Welcome to Grade 9

Parent Presentation

February 22, 2018

Feedback from 2018 presentation (2/28/18)

  • Successful
  • Coordinator presentations went well - nice face connection
  • Consistent message
  • Time ran on a bit, but it did not seem too long
  • Connectedness of all coordinators came through - everyone likes each other, and are a strong, collaborative team

Stay Informed on School Events!

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@R8RMS: Middle School

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  • Watch the daily announcements on Facebook: RHAM News

Important Health News

CT Department of Education and RHAM Board of Education require a complete Health Assessment (otherwise known as a physical on the blue form)for all students in either 9th or 10 grade. Health Assessment must be dated after July 1,2018.

SPORTS: Health Assessment must be done yearly. If the Health Assessment expires mid season a new one will be required to continue. All paperwork must be into the Nurse's office before tryouts.

Please sign and return the Registration Update which will be mailed in August promptly. This is permission to treat and where parents can sign approval for their student to get Motrin or Tylenol as well as listing emergency contacts for your student. Should your child require medications at school the Medication Authorization form can be found online.

Please share health information, updates and changes with our School Nurse. She is here to help students be successful in their academics while managing health issues or injuries.

School Counseling

The RHAM School Guidance Department is committed to helping all students achieve personal growth, continue to develop positive social skills and values, and realize full academic potential in order to become productive, contributing members of the community. School Counselors use their skills in the areas of counseling, advocacy and collaboration to support the RHAM school district in their mission to prepare each student to meet high academic standards and to complete school fully prepared to choose from an array of substantial postsecondary options.

The RHAM High School Guidance Department employs Master’s level faculty, including:

  • Six full-time School Counselors
  • A full-time AHM Social Worker
  • A full-time and an additional part-time School Psychologist
  • A full-time Career and Technical Education Coordinator
  • A part-time AHM Substance Abuse Counselor

The School Day:

  • English 9
  • Math (several options)
  • Global Studies
  • General Science L2
  • Lunch
  • PE&Health 9 /Elective
  • World Language (2-3 years recommended, but not required)
  • Elective(s)/Study Hall/Academic Lab

Students must earn at least 5.0 credits (including any credits earned in middle school) by the end of their freshmen year to officially be promoted to the sophomore class. Successful completion of a full year course earns the student one credit; a half year course = a half of a credit.

Scheduling Process

February 12-13 HS counselors met with MS teams to welcome students to the HS and discuss scheduling options/procedures

February 23 Parent Portal will be opened to 8th grade students/parents.

February 23 – March 4 Students/parents review teacher recommendations and discuss with middle school teacher any

recommendation issues.

Students/parents select electives.

February 23 – March 16 Students/Parents complete waiver form for any recommendation overrides.

March 5 Close Parent Portal to grade 8

March 5 – March 16 MS counselors meet with students to complete requests

May High school counselors meet with middle school students to introduce themselves, review schedules, and answer questions

We are here to help! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

We also strongly encourage students to reach out to their high school counselor directly if they have questions.

We look forward to working as a team for the next four years!

Special Education Continuum of Services

  • Eleven special education teachers and additional support staff
  • Service delivery model
  • Co-taught
  • Small group instruction /study skills classes
  • Life Skills Program

  • Vocational Program

  • S.T.E.P. ( Striving Towards Educational Progress)

  • 2018-19 a new School Resiliency Program

Additional Support Services

  • Counseling Services (Individual and/or Group)

- 2 School Social Workers

- 1 full time/1 part time School Psychologist

  • Related Services

- Speech and Language Services

- Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapy

Involvement in Our School Community

  • Unified Basketball
  • Drama United
  • RHAM Buddies

If you have questions at any time, please call 860.228.5302


Global Studies skills

Developed and Supported

  • Honors
  • Inquiry
  • Level 1
  • Level 2

  • Visual Analysis
  • Developing a counter argument
  • Logical reasoning
  • Citing and analyzing textual evidence
  • Evaluating various viewpoints
  • Interpreting multiple source documents
  • Collaborative discourse
  • Developing claims

Platform for other Social Science Careers

Earn college credit!

  • AP Euro
  • AP U.S.
  • AP Psych
  • AP U.S. Gov’t & Politics
  • Criminal Justice
  • Price of Freedom: Americans at War
  • 20th Century Fascism, Nazism and Communism:
  • 21st Century Citizen
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Advanced Placement Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Introduction to Law
  • Sociology

Medical Field





Child/Adol. Psych


Abnormal Psych.


Introduction to Law

AP Psychology


Introduction to Law

Criminal Justice

Intro to Sociology

International relations

Intro to Sociology


International relations

Introduction to Law

International relations

Intro to sociology


Criminal Justice


Price of Freedom

20th Century


Criminal Justice

Intro to Sociology

Social Studies courses complement many non-social science career pathways!

We are more than the courses we teach!!!

Model U.N. India Delegation

Safe Travels







Mock Trial goes to court

Homework Club

Ultimate Frisbee

Doing what the Senate cannot do!

Women’s Empowerment Club

It’s SNOW much fun!

Activism Club

RHAM’S ...Teachers




The English Department offers a comprehensive and challenging, four-year language arts program to fulfill the needs and interests of all RHAM students. As freshmen, sophomores and juniors, students take full year courses designed to develop and refine their reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing skills.

As seniors, students may select from either one full-year or two semester long courses to meet graduation requirements. In addition to their year long courses as part of the 11th grade curriculum, juniors are also offered the opportunity to enroll in additional one-semester courses open to grades 11 and 12.



RHAM English classes are active

and require student engagement and participation. They are enhanced by tools of technology to create a truly meaningful language arts experience.

“Communication-the human connection- is the key to personal and career success.”

Paul J. Meyer



GRADE 9 Students begin to take ownership for their own learning. Under the guidance of their teachers, they move from dependence to independence in interpreting what they read and developing deeper thinking skills.

Listening/speaking skills developed in Socratic seminars

Formal and analytical writing

Presentations and creative projects

Common units/texts: Romeo and Juliet,

Mythology (Edith Hamilton/ Plays),

To Kill a Mockingbird, Short Stories,


Mythology, Mockingbird, Shakespeare

Writing Lab

The English Department houses the RHAM Writing Lab, which is available throughout the day. It is staffed by faculty members trained in writing instruction and offers students support when composing all kinds of written assignments.

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”

E.L. Doctorow



Future Business Leaders of America

Student Council


Drama Club

Literary Magazine

Poetry Out Loud

Drama United

Model UN


Advanced Credit Options Unique Course Offerings









Native American Literature? Earth and You not being offered (TOM)

We are serious about what we do…..

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”

Joyce Carol Oates

...but we don't take ourselves

too seriously.

Art and Music at RHAM High School

Imagine if, at your job, you had 45 minutes of making and creating everyday….

When Students use the right side of their brains in these kinds of activities it allows the linguistic and logical side of the brain a break, which makes students more productive and less stressed.

21st century skills

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Project development skills
  • Problem Solving skills

What skills do art and music classes teach?

  • Hand and eye coordination
  • Attention to detail
  • Social skills
  • Follow through
  • Time Management
  • Focus and Concentration
  • Sense of Pride and Achievement
  • Collaboration

The skills students learn and develop in the arts are more important than ever. 72% of Business leaders stated that Creativity is the number 1 skill they look for when hiring.

Students who take 4 years of art and/or music classes during high school score 91 points higher on the SAT test than students who took ½ a year or less.

70 % of Admissions Officers of the Nation’s Major Universities say High School Credit and Achievement in the arts are significant considerations for admissions

3D Media Arts

Digital and Photo

Fine Arts, Honors & AP Studio

Instrumental Ensembles

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Symphonic Band
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Jazz Band
  • Pep Band Club

Vocal Ensembles

  • Encore
  • Chamber Singers
  • Concert Choir

Music Technology And Audio

  • Music Production
  • Music Scoring for Film
  • Audio Production and Recording

Fast Facts

  • 16 Apple iMac workstations
  • Industry standard software
  • State-of-the-art hardware
  • Fully stocked recording studio
  • Featured program on musiccreativity.org

Music Electives

  • Music & Movement (Dance Class)
  • Music Theory
  • History of Popular Music

Awards and Achievements

  • A junior and a senior student were selected for the All Eastern Instrumental Ensembles performing in Pittsburgh PA
  • A record number of high school music students, 21 in all, auditioned successfully and were accepted into Connecticut Music Educators Association Eastern Region Honor Ensembles
  • The RHAM High School Jazz Combo earned 2nd Place at the Berklee Jazz Festival in the Spring of 2018
  • At the Waterford Jazz Festival RHAM received best overall trumpets for the 4th year in a row, and trombones for the 3rd year in a row.
  • A record number of student artwork was submitted to the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition

  • RHAM Middle and High School Art students regularly receive regional awards through the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, and have received national recognition for the 5th year in a row.
  • RHAM art students have won the Congressional Art Competition for the 2nd District for the last two years. Students were flown down to Washington DC to see their work hung in the Capital.
  • In recent years RHAM art students going onto art college received merit based scholarships for their portfolios, some in excess of $20,000 each
  • The National Art Education Association has double the number of students enrolled in the RHAM’ High School chapter this year.
  • RHAM Student Artwork was selected for the NAEA Art Show. Of 980 submissions only 63 works were accepted for exhibition in the NAEA Gallery & Studio.


Yearbook Club

Newspaper Club

Anime Club

National Art Honors Society

Empty Bowls

Evening of the Arts

Pep Band

Tri-M Music Honors Society


Disney Trip

Regional Adjudication

Raku Trip


Slater Museum Trip

Broadway Trip

Scholastic Art Show Trip

RHAM Music Boosters


Science Department

Alexa Mitchell

Typical Science Sequence

General Science




Possible Electives

  • Physics
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Astronomy and Meteorology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology

Earth and You not being offered (TOM)


Chris Mader

Health &

Physical Education

Family Consumer Sciences

Required Courses

  • PE/Health 9
  • PE 10
  • Health 10

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation --CPR

Elective Courses

  • Adapted PE/Peer Coaching
  • Weight Training
  • Lifetime Sports
  • CERT

Family & Consumer Sciences

  • Foods I
  • Foods II
  • Food Service Management
  • ECE I
  • ECE II

Catering Events

RHAM Mathematics

Presented by:

Greg LaChance

Department Coordinator

RHAM High School Math

  • 3.0 Math Credits required for graduation

(most students take 4 credits)

  • Levels: Honors/AP, 1, 2, and Essentials
  • Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Finite Math, Statistics, Calculus

AP Offerings: Calculus AB, Calculus BC,

Statistics, Computer Science Principles




High School Math Support

  • Math Lab – Every period (staffed by a math teacher)
    • Extra Help & Review
    • Make-up Tests/Quizzes
  • Math for Success
    • 2nd Math Class (Elective Credit)
      for extra support
    • Individualized assessment and assignments
  • Extra help/review sessions with teacher


  • Smartboards
  • Chromebooks
  • Graphing Calculators
  • Teacher Websites
  • Remind.com
  • Khan Academy
  • Albert.io (AP Practice)
  • ALEKS (individualized
    remediation/research based)


Graphing Calculators

TI-Smartview Program

Geogebra: Interactive Mathematics

Dynamic Graphing

Instruction and Assessment

  • Multiple representations (graphs, tables,

algebraic functions)

  • Peer Critiquing
  • Think-Pair-Share
  • Visual Thinking

  • Connections Between Concepts
  • Application Problems
  • Open-Ended Responses and Discussions
  • Multi-step Problem-Solving

Computer Science Principles

  • New course for 2017-2018
  • Students develop and test
    their own mobile apps
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Multimedia presentations

Calculus and Statistics

  • Both programs have grown significantly
    • 110 students in AP Statistics; 75 in AP Calculus
    • RHAM AP teachers are mentors for high school students and teachers in New York City through the National Math and Science Initiative

Most of our students earn a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement exam (top scores)

World Languages

Advanced Credit Options

University of Connecticut AP (Advanced Placement)

Earn up to 6 UConn credits




Language/Cultural Events

  • ECE French Immersion Day and French Quiz Bowl
  • Connecticut State Latin





Exchange trip with Spain

Presented by Samantha Schadtle, Department Coordinator

Thank you for joining us!

Welcome to Grade 9 - 8th Grade Parent Night 2018 - Google Slides