ROCK SOLID EDUCATION

The staff at Rock River School are determined to deliver a ROCK SOLID EDUCATION to their students. We provide a rigorous curriculum to provide students the opportunity to be college and career-ready. Our students are also able to navigate and succeed in an ever-changing world through the dedication of our staff, parents and our community. Our staff believes in empowering our students to communicate effectively, to apply their knowledge, and to be independent in order to achieve academic, personal and career success.

If you would like to attend or tour our school please contact Tammie Sims @ 307.378.2271 or 307.721.4265 or sims@acsd1.org

 

Absences Add Up

Your child’s daily, on-time attendance is critical to their success in school. And while some challenges to your child’s school attendance are unavoidable, it’s important to understand the impact of each absence.
A student is considered chronically absent if they miss only two days of school per month (18 days in a year), whether the absences are excused or unexcused. This is true for children as early as elementary school, when they are at a higher risk of falling behind in reading. Even one year of chronic absence can cause a child to fall behind academically and decrease a child’s chances of graduating from high school, which can have long-term consequences on their financial independence, physical well-being and mental health.
The good news? Attending school every day increases a child’s chances of success in school and in life.

For more information please visit: http://absencesaddup.org/

Rock River School – 4 Day School Week Survey

ROCK RIVER SCHOOL

4 – DAY SCHOOL WEEK SURVEY

The purpose of this survey is for us to gather information to determine if this is a viable option for Rock River Schools. There is research that indicates a four day school week might be beneficial to our community and school. We would appreciate your feedback to determine the extent of the community’s interest in pursuing this option. We recognize that there are many factors and we would like to gather as much information as possible from our community. NO DECISIONS ARE BEING MADE AT THIS TIME and we need to make sure we are doing things right with the people who are directly involved. The intended implementation time for the 4-Day school week would be for the 2017-2018 school year. Please follow the following link to answer the survey. The questions on the survey are listed below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GT2LWGG

 

4 Day Week

4 Day Week Proposal Information Rock River School and Notch Peak

 

Rock River School and Notch Peak are proposing a 4-day school week for the 2017-2018 school year. The rationale behind this change is directly related to the emphasis on school improvement in our schools and increasing the quality of our children’s education. This proposal is in response to increased emphasis on student-teacher contact time and a need for fewer interruptions to the instructional time teachers have with students. The other aspect is the need for collaborative time for teachers to implement the PLC process at a small school. A major indicator of student performance is the contact time that teachers have with students. For rural schools many Fridays as well as other days are impacted because of activities and other distractions that remove either students or teachers from the classroom. The four–day school week allows for activities to be completed on Fridays without impacting instructional time. It also allows for teachers and students to perform personal duties without taking personal time during the week. Perhaps the greatest impact is the reduction in teacher absenteeism.

Currently, there are 40 schools in 12 districts that utilize a four-day school week in Wyoming. Many of these schools have shown that the model is a valid consideration by being among the top achieving schools in the state.

The move towards a 4-day week provides several benefits for Rock River School. Those benefits come in the form of increased attendance for students and teachers. Most studies show a greater increase in student and teacher morale in schools where there is a 4-day week. Teacher-student contact time is increased. There are some financial benefits to a 4-day calendar in regards to transportation, food service and to substitute teaching costs.  A 4-day calendar also provides opportunities to improve student achievement by allowing time for teachers to collaborate with each other and to prepare for their classes. With the extended day we can add time to each period in our secondary to increase remediation time with the teacher for students.

Frequently asked questions are directed towards concerns of retention of material over the weekend, length of the day for elementary students, daycare issues and attendance for less days. There are also concerns over students who may not have opportunities for food on the weekends. There are a number of studies that have good reasons and bad reasons for making the transition. These studies vary widely as the demographics of the population it serves. We believe that the best study for us would be to monitor our own demographic and see how it helps our school. We believe like many other schools in Wyoming that the four-day week would be a good fit for Rock River School.

Below is the proposed Calendar for the 2017-2018 school year.

Four Day Calendar Proposal 2017-2018 School Year

Proposed Daily Schedule JR-SR High School