Announcements & News
Class of 2019, you did it! You have made it to your senior year!
Legacy Studios is your official senior portrait photographer for the school yearbook. You need to schedule a portrait sitting at seniors.legacystudios.com. That website is your senior portrait destination for information on scheduling, pricing, and the specialty products that they offer.
Legacy Studios are located at 1301 Lake park Way Suite 200, Richardson, TX 75080.
Former GISD students who entered ninth grade prior to 2011-12, earned all credits, but didn’t receive a diploma due to TAKS or TAAS testing may be eligible to graduate as a result of a state law change.
Call 972-487-3206 for requirements & details.
Are you going to be a freshman next year at Rowlett High School? Make sure you come to Flight School, a free freshmen orientation event put on by Student Council. Find out more by going to the Flight School Page.
If you purchased a 2018 yearbook, they have arrived!
Seniors: Please come pick up your yearbooks Thursday, May 31 during 3rd period in room 1134.
All students who purchased books may pick their books up Friday, June 1 during 7th period in room 1134.
Seniors who want to purchase a yearbook may do so for $80 cash only starting Thursday, May 31. All other students may purchase a yearbook for $80 cash only starting Monday, June 4 in room 1134.
Yearbooks will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
Senior Exam Schedule
Monday June 04 A1, A2, A3 and A4 (regular schedule)
Tuesday June 05 B5, B6, B7 and B8 (regular schedule)
Final grades for seniors are due by 8:30 AM on June 06 (Wednesday). However, the earlier the better!
Seniors arrive at 10:00 AM for ticket pick-up on June 06. Graduation Rehearsal 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM on June 06.
On A1 and A4, as well as B5 and B8: if seniors are exempt, they can arrive late or leave early but will be counted absent for that period. Students cannot come to school, leave and then return. If students are exempt from A2 and/or B6, they go to that class and either study for another exam, read, sleep, etc. They cannot leave campus and return.
Underclassmen Exam Schedule:
Tuesday, June 05- B8 Exam (regular schedule)
Wednesday, June 06- A4 Exam (regular schedule)
Thursday, June 07- 7:30 – 9:00 B5 Exam, 9:05 – 10:35 B6 Exam, 10:40 – 12:40 B7 Exam (with Lunches), 12:40 dismissal for students; BUSES LEAVE promptly at 12:50
Friday, June 08- 7:30 – 9:00 A1 Exam, 9:05 – 10:35 A2 Exam, 10:40 – 12:40 A3 Exam (with Lunches), 12:40 dismissal for students; BUSES LEAVE promptly at 12:50
Students, in order to qualify for exemptions you MUST:
- be passing for the 6 weeks and the term
- be clear from LOP by May 29th at 3:00
- have 0 unexcused absences OR receive:
- A 90-100 with no more than 3 excused absences
- B 80-89 with no more than 2 excused absences
- C 70-79 with no more than 1 excused absence
- No more than 3 tardies for the semester in each class
- No Suspensions, ISS, or AEC
Exemptions By Grade Level
9th graders= 1 Attendance Exemption per semester
10th graders= 2 Attendance Exemptions per semester
11th graders= 3 Attendance Exemptions per semester
12th graders= 8 Attendance Exemptions
There will be NO PERFECT ATTENDANCE EXEMPTIONS THIS YEAR.
Complete this check list BY May 29th to make sure you earn your exemptions.
- Pick up your attendance profile from the attendance and clear any issues. Profiles can be picked between classes, during lunch, before school or after school.
- Check the LOP List and make sure you are cleared from all fines, fees, and dues.
**Dual credit students MAY NOT exempt those courses. PreAp, AP, and Honors must check the course syllabus.
STUDENTS MUST BE PRESENT ON EXAM DAY, EVEN IF THEY ARE EXEMPT
We still have iPads that have not been returned (No iPad or accessories turned in). We encourage your participation in helping us collect the iPad and all accessories as soon as possible. The iPad will be placed in a “locked” mode, so it can no longer be used.
Replacement fees will be assigned in Skyward.
Garland ISD Security will be notified of the missing property and a police report filed for the missing iPad.
Want to order a video of the Class of 2018 Graduation? Fill out this order form and return it with your payment to the business office. It is due by graduation rehearsal.
This is a message from the Registrar. Seniors will be given a large white envelope at Graduation practice on Wednesday June 6th. There is very important information in the envelope. Directions for requesting a final transcript through Naviance are included. Please read and follow the instructions carefully. This should be done by Thursday, June 14th to ensure that the student’s final transcript goes out to the requested school before I leave for summer break. Transcripts require a 24 hour turnaround and will not go out until they have been updated after graduation. Student’s immunization records and instructions about the graduation ceremony are also in the envelope. Please take time to go through it carefully and feel free to call if you have any questions.
May 19 - Senior Prom at the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX at 7:00 p.m. Must be in compliance with the dance dress and grooming code. All seniors must have a student ID.
May 21 - Senior Awards at 8:00-10:00 a.m. in the morning. (Underclassmen awards will be at 1:30 p.m.) Must be in compliance with RHS dress code.
May 22 - Senior Field Trip - Pinstack. Must be at school by 7:15 a.m.
May 22 - Honor Graduate Banquet at the Hella Temple at 6:30 p.m., by invitation. Senior will invite the staff member who they feel has been a great influence. This staff member can be from elementary, middle, or high school. Parents must pay $20 for each parent attending. Senior and staff member's dinner will be paid for by the school. Senior can have only two family members attend. No siblings. School dress code applies.
June 4/5 - Senior Final Exams. A1-A4 on June 4. B5-8 on June 5.
June 6 - Graduation Rehearsal - Seniors will need to show up at 10:00 a.m. to sign in and pick up their graduation tickets. Rehearsal will be from 1:30-4:00 p.m. in the gym. Students need to be here on time and in compliance with dress and grooming code for rehearsal.
- Dress Code for Graduation:
- Cap and Gown is required if participating in the graduation.
- Boys should wear dark slacks, white shirt (no other color will be permitted), tie, dark dress shoes, and dark socks. No tennis shoes, sandals, or flip flops are permitted.
- Girls should be in a dress or nice slacks. You can wear a sundress (spaghetti strap or strapless as long as the dress is not low cut or too short). It must meet school dress code length. Nice shoes - no flip flops or flip flops with heels. Shoes can be open toed sandal heels. No tennis shoes, sandals, or flip flops are permitted.
June 7 - Graduation at the Curtis Culwell Center at 8:00 p.m. Seniors will report to the RHS gym no later than 5:30 p.m., better if earlier. Graduates will be checked and lined up in rows, then loaded on to the buses to the Curtis Culwell Center. After the ceremony, graduates will leave with their families.
- Important reminder - your right is to your diploma because you have met the requirements of the state. Participation in the graduation ceremony is a privilege and not a right. Every senior and parent must sign the required graduation form a the beginning of the school year.
Football, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, and Volleyball all are offering camps this summer. Go the the Summer Camps athletics page for more details.
The 2018 Spring Game will be Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Rowlett Football Field. The Powder Puff game will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the Spring Game will begin immediately after. Tickets will be sold at the gate; $3 for adults and $1 for students.
In-N-Out Burger, Kona Ice, and Nothing Bundt Cakes will be there to participate in the festivities. Tickets for In-N-Out Burger can be purchased for $5 at https://www.rowletteagles.org/in-n-out/
Come out to a night of food and entertainment! The Rowlett High School Choir presents All American Classics, a dinner show. Tickets are only $10 for the show on May 18, 2018 starting at 5:30 with dinner and 7 p.m. for the show. Deadline to purchase tickets is May 10, 2018 so don't delay. Order your tickets soon.
Are you needing the dress code for prom? Are you bringing a date that is not a Rowlett senior? You can find all of the information you need here.
Rowlett High School's RSVP presents Travelin' Thru. Come out to Rowlett High School on April 27 and 28, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to see these talented students. Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for adults, and reserved seating is $15. You can purchase tickets online at http://RowlettRSVP.ludus.com
Grades 9-11 will turn in their school issued iPad and accessories April 30, 2018 through May 7, 2018 during their ELA class. Seniors will turn theirs in on April 30, 2018 and May 1, 2018. Please bring all items that came with your iPad with you. Keep in mind that your Google and Apple accounts are disabled after graduation, so you will need to look for the application on your iPad that looks like a folder with an arrow pointing from GISD to the Google and Apple logos. This will allow you to transfer files to your personal email. Here is what you need to have available to turn in and the replacement costs:
- Ipad $50 if lost or damaged
- Stand $10
- Case $25
- iPad charging brick $10
- iPad charging/sync cable $10
Please follow these guidelines when preparing to turn in your iPad:
- Charge iPad. We cannot collect until we verify iPad can still charge / not damaged.
- Install Google Photos app (from Self Service) on iPad and allow all media to upload to cloud.
- Transfer any GISD Google Drive files or media to personal Drive account.
- Bring Cover, power adapter, sync cable to iTech if prior to collection week; or to library during collection week.
- Make sure adapter and cable are not damaged.
- Purchase a 12 Watt adapter or standard sync cable compatible with iPad Pro 9.7 if necessary.
- Cover stands that have broken corner are OKAY – turn them in – they are guaranteed for free replacement.
- Avoid the RHS LOP List: If student is missing any item there will be fees assessed in Skyward. This places student on RHS LOP List and prevents them from participating in End of Year activities
- Seniors won’t receive graduation tickets until fees are paid.
Coming to Rowlett HS next year as a freshman? Want to see what Rowlett HS has to offer you? Come to Freshman Orientation on Monday, April 16, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Rowlett HS. The cafeteria will be set up with clubs, organizations, and specialized programs so that you can talk to representatives about what each has to offer. The gym will be set up with athletics representatives. Come get the inside scoop on how to prepare for a great freshman year here at Rowlett High School.
The Garland ISD LIGHT Program presents Essential Internet Safety: What Every Parent Should Know on April 26, 2018 at the Garland Alternative Education Center from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Safeguard your kids against online predators
- Digital footprints- things on the internet never go away
- Preventing cyberbullying
- Become familiar with the technology your kids are using
The guest speaker is Officer Golladay from the Garland Police Department.
Please RSVP to 972-487-3195 or A876@garlandisd.net
STAAR EOC Super Saturday Test Prep Days
Rowlett High School will be having STAAR EOC Super Saturday Test Prep Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 8 a.m. until noon for test preparation for the upcoming STAAR EOC English I & English II exams. Students may register with their English I or English II teacher. Bus transportation and breakfast will be provided.
Rowlett High School will be having STAAR Super Saturday Test Prep Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 8 a.m. until noon for test preparation for the upcoming STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology & US History exams. Students may register with their Algebra I, Biology or US History teacher. Bus transportation and breakfast will be provided.
Super Saturday Bus Routes
Transportation will be provided by the district at the following drop off and pick up locations:
Shuttle Bus #1
- 6200 Dexham Road - Dorsey Elementary 6:30 a.m. pick up, 12:54 p.m. drop off
- 7300 Bluebonnet Drive – Back Elementary 6:45 a.m. pick up, 12:47 p.m. drop off
- Corner Stop: Lakeview Parkway & Edgewater Drive-South 6:53 a.m. pick up, 12:11 p.m. drop off
- 5201 Nita - Pearson Elementary 6:57 a.m. pick up, 12:15 p.m. drop off
- 6200 Danridge - Steadham Elementary 7:04 a.m. pick up, 12:21 p.m. drop off
- Corner Stop: Lakeview Parkway & Edgewater Drive –North 7:13 a.m. pick up, 12:29 p.m. drop off
- Corner Stop: Nueces Bay Drive & Alazan Bay Drive 7:17 a.m. pick up, 12:30 p.m. drop off
- Corner Stop: Lake Hill & Ahnee Drive 7:22 a.m. pick up, 12:40 p.m. drop off
Shuttle Bus #2
- 1520 Cumberland Drive - Kimberlin Academy 6:32 a.m. pick up, 12:48 p.m. drop off
- 1125 Beverly Drive - Austin Academy 6:38 a.m. pick up, 12:44 p.m. drop off
- 3315 Carla Drive - Rowlett Elementary 6:52 a.m. pick up, 12:35 p.m. drop off
- Corner Stop: Chaha Road & Kirby Road 7:00 a.m. pick up, 12:30 p.m. drop off
- Corner Stop: Harborview BD & Gulfport Drive 7:08 a.m. pick up, 12:26 p.m. drop off
- 7500 Miller Road – Herfurth Elementary 7:15 a.m. pick up, 12:19 p.m. drop off
Spring Fling Dance
The Spring Fling has been cancelled. Please see Mrs Moreland for a refund if you purchased tickets.
We have money waiting for you. Please stop by the counselors office this Monday March 19, 2018 during lunch and bring your iPad with you. We will be hosting an scholarship rally all that week until March 27, 2018. We hope to see you there!
Dear Garland ISD Families:
Garland ISD is deeply saddened by the tragic events in Florida this week, and our hearts go out to those families and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Our heartfelt sympathies are with the victims' families, the campus and the community who have been impacted.
In Garland ISD, the safety and security of our students, staff and visitors has been and will remain our very top priority and a primary focus of district operations. Our GISD Department of Security enlists extensive safeguarding measures and is very active and present on campuses. They provide training to all campus and facility staff on district safety protocols and mandate that campuses conduct drills on a regular basis.
The district also partners closely with the Garland, Rowlett and Sachse police departments, and we are well-served by the relationships we have with local law enforcement. We have 47 armed school resource officers patrolling our campuses, with officers present daily at our middle and high school campuses. Added police officers are assigned at four to five elementary campuses on a rotating basis. I have personally met with all three city police chiefs who are fully vested in the safety of the district's students and employees. We also benefit from having district security staff that provides ongoing assistance at our campuses and facilities.
Additionally, we have security cameras at entrances and around our buildings, and visitors are seen and heard before they are allowed to enter our campuses. Once inside, they must present picture identification and go through a background check.
These are measures that are in place every day to protect everyone at our campuses.
Moreover, Garland ISD remains vigilant through the work of its District Safety and Security Committee, composed of school personnel and emergency responders, who regularly evaluate GISD's Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and safety and emergency training procedures.
As a result of these tragic events, our director of security sent a reminder to all staff about those important safety precautions we take every day:
- Check for ID badges and visitor badges and positively engage anyone who does not have one
- Sound the alarm when any issue arises following the Standard Response Protocol
- Teach with classroom doors locked
We also have a strong counseling staff that is trained in helping students during times of anxiety or stress.
Vigilance, awareness and communication are critical in maintaining safe schools. Garland ISD knows and accepts these challenges, but an entire community effort is necessary for continued success. Please help us reinforce this message by talking with your children this evening about the importance of alerting adults to anything they may see, hear, read, view, experience or witness that has the potential to threaten the security of our campuses.
To make a report to district staff, please contact our 24-hour District Security Dispatch at 972-494-8911 or call our hotline number at 1-800-527-7140. Additional security information can be found on our website safety and security page.
I want to reassure you that Garland ISD has been proactive in preparing for those challenges that we hope and pray will never occur. We will remain vigilant in providing a safe school environment conducive to teaching and learning. Thank you for your continued support of Garland ISD.
Very truly yours,
Dr. Ricardo López, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
What is Spring Free?
Spring Free is for students that need to take courses online as credit recovery or correspondence based on their need. The program runs from February 20, 2018 through April 6, 2018. All work must be completed by April 6, 2018 to be awarded credit. Registration is from February 12-16, 2018 so don't miss out on this opportunity to recover credit.
How do I apply?
Interested students will need to pick up a form from their counselor. A parent signature is required to sign up.
Where do I go once I sign up?
The computer lab 1144 will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:45-4:15 p.m. for students who chose to work from school. Students that chose to work off campus will login to learn.education2020.com using the login G + ID# (example, G123456) and their student npin for the password.
Students will communicate with Mr.Newhouse for retakes on quizzes, etc. Students need to plan on taking their final exam for the course on campus and have to pass the final exam with a 70 or better to finish the course.
Rowlett HS is very excited to be celebrating Black History on our campus. February 1st marks the beginning of Black History Month. Each year Americans set aside a few weeks to focus their historical hindsight on the contributions that people of African descent have made to this country. To honor accomplishments of key African Americans we will have a Black History Celebration in the Auditorium Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 9:10 AM. Students can purchase tickets for $3 during lunches on February 23, 2018. The celebration will feature:
- Valencia King- News Anchor, Speaker, Entrepreneur, and RHS Alumni
- RHS Choir
- RHS Jazz Band
- RHS Dance Department
- RHS Drama Department
- RHS DECA
- RHS Lett Steppers
Here is the pep rally bell schedule for February 9, 2018.
Participants called out at 1:10
Grade levels called out at 1:20
Pep Rally 1:25-2:35
Everyone report back to class to dismiss at 2:40
Attention parents, students, teachers, and alumni. We would love for you all to share what is good about Rowlett HS with the world by posting to twitter and using the hashtags #ChooseGarlandISD and #ChooseRowlettHS. We would love to hear about your experiences with the great staff and programs here at Rowlett HS. Share a memory, photo, or explanation of why someone should choose GISD and Rowlett HS.
We want your picture!
Please submit your selfie with your acceptance letter to the counselors office at soon as you receive it. You can post it to twitter using the hashtag #RowlettHSCollegeBound and #RHSEveryDay, email it to Rosemary Restrapo, or bring a physical copy to the counselors office.