example.com.
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 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.
We want to ensure that our lunch program meets our students’ expectations. To do this, we need to have your feedback as to what is working and what can be improved. A couple things to remember:
Vaccinations. Roger Bacon does not require students or staff to be vaccinated to attend school or participate in school activities and extracurriculars. However, Roger Bacon recommends that all students and staff be vaccinated. Guidance from the State emphasizes that “vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to the end the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Positive Test. Individuals who test positive should self-quarantine for 5 days from the day symptoms first appear or the date of the COVID test if the individual is asymptomatic. If after 5 days the individual is asymptomatic (no symptoms), no further quarantine is required. The wearing of a face covering for an additional 5 days is recommended. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that “the virus is most infectious in the two or three days after symptoms arise.” As usual, the individual needs to be symptom-free before attending in-person classes or participating in extracurriculars.
Exposure. Per the CDC: There is a “growing body of national experience…that points toward a low number of individuals with direct contact to a COVID-19 positive individual within a school setting who convert to positive cases.” Our experience at school substantiates this finding. Over the past two years of dealing with COVID, there have been very few instances where students have passed the virus to one another in a school setting.
School Attendance. Those individuals who have direct exposure to a positive individual may remain in school per the following:
Extracurricular/Sports Participation. A student who has direct exposure to a positive individual may participate in extracurriculars and athletics per the following:
Hand Washing and Sanitizing. Roger Bacon will provide adequate hand-washing supplies and hand-sanitizing opportunities in classrooms and high-traffic areas throughout school facilities.
Remote Learning. Roger Bacon does not offer full-time remote learning. This option is only available to those students while in a quarantine status.
Sports. The use of face coverings will not be required to attend sporting events. There will not be capacity limits at sporting events. The State does indicate that “the use of masking and social distancing to the extent possible is recommended during indoor sports and other higher-risk activities to protect students who are not fully vaccinated.”
Symptoms. Families are reminded of the importance of keeping students out of the classroom if they are sick. Anyone with symptoms or a temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit should stay home. COVID-19 symptoms include:
Feb 21: No School (Presidents' Day)
Feb 25-26: Shantytown
Feb 28: Dress Down Day (New Orleans Mission Trip)
Mar 01: Early Dismissal - ACT (Juniors); IOWA Testing (Freshmen); College
Mar 04: First Friday Mass (8:15 am in the FAC)
Mar 08: PTO Meeting
Mar 09: 8th Grade Course Selection Night
Mar 10: Alumni Association Meeting
Mar 14: Women's Hall of Fame Dinner (FAC)
Mar 16-17: Assisi Scholar Capstone Presentations
Mar 17-18: J.O.Y. Retreat
Mar 18: End of 3rd Quarter; Dress Down Day (Magnified Giving)
Mar 19: Sadie Hawkins Dance
Mar 21: No School (Professional Development)
Mar 23: Career Day
Mar 24: RB Band/Choir Concert
Mar 25: Blood Drive
Apr 01: Dress Down Day (PTO); First Friday Mass (8:15 am in the FAC)
Apr 07-10: Spring Musical - Newsies
Apr 11: PTO Meeting
Apr 14: Alumni Association Meeting
Apr 14-24: No School - Easter Break
Apr 18-26: Assisi Scholar Pilgrimage to Italy
Apr 27: Board of Directors Meeting
Apr 29: No School - Prom
Apr 30: Evening for Excellence
May 02-12: AP Testing
May 06: Dress Down Day (Fernside)
May 09: PTO Meeting
May 12: Alumni Association Meeting
May 13: Go Local
May 19: Senior Lock-in
May 20: Senior's Last Day; Senior Assembly
May 23-24: Senior Exams
May 25: Early Dismissal - Underclass Last Day of School
May 26-27: Underclass Exams
May 30: No School - Memorial Day
Jun 01: Graduation Mass and Awards Ceremony
Jun 02: Graduation
Jun 03: First Friday Mass (8:15 am in the FAC)
Jun 07-09: Kairos
Jun 15: Board of Directors Meeting