More Good News to Report This Week from the Classroom!

More Good News to Report This Week from the Classroom!

More good news to report this week from the classroom!

Congratulations to RJR senior, Eric Barefoot for being awarded the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill. We are so proud of you Eric, and we wish you all the best!

We reported a few weeks ago that Mr. Seth Beale was named Reynolds Teacher of the Year. This week we learned that Mr. Beale has been named a top 10 semifinalist for Teacher of the Year within our school system of more than 80 schools. Congratulations to Mr. Beale for this well-deserved recognition and for all the good you do for Reynolds students. We are honored to have you on faculty at RJR!

The Key Club is sponsoring a 24-hour basketball game and they are in need of players, especially girls! The game will be played Friday, March 30 (1st day of spring break) and is a fundraiser for Stop Hunger Now. If you are interested in playing or donating to the cause, please contact Mr. Beale, junior Chris Healy or any Key Club member. You can donate by the points scored, by the hours played or just by making a single donation. This is a competition between Mt.Tabor, Bishop McGuiness and Reynolds. Come on Demons . . . we need to win this one both with points on the board and dollars donated!

We look forward to the opening performance of the spring musical, The King and Ion Thursday, March 22. Hope you can join us for this great performance. We will need volunteers to take tickets at the door. If you can help with that, please let us know.

Hope everyone has a great week in this beautiful spring weather!


Scott and Jean Anne Semke

Co-Presidents PTSA

This week, our PTSA volunteers in the spotlight are Kathy and David Welch. They have served in a wide variety of volunteer roles over the past several years, including past PTSA presidents, college search, boys basketball, soccer and lacrosse team volunteers, and have been devoted student services volunteers over the span of six years! They are always ready to do whatever RJR needs done – from answering phones for a few hours in the summer, to planning and manning a concession stand, to a three-year PTSA leadership commitment! Kathy and David have given countless hours to ReynoldsHigh School, including many summer hours. Their two sons, alum, Austin (’10) and senior, Davis are spirit-filled Demons as well. With their younger son graduating this year, we wanted to stop and take a moment to thank the Welches for their deep dedication to R.J.ReynoldsHigh School. You led the way for many current volunteers and we thank you for setting such a great example for us to follow. ReynoldsHigh Schoolwill always remember the Welches with a smile full of gratitude!

The deadline for purchasing yearbooks has been extended.You may purchase one by going online to or by calling 1.866.287.3096. The order number is 10595 and you will need this for either option. Order your copy of the RJR yearbook today!

Registration closed on March 16th. Thank you for your preparedness for the meetings.

Your gift makes a difference…and every gift counts!

Last week we hit the big $120,000mark and this week, the R.J.ReynoldsSchool Improvement Team met to give some more of it away! A total of $6,500 of teacher “wishes” were granted as outlined below.

Balsa wood for our CTE classes to build structural systems / Technology materials to build things like rocket motors!! / Handheld generators, spring scales and other physical science equipment
AP Calculus Summer Institute fees / 2012 School Resource Officer conference fees / Projector bulbs
10 cases of AAA batteries / HP printer ink cartridges / AC chargers and adapters
Chemistry materials – including “things to blow up!” / Student resource materials for OCS year end portfolio presentations / Teacher’s literature for OCS Financial Management

It is so gratifying to be able to supply our teachers with the resources they need to better educate and engage our kids! We often wonder in the SIT meetings how other schools buy these critical supplies. Thanks to your generosity, we don’t have to worry about it!

Please contact us at if you have any Legacy questions!

--Lisa and Greg Carter


It's still NOT too late to get organized... agenda books are NOW FREE, while supplies last!We also have plenty copies of the RJR cookbook, “Amid the Pines” for only $12. Remember…we are open Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00 to 2:00. If you are interested in working in the shop, please contact Lisa Rowell at .

The annual Donate-to-Educate Goodwill Drive started Friday, March 9th and lasts until Monday, March 19th. The Goodwill truck will be openfor donations before school (8:00 - 8:30) and after school (3:45 - 4:30). The truck will also be open on both Saturdays, March 10thand 17th, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. This is our annual competition between area high schools so bring all of your donations . . . the heavier the better!! We want to bring the trophy back to RJR!! Tax forms are available.

The 2012 Baccalaureate service will be held on Sunday, June 3 at 7 p.m. in ArdmoreBaptistChurch. Seniors who wish to help plan and/or participate in the service should attend brief weekly planning meetings after school beginning Tuesday, April 17th. All meetings will be held in Mr. Allen’s room (210). If interested students cannot attend these meetings, please contact Jennifer Walldorf at .

Students interested in submitting artwork for the Baccalaureate program cover should contact one of the visual arts teachers.

Parents who would like to help with the Baccalaureate preparations should contact Kim Macon at .

Thanks for your support!

This week's R.J. Reynolds Student of the Week is James Llewellyn. James is being recognized by Ms. Hinny for going out of his way to help others. Thanks for making RJR great, James!

Do you have grant writing experience? If so, RJR needs your help. Please contact Melissa Fisch at or at 748-0290 for more information.

We had several talented students recognized at the county level for the Reflectionsarts contest this year. We also had one first place district level winner! These students received ribbons and certificates at a reception held on March 8. We are proud of these young people and their artistic endeavors!

Dance Choreography

2nd place: Kate McFalls

2nd place: Symone Thompson

3rd place: Katelyn King

HM: Sarah Hibbett

HM: Summer Saunders


2nd place: Cooper Erickson

Music Composition

2nd place: Jude Ampolini


1st place: Elizabeth Wallace **1st place, District **

2nd place: Ben Casstevens

Would you like to see a showcase of some of the finest dancers, singers and musicians at R.J. Reynolds? Then, mark your calendars for the annual Key Club Follies Talent Show on April13at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5 and children under 12 can enter for free. The money goes to support the Key Club and both local and global charities.

Key Club

2012 Basketball Marathon

WHAT: Reynolds and Mt.Tabor Key Clubs Basketball Marathon

WHEN: March 29th at 7 p.m. through March 30th at 7 p.m.

WHERE: RJ Reynolds High School Bryson Gymnasium

The Key Clubs of RJ Reynolds High School and MountTaborHigh School in Winston-Salemand BishopMcGuinnessHigh School in Kernersville recognize that hunger is one of the greatest challenges facing our world. These Key Clubs have decided to come together this year to raise money to feed hungry school children in Sub-Saharan Africa through the STOP HUNGER NOW program. The United Nation’s World Food Program proclaims “There are more people hungry in the World than the combined population of the US, Canada and the EU.” The numbers are staggering -- over 925 MILLION people live in a constant state of hunger. STOP HUNGER NOW is a Raleigh- based international hunger relief organization with a focus on distributing meals to hungry children in Sub-Saharan Africa through school lunch programs. The goal is to raise enough money for 20,000 meals. To raise the $5,000 needed for these meals, the Key Clubs of RJ Reynolds, Mount Tabor and Bishop McGuinness High Schools are joining forces to hold the first ever FORSYTH COUNTY KEY CLUBS BASKETBALL MARATHON. The Basketball Marathon will run for 24 hours with teams from RJ Reynolds High School and MountTaborHigh School facing off and Bishop McGuinness providing sideline support through Moralers. We are asking that everyone come out in support of our efforts. Financial donations are clearly needed. Please say yes when you are asked to contribute!

March 29th - April 4th:Disney/Universal Studios Trip

Final payments were due March 14th.

Questions? Please contact Mr. James at .

It's time to clean out closets and PhiloMagnetAcademy (6th-8th grade) would love your outgrown/underused clothes! They have a Standard Mode of Dress that includes khakis (pants, skirts, shorts, capris), collared shirts in white or navy, and belts. This School of Distinction has a diverse student body that includes many low-income students who may not be able to replenish their school clothes this late in the year. Philo reached out to Reynolds service clubs asking for help in stocking their clothes closet. If you have any of these items (children's large through adult extra large sizes), please deliver them to the collection bins outside the media center, by the guidance office and in the arts building. This effort is sponsored by the Reynolds Arts Service Club (RASCals).The collection deadline is March 29th.

After the semester change, class ranks were recalculated. Some juniors are now eligible for induction into the Reynolds chapter of the National Honor Society. Juniors who want more information can find the list of eligible students outside Mrs. Wood's room (215) from March 12 - 23. Eligible students should see Mrs. Wood for application information.

The University of South Carolina will visit Student Services at 2:30 on March 20th.

Attention students taking AP exams in May 2012: On Feb. 13th, the School Board amended its former AP grading policy: Students only need to pay for & take their first 3 AP exams in order not to drop a letter grade in their AP courses (i.e. A student is taking 6 AP classes, but elects to only take 3 AP exams. That student will not be penalized a letter grade in any of their AP classes). Also, if ReynoldsHigh School students cannot afford their AP exam fees, but wants to take the AP exams, please contact Dr. Amy Williams at 336-703-4146 or via email: . There are some funds available for students with documented financial need.

Congratulations to the 2011-2012

Student Government Representatives!

9th Grade: Hannah Semke and Joe Wilson

10th Grade: Alexus Acree, Kourtney Hardin, Lyndsay Wilcox & Mandy Wolfert

11th Grade: Margaret Carlson, Noah Caldwell-Gatsos,Peter HarrisonKate Sarfert

12th Grade: Eric Barefoot, Thomas Keshian, Anne O’Brien & Will Walldorf

These students are working hard to revitalize student government and make RJR a better place. We look forward to hearing more about your ideas and projects in the coming months! Thank you for caring about our school.

A group of parents is working tirelessly on having a stadium built for RJ Reynolds High Schoolat HanesPark. Your support is needed!

The group has partnered with the Winston-Salem Foundation while completing its own non-profit status.

Development of a website is in the works and should be rolled out in the next few weeks.

If you cannot donate financially, your donations of time or resources are just as important and helpful.

The group is looking for people who have all types of skills and experiences including writing grants, working on websites and contacting RJR alums who have moved away from Winston-Salem.

If you would like to donate, you can contact the Winston-Salem Foundation and refer to the RJR Home Field Advantage account.

The Dancing Boots are Giving Back!!

The RJR Dancing Boots willbe “stepping on some toes” as they“Take the Lead” for the BethesdaCenter for the Homeless at BentonConvention Center on Thursday, April 12th at 7:30 p.m.!

Since Take the Lead began in 2010, the event has raised nearly $300,000 for the BethesdaCenter for the Homeless, the largest emergency shelter for homeless men and women in ForsythCounty. In 2011, Bethesda served almost 800 of the community’s homeless, and has assisted more than 250 men and women in moving from shelters into their own housing during the last five years.


The easiest way is to VOTE FOR THE BOOTS! Votes are $10 each (the cost to Bethesda Center for providing a person with one day and night’s shelter, supplies and food). Voting began on February 23rd and will continue until the finale event on April 12th. Just click on the link below to vote for the Boots! Or, give your donation directly to a Boot and she will turn it into Bethesda!

The Boots are hard at work on their own Take the Lead video, but until that’s complete, check out the Take the Lead press conference video below to learn more about the event!


March 19V Softball vs. Parkland, 5:00
JV Soccer at Walkertown, 6:00

March 20JV Tennis at West Stokes, 4:30
V Tennis at MountTabor, 4:30

V Softball vs. West Forsyth, 5:00

V Girls Lacrosse at Glenn, 5:30

JV Baseball vs. West Forsyth, 6:00

V Baseball at West Forsyth, 7:00

V Boys Lacrosse at Glenn, 7:30

March 21V Tennis vs. Reagan, 4:30

JV Soccer vs. Reagan, 5:30

V Baseball at Southwest Guilford, 6:00

V Soccer vs. Western Guilford, 7:00

March 22V Golf at Pilot Knob, 3:30

JV/V Girls Lacrosse at MountTabor, 5:00/7:00

JV Baseball vs. Southwest Guilford, 6:00

March 23JV Tennis at Page, 4:30

V Track at MountTabor, 4:45

V Softball at Reagan, 5:00

JV/V Boys Lacrosse vs. MountTabor, 5:30/7:30

JV/V Soccer vs. DavieCounty, 5:30/7:00

JV Baseball at Reagan, 6:00

V Baseball vs. Reagan, 6:00

March 24JV Baseball vs. Hampton (PA), 11:00
V Baseball vs. Hampton (PA), 6:00

Sports physicals will be offered on Saturday, May 12 at 10:25. The cost is free but there is a suggested $10 donation. This is the best way to have your athletes’ physicals taken care of for the entire 2012-2013 school year.

On Wednesday, March 21st from 9-2 in the girl’s gym, the RJR Red Cross Club will be hosting…

There are two ways in which you can help the RCC make this drive a success:

  1. Invite your friends, family and neighbors to the drive to donate blood or become a part of the marrow registry.
  1. Make a tax-deductible donation online at