Volume 10, Issue 28                               RJR PTSA NEWSLETTER                                 March 24-31, 2017  
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To friends of RJ Reynolds,
We are wrapping up the 2016-2017 Legacy campaign and we are just $6,000 from our goal!
I want to thank each and every person who made a gift and look forward to celebrating with you on April 2nd. (Check your emails for the invite this week.)
Further, the RJR students which include scholars, athletes and artists, and our wonderful staff and administration thank you as well. Your gift, of any amount, is instrumental in continuing RJR’s quest for excellence. It truly does take a village.
If you have not yet given to the Legacy Campaign, there is still time to make a difference. Simply click the link to make your gift: http://www.wsfcs.k12.nc.us/Page/9679
From the RJR family to yours, thank you!
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Click here to sign up to volunteer!

A fun volunteer opportunity!

We have 6 concerts left this school year and we need volunteers  to work the box office for each of those evening performances.  Shifts are from 6:00-7:30.  Click on one of the links above or below to sign up.  Thanks so much for helping our RJ Reynolds Arts Magnet Program.

Please be sure to complete the online registration for the district located at: 
This is REQUIRED of ALL RJ Reynolds volunteers.

Click here to sign up to volunteer!


Click here for online registration

Students can begin registering online. Click on the link provided above and below to get started.

Registration information is posted in the Student Services section of the RJR website:

Click this link to be guided to the webpage -> http://wsfcs.k12.nc.us/Page/95481

Notice all the promposals recently?

A Demon Gala
(aka Prom)
Saturday, April 22
8:00 pm to midnight
at the
Milton Rhodes Art Center
251 N. Spruce St.

(downtown Winston-Salem)
Click here to download the Prom Info Sheet

Time to get your gala on!

Click here for all the details!

Baccalaureate 2017

Baccalaureate, a faith-based service celebrating RJR's Class of 2017 will be held on Sunday, June 4 at 5:00 p.m. at Ardmore Baptist Church.  Seniors and their families will receive an invitation to this special service in May, but all members of the Reynolds community are welcome to attend.

This annual service is led by seniors who have to opportunity to speak or perform musical selections.  Any senior who is interested in participating in the service MUST complete a sign-up form.  These forms will be available at tables set up outside Student Services and the arts building on April 19 and 20 from 8:30 to 8:55 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.

A group of parent volunteers is organizing the service.  If you have questions, contact Merritt Orr at merrittorr@triad.rr.com.
All Week
Registration continues - student/counselor meetings
March 30 
Guitar & Piano Recital
7:00 pm in the Auditorium
March 30 
End of 3rd Quarter
March 30 
Last day to change class selection
March 31 
Teacher Work Day
Demon Athletics
Sat., March 25
V Baseball vs NW Guilford, 11:00
Mon., March 27
Golf vs. CPC at Wilshire, 4:00
Tennis vs. Parkland, 4:30
V Softball at Atkins, 5:00
JV/V Boys Lacrosse at SW Guilford, 5:15/7:00
JV/V Soccer vs. North Davidson, 5:30/7:00
Girls Lacrosse at Lake Norman, 6:30
Tues., March 28

JV/V Baseball vs. Northern Guilford, 4:30/7:00
Tennis at Parkland, 4:30
JV Boys Lacrosse at Summit, 5:00
JV/V Softball at Reagan 5:00/7:00

Wed., March 29
Golf vs. CPC at Bermuda Run West, 4:00
JV/V Baseball vs. South Stokes, 4:30/7:00
V/JV Softball vs. Davie County, 4:30/6:00
Track at Mount Tabor, 4:30
Tennis vs. Davie County, 4:30
JV Soccer vs. Glenn, 5:30
Girls Lacrosse at Ardrey Kell, 6:00
V Soccer vs. West Stokes, 7:00
Thurs., March 30
JV Boys Lacrosse vs. Reagan 4:00
JV/V Soccer at West Forsyth, 5:30/7:00
Girls Lacrosse vs. SW Guilford, 5:30
V Baseball vs. High Point Christian, 6:00
V Boys Lacrosse vs. Reagan, 7:15
Fri., March 31
Sat., April 1
JV Baseball at High Point Christian, 12:00
V Boys Lacrosse at EC Glass, 3:30
April 7 
Key Club Follies
April 7 
SAT Registration Deadline 
(May 6 test date)
April 8
ACT Test date 
April 10-14
Spring Break

(April 10 is NO LONGER a snow make-up day!)
April 20
All-County Chorus
April 22
RJR Demon Gala  
(aka Prom)
April 30 
Deadline to turn in Presidential Service Award forms
June 4
Reminder...if you shop at Publix be sure to get a Publix Partners card so RJR is eligible for a donation!  If you do not have a Publix Partners card please stop by the Main Office to pick up your free card today.

Check out the RJR Arts Blog!
(click the icon below)

CLICK HERE to download the 2016-17 Arts Performance Schedule!



We're way behind on recognizing our Student Artists of the Month from the fall/winter but we'll be catching up by recognizing a student each week in March.

January 2017


Nominating Teacher: Phil Benati

Arts Discipline: Photography

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 4.65

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of doing photography is being able to experiment with my personal style and discover new possibilities while shooting and editing. I love trying to do something I’ve never done before and creating art that I really enjoy and identify with.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I hope to attend UNC Chapel Hill and I am considering going to the School of Media and Journalism to specialize in Photojournalism. I will most likely major in photography or another visual art and minor in business.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? I just recently received a Scholastics Gold Key for one of my photographs, which is an award I have been hoping to receive for three years now.

How will the arts influence your future career? Whether or not I become a professional photographer, I intend to continue doing photography for a long time and hopefully it will always play a large part in my life. I know I will always be greatly influenced by the art and artists in my community and I hope to integrate my artistic ability into whatever career I have in the future.

Click here to read about all the SAM's on the Arts Council's website

We're excited to share the great news of some award winners from RJR!  Please know that each and every one of you who interact with these students helps to make them who they are, informs their visions, impacts their ability to creatively respond to prompts and make art that is being recognized across the state.  Be sure to congratulate these students and their teachers. 

Dance - Autumn Robinson won 1st place in Dance Choreography and Parker Burrows won 2nd place in Dance Choreography at the state level in the Reflections Contest.

Photography - Annabella Schmidt won 1st place at the state level for Photography in the Reflections Contest.

They will be honored (along with their art teachers) at a reception in Raleigh on April 22, from 2:00-4:00 and their entries will compete at the national level.

Chorus - the A Cappella group presented last week at Wake Forest for their Music Performance Adjudication and received STRAIGHT SUPERIORS with a 99 in sight singing.

Band - Isaac Cooper and Alston Harris for making the NC All State Honors Band.

Orchestra - Vivian Mayers, Wesley Patterson, Clare D'Alessio, Ben Smith, Logan Miller-Western Region Honors Orchestra.

Sung Girard - Western Region Rep Orchestra.

Piano and Guitar students will have a concert on March 30 in the auditorium.  They don't have competitions or organized awards since most schools do not offer these classes. Come out and support them for free!

These District Reflections Contest Winners were celebrated on Monday, March 13th: Kelsey Romney, Vivian Mayers, Parker Burrows, Autumn Robinson, Shayla Wilson, Chelsea Hignite, Sophie Phillips, Liam Baker, Zoe Ebbitt, Annabella Schmidt, Haley Sisson, Madeline Bennett, Miles Ledbetter, Cami Bender, Tatum Ward, Ari Puentes, Betsy Stanek, and Amelia Rhodes

Our visual artists continue to compete in the Scholastics Competition and Tessa Bennett's work "Teapot" is on exhibit in Raleigh as a Governor's Student Excellence Award Winner.

I am grateful that this school and this community support the whole student and recognize the importance of art/creativity as part of a comprehensive education!
- Karen Morris

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Baseball: Demons lost a heartbreaker to Mount Tabor on Tuesday 6-4.  The two teams meet again tonight at 6:00 at Mount Tabor.

Golf: The team will play today at the North State Invitational in Kannapolis.  This is a two day event.  RJR won the 1st CPC match on Wednesday at our home course at Winston Lake.

Lacrosse: The Boys Lacrosse team lost to NW Guilford on Tuesday and the Girls team beat the Vikings in a blowout.  Both teams take on Mt Tabor tonight.  Boys at MT, girls at home at Deaton-Thompson.

Soccer: RJR defeated Mount Tabor on Monday 1-0 and High Point Central on Wednesday 2-0.  The team returns home on Monday to take on North Davidson.

Softball: A victory over North Forsyth on Monday was a spark for the Demons as they head into a tough stretch of conference games, including today at West Forsyth.

Tennis: The Demons defeated Glenn on Tuesday, but that win was sandwiched between two loses to Reagan and SW Guilford.  Two games vs. Parkland headline the schedule for next week.

Track: The track team had a number of good performances on Tuesday at North Davidson and hope that carries over to next week at a meet at Mount Tabor.

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We are getting closer to making our goal for the 2016-17
Legacy Campaign!

We are closing in on 90% of our goal to $100,000!
Every dollar raised touches the heart, mind, body and soul of each student at R.J. Reynolds High School in some way.

Monthly gifts make it easy to give more!  
Please consider scheduling monthly gifts to Reynolds in 2017.  
Just $10 per month adds up to a $120 annual gift!

Click here to make your donation to the Legacy Campaign!
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Legacy Corporate Sponsors!
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