Vol. 8, No. 4 May, 2011
Rock Canyon High School • The School That Leads • A Douglas County School
From Principal Kim Rauh It is hard to believe the year is almost over. On May 18, we will be graduating the Class of 2011. It has been a year of change and growth for our seniors and they are ready to leave the halls of Rock Canyon to pursue their dreams. Graduation week will be one of celebrations, memories and good-byes. As the senior motto, by Confucius, so eloquently states, ”Wherever you go, go with your heart.” Seniors, never forget you will always be welcomed at Rock Canyon because…Once a Jaguar, Always a Jaguar. As we say good-bye to our seniors, the end of the year also brings excitement for the new school year. Rock Canyon will welcome a new principal, Andrew Abner. He will enthusiastically welcome over 500 freshmen to bring enrollment to 1,745. Under his leadership, Rock Canyon will continue its excellence in academics, activities and athletics. I wish Mr. Abner and his staff the best as they take Rock Canyon into its next chapter. As the year comes to a close, I would like to personally thank everyone for another great year. Rock Canyon is a remarkable school community that truly emphasizes a student balance of academics, athletics and activities. We strive every day to prepare students to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens. Thank you for your partnership in this endeavor. On a personal note, please know it has been my honor and privilege to serve as your principal the last four years. This is an incredible community that truly embraces and understands the mission of Rock Canyon. I will always remember and cherish the many relationships I have built at Rock Canyon High School. Thank you for your support and appreciation. I wish everyone a summer filled with rest, family connections, and fun. My best,
Points of pride for Kim Rauh... Make a Wish donations
that broke state and national records.
ACT and CSAP scores that rate as some of the best in the district and state.
Principal’s Advisory Council, and the involved students who contributed to its success.
The only constant in life is change... Principal Kim Rauh has been named Principal of Cherokee Trail High School in the Cherry Creek School District. Her new position will officially become effective July 1. Rauh, who has served as the Rock Canyon Principal for the past four years, started working in the Douglas County School District in 1982. Her first teaching job was as a social studies teacher at Douglas County High School before helping open Ponderosa HS and then Chaparral HS. In 1999, while at Chaparral, Rauh moved into administration as an Assistant Principal.
A quick look back...
High open enrollment numbers –
students want to be here! League, District and State championships in a variety of athletics and activities. Our emphasis on critical thinking, the use of technology for instruction, and post-secondary workforce/college readiness.
More points of pride... Updated school profile and website
A safe learning environment for students. High behavior
for all stakeholders.
A professional learning environment that prepares teachers and administrators for the opportunity to seek leadership positions.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education” - Martin Luther King, Jr. This favorite quote of Kim Rauh’s is on the wall above the entry to the commons. She has also added senior class mottoes in the hallways.
“It will be hard to say good-bye, but I hope the accomplishments that have been achieved at Rock Canyon will live on. This is a great place of learning and I am honored to have been the principal of this wonderful school.”
Parent buy-in, and a total school community that believes what WE do every single day.
Summer Office Hours Beginning May 27
office hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon, M - Th. The office will be closed on Fridays, and July 4 - July 15.
Not returning to RCHS? Parents, if your student(s) will not attend RCHS in the 2011-12 school year, please inform the registrar as soon as possible at 303-387-3032 or email susan.judge.dcsdk12.org.
New RC Principal Abner is already hard at working learning about Rock Canyon. He is ready to get to work. Photo by Kathleen Kennedy
Andy Abner named new Rock Canyon principal
Mr. Andrew (Andy) Abner has been selected as the new principal at Rock Canyon High School. Abner will succeed current principal Kim Rauh and will begin his work at Rock Canyon effective July 1, 2011. Abner began his 13-year career in education as a Dean’s Assistant followed by 3 years as an Instructor of Applied Technology at Neuqua Valley High School in Illinois. He came to Colorado in 2002 and joined the staff at Douglas County High School as a Vocational Education teacher. For the past 7 years, he has been an assistant principal at Douglas County High School.
Parent Portal Parents, please make sure your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account is active. Your login will enable you to complete the summer registration for your student(s). If you do not remember your user name of password, choose the “problems logging in” link from your IC login page and the system will email you your information, provided the email address is the same one that is attached to your name/household in the data base.
Staff Moving On
Each year staff leave Rock Canyon for a variety of reasons, retiring, new job opportunities, going back to school, or deciding to take care of family. We say goodbye to the following staff members, best of luck and thank you for all that you have contributed to the Rock Canyon community. Courtney Alberty, Mathematics Greg Doan, Assistant Principal Elizabeth Harris, Language Arts Laurel Johnston, Science Kurt Larson, PE/Athletic Trainer Jennifer Ottinger, Severe Needs Teacher Christine Palmer, Educational Assistant Kim Rauh, Principal Bart Stevens, Athletic Director Ashley Tussing, Lang. Arts/Social Studies Ed Watterson, CRT
At the March 9 Board of Education meeting, the Board approved a budget scenario that requires the District to continue to seek operational cost savings, and allow the District to pursue strategic initiatives that focus on meeting the needs of our students and improving academic performance. This budget scenario includes a consideration for a mil levy and bound election in Nov. 2011. The District will post a presentation on the 2011-12 budget.
AP Greg Doan is moving on up!
We will be saying goodbye to AP/Activities Director Greg Doan at the end of this school year as he is moving on up to the principal’s position and up to the mountain school of Eagle Valley High School. Doan began his career teaching social studies and coaching track and cross country at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, KS. He has spent the past seven years at Rock Canyon, the first two years teaching social studies and coaching track and cross country. The past five years he has served as an assistant principal and activities director.
Always a crowd favorite at assemblies in his fur coat, Doan gets the students cheering.
We wish Mr. Doan and his family well and thank him for all that he has done for Rock Canyon High School.
Ben Dean ‘12, Graphic Design II student, won the 2010-2011 RCHS student planner design competition
Nick Seaquist ‘14
Srish Sharma ‘13 Our students exhibited their work in several shows this spring. They are proud of their accomplishments, expressing their creativity with skills learned at RCHS. First prize winners in the county were Tessa Johnson, Nick Seaquist, and Srish Sharma. The 2011 Lone Tree Photographic Exhibit featured the photos of a dozen Photography students during April and May. Alyssa Gibbons and Brady Evanoff: 2nd Place: Sculpture. John Hayek: 2nd Place: Drawing. Mishelle Vargo, Ben Finnerty, & Audra Rinerson 3rd Place, Drawing & Multi-Media. Students who received Honorable Mention Awards in the Douglas County District High School Show: Kailen Clark, Ethan Coppage, Sierra Dunbar, Allie Johnson, Blake Landin, Aaron McCune, Audrey Meyers, Nick Morris, Nick Seaquist, Srish Sharma, Dillon Yost, Joey Wainwright Audra Rinerson received an Honorable Mention in the Congressional Show for her painting. – Jacqueline Shuler, Department Chair Tessa Johnson ‘14
L earning Support Services Band
With warm congratulations, the Learning Support Services Department announces George Byrne the winner of our senior award. George’s long list of accomplishments and assets includes: Jag of the Month for Dec. 2010, football all four years, lacrosse three years, FBLA, and a great big, kind heart that has accumulated over 100 hours of service to his community and school, focusing on coaching and peer interning with our Unified Sports program as well as similar summer programs. George exemplifies the hard working student who gives 100% to every project. We are proud of you, George; our best wishes go with you wherever you go! Speaking of our Unified Sports, our tennis team finished second in the skills testing and tournament sponsored by the HRCA. In addition, our life skills classes have experienced using the public transportation system to get around the area. As we get ready to close out our 2010-11 school year, we ask that you, as parents, encourage your students to finish strong and study hard for their upcoming 2nd semester finals. Most teachers have or will give study guides for them. Completing the guides will give your student a good taste of what to expect on the final.
Congratulations goes out to the RCHS Concert band for earning straight superior ratings at the CHSAA large group band festival this spring. They also earned a rating of excellent in sight reading. Symphonic Band, for the second year in a row took home straight superior ratings in performance and a superior in sight reading at the CHSAA large group festival. We will miss our seniors and wish each of you the best in your future endeavors. Good luck to: Tim Barton - Tuba, Dan Waltermire - Trumpet, Rebecca Coffee - Trumpet, Tanner Scurto - Trombone, Dylan Davies - Percussion, Joe Brindle - Bassoon, Kelsey Babilon - Bari. Saxophone, Suman Mathur - Clarinet, Luke Powers - Percussion, Julia Meibos - Flute, Heather Scott - Flute, Morgan Hengsteller - Clarinet. Marching Band camp officially starts July 18. For a full schedule of summer marching band activities please look at the following: https://sites.google.com/a/dcsdk12.org/rockcanyonbands/home Thanks for a great year! – Joel Naegele, Director
The sun is shining and summer is in the air. The English department has had a busy and productive year resulting in amazing publications, amazing students, and amazing learning for all. Congratulations to the Margins student staff and advisers Karly Bloom, Maurissa Moore, and Daniel Gonzales on the publication of Rock Canyon’s first literary and art magazine! The beautifully designed book includes students’ short stories, poems, essays, and artwork and will be published annually. Copies are available for $14.00 and will be sold during lunch until the end of the year. Students interested in submitting their work for next year’s issue or being a part of the student staff should see one of the advisers. Summer Reading Requirements for Advanced Placement and Honors English courses are available on the Language Arts webpage. You can access our webpage via the Rock Canyon home page. Language Arts Suggested Summer Reading List Entering Grade 9 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller Jr. The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte A Painted House, by John Grisham Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston Watership Down, by Richard Adams The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck The Hunger Game, by Suzanne Collins When You Reach Me, byRebecca Stead The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman The Giver, by Lois Lowry Holes, by Louis Sachar Mortal Instrument Series, by Cassandra Clare Non-Fiction Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
The Things They Carrried
Entering Grade 10 Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya The Bonesetter’s Daughter, by Amy Tan Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros Insomnia, by Stephen King The Kitchen God’s Wife, by Amy Tan Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens The Water is Wide, by Pat Conroy Non-Fiction Freakonomics, by Steven Levitt In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote The Last Shot, by Darcy Frey Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich Entering Grade 11 The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver Beloved, by Toni Morrison The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley In the Time of Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver Welcome to the Monkey House, by Kurt Vonnegut Band of Brothers, by Stephen Ambrose East of Eden, by John Steinbeck House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisnero Non-Fiction Another Planet, by Ellen Burkett Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissinger The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell Entering Grade 12 Catch-22, by Joseph Heller Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Oedipus Trilogy, by Sophocles The Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan Non-Fiction Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt My Losing Season, by Pat Conroy Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Nafasi Teacher Man, by Frank McCourt – Melissa Rosati, Department Chair
Language Arts teacher Kelly Kane's juniors, who just finished reading Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, have been working on service projects to aid groups who have served, are serving, or are families of those serving in any of the US Armed Forces. Students did a variety of projects: collecting cell phones for cellphonesforsoldiers.com, working to improve the Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, raising funds to create and mail care packages through anysoldier.com and Operation Gratitude (www.opgratitude.com), and conducting letter writing campaigns in grades K-12 within the Douglas County School District. Addtionally, through the help of Dr. Corinne Carlson and Mr. Jack
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for a great year! The Science staff has accomplished all it was required to do and so much more due to the hard work of our amazing students and the assistance provided by their parents. Without the cooperation of you at home for allowing an education space and time for your son or daughter to work on their studies, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish as much in our classes. Education must be valued by all: students, parents and teachers for it to be successful and we are fortunate at RCHS to have that alliance. We wish you all an amazing and safe summer! See you next year! Seniors: good luck in your next adventure! – Kristi Piccone, Department Chair
Fordham awarded grants
Science teacher Shawndra Fordham, has been awarded almost $5,000 by Qwest to buy equipment for her biotech classes so that students can do protein analysis using protein electrophoresis. Fordham, Rock Canyon Principal Kim Rauh, and Building Resource Teacher Sarah Pascoe attended a reception recently at the Governor's Mansion to celebrate her accomplishment. This is the second grant Fordham has been awarded this year for her biotech program. Earlier this year, Fordham received a grant from the Toshiba Foundation for almost $5,000 to buy a ‘clean room’ to create an authentic environment for biotechnology experiments. In addition, Fordham is one of 15 teachers in the state selected to receive the 2011 Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Recognition Award because she has shown what an incredible asset she is to our students and school community! She was nominated by a parent and will receive a $1,000 teacher directed grant for Rock Canyon as well as a $1,000 personal discretionary award. She was honored May 6 at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield.
Kennedy (retired English teacher), students were able to touch, feel, and even try on soldier's uniforms and taste MREs, experiencing the tastes of a meals made for soldiers. Students learned about what it means to serve in the armed forces in peacetime and in wartime. Most importantly, they have developed a real and genuine appreciation for the sacrifice these men, women, and their families make so that the rest of us can enjoy the freedoms we have. O'Brien's account of his tour during the Vietnam War and these hands-on experiences have helped to further shape our students into grateful American citizens.
The orchestras at Rock Canyon had a very successful and busy Spring. In early April we hosted our Rock Canyon Area Feeder Concert for all of the orchestra students in our feeder area. We had over 200 students performing in the gym and ended the night with a mass performance by all of the students in “Dance of Fire.” Later that week students from both orchestras traveled to Winter Park to compete in a music festival. They played a great performance and returned home with “Outstanding” ratings and “Best in Class” for orchestra. We also returned home with everyone in one piece after a weekend of skiing. A week later, both the string orchestra and the chamber orchestra performed for the CHSAA Large Group Ensemble Festival at Denver School of the Arts. The string orchestra received “Superior” (I) ratings on their performance and an “Excellent” (II) on their sight-reading. The chamber orchestra received “Superior” (I) ratings on their performance and sight-reading, and even left one of the judges with nothing to say but, “That was an excellent performance.” We are sad to see 13 seniors leave, but we have got exciting things planned for next year! – Alyssa McCollum, Director
The teachers in the World Language Department have some busy summer plans working and playing. Cate de la Garza, Erin Toews, and Courtney Luedtke-Bacon are taking a group of RCHS students to France and Spain in June. Cate de la Garza: After taking students to Europe, Cate will spend the summer traveling with her husband, spending time with her grandson Jackson, and doing homework for classes (She is working on a M.Ed. in Literacy at The University of Texas at Arlington). Erin Toews: After taking students to Europe, Ms. Toews will enjoy time with her fiancé. She will also attend the AP French workshop in August. Courtney Luedtke-Bacon: In addition to escorting the student trip, Ms. Luedtke-Bacon will spend her summer visiting family and friends in Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, and Washington. When she is not traveling, her goal is to read for fun poolside and hike the trails with her husband and dog. Chantal Pearson will be spending her third summer in Guanajuato, Mexico to complete her Masters Degree in teaching Spanish. She will be working on her Action Research Project. She can’t wait to finish and enjoy some well-deserved free time. Dayna Moore will be traveling to France & Italy in June with her family. She will also be busy keeping track of her three boys and going to many baseball games. Lauren Shoff will be getting married in June. When she starts school she will be Senora Nickell! This summer she will travel through Costa Rica and spend a lot of time cooking. Margaret Motz will have her first summer in awhile without wearing a cast or a boot! Ms. Motz will be busy gardening and volunteering at Project Angel Heart and the Refugee School. She is also going to London in July to celebrate her daughter’s graduation from the Colorado School of Mines. Carol McFarland will be a soccer and swim team mom again this summer. She is planning trips to her native southern California to visit her friends. She will also go to TableRock Lake, MO for some jet skiing and boating with her in-laws. Jack Song will play with his three kids, go on some road trips to the mountains, and go to Atlanta for a family trip and International Baccalaureate (IB) training in July. He will also spend time practicing Chinese cooking. We hope you all have a fabulous summer! – Dayna Moore, Department Chair
Social Studies would like to wish all students a happy summer. Social Studies wishes Ashley Tussing the best as she is leaving Rock Canyon. We have enjoyed working with her. Congratulations to Darren Withey for being named the new Department Chair. His duties will begin at the beginning of the new school year. 2011-2012 AP European History students should have met with Mr. Sapienza at the end of May for their summer reading assignment. Students should read chapters 11-13 in the Spielvogel Western Civilization textbook, 1350-present, 6-8th editions are available for purchase on Amazon.com, from former AP students, or from Mr. Sapienza. Mr. Sapienza’s book prices are $35 for used, and $78 for new. There are several documents that will be needed which are available on Mr. Sapienza’s website. Students will need 50 notecards per chapter as well as essays to write for each chapter. Some suggestions for the summer: Read a good book. Go to a good movie. Be nice to your parents. Visit a museum or two. Get some exercise. Get some rest. Have a few laughs.
Summer’s Here…But Stay Sharp!!! As we close out the school year, our thoughts drift to the fun and exciting events that we will be engaging in this summer. Mrs. Stevens is looking forward to some quality time with her daughters up in the mountains, while Mr. Gregory will be spending time fishing and working on his farm. If you find yourself on the beach in Coronado this summer, you might run into Mrs. Seaquist who will be relaxing with her family and catching up on some reading. Will there be any time for school this summer? Well of course!! As we teachers work on new ideas and lessons for the upcoming school year, we hope that your students will do something to keep their minds sharp over the summer. The English department recommends summer reading; likewise the math department encourages summer work. Worksheets will be available on several of the teacher’s websites in our math department. Even if your student does not know who his or her teacher will be next year, it would be a great idea to explore a few of the websites and try the worksheets that are applicable to the class that he or she is taking next year. OK that might be a stretch for some…so how about going online and finding some fun math game websites? For example, http://www.mathplayground.com/games.html has some algebraic reasoning games that require some thinking and are not boring paper and pencil monotony. We all know that kids play video games, so how about games that will keep their math skills sharp? Mrs. Stevens says, “Even doing puzzles like SUDOKU help keep the mind from getting lazy!” Mr. Munro has some words of wisdom too: “Remember, your brain is like a muscle; if you don’t feed it properly and work it out at least four times a week, it grows to be fat and lazy,” adding “There will be reviews to prepare my future students on my website. All my students should be able to complete those reviews prior to starting my class.” Students who take two months off from any type of critical thinking or practice will have a more difficult time when school begins in August. We would also like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to two of our math teachers, Mrs. Alberty and Mrs. Johnston. As they change course in their lives to stay home with their little ones, we wish them all the best and hope they know that we will surely miss their hard work and friendship. Hopefully this summer will be a restful, peaceful time for your family. – The Math Department
Volunteer Update The Volunteer
The Volunteer is one with a heart so sincere.
No task too large, no task too small, Who will help with anything at all. Who will be there in the morning light, Or help in the dark of night. The Volunteer, our extra hand, On whose future our Children Stand. Never anyone so dear as a Rock Canyon Volunteer ! by Margaret A. Francis As the 2010-2011 school year comes to a close I would like to thank all the Rock Canyon Parents and Community members in making this an outstanding year of volunteering. Rock Canyon had 3 regular volunteers in the counseling office, 7 student store volunteers, 5 committee chairpersons, 56 team parents that supported our coaches, 65 fine art volunteers and scores of parents that have helped in the classrooms, labs and field trips. In addition, 375 staff meals, snacks for 409 students taking the ACT test and cases of water were donated. Two hundred volunteers stayed up all night to help with After Prom and 475 families and friends donated and attended the Fashion Show, which is the fundraising portion of the After Prom.
Volunteers are seldom paid; not because they are worthless, but because they are PRICELESS!
– Author Unknown – Karen Brankin, RCHS Volunteer Coordinator
Summer Reading is a Fun Escape
Summer is here and while teenagers do need down time, they also need some structure and ideas for activities to keep them busy. It is important for both academic and social purposes that teens develop a love, or at least a “like” for reading. Reading for pleasure increases an individual’s vocabulary, improves spelling, grammar and reading fluency, exposes him to new viewpoints and insights, teaches valuable lessons, introduces new cultural and social perspectives, and provides a fun escape! Having reading material (not the internet) around the house from magazines and newspapers to books and reference materials provides the basis for reading for pleasure. Seeing adults in the home reading for enjoyment is the next step in creating a lifelong reader in your child. In addition, making sure that your child selects reading material on his own topics of high interest is key to developing a love for reading. There is a poster in my Literacy Office that reads: “I hate reading.” Below the title it continues: “This really means one of the following: I do not read well. I do not know where to find a good book. I do not want to increase my knowledge. I do not think that it is cool to read a book. I am bored. I will not accept a challenge. Challenge your child to find fun things to read for pleasure this summer. Start small with magazines or travel guides on topics of high interest to your child, then graduate to books on his favorite topics. I have provided links on the RCHS website to help you and your child find recommended reading lists for teens. On the RCHS website go to Parent Central. Once you are on the parent page, on the left you will see Literacy Connection. Check out the links there and I think you will find a wealth of ideas to get your child interested in reading this summer.
– Carol McFarland, RCHS Literacy Specialist
Library/Media Library Fundraiser
The “100 Envelopes” Library Fundraiser scheduled for National Library Week / April 10 -16th will be held in the fall. Look for details in the first 2011-2012 parent newsletter.
Library Book Charges in Infinite Campus
7 New Look for Library
The RCHS Library website will take on a new look for the 2011-12 school year. Check it out in August.
Because a number of students do not return their library books when they are due back, a system is set up to electronically charge students a replacement fee in Infinite campus when the book is more than 30 days overdue. As a courtesy, the library staff emails students overdue notices every Monday. After 30 days overdue, the replacement cost for the book(s) is posted to the student’s IC (Infinite Campus) account. Some miscommunication is occurring and some parents are paying for the books and students are also returning the book(s). Because RCHS promotes responsibility on the part of its students, we are soliciting some help from parents. Parents, please ask your student if he/she has lost the book or just forgotten to return it before paying the fee. This will eliminate extra work for RCHS staff and confusion for students and parents. Students should know that they can access their library account by logging in to the Douglas County Schools Library Catalog from the RCHS website to determine if they have overdue materials and/or fines. Their library log on is the same as their Infinite Campus and network sign on. The checkout period for library books is 3 weeks. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Stevens.
By the Numbers / RCHS Library 2010-2011
There were 13,072 books were checked out by RCHS students during 2010-2011. RCHS borrowed 337 books from other libraries in Douglas County Schools. The school’s circulation average is .83 books per student per month. More library books were checked out in November (2,109), September (1,796) and April (1,749) than other months. There are currently 12,771 materials in the RCHS library collection (10,786 different titles). This averages to approximately 7.9 books per student. The average copyright date is 2001. From August 2010 – April 2011, 435 classes used the library during the 2010-2011 school year. As of May 11, 39,997 students visited the library as follows: Before School 10,192 Passes During Classes 3,395 Access on Wednesday 3,054 Administrative Dismiss – 1st – 7th Hours 11,908 1st Lunch 4,926 2nd Lunch 4,259 After School 2,263
– Sharon Stevens, Librarian
After 29 years serving students, teachers, coaches and parents, Athletic Director, Coach and Educator, Bart Stevens is retiring. Bart Stevens, Rock Canyon Athletic and Assistant Principal, for the past 8 years, in June, will be entering the next chapter of his life. Stevens, who helped open RCHS, and the only athletic director the school has had, is a humble, kind man, who has always tried to do what is right, never taking the path of what is easy. Canyon News: Share highlights from your life as an athlete, coach, AD? Stevens: As a player in my junior year of college, I was ranked nationally as the #2 passer. As a coach my most exciting game was our 3 overtime victory over Albuquerque’s Cibola HS while coaching football at Farmington HS. It was declared the best and most exciting victory in the 100 year history of the school. Becoming a head coach at the age of 27 was also a highlight. While coaching at Fort Lewis College I got to coach against football legend Lou Sabin (University of Central Florida) in the Citrus Bowl, yet another highlight.
Dec., 2004, Stevens in the library with wife and RC librarian Sharon Stevens.
As an Athletic Director, highlights are facilities improvement at Douglas County HS and building a new school’s athletic program at Rock Canyon. Canyon News: What is your proudest moment as the Athletic Director at Rock Canyon? Aug., 2006 – ready for another great school year.
Stevens: Holding to the philosophy of treating everything, the 3As (academics, activities and athletics) as we shaped the school. We have shared this philosophy in all of our programs. Canyon News: What prompted you to build an athletic program from scratch?
2003-2011 Athletic Director/AP, Rock Canyon HS 1996-2003 Athletic Director/AP, Douglas County HS 1991-1996 PE Teacher, Head Football and Track Coach, Farmington HS 1985-1991 SPED Teacher, Head Football and Track Coach, Burlington HS 1982-1984 HPER Instructor, Assistant Football Coach, Fort Lewis College 1981-1982 Football and Basketball Coach, Air Academy
April, 2003, talking with a parent and students who would be part of the first RC class at the first parent information meeting.
Stevens: Challenge, I have always searched for the next challenge. When you have been successful in helping to build something from the ground, that gives great excitement and satisfaction. I have always been motivated to keep advancing. Canyon News: Who have been your favorite players to work with and why? Stevens: My philosophy has always been that it is more important to teach life lessons than to win trophies. My favorite players gave me feedback, sometimes several years after they were gone. Feedback would come in the form of letters, email and calls and they would be about the life lessons they had learned from me. My best feedback that I have gotten from players is that I am one of the most positive persons they have ever known.
May, 2009, giving praise to retiring security staff member Dan Navarro.
Canyon News: What about high school athletics has changed in your career and what has remained the same? Stevens: What has changed the most is that there is now too much emphasize on winning and not learning the real lessons of athletics - sportsmanship, team work, how to handle losing, being a good winner and loser. There is also much more pressure put on coaches by parents and the community. People forget that coaches are part of the educational system and are not professional coaches. What remains the same is that students still want to be involved and have fun in the sport they play. Canyon News: Who are your role models as a coach and as an Athletic Director?
March, 2006 Stevens writes on the new swimming events board in the main gym.
Stevens: Every coach I have been an assistant for has been a role model for me. I have tried to take the positives from each of them and tried not to make the mistakes they made. I am the sum total of everyone I have played and worked with. My biggest role model as an Athletic Director was Bill Farnsworth, my first athletic director as a coach. He made my transition as coach easy and he always supported me. I learned much by the examples he set. Canyon News: Can you describe your philosophy of working with coaches? Stevens: Be a supportive mentor. I struggled when going from being a coach to being an Athletic Director as I missed teaching student athletes. Educational Systems need Athletic Directors that truly understand what it is like to be a coach. The goal should be to never forget what it is like to be a teacher and a coach. Everything you do, though it may be the tough thing to do, must always remain the fair thing to do.
Stevens gives a band member a lift in the Sept., 2005 Homecoming parade.
I have decided to retire, hang up my cleats, at the end of this year. This has been a decision I have been contemplating for a few months and I have made it final. I have taught and coached for 14 1/2 years, and I have been an AD for 15. After 29.5 years, I have decided it is enough. I don’t like to call it retirement, but I will find more time to help and support my family as well as keeping my options open for work. I have been honored and grateful to have my position here at RCHS. The last 8 years have been very rewarding and I feel our programs are in good shape. There are always good and bad things that we all deal with, but overall, Douglas County has been a great place to work. I had a job which allowed me to provide for my family and the many relationships over the years will always be there. I’ve always tried to support all programs and be fair to all. I’m going to miss athletics, and the relationships with the kids, and the staff. I also know that everyone can be replaced, and that the hole in the glass of water fills up very fast when you take your finger out. Things will go on, and many things will even get better. There will be outstanding candidates who will be in line for the position as the Athletic Director/Assistant Principal here at Rock Canyon. Please continue to be supportive of our Academics, Athletics, and Activities. Rock Canyon started something special and with your support, it can continue and get better and better. – Bart Stevens
Canyon News: How did you manage to balance your athletic responsibilities with your personal life? Stevens: It is tough, sometimes you can’t make the balance. Times I felt I was only giving 10% of my time to my family. During off seasons I would try to give my family 90% of my time. To do this job and have a family, you need to have a very supportive family structure or you can’t do it for long. Canyon News: What are your plans for the future? Stevens: I want to spend more time with my wife Sharon and family. I now have more time to help them and give them support. I also hope to find some possible coaching positions.
One Last Note
Oct., 2004, Stevens and AP Van Selus perform at a school assembly.
SPRING PLAY CAST MEMBER EARNS ROTARY AWARD Ben Bush ’11, who appeared in the recent production of “Moon Over Buffalo,” received the Rotary Club of Lone Tree’s Outstanding Senior Award for RCHS at a recent luncheon. Ben was nominated based on his multi-faceted involvement in the performing arts including acting, tech theatre and choir. Ben, who is Drama Club president and a member of the International Thespian Society, has put in more documented hours in theatre over his four years than anyone in the history of Rock Canyon. He is one of only two who have ever earned the distinction of National Honor Thespian (his sister Kayla ’10, was the other.) He has taken every drama and tech theatre class available, while at the same time taking choir classes, participating in Men’s Choir, and being chosen to perform in the Continental League Honor Choir. Many events at RCHS have had Ben at the helm at the audio board including talent shows, concerts, dance company rentals and other shows such as Mr. Jag. Ben has also appeared in lead roles in Fiddler on the Roof, Aida, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Crucible and Grease. In Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig, Ben appeared as a nerdy weatherman who is shocked by the antics of a theatrical family. For the first time, there was a special “senior night” for the spring play, when graduating seniors could attend for free. The RCHS Drama Program is graduating 11 seniors this year, 9 of whom earned the right to wear ITS Honor Cords at graduation due to their 600 or more hours of meritorious work in theatre. The International Thespian Society is one of 7 honor societies on campus at RCHS.
Seniors Ben Bush and Jordan Fickling perform in “Moon Over Buffalo.” Photo by Kathleen Kennedy It’s been a busy spring for everyone, as the advanced drama class performed two nights of the full-length play, “Dearly Departed in April,” with two different casts. In addition, the Improv Club headed by Jacob Donaldson held an Improv Festival on April Fool’s Day to benefit tsunami victims in Japan. This was done in conjunction with the Key Club, and there were hilarious performances by teachers David Sapienza, Chris Page, Brent Handy, Cindy Baker, Suzi McKay, Daniel Gonzalez and Ross Costanzo. Over $700 was raised. The Drama Banquet held April 29 was a great success; four of the eight cast members of Moon Over Buffalo had their names inscribed on perpetual plaques: Jacob Donaldson and Jordan Fickling were awarded Drama Members of the Year, and both Ben Bush and Hayley Zulkoski were awarded “Best Thespian.” – Cindy Baker, Director
Cast and crew members of “Moon Over Buffalo” which ran May 12-14. Photo by Kathleen Kennedy
Summer Jump Start
The summer break provides many opportunities for our students to get a jump start on activities that will make their school year go smoothly. As always, we want to encourage you to have your child check their Naviance account weekly for emails from our counseling department. As a parent, we encourage you to set up your account in Naviance, as well, so you can access this phenomenal tool. Our future seniors should be following the timeline we have posted in Naviance under “Pages.” The timeline breaks down what they should be doing midway through their junior year all the way through graduation. Below is a synopsis of those activities: - Save a copy of parents’ income tax return to use in applying for financial aid. - Consider taking the SAT and SAT subject tests, if required by colleges. - Look into pre-college summer programs. See the “Enrich- ment” section in Naviance under “Colleges.” - Consider arranging an internship or job shadow in a career field that interests you. - Follow-up with teachers on letters of recommendation. - Discuss your college choices with your parents. - Visit prospective colleges. Look for “Questions to Ask” under Pages in Naviance. - Athletes should register for the NCAA Clearinghouse if they want the opportunity to compete in college sports. - Complete your community service hours and turn the paper work into the Counseling Office. - Fill out the “Letter of Recommendation Profile” in Naviance under the “About Me” tab so teachers can write you a great letter of recommendation. - Work on required college essays. - Conduct scholarship searches from the “Links” section in Naviance.
College Campus Visits
Summer is a great chance to take a vacation and tie a college campus visit into the trip. Although the true flavor of the college might not be as evident during the summer months, it still provides a great opportunity. It is recommended that you set up an appointment with the admissions office as opposed to just dropping in. Ask to visit with the financial aide department, take a tour of the dorms, sit in on a class, and possibly talk with a student who in currently enrolled in the same major of interest. We encourage students to ask lots of questions and take excellent notes so they can refer back to them when making their final decision the following spring. Here are some questions we recommend: • What do students like most/least about this school? • What are the students like here? • Percentage of classes with over 50 students? What is the average class size for a freshman? • Who teaches freshmen classes? • How accessible are professors outside of class? • What percentage of students graduate in four years? • What is the percentage of returning sophomores? • When do students have to declare a major? • What kind of freshmen transition support is there? • Are support services available to everyone? Do they cost? • What percentage of students live on campus? • How are roommates selected? What is the policy for chang- ing roommates? • Is Greek life central to campus social life? • What recreational facilities and student organizations are there for the activities I enjoy? • What percentage of students go home on the weekend? • How are faculty advisers assigned, especially before a major has been chosen? • How safe is the campus? What is on-campus security like? • Is there a safety escort or shuttle service for students return- ing to their dorms at night?
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What can you tell me about internships and study abroad programs? Do students get email and access to the internet? How available/accessible are computer labs? What services does the Career Placement Center offer? How do first year students choose their classes? These questions are also located in Naviance on the home page under “Pages”
Community Service Hours
Summer is a great opportunity to complete the required twenty hours of community service hours needed to graduate from any Douglas County School. Colleges and universities often place high value on community involvement and giving back to the community. It is a great idea to try and pursue a community service project that may provide an opportunity to also explore a career interest. Take a look at the Rock Canyon counseling website under Community Service to find a list of opportunities and the required form. Volunteer work must be for non-profit organizations. Students only need 20 hours to graduate, that’s only 5 hours each school year! We highly recommend they try to attain more than just the minimum as many scholarships place high value on community service.
During the summer months, many colleges and universities offer fabulous enrichment programs. It is a great way to check out the campus and get a sense of what attending that college would feel like. You can find these by looking into Naviance under College and “Enrichment.” There is a search bar you can type in specific career opportunities. You can also look at each individual college that you list in “Colleges I’m Interested In” and scroll down to see programs available. **No credit will be given for summer programs without prior approval from the high school principal.
Taking the time to set up a job shadow during the summer months is one of the most valuable experiences your son or daughter could have. Put the word out to your family, neighbors, and friends and help connect your child with someone working in the field your child is interested in. Coordinate transportation so your child can work along side a professional throughout an entire day to get to see what that career is really like. Encourage them to ask questions and send a thank you note to the person with whom they do the job shadow. In Naviance, students can also search careers and career clusters. Students can see what a career entails including a brief overview, knowledge and skills, tasks and activities as well as a wage chart for different states in the United States. CHECK IT OUT!!
Peer Counseling Program
RCHS Counseling Department implemented a Peer Counseling program in the 2010-11 school year and it was a great success! Peer Counselor I students are trained by School Counselors, Mrs. McMechen and Mrs. Perea, for one semester on various topics and issues. All students benefit from taking this class as it teaches life-long communication and helping skills, especially for those who plan on majoring in and/or working in helping professions. Students receive a .5 elective credit for the class and then go on to take Peer Counselor II, where they also receive a .5 elective credit. Peer Counselor students are trained to assist students with: academic issues, time management, problem solving, new student orientation, relationship issues, crisis situations, college and career planning. Overall, Peer Counselors help to affect a more positive, supportive climate for their peers. Students may come to the Counseling Office and request to see a Peer Counselor. – Marlaine B. McMechen
Three years ago, the tradition of seniors leaving their hand prints on the lower level wall was started. A different color of paint is used each year. May 13, senior check-out day, seniors leave one last mark on the school. Photo by Kathleen Kennedy
Busy Week for Seniors
The end of the school year, as usual, has been a blur. The Black & Gold yearbooks arrived, the last issue of “The Rock” came out, finals, AP tests, senior handprints, senior lunch in the parking lot, check-out, graduation ticket pick-up, senior reception, graduation practice, honors night, graduation, and saying goodbye to teachers and friends. Monday, May 16 was the Senior Reception, with science instructor Jeremy Newman the featured speaker. Tuesday morning was graduation practice at Shea Stadium, and Tuesday night was Academic Honors Night, with social studies teacher Lissa Staal the speaker. Wednesday morning was graduation, with 335 seniors receiving diplomas and listening to several speakers, including Tony Koy, math instructor, chosen by the senior class to deliver the commencement address. For the rest of the student body, it will be back to work on Thursday, preparing for finals on Friday, and the following Monday and Tuesday. And the last day for teachers will be May 25, once final grades are completed. We wish the Class of 2011 all the best, whether students will be attending college or other post-secondary institutions next fall, entering the military, or starting a career.
Outdoor Club offers students the opportunity to hike and climb [outdoors only] from April through the end of October. The club is a cooperative venture between Rock Canyon High School and the Boy Scout Venturing organization, the latter providing insurance for its volunteer leaders and co-ed students between the ages of 14 and 21. Sponsor, Eric Schmidt, has been climbing since 1986 and instructing students how to climb since 1995. This club gathers parents and students for breakfast at an area restaurant on Saturdays once or twice a month in order to arrange rides and meet everyone, including other adult volunteers. Parents then accompany their students and may provide rides for other students as well. The club provides all the necessary equipment, including ropes, shoes, helmets and harnesses. Students need only bring a lunch, sturdy shoes and rain gear along with their water and sunscreen. Student club membership is contingent upon the receipt of $35 for the annual fee, a permission/release of liability form and a Boy Scout Venturing application on file. Phone calls for climbing outings are usually made twice a month. There are never more than ten students taken on an outing. Students do not have to attend each and every outing. Registration for new students will begin again in August. Have a great summer! – Eric Schmidt, Sponsor
Seniors Laura Barrio Cheer 10, All State Academic First Team LorenzoBello Soccer 10, All State Academic First Team Lyndsie Berens Basketball 10, All State Academic First Team Allie Berger Swim 11, 5A All State 400 Free Relay, 8th place Swim 11, 5A All State 200 Medley Relay, 9th place Swim 11, All State Academic First Team Kaitlyn Bohus Cheer 10, All State Academic First Team Kristopher Brown Baseball 11, All State Academic First Team Victoria Broyer Cross Country 10, All State Academic Honorable Mention Sarah Bruner Cheer 11, All State Academic First Team Zachary Cambier Baseball 11, All State Academic First Team Vivian Chen Swim 11, All State Academic First Team Randall Click Baseball 11, All State Academic First Team Brendan Connolly Golf 10, Continental League First Team Golf 10, All State Academic Honorable Mention Golf 10, 5A State Golf Championships, 8th Place Sara Costello Basketball 10, All State Academic First Team Ivy Deibel Poms 10, All State Academic Honorable Mention Track 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Andrew Dodds Football 10, S. Metro Football League First Team Daniel Donat Soccer 10, All State Academic First Team Ryan Donat Soccer 10, All State Academic Honorable Mention Breanna Duran Soccer 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Sara Eldridge Poms 10, All State Academic Honorable Mention Tyler Ellison Football 10, All State Academic Honorable Mention Jaden Emmeluth Cheer 11, All State Academic First Team Conner Ervin Lacrosse 11, All State Academic First Team Lacrosse 11, Douglas County League First Team - Defensemen Misha Farris Gymnastics 10, All State Academic First Team Gymnastics 10, 5A State Competitor Valeria Gavidia Tennis 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Matthew Gilbert Baseball 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Nicole Givin Tennis 11, All State Academic First Team Marisol Gomes Tennis 11, All State Academic First Team Justine Gullia Gymnastics 10, All State Academic First Team Gymnastics 10, 5A State Competitor Hannah Gunther Softball 10, All State Academic First Team Softball 10, 5A State Runner-up Team Nicki Hansley Gymnastics 10, All State Academic First Team Gymnastics 10, 5A State Competitor Lacy Hardaway Soccer 11, All State Academic First Team Arielle Harrison Swim 10, All State Academic First Team Kyle Hawkins Basketball 10, All State Academic First Team Football 10, S. Metro Football League First Team Football 10, All State Academic First Team Kali Hengsteler Girls Ice Hockey, All State Academic First Team Sara Heyn Track 11, All State Academic First Team Kelsey Hofstetter Poms 11, All State Academic First Team Jessica Holley Swim 11, 5A All State 200 Free Relay, 8th place Swim 11, 5A All State 400 Free Relay, 8th place Swim 11, 5A All State 100 Free 11th place Matthew Hooker Football 10, All State Academic First Team Basketball 11, All State Academic First Team Robert Hooker Football 10, All State Academic First Team Lacrosse 11, All State Academic First Team Matthew Hopper Basketball 10, Continental League Honorable Mention Basketball 10, All State Academic Honorable Mention Football 10, S. Metro Football League First Team Basketball 11, Continental League First Team Leah Huber Cross Country 10, All State Academic First Team Chelsea Hudgen Swim 11, All State Academic First Team Sydney Hunter Volleyball 10, All State Academic First Team Parker Jackson Football 10, S. Metro Football League First Team Football 10, All State Academic First Team Lacrosse 11, All State Academic First Team Lacrosse 11, Douglas County League First Team - Midfield Alyssa Jones Golf 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Jake Jose Soccer 10, All State Academic First Team Daniel Jost Soccer 10, All State Academic First Team Avery Kauffman Girls Ice Hockey, All State Academic First Team Allison Kennedy Volleyball 10, All State Academic First Team Katie Kennedy Soccer 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Kali Kisch Swim 11, All State Academic First Team
Cameron Lindemann Football 10, All State Academic First Team Jacqueline Marthouse Cheer 10, All State Academic First Team Gabriel Martinez Cross Country 10, All State Academic Honorable Mention Kristen Mascoe Swim 11, All State Academic First Team Nathan McCubbin Basketball 10, Continental League Honorable Mention Basketball 11, Continental League Honorable Mention Basketball 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Anne Meyer Volleyball 10, All State Academic First Team Matthew Morgan Soccer 10, Continental League Second Team/ Defender Soccer 10, All State Academic First Team Rachel Nickell Cheer 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Austin Noyes Basketball 11, Continental League Second Team Kerry Oâ€™Connor Soccer 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Erik, Olson Cross Country 10, All State Academic First Team Lauren Packer Poms 10, All State Academic Honorable Mention Poms 10, All State Academic First Team Taylor Pettaway Softball 10, All State Academic First Team Softball 10, 5A State Runner-up Team Softball 10 , Continental League Honorable Mention Osgoode Philpott Tennis 10, All State Academic First Team Katherine Pokrant Basketball 11, All State Academic First Team Samantha Puccini Cross Country 10, All State Academic Honorable Mention Cooper Ryburn Lacrosse 11, Douglas County League Honorable Mention-D Mid Megan Sajbel Cross Country 10, All State Academic Honorable Mention Track 11, All State Academic First Team Sean Scanlan Soccer 10, All State Academic First Team Brooke Schneider Cheer 11, All State Academic First Team Kara Schweitzer Swim 11, 5A All State 100 Butterfly 11th Swim 11, 5A All State 200 Free Relay, 8th place Swim 11, 5A All State 100 Breaststroke 4th place Swim 11, 5A All State 200 Medley Relay, 9th place Marissa Seely Cross Country 10, All State Academic Honorable Mention Taylor Sheridan Football 10, South Metro Football League MVP Defensive Line Football 10, South Metro Football League First Team Kasey South Soccer 11, All State Academic First Team Drew Stormo Lacrosse 11, All State Academic First Team Lacrosse 11, Douglas County League First Team - Defensemen Madie Strimbu Cheer 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Victoria Stutzman Volleyball 10, All State Academic First Team Adam Sunshine Basketball 10, All State Academic First Team Basketball 11, All State Academic First Team Meghan Tietze Volleyball 10, All State Academic First Team Brianna Vail Cheer 10, All State Academic First Team Madison Vanderpoel Swim 11, 5A All State 200 Free 15th place Swim 11, 5A All State 200 Free Relay, 8th place Swim 11, 5A All State 400 Free Relay, 8th place Swim 11, 5A All State 200 Medley Relay, 9th place William Vanderpoel Swim 11, All State Academic First Team Melanie White Softball 10, All-Colorado Softball team Softball 10, Continental League Player of the Year Softball 10, Continental League First Team - Pitcher Softball 10, 5A State Runner-up Team Softball 10, 5A All State First Team Softball 10, All State Academic First Team Ali Will Cross Country 10, Continental League First Team Cross Country 10, All State Academic First Team Cross Country 10, 5A All State Competitor Track 11, All State Academic First Team Cross Country 11, 4A-All Regional Second Team Samantha Will Cross Country 10, All State Academic Honorable Mention Track 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Hannah Wilson Poms 11, All State Academic First Team Chloe Yarusso Lacrosse 11, All State Academic First Team
Juniors Mitchell Bakke Swim 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Abigail Baroffio Cheer 11, All State Academic First Team Rachel Branson Soccer 11, All State Academic First Team Taylor Broderick Tennis 11, All State Academic First Team Robert Broulette Golf 10, Continental League Second Team Golf 10, 5A State Competitor Weston Cangillaq Football 10, All State Academic Honorable Mention AJ, Cocetti Lacrosse 10, Douglas County League Honorable Mention-Face off Lacrosse 11, Douglas County League Honorable Mention-Face off Jacob Cohn Football 10, All State Academic First Team Basketball 11, All State Academic First Team Katie Cook Softball 10, All State Academic First Team Softball 10, 5A State Runner-up Team Brian Corliss Lacrosse 11, Douglas County League Second Team-MF Kendall Curtis Girls Ice Hockey, All State Academic First Team Trevor Dean Football 10, All State Academic Honorable Mention Hannah Dore Lacrosse 11, All State Academic First Team Connor Draper Tennis 10, All State Academic First Team Taylor Dunn Softball 10, All State Academic First Team Softball 10, 5A State Runner-up Team Softball 10, Continental League Honorable Mention Jacob Dysart Track 10, Continental League First Team Track 10, 4A All State Competitor Cross Country10, All State Academic First Team Aubrey Eggett Softball 10, All State Academic First Team Softball 10, 5A State Runner-up Team Madelyn Falk Cheer 11, All State Academic First Team Lawrence Finnerty Basketball 11, All State Academic First Team Baseball 11, All State Academic First Team Eli Fuchsman Wrestling 11, All State Academic First Team Adam Gerken Cross Country10, All State Academic First Team Lacrosse 11, All State Academic First Team Christopher Gibbens Baseball 11, All State Academic First Team Lauren Hahn Volleyball 10, Continental League Second Team /Outside Hitter Volleyball 10, All State Academic Honorable Mention Brian Hanshaft Soccer 10, All State Academic First Team Taylor Heckmaster Swim 11, All State Academic First Team Mark Hernandez Baseball 11, All State Academic First Team Shannon Howard Cheer 11, All State Academic First Team Emily Huber Track 10, 4A All State Competitor Track 10, All State Academic First Team Cross Country 10, All State Academic First Team Allie Johnston Golf 11, All State Academic First Team Connor Johnston Cross Country 10, All State Academic First Team Cross Country 10, Continental League Second Team Track 11, All State Academic First Team Kelley King Track 10, State Competitor Track 11, All State Academic First Team Michael Knoch Tennis 10, All State Academic First Team Issey Koelemeijer Tennis 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Hope Lytle Cheer 11, All State Academic First Team Orlando Martinez Cross Country 10, All State Academic First Team Torin McCue Track 11, All State Academic First Team Paul McNally Football 10, All State Academic First Team Thomas McNeily Football 10, All State Academic Honorable Mention Basketball 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Van Dross Meno Football 10, All State Academic Honorable Mention Nickolas Merrill Lacrosse 11, All State Academic First Team Lacrosse 11, Douglas County League Honorable Mention-L S Mid Meredith Micho Lacrosse 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Terra Miller Softball 10, All State Academic First Team Softball 10, 5A State Runner-up Team Softball 10, Continental League Second Team / Infield Tennis 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention
Kaylyn Mondschein Track 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention -Snook Cross Country10, All State Academic Honorable Mention Remy Mooney Softball 10, All State Academic First Team Softball 10, 5A State Runner-up Team Paige Morris Tennis 10, All State Academic First Team Maddie Mucilli Gymnastic 10, 5A State Competitor Gymnastic 10, All State Academic First Team Austin Noyes Basketball 11, Continental League Second Team April Oberkirsch Track 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Haley Olcott Track 11, All State Academic First Team James Owsley Football 10, All State Academic First Team Basketball 11, All State Academic First Team Taylor Phelps Swim 10, 4A All State Runner-up Team Lacrosse 10, Continental League Second Team Ashley Poindexter Cheer 11, All State Academic First Team Jeffrey Prior Baseball 11, All State Academic First Team Robert Purdy Track 11, All State Academic First Team Kaitlyn Purdy Track 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Samantha Pusar Poms 11, All State Academic First Team Eric Rabe Baseball 11, All State Academic First Team Christopher Safran Tennis 10, 4A State Competitor France Shea Swim 10, 4A All State 100 Back 11th place Gymnastic 10, 5A State Competitor- 16 place bars Gymnastic 10, All State Academic First Team Lucas Sophinos Basketball 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Taylor Staab Soccer 11, All State Academic First Team William Stopps Wrestling 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Christian Storch Lacrosse 11, Douglas County League Honorable Mention - Attack Ellen Strample Swim 11, 5A All State 1 mtr Diving 16th place Connor Strickland Lacrosse 11, All State Academic First Team Lacrosse 11, Douglas County League Honorable Mention-Defense Abby Szlachta Field Hockey 10, 5A All State Champions Lacrosse 11, All State Academic First Team Steven Theodore Cross Country 10, All State Academic First Team Track 11, All State Academic First Team Chloe Thorderson Basketball 11, Continental League Honorable Mention Basketball 11, All State Academic First Team Nicolle Turnock Tennis 11, All State Academic Honorable Mention Alexa Vareldzis Softball 10, All State Academic First Team Softball 10, 5A State Runner-up Team Michael Walters Lacrosse 11, All State Academic First Team Marissa West Cheer 11, All State Academic First Team Lauren Wetzel Tennis 11, All State Academic First Team Lauren Wood Soccer 11, All State Academic First Team Sophomores Nicole Cassou Wilkins Dismuke Lindsey Givin Josh Gardella Maddie Landis Shannon Lieber Allie McCloskey Marielle Renehan Andrew Romano Kimi Roth Morgan Storch Virgina Vaughan Eric Williams Brooke WakeField Erin Webb
Swim 11, 5A All State 200 Free Relay 8th place Swim 11, 5A All State 100 Breaststroke 9th place Lacrosse 11, Douglas County First Team-Attackmen Field Hockey 10, 5A All State Champions Golf 10, Continental League First Team Golf 10, 5A State Competitor Field Hockey 10, 5A All State Champions Softball 10, 5A State Runner-up Team Softball 10, Continental League Second Team Softball 10, 5A All State First Team Softball 10, All Colorado Softball Team Softball 10, Continental League First Team /Out Field Softball 10, 5A State Runner-up Team Swim 11, 5A All State 100 Breaststroke 11th place Swim 11, 5A All State 200 Medley Relay 9th place Golf 10, 5A State Competitor Golf 10, Continental League Second Team Basketball 11, Continental League Honorable Mention Soccer 11, Continental League Second Team Field Hockey 10, 5A All State Champions Football 10, South Metro Football League First Team Lacrosse 11, Douglas County League Honorable Mention-D Mid Softball 10, 5A State Runner-up Team Soccer 11, Continental League Second Team
Freshmen Zayne Blumberg Carrie Corbetta Kendall Koslosky Jordan Kramer Erin McClarie Lauren Pogue Phoebe Schneider Team Brooke Stormo Shen Lu Swartout Lexy Thorderson Lexy Thorderson
Softball 10, 5A State Runner-up Team Softball 10, Continental League Second Team Softball 10, 5A State Runner-up Team Basketball 11, Continental League Second Team Swim 11, 5A All State 400 Free Relay, 8th place Basketball 11, Continental League Honorable Mention Volleyball 10, Continental League Second Team/ Setter Cross Country10, Continental League Second Field Hockey10, 5A All State Champions Softball 10, 5A State Runner-up Team Basketball 11, Continental League Second Team Basketball 11, 5A All State Honorable Mention
Volleyball New Rock Canyon volleyball coach, Tess Rogers, would like to meet with the players and parents at a meeting on May 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the commons. We will have a mini UNC Site camp Volleyball camp on May 31 - June 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The camp will be taught by the UNC Assistant coach Tom Hunter. We are also planning to have open gym starting on July 7 every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. (times are subject to change to fit players schedules). Pre-season camp July 25-29 times TBA. Tryouts will be held on Aug. 16-18. I look forward to meeting the girls and their parents. – Tess Rogers, Head Coach
The varsity girls soccer team qualified for 5A state playoffs for the first time this year with a record of 6-5-4. Though we are younger than most of our competition, we had an excellent league record of 6-3-2. We took third place in league and earned a 17th seed in the State tournament. We were led emotionally by our three senior captains, Kasey South, Bre Duran, and Lacy Hardaway. We also had three players named to All-Conference: Kaycie Young 1st Team, Erin Webb and Morgan Storch 2nd Team. We look forward to representing Rock Canyon well in State. Go Jags! Our JV and Frosh-Soph teams also performed very well this year. Junior Varsity had an overall record of 6-4-4, finishing 3rd in the league, and the Freshmen finished 7-1-2 in the league capturing 2nd place. – Mat Henbest, Head Coach
Boys Lacrosse The Rock Canyon Lacrosse Program will once again be submitting a team in the Denver Shootout (June 17-19) and the DU Team Camp (June 23-26). In addition, we will be hosting our annual middle school and elementary school camp from June 13-16. We will be hosting at least one summer league team. – Louis Golden, Head Coach
Rock Canyon Girls Tennis finished 7-5 this season. This was our first season in 5A. With a new region, and new schools to play we did not know what to expect. We traveled to Loveland for Regionals where all but one team placed. This year I will be taking Two Doubles to state, Taylor Broderick and Kaitlyn Miller. This is the best season that we have had in three years, and we are so excited to continue to grow the program! – Kelly Page, Head Coach
The Girls Golf team took 2nd place at Regionals, just 3 strokesbehind Highlands Ranch. Allie Johnston, Carlie McAlister, Michelle Romano all qualified for state.
Jaguar Athletics 2011 Summer Sports Camps
Boys Basketball Camp Boys Basketball, “Little” Youth Camp Cross Country Pre-Season Football Pre-Season Conditioning Camp Boys Football Pass Around Speed and Strength Conditioning Camp RCHS Women’s Gymnastics Camp 2011 Jaguar Cubs Poms Clinic Boys Soccer Kick Around Boys Soccer Camp Boys Soccer Pre-Season Boys Lacrosse Camp Middle School Boys Lacrosse Camp Elementary Softball Pre- Season Camp Tennis Pre- Season Camp Volleyball Skills Camp for 5th -9th grades Volleyball Conditioning/Skills Camp for 9 - 12 grades Wrestling Camp To view these camps; Go to Rock Canyon Website http://www1.dcsdk12.org/secondary/rchs/redesign/HTML/ athletics/athletics.php Click on Athletic page Click on Summer Camp in the Left Corner Under “summer camps” you will find our Camp listings and the registration form. Please fill out the registration form and return it to Rock Canyon High School along with your camp payment. Please remember to write the camp title on your form and envelope!
The RCHS Poms teams completed tryouts for the 2011-2012 squads in mid-April. There are a few updates to the Poms coaching staff: Christina Leone will be the 2011-12 head coach, with Alicia Heimerdinger, as an assistant. Erin Marken will coach JV Poms. Poms will hire for the Freshman Poms coaching position at a later date. All three poms teams will attend and compete at a four-day dance camp June 20-23 at Regis University. The teams will work on routines and training through the month of June. Summer will also include team bonding and fund raising events.
Congratulations to the girls basketball team on their very successful season this year. The Varsity Girls finished with an overall record of 16-9, and finished with a 6-5 record in league good for 6th place in the conference, their highest league finish ever. Freshman Lexy Thorderson was selected by the Denver Post as a member of the 2011 5A All-State honorable mention selection team. Kendall Koslosky and Lexy Thorderson were voted Continental League second team all-leagues players. Erin McClaire and Kimi Roth were named to the Continental League honorable mention team. The team also set 13 team records this season and the players set 15 individual records for the season. Record setters were Erin McClaire (5), Chloe Thorderson (4), Kendall Koslosky (3), Lexy Thorderson (3) and Kimi Roth (1). With all of the starting roster returning next year, the Lady Jag Hoopsters are looking for even more success next season. Our JV Girls Basketball team was 8-11 for the season. All the girls were hard workers and really enjoyed learning how to play at a higher level. The girls basketball team will have open gym every Wednesday night in June. Please check our girls basketball website for more information. – Jeff Seaquist, Coach
Jaguar Student Awards 16 Journalism Journalism students received the following awards from Colorado High School Press Association for 2010-11: “Best of Colorado” 5A Newspaper Awards: In-Depth Sports Coverage - Honorable Mention Facing Page Design - 3rd place for the Dec. 2010 issue Teen Driving “It Won’t Happen to Me” Single Page Design - 2nd place for the cover of the April 1st issue “Best of Colorado” 5 A Yearbook Awards: Clubs/Organization Photo/Caption Honorable mention Sports Reaction Photo/Caption - Honorable Mention Chronological Spread - Honorable Mention Alt. Student Life Presentation - Honorable Mention Alt. Clubs/Organizations Presentation Honorable Mention Sports Spread - Honorable Mention Student Life Photo/Caption - 3rd place Environmental Portrait - 3rd place Theme Package Presentation - 2nd place Clubs/Organizations Spread - 1st place
Our students competed in 8 different events at the FBLA conference and it is the first time that all the students from a school received a top 10 medal. Tori Broyer - Electronic Career Portfolio 8th (out of 25 presentations) Masami Kondo-Pavish - Hospitality - 7th (out of 100) Robby Purdy - Hospitality - 5th (out of 100) Laura Romer - Business Communications - 10th (out of 100) Joey Wainwright - Cyber Security - 4th (out of 100) Steven Hardy - Tech Concepts - 8th (out of 100) Beau Kellam & Karl Ewald - Website Development - 7th (out of 25 presentations) Cody LaCouture & Paul McNally - Digital Design & Promotion - 3rd (out of 25 presentations) Meagan Stack - Public Speaking - 5th (out of 25 presentations) – Janna Robinett, Adviser
Hall top Automotive Student
Senior Brian Hall, took 1st place at state as a first year automotive student. It was a grueling 4 hour event that separated him from every other automotive student in the entire state of Colorado! He will be competing at Nationals in Kansas City during the month of June. Hall attened Bob’s Auto Tech program at Sheridan, one of the top 3 in the state. His head instructor was Bob Parmley.
Marthouse RC DCF Recipient Jackie Marthouse is the Rock Canyon recipient of the DCF Senior Student Award. The award is based on the following criteria: scholarship, creativity, responsibility, school and community involvement , and cooperation with students and teachers. Students are nominated by and voted upon by the staff.
Aubrey Eggett is the Rock Canyon recipient of the CU Boulder Outstanding junior award. This program identifies and recognizes Colorado’s most talented high school juniors, as well as their families, high schools, and communities. Recipients will receive a $1,000 scholarship that will be automatically added to their financial aid package, if they are admitted to, and enroll at CU-Boulder. Students selected for this award should exemplify academic excellence, leadership, school and community service, and have an interest in attending CU-Boulder. They should have a minimum GPA of 3.8 or higher.
2010-11 Tri-M Inductees
Seniors: Tanner Scurto and Madi Stimbu, Juniors: Lauren Burke, Emily Davies, Matthew Hopkins, Conner Johnston, Amy Morrison, Aubrey Purdy, Kevia Qu, Daylan Rinker, Sophomores: Bailey Bremner, Tiffani Clark, Ashly Kisner, Nicole McDaniel, Sierra Merrill, Dominique Pataroque, Lauren Wearsch, Yuko Wiersma.
Mikaela Merrill has been awarded the Rock Canyon Administrator’s Scholarship. A senior at each DCHS is given the award based on academic excellence, extra curricular involvement and financial need.
In February, the Rock Canyon TSA attended the State TSA Conference at the DTC Marriott. RC students had amazing results. In Technology Problem Solving, Nathan Cook and Kevin Padavic came in first place. In Demand Video, Ryan Blanchard, Nathan Cook, David Nelson, Andrew Lehrman, and Kevin Padavic came in first place. In Digital Video Production, Ryan Blanchard and Kevin Padavic came in second place. Our chapter’s highlight of the school year will be attending the annual national conference in Dallas, Texas. The TSA national conference is packed with competitive events and challenging activities that foster personal growth and leadership development. Each year TSA members are offered these and many more opportunites at the national conference. – Christy Street, Adviser
Jag Students of the Month
Each month staff members nominate and vote on students who exemplify the mission of RCHS, “To Empower, To Explore, To Encourage, and To Excel in Education.” Normally, two seniors and two students from the rest of the student body are chosen. The students are honored at the monthly staff meeting. March Katie Kennedy ‘11 Tanner Scurto ‘11 Roy Duncan ‘11 James McCarthy ‘11 Francisco Vazquez de Mercado ‘13 Max Frishman ‘ 14 April Jordan Fickling ‘11 Matthew Jones ‘11 Sydney King ‘12 Rachel Edelman ‘12
May Heather Pernell ‘11 Jeremian Jekich ‘11 Jessica Lynn ‘12 Megan Cooney ‘13
National Merit Qualifiers
Juniors Katherine Austin, Dylan Lanka, Kaitlyn Sutherland, and Ye Xu are among fifty thousand students who have made the first cut in the National Merit competition. In October 2010, approximately 1.5 millon U.S. high school students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®.) Students will be notified in September if they have made it on to the next level of semifinalist.
2010-11 National Honor Society Inductees
Juniors: Abby Baroffio, Matt McNichols, Katelyn Lillard, Rachel Branson, Shannon Howard, Sean Swierczewski, Andrew Charap and Chritopher Gibbens. Sophomores: Srish Sharma, Taylor Deck, Steven Sattem, Sydney Powell, Trevor Marshall, Kaylyn Riggs, Megan Cooney, Eric Jung, Jacqui Hemphill, Kelsi Oddo, Blake Greiner, Bailey Bremner, David Boldt, AJ Hilzer, Riley Fuhrman, Alexis Svenson, Christopher Crum, Meagan Stack, Hope Whitworth, Sydney Qui, Ashley McCubbin, Nicole McDaniel, Alma Eichie, Brian Goldberg, Sarah Rosenkrans.
Congratulate the following students for qualifying for Nationals: Cody Ann LaCouture - Apparel and Accessories and Masami Kondo-Pavish - Principles of Marketing Congratulations to junior Paul McNally, who will serve on the Colorado State DECA Officer Team next year.