1307 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27605
Raleigh Charter High School challenges college-bound students in a creative and supportive atmosphere to become knowledgeable, thoughtful, contributing citizens.

Ebbs and Flows

Recently, RCHS received two pieces of news that have a big impact on our budget.

Based on the changes made to the state salary scale, Wake County published its newly adjusted salary scale. If we want to match the new salary scale, and we do, it will cost RCHS an additional $172,000.

The state and counties also announced their 2014-2015 per-pupil funding. It is $6694 per student, which is $187 more per student than we received last year. This is our first significant increase since 2008-2009, and it will provide an additional $104,000 to our budget.

At first glance, this seems like good news, but as you can see, the state and county per pupil increases do not fully cover the cost of the pay raises in the new salary scale.

This means that to keep salaries competitive with Wake County, which our Board is committed to doing, we need to find an additional $68,000. The only places we have to look for that money are in even more budget cuts, or fundraising.

Our goal is $300,000. Reaching or exceeding that goal is more important than ever.

How can you help? Contribute to the Phoenix Fund today at http://www.raleighcharterhs.org/giving/index.asp

Here is a link to the Wake County pay scale. Note that RCHS teachers do not receive Board Certification compensation: https://www.wcpss.net/careers/salary-schedules/teachers/index.html. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Contact the Development office with any questions.

Pathway from Washington Street Being Rerouted
RCHS Community

There will be significant landscaping work occurring the week of Monday, October 13 on the pathway that links the RCHS property to our neighbors, The Methodist Home for Children. The work site will be just as you enter the RCHS parking lot from the Washington Street access road. The project will re-route the pathway that provides a way for our students to walk safely from RCHS to Washington Street. We appreciate the Methodists taking this step for the safety of our students.

Please use extra caution next week when entering and exiting RCHS from Washington Street.

Buildings and Grounds Work Days: We Need Your Help!
Saturday, October 25, 10 am-noon

Come out to our fall outdoor building work day, Saturday, 10/25! We will be spreading mulch, trimming and planting shrubs, weeding, and just generally making the RCHS grounds more beautiful!

Please follow this link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/ go/4090c4ba5af2baa8-rchs8

We look forward to seeing you!

"Our Town" Dates
RCHS Drama

"Our Town" is a non-musical set in the fictional town of Grover's Corner in the early 20th century.

The show, which features some pantomiming, will be presented in the Drama Room performance space on the following dates and times:

Friday, October 31 at 7:00
Saturday, November 1 at 6:00
Sunday, November 2 at 3:00
Thursday, November 6 at 5:30 (Student Matinee)
Friday, November 7 at 7:00
Saturday, November 8 at 6:00

Logging in to the RCHS Website
RCHS Community
It is vital for our parents to log into the RCHS website to update contact information. With current information, the school can ensure timely communication with families, especially in the case of urgent or important announcements. Your RCHS login can also be used to view events on our calendar which are not open to the public and to view contact information in the Parent/Student directory. Parent userids are also vital to the success of our online sign-up system for Flex and Community Workdays. Each parent is assigned their own userid. Please note the following information concerning RCHS logins.
EACH NEW PARENT was sent an email with information about his/her id/login on August 6th. Please use the information in the email to log in and update your information. There is no need to request a parent ID. Check your spam folder to be sure it didn't get caught in there. In compliance with the FERPA requirement of an opt-out period, new students and parents will not have access to nor be displayed in the Parent/Student directory until August 22.
NEW STUDENTS will receive their RCHS network logins and RCHS email accounts during new user sessions conducted during the first week or so of school.
RETURNING STUDENTS needing their network or email passwords reset will need to come see Mr. Ennis or Ms. Smith once school is in session. (room 216) Students cannot request password resets online or via email.
RETURNING PARENTS can log in to the website by going to the login page (click User Login on the RCHS homepage) and typing in their UserName and password. Reminder: a parent's userid is the email address which is on record with RCHS. If a parent email address has changed since the last login, the parent should log in with the previous email address and update this information. If you have forgotten your password, type in your username and click "Forgot your password?". An email containing a temporary password will be sent automatically.
If you have any concerns, send a brief description of your problem to logins@raleighcharterhs.org.
Important Deadlines for Seniors!

Senior quote guideline sheets are in a folder outside of Mr. Rios' room and ready to be filled out and turned back into the "Completed Senior Quote Forms" folder which can also be found outside of Room 236! In addition, Senior Portrait guideline sheets will be passed out in advisory soon. Both your senior portrait and quote are due on Friday, November 14, 2014. If you have any questions, email seniors.rchsyearbook@gmail.com

RCHS Recognized as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School
The U.S. Department of Education has announced that Raleigh Charter High School has been named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School! RCHS has also been recognized by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program as an "Exemplary High Performing School."

Congratulations to all of our faculty, staff, students and families. Your hard work and support have helped Raleigh Charter High School achieve this great honor!

Find Out What's Happening at Raleigh Charter!
Online Communications

Are you connected? There are multiple ways for families to stay updated on what's happening at RCHS.

Receive the Phoenix News weekly newsletter by sending an email to RaleighCharterHS-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and include your students' first and last name so that we can verify your eligibility to recieve the newsletter. The Phoenix News is emailed every Friday.

Have a Twitter or Facebook account? Follow us at www.twitter.com/raleighcharter and like us at www.facebook.com/raleighcharter to receieve our tweets and Facebook updates. The feeds will include reminders about school actitivites, volunteer opportunities and up-to-the-minute news on all things RCHS.

State-required Health Information
RCHS Community

North Carolina law requires our school to inform parents and students about certain health-related issues. We encourage families to have discussions with their students about the following information to help them understand the law, the issues, and the information.

We have notified students of this information in an email to their @raleighcharterhs.org email account. Below, please see the text of the law to help you understand your rights and our obligations.

115C-238.29F. General requirements.

(a) Health and Safety Standards. - A charter school shall meet the same health and safety requirements required of a local school administrative unit. The Department of Public Instruction shall ensure that charter schools provide parents and guardians with information about meningococcal meningitis and influenza and their vaccines at the beginning of every school year. This information shall include the causes, symptoms, and how meningococcal meningitis and influenza are spread and the places where parents and guardians may obtain additional information and vaccinations for their children.

The Department of Public Instruction shall also ensure that charter schools provide parents and guardians with information about cervical cancer, cervical dysplasia, human papillomavirus, and the vaccines available to prevent these diseases. This information shall be provided at the beginning of the school year to parents of children entering grades five through 12. This information shall include the causes and symptoms of these diseases, how they are transmitted, how they may be prevented by vaccination, including the benefits and possible side effects of vaccination, and the places where parents and guardians may obtain additional information and vaccinations for their children.

The Department of Public Instruction shall also ensure that charter schools provide students in grades seven through 12 with information annually on the preventable risks for preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies, including induced abortion, smoking, alcohol consumption, the use of illicit drugs, and inadequate prenatal care.

The Department of Public Instruction shall also ensure that charter schools provide students in grades nine through 12 with information annually on the manner in which a parent may lawfully abandon a newborn baby with a responsible person, in accordance with G.S. 7B-500.
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