Submitted by Mr. Ethan Sickels

How can it be Thanksgiving break already? What a fast and furious start to the school year here at RPHS, and I couldn’t be prouder of what we have going inside and outside of our classrooms. Our student body has certainly brought their “A” game this year, and we continue to be amazed and excited about what our students produce day in and day out.
I’d first like to recognize our students on their First Quarter grades . . . 75% of our students qualified for the Honor Roll by earning a 3.0 GPA or higher. That is simply awesome, and shows how hard not only our students work, but how much our teachers push them to be their best. It also proves how much our parents and community want our students to be successful down the road. Hats off to everyone for a tremendous first quarter, and I am looking forward to seeing similar results at the end of the semester.
Our National Honor Society members, with the help of this giving community, collected 1,214 shoes for the Soles4Souls project. Obviously that set a record for us here at school, but we can only thank you all for being caring and considerate, especially as the holiday season rolls around. These NHS members continue to do their service hours throughout our community, and I am so appreciative of the time they give due to their busy schedules of school, activities and work.
We hosted our Veterans Day Assembly on November 10, with Mr. Herron giving a fantastic speech to our students and guests. We are thankful for the community’s attendance at our event, and especially thank our veterans, and appreciate all the sacrifices you have made for the freedoms in our country!
The fall sports season has wrapped up, and we had fantastic results from our teams. Our volleyball team went 11-1 in conference and won a conference championship, and took second place in districts. Our football team went 8-0 in conference, 9-1 overall, and won a conference championship. Our girls’ golf team had four girls make it to sectionals, and Gretchen Tharp qualified for state and placed 43rd out of 92 golfers. Our cross country squads both took second place at the conference meet, and Rebekah Lucas qualified for state and placed 60th out of 154 runners. As of writing this, we have a total of 61 of our students participating in JH and HS basketball and HS wrestling. There is never a dull moment here at this school, and that is a wonderful testament to our students and how active they are.
We also want to give a shout out to our Elementary . . . so proud of them for earning a National Blue Ribbon School designation! Those efforts involved many of the kids I have on my end of the building now, and I can see why they were successful. With the amazing and dedicated teaching staff we have on both ends of the building, our students simply excel every day. It’s hard not to brag on them too much, but I am truly blessed to work with such a great crew.
I do hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and are able to spend quality time with family and friends. As always, if you have Twitter, please follow us @RPBlueJays.  We post daily lots of the great things that are happening here at school. Until next time . . . Go Blue Jays!