News From the Top

News from The Top
September 15th, 2017

(Para información en español llamen a la escuela 720.972.2209 y podemos traducir esta carta oralmente.  Gracias!)

Upcoming Events

ACYI Student Survey On Tuesday, September 19th all Grizzlies will participate in the Adams County Youth Initiative survey through their social studies classes (7th & 8th grade) or math class (6th grade). We hope to have very high attendance on this day as the data from this survey is so valuable to our staff as we establish school culture, climate and safety. In years past we have discovered students' level of connectedness to teachers, causal information to shape our approach to in-attendance as well as data to suggest the need for this year's Language Matters campaign. Rest assured, all student data is aggregated and their responses are completely anonymous.

ACSS Parent Consent 2017

ACSS Parent Consent 2017 SPANISH

Student Recognition Breakfast Thursday, September 28th at 7:30 AM. Students are nominated for these awards by their classroom teachers for displaying excellence in the 7 habits of highly effective teens. If your child is scheduled to be honored, s/he will receive an invitation by next Friday, September 22nd.

Composting Starts Now! We are excited to announce that Monday, September 25th will be the first day of our composting pilot program. We REALLY NEED parents and grandparents who can make the time to help out during lunches throughout the first week or two of the program. Lunches range from 10:59 AM to 1:19 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 10:25 AM to 12:23 PM on Wednesdays. Please contact Porfidia Beuke as soon as possible if you can help out for even one 30 minute lunch period!

(REPEAT) Rocky Top READS! Is Coming!  We are looking for community members from all career and hobby areas to spend at least an hour with our students on October 20th between 8:30 AM and 3:45 PM. See the invitation below for details. PLEASE JOIN US!!!  Rocky Top Reads Invitation


(UPDATED) Parent Workshop: Getting Connected @ RTMS If you were not able to attend Monday’s parent workshop, HERE is the link to the presentation and a few highlights.

  • The best way to reach teachers is by email and they will return your email within 24 hours (except if it is sent on a Friday, then they will respond on Monday).

  • Teacher Homework pages are a great place to look for what students did in class that day and to discover what their homework is. Often there are links and resources that are helpful for students and parents too.

  • Be sure to know your child’s Adams 12 username and password so you can log into their Google Classroom or Schoology to see assignments that have been turned in.

General School Business

Infinite Campus App for Parents Several parents have reported that their Infinite Campus phone app is not working. This is an issue of which the district is aware and it seems to be isolated to Android phones. Rest assured, they are working with the developer on a solution. One suggestion that has worked for a few people is to uninstall the app from your phone, power the phone completely down, start the phone up again and re-install the app. We will keep you updated as we hear more information about this. Until then, please know that you can always access Infinite Campus from your computer to see your child’s most updated information!


Green Team Are you interested in sustainability, recycling and doing what is best for the Earth? We invite you to join our Green Team! Ms. Beuke will be leading our students in ensuring energy is not being wasted at Rocky Top and that our carbon footprint is reduced. Students, please email her directly if you are interested in joining the team.


(REPEAT) Wednesday Math Tutoring Every Wednesday math tutoring will be offered after school in the cafeteria from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. No matter what grade level or level of math, we’ll have someone there to meet with every student. What a great way to get your homework done in a supportive environment before heading home! Transportation is not provided, but there will be snacks to sustain our hard-working Grizzlies!



8th Grade Science This week students worked with energy and learned how it relates to states of matter through an awesome multi-station lab experience. Hands on learning is helping these Grizzlies understand science in meaningful ways! IMG_1831.JPG

English Language Development Second language learners used transition words to unlock the answers in an escape room-style activity.  Students had to complete activities to generate codes and enter those into Google Classroom to “escape.”  It’s great to see the unique ways our teachers challenge and support our students!

Counseling Den

Looking Ahead to College and Post-Grad As a former high school counselor, I have seen students paralyzed by the amount of college pressure placed upon them by parents, peers, educators and themselves. Additionally, I have seen students who benefit greatly from an early introduction to the endless postgraduate opportunities in our world today. Now, you’re probably wondering, “how do I strike that delicate balance?!” As you begin to talk with your students about college, military opportunities or entering the working world, remind your middle schooler that this is an introduction, not a time for them to be making decisions. There are a lot of factors that impact a high school senior’s decision on where to spend their postgraduate years: location, cost/financial aid, size, occupation aspirations, social life and more. It is our goal as educators to help students to make the most informed decision possible and that task can be incredibly daunting. I would often tell my high schoolers that there isn’t a “right” or “wrong” choice, rather, there may be one that best fits their personal goals and life situation right now. The year following high school graduation is usually the first relatively independent step a young person takes and it is important that they maintain the power in decision-making.  Try to guide from the side, encourage thoughtful conversation and maintain positive, open-minded support as your student embarks on this journey. In addition to the Denver National College Fair in last week’s News from the Top, upcoming college fairs to begin conversation include:  

Monarch High School Out-of-State College Fair, Louisville

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

Lakewood High School Out-of-State College Fair, Lakewood

Thursday, September 28, 2017 (6:30 PM - 8:00 PM)

Mountain Vista High School In & Out-of State College Fair & Workshops, Highlands Ranch

Saturday, September 30, 2017 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)


Students can register at  Students who register and get scanned at one of the fairs will be entered into a raffle for a $50 Visa gift card!

LHS Wellness Night You are invited! On Wednesday, October 4th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Legacy High School will be hosting a Wellness Night for parents and guardians. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend 2 of 3 sessions offered. The sessions will include the following: Substance Abuse Trends Among Teens, Tech Safety for Teens, and Anxiety: Tools for Coping. If you are able to attend, please R.S.V.P. by completing this form and submitting it by Wednesday, September 27th so that they can plan accordingly. Hope to see you there!

Community News

Horizon High School  Join our fearless Hawks for their Homecoming Tailgate September 29th from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at the Adams 12 North Stadium and then join them for the football game immediately following the tailgate!

Help Wanted! Adams 12 Five Star Schools "Cook/Cashier Positions" Earn while your children learn!!  ​Rocky Top currently has ​2 ​Cook-Cashier positions available, 9:15 AM to 1:30 PM each day.​ Salary range is​ $10.30 to $14.66 per hour with qualifying experience. For more information please contact Tracey Williams at 720-972-4123 or apply online at  Job Title Name: Cook-Cashier Substitute

(REPEAT) Family Partnership Conference Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP) conferences are designed to promote family and school partnerships to support students with disabilities and their families in schools and the community. PEP brings families and professionals together by sharing ideas, discussing concerns, celebrating successes and obtaining information related to student learning. The fall conference is scheduled for Oct. 19-21, in Breckenridge. More information can be found on the PEP webpage.

Safety and Security

Bringing Students to School If you are bringing your students to school after the 8:30 AM start time---maybe returning from a doctor’s appointment, even if you already called the school to let us know they are coming in---please do not leave the parking lot until you have actually seen your child enter the building. During yesterday’s lockout there were several students arriving late and parents dropped them off and left, not realizing they were locked out of the school. Of course, we quickly ushered the students into the building, but want to avoid any issues that might compromise student safety in the future.

Texting & Driving/Texting & Walking When you drop your children off for school in the morning or pick them up in the afternoon, please be focused on driving and NOT on texting. This not only sets a good example for future drivers, but it will help them understand the need for focus on the surrounding environment when walking. Thank you for your cooperation with this so we can keep all our Grizzlies safe!

Student Cell Phones Next week teachers will send out a form to all students to collect student cell phone numbers in order to enter them in Infinite Campus. This information is treated with utmost confidentiality just as is all information in Infinite Campus. Entering student cell phone numbers will allow them to receive the same safety alerts you receive on your cell phones.

(REPEAT) Visiting Students for Lunch We welcome parents who come to eat with their Grizzly during lunch!  Please note that before joining us in the cafeteria you must stop by the front office to check in and have your ID scanned through our RAPTOR system. The cafeteria is a controlled area so feel free to dine with your child. Unfortunately, because our school grounds are not as easily managed, we request that you do not escort your child outside for recess.

(REPEAT) Marijuana Paraphernalia In an effort to keep you informed about new trends that compromise student safety, we want to let you know about two brands whose clothing may look innocent enough, but is actually associated with marijuana paraphernalia and wearing them violates our safe schools policy. Check out these links below to see examples of the items that are not permitted on Adams 12 Five Star Schools campuses.


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