Rochambeau Middle School
Rochambeau Middle School (RMS) is a middle school in
Southbury, Connecticut, United States, and part of Pomperaug Regional School District 15. The school serves students in grades six through eight. The school's building was formerly the home of Southbury High School. The school serves students in many ways, that are supposed to be educational and fun the board claims. However, they took out their annual Washington D.C. trip which is fun and educational. What are they smoking?
The school is named after
Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, who marched through the area during the Revolutionary War.
The school also runs by a six-day rotation. For example, if Day 1 falls on a Monday, then Day 5 falls on a Friday, and the next Monday is Day 6, and Tuesday is Day 1, and so on.
Rochambeau Middle School's Sports (or Extra-Cirricular) activities include Basketball, Soccer, Cross Country, Field Hockey, and Cheerleading.
Cross Country is open to ALL RMS students. Tryouts are held at the beginning of the school year. The season begins in September and ends in November.
Field Hockey is open to 7th and 8th grade girls. (Manager position is open to 6th-8th)
Soccer is open to all 7th and 8th grade students. (Manager position is open to 6th-8th)
Basketball is open to 7th and 8th grade students. (Manager position is open to 6th-8th) Tryouts are held in November.
Cheerleading tryouts are held at the end of every schoolyear for the following year.
Baseball tryouts are held in March for all 7th and 8th grade boys. (Manager position is open to 6th-8th)
Softball tryouts are held in March for all 7th and 8th grade girls. (Manager position is open to 6th-8th)
ALL SPORTS require a permission slip signed by a parent/guardian and a "Pay to Play" fee.
CHORUS: Chorus is open to all students beginning in 6th grade. 6th grade meets once per 6-day rotation in homeroom teams and once as a full group (full groups are separated into grade levels). 7th and 8th grade chorus meets once per rotation and once by voice part.
BAND & ORCHESTRA: Band & Orchestra are open to all students beginning in 6th grade. Sixth grade band and orchestra meets once a rotation with one rotating lesson per rotation. Seventh and eighth grade band and orchestra meet twice a rotation with one scheduled lesson per rotation.
CHORALE: Select vocal group open to seventh and eighth grade girls and boys. This group rehearses once a rotation during the school day and after school one day per week. Auditions are held at the beginning of the school year to determine placement in the group.
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: Select string ensemble open to seventh and eighth grade students. Auditions are held at the beginning of the school year to determine placement in the group.
JAZZ BAND: Select instrumental ensemble open to seventh and eighth grade instrumental students by recommendation of the instructor. This group performs classical-jazz ensemble literature. Auditions are held at the beginning of the school year to determine placement in the group. This group rehearses once a rotation during the school day and one day after school.
Other extra-cirricular activities
ART ENRICHMENT: To qualify for Art Enrichment, students must receive an A in Art, be recommended by a teacher, and present a portfolio of artwork. The portfolio is judged by a group of art educators and the Unified Arts Director. This admission process takes place in April and May.
STUDENT COUNCIL: The Student Council is supposed to represent the entire student body. However, this isn't the case because in fact, the students' rights as U.S. citizens are ignored because the real power lies with their authoritarian principal. Students from each grade are selected by student vote to serve as representatives. Meetings are held during school. Student Council seeks the suggestions and assistance of the student body in planning activities such as: dances, spirit days, talent shows, fundraising and community awareness. However, the staff still needs to approve of them. They also aid Administration and Teachers in carrying out special projects and in supposedly "improving" the school climate to meet their needs. Faculty advisors assist their officers in conducting meetings and in planning the year.
* [http://region15.org/rms Rochambeau Middle School website]
* [http://www.region15.org/default.shtml Pomperaug Regional School District 15 website]
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