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The Mission of James S. Rickards High School is to produce graduates with skills and competencies to succeed on local, state, national,
and international levels and who are responsible, self-supporting, and productive members of our society.
The Vision for Rickards High School is to provide students with a caring, supportive learning environment that allows them to reach their
maximum potential through quality programs, instruction and experiences.
As we make preparation for testing, we have available resources for our students. We have several ACT Test Prep sessions being held for the next two months.
In addition, some of our teachers are using "Cracking the ACT Guide" resource with each student as well as the "1296 ACT Practice Guide," questions as a
supplement. Furthermore, each of our students has an account for ACT online prep.
Parents and Guardians, please join me in welcoming our new Band Director, Mr. Zachary Nealy. I am confident that after a series of interviews that
consisted of administrators, parents, and students, Mr. Nealy will continue the band's legacy here at Rickards High School.
Principal Douglas Cook
Pangaea 2014 Is Here!
Pangaea, our multicultural event of the year will be hosted in the James S. Rickards Auditorium on Friday, March 7th at 7:00pm.
It is the annual exhibition depicting the cultural diversity of the Rickards High School student body. Come enjoy a night composed of Indian Dance,
Jamaican Jams, and Classical performances. That's not all – don't forget our fashion show where the models will be strutting outfits from all over the
world for you to experience alongside a Parade of Flags. You don't want to miss out on this big night of cultural excellence!
Ticket sales begin March 3, 2014. An international dinner will be sold for $7 by the Rickards U.N. Club before the show at 5:50pm.
2013-2014 FCAT Information
The following letter offers FCAT test information and policies.
View FCAT Information Letter »
As of late, the administration and faculty have been observing an array of inappropriate touching between students. We would like to remind students at
this time that "play fighting" (also known as Slap-Boxing) is not to be distinguished by administration from fighting. The consequences are to remain
the same, which could result in a 10 day Out of School Suspension. We would also like to remind students that horseplay or "playful smacking" amongst
friends (smacking one's backside, shoulder, forehead, etc.) is also inappropriate in the learning environment. Finally, we do expect all of our students
to conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen, and that would eliminate the possibility of any Public Display of Affection (before, during or after school).
PDA can result in consequences that could include up to 5 days of OSS.
Class of 2015 - Are You Still Dealing with that Pesky FCAT Reading 2.0?
Would you like an extra chance to get it out of the way? This is a reminder to sign up for the April 12th ACT and the May 3rd SAT in order to get a
concordant score to replace the FCAT graducation requirement. If you need assistance in registering and geting your waiver, visit our Gear Up coach,
Ms. McNeil in Guidance.
Also, ACE will be hosting an ACT Prep Class beginning Monday, February 24th here at Rickards. This is a first come first serve program for students in
the Class of 2015 who need a Reading Concordant Score. If you would like to know more, see Ms. Thompson in Guidance after school this week.
Class of 2015 - Parent Night
Don't be fooled - Be ready for your Senior year!
Tentative Date: April 1, 2014 at 6:00pm
Dinner and valuable information will be provided
All Juniors and Seniors should be registered to take or should have already taken the ACT, SAT, or both. See your guidance counselor for information
regarding registration and fee reductions.
Envision Swipe for Schools
Envision Credit Union will be sponsoring a competition for everyone in Leon County to pick one school in Leon County to receive a new mascot costume.
Through March 14, 2014, students, teachers, parents and everyone else can visit
http://www.envisioncu.com/swipeforschools and vote for their favorite
school in Leon County. The school that receives the most votes will win a new mascot costume, donated by Envision Credit Union! Please login today and
vote for your school to receive a new mascot costume!
2013/14 Useful Resources
- Monday - Friday, March 17 - 21: Spring Break
- Monday, March 24: Teacher Planning Day
- Tuesday, March 25: Students Return
- Monday - Saturday, April 7 - 12: Reading Retakes
- Monday - Friday, April 21 - 25: 10th Grade FCAT
- Monday - Friday, April 28 - May 2: 9th Grade FCAT
- Monday - Tuesday, May 5 - 6: US History EOC
- Wednesday - Thursday, May 7 - 8: Biology EOC
- Monday - Friday, May 12 - 16: Algebra 1 EOC
- Monday - Friday, May 19 - 23: Geometry EOC
- View more events on our School Calendar
From the Administration
Support Rickards - Shop at Target!
Do you have a Target RED Card? Did you know that Target will donate up to 1% of your purchases to James S. Rickards High School through the Take Charge
of Education program? This is a really easy way to get money to improve our school. It is hassle-free with just one phone call. Please contact Target at
1-800-316-6142 or visit https://www-secure.target.com/redcard/tcoe/home to
register your card to James S. Rickards High School with Identification Number: 41208. As of August 2012, Target gave James S. Rickards High School $527.40.
Right now only 28 Target RED Cardholders designate James S. Rickards High School. Let's double that number!