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New year, New Rules Q&A

With the registration window opening today, The Rock staff wanted to compile a quick guide to courses available for registration. In the following pages you will be able to read brief summaries of a variety of classes offered next year written and compiled by Rock Canyon students. In addition, students were asked to rate each course according to the amount of homework and the difficulty level of the class. We’ve also included a few points of helpful information about next year’s scheduling and course offerings. Be sure you have all your forms and signatures completed by January 30 at midnight. Jusr a reminder each student needs 24 credits to graduate and 20 hours of community service. As of 2013 registration requirements are: • 4 years of English • 3 Credits of Social Studies • 3 Credits of Math • 3 Credits of Science • 1 Credit of practical Art • 1 Credit of fine Art • 1 Credit of Physical Education • 8 of Elective Credit

With Principal Andy Abner

Principal Andy Abner clears up schedule and class size questions about the 2012-13 school year Rock :Why will the schedule change for next year? Abner: One thing that you’re probably well aware of, is that class sizes have increased and we are induring another budget cut. So in an effort to reduce class sizes, we have changed our philosophy of teachers teaching five classes in a seven period schedule, to teachers teaching six class periods in a eight-period schedule. They’d still have two periods off, but they’d be teaching an extra class. Class sizes are reduced when you increase the number of sections and still have the same number of student requests. An example of this would

02 [01/23/12] be when 60 students sign up for an English class. With our current model, we would only be able to have two sections which would put each class at 30 students. When we add a section, we would have three classes with 20 students each. Rock : How much different will next year be? Abner: I don’t think that next year will be drastically different. Overall there weren’t a lot of additions; it remained pretty much the same and pretty constant. We’re committed to making sure that we have as many AP offerings to our kids as possible. We want to make sure that they’re competing with the very best when they decide to go to different universities. We also remain comitted to offering a large variety of activities, athletics, and elective courses. Rock : How many classes can people take? Abner : We can guarantee that upperclassmen will be able to take six classes. What happens is, when you move to an eight- period schedule, you can’t --in order to deal with a budget cut-- have every kid take eight classes. If you do that, you would actually need more teachers instead of fewer. Right now the average number of classes that a student at RCHS takes is 6.25, so it’s pretty much going to be the same thing. The only difference is that we can’t photo by: [kaylaneil]

Physical Education

necessarily say that you’ll be able to take more than six . However if there’s room, then you’ll be able to take that class. Rock: Why are we doing the new schedule? Abner : The necessity came about because of budget cuts and class sizes that we would go to a six of eight schedule. All that means is that teachers are teaching six out of eight class periods. Instead of periods 1-7 for students, it will be periods 1-8. In order to make that work within our schedule, there were a couple different options. You could have eight periods every single day, Monday through Friday. As a teacher, you would teach six and have two of those periods off, one of which would be a plan period. Another option would be our current schedule like we have it: to do three eight -period days and have block days on Wednesday and Thursday. Another option was to have an alternating block, where you had block periods every day. We settled on an option to have one day of the week where all class periods meet and the rest of the week as block days. We still need to decide which day of the week the eight-period day will be. Additionally, we are committed to having an academic access period for students and an adequate lunch time.

Adventure Experience

Students will participate throughout the semester in group-based activities along with experiencing the world of climbing and adventure. “I really enjoyed the class because it was fun Sports Included: Rock and challenging at the same time.” Climbing and Outdoor -Caleb Guiffre ‘13 Obstacle Course.

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At a glance... classes available

Healthy Decisions

Athletic trainer Dylan Centola ‘13 aids an injured player at the homecoming football game.

Team Sports

Throughout the semester students will be introduced to a wide variety of sports, while learning the components of fitness.

“You play a bunch of different sports throughout the semester. It’s a really fun, easy class.” -Austin Sutton ‘12 Sports Included:

Adv. Team Sports

“Advanced team sports is fun because you get to play team sports but also go bowling and play mini golf. That’s really the only difference from regular team sports.” -Cameron Streich ‘13

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Students will learn how to make safe and healthy choices as a teen, which will produce a healthier lifestyle as an adult by explor“Healthy decisions was a pretty easy class, and I ing the aspects never had any homework. It was a good way to and challenges of fill my P.E. credit.“ everyday living. -Kelsi Oddo ‘13

Individual Sports

Athletic Training

This class emphasizes the enjoyment of sports in order to teach students the necessity of a lifetime of fitness.

Focussed on training and treating injuries in athletics for students interested in careers in sports medicine, physical therapy, or athletic training. Class work will include evaluation, treatment, rehabilitaion, and taping tecniques.

Sports Included: “Individual Sports was a fun way to get my credit, I enjoyed going bowling on block days.” -Allie Newell ‘13

This course teaches skills and principles that can be used throughout life to maintain health and remain fit. Sports Included:

Strength & Adaptive P.E. Conditioning

This course is designed for students looking to get in shape, as well as work endurance and increase overall body strength. “It’s a great way to get in shape, even if you don’t participate in school sports.” -Dan Myers ‘12 Sports Included:

Shape Up

Designed for both Special Education students and those who want to work with students as a Peer Coach.


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(H) Trig/Pre Calculus, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, Descrete Math, Probability and Stats, College Algebra, Math of Money

Algebra I

Pre-requisite: None Class length: Year-long Taught by: Gregory, Cloud, Kolarik, Seaquist, Stevens

“I’m not the best at math but I love my teacher. The harder you work, the more extra time the teacher can give to help you out.” -Caleigh Newberry ‘15

Pre-requisite: Algebra II (Honors)* Class length: Year long Taught by: Cloud, Munro, Seaquist

This course covers the study of trigonometric and circular functions and their applications, analytical geometry, and other advanced analytical topics to prepare for the study of Calculus.

This course will continue the study of algebraic equations and functions including logarithms and conic sections. It is highly recommended that this course is taken in conjunction with Trigonometry second semester. Pre-requisite: Algebra II Class length: Year long Taught by: Zimmerman, Gregory

AP Calc was a great AP Calc AB/BC “Taking choice bceause it not only

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College Algebra

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Prerequisite: Signature from teacher Class length: Year long Taught by: Gregory (AB), Koy (BC)

“For the things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of math.” -Roger Bacon

Taught by: Cloud, Craychee, Peharda, Kolarik, Seaquist, Zimmerman

“I enjoyed the class, especially during the unit circle chapter. I learned a lot. It helped me in future science classes, especially physics” -Jack Becker ‘12

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Students study spatial relationships of two and Amount of three-dimensional figures, Homework through logical deduction, construction activities and practical applications using problem “I liked Geometry because it solving strategies. teaches math that isn’t just based on numbers. It’s actually Pre-requisite: Algebra I* applicable in the real world.” Class length: Year-long -Logan Draper ‘15

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Geometry

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Students study variables, real numbers, first and second-degree equations, simplifying, evaluating and factoring polynomials, radicals, graphing of equations and inequalities, basic probability and statistics, and problem solving using algebra skills.

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helped me with math but in other classes as well. It’s managable and I like it.” -Rachel Branson ‘12 “Calc BC is really really fun, I think, but then again I am a devoted math nerd. I mean, as the great Master Koy would say... ‘Calculus aint no putt putt’. “ -Eric Jung ‘13

The objectives of this course are to cultivate a basic understanding of the concepts of calculus, to provide experience in the use of calculus methods, and to show how calculus methods may be applied to practical applications. Calc BC is an extension of BC.

AP Statistics

Difficulty Amount of Homework “Its hard but you learn a lot and its a good comination of Algebra I and II with some Trig. The best alternative to taking Trig/PreCal.” -Jen Schein ‘12

Advanced Placement Statis- Difficulty tics is a college-level course designed to introduce students to the major concepts and Amount of tools for collecting, analyzing, Homework and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: Exploring Data, Planning a “If you want to take an AP Study, Anticipating Patterns math class, this is the one to and Statistical Interference. take because it’s not overbearing. Mr. Peharda’s really fun.” -Ashley Nguyen ‘12 Prerequisite: None Class length: Year long Taught by: Peharda

Algebra II

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Students continue their study of algebraic equa- Amount of tions and functions. Other Homework topics include rational, irrational, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their graphs, and using “It becomes really easy and problem solving skills. enjoyable, especially if you have a teacher that simplifies Pre-requisite: Geometry the concepts.” -Mackenzie Reed ‘14 Class length: Year-long Taught by: Gregory, Cloud, Peharda, Stevens

Discrete Math/Stats Prerequisite: Algebra II Honors Class length: Semester long Taught by: Kolarik For college-bound students emphasizing real-world applications of math in business, communications and social studies. Emphasizes the use and analysis of statistics and probability in various fields.

“It has its ups and downs. Take notes and study for tests and it becomes fun to learn some of the material. -Yassin Marrakchi ‘12

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Math of Money Prerequisite: Geometry Class length: Year long Taught by: Koy Fee: $24.00

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Students will use spreadsheets, internet sites, financial publications, and other resources to explore money and its relation to their lives. Savings, earnings, business ventures, credit cards, investments, insurance, taxes, and purchases are some of the topics to be studied.


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Science Electives

At a glance... “In all of our elective classes, thinking skills are the benefit. We really want you to think like a scientist.”

Geology

Astronomy

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Taught by: Jeremy Newman

Taught by: Jeremy Newman

This lab based course includes the study and identification of rocks and minerals, geologic structures, weathering and erosion, glacial processes, coastal processes, natural disasters, Colorado geology, and the use of topographic and geologic maps.

Organic Chemistry

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AP Earth Enviromental Science Amount of Homework: Difficulty: Taught by: Gregory Brinker In AP Earth Environmental Science, students will have to combine their kenowldge of biology, geography, chemisty and earth science. This is a course only open to sophomores, juniors and seniors and will require a fee

Biotechnology Amount of Homework: Difficulty: Taught by: In taking Biotech, you can earn 3 college credits automatically. It is a fun course that serves to provide an introduction into modern molecular biotechnology. In order to take

Forensic Science

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Taught by: Kristi Piccone

This is a science course that combines all science concepts, including chemistry and biology, in order to provide students with the knowledge that they need in

for the AP exam at the end of the year. It’s a life course meaning the things you learn concepts in this class can be used throughout life not just in the class room; such as learning about human interactions with the environment.

“It’s a challenging class, but Mr. Brinker makes the class fun. There is a lot of labs as well as chapter readings to do, but the workload is manageable.” -Ben King ‘14 this course, you must have taken chemistry and biology. You can use all of the concepts that you learn; this counts as a practical arts credit but most colleges view

“I think that Biotech is really worth taking because you get college credit and you learn a lot; after taking it, you’d be able to walk out and get a job in a research lab if you really wanted ito. ” -Sydney Boyle ‘12

order to analyze evidence found in crime scenes; such as fingerprint analysis and toxicology. In order to take this course, students must have taken biology and chemistry. There is a fee for supplies.

“It’s really cool because you can experiment with CSI kind of material, plus Mrs.Piccone is awesome!” - Danielle Williams’12

“Geology is a really fun class, I think that you come to more of a realization as to what really happens in natural distasters and its eye-openng to the world around us and how delicate our earth is.” -Cecilia Castro ‘13

Zoology

Amount of Homework: Difficulty: Taught by: Jeremy Newman This second level biology course is designed to acquaint students with the biology, classification, and evolutionary diversity of the animal kingdom. Students will dissect a representative organism of many of the animal phyla and study the development of animals from simple sponges to complex vertebrates. There is a fee involved in taking this course, and it is strongly recommended that biology is taken as a prerequisite.

“Zoology doesn’t have a strong workload necessarily, but you might have to memorize information in preparation for tests.” --Kristi Piccone

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--Kristie Piccone

This course is a scientific exploration of the human’s place in the universe. We study the origin and history of the Universe and the formation of the Earth and the Solar System. This course also covers exciting topics such as black holes, the expansion of the Universe, and the search for extraterrestrial life. There is a fee involved for lab supplies.

This is a lab-based course that combines both biology and chemistry into a study of various topics such as nomenclature and analyzing organic compounds and chemical structures. There is a fee included in this course and you must have taken chemistry. This course is only open to juniors and seniors.

Anatomy

Amount of Homework: Difficulty: Taught by: Kristi Piccone This is a secondary biology course that focuses primarily on the structures and functions of the human body. This course heavily involves research based analysis and lab work. There is a fee involved and you must have taken

biology and chemistry in order to take this course. However, you may take this course concurrently with a chemistry course. The homeowrk load is not heavy, however tests are usually difficult and require a strong work ethic.

“My class was really exciting and we learned a lot. We did this thing called ‘Fix your Patient’, so I learned how to help a person (when they’re injured). Take the class, it’s worth it. It’s a lot of work in class, but not a lot of homework.” -Jenna Valenzianio ‘12

Applied Biology Chemistry in the Amount of Homework: Community Difficulty: Applied Biology is a course that can be taken as an alternative to a regular biology course, however students must recieve a teacher recommendation in order to take it. The class focuses on the study of living organisms, genetics and other biological concepts. There is a fee involved for lab supplies.

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This is a course for juniors and seniors that can be take as an alternative to a required chemistry course. The class serves to provide students with a knowledge of how chemistry affects them in their daily lives and enable them to make decisions about science-related issues. A teacher recommendation is required and a fee is included.

Aquatic Biology

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Taught by: Eric Schmidt In this course, students will learn about marine animals and aquatic environments. There is a fee involved in signing up for this

course and students may take this course while taking bilohy at the same time.

“The work load isn’t difficult, but the concepts can be difficult to understand.” --Kristi Piccone


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Science Electives

At a glance... “In all of our elective classes, thinking skills are the benefit. We really want you to think like a scientist.” -Kristi Piccone

Geology

Astronomy

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Taught by: Jeremy Newman, Taught by: Jeremy Newman Laurel Johnston

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AP Earth Environmental Science

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Taught by: Gregory Brinker “It’s a challenging class, but Mr. Brinker makes the class fun. There are a lot of labs as well as chapter readings to do, but the workload is manageable.” -Ben King ‘14

In AP Earth Environmental Science, students will have to combine their knowledge of biology, geography, chemistry and earth science. This is a course only open to sophomores, juniors and seniors and will require an AP exam fee. It’s a life course meaning the things you learn concepts in this class can be used throughout life not just in the classroom; such as learning about human interactions with the environment.

Biotechnology

“I think that Biotech is really worth taking because you get Amount of Homework: college credit and you learn a lot. After taking it, you’d be able Difficulty: to walk out and get a job in a research lab if you really wanted Taught by: Shawndra Fordham to.” -Sydney Boyle ‘12 In taking Biotech, you can

earn 3 college credits automatically. It is a fun course that serves to provide an introduction into modern molecular biotechnology. In order to take

Forensic Science Amount of Homework: Difficulty: Taught by: Kristi Piccone

This is a science course that combines all science concepts, including chemistry and biology, in order to provide students with the knowledge that they need in

this course, you must have taken chemistry and biology. You can use all of the concepts that you learn; this counts as a practical arts credit.

“It’s really cool because you can experiment with CSI kind of material, plus Ms.Piccone is awesome!” - Danielle Williams’12 order to analyze evidence found in crime scenes; such as fingerprint analysis and toxicology. In order to take this course, students must have taken biology and chemistry.

This lab based course includes the study and identification of rocks and minerals, geologic structures, weathering and erosion, glacial processes, coastal processes, natural disasters, Colorado geology, and the use of topographic and geologic maps.

“Geology is a really fun class, I think that you come to more of a realization as to what really happens in natural disasters and its eye-opening to the world around us and how delicate our earth is.” -Cecilia Castro ‘13

Zoology

Amount of Homework: Difficulty: Taught by: Jeremy Newman, Jessica Muniz

This second level biology course is designed to acquaint students with the biology, classification, and evolutionary diversity of the animal kingdom.

Organic Chemistry

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Taught by: Dave Ferguson

Anatomy Amount of Homework: Difficulty: Taught by: Kristi Piccone

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This is a lab-based course that combines both biology and chemistry into a study of various topics such as nomenclature and analyzing organic compounds and chemical structures. There is a fee included in this course and you must have taken chemistry. This course is only open to juniors and seniors. This is a secondary biology course that focuses primarily on the structures and functions of the human body. This course heavily involves research based analysis and lab work. There is a fee involved and you must have taken biology and chemistry in order to take this course. However, you may take this course concurrently with a chemistry course. The homework load is not heavy, however tests are usually difficult and require a strong work ethic.

“My class was really exciting and we learned a lot. We did this thing called ‘Fix your Patient’, so I learned how to help a person (when they’re injured). Take the class, it’s worth it. It’s a lot of work in class, but not a lot of homework.” -Jenna Valenzianio ‘12

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“I recommend [zoology] to anyone who’s interested in animal Taught by: Eric Schmidt life, whether you want to work Applied Biology is a course that in a zoo or become a vet or even can be taken as an alternative to if your interested in animal life. a regular biology course, however You learn so much more in-depth students must receive a teacher recommendation in order to take about the animals, and it just it. The class focuses on the study makes it fun. of living organisms, genetics and -Emily Reeder ‘12 other biological concepts.

Aquatic Biology

This course is a scientific exploration of the human’s place in the universe. The student studies the origin and history of the Universe and the formation of the Earth and the Solar System. This course also covers exciting topics such as black holes, the expansion of the Universe, and the search for extraterrestrial life. There is a fee involved for lab supplies.

In this course, students learn about marine animals and aquatic environments. There is a fee involved in signing up for this course and students may take this course while taking biology at the same time.

Difficulty: Taught by: Laurel Johnston This is a course for juniors and seniors that can be take as an alternative to a required chemistry course. The class serves to provide students with a knowledge of how chemistry affects them in their daily lives and enable them to make decisions about science-related issues.

Taught by: Eric Schmidt, Jessica Muniz, Laurel Johnston “The work load isn’t difficult, but the concepts can be difficult to understand.” --Kristi Piccone


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Technology Department At a glance...

At Rock Canyon, a variety of technology-based classes are offered in addition to business classes, most of which will suit your required practical arts credit

Intro to Computer Science

Technology I,II

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In Intro into Computer Science students important life skills, such as time management and critical thinking, while learning about computer programming. Through this course, students receive college credit without having to take an AP Exam at the end of the year or pay fees for the class itself. Students must be self-motivated, and independent learners. Otherwise students may struggle a little more than those who learn on their own.

“Some of the concepts are challenging, but rewarding once you get it.” -Paul Bisesi ‘14

Intro to Engineering Amount of Homework: Difficulty: Taught by: Christy Street In Intro to Engineering, students will learn all of the basic principles in engineering. This is especially helpful for students who wish to pursue a career in either technology or engi-

If you enjoy problem-solving and advanced computer science, Tech Lab is definitely a class you should look into. Students take part in two-week-long stations in which they must creatively find a way to answer a problem. This class is a semester long, but it does require students to do a lot of thinking. The two-week projects can be very difficult and many times the groups will not get a chance to completely finish.

“Tech Lab is an awesome class, you get the opportunity to try out all kinds of tech-related things that could help you in the future. ” -Kevin Padavic ‘12 “ It’s an interesting class. The class isn’t hard but you have to think and understand what you are doing, and there isn’t much homework, just projects.” - Allison Miller ‘14 neering itself. The class requires students to have a good work ethic and rely on themselves in preparation for tests and everyday assignments. This course will also help students wish to pursue a science related career.

Multimedia I, II, III

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Taught by: Jim McClurg, Christy Street The multimedia classes that Rock Canyon offers opporitunities for anyone who is interested in working in film or broadcasting in the future. The difficulty of these semesterlong classes grows as you rise in level, with Multimedia III as the most difficult. Multimedia I and II are semester-long courses, and Multimedia III is a year-long class. By the end of Multimedia 1, you will be able to edit two clips together and know the basics of Final Cut (a film editing computer program). When

Students working in Multimedia.

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you reach Multimedia 3, things get tougher. For instance, approximately once every 3 weeks, a group is assigned a week of RCTV episodes to complete, and the group is placed in charge of all aspects of production.

“Things get really stressful when it’s your week, but it really pays off when the whole school gets to see your hard work.” -Sidney Fleecs ‘13

06 [01/23/12] 11 classes available Multimedia I, II, III Technology I, II Intro to Engineering Intro to Computer Science Business Accounting Marketing Logic and Program Design

Lindsey Givin, Adrienne Gullia, Ari DePaola in Marketing class.

Business

Amount of Homework: Difficulty: Taught by: Janna Robinett Business Management serves to provide a general overview of all of the business courses offered at Rock Canyon, including marketing, economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship. This class includes a virtual business activity and is an introductory course to all other business-related courses. This is offered for all students and enables them to have the opportunity to participate in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). Juniors and seniors in this class also get to do Work Experience.

Accounting

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Logic and Program Design Amount of Homework: Difficulty: Taught by: Christy Street In Logic and Program Design students are introduced to the principles of computer science. This includes developing an understanding of variable types, data structures, looping and arrays. Grading in this class relies heavily on projects and students are expected to have a strong work ethic.

Marketing

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Interested in working with money when you’re older? If so, accounting would be a great class to take next year. Students learn how to deal with money in real-life situations. Accounting is a semester long class but it’s definitely not your easy A. But colleges love to see you challenging yourself in more hands-on classes such as this one.

If you are someone who aspires to take part in DECA or belong to FBLA, marketing is the class for you. Not only is it very helpful if you wish to pursue a career in business or economics, but it’s also a required course in order to be a part of these two organizations. It’s a fun, year-long class packed with information and activities. This class requires a lot of note-taking and there is a pretty high work load. However, a majority of the tasks assigned (homework, reading, etc.) are things that can be solved with common sense.

“You really gain a lot of knowledge about how to work with money in the future. I am much more confident about accounting now, and I recommend it to anyone who really wants to succeed in business. It’s a super helpful class!” -Austin Sutton ‘12

“It really helps you in real-life situations. I am much more comfortable towards the ‘job scene’ after taking marketing.” -Ari DePaola ‘13


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At a glance...

23 classes available World Geography Modern Asian History Modern European History Ancient Civilizations Honors Ancient Civilizations

AP Human Geography U.S. History 1865-1945 U.S. History 1945-Present AP U.S. History AP European History AP Microeconomics

AP Macroeconomics U.S. Government Leadership Colorado History Sociology Introduction to Law Psychology AP Psychology AP Human Geography AP World History Senior Studies

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Social Studies Department

Whether it’s Economics, Geography, History, or Psychology, the Social Studies Department is your hub for electives. photo by: [alliecole]

Taught by: David Sapienza This class designed for Sophomores will give you a comprehensive tour through the history of Europe. All the way from the birth of Western Civilzation as we know it to the triumph and tragedies of its countries, this class will leave you with a profound insight into the development of Europe and its influence on the western world.

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Taught by: Kate Hartline & Tim Marshall If there’s one thing you need to know about the world, it’s money, and AP Micro and Macroeconomics is your one stop for everything in relation to our system of trading and spending. This class is designed for students looking to delve more in-depth into the study of human choice.

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AP Psychology is historically one of the most popular AP electives at Rock Canyon, and for good reason. Lectures are always fascinating and the subjects apply to every day situations. However, the voluminous workload is not for everybody, so students looking for a glide-by AP be warned.

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“AP Psychology is definitely one of my favorite classes. The content is interesting, and Mrs. McKay brings humor into the class.” -Ashley Nguyen ‘12

Taught by: Timothy Marshall Pundits and power struggles, caucuses and congress; the semester long AP Government course will give you the nitty gritty of the inner workings of our political system. If you’ve ever wondered if the omnipotent political polls can be trusted or whether or just how much power the President has, then this is the class for you.

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“I am really interested in politics, and being surrounded by other students who are interested as well creates a great environment.” -Lindsay Bodman ‘12

Taught by: Matt Sassali Few classes at Rock Canyon can match AP US History in terms of difficulty and workload, yet it’s also unmatched in its content. You’ll learn everything from Columbus’ discovery of the new world to Nixon’s Watergate scandal, and throughout you will gain insight into the development of the United States of America.

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“[AP Economics] relates to things on an international level, and focuses on the choices we make as human beings.” -Morgan Hayes ‘12

Taught by: Suzanne McKay

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“AP Euro was one of the hardest classes I have taken, but it got me truly interested in history.” -Lauren Payne ‘13

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AP US Government

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Sociology

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“AP US History is a year long course focused on American history. The course covers all the way from Columbus to the 1990’s.” -Social Studies Teacher, Matt Sassali

Taught by: Brent Handy If you choose to take Sociology as a social studies elective, prepare to be faced with a mixed bag of lectures. Whether it’s watching the Simpson’s to learn about white collar crime on Mondays, or cutting clippings out of magazines to show class warfare on Fridays, each day you’ll be faced with something different and engaging.

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“Sociology is really cool; I think most people could take something good from the class.” -Bryan Westermeyer ‘13


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World Language Department

16classes available

Huanying! Bienvenue! Bienvenida! By taking classes in the world language department, you can not only get your foreign language credit, but gain new, cultural experiences.

Spanish

Levels: I, II, II, IV, V, AP

French Levels: I, II, II, IV, V, AP Chinese Levels: I, II, II, IV, V photo compliments of: [kaylaneil]

Spanish and French students sit in the town square in Pamplona, Spain during their summer trip to Europe with the EF Tours program. “I had a lot of fun learning about the cultures in both countries. All the time I spent learning Spanish at school really paid off when I was able to use it on the trip,”Taylor Broschat ‘13 said.

Spanish I, II, III, IV, V, AP

French I, II, III, IV, V, AP

Chinese I, II, III, IV

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Taught by: Courtney Luedtke-Bacon, Carol McFarland, Margaret Motz, Catherine de la Garza, Lauren Nickell, Chantal Pearson, Patricia Villegas

Taught by: Dayna Moore, Erin Toews

Taught by: Jack Song

Smooth is the rhapsody of the French Language. French is the second most popular foreign language at Rock Canyon. Furthermore, for those looking for something different from Spanish, but do not want to start anew, the languages are remarkably similar due to their common Latin ancestor. Students in French will be exposed to many of the same opportunities as their Spanish-speaking peers, including an AP class, a National Honor Society and an immersion into the French culture. French is perfect for those students interested in learning about Europe and the history of France while simultaneously learning the language of love.

Chinese classes will not only teach you a priceless language, but many cultural, life lessons. The homework load is a small part of the class and is easy to handle. There is plenty of interaction between the students and the instructor. You learn conversational skills for everyday life. Speaking, writing, and reading are heavily emphasized during the class. The overall class environment is easygoing and enjoyable. Chinese should be considered by those students who want to branch away from the tradition French or Spanish tracks, yet have a desire to learn about a relevant and ancient culture and its language.

“Spanish classes are a great way to open the mind to something out of your comfort zone.” -Tia Greene ‘13

“I took Spanish in elementary school so I decided to take French to learn a new language.” -Lauren Veltri ‘13

“Chinese is really worthwhile for the future. We speak Chinese in my house so the class is very useful.” -Alan Yeung ‘12

“I like Spanish because I use my skills when I’m out of the country, and I love learning about the culture.” -Gabby Alcala ‘14

“Since we don’t really speak [French] here it makes the language unique.” -Claire Walton ‘13

“I like taking Chinese, since it’s the most populated culture in the world. It would be useful to have for business purposes.” -Taylor Deck ‘13

Did you know that Spanish is the second most popular language in the world? Out of all the foreign language courses offered at Rock Canyon, pursuing a track in Spanish is the most practical for use in our everyday world. Along with gaining fluency in Spanish, students learn about the culture of Spanish speaking countries through engaging projects, presentations and classroom activities that will lead to a well-rounded experience.


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Public Speaking

21classes total

Taught By: Karly Bloom

It’s important to be able to be comfortable talking in front of other people in school and in the workplace, and this semester-long class will help you develop that skill. “Public speaking is an invaluable class to take in high school,” English teacher Karly Bloom said. In this class, students will regularly make presentations in front of everyone. Due to the lack of homework, many find this class to not be difficult. However, those who become nervous may find the class challenging. The skills Amount of Homework: learned in this class carry over to other areas of life, and it’s Difficulty: a great opportunity for students to break out of their comfort zones.

Language Arts

Develop your literary and language skills with a wide range of core class and elective options that fit your interests Karly Bloom shows her class how to tell a good story. Bloom teaches Public Speaking and Creative Writing.

Creative Writing

Competitive Speech and Debate

For students with a passion for writing that isn’t satisfied by other electives, Creative Writing provides an outlet for them to express themselves through writing projects. “It’s a class unlike any other English class. There’s a ton of freedom,” English teacher Karly Bloom said. The class helps students find their writing voice Students create projects throughout the semester that respond to openended writing prompts. As shown, students go outside the box and are not through open-ended writing prompts. Students have a lot of freedom to write what they want and limited by traditional writing project constraints. how they want to write it. Amount of Homework: “All the structure and boundaries of your typical English class disappear, and you’re free to write almost anything you like,” Madelyn Falk ‘12 said. The class is what you make of it, and the grades are determined Difficulty: mainly on meeting deadlines and requirements. Students with a strong interest in writing will find Creative Writing to be an elective with a lot of freedom to develop their writing and express themselves.

For students that are already comfortable with public speaking or even students that wish to develop that skill, this course offers practical experience with public speaking topics and debate. Students have the opportunity to attend tournaments and compete with others in a broad spectrum of speech categories as well as in debates, and they can even letter in it. “You’ll get outside of your comfort zone, make friends, and learn a valuable skill,” sponsor and English teacher JoAnn Moran said. Not only are these skills important in competition, but they’re also useful in real world situations when students enter the workforce. By the end of the semester, students build lifelong friendships.

Taught By: JoAnn Moran

Taught By: Karly Bloom

Literature of Film

Taught by: Dr. Jason Dunkle

Looking at the literary aspects of movies isn’t something that most people take the time to do, but in this class, students get the opportunity to do just that. Students analyze film, explore actors and actresses, and focus on cinematography. They’ll analyze plot structure, characters, and setting. Due to the nature of the class, discussion takes place during class and work outside of class is minimal. Because of this, Literature of Film can help relieve stress off of a heavy course load. “It’s a different kind of elective. It’s casual and relaxed,” English teacher Dr. Amount of Homework: Jason Dunkle said. The only requirement is to Difficulty: have an interest in watching movies.

Journalism and Photojournalism

Taught By: Kristi Rathbun

Dillon Fondrick ‘12 and Megan Cooney ‘13 shoot photos for a project in Photojournalism.

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For students interested in joining Newspaper or Yearbook, these classes develop and encourage real world skills in research, photography, reporting, and desktop and online publishing. Journalism is offered in the fall, and Photojournalism is offered in the spring. “I’d say [Journalism is] a harder elective, but I really enjoyed it because you learn so many different techniques that even help with other areas of school work,” Kelcey Beckman ‘15 said. The class is somewhat challenging, and reporting on school events is a requirement. Students should be aware of the additional time commitment.

Elective, All Grades, Semester-long

Ben Bush ‘11, Jonah Flores ‘13, and Emily Ball ‘14 enjoy The Great Pumpkin tournament together.

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RCHS Publications

The Rock Student Newspaper and Black & Gold

The Rock staff members collaborate to produce this issue of the newspaper.

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Help create Rock Canyon’s award-winning publications in Newspaper and Yearbook classes. “Newspaper is a lot of work, but when the paper comes out it’s really rewarding,” The Rock Business Manager Cecilia Castro ‘13 said. Students learn design, marketing, and management skills that apply well beyond journalism. “Yearbook prepares you for real life. You get life lessons, and you really learn a lot,” Yearbook editor-inchief Karly Hanson ‘12 said. Students travel to nationwide conference to learn skills, compete, and form lasting friendships with other staff members.


specialedition At a glance...

10 [01/23/12]

17 classes available

Orchestra

Taught by: Alyssa McCollum

The Orchestra program has 2 orchestras. String orchestra is a non-auditioned group, and Chamber Orchestra is an auditioned, higher level group. This group plays about 5-8 times a year in formal concerts and community events. With the simple homework assignment of practicing your instrument nightly, this course is more fun then stressful.

Performing Arts Department photo by: [kaylaneil]

Concert Band Marching Band Perc. Tech./Color Guard (Marching Perc.) Symphonic Band (Audition Only) String Orchestra Chamber Orchestra (Audition Only)

Choir

Amount of Homework Difficulty “Choir is the best part of my day. It’s a huge stress reliever. I’m with a lot of friends, doing what I love, and I get an A for it! I’m in Jazz and we do a wide variety of amazing pieces throughout the year.” -Ashley Kisner ‘13

Band

Jazz Ensemble I (Audition Only) Jazz Ensemble II (Audition Only) Guitar Guitar II Women’s Chorus Chorus

Taught by: Julia Dale

photo by: [kaylaneil]

This semester long elective is a great, fun way to spend time with friends and practice your vocal skills. Students will sing a wide variety of songs which they will perform in 2 concerts in the fall semester and 2 in the spring semester. This relaxed class is a great way to break up a stressful day, and a good way to get a fine art credit.

Theater/Tech Theater Amount of Homework

Difficulty “I love the improvisation factor; it doesn’t matter what your personality is, everyone is able to have fun.” -Jake Henry ‘13

The 4 levels of theater begin in level 1 with basic acting principles and improvisation. Theater, along with tech theater, can count towards a fine art credit. In tech theater, learn the basics of carpentry while building the sets for the school productions. Taking a theater class is a good way to get involved with after school activities, and make tons of new friends. This course fulfills either Fine Arts or Practical Arts graduation requirement. Practical knowledge regarding tools, care, safety, paint, construction, etc. These skills will last you a lifetime and can contribute to job opportunities.

“I love orchestra. The class is a lot of fun. Students like having a less stressful class to come to and they see it as a stress relief. It’s a great place to meet some really awesome people.” -Alyssa McCollum

Music Theory

In this semester long course, students will learn several challenging skills such as recognizing key signatures, and learning the elements of pitch, rhythm, cords, and writing music. If you have a strong interest in writing music, continuing on to A.P. music theory would broaden your music knowledge.

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photo by: [kaylaneil]

Lane Fisch ‘12 practices the fight song on the drums during 7th period band class.

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Taught by: Julia Dale, Joel Naegele

“It’s fun because we sing modern songs and it’s a relaxed environment. Mrs. Dale is awesome. “ Dale leads her 7th period choir class in warm-ups -Brittany Wunderlich ‘12 Mrs. before introducing a new song.

Taught by: Joel Naegele With band, Naegele will make you work hard, sound great, and even have fun. If you’re serious about playing music and want to perform, this class is great. The Concert Band as well as the Symphonic Band compete in the CHSAA festival every spring. The only drawback is the time commitment: several days after school, and a few Saturdays. But if you’re serious and want to pursue music, or just eager to improve your instrument the band program is top notch and will help you succeed.

Jazz Choir (Audition Only) Select Women’s Chorus (Audition Only) Music Appreciation Music Theory AP Music Theory

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“I loved music theory. You really learn a lot about the science of writing music, making it extremely helpful in the long run.” -Zach Anderson ‘12

“Band is a great class to take because Mr. Naegele is a pretty cool teacher and he teaches you a lot, while at the same time you are having a lot of fun and he really cares about each of the students.” - Sara Cuny ’15

Music Appreciation

Taught by: Cindy Baker

Taught by: Julia Dale From Bach to Broadway, Classical to Jazz, and Rock to Opera in this course students will learn about a wide variety of music and learn to appreciate music in a new and interesting way. This course has simple homework assignments and projects, and is a great way to fill a fine art credit.

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photo compliments of: [aimeeschnebeck]

Aimee Schnebeck ‘13 poses with the “Nazis”before the performance of The Diary of Anne Frank.

“Its a great experience since students will learn about all different kinds of music genres, and they will listen to music in a new way.” -Julia Dale


specialedition Drawing and Painting

At a glance...

Taught by: Drew Walter

11 [01/23/12]

6 classes available

photo by: [kaylaneil]

Drawing and Painting offers a unique experience that fosters artistic growth and development. Here, you create several projects throughout the semester, while critiquing each others work, all while learning how to master several different mediums. These classes are ideal for anyone looking to work in an art profession.

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Fine Arts Department

“It’s definitely a relaxing environment. There’s not as much homework, its a great class to focus on just being creative.” -Christina Bommarito ‘13

Art Experience Taught by: Drew Walter Art experience is a course that will introduce you to all the different mediums, two-dimensional, and three-dimensional. Throughout the semester students will be introduced to the concepts learned in the ceramics, sculpture, photography, and graphic design classes. This class is a way to fill a fine art credit if you’re unsure what type of art interests you.

Amount of Homework Difficulty “[Art experience] gives people an idea of what type of art they want to explore.” -Drew Walter

Photography

Taught by: Jacqueline Shuler In all of the 4 levels of Photography taught by Shuler, you will be expected to take photos outside of class, and need to have consistent access to a digital camera. Throughout the semester, you will acquire a wide variety of Photoshop and phototaking skills. This course is an introduction to photography and develops skills necessary for basic camera control, digital imaging, digital printing, and the use of Photoshop for editing.

Amount of Homework Difficulty “I really enjoyed this class as it was a fun artistic experience, and our final project of making CD covers was really cool.” -Lindsey Givin ‘13

Ceramics I, II, III, IV Drawing and Painting I, II, III, IV Art Experience I

Ceramics

Taught by: Daniel Gonzalez

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Ceramics is a great class to jump start your interest in art. You will engage in many projects involving different types of clay building techniques, and have a finished piece after every project. You will also receive ample time to work wit projects involving the wheel. Helpful insight and tips from Gonzalez will make this semester a productive and fun time.

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Graphic Design I, II Photography I, II, III, IV Sculpture I, II, III

photo by: [kelceybeckman]

“It’s what you make it, but it is challenging in general. You get to take home the artwork you make and eat cereal out of the bowls you “If you’re having a bad day, ceramics is a place to just relax and make pottery” make!” -Tori Anderson’14 Students work with clay in Gonzalez’s ceramics class. -Daniel Gonzalez

Graphic Design Taught by: Jacqueline Shuler

Graphic Design with Shuler is a semester long course that counts towards a fine arts credit. You will learn to work with Adobe InDesign. Shuler’s classes are all focused on composition, craftsmanship and creativity which allow you to express yourself. Graphic Design teaches you all of the elements of art and experiments with the principals of design which can help you in the future. Level I of this course can be followed by level II, which is a photo by: [kaylaneil] continuation of the design techniques taught Student work from Shuler’ s graphic design class is shown in level I.

off in the art hallway.

Sculpture Taught by: Drew Walter In the three levels of Sculpture, students will learn how to express themselves in a three-dimensional way. Students will be able to use professional sculpting tools in their creative process. Projects and materials used in this class may include oil and ceramic clays, wood, metals and stones for carving. Go on to levels two and three to learn more about the principles of design and the techniques used in sculpting.

Amount of Homework Difficulty “I learned a lot from Graphic Design 1 and it is a really interesting, fun and easy class to take and as long as you do the work, you get an A,” -Rachel Cuny ’14 “Students have been able to learn the soft wear and have enjoyed the cool things they can now create on the computer.” -Jacqueline Shuler

Amount of Homework Difficulty “Sculpture was really fun. It was a great break during the day from my stressful classes. I learned to make some pretty cool stuff!” -Allie Hadjis ‘13

photo by: [kaylaneil]

A student works on hollowing out her sculpture in Walter’s 7th period class.


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January/February

MONDAY

WEDNESDAY

TUESDAY 24

Winter Week

7:00 p.m. Mr. Jag Rehearsal

Cheerleaders vs. Jocks Day

Boys Basketball @ Castle View 4:00 p.m. Freshman and Sophomore 5:30 p.m. JV 7:00 p.m. Boys Varsity Girls Basketball vs.Castle View @ home 7:00 p.m Varsity

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Boys Basketball vs. Regis at home 4:00 p.m. Freshman and Sophomore 5:30 p.m. JV 7 :00 p.m. Varsity Girls Basketball @ Regis 5:30 JV 7:00 Varsity

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Workout Wednesday

3:00 p.m. Graduation- Speaker Auditions There are three different events you can audition for honors night, senior reception, graduation. “My best advice is to be authentic creative and thoughtful in your speech.” Katherine Hartline Student Council Advicer 7:00 p.m. Mr. Jag

February

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Summer Nights vs. Winter Days

FRIDAY

THURSDAY

6:00 p.m. Boys Swimming Informational Meeting 7:00 p.m. Unified Basketball Game

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Sock Hop Day

SATURDAY 27

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Pink Ladies vs. “T” Birds Day

6:00 p.m. Boys JV Wrestling vs. CastleView HS 7:00 p.m. Boys Varsity Wrestling vs. Castle View

Winter Assembly Boys Basketball @ Highlands Ranch 4:00 p.m.Sophomore and Freshman 5:30 p.m. JV 7:00 Varsity Girls @ Home vs. Highlands Ranch 5:30 p.m. JV 7:00 p.m. Varsity 6:00 p.m. Girls Varsity Swimming @ B & C League meet

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5:30 p.m. B JV Wrestling vs. Legend High School 7:00 p.m. Boys Varsity Wrestling vs. Legend High School

Boys JV Wrestling vs. 3 Continental League JV Tournament 8:30 a.m.Girls Varsity Diving @ Leagues 4:00 p.m. Boys Sophomore Basketball @ Ponderosa

“The match against Legend will be a tough, hard-fought match up between the two teams.” Alex Peters ‘13

SUNDAY 28

8:00 a.m. Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Mile High Classic 8:00 a.m. Boys JV Wrestling @ Chatfield Tournament 8:00 a.m. Girls Varsity Swimming @ B & C League meet Girls Basketball @ Prairie View 1:00 p.m JV 3:00 p.m. Varsity 8:00 p.m. Winter Formal

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Boys JV Wrestling @ Continental League Tournament 8:00 a.m. Stars of Tomorrow 8:30 a.m. Girls Varsity Swimming @ A League Meet in Loveland

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“It’s been really fun planning winter formal because everyone in student council is so great and it’s cool looking at the “big picture” of the entire week.” Caroline Skibness ‘15

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“I am most looking forward to spending time with Mrs.Dale and singing with my friends” Aubrey Eggett”12 All-State Choir Participant

All State Choir

Varsity Poms at Nationals in Orlando 6

“Over 1,700 students from across Colorado audition for the All State classical honors and our school has 7 students who got accepted.” Aubrey Purdy ‘12

Boys Basketball vs. Legend7 @ home 4:00 p.m .freshman and sophomore 5:30 p.m. JV 7:00 Varsity and Girls Basketball @ Legend 5:30 JV 7:00 Varsity 6:30 Fashion Show meeting

7:00 p.m. Orchestra Concert

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“We’re really hoping to be a big contender at cheer nationals this year, so we’ve been making our routine a lot harder than it was at state.” Rachel Branson ‘12

Varsity Cheer at Nationals in Orlando Boys Basketball vs. Douglas County @ home 4:00 p.m. and Freshman 5:30 p.m. JV 7:00 Varsity Girls Basketball @ Douglas County 5:30 JV 7:00 p.m. Varsity 6:30 p.m. After Prom Meeting

10:30 a.m. Senior Class Group 15 Picture 3:00 p.m. Fashion Show Ticket Sales Boys Basketball @ Heritage 6:00 p.m. Freshman Basketball 7:30 p.m. Sophomore

Basketball @ Heritage 16 4:00 p.m. Boys and girls JV 5:30 p.m. Girls and boys Varsity

Wish Week Opening Assembly (bring your spare change for a minute to win it) Boys Varsity Wrestling State Wrestling Tournament@ Pepsi center

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The Rock Staff Managing Editor: Lauren Scheirman News Editors: Kayla Neil,Charlie Melbye In-Depth Editors: Danielle Burrage, Syd Charvat Sports Editors: Alex Pedrinan, Chris Safran Opinions Editors: Andrew Charap, Allie Cole Online Editors: Charlie Melbye, Chris Safran Business Editor: Cecilia Castro Art Editor: Zach Anderson Non-Voting Adviser: Kristi Rathbun

The goals of The Rock, the student newspaper of Rock Canyon High School, are to inform, educate, and entertain the readers as well as to provide an educational opportunity for the students who produce it.

Reporting Zach Anderson Jacob Battock Kelcey Beckman Andrew Bohren Sydney Boyle Megan Boyles Nicole Cassou Brianna Cook Karly Hanson

Natalie Holthaus Sachin Marthur Linnea Melbye Sean McGavin Bryan Metze Christian Nicholson Rylee Portman Jeremy Purchase Mae Rohrbach

The first three copies of The Rock are free, additional copies are available for 50 cents each. Demri Scott Michael Shapiro Virginia Vaughan Cambel Winkler Caitlin Yanchak

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“Who doesn’t like Wish Week? It’s like kids who don’t like Santa Claus or rainbows.” Eric Jung’13

*If you would like an event or activity included in our next calendar, please e-mail Lauren Scheirman at scheirmanlr@gmail.com

Editorial

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All State Orchestra

All State Choir 13

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Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Wrestling Regional Tournament Girls Swimming and Diving State Meet

The Rock invites your comments. Letters to the editor and commentary submissions are encouraged. You are also encouraged to submit coverage ideas, cartoons, photos or anything else you wish to see in the Rock. Opinions of the staff are presented as editorials. All editorials are at least the majority view of the editorial board. We also feature a number of columnists and commentary writers. Their opinions are their own. Rock Canyon High School 5810 McArthur Ranch Road Highlands Ranch, CO 80124 Phone 303-387-3000/Fax 303-387-3001

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“It [Wish Week] unites the whole school, it’s amazing to see a kid who needs it so much get a wish and is so happy.” Casey Bergeron ‘13


Jan 2012