Vol. 10, No. 3 May, 2013
Rock Canyon High School • The School That Leads • A Douglas County School
Happy 10th Birthday,
Photo by Michael Shapiro ‘14
From Principal Andy Abner
There is much to celebrate at the end of this school year. RCHS has just turned 10 years old and with this monumental birthday we have looked back and marveled on what we have become.
Approximately 11 years ago, Dan McMinimee was hired as the Principal of High School #7. Dan began planning and hiring his staff which would be the foundation of this great school. Over these past years this community has continued to build upon a foundation and a vision of excellence. We now have a reputation as a high school which prides itself on striving for excellence in Academics, Athletics and Activities. While we realize there is always room for growth and improvement, we also realize that we have
CONTACTING US The Canyon News is printed 3 times during the school year. Publisher is Principal Andy Abner. Editor is office manager Kathleen Kennedy. RCHS is located at 5810 McArthur Ranch Road in Highlands Ranch, CO 80124. The School That Leads Mission Statement: To Empower, To Explore, To Encourage and To Excel in Education. School mascot: Jaguar. School colors: Black and Vegas Gold. Telephone numbers: main office: 303-387-3000, 24 hour attendance line: 303-387-3002, fax: 303-387-3021, counseling: 303-387-3022
become a stronger school community every year. As we prepare to say farewell to the Class of 2013 we must certainly stop to consider and recognize how they have strengthened this school over the past 4 years. This class has helped build this school to a greater level of excellence than ever before. This graduating class has granted wishes, competed, won and reached their dreams and goals. Many have been awarded scholarships and received acceptance to colleges and universities of their choice all of over the Unites States. This year we have our second Boettcher Scholar. We have two appointments to the Air Force Academy and we have a long list of seniors who have not only placed at the top of the state with various competitions but who have gone on or will go on to represent Rock Canyon in national competitions. We have the highest number of seniors who will be graduating with honors. We could not be happier with the outcomes for the Class of 2013 and we look forward to what these amazing young men and women will accomplish in their future. I am honored to be the principal of Rock Canyon High School and, more importantly, I feel a great sense of pride for our community of parents, students and teachers. The long list of accomplishments that follows the class of 2013 is the culmination of efforts that started in our feeder schools 13 years ago and with families some 17-18 years ago. I welcome the RCHS community to join me in my Jaguar pride. This is truly an exceptional time of celebration for an exceptional community.
Staff Moving On We say goodbye to the following staff members, whether retiring or moving on to new opportunities. Best of luck and thank you for all that you have contributed to the Rock Canyon community. Joan Cloud, Mathematics John Cronican, Security Daniel Gonzalez, Art Libby Lee, Mathematics Maurissa Moore, Language Arts Melanie Perea, Counseling Gina Stevens, Mathematics Sue Young, Counseling
RCHS Class of 2013
Ellen Maria Cecilia Ahlberg Jonathan David Allen Virginia Lee Allen Virginia Lee Allen-Dickerson Arielle M. Amos Rachel Lauren Anderson Braden Michael James Anton Deanne Merritt Apke Bayleigh Elizabeth Arey Jacob Steven Armstrong Luke Takashi Armstrong Sean Michael Babcock Mackenzie Faye Bacon Desiree Nicole Bakker Geoffrey Raj Llewelyn Ball Krista Marie Barry Austin Tanner Beane Adam David Beede Rachel Margaret Behnke Hope Kendall Bell Sophia Benosman Karli Taylor Benson McKenna Lynne Benson Casey Nicole Bergeron Colin Michael Edward Biebel Michael Christopher Blanton Johanna Kathleen Bloom Benjamin Arne Bochner Kevin Michael Bogard Allison Nicole Bohus David James Boldt Christina Maria Bommarito Joseph James Bond Annabel Lee Bonner Ryan Joseph Boryla Brooke Mikelle Boyles Bailey Rhiannon Bremner Taylor Anne Broschat Mandy Marie Brown Kyle Richard Broyer Ashley Elizabeth Brunatti Abby Renee Buckland Allison Genevieve Buckley Andrea Danielle Burdon Edgar de la Torre Butzloff Nicholas John Caffrey Samuel McLean Cahill Colby Edward Cameron Brian Austin Canitz Kaitlin Miranda Carrasco Ariel Cartin Carter Paul Cashion Dominique Erinn Casias Nicole Louise Cassou Cecilia Elizabeth Castro Luis Daniel Castro Dylan Patrick Centola Chancellor Austin Champine Sydney Barbara Charvat Nicole Christina Chirban Kennedi Lea Christensen Tiffani Leandra Clark Carston Fleming Clay Alexander Ryan Coe Morgan Lee Colander Joshua Michael Cole Sean Daniel Colter Brandon Dean Cooke Megan Siobhan Cooney Bryan Keith Craver Adam John Cree Christopher Michael Crum Nikole Renae Cumpston Lawrence Alexander Dâ€™Agostino III Nicholas Andrew Dagner Alysan Sharmay Dahl Benjamin Fusatani Daley Matthew John Dalton Henry Alan Dau
Alexander Reid Davenport Jerry Allen Davis Jr. Walker Scott Davis Taylor Rose Deck Angelica Catherine DeFranco Ari Nicole DePaola Andrew Scott DeSilvey David Joseph DiPetro Wilkins Gray Dismuke Drew Coleman Dodd Jennifer Rose Druva Lily Ruth Duffy Curtis Timothy Duncan Andrew Thomas Dunn Miranda Cheri Dunn Aimanehi Amisetu Eichie Andrew Jeffrey England Brock William Engle Jake Woodall Erickson Meredith Lyons Evilsizer Austin Robert Fabry Alexandra Kay Fairchild Abigail Lynae Fast, in memoriam Darrian Raquel Felsen Payton Nicole Fields Sidney Rae Fleecs Jonah Lee Flores Blake Adam Foley Colin Robert Foley Kyle Andrew Forrester Courtney Jean Frahm Brendon Dean Frazier Ian Thomas Frazier Alexander Roy French Riley Joseph Israel Fuhrman Joshua Andrew Fuller Loren Taylor Gaby Justin Lee Galbraith Brooke Taylor Gallagher Joshua Michael Gardella Jolene Leigh Giess Danielle Marie Gilbert Saylor Masotti Gilbert Cameron William Gill Lindsey Jean Givin Hannah Bucani Go Brian Robert Goldberg Diego Trigoso Gomes John Dominic Gordon Zoey Britton Gray Connor Glenn Green Kelly Lauren Grega Blake Nicholas Greiner Caleb Benedict Guiffre Adrienne Elizabeth Gullia Lindsey Leigh Hackbarth Allison Camille Hadjis Kelly Ann Hagan Hannah Elizabeth Hagen Jennifer Lynn Haigh Zachary Allan Hallett Karianna Noelle Hannon Cassandra Teal Hardy Alexander James Harlan Kevin Phillip Harris Taylor Ashton Harrison Thomas Paul Harrison Trevor Wayne Hartwig JonCharles Emiliano Hawkins James Prentiss Haworth Chad Everett Hayward Austin Jacob Healy Jordan Jonathon Hegre Jordan Rochelle Heifetz Sarah Jean Heimbrock David Joseph Heller Jacquelyn Danielle Hemphill Luka Ashton Henderson Tyla Louise Frumerin Henderson Jacob Francis Henry Adam John Hilzer
Luke Gabriel Hoffmann Natalie Rose Jean Holthaus Jordyn Rene Hopkins Brooke Abigail Horsting Stacee Mara Horwitz Chase Richard Hougland Ryan Duane Howard Chandler Marie Hughes Hannah Margaret Hughes Christina Ashley Hulett Katlyn Marie Humbarger Mallorie Renee Ihme Charlene Rae Jackman Madison Kate Jackson Kaitlin Elizabeth Jarrell Curan Del Jasbeck Ty Micah Hans Jensen Vida Julia Elin Johansson Tianna Karyn Jordahl Jared Scott Jordan Eric Lee Jung Greyson Fredrik Junggren Collin Patrick Kallery Carlie Anne Kapp Elias James Katsoulas Ashlyn Elise Keil Erik Nicholas Keil Grant Laurence Keller Quinn Catherine Kennedy Allison Margaret Kerth Kayla Rose Kesler Austin Garrett Kiel Ashley Nicole Kisner Kyle Joseph Knight Madeline Noel Landis James Ryan Landrum Nathan John Lang Dylan James Lanka Brandon Rod Larsen Axel Gustaf Larsson Riley C Lawlor Maxwell Yunqiao Lee Henry Charles Lena V Scott Bogdan-Lucian LeVigne Shannon Nicole Lieber Kelsey Paige Lindemann Evan Christopher Lisano Davis Byrne Livingstone Daren Michael Lobben Jake Mitchell Locker Maddison Renee Long Stephanie Marie Lucas Jonathan Wayne Lusk Katie Morgan Mackey Aimee Alexandra Madera Jaquez Emily Manganello Jeffrey Glenn Manion Kevin Lawrence Mansfield Ann Caroline Manto Stephanie Lynn Marcus Spencer James Marshall Trevor Bennett Marshall Elizabeth Elvia Marthouse Joshua Michael Martire Sachin Chandra Mathur Makayla Jordon McBride Caitlin Ann McCann James Michael McCarthy Allison Marie McCloskey Ashley Therese McCubbin Nicole Lilik McDaniel Alexis Elizabeth McKenzie Jenna Lynn Meibos Lara Caitlin Melkjorsen Stephanie Mendez Bryan Edward Metze Justin Ronnie Michaeli Amanda Claire Miller Morgan Judi Miller Robert Louis Monroe Eli Christian Montano
Sara Katherine Moore Carli Marie Moran Kailyn Noelle Morrato Andrew Benjamin Morris Nicholas Patrick Mueller Jenell Lee Murphy Taylor Drew Murphy Markus Wolfram Navo Hayden Reed Neff Kayla Sheree Neil Austin Everett Nelson David Paul Otis Nelson Justin Gregory Nelson Olivia Ann Nelson Allie Jacqueline Newell Michael Edward Newman Sarah Nicole Norris Kelsi Marie Oddo Bryson Michael Olejnik Kerstin Orgill Serina Marie Owens Ashley Park Anthony James Passerella Thomas John Pastore Dominique Tan Pataroque Hannah Taylor Patton Jacob Guy Patton Lauren Evelyn Payne Alek Hunter Paul Peters Jordan Bradley Peters Hannah Camille Peterson Joshua Ryan Peterson Mia Nicole Piccolotti Lauren Paige Posey Sydney Noelani Powell Tyler David Powers Anastasia Danielle Quarles Sydney Michelle Qui Taylor Blake Rauer Thomason Sara Ashley Rawson Christopher Robert Reed John Marks Rehl Samantha Teresa Reiman Morgan Taylor Richmond Trent Charles Riddle Jacob W Riedel Kaylyn Michelle Riggs Lindi Nicole Riley Matthew Robert Ringenberg Randy Phillip Ritter Rachel Nicole Roberts Justen Robert Roecker Mae Antie Rohrbach Andrew James Romano Sarah Katherine Rosenkrans Kaitlin Nicole Ross Cory James Rossi Kimberlee Ann Roth Sydney Leah Roth Morgan Louise Royal Benjamin Paul Ruh Mitchell Spencer Rush Austin Bruce Ryburn Tristan James Sagar Monica Renee Sandoval Logan James Sant Zachary Chance Sartor Steven John Sattem Dillon Alexander Savich Kevin Christopher Schmeits Aimee Nicole Schnebeck Mason James Schneider Quincy Regan Schurr Courtney Michelle Scott Jordon Shianne Scott Srish Kumar-Bhandari Sharma Michael Brent Shepard James Sherrard Sherrill William Michael Showers Savannah Stewart Slifer Faith Grace Smith
Jacob Matthew Smith Matthew John Sneider Chaison Knight Snyder Erin Lee Snyder Coleman Michael Squalls Meagan Elizabeth Woloch Stack Ciara Christine Stamper Zachary John Stazick Nicholas Randall Corie Steenhoek Ryan Jeffrey Stewart Camille Josephine Stillman Morgan Sara Storch Cameron Buck Streich Ty Waverly Strimbu Brittany Strosahl Bradley Thomas Stroz Alexis Leah Sunshine Erin Katherine Sunshine Alexis Rae Svenson Matthew Grant Tannyhill Zoe Leigh Tartz Steven Taylor Taschner Trevor James Tatum Amy Lynn Taylor Samuel Bradlee Taylor Taylor Blake Thomason Emily Frances Thornburg Abigale Christen Thumann Dylan Edward Tibby Jenny Thi Tran Trang Hoang Tran Derrick Edward Trotman Wesley Quang Khai Truong Kyle Robert Typher Hunter Cole Tyson Alison Kathleen Sabri Uralli Ryan Peter Uselman Ian Luke Vail Brandon John Varland Kassidy Michelle Vatter Virginia Sutton Vaughan Francisco Vazquez de Mercado Lauren Emily Veltri Kevin James Vest Brooke Mariah Wakefield Jacob Ronald Walker Kiana Maureen Wallon Garrett Michael Waltermire Claire Elyse Walton Claire Wang Jake Deane Warnecke Jackson Voss Watkins Lauren Mikayla Wearsch Erin Elizabeth Webb Carli Jordan Webber Lucas Wood West Merrick James Wheeler Samantha Marie Louise White Taylor Bradley White Madison Elizabeth Whitten Hope Lindsey Whitworth Yuko Elizabeth Wiersma Ty Christopher Wiest Maximillian Johann Will Eric Daniel Williams Taylor Reneigh Williams Bailey Catherine Wilson Nickolas Aaron Wilson Claire Suzanne Wilt Cambel Riley Winkler Bennett Scott Yasskin Peter Yeung Syrus Von Yeung Thomas Sung No Yi Summer Abou Youssef Dylan Joal Zbylski Daniel Charles Zdeb Nicholas Charles Zdeb Nicholas Alexander Zindel Spencer Dean Zulkoski
Summer Office Hours
Not returning to RCHS?
Open 8:00 a.m. to noon or by appointment: June 3-6, 10-14, 17-20, July 15-18, 22-25, 29-Aug 1. Closed, the office will be closed: June 7, 14, June 21 through July 12, July 19, 26, Aug. 2.
Parents, if your student(s) will not attend RCHS in the 2013-14 school year, please inform the registrar as soon as possible at 303-387-3032 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Online check-in is mandatory before students can attend class. It will be open for parents of RCHS students July 22 through Aug. 2. We do appreciate you taking care of this as soon as possible. You will need to log on through your Parent Portal account to access check-in. If you have forgotten your user name or password, please select “Problems logging in” on the login page of IC. Enter your email address. The system will email your user name and password information - provided you have the same email address that is in Infinite Campus. If your email address has changed, please contact, polly.poindexter.dcsdk12.org to have it updated in IC. We will e-blast the link you will need by July 22. You will also find the link on the RCHS website. All families must complete all forms through the express check-in process using their Parent Portal login and password. There will be no checkin at the school. No fees need to be paid at check-in. Invoice notices will be emailed after Sept. 1.
Important Dates for 2013-14 (Please note, dates are subject to change.) Aug. 12 Aug. 13 Aug. 20 Aug. 28 Sept. 2 Sept. 27 Oct. 11 Oct. 14 - 18 Oct. 23 & 24 Nov. 1 Nov. 27 - 29 Dec. 16 - 19 Dec. 20 - Jan. 3 Jan. 17 Jan. 20 Feb. 14 Feb. 17 March 12 March 21 March 24 - 28 April 25 May 23 May 26
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.
First day of school for freshmen Picture day for all students All students report to school Athletic information night Back-to-School night Labor Day, school closed No school for students, PDD No school, end of quarter No school, fall break Parent-Teacher conferences 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. No school for students, PDD No school, Thanksgiving break First semester finals Winter break No school for students, PDD MLK Holiday, school closed No school for students, PDD President’s Day, school closed Parent-Teacher conferences 3:30 - 8:00 p.m. No school, end of third quarter No school, spring break No school, offices closed 2014 Graduation Memorial Day, school closed
Rock Canyon High School 2013-2014 Monday (1,3,5,7) "ODD"
Tuesday (2,4,6,8) "EVEN"
Wednesday (1,3,5,7) "ODD"
Thursday (2,4,6,8) "EVEN"
Friday (All Periods)
94 min periods/ 39 min. lunch
94 min periods/ 39 min. lunch
94 min periods/ 39 min. lunch
94 min periods/ 39 min. lunch
40 min periods/40 min. lunch
Late Start - Tuesday Late Start - Monday 2013-14 Bell Schedule
on three Late Start - Wednesday
As you most likely are already aware RCHS has been operating on a new schedule this school year. After living the new bell schedule for the first semester this school year we sought student and faculty feedback on areas in which it may be improved. The most prominent theme of the feedback we received was in regards to consistency. You will notice that all periods begin and end at the same time Monday through Thursday in the 2013-14 Bell Schedule. Instead of operating
schedules do this year we have reduced Late as Startwe -Thursday Late Start -Friday it to two, Block Days and 8 Period Days. Another theme was the lack of school wide communication. We have built in time for RCTV Monday through Thursdays. Lastly we heard how disruptive school assemblies can be to the instructional minute balance. We attempted to solve this problem by having our All Period Day on Friday so that Advise / Access can be substituted with Assemblies as needed thus keeping instructional minutes as they are. We are confident that we have improved our schedule based on student and faculty input.
We support all learners
Spring has been a busy time for RCHS’s special education department. Here’s just a few things that have kept us learning: • Students from the SSN room have logged 3 hours a week learning job skills at Duke’s Steak House in Castle Rock • Over 50 students received accommodations for standardized tests including TCAP and ACT • Thirty transition meetings were held with sending middle schools to welcome incoming 9th graders for fall, 2013 • More than 100 IEP meetings have been conducted since August • Twenty-two students have been motivated in Why Try groups • Support through Family Change Group has been important for 15 students • Five Student Assistance Teams have created interventions for struggling students • Over 30 classes have been supported by special education staff • Two Unified Sports seasons were completed • More than 20 students on IEP’s will graduate this May Thank you to our teachers, administrators, students and parents for helping make a RCHS education accessible to every student! – Nicole Amidon, Department Chair
Above, Dr. Carlson’s honors chemistry class. This was the 8th annual tie dye lab and it has grown from two classes to over 400 students. On Tie Dye Tuesday current and former chemistry students proudly wear their tie dye creations. Left: The chicks are learning to perch and the students decided to train them on the chemistry ring stands! This is the last year our beloved chick project will be offered in AP biology due the new College Board curriculum. The chick project will be done in Zoology starting in the fall. Bottom left: In AP Biology, DNA was extracted from strawberries last Valentine’s Day. Notice the manicure! Students spent the year working through College Board’s new curriculum and took their AP exam May 13. Along with the new curriculum is a new exam format, more like that of an ACT.
Attitudes are contagious
This saying is demonstrated over and over in the math department. Mandi Zimmerman, the head of the department, was awarded the 9News “Teachers Who Care” award. With thousands of teachers in the Denver area, saying that receiving this award is “impressive” is quite the understatement. The other teachers in the math department have followed her lead. There were many nominated for the Douglas County Apple Award. Others were recognized for writing proposals for grants which resulted in thousands of dollars being invested into supplies for the math department (an entire cart of Google Chromebooks)! The RCHS math department battled through adversity and had more recognition this year than any! Student results confirm this. We plan on setting the bar at this already-high expectation and exceeding our mark again next year! – Matthew Peharda, Math Teacher
Photos by Corrine Carlson
Exploring & excelling in the sciences
Rock Canyon Science department has had a wonderful and busy year with all of our amazing students. We would like to thank you all for your diligence and your desire in learning science. We hope you have enjoyed the experiences, field trips, activities and labs as much as we have enjoyed watching you participate in them. In our most current and longest-running Rock Canyon tradition, we had very successful tie-dye days with so many very creative patterns being showcased on Tie-dye Tuesday. Rock Canyon teachers work hard to establish labs and activities that help our students to engage in their understanding of the concepts and not merely sit back and listen to content. We love to see the fruits of their labor with each activity. Finally, we began a new tradition this year, the RCHS STEM Certificate program. Even though the majority of our many interested students fall in the underclass grades, we did actually award three seniors with STEM Certificates: Quincy Schurr and Camille Stillman with the RCHS STEM Certificate and Bailey Bremner with the RCHS Honors STEM Certificate. Our hats go off to these two young ladies for putting in the extra time and effort to accomplish this great feat in such a short period of time. We look forward to the vast numbers of students who will earn this certificate next year. – Kristi Piccone, Department Chair 5
Students recognized in counseling: Congratulations to the winners of the Counseling Department Student of the Year Award: Senior Prent Haworth, Junior Brooke Stormo, Sophomore Chase McDaniel, and Freshman Makenzie Estep. Summer Counseling hours: Counseling office hours this summer will be Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The office will be closed the last week of June and the first two weeks of July. If you need to contact the Counseling office, call 303-387-3022. Registrar information: If families are moving out of the attendance area or are making another choice for school 2013-14, please let RCHS Registrar Polly Poindexter know as soon as possible. Records requests will not be granted without proper withdrawal procedures. Polly.Poindexter@dcsdk12.org , phone 303-387-3032 or fax 303-307-3021. Welcome new RCHS Counselors: We are thrilled to have two counselors, Mrs. Pamela Cheeseman and Mrs. Gina Zelkin, join our team in starting this August. Pamela Cheeseman has an M.S. in School Counseling from the University of Phoenix. Her counseling approach models person-centered counseling. Pamela believes that if a student is provided with an appropriate environment of acceptance, warmth, and empathy then that student will flourish in all areas of life. In Pamela’s spare time she enjoys reading, shopping, and spending quality time with family and friends. Pamela is excited to be a member of the Rock Canyon Counseling team and we are excited to have her! Gina Zelkin has Masters in School Counseling from the University of Sarasota, Florida. After spending seven years in Bermuda, her family relocated to Colorado to enjoy the mountains and outdoors. Gina has spent the past seven years a counselor at Lewis-Palmer High School in Monument, Colorado. She is thrilled to be joining the counseling team at Rock Canyon High. Gina’s family is excited to be moving to Highlands Ranch because they consider it to be such a wonderful community. Gina’s favorite part of being a counselor is working with the wonderful students and families that come her way. We are thrilled to have Gina as a part of our Counseling team! Gina and Pamela will take the positions formerly held by Susan Young and Melanie Perea. Ms. Young is retiring and Mrs. Perea has taken a position as a counselor at Legend High School. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors and are grateful for their years of service at Rock Canyon. Counselor caseload split by student alpha: Due to an increase in enrollment, a slight adjustment to Counselor caseloads have taken place. Please see below which counselor your student is assigned to: Gina Zelkin……………students with last names of A – Di Marlaine McMechen….students with last names of Do-Je Michael Sullivan...……students with last names of Ji-Mi Pamela Cheeseman…...students with last names of Mo-Se Dan Davies……………students with last names of Sh-Z
2013-2014 student schedules availability: Student schedules will be available to view in Infinite Campus beginning July 1, 2013. If there is an issue with your student’s schedule, please note that School Counselors will be on summer vacation and will answer questions and emails about schedule changes at their earliest convenience upon their return to school on August 5, 2013. Please note: • Counselors will not adjust schedules to accommodate off periods. • AP drop requests will not be addressed until the 1st two weeks of school in August and will require an AP Drop Request form be completed and turned in to Megan Brown, AP Coordinator. • Elective change requests will not be addressed until the first week of school. • Teachers should be the same across semesters. • If your student didn’t get an elective or core class that they requested, it is more than likely because: 1. it is on their 2nd semester schedule, which is typically not available for viewing until December. 2. the course has reached the maximum number of students 3. the course is offered the same period as another course that your student requested. Both classes are more than likely only offered that period. If that is the case, please prepare your student to choose one of the two courses. They will also need to pick another elective to replace the course in conflict. Peer Counseling Program: Peer Counselors (PCs) are our “peer ambassadors” who are trained in basic counseling skills, peer tutoring, and assisting new students and at-risk students. In the fall semester, incoming PCs take the Peer Counseling I course, which trains them in listening, reflecting, and understanding the various challenges high school students may face. To be a successful PC, students must be empathetic, caring, and supportive. RCHS is happy to announce the following students who have been accepted into the Peer Counseling program, beginning in Fall 2013: Jonathan Beirne, Sydney Boyle, Ryan Hommel, Yasmine Hund, Mia Macioek, Lauren Mooney, Audrey Myers, Angeline Navo, John Priddy, Mythreyi Ramesh, Kelsey Reed, Julia Sandoval, Denny Schaedig, Trenton Southard, Kyle Tietze. For more information on the Peer Counseling program, please visit the Counseling Office or the Counseling page on the RCHS website at the “Counseling” tab.
2012-2013 Senior Scholarships: We are proud to announce that the Class of 2013 received over $10 million in scholarship offers from their colleges of choice. Congratulations, Class of 2013! Naviance News: 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 Junior/Senior timeline we have posted in Naviance on the Naviance home
page, left-hand column. 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 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” on the Home page 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 paperwork into the Counseling Office. • Fill out the “Letter of Recommendation Profile” in Na- viance 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 changing 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 returning to their dorms at night? • 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 left side of 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 also place high value on community service. Enrichment activities: 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 Principal Andy Abner. Job shadows: 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. Rock Canyon Counseling Webpage: We have many resources available at the Counseling webpage for parents and students. Please check out our webpage if you are looking for our course catalog, Naviance access, class presentations, test taking tips/how to reduce test anxiety, standardized testing information, community service information and forms, and other helpful tips and information.
During chemistry classes on May 21, students experimented with liquid nitrogen and what it does to certain things like, balloons and saltine crackers. Chemistry teacher Jeff Seaquist put a ballon in liquid nitrogen.
Will Romero ‘14 has nitrogen coming out of his nose.
Andrew Thumann ‘15 eats a saltine cracker frozen by liquid nitrogen.
Photos by Black and Gold Yearbook staff.
Summer provides practice opportunities
Summer is a great time for students to relax and not worry about homework, projects, and tests. However, if your student would like to practice his/her foreign language skills, here are some helpful websites. In addition, we suggest students go to a foreign film, visit a museum, travel, read children’s books in another language, find volunteer activities or language meetups, and listen to foreign language podcasts. Spanish Websites www.conjuguemos.com - verb practice www.studyspanish.com –pronunciation practice www.nulu.com -Spanish reading and listening practice www.livemocha.com-Spanish speaking and writing practice French Websites www.conjuguemos.com- verb practice www.parlez-vous.org –language practice & culture www.uni.edu/becker/french31.html -language practice in all areas Chinese Websites http://quizlet.com/songsongsong - Integrated Chinese vocabulary for all levels http://www.nciku.com/ - Online dictionary and learning http://www.perapera.org/plugins/ - Chinese instant translation tool for Chinese websites http://www.sina.com.cn/ - Chinese news website http://tv.cntv.cn/live/ - Chinese Central Television live channels http://singchinesesongs.com/ - Learn Chinese through songs http://www.youtube.com/ - Search Chinese shows Many of the World Language teachers will be busy writing DCSD common assessments, creating units for the district to use which align to our guaranteed and viable curriculum and attending Advanced Placement Trainings. Of course, we’ll have some time for travel and relaxing so that when return in August we’ll be revitalized and ready to go.
World Language students communicate
We’ve had a wonderful year and are proud of our students’ progress. This year we’ve watched our students improve their skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Many of our students have engaged in activities that required them to use their language skills outside of the classroom. Many have participated in activities that required them to speak the target language, such as participating in interviews face to face and via Skype with people from and in different countries, language meet-ups, volunteer work, and traveling outside of the United States. Additionally, we’ve hosted two guest speakers who shared their own language experiences and how knowing an additional language is beneficial in their careers: Cheryl Preheim, news anchor from 9 News Denver; and Dr. Beatriz Robles, professor from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Our Chinese, French, and Spanish honor societies have done many activities with students outside of the classroom and several of our students traveled to other countries on school sponsored trips this year. As a department, we continue to look at increasing speaking opportunities and practice in the target language. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please email us. Congratulations to our outstanding World Language Students for 2012-2013: freshman Jami Ellison, sophomore Megan Harrity, junior Mahek Modi and senior Sydney Powell. – Dayna Moore, Department Chair 8
Students show off
Throughout the school year our art students participate in many art show and art competitions. A warm up to the show season was the Highlands Ranch Feeder Show at the Highlands Ranch Library. It was a great showing with drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and photography hung throughout the library. We had a few students enter work into the Scholastics Art Awards and their work shined among the competition. The biggest art show for our students is the “Douglas County High School Art Show” at Park Meadows Mall. The winners in that show were: First Place: Chad Hayward. Second Place: Wes Truong, Chad Hayward. Honorable Mention: Curan Jasbeck, Taylor Porter, Gena Rumsey, Tessa Johnson, Dillion Savich, MacKenzie Kline, Katie Mackey, Melissa Marsilio. In conjunction with the “DCSD High School Art Show” is the Air Academy Federal Credit Union Awards. The winners in this show are recipients of a cash prize. First Place: Wes Truong, Third Place: Rachael Beckstead. At the Continental League Art Show, the venue is smaller but the facilities at The Lone Tree Arts Center are first class. This year we had three ribbon winners at the show: First Place, Jon Hawkins, Second Place, Evan Provan, Third Place, Sage Mostellier. Our ceramics students this year participated in the annual Castle Rock Empty Bowl Event and raised over $40,000 to benefit The Women’s Shelter. The ceramic students produced over 600 wheel-thrown bowls for the event. The last art show of the season was the Congressional Art Competition and Awards. The Congressional winner represents Colorado and the artwork will hang in the U.S. Capital for a year. First Place, Tessa Johnson. Second Place, Ariea Xu. Senior Award, Chad Hayward. Tessa’s watercolor was unable to travel to Washington DC, so Congressman Coffman asked if Chad’s watercolor painting could go instead. Chad was awarded two round trip tickets to see his art work hang among the other 50 state winners. Our art students represented our school very well and if you know one of our ribbon winners congratulate them for a job well done. – Drew Walter, Department Chair
Art Winners Congressional Art Awards were presented on April 22 by Congressman Mike Coffman. The winning work of art will hang in the United States Capital Building for one year. Winners will receive two round trip tickets to Washington D.C to attend the reception for all 50 state winners, plus they are awarded an annual scholarship to the Savannah School of Design.
This year’s Congressional Art Award went to Rock Canyon’s Tessa Johnson.
2nd Place went to Arica Xu. Arica received a cash award.
Honorable Mention went to Chad Hayward ‘13. Chad received a cash award and was awarded a scholarship to the Rocky Mountain School of Design.
Photo students honored
Rock Canyon High School Students were honored to have the Lone Tree Art Center invite us for the third consecutive year to be part of the Lone Tree Photography Show and Sale. This prestigious show accepts submissions from photographers across the nation to compete for honors and recognition in their discipline, as well an opportunity to sell their work. Kim Graham’s RCHS Photography Classes have been given a display opportunity during this event to exhibit 12 images of outstanding quality for the duration of the show (through June 9). The show began April 20 with a reception for all the artists, and several students have already sold images to the Art Center patrons. – Kim Graham, Art Teacher
Lauren Haug ; 16 and art teacher Kim Graham at the Lone Tree Photography Show.
An exciting year for social studies
2012 to 2013 has been an exciting year for the social studies program both in the classroom, in the sports fields, clubs, at the Douglas County School District and even in the world. This year record academic achievement was achieved in Social Studies at Rock Canyon High School. The department currently offers seven Advanced Placement Courses, more than any other high school in Douglas County. Rock Canyon Social Studies students scored very well on these tests as post-secondary institutions accept these high marks for college credit and consideration of admission to highly selected schools. In addition to rigorous advanced placement, honors and traditional courses; Social Studies partnered with the English department as 60 seniors participated in a year long class, working in the community, creating an innovative project and cumulating with a presentation. Topics ranged from science to the arts to the social sciences as RCHS students explored the world from a multitude of perspectives. Social Studies were proud give back to the community; teacher leaders helped raise $60,000 for Wish Week; encouraged about 200 students and staff to shave their heads in support of Wish Week, continued to support our sister school in Costa Rica and donated over 60 units of blood. Our teacher coaches are leading the Girls Varsity Soccer team to the semi-finals in the Colorado 5A state championship, pushed the JV Softball team to help develop one of the strongest programs in the state, and helped run the Cross Country team to State. Three different Social Studies teachers participated in creating World Class Outcomes for Social Studies at the District level. RCHS Social Studies teachers will train other Douglas County teachers in this process this summer. Not only are RCHS Social Studies working in the Colorado community, teachers have been awarded grants to travel, learn and bring these amazing experiences back to Rock Canyon. Teachers will travel to Korea, Cuba, India, Haiti, and Europe this summer. We look forward to hearing about their experiences and to an even brighter 2014. –David Sapienza, Department Chair
Photo 3 adds student work to library walls
Next fall when you are in the RCHS Library, be sure to look for the newest photos added to the walls! Again this year, Photo 3 students, photography teacher, Kim Graham, and teacher-librarian, Sharon Stevens, worked together to add to the display of photographic efforts housed in the library. Class of 2013 students, Katie Mackey, Andrew Morris and Dillon Savich will have their work displayed. Their photography is an assignment that is part of the Photo 3 curriculum. It involves creating a portrait of another student spotlighting reading. The photographer chooses the book being spotlighted based on his/her own reading preferences. The library has a number of professional-quality images that show current and former RCHS students engrossed in books recommended by advanced photo students. – Sharon Stevens, Library/Media Teacher
Outstanding Business Students
Fire Science students fire off water on last time. Photo by Kathleen Kennedy
Language Arts finishes strong
We are proud of our many accomplishments in the Language Arts Department this year, and the last few weeks have included some of our greatest feats. The yearbook turned out to be an incredible documentary for RCHS and the school year; congratulations to Kristi Rathbun and her yearbook staff. Also, students took almost 250 Advanced Placement exams for both AP Language and Composition and AP Literature. We’re sure the scores will attest to students’ hard work and dedication. Finally, a sincere congratulations to our Jaguar Award Winners in the Language Arts Department: 9th Grade - Allie Kellner; 10th Grade - Hannah Clark; 11th Grade - Matt Vernon; 12th Grade - Syd Charvat. You are all great representatives of Rock Canyon, and thanks for your contributions to your Language Arts classes! As a last note for all of you returning students, please read over the summer. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! – Jason Dunkle, Department Chair
Students battle wild spring weather
Finally!!!!! Some sunshine and nice weather for the Physical Education classes to get out and enjoy as the school year comes to a close. Overall, it has been one interesting school year, with larger classes and a myriad of wild weather to deal with physical education classes have had to be flexible. Through it all, the students kept a positive attitude, kept a good work ethic towards physical fitness and most importantly... had fun while relieving stress and developing some lasting social relationships with their classmates. Specifically, Adventure Experience class members have developed their trust among peers and put that trust to use as they conquered ascending the climbing wall and traversing across the ceiling of the gym on the rings. Over in the weight room, all the time, sweat, effort and discipline put forth by the Strength & Conditioning students culminated with gains in strength, self-image, and overall physical fitness. So rewarding to witness students achieve their goals and have a good time doing so. In the classroom, Heathy Decisions and Athletic Training students continuously learned a variety of relevant skills and knowledge that they hopefully will use the rest of their lives. Best wishes for a safe and healthy summer – Tom Lynch, Department Chair
New Service Lettering Program
Front row: Demri Scott ‘14, Ariea Xu ‘14, Kelsi Oddo ‘13, Taylor Broschat ‘13, Azile Nelson ‘16, Jessica Hastings ‘14. Back row: Andrew Thumann ‘15, Bayleigh Arey ‘13, Ali Hauer ‘14, Trent Riddle ‘13, Allison Miller ‘14, Anastasia Quarles ‘13. Not pictured Tyler Bulmer ‘14, Shivani Chauhan ‘14 Stacee Howitz ‘13, Hedyieh Jalilfar ‘14, Shannon Jiang ‘14, Kelsie Martin ‘14, Vivian Zeng ‘14.
to the nineteen students who successfully completed their applications to letter in community service learning this year under Rock Canyon’s new program. Students qualify to letter beginning at 100 service hours with at least 5 hours of service to Rock Canyon and the additional hours of service to a minimum of 2 outside non-profit organizations. Students can then continue to earn bars by completing application requirements at the 250 service hour level and at the 500
service hour level. There were 6 seniors, 11 juniors, 1 sophomore and 1 freshman who volunteered in a variety of service learning opportunities. Some of the opportunities included a program named R.E.A.C.H. that collects and sends gently used soccer equipment to third world countries, mission trips to Africa and a Navajo Reservation, summer camps for children with special needs, and mentoring programs for children through schools and churches. – Cindy Sharp, Counseling
Jaguars help pioneer new competition Six students from Rock Canyon High School participated in the first TEAMS competition held in Colorado. Colorado State University hosted this event and even though only two teams participated this year, there is great optimism that this event will grow as it now has the backing and support of TSA. The students: freshman Connor Dowd, sophmores Lauren Hoese, Jennifer Heathershaw and Rebecca Jewell, and juniors Dan Luckner and Mike Ryazantsev. In addition to competing in this tournament, they also spent several months putting together an online portfolio on http://www.innovationportal.org/. TEAMS provided eight scenarios on cyber security and these scenarios were divided among the students. The students researched these topics and compiled the information online which was submitted to TSA for grading. The portfolio and participation in TEAMS satisfies two of the STEM requirements for Rock Canyon graduates whom are seeking the STEM certificate. What is TEAMS? A test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) is an annual competition that was originally organized by the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS). In 2012, TEAMS and JETS were acquired by TSA (Technology Student Association). TEAMS is a theme-based competition for grades 9-12, aimed at giving students the opportunity to discover engineering and how they can make a difference in the world.
Prevent summer reading gaps in teens Research has shown that students can lose up to three months’ worth of reading progress just over the summer break. Add that up over a student’s high school years combined and that is over a year’s progress lost. You can foster your student’s reading during the summer by: Encouraging him/her to read often, such as one book every ten days. Discussing stories you have both read. Promoting the reading of a variety of reading materials. Asking him/her about what he has read. A student who reads 21 minutes per day outside of school reads almost 2 million words per year, whereas a student who reads less than a minute per day outside of school reads only 8,000 to 21,000 per year. Literacy progress in part is learning how to think as one reads. Asking questions is one way to learn how to think. Ask the following types of questions before, during and after your child reads: What was the most significant concept from the book? What do you think will happen next? Did you learn about anything that impacts your life? What was your favorite part of the story? How did the characters change over time? Does this book remind you of something you have read before? How? Always allow your child personal choice in reading material. Teens should be able to self-select what they read for pleasure. If your child can find an author whose style is appealing, or whose topics are interesting, encourage him to read everything the author has written! You have found an “in” to supporting your child’s ongoing literacy growth! – Carol McFarland, Literacy Specialist Results of student elections, held May 2
Student Body President - Eli Hirsch Student Body Vice President - Max Pederson Student Body Secretary - Ali Hauer Student Body Public Relations - Reed Wagstaff Senior Class President - Evan Hunchar Senior Class Vice President - Amy Arbuckle Junior Class President - Kelcey Beckman Junior Class Vice President - Jessica Stapleton Sophomore Class President - Lauren Cohn Sophomore Class Vice President - Maggie Gilbert
jags say bon voyage
When her math teacher for all four years at Lakeside High in Hot Springs, Ark. was told that Joan had decided to teach math, he had a brief response: “Of course.” He may have thought her career was obvious, but her journey had a few twists and turns along the way. After graduating from Baylor, she began her teaching career in 1979 in Augusta, Ark., population 5,000, teaching English. After one year, she was married and moved to Fayettville, teaching English at Ramey Junior High, followed by two years at Bishop Kelly HS in Tulsa, Okla. Joan then took eight years off, raising their two children, and the family had now moved to the Dallas area. Once her youngest was in kindergarten, she went back to college for further work, but this time she studied teaching mathematics. “I knew I was a teacher,” she said, but she couldn’t make enough time in her life for all the grading. And math came easy to Joan, perhaps a gift from her father, who was a mining engineer. Her model as a teacher was an instructor at University of Texas – Dallas. “I’m a visual learner,” Joan said, and she learned the very methods she uses now at UTD. Basically, she uses discovery learning, rather than asking students to memorize a series of formulae or procedures, preferring to help students find their way through problems. Colorado becomes her new home Joan and her family moved to what is now Centennial in 1991, and after being a long-term substitute at Douglas County HS, Joan took a job there and taught math there for ten years, until a new opportunity arose. Joan was with the very first class at Rock Canyon, and being part of something brand new was the main reason she transferred. Ten years later, and with 25 total years in the classroom behind her, Joan is ready to retire from the public school classroom. Joan recalled the first year of Rock Canyon as “crazy,” being in the middle school building, with a very small class. Joan and Gina Stevens were the entire math department that first year. Now Joan’s favorite thing about Rock Canyon is Wish Week. She loves the way everyone gets involved, even in minor ways, and thinks about someone else for a week. “It’s in them to be good,” she says of Jaguar students, and she says “the kids own it now.” She said she
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only sees enthusiasm during that week. She tried to play on the teacher teams during Wish Week each year. “The kids got to see me in silly Elvis glasses,” Joan said. “I could be a person they didn’t know even existed.” She won’t be leaving education behind, however, with plans to tutor students in math. Joan likes the idea of working one-on-one with kids, focusing on what specifically they need help in. She is also planning to take the CSU Extension “Master Gardener” class, and to begin volunteering at Hudson Gardens. Joan loves gardening, mostly perennials, but some vegetables, and enjoys sharing plants and cuttings with friends. Joan also wants “to see the world,” beginning with what she calls “collecting national parks” in the United States. She also wants to visit Germany and Ireland, places where her ancestors called home. Joan’s grandmother was a teacher, and she says her mother “always taught us to be considerate of others,” and, as Joan says, what better way to do that than working with young students in classrooms. She lives by her mother’s teaching every day, and isn’t ready to slow down. She’s just shifting gears.
jags say bon voyage
She purposely planned a major remodel of her kitchen to keep her from obsessing too much about leaving Rock Canyon. Sue Young doesn’t pretend that leaving Rock Canyon will be easy. But that doesn’t mean she isn’t prepared for the next stage in her life. Sue plans to become an educational coach, working with parents and children. She says she sees higher and higher case loads for counseling professionals. Families need help, and she has the experiences to provide resources, and to teach parents and students to advocate for themselves (without enabling bad behavior). With her long history in teaching and counseling, along with various professional contacts, she doesn’t think she will need to advertise. She just wants to provide a service that schools may not be able to handle. Before all that, however, Sue needs to get healthy. She is getting a knee replacement on May 16. She has been in pain all school year, and wishes the timing had been different, but her surgeon insists on the operation being as soon as possible. She hopes that she can get back to hiking, backpacking, and other outdoor activities, things she has not been able to do for some time. She also hopes to have more time for gardening. She believes she got her “green thumb” from her mother. Her mother, a retired nurse, and her father, a retired pharmacist, will also demand some of her time, as their health is slowly deteriorating.
Always doing what she loves Sue has had a life-long interest in athletics. She played basketball at UNC, after lettering in four sports at Lincoln High School in Denver, earning all-conference honors in basketball, volleyball and tennis. She graduated from Lincoln in 1979. She was also in the band, and she eventually learned to play clarinet, alto saxophone, flute and guitar. She has not continued with the first three instruments, but plays guitar regularly, often at Cameron United Methodist Church, near Pearl and Iowa. She plays during workshop services, and is a member of the bell choir. It’s a small church, she says, but she loves the place and the people. She hopes to find time to join the Chancel Choir after retiring. After graduating from UNC, majoring in recreation, Sue Young worked in recreation centers and coaching
volleyball at Green Mountain HS, but she soon realized she wanted to work with young students. She taught first grade for five years at Acres Green Elementary beginning in 1986. She then taught second and third grades at Rock Ridge for seven years. After earning a Masters in Counseling from University of Phoenix, Sue took her first counseling job at ThunderRidge. “It had always been my dream to be an elementary counselor,” Sue said, “but local schools don’t have those, so…” She transferred to Rock Canyon in 2004, when the new building opened, which means she has worked here for nine years, and 27 years overall. Few know that Sue refereed high school volleyball for 22 years, and officiated at the state volleyball tournaments in 2003-2005. She loves that RC is balanced, believing the school’s attention to academics, activities and athletics is the best foundation for students. She also praises “an incredibly dedicated staff, along with involved parents” in making RC a great place to work, and a tough place to leave. These last weeks have been bittersweet, but Sue remains upbeat. “I’m not done yet,” she says, emphatically.
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Luke Hoffman and Lauren Wearsch performed in drama’s last production of the year, “Plaza Suite,” by Neil Simon, May 1-4.
Drama Mock Trial coach Chris Page, gives feedback about the last round at the Mock Trial State competition in Fort Collins on March 9.
No argument about strength of team
This was another great year for Mock Trial, and all of its participants. After winning State last year there were some big shoes to fill, and the team really stepped up to the challenge. The club grew up to 38 members making it once again the largest Mock Trial program in the state. With these students the program was able to field 5 teams in the regional Mock Trial Tournament. Lead by 7 seniors, the Rock Canyon Mock Trial team finished 3rd in State missing the Championship round by only 1 vote. Overall this was a strong season from the team, and with 20+ students returning next year the program is still as strong as ever. – Chris Page, Sponsor Members of the 2013 State Mock Trial Team: seniors Katlyn Humbarger, Chandler Hughes, Abigale Thumann, Dylan Zbylski, Steven Taschner, Matthew Dalton, Eric Jung, Derrick Trotman, Srish Sharma, and sophomore Sam Molitoriss.
Group encourages self-reflection
It’s been a great year for Diversity Club. Students engaged in a wide variety of activities this year that encouraged them to explore their own identities and cultures and how those might affect how they perceive and interact with others. A few highlights include the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference, Continental League Equity Conference, the Empty Bowl Fundraiser, and Cinco de Mayo celebration at Civic Center Park. We look forward to continuing this journey in the 2013-2014 school year. – Courtney Luedtke-Bacon, Sponsor
Stage offerings continue to expand There are 71 official members of drama club, 26 of whom joined
this year. Thirty-five students are now a member of the International Thespian Honor Society. Drama Club participated in the homecoming parade, Wish Week, various social events, and of course, five productions including Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, A Roomful of Roses, the winter One-Act Festival, “Beauty and the Beast,” and the new spring One Act Festival. Advanced Drama Class produced two more mainstage shows besides. A sub-club of Drama Club, Improv Club, raised over $700 along with Key Club during the Improv Festival in April, and this will be donated to Broadway Equity Fights Aids. At the state Thespian festival in December, Rock Canyon won the Tech Olympics, had a one-act receive straight superior marks, had our first-ever participant on the winning improv team that performed mainstage, and had our first-ever mainstage performer in the area of musical theatre: Ashley Kisner performed in front of over 3000 people at the Bellco Theatre, and will go to the national festival to compete in June. Drama Club fundraisers included a candy sale, a pizza sale at the powder puff game, working the election in November, and various donations by generous patrons including a donor who purchased a new backdrop for the stage. All three underclassmen department award-winners and the senior department award-winner held lead roles in productions this year, as did our newly-elected student body vice-president. Most activities in drama outside of the classroom are heavily invested in student leadership, and there were more studentdirected productions this year than ever before. State Thespian Award-Winners/Superior Marks: Ashley Kisner, Logan Schafer, Claire Wang, Sam Molitoriss, Kinsey Riley, Lauren Wearsch, Christina Enloe, Jessica Benson, Nate Nelson, Syd Charvat. New Inductees to the International Thespian Society: Michael Miller, Emily Rumsey, Logan Schurr, Max Orgill, Hannah Beiersdorf, Lauren Adkins, Sam Hulsizer, Liam Kelley, Gabriella Frazier, Olivia Squalls, Meredith Ham, Maddie Ortt, Evan Lisano, Mackenna Hallett.
Competitors bring home first gold
Science Olympiad grew in participation again this year, with 34 full time team members. Our team placed 5th in the Northern Regional Competition in March and placed 8th at the State Competition at the School on Mines in April. Liam Berryman and Bryce Wilson won the first gold medal for RCHS in Materials Science. Nathan Pucheril and Keith Hardaway won our first state medal ever, silver for MagLev. All of our team members represented our school well at the competitions and we are looking forward to growing even more next year. We’d like to thank our outgoing sponsor, Fujitsu, for funding the team the past two years. – Matt Gracey, Sponsor
During Spring Break, 55 students from choir, band and orchestra participated in a six day tour of O’hau, Hawaii, that included performances at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor as well as at the University of Hawaii. The students performed in front of civilians and military personnel. Above, the students enjoyed a luau at Paradise Cove which included traditional luau food and entertainment of traditional Hawaiian singing and dancing rich in history and traditions.
The RCHS Choir program continues to grow and achieve excellence. Both Women’s Select Choir and Jazz Choir both earned straight one’s (the highest rating) at CHSAA Vocal Festival in both performance and sight reading again this school year. The festival was held at Rock Canyon in mid-April. In an unprecedented show of musical achievement, RCHS had 11 students accepted to the Colorado All-State Choirs this year. Emilia Bartelheim, Lily Gardner, Meredith Kelly, Quinn Kennedy, Ashley Kisner, Maddi Long, Samuel Makikalli, Nicole McDaniel, Logan Schafer, Lauren Veltri and Rachel Zetwick participated in a great weekend of rehearsal and performance in early February. Emilia Bartelheim was also accepted to the Colorado All-State Jazz Choir – one of only 32 students from the entire state. We had record attendance at our Choir banquet (230 people!), which was a fun night of celebrations with an “Under the Sea” theme. We closed the year with our pops music Arts Festival on May 14. – Julia Dale, Director
Large groups ‘dazzled’
Senior orchestra members play one last time together at the May 7 awards banquet.
Photo by Kathleen Kennedy
Hawaii trip anchored year The RCHS Orchestras have had a busy spring. In March, 9 students joined band and choir students for a music department trip to Hawaii which included a performance at Pearl Harbor. In April we hosted 230 elementary, middle school, and high school string students from the Rock Canyon Feeder Area for a combined concert. The CHSAA Large Group Festival was a huge success for both the String and Chamber Orchestras as both groups received straight I (Superior) ratings for their performances and sight-reading. We ended the year with a banquet cel-
ebrating multiple things from the year, including the 15 students who made it into the Continental League Honor Orchestra (a record number of students accepted), Dominique Pataroque participating in the Western States Honor Orchestra, Dominique Pataroque and Jo Bloom participating in the Colorado AllState Orchestra, Dominique Pataroque being awarded the National School Orchestra Award for Rock Canyon. Many students receiving “Most Improved” or “Most Valuable Player” awards. We are saying good-bye to 13 seniors, but we look forward to a great year next year, too. – Alyssa McCollum, Director
Symphonic band played in the CBA (Colorado Bandmasters Association) Regional at Grandview High School in early March. The group earned three superior ratings (best they can earn). This was the first time the symphonic band has competed in the CBA format. It is also the first time being selected as one of the top 25 bands to play at State which was held at CSU on April 15. The Symphonic Band also competed at CHSAA, hosted here at RCHS on April 10, where they also earned superior ratings in performance and sight reading. Jazz band played on April 15 (in the snow storm) at “Dazzle” jazz club in Denver. The RCHS jazz band played a 45 minute set, then the Metro State Jazz Orchestra played and both groups did a joint piece together. It was a great performance, nice crowd and good food. All bands (concert, jazz and symphonic) did their final concert of the year on May 15. Congrats again to Sage Neese ‘13, and Tyler Overbaugh ‘14, for being selected to the 2013 All-State Band. Both are very fine flute players. Marching Band camp will start July 22 here at RCHS. Percussion placements are complete for marching band and rosters for next year’s concert, symphonic and jazz bands are posted. It’s been a very successful year for the bands this past year and we are looking forward to another one next year. – Joel Naegele, Director
2012-13 staff of “The Rock” student newspaper
Journalists honored for their hard work
Diligence and dedication combined with celebration and success for journalism students during the 2012-13 school year. Regular weekend and after school hours – in addition to classroom work – resulted in professional products that our community could be proud of. Both The Rock newspaper and The Black & Gold yearbook began the year by attending Colorado High School Press Association’s J-Day on the CSU campus in Ft. Collins. Each publication earned All-Colorado status; the newspaper won 4th place Best of Show for 5A schools, and the yearbook won 1st place Best of Show (5A schools) for photos and captions submitted from the 2013 yearbook. The good news continued as both publications earned All-American status from the National Scholastic Press Association. Throughout the year, students adapted to a new schedule with less regularly scheduled time to collaborate. However, spring arrived quickly, and so did the accolades. At the JEA/ NSPA National Convention in San Francisco in April, The Rock and Black & Gold won places on the Best of Show lists for their respective categories. The Rock earned 9th Place for Newsmagazines and Black & Gold earned 10th Place for yearbooks of 275-304 pages. Seven students attended the convention participating in sessions, keynotes, and a little sight-seeing to plan and prepare for their work on 2013-14 publications. Finally, the year ended with an incredibly strong showing in the CHSPA Best of Colorado Individual Awards, and Syd Charvat was named runner-up for the CHSPA Journalist of the year, Dorothy Greer Scholarship for her work on student publications. Additionally, The Black & Gold was selected by Balfour Publishing to be used as a national sample for their sales force, and the 2012 book was included in Balfour’s Yearbook Yearbook as a ‘Best of the Best’ book. – Kristi Rathbun, Adviser
2012-13 staff of “The Black & Gold” yearbook
CHSPA Best of Colorado Awards
The Rock newspaper earned six awards: • Honorable Mention for Breaking News Coverage to Kayla Neil • Honorable Mention for In-Depth News Coverage to Virginia Vaughan and Tristan Sagar • Honorable Mention for Photo Essay to Kayla Neil • 3rd Place for Sports-Feature to Kelcey Beckman • 2nd Place for In-Depth Sports Coverage to Kelcey Beckman and Syd Charvat • 2nd Place for News-Feature to Syd Charvat. The 10th volume of the Black & Gold “Try to Keep Up,” earned 21 individual awards (out of 24 categories); 11 of these were first place wins. • Honorable Mention for Academics Writing to Ashley Park, Lauren Payne and Sarah Rosenkrans • Honorable Mention for Sports Reaction Individual Photo and Caption to Davis Livingstone and Lauren Payne • 3rd Place for Personality Profile Writing to Kelcey Beckman and Kayla Neil • 3rd Place for Student Life Individual Photo and Caption to Jordan Peters and Kaitlin Jarrell • 3rd Place for People Spread to Maddie Jackson and Dylan Zbylski • 2nd Place for Academics Individual Photo and Caption to Sarah Rosenkrans • 2nd Place for Academics Spread to Ashley Park, Lauren Payne, Sarah Rosenkrans, Jordan Peters, and Tiffani Clark • 2nd Place for Environmental Portrait to the B & G staff • 2nd Place for Theme Package Presentation to Lauren Payne, Sarah Rosenkrans, Bri Bradley, and Julia Henning • 1st Place for Clubs/Organizations Individual Photo and Caption to Julia Henning • 1st Place for Alternative Clubs/Organizations Presentation to Tiffani Clark and Ashley Park • 1st Place for Alternative Academics Presentation to Tiffani Clark • 1st Place for Alternative Sports Presentation to Michaela Jones, Julia Henning, Sarah Rosenkrans, Lauren Payne, Bri Bradly, and Davis Livingstone • 1st Place for Alternative Student Life Presentation to Brooke Bell and Rylee Portman • 1st Place for Clubs/Organizations Writing to Mae Rohrbach • 1st Place for Student Life Writing to Syd Charvat; • 1st Place for Theme Package Writing to Sarah Rosenkrans, Lauren Payne, and Kayla Neil • 1st Place for Chronological Spread to Mayce Gilleland, Julia Henning, Michaela Jones, Davis Livingstone, and Sarah Rosenkrans • 1st Place for Sports Spread to Julia Henning, Annika Haberland, Maddie Jackson, Brooke Bell, and Davis Livingstone • 1st Place for Clubs/Organizations Spread to Jordan Peters, Staci Kiwor, and Sarah Rosenkrans.
Student Council creates a year of memories The 2012-2013 school year has included some lasting memories for the students at RCHS. Starting with the Back to the Jungle dance, we knew that RCHS was going to take their spirit and participation to a new level. America Coast to Coast was a homecoming to remember with the traditional homecoming events and some new additions to help bring together our school and community. We kept it real RC Reality Winter Week and crowned a new Mr. Jag. Wish Week continued to amaze as the students and community of RCHS exceeded all expectations and granted eight wishes through the Make-A-
Wish Foundation of Colorado. Mara, our 2013 wish kid, leaves in early June on her Disney Cruise and we cannot wait to hear all about her magical adventures and trip of a lifetime. Casino Royale Prom was a classy night full of fun and the senior events allowed us to both celebrate and honor the Class of 2013. This has been one of the best years in RCHS history and we look forward to next year and the infinite possibilities for the Rock Canyon community to participate and create new memories and lasting traditions! – Kate Hartline, Adviser
Group going upward
Bringing the pride
Helping the class of ‘17
Faculty 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 climbing Saturdays in order to arrange rides and meet everyone, including other adult volunteers. Parents often accompany their students. This 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. Club membership is contingent upon the receipt of a $30 annual fee in August or September and a permission/release of liability form. Phone calls and group emails for climbing outings are usually made twice a month. There are never more than 8 students taken on an outing. Students do not have to attend each and every outing. Registration for new and returning students will take place in August. See you on the rocks! – Eric Schmidt, Sponsor
A Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is a student-run club that brings together LGBTQ and straight students to support each other, provide a safe place to socialize, and create a platform for activism to fight homophobia and transphobia. We have monthly meetings where we play games, watch videos and talk about issues involving our community. Our students participated in PrideFest and Queer Prom. Our first activity next school year will be attending the State GSA summit in the fall. – Margaret Motz, Sponsor
Sharing fictional fun
Zombie Apocalypse Leaders of America serves to unite students who are interested in all things Zombie. The group participates in the Zombie Crawl in Denver and the Run For Your Life 5K run. We also participate in the Homecoming Parade and have movie nights and share our love for the undead, all while preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse. – Margaret Motz, Sponsor
This last quarter Link Crew participants worked hard to prepare eighth graders for their transition into high school. Stacee Horwitz, a senior, was in charge of coordinating this event. She organized five topics to be discussed with the middle schoolers. These topics included academics, athletics, activities, homework and what it means to be a Jaguar. The Link Crew leaders presented this information for ten minutes to each of the classes. Through this two year program eighth graders have had more self esteem, confidence and excitement as they prepare for their school transition in the fall. – Chantal Pearson, Sponsor
Honor societies wrap up year Spanish The Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH) is an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish and Portuguese and is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Formally organized as the Spanish National Honor Society in 1953, the name was changed in 1959. At present there are over 1,700 national and international chapters. The purpose of the society is to recognize high achievement of high school students in the Spanish and Portuguese languages and to promote a continuing interest in Hispanic and Portuguese studies. Students who are enrolled in Spanish IV, V and AP are eligible to be members. The student needs to have maintained an A or B average in the study of Spanish or Portuguese for a minimum of three semesters and needs to be in the 10th grade or higher to be eligible. It should be known that the SHH is an honor society for those students of high academic achievement. This year the SHH participated in many fun activities. Members volunteered and used their Spanish-speaking skills at Thanksgiving and Christmas for the Salvation Army.at Christmas for the Denver Inner City Parish, and throughout the year at the Museo de Las Americas. Students also volunteered their skills
throughout the year as tutors at Rock Canyon and other schools. We also set up a partnership with the World Language Department at Rocky Heights Middle School and had many volunteers at their end of the year party. Students attended dinners and spoke Spanish at restaurants such as Los Dos Potrillos and Fajitas. We also had movie night and game night. – Margaret Motz, Sponsor
FRENCH Students in French National Honor Society hosted a French movie night in January where they collected nonperishable food items and toiletries. Two RCHS seniors (Danielle Gilbert and Lauren Payne) took these items with them to Haiti to support people who are still living in extreme poverty three years after the devastating earthquake that rocked the nation’s capital, Port au Prince. French National Honor Society spent Valentine’s Day at Charles Hay World School in Englewood, Colorado to celebrate Valentine’s Day à la française! In small groups, honor society members taught 3rd graders French Valentine’s Day expressions, showed them where French is spoken in the world, and topped off the celebration by sharing French crepes! Congratulations to graduating seniors! – Erin Carlson, Sponsor
tri-m Tri-M hosted a fantastic Talent Show in early April and took part in the Tri-M conference down in Colorado Springs for the first time this year! This group is really building quite nicely. We have an excellent board in place for next year, so look for great things from this group! – Julia Dale, Sponsor
Current Officers 2012-2013: Sydney Powell, President, (member 3 yrs) Taylor Williams, Vice President (3 yrs) Madison Jackson, Secretary (2 yrs) Savannah Slifer, Treasurer (2 yrs) Current members graduating: Miranda Dunn, Collin Kallery , Robert Monroe, Serina Owens, Jake Reidel, Erin Sunshine (member 2 yrs), Alexis Svenson, Claire Wang (member 3 yrs), Lauren Wearsch (member 3 yrs)
Leah Treffeisen Matt Zeng
New Leadership Team 2013-2014 Samuel Makikalli, President Priyanka Philip, Co-Vice President Quentin Boose, Co-Vice President Dane Burkholder, Secretary/Treasurer Jake Battock, Shannon Jiang, Mahek Modi, Grade Level Secretaries
The National Chinese Honor Society is a scholastic organization that recognizes accomplished high school students who study Chinese as the second language. It also promotes and recognizes those with good citizenship, leadership quality, and community service among qualified students. The NCHS Honor Cord is in light and dark purple. The Twin Coin Knot in the middle symbolizes wealth and peace. The Lucky Clover Knots on each side are a symbol of good luck and bright future. The students who are being inducted: Jon Lusk Emmy Bartelheim Courtney Scott Kayla Fish Max Will Alicia Vo Jack Bock Noah Parker Vivian Zeng
FBLA Students at National Conference
SHH rank and file members Returning New Members – Members To be inducted on 2013-2014 May 28, 2013 Amanda Avers Vismaya Bachu Megan Bahr Ashley Baker Tegan Chidester Daniela Berger Diego Daboub Quentin Boose Shane Cunningham Parker Graves Monica Grimm Dana Daniels Mallory Happ Jessica Dobler Megan Happ Logan Draper Cole Howard Dasha Duncan Olivia Iverson Ali Hauer Mia Maciolek Max Hemphill Carrie Monroe Laura McMillan Rachel Moote Sean Mulcahy Linnea Melbye Nicole Prazzo Natalie Mendez Jeremy Purchase Priyanka Philip Navya Roy Mythreyi Ramesh Emily Sattem Gavin Rodefer Sanjana Shenoy Jeremy Swiatek Bryce Stutler Sydney Vialpando Gabriel Tauber Nishika Virmani Seana Thompson Lauren Yehle Andrew Tinlin
The students who are receiving honor cords: Jenny Tran EJ Katsoulas Taylor Deck Jon Lusk Courtney Scott Max Will – Zhihua “Jack” Song
NHS looks to expand service, leadership
National Honor Society meets four times each semester. Each member is responsible for paying dues, attending meetings, completing five community service hours each semester and maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA. We are sad to see 46 NHS senior graduate, but we wish them all of the best in their future endeavors. There will be 155 NHS members to begin the 2013-2014 school year. Officers for next year will be: President Maxwell Pederson, Vice President Dane Burkholder, and Secretary Jacob Battock. In addition, we are establishing an NHS Leadership Council, which includes the above mentioned officers and five NHS Relations Officers who will also serve as team leaders for the RCHS chapter of National Honor Society. These five officers are Carolyn Monroe, Samuel Makikalli, Mahek Modi, Shannon Jiang, and Devaraj Tripasuri. Our hope with this new eight person leadership council is to give a more personal and connected experience as a large honor society and to model leadership to new members next year. To help facilitate this, we will continue our monthly meetings with 155 members, and we will also add a small group meeting once a month where each of the eight leaders will meet with 18-20 NHS members which they have been assigned. The goal is to come up with community service ideas and offer opportunities of leadership and mentoring through these small group meetings.
‘Reeling’ in big rewards: bright future for new Tech Department The Business Technology department has had an outstanding year of accomplishments. With the introduction of the High School of Business last fall, students in the program are learning about the world of business through project based learning. Students began with the finance and marketing basics: completing environmental scans, researching various types of business, and understanding how economics plays a role. The culmination of the program is the opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and successfully start their own businesses. The Digital Media department has had another successful year as well. Next year the program is adding a Digital Audio Production class in which students will learn to create, record, and mix original music tracks. The RCTV Film Festival moved off campus this year to the Wildlife Experience theater. Students were able to present their video productions on the giant 65’ x 45’ big screen in front of friends and family. Savannah Slifer was awarded with the senior Digital Media student of the year, and as she will be taking her TV broadcasting talents to Florida State University to pursue a degree in their prestigious Broadcast Communications department. Our established organizations - FBLA, DECA, NTHS, AND TSAalso continue to excel. These organizations allow students to take their skills outside of the classroom as they utilize their knowledge of business and technology in a competitive environment. Recognition for these programs include numerous awards and achievements earned at state conferences and other competitions throughout the year.
Group cuts hair, drains blood, raises bucks
Over the course of this year, Key Club participated in some very cool projects and fundraisers. Key Club was able to raise $11,500 for Escuela Verde, our sister school in Costa Rica. During Wish Week, Key Club held the first Dare to Share Your Hair event, raising about $4,000 with 178 people shaving their heads. After that, the next major event was the Blood Drive, with more than 50 units of blood donated. The club continued its weekly work mentoring students at Redstone Elementary. – Maddie Brown, Key Club President
Rock Canyon’s CaringHands App Team won Best in Nation in the 2013 Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Our team’s app concept was one of only ten out of over 470 chosen for its creative mobile app solution to an authentic social issue or problem.
Jag wins state tech award for women
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recognizes young women at the high-school level for their computingrelated achievements and interests. This school year Shivani and Christy Street were recognized by the Douglas County Board of Education and CU, Boulder for the National Center for Women in Technology Award. Shivani is the 2013 Colorado Affiliate Award Recipient. Christy Street received the Colorado recipient for the 2013 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award.
$10K grant boosts app team
Our school received a $10,000 cash grant to further STEM education and the students on the team received a Samsung Galaxy Note® 10.1. Our AppChallenge team is now working with trainers from the MIT Media Lab to build their app concepts using the AppInventor tool. We will present mobile app at the National Technology Student Association Conference in Orlando, Florida in June.
TSA Chapter wins big at State TSA Conference
• Career Preparation: Daniel Gowing, 2nd Place • Debating Technical Issues: Priyanka Philip & Shivani Chauhan, 3rd Place • Engineering Design: Saylor Gilbert, Shivani Chauhan & Wei Ye, 1st Place • Music Production: Jordan Peters & Sam Cahill, 3rd Place • System Control Technology: Jordan Peters, Daniel Gowing, & Noah Parker, 2nd Place • T-Shirt Design: Saylor Gilbert, 2nd Place • Video Game Design: Jordan Peters & Sam Cahill, 3rd Place We are excited to attend Nationals in June. – Christy Street, Technology Instructor
Jaguar Athletics Cross country runners look ahead The 2012 RCHS Cross Country teams stayed the course by having another successful season. The highlight of the year was the boys team qualifying for the State Championships for the 8th straight year. The team placed 11th in the 5A race. The boys were led this year by senior Lucas West, an All State Honorable Mention, 2nd Team All Regional and 2nd Team All League Selection. The girls narrowly missed qualifying for the State Championships, thus ending their 8 year streak. However, Senior Megan Cooney was able to qualify as an individual. The girls were led this year by Seniors Sidney Fleecs (Team Captain) and Megan Cooney. Megan received 2nd Team All Regional and All League Honors. Junior Phoebe Schneider also garnered 2nd Team All League Honors. The Jags CC Team is looking forward to another exciting season in 2013. The boys will be led by junior Jake Blackburn and seniors Conner Skogland and Andy Tinlin. On the female side, the team returns juniors Phoebe Schneider, Gabby Alcala, and Amy Arbuckle, who will lead the way for the Lady Jags. The Jaguar Cross Country Team will begin summer practices the week of June 3. Practices will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday/Wednesday/Friday. More info will be available on the RCHS CC Website, or call Coach Davies at 720-308-4123. Football season is fast approaching
The Rock Canyon football program is hard at work preparing for our fall season. Our summer program will be designed to build strength, speed, and football awareness to help us be successful. We start our summer weight program on Monday, June 3. We will lift from 7 - 9:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Our pre-season camp will run from July 25 – 31 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. All of the hard work in the summer will turn into a highly prepared program in the fall. Our first game will be on Friday, August 30 against Highlands Ranch at Shea Stadium. We hope to pack the house that night and start a new era of Jaguar Football! I’m very excited to be a part of the Rock Canyon family and I can’t wait to see the heights this program can reach. – Brian Lamb, Head Coach
Boys Soccer makes another run
It was another exciting year for the Boys Soccer program as we made a run in the playoffs, upsetting the 3rd and 14th seeds before losing in the quarterfinals to eventual State Champion Boulder. It is with sadness that we bid goodbye to our seniors who will surely be missed. Next year looks to be another strong squad and the goal will be to bring a State Championship back to Rock Canyon. Kick Arounds start on June 3rd and run every Monday and Thursday until the end of July. Camps are the two weeks leading up to the 1st day of school. Go Jags! – Sean Henning, Head Coach
Tying his shoe, Tanner Larsen ‘15 prepares for his 400 meter run April 6. Photo by Black and Gold Yearbook staff.
Boys Swim finishes strong
The 2013 Boys Swim & Dive Team had 18 participants on the Ranch Co-op team. They had another successful season, finishing with a 4-1 record, a 5th place finish at the Coaches Invite, top 3 finishes at three different invitational meets, 14 A League qualifiers, and multiple state qualifiers. The State meet qualifiers, who swam May 17-18, were Ben Bochner, Max Mills, Jeremy Swiatek, and Nick Tinucci. The JV team also finished with a 4-1 dual meet record. – Christina Kwon, Head Coach
Cheers came back strong
Coming off of an amazing 2011-2012 season, the RCHS cheerleading team had big shoes to fill after losing 15 seniors with the class of 2012. A freshman team was added this season, which added even more strength to the already strong junior varsity and varsity teams. While focusing on school spirit, including cheering at games and pep assemblies, all three teams competed numerous times at the local level. All three teams were league runners up and freshmen and junior varsity were regional champions. In February, junior varsity and varsity went to the national cheerleading championship and varsity placed 5th, the highest of any all girl team in Colorado history! We are extremely proud of the entire cheerleading program this season and can’t wait to see what the 2013-2014 season will bring! – Amanda Mundaca, Head Coach
Summer tournament participation equates to fall victories
Team earns best regular season ever, plays for state title
Please keep your competitive edge by competing in junior golf events over the summer. The CJGA, RMJGT, and FCWT schedule excellent junior tournaments throughout the summer; see Coach Dunkle if you are looking for information about these opportunities. We must continue to work on our tournament savvy in order to compete in the Continental League in the years to come. Tryout information for the 2013 fall season will be available on the RCHS boys golf website in early July. Congratulations to Senior Josh Gardella, who committed to compete for Masters College in California and to Senior Andrew Romano, who committed to compete for San Jose State University in California. Hard work pays off. We are proud of you boys; thanks for representing RCHS in such an admirable way. – Jason Dunkle, Head Coach
Just the facts
The Rock Canyon Girls Golf program has completed another super successful season. After losing two girls from last year’s State Qualifying Team, we had some big holes to fill. We were very fortunate that Haylee Hornick moved to Colorado and enrolled at Rock Canyon! She had played golf for a State qualifying team in New Mexico First year sophomore Sara Cuny showed rapid development of a sound golf game. And our State team players Michelle Romano and Savni Kulkarni returned with improved skills from last season. We are proud to announce that once again, our team qualified for the 5A State Golf Championships. Jenell Murphy, Tori Pavillard, Shannon Saul, Megan DeQuiroz, Caleigh Newberry, and Naura Tagiya also playing in varsity tournaments helped the Varsity team finish in the upper standings in all tournaments. The JV team peaked at the perfect time and finished in second place at the JV Championship at the Links Golf Course in Highlands Ranch. New additions to the Coaching Staff was also a success, thanks to Lisa Hollerbach (Varsity Asst.), Kristin Gibsin (JV Coach) and (Parent Asst.) Coach Ron Saul. – Dave Vahling, Head Golf Coach
The girls varsity soccer team finished the regular season 12-11, took second place in the Continental League, and earned a number three seed for the state tournament. The Jags, who lost in the semifinals last year, return many players from that exceptional team. Rock Canyon defeated Brighton 6-0 in the first round and Boulder 3-1 in the second round to push their record to 14-1-1. Morgan Storch, Kaycie Young, Jill Finnerty, and Emily Postma were named first team all-League; Alex Vidger and Katherine Wood were named to the second team. – Mat Henbest, Head Coach
2013 Spring National Signing
The above Rock Canyon senior athletes will continue their athletic careers at the following colleges and universities: Andrew Roman, golf, San Jose State; Trent Riddle, track, Hastings College; Joshua Peterson, basketball, Bethel College; Megan Cooney, cross country, Stony Brook University. Photo by Kathleen Kennedy
Swim & Dive Rock in 2013-14 With a record number of Athletes (76), the Jaguars finished with 6 Wins and only 1 Loss. All our JV and Varsity Swimmers improved during the year and had fun swimming fast. We had a very exciting Continental A-League Championship meet down to the very last relay. With 28 girls competing, we finished 3rd by only 2 points. In addition, our Head Coach, Nicole Vanderpoel, was selected as the 2013 Continental League Swim Coach of the year. With 8 Swimmers, 4 divers, we placed 10th at the 5A State Championships. Swimmers included Nicole Cassou ‘13, Kristen Hoskins ‘15 Nicole Jordan ‘15, Abby Kochevar ‘16, Jordan Kramer ‘14, Madi Lacy ‘16, Erin Riner ‘15 and Vee Vanderpoel ‘14. The divers included Kelsey Lindermann ‘15, Bailey Ludwig ‘14, Lindi Riley ‘13 and Tori Ritter ‘15. Top 16 places score at the State Meet and the following Jaguars did just that. Medley Relay placed 7th, Vee Vanderpoel, Nicole Cassou, Madi Lacy, Abby Kochevar, Nicole Cassou placed 9th in 100 breast, 16th in 200 I M, Abby Kochevar placed 3rd in the 50 Free and 6th in the 100 Free, Madi Lacy placed 5th in the 100 fly, 400 Free Relay placed 11th with Madi Lacy, Vee Vanderpoel, Jordan Kramer and Abby Kochevar. Senior, Nicole Cassou, was honored at the Douglas County Women in Sports Ceremony and will be continuing her career by Swimming for the University of Denver (D1) in the Fall. The following JV & Varsity girls received special Jaguar Awards at our Banquet. Most Improved awards were given to Maddie Hulst, JV and Ali Hauer, Varsity. Rock Star awards were given to Maria Zehnder, JV and Madi Lacy, Varisty. Congratulations girls!
We offer 12 boy sports, 13 girl sports (including spirit squads) Male Athletes: 895 Grade 9 = 204 Grade 10 = 182 Grade 11 = 199 Grade 12 = 133 Female Athletes: 815 Grade 9 = 247 Grade 10 = 239 Grade 11 = 178 Grade 12 = 151 46% of the boys take part in sports 54% of the girls take part in sports 68 Varsity Athletes had a GPA of 4.0 or higher 3.4 was the average GPA for all sports teams.
From Athletic Director Tom Brieske
As another school year comes to a close I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire Rock Canyon community for your continued support of our studentathlete’s, our coaches, and our school. I would also like to thank all of our student athletes and coaches for all of their hard work and dedication in representing our school so proudly this year. Go Jags! Here is a list of team accomplishments for the 2012-13 school year: Cross Country, 11th @ State Boys Tennis, 17th @ State Softball, State finalist, Regional & League Champs Boys Soccer, Quarter Finals Cheerleading, 4th @ State, 3rd @ Nationals Poms, 11@ Nationals Girls Basketball, Sweet Sixteen Girls Swim, 10th @ State Ice Hockey, Quarter Finals Boys Swim, 7th @ State Girls Soccer, State Championship Game Boys Lacrosse, Quarter Finals Girls Tennis, #3 double 6th @ state Track, 1st@ shotput, 2nd @ triple jump, 7th @ triple jump 23 student athletes signed with colleges on National Signing Day.
Quinn O’Neill ‘15, Tyler Dorn ‘14 and the Varsity baseball team reacts to a play on the field March 16 against Lakewood High School. The Jaguars won 8-7.
Photo by Black and Gold Yearbook staff.
Varsity lacrosse celebrates team’s first-ever win over Mountain Vista.
Boys Lacrosse elevates to new heights As Rock Canyon High School celebrates its ten year anniversary, the Jaguars’ boys lacrosse program finished its tenth season with its most competitive effort to date, throughout varsity, junior varsity, and level III teams. Despite battling weekly cancellations due to weather, the boys lacrosse level III team capped a remarkable season with its first ever above .500 record. Head coach Alec Baker remarked that the team’s final victory over ThunderRidge High School was the best effort of the year and expressed pride in each player’s end-of-year development. Called by head coach Dom Caputo “the best JV team I’ve coached at Rock Canyon,” the boys lacrosse junior varsity team followed suit with level III completing an above .500 record, including impressive wins over Denver East and a heart-stopping, last minute win over Lewis-Palmer on the road. Battling its toughest strength of schedule in program history, the boys varsity team finished its season with a final record of 11-5, highlighted by its first-ever win over Mountain Vista, perennial powerhouse Kent Denver, and the outright crown of Douglas County Conference Champions. The coaching staff would like to thank our seven seniors (captain Alek Peters, Wilkins Dismuke, Zander Harlan, Tommy Harrison, Bryson Olejnik, Eric Williams, and Justin Galbraith) for brilliant play on the field and commitment to excellence in the classroom and community. Head coach Louis Goldin looks
forward to building upon the momentum from this season heading into next spring. Individual awards included the following: • Wilkins Dismuke ‘13: All-American, AllState 1st Team, Co-Player of Conference, All-Conference 1st Team, Team MVP • Eric Williams ’13: All-State 1st Team, AllConference 1st Team • Justin Galbraith ’13: All-State Honorable Mention, All-Conference 1st Team • Alek Peters ’13: All-Conference Honorable Mention • Zander Harlan ’13: All-Conference Honorable Mention • Zack Anderson ’14: All-State 2nd Team, All-Conference 1st Team • Colton Jackson ’15: All-State 2nd Team, All-Conference 1st Team • Noah Parker ’14: All-State Honorable Mention, All-Conference 1st Team • Michael Phelps ’15: All-Conference 2nd Team • Reed Wagstaff ’15: All-Conference 2nd Team • Conrad Coppage ’14: All-Conference Honorable Mention • Hanson Finley ’14: All-Conference Honorable Mention • Blake Mounts ’14: All-Conference Honorable Mention • Chris Pietra ’14: All-Conference Honorable Mention • Liam Colter ’15: All-Conference Honorable Mention – Louis Goldin, Head Coach
This teacher’s going places Melinda Emch, a Social Studies teacher, was selected as a Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program recipient. As a result, she will tour India this upcoming summer on a 37-day tour of the country. She, along with approximately fourteen other teachers throughout the United States will study the religions, culture and history of India. On her trip, Melinda will tour the cities of New Delhi, Amritsar, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Madurai, Kolkata, Varanasi and Agra. Prior to her Fulbright-Hays trip, Melinda will be touring Cuba. U.S. citizens can travel to Cuba if they are going as part of an educational or artistic program. Melinda will be touring their agricultural fields, meet with fisherman, see where Ernest Hemingway lived and visit Old Havana. Ms. Emch hopes that both trips will help bring to life two places Ms. Emch teaches about in her AP Human Geography class and her AP World History class.
It’s Shawny’s world... and we just live in it In addition to winning the DCSD Apple Award, science teacher Shawny Fordham was named the 2012 Bioscience Teacher of the Year by the Colorado Bioscience Association, and she is a finalist for the Amgen Grant for Outstanding Biotechnology Teacher. She also received a grant this school year from the Morgridge Foundation that, together with matching money from RCHS and the District Technology Education Department, which purchased a class set of iPads. Three of her biotech students earned internships for the summer with researchers at CU-Boulder in the field of developmental biology. Shawny took 18 students to San Francisco this spring, where they visited multiple biotech companies, such as Genetech, one of the world’s largest biotech companies.
Fordham is best of the best
Photos by Kathleen Kennedy.
Rockwell awarded fellowship in Korean studies
Science teacher Shawndra Fordham was named the Douglas County School District Secondary Teacher Apple Award winner at the Feb. 23 award banquet, held in the Sheraton Downtown. She is the first teacher from Rock Canyon to take the top honor in her division. Barb Cocetti, counseling secretary, was a finalist in her division. The Apple Awards were created in 2006 to provide the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the excellent and innovative teachers in Douglas County School District and serve as a fund raiser for district schools, district programs and DCEF’s Fill the Gap grants.
Social Studies teacher Katie Rockwell will have an opportunity to gain firsthand experience with Korean culture, June 26 - July 7. She hopes to introduce Korean culture and history to her students in the future. The fellowship is funded by Great-West Great-Teachers, a literacy grant initiative designed to financially assist Colorado educators in teaching their students the basics and beyond.
Stack racks up big honor Congratulations to Rock Canyon’s second Boettcher Scholar, Meagan Stack. The Boettcher Scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships offered to Colorado students. Full tuition and fees are provided for all four years to any Colorado University. There is an annual stipend provided to help defray the student’s room and board expenses and a reasonable book allowance. An International Education Grant is also available for studying abroad. The scholarship is renewable after each year if the student maintains a B average. Qualifications: • Students with a 27 ACT score, have a 1200 SAT composite score • Students must be in the top 5 percent of their class • Colorado resident for their junior and senior year of high school
Junior receives community honor
The City of Lone Tree chose Dane Burkholder ‘14, as the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Youth of Lone Tree Award. Dane impressed the Selection Committee with his wide-ranging volunteer experiences and community involvement throughout the last year. Dane successfully demonstrated a commitment to his community through his work as a tutor for his high school peers in the subjects of chemistry, calculus and Spanish. Additionally, he is an academic mentor at Rocky Heights Middle School where he works with sixth graders struggling to transition to middle school. In this role, he gives advice regarding time management and study skills and provides homework help and math tutoring. Dane is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Youth Leadership Douglas County, and National Society of High School Scholars. This award was created by the Lone Tree Youth Commission, a group of seven youth in eighth through twelfth grade who reside in Lone Tree and serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council.
Soph is top volunteer
Navya Roy, Rock Canyon sophomore, has been named a Helping and Comforting the Sick Award Distinguished Finalist. Every year, the top high school and middle level youth volunteers in each state and the District of Columbia are selected as State Honorees. In addition, two to ten runners-up in each state are named Distinguished Finalists and receive a bronze medallion.
2013 Underclassmen Jaguar Award Winners Outstanding Freshman Students
Ashley Bradley - Visual Arts Jami Ellison - World Language Makenzie Estep - Counseling Mark Hinds - Business/Technology Olivia Iverson - Social Studies Allison Kellner - Language Arts Allison Kerker - Mathematics Emily Klein - Performing Arts Emily Klein - Freshman Jag of the Year Amanda Miller - Science Hunter Rodriguez - Physical Education George Waggett - Special Education
Outstanding Sophomore Students
Kelcey Beckman - Sophomore Jag of the Year Ryan Betthauser - Special Education Hannah Clark - Language Arts Jessica Dobler - Mathematics Parker Groves - Social Studies Megan Harrity - World Language Alexandra Johnson - Business/ Technology Chase McDaniel - Counseling Erin Riner - Visual Arts Logan Schurr - Performing Arts Tiffany Theodore - Science Paige Von Bank - Physical Education
Outstanding Junior Students
Tessa Johnson - Visual Arts Mahek Modi - World Language Brianna Mondschein Snook - Junior Jag of the Year Maxwell Pederson - Mathematics Brandon Reimers - Social Studies Logan Schafer - Performing Arts Brooke Stormo - Counseling Matthew Vernon - Language Arts Sydney Vialpando - Science Lucas Zahorik - Business/ Technology
Student creating cure to improve health of youth with cardiac arrhythmia
When Steven Taschner ‘13, was diagnosed with a cardiac arrhythmia, he was no longer able to participate in the physical activities that he loved. Upon his diagnosis, Steven decided that his career goal would be to research arrhythmia problems, specifically in growing children. He wants to create a cure for those children afflicted with this problem who struggle with the fear of sudden death during exercise. Washington University in St. Louis is giving Steven the opportunity to begin his research early. This summer and over the course of the next four years, Steven will dedicate his time to participate in a prestigious program designated to biology and biomedical research. Steven will be provided with a mentor, a stipend for his research, and coverage of all fees associated with his involvement in the program. His focus this summer will be on researching heart rate variability, cardiovascular risk, sleep apnea, ambulatory ECG analysis, and the involvement of each of these factors in a healthy heart. – Courtney Luedtke-Bacon
These students are great
Evan Provan has been selected as our representative for the “CU Most Outstanding Junior Award.” This is based on his academic excellence, leadership, school and community service, and his desire to attend CU Boulder. Should he choose to enroll there in 2014, Evan will receive a $4,000 scholarship to help off-set his tuition. Bayleigh Arey, nominated by Sue Young, is the DCF Student Award Recipient for RCHS. She was honored on May 10 at the 41st Annual DCF Student Award Ceremony.
Jag Students of the 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.” Two students from each class are chosen each month, and Andy Abner honors the students by surprising them with the news in one of their classes. This year’s winners were: Seniors: Bayleigh Arey, Curtis Duncan, Dani Gilbert, Rachel Anderson, Johanna Bloom, Deanne Apke, Chris Crum, Bryan Craver, Dominique Pataroque, Quincy Schurr and Sara Moore. Juniors: Jimmy Wanless, Brooke Fry, Logan Schafer, Emily Okonowsky, Brandon Reimers, Alexandra Sundberg, Evan Hunchar, Nick Seaquist, Bri Mondschein-Snook, Quentin Boose, Vivian Zeng and Resse Werden. Sophomores: Tiffany Theodore, Navya Roy, Jennifer Heathershaw, Josh Colville, Lukas Larsson, Morgan Stone, Jessica Dobler, Parker Groves, Kelcey Beckman, Tanner Larsen, Casey Stazick, Alana Smart. Freshmen: Casey Sabados, Anna de la Rosa, Mariam Vail, Nicole Armstrong, Lily Franks, Joshua Goldin, Will Gibbons, Emily Klein, Mackenzie Estep, Kevin Criley, Madison Hulst and Ryan Staab.