James S. Rickards High School

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Principal's Message

  • Attention Parents & Guardians,


    This year is moving along quickly, and Spring is here! I am deeply thankful for the collective talent and energy of our faculty, staff, and students.  I am also thankful for the enduring and essential contributions of our parents and community. With Spring, comes testing season. Our 9th and  10th graders have completed the FSA ELA Writing  and Writing Retakes.   Rickards High School is unique in its breadth of interests and range of talents, and for its mirroring of the complex blend of culture, background, and experiences that are increasingly the hallmarks of both our local and global communities. As educators, we strive daily to continue to make Rickards High a tremendous place to work and learn.


    Earning the right to call ourselves a great school will require continuous determination and commitment from our teachers, staff, parents, and community, to see that all students, regardless of who they are and how they come to us, leave us better prepared to meet the next set of life’s challenges. Parents and Guardians,  our commitment must also include the development of the curiosity, character, and conscientiousness that will prepare them not only for personal success, but for productive and compassionate citizenship as well. This is a  charge we share as a school and a community.


    Wishing everyone a happy, fun, and safe spring break. Rickards High School will be closed Monday, March 18th through Friday, March 22, 2019. We will re-open on March 25th for faculty and staff. Students will return on Tuesday,  March 26, 2018


    Douglas Cook,



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    Click here for the Geometry EOC Practice for Spring Break


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    Each finalist will receive a $40 WHATABURGER gift card to be awarded at the school assembly on March 11th during 4th period in the auditorium.  At the assembly, one finalist will be chosen as the top Presenter to Rickards High School, and the Runners-up will showcase their business model displays at the Junior Achievement Big Bend Shark Bowl reception on April 25, 2019.                                                                                                                                                 


    If you want your child to be accepted into the Rickards IB, Engineering, Health Academy or AVID program, you must fill out an application online.  This can be done by accessing your student’s FOCUS account.  School Choice applications are all submitted through the student’s FOCUS account this year, so you just need to log in to your FOCUS account, click on “my child,” scroll to the bottom of the drop-down menu, and click on school choice. A new screen will pop up that will allow you to select one of the programs at Rickards as your first choice. Once you submit that application, you will be all set.  You can contact the Choice office at 850-561-8484 if you have any problems.  The deadline is March 1.



    Hooray! The first step in becoming a part of James A. Rickards High School Student Government Association (SGA), is done by picking up your application. With great honor this letter is to inform you of your duties and expectation as an officer in SGA. If additional information is needed, please view the James S. Rickards High School Student Government Association Constitution Article VI; Section I; Subsections I-VI which states the class officer duties and it can be obtained from Mr. Sea.


    Each position will be elected by your peers and as a member of James S. Rickards Student Government Association you are a leader and an elite example of what a student should be here at school. The actions displayed MUST be of scholarly standards and requirements. There is a $35.00 fee, which will include polo shirts, name badge, and some working lunches.


    Dates to Remember:  

    Application due – Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by 3:00 pm

    Application Approval Notice – Monday, February 18, 2019

    Campaign Meeting – Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 6pm in Room 1411

    Campaign – February 25, 2019 through March 8, 2019 pm

    Elections – Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in media center during Social Studies and AVID Dept.


    NOTE:  The administration reserves the right to nullify or revoke student eligibility for office if non-fulfillment of duties is an issue.





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