A former Grizzly created a website to help students spot bullying and help them figure out who to tell about it. Check his website out HERE!
News from The Top
May 15, 2015
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Grateful Grizzlies! Thanks to YOU, parents and other community members, we were able to celebrate Rocky Top staff with three days of incredible meals! It was so fun to watch everyone leave the colorful table full of such variety with heaping plates and huge smiles! We are honored to serve your students and genuinely thankful for your recognition of that service.
Avoid Fines!!! All library books, textbooks and RTMS-provided Chromebooks were due Friday, 5/15. If you have items still checked out, please return them Monday so that you’ll be able to get your yearbook on time!
Theater Fans Why travel all the way to Denver for a true dramatic production? Right here in our RTMS cafetorium you’ll be able to experience our fabulous Grizzlies performing Annie! on Thursday, May 22 and Friday, May 23rd at 6:30 PM. Enter through the activities entrance for this fabulous and FREE fun!
Caution! Construction Zone Have you noticed all that fencing and heavy equipment on the south side of our building? We’re pretty sure the students are convinced there’s going to be a pool, however, it’s actually the site for our new learning plaza. By the time students return in August, there will be four classrooms located there as we’re predicted to welcome at least 1330 Grizzlies for the 2015-16 school year so we need the extra space! The same folks will also be extending the sidewalk path on the west side of our staff parking lot in order to create more loading space for the three additional busses we’ll be accommodating next year.
Character Strong Grizzlies Our entire 6th and 7th grade student body had the incredible opportunity to spend an hour with Houston Kraft, an advocate of kindness, compassion and love. The assembly was funny and real and the audience was so engaged that at one point his microphone cut out for a few minutes and over 800 young people were so rapt with attention that we could still hear every word he said! To keep the message moving throughout our school, Houston met with a small group of about 70 student leaders who concluded the uplifting morning with a commitment to being advocates for change throughout the student body. Check out that link above for more information and be sure to download his free app, CharacterStrong to keep the kindness movement flowing! NOTE: Thank you to Random Acts of Kindness for this extraordinary opportunity!!!
Student Recognition Breakfast Invitations were already sent to students receiving certificates at this month’s Student Recognition Breakfast. The breakfast is Tuesday, May 19th at 7:30 am in the cafeteria. Students who competed in the state MESA competition and the Students of the Month will be recognized at this time.
Grizzlies Give Back Update Another HUGE dose of thanks to you, Grizzly community, as we raised an amazing $6,946.60 through Grizzlies Give Back activities this year! These funds directly benefits members of our Rocky Top community as we provide for families in need and students in crisis. Looking ahead to 2016, we’re eager to make it even better! We’ll definitely host the 2nd Annual GGB 5K Run/Walk again and look forward to getting some corporate sponsors. We’re also interested in generating opportunities to embrace philanthropy through local volunteerism throughout the community in the weeks leading up to Grizzlies Give Back week. Though the generation of monies to distribute to our families is our primary goal, we want to ensure every student has the opportunity to contribute through service as well.
INCOMING Grizzlies If you, or someone you know, is looking for information about purchasing a Chromebook, Rocky Top’s only school supply, for next year...check out our 2015-2016 purchasing guide!
(Repeat) End of Year Awards Assemblies
6th Grade - May 26th 12:45 to 1:45 PM
7th Grade - May 26th 9:45 to 10:45 AM
Parents of students receiving awards will receive an invitation to the awards assembly by Thursday, May 21st. On the day of the event, please enter through the activities entrance closest to the gymnasium. Should you wish to take your child out of school after her/his award ceremony, you will need to have your photo identification and a little bit of patience ready.
8th Grade - May 27th 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM***
***Though this is the last awards assembly for 8th grade students, the same general format is followed. All students will receive a certificate of completion upon entry into the gymnasium and they will find a couple of goodies on their chairs. Students earning academic achievement, academic excellence, and excellence in scholarly habits will be individually recognized and receive certificates. We will also recognize 12 Grizzly Greats, an award presented by 8th grade teachers.
***Should you wish to take your child out of school after her/his award ceremony, you will need to have your photo identification and a little bit of patience ready.
*****Two things to keep in mind...every student will receive only two tickets for attendance at the assembly and these will be distributed Friday, 5/22. Also, if your child will be individually recognized for an award, you will be notified by Thursday, 5/21.