Congratulations to the 2014 National Honor Society Inductees

NHSRoanoke-Benson High School’s annual dinner and induction ceremony for the Roanoke-Benson Chapter of the National Honor Society will be held Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6:00 p.m., in the high school study hall. Membership in the National Honor Society is the highest recognition a public school can bestow upon its students.

To be eligible for membership consideration, students must have at least a cumulative grade point average of 10 (B+) on a twelve-point scale. Additionally, potential members must meet high standards of leadership, service, and character. A five-member faculty council determines membership. Leadership is based on the student’s participation in community or school activities or election to an office. To meet the service requirement, the student should be active in school and community service projects. Character is measured in terms of integrity, behavior, ethics, and cooperation with both students and faculty.

This year ten students will be inducted into the Society:

    • Clayton Barth
    • Madeline Blunier
    • Nichole Daugherty
    • Nicholas Hoffman
    • Abigail Hubner
    • Derek Kennell
    • Madison Leman
    • Curt Moser
    • Tiffany Mullins
    • Sadie Schneider

Roanoke-Benson High School’s faculty and staff congratulate our new inductees.

Congratulations Steve Hayes – PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator


Congratulations to Mr. Steve Hayes, R-B schools band director, for being named as one of the 100 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators.  This is a very competitive and prestigious award.  More information about this designation can be found at:

PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator

Mr. Hayes has been and continues to be an innovative leader in the field of educational technology.  He is an innovative educator who uses all of his skills to enhance the educational opportunities of his students.  Mr. Hayes is a very deserving recipient of this honor.  Congratulations Mr. Hayes! Roanoke-Benson schools are very proud of your achievements.

Mr. Hayes – because of you it is a great day to be a Rocket!

State Vaccination Requirement Update

Attention parents of Sophomores and younger students: Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, the State of Illinois will be requiring all students entering 6th & 12th grades to show proof of having received the meningitis (meningococcal) vaccination. 6th graders will need one, while 12th graders will need two: one after age 11 and one after age 16. A 12th grader may come to school with only one shot if it was after age 16.

This is a new requirement for parents to be aware of. Previously, no new immunizations were required for Seniors.

RBHS Students are Globally Connected Learners

A generation ago, students would complete their assignments, turn them in to their teachers, and that would be the end of it. Today, with the digital technology available to us, and RB60′s BYOT initiative, RBHS students are globally-connected learners.

Here are three recent examples of innovative changes in pedagogy that are resulting in RBHS students becoming globally-connected learners!

Learning Doesn’t Stop on a Snow Day.

After students got the news that RB60 was closed on January 21, Mr. Wernz’s AP US History students received the emails from Mr. Wernz explaining how the snow day would affect their class schedule. (Note: “APUSH” = “Advanced Placement U.S. History.”  “Peer review” – Students use Google docs to electronically comment on other students’ written reports.)

Since today is slotted as a peer review day for the Carnegie DBQ, please try to provide any feedback that you can to others (and I will be doing the same). If you desire to have comments from me concerning your DBQ, ensure you have content composed by noon today.
There will be no time on Wednesday for peer review (I will be printing your DBQs’ after school on Wednesday if you need a little more time). Wednesday I/we will discuss some of the major objectives of Chapter 25 (ensure you are reading). Thursday will be a document discussion day of Booker T. Washington’s Exposition Address in Atlanta and an objective wrap up of chapter 25. Friday will be a quiz over chapter 25 (quiz will be independent) and an introduction to chapter 26 (objectives) will occur.
Let me know if you have any questions and please try to enjoy your time away from school.
Mr. Wernz
P.S. Some time this week make sure I get to see your notes from Chapter 23 and 24.”
Publishing Videos 
Parents, who studied a foreign language in high school, no doubt remember speaking that language within classroom.  In Mrs. McClure’s Spanish classes, students are creating videos and posting them to YouTube.  (I think Michelle Ulrich should get an acting award!) 

Globally-Connected Scientists 

Mr. Barth’s sciences students are not just writing papers and turning them in. No, Mr. Barth’s science students are sharing with the world what they are learning about fruit flies.

Mr. Barth students have created classroom Twitter accounts, and are ‘tweeting’ their scientific hypothesis and discoveries about fruit flies.

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