January 1st Raptor Events

Roar In The New Year

New Years marks a new beginning. New people to meet, new adventures to enjoy, and new memories to create. Wishing our Raptors a successful new year!

Note From Mr. Grunden

If you use the 47 shuttle in RTP to get around (or any of the other shuttles) they are being replaced with on-demand ride services. When you need to be picked up, you signal through the app or call and they come to get you and deliver you within their service area. More information here.

January 2nd Raptor Events

Principal’s Message For 2017

Happy New Year to all of our Raptor families! I hope that you have been able to enjoy your holidays and are rested and ready to return to school for the spring semester. The faculty have continued working during the holiday break to update grades and prepare for the second semester, and hopefully get some rest for themselves.

It’s a new year, and I wanted to tell you about several new aspects of our school for the second semester.

  1. As you know, we have had an opening in our Arts department for a month or so now. That position has been filled. Mr. Wood, who currently teaches ninth grade English, will slide over to take that position. He will continue the existing courses (Digital Music Creation, Vocal music, and AP Computer Science) so that students can complete their courses. He will be making some changes that will help to better integrate the arts and technology. Over the long term, he will be implementing some new courses beginning next year as well as continuing DMC, but with his own changes. Mr. Wood has a background in TV and Radio production and will bring this expertise to the Arts program. We’ll miss him in English, but are excited about the changes in Arts.
  2. Beginning January 18, Ms. Monica Manzer will be joining our staff to take over Mr. Wood’s English classes. She comes to us from Johnston County and is excited about being a part of our faculty and having the opportunity to work with the Personalized Learning program. She will be well supported by Mrs. Hall and Mr. Wood and by our students who are well-acquainted with PL.
  3. We are looking for a new student counselor, as Mrs. Jackson has elected to leave RTHS and take a position at another school. While she enjoyed her time at RTHS and was certainly an incredible counselor and supporter of our students, she is looking for a different kind of counselor role. In the meantime, her workload will be absorbed by Mrs. LeMay and the rest of the administrative team, but we are interviewing candidates and hope to have a new counselor in place as soon as possible. We need to look out for our seniors!
  4. Beginning with this year’s admissions cycle, RTHS will use an online application that will give parents the ability to track a student’s progress through the lottery process as well as movement on the wait list. In addition, we will be asking parents of current students to use this portal to “re-enroll” in the spring. In the past we have simply asked parents to indicate whether or not their student is returning next year; this is essentially the same thing but will also allow parents to update contact information in case of changes. We’ll send more information about that out later.
  5. You’ll be seeing soon a survey about and a description of, some possible new bell schedules for the 2017-2018 school year. None of them significantly affect the start and end time of school, but we are hoping to be able to be more creative with how the day is run so that we can expand student-teacher contact time, continue mentoring, provide adequate seminar time, and make student scheduling a little more flexible. Your input on this is important. Watch for this information.

We’re all looking forward to a great spring semester and are happy to have you back!