RHS Achievements Featured in School Committee Meeting
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor
During the school year, the Rockland Public School Committee meets monthly to discuss and make decisions regarding our school system. Each meeting, the committee tries to highlight the achievements and students in the Rockland schools.
At last night’s meeting, special education teacher, Joanne White, and students from her Pathways class gave a presentation about what goes on daily in the Pathways class.
Here, Anthony DiNino and Dillion Doyle talked about the new Bulldog Buddies program that started this year to connect kids from the Pathways class with other members of the student body with their Bulldog Buddies, senior Tyler Beatrice and Caroline Eli. Additionally, Pathways student Emily Hunt-Grandmont talked about the unified gym class that she takes with seniors Ashley Murphy and Amelia Dalton. Lastly, Alex Anzivino highlighted the Pathways Grille and Dog Depot and the skills they learn through these businesses.
Ms. White also mentioned the fact that Pathways students have their own page in the monthly edition of the Veritas!
Also during the meeting, RHS Principal John Harrison recognized RHS’s AP scholars for their incredible achievements on last year’s AP exams. The AP Scholar Program recognizes three categories of achievers in the AP exams held each spring.
Awarded were the four current seniors who received certificates from Principal John Harrison. Caitlin Cameron and Declan Rogers were recognized as AP Scholars, Michelle Ramoska was noted as an AP Scholar with Honor, and John Ellard III was regarded as an AP Scholar with Distinction.
All in all, 18 total RHS students who took the AP exams in the spring of 2018 were recognized as AP Scholars, 14 of them being members of the Class of 2018. Principal Harrison congratulated all four current students, calling their achievement “remarkable.” He also said that this year was “a great year for the Advanced Placement Program,” citing the fact that 47% of all AP students who took the AP exams passed with a 3, 4 or 5 score.
Additionally, Ellard was recognized as a Commended Scholar for scoring in the top 3% in the country (out of 1.6 million test takers) in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken in October.
Overall, the December School Committee meeting was full of recognition for all the hard work the students here at Rockland High do on all levels.