James S. Rickards High School

An Academically High Performance District

Principal's Message

  • Parents and Guardians, 


    Join me in congratulating our Martin Luther King, Jr., Dreamers and Doers recipients: 

    Ariauna Range and Phillip Harvey



    Leon County Schools MLK Dreamers and Doers Online Celebration was aired this morning and is now available to our students, parents, and community. This outstanding program can be viewed via Facebook or YouTube, by clicking on the below links:








    If the links do not connect, please copy and paste them into your web browser.


    Parents and Guardians, the administration, faculty, and staff are most concerned about the health and safety of our students. This includes their mental and emotional health. It is for this reason our students are required to practice social distancing, as well as wear their face mask at all times. I understand that some of our students are experiencing some anxiety about academics, activities, and sports events that have been modified, postponed and/or cancelled this school year. Please try to understand that the limitations and restrictions we have implemented here at Rickards High is to ensure everybody’s safety. There is evidence, from China’s safety curve, that Social Distancing will slow the Pandemic and help all of us to get back to our normal lives. We are encouraging you to help in this most important endeavor.


    Remember, we are all in this together, and with your help, together we will get through these difficult times. We will continue to utilize social distancing, but be social. We ask that you continue to communicate with us and make good decisions, as I believe you will. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and continuous support.



    Douglas Cook,


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School Updates


    CAP AND GOWN photos will take place on Friday, January 29th in the Auditorium. All students (digital and brick and mortar) must wear their masks and socially distance until they are sitting on the stool to take their picture. Students may remove their masks for the picture, then put it back on while exiting the auditorium.


    Brick and mortar students will take their pictures in the Auditorium during the school day using the following schedule:


    8:00 - Last Name A-E

    9:00 - Last Name F-L

    10:00 - Last Name M-R

    12:00 - Last Name S-Z


    Digital Academy students will take their pictures after school in the Auditorium from 2pm-4pm. 


    Digital students should enter campus through the bus ramp on Paul Russel and park on the bus ramp to the side of the Auditorium. When you're finished with your picture you should return to your vehicle directly and exit campus through the bus ramp gate onto Jim Lee. You are not permitted to linger on campus.

    SENIOR QUOTES: If you want your senior quote to appear in the yearbook, click on THIS LINK to fill out the senior quote form. If your quote is even questionably inappropriate, it will not appear in the yearbook. The deadline for turning in a senior quote is Friday, January 15th. 

    SENIOR ADS for the yearbook are for sale. Space is limited and we are running out of room. If you would like to purchase an ad, please follow THIS LINK for more details on sizes and pricing. 


    If you have any questions about cap and gown photos, senior quotes, or senior ads, please contact Ms. Madden at maddena@leonschools.net


    Below is a copy of our First Semester Exam Schedule. Please print this copy to use as a quick reference. Students who are exempted will be notified by their teachers. Semester exam exemption forms will be sent home. A parent signature MUST be on all submitted exemption forms.


    Tuesday January 12, 2021

    1:50 – 3:50 (120 minutes) – 7th Period Review/Exam


    Wednesday January 13, 2021

    7:30 – 9:30 (120 minutes) – 1st Period Review/Exam

    9:35 – 11:35 (80 minutes) – Homeroom (6th period)

    10:05 – 10:45 (40 minutes) – Lunch A

    10:55 – 11:35 (40 minutes) – Lunch B

    11:40 – 1:40 (120 minutes) – 2nd Period Review/Exam


    Thursday January 14, 2021

    7:30 – 9:30 (120 minutes) – 3rd Period Review/Exam

    9:35 – 11:35 (80 minutes) – Homeroom (6th period)

    10:05 – 10:45 (40 minutes) – Lunch A

    10:55 – 11:35 (40 minutes) – Lunch B

    11:40 – 1:40 (120 minutes) – 4th Period Review/Exam


    Friday January 15, 2021

    7:30 – 9:30 (120 minutes) – 5th Period Review/Exam

    9:35 – 11:35 (80 minutes) – Homeroom (6th period)

    10:05 – 10:45 (40 minutes) – Lunch A

    10:55 – 11:35 (40 minutes) – Lunch B

    11:40 – 1:40 (120 minutes) – 6th Period Review/Exam


    The Leon County Schools’ Title I Office is administering an additional parent survey that will give our community partners and liaisons insight on your Title I families’ experiences during this 2nd nine-week period. This brief survey assesses the selected education model and the resources needed by the students and families served. The information gathered will be used to guide continual improvement within our Title I schools to better serve our students and their families.


    The survey administration period is Friday, December 11, 2020 through Friday, January 15, 2021


    The Title I Education Model Survey is available online and by paper in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Swahili. Parents/guardians are able to select their language preference by clicking on the appropriate link:


    English: https://www.papersurvey.io/s/lcs_titlei_eng


    Spanish: https://www.papersurvey.io/s/lcs_titlei_spa


    Haitian Creole: https://www.papersurvey.io/s/lcs_titlei_ht


    Swahili: https://www.papersurvey.io/s/lcs_titlei_swa     

    Saturday Hybrid Academic Camps

    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.



    Parents and Guardians, we are pleased to announce that Rickards High School earned a graduation rate of 93.1% for the 2018-2019 School Year. This is a true reflection of our students' and teachers' hard work and commitment. With your help and continuous support, I am confident that our Rickards High School graduation rate will continue to increase and our students will continue to excel academically. 



    James S. Rickards High School teacher SheKishma O’Reilly is in her 13th year of teaching during #2020. Some might consider this unlucky, but Ms. O’Reilly considers herself fortunate to be able to make a difference in the lives of her students during challenging times. Ms. O’Reilly was recently named a Top 5 Finalist for the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year in Leon County Schools. The winner will be announced this THURSDAY, December 10th at 10:00 a.m. on Facebook Live.

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  • 2020-2021 Virtual Orientation

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  • Rickards High School student invents solar-powered water bottle, phone charger

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  • Rickards Students Start Free Online Tutoring

    Rohan Davidi and Tanmay Haldiya, who have started a free online tutoring service

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  • 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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  • Old Time Road - LCS Video

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

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    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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