Posted Saturday, May 20, 2023
TUITION AND FEES
In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, all financial obligations must be met by Monday, May 22nd. Diplomas and final transcripts will not be released until all financial obligations are met.
CAPS AND GOWNS
Caps and gowns were distributed to the seniors last week. Please be sure to hang up the gowns in order to help remove wrinkles.
APPROPRIATE ATTIRE FOR SENIORS
Gentlemen must wear a dress shirt, tie, long trousers, socks, and dress shoes under the graduation gown. They must be clean shaven and are to wear no earrings. Ladies must wear dresses, skirts, or dress pants and shoes. Colors should be pale pastels or soft colors. This attire is a must for the graduation mass, awards ceremony, and graduation exercises. Students not in compliance will not be permitted to participate.
All seniors must report for graduation practice on Tuesday, May 23rd at 8:30 am in the RB cafeteria. Practice will conclude by approximately 10:30 am. The normal school dress code must be observed this day. Failure to attend practice may result in your son or daughter not being able to participate in commencement.
GRADUATION MASS AND AWARDS CEREMONY
The graduation mass and awards ceremony will be Thursday, May 25th at 7:00 pm. The mass and awards ceremony will take place in the Carol Dauwe Fine Arts Center. Each senior is welcome to bring two guests, usually parents/guardians. It is not appropriate for a graduate to bring a boyfriend or girlfriend. Guests should arrive at Roger Bacon no later than 6:50 pm. Seniors will process to the Fine Arts Center from the cafeteria. They should meet in the cafeteria no later than 6:40 pm. Caps and gowns are to be worn for mass and the appropriate attire that was mentioned earlier must be adhered to as well.
The awards ceremony will immediately follow mass. The program will conclude at approximately 8:30 pm. All seniors and their guests are invited to join us for a reception afterwards in the cafeteria.
Graduation will be Friday, May 26th, at 7:00 pm in the Fogarty Center. Seniors are to report to the cafeteria no later than 6:30 pm, and commencement exercises will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.
Each senior will be receiving seven (7) tickets. Guests’ attendance at graduation will be by ticket only. Only seniors who are on course to actually graduate and participate in the program will be receiving tickets. Additionally, if you will not be using all seven tickets, please return any extra tickets you may have in order that larger families may be accommodated.
The graduation exercises are a formal occasion, and appropriate behavior of the graduates and guests is expected. In order to allow each student to have his or her moment of recognition, and in keeping with the solemnity of the occasion, we ask that all guests refrain from cheering, shouting, or any other kinds of verbal displays until invited to do so.
BEHAVIOR OF SENIORS
As always, we expect appropriate and responsible behavior from each of your sons and daughters through the remainder of the year – including graduation.
Parents, please remind your sons or daughters about acceptable behavior. The senior class, as a whole, has been very cooperative and well behaved throughout the year, and this behavior is expected to continue for the remainder of the year. Any assistance you can provide will certainly be appreciated.
Freshmen, sophomores and juniors need to turn in their iPads at the end of the school year. If you do not have any exams, you must turn in your iPad on Monday, May 22nd at the end of the school day (12:00 pm - noon). If you do have exams, you must turn it in after your last scheduled exam. If you do not return your iPad, you will be locked out of SpartanLink and will not be able to view final grades.
When you turn in your iPad:
Tuesday, May 23rd
7:45 - 7:55 am: Prayer, Announcements, Attendance
8:00 - 9:30 am: Math
9:45 - 11:15 am: English
Wednesday, May 24th
7:45 - 7:55 am: Prayer, Announcements, Attendance
8:00 - 9:30 am: Social Studies
9:45 - 11:15 am: Science
11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Make-up/Conflict Exams
Thursday, May 25th
7:45 - 9:15 am: Make-up Exams
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.
Exams will be taken 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 conflict and make-up exam slots are intended for students who miss an exam due to illness or have two Math/Science classes.
Underclass students may be exempt from exams if they earn a 93% average for the year or take an AP® Exam in the course.
Lunch will not be served on underclass exam days.
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.
Dress code is to be observed during exams.
Summer School. Students who fail a course for the year will be required to make-up that credit in summer school. Roger Bacon is providing online summer school through Schoology for Theology and all other classes through Apex. Physical Education (PE) will be in-person on the Roger Bacon campus. Key information includes:
May 29th: Closed
May 30th - 31st: Normal Hours (7:30 am - 3:30 pm)
June 1st: Start Summer Hours - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)
June 2nd: Closed
June 5th - 8th: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)
June 9th: Closed
June 12th - 15th: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)
June 16th: Closed
June 19th - 22nd: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)
June 23rd: Closed
June 26th - 29th: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)
June 30th: Closed
July 3rd - 4th: Closed
July 5th - 6th: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)
July 7th: Closed
July 10th - 13th: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)
July 14th - 31st: Closed (School Maintenance)
August 1st: Resume Normal Hours (7:30 am - 3:30 pm)
We have reached out to MindPeace as a resource for our students and families dealing with mental health issues. MindPeace helps families and schools identify resources by housing a database of community and school-based mental health professionals and agencies. Visit the MindPeace homepage to find the searchable database or you can contact them directly at (513) 803-0844 if you need additional mental health resources in the Greater Cincinnati area. Several suggested resources include the following:
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988
- Best Point Behavioral Health by The Children's Home is a pediatric mental health urgent care facility. They see people up to age 21, Monday through Friday from 3:00 - 10:00 pm, and help those who need immediate social or emotional care not rising to the level of going to the hospital. For information about mental health programs for children and their families, call (513) 272-2800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To find a therapist in Greater Cincinnati for people up to age 25, use the MindPeace searchable data base at https://mindpeacecincinnati.com/search/?wpbdp_view=search.
- For coping strategies, go to the virtual MindPeace Rooms at https://mindpeacecincinnati.com/virtual-mindpeace-rooms/.
Is the winter weather making you wish for summer? Check out the Guidance website for our 2023-2024 Summer Programming list. This list will be updated regularly as we receive information about programs for this summer. https://www.rogerbacon.org/academics/guidance-counseling/summer-programs
Now that many seniors have received their college acceptances, it’s time to start getting scholarships to pay for college! There are several scholarships already listed on the Guidance website (under the “Academics” tab) – check it out regularly to see all of the updates. Scholarship updates can also be found on our twitter account @RBGuidance.
Check for updates on Naviance and register to meet with these College Admissions Representatives. Fall is a great time to visit colleges in person. Seniors have THREE college visit days they can use – remember to get the form signed and turned in to Mr. McCoy one week in advance of your visit.
Follow the counselors on twitter at @RBGuidance for updates!
Senior Service Experience
Class of 2024 (rising juniors) need to understand the requirements and expectations for their senior service experience. It may seem overwhelming. Community Outreach has created video to help educate and inform you of importance aspects of the Senior Service Experience. Start by watching the YouTube video that walks you through many details, from ideas to registration: https://youtu.be/Nq_6RYL55a4. Then, consult the “Frequently Asked Questions” sheet to provide quick answers to typical questions. Everything you need is located in the 2023-2024 Senior Service Packet.
Please consider adding Roger Bacon Athletics to your Kroger Plus Card for their Community Rewards Program! This does not take long at all to sign up and does not take away any fuel points.
Here is how to sign up:
June 8: Alumni Association Meeting
Aug 7: iPad Pick-Up
Aug 10-11: Freshmen Orientation Days
Aug 16: First Day of Classes for All Students
Sept 4: No School - Labor Day
Sept 14: Meet the Teacher Night
Sept 15: No School - Professional Development
Sept 20: Freshmen Grandparents Day / Financial Aid Night
Oct 16: No School - Professional Development
Oct 20: Homecoming
Oct 21: Homecoming Dance
Oct 27: Dismissal at 12:00 - Pre-ACT/ Practice ACT Testing / Job Shadowing
Oct 29: OPEN HOUSE
Oct 30: No School
Nov 9: Veteran’s Day Assembly
Nov 10: No School - Veterans’ Day Observed
Nov 22-27: No School - Thanksgiving Break
Dec 18-19: First semester exams
Dec 20 - Jan 2, 2024: No School - Christmas Break
Jan 3, 2024: No School - Professional Development / Exam Make-Up Day
Jan 15, 2024: No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 18, 2024: No School - Professional Development / Athletic Sports Stag
Jan 19, 2024: No School
Jan 25, 2024: Science Fair
Feb 12, 2024: No School - Professional Development
Feb 19, 2024: No School - Presidents’ Day
Feb 27, 2024: Early Dismissal (12:00 pm) - ACT (Juniors) / IOWA Testing (Freshmen)
Mar 11, 2024: No School
Mar 19, 2024: Career Day
Mar 27, 2024: No School – Staff Religious In-Service Day
Mar 27 - April 7, 2024: No School - Easter Break
Apr 1-8, 2024: San Juan Bautista Pilgrimage
Apr 1-9, 2024: Assisi Scholars Pilgrimage
Apr 13, 2024: Evening For Excellence
Apr 26, 2024: No School - PROM
Apr 29, 2024: No School - Professional Development
May 3, 2024: Fine Arts Festival
May 6-17, 2024: AP Testing
May 20-21, 2024: Senior Exams
May 22, 2024: Senior Make-up Exams / Senior Lock-In (evening)
May 23, 2024: Seniors Last Day / Senior Assembly
May 24, 2024: Underclass Last Day of Classes
May 27, 2024: No School - Memorial Day
May 28, 2024: Underclass Exams
May 29, 2024: Underclass Exams / Graduation Practice
May 30, 2024: Baccalaureate Evening Mass & Awards
May 31, 2024: Graduation