In order to protect the health and safety of employees, staff, and students, all those who access Pasco County School locations must self-screen for symptoms and other risk factors of COVID-19 daily. If you answer YES to any of the questions, you should NOT be on campus. Access the Visitor Screener or the Student Screener online.

Weekly Principal’s Message

10/25/2020

We had a great week starting the second quarter! This week is our Red Ribbon Week with the theme of Be Happy. Be Brave. Royal Knights, Be Drug Free. This week is a call to action to speak out in support of healthy choices. The theme is also a reminder that by staying drug free, you are sending a message to yourself and others about how much you value yourself, your overall health, your community and your future. Each day we will have positive dress up days, a door decorating contest, poster contest, and opportunities for students to sign the drug free pledge.  Monday is Rally in Red Day – students should wear red.  Tuesday is Future Career and College Day – think of all you could be when you are drug free.  Wednesday is Superhero Day – show your bravery and stand up against drugs!

We will also be sponsoring a Knight Dollar event on Wednesday that students can use their Knight Dollars to decorate pumpkins during their Knight Time and lunch.  Students can purchase tickets through PBIS Rewards events.

Thursday is Say “PEACE-Out” to Drugs – with a tie dye and neon day!  Finally, Friday is Say Book to Drugs! Students can wear their school-appropriate Halloween costumes with no full-face masks or props.  All dress up needs to follow Pasco County Schools dress code and mask policies.

Red Ribbon Week 2020 flyer

We appreciate the continued patience and support of our families with teachers and staff learning this new way of work with educating our students in both traditional and mySchool Online. It is crucial that parents have an active myStudent Parent Portal account and myLearning Parent account to make sure to monitor student’s grades and attendance regularly.  The official and most accurate grades are housed in the myStudent portal. It is crucial that all students complete work in a timely manner and take advantage of the Second Chance Learning Opportunities that are provided to ensure success.   As an important reminder, all students must earn a D or higher in all core classes, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts to be promoted to high school. If you have a question about grades or missing assignments, please contact the classroom teacher by email located on our RRMS website under Contacts or through myStudent. If you would like to request a parent teacher conference by Zoom, please click the schedule conference button on our RRMS website. Report Cards will be available on myStudent on Tuesday, October 27th, please review your child’s progress regularly. “On track” bands will be distributed during lunches this week to all students who have earned As, Bs, and Cs and had no referrals for first quarter.

I would like to commend our students, staff and families for continuing to take our COVID safety precautions seriously. As a weekly reminder, please make sure that you are screening your child every day for COVID symptoms and encouraging them to follow the Stay Safe protocols of wearing a mask (over their mouth and nose), washing/sanitizing their hands, social distancing and keeping their hands, feet and other objects to themselves.

All MySchool Online students/families will need to come to school’s front office from 7:30AM-4PM through October 28th to pick up new math workbooks for the upcoming quarter except Algebra and those students who are in Accelerated 6th and 7th Grade Science. These materials are essential for students to complete their assignments for this upcoming quarter.

This week in sports we have a home football game versus GMS at 6:30PM on Tuesday, October 27th. This is our parent recognition night for football, cheer, dance, and 8th grade band students, which will begin at 5:45PM. Please complete the RSVP link on our website or Facebook page by Monday, October 26th at 3PM. Tickets can be purchased on TicketSpicket.com prior to entering. We have Boys’ Soccer Try Outs separated by grade level for the first round: October 27th: 6th Grade, October 28th: 7th Grade, October 29th: 8th Grade with October 30th being final call backs. If you are trying out for basketball or soccer, you must have your paperwork completed and notarized. All paperwork can be found under Athletics on the RRMS website.

Please stay connected with RRMS by checking the myLearning announcements where our School News is posted daily, RRMS website is updated constantly as well as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date with all important RRMS information.

As always, if you have any questions or need anything, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education! Let’s make it another great week!

10/18/2020

We had a great Spirit Week last week with dress up days, daily virtual pep rallies to recognize our fall sports and band, and finished out the week with virtual games. There is no school on Monday, October 19th as this is a teacher planning day. The second quarter begins on Tuesday, October 20th. Let’s continue the momentum as we begin the second quarter of the year.

We appreciate the continued patience and support of our families with teachers and staff learning this new way of work with educating our students in both traditional and mySchool Online. It is crucial that parents have an active myStudent Parent Portal account and myLearning Parent account to make sure to monitor student’s grades and attendance regularly.  It is crucial that all students complete work in a timely manner and take advantage of the Second Chance Learning Opportunities that are provided to ensure success.   As an important reminder, all students must earn a D or higher in all core classes, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts to be promoted to high school. If you have a question about grades or missing assignments, please contact the classroom teacher by email located on our RRMS website under Contacts or through myStudent. If you would like to request a parent teacher conference by Zoom, please click the schedule conference button on our RRMS website.

I would like to commend our students, staff and families for continuing to take our COVID safety precautions seriously. As a weekly reminder, please make sure that you are screening your child every day for COVID symptoms and encouraging them to follow the Stay Safe protocols of wearing a mask (over their mouth and nose), washing/sanitizing their hands, social distancing and keeping their hands, feet and other objects to themselves.

All MySchool Online students/families will need to come to school’s front office during the dates of 10/12-10/28 from 7:30AM-4PM to pick up new math workbooks for the upcoming quarter except Algebra and those students who are in Accelerated 6th and 7th Grade Science. These materials are essential for students to complete their assignments for this upcoming quarter.

This week in sports we have a home football game versus HMS at 6:30PM on Wednesday, October 21st. Tickets can be purchased on TicketSpicket.com prior to entering. Tryouts for JV and Varsity Girls’ Basketball will be on October 21st-23rd from 2:15PM-4PM in the gym.  The following week we will have Boys’ Soccer Try Outs separated by grade level for the first round: October 27th: 6th Grade, October 28th: 7th Grade, October 29th: 8th Grade with October 30th being final call backs. If you are trying out for basketball or soccer, you must have your paperwork completed and notarized. All paperwork can be found under Athletics on the RRMS website.

Show your Royal appreciation for our amazing RRMS Faculty and Staff by giving them a well-deserved shout out on our RRMS website link! Shout outs will be collected and shared as part of our new Staff of the Week recognition. It only takes a minute to let someone know they made a positive impact!

https://rrms.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=13869

Please stay connected with RRMS by checking the myLearning announcements where our School News is posted daily, RRMS website is updated constantly as well as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date with all important RRMS information.

As always, if you have any questions or need anything, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education! Let’s make it another great week!

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10/11/2020

As we start the last week of first quarter, we appreciate the continued patience and support of our families with teachers and staff learning this new way of work with educating our students in both traditional and mySchool Online. As a weekly reminder, please make sure that you are screening your child every day for COVID symptoms and encouraging them to follow the Stay Safe protocols of wearing a mask (over their mouth and nose), washing/sanitizing their hands, social distancing and keeping their hands, feet and other objects to themselves.

All MySchool Online students/families will need to come to school’s front office during the dates of 10/12-10/28 from 7:30AM-4PM to pick up new math workbooks for the upcoming quarter except Algebra and those students who are in Accelerated 6th and 7th Grade Science. These materials are essential for students to complete their assignments for this upcoming quarter.

We will be kicking off River Ridge Homecoming Spirit Week this week with the theme There’s no place like Home… we encourage everyone both traditional and online to participate to earn points for your class to determine who is the most spirited at River Ridge. Who will win the Fall Spirit Stick, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade?

Monday is Home Run – Sports Day.  Tuesday is Homies Day – Match your Friends.  Wednesday is Home Away from Home – Tourist Day.  Thursday is Make Yourself @ Home – PJ Day. Friday is There is no place like home – Spirit Day.  We will also be putting together a virtual pep rally to be shared throughout the week to recognize our fall sports athletes, games, and to show our class and royal spirit. On Wednesday, we will be hosting a Knight Dollar event where students will be able to tie dye masks during Knight Time. Students can purchase their tickets in the PBIS Rewards app School Store.

Our yearbook staff is looking for the RRMS community to help out with photos this year. Did you attend an RRMS event? Do something exciting in one of your classes? Take a picture with friends at lunch? Send them to us and they might be used in the yearbook. We will also be holding a SNAP BINGO contest for photos entered during this week’s SPIRIT WEEK.

To upload your photos, go to:

https://wpcgo.yearbookforever.com/zko3S

ACCESS CODE: weareroyal

A text box will be provided to enter your name and any other information about the picture. Please enter your first and last name so that if needed, we can contact you for more information.

Students have the opportunity to earn points for their class towards the Spirit competition based on photos uploaded.

This week in sports the volleyball team is home vs. GMS on Monday at 6PM. Please purchase your tickets through TicketSpicket.com. They travel to finish their season to PRSMS on Wednesday at 6PM. Good luck, Lady Knights, finish your season strong!  On Tuesday, the football team travels to BPMS which will be played at FHS at 6:30PM. You can purchase your tickets for the game on TicketSpicket.com just look for BPMS.

Tryouts for JV and Varsity Girls’ Basketball will be on October 21st-23rd from 2:15PM-4PM in the gym.  The following week we will have Boys’ Soccer Try Outs separated by grade level for the first round: October 27th: 6th Grade, October 28th: 7th Grade, October 29th: 8th Grade with October 30th being final call backs. If you are trying out for basketball or soccer, you must have your paperwork completed and notarized. All paperwork can be found under Athletics on the RRMS website.

There will be a School Advisory Council meeting on Thursday, October 15th at 2:30PM by Zoom. The link will be sent out by email. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Astone.

RRMS PTSA is selling RRMS masks ($10) and gaiters ($15)! See Mrs. Stanton in guidance or come to the front desk to purchase. Contact riverridgemsptsa@gmail.com for requests or questions.

Show your Royal appreciation for our amazing RRMS Faculty and Staff by giving them a well-deserved shout out on our RRMS website link! Shout outs will be collected and shared as part of our new Staff of the Week recognition. It only takes a minute to let someone know they made a positive impact!

https://rrms.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=13869

Please stay connected with RRMS by checking the myLearning announcements where our School News is posted daily, RRMS website is updated constantly as well as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date with all important RRMS information.

There is only one week left of the quarter and we want to finish Royal Strong. As always, if you have any questions or need anything, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education! Let’s make it another great week!

So proud you are Royal!

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10/4/20

As a weekly reminder, please make sure that you are screening your child every day for COVID symptoms and encouraging them to follow the Stay Safe protocols of wearing a mask (over their mouth and nose), washing/sanitizing their hands, social distancing and keeping their hands, feet and other objects to themselves.

On Monday, October 5th, there will be free flu shots are available for traditional students who submit a flu consent form from 7:30AM-9:30AM in the front office. These forms were provided several weeks ago and are also available on the RRMS website. The flu forms must be submitted to Mrs. Mundy in the Clinic ASAP. Monday is also National Bullying Prevention Day. Wear blue in solidarity to stop out bullying.

On Tuesday, October 6th, the Royal Merchant School Store will open online through the PBISRewards app for students to purchase items with their Knight Dollars. Students earn Knight Dollars as part of our Positive Behavior Intervention Supports Royal Rewards Program for being Respectful, Responsible, and Problem Solvers. Students will be able to pick up their items on Thursday, October 8th at lunches for traditional and in the front office for MSO from 12:30PM-4PM.  If you would like to donate items for the store, please let us know as we are looking for gift cards, school supplies, food items, and other knick knacks.

All interested 6th graders Student Council applications are available on the RRMS website and in myLearning. They are due by Wed., October 7th. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Brissey or Mrs. St. Aubin.

We would like to commend our River Ridge athletes and spectators for being a model in the district for following the Pasco Athletic event protocols.  This week volleyball travels to BPMS on Monday (only 4 people are allowed by athlete for volleyball away games) and have a home game versus HMS on Wednesday both at 6:00PM.  On Tuesday, the football and cheer teams have our home opener versus CLMS starting at 6:30PM.

At the River Ridge home games, please make sure to purchase your tickets through TicketSpicket.com prior to attending as tickets will not be sold at the gate.  We are also offering an individual athletic pass for $45 available on TicketSpicket.com, which will allow the person to come to all River Ridge Middle School home games for the entire year. Please also remember that you must wear a masks, need to social distance and can only bring in clear bags.

On Thursday, October 8th will be School Picture Day for both traditional and mySchool Online students. These will be the pictures in the yearbook. Traditional students will go during their English classes and MSO students will have a designated time to sign up on our website or in myLearning. MSO students photo appointments are from 2PM to 4PM in the gym.  If you would like to order photos, ordering information is located on the RRMS website through Gigante Photography and pre-order is recommended as they will be mailed to your home.

On Friday, October 9th is Royal Knights wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Please wear pink to support this great cause!

A few important upcoming events to put on your calendar:

We will be kicking off River Ridge Homecoming Spirit Week the Week of October 12th with the theme There’s no place like Home…

Monday is Home Run – Sports Day.  Tuesday is Homies Day – Match your Friends.  Wednesday is Home Away from Home – Tourist Day.  Thursday is Make Yourself @ Home – PJ Day. Friday is There is no place like home – Spirit Day.  We will also be putting together a virtual pep rally to be shared throughout the week to recognize our fall sports athletes, games, and to show our class and royal spirit. We will be counting points for dress up, games, and participation throughout the week. Who will win the Fall Spirit Stick, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade?

There is only two weeks left of the quarter and we want to finish Royal Strong. As always, if you have any questions or need anything, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education! So proud you are Royal!

9/27/20

Good afternoon Royal Families,

As a Royal Family, we have so much to celebrate as we have come together to continue to meet challenges of the year with compassion, grace and understanding. We are so proud of how we truly are #BetterTogether! As a weekly reminder, please make sure that you are screening your child every day for COVID symptoms and encouraging them to follow the Stay Safe protocols of wearing a mask (over their mouth and nose), washing/sanitizing their hands, social distancing and keeping their hands, feet and other objects to themselves.

We would like to congratulate some very special Royal Knights!  Our Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Darling and our SRP of the Year, Ms. Cione, who are both very deserving of these honors. We also recognized our September Students of the Month who were nominated by River Ridge staff. We visited their classrooms and Zoom rooms on Friday to recognize their accomplishments. The video of all of our Students of the Month are posted on our social media and website.

We would like to commend our River Ridge athletes and spectators for being a model in the district for following the Pasco Athletic event protocols as we started athletics last week with two wins by our volleyball teams.  This week volleyball travels to SSMS on Monday (only 4 people are allowed by athlete for volleyball away games) and have a home came versus CLMS on Wednesday both at 6:00PM.  On Tuesday, the football and cheer teams begin their season at SSMS played at JWMHS at 6:30PM.  There will be limited capacity in the visitors stands so please get there early, wear your mask and bring only a clear bag.

At the River Ridge home games, please make sure to purchase your tickets through TicketSpicket.com prior to attending as tickets will not be sold at the gate.  We are also offering an individual athletic pass for $45 available on TicketSpicket.com, which will allow the person to come to all River Ridge Middle School home games for the entire year.

A few important upcoming events to put on your calendar:

On Monday, September 28th, the Gallup Student Poll will be available for ALL students to access the icon on their myPascoConnect dashboard. On Friday, in Social Studies classes (US History, Civics, and World History), we will be giving students time to take the survey. The survey will take about 10 minutes and is anonymous. Students have until October 26th to complete the brief survey. More information about the survey is available on the Pasco Schools website.

Free flu shots are available for traditional students who submit a flu consent form on Monday, October 5th from 7:30AM-9:30AM. These forms were provided several weeks ago and are also available on the RRMS website. The flu forms must be submitted to Mrs. Mundy in the Clinic ASAP.

On Thursday, October 8th will be School Picture Day for both traditional and mySchool Online students. These will be the pictures in the yearbook. Traditional students will go during their English classes and MSO students will have a designated time to sign up. The link will be advertised soon by the photographer for mySchool Online students through our social media and myLearning.  If you would like to order photos, ordering information is located on the RRMS website through Gigante Photography.

As always, if you have any questions or need anything, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education! So proud you are Royal!

 

 

9/20/20

I would like to commend our students and families for following our Stay Safe protocols. Please remember to complete the self-screener every day before coming to school. It can be found on our website in the red header. If you do not feel well, please stay home.  If you do have to miss school, please report your absence using the purple button on our website.  I would also appreciate it if our parents and guardians could reinforce the importance of wearing a mask properly over their noise at all times including on the bus, during transitions, and in class.  If a child needs a mask break, they should respectfully ask the teacher to step out for a minute.  Finally, it is crucial to physically distance at least 6 feet where feasible, students should always keep their hands, feet and other objects to themselves especially in these critical times.

Parents and guardians, we also want to make sure you have created and or log into your parent account for my Student.  It is important that you update your emergency contact information for the year.  This is also how you can monitor your child’s grades and attendance. Progress Reports were available on Friday. Take this opportunity to set up a plan of support if your student is struggling by reaching out to the grade level counselor and teachers through email, inbox in myLearning or Google Voice. All contact information is located on our website under Contact Us.

For our families who have students enrolled in mySchool Online, it is expected that you attend every class period every day (during your scheduled class period) through the zoom links that your teachers have posted in the announcement section of their course. Your grades and attendance will still be recorded and managed in myStudent, even though your teachers will be grading your work in myLearning. Please be sure your child is logging in with both their first and last name on their zoom calls.  Student’s must also have their camera on and be visible to the teacher to be counted as present the entire time unless otherwise directed.  This is extremely important for accurate attendance.  If students do not use their own name or turn on the camera, they will be removed from the Zoom meeting and marked absent.

We also want to remind students that the zooms are not optional as this is how the teacher takes attendance, class discussions occur and learning is facilitated.  Failure to attend your scheduled zooms will result in you being marked absent from that period.  Parents and Guardians, we also want to ask that you please refrain from joining your child in their zooms.  If you need to speak to the teacher, please email them and they will set up a private time to speak with you.  Moving forward, anyone who is not a student at RRMS who joins a student zoom will be muted and removed from that Zoom meeting. Overall, our students have done a good job with adhering to our mySchool Online expectations and we want them to continue to be successful!

We are excited for our fall sports season to kick off this week with Volleyball playing PRSMS at home on Monday at 6PM and away on Wednesday at CHMS at 6PM.

We will have limited seating at all athletic events. We will not sell tickets at the gates. All tickets must be purchased on TicketSpicket.com. The vendor has told us that River Ridge Middle School tickets should be available by Friday, September 18th. When we reach the new limited capacity there will be no more people allowed into the event. This will be the same at away events as well, tickets can be pre-ordered online using the vendor, and tickets will be limited for away volleyball games to only 4 tickets per athlete due to limited capacity in middle school gymnasiums.

When attending River Ridge events, masks are required and proper social distancing must be maintained. Please understand that while you may be alright sitting near people, others may not feel comfortable. Again, it is mandatory that you please wear a mask and agree to social distance. The clear bag and Pasco County’s Patron Code of Conduct is also in effect and can be found on our website. Should you not believe in following these District policies please do not plan on attending.

After all games (home and away), parents and fans will not be allowed onto the field/court. We ask that parents and fans make plans to meet off campus after games. Parents driving athletes are asked to meet them at the car.

At away games, athletes will go straight to the bus after games. We ask that parents and friends respect this and have a plan to meet up after return to school. It is important to remember that schools are allowing sports to continue only if safety procedures can be maintained both on the field and in the stands. Please visit the RRMS website and social media pages for a fall sports information video and guidelines.

Yearbooks are on sale online at yearbookforever.com for $25.  Don’t miss out on the memories while they last!  We sell out every year and this is the lowest price.

Online applications for National Junior Honor Society for 7th and 8th graders only and Royal Ambassadors for students in all grades will be coming out this week on the RRMS website and will be posted on the myLearning announcements as well. These will be due by Monday, September 28th.

We will also be holding bus evacuation drills on Thursday morning. This may cause a bit of a traffic issues so we ask for your patience and understanding.

Finally, as a component of our Royal Rewards student and staff recognition, we would love for families to give shout outs to our deserving staff who are working so hard in these stressful times. We will be selecting Staff Members of the Week to highlight based off of the community shout outs that we receive through our social media and website. Check out our social media to see who received Staff Members of the Week. It’s easy and takes only a minute to let someone know they are making a positive impact!

Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education! So Proud YOU ARE ROYAL!

9/15/20

Please remember to complete the self-screener every day before coming to school.  If you do not feel well, please stay home.  If you do have to miss school, please report your absence using the blue button on our website.

Parents and guardians, we also want to make sure you have created and or log into your parent account for my Student.  It is important that you update your emergency contact information for the year.  This is also how you can monitor your child’s grades and attendance.

For our families who submitted either a change from the traditional setting to mySchool Online or vice versa, we continue to ask for your patience as requests are being processed in the order in which they were received.  We are truly working as quickly as we can to accommodate these requests.  At this time, we are no longer taking requests for changes from one learning model to the other.  Families should now honor their request for the model their student is in now until the end of the quarter.

For our families who have students enrolled in mySchool Online, it is expected that you attend every class period every day (during your scheduled class period) through the zoom links that your teachers have posted in the announcement section of their course. Your grades and attendance will still be recorded and managed in myStudent, even though your teachers will be grading your work in myLearning. Please be sure your child is logging in with both their first and last name on their zoom calls.  Student’s must also have their camera on and be visible to the teacher to be counted as present the entire time unless otherwise directed.  This is extremely important for accurate attendance.  If students do not use their own name or turn on the camera, they will be removed from the Zoom meeting and marked absent.

We also want to remind students that the zooms are not optional as this is how the teacher takes attendance, class discussions occur and learning is facilitated.  Failure to attend your scheduled zooms will result in you being marked absent from that period.  Parents and Guardians, we also want to ask that you please refrain from joining your child in their zooms.  If you need to speak to the teacher, please email them and they will set up a private time to speak with you.  Moving forward, anyone who is not a student at RRMS who joins a student zoom will be muted and removed from that Zoom meeting.

RRMS mySchool Online Expectations

9/13/20

Believe it or not, this week will mark the half way point in the first quarter as Progress Reports will be available on Friday in myStudent!  I would like to commend all of our staff and students and thank our families for your support in making sure that everyone is staying safe and healthy while continuing our high levels of learning at RRMS.
6th graders will be taking NWEA Map assessment in ELA, Math, and Science this week and 7th graders in Civics in order to establish a baseline of learning and will take two additional progress assessments to measure growth in December and April. The parent letter with more information is available on the RRMS website.
Due to changes in the rules governing the federal school lunch program, Pasco Schools is making it easier than ever for students – and children 18 and under – to receive free meals.
Starting on Monday, September 14, students who attend class on campus will still be able to get meals in the school cafeteria, and now those meals will be free. Due to the anticipated demand, we will be eliminating the breakfast in the courtyard in the morning and moving all breakfast Grab and Go pick up to the cafeteria. Students will need to head immediately to 1st period with their Grab and Go breakfast where they may eat their meal.
Also starting on Monday, September 14, students who attend school remotely will still be able to receive school meals on a drive-through basis. Those meals also will be free.
Here’s how the program will work for students who are learning remotely through mySchool Online or Pasco eSchool:
Monday, September 14 through Thursday, September 17, the daily drive-through meal distribution will continue at the designated site time – and meals will now be free. River Ridge Middle and High School’s designated times are 9AM-9:30AM in the high school bus loop.
On Friday, September 18, the school district will serve a week’s worth of meals (breakfast and lunch) curbside to mySchool Online students, quarantined students, and children in the community 18 years and under. That includes Pasco e-School students. We will keep the same times already established for curbside feeding. Curbside meal distribution will continue once a week on Fridays.
We encourage families intending to participate curbside to complete the Meal Reservation Form so we can be best prepared for curbside participation at this link: http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/fns/mform/view.php?id=269401. Parent/guardians no longer have to go to their child’s school; they can pick up meals from the site that is most convenient. For more information on Pasco’s school meal programs, visit the Food and Nutrition Services web page at: https://connectplus.pasco.k12.fl.us/do/fns/

Congratulations to all of our fall sports athletes! Practices begin this week at 2:15PM. Athletes must have their masks and own water bottle to participate.  There will be parent meetings with in person and Zoom options this week. The coaches will provide more information.

Volleyball will be Tuesday, Sept. 15th at 4:15PM in the Cafeteria

Cheerleading will be Wednesday, Sept. 16th at 4PM in the Cafeteria

Football will be Thursday, Sept. 17th at 4:45PM in the Cafeteria

We are looking forward to a great season and have instituted some new procedures for our athletic events then in year’s past.

We will have limited seating at all athletic events. We will not sell tickets at the gates. All tickets must be purchased on TicketSpicket.com. The vendor has told us that River Ridge Middle School tickets should be available by Friday, September 18th. When we reach the new limited capacity there will be no more people allowed into the event. This will be the same at away events as well, tickets can be pre-ordered online using the vendor, and tickets will be limited for away volleyball games to only 4 tickets per athlete due to limited capacity in middle school gymnasiums.

When attending River Ridge events, masks are required and proper social distancing must be maintained. Please understand that while you may be alright sitting near people, others may not feel comfortable. Again, it is mandatory that you please wear a mask and agree to social distance. The clear bag and Pasco County’s Patron Code of Conduct is also in effect and can be found on our website. Should you not believe in following these District policies please do not plan on attending.

After all games (home and away), parents and fans will not be allowed onto the field/court. We ask that parents and fans make plans to meet off campus after games. Parents driving athletes are asked to meet them at the car.

At away games, athletes will go straight to the bus after games. We ask that parents and friends respect this and have a plan to meet up after return to school.

It is important to remember that schools are allowing sports to continue only if safety procedures can be maintained both on the field and in the stands.

Please visit the RRMS website and social media pages for a fall sports information video and guidelines.

There will be a required Active Threat Plan drill this week.

Online applications for National Junior Honor Society for 7th and 8th graders only and Royal Ambassadors for students in all grades will be coming out this week on the RRMS website and will be posted on the myLearning announcements as well. These will be due by Monday, September 28th.

Finally, as a component of our Royal Rewards student and staff recognition, we would love for families to give shout outs to our deserving staff who are working so hard in these stressful times. We will be selecting Staff Members of the Week to highlight based off of the community shout outs that we receive through our social media and website. It’s easy and takes only a minute to let someone know they are making a positive impact!

Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education. Let’s make it a great River Ridge week!

9/6/20

There is no school on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day.

Students continues NWEA Map assessment in ELA, Math, and Science this week in 7th grade in order to establish a baseline of learning and will take two additional progress assessments to measure growth in December and April. The parent letter with more information is available on the RRMS website.

Fridays will be our Royal Spirit Days and this week we will be celebrating Patriot Day and the National Day of Service so make sure you wear your red, white, and blue this Friday. This Friday, September 11th is also the final day to make a change to your child’s learning option for the foreseeable future due to a need to maintain instructional continuity for the quarter.  If you would like to change your child’s learning option, please visit the RRMS website and click the large black button that says Change Learning Option. You will receive a confirmation from the RRMS administration with directions for next steps. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

This week in athletics… Fall Sports tryouts will begin on Tuesday, September 8th through Thursday, September 10th with football and cheerleading going from 2:15PM-4PM/4:30PM.  Volleyball try outs begin on Wednesday, September 9th through Friday, September 11th from 2:15PM-4PM.  Please make sure that you have all athletic paperwork and an up to date physical completed prior to trying out. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Brando, our athletic director. Good luck!

During these unusual times, our athletic events will be handled much differently than in years past. We will have limited seating at all athletic events. We will not sell tickets at the gates. All tickets must be purchased on TicketSpicket.com. When we reach the new limited capacity there will be no more people allowed into the event. This will be the same at away events as well, tickets can be pre-ordered online using the vendor, and tickets will be limited to only 4 tickets per athlete due to limited capacity in middle school gymnasiums.

When attending River Ridge Events, masks are required and proper social distancing must be maintained. Please understand that while you may be alright sitting near people, others may not feel comfortable. Again, it is mandatory that you please wear a mask and agree to social distance. Should you not believe in following these District policies please do not plan on attending.

After all games (home and away), parents and fans will not be allowed onto the field/court. We ask that parents and fans make plans to meet off campus after games. Parents driving athletes are asked to meet them at the car.

At away games, athletes will go straight to the bus after games. We ask that parents and friends respect this and have a plan to meet up after return to school.

It is important to remember that schools are allowing sports to continue only if safety procedures can be maintained both on the field and in the stands.

Please make sure that you are connected with River Ridge by visiting our website, following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @rrmsroyalknight. As always, if you have any questions or need clarifications, please don’t hesitate to contact us. #We Are Better Together! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

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8/30/20

Good afternoon Royal Families. We had an absolutely fantastic first week with our students safely back on campus and at home online!  The students are taking the Stay Safe protocols very seriously, wearing their masks, washing hands/sanitizing, and social distancing.  For those students who are online, we thank you for your patience as we know there was some technology challenges. We are striving to make every day better!

This week in each class there were several informational videos that were shared and processed with students including the Student Code of Conduct, Safety Plan, Active Threat Plan, and the Castle Expectations video. These are all available on our website for students and their families to view for reference.

On Monday, August 31st, the learning options request window reopens to allow families to select if they wish to come back to traditional setting or to go to mySchool Online.  There is a request form tab on our website that must be completed and approved by an administrator in order for a student to change learning options.  This will take at least 24 hours.  If you are interested in making a change, please complete the form as soon as possible.

Link: https://rrms.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=58271

On Monday evening at 6:30PM, the RRMS PTSA will be hosting a general assembly meeting by Zoom. Please contact the PTSA at riverridgemsptsa@gmail.com to access the link.

Students will begin NWEA Map assessment in ELA, Math, and Science this week through September 15th in order to establish a baseline of learning and will take two additional progress assessments to measure growth in December and April. The parent letter with more information is available on the RRMS website.

Fridays will be our Royal Spirit Days so make sure you wear your purple, black and silver to Rep the Ridge. Finally, there will be no school on Monday, September 7th in celebration of Labor Day.

Fall Sports tryouts will begin on Tuesday, September 8th through Thursday, September 10th with football and cheerleading going from 2:15PM-4PM.  Volleyball try outs begin on Wednesday, September 9th through Friday, September 11th from 2:15PM-4PM.  Please make sure that you have all athletic paperwork and an up to date physical completed prior to trying out. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Brando, our athletic director.

Please make sure that you are connected with River Ridge by visiting our website, following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @rrmsroyalknight. As always, if you have any questions or need clarifications, please don’t hesitate to contact us. #We Are Better Together! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

8/23/20

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 7:10AM. Before coming on campus daily, students should review and answer the Student Self Screener located on the RRMS website in the red header. 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 and the grade level hallways to find their first period classes lists. Schedules will reopen in myStudent on Sunday evening. It is highly recommended that students take a picture of their schedule and make it a screensaver on their phone or print a copy.  This school year students will go directly to their first period classes every morning as there is no congregating in the hallways or courtyards.

All students will receive new copies of their schedules in first period. Students should only follow the schedule they receive in first period as there have been some schedule changes.

Please make sure that you view the Welcome Back and Castle Expectations on our website prior to coming on campus as it will ease the transition back to school and make you aware of all of our new safety and health procedures.

For those students who are on mySchool Online, you should log into myLearning at 7:30AM every day following the regular bell schedule. Please check the announcements for Zoom links and daily assignments. If you have a questions, please contact your teacher.  For those families who have not picked up their mySchool Online materials, please do not come to the school during the school hours. We will have another pick up on Wednesday, August 26th from 4PM-6PM in the middle school car loop.

In the afternoon, the bus line up is posted on our website and will also be around campus so that students are aware which row their bus will be in at the middle school bus loop.

Finally, school supply lists are on the RRMS website and have been mailed/distributed to all families through Storm the Castle, mySchool pick up and the Back to School newsletter.  All students are required to wear masks. We highly recommend that students also have their own personal hand sanitizer, water bottle as there will be no drinking from fountains only filling, earbuds, calculator, and bring your own electronic device either a computer or tablet to alleviate the need to share devices. Classroom supplies can be brought in through out the first week.

Please make sure that you are connected with River Ridge by visiting our website, following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @rrmsroyalknight. Friday will be our Royal Spirit Day so make sure you wear your purple, black and silver to Rep the Ridge. As always, if you have any questions or need clarifications, please don’t hesitate to contact us. I can’t wait to see our Royal Family back on campus or virtually ready to make this the best year ever at River Ridge Middle School as we meet challenge with perseverance because We Are Better Together! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

8/16/2020

We are excited to welcome our students on Monday, August 24th for the first day of the 20-21 school year! It is very important that you review all of the information on our website regarding the River Ridge Middle School’s ReOpening Plan to partner with us in an a collective effort for a successful reopening.  Many things are going to look, feel and be different, but we are truly excited to welcome all of our Royal Knights back to the Castle (whether, it’s in a traditional or virtual setting) because…We Are #BetterTogether!

School safety is a collective responsibility and it will take the efforts of all of our Royal students, staff and families to keep River Ridge clean and safe. It will be important for families to emphasize and model healthy behaviors at home and to talk to their students about changes to expect this school year (social distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene, etc.). Please review the 20-21 RRMS Castle Expectations video on our website and social media to better understand our “new normal” and the procedures that have been put in place to maintain a safe learning environment. We also have developed a Collective Responsibility Plan document and RRMS Student Expectations Plan document to provide additional information that is also located on our website and in the back to school newsletter that was mailed home and explanation of a student’s day both on mySchool Online and Traditional.

On Monday of this week, we are excited to welcome our amazing staff back on campus to continue to prepare for the first day of school.  On Wednesday, August 19th, we invite the returning 7th and 8th grade Royals to walk their schedules and pick up pre-paid items from 8AM-10AM for students with last names A-M and 10AM-12PM for students with last names M-Z.  Schedules and Fees will only be available online prior to coming to campus. Please enter by the middle school front office. There will be maps available as well as tables for school nurse (TDaP Shot Records – 7th Grade), spirit wear, US History/Civics pick up, and PTSA set up in the courtyard. We are attempting a “touch-free” orientation day, please complete the “know before you go” steps listed on our website before coming on to campus for your designated event: Step 1: Create a myStudent Parent Portal account including updating emergency cards (this is especially crucial this year), Step 2: Pay School Fees, and Step 3: Print or Save Your Child’s Schedule and Receipts to Pick Up Items. 

On Friday, August 21st, we invite the mySchool Online students who missed last week’s pick up or who need to pick up additional items to the MySchool Make Up Pick Up Day from 8AM-12PM in the RRMS Car Loop, no appointment needed. This will be the make up day to pick up materials and check out a computer (if previously reserved). These families should still go to myStudent Parent Portal to update contact info, pay fees and view the student schedule. The pick up is in the car loop as a drive thru distribution, post the student name in your front window, receipt ready and please stay in your vehicle. Please view the orientation video on the RRMS website prior to August 24th.

Finally, school supply lists are on the RRMS website and have been mailed/distributed to all families through Storm the Castle, mySchool pick up and the Back to School newsletter.  All students are required to wear masks. We highly recommend that students also have their own personal hand sanitizer, water bottle as there will be no drinking from fountains only filling, earbuds, calculator, and bring your own electronic device either a computer or tablet to alleviate the need to share devices.  The RRMS PTSA has also partnered with schooltoolbox.com, which will send all supplies directly to your house and the school receives a donation.

Please make sure to access our website and social media daily as there will be frequent updates that will ensure a safe and successful start to the year!

Thank you for partnering with River Ridge in your child’s education! So Proud You are Royal!

 

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