A Message from the Principal

  • September 2021

    Dear Radnor Families:

    Welcome back! We hope that everyone had a wonderful summer and that you were able to enjoy spending time with your families. For the Kevgas family, it was filled with travel to see friends and family that we had not seen in over a year. The 2021-2022 school year promises to be filled with a lot of “normal” albeit some things in a new way. Last year, we saw Herculean efforts on the part of our faculty, staff, and my administrative team. A simple thank you to them and to our incredible families never seems quite enough. We remember the strength that we all found and what we learned over the past eighteen months as we move forward.

    This year we welcome many new faces and some familiar faces to our Radnor High School family. Ms. Joanna Rhodes returns for a second year as a long-term substitute in our Math Department for Mr. DiGregorio. We also welcome back Ms. O’Donnell in our Math Department for the first semester while Ms. Benedict is on leave. Mr. Ryan Thomas joins our Special Education Department replacing Mr. Banyar. Ms. Sierra Calaman joins us in our School Counseling Department replacing Mrs. DiGirolamo. We also welcome Mr. Jordan Fink, a proud Radnor graduate, to our Science Department. Ms. Nicole Braun joins us in our World Language Department teaching French part-time at both Radnor High School and Radnor Middle School. Ms. Jennifer Howie is our new full-time teacher for gifted learners replacing Ms. Steffi Pugh who retired in January. Finally, we welcome Ms. Lauren Raines as our new Assistant Principal of Student Affairs and house principal for grades 10 and 12 replacing Ms. La Torre. Many of our Radnor families already know Ms. Raines from Radnor Middle School. She comes with years of experience in all areas of responsibility for her new position and has a love and devotion to her students and Radnor second to none. We are so excited to have her as part of our team and watch her grow in this new position.

    General Information for the 2021-2022 School Year


    We return to school in a new normal. All the plexiglass in our classrooms was removed. Plexiglass will only remain in high traffic areas like the main office. All students, faculty and staff are required to wear a mask inside the high school regardless of vaccination status. Please make sure that your child comes to school with a mask each day. If for some reason your child forgets, please have them report to the main office, and we will make sure that they have one. Finally, we are no longer requiring the completion of the district’s COVID-19 screening tool. However, we ask that our students remain vigilant to check for symptoms of COVID-19.

    RTSD Health and Safety Plan


    All public schools are required by the state of Pennsylvania to have a Health and Safety Plan in place. This plan must be updated every six months. The revised RTSD Health and Safety Plan can be found on both the district and high school home page.

    2021-2022 Bell Schedule


    This year we are happy to return to our modified block schedule. For our freshman parents and our families new to Radnor High School, Monday, Tuesday, and Friday are eight-period days and classes are forty-one minutes. Wednesday and Thursday are “block” days. Wednesday is only odd-period blocks, and Thursday is only even-period blocks; all block periods lasting eighty minutes. Our modified block schedule is available in the RHS Student Handbook.

    First Day and Week of School


    Wednesday, September 9th is a half-day for all RHS students. Freshman and sophomores report at 8:30 AM dismissing at 12:25 PM, and juniors and seniors report at 12:30 AM and are dismissed at 3:10 PM. All students will hear a presentation by RHS Administration to discuss important information for the beginning of the school year. In addition, students will take their yearbook picture, map out their schedule, and even walk their schedule if there is time. Students will watch a presentation about COVID-19 and school protocols. After watching the presentation, students take a quiz in Schoology to make sure our students understand our expectations for the 2021-2022 school year. Finally, please remind your child to bring their Surface Go device to school on Wednesday.

    • Monday – no school for students
    • Tuesday – no school for students
    • Wednesday – half-day, freshmen and sophomores 8:30 AM to 12:25 PM, juniors and seniors 12:30-3:10 PM
    • Thursday – 8-period day, cycle day 1
    • Friday – 8-period day, cycle day 5

    Surface Go Devices (Freshman and New Students ONLY)


    If your child was not able to make it to Freshman FUNdamentals or is a new student, there will be time in homeroom on Wednesday to go and visit our tech office located on the first floor. Please make sure that your child has their Technology Participation Form in order to pick-up their device.

    Attendance


    If a student is marked absent during homeroom and we do not receive a safe arrival call, Ms. Querze will call the family to verify the student’s absence. If a student is absent for three consecutive days or a pattern of absence emerges, the School Counselor will contact the family. If the student’s attendance does not improve, the house principal will contact the family and, if needed, schedule an Attendance Improvement Conference, with the assistance of our Social Worker. Please reference School Board Policy 204 for specific details on Truancy etc. All of these details including a fillable absence note form, an Educational Trip Request Form, and a late note will be emailed from the Attendance Office via SchoolMessenger.

    Grading System


    We return to our standard numeric grading system for the 2021-2022 school year and will run both midterm and final exams.

     

    Back To School Night/Open House


    Our annual Back to School Night (BTSN) event will take place virtually this Thursday, September 9 beginning at 7 PM. For our freshmen parents, we will have an orientation presentation beginning at 6 PM via Zoom that will discuss schedules, expectations, technology and more. Freshmen parents will receive a Zoom link at 3 PM on September 9th. Please do not share this link with anyone. Finally, all parents should have received Zoom links from their child’s teachers this past Friday, September 2nd. We look forward to seeing everyone virtually this week!

    Clubs & Activities


    On September 23rd, we will host our annual Activities Fair. The fair will allow us to introduce our students to all of the incredible clubs and activities we offer at Radnor High School. We know many students are eager to get involved and we are excited for them to do so! Clubs and activities will officially begin the week of September 27th. All clubs and activities are required to follow the RTSD Health and Safety Plan.

    PSATs


    PSATs will be offered on Wednesday, October 13th for our ninth, tenth and eleventh grade students. All testing will take place in the morning, and we will have a modified schedule for students that day. Seniors will take their class picture that day and have a town hall meeting.

    Traffic on Campus

    Our Radnor High School community will face challenges this year with traffic on campus due to construction. We ask for everyone’s patience and understanding as we continue our ADA Accessibility and Wellness Infrastructure Project. This summer it was incredible to watch the campus begin its transformation as fields and bleachers were excavated and new walls started to rise. If you would like to follow the progress of the project, you can do so on the project webpage. We must remember that this is a temporary inconvenience for a necessary project that will transform our facilities into an accessible and inclusive facility we will all enjoy for many years to come.

    We ask that everyone accessing campus follow the rules and traffic patterns that we put in place. An email with traffic details and a campus map will come out tomorrow (9/6). A special thank you to the Radnor Township Police Department (RTPD) and Superintendent Flanagan who helped us develop this plan. RTPD will be on campus every day to assist our security and administration with the implementation of our plan. We will continue to monitor and adjust as needed, and again ask for everyone’s patience.