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“The Academies at Roxborough High School develop strong college and career competencies that empower students to compete in our global society.”

Zoom LinkSeptember 28, 2022

Dear Roxborough School Families,

I wanted to take a moment to follow-up on the devastating events that happened yesterday afternoon following a football scrimmage outside of our school. The last 24 hours have been extremely difficult for our school community, and we know that our profound grief will continue throughout the days, weeks and months ahead.

Today, the School District of Philadelphia’s Emergency/Crisis Response Team and a school-based team of social workers and counselors were on-site as needed to support students and staff as they process this tragedy.
We will continue to provide support and comfort to our school, staff, students and families as needed during this extremely difficult time.

Coping with community violence can take a significant toll on our overall mental health. Should you notice any unusual changes in your child’s behavior or mood, you can also call or text 1-833-PHL-HOPE
(1-833-745-4673) for free support and information. Additionally, we encourage you to speak with your children about the role they play in keeping each other safe. Individuals can submit an anonymous tip by calling
215-400-SAFE. You can also send information via email to ask@philasd.org.

In addition, I wanted to take a moment to share some tips and resources available to students and families:

Reach out for support: We know an incident like this can be scary and traumatizing for our children; therefore, I want to share school resources that are available. Our school counselor is always available to speak with
students who feel they may need to talk. Additionally, there are dozens of organizations across the city of Philadelphia dedicated to helping those who are affected by gun violence and may be found at www.uptheblock.org, on the City of Philadelphia’s website, Phila.gov or by calling 2-1-1. You may also call or text 1-833-PHL-HOPE (1-833-745-4673) for free support and information.

Have intentional conversations with your children: We encourage our families to speak with their children about the dangers and serious consequences of firearm possession and gun violence, and have real
conversations about issues they may be facing. We all play a role in keeping our schools and communities safe. I encourage students and families to say something if they see something. Individuals can submit an anonymous
report by calling 215-400-SAFE or sending information via email to schoolsafety@philasd.org .

Attend to self care: We cannot be of service to others if we first do not take care of ourselves. Monitor your physical and emotional needs, take the time and space you need and encourage everyone you know to seek support from licensed professionals when needed.

Advocate for change: Use your voice to be an advocate for change. Reach out to elected officials and others who have the power to change laws and make decisions city- and state-wide that can help prevent gun-related tragedies from happening over and over again in our communities.  This is a difficult time, but I know our community will be there to wrap our arms around each other. As we cope with this violence and navigate these tragic times, we can find resilience in our school community. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns by calling the main office at (215) 400-3900.

Lastly, we will be having a Zoom meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. for families.
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Sincerely,

Kristin Williams Smalley
Principal
Academies at Roxborough High School


September 27, 2022

Dear Roxborough School Families,
This letter is to inform you of an incident that occurred this afternoon. Following a football scrimmage, there was a shooting outside of Roxborough High School that impacted at least two Roxborough students.

The School District of Philadelphia’s Emergency/Crisis Response Team and a school-based team of social workers and counselors will be on-site as needed to support students and staff as they process and grieve this tragedy.

Should you notice any unusual changes in your child’s behavior or mood, you can also call or text 1-833-PHL-HOPE (1-833-745-4673) for free support and information. Additionally, we encourage you to speak with your children about the role they play in keeping each other safe.

Individuals can submit an anonymous tip by calling 215-400-SAFE. You can also send information via email to ask@philasd.org.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns by calling the main office at 215-400-3400. Thank you for your continued support of the students at The Academies at
Roxborough High School.

Sincerely,

Kristin Williams Smalley
Principal
Academies at Roxborough High School


STAR Testing Information

Welcome back to another fantastic school year at The Academies at Roxborough High School! To assess the start of the year level of your learner’s understanding in mathematics and English language arts (ELA), your child will  soon be taking the STAR assessment in one or more of their classes. The STAR assessment will be  administered to all students in Grades 9-12. The STAR assessment will give classroom teachers more detailed  information on your learner’s progress as a means to better inform instruction.

STAR TESTING WINDOWSSY 2022 - 2023 
FallWinterSpring
September 6, 2022 - September 28, 2022
Test Dates: Sep 19 and 20
January 4, 2023 -
January 27, 2023
Test Dates: Jan 17 and 18
May 1, 2023 -
May 26, 2023
Test Dates: May 8 and 9
Click Here to access flyer
Click Here for how to access
Click Here for Parent Letter
Click Here for Parent Guide
Click Here for Video Guides
Prepare Students for the Test
Click Here for how to access
Copy of Star Reading - A Student Guide -
(Provides visual guidance for Star
administration for students)
Copy of STAR Math -A Student Guide(Provides visual guidance for Star
administration for students)

Parents & Students CLICK HERE for State Vaccine requirements for Academies @ Roxborough students to attend school during the 2022-2023 school year.

Read below for dates and locations of free vaccine and physical exam clinics throughout the summer!

CityLife Health to provide students with immunizations and physical exams

Mental health FlyerClick here to Download the Flyer: School’s Out Mental Health Resources


School Plans have been posted on the Planning and Evidence-Based Supports Office website for public review and comment.

To view Academies at Roxborough HS’s 2022-2023 school plan and to leave your feedback, please click HERE.

To complete your feedback form click on your preferred language, Thank you for participation.

English, Spanish, Chinese, or Arabic.

For more information and all the School district plans visit the Planning and Evidence-Based Supports Office website HERE.


Congratulations Ms. Kristin Williams Smalley!!

Ms. Kristin Williams Smalley has now been selected to serve as the official Principal of the Academies at Roxborough. The “interim” label is no longer needed. Principal Smalley stepped in during a time of significant change and considerable challenges. She demonstrated the wisdom to listen to stakeholders and understand their needs, the patience to observe and learn, and the courage to lead.

Letter from Dr. Noah Tennent, Assistant Superintendent


RHS Students Greenfield Award Winning Film!

Way to go Web Design!! Studio 312 wins BIG!


The 2022 District-Wide Survey is open now.

Let your voice be heard!

Access the survey here.


PARENTS

Dear families, please complete this parent involvement survey for your child’s school by answering all the questions below. / Estimadas familias favor the completar la encuesta para la escuela de su alumno.  Links below.

Parent Survey

Parent Survey Spanish


Mrs. Thompson, Mr. Kerrigan, Mr. Rauscher, Ms. McFadden and Mrs. Jenkins at the NCAC conference.

Mrs. Thompson, Mr. Kerrigan, Mr. Rauscher, Ms. McFadden and Mrs. Jenkins at the NCAC conference. The Academies @ Roxborough High School was recognized at the NCAC’s (National Career Academy Coalition) 23rd conference held in Philadelphia.  Teachers from as far as Hawaii attended the conference and visited Roxborough HS.

Roxborough was also honored to be recognized for receiving National Model Status for their Academy of Health Sciences & Research and received the Jeffery N. Stein Award for best transition for an Urban High School to the Academy Model.

Roxborough was also honored with the Henk Koning Exemplary Partnership Award for Mr. Steve Rauscher our Academy of Health Sciences & Research partner for exemplifying a true working partnership.  Read more in the Blog.


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