Weekly Principal’s Message

12.16.18

This week is the final week of the semester. Quarterly checks will continue and students in semester courses will take district finals. Let’s finish Royal Strong!

We will also be having a Winter Spirit Dress Up Week as part of our Season of Kindness! Students are encouraged to dress up to celebrate the holidays and the successful completion of the semester. Monday is Penguin Day, dress in white and black; Tuesday is Holiday Accessory Day, deck out in socks, necklaces, elf hats, reindeer antlers, and more. Wednesday is candy cane day, wear red and white; Thursday is Ugly sweater and holiday shirt day, and Friday is Royal Spirit Day wear your River Ridge gear!

We are continuing our Season of Kindness so check out the calendar and our daily kindness reminder on social media. We will have several opportunities for students to spread kindness with thank you note, candy cane pass on kindness activity, and holiday card writing to RRMS staff. On Friday afternoon, we will also have an “on track” event that students may attend in the theater. So, students are encouraged to wear their “on track” bands that day.

Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 18th.  The electives department will be hosting Art, Design, and more Winter Showcase from 5:30PM-7PM, where student work from electives classes will be displayed in the cafeteria. We will also have refreshments and Bahama Buck’s to enjoy. Then head to the Winter Concert to celebrate the season with our band and chorus at 7PM.

The winter sports season finishes this week with Girls’ BBall vs. GMS on Monday at 6PM. On Tuesday Boys’ Soccer vs. GMS at home at 6PM.

We would like to wish the entire Royal Family… happy holidays and look forward to a Royal new year. Students will return to school on Tuesday, January 8th. Thank you again for partnering with us in your child’s education!

 

12.9.18

There are only two weeks left in the second quarter and quarterly checks in all of the core subject areas begin this week. 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. All middle school students must earn a D or higher in all core course to earn middle school promotion. 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.

We are continuing our Season of Kindness so check out the calendar and our daily kindness reminder on social media.

Don’t miss out! Wednesday is our Royal Dine Out Spirit Night at Panera Bread in Trinity from 5PM-9PM.

Healthy Schools will again be offering free flu vaccines on Thursday, December 13 to our middle school students. If you would like your child to receive the flu vaccine at this time, you may access the forms online through the RRMS website and return to the clinic.

In sports this week, on Monday, Girls’ BBall travels to BPMS at 6PM. On Wednesday, Girls’ Bball is at home vs. HMS at 6PM and Boys’ Soccer travels to FHS to take on BPMS at 6PM. On Thursday, the boy’s team plays at home vs. HMS at 6PM.

Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 18th.  The electives department will be hosting Art, Design, and more Winter Showcase from 5:30PM-7PM, where student work from electives classes will be displayed in the cafeteria. We will also have refreshments and Bahama Buck’s to enjoy. Then head to the Winter Concert to celebrate the season with our band and chorus at 7PM.

 

12.6.18

Tomorrow is the final day of our Annual Holiday Food Drive. Students and community members are encouraged to bring in canned foods and non-perishable food items. Drop off your donations with your Knight Time teacher.  We will be counting up donations weekly and the winning Knight Time Class will receive an incentive. Please donate today to help our River Ridge community.

Friday evening is our Winter Wonderland Dance from 6PM-8PM in the Cafeteria. It is semi-formal dress.  Tickets will be on sale in the morning in the media center for $8 and $10 at the door. We will have a DJ, photo booth, 8th grade VIP Area, full concession stand, Kona Ice and much more.

Healthy Schools will again be offering free flu vaccines on December 13 to our middle school students. If you would like your child to receive the flu vaccine at this time, you may access the forms online through the RRMS website and return to the clinic.

Finally, our 8th grade students received the December mid-year newsletter today. It is also available on the website and through social media. It includes important information about the high school registration process which is currently open, NASA field trip, Gradventure, end of year activities, promotion requirements and academic and behavioral expectations reminders.

12.2.18

This is the final week of our Annual Holiday Food Drive. Students and community members are encouraged to bring in canned foods and non-perishable food items. Students can drop off donations in the front office or cafeteria. We will be counting up donations weekly and the winning Knight Time Class will receive an incentive. Please donate today to help our River Ridge community.

We will be kicking off our Season of Kindness calendar in December where we are promoting a daily act of kindness. Our clubs and organizations will be organizing some special activities this month to promote community and inclusiveness as a part of our Royal Culture of Caring and Start with Hello initiatives. Please check out the calendar on our website, social media or ask you student for their copy. Let’s make this world a better place one person at a time!

On Monday, there will be a PTSA general assembly meeting in the media center at 6PM. The agenda includes the holiday cookie exchange for RRMS staff, teacher grant program, community services expo and upcoming fundraiser.

The December Club Day will be on Wednesday this week and we will follow an AM Activity Schedule. Please make sure to dress appropriately and bring any items needed for your club.

In sports this week, Girls’ Basketball and Boy’s soccer team travel to SSMS on Monday to play at 6PM. Then on Wednesday, the girl’s take on CLMS at home at 6PM and the boys soccer team is at home vs. CLMS on Thursday at 6PM.  Come out and support these dedicated student athletes. Go Knights!

On Friday, December 7th, we will kick off December with our Winter Wonderland Dance from 6PM-8PM in the Cafeteria. It is semi-formal dress.  Tickets will be on sale every morning in the media center for $8 and $10 at the door. We will have a DJ, photo booth, 8th grade VIP Area, full concession stand and much more.

Healthy Schools will again be offering free flu vaccines on December 13 to our middle school students. If you would like like your child to receive the flu vaccine at this time, you may access the forms online through the RRMS website and return to the clinic.

Last but not least, we have just replenished our supply of We Are Royal Hoodies and t-shirts for the holidays! They are available immediately at the front office or on the website. Hoodies are $25, gray lightweight sweatshirts $20, short sleeve t-shirts are $10, and long sleeve shirts are $15! We also have headbands, water bottles, lanyards, and string packs. They make great holiday gifts!

Thank you again for partnering with River Ridge in your child’s education!

11/25/18

I hope that everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. We are excited to get back and finish the final four weeks of the semester Royal Strong! Students received their Quarter 2 Progress Reports on Friday, November 16th. I hope that you had an opportunity to review the Progress Report with your child. Students are considered to be “On Track” by obtaining grades of A-C and no discipline referrals. If your child is not “On Track,” help them to identify behaviors that need to start immediately to raise grades and have a positive effect on behavior, considering reviewing our Knightly Core Values of be respectful, be responsible, and be a problem solver. We also offer academic lunch, after school tutoring, and encourage parents/students to be active communicators with our staff.

On Monday, November 26th from 5PM-8PM at JW Mitchell HS, the Pasco Pathways Expo event will highlight the choices and innovative programs available in Pasco County for the 2019-20 school year. All secondary schools in the designated area will be represented at the Expo as well as select elementary schools. River Ridge Middle School will be represented at the Expo on November 26th and we would love to see you there. For registration information please visit the Pasco County Schools website. In addition to the Expos, we want to be sure you are aware of the new School Choice and Magnet application process as well as the new choice window will be December 3-December 14, 2018.

Please mark your calendars as the RRMS Drama Department will be hosting our fall play, 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse on Monday, November 26th and Tuesday, November 27th at 7PM at the RRPAC. Tickets are $5 at the door. It is sure to be an awesome event!

We also have started our Annual Holiday Food Drive. Students and community members are encouraged to bring in canned foods and non-perishable food items. Students can drop off donations in the front office or cafeteria. We will be counting up donations weekly and the winning grade level will receive an incentive. Please donate today to help our River Ridge community.

Our winter sports teams are off to a great start! This week the Girls’ BBall team plays CHMS at home on Wednesday at 6PM and the Boys’ Soccer team plays CHMS at home on Thursday at 6PM. On Saturday, December 1st the River Ridge MS/HS Dance Program will be present their annual Winter Dance Showcase at the RR Performing Arts Center at 4PM, 5:30PM and 7PM. Please see Mrs. Vairo for more information.

Last but not least, we have just replenished our supply of We Are Royal Hoodies and t-shirts for the holidays! They are available immediately at the front office or on the website. Hoodies are $25, short sleeve t-shirts are $10, and long sleeve shirts are $15! They make great holiday gifts!

Thank you again for partnering with River Ridge in your child’s education!

11.16.18

Students received their Quarter 2 Progress Reports today through myStudent. Please take this opportunity to review your child’s progress as there are only four weeks left in the semester. Students are considered to be “On Track” by obtaining grades of A-C and no discipline referrals. If your child is not “On Track,” help them to identify behaviors that need to start immediately to raise grades and have a positive effect on behavior, consider reviewing our Knightly Core Values of be respectful, be responsible, and be a problem solver.

There is also a parent feedback survey from the RRMS PTSA that is on your Facebook page and website that we are requesting parents to complete. We are applying to be a National School of Excellence and would really appreciate our RRMS families helping to guide our focus projects. The survey will be available through Friday, November 23rd.

Immediately when we return, please mark your calendars as the RRMS Drama Department will be hosting our fall play, 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse on Monday, November 26th and Tuesday, November 27th at 7PM at the RRPAC. Tickets are $5 at the door. It is sure to be an awesome event!

Please enjoy the Thanksgiving Break as schools will reopen on Monday, November 26th.  We wish the entire Royal Family a wonderful Thanksgiving as we are truly grateful, thankful and blessed for each one of you!

11.11.18

This week prior to Thanksgiving Break is Royals Give Thanks Week!  On this Veteran’s Day, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Veterans for their service! RRMS was honored to host the Pasco County Schools Veteran’s Day ceremony with several of our student groups performing. Video of the ceremony is located on the RRMS website.

Last week, the Future Business Leaders of America club launched their March of Dimes donation campaign, which lasts through this Friday.  Please bring in your spare change to your Knight Time teachers.

On Tuesday, we will participate in National Kindness Day with a Mix It Up at lunch activity sponsored by our Student Services Department and Student Leadership Start With Hello clubs for students to meet new people and celebrate our differences.

We also have started our Annual Holiday Food Drive. Students and community members are encouraged to bring in canned foods and non-perishable food items. Students can drop off donations in the front office or cafeteria. We will be counting up donations weekly and the winning grade level will receive an incentive. Please donate today to help our River Ridge community.

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!

On Thursday, all RRMS athletes will participate in annual training from the Positive Coaching Alliance. The trainings will be by grade level in the gym: 6th grade at 9:45AM, 7th grade at 10:45AM, 8th grade at 11:45AM. Please see Athletic Director Coach Brando for more information.

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

Finally, on Friday Quarter 2 Progress Reports will be available on myStudent. Believe it or not we are almost half way through the quarter.

The following week, November 19th-23rd will be Thanksgiving Break and all schools are closed. Schools will reopen on Monday, November 26th. 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!

11.4.18

I hope that everyone remembered to turn their clocks back one hour this morning and enjoyed the extra hour of sleep! We have had a lot to celebrate last week as over 600 students earned A/B Honor or All As certificates. We also collected over 2,500 pairs of socks for our school-wide culture of caring project, Socktober! Believe it or not, we are quickly moving through the 2nd quarter!

On Monday, invited 8th grade students who are in Algebra 1 Honors and other high school math classes will attend a presentation from the GHS IB and AHS Cambridge Programs during 1st period. Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Pasco Pathways Expo event that will highlight the choices and innovative programs available in Pasco County for the 2019-20 school year. Pasco County Schools will host two Expo style events on November 26th at J.W. Mitchell High School and November 29th at Wesley Chapel High School from 5-8 p.m. All secondary schools in the designated area will be represented at the Expo as well as select elementary schools. River Ridge Middle School will be represented at the Expo on November 26th and we would love to see you there. For registration information please visit the Pasco County Schools website. In addition to the Expos, we want to be sure you are aware of the new School Choice and Magnet application process as well as the new choice window will be December 3-December 14, 2018.

Tuesday will be the November Club Day. We will be on an AM Activity Schedule. Students should dress appropriately for their club in order to participate.

Wednesday will be our October Student of the Month Luncheon sponsored by Zaxby’s. Invitations were provided last week to our honorees. There will also be a boys’ soccer parent meeting at 4PM in the media center.

Friday students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue in recognition of Veteran’s Day. There will be a district Veteran’s Day presentation for all Civics students in the morning where the RRMS band, chorus and art work will be highlighted.

We are seeking speakers for the Great American Teach In on November 14th. The Great American Teach In provides an opportunity for members of the community to come in and speak with students about their occupations, hobbies, or areas of interest. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Karen Tabone through the RRMS website.

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

10.28.18

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’ travel drug free!

As a result of new school choice timelines in Pasco County, articulation presentations for 8th graders have been moved up in the year. The new school choice application period for the 2019-20 school year will be December 3-14, 2018. On Monday, all 8th graders will attend a presentation for KTech High School during 1st period. The following Monday, Anclote High School Cambridge and Gulf High School IB Programs will also provide a presentation for qualifying 8th graders. Students will bring home information about the Pasco Pathways Expo on November 26th at Mitchell High School, where families can explore all of the educational options Pasco has to offer.

PTSA will be selling River Ridge spirit socks in the cafeteria for $10 on Monday. They have purple and black.

Tuesday, we are encouraging all of our Royal Knights to wear PINK to support cancer awareness month!

Wednesday is Halloween! Students will be allowed to dress up but they need to be in dress code. No masks or props will be allowed. Last 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. There will be a mystery on track treat for Halloween – show how you are a Royal Scholar – wear your band!

6th Grade Health Screenings will be conducted at school on Thursday, November 1, 2018. The following screenings are required by Florida statutes in 6th Grade: Vision, hearing, height, weight, and BMI. These screenings do not replace your child’s need for regular health care and check ups. If you do not want your child to participate in screening, please send in a written request for exclusion to the front office at least one week before the screening date. If you have any questions, please contact RRMS School Nurse, Jennifer McComis, RN MSN MHA.

We are in the middle of our school-wide Yankee Candle Fundraiser to raise funds for new technology. This fundraiser will run through Friday, November 2nd and all order forms can be submitted to your child’s science teacher. Please bring in the order form and funds by Friday, November 2nd. Online orders will be received through December 31st. 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.

Finally, we are seeking speakers for the Great American Teach In on November 14th. The Great American Teach In provides an opportunity for members of the community to come in and speak with students about their occupations, hobbies, or areas of interest. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Karen Tabone through the RRMS website.

We will also be continuing with our Socktober sock donation drive through the end of October. We have collected over 1,000 socks, so please continue to bring in socks to front office or cafeteria… let’s do this Knights!

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

10.21.18

This week is Red Ribbon Week with our theme… Life is Your Journey, Royal Knights travel drug free. Students will be able to take the Drug Free Pledge, participate in door decorating contest, and dress up days that coordinate with our message to make positive decisions and bring awareness. As a part of Red Ribbon Week, we will also be continuing with our Socktober sock donation drive through the end of October. We have 851 socks and our goal is 1,000… let’s do this Knights!

Monday is Traveling Tourist Day – dress as a tourist or wear clothing from another country. We will be on a PM Activity Schedule for our Quarter 1 On Track incentive field day starting at 1PM. 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.  After school, 7th graders are invited to The Outsiders viewing party in the Media Center from 2PM-3:30PM. Popcorn will be served!  There will also be a PTSA meeting at 6PM in the Media Center.

Tuesday is Team Up Against Drugs. Students should wear sports jerseys or team gear! At lunch on Tuesday, students who are “on track” will also receive their “on track” bands for the quarter which will give them extra privileges. In sports, 6th grade boys’ soccer tryouts are from 2-4PM and our undefeated football team travels to PRSMS to finish their season at 6:30PM.

Wednesday is Rally in Red Day – wear red. 7th Grade boys’ soccer tryouts are from 2-4PM and Girls’ Basketball Tryouts begin from 2-4PM through Friday.  We are also partnering with McDonald’s for a McKnight Dine Out Night that evening for Red Ribbon Week.

Thursday is Our Future is Bright… Neon and Sunglasses Day! 8th Grade boy’s soccer tryouts are from 2-4PM. We will also be sponsoring a Red Ribbon Week incentive: Tie Dye and Chalk Art in the Courtyard from 2-3PM in the Art Room.  Students can purchase tickets for 5 Knight Dollars in lunches all week. Tickets are limited and students must bring a white shirt to participate.

Friday is our Royal Spirit Day! Our School Store will be open at lunches. On Friday evening from 5:30PM-6:30PM on the middle school track, RRMHS will be hosting Trick or Treat Around the Track. Come on out dressed in costume to travel the track for tricks and treats from our clubs and organizations.

We are in the middle of our school-wide Yankee Candle Fundraiser to raise funds for new technology. This fundraiser will run through November 2nd and all order forms can be submitted to your child’s science teacher. Online orders will be received through December 31st 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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10.14.18

There will be no school due to a Teacher Planning Day on Monday, October 15th.  We are excited to welcome back our students on Tuesday to begin the second quarter.

We continue to celebrate #Socktober with our school-wide culture of caring community service project. RRMS is collecting socks for men, women and children to donate to the local homeless shelter the entire month of October. Socks can be turned in to the front office or cafeteria. The class that donates the most will win a prize. We have currently collected over 600 pairs of socks to meet our goal of 1,000 socks to our community. 6th grade is currently in the lead with 7th and 8th a close second. Keep the socks coming, Royal Knights. Together, we can make a difference! 

On Tuesday, we play our final home football game vs. GMS and celebrate Parent Night before the game with our football, cheerleaders, and band families. Please make sure that if your child is participating that you complete the form on the RRMS website. We will also be collecting socks at the gate for our #Socktober community service project which will benefit the Pasco Homeless Coalition.

On Wednesday, Tijuana Flats in Trinity will host a Royal Family Dine Out night for River Ridge Middle School from 5PM-8PM.  10% of the proceeds will go to student recognition at RRMS.

On Thursday, we have our School Advisory Council meeting with the high school at 2:30PM in the Faculty Lounge.

On Friday, there will be school picture retakes in the morning in the back of the media center during Periods 1-3.  This will also be the 7th grade Outsiders dress up day.

We will also be launching our school-wide Yankee Candle fundraiser to raise funds for classroom technology on Tuesday, October 16th through Knight Time Homeroom classes. This fundraiser will run through November 2nd and all order forms can be submitted to your child’s homeroom 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!

10.7.18

We had an awesome Royal Spirit Week last week culminating in the 6th grade winning the fall Spirit Stick. Thank you to everyone for participating and showing that #WeAreRoyal! 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.

Let’s celebrate #Socktober with our school-wide culture of caring community service project. RRMS will be collecting socks for men, women and children to donate to the local homeless shelter the entire month of October. Socks can be turned in to the front office or cafeteria. The class that donates the most will win a prize. Our goal is to donate 1,000 socks to our community. Together, we can make a difference! 

Please mark your calendar as we will be hosting a Social Studies History Fair  and Science Fair Informational Night for all students and parents in Advanced US History and Civics as well as Accelerated Science on Thursday, October 11th at 6PM in the Media Center. By attending this meeting, you will learns the ins and outs of history and science fair including the process, procedures, and how to successfully complete a project. Science and Social Studies teachers will be there to present as well as answer questions.

This week in sports the volleyball team finishes their season by hosting HMS at 6PM on Monday at home and is also home vs. GMS on Wednesday. The undefeated football team plays at home vs. HMS on Tuesday at 6:30PM. Charge on, Royal Knights! Boy’s Soccer Tryouts will begin at the end of October. Boy’s must have an athletic packet and physical filled out in order to tryout. See Coach Hack for more information.

TRYOUT SCHEDULE
October 23rd for 6th grade
October 24th for 7th grade
October 25th for 8th grade

Our CTE, Business and FBLA students have been invited to participate in the 3rd Annual TB Buccaneers Community Day trip on October 23 to tour the Buccaneers daily operations, lunch and to attend a Buccaneers game. Students in these programs should contact Mrs. Resto with their $55 deposit and permission form by Monday, October 8th.

Friday is the last day of the quarter. At Friday night’s RRHS football game at 7:30AM, our band, cheer, and dance team will be performing with their high school counterparts to celebrate middle school night.

There will be a no school for students on Monday, October 15th as there is a Teacher Planning Day. As a preview the week of 10/16-10/19, 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 17th. Thank you for partnering in your child’s education with us to make this the best year ever at River Ridge!

9.30.18

There are only 2 weeks left in the first quarter and quarterly checks will begin in all core classes this week. The high school NHS will also begin offering after school tutoring this week every Wednesday and Thursday from 2PM-3PM in the media center.  We encourage our students to take advantage of extra help both after school, during daily Knight Time sessions and academic lunch.

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.

Monday is PJ Day, Tuesday is Fan Day, Wednesday is Duo or Character Day, Thursday is Team Color Day, and Friday is Spirit Day.

Wednesday will also be our second club day of the year.  Club lists have been updated and will be posted on Monday in the Media Center and Cafeteria. Please bring proper materials or equipment and dress for your club. We will be on an AM Activity Schedule.

This week in sports…

Volleyball plays home vs. CLMS on Monday and travels to BPMS on Wednesday both games start at 6PM.  The undefeated football team travels to FHS to play BPMS on Tuesday at 6:30PM.

Mark your calendars as we are teaming up with RRHS for our middle school night at their football game on Friday, October 12th. The band, dance team, and cheerleaders will be performing and the football team is encourage to attend for RRMS night. More information will be provided soon.

Try out information will be published soon about girls’ basketball and boys’ soccer. All students who wish to try out must have an up to date physical.

Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education! Go Knights!

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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