Your questions answered. We know that there are a lot of intricacies when navigating a new school, so we’ve put together some commonly asked questions to give you everything you need to know as a Reitz Memorial parent. If you have additional questions that you can’t find an answer to, please use the contact us page.
NEW STUDENT QUESTIONS
How do I access Sycamore?
New Reitz Memorial parents received an email from the Assistant Principal during the first week of June. The email contained login and password information for the 2019-2020 school year for new parents along with step-by-step instructions on how to login to Sycamore, access grades, and make lunch payments. If you have additional questions or are unable to login, please contact us at (812) 476-4973 ext. 2101.
How do I find my student’s schedule?
Schedules for the 2019-2020 school year will be available through Sycamore on July 12, 2019, to all those that have completed a FACTS payment agreement/paid their balance in full, the Consent to Drug and/or Alcohol Screening Test, and Emergency Information Card (one per family.) After July 12, 2019, schedules will be released individually, as the FACTS payments agreements are completed and required paperwork is returned.
How does block scheduling work?
Reitz Memorial runs on an alternate day block schedule that are referred to as White Days and Blue Days. Each student has four 85-minute periods each day throughout the year on alternating days. These White Days and Blue Days have been set in a fixed schedule for the school year (see 2019-2020 school calendar). An example schedule is provided below:
|TIME||BLUE DAY||WHITE DAY|
|7:35 AM – 9:00 AM||English||Geometry|
|9:07 AM – 10:32 AM||Theatre Arts||World History|
|10:37 AM – 12:38 PM||Biology||Spanish|
|12:45 PM – 1:15 PM||Homeroom||Homeroom|
|1:20 PM – 2:45 PM||Theology||2D Art|
* Student will have one of four 30-minute lunches during 3rd block
MBS TEXTBOOK ORDERING QUESTIONS
There have been a few quirks that have occurred with the transition to MBS, they have been alerted and are responding as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience as we work through these issues.
What is my login information for MBS Direct?
There is a glitch with the login option of MBS, which they are working to correct as soon as possible. Once corrected, use your student’s Sycamore ID to view the textbooks needed for their course list. In the meantime, families are able to select textbooks through the course list. Use your student’s schedule available in Sycamore.
What textbooks or resources have changed for the 2019-2020 school year?
Biology II Honors – “Photo Manual and Dissection Guide of the Cat” will not be used
Botany – No Textbook Needed
Driver’s Ed – New Textbook
Earth/Space Science – Class No Longer Offered
English 09 – “To Kill a Mockingbird” will not be used
Etymology – Will Use Classroom Set ($10 fee)
German I – Class No Longer Offered
German II – Class No Longer Offered
Health – Textbook Optional
Physics Honors – No Textbook Needed (free online textbook from Open Stax)
Psychology – Will Use Classroom Set
Principals of Business – New Textbook
Spanish I – New Online Textbook
Spanish II – New Online Textbook
Spanish III – New Online Textbook
Sophomore Theology – New Textbook, First Semester
(AP) US Govt. – “Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Political Issues” will not be used
US History – New Textbook(AP) World History – New Textbook
What is required for the Math courses?
Students will need to purchase the access code for MathXL (not for AP Calculus) as well as online textbook access code (physical textbook is optional.) Initially the textbook wasn’t visible on MBS, but they are working to correct this issue.
I see that there is a digital option for the English textbooks available through the school, how do I purchase an access code?
Yes, there is now the online text option for the English textbooks. These codes are $60 per course and are available for purchase through the online Spirit Store or the Spirit Store in the Business Office. Use the following link to purchase.
Why is the Health textbook is listed as “optional?” It has been required is past years.
Beginning this school year, the Health textbook is not required.
Why does the Sophomore Theology first semester textbook look different from previous years?
Introduction to Scripture is a new 1st semester course for sophomores. Therefore, this is the new text for that course.
Why does the US History textbook on MBS have a different cover and ISBN number than previous years?
We were notified by MBS after the fact that the US History text was out of print, and needed to be updated. Students will need to purchase the new US History textbook.
Why does the Principals of Business textbook have a different cover and ISBN number than previous years?
We were notified by MBS after the fact that the Principal of Business text was out of print, and needed to be updated. Students will need to purchase the new textbook for this course.
Why does the Sociology textbook on MBS have a different cover and ISBN number than previous years?
Sociology was another one of those text that MBS notified us about being out of print. Students can use the new or previous version of the textbook for this course.
Why does the Psychology course list a class fee instead of a textbook?
The teacher has decided to use a classroom set after learning about the high cost of the new textbook. This solution provides the course material at a minimal cost to our families.
START OF SCHOOL YEAR QUESTIONS
What are the requirements for yearly enrollment?
Full payment of the balance due for tuition, fees, and cafeteria account from prior academic years; Payment of the enrollment fee for continuing students; Completion of a payment agreement with FACTS or full payment of tuition and fees for 2019-2020; Return of the signed Consent to Drug and/or Alcohol Screening Test and Emergency Information Card
What supplies does my student need for each class?
Unless otherwise specified by the teacher, students are expected to bring paper (notebook or binder with loose leaf paper), pens, pencils, highlighters, laptop, textbooks (including access to digital format), and workbooks to class daily. The 2019-2020 Supply List contains those items required or recommended outside the standard class items.
How do I order textbooks for my student?
Reitz Memorial has partnered with MBS Direct to provide a customized online bookstore. To order from MBS Direct or to view the required textbooks for individual courses, complete the following steps:
• Visit our Online Bookstore
• Select your courses from your schedule
• View your course materials and select your preferred format
• Check out
• Select Guaranteed Buyback titles and save up to 70% off your course materials.
How do I order uniforms for my student?
Uniform polos (which are worn during the first and fourth quarters), white and light blue oxford shirts (which are worn during the second and third quarters), 1/4-zip pullovers, sweaters and PE uniforms are available for purchase from the RMHS Spirit Store. Oxford shirts can be purchased elsewhere, however, they can not have a monogram or trademark emblem.
What medical information does the school need?
State law requires that all students provide documentation of immunizations. If your child is a student athlete, they are required to complete and return a physician certified IHSAA Physical Form to the Reitz Memorial Athletic Office. We also request an Action Plan on file for serious medical conditions. Epilepsy/Seizure, Asthma, Allergies requiring Epinephrine, Cardiac, and Diabetes are just some examples. Sample Action Plans are available on the Forms and Document Tab, or you can provide a plan prepared by your child’s specialist.
What immunizations are required for student enrollment?
Students in all grades are required to meet the minimum immunization requirements. The statement from your physician must include the student’s name and date of birth, the vaccine given and date (month/day/year) of each immunization. Reitz Memorial requires that this information must be on file on or before the first day of school.
Visit the Indiana State Department of Health for the 2019/2020 Required and Recommended School Immunizations
How do I apply for free and reduced meals and textbook assistance for my student?
The application request for free and reduced meals and textbook assistance is available starting July 1, 2019. This State issued application will be sent to all families and is accessible through the Forms and Document Tab.
What is FACTS?
FACTS is a tuition management company that provides flexible payment plan options to families.
What is the deadline to register with FACTS?
Families will received an email notification from FACTS in late May to register and complete a payment agreement. This must be done by June 30, 2019, as your student’s enrollment is not final until tuition is paid in full or a payment agreement has been completed.
What are my options for paying Tuition?
Reitz Memorial offers five payment options for Tuition:
- Payment in Full by July 5, 2019
- Semester Payments – half tuition and all fees due on July 5, 2019; half tuition due on December 5, 2019
- 10 Monthly Payments – 1/10 tuition and all fees due on the parent’s choice of either July 5, 2019 or July 22, 2019; 9 additional monthly payments to follow
- Semi-Monthly Payments – 1/20 tuition and all fees due on July 5, 2019, 1/20 tuition due on July 22, 2019; 18 additional semi-monthly payments to follow
Are tuition payments still accepted at Reitz Memorial?
Payment through FACTS is encouraged, but payments are always accepted at the Reitz Memorial Business Office.
What fees need to be paid in addition to Tuition?
General Fee, Activity Fee, Technology Fee, Class Fees (when applicable), Graduation Fee (seniors only), and Payment Option Fee (when applicable) is to be paid in full by the tuition due date
What if I have a balance in my account from the 2018-2019 school year?
Registration for the upcoming school year will not be completed until all balances from the prior year, including cafeteria accounts, have been paid in full. Failure to address these balances by the FACTS registration deadline may result in the student(s) not be admitting to Reitz Memorial High School.
What is FinalForms and how do I register my student?
FinalForms allows you to complete and sign athletic participation forms for your students. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season to season and year to year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time. You may review your data at any time to verify it is current. You will be required to sign your forms once per year and after any update.
Am I required to use Final Forms?
ALL parents of athletes are required to use FinalForms to register students for Athletic participation at Reitz Memorial High School for the 2019-2020 school year. Visit reitzmemorial-in.finalforms.com to set-up or update your account. You will need the following information when registering a new student: basic medical history, insurance company/policy number, doctor/dentist contact information, and hospital preference. If you require any support during the process scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Use Support”.
As part of Reitz Memorial’s commitment to providing an educational environment that prepares students for college and life in the workforce, we have incorporated technology within our curriculum with the, “bring your own device” initiative.
What are the technology guidelines for my student’s device?
A laptop is required beginning the first day of school. The following are the minimum specifications for a device to be used during the school year: Windows 10/Mac OS 10.4 or better, 4 GB RAM, 128+ GB Hard Drive, less than 5 lbs., 15” screen or smaller, 8+ hours of battery life.
Can my child use their phone at school?
Yes, with teacher permission. But, students cannot use their phone as their primary device. The use of a cell phone in class is still left to the discretion of the classroom teacher. School policy states that phones are to be “parked” while in the classroom, unless authorized by a teacher for educational purposes.
Will students be able to charge their device at school?
Students are expected to have a fully charged device at the beginning of the day. Charging capabilities vary depending on the classroom.
Will my child be expected to bring their device every day?
Just as a student is expected to bring course materials required by the teacher, i.e. books, calculator, notebook, etc., they are also expected to have a charged device in classes, if indicated by the teacher. Students are also able to use their device for note taking and other educational purposes.
How will the teachers incorporate the use of the device in class?
Teachers will expect students to be proficient in using their own device, with the expectation of its use for basic educational needs (research, word-processing, presentations, and data display and management [i.e., Excel-type program]). In addition, teachers will expect students to work effectively in collaboration with other students to illustrate and/or communicate what they have learned, and to create products that demonstrate that learning.
How will my child access the network while at school?
Each student will receive a unique access code which is distributed during new student orientation.
What options does my child have if we don’t have WiFi at home?
Even if they do not have WiFi at home, a student can go to any building or local institution that offers free WiFi (i.e., library, Starbucks, etc.) in order to access work saved on the virtual Cloud. Because they will have access to the network while at school, they would be able to complete work anywhere on campus before or after school.
Is there an acceptable use policy for the school?
Yes. The acceptable use policy can be found in the Parent-Student Handbook. It outlines behaviors and actions that are expected of students.
What will prevent students from accessing inappropriate sites?
Filtering and monitoring software is controlled through the network administration and access point controls.
What is the school issued email address?
All students will be assigned a standard individualized Reitz Memorial Gmail address allowing expanded collaboration and communication. Students should set up forwarding processes if they would like to maintain the use of another email address.
How will my child print necessary work at school?
Students who want to print documents at school may use the computers in the Witting Media Center. They will not be able to access school printers from their individual device.
What are my student’s options for carrying their computer throughout the school day?
Messenger bags/Computer bags:
Students should have a suitable small laptop bag or computer sleeve with ample padding to protect their device when on the move. No backpacks/bookbags are permitted in class. Students should not bring their device to P.E.