Thanksgiving Wishes

It really does seem like only weeks ago that I was sending last year’s Thanksgiving message.  The years fly by so incredibly fast that sometimes it is difficult to remember to cherish each day and be thankful for all of the wonderful people and events that surround us.

Randolph High School continues to be a place where students thrive both academically and in so many varied extra curricular activities.  Our fall season of drama, musical talent, forensics, athletic competition, spirit, inductions, charity work etc. comes to a close but is followed closely by a winter season filled with equally wonderful activities.  Please consider attending one of the many events at RHS – our students are incredibly talented and love to share those talents with our school community.

Please accept my very best wishes for a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving weekend.  I have so much to be thankful for in my family and in my very special friends – without whom my days would not be as sunny.  For those summer people – the prediction is 63 on LBI – perfect for a little beach time.  And yes, I will be watching my Cowboys on Thanksgiving afternoon!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Warmly,

Mrs. Iosso

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Summer is only 7 months away!

 

 

AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK

Kudos to the staff and students responsible for organizing a terrific American Education Week program.  Students from the Tomorrow’s Teachers program, Option II, our drama program, community service projects, our forensics program and the organizers of our upcoming TedXyouth event were on hand to share with the guests the exciting things that are happening at RHS.  The evening was done in the basic format of an ED CAMP – the latest in professional development for educators.  Basically, participants are free to move from one session to another getting exactly the information they need from each presentation.

Once again our students did not hesitate to shine.  It  is most exciting to see their passion when they get a chance to present something that is intrinsically motivating to them.

Please don’t hesitate to check out the social media pages regarding Option II (http://rtnjoptionii.wix.com/rhso2) and the facebook and twitter sites for the TED Xyouth event to be held at RHS on April 16, 2016!

I would also like to recognize and thank each and every staff member at RHS for their continued tireless devotion to our student body.

THANK A TEACHER

Benchmark Assessments

While it may seem hard to believe, we are quickly approaching the end of the first marking period for this school year.  Our benchmark assessments will begin on November 12th (C day) and continue through November 18th (B day).  There will be NO assessments on Monday, November 16th as it is an early dismissal day for staff professional development.

Please see the attached schedule for the benchmark assessments.  The middle blocks have been extended to allow the administration of the benchmarks during the longer block without having to create any type of new rotational schedule.

These assessments are designed to gauge the application of skills and knowledge and be an instrument of future instruction for both the teacher and student.  We will continue to post an overall representative summary of benchmark assessment scores.

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TED LIVE AT NYC

It’s been quite some time since I have chaperoned a field trip.  But when a few of our senior students approached me with such passion and enthusiasm – I couldn’t say no.

Last year, through our Option II program, one of our students assembled a few of her classmates and applied to bring a TED X Youth Event to Randolph High School.  This was not an easy application process and the selection is quite stringent.  But our students managed to make it happen.  The event at RHS will be held on April 16th, 2016 and is governed by some pretty strict TED policies.  In order to get a feel for what a TED event looks like, the students wanted to see one in person.  They found a TED LIVE event at the Town Hall Theater in NYC and figured out a way to get there.

Dr. Buchanan and I chaperoned the event and to say it was a great trip is only half the story.  It was so exhilarating for me to sit back and watch these four seniors get so excited with what they were hearing from these speakers and at the same time begin to plan their own event.  The title of the  NYC TED event was “The Education Revolution” so they heard some pretty cutting edge speakers.  I wish their teachers could have heard them reflecting on these talks with the wisdom only a high school senior can have.

And of course any trip with teenagers can never be all about the educational “stuff!”  I almost forgot how much they eat and how much energy they have 🙂  They consumed more Italian food than most Thanksgiving feasts I’ve attended and took the leftovers home to eat later that night.  And what late night would be complete without a trip to the CAKE BOSS!  Eating chocolate dreams, carrot cake and red velvet cupcakes is a sure sign of youth – especially minutes before they should be sleeping.  I thought for sure they would still be full in the morning but they somehow managed Strawberry Sensation stuffed french toast before the train ride home 🙂

I am so excited for these seniors to organize their own event here at RHS – I have NO doubt it is going to be dynamic.  Stayed tuned for more information!

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RHS SPIRIT WEEK – 2015 – CONGRATS TO ALL FOR A VERY SUCCESSFUL WEEK!

Spirit Week at RHS began with our County Boys Soccer game and ended with a Homecoming Dance in the gym.  I could not be more proud of our student body for putting together such a terrific week packed with so many amazing events.  CONGRATS to our student council leaders, our class councils, our advisors, along with the entire faculty and student body.  This was one of the best spirit weeks on record.  GO RAMS!

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