"RMS Newsletter Feb 2010"
R I V E R S I D E M I D D L E S C H O O L The Royal Report February 2010 The Newsletter of the Riverside Middle School PTSA, Greer, SC Vol. XI, Issue 7 Mark your calendar... Message from the Principal • 4/30 - 4th Qtr. Progress Reports February Dear Parents: • 2/18 - Family Fun Night - Silent The school board gave first approval of changing the start Auction - Model UN & Talent Show • 2/19 - 3rd Qtr. Progress Reports and end time for middle schools for next year. They will vote one • 2/23 - 2/25 - ITBS Testing more time before final approval. I expect this to pass for next year. • 2/26 - Ice Cream Sundae Sale We wrote a grant application for a “Making Middle Grades • 2/26 - Black History Assembly Work” through the state department of education and we were March successful in obtaining this grant. The survey requires us to • 3/2 - 2010-2011 Curriculum Night for randomly pick sixty 8th grade students. We will give them the survey Rising 6th, 7th, 8th Graders 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday and Thursday. • 3/8-3/12 - Book Fair • 3/11 - PTSA Board Mtg. 9 a.m. The month of March is very busy due to MAP testing, PASS • 3/16-17 - PASS Writing testing, IGP and the book fair. Please encourage your child to be in • 3/18 - SIC Meeting school each day. Check with the front office if your child has an • 3/19 - Ice Cream Sundae Sale appointment and will need an early dismissal during testing. • 3/19 - Spring Fling Dance & Pep Rally • 3/22 - 3rd Qtr. Grading Period Ends • 3/22-26 - SPIRIT WEEK Ron Harrison, Principal, Riverside Middle School • 3/25 - Spirit Night @ Fuddruckers • 3/29 - 4/2 - Spring Break April • 4/7 - 3rd Qtr. Report Cards • 4/8 - PTSA Board Mtg. 9 am Keep Reading for the following important news: • 4/12 - Greenville Drive Reading All- Stars Celebration Game • PTSA President’s Message • 4/14 - A/B Honor Roll Assembly • Auction & Talent Show • 4/23 - Ice Cream Sundae Sale • Testing Schedule • 4/29 - Volunteer Appreciation Lunch • Registration Information • Library News RMS VOLUNTEERS BOOK FAIR IS • Reﬂections Contest Winners • PTSA Membership RMS Volunteer Website: COMING • Spirit Week Schedule • Career Guidance News http://rmsvolunteer.publishpath.com/ MARCH 8-12 • Greenville Drive Reading All Stars Contest JOIN US IN 2010 MEDIA CENTER 1 February 2010 -- The Riverside Middle School Royal Report R I V E R S I D E M I D D L E S C H O O L PTSA President’s Message If things go as we hope, you are reading this before February 18th, RMS Family Fun Night! If so, we hope you will grab your family and go! If you are reading this after the 18th, we hope you went and ate well and enjoyed the many things the evening had to offer. It's hard to believe it's mid-February already, and in the school world that means it's time to start thinking about next year! Registration for next year's classes is coming up and it's time for us to start making decisions about what our PTSA will do in 2010-11: what kinds of fund-raising we will do, how we will spend what we have, what kinds of decisions and plans will be made that will affect our RMS students and families in the year to come and beyond. If you would like to have a say in how these important issues, which affect us all, are decided, want to be "in the loop" of how RMS runs and want to give back something of what we all receive from the school and the PTSA, please consider joining the Board -- there are many ways to help, no matter what your schedule, talents or preferences. It's not difficult, you have tremendous support, we were all new at it once, and the rewards are great. Keep in touch with us and let us know what we can do for you and you can do for us. As always, thank you for all you do! Barbara Stacy, President Diana Farrall, 1st VP/Pres.–elect email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Annual RMS Silent Auction & Family Fun Night! Thursday, February 18, 2010 tion Tale ilen t Au c Riverside Middle School nt S how S Silent Auction begins at 4:00 pm (Closes 15 minutes after Talent Show ends) Dinner 5:30 - 7:00 Pre-order by 2/16 Model UN Festival of Nations in Media Ctr. Talent Show 6:30 - 7:30 pm Brief PTSA Meeting - 6:00 pm • BID on Fabulous Items at Great Prices (Weekend getaways, Food, Entertainment, Discounts on Orthodontia, Teeth Whitening and Cosmetic Dermatology, Hair Care, Manicures, Soccer, Football, Fitness, Housecleaning, Florist, Gift Baskets, Household Items, to name just a few!) There will be great deals to be had on everyday necessities and splurges you can't help but bid on. Tell your friends, grab a neighbor or two and don't forget your checkbook! • SUPPORT Our School and PTSA Donat • SKIP Cooking and Feed the Family Volunte ions & ers Nee • WATCH AND ENJOY Your Talented Children & Their Friends Perform ded • RELAX With Your Family & Friends and ENJOY the evening We are working hard and still seeking volunteers and donations for the auction to make this year's auction better than ever. Please watch your children's backpacks, check www.greeville.k12.sc.us/riverms regularly and often, listen for school announcements for upcoming news and information, and to order dinner. Please contact us if you have items or services to donate to the auction or would like to pitch in and help. Contact us at email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com 2 February 2010 -- The Riverside Middle School Royal Report CONGRATULATIONS PTSA Membership.. it's never too late to join REFLECTIONS CONTEST WINNERS Thanks once again to all the parents, teachers, staff members , AT NE PTSA COUNCIL LEVEL! students and friends who have already joined the PTSA @ RMS for the 2009-2010 school year; we appreciate your support! And for those of you who have not yet joined, it's never too late. Each and Dance choreography: Jada Haynes - 2nd place every membership is so important to our school. For just $5.00 you'll Literature: Stephanie Hong - 3rd place join an organization that is truly committed to doing great things to Music Composition: Erin Delperdang - 3rd place help further the education of our children. Through activities, Video Production: Karly Klaeser - 2nd place fundraisers and projects, the PTSA provides opportunities and materials for our students which might otherwise be unattainable. By Photography: Karly Klaeser - 1st place joining you'll be showing our children the importance you place on Visual Arts: Carsyn Osiecki - 3rd place education - especially theirs! RMS had a winner in every category! These Membership forms are accessible on the RMS website: go to RMS winners will go on to represent RMS at the home page/Parents/PTSA then click on the blue highlighted membership form; simply print the form and return to your child's District and State level. homeroom teacher along with $5.00 for each membership. COMING THIS MARCH -- SPIRIT WEEK 2010 Riverside Middle School 615 Hammett Bridge Road Principal Counselors Guidance Clerk Media Center Greer, SC 29650 Ron Harrison Casey Noble Cindy Dill 355-7905 6th Gr. Counselor 355-7904 Website: Assistant Principals 355-7916 Transportation www.greenville.k12.sc.us/riverms James Gardner School Nurse Taylors Bus Meg Stovall Lynn Truitt Rudie Ivester Center Damon Barnhill 7th Gr. Counselor 355-7907 355-7330 Main School Number 355-7915 355-7900 Secretary Food Services Mary Higgins Marjorie Hintalla 355-7908 Main School Fax 355-7902 8th Gr. Counselor 355-7918 355-7986 3 February 2010 -- The Riverside Middle School Royal Report R I V E R S I D E M I D D L E S C H O O L Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars is Underway! What and Why: The Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars program is a reading incentive program aimed at promoting reading and academic success among youth in Greenville. Who can participate: Any willing 6th – 8th grade student in Greenville County Public Schools. How it works: RMS students are required to read 400 pages (at an appropriate reading level for the student) between February 8 and March 5. If the students reach their reading goal they will qualify as a 2010 Greenville Drive Reading All-Star. Timing: The reading program will run for 4 weeks: February 8 through March 5. Students who complete the program will be honored at Fluor Field before the 7:00 PM Drive game on Monday, April 12. Students must place their completed reading logs in the collection box in the library no later than 3:30 p.m. on March 12. Eligible students will be reported to Greenville Drive on March 12 - no late logs will be accepted. Incentives for students: Each student who succeeds in reading their designated number of books will be honored at the designated Greenville Drive baseball game where they will: - receive free admission - recognition on the scoreboard - a parade around the outfield warning track - chance to throw the First Pitch - and a Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars t-shirt. From the Guidance Office Testing information: Grades 6, 7, 8: PASS testing (Palmetto Assessment of State Standards) for Writing will take place on March 16th and 17th for all 3 grades. Please have students bring two #2 pencils for each day of testing. All appointments need to be made after 12 p.m. on these days, as testing cannot be interrupted. 8th grade information: Registration: Online registration for all rising 9th graders will be from March 4th to March 19th. Parents are encouraged to attend all registration meeting at each high school. Information regarding dates can be located on our guidance department website. From the Career Guidance Ofﬁce: During 8th grade registration, all 8th graders will choose a career cluster to explore further this year and into high school. This cluster choice can be changed at any time of the student's choosing. Further information regarding choosing a cluster will go home prior to 8th grade registration. On March 3, 2010, approximately thirty 8th graders from Mr. Style's and Mrs. Wolfe's music classes will visit Anderson University. These students have been participating in a SIFE project with Anderson University. This project started before the Christmas break and the students have been working very hard on their projects. Parents of those students involved will be receiving further information the week of February 22, 2010. On March 12, 2010, approximately one hundred 8th graders will be visiting Greenville Technical College to participate in career exploration in health science, cosmetology, construction, and/or engineering. This will be a great trip to further explore careers in these areas. Mrs. Gosnell will be visiting all 8th grade social studies classes to discuss this trip and talk with students that are interested in participating! As you can see, there are many exciting things happening in career education at RMS! Holly Gosnell, GCDF, Career Specialist, Riverside Middle School 4 February 2010 -- The Riverside Middle School Royal Report On-line Student Registration District Information: Students Grades 6 – 12 Register Online for 2010-2011 Greenville, SC -- Online course registration for students entering grades 6 through 12 in 2010-2011 will be from March 4, 2010 through March 19, 2010. The process, known as Student Registration System (SRS), was implemented in 2004. SRS allows parents and students to request elective courses (related arts classes) for the next school year from home via the Internet. Families who do not have access to the Internet will be given opportunities to use school computers to register online. Using SRS will ensure that parents have the opportunity to assist their child in requesting elective courses and will allow school counselors and teachers more time for meetings with parents and students to discuss course content and placement issues. Parents and students should understand that requesting a course through SRS does not guarantee that the student is placed in the course the next school year. Final placement in a course is dependent upon enrollment, scheduling feasibility, and teacher allocation. Before the registration process begins in March, schools will give instructions to parents on accessing SRS from home. Schools will also post the course catalog on the school website so that parents may see what courses will be offered by their school for the following school year. Parents without Internet access at home may request a printed copy of the course catalog. They are strongly encouraged to contact the school to find out dates and times for using school computers to assist them in registering their child. For questions, parents should contact their child’s guidance office. Riverside Middle School Information: All students that will attend Riverside Middle School for the 2010-2011 school year must register on-line through the Student Registration System (SRS). SRS allows students to make requests for related arts courses through the internet. It also provides parents an opportunity to view their child’s academic course recommendations, which will be completed by the child’s current teachers prior to the system opening to students. Any concerns about academic placement should be discussed with the current teacher prior to the end of the on-line student registration window. All parents should plan to attend the school wide curriculum night on March 2nd. Curriculum Night is an opportunity for parents to hear about the courses that will be offered during the next school year and receive valuable information on completing the on-line registration process. Beginning Thursday, February 11th, all registration information will be posted on Riverside Middle School’s website. To review this information, you can access the main site at www.greenville.k12.sc.us/riverms/ and click on the “Registration” link. To ensure that you and your child successfully complete the registration process, please be sure to read and follow all of the instructions very carefully. Important Registration Dates: March • 2nd ~ 9:00 – 10:30 – Rising 6th Grade Visitation • 2nd ~ 6:30 – 8:30 – Curriculum Night and Parent SRS Training • 4th ~ Related Arts Forms sent home during homeroom • 4th - 19th ~ Student Window open in SRS for students to request related arts courses • 10th ~ 7:30 am – 8:00 am and 3:05 pm – 4:00 pm – Open Computer Lab for students/parents without internet access at home to complete registration • 19th ~ Deadline for parents to contact teachers with course recommendation concerns • 19th ~ Related Arts Forms due back to homeroom teachers April • 6th ~ Student Registration Forms sent home during homeroom • 8th ~ Student Registration Forms due back to homeroom teachers with signed report card envelopes 5 February 2010 -- The Riverside Middle School Royal Report