Weekly Principal’s Message

11.12.17

This week prior to Thanksgiving Break is Royals Give Thanks Week! On Monday, we will participate in National Kindness Day with a Mix It Up at lunch activity sponsored by our Student Services Department and Royal Ambassadors for students to meet new people and celebrate our differences.

We also have started our Annual Holiday Food Drive coordinated by Student Council, Royal Ambassadors, and the SWAT Club. Students and community members are encouraged to bring in canned foods and non-perishable food items.  Students can give donations to their homeroom teacher. We will be counting up donations weekly and the winning homeroom will receive doughnuts. We also have won the middle school division the last two years so we want to make this a three-peat while supporting our community! Please donate today.

Tuesday is the NJHS Inductions in the Theater at 7PM and the Great American Teach In is on Wednesday. Thank you to community members who are donating their time to share their career and life experiences with our students.

Wednesday is also our Royal Dine Out Spirit Night at Zim Zari’s.  10% of the night’s total will be donated to RRMS.  Skip cooking and dine out for a great cause!

Our winter sports teams get started this week.  Girls Basketball plays GMS at home on Monday and PRSMS at home on Wednesday while the Boys soccer at home plays GMS on Tuesday and against PRSMS at home on Thursday. All games start at 6PM. Come out and support our winter student athletes!

Finally, on Friday students will bring home their Quarter 2 Progress Reports. Believe it our not we are almost half way through the quarter.

The following week, November 20-24th will be Thanksgiving Break and all schools are closed. Schools will reopen on Monday, November 27th.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish our entire Royal Family a wonderful Thanksgiving and that we are truly grateful for all of you!

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11.5.17

I hope that everyone remembered to turn their clocks back one hour this morning and enjoyed the extra hour of sleep!

This week at lunches we handed out On Track Royal Bands to students who had no Ds or Fs or referrals for Quarter 1.  These bands will allow students to sit outside at lunch, take part in mystery surprises and treats, and even to access games/outside time at lunch. It is a great accomplishment to be On Track and students will be recognized each quarter.  Students should always have their on track band with them so that they can take part in all of the privileges.

This week there will be a PTSA meeting in the media center on Monday at 5:30PM. They will be planning the upcoming community events for the holidays as well as next semester. All parents both members and non-members are encouraged to attend.

On Thursday, we will start our club days for the year. There will be an AM Activity Schedule. Every student has signed up for a club or study hall during this time. Club lists will be posted in the cafeteria for students to check on Monday. There will also be a boys soccer parent meeting on Thursday at 3:30PM in the Media Center.

On Friday, we will host our August, September and October, Student of the Month breakfast at 7:30AM in the cafeteria. Parents and families are invited. We will also host the Veteran’s Day district presentation at the RR Center for the Arts on Friday morning where our band, chorus, and a variety of student artwork will be featured to honor our veterans.

Thank you for partnering in your child’s education!

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10.29.17

Good afternoon Royal Families,

We had a great celebration of Red Ribbon Week last week and will continue through out the year to educate on making positive choices because our students’ futures are the key!

Tuesday is Halloween! Students will be allowed to dress up but they need to be in dress code. No masks or props will be allowed.  As we transition back to a normal schedule, we would ask that students be in the district dress code. As the temperatures drop, we understand that students need to bundle up with jackets and sweatshirts.  We have seen many students with blankets. Blankets are not allowed. RRMS Sweatshirts are available for purchase in the front office for $25.

We are in the middle of our school-wide Yankee Candle Fundraiser to raise funds for new technology. This fundraiser will run through October 30th and all order forms can be submitted to your child’s science teacher.  Please bring in the order form and funds by Tuesday, October 31st. Online orders will be received through January. These items will make fantastic holiday gifts as products will be distributed right after Thanksgiving. Check out our promotional video on our website. We hope that everyone takes part in this fundraiser as it will help us meet our goal to bring more technology into the classroom for student use. Thank you for your support!

Boys’ Soccer Tryouts will be on Wednesday through Friday of this week after school. Please see Coach Hackworth for more information. Students must have a valid physical and all paperwork complete prior to trying out.

On Wednesday at 6PM in the River Ridge Gym, River Ridge will be hosting the Career Exploration Night all west side middle and high school students are invited to explore future careers and educational options.

On Thursday at 6PM in the RRMS Media Center, GHS will host an IB Parent presentation for any perspective 8th graders that are interested in the IB Program for high school next year.

Next weekend the Drama Department is performing their Fall Play, “This is a Test” and a Talent Showcase. They will be performing 3 shows. One show on Friday, November 3rd at 7:00PM and two shows on Saturday, November 4th at 2:00PM and 7:00PM. Tickets are for sale in the Drama Room for $5. Please contact Mr. Mauro with any questions. Come out and support your talented Royal Knights!

Thank you for partnering in education because we are proud to be Royal!

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10.22.17

We had a great Spirit Week celebrating being Royal and a successful 1st quarter.  This week is Red Ribbon Week with our theme… Your Future is the Key, Royal Knights are Drug Free. Students will be able to take the Drug Free Pledge, participate in door decorating contest, window decorating, and dress up days that coordinate with our message to make positive decisions.

Monday is Rally in Red Day (wear red)!  Report Cards will be distributed during 7th period and then we will kick off the week with an incentive field day for those students who are on track.  On track is considered no Ds or Fs or discipline referrals. Students will be able to purchase Kona Ice for $3, $4 or $5 at the field day.

Tuesday is We are crazy about being drug free. Students should wear crazy hair and socks! Representatives from AHS will be on campus to speak to selected 8th graders about the Cambridge Program. We are also partnering with McDonald’s for a McKnight Dine Out Night that evening for Red Ribbon Week.  After going to McDonald’s for dinner, join us at the Middle School Track from 5:30PM-6:30PM for Trick or Treat Around the Track.  Then for our last football game of the year vs. GMS at 6:30PM. We will celebrate our 8th Grade football, cheer, and band and their families.

Wednesday is Team Up against drugs by wearing a sports jersey or team gear.  Girls’ Basketball Tryouts begin from 2-4PM through Friday.

Thursday is Drugs are a Fashion Disaster with a mix and match tacky day.

Friday is our Royal Spirit Day! Our School Store will re-open. We are looking for donated items. Please send them to the front office or contact Karen Tabone.

We are in the middle of our school-wide Yankee Candle Fundraiser to raise funds for new technology. This fundraiser will run through October 30th and all order forms can be submitted to your child’s science teacher.  Online orders will be received through January. These items will make fantastic holiday gifts as products will be distributed right after Thanksgiving. Check out our promotional video on our website. We hope that everyone takes part in this fundraiser as it will help us meet our goal to bring more technology into the classroom for student use. Thank you for your support!

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10.15.17

We have had a great first quarter of the best year ever at River Ridge!

There will be a no school on Monday, October 16th as there is a Teacher Planning Day.  This week will be River Ridge Spirit Week for both the middle school and high school.  We encourage students to participate by dressing up each day.  The spirit week dress up days are on the School website and have been communicated through our social media accounts. Students should be in dress code but we will allow for hats and costumes (but no masks) if students are participating.

Tuesday is Retro Glow Day students are encourage to dress in 50s, 60, 70s, 80s, 90s and NEON.  We also have a home football game vs. PRSMS at 6:30PM.

Wednesday is Character or Celebrity Day.  It is great to do with duos and groups!  Students will begin to take the Student Gallup Engagement Survey in Social Studies Classes. The 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams play at GMS at 6PM.  Wednesday is our Spirit Dine Out Night at Tijuana Flats from 4-9PM in Trinity. Don’t cook dinner and dine out with the Royal Knights!

Thursday is Team Color Day. Students should dress in their team color and show their spirit.

On Friday, we will celebrate Royal Knight Purple Pride with a Spirit Day! Show how proud you are to be Royal!

We will also be launching our school-wide Yankee Candle fundraiser to raise funds for classroom technology on Tuesday, October 17th through Science Classes.  This fundraiser will run through October 31st and all order forms can be submitted to your child’s science teacher.  Online orders will be received through December. These items will make fantastic holiday gifts as products will be distributed right after Thanksgiving. We hope that everyone takes part in this fundraiser as it will help us meet our goal to bring more technology into the classroom for student use. Thank you for your support!

Looking forward to a solid start to the 2nd quarter!

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10.8.17

This is the last week of the first quarter and quarterly checks in all of the core subject areas will continue. We highly encourage that both parents and students check their progress on myStudent which includes grades, attendance, behavior, and assessment information on a consistent basis. If you have any questions about student progress or would like a parent teacher conference, please contact your child’s teachers or the guidance department.

Please mark your calendar as we will be hosting a Social Studies History Fair Informational Night for all students and parents in Advanced US History and Civics on Thursday, October 12th at 6PM in the Media Center. By attending this meeting, you will learns the ins and outs of history fair including the process, procedures, and how to successfully complete a project. There will also be an informational meeting about the California summer trip with Ms. Wierenga immediately following.

This week in sports the volleyball team hosts BPMS at 6PM on Monday at home and is away at Hudson Middle on Wednesday.  The football team plays at HMS on Tuesday at 6:30PM. Charge on, Royal Knights!

Friday is the last day of the quarter. There will be a no school on Monday, October 16th as there is a Teacher Planning Day.  As a preview the week of 10/17-10/20 will be River Ridge Spirit Week for both the middle school and high school.  We encourage students to participate by dressing up each day.  The spirit week dress up days are on the School website and have been communicated through our social media accounts. We will also be launching our school-wide Yankee Candle fundraiser to raise funds for classroom technology as well as our Community Spirit Dine Out Night at Tijuana Flats on Wednesday, October 18th.

Thank you for partnering in your child’s education with us to make this the best year ever at River Ridge!

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10.1.17

Happy October, Royal Families!  The year is really flying by as there are only two weeks until the end of the first quarter.

Quarterly Checks for the core classes: Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies will be administered over the next two weeks to determine student’s academic progress based on the standards of the quarter.  You will be able to see student results in myStudent and teachers will also be review progress with their students.

This week in sports at River Ridge we host our rivals the SSMS Jaguars on Monday in volleyball at 6PM and on Tuesday in football at 6:30PM.  In order to get everyone pumped for the big game on Tuesday, we encourage both students and staff to wear their favorite sports team jersey! The volleyball team will also travels to CLMS on Wednesday at 6PM. Please come out and support our fall athletes and show your Royal Pride. They work hard on and off the field and court!

On Wednesday, October 4th, we will have picture retakes in the Media Center through Language Arts class.  Please see Ms. Baumaister or our website for more information.

The Flu Shot Day for Students has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 5th in the gym. Therefore, we will continue to take consent form through Tuesday. If you need a consent form, please visit our website or come to the clinic.

Finally, we will be hosting our first school dance of the year on Friday, October 6th from 6PM-8PM in the Cafeteria. The theme is Medieval Knights and tickets will be on sale this week for $8 before school in the media center and $10 at the door.  Students should follow the school dress code but casual dress is appropriate. We will also have a full concession stand including pizza, so bring money. We are looking forward to a fun night to celebrate a successful start to the year!

As a preview, please mark your calendar as we will be hosting a Social Studies History Fair Informational Night for all students and parents in Advanced US History and Civics on Wednesday, October 11th at 6PM in the Media Center.

As always, thank you for your support in making this the best year ever! We are so proud to be Royal!

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9.24.17

I hope you have enjoyed your weekend. This is a very busy week at River Ridge.

On Monday, Volleyball takes on PRSMS at home at 6PM. On Tuesday, our undefeated football team travels to Hudson High School to take on CLMS at 6:30PM.

On Wednesday evening at 6PM in partnership with Mathnasium, we will be hosting a 6th grade math night in the cafeteria. We encourage all 6th graders and their parents to attend this fun and informative event!  Please RSVP by Monday, September 25 by returning the form. While the volleyball team travels to CHMS at 6PM.

On Thursday, all flu shot consent paperwork is due to the clinic in order for students to be eligible to get the flu shot on Monday, October 2nd. We will also have our first joint School Advisory Council meeting with the high school at 2:30PM on Thursday.

As a preview, we will be hosting our first school dance of the year on Friday, October 6th from 6PM-8PM in the Cafeteria. The theme is Medieval Knights and tickets will be on sale the week of October 2nd for $8 before school in the media center and $10 at the door.  We are looking forward to a fun night to celebrate a successful start to the year!

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9.22.17

Royal Families,

Several important documents went home with students today.

Quarter 1 Progress Reports went home today with students. Please review your child’s progress with them.  If you have a question about a student’s progress, please contact the teacher.  Students can receive extra help through academic lunch, Knight Time session, tutoring after school on Fridays from the RR NHS students, or from their teacher during designated help sessions. If you would like to schedule a Parent Teacher Conference, please contact Student Services at 774-7000. We had an ice pop social as a Royal Reward for those students on track. We are very proud of our Royal Knights!

RRMS Flu Shot Clinic is October 2nd. Flu shot consent forms were also sent home today. If you have not completed a Flu Shot consent form and you would like your student to receive a Flu Shot on Monday, October 2nd have your student come to the clinic to pick up a form. Forms can can also be printed from this link: https://www.healthyschoolsllc.com/ Please complete and return the form on or before Thursday, Sept. 28th. See our school nurse Mr. Clairmont for more info.

Lastly, if your child is in 6th grade, we sent home a 6th Grade Math Night flyer for Wednesday, September 27th. We encourage all 6th graders and their parents to attend this fun and informative event!  Please RSVP by Monday, September 25 by returning the form.

I will provide the week in preview on Sunday afternoon for next week.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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9.1.17

We had an absolutely fantastic week this week at The Ridge. Thank you to all of our families who attended Open House on Tuesday. The week ended with a lot of Royal Spirit at our first Pep Rally of the year! Everyone showed their purple pride and respect as we recognized our fall athletes, students who earned perfect scores on the FSA, and how awesome the start of the year has been.  It was a very close competition for the Spirit Stick with all grade levels showing their spirit but the Class of 2022, 8th graders pulled it out!

There will be no school on Monday as we celebrate Labor Day.

There will be a PTSA Meeting in the Media Center for all members and any one who would like to join on Wednesday at 5:30PM. Our Royal Knights Football team kickoff their season on Wednesday at 6:30PM at Fivay HS against Bayonet Point.

As a reminder, Attendance is one of the keys to success in middle school. If your child is absent, please go to our website to report the absence or send a note to the front desk.

We are relaunching our Knights School Store where students can purchase items using Knight Dollars. They earn Knight Dollars for following our Knightly Values. We are asking for donations of items that students may want to purchase such as school supplies, small toys, gift cards, etc. Please contact Ms. Riddle for more information.

As always, thank you for your support in making this the best year ever! We are so proud to be Royal!

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8.27.17

This week Royal Families we have a very important event that sets the stage for success to make this the best year ever!

Open House will be on Tuesday, August 29th at RRMS, we encourage students to accompany their families to this event. PTSA will be hosting a Royal Family Picnic with pizza, drinks, games, and bounce obstacle course from 5PM-6PM in the court yard in front of the middle school entrance.  The cost is $4 per person. Walk ups are welcomed as we have pizza from Gia’s.  At 6PM, we will open the castle for families to follow your student’s schedule. Students will bring home their schedule on Monday. This is a great opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and better understand the learning that will be taking place at River Ridge this year. We will also have opportunities to visit the Book Fair, purchase spirit gear, PE uniforms, pay fees, and sign up for a myStudent account, Free and Reduced Lunch, and to be a volunteer. If your child is in a high school course at RRHS, their Open House is Friday, September 1 from 5-6:30PM prior to the football game.

The Book Fair will be going on in the Media Center Monday through Wednesday this week. Students may visit in the morning or after school as well as some classes will be coming down throughout the day.  You may also purchase books online through Scholastic on our website.  We do have a classroom wish lists if you would like to make a book donation.

There will be a PM Activity Schedule on Friday, September 1 due to our first Pep Rally of the year to kick off the best year ever! We encourage students to really show their Royal spirit by wearing their RRMS gear, paint their faces, dress up in purple, silver, and black.  We will be introducing our fall sports teams, recognizing our students who made perfect scores on their FSAs, and having some class competitions with spirit and games.

I also would like to thank all of the families who came out to our first Spirit Night of the year at Chili’s this past week.  It was really amazing meeting all of the families, seeing those big smiles, and representing the Ridge with Purple Pride out in the community! Mark your calendars, our next Community Spirit Night will be September 20 at Zim Zari’s!

Please check our website frequently as well as follow us on Social Media on Facebook, Twitter and Instragram @RRMSRoyalKnight to be connected with River Ridge Middle School.


8.20.17

We have had an absolutely fantastic start to the best school year ever with our Royal Family exhibiting our Knightly Values of Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be a Problem Solver every day!

As a part of our daily schedule we have our Knight Time intervention and enrichment sessions for 20 minutes where students can go for the WIN – get “What I Need”. Whether it is to get extra help from a teacher, work in a study group, use digital resources, or just to check in, students will set weekly goals in each class and schedule their time to meet them. The weekly goal setting sheet is located on our website. Students will then reflect on those goals on Friday with the guidance of their Knight Time Homeroom teacher.  Parents are encouraged to be a partner in education and reviewing/discussing the student’s weekly goal setting sheet, sign, and return the following Monday.

There are a few other important events this week:

On Tuesday, August 22nd is School Picture Day.  All students and staff will take a school picture to be in the yearbook. If you would like to order school pictures, please go to the RRMS website at rrms.pasco.k12.fl.us for order forms.

Wednesday, August 23 is our first RRMS Community Spirit Night at a local restaurant.  No one wants to cook on Wednesday, so come out to Chili’s in Trinity to have dinner! They will be donating 10% of their proceeds from 11AM-11PM on that date. You will need a RRMS flyer which you can get on the website to make sure the donation goes to RRMS. We hope to see a lot of purple and silver on this night where Chili’s is giving back to us!

Volleyball try outs begin August 23-August 25 in the gym from 2PM-4PM. Students must have an up to date physical to tryout. See Coach Brando for more information.

Congratulations to our new RRMS cheerleaders! There will be a parent meeting for cheerleaders at 4PM in the Media Center on Wednesday, August 23rd. There will also be a football parent meeting on  Wednesday, August 23 at 4:45PM in the Cafeteria.

Open House will be on August 29th at RRMS. PTSA will be hosting a Royal Family Picnic with pizza, drinks, games, and bounce obstacle course from 5PM-6PM in the court yard in front of the middle school entrance.  The cost is $4 per person. Pre-order forms will be sent home on Monday and they are also available on our website. Pre-orders are due to the front office by Friday, August 25th but walk ups are welcomed.  At 6PM, we will open the castle for families to follow your student’s schedule. This is a great opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and better understand the learning that will be taking place at The Ridge this year. We will also have opportunities to purchase spirit gear, PE uniforms, pay fees, purchase a yearbook, and sign up for a myStudent account.

As always, thank you for your support in making this the best year ever! We are so proud to be Royal!

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8.15.17

Good evening, Royal Families. This is Mrs. Murphy, Principal of RRMS calling with a few announcements.

We have had a wonderful start to the 2017-18 school year. Over the last two days your child received their syllabus for each of their courses. The syllabus explains the course, how your child will be assessed, along with contact information if your child requires additional support.

Open House will be on August 29th at RRMS. PTSA will be hosting a Royal Family Picnic with pizza, drinks, games, and bounce obstacle course from 5PM-6PM in the court yard in front of the middle school entrance.  The cost is $4 per person. Pre-order forms will be sent home on Friday and they are also available on our website. At 6PM, we will open the castle for families to follow your student’s schedule. This is a great opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and better understand the learning that will be taking place at The Ridge this year.

As a school this week in our Knight Time sessions, we are reviewing with your child, our vision or purpose to make all students life, career, and college ready. We are also reviewing with your child our Knightly Values, which are Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be A Problem Solver, that will support our purpose and help students achieve success.

I highly encourage you to take some time to review your child’s syllabus for each course with them. We have also made a number of podcasts that will be posted on our website so that you can help to reinforce our Castle Expectations and Knightly Values as a partner in your child’s education. I hope to see all of you at our Royal Family Picnic and Open House on August 29th!

Please check our website and social media feeds frequently for updates on all of the happenings at The Ridge.

As always, thank you for your support in making this the best year ever! We are so proud to be Royal!

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8.13.17

Good afternoon Royal Knights. This is Mrs. Murphy, Principal of River Ridge Middle School.

I am looking forward to welcoming back all of our Royal Knights tomorrow morning when school starts at 7:25AM.  The campus will be open to students starting at 7AM.  Students who are car riders should only be dropped off and picked up in the middle school car loop. We ask that you be patient and courteous as there is usually a lot of traffic during the first few weeks.  If at all possible, we are recommending that if your child is assigned a bus to please use the bus transportation as it limits the traffic.

When students arrive on campus, they will be greeted by our Royal staff and should go to the media center or cafeteria to find their first period class.  Student will then report to first period when the first bell rings and will receive a brand new official schedule.  Students should only follow the schedule they receive in first period as there have been some schedule changes.

We have a new bell schedule this year with separate lunches per grade level and our daily Knight Time sessions, which is posted on our website.

Please make sure that you are connected with River Ridge by visiting our website, following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @rrmsroyalknight. We will be posting many pictures and important information from the first day and throughout the year on these sites. As always, if you have any questions or need clarifications, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

I can’t wait to see our entire Royal Family back on campus ready to make this the best year ever at The Ridge because #WeAreRoyal!

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8.1.17

Good evening Royal Families,

Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 2nd we will be hosting our Storm the Castle 6th grade and new 7th and 8th grade student orientation to RRMS.  Parents should drop off students at the gym at 8:30AM.  Please enter through the middle school entrance. Following drop off, parents of 6th grade students only should report to the cafeteria for a Parent University from 9AM-10AM on successfully transitioning your child to middle school. We will have coffee and cinnamon rolls as well as distributing important paperwork for schedule pick up.  Students will spend the day learning our Knightly Values, completing a campus scavenger hunt, meeting new friends, getting acquainted with RRMS staff, and will be fed breakfast, a snack and lunch starting at 1PM.  Parents should return to RRMS at 1:15PM and report to the gym to pick up schedules, pay fees, purchase PE uniforms, yearbooks, and our new spirit gear.  We will also have tables for PTSA membership which is $5, athletics, and other community organizations.  After picking up your child’s schedule, please report to cafeteria to check out your student. At that time, we encourage you to tour the campus with your child to follow your student’s schedule until 3PM.

The county-wide registration day is on Tuesday, August 8th from 8AM-2PM in the Middle School Cafeteria.  Those who attend Storm the Castle do not need to attend this day.  All fees can be paid online using Acorn prior to attending county-wide registration day. Those who choose to do this will be given an express line for schedule pick up.  Also, all 7th Graders must have their TDAP shots in order to be given a schedule and start school.

Please continue to check our RRMS website and social media for updates.  We are looking forward to the best year ever because We are Royal!

 

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