Weekly Principal’s Message

9.23.18

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

7th Grade environmental science field trips to Starkey Park will be taking place over the next two weeks and start this Wednesday. The teams that will go this week are 7 Navy and 7 Orange. Students should have received permission forms from their science teacher.

Are you an Out of the Box Thinker? Are you a person who likes to examine problems with unlimited solutions? Do you enjoy working as a team? Then Odyssey of the Mind is for you. We will be hosting an informational parent, student, and coach meeting on Wednesday, September 26th at 6PM in the RRMS Media Center.  Ms. Angelo will be the coordinator for both the middle school and high school OM teams. More information is our social media sites and webpage.

On Thursday evening at 6PM-7PM 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!

As a reminder, Pasco County Schools has a new athletic events policy excluding all bags except those that are clear vinyl or Ziploc bags. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items and diaper bags. All bags are subject to search. There are also several other excluded items including outside food and drinks.

RRMS vinyl zip bags and sling packs are available online on Acorn for $10 and $8. The bags are expected to be in this week. Please visit the RRMS website for the complete policy including the new Patron’s Code of Conduct.

This week in sports… On Monday, our undefeated Volleyball teams take on CHMS at home at 6PM.  On Wednesday, volleyball travels to SSMS.  Good luck Lady Knights!

On Tuesday, our undefeated football team hosts Crews Lake Middle School at home at 6:30PM. Come out and support Knights football, cheer, dance and band!

As a preview for the following week, we will be celebrating River Ridge Spirit Week from October 1-5 with dress up days and a Pep Rally on Friday!  We are collaborating with the high school for their Homecoming Week but our theme will be Involvement!  When dressing up, students should stay in dress code but may wear hats if it goes with their outfit. There should be no masks or props. Each day we will count those students who dress up in lunches which will be added to the overall spirit points for the Spirit Stick at the Pep Rally.

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

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9.16.18

Quarter 1 Progress Reports were available on myStudent on Friday. Please make sure you have a parent account as directions to access are on the River Ridge Middle School website.  We have four weeks remaining until the end of the quarter, which will go quickly.  Students should have As, Bs, Cs and no referrals to be considered on track.  If a student is struggling, please contact the teacher, request a parent conference through Student Services, attend academic lunch and tutoring.

Wednesday, September 19 is our September Royal Family Dine Out Night at Zim Zari’s in Trinity from 6PM-9PM.  10% of the night’s sales will go to River Ridge Middle School student recognition program.

7th Grade environmental science field trips to Starkey Park will be taking place over the next two weeks and start this Wednesday. The team will go in the following order: 7Red, 7 Navy and 7 Orange. Students should have received permission forms from their science teacher.

Please come out and support our student athletes as fall sports are in full swing. As of Friday, Pasco County Schools has a new athletic events policy excluding all bags except those that are clear vinyl or Ziploc bags. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items and diaper bags. All bags are subject to search. There are also several other excluded items including outside food and drinks.

RRMS vinyl zip bags and sling packs are available online on Acorn for $10 and $8. The bags are expected to be in this week. Please visit the RRMS website for the complete policy including the new Patron’s Code of Conduct.

In sports, this week the Lady Knights Volleyball team kicks off their season with games on Monday at GMS and on Wednesday at PRSMS. All games start at 6PM.  On Tuesday, the Royal Knights football team travels to SSMS to take on the Jags at 6:30PM. All students are encouraged to wear their RR gear on Tuesday and Friday!

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

9.14.18

Quarter 1 Progress Reports are available today on myStudent. Please make sure you have a parent account as directions to access are on the River Ridge Middle School website.  We have four weeks remaining until the end of the quarter, which will go quickly.  Students should have As, Bs, Cs and no referrals to be considered on track.  If a student is struggling, please contact the teacher, request a parent conference through Student Services, attend academic lunch and tutoring.

Tonight is our first Dance of the year in the cafeteria from 6PM-8PM.  Tickets are $10 at the door. Only RRMS students may attend.  There will be concessions for sale, a DJ, and photo booth. Dress is casual but should to be in the Pasco County dress code.  The dance will end promptly at 8PM so parents should be in the car loop for pick up at this time.

Looking forward to having a Royal time tonight to celebrate the start of the new year!

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9.9.18

We are half way through the first quarter!  Quarter 1 Progress Reports will be available in myStudent on Friday.  Please go on to myStudent and make sure to sign up for an account. If you have questions about signing up, please see our website or contact us by phone. Review your child’s progress with them frequently. 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, 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 have a special treat at lunches as a Royal Reward for those students on track. Students on track have no Ds or Fs or referrals.

We will also be hosting out first school dances of the year on Friday, September 14th evening from 6PM-8PM in the RRMS Cafeteria. The theme is a “New Year’s Party” with a balloon drop and everything. Dress is casual.  Tickets can be purchased pre-sale each day in the media center starting Monday, September 10th for $8 or $10 at the door.  We will also have a DJ, photo booth, concession for students to purchase food and drink items and a balloon drop to celebrate the start to our awesome school year.  If you would like to volunteer, you must be an approved school volunteer. Please contact Karen Tabone.

In sports this week, your Royal Knights football team kicks off at home versus the Chasco Chargers on Tuesday, September 11th at 6:30PM. We will have a special presentation to commemorate Patriot’s Day by the band, cheer and dance teams at half time. Tickets are $3 and we hope to see you all there to cheer our Knights to victory!

Finally, Wednesday, we will host our first club day of the year and be on an AM Activity schedule. Club lists are posted in the cafeteria and students should wear appropriate clothing for your club.

9.2.18

We had an absolutely fantastic week this week at River Ridge. Thank you to all of our families who attended Open House on Tuesday. The week ended with the announcement of our August Royal Students of the Month and 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 state assessments, 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 2024, 7th graders pulled it out!

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

Our Royal Knights Football team kickoff their season on Wednesday at 6:30PM at Anclote HS against PRSMS.

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.

Please mark your calendars for a few important upcoming events: Progress Reports for Quarter 1 will be available on myStudent on Friday, September 14th.  Those students who are “on track” with no Ds or Fs or referrals will earn a treat at lunches that day.

We will also be hosting out first school dances of the year on Friday evening from 6PM-8PM in the RRMS Cafeteria. The theme is a “New Year’s Party” with a balloon drop and everything. Dress is casual.  Tickets can be purchased pre-sale each day in the media center starting Monday, September 10th for $8 or $10 at the door.  We will also have a DJ, photo booth, concession for students to purchase food and drink items and a balloon drop to celebrate the start to our awesome school year.  If you would like to volunteer, you must be an approved school volunteer. Please contact Karen Tabone.

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

8.26.18

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

Congratulations to our new volleyball team members. There will be a parent meeting on Monday, August 27th at 4:15PM in the Media Center.  There will also be football parent meeting at 5PM on the same day in the cafeteria.

Open House will be on Tuesday, August 28th at RRMS, we encourage students to accompany their families to this event. PTSA will be hosting a Royal Family Picnic with pizza, drinks, and games from 5PM-6PM in the cafeteria. The cost is $4 per person.  Bahama Buck’s will also be here selling shaved ice. 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.

The Book Fair will be going on in the Media Center Monday through Friday 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.

School pictures will be on Wednesday, August 29th through Language Arts classes. Order forms went home last week.

There will be a PM Activity Schedule on Friday, August 31 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 and have 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 River Ridge with Purple Pride out in the community! Mark your calendars, our next Community Spirit Night will be September 19 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.

8.24.18

I wanted to update you about the alert campus status that we were placed on this morning due to a non-specific threat on social media. Through a partnership with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, we were able to identify the person responsible for the online posts on the RRMS Instagram account. Online posts are quickly traced and can have life-altering consequences. Parents, please monitor your children’s social media and communication devices. See something – say something! Safety and learning are our highest priority. Thank you to those who reported the posting. Have a wonderful weekend!

8.19.18

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. 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 goals and progress and the school-wide planner.

There are a few other important events this week:

PTSA Meeting on Monday, August 20 at 5:30PM in the Media Center.

Volleyball try outs begin August 21-August 23 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 22nd.

Wednesday, August 22 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 or through social media 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!

On Friday, River Ridge High School will be holding their Open House for students who have classes on the high school side starting at 5PM-6:30PM.

Please mark your calendars for a few upcoming events:

RRMS Book Fair begins on Monday, August 27-Friday, August 31 in the Media Center.

Flyers will be going home this week for our RRMS Open House will be on Tuesday, August 28th. PTSA will be hosting a Royal Family Picnic with pizza, drinks, and games from 5PM-6PM in the cafeteria. Bahama Buck’s will also be here. The cost is $4 per person. 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 items from our Book Fair, spirit gear, PE uniforms, pay fees, purchase a yearbook, and sign up for a myStudent account.

School Picture Day on Wednesday, August 29th through Language Arts classes. Order forms will also be going home this week.

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

8.13.18

Good evening, Royal Families. This is Mrs. Murphy, Principal of RRMS calling with a few announcements. We have had a wonderful start today to the best year yet. Over this week your child will receive 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.  Students also received their planners today, which we will be using school-wide to support executive functioning and organizational skills. Please check them frequently.

As a school this week in our Knight Time homeroom 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.  During Knight Time, we will also be reviewing the Student Code of Conduct, Safety Plan, and the Active Threat Plan podcasts this week. These podcasts 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. In the planner, there is a Student Code of Conduct acknowledgement form, that must be signed by the student and parent and returned to the Knight Time teacher by Friday, August 17th. I highly encourage you to take some time to review your child’s syllabus for each course and the planner with them.

Cheerleading tryouts will be Wednesday, August 15-Friday, August 17. All paperwork including a physical must be into Mrs. Vairo in order to tryout. Please see Mrs. Vairo in the dance room for more information. If you are interested in football, you may still join the team this week from 2-4:30PM. Please contact Coach Koos for more information. Volleyball try outs will be next week.

Open House will be on August 28th at RRMS. PTSA will be hosting a Royal Family Picnic with pizza, drinks, and games from 5PM-6PM in the cafeteria. More information on cost will be sent out by the end of the week. 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. I hope to see all of you at our Royal Family Picnic and Open House on August 28th! 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 yet! We are so proud to be Royal!

8.12.18

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 7:30AM. 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 classes listed on the windows. Students 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 an adjusted bell schedule this year with separate lunches per grade level and our daily Knight Time homeroom sessions, which is posted on our website. Students will receive new River Ridge planners in these sessions, which we will be using school-wide for communication and organization this year.

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 yet at River Ridge Middle School because we are limitless and  #WeAreRoyal!

7.19.18

Good evening Royal Families,

This is Mrs. Murphy, Principal of RRMS and I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer. The new school year is starting before we know it as you should have received your Royal Update back to school newsletter which includes important information including bell schedules, dress code, Code of Conduct, calendar and much more. The newsletter and updated supply lists is also located on the RRMS website.

As a reminder , on Thursday, 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 8:30AM-9:00AM 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 an Express Line for those families who pay online ahead of schedule pick up. We will have tables for the new Beyond the Bell after school program sign up, PTSA membership which is $5, athletics, clubs, 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 7th 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. You may drop off the TDAP paperwork to the front office before August 7th in order to get an express pass.

Also, mark your calendars for our August Open House event on August 28 from 6PM-8PM. PTSA will be hosting a Royal Family Picnic with pizza, drinks, and games from 5PM-6PM.

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

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