May 29 - Updates


May 29 - Updates

May 29, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We have finished our last full week of the 2019-2020 school year and concluded all new instruction for the year. Just over two months ago, we were forced to make a dramatic shift in learning styles in a matter of days and I want to once again share my sincere thanks and appreciation to teachers, staff, students, parents and guardians for the efforts you have put in over the last two months.

Today was the final day for seniors at Rocky River High School and we look forward to honoring and recognizing them next Friday, June 5 with a Virtual Commencement video and parade around the community. On Tuesday night, the Rocky River Pirate flag was featured on the Channel 3 FrontRow newscast at 7:00pm as part of the station’s efforts to recognize seniors at local schools. You can view the introduction to Tuesday’s newscast that mentioned Rocky River High School and the Class of 2020 here.

Here are today’s updates.

Online Learning

  • Today marked the final day of new instruction.
  • The final week of school (June 1-4) will be used for the completion of instruction, online meetings with students to provide additional academic support, completion of assignments, and to allow teachers a chance to plan fun virtual activities for their classes.

Lunches for Next Week (June 1-5)

  • The Nutrition Services team will offer boxed lunches for students in grades K-12 next week (June 1-5). If you are interested in ordering lunches for your child(ren), please fill out this form. The form will need to be filled out more than once if you are requesting lunches for more than one child.
  • All orders must be submitted by 6:00pm on Sunday, May 31.
  • Drive through pick-up will be on Monday, June 1, between 11:30am-12:30pm at Rocky River Middle School.
  • This will be the final week of lunch distribution. A list of summer feeding sites throughout Ohio will be shared next week.
  • Thank you to Nutrition Services Supervisor Tina Wasserbauer and her staff for providing this service to families during the extended school closure.

Special Education Services

  • Special education services for students will continue through the last day of school.
  • Online service delivery aligned with each students' identified needs continues and will continue through the last day of school.
  • Related services and therapies are also being provided via distance learning.
  • If you have questions regarding assignments or workload please contact your child's case manager.

Materials Pick-up and Drop-off

  • We will be providing students and families an opportunity to pick up items from their respective schools and also drop off any district-owned materials at the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • The district administrative team has worked closely with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health on these plans to implement measures and make this process safe and efficient for students, staff, and families.
  • To view the complete schedule for drop-off and pick-up at each school, please click here.
  • A reminder that RRHS seniors will drop-off and pick-up materials on Monday, June 1.
  • If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the building principal.

RRMS Principal’s Award Ceremony

  • The Rocky River Middle School Principal’s Award Ceremony took place virtually on Thursday. 
  • The award is given to students who earn all A’s during the time they were instructed at Rocky River Middle School.
  • This year’s program and a video announcing the 19 recipients of the prestigious award can be viewed here.
  • Thank you to the RRMS teachers who made special surprise deliveries of the awards to students on Thursday evening.                               

RRHS and McKeon Group Summer Counseling Hours

  • The Rocky River High School Counseling Department will once again offer summer hours this year for students in grades 9-12.
  • In addition, the McKeon Education Group will offer summer hours for students in Grades K-12.
  • For more information, dates of availability, and how to schedule appointments, please click here.

PTA Fundraiser - Performance Activity Masks

  • The Rocky River City School District PTA has put together a fundraiser and will be selling Rocky River branded Performance Activity Masks through District Won. The fundraiser will be live through June 7 and benefits each PTA unit as well as the Athletics Department.
  • When ordering, a drop-down menu will appear when quantities are ordered, allowing patrons to select which PTA unit they would like to support.
  • The PTA unit will receive $2.00, athletics will receive $1.00, and an additional portion of the proceeds will benefit first responders.
  • Please click here to visit the site to order online.

Last Day of School Signs

  • In advance of the last day of school on Thursday, June 4, the district has created Last Day of School signs for students in preschool through Grade 12.
  • We encourage you to print out the sign and share your last day of school photos using the hashtag #RrSchoolsLastDay.
  • To print out your Last Day of School sign, please click here.

Goldwood Teacher Jessica Dessoffy Receives Hero of Distance Learning Award

  • Last week, Goldwood Primary School teacher Jessica Dessoffy was named a Hero of Distance Learning by Cox Communications and earned a $1,000 award for a virtual classroom makeover.
  • Jessica was honored for demonstrating continued excellence while conducting virtual instruction and was featured in a article this week.


  • Please click here to visit our FAQ website. 
  • If you have a question regarding the extended school closure and COVID-19, please click here to submit it.

I hope you and your families continue to stay safe and healthy and have a great weekend.

Thank you for your continued support of the Rocky River City School District.


Dr. Michael G. Shoaf

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