Congratulations to Lafayette's 10 National Merit Finalists!
ROCKWOOD PARENT SPEAKER SERIES
Bullying--Identification, Prevention and Awareness
Please join us for the next Rockwood Parent Speaker Series on Tuesday, January 12th from 7 to 8 pm in Room 137 at Lafayette High School.
Marian McCord, founder and Executive Director of the Coalition for Mental Health (CHADS) will be educating parents about bullying and its psychological impact on those affected. She will also discuss how to recognize and help those being bullied, those who have bullying behaviors as well as bystanders.
This event is for anyone in our community wishing to learn more about this topic. Please pass this information along to friends, family and neighbors who may be interested in attending.
Congratulations to our LHS nurses, Rita McLafferty and Molly Bozada, nominees for the 2016 Cornerstone Award!
Cornerstone recognizes support staff individuals in Rockwood who demonstrate outstanding commitment and service to the district.
Way to go Rita and Molly! You definitely make a difference at LHS!
Lafayette High School was selected as a 2015 Promising Practices Award Winner! Our character education program continues to be involved in providing opportunities for students to demonstrate good character! Congratulations LHS on this award for "Service Day"
Congratulations go out to Lafayette's Cheer for Charity! This year's event raised $2,000 and an abundance of cleaning supplies for the Ronald McDonald House! Another example of LHS students giving of themselves for the good of others. #Proud!
Today, 9-11-15, marks the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the US. Fourteen years later, the US continues to wrestle with and reconcile the events of that day, and it is important that we, as a nation, continue to recognize this American tragedy, embrace its symbolism, and always be vigilant to the fact that each of us has a responsibility to nurture and defend our Freedom. Today, we pay tribute the the thousands who died at the world trade center, the pentagon, and in the four crashed planes, but we also pay tribute to and honor all first responders and military troops who continue to fight to save lives and protect our nation each and every day.
This day is also a solemn one for the Rockwood School District family, as 5 service men lost in the war on terrorism were members of our four high schools:
Peter Navarro and Paul Varner, Lafayette High School
Riley Baker, Eureka High School
Zak Fisher, Marquette High School
Edward Forrest Jr., Rockwood Summit High School
Let us always remember the sacrafices of those men and women of our military who have dedicated themselves and their lives to the war on terrorism and freedom of our country.
Patriot Day, 9-11-15
Congratulations to Lafayette's Eleven National Merit Semifinalists!
Sravya Ainapurapu, Conner Fastenau, Christopher Foley, Yutong Han, Grey Huffines, Patrick Levine, Luke Neise, Hayley Ockerhausen (not pictured), Paul Stricklin, Jack Trube, Kyle Westendorf.
Prop 4: Synthetic Stadium Turf Fields and Athletic Tracks
The "Super Talks" series continues with Dr. Eric Knost. Watch this edition to see him speak with Lafayette High School student journalists about Prop 4, a $68.95 million bond issue that will not raise the current Rockwood tax rate.
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watch the video!
Congratulations to the following LHS students on these outstanding recognitions!
- HOSA Future Health Professions State Competition (medalists: Carly Emamjomeh, Jenny Kohl, Jessica Tremper, Wendy Han, Anika Pulumati, Erica Mange, Beesan Daoud, Claire Maesaka, Lina Qi and Heather Kellenberger.)
- Naomi Winston Scholarship in Art for the St. Louis Chapter (recipient, LHS Senior, Emma Harford)
- Merit Scholarships from the Greater St. Louis Art Association (recipents, LHS Seniors, Emma Harford & Judy Kim)
- 2014-15 UMSL Bridge Program Saturday Academy (LHS participants: Briana Garcia, Claudae Goodrich, Keilah Moore, Andre Roberts Jr.)
- 81st Annual High School Oratorical Scholarship Program (winner & gold medal recipient: LHS Junior, Meghana Bharadwaj) She will present her winning oration titled, "Anatomy 101", in the national contest in Indianapolis on April 10-12. Good luck Meghana!
- LHS has 17 National Merit Finalists!!! (Hannah Aufdembrink, Gabriela Avila, Kayla Eckardt, Rebecca Handler, Kristine Huang, Conor Kelleher, Judy Kim, Matthew Laux, Vinithra Madapoosi, Erin Newcomer, Erin Nischwitz, Akhil Pulumati, Asa Royal, Valeriy Samsonov, Katherine Trout, Mitchell Wells, Lillian Wu)
-Lincoln-Douglas Debate @ Marquette HS (1st place in the Champ Division: LHS student Hunter Harwood)
- St. Louis Science Fair Honors Division ($1000 scholarship recipient: LHS Junior, Meghana Bharadwaj for her project titled, "Students' Characteristics and Their Influence on Levels of Reported College Adjustment."
Congratulations to all of our outstanding LHS students!
Resources available to help families
The St. Louis County Children's Service Fund allocates money each year to agencies to provide mental health and substance abuse services for children 19 and younger. These services can be accessed free of charge for families who reside or attend school in St. Louis County.
Our school counselors and social worker can refer you to providers in our area.
The CSF also maintains a Youth Connection Helpline that provides crisis intervention 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Call 314-628-2929 or Text 4HLP to 31658 to access this information.
For more information on the Children's Fund, visit their website.
The Children’s Service Fund Annual Resource Fair will be held at Rockwood's Administrative Annex this year on April 7, 8, and 9, from 1:30-3 p.m. You can find more information here.
Spring Break is upon us, and I want to take this opportunity to share with you some statistics worth thinking about as many families and students take vacations at this time of year. The majority of our students make wise decisions throughout the school year, and I am hopeful that they will continue to make positive decisions during spring break.
According to a press release sponsored by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign (Washington, D.C.), teenage students place themselves in harm's way by not realizing the dangers associated with poor decisions they often make on unsupervised Spring Break trips.
More teens that ever are putting themselves at risk during Spring Break. According to travel industry experts, an estimated one in seven (15%) young people on Spring Break party destinations are high school students. Even teens who stay at home can be at risk. Unsupervised time, money to spend, and peer pressure to "have fun" can be a recipe for risky behaviors, including drug use.
A recent report shows that more teens start using marijuana, cigarettes, and alcohol for the first time between the spring and summer months, prime time for teens on Spring Break and time unsupervised by parents or teachers. Further, teen girls are at an even greater risk than boys when it comes to engaging in risky behaviors.
While many people associate Spring Break with college age kids, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is urging parents of high school teens to know the risks assocaited with this time of year, before they agree to send their child on unsupervised holidays. "We don't want parents to be naive about what happens when a group of high school kids goes away for Spring Break, " said ONDCP Director John Walters.
I want everyone in our school community to understand the importance of making good choices, and being safe while participating in Spring Break activities. I care about our students and our families, and I hope that sharing this information with you will give you something to talk and think about this time of year. Enjoy your Spring Break.