Research Triangle High School, a STEM school literally right in the middle of a STEM research park, decided it had to make some pretty serious plans for the biggest event of the year – the 2017 eclipse. “I wanted our students who might not have the chance to experience and learn about this bit of astronomy at home to be able to see it in a place where they could do it safely and get some instruction and context on it, here in school,” said Eric Grunden, Principal and Chief School Officer. So the school rearranged the day’s bell schedule so that the entire student body could head outside for the eclipse from 2 pm to 3 pm. Every period was shortened by a few minutes to slip that hour in the middle of the day, and the revised bell schedule was emailed to everyone the night before. Eclipse glasses had been ordered for every student and teacher weeks before, and four telescopes from staff and parent volunteers were set up outside.
At 2 pm everyone in the building trooped outside grabbed their glasses and started viewing the partial eclipse. “This is pretty cool because it’s the first Eclipse for my generation.,” said Kier Condon Grade 9. “This is one of those once in a life time moments you don’t want to miss.,” said Quarry Craig Grade 12. “This is an awesome opportunity, I’m so excited to be a part of this.,” said Noah Burnette Grade 11. “It was the best school day ever!” said Ms. Blizzard, Managing Director, perhaps woozy from the heat, but also thrilled with the school-wide engagement. “Students were asking questions, taking photos through the telescopes, and talking about science in ways they hadn’t before and about things that we don’t even teach here. If I’d thought about it, I would have tried to get the ice cream food truck here,” said Mr. Grunden. Or as he summarized the day, “It was bitchin’!”
On Thursday, August 31, seniors will have a special schedule to allow time for senior pictures and college application work. It should be a great day!
Please encourage your student to be prepared to work on college applications on Thursday. My goal is for all seniors to make significant progress on all aspects of the application process: essays, teacher recommendation requests, Naviance updates, and data entry into the applications.
Of course, on Thursday night, we will all gather in the Black Box Theater at 7 pm for our Senior College Night.
Looking forward to a productive day on the 31st! All seniors will participate in a post-high school planning workshop with Ms. Ringenbach and be bused to the Prestige Portrait Studio for their senior yearbook and cap & gown pictures. Please see this letter which has all the details for the day, including the price of the sitting fee and what you should plan to bring/wear on that Thursday.
Oktoberfest tickets will go on sale in room 58 on Monday for the Saturday, September 9th event sponsored by RTHS and the RTHS German Club! The event is RTHS-family friendly! Come and enjoy true entertainment Bavarian style provided by the Little German Band and Dancers! We’ll have freshly grilled bratwurst, chicken, and vegetables, a variety of German salads and delicacies. No beer, but plenty of soft drinks! In addition, German Club students will be creating flower crowns at various price levels, face painting, and balloon hats. There will also be games such as badminton, German bowling, and corn hole. Ticket prices are $5 door fee with one free ticket if you buy 5! (So 5 tickets for $20 — a great deal!). Rally your friends and family for a night of fun at RTHS’s first annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 9th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Help our students make the Oktoberfest a success! Many items still need to be donated or loaned. Please go through the list and see if you can help! Sign-up here. We could really use canopies that are set up at sports events, beaches, etc. If you have one that you could loan the German Club for the day, we could be even more authentic than we’re planning! And that’s pretty authentic with the Little German Band and Dancers, bratwurst and root beer, German potato salad and a ton more! If you have a 10’x10′ or 10’x20′ canopy, please contact Dr. Overlock at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
German students will be learning how to bake German cakes before the Oktoberfest. Black forest cake, apple streusel, strudel, Gugelhupf and plum cakes! We’ll need to borrow mixers, measuring spoons, springform pans, Gugulhupf pans, and Bundt pans, as well as some ingredients. We’ll send home a list of ingredients for the big baking extravaganza which will take place on September 7 and 8. Please make sure all items are labeled! We’ll also need parental help on those two days! Come on over (even if your child is not a German student) and join the fun. (And learn how to make some fabulous recipes!)