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RCEC SGA Sponsors Annual LLS Community Service
Jeff Kitchen

Each year the Student Government Association sponsors a contest between teacher-led teams to raise money to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's search for a cure for blood cancer. There is a special emphasis on childhood cancers.

This year's theme is "Every Hero Needs A Squad." Students will donate funds to their teams at school, and can also collect online.

If you'd like to donate, please visit: http://events.lls.org/pages/nc/RowanCountyEarlyClgHighSchool-2018#

Thanks for your support!

  • LLS
  • RCEC
  • SGA
RCEC Student Application for Freshman Class of 2018-2019
Jeff Kitchen

Thank you for considering Rowan County Early College (RCEC) as your high school. Before completing an application, we ask that you give careful consideration to the information below to determine if RCEC is the most suitable educational experience for you. In completing the application, please make special note of the expectations you and your child will be agreeing to if he or she is accepted at RCEC.

Rowan County Early College (RCEC), on the campus of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, North Campus, was established in 2007 as a collaborative effort between the Rowan-Salisbury School System and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. The program was part of Governor Easley’s Learn and Earn initiative and is structured to provide successful, challenging and meaningful experiences for students identified as high ability who are not yet reaching their potential, are first generation college, have financial need, are traditionally underserved in higher education, or would benefit from an accelerated academic program.

Students in grades 9-12 will be offered not only the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and meet university entrance requirements, but they will also take college courses for which they may receive up to two (2) years of college credit.

What it takes to be successful

The student population of RCEC reflects and values the diversity of its participating schools. Some of the criteria considered in determining student eligibility are:

Above-average ability in areas of reading, writing, and math (reflected by standardized test scores, counselor and/or teacher recommendation).

• Demonstration of ability to make mature, independent, and productive choices and to succeed in college classes and high school college preparatory classes

• Desire to be challenged intellectually and committed to embrace education.

• Make education a priority over social and recreational interests. (teacher/counselor/student recommendation).

• Would benefit from an accelerated academic program.

Applications are due by December 13, 2017


RCEC Application (MSWord) (PDF)

Jeff Kitchen

Rebecca Rider- Salisbury Post


SALISBURY — Thursday’s test score release had a few additional surprises for one local school. Rowan County Early College, located on the north campus of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, was the first school in district history to earn an A school performance grade.

“It is historic. …We did something really special,” Principal Patrick Hosey said.

But the school’s actual rating, according to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, reads as “A+NG.” The acronym stands for “A with no gap,” meaning that the high school both earned an A grade and did not have any student achievement gaps larger than the largest average gap for the state.

Or, as Hosey summarized it, the usual data subgroups of age, ethnicity and gender had no noticeable performance differences between them.

“So those subgroups that you have are all performing on the same level. Which is kind of rare,” He said.

In fact, fewer than 25 public high schools in the state managed to achieve the same distinction. Approximately 88 schools statewide, total, were ranked A+NG.

“It really is exciting, it is,” Hosey said.

According to the school system’s seven-day count, Rowan County Early College has 239 students this year.

School performance grades are a state ranking system which rely on test scores and, to a lesser extent, improvement or growth of students. According to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, the final grade is 80 percent test scores and 20 percent growth or improvement. The lettering performance standard has been in use for approximately five years. The A+NG designation was added in 2014-15 to address federal requirements that exclude schools with significant achievement gaps from earning a state’s highest achievement designation.

Published: Saturday, September 9, 2017

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RCEC Spirit News
Jeff Kitchen

As last year was winding down a long-term project was coming to a successful conclusion. Rowan-County Early College students had often asked about having a Spirit Rock like other high schools, middle schools and even some elementary schools in Rowan county have on their campus.

Thanks to the work done by the 2016-2017 RCEC Student Government Association and last year's president Nate Brink the idea became a reality. Reaching out first through the RCCC SGA and RCCC College Environment Staff a plan was put in place.

Vulcan Materials offered to donate the spirit rock and provided a tour of their quarry in Gold Hill to select an appropriate rock. Jordan Littauer the Site Manager provided the tour and helped set up the delivery of the rock to our school. The rock was delivered and placed by Crane and Rigging Corporation. All of this was done at no cost to RCEC.

Special thanks to Dr. Carol Spalding, President of RCCC, the RCCC Foundation and Board, the RCCC SGA (Natasha Lipscomb & Dennis Rivers), RCCC Division of College Environment (Jonathan Chamberlain & Mike Robinson), Vulcan Materials (Denise Hallett & Jordan Littauer), and Crane and Rigging Corporation.

The rock was in place in time for the Class of 2017 to sign it and was decorated for the first day of school. It currently has it's first student/parent paint job and looks great.

Contact Mr. Kitchen or Mr. Hosey for information on reserving the Spirit Rock.

District News

Snow Make-Up Days
Mark Steelman

Make-Up Days
Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 (for Jan. 17)
Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 (for Jan. 18)

Early College Make-Up Days
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (for Jan. 17)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (for Jan. 18)

Waived Days
Jan. 19


Rowan-Salisbury Schools


Students in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools recently missed three (3) instructional days due to inclement weather conditions during a period of time from January 17-19, 2018.

Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody announces the following make-up schedule that reflects these three (3) student instructional days missed during this time:

Make-Up Days
Monday, January 22, 2018 (for January 17)
Monday, February 19, 2018 (for January 18)

Early College Make-Up Days
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (for January 17)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (for January 18)

Waived Days
The remaining missed student instructional day will be waived for students. (for January 19)

This decision is based on the best instruction for students being held on regular scheduled make-up days and not on Saturdays, Spring Break or at the end of the school year.

Dr. Moody thanks the RSS families and community for their support while making critical decisions regarding the safety of our students and staff.

School Bus Driver Appreciation Week
Mark Steelman

We all LOVE and APPRECIATE those that drive our school buses – transporting our children safely to school and back home each day. #RSSLovesTheBus

February is “Love the Bus” Month
February 12-16 is School Bus Driver
Appreciation Week

Rowan-Salisbury students love their school bus drivers!
Rowan-Salisbury parents & staff appreciate school bus drivers!

We all LOVE and APPRECIATE those that drive our school buses – transporting our children safely to school and back home each day.

This is not only an opportunity to say thanks, but it is a great opportunity for all of us to help promote bus safety to all our students.


Tim Beck, RSS Transportation Director says that, “Even though we transport roughly half of our student population daily, Transportation touches every student’s life during a school year through school sponsored

  • Field trips during the school day
  • Athletic events after school
  • Band and FFA competitions
  • Among other school events

Transportation is a vital part of each student’s educational experience. Thanks for helping to keep our students safe while learning life lessons about transportation safety.”

Many of our schools are participating in special appreciation and recognition activities this week to honor this special group of school bus drivers. 


Please use the hashtag #RSSLovesTheBus and #LoveTheBus when posting photos on social media.  You may also send photos to Rita at: Rita.Foil@rss.k12.nc.us

What a great Valentine’s Day for everyone to “Love the Bus!”

Be heard! Would You Like to Finish Exams Before the New Year?
Mark Steelman

Currently we have two semesters that are the same number of days. Would you prefer having a slightly shorter first semester followed by a longer second semester so that we could finish exams before winter/Christmas break?

With next year’s proposed school calendar posted for input, we have heard from our community about considering the option of completing 1st semester high school exams before students leave for the Winter/Christmas break in December. 

While under NC state legislation we are unable to start the school year earlier, it is possible to have a shorter 1st semester, and begin the 2nd semester following the Christmas/Winter break in January.

We would like to have your feedback. Therefore, please click on this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CalendarHS to take a quick survey and provide your input as we move forward.

Thank you for your support.

Join the Poll: 18-19 School Calendar
Mark Steelman

We have almost completed the 2018-2019 school calendars and we want your opinion. Which of the two enclosed calendars would you prefer for next year?

Your feedback is appreciated for the ‘proposed’ 2018-2019 RSS school calendar. 

Please select your choice of either -  Calendar Option A or Calendar Option B

Click image to view full screen:

calendar option A. Click for PDF calendar option B - click to see PDF



We will receive feedback through February 16, 2018.

Click here to learn more: NC Public School Calendar Fact Sheet

Thank you.

January Extraordinary Readers of the Month
Mark Steelman

Honoring students in our district that have achieved the goals of being an “Extraordinary Reader.” One student from each of our 35 schools is honored during Celebrations for achieving reading success for January.

Honoring students in our district that have achieved the goals of being an “Extraordinary Reader.” One student from each of our 35 schools is honored during Celebrations for achieving reading success for January.

*Because this was on exam week, seniors were not present for pictures but they are listed below.

RSS District Readers of the Month with board of education

Extraordinary Readers from elementary schools, first group, with board of education

Extraordinary Readers from elementary schools, second group, with board of education

Extraordinary Readers from middle schools with board of education

All District Leaders

Elementary - Eulla Allen - 5th Grader Overton Elementary

Middle - Saeed Munassar - 8th Grader North Rowan Middle

High - Janet Martinez-Trujillo - 9th Grader West Rowan High

Elementary Students

Landon Morgan
Sarah Reeder
Nahriah Barber
Mason Overcash
Kamryn Tomlinson
Ahmed Baldwin
Jordan Bailey
Ariana Ramirez Cortes
Azaiyah Stinson
Sariah Laguardia
ZyNai Bailey
Carter Hendley
Kamden Phillips
Dylan Hale
Teresa Perez Salazar
Adrionna King
Eulla Allen
Noah Grooms
Caleb Fortune
Charlie Patton

Middle School Students

Joshua Owen
Taylor Darby
Savannah Suneson
Faith Geter
Saeed Munassar
Jessica Lachino Campean
Lacy Waggoner

High School Students

Logan Williams
Shatia Fewell
Antonia Quellhorst
Gilliam Corum
John Coello
Angel Lanier
Cameron Phillips
Janet Martinez-Trujillo

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