June 13, 2020
Dear Rich Township Families,
I hope that this finds you and your families healthy, safe and well!
Like many of you, I have witnessed the horrific acts of violence to Mr. George Floyd and Ms. Breonna Taylor at the hands of the police. Sadly, their voices were silenced; however, our voices will raise to demand equality, equity and justice. As Superintendent, I stand with countless others in strongly condemning another act of police violence towards African Americans in this country. During these trying times, I want to ensure you that our district remains committed to having an environment where people are supported, respected and accepted regardless of their race, religion, marital status, age, gender identity or disability.
Click here to watch the June 12 video message.
This week, we shared the virtual graduation ceremonies for Rich Central, Rich East and Rich South High Schools. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to visit our website, Facebook page, or YouTube channel to stream and download the ceremonies.
This correspondence is to communicate important information regarding our incoming freshmen, summer programs and more. Please read the following communication in its entirety for additional updates.
Incoming Freshman Enrollment Intention Form
Last week, we asked the families of our incoming freshmen to confirm their intentions to enroll at Rich Township High School District 227 for the 2020-21 school year by completing the Freshmen Intention Form.
All parents of incoming freshmen are required to complete the Freshmen Intention Form.
Your responses will allow us to better prepare for your child’s high school experience. To provide a high-quality learning experience, it is necessary for us to retrieve the most accurate survey data. The survey is very brief and will take less than one minute to complete. All responses are confidential.
Click here to complete the freshmen intention form
Please fill out the survey by Wednesday, June 17. Your partnership in this effort is greatly appreciated.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Office of Educational Services at 708-679-5872.
Summer School (Session 2) will begin on Monday, June 22 through Thursday, July 9, for students who need credit recovery, students with Incompletes for the 4th marking period, Star Academy students and Extended School Year (ESY) students.
Please register for Session 2 by Thursday, June 18 to guarantee your seat.
Click here to register for Summer School (Session 2)
We will serve five days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches every Monday in June. Meals will continue to be provided to all Rich Township High School students and families, Monday, June 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Rich East High School.
Meals will be distributed at Rich East High School ONLY. Meals will not be served at Rich Central and Rich South High School campuses.
Please use the driveway off Westwood Drive in front of the school. You do not need to exit your car; the food will be brought to you.
Click here for additional food service resources.
Retirees for 2019-20 School Year
Congratulations and best wishes to this year’s Rich Township High School District retirees! Although we were not able to convene for a formal retirement dinner this year, it is my greatest hope that we will celebrate this momentous occasion together at some point in the future. The 2020 retirees honored are Diane Yarborough, Language Arts teacher; Vivian Johnson, Instructional Assistant; Rai Flowers, School Counselor; Kim Jones, Special Education teacher; Marjorie Whittle, Food Service worker; Edward Schmeski, Physical Education teacher; and Margaret Zake, Food Service worker. Congratulations to all for this well-deserved recognition!
In honor of the 2020 retirees, we will be sharing the link for our virtual retiree tribute with staff and the community on Tuesday, June 16.
I encourage you to use this time during summer break to rest, recharge and reflect on this noteworthy year. We recognize these are tough times for our community, and nation as a whole, and continue to provide emotional support and mental health counseling services to our students in need. Remember, we will get through this together.
We will be working to keep you updated in the coming weeks regarding summer programs, construction, our retiree tribute and information as it relates to next year’s transition to a one-school, two-campus model.
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Please stay safe, strong, and healthy. As always, thank you for your patience, support, understanding, compassion and commitment to our students.
Dr. Johnnie Thomas