Middle School Daily Bulletin
Summer 2014 Edition: Thanks for a great year at Roland-Story Schools. We hope you’re all enjoying your summer break!
Fee Payment - For your convenience textbook rental fees and lunch deposits may be made online beginning in mid-July through the PaySchools Online Payment Processing System by credit card or bank debit card at our website: www.roland-story.k12.ia.us If you do not have a School Dining System password, please email Roland-Story Business Manager, Candi Holm at: firstname.lastname@example.org and she will assist you in getting signed up. This will also allow payments to be made to student’s lunch accounts throughout the year and you will receive email notices of a low balance. If you have any questions regarding the School Dining System or PaySchools online payment, please contact the R-S Business Office, 515-733-4301 from 8:00 - 4:00, Monday - Friday.
Walk-in registration is available July 31st from 12:00-6:00 p.m. & August 1st from 12:00-3:00 p.m. at the high school commons. If you plan to pay by check, only one check is needed to cover the fees for textbook rental, lunch, and/or special milk. Checks payable to: Roland-Story Community Schools.
Textbook Rental Fees – There will be two levels of textbook rental fees for the 2014-2015 school year. The fee for students pre-kindergarten through 4th grades is $75.00 per student (reduced fee - $37.50). The fee for 5th through 12th grade is $90.00 per student (reduced fee - $45.00).
Meal Prices for the 2014-2015 school year will be as follows:
Reduced Breakfast will be $.30 Reduced Lunch will be $.40
PK-4th Breakfast will be $1.40 PK-4th Lunch will be $2.15
5th-12th Breakfast will be $1.40 5th-12th Lunch will be $2.25
Adult Breakfast will be $1.65 Adult Lunch will be $3.30
Forms for free/reduced meals will be printed in the school newsletter that will be mailed out mid-July. This information will also be available at fee payment time or on this website under the Registration heading. Completed forms should be turned in at the Roland-Story Business Office.
Extra Milk - Money for extra milk ($.35 per carton) is also deposited into your computer meal account. This may be used for students who desire additional milk with their lunch and for those who bring their own lunches.
Snack-Time Milk Program for Pre-K/Kindergarten/1st Grade is optional for families who wish for their student to have milk at snack time at a cost of $50.00 per student/per year or $25.00 per student/per semester. Snack-Time Milk will begin on Friday, August 15th.
Additional Fees - In high school there are additional fees which include band uniforms - $10.00 and choir robes $10.00. These fees will be collected by the appropriate instructor once school is underway. Towel service is not provided for Roland-Story Physical Education classes or athletics.
Classes for the 2014-’15 school year will begin Thursday, August 14th at 8:20 a.m. for grades 9–12, at 8:25 a.m. for grades 5-8 and 1st through 4th grades begin at 8:35 a.m. Pre-Kdg./Kindergarten students begin Friday, August 15th. Pupils are eligible for kindergarten if they reach their fifth birthday on or before September 15th. If there is any child who did not register last spring, they should do so on or prior to August 1st. Please call the elementary building at 515-733-4386 to schedule an appointment to register your child.
Students in grades five through eight should report to the multi-purpose room in Roland at 8:25 a.m. & high school students report to the auditorium in Story City at 8:20 a.m. on the opening day of school for an orientation session.
Rural Bus Routes for 2014-2015 school year will be set up and schedules mailed the week following school registration. Check our website or call 515-733-4304 for more route information.
Discretionary Busing - Those living within the city limits who wish to have their students ride the bus, MUST sign up and be approved in advance before they receive this service. Discretionary Busing is done only on a “seats available” basis and is offered to students living the furthest away and the youngest students being scheduled until seat capacity is filled. The cost per semester for this school year will be determined by the Roland-Story School Board. Payment must be made either online or to the Business Office, applications must be filled out and returned, and approved by Transportation Director, Jeff Wellik prior to students being able to use this service. New pick up points for this year’s routes will be determined before school begins and letters will be mailed listing those sites.
Elementary Shuttle Busing - Students in grades 1st-4th who ride the shuttle buses from Roland to the Elementary should ride according to last names: A-H on bus #4; I-Q on bus #6; R-Z on bus #2.
M.S. Activities Shuttle Bus - Seventh and Eighth volleyball will practice and play in Roland. 7th & 8th football will practice in Roland, but games will be played at the high school football field. Practices will end so students who participate in activities can be ready to leave from Roland for Story City: Cross- Country & Volleyball-5:10 p.m. & Football - 5:40 p.m.
New Student Day - Any student who has moved into the Roland-Story School District since last spring should visit the center they will be attending on New Student Day, Monday, August 4th to meet with the building principal and/or counselor, do schedule planning, establish room assignment, and tour the facility.
We would like for you to call ahead for an appointment. If you are unable to attend August 4th, please contact the principal of the building your student(s) will be attending to make other arrangements.
Elementary Center (Pre-K-4th) - Kate Hartzler - 515-733-4386 email@example.com Middle School (5th-8th) - John Sheahan - 515-388-4348 firstname.lastname@example.org High School (9th-12th) - Steve Schlatter - 515-733-4329 email@example.com
Supply Lists – Middle School and Elementary School Supply Lists can be found on our website at www.roland-story.k12.ia.us Many forms such as physical forms and dental forms are available for printing under the “Registration” heading in the left-hand column of the home page.
Dental Screening Requirement - Children enrolling for the first time in an Iowa elementary or high school are required to have a dental screening. Elementary applies to kindergarten and out-of-state transfer students. Screening must occur no earlier than age 3 but prior to age 6. Screenings can only be performed by: dentists, dental hygienists, physicians, nurses, or physician assistants. High School applies to 9th grade and out-of-state transfer students. Screening must occur within previous year of enrollment. Screenings can only be performed by: dentists or dental hygienists. You must use the Iowa Department of Public Health Certificate of Dental Screening form.
Student Accident Insurance - Accident insurance payments are not payable until after school starts except for students who are out for fall sports. Information in regard to high school football, volleyball, and cross country insurance will be given to each athlete by the coach. Insurance forms for regular coverage will be available at fee payment time. Please read all forms carefully.
Athletic Physicals - Any student, grades 7 - 12, who plan to participate in athletics at Roland-Story must have a current Physical form, Acknowledgment of Risk form, Concussion form and Proof of Insurance form on file with the High School/Middle School Athletic Director’s office before practice begins. Check with your physician or chiropractor to schedule your student’s appointment. Forms are available on our website www.roland-story.k12.ia.us under “High School” then “Athletics” heading.
The Heart of Iowa Athletic Conference (HOIAC) is charging a $3.00 admission for all non-varsity activities to adults including junior high events. Students will not be assessed this fee to attend games and senior citizen passes will be accepted. Admission for high school varsity events is $5.00-adults and $3.00- students except for varsity football game nights when admission will be $5.00 for all seats.
Student Activity Passes for 2014-2015 will be sold for $50 to any student that wishes to purchase one. These passes will gain the student admittance to all home athletic events throughout the school year. When they purchase this they will have their student ID punched at the start of the year and they will need to show that to the ticket taker as they enter a contest. The activity pass will not gain admittance in to fine arts events. If a card is lost the student will need to pay a $5 fee to have the card replaced. Check with the building secretary to purchase a student activity pass.
Senior Citizen Activity Card - The school will make a reduced cost card available for senior citizens 65 or older. The card is good for any local music, speech, drama or athletic event (except spring musical). It will not be good for any activity sponsored by the conference or any state associations.
Each card is to be used only by one person (non-transferable). If a senior citizen and spouse both qualify, they will need to secure two cards. The reduced cost is $25.00 per person for the 2014-’15 school year. Cards are only available to purchase at the R-S Superintendent’s Office. Senior citizens may pay the regular event admission price to attend any activity if they so desire.
7th and 8th Grade Sport Practices Begin Monday, August 18th for football, volleyball & cross country. Volleyball girls should bring their PE clothes and shoes for practice. Football boys will have equipment handed out and an orientation session will take place. Cross Country people need running shoes and comfortable clothes. Football, volleyball and cross -country, all practice in Roland. Students are reminded they MUST HAVE Physical, Insurance & Risk forms by the first day of practice to participate!
Elementary School Grades 1-4 will be having a Meet and Greet on Wednesday, August 13th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. This will be a time for students to bring in their school supplies and meet their teachers. It will also be a time for parents to get necessary paper work filled out (field trips, parties, conferences and acceptable use policy). Parents will also take home with them a packet of information that will explain all expectations and other necessities for the 2014-2015 school year. Students in Kindergarten and PreK will have their orientation on Thursday, August 14th and parent night will be Tuesday, August 19th at 6:30 p.m.
Middle School 1:1 Tech Roll-out and Parent Night will be in Roland on Wednesday, August 13th for 5th through 8th grade parents. We combine our Middle School Parent Night and iPad Roll-Out on the same evening. This gives us a chance to talk to all of you about the year’s expectations along with having you and your student sign off on the Acceptable Use Policy and receive your student’s iPad. At least one parent and the student need to be present on the 13th to receive the iPad. Specials and Exploratory teachers will make presentations. We are hoping this whole event will take one hour. The times are split to accommodate room space and parking. Please note the times, schedule, and location for each grade level:
- 5:30 PM - 5th Grade Students/Parents last names that begin A-K in homerooms; 6th Grade Students/
Parents last names begin A-K in homerooms; 8th Grade Students/Parents in MS multi-purpose room.
- 7:00 PM - 5th Grade Students/Parents last names that begin L-Z in homerooms; 6th Grade Students/
Parents last names begin L-Z in homerooms; 7th Grade Students/Parents in MS multi-purpose room.
High School Grades 10-12 - 1:1 Tech Roll-Out will be available to all currently enrolled students grades
10-12 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) have already been through the Roland-Story 1:1 Technology Program
beginning Monday, August 11th and 12th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the high school. Students must bring the
completed 2014 Acknowledgement Form (available on our website) in order to pick up their equipment.
Note 9th graders and all new students will have their 1:1 Tech Roll-Out at orientation on August 11.
Ninth Grade Orientation for all incoming freshmen (and new students) will be held in the Roland-Story High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 11th. The 1:1 Tech Roll-Out information, tours of the building and supply lists will be made available at that time.
Food Service Department – Food Allergies & Special Diets - your student has special dietary requirements or a food allergy please note the following: Our school is required to have on file a physician’s statement in reference to your child’s special diet as well as a written plan for food substitutions or emergency action in the case of an allergic reaction. Our food service staff is required to serve each student all U.S.D.A. meal components unless a physician’s statement prohibits serving certain items. For your child’s well-being please document and contact the Roland-Story Food Service Director, Cindy Osmundson (733-4329) with any questions or concerns.
Reporting Student Disabilities - In order for the district to develop appropriate support systems and assistance for students with disabilities, we must be aware of students who have physical or mental disabilities, which impair one or more major life activities. Parents of disabled students are encouraged to voluntarily report these disabilities to building principals as soon as discovered.
Homeless Students - In accordance with Chapter 33, Iowa Administrative Code, the Roland-Story Community School District encourages homeless children and youth to enroll in school. For information, please contact Superintendent of Schools, Roland-Story Community School District, 1009 Story Street, Story City, Iowa 50248 (515) 733-4301.
Open Enrollment - Parents/guardians considering the use of open enrollment option to enroll their children in another public school district in the state of Iowa should be aware of the following dates: March 1, 2015 - Last day for regular open enrollment requests for the 2015-16 school year. September 1, 2014 - Deadline for students entering Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year. Parents/Guardians of open enrollment students whose household income is at or below the federal guidelines are eligible for transportation assistance. This may be in the form of actual transportation or in the form of a cash stipend. For further details, contact the Roland-Story Superintendent’s Office at 515-733-4301.
Mentoring at Elementary and/or Middle School - The Elementary and Middle School are interested in adults to serve as positive role models for students in need of a mentor. If you would like to volunteer your time in this worthwhile endeavor, contact (ES) Kate Hartzler or Kathy Gabrielson at 515-733-4386 and (MS) John Sheahan or Michael Olesen at 515-388-4348 for more details. Thanks for your consideration.
Parent Directory Information - The R-S Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) provides a copy of the Student Directory for every school family listed. If you do not wish to have your name, child(ren) name(s), address, and/or phone number included in this directory, please send a written notice to the Business Office: Roland-Story CSD, 1009 Story Street, Story City, Iowa 50248.
The Roland-Story Newsletter can be found at this site: www.roland-story.k12.ia.us under “Newsletter.” For current sports activities and school events click on “District Calendar” for the Heart of Iowa Conference website. Click on “Email Notifications” to subscribe to receive notices for the newsletter, daily bulletin announcements and weather alerts.
Norsemen Football 2014 Powerade Scrimmage – Due to changes in association rules that allow teams to scrimmage other schools, this year’s Powerade Scrimmage will be the Norsemen scrimmaging against Hampton-Dumont beginning at Story City on Friday, August 22nd. The 9th grade, Junior Varsity and Varsity teams will all scrimmage with admission being your donation of the sports drink as it has been in the past.
Roland-Story School District Foundation (RSSF) - The purpose of the Foundation is to maintain, develop, increase, and extend the facilities and services of the school district and to provide broader educational opportunities to its students, staff and the residents of the area. All gifts, small or large, are needed and appreciated. The Foundation is a 503(C) so all donations are tax-deductible. Once again many scholarships were awarded to Roland-Story graduating seniors this past year. Recently the Foundation has assisted the district with the purchase of extra classroom equipment related to the STEM Ag Program, contributed funds for the purchase of band instruments at both the middle and high school programs, donated to various educational opportunities for all grade levels, and worked as the recipient of tax- deductible gifts to be used by specific school departments or projects. Please be sure to mark “RSSF” clearly on your check when making your donation to the Roland-Story School District Foundation. For information call 515-733-4301 or RSSF, 1009 Story Street, Story City, IA 50248.
Roland-Story PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) wants you to join them in 2014. This organization is dedicated to strengthening our children’s education and development through a collaborative effort of parent, educators and the community. For more information visit their website at www.rolandstorypto.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rolandstorypto
Roland-Story Athletic Booster’s purpose and objectives are: (1) to promote and foster interest in and goodwill toward all athletic programs within the R-S school district, (2) to bring into closer relationship the home, school, and fans who follow athletics, (3) to secure for all athletic programs the highest standards and advantages a program can provide, (4) to assist the athletic programs via work projects, fund raising events and providing volunteers when needed and (5) to stimulate fair play and good sportsmanship by parents, fans, coaches and participants.
We thank you for your past support though your membership and volunteerism and look forward to a great Roland-Story girls and boys athletic year. Join the Roland-Story Athletic Boosters for 2014-15! Please be sure to mark “Athletics” clearly on your check when making your donation for membership. For details contact: John Rathmacher, 719 Grand Avenue, Story City, IA 50248. GO NORSE!
MAST (Music, Art, Speech, Theater) encourages our Junior and High School students in the Fine Arts by providing support in a number of ways. For more information to join and show support for the Roland-Story MAST organization contact Jennifer Hendrian, 1103 Lafayette Avenue, Story City, IA 50248. Please be sure to mark “Fine Arts” clearly on your check when making your donation for membership to MAST.