James S. Rickards High School

An Academically High Performance District

Principal's Message

  • Dear Parents & Guardians

    As a reminder, we need your input on our Title I Parent and Family Engagement survey. The survey shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to complete, and will be a valuable source of information for us as we work to make our schools and district as good as they can be.  

    You may complete the survey online using a computer, tablet, or smartphone by visiting the website below.  In addition, hard copies of the survey were sent home by your student and is available in Spanish, Swahili and Creole upon your request. Please complete the survey on or before Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

     

    You can access the Family Engagement Survey online by clicking on the following link or QR code:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FamilyEngagement_Fall2019  

    Sincerely, 

     

    Douglas Cook,

    Principal

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    ASVAB TESTING 

    Juniors and Seniors – Career Opportunities.  If you are interested in matching your interests to potential job skills, college majors, career opportunities, or military service take the ASVAB on Tuesday, November 5th.  Sign up with Ms. Presy, Guidance Secretary or Lieutenant Colonel Proctor in JROTC. 


     NONDISCRIMINATION & CONTACT INFORMATION

    "No person shall on the basis of sex (including transgender, gender nonconforming and gender identity), marital status, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, color, pregnancy, disability or genetic information be denied employment, receipt of services, access to or participation in school activities or programs if qualified to receive such services, or otherwise be discriminated against or placed in a hostile environment in any educational program or activity including those receiving federal financial assistance, except as provided by law.” No person shall deny equal access or a fair opportunity to meet to, or discriminate against, any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, or any other youth group listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society."

     

    Leon County Schools offers the following career and technical programs, including career academies wherein students may earn industry certification: Accounting Operations, Administration Office Specialist, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Technology 1 & 2, Automotive Service Technology 1 & 2, Aviation Maintenance Technology: Aircraft Airframe & Power plant, Barbering, Commercial Foods & Culinary Arts, Commercial Photography 1 & 2, Cosmetology, Digital Design 1 &2, Digital Media/Multimedia Design, Electricity, Legal Administration Specialist, Massage Therapy, Medical Administrative Specialist, Medical Assisting, Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Practical Nursing, Web Development, Welding Technology, Welding Technology Advanced. Please see the LTC course catalog for all admission requirements.

     

    The district prohibits discrimination in the terms and conditions of employment, and in access to educational programs and activities, and prohibits harassment of any individual or group on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or genetic information (and other protected classes included in the district’s nondiscrimination policies).

     

    Lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation. The district may assess each student’s ability to benefit from specific programs through placement tests and counseling, and, if necessary, will provide services or referrals to better prepare students for successful participation.

     

    An employee, student, parent or applicant alleging discrimination with respect to employment, or any educational program or activity may contact:

    Dr. Kathleen L. Rodgers
    Equity Coordinator (Students) and Title IX Compliance Officer
    Leon County School District
    2757 West Pensacola Street
    Tallahassee, Florida 32304
    (850) 487-7306
    rodgersk@leonschools.net

    Deana McAllister,

    Labor and Relations Equity Coordinator (Employees)
    (850)487-7207
    mcallisterd@leonschools.net

    A student or parent alleging discrimination as it relates to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act may contact:

    Karin Gerold, 504 Specialist
    (850) 487-7160
    geroldk@leonschools.net


    Parents:

     

    If you do nothing else today, if you don’t read any other email today, please take one minute to watch a message that could potentially save your child’s life:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/otQEZqLlDJ4

     

    This may well be the most important issue of our children’s generation.

     

    The Leon County School District has partnered with Neighborhood Medical Center and the Foundation for Leon County Schools to produce two public service announcements with the hope of starting conversations between you and your children about their emotional wellbeing. Protecting our students from harm will always be our school district’s top priority, but we cannot do this alone. Please visit www.KnowingSignals.org to find resources and information about the signals our students send us every day.

     

    Today is the first day of National Suicide Prevention week and we are committed to providing resources for our community to raise awareness and to learn more about the life-saving signs that your child may giving you. If you or someone you know has an immediate emergency you can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or call 211 locally.


     

     

News

  • Knowing Signals: Parents, Learn the Signals.

    The Leon County School District has partnered with Neighborhood Medical Center and the Foundation for Leon County Schools to produce two public service announcements with the hope of starting conversations between you and your children about their emotional wellbeing. Protecting our students from harm will always be our school district’s top priority, but we cannot do this alone. Please visit www.KnowingSignals.org to find resources and information about the signals our students send us every day.

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  • What Does Your Name Mean?

    Apurva Srivastava serves as a student member on the Leon County School Board. The meaning behind his name is unique, but his belief in family and unconditional love is extraordinary. Apurva is currently a Senior at James S. Rickards High School.

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  • Is Your Classroom Like This?

    LCS teachers are the BEST! But, do you ever find that your students teach YOU something? Click to the left and see if this student makes you pause and think for a moment.

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  • Old Time Road - LCS Video

    LCS principals welcome back students with their own "Old Town Road" music video.

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  • SUICIDE PREVENTION

    We recently spoke to LCS students about bullying, cyberbullying, and suicide. The video is unscripted and offers an authentic dialog about the harm bullying can cause in our schools. Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death for middle/high school students. Please take a moment to watch, and help us share the message during National Suicide Prevention Week.

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  • Remembering September 11th

    18 years ago, Alejandro Zapata was a 7th grade student living in Queens, New York. He described what he and his classmates witnessed from the 4th floor window of their school during the September 11th attacks in New York City. Mr. Zapata is currently a teacher at James S. Rickards High School.

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  • School Zone 2019: Find your confidence and make your mark this school year

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