Volume 14, Issue 5 | RJR PTSA NEWSLETTER |February 28, 2021
R.J. Reynolds High School

While the weather seems cold and dreary now, in the coming months, there are exciting events to look forward to for our Reynolds High School family - football, Homecoming, performances, Senior activities, return to campus for all grades, and spring break!  It seems strange to think about some of these traditionally fall happenings taking place in March.  The term “our new normal’ may be overused, but is still very true regarding our current situation.  I encourage us all to embrace the unexpected and make lemonade from these lemons. We are looking forward to an exciting Spring!

As we continue to honor our teachers and staff, we are also working to boost the spirit and moral of our entire Reynolds community. As always, we welcome your ideas and help!

What are you looking forward to as the school year progresses? Please share on our PTSA Facebook page.  Show your Demon Spirit and share the news of our wonderful school.

Looking forward to sunnier days!
Go Demons!
Betsy Keller
Reynolds PTSA President 2020-21

It is not too late to give.  Help us reach our 2020-2021 goal.

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

Homecoming is March 12th (Davie)

Order a "2020-21” Homecoming T-shirt!

$10 each   

The order form: Buy Homecoming Shirt!  

Reminder: fill out the form and submit BEFORE clicking on PayPal link. 

Once at PayPal link, click ‘send’ then type in the amount you need to pay! $10 a shirt

Shirt pick up will be drive thru at school on Wednesday March 10th - stay tuned for more details!

Orders are due by March 1!


Check out the Courtyards!
The PTSA and School working together
to bring art and in our courtyards. 

RJ Reynolds PTSA is pleased to announce the following students that have been recognized for their art submissions at the district level.  Well done
1st Reece Nelson “Beyond Me” **
1st Kallie Graves “We Are”
1st Connor Romney “A Reason” **
2nd Whit Andrus “A Valuable Mindset” 
2nd Nick Lafley “Reflections 2020”
2nd Leah Bringle “I Matter Because”
2nd Catherine Kim “I Matter Because”
3rd Kate Walls “I Matter Because”
3rd Madelyn Myers “Universal Pieces” 

Dance Choreography
1st Anna Zwigard “Speak My Mind” **
2nd Megan Maloney “Unfinished Business”
3rd Annie Fulk “A Matter of Time” 

1st Ava Shick “Returning the Favor” **
2nd Ava Ginn

Visual Arts
1st Ava Ginn **

1st Shaun Kawalec “It Matters”  **
**denotes advancing to State competition
School News

Welcome Back


Click here to view the revised Cohort Calendar updated 1/25/2021

Feb 1: 9th Grade Cohorts Return

Feb 22: 10th - 12th Grade Cohorts Return

View Remote Learning - Quick Reference Guide

March 1st
--after school and Saturday School tutoring begins--students in EOCs and those who need extra support in classes will be invited to tutoring sessions
March 9th--Asynchronous Tuesday for all EXCEPT those taking the Make-up ACT
March 17th--all SOPHOMORES take the Pre-ACT and the rest of the school are off campus/asynchronous learning
March 31st--Makeup EOC and CTE exams for anyone who missed their exam in January

Jesus Christ Superstar - March 19

How to purchase and view
The link to live stream will be sent out privately to those who have purchased virtual tickets ahead of time. Tickets are on sale now!  They can be purchased at https://'tinyurl.com/superstarrjr or by scanning the QR code on the poster!
Scroll down to the bottom of the OSP page and click Virtual Ticket- LIVE STREAM MUSICAL. When it asks for student name and ID number, the ticket purchaser can just put their own name and phone number
You don't want to miss this production on March 19th!!!
Poster art by RJR Senior, Joseph Davila

Check out this article about our very own Mr. Jonathan Hamiel.  This link will also connect you to articles written by Hamiel for NAFME (National Association for Music Educators)

Thank you to all who watched the A Capella Jam on February 27th.  Money raised supported H.O.P.E. of Winston Salem


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

Vote for your favorite A Capella Group. 
Vote NOW and DAILY from multiple devices!!!
25 days of voting remain
First place wins $1000

 The Pantry needs feminine products, hearty soups and granola bars. 
Drop off is at Landing 10am-2pm Mon-Fri.


Please click on link -> Survery for 10th, 11th and !2th Graders
Make sure you sign in using your Google Sign In.  Below is an example Login:
Username: Johndriv1234@wsfcsstudents.net (first four of first name, first four letters of last name, last four digits of your student ID#)

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 


The school communicates through robocalls on Sunday evenings and individual emails to student district email accounts (in addition to other forms of communication). If you do not receive the Sunday evening robocalls, please call the school to update your contact information. If your student does not know how to check their district email, please call the school, and choose "media center" as the option. Ms. Chadha can help your student access their account.
All students who are currently taking Math 1, Math 3, English 2, or Biology are enrolled in EOC classes. That means they have a state test at the end of the semester. They have been invited to special tutoring during Flex Days AND after school/Saturday opportunities. (Students who missed these exams in the Fall have been invited to after school/Saturday tutoring before taking the Makeup Exam on March 31st--check student emails for that information

Shawn Kawalec on his winning Reflections literature piece
This year's theme was, "I matter because." When I started thinking about it, I found that as a young person, it was difficult to find ways to make a difference. I realized that I was important because I could do small things to contribute to a greater good. This made me think about how little steps can be just as important as grand gestures, which ended up being the theme of my poem. A person posting something on twitter can create just as much influence as a politician passing legislature.
I am often moved to write by current events. At the time that I wrote this, all the chaos in the world was being brought to attention on the internet. Those that were the first to speak up online, whether we knew their names or not, were on the front lines of the battle. I felt that this was an important thing to include in the overarching theme of my poem.
I feel very honored to have been recognized in the competition! It always feels good to see something that you put on paper be heard and understood.
Much thanks to Ms. Kirkland for all of her guidance and help this year,

Shaun is a 9th grader at RJR and has also been recognized by Scholastic for his writing. 

“Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.” Unknown

Coach Sabio and Crew took the plunge and raised money for Special Olympics. Way to go!!!
Pledges for Coach Sabio are still being accepted.  
Athletic News

Whit Andrus is the new @NCHSAA 4A State Diving Champion!! 🏆


RJR Boys Basketball makes it to the Elite 8! 
Thank you for an exciting season.


RJR Demons defeats Parkland Mustangs in Football season opener

Photo credit - Leah Crowley
Next game this Friday, March 5 at Mount Tabor
Thank you to Chik Fil A Thru Way for supplying chicken sandwiches at concessions at all our home football games.

TRACK TEAM ZOOM MEETING ON MONDAY, MARCH 1 AT 5PM. JOIN REMIND @rjtf for updates or email Coach Wainwright

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.


March 1-
Tryouts for Softball, Boys Tennis, Boys Golf, Girls Golf and Girls Soccer
Boys Soccer vs Reagan at BB&T 8:00
March 2
Girls and Boys Lacrosse at Glenn, 5:00/6:45
March 3
Soccer vs West Forsyth at BB&T 8:00
March 4
Boys Lacrosse vs East Forsyth 4:30
Girls Lacrosse at East Forsyth 6:00
JV Football vs Mt Tabor 6:00
March 5
Boys Soccer at West Forsyth 4:30
Football at Mt Tabor 6:00
March 8
Girls and Boys Lacrosse vs Glenn 5:00/6:45
Boys Soccer at Glenn 5:30
March 9
Girls Lacrosse vs Davie 5:00
Boys Lacrosse at East Forsyth 6:00
March 10
Boys Soccer vs East Forsyth 5:30
March 11
JV Football at Davie 6:00
March 12
Football vs Davie 7:00 (Homecoming)
March 15
V Girls/Boys Golf vs Glenn and West 4:00
Tennis vs Davie County 4:30
March 16
JV Golf vs Summit 4:00
Softball vs Davie 5:00
Girls Soccer vs Parkland 5:30
March 17
Tennis at Reagan, 4:30
JV Football vs East Forsyth, 6:00
March 18
JV/V Boys Golf vs Bishop, 4:00
Softball at Reagan, 5:00
JV/V Soccer at NW Guilford 5:30/7:00
March 19
Football at East Forsyth 7:00
March 22
V Girls/Boys and JV Boys vs High Point Central 4:00
Tennis at West Forsyth, 4:30
JV/V Soccer vs Davie 5:30/7:00
March 23
V Girls/Boys Golf vs East and Reagan, 4:00
Softball at West Forsyth, 5:00
March 24
Tennis vs Glenn, 4:30
JV/V Soccer at Reagan, 5:30/7:00
March 25
JV Golf vs East and West, 4:00
Softball at Glenn, 5:00
JV Football vs West Forsyth, 6:00
March 26
Football at West Forsyth
March 29
V Boys Golf vs West and Tabor, 4:00
Tennis at East Forsyth, 4:30
JV/V Soccer at West Forsyth, 5:30/7:00
March 30
JV/V Boys Golf vs Davie 4:00
Softball at East Forsyth, 5:00
March 31
JV Golf vs Mt Tabor, 4:00
Tennis at Davie 4:30
JV/V Soccer vs Glenn, 5:30/7:00
April 1
Softball at Davie 5:00
JV Football at Glenn, 6:00
April 2
Football vs Glenn, 7:00
 Booster Club News
A year ago was the first time we held a reverse raffle event to raise money for the RJR Athletic Booster Club, and it turned out to be such a fun and successful night!
With no way to hold fundraisers this year, the RJR Athletic Booster Club needs your help more than ever. Your support last year made it possible for students to attend Reynolds sporting events that otherwise wouldn’t have. Please help us reach our goal of raising $17,000 this year. Money raised will help fulfill so many needs for our student athletes and coaches.  
You can make a secure online donation here:    
Please contact us for more information If you prefer to mail as check:
@RJRAthletics @RJRAthletics
RJR Athletics Page RJR Athletics Page


Arts Event Schedule Arts Event Schedule
@Rjrarts @Rjrarts
RJR Arts RJR Arts
We are truly grateful to our Legacy Corporate Sponsors!


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