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Week of May 15

Weekly Schedule:

15 Monday May
  • Regular Schedule
  • Senior Exams: Math and English
16 Tuesday May
  • Regular Schedule
  • Senior Exams: Social Studies and Science
  • Service Academy Seminar
  • Varsity Track @ New Richmond (District Tournament)
  • Varsity Baseball @ Wyoming (Sectional Tournament)
17 Wednesday May
  • Regular Schedule
  • Senior Exams: Make-up Exams
  • Varsity Volleyball vs TBD @ Mason (District Tournament)
18 Thursday May
  • Mass Schedule - Closing School Year Mass
  • Joseph A. Kneip Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award Presentation (After Mass)
  • Powderpuff Game (7:00 pm)
  • Senior Lock-In
  • Varsity Track @ New Richmond (District Tournament)
19 Friday May
  • Assembly Schedule - Senior Assembly (FAC)
  • Sports Signing Day (following Senior Assembly)
20 Saturday May
  • No Activities Scheduled
21 Sunday May
  • Senior Assisi Scholar Banquet

Announcements

  • Thank you to our PTO for a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week and their efforts throughout the year. We are truly blessed to have such incredible support.

  • The offices of U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and JD Vance will be hosting an informational Service Academy seminar on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, in the auditorium at the Woodlawn Armory Community Center (10050 Woodlawn Blvd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45215). The doors open at 5:30 pm and the event starts at 6:00 pm. In addition to the two Academy Coordinators from the US Senate offices, members from other congressional districts in Ohio will be in attendance. A representative from The Naval Academy, The U.S. Military Academy (West Point), The Air Force Academy, The Merchant Marine Academy and ROTC will be available to provide information and answer questions to interested students. Parents are encouraged to attend. RSVP is requested: Sue_Klein@brown.senate.gov.

  • Congratulations to Rick Sollmann, the winner of the 2023 Joseph A. Kneip Faculty/Staff Distinguished Service Award. It will be presented following the all-school mass on Thursday, May 18th.

  • Seniors have no school on Thursday, May 18th. The Powderpuff football game is tentatively set for 7:00 pm on the 18th followed by the Senior Lock-In. The Senior Assembly will take place on Friday, May 19th. Our Sports Signing Day will be after Senior Assembly. Parents and families who are attending Sports Signing Day should arrive by 8:15 am (you can watch the senior video and superlatives). Seniors will be dismissed immediately following the Sports Signing Day event.

  • All outstanding tuition and account balances need to be paid no later than Monday, May 22nd. Please contact Mary Beth Hausfeld in the Business Office at 513-641-1300 or mhausfeld@rogerbacon.org with any questions.

  • Winton Woods will provide busing for underclass exams on May 23rd and May 24th. Morning pick-up will be at the regular time; afternoon pick-up will be at 11:15 am.

  • Any students interested in running Cross Country next fall are encouraged to join the team for summer training, starting in June! Both experienced and new runners are welcome. Please contact Coach Ochs-Naderer for more information - cochsnaderer@rogerbacon.org.

Key Senior Dates/Activities

Key dates are as follows:

  • Senior Exams – Monday, May 15th and Tuesday, May 16th
  • Senior Lock-In – Thursday, May 18th
  • Senior Assembly / Last Day: Friday, May 19th
  • Assisi Scholar Banquet – Sunday, May 21st
  • Graduation Practice - Tuesday, May 23rd
  • Graduation Mass and Awards Ceremony – Thursday, May 25th
  • Graduation – Friday, May 26th

Senior Exam Schedule

Students taking the first exam of the day should report to that location at 7:45 am.

Monday, May 15th
8:00 – 9:20 am: Math
9:25 – 10:50 am: English

Tuesday, May 16th
7:55 – 9:20 am: Social Studies and Science

Wednesday, May 17th
7:55 – 9:20 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.

Students are expected to take exams during the designated time on the schedule. Exception: Seniors who do not have to take two exams the first day may contact Ms. Vehorn by Tuesday, May 9th to request to take Science or Social Studies the first day.

Seniors may be exempt from exams if they earn a 90% average for the year or take an AP® Exam in the course.

Dress code is to be observed during exams.

End-of-Year Senior Information

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.

BOOK RETURN/IPADS

If seniors were issued books, they will be returned on the last scheduled day of class, Friday, May 12th unless they will be taking exams. For those taking exams, books will be returned to their teachers on the day of their exam. Graduating seniors are permitted to retain their iPads.

EXAMS

Seniors may be exempt from final exams if they have an average of 90% or better in a subject. Individual teachers may make exceptions. Senior exams are May 15th and 16th. Seniors are to report to school in dress code at the regular time and exams will end at 11:30 am.

GRADUATION PRACTICE

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.

COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES

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.

Underclass Exam Schedule

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 Information

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:

  • All students taking an online course through Schoology or Apex must attend an on-campus orientation session on Monday, June 12th at 9:00 am. Orientation is not required for PE.
  • Summer school for PE takes place on campus June 12-30, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am – noon.
  • Summer school for Theology takes place June 12-23.
  • Summer school for all other subjects takes place June 12 – July 7.
  • The cost is $200 per course for recovery credit. There is no charge for Health or PE. The registration fee should be brought to the Main Office or to the orientation session on June 12th. Checks should be made out to “Roger Bacon High School.” Please write “Summer School” on the purpose line.
  • Students who need to retain their iPads in order to complete summer school must request this by contacting Mr. Zlatic at pzlatic@rogerbacon.org. iPads must be returned to school by July 10th.

Main Office Summer Hours

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)

Guidance Department

MindPeace

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 info@bestpoint.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/.

Summer Opportunities

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

Scholarships

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.

College Visits

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!

Community Outreach

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.

Community Service Opportunities. 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.

Kroger Card

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:

  1. visit https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow
  2. sign in OR create your FREE online account
  3. Go to “My Account” then select “Community Rewards” on the left tab
  4. Search for “Roger Bacon Athletic Association” or enter our organization ID which is FL801

Click here to watch a video on how to do this!

Alumni/ae News

  • 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 is Friday, June 2nd.
  • Alumni Association Meetings. All alums are welcome to come and help support the students at RB. The next meeting is Thursday, June 8th 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@rogerbacon.org.

Cafeteria Information

  • WG Grinders partners with MySchoolAccount.com for the managing of our lunch service software and payments. MySchoolAccount.com offers you the ability to make deposits directly into your student’s account online or via their mobile app. Here you can track what your children have been eating for the past 30 days, transfer funds between students and have an email reminder sent to you when an account balance gets low. Deposits and payments can be made through ACH (checking/savings) or credit/debit card. We will still accept checks sent to the school (made out to WG Grinders), credit card payments at the register, and cash. Each child’s account will be updated in real time, so account balance information will be current daily.
  • Questions? Contact Mark Jones, IT Director, WG Grinders Catering and Cafeteria Operations, at wggrinders@wggrindersdayton.com or via phone at (937) 760-7346.

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.
  • Students are not permitted to carry any medications (except for inhalers and epi pens). Tylenol and Ibuprofen are available to students in the nurse’s office. All other medications needed during school hours are to be kept in the nurse’s office and a Medication Authorization Form completed and signed by their physician. This form is available on the school website in Health Services or contact the nurse.

  • Senior students must submit documentation of receiving their Meningitis vaccine. If you have not yet done so, please send an updated vaccine record to the nurse. If you have any questions, please contact our school nurse, Karin Herold, via email or leave a voice message 513-641-1300, ext 1140.

Remote Instruction - Expectations

At some point this year, students may need to attend Roger Bacon remotely due to COVID quarantine guidelines. In order to stay caught up with classes while on remote, please use following guidelines:

  • A parent or guardian must notify the main office in order for you to be listed as remote for the day.
  • To enter a teacher’s Zoom room, click on the link posted in your class bulletin board on SpartanLink.
  • If you are waiting to be let in to a teacher’s Zoom room, email jvehorn@rogerbacon.org ASAP to alert us of this issue so we can get you connected.
  • You must have your full, correct name listed in Zoom.
  • You must have your video on at all times and microphone on mute unless the teacher asks you to unmute.
  • If you need to step away to use the restroom, use the chat function in Zoom to alert the teacher.
  • RB dress code must be observed.
  • All disciplinary expectations will be followed (no sleeping, no chewing gum or eating, etc.).

Important Upcoming Dates:

May 22: Underclass Last Day
May 23: Underclass Exams/Graduation Practice
May 24: Underclass Exams
May 25: Baccalaureate Evening Mass & Awards
May 26: Graduation
May 30-June 1: Kairos
June 2: First Friday Mass
June 8: Alumni Association Meeting
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