Dear Parents/Guardians of RCS Students:
On behalf of the staff at Roscoe Central School, I am excited to welcome all of you to the 2022-2023 school year. The first day of school for students will be on Tuesday, September 6th.
Please take note of the following information:
Student Schedules: Grades 7-12: Student schedules are available in the SchoolTool Parent Portal. Individual student schedules will not be mailed home, but a paper copy will be provided to the students on their first day. If you have not yet signed up for the Parent Portal, please contact Mrs. Lambrigger in the Guidance Office at email@example.com or 607-498-4126 ext 6236.
Bussing: Please contact Mrs. Lambrigger in the Guidance Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-498-4126 ext 6236 to make bussing arrangements prior to the start of school. After the school year starts, we request that any unexpected bussing changes for afternoon bus routes are provided to the school by noon on the day of the change.
Arriving at School: The doors will open at 7:35. School officially begins at 7:35. Parents who are driving are asked to drop off students by driving up Academy Street. Traffic will be directed to the cafeteria door or the lobby door. Please plan for this process to take a little extra time at first; patience on all our parts will be needed to help the arrival procedure run smoothly. For the safety of all children please remember not to pass a vehicle that is unloading students. Parents will not be permitted to enter the building. We have several staff members available to assist the children in reaching their appropriate destination. Please understand that we restrict building access for the safety of all children. We know that you share in our concern for student safety, and we thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Dismissal/Parent Pick-Up: The school day ends at 2:35 p.m. and students who are being picked up will be dismissed through the cafeteria door located on Academy Street. Parents are asked to remain in their cars and students will be dismissed in the order of vehicles. For the safety of all children please remember not to pass a vehicle that is loading students. Students in grades PreK-6 who are walking home will also be dismissed from this door. Students who are walking in grades 7-12 will be dismissed out the gym lobby door. As with our arrival procedure, please plan for this process to take a little extra time at first; patience on all our parts will be needed to make the dismissal procedure run smoothly.
Breakfast/Homeroom: All students PreK-12 will be provided the opportunity to eat breakfast free of charge at the beginning of the day. Students in grades PK-4 will eat breakfast in their classrooms. Students in grades 5-12 will pick up their breakfast through ‘Grab and Go’ carts located on the second floor and eat in their homerooms.
Lunch: All students enrolled at Roscoe Central School are eligible to receive a lunch at school free of charge. However, the District requests that you fill out the Eligibility Form that will be sent home with your student. This information is very important and is used to determine eligibility for fee waivers for student exams and program application fees. Additionally, it permits the school to continue to apply for the schoolwide free breakfast and lunch programs in future years.
Parent Teacher Meetings & Communication: RCS teachers are always willing to meet with parents to ensure that each child has a successful learning experience. If you wish to speak with your child’s teacher, please call the school to set up a conference, which can occur virtually or in person. Teachers are also available through email. Emails can be found on the website’s ‘Staff Directory.'
Report Cards/Progress Reports: For students in grades 5-12, at the end of each marking period and/or progress report, report cards and/or progress reports will be available in the Parent Portal. (Paper copies will no longer be mailed.) If you have not yet signed up for the Parent Portal, please contact Guidance. The elementary report cards (PreK-4) are a skill based assessment in line with the New York State Standards developed specifically for each grade level. Please contact your child’s teacher for further information.
School Website: The Roscoe Central School website, which can be found at www.roscoe.k12.ny.us, will help you stay up-to-date on the latest news and happenings here at RCS. Please check the website regularly for breaking news, exciting academic
updates, calendar changes and other important messages. The calendar appears on the homepage and can be sorted and printed by day, week, or month.
Facebook: RCS also has a Facebook page on which you can see great pictures and descriptions of student events. If you do not have a Facebook page you can still view the RCS Facebook page through the website. Just click on the big blue FACEBOOK icon at the bottom of the RCS Website homepage.
Handbooks: The 2022-2023 Student Handbook will be available on the District website. Please review this important document with your child(ren). If you would like a paper copy of the Student Handbook, please contact the Main Office.
Block Party and Open House: This year the Block Party and Open House will again be combined as one event. At this event you will be able to meet with community groups, visit your child’s classroom(s), meet faculty and staff members, enjoy some great snacks and music, as well as hear about the great programs and activities taking place here at RCS. The Block Party and Open House will take place on September 22nd. Please mark your calendars; this is an event you will not want to miss!
Academic Eligibility: All students must realize that their main purpose for attending school is to receive a solid academic education. Roscoe Central School is committed to supporting the academic success of all students. Parents and students are encouraged to utilize the parent portal to stay up to date on academic progress throughout each grading period. Students should seek out extra support from individual teachers and utilize study halls. Parents may request a teacher conference at any point throughout the school year.
Academic eligibility is based on the 5 week grading periods established for progress reporting and quarterly report cards. If a student is failing 2 or more courses on a progress report or quarterly marking period, the student is ineligible to participate in or attend all extra-curricular activities, sporting competitions, and school sponsored after school/weekend events, however the student may still attend athletic practice or performance based rehearsals. The student will have the opportunity at the 2 week mark after each grading period to be removed from the ineligibility list for the remainder of the 5 week period if he/she is passing ALL subjects at that time.
Cell Phones: Each room will have a cell phone caddy. All students must place cell phones in the caddy upon entering the area. All cell phones must remain in the caddy and turned off or silenced until the end of the period. This applies during all periods (ex: academic courses, electives, specials, PE, study halls, etc.) with lunch being the only exception.
- Smart watches and other digital devices connected to a cell phone must also be powered off or silenced and not utilized whenever phone use is prohibited.
- Cell phone use is not permitted in bathrooms.
- Students will not have access to their cell phones at any point within a class period.
- Students are permitted to use cell phones before homeroom starts, during homeroom, during the passing time ‘in between’ class periods, and during lunch, and after dismissal at the end of the school day.
- Additionally, in particular special circumstances such as during assessments (to ensure the integrity of assessments), building lockdowns/emergency situations or drills (to ensure safety and security), assemblies/presentations, all students are prohibited from utilizing their cell phones as directed by administration or designee.
Chronic Absenteeism: NYS defines chronic absenteeism as missing 10% (18 days) or more of the enrolled school days for any reason- excused or unexcused. Roscoe Central School and families understand the negative impact of multiple school absences on a student’s ability to reach proficiency and successfully complete high school. It is important that we work collaboratively to prevent chronic absenteeism and promote the potential for student success.
School Photos: – School photos, including Senior Portraits, will be taken on September 15th. Please mark your calendars.
A great deal of planning has taken place to make this coming year a wonderful one for your child. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we know that a strong partnership with the parents and community will create a positive experience for our students in the upcoming fun and exciting year here at RCS. I hope that you enjoy the remainder of the summer. I look forward to the 2022-2023 school year. It is a pleasure to serve the Roscoe community. Take care, and please do not hesitate to call me with questions and concerns.
Yours in Education,