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Superintendent's Message

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October 15, 2021
Dear Rich Township Families,
Thank you to those parents who attended our virtual parent-teacher conferences earlier this week. As we prepare to resume in-person instruction on Monday, October 18, for all students, administrators and staff have collaborated to address some of the feedback from our stakeholders and revise systems previously in place. Some of these changes include adjustments to student schedules to include a designated lunch period for freshmen and sophomores, the addition of study halls to reduce flex time for our freshmen and sophomores, the cafeteria will now offer hot grab-and-go options, there have been efforts put in place to reduce wait time for buses and students have been assigned to study halls at the end of the day.
Read more to learn important information regarding homecoming, progress reports and more. Please read the following communication in its entirety for additional updates.
Progress Reports
Mid-term progress reports will be mailed out next week that reflect students’ progress from August 11 through October 14. Parents are encouraged to check your student’s progress in their courses using the online PowerSchool platform in order to assure that you are seeing the most accurate, up-to-date grade as possible.
Homecoming 2021

Rich Township High School Homecoming Week 2021 is set for October 18-23! The Student Council and Class Sponsors are eager to engage students in a few past traditions along with many new ones for a fun and safe week of Raptor School Spirit! The RTHS Student Council, staff sponsors, and the administration are proud to present the following RTHS Homecoming Week 2021.
Homecoming Week will consist of a variety of activities including school-wide dress up days, decorations, an exciting football game held as the inaugural event and the New Fine Arts and Communications Stadium and the Homecoming dance. 
Spirit Week (October 18-23)
October 18 - Breakfast Club Day - wear PJs All Day
October 19 - Twin Day - Dress like a friend or colleague
October 20 - Remember When Past Decade Day – Dress like a throwback to a past decade
October 21 - Celebrity or Cartoon Character Day – Dress like your favorite character
October 22 - School Colors Day - Rep Your Grade 
  • Seniors - Wear Class of 2022 T-Shirt
  • Juniors - Wear Black
  • Sophomores - Wear White 
  • Freshmen - Wear Red  
Saturday - Homecoming Football Games at Fine Arts and Communications Stadium 
  • Soph 9:00 am followed by Varsity 11:00 am 
  • Introduction of the Homecoming Court at Halftime of Varsity Game 
Ticket Sales Information

  • Ticket sold at each campus Tuesday 10/19-Thursday 10/21 (10 am-2 pm)
  • Tickets are $20 each
  • All tickets must be purchased in advance - NO at the door ticket sales the night of the dance
  • Students must show current Student ID to purchase ticket and to enter at the dance
Dance Information

  • Homecoming 2021 - The Grand Gala
  • October 23, 2021, at STEM Campus    
    • Fr/So Dance at STEM – 5 pm – 7 pm (350 participants)
    • Jr/Sr Dance at STEM – 8 pm – 10 pm (350 participants)
  • This is a semi-formal event. Dress expectations for the dance (students will not be admitted to dance
    • Gentlemen: No blue jeans, no hats or gym shoes
    • Ladies: No bare midriffs, no backless dresses/shirts. dress/skirt length must be at mid-thigh
  • All school rules for good behavior and conduct apply and the goodnight rules is in effect (if you leave the dance, you will not be allowed to re-enter)
  • 2.0 GPA required to purchase ticket and students must be in good standing (no discipline or suspension infractions)
  • RTHS students only - No tickets sold to outside guests
Homecoming Court Information

  • Court voting will take place virtually during remote learning week 10/12 & 10/13 via Schoology link to a Google form
  • Freshman, Sophomore, & Junior students will vote for (1) Prince and (1) Princess per class
  • Boys will vote for (1) girl, Girls will vote for (1) boy from their respective class
  • Seniors: Virtual vote with voting the same as underclass- only exception is they will vote for 3 students (boy or girl)
  • Final Senior Homecoming voting will happen at the dance and will consist of the top 3 girls and top 3 boys from the initial virtual vote
  • Court members will wear their sashes all Spirit Week at school and will be presented at the Homecoming Football Game on October 23 at the halftime show of the Varsity game
Parent Volunteers Need

In order to provide a fun environment for our students with socially distanced access to our school during the dance, the Rich Township High School Administration, in partnership with the Booster Club and Parent Leadership Network, is looking for 25-30 parents to assist with coat check and hospitality during the Fr/So Dance 5 - 7 pm and during the Jr/Sr Dance from 8 -10 pm. Please indicate your availability by completing this form. We will contact you by October 18 to confirm and provide more instructions. 
Schoology Parent Tech Café

The District 227 Tech Team will host a Schoology Parent TechCafé session on Wednesday, October 20, at 6:00 pm that will cover “Schoology Parent Accounts.” Topics covered during this session will include an overview of Schoology, account creation, notifications, and what you can “see”. 
Registration is required for in-person AND virtual attendees using the links below. The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 19 at 6 pm.
In-Person Registration: CLICK HERE
Virtual Registration: CLICK HERE

Vaccination Clinic
The next two dates for upcoming vaccine clinics will be Thursday, October 21, and Tuesday, November 9. The October 21 clinic will be held at the Fine Arts and Communications campus; The November 9 the clinic will be at the STEM Campus. Please continue to check the district website for updates.

All School Testing

We have made some changes to the calendar for the week of October 25. 
Monday, October 25, will be a regular school day. Tuesday, October 26, will now be an early dismissal day for All School Testing and School Improvement. Wednesday, October 27, will still be a Late Start Wednesday.
All School Testing will occur on Tuesday, October 26. The College Board PSAT 8/9 will be administered to all freshmen. Sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT, or the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Freshmen testing will be from 8 am -11:30 am. Sophomore and junior testing will occur from 8 am - 12 pm. Testing for students receiving accommodations will occur from 8 am ~ 2 pm. Seniors WILL NOT be in attendance on October 26. 
Students that arrive late to testing will not be able to test. Transportation will be provided, and all participating students will be able to have a "grab-and-go" breakfast and lunch on their testing day. This test is only offered on-campus in-person with no virtual option, and there is NO make-up testing day for this assessment.


In an effort to best understand our students' social-emotional needs, this district is participating in a social-emotional (SEL) screener named, Satchel Pulse. The screener is taking place during students’ Advisory period or during a senior's English class.  

Humanex Survey

During the month of October, parents, students, and staff will be asked to complete the Humanex Culture Survey. This survey is conducted annually and aligns with the Rich Township High School District 227 goals for ensuring that quality teaching and learning are supported in a climate and culture of trust and positive relationships. The information collected from this survey is vital not only to each campus, but also to the district as a whole as we assist and support the efforts of each school. 
The survey takes approximately 10 minutes and can be taken on any device such as your cell phone. We thank you in advance for taking the time to provide us with your input on how we are doing related to supporting positive learning environments that focus on students and their success. More information will be forthcoming.
COVID-19 Testing

Rich Township High School District 227 has partnered with the University of Illinois to test School District students and staff for COVID-19 infection using the University of Illinois’ rapid rtPCR test also known as the SHIELD Test. The SHIELD Test will not be administered unless a parent signs consent for testing. 
Because of the risk of participating in sports, and pursuant to Board Policy 4:180, students must submit to a SHIELD test at least weekly during their athletic season in order to participate in school-sponsored athletics.  If you do not sign and return this consent form, your student will not be permitted to participate in any athletics. For all other students, participation in the SHIELD testing is strongly encouraged but not required. You may find the consent form on our website, from a school nurse, or from the athletic department. For more information about the Shield test, please visit CLICK HERE.

Medical Exclusion

School Exclusion Day is October 15. This is a reminder to parents that students will not be able to attend school starting October 15 if their records on file show missing immunizations or physicals. 
As an additional resource to help our families, especially those who may have been excluded on October 15, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will be on-site on Tuesday, October 26, at the STEM Campus to provide flu shots, vaccines, and physicals! An appointment is required, and this opportunity is for students ages 4-18 who have Medicaid or no insurance. Call (708) 679-5647 or email [email protected] to set up an appointment.
If you have not provided your updated documentation, please submit to your respective school nurse as soon as possible: 
Fine Arts and Communications Campus - Laura Chapman [email protected] 
STEM Campus - Sheila Allen-Stokes [email protected] 

Effective October 18, 2021, the student technology support help desk hours will be Monday – Friday from 7:30 am to 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Effective October 18, 2021, all student athletes that wish to participate in in-person athletics will be required to submit proof of a health examination confirming that the student does not have the COVID-19 infection, which will include submitting to weekly on-site COVID-19 testing. If the student fails to provide proof, the student may be excluded from participation in in-person athletic activities until the student submits the required proof. However, testing is voluntary, with parental consent for all other students.

Thank you for taking the time to read this important information. Feel free to reach out to the appropriate person if you have additional questions. 
You may also follow us on social media:
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·   Twitter: @District227 @DrJohnnieThomas @richtownshiphs
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·   Superintendent's Message on our district website:
Your continued support of Rich Township High School District 227 is appreciated and vital to ensure student success. 
Dr. Johnnie Thomas 


Contact Information


Dr. Johnnie Thomas


Office 708-679-5737 

Cell 773-599-0331

Twitter: @DrJohnnieThomas



Ms. Vanessa Glenn

Executive Assistant to Superintendent  


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