Dr. Barnes, Assistant Principal of Curriculum

ATTENTION PARENTS, GUARDIANS, AND STUDENTS,

Interim Reports are now available in Parent and Student Portals. Students that have any concerns or questions about their grades should communicate directly with their teacher(s).

The 2024-2025 Student Course Request forms have been distributed to students. Students, if you are requesting a course that doesn’t appear on the Course Request Form, please write in the Course Name you are requesting under the appropriate subject area or elective. When you meet with your assigned Counselor,  you will have an opportunity to further discuss your request(s) and/or make changes to your Course Request Form. Students who do not complete and return their Course Request Form by today before 4:00 p.m. will be selected by their assigned counselor. If you have any questions about the 2024-2025 Course Request Form, please email Mrs. Terraca Jones, Guidance Department Head, at jonest@leonschools.net.


The deadline for 2024-2025 Student Course Request Forms to be submitted is April 17, 2024.  The Guidance Counselors will meet with students to ensure they have selected their elective courses by priority. Please note: Students who fail to select and prioritize their elective course choices, courses will be selected by their assigned counselor. If you have any questions about the 2024-2025 Course Request Form process, please email RHS.Guidance@leonschools.net.

Interim Reports will be uploaded to FOCUS Wednesday, April 17, 2024.

Quarter 3 and Report Cards

Quarter 3 ended on March 8, 2024.  Reports were uploaded to FOCUS on March 27th and are now available to view in Student and Parent Portals.  Please follow these steps in order to view your student’s report card:

  1. Log in to the Parent Portal.
  2. Select the tab that says “Reports” in the box.
  3. There will be an option that says “Report Card”.
  4. Please be sure you select the report dated 3/27 and this will be the Report Card for the 3rd Nine Weeks.

If you have any questions about your child’s grades, please contact our Guidance Secretary at 850-414-5500, to further discuss concerns.


The deadline for 2024-2025 Student Course Request Forms to be submitted is April 17, 2024.  The Guidance Counselors will meet with students to ensure they have selected their elective courses by priority. Please note: Students who fail to select and prioritize their elective course choices, courses will be selected by their assigned counselor. If you have any questions about the 2024-2025 Course Request Form process, please email RHS.Guidance@leonschools.net.

We understand the challenges some of our students are experiencing in preparation for the upcoming standardized academic assessments.  As a result, to help our students to be better prepared,  we will continue to offer additional instructional resources and support outside of the regular school day to ensure the academic success of our students.  Students in 9th through 11th grade will be taking one or a variety of the following assessments: 9th Grade ELA Reading/Writing, 10th Grade ELA Reading/Writing, US History EOC, Biology EOC, Algebra 1 EOC, and Geometry EOC.  Rickards is now offering students an opportunity to attend or 21st CCLC Afterschool Program, Monday-Friday, 2:00-5:30 p.m. In addition, Rickards is also offering 13 different EOC/ELA camps to students who need assistance with test taking preparation and strategies, good study habits strategies and attendance intervention. Students are encouraged to attend our Saturday School from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. If you have any questions about Saturday School, please e-mail Ms. Kerris Satchell at satchellk@leonschools.net.

Report cards will be uploaded to FOCUS on Wednesday, March 27, 2024.


Course request forms for the 2024-2025 school year were distributed today.  Please review these forms with your student(s) over the  break.  After spring break, guidance counselors will work with their assigned students to select and submit their course request forms.  If you have any questions about the 2024-2025 Course Request Form, please contact Mrs. Terraca Jones, Guidance Department Head, at 850-414-5500. 

We understand the challenges some of our students are experiencing in preparation for the upcoming standardized assessments.  As a result, to help our students to be better prepared, we will continue to offer additional instructional resources and support outside the regular school day to ensure the academic success of our students.  Students in 9th through 11th grade will be taking one or a variety of the following assessments: 9th Grade ELA Reading/Writing, 10th Grade ELA Reading/Writing, US History EOC, Biology EOC, Algebra 1 EOC, and Geometry EOC.  Rickards is now offering students an opportunity to attend or 21st CCLC Afterschool Program, Monday-Friday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. In addition, we are also offering 13 different EOC/ELA camps to students who need assistance with test taking preparation and strategies, good study habits, and attendance intervention. Students are encouraged to attend our Saturday school from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. If you have any questions about Saturday school, please e-mail Ms. Kerris Satchell at satchellk@leonschools.net.

End of the Third Nine-Weeks

The end of the third nine-weeks is TODAY.  Students who have concerns or questions about their grades are encouraged to communicate with their teachers.  Report cards will be uploaded to FOCUS on Wednesday, March 27, 2024.


Interim Progress Reports were uploaded to FOCUS on Wednesday, February 7, 2024.  If you have a concern, please reach out to your child’s teacher via email.  If you have further concerns, please contact the Guidance Secretary, Ms. Nathan to schedule a parent/teacher conference by calling 850-414-5500 or send an email to nathant1@leonschools.net.


Interim Progress Reports will be uploaded to FOCUS on Wednesday, February 7, 2024.  If you have a concern, please reach out to your child’s teacher via email.  If you have further concerns, please contact the Guidance Secretary, Ms. Nathan to schedule a parent/teacher conference by calling 850-414-5500 or send an email to nathant1@leonschools.net.


Report Cards for the second nine weeks are now available for view in FOCUS.  

Please follow these steps in order to view your student’s report card:

  1. Log in to the parent portal.
  2. Select the tab that says “Reports” in the box.
  3. There will be an option that says “Report Card”.
  4. Please be sure you select the report dated 1/17.

If you have a concern, please reach out to your child’s teacher via email.  If you have further concerns, please contact the Guidance Secretary, Mrs. Nathan to schedule a parent/teacher conference by calling 850-414-5500 or sending an email to nathant1@leonschools.net.


Interim Reports for the Second Quarter are now available for view in Parents and Students FOCUS.  If you have a concern, please reach out to your child’s teacher via email.  If you have further concerns, please contact the Guidance Secretary, Ms. Nathan to schedule a parent/teacher conference by calling 850-414-5500 or send an email to nathant1@leonschools.net.

Below is the 2023-24 First Semester Exam Schedule.  Exams will be administered December 14th-19th.  Please note there are no early release days

Thursday, December 14th and Friday, December 15th (if needed)

7th Period Exam

Friday, December 15th

1st period class: 7:30-8:20

1st period exam: 8:25-10:15

2nd  period class: 10:20-11:15

Lunch: 11:15-11:55

2nd  period exam: 12:00-1:50

 

Monday, December 18th

3rd  period class: 7:30-8:20

3rd  period exam: 8:25-10:15

4th  period class: 10:20-11:15

Lunch: 11:15-11:55

4th  period exam: 12:00-1:50

 

Tuesday, December 19th

5th period class: 7:30-8:20

5th period exam: 8:25-10:15

6th period class: 10:20-11:15

Lunch: 11:15-11:55

6th period exam: 12:00-1:50     

 


Important Dates:

  • Interim Reports will be uploaded to Parents and Students FOCUS on Wednesday, November 15, 2023
  • The last day for Quarter 2 is Tuesday, December 19, 2023.
  • Quarter 2 Report Cards will be uploaded to Parents and Students' FOCUS on Wednesday, January 17, 2024

The first quarter ends two weeks from today! Please check in with your student(s) to be sure they are on track to finish the semester strong!!  Please make plans to join us for our Parent Nights/Grade Level Informational Meetings.  All meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.  The dates for the remaining Parent Nights are below: 

***Annual Title 1 Parent Nights***

Freshman Parent Night – 6 PM

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Sophomore/Junior Parent Night – 6 PM

Wednesday, October  18, 2023


Interim Progress Reports will be uploaded to FOCUS on Wednesday, September 13, 2023.  Parents and Guardians we encourage you to please check your child’s FOCUS account periodically to ensure they are completing assignments.  If you have concerns, contact the child’s teacher for that particular subject(s), or feel free to schedule a meeting with your child’s guidance Counselor.  Call the school at 850-414-5500 to schedule the conference. We are here to help your child(ren) succeed! 

Parents, below, are VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER DATES:

Interim Report

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

End of 1st Quarter

Friday, October 13, 2023

Report Card Date

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

 

SAT and ACT Test Dates for 2023-2024

SAT

Test Date

Registration Deadline

October 7, 2023

September 26, 2023 (Late Registration)

November 4, 2023

October 5, 2023

December 2, 2023

November 2, 2023

March 9, 2024

February 23, 2024

May 4, 2024

April 19, 2024

June 1, 2024

May 16, 2024

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACT

Test Date

Registration Deadline

October 28, 2023

September 22, 2023

December 9, 2023

November 3, 2023

February 10, 2024

January 5, 2024

April 13, 2024

March 8, 2024

June 8, 2024

May 3, 2024

July 13, 2024

June 7, 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Welcome new and returning students and parents! As James S. Rickards High School Assistant Principal of Curriculum, I feel honored to have the privilege of working closely with such an outstanding and dedicated school community! I am committed to continuing the success of every child, both academically and socially, through innocent classroom philosophy - where each child's good is discovered, cherished and protected.  Parents and guardians, I invite you to take an active role in your child’s education. It truly takes the village to raise our children. I look forward to working with you this year!

Our couple days of school have been awesome!  We have completed our scheduling process. Since we are towards the end of enrolling students for this school year, we are now working on balancing classes that are too large or too small. Therefore, requests for schedule changes will be limited and situational only.  The forms is attached to this message.  Please see below for examples of acceptable and unacceptable schedule changes.

Acceptable Schedule changes are:

  • Remediation requirements according to the State of Florida law
  • Transcript review for graduation requirements
  • Incomplete schedule/ missing one of more periods.
  • Schedule conflicts

Unacceptable Schedule changes:

  • Parents requesting certain teachers
  • Student has changed of mind about elective class(es)
  • Student doesn’t like teacher and/or the order of classes

Our guidance counselors are working diligently reviewing schedule correction  forms and we are striving to complete the schedule correction  process by Friday, August 25, 2023.

If you have any questions about scheduling, please contact me at 850-414-5500 or e-mail our Guidance Counselors at RHS.Guidance@leonschools.net

Parents, below, are VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER DATES:

Interim Report

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

End of 1st Quarter

Friday, October 13, 2023

Report Card Date

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

 

If a student needs a copy of his/her transcript, please note, this process takes up to 48 hours. If you have any additional questions or requests, Mrs. Allen, our Admission Liaison,  will be available to further assist you. Please contact Mrs. Allen at (allenm2@leonschools.net).

Students are now able to access their class schedules (and any updates) in FOCUS. If you have forgotten your password, your username, or simply cannot log into FOCUS through the ClassLink icon on the District website or the JSRHS website, please email your counselor RHS.Guidance@LeonSchools.net or call the school.  Students must be able to access their FOCUS account.

We are working around the clock to provide the safest learning environment possible for our students, teachers and staff. There is a lot of information that can be found on our school’s website. Stay informed about what is happening at Rickards High School. If you have not done so already, please take a few minutes to sign up for our weekly listserv and/ or visit our website https://www.leonschools.net/rickards. If you have additional questions, please contact the school on 850-414-5500.

Greatness awaits!


ATTENTION PARENTS, GUARDIANS, AND STUDENTS

The 2023-2024 Student Course Request forms will be available April 6, 2023 . Students who fail to complete and return their course form, courses will be selected by their assigned counselor. If you have any questions about the 2021-2022 Course Request Form, please contact Ms. Terraca Jones, Guidance Department Head, at 850-414-5500. 

Thanks to Farm Share, our food items are ready for students to grab and go. Parents, if you desire to pick up your child's food bag, please call us at 850-414-5500, prior to your arrival.  Please contact our front office to confirm the best time to pick up your food bag. 

Quarter 3 and Report Cards

Quarter 3 ended on March 10, 2023.  Reports were uploaded to FOCUS on March 29th and are now available to view in Student and Parent Portals.  Please follow these steps in order to view your student’s report card:

  1. Log in to the Parent Portal.
  2. Select the tab that says “Reports” in the box.
  3. There will be an option that says “Report Card”.
  4. Please be sure you select the report dated 3/29 and this will be the Report Card for the 3rd Nine Weeks.

If you have any questions about your child’s grades, please contact our Guidance Secretary at 850-414-5500, to further discuss concerns.

The 2023-2024 Student Course Request Forms will be available soon for your review. Students are expected to work with their assigned guidance counselor, to ensure they are selecting the correct courses they need to graduate. Deadlines will be announced in the near future for Student Course Request Forms submission. Please note: Students who fail to meet with their assigned counselor to complete their Course Request Form, courses will be selected by their assigned counselor. If you have any questions about the 2023-2024 Course Request Form process, please contact Ms. Terraca Jones, Guidance Department Head, at 850-414-5500. 


CRITICAL MESSAGE TO PARENTS, GUARDIANS, AND STUDENTS

Final grades for students enrolled in the following courses below were updated and entered into FOCUS during Spring Break. The final grades  will be reflected on March 28, 2023

  • Mr. C. Chatman former Classes (ACCESS US HISTORY, WORLD HISTORY, ENGLISH 1-4, U SKILLS)
  • Mr. Y. Dokurugu former Classes (EARTH SPACE SCIENCE AND EARTH SPACE SCIENCE HONORS)
  • Mr. H. Edwards former Classes (AP BIOLOGY)
  • Mr. K. Simmonds former Classes (WORLD HIST HON, AP WORLD HIST, FL PRE-IB WORLD HISTORY)

The 2023-2024 Student Course Request forms will be available in the near future. Our Guidance Counselors will work with their assigned students to select and submit their courses by the end of April 2023. Please note: Students who failed to meet with their assigned counselor, courses will be selected by their counselor. If you have any questions about the 2023-2024 Course Request Form, please contact Ms. Terraca Jones, Guidance Department Head, at 850-414-5500. 

CRITICAL MESSAGE TO PARENTS, GUARDIANS, AND STUDENTS

Final grades for students enrolled in any one of the below courses will be updated and entered into FOCUS daily, during Spring Break. The final grades in the courses below will be reflected on March 28, 2022.

  • Mr. C. Chatman former Classes (ACCESS US HISTORY, WORLD HISTORY, ENGLISH 1-4, U SKILLS)
  • Mr. Y. Dokurugu former Classes (EARTH SPACE SCIENCE AND EARTH SPACE SCIENCE HONORS)
  • Mr. H. Edwards former Classes (AP BIOLOGY)
  • Mr. K. Simmonds former Classes (WORLD HIST HON, AP WORLD HIST, FL PRE-IB WORLD HISTORY)

Quarter 3 ends on March 10, 2023.   Student’s report cards will be uploaded to Student and Parent FOCUS on March 29, 2023. Please take time to view your child’s grades in FOCUS. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact your child’s Guidance Counselor at 850-414-5500.


We understand the challenges some of our students are experiencing in preparation for the upcoming standardized academic assessments. As a result, to help our students to be better prepared,  we will continue to offer additional instructional resources and support outside of the regular school day to ensure the academic success of our students. Students in 9th through 11th grade will be taking one or a variety of the following assessments: 9th Grade ELA Reading/Writing, 10th Grade ELA Reading/Writing, US History EOC, Biology EOC, Algebra 1 EOC, and Geometry EOC.  Rickards is now offering students an opportunity to attend or 21st CCLC Afterschool Program, Monday-Friday, 2:00-5:30 p.m. In addition, Rickards is also offering 13 different EOC/ELA camps 2023, to students who need assistance with test taking preparation and strategies, good study habits strategies and attendance intervention. Students are encouraged to attend our Saturday school from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. If you have any questions about Saturday School, please e-mail Dr. Deborah Barnes at barnesd2@leonschools.net.

Third Nine-Weeks Progress Reports

Progress reports for the third nine-weeks were uploaded to Parent and Students FOCUS Wednesday, February 9, 2023. Students who have concerns or questions about their grades are encouraged to communicate with their teachers.

Valentine Balloons, Candies, and Flowers

We realize that Valentine’s Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 14th. However, balloons, candies, stuffed animals, gifts and/or floral deliveries WILL NOT be accepted in observance of Valentine’s Day. Although we respect the appreciation and love you have for your child(ren), and our students have for each other; we cannot accept deliveries due to the distractions it may cause to our regularly scheduled school day. We ask that you please abide by the school’s policy and do not send or have any deliveries (Valentine’s cards, balloons, flowers, etc.) made to Rickards High. Deliveries that arrive at the school will  be returned to the sender(s). Your prompt attention and cooperation are greatly appreciated!


Interim Progress Reports will be uploaded to FOCUS on Wednesday, February 8,2023 after 2:00 PM.  If you have a concern, please reach out to your child’s teacher via email.  If you have further concerns, please contact the Guidance Secretary, Mrs. Fishburn to schedule a parent/teacher conference by calling calling 850-414-5500 or sending an email fishburnY@leonschools.net. .


Report Cards for the second nine weeks are now available on FOCUS.  

Please follow these steps in order to view your student’s report card:

  1. Log in to the parent portal.
  2. Select the tab that says “Reports” in the box.
  3. There will be an option that says “Report Card”.
  4. Please be sure you select the report dated 1/11.

If you have a concern, please email your child's teacher. If you have further concerns, please contact the Guidance Secretary, Mrs. Fishburn to schedule a parent/teacher conference by calling 850-414-5500 or send an email to fishburnY@leonschools.net.


Report Cards for the second nine weeks will be available for view in FOCUS on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, after 2:00 PM. If you have a concern, please reach out to your child’s teacher via email. If you have further concerns, please contact the Guidance Secretary, Mrs. Fishburn to schedule a parent/teacher conference by calling 850-414-5500 or sending an email fishburnY@leonschools.net.


Interim Reports for the second nine weeks are now available for view on FOCUS.  If you have a concern, please reach out to your child’s teacher via email.  If you have further concerns, please contact the Guidance Secretary, Mrs. Fishburn to schedule a parent/teacher conference by calling 850-414-5500 or sending an email to fishburnY@leonschools.net


Report cards were uploaded to FOCUS on Wednesday.  If you have a concern, please reach out to your child’s teacher via  email.  If you have further concerns, please contact the Guidance Secretary, Mrs. Fishburn to schedule a parent/teacher conference by calling 850-414-5500 or emailing fishburnY@leonschools.net.


First Nine Weeks report cards will be uploaded to FOCUS on Wednesday, October 26th at 2:00 p.m.


Thank you for joining us for our Final Parent Night for Sophomores and Juniors!  We hope you found the information presented useful.  The slides from each of the parent nights will be uploaded to our website soon.   

First Nine Weeks report cards will be uploaded to FOCUS on Wednesday, October 26th at 2:00 p.m.


Please make plans to join us for our Last Parent Night - Sophomore/Junior Parent Night , Tuesday, October 11th @ 6 pm. in the cafeteria.                                                

Healthy snacks will be served!.   


Greatness awaits! Please make plans to join us for our Parent Nights/Grade Level Meetings.  All meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.  Please view the attached flyers for each event.  The dates are below:  
 

Freshmen Parent Night

Tuesday, September 27

Senior Parent Night

Wednesday, September 28

Sophomore/Junior Parent Night

Tuesday, October 11

Healthy snacks will be served!


Interim Progress Reports were uploaded to FOCUS on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.  Please be sure to check your child’s FOCUS account periodically to ensure they are completing assignments.  If you have a concern, please be sure to contact the child’s teacher for the particular subject(s).  We are here to serve you and to help your child(ren) succeed! 

Interim Progress Reports will be available for view in FOCUS on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.  In addition to the progress reports, please be sure to check your child’s FOCUS account periodically to ensure they are completing assignments.  If you have a concern, please be sure to contact the child’s teacher for the particular subject(s).  We are here to serve you and to help your child(ren) succeed! 

Food Pantry

The next Share Your Heart FOOD PANTRY is scheduled for Thursday, September 22–Please contact Ms. Dorilus the Coordinator and our School Social Worker at dorilusn@leonschools.net if your family has a need or if you have questions


Students and parents should be able to view academic information in FOCUS now. Please note, due to limited space and class capacity, schedule change requests will not be honored. Parents and students, there are future changes that are inevitable as a result of test scores and student’s required courses for graduation. Therefore, your child’s schedule may change to ensure academic success. All schedules are reviewed by the student’s counselor, for accuracy and approval. Parents, guardians, and students, please be assured, we are working endlessly to review for consideration, every student’s course request and/or correction form that was submitted prior to the deadline. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact your child’s Guidance Counselor. We truly appreciate your patience, cooperation, and understanding as we continue to strive for academic excellence at Rickards High School. Welcome to our 2022-23 school year.

Parent Night

Please make plans to join us for our Parent Nights/Grade Level Meetings.  All meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.  Please view the attached flyers for each event.  The dates are below:

  • Freshmen Parent night: Tuesday, September 27
  • Senior Parent Night: Wednesday, September 28
  • Sophmore/Junior Senior Night: Tuesday, October 11

Healthy snacks will be served!


Parents, below, are VERY IMPORTANT DATES:

Interim Report

September 14, 2022

End of 1st Quarter

October 14, 2022

Report Card Date

October 26, 2022


FOCUS

Students and parents should be able to view academic information on FOCUS now. Please note, due to limited space and class capacity, schedule changes will not be honored. Parents and students, there will be future changes that are inevitable, as a result of test scores and student’s required courses needed for graduation. Therefore, your child’s schedule may change to ensure academic success. All schedules are reviewed by the student’s counselor, for accuracy and approval. Parents, guardians, and students, please be assured, we are working endlessly to review for consideration, every student’s course request and/or correction form that was submitted prior to the deadline. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact your child’s Guidance Counselor. We truly appreciate your patience, cooperation, and understanding as we continue to strive for academic excellence at Rickards High School. Welcome to our 2022-23 school year.


WELCOME 8/12/22

Welcome new and returning students and parents! As James S. Rickards High School Assistant Principal of Curriculum, I feel honored to have the privilege of working closely with such an outstanding and dedicated school community! I am committed to continuing the success of every child, both academically and socially, through innocent classroom philosophy - where each child's good is discovered, cherished and protected.  Parents and guardians, I invite you to take an active role in your child’s education. It truly takes the village to raise our children. I look forward to working with you this year!

Our first few days of school have been awesome!  We have completed our scheduling process. Since we are towards the end of enrolling students for this school year, we are now working on balancing classes that are too large or too small. Therefore, students requesting schedule changes will be limited and situational only. Please see below for examples of acceptable and unacceptable schedule changes.

Acceptable schedule changes are:

  • Remediation requirements according to the State of Florida law
  • Transcript review for graduation requirements
  • Incomplete schedule/ missing one or more periods.
  • Schedule conflicts

Unacceptable schedule changes:

  • Parents requesting certain teachers
  • Student has changed mind about elective class(es)
  • Students don’t like the teacher and/or the order of classes

If you have any questions about scheduling, please contact me at 850-488-1783 or e-mail our Guidance Counselors at RHS.Guidance@leonschools.net


2022-2023 SAT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines                

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Dec. 3, 2022

Nov. 3, 2022

Mar. 11, 2023

Feb. 10, 2023

May 6, 2023

April 7, 2023

June 3, 2023

May 4, 2023

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Dec. 10, 2022

Nov. 4, 2022

Feb. 11, 2023

January 6, 2023

April 15, 2023

Mar.10, 2023

June 10, 2023

May 5, 2023

July 15, 2023

June 16, 2023