James S. Rickards High School

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Principal's Message

  • Dear Parents & Guardians,

    I can’t believe the Month of February is almost gone. It has been an exciting month for your students, faculty, and staff as we celebrated Black History Month. A wise man, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “We are not makers of history. We are made by History”.  During this month, we celebrated those individuals that paved the foundation for us to continue to build on.


    Our students, faculty, and staff, were afforded an opportunity to win cash prizes as well as signature tee shirts, by answering the daily Black History Trivia questions. This week, our cash prizes doubled and our winners enjoyed lunch with Mr. L. Washington, a Rickards High graduate, Hall of Fame, and RHS First Black Student Government President, earlier today; all while gaining a great wealth of Black History knowledge. Over 1,700 entries were submitted during our daily trivia game.


    In addition, our students, faculty, and staff showed their heritage and pride by dressing up on HBCU, President, Heritage, Chuck and Pearls, and Prince and Queen Days. Our teachers really got involved by decorating their doors for Black History Month Door Contest. A big congratulations to Mr. Gilmore, for having the best door decoration. Second place went to Mr. Sea and Mrs. G. Cooper, and Ms. Polite earned the third place slot. All winners were honored with gift cards.


    I want to remind our young scholars that their voices and words have power and when positively put to use, they can make a significant change. 


    A huge shout out to Dr. Deborah Barnes, Black History Coordinator, Mrs. Cotton, Mrs. Proctor, and other faculty and staff members who helped to make Black History Month here at Rickards a memorable one. I am always excited to witness the collaboration with our students and teachers between home and school to ensure academic success of all our scholars


    Douglas Cook,


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    Updated information about AP Exams is forthcoming, If you have any questions/concerns, please email Dr. McNeil (mcneila@leonschools.net).

    Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

    “Thank you for all of your support for our students, teachers and staff this year. As you may already be aware, Leon County Schools will NOT be offering the digital academies at each of our school sites in 2021-2022. All of our schools will host in-person learning.  


    With that in mind, we remain committed to providing your family options. To that end, we are expanding our local, online school Leon County Virtual School. Our online school, modeled after our state virtual school, serves students in grades K-12 and is led by a local Principal and Leon County School teachers. It has been in existence since 2010. 


    It is important to note that students enrolled full time in Leon County Virtual School withdraw from their traditional, brick and mortar school. 


    We are asking every family to complete the following survey for each LCS student by March 12: 



    We understand that you may change your decision by August given the status of the pandemic or your family’s needs. This survey is only the first step in gauging the general interest parents may have in LCVS for planning purposes. We will be surveying students and families later as more specifics become available. 

    Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. 

    For more information about Leon County Virtual School visit www.leonschools.net/virtualschool.”

    Please feel free to add an intro paragraph or sentiment from you as well.

    Wishing you and your family health and wellness,

    The Florida Department of Education is working with school districts to gather information on how well parents think their child's school is partnering with parents of students with disabilities, and would like to include your input. Your responses will help guide efforts to improve services and results for children and families. This survey is for parents of students with individual educational plans (IEP) receiving special education services during the 2020-21 school year. All information provided will remain confidential.ESE PARENT SURVEY


    The survey window opens on February 1, 2021 and closes on May 31, 2021.

    Click the following link to access the survey:



    James S. Rickards High School will be hosting Saturday Hybrid Academic Camps to provide students with additional assistance with the upcoming May 2021 assessments. The camps will be operated by JSRHS certified teachers from 8 am to Noon. The camp is free of charge and is open to all James S. Rickards High School students. These camps have shown that study sessions make a significant contribution in helping students review and pass standardized assessments.

    To register: Click the link below

    https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=2yopaSqnN0WqJNZ6b1ZCvGyqyOa3_KxJgkF1eoW 5PrVUMkxNS0pQRFFSUEY1OUhWWDlERVBQWUhDUi4u

    To join Zoom sessions Join Zoom Meeting


    Meeting ID: 963 8157 1366

    Passcode: 055842

    (If you have questions regarding study sessions for a particular class, please speak with your student’s teacher)


    The school board has recently updated the mask policy to state that no gaiters, bandanas, or scarves may be used as masks.  Also, a doctor’s note or 504 plan will not suffice for a mask exemption.  Any mask exemption must be a part of an on-file health plan.  You may contact Terri Anderson (andersont@leonschools.net) for more information regarding a mask exemption.



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