Rockwood Summit High
1780 Hawkins Road, Fenton, MO 63026
Phone 636-891-6800 . Fax 636-891-8817
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Principal Blog - Dr. Emily McCown

Jan 15
Course Enrollment for 2019-2020 School Year

Summit Families,

As you may know, our students are receiving information to enroll in courses for the 2019-2020 school year.  Our counselors began visiting language arts classes last week to provide grade level advisement to help students best select courses for next year.  Students will be able to enter their course requests into the student portal beginning January 18th. Students must input their requests by 4 pm on January 28th.  It is important for students to be very thoughtful about their selections for next year as we will base our staffing on the courses requested during this time frame.  We recommend that all students have conversations with their parents regarding their course selections and graduation plan to ensure they are on track for their given graduation date.  Please use the following links to help with the course selection process:

2019-2020 Course Guidebook

Student Course Request Portal

Grade Level Presentations

Once students have entered their courses they should print their selections and return, along with all necessary paperwork, to either their language arts teacher or the guidance office.  Students should be turning in the following items by January 28th:

  • 2-ply course selection form

  • Copy of course request from the portal

  • Teacher course sign off form

The teacher course sign off form is for students to have their teachers (first or second-semester teacher, whichever is most appropriate) sign off with their course requests for next year to ensure students are taking appropriately challenging courses.  

Next year we will have a new high school schedule which will include a Flex time for all students in the middle of the day.  This will be an open time for students to take care of their academic needs. You can find information regarding the new schedule here.

This is always an exciting time as students make their selections.  Counselors will be meeting with each student during February to check all course entries that are made.  Don’t forget to seek out other resources from our College/Career Center as you work with your child on their schedule to best prepare them academically for their post-secondary plans.   

Curriculum Night is also this week, Thursday, Jan 17th at 7 pm.  You can stop in to speak with department chairs with questions on course offerings.  Our PSO has also opened the Spirit Shop link to help welcome our incoming Freshmen class, Class of 2023.  You can shop our spirit wear here.

As always, if you have questions please reach out to your child’s counselor or grade level principal.

Sep 14
Congratulations to our National Merit Semifinalists!

These seniors entered the National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) last fall during their junior year.  The PSAT serves as an initial​ screen of program entrants.  The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U​.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.  

The PSAT will be administered at RSHS on ​Wed., Oct. 11​​​.  The cost to students is $20.  We recommend that college-bound sophomores and juniors sign up to take the test. Students can register online between Sept. 5- 19. ​ Click here for more information.​ If you have any questions, see Mrs. Kottman in the A+ office.  ​

​Matthew Edgar​Nikhil Mitra
​Alan Peng​Cameron Vogt

Aug 23
Ryan Hummert Spirit Night

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Friday night we will celebrate Ryan Hummert Spirit Night at our first home football game.  We will also retire his jersey #58.  This event is very important to Rockwood Summit and the entire community.  Ryan Hummert was captain for the varsity football team for two years and graduated from Rockwood Summit in 2004.

On July 21, 2008, Ryan died tragically responding to his very first call as a firefighter for the Maplewood Fire Department.  Ryan was only 22 years old.  The City of Maplewood keeps the Ryan Hummert Memorial Page in his honor. This summer, the community of Maplewood dedicated a statue in Ryan’s honor at Ryan Hummert Memorial Park.

Rockwood Summit's Football Boosters began Ryan Hummert Spirit Night in 2008 after Ryan's death, and then made it an annual event to honor Ryan and keep his legacy alive.  Our coaches invite the Maplewood and the Fenton Fire Departments to our game to honor their service as well as to honor Ryan.  Ryan's fellow firefighters help with the coin toss, and they stay and watch the game.  Our stadium shines on this night as the fire departments erect an American Flag on their ladders. This emotional event mixes our memorial of Ryan with our patriotism and our appreciation of the sacrifice that all of our first responders make for our safety.

Both Fenton and Maplewood Fire Departments collect donations in their boots to fund the Ryan Hummert Memorial Scholarship.  The football boosters raise money to help fund the scholarship as well.  

This event brings the entire Fenton Community together. Our feeder elementary and middle schools join us on this night. I'm so touched by their continuous participation.  These schools share fliers with their communities, meet in their lots, host BBQs, etc.  to get their families to come to this event that brings our entire community together.

We hope to see you at this special event Friday night that showcases the true spirit of our community.  ​

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May 08
Final Exam Study Tips....

Make a plan for when to study for each course

Make a plan of what to study for each course – teachers often give final exam study guides

Break study sessions for each exam into chunks

Spend most of the time preparing, and a little time reviewing

Study actively instead of passively (rewrite notes in a different organization system instead of rereading notes and chapters)

Plan to concentrate for reasonable periods of time (2-3 hours) with breaks

Work on more than one subject rather than a single subject over the course of an evening

Study difficult or subjects with low interest first while still fresh

Vary study locations to help the brain connect with information

Avoid distractions (like the cell phone)

Be aware of information that you don't understand so that you can ask your teacher for clarification

Review study materials right before test

On test day, look over the whole test first and jot notes to relieve stress

On test day divide up the test mentally by the clock to stay on task

On test day, review your work and make sure that you have the best answers – don't concern yourself with when other students finish

May 06
AP tests for Monday, May 8, scheduled at Summit

AP Exams on Monday, May 8th will be held on-campus at RSHS (not at Maritz as previously scheduled).  We hope this will help students and parents if traffic is still hectic due to the continued closure of Route 141.  ​

Morning exams--please check-in by 7:40 a.m.
  • Biology  Rm. 250
  • Music Theory  Rm. 600
Afternoon exams--please check-in by 11:45 a.m.
  • Physics C Mechanics  Main Office Conference Room
  • Physics C Electricity & Magnetism (will start 10 min after Mechanics ends)

We will monitor 141 closure each day.  As long as 141 is closed, we'll find a place at Summit. Once 141 opens, we'll be at Maritz as scheduled.  Thanks for your patience. 
May 03
Option to take AP Gov test 5/4

Due to the uncertainty of road closures and travel, for the past two days Rockwood has postponed all AP exams while the schools were closed.  As we continued to evaluate and monitor the traffic and road closures in our area, we believe we can now accommodate students that would like to participate in AP exams even though the school district is closed.

Therefore, tomorrowThursday (5/4/17) we will be offering the option to participate in the currently scheduled AP US Government and Politics Exam for students at Rockwood Summit. The exam will be held at RSHS (not at Maritz as originally scheduled).  
  • This administration is optional as we understand many students have been impacted and are helping others during this difficult situation. 
  • Students unable to attend will participate in the Late Testing session as originally outlined by each school with no additional fee.
  • Students should report to the RSHS Commons by 8:10 a.m.  We will direct students to classrooms when they arrive.  The test will begin at 8:30 a.m.  
Students at Marquette and Lafayette will also have this option.  Unfortunately, Eureka High School is still surrounded by water and unable to be accessed to obtain exam materials for testing.  Eureka High School has communicated their AP Exam plans for late testing and make up exams to their school community.

Please continue to reference Rockwood Summitl's communication for up to the date information regarding AP Exams.

Contact Jennifer Kottmann at to request a US Government late exam. 
Apr 02
Tuesday, April 4 is election day

Remember to on Tuesday, April 4.​

During the last few weeks, we have been sharing information about Prop T, a bond issue that will address increasing enrollment, class sizes and our continued support for STEM/Innovative learning for our students.

About 2,300 homes are expected to be built in the district in the next few years. The timing and reasons for this bond issue are driven primarily by this growth.  Plus, the bond issue will fund the final phase of high school STEM lab renovations in the district.

As an Election Day reminder, please note:

• Prop T will not raise the current Rockwood tax rate.

• Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4.

• Prop T requires a four-sevenths (57.14 percent) majority for passage. ​

If you'd like to learn more about Prop T, you can visit the Election Day website where you'll find the Super Talks series with Dr. Knost and our students, along with information about the candidates for the Rockwood School Board election.

Mar 03
Prop T on April 4 ballot

On April 4, Rockwood voters will consider Proposition T (Thrive) to address increasing enrollment and our continued support for STEM/Innovative learning. In this latest edition of SuperTalks with our Rockwood Superintendent, Dr. Eric Knost provides an overview of Prop T. I encourage you to take a few moments to view the video and learn about the projects funded by the bond issue.

Rockwood consistently balances its budget and works hard to be fiscally responsible. In fact, we are one of only four school districts in Missouri to earn a AAA rating from Standard & Poor’s for this high level of financial responsibility.

Prop T is a $95.5 million bond issue that will not raise the current Rockwood tax rate. A four-sevenths (57.14 percent) majority is necessary for passage.

Prop T will fund innovative learning in our school.  Walking through our classrooms, we see students are working on important skills like communication and collaboration.  We see students working together to solve problems, anticipate needs and adapt to changes. Students are learning as they acquire knowledge in subject matter and become tech-savvy. The key is a shift from students gaining knowledge to students discovering how to apply what they have learned.

Our Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost has recently shared a video that shows what innovation looks like throughout our school district. This video features some Rockwood Summit students involved in our biofuel project.  Please take a moment to view the video!

Funds from Prop T will also expand the implementation of the one-to-one, student-to-technology program.  Learn more about Prop T on the April 4 ballot.

Dec 01
Habits to increase academic success

  • Do work that the teachers assign in a timely manner.  All of the work that they assign is specifically designed to teach students the content and skills of that subject area.

  • Ask for help in class if you don’t understand something.

  • Take advantage of the resources available in our school.  

  • Find an organizational method to keep track of long and short-term assignments.  Guidance counselors can help with this.

  • Avoid “multi-tasking” when completing school work.  Set aside chunks of time to work on one thing at a time.

  • Vary your location when studying for a big test.  Conventional wisdom tells us to set aside one designated study area.  However, studies show that we remember information better when we vary our study locations.  

  • Find a way to interact with course material when you are studying.  For example, summarizing key notes on an index card forces the brain to process the information actively, leading to better recall than simply rereading notes over and over.

  • Find the time of day where you are most productive, and set aside time to study then.

  • Use Infinite Campus regularly to track academic progress.

  • Assess priorities with influences outside of school that may affect academic success.   

Sep 19
Congratulations to our National Merit Commended Scholars...

Lauren Bishop
Gianni Carcagno
Neha Gupta
Daniel Voss

Congratulations to our National Merit Commended Scholars! Commended students placed among the top 5% of students nationally who took the 2015 PSAT test during their junior year.  ​We are very proud of their accomplishment!

The PSAT will be administered at RSHS on ​Wed., Oct. 19, 2016.  The cost to students is $20.  We recommend that college-bound sophomores and juniors sign up to take the test. Students can register online​ between Sept. 7- 22. ​If you have any questions, see Mrs. Kottman in the A+ office.  ​

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