Back-To-School Info

Please refer to the information listed on this page as we begin the 2020-2021 academic year. Additionally, certain items, such as student-specific information or forms, may be located in our new educational management system, Blackbaud.
 
Note: the bolded headers in black text below are expandable information sections. Please click the bolded text to expand those sections to reveal additional information about the selected topic.
 
Forms and Surveys
Each year, we are required to survey our current families to understand which languages are spoken at the home. This provides crucial demographic data for the California Department of Education to ensure that all students and cultures are treated equitably within our educational system.
 
Please fill out any version of the survey below and return it to your advisor:
 
If you are interested in utilizing school-provided transportation upon our eventual return to campus, please refer to the information packet below and fill out our transportation survey. Although we recognize a higher degree of certainty regarding current events, we ask that you complete this form to the best of your ability using current information available.
 
We will continue to provide updates and additional information regarding items like procedures and cost as we adapt our plans as necessary. We appreciate your patience as we continue with our planning for a safe return to campus.
 
 
Calendars, Schedules, and Events
Back-to-School Night is taking place this Wednesday, September 2, beginning at 5 PM. Please read this week's Friday Letter to access the Zoom link for the welcome session, the Back-to-School Night Schedule, and the Zoom directory that will help you navigate classes throughout the evening's schedule. For security purposes, we cannot post Zoom links directly to our website.
 
Please note that all future dates listed on the "Important Dates" document are either subject to change or cancelation due to public health concerns surrounding COVID-19. For more information and updates, please visit RollingHillsPrep.org/coronavirus.
 
A list of important dates, including holidays and breaks is available by clicking below. Please note that items on this list may change, however, any changes that occur will take place prior to the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. 
 
 
 
Click the link below to access the academic calendar for 2020-2021. Please note that all dates are subject to change and we will update and notify the community if significant changes do occur with dates or events listed on this calendar.
 
Click the link below to access the weekly schedule that we will be using for the 2020-2021 school year. Please note that this structure may change if any significant developments occur regarding online or in-person learning in the future.

Click here to access the Weekly Schedule Structure for 2020-2021
Back-To-School Night 2020 will be hosted virtually on Wednesday, September 2 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Zoom links to the event will be distributed that week via our standard approach to Zoom invitations.
 
Community Information
Please refer to the document linked below regarding the methods of communication for both schools throughout the year. This document may be referenced year-round on the website under the "Community" tab on both the "Current Parents" and the "Current Students" web pages.
 

Advancement Office

The Advancement Office at Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools works to connect members of our community, while supporting the academic work of the Schools. Through annual fundraising efforts for both The Husky Fund and our Scholarship Fund, in addition to our Husky Golf Classic in October and our Gala in February, we raise over $1 million to support our operating budget and scholarship fund. We also help with efforts on a variety of capital endeavors. We foster and maintain relationships among parents, students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the Schools, and we represent the Schools in print and digital communications. Located in the Administration Building, we’d love to hear from you if you have any questions or needs.

Meet the Team…

 

 
Sue Mathews
Associate Head of School for
Advancement
w 310-791-1101 ext. 156 or direct 424-570-3475
c 310-340-4469  
 
Sue oversees all advancement activities, with a focus on raising critical support, like THE HUSKY FUND, for our Schools. Working with the Board and administration, she helps to develop and execute all initiatives for giving, developing a strong community of support.
 
Krista Maire
Associate Director of Advancement
w 310-791-1101 ext. 103
 
Krista oversees all major event planning for our Schools, including the Husky Golf Classic, our Gala, and Grandparents’ Day. She serves as liaison to the Parents Association and our Alumni, helping maintain our strong sense of community.
 
Jennifer Hoffman 
Advancement Associate
w 310-791-1101 ext. 109
 
Handling all fundraising tracking and acknowledging of gifts, Jen also helps with all things advancement. She assists with all events and builds community in every way.
 
Cameron Rogers ’08
Director of Marketing and Communications
W 310-791-1101 ext. 143  
 
Cameron oversees all print and digital communications for our Schools. This includes our website, design, and production of all marketing and admissions materials. He is also our resident photographer and videographer.

 

 

THE HUSKY FUND – Everyone Participates!

For our HUSKY FUND, 100% parent participation opens funding opportunities for us in many other ways – it’s one of the first questions we are asked when applying for outside grants. THE HUSKY FUND initiative is critical and is the single most important fundraising effort during each school year. Like many non-profit independent schools, we rely on the generosity of our community to support our missions and continue to deliver on our high standards of excellence in teaching and learning. While there are so many worthwhile causes, giving to THE HUSKY FUND is one of the very few that directly benefits our students, teachers, and the day-to-day operations of the schools.

 

We ask you to support THE HUSKY FUND to the best of your ability each year, as early in the school year as you can, and we truly hope that all our families participate. All donations are tax-deductible and are put directly into the current school year’s budget for a broad range of essential items such as academic programs, technology, financial aid, athletics, arts. It helps us pay our teachers and turn the lights on. Remember – it’s the participation that matters. We can raise more funds for our schools if we all participate. Let’s get to 100%!

 

Ways to Give

Online

RollingHillsPrep.org/Giving

Mail or In-Person 

One Rolling Hills Prep Way

San Pedro, CA 90732

Phone/Stock/Wire Transfer

Sue Mathews - (310)340-4469

 

Academics
Summer assignments are now available for the 2020-2021 academic year. Both new and returning students are expected to complete the assigned coursework based on the courses they will be participating in during the 2020-2021 school year.
 
As we head into Distance Learning for the 2020-2021 school year, we ask that all parents and students read and acknowledge the policies and procedures expected of our community. 
 
Click the following links to access course supply lists for the 2020-2021 school year. Please note that many of the lists are intended for specific programs or courses and families are only expected to purchase items relevant to their programs and course selections.
 
Student Life
Our School Counseling Program is guided by the Four Pillars – Disciplined Minds, Sound Character, Healthy Bodies, and Creative Spirits. It is our mission to enable all students to experience educational success by providing guidance in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social growth; counseling to help students overcome challenges that interfere with learning; and advocacy for an environment that supports high achievement for all students. We strive to achieve this through the delivery of a variety of services intended to enhance personal and academic effectiveness, interpersonal growth, emotional support in crises conditions, and promote a healthy school environment.
 
We encourage all parents to read the school counseling letter linked below. If for any reason you want to opt-out of counseling services for your child, there is a form at the end of the letter to do so.

Click here to access the School Counseling Letter and Opt-out Form
Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools continue to be compliant with all Title IX anti-discrimination and reasonable accommodation statutes. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. We ask that all parents and students read and acknowledge the following documents regarding Title IX and anti-discrimination policies.
 
Any questions or comments may be directed to our Title IX coordinators:

Christina Morse - Director of Student Life
CMorse@RollingHillsPrep.org | (310) 791-1101 ext. 167
 
Yolanda Holguin - Human Resources Manager
YHolguin@RollingHillsPrep.org | (310) 791-1101 ext. 146
 
 
Title IX and Anti-Discrimination Documents:
Visual and Performing Arts
The Arts and Design Department has been diligently collaborating throughout the summer to adapt and restructure the program in ways that will ensure the high quality of Arts education will continue whether we are all together on campus or coming together virtually. Each teacher is assembling custom designed kits of materials to invigorate hands-on learning at home. We have restructured our music department to ensure the continuity of our voice and band programs, and our performances have been reimagined to allow for online streaming and collaboration. 
We have restructured our music department to ensure the continuity of our voice and band programs (click the link below for more information), and our performances have been reimagined to allow for online streaming and collaboration. 
 

Virtual Auditions for All School Musical  

Auditions are open to students Grades 5-12 and will be held 

by appointment only Aug. 31 3:00 – 5:00 & Sept. 1 3:30 – 5:15 

 

Council for Change – Superheroes of Song, Dance and Music 

Plot: A group of student social activists, newscasters and reporters who call themselves the Council for Change, investigate, write copy and report on social issues of our times.  During the virtual broadcast December 10 & 11, a collective of superheroes - muses with gifts of song, dance and music perform musical theatre standards and pop hits that connect to the topics being reported on. 

             

For your audition: 

  • Actors: will perform/read sides that we will provide. 
  • Singers: will be asked to sing a prepared 16 bars of music if you have singing experience, or if needed, Mr. Rancont will provide you with a familiar short song.  
  • Dancers: please prepare 16 bars of dance.  
  • Musicians: please prepare 16 bars of music on the instrument of your choice.  

  

You can select one focus, Acting, Singing, Dancing or Music, or if you have multiple talents you will be able to audition for any of the above. 

 

 

RSVP to AUDITION by AUGUST 19 

To audition: please email Mr. Robinson srobinson@rollinghillsprep.org.   

 

Please note your interest in ACTING SINGING DANCE AND/OR MUSIC in your email. You will then be contacted with virtual audition times and given audition materials as needed.  

Athletics

On behalf of the Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance athletic department, we would like to share with you the new potential start dates for the 2020-2021 Husky athletic season. We are hopeful in having the opportunity to continue to compete this school year:

Sport

Start Date

Football

December 14th, 2020

Baseball

March 19th, 2021

Boy’s Basketball

March 12th, 2021

Girl’s Basketball

March 12th, 2021

Softball

March 19th, 2021

Girl’s Volleyball

December 19th, 2020

Golf

March 20th, 2021

Boy’s Soccer

February 27, 2021

Girl’s Soccer

February 27, 2021

Cheerleading

December 14th, 2020

 

 

We are also looking to begin developing team rosters and gauge interest in our athletic programs for the upcoming season. If you are interested in playing a sport, new and returning students, please reach out to our coaching staff. We greatly look forward to seeing you back on campus for another year of Husky athletics!



Sport

Coach

Email

Football

Dan Spahr

dspahr@rollinghillsprep.org

Baseball

Matt Trites

trites@gmail.com

Boy’s Basketball

Harvey Kitani

hkitani@rollinghillsprep.org

Girl’s Basketball

Rachael Nagel

rnagel@renaissancesas.org

Softball

Val Ramirez

coachval17@gmail.com

Girl’s Volleyball

Alison Stagnaro

astagnaro@rollinghillsprep.org

Golf

Athletic Department

hkitani@rollinghillsprep.org

Boy’s Soccer

Sean Robertson

robertson@tmmc.com

Girl’s Soccer

Jesse Hiraki

jhiraki@rollinghillsprep.org

Cheerleading

Bobbi Spahr

bspahr@rollinghillsprep.org

 

Although the CIF has delayed fall athletic seasons, we look forward to a robust year of competition and success in all of our sports teams. The full letter from CIF detailing their plans can be found below. Look forward to hearing more about all of these initiatives as we progress towards our orientation and back to school week in late August. 
 
All upper school athletes are required to receive a physical examination and their doctor must complete this physical examination form to participate. This form is available year-round on the "Athletic Program" page of the website if you need to reference it at a later time.