Volume 14, Issue 4 | RJR PTSA NEWSLETTER | January 3, 2021
R.J. Reynolds High School

Welcome to Second Semester!
It is hard to believe we are half way through this crazy school year!  We are continuing to adjust to the challenges of remote learning, masked athletes  virtual performances, and in-person testing to name a few.  In this new year, we must recognize all of the effort to get us to this point and the effort it will take for us to finish this journey.  It is the Resilience of the Reynolds family that will carry us through.

1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

2.the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.

Our Students have been asked to continually change how, when, and where they learn, practice, study, socialize, grow and mature.  Our Teachers have supported our Students as they have faced their own challenges - teaching differently, pushing students to excel though never meeting face-to-face, all while balancing the needs of their own families.  Reynolds Faculty and Staff have worked diligently to create a safe environment for our Students and Faculty, all while encouraging all of us to hang in there.  Parents, Families, and Friends of Reynolds High School have not let the pandemic stop them from demonstrating the love they have for our Reynolds community by continuing to generously give time, money, and resources.
As we look towards sunnier skies, smile and take pride in what we have accomplished. Become inspired to help and be a part of this great RJR Community.  Find your spot with the PTSA.  We will continue to celebrate our Faculty, Staff, and Students - and especially our Seniors!  Don’t you want to be a part of that?  
Please reach out and let us know your thoughts and ideas and how you want to be a part of our team.
Go Demons!
Betsy Keller
Reynolds PTSA President 2020-21

Thank you to all who have contributed to our annual fundraiser. Tax letters have been emailed to all 2020 donors.  If did not receive please email RJRLegacy@gmail.com
You can still give to our campaign!

Corporate Sponsorship opportunities available
Ask your employer about donor match
Questions? email RJRLegacy@gmail.com

Thank you to all that dropped off hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, and food for our Demon Pantry during the month of January. 
Keeping our community safe is a top priority of the PTSA.

Know a family considering Reynolds?
Please encourage them to sign up for a virtual tour.  
Follow the link below

The PTSA put together snack bags for the Demon staff during the month of January.  Thank you Hospitality Chair, Caroline Stopyra and committee

The following students should reach out to the Reflections committee (RJRreflections@gmail.com) to coordinate collecting 2019 submissions. 
Elaiana Oliver, Nell Watts, Anna Zwigard, Francesca Parascandolo, Sydnie Cockerham and Jaelyn Brown
Visual Arts
Asa Rallings, Chance Boudreau, McKenna Jones , Naya Sample, Lilie Gifford, Emma Kate Halsey and Isabella Dunlap

Natalie Fullerton, Tiffany Westmoreland and Annika Bills

School News
Welcome 9th Graders Monday, February 1, 2021





Students will register for classes for the 2021-2022 school year during February and the first week of March. Students should register online prior to meeting with their counselors. The online portal will open Tuesday, February 2nd at 5pm and instructions for registering “online” will be available at that time on the registration tab on the Student Services section of the RJR website. During the course of registration, any additional information and resources will also be available on the registration tab. Your student should be checking his/her school email regularly for updates. Update alerts will also  be posted on Twitter @RJRCollege and through  grade-level Reminds

Teachers will assist with registering online through their Zoom classes on Thursday, Feb. 4th and Friday, Feb 5th. This is a great time to ask teachers about possible next year courses as well as recommendations for course levels (ie standard vs honors vs AP).

Beginning on Monday, February 8th, counselors will meet “individually” (in breakout rooms) with students during their English and Social Studies zoom classes (we will start with current freshmen).. A schedule by teacher/period will be published by Tuesday, February 2nd at 5pm on the registration tab. If your student does not have English or Social Studies this semester at RJR, his/her counselor will arrange a meeting over zoom. If students are absent on their assigned day, counselors will build their schedules based on their online registration. Students who do not register online or attend a meeting, will be registered for classes by their counselor in accordance with their graduation plan.

Students should come to these meetings prepared, with potential classes entered on-line and questions to ask their counselor. Videos, brochures, and the registration handbook will be on the registration tab to help with course selection and registration.

Transcripts will be mailed to current 10th and 11th grade students on February 9th. Current 9th grade students can review their progress towards graduation via their report cards.

Registration for current students will be concluded by March 6th and all course changes must be submitted by March 10th. 

Registration for incoming students will be handled by middle school counselors (WSFCS public school students) or RJR counselors (charter/homeschool/independent school students). 

Students will drop off any materials from 1st semester that are no longer needed for class and pick up any needed 2nd semester materials on Wednesday, 2/3.

Audition Notice! Seeking talented Demon rockers… We are putting together a LIVE ONSTAGE rock band to play our 2021 spring musical, Jesus Christ Superstar.  
We are looking for an electric bass player, a keyboard player and a drummer. 
Audition requirements are as follows: You will need to learn one of the following songs on your instrument of choice using a combination of playing by ear and picking out your part from the piano/vocal score. You must play along with the recorded track, so please ensure that you are set up to deliver the best sound quality possible for your instrument. 
The original broadway soundtrack recording of Jesus Christ Superstar can be found on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, or your preferred streaming service. A PDF copy of the piano/vocal score can be found on Dr. Harlee’s, Mr. Hamiel’s, Ms. Shebish’s, Mr. Chamis’, Mr. Zayas’, and Mr. Settlemyre’s Canvas pages, or can be sent to you in an e-mail by request. Your song choices are as follows:

KEYBOARDS (Choose one)
  1. Heaven On Their Minds
  2. Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say)
  3. King Herod’s Song (Try It And See)
BASS (Choose one)
  1. Everything’s Alright
  2. Simon Zealotes
  3. I Don’t Know How To Love Him
Drums (Choose one)
  1. Heaven On Their Minds
  2. Simon Zealotes
  3. Damned For All Time
Auditions are by VIDEO SUBMISSION ONLY and are due by Wednesday, February 3rd
Send the link for your video to both Mr. Chamis and Mr. Zayas at mwchamis@wsfcs.k12.nc.us and nazayas@wsfcs.k12.nc.us  
Thanks and happy auditioning! 
A Capella Jam has been rescheduled for February 27, 2021

It is time to order yearbooks and senior ads.
Information is on the Reynolds website.  
All sales for books and ads are online this year. If you need help designing the ad, contact Ms. Latta tllatta@wsfcs.k12.nc.us

Website to purchase yearbooks and senior ad sales – www.yearbookordercenter.com
Our school code: 10595
To call and place your order toll free: 1-866-287-3096

Parking permits are now available. This year there is no charge for the pass, but you do need to apply for one.  Please follow the link below using your WSFCS student account. 
parking permit

Questions? Please contact Mr. Grier at amgrier@wsfcs.k12.nc.us

Check out RJ Reynolds High School's team fundraising page for Special Olympics North Carolina - https://www.classy.org/team/337329

Feel free to join the team or donate to a team member.

College Board is hosting the first-ever series of virtual college fairs called BigFuture™ Days. Sophomores and juniors can sign up for a chance to connect directly with college admissions representatives and current college students. They'll have a chance to explore colleges in a way that's not overwhelming, ask questions about topics they want to learn about, and take action on key college planning steps.

Register at cb.org/bigfuturedays.

Parents/Coaches can sign up for the 
ACT Information Session February 4th 
This test is for all juniors and the 65 seniors who did not take it last Spring.  All other students will have a remote Flex Day on February 23 at RJR. Students are sent information and links to a canvas class for prep materials through their student emails. Students do not need to register for test on 23rd.. 
ACT Testing will be on February 23.


Bravo to those who qualified for
Spanish and Portuguese Honor Society. 
*The following students met the criteria for the SPANISH National Honor Society for the 2019-2020 school year*
Certificates were emailed to students
Reille Absher, Kate Andrews, Avery Bossong,Tahleah Brim, Jarod Brown, Caroline Bumgarner, Samuel Bunch, Samuel Carlton, Dale “Beau” Chandler, James Christian, Elizabeth Collins, Sophie Cronan, Wesley Daniel, Virginia Dillon, Zach Dunn, Jeff Echols, Leah Fisher, Benjamin Fowler, Celia Gottlieb, Sarah Greco, Anna Helvey, Molly Hignite, Franny Kehoe, Robert Kluttz, Kylie Lambert, Dayra Lopez, Bridget Martinez Mier, Chikia McCoy, Perla Moreno Gil, Owen Petersen, Alayna Rathburn, Riley Reynolds, Hayden Russ, Rony Solano Merlin, Sophie Spangler, John Stabolitis, Hayden Stoter, Caroline Thomas, Sadie Thomas, Sharon Urrutia Moreira, Erick Mauricio Villatoro, Elise Wells, Thomas White, Kathryn Elizabeth White, Peter Thomas Wilson, Benjamin Wilson, Rosalie Wilson,  Daphne Wishart, Joseph Woodruff and Thomas Yates.
The application process for this school year (2020-2021) will take place this coming spring.

National Technical Honor Society

is accepting applications 
for the Spring 2021 Induction. See your CTE teacher or Mrs. Tuttle for more information.

Application: click here for application

 The Pantry needs canned meat (beef or chicken),
full-sized tubes of toothpaste, deodorant for women and packets of hot cocoa

Drop off is at Landing 10am-2pm Mon-Fri.

Congratulations to Mr. Biles
RJ Reynolds Teacher of the Year 
A BIG Congratulations to Mr. Collins,
RJ Reynolds Classified Employee of the Year!

The President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals and groups who perform community service.  It is a national award. Students who are active in the community are encouraged to keep track of their hours from April 25, 2020 to April 16, 2021 and submit these hours to Anthony Grier, Assistant Principal, NO LATER THAN April 17, 2021. Students will be recognized at Class Day and on the website.  
Students who are 16 or older and who complete at least 100 hours receive the Bronze Award. Students who complete at least 175 hours receive the Silver Award.  Students who complete at least 250 hours receive the Gold Award.  
Students who are 15 or younger have lower hour requirements--50 hours for Bronze, 75 for Silver, 100 for Gold. 
A sample sheet is attached.  Parents may NOT verify hours--adult sponsors or supervisors of activities should verify the hours. Groups who log at least 200 hours may also win this award. Clubs should consider submitting for the group award.
Please put your age on your form so we know what award level you should receive. 
Service Hour Log Sheet ->  click here 
Complete information on this award may be found at:   http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/
Questions?  Email Anthony Grier  amgrier@wsfcs.k12.nc.us 


February is Black History month.  Our wonderful Arts Magnet office will be supplying materials to staff to help our Demons celebrate

“However long the night, the dawn will break.” 
African Proverb

Athletic News

Softball training begins this week!!!
Interested in playing softball? Join Coach McCulloch for 
three (3) pre-season workouts scheduled for:
Thursday, February 4th
Thursday, February 11th
Thursday. February 18th. 
The time for each workout is 4:00pm - 5:00pm, and the locale is the new softball field at Hanes Park.
2020-2021 All-Conference: Caroline Echols, Katie Mohr, Catherine Kim, Will Gardner, Jane Fitzgerald, Harrison Walls, Whit Andrus, Jeff Echols, Auguste Reboussin, Logan Brown
Photos from Senior Night 


Girls 200 and 400 free relay team - Katie Mohr, Catherine Kim, Jane Fitzgerald snd Caroline Echols
Congratulations to Caroline Echols and Chandler Welsh for strong finishes in Cross Country State Finals.
Boys Soccer Senior Spotlight 
Follow the link below, complete and submit to Athletic Director, Brad Fisher bmfisher@wsfcs.k12.nc.us
click here for sports physical paperwork
Tryouts for boys and girls golf, boys tennis, girls soccer and girls softball begin March 1.

Due to social distancing, please stream games.
Feb 2
Girls Basketball vs Reagan 5:00
JV Boys Basketball at Reagan 5:00
Girls Lacrosse at Davie 5:30
Boys Lacrosse vs Davie 6:00
Feb 5
Girls Basketball vs West Forsyth 5:00
Girls Lacrosse vs Reagan 5:30
Soccer at Grimsley 6:00
JV Boys Basketball at West Forsyth 6:30
V Boys Basketball vs West Forsyth 7:00
Boys Lacrosse vs Reagan at BB&T Fields 7:00
Feb 8
First Day of Football Practice 4:00
JV/V Girls Lacrosse vs West Forsyth 5:00 and 6:30
Boys Lacrosse at West Forsyth 6:00
Feb 9
Girls Basketball at Glenn 5:00
JV Boys Basketball vs Glenn 5:00
Boys Soccer vs Davie 5:30
V Boys Basketball at Glenn 7:00
Feb 11
Soccer at Reagan 6:00
Feb 12
Girls Basketball at East Forsyth 5:00
JV Boys Basketball vs East Forsyth 5:00
Girls Lacrosse vs Glenn 5:30
V Boys Basketball at East Forsyth 7:00
Boys Lacrosse vs Glenn 7:15
Feb 15
JV Girls Lacrosse vs West Forsyth 5:00
Boys Lacrosse at East Forsyth 6:00
V Girls Lacrosse vs East Forsyth 6:30
Feb 16
Soccer at West Forsyth 6:00
Feb 17
V Boys Basketball vs Reagan 6:00
Feb 18
Soccer vs Glenn 5:30
Feb 19
Girls Lacrosse at Davie 5:30
Boys Lacrosse vs Davie 6:00
Football Scrimmage at High Point Central 6:00
Feb 22
Soccer at East Forsyth 5:30
Feb 23
Girls Lacrosse at Reagan 6:00
Boys Lacrosse vs Reagan 6:00
Feb 24
JV Girls Lacrosse at West Forsyth 5:00
Soccer at Davie 5:30
Boys Lacrosse vs West Forsyth 6:00
V Girls Lacrosse at West Forsyth 6:30
Feb 25
JV Football at Parkland 6:00
Feb 26
JV Girls Lacrosse at Summit 4:15
V Football vs Parkland 7:00
March 1
1st Day of Tryouts for 
Boys Golf, Girls Golf, Boys Tennis, Girls Soccer and Softball

Did we miss something?  Share your photos and Demon good news to RJRcommunications@gmail.com
 Booster Club News
Senior Spotlights have launched!
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our talented Senior athletes!
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