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 a school campus or school district office. All three self-screeners – the Student Self-Screener, the Employee Self-Screener, and the Visitor Self-Screener – are accessible from the district’s COVID-19 protocols page and are posted on each school web page.

11/28/21

Welcome Back, Royal Families!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holidays. We have 3 weeks until the end of the semester and Winter Break!  We will stay focused on learning but have a lot of fun doing it spreading our royal culture of caring.  Our student groups have put together the annual RRMS Season of Kindness Calendar for the next three weeks with acts of kindness, special events, the Winter Wonderland Dance, and the Winter Spirit Week!  

We will be holding an RRMS Food Drive to benefit River Ridge families for the winter holidays from 11/29-12/10. Please review the requested items and send them with your student to the front office or Knight Time classes. There will be a class competition with great class prizes for those who bring in the most items. We appreciate all of your kind donations!

The RRMS Administration and PTSA are making a Holiday Cheer Request for Gift Cards & Gift Basket Items for our amazing teachers and staff! Once again, we are hoping to make the holiday season a little brighter for our amazing teachers and staff! Each year we like to take a collection to put together gift baskets to be raffled to the staff before Christmas break. In the past, our families have been so generous to send in purchased gift certificates, donated gift certificates by local businesses, and items to be included in the gift baskets. Some items from the past have included spa items (massage, pedicure, bath and body, etc.), date nights (dinner), car detail (car wash), sports, family fun, holiday decor, and more! We will gratefully take anything you can think of! We also are asking for donations of holiday cards and candy canes for the Winter Spirit Week for student activities. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084dada82dabff2-christmas1. Please send any items in to the school c/o Monica Stanton. We would love to have all items turned in by December 10th. Thank you for your kindness and support!
 
This week in sports the boys’ soccer team is at home on Tuesday vs. CHMS and on Thursday they play rival SSMS at 6PM. Tickets are $5 for all athletic events through GoFan.co and the Pasco clear bag policy will be enforced. Please come out and support our undefeated Boys’ Soccer Team this week!

Attention 8th grade families, the Crusader yearbook will be offering 8th grade yearbook ads to celebrate your student’s accomplishments and to show how much you care about them! Ads will be due by December 17th and more information can be found at this link on the RRMS website: https://rrms.pasco.k12.fl.us/?p=8658

On Friday, December 3rd, we will be hosting two field trips… the NASA Field Trip for the 7th Grade Accel. Science and 8th Grade Science students, where students need to meet at the middle school bus loop no later than 6:30AM and parents can pick up by 9PM.  The Busch Gardens Physics Day Field Trip for the Physical Science Honors students need to meet in the courtyard at the beginning of school with pick up by 5:30PM. 

On Saturday, the River Ridge Dance Department presents Just Dance! the Winter Dance Showcase with shows at 3PM and 5PM. Tickets are currently on sale now from Mrs. Vairo or at the door for $8.  Come out and support our talented Royal dancers!

As always, if you have any questions or need clarifications, please don’t hesitate to contact us. GAME ON, Royals! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

11/14/21

Good afternoon Royal Families,

Progress Reports were available on myStudent on Friday. Please make sure that you are going into the parent portal to check grades and attendance as we only have 4 weeks left until the end of the semester.  Students need to earn Ds of higher in all core classes in order to be promoted to high school. In order to have on track status for Royal Rewards, students need to earn As, Bs, and Cs and no referrals.  If your child needs support please have them reach out to their teacher, use their Knight Time class each day, and come to after school tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school in the media center from 2PM-3PM.

This week we will continue our annual Student Data Chats with the 6th grade through Social Studies classes. Administrators, Counselors, and other Student Services support team members will be meeting with every student to go over their academic and behavioral data based on the Quarter 1 report card to set a quarterly goal and create a success plan.  Parents/Guardians will be mailed home goal sheets with report cards.  This is a great way to support all of our students both academically and social emotionally. 

The Royal Merchant School Online Store will be open for students to purchase items through the PBIS Rewards app on Monday and Tuesday of this week. The store will close on Tuesday at 4PM.  Students may use their Knight Dollars to purchase a variety of food items, privileges, gift cards, and spirit gear! Distribution day will be on Thursday at lunches. 

The Pasco Pathways school choice informational event for the 22-23 school year will be held virtually on November 15th, if you would like more information of potential schools of choice. River Ridge Middle School will be showcasing our FAME Academy including our new offering of orchestra and Engineering Academy. The updated offerings for RRMS will be on a video on the school website.  Please register on the district website if you will be attending the Pasco Pathways: https://westsidepascoexpo2021.sched.com/. 

On Thursday, November 18th, the RRMS PTSA will be in the front office for Nothing Bundt Cake Fundraiser pick up from 1PM-5PM.  Thank you to everyone who support this fundraiser.

This week in sports on Monday the JV Girls Basketball Team takes on SRK8 at Home. Both JV and Varsity will be at home on Wednesday vs. CHMS.  The boys’ soccer team opens their season on Tuesday vs. Hudson Academy at Hudson High School and on Thursday they play at home vs. SRK8 at 6PM. Tickets are $5 for all athletic events through GoFan.co and the Pasco clear bag policy will be enforced. Thank you for supporting our Royal Knights student-athletes!

Attention 8th grade families, the Crusader yearbook will be offering 8th grade yearbook ads to celebrate your student’s accomplishments and to show how much you care about them! Ads will be due by December 17th and more information can be found at this link on the RRMS website: https://rrms.pasco.k12.fl.us/?p=8658. 

Pasco County Schools will be on Thanksgiving Break from 11/22-11/26 with students returning on 11/29. We wish everyone in our Royal Family a safe and healthy holiday. We are so thankful, grateful, and blessed to have you in the Royal Family!

When we return from break, we will be holding an RRMS Food Drive to benefit River Ridge families for the winter holidays. Please review the requested items and send them with your student to the front office or Knight Time classes. We appreciate all of your kind donations!

As always, if you have any questions or need clarifications, please don’t hesitate to contact us. GAME ON, Royals! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

11/5/21

Good evening, Royal Families!

We take Royal Pride in our school and community.  We work hard every day at River Ridge to provide a high quality learning experience for all students. It is unfortunate that some students are continuing to vandalize the restrooms. This has been an on going problem throughout this year that has been addressed by administration, staff, and law enforcement. In order to curb these issues and to ensure that students are not missing important instructional time, the school leadership team in collaboration with staff has recommended an update to the RRMS Hall Pass and Restroom Policies and Procedures. We have provided a brief video that was shown to all students on the morning news and at Knight to explain the updated information that we also wanted to share with families:

During the first 10 minutes and last 10 minutes of class, there will be no passes issued unless there is an emergency for safety and instructional focus purposes. We will be continuing with the digital hall pass system and students are expected to sign out each time before leaving the classroom. When using the restroom, students should not bring food, cell phones, writing utensils or other items that would not be appropriate to use in a restroom. I’m asking for the assistance of the parents/guardians to speak to your children about being responsible Royal Knights by seeing something then saying something as well as being respectful of property in order to keep our school safe and the restrooms accessible to everyone. The poor choices of a few students have cost countless custodial and administration hours as well as brought damage to brand new restrooms. We do not want to prosecute students but we have been left no choice.  Thank you to our River Ridge community for all of the support you give to our students and school!

This week we will continue our annual Student Data Chats with the 7th grade through Social Studies classes. Administrators, Counselors, and other Student Services support team members will be meeting with every student to go over their academic and behavioral data based on the Quarter 1 report card to set a quarterly goal and create a success plan.  Parents/Guardians will be mailed home goal sheets with report cards.  6th Grade will be done the week before Thanksgiving break. This is a great way to support all of our students both academically and social emotionally. 

There will be 6th Grade Health Screenings scheduled through science classes on Tuesday, November 9th. The School Nurse and her team will screen for height, weight, vision, hearing and scoliosis. If you would like your child to opt out, please email a note to Mrs. Mundy, school nurse, at tmundy@pasco.k12.fl.us.

On Wednesday, November 10th is the district Early Release Day and our Club Day.  Students will follow a shortened schedule and will be released from school at 11:50AM.  Students should bring materials and dress appropriately to participate in their clubs. Lists wlll be posted on the cafeteria and media center windows.

On Wednesday, November 10th during 1st and 2nd period, in the theater, 8th graders are invited to a presentation about the programs at Wendell Krinn Technical High School. The Pasco Pathways school choice informational event for the 22-23 school year will be held virtually on November 15th, if you would like more information of potential schools of choice. River Ridge Middle School will be showcasing our FAME Academy including our new offering of orchestra and Engineering Academy.  Please register on the district website: https://westsidepascoexpo2021.sched.com/. 

On Thursday, November 11th, we will be having a special Veteran’s Day video and presentation shown in the classrooms from the school district. We would like to thank all of our veterans for their dedication and service! 

On Thursday evening, join us at Panera Bread in Trinity for our November Royal Dine Out Night from 4PM-8PM.  Show the flyer, mention RRMS, or use the online ordering code PRFUND for RRMS to earn 20% of all sales. This goes back to student recognition.

The RRMS PTSA is holding their fall Nothing Bundt Cake fundraiser from October 25-November 10th.  Flyers and order forms went home last week. Orders with payment are due November 10th to the front office or you can order online at the PTSA Member Hub: https://riverridgemsptsa.memberhub.com/store# . Bundtlets will be ready for pick up at RRMS on 11/18. If you have any questions about the fundraiser, please contact RRMS PTSA at riverridgemsptsa@gmail.com. All proceeds will be used to benefit PTSA teacher grants and student programs at RRMS.

This week in sports on Wednesday, November 10th the girls’ basketball team travels to HMS at 6PM to kick off their season.   Tickets are $5 and the Pasco clear bag policy will be enforced.

Finally, Quarter 2 progress reports will be available for viewing on myStudent on Friday, November 12th.  There is only 4 weeks left to finish Royal Strong! You can do it, Royals!

As always, if you have any questions or need clarifications, please don’t hesitate to contact us. GAME ON, Royals! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

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10/31/21

Happy Halloween, Royal Families!  We had an amazing Red Ribbon Week last week with presentations from the Sheriff’s Office, great involvement with the dress up days, signing the Drug Free Pledge, and culminating in the Halloween Dance! The RRMS FAME Academy Theatre Department put on the Fall Play with a series of one acts that was very well received with large audiences to celebrate these talent royals hard work! These talented actors will be taking their one act and several other areas to compete in the Thespian competition in St. Petersburg this upcoming week… Break a Leg, Royal Knights!

With all of our Royal Pride that is shown on a daily basis, we work hard every day at RRMS and unfortunately we still have continuing issues with destruction specifically in the male restrooms on campus.  On Friday, we had to close all male restrooms due to vandalism, clogging toilets/sinks, and even breaking restroom doors and partitions leaving only the clinic restroom available. I’m asking for the assistance of the parents/guardians to speak to your children about being responsible Royal Knights by seeing something then saying something as well as being respectful of property in order to keep our school safe and the restrooms accessible to everyone. The poor choices of a few students have cost countless custodial and administration hours as well as brought damage to brand new restrooms. We do not want to prosecute students but we have been left no choice.  Thank you to our River Ridge community for all of the support you give to our students and school!

This week we will begin our annual Student Data Chats with the 8th grade through Social Studies classes. Administrators, Counselors, and other Student Services support team members will be meeting with every student to go over their academic and behavioral data based on the Quarter 1 report card to set a quarterly goal and create a success plan.  Parents/Guardians will be mailed home goal sheets with report cards.  7th Grade and 6th Grade will be done the two weeks before Thanksgiving break. This is a great way to support all of our students both academically and social emotionally. 

On Monday, November 1st during 7th period in the theater, 8th graders in Geometry and Algebra 1 Honors are invited to a presentation about the Anclote HIgh School Cambridge program and the Gulf High School IB programs. The Pasco Pathways school choice informational event for the 22-23 school year will be held virtually on November 15th, if you would like more information of potential schools of choice. River Ridge Middle School will be showcasing our FAME Academy including our new offering of orchestra and Engineering Academy.  Please register on the district website: https://westsidepascoexpo2021.sched.com/. 

We are proud to announce that River Ridge MS is a National PTA School of Excellence for the third consecutive year! The RRMS PTSA has a General Meeting scheduled for Monday, November 1st at 6:30PM. The Zoom link is accessible by emailing riverridgemsptsa@gmail.com. Topics will include the Fall Bundt Cake fundraiser, Reflections Art Contest, December Holiday Sweet Treats for Teachers Drive, and Teacher Grant Program.

The RRMS PTSA is holding their fall Nothing Bundt Cake fundraiser from October 25-November 10th.  Flyers and order forms went home last week. Orders with payment are due November 10th to the front office or you can order online at the PTSA Member Hub: https://riverridgemsptsa.memberhub.com/store# . Bundtlets will be ready for pick up at RRMS on 11/18. If you have any questions about the fundraiser, please contact RRMS PTSA at riverridgemsptsa@gmail.com. All proceeds will be used to benefit PTSA teacher grants and student programs at RRMS.

This week in sports on Tuesday, November 2nd the football team and cheerleaders travels to CLMS at Hudson High School at 6:30PM.  Boys’ soccer please follow the practice calendar and girls’ basketball teams will practice all week 2PM-4PM. There will be a girls’ basketball parent meeting on Tuesday, 11/2 in the Media Center at 4PM.

Finally, there will be 6th Grade Health Screenings scheduled through science classes on 11/9. The School Nurse and her team will screen for height, weight, vision, hearing and scoliosis. If you would like your child to opt out, please email a note to Mrs. Mundy, school nurse, at tmundy@pasco.k12.fl.us.

As always, if you have any questions or need clarifications, please don’t hesitate to contact us. GAME ON, Royals! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

10/24/21 (PREVIEW for 10/25-10/29)

We will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week during October 25-29. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed in October each year. The theme of Drug Free Looks Like Me 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. We will have dress up days, special events like a poster contest and door decorating contest, and a Halloween Dance. 

The Dress Up Days will be…

On Monday, wear Red to Rally Against Destructive Decisions!  Tuesday is Future Career or College Day… Think of all that you could be when you stay drug free. Dress as your future career or represent a college. Wednesday is Superhero Day. Show your bravery and stand up to drugs!  Thursday is Neon or Tie Dye Day because your we say “PEACE OUT” to drugs!  Finally on Friday, we will say BOO to Drugs in Halloween costumes, no masks or props. 

Get your tickets for the Halloween Dance on GoFan.co or in the front office that will be immediately after school on Friday, October 29th from 2:30PM-4:30PM in the Cafeteria for $10! The link is https://gofan.co/app/events/399281?schoolId=FL78402. Students must be “on track” with no Level 2 or 3 referrals to attend the dance. We will have a DJ, photo booth, craft area, Mad Scientist concession area with Kona Ice for purchase, and a creepy crawler room with real snakes, spiders, and lizards!  Don’t miss out on all of the haunting fun!!!  

We will be offering free flu shots on campus to student who is interested on October 26th. Please complete the Flu Shot Parent Form by 10/22 to Mrs. Mundy, school nurse or the clinic in order for your child to be eligible for a Flu Shot on October 26th at the school at this link: Flu shot 21-22 forms

River Ridge Middle School’s Theatre Department is proud to present our first production of the year on October 29th and October 30th! This year’s fall play consists of two one acts; Once Upon a Broomstick a creepy story about a witch who falls in love that is sure to be a howlin’ good time perfect for Halloween and our thespian competition piece All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play a comedy all about the things that can go wrong when putting on a play. The performances take place Friday, October 29th at 7 PM and Saturday, October 30th at 2 PM and 7 PM. Tickets are ONLY $5 and can be purchased on GoFan.co using the QR code on the poster. Each night has its own code, be sure to purchase for the correct performance. All proceeds benefit the theatre department! We can’t wait to welcome all ghouls and goblins to attend these performances.

This week in sports on Tuesday, October 26th the football team and cheerleaders travels to BPMS at Fivay High School at 6:30PM.  Boys’ soccer and girls’ basketball teams will practice all week 2PM-4PM. 

As always, if you have any questions or need clarifications, please don’t hesitate to contact us. GAME ON, Royals! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

10/17/21  (PREVIEW FOR 10/18-10/22)

Good afternoon Royal Families,

On Monday, October 18th there will be no school for students as it is a teacher planning day. Enjoy your three-day weekend! We are excited to welcome all of our Royal Knights back on Tuesday to start the 2nd quarter!

Last week, we had an amazing final week of the first quarter and fall spirit week!  The participation and spirit was next level. We concluded the week with an energized Pep Rally to celebrate all of our Royal accomplishments and to have some fun!  The winner of the Spirit Stick will be announced on the school news on Tuesday morning to start the new quarter. 

It’s a new quarter so please make sure to check your grades in myStudent.  Quarter 1 and 2 grades are averaged at the end of the semester for final grades, which determine on track promotion status.  If you have questions about grades or need academic assistance, please contact the teacher, attend tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2PM-3PM in the Media Center, or you may be eligible for Extended School Day (ESD) which begins on Wednesday, October 20th from 2PM-3:30PM. Please contact Mr. Kolean for more information about ESD and eligibility requirements at kkolean@pasco.k12.fl.us.

The PBIS Royal Merchant School Store will be open online Monday and Tuesday this week for students to shop with their Knight Dollars. Distribution will be on Thursday at lunches. Happy Shopping, Royals!

There will be a School Advisory Council meeting on Thursday, October 21st at 2:30PM in the Faculty Lounge. Please contact Mr. Astone for more information at aastone@pasco.k12.fl.us.

This week in sports we host our final home football game of the season on Wednesday, October 20th at 6:30PM. We are planning for the Parent Recognition Night at the football game where all football, cheerleading, dance, and band members will be recognized before the game on the field at 5:45PM. If you have a football player, cheerleader, dance team member, or band member, please RSVP if you will be participating in the Parent Recognition Ceremony prior to the football game, by Monday, October 18th at this link: https://forms.gle/1u3eqY6QPa4rhahv9  

Girls’ Basketball Try Outs begins this week from Wednesday, October 20th through Friday, October 22nd from 2PM-4PM in the gym.  Boys’ Soccer Try Outs also begin this week with 6th grade and current football players only on Wednesday, October 20th, 7th Graders and call backs on Thursday, October 21st, and 8th Graders and call backs on Friday, October 22nd. For soccer try outs, please meet at the boys’ locker room. If you wish to try out, you will need current athletic paperwork and an up to date physical prior to try outs. Paperwork is at this link on the RRMS website: https://rrms.pasco.k12.fl.us/?page_id=3662.

We have several upcoming events to Mark Your Calendars in the near future.

We will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week during October 25-29. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed in October each year. The theme of Drug Free Looks Like Me 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. We will have dress up days, special events like a poster contest and door decorating contest, and a Halloween Dance. 

Get your tickets for the Halloween Dance on GoFan.co or in the front office starting 10/24 for $10! The link is https://gofan.co/app/events/399281?schoolId=FL78402. Students must be “on track” with no Level 2 or 3 referrals to attend the dance. We will have a DJ, photo booth, craft area, Mad Scientist concession area with Kona Ice for purchase, and a creepy crawler room with real snakes, spiders, and lizards!  Don’t miss out on all of the haunting fun!!!  

We will be offering free flu shots on campus to student who is interested on October 26th. Please complete the Flu Shot Parent Form by 10/22 to Mrs. Mundy, school nurse or the clinic in order for your child to be eligible for a Flu Shot on October 26th at the school at this link: Flu shot 21-22 forms

River Ridge Middle School’s Theatre Department is proud to present our first production of the year on October 29th and October 30th! This year’s fall play consists of two one acts; Once Upon a Broomstick a creepy story about a witch who falls in love that is sure to be a howlin’ good time perfect for Halloween and our thespian competition piece All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play a comedy all about the things that can go wrong when putting on a play. The performances take place Friday, October 29th at 7 PM and Saturday, October 30th at 2 PM and 7 PM. Tickets are ONLY $5 and can be purchased on GoFan.co using the QR code on the poster. Each night has its own code, be sure to purchase for the correct performance. All proceeds benefit the theatre department! We can’t wait to welcome all ghouls and goblins to attend these performances.

As always, if you have any questions or need clarifications, please don’t hesitate to contact us. GAME ON, Royals! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

 

10/11/21

This is the final week of quarter 1 and it’s RRMS Fall Spirit Week that will coincide with the high school’s Homecoming Week. Our theme is Knights Like These… students and staff are encouraged to dress up for each days’ theme, participate in class competitions and our first Pep Rally on October 15th. 

We will also be hosting the Day of Awesome on October 12th for those students who raised funds as a part of our Step It Up Fall Fundraiser.  Students who are invited will receive a wristband on Monday to enter the event at the middle school track on Tuesday from 8:30AM-10:30AM.  There will be inflatables, DJ/Dance Party, Kona Ice and all prizes will be distributed at this time. Thank you to everyone for your support as we raised $37,750 for technology and student/staff recognition efforts at River Ridge Middle School.

On Wednesday, October 13th, head over to Panda Express in Trinity for our Royal Dine Out Night ALL day long. Make sure to say your with RRMS and 20% of the proceeds will go back to the school for student recognition. A paper or digital flyer must be shown at the restaurant or you can order online with the code 328025 at order.pandaexpress.com. The link to the digital flyer is here: PANDA EXPRESS RRMS Fundraiser Flyer.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be in the media center all week to purchase books and other items. You can also make classroom library donations through the Book Fair. Please contact Mrs. Baumaister for more information. 

We are encouraging all students to take part in the PTSA Reflections Arts Contest. The theme this year is Change the World: Explore the Arts and Express Yourself! Be creative and show how your talents in Dance Choreography, Film Production, Photography, Music Composition, Visual Arts, and Literature will Change the World! There are opportunities for recognition and scholarships. Complete the 21-22_student-packet-template_reflections-1 student information packet. All pieces and a completed student packet are due to the visual and performing arts teachers by October 12th.

Dance Choreography: Mrs. Vairo lvairo@pasco.k12.fl.us

Photography: Mrs. Lightbody rlightbo@pasco.k12.fl.us

Visual Arts: Mrs. Lightbody or Mrs. Berberich nvicchia@pasco.k12.fl.us

Music Composition: Mr. Henry thenry@pasco.k12.fl.us

Film Production, Literature: Mrs. Baumaister cbaumais@pasco.k12.fl.us

If you have any questions, please also reach out to the RRMS PTSA Reflections Co-Chairs, Shannon Anderson (sanderson73@my.gcu.edu) and Vincenza Cirafici (miasmamma23@gmail.com) with any questions.

This week in sports the Volleyball Teams travel to CLMS on Monday at 6PM to finish their seasons. The football team travels to face GMS at Gulf High School on Tuesday at 6:30PM. We are planning for the Parent Recognition Night at the football game on October 20th. If you have a football player, cheerleader, dance team member, or band member, please RSVP if you will be participating in the Parent Recognition Ceremony prior to the football game, by Monday, October 18th at this link: https://forms.gle/1u3eqY6QPa4rhahv9  The ceremony will begin at 5:45PM.

Finally, Monday, October 18th is a teacher planning day and there is no school. We are excited to welcome all of our Royal Knights back on Tuesday to start the 2nd quarter! 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. GAME ON, Royals! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

 

10/3/21

Royal Families,

There are only two weeks left in the 1st quarter for students to finish Royal Strong! Please take advantage of the tutoring opportunities after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the media center from 2PM-3PM, Knight Time intervention time and speaking with your teachers about second chance learning opportunities to achieve mastery.  We want to make sure that all of our Royal Knights are “on track” to be promoted to high school! 

Tuesday will be a Pink Out! day to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness at school and at the football game. Every Friday is Royal Spirit Day so wear your River Ridge gear! We have a full selection of spirit gear for purchase at the front office and on Rycor.

On Wednesday, October 6th will be an Early Release Day. School will end at 11:50AM. We will be running a special activity schedule to accommodate our Club Day that day as well. All students will participate in a club and should dress appropriately for their club. Club lists will be posted on the media center, cafeteria and grade level hall ways. If you have any questions about clubs, please contact Mrs. Pruneau at the front office or Mr. Astone.  

This week in sports the volleyball teams will be hosting PRSMS at home on Monday and traveling to BPMS on Wednesday. On Tuesday, October 5th, the football team takes on rival SSMS at home at 6:30PM. This will be our Pink Out! event so please wear pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness. If you plan on attending a home sporting event, tickets will need to be purchased using Gofan.co (not com).  You can purchase by event, for all events, or an individual/family passes using the website or app. Cash will not be accepted at the gates.  Also, the Pasco County Schools clear bag policy and Patron Code of Conduct will be followed.  We look forward to cheering our amazing student-athletes on! Go Knights!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our River Ridge Community Night last Friday. It was a true success and testament to the strong support when Knights Unite!  Please mark your calendars as we will be having our Fall Spirit Week the last week of the quarter that will coincide with the high school’s Homecoming Week.  Our theme is Knights These Days… students and staff are encouraged to dress up for each days’ theme, participate in class competitions and our first Pep Rally on October 15th.  We will also be hosting the Day of Awesome on October 12th for those students who earned $60 or more as a part of our Step It Up Fall Fundraiser.  Thank you to everyone for your support as we raised $37,750 for technology and student/staff recognition efforts at River Ridge Middle School.

Finally, we are encouraging all students to take part in the PTSA Reflections Arts Contest. The theme this year is Change the World: Explore the Arts and Express Yourself! Be creative and show how your talents in Dance Choreography, Film Production, Photography, Music Composition, Visual Arts, and Literature will Change the World! There are opportunities for recognition and scholarships. Complete the 21-22_student-packet-template_reflections-1 student information packet. All pieces and a completed student packet are due to the visual and performing arts teachers by October 12th.

Dance Choreography: Mrs. Vairo lvairo@pasco.k12.fl.us

Photography: Mrs. Lightbody rlightbo@pasco.k12.fl.us

Visual Arts: Mrs. Lightbody or Mrs. Berberich nvicchia@pasco.k12.fl.us

Music Composition: Mr. Henry thenry@pasco.k12.fl.us

Film Production, Literature: Mrs. Baumaister cbaumais@pasco.k12.fl.us

If you have any questions, please also reach out to the RRMS PTSA Reflections Co-Chairs, Shannon Anderson (sanderson73@my.gcu.edu) and Vincenza Cirafici (miasmamma23@gmail.com) with any questions.

As a weekly, reminder we want to make sure every one is following the Stay Safe protocols of social distancing, washing our hands, using hand sanitizer, not touching our face, and if your child feels ill not coming to school. Please make sure that you are using the student screener every day that is posted on our website prior to coming to school.  Masks are recommended. If your child has COVID symptoms, please do not send them to school. Please contact the school nurse, Theresa Mundy, at tmundy@pasco.k12.fl.us as soon as possible. 

Please take the opportunity to show our RRMS faculty and staff your appreciation and encouragement for all of this effort this year. Complete a staff shout out on our website at this link: Staff Shout Outs.

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. GAME ON, Royals! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

9/26/21

 

Royal Family,

Good afternoon, Royal Families!  We have had a great Start with Hello week and will continue to work on inclusion and our Royal Culture of Caring throughout the year. We have many exciting events planned this year like dances, pep rallies, field days, and much more as we are very proud of our school, students and River Ridge community.

Many of you have heard about the Tik Tok challenge “Devious Lick” which shows students stealing items from school and vandalizing their school. I want to recognize that MOST of our students are participating in following our River Ridge expectations daily and doing an excellent job of being respectful, responsible, problem solvers! Unfortunately, we have had vandalism in the new restrooms and around the school and several items taken from teacher’s classrooms including computers and personal items. This is not OK. The staff and administration is having to spend time investigating these situations and creating more unnecessary work which takes away from our focus on creating a safe school focused on learning. Our teachers and staff work tirelessly to plan rigorous instruction and create class and campus environments that are inviting and collaborative along with monitoring the safety of our students. I am very sad and disappointed that we have students engaging in this behavior on THEIR school campus. We know this is a small group of our population, we appreciate you talking to your children about not participating in these challenges. Tik Tok and other social media apps can be positive and have benefits if used in an appropriate manner. If a student does participate in this behavior in any manner when they are caught they will have school consequences and law enforcement will be involved. They will be prosecuted. I am hoping through school and home partnership, we will be able to end this unacceptable behavior.

Thank you to everyone for supporting our RRMS Step It Up fundraiser for student and staff recognition and technology for the classroom!  Your generous donations go straight back to the classrooms. The fundraiser runs through September 27th, take this time to check your dashboard and see how close you are to meeting your individual goal.  For those students who earn $60 or more, will be able to participate in the RRMS Day of Awesome on October 12th. All prizes will be distributed at the Day of Awesome. The link will connect you to your dashboard: www.stepitupkids.com/RiverRidgeMS34654 All online and check donations are due by 9/27/2021. Please turn in cash and check donations in an envelope with your students’ name on it to the main office. Please make checks payable to River Ridge Middle School. Every dollar raised makes a difference in the lives of our students!

After school tutoring will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2PM-3PM in the media center. Don’t miss out on this great academic opportunity!

We will be hosting our first Royal Dine Out Giveback Night of the year at Blaze Pizza in Trinity on Thursday, 9/30 from 6PM-9PM. You can dine in or order online. 20% of the sales goes back to River Ridge Middle School that night towards student recognition. Click on the link for the flyer: River Ridge Middle School Blaze Pizza Night

This week in sports we are excited to host several home games! On Monday, September 27th, Volleyball plays SSMS at 6PM at home and away on Wednesday, September 29th the team plays GMS at 6PM. On Tuesday, September 28th, the football team takes on CHMS at home at 6:30PM. If you plan on attending a home sporting event, tickets will need to be purchased using Gofan.co (not com).  You can purchase by event, for all events, or an individual/family passes using the website or app. Cash will not be accepted at the gates.  Also, the Pasco County Schools clear bag policy and Patron Code of Conduct will be followed.  We look forward to cheering our amazing student-athletes on! Go Knights!

On Friday, October 1st, we will be hosting the River Ridge Community Night as a part of the RRHS high school football game. We want to invite everyone to come out and celebrate the River Ridge community! It’s also the high school’s PINK OUT for Breast Cancer Awareness Night, so wear pink! The cheerleaders, dance team, and band will be playing with their high school counterparts for the first half of the game. The football and volleyball teams will also be recognized on the field. All cheer, dance, band, football, and volleyball students will get into the game for free. Come cheer on our Royal Knights as ONE community! Knights UNITE!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! RRMS has partnered with Southern Sparkle Boutique online to provide some awesome options for the Knights Tackle Cancer shirts. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation and RRMS. Sales will be open for the month of October. If you ordered prior to 9/20, your shirt will be ready for pick up at RRMS on 10/1. You will be notified when your shirt is ready for pick up at the school. Thank you for supporting this amazing cause!

The RRMS Pink Out game will be on October 5th vs. SSMS.

Tie Dye Pink:

https://southern-sparkle-creations-boutique.myshopify.com…

Pink Only:

https://southern-sparkle-creations-boutique.myshopify.com…

Finally, we are encouraging all students to take part in the PTSA Reflections Arts Contest. The theme this year is Change the World: Explore the Arts and Express Yourself! Be creative and show how your talents in Dance Choreography, Film Production, Photography, Music Composition, Visual Arts, and Literature will Change the World! There are opportunities for recognition and scholarships. Complete the 21-22_student-packet-template_reflections-1 student information packet. All pieces and a completed student packet are due to the visual and performing arts teachers by October 12th.

Dance Choreography: Mrs. Vairo lvairo@pasco.k12.fl.us

Photography: Mrs. Lightbody rlightbo@pasco.k12.fl.us

Visual Arts: Mrs. Lightbody or Mrs. Berberich nvicchia@pasco.k12.fl.us

Music Composition: Mr. Henry thenry@pasco.k12.fl.us

Film Production, Literature: Mrs. Baumaister cbaumais@pasco.k12.fl.us

If you have any questions, please also reach out to the RRMS PTSA Reflections Co-Chairs, Shannon Anderson (sanderson73@my.gcu.edu) and Vincenza Cirafici (miasmamma23@gmail.com) with any questions.

As a weekly, reminder we want to make sure every one is following the Stay Safe protocols of social distancing, washing our hands, using hand sanitizer, not touching our face, and if your child feels ill not coming to school. Please make sure that you are using the student screener every day that is posted on our website prior to coming to school.  Masks are recommended. If your child has COVID symptoms, please do not send them to school. Please contact the school nurse, Theresa Mundy, at tmundy@pasco.k12.fl.us as soon as possible. 

Please take the opportunity to show our RRMS faculty and staff your appreciation and encouragement for all of this effort this year. Complete a staff shout out on our website at this link: Staff Shout Outs.

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. GAME ON, Royals! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

 

9/19/21

Good afternoon, Royal Families!
This upcoming week is #StartwithHello Week. Here at River Ridge, we want to do something about spreading our Royal Culture of Caring and building an inclusive school community, and we figured the best place to start, was with “Hello.”

The goal of the Start With Hello campaign is to teach children and teens how to be more socially inclusive and connected to each other. Start With Hello asks students, educators, parents and other community leaders who interact with children to take steps in class, the lunchroom and/or on the bus to be inclusive and connected. Simply, – SEE someone alone  – REACH OUT and help  – START WITH HELLO So very simple, yet so very powerful!  

The Royal Ambassador student group as developed a week with dress up days, acts of kindness, and ice breakers. We encourage everyone to participate and Start with Hello!

 
 

Thank you to everyone for supporting our RRMS Step It Up fundraiser for student and staff recognition and technology for the classroom!  Your generous donations go straight back to the classrooms. There is still time to register and enter email address for the grand prize drawing on Monday of the $250 Amazon gift card. The fundraiser runs through September 27th, take this week to check your dashboard and see how close you are to meeting your individual goal.  For those students who earn $60 or more, will be able to participate in the RRMS Day of Awesome on October 12th. Every dollar raised makes a difference in the lives of our students!

www.stepitupkids.com/RiverRidgeMS34654

All online and check donations are due by 9/27/2021. Please turn in cash and check donations in an envelope with your students’ name on it to the main office. Please make checks payable to River Ridge Middle School.

After school tutoring will begin this week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2PM-3PM in the media center. 

This week in sports we are excited to host several home games! On Monday, September 20th, Volleyball plays SRK8 at 6PM and on Wednesday, September 22nd the team plays CHMS at 6PM. On Tuesday, September 21st, the football team takes on SRK8 at home at 6:30PM. If you plan on attending a home sporting event, tickets will need to be purchased using Gofan.co (not com).  You can purchase by event, for all events, or an individual/family passes using the website or app. Cash will not be accepted at the gates.  Also, the Pasco County Schools clear bag policy and Patron Code of Conduct will be followed.  We look forward to cheering our amazing student-athletes on! Go Knights!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! RRMS has partnered with Southern Sparkle Boutique online to provide some awesome options for the Knights Tackle Cancer shirts. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation and RRMS. Sales will be open for the month of October. Please order by 9/20 if you would like the shirt for the game. Please select PICK UP as mode of delivery. You will be notified when your shirt is ready for pick up at the school. Thank you for supporting this amazing cause!
The RRMS Pink Out game will be on October 5th vs. SSMS.
Tie Dye Pink:

Finally, we are encourage all students to take part in the PTSA Reflections Arts Contest. The theme this year is Change the World: Explore the Arts and Express Yourself! Be creative and show how your talents in Dance Choreography, Film Production, Photography, Music Composition, Visual Arts, and Literature will Change the World! There are opportunities for recognition and scholarships. Complete the 21-22_student-packet-template_reflections-1 student information packet. All pieces and a completed student packet are due to the visual and performing arts teachers by October 12th.

Dance Choreography: Mrs. Vairo lvairo@pasco.k12.fl.us

Photography: Mrs. Lightbody rlightbo@pasco.k12.fl.us

Visual Arts: Mrs. Lightbody or Mrs. Berberich nvicchia@pasco.k12.fl.us

Music Composition: Mr. Henry thenry@pasco.k12.fl.us

Film Production, Literature: Mrs. Baumaister cbaumais@pasco.k12.fl.us

If you have any questions, please also reach out to the RRMS PTSA Reflections Co-Chairs, Shannon Anderson (sanderson73@my.gcu.edu) and Vincenza Cirafici (miasmamma23@gmail.com) with any questions.

As a weekly, reminder we want to make sure every one is following the Stay Safe protocols of social distancing, washing our hands, using hand sanitizer, not touching our face, and if your child feels ill not coming to school. Please make sure that you are using the student screener every day that is posted on our website prior to coming to school.  Masks are recommended. If your child has COVID symptoms, please do not send them to school. Please contact the school nurse, Theresa Mundy, at tmundy@pasco.k12.fl.us as soon as possible. Per the district email and phone message sent out earlier this week, we will no longer be notifying parents of potential positive COVID exposures. 

Please take the opportunity to show our RRMS faculty and staff your appreciation and encouragement for all of this effort this year. Complete a staff shout out on our website at this link: Staff Shout Outs.

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. GAME ON, Royals! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

9/12/21

Good afternoon, Royal Families. This is Mrs. Murphy, Principal of River Ridge Middle School with your Week in Preview for 9/13-9/17.  

We are half way through the quarter as 1st Quarter Progress Reports were available in myStudent on Friday.  Please take the time to go over your student’s progress regarding grades and attendance. If you have any questions, please reach out to the teachers or schedule a Parent Teacher Conference through Zoom on our website.  There are several opportunities for students to get extra help. We have a daily 20-minute Knight Time period for this purpose. After school tutoring will begin Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2PM-3PM in the media center on Tuesday, September 21st.  It is crucial that students are keeping up with their assignments and checking progress regularly with a parent/guardian. 

If your child is absent or on quarantine, learning will continue and support is available. Please make sure that they access myLearning for each course for daily agendas, assignments, and support from teachers and the district.  There is also a button on the RRMS website homepage with more information at What Do I Do If I Am Absent or on Quarantine?

On Monday, September 13th, we kick off the Step It Up! Recognition and Technology School-wide Fundraiser. This program will focus on teamwork and helping others, right here at school. It’s quick and easy!  Look for your student to bring home their Golden Ticket… and complete the quick assignment on Monday evening of registering and entering 10 or more emails. The link to get started is: www.stepitupkids.com/RiverRidgeMS34654. That’s it! Have your student bring back the Golden Ticket to lunch to pick up their two awesome prizes and to be eligible for a daily drawing of winning a mini-fridge with cash and a $250 Amazon gift card. The fundraiser pledge drive will end on September 27th.  All funds raised will go to student and staff recognition programs and technology replenishment. All students and classrooms will benefit! So, let’s Step It Up!, Royal Knights for our school!

There will be an RRMS PTSA Meeting on Monday, September 13th at 6:30PM via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent out by email.

We are excited for fall sports to kick off this week.  On Tuesday, September 14th, our football and cheerleading teams travel to Hudson High School to play Hudson Middle School at 6:30PM. On Wednesday, September 15th, our JV and Varsity Volleyball teams travel to Hudson Middle School at 6PM. Home sporting events at River Ridge begin next week. If you plan on attending a home sporting event, tickets will need to be purchased using Gofan.co (not com).  You can purchase by event, for all events, or an individual/family passes using the website or app. Cash will not be accepted at the gates.  Also, the Pasco County Schools clear bag policy and Patron Code of Conduct will be followed.  We look forward to cheering our amazing student-athletes on! Go Knights!

Any middle or high school student interested in joining or creating an Odyssey of the Mind Team, please come to our Parent/Student Informational Meeting on Wednesday, September 15th from 6PM-7:30PM in the Media Center. We are please to continue to support our amazing creative thinkers on our OM Teams. If you have any questions, please contact Vickie Angelo, OM Coordinator for River Ridge MS/HS at vangeloa@pasco.k12.fl.us.

As a weekly, reminder we want to make sure every one is following the Stay Safe protocols of social distancing, washing our hands, using hand sanitizer, not touching our face, and if your child feels ill not coming to school. Please make sure that you are using the student screener every day that is posted on our website prior to coming to school.  Masks are recommended. If your child has COVID symptoms, please do not send them to school. Please contact the school nurse, Theresa Mundy, at tmundy@pasco.k12.fl.us as soon as possible. Per the district email and phone message sent out earlier this week, we will no longer be notifying parents of potential positive COVID exposures. 

Please take the opportunity to show our RRMS faculty and staff your appreciation and encouragement for all of this effort this year. Complete a staff shout out on our website at this link: Staff Shout Outs.

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. GAME ON, Royals! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

9/3/21

Good evening Royal Families. This is Mrs. Murphy, Principal of River Ridge Middle School. I’m bringing you your Week in Preview call early due to the Labor Day holiday weekend. 

There will be no school on Monday, September 6 due to the Labor Day holiday. On Wednesday, September 8th will be our first Early Release Day of the year. School will end at 11:50AM. We will be running a special activity schedule to accommodate our Club Day that day as well. All students will participate in a club and should dress appropriately for their club. Club lists will be posted on the media center, cafeteria and grade level hall ways. If you have any questions about clubs, please contact Mr. Astone.  

School Store will be open online through PBIS Rewards Monday and Tuesday for students to use the Knight Dollars that they earned for following the Knightly Values. They may purchase one item and one privilege. Item distribution is on Thursday during lunches.

This Friday is not only Royal Spirit Friday and Quarter 1 Progress Reports will be available in myStudent. Students who have all As, Bs, and Cs, and no referrals will receive an on track treat in lunches. Please take the time to review your child’s progress in myStudent. If they need assistance, please contact your child’s teachers or go on our website to request a parent teacher conference.  After school tutoring will begin soon in the media center and students may also use the daily 20-minute Knight Time period to catch up, work on homework, read, or get extra help from their teachers.

In sports, there are practices after school this week, please check the school calendar on the website. Sporting events at River Ridge begin in a few weeks. If you plan on attending a home sporting event, tickets will need to be purchased using Gofan.co (not com).  You can purchase by event, for all events, or an individual/family passes using the website or app. Cash will not be accepted at the gates.  Also, the Pasco County Schools clear bag policy and Patron Code of Conduct will be followed.

We want to make sure every one is following the Stay Safe protocols of social distancing, washing our hands, using hand sanitizer, not touching our face, and if your child feels ill not coming to school. Please make sure that you are using the student screener every day that is posted on our website prior to coming to school.  Masks are recommended. If your child has COVID symptoms, please do not send them to school. Please contact the school nurse, Theresa Mundy, at tmundy@pasco.k12.fl.us as soon as possible.

If your child is absent or on quarantine, learning will continue and support is available. Please make sure that they access myLearning for each course for daily agendas, assignments, and support from teachers and the district.  There is also a button on the RRMS website homepage with more information at What Do I Do If I Am Absent or on Quarantine?

If you have not already, please go on to the parent portal in myStudent to update emergency cards, sign parental notices, and pay fees through Rycor. It is imperative that all student contact information is up to date and accurate.

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. GAME ON, Royals! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

8/29/21

Good afternoon Royal Families. This is Mrs. Murphy, Principal of River Ridge Middle School with your Week in Preview.

We want to make sure every one is following the Stay Safe protocols of social distancing, washing our hands, using hand sanitizer, not touching our face, and if your child feels ill not coming to school. Please make sure that you are using the student screener every day that is posted on our website prior to coming to school.  Masks are recommended. If your child has COVID symptoms, please do not send them to school. Please contact the school nurse, Theresa Mundy, at tmundy@pasco.k12.fl.us.

If your child is absent or on quarantine, learning will continue and support is available. Please make sure that they access myLearning for each course for daily agendas, assignments, and support from teachers and the district.  There is also a button on the RRMS website homepage with more information at What Do I Do If I Am Absent or on Quarantine?

If you have not already, please go on to the parent portal in myStudent to update emergency cards, sign parental notices, and pay fees through Rycor. It is imperative that all student contact information is up to date and accurate.

On Monday, August 30th at 6PM in the River Ridge theater, there will be a mandatory parent/student meeting for any student interested in joining Thespians or auditioning for the fall school play, Once Upon A Broomstick.  Please contact Mr. Grosso at jgrosso@pasco.k12.fl.us with any questions.

On Thursday, September 2nd during all Language Arts classes we will have School Picture Day.  Pictures can be ordered through www.giganteproductions.com. These pictures will be in the yearbook. The make up day will be September 30th.

In sports, there are practices after school this week, please check the school calendar on the website. Sporting events at River Ridge begin in a few weeks. If you plan on attending a home sporting event, tickets will need to be purchased using Gofan.co (not com).  You can purchase by event, for all events, or an individual/family passes using the website or app. Cash will not be accepted at the gates.  Also, the Pasco County Schools clear bag policy and Patron Code of Conduct will be followed.

Every Friday is Royal Spirit Friday!  Don’t miss out in showing your Royal Spirit. Shirts and other River Ridge spirit items are on sale now in Rycor and can be picked up at the front office.  

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. GAME ON, Royals! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

8/22/21

Good afternoon Royal Families. This is Mrs. Murphy, Principal of River Ridge Middle School with your Week in Preview.

We want to make sure every one is following the Stay Safe protocols of social distancing, washing our hands, using hand sanitizer, not touching our face, and if your child feels ill not coming to school. Please make sure that you are using the student screener every day that is posted on our website prior to coming to school.  Masks are recommended. If your child has COVID symptoms, please do not send them to school. Please contact the school nurse, Theresa Mundy, at tmundy@pasco.k12.fl.us.

We want to ensure that healthy students remain in class, and healthy staff members remain on the job. To achieve that goal, the District is changing how notifications are being made for students and staff who have been in contact with a positive case.
 
Starting last Friday, we will notify parents/guardians that someone in their student’s class tested positive by email. The students WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO QUARANTINE if they are healthy with no COVID-like symptoms. Instead, we will inform parents/guardians that if their student exhibits symptoms they should remain at home, and they should consider getting tested. The self screener posted on each school website provides a helpful guide regarding symptoms, and should be reviewed daily prior to coming to school. It is essential that students and staff should not be in school or in the workplace if they have symptoms.
 
If your child is absent or on quarantine, learning will continue and support is available. Please make sure that they access myLearning for each course for daily agendas, assignments, and support from teachers and the district.  There is also a button on the RRMS website homepage with more information at What Do I Do If I Am Absent or on Quarantine?

If you have not already, please go on to the parent portal in myStudent to update emergency cards, sign parental notices, and pay fees through Rycor. It is imperative that all student contact information is up to date and accurate.

Students will continue to take the NWEA Map Diagnostic assessments in their ELA, Math, and Science classes this week. These assessments help to determine instructional needs.  Score sheet will be available in myStudent under Testing History for parent information. 

Interest Club sign ups continue this week in all classrooms through Knight Time, the cafeteria and in myLearning. All Royal Knights will be involved in a club of their interests on Early Release Days. The deadline for selecting Clubs for first semester is Wednesday, August 25th. If a student doesn’t select a club, they will be in a study hall.  Please contact Mr. Astone if you have questions about clubs.

This week in sports there will be a Volleyball Parent meeting on Wednesday, August 25th at 4PM in the Cafeteria.

Every Friday is Royal Spirit Friday!  Don’t miss out in showing your Royal Spirit. Shirts and other River Ridge spirit items are on sale now in Rycor and can be picked up at the front office.  

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. GAME ON, Royals! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

8/15/21

Good afternoon Royal Families. This is Mrs. Murphy, Principal of River Ridge Middle School with your Week in Preview.

We had an amazing week back at The Castle getting to know everyone, learning expectations, and building a strong River Ridge community.  I encourage you to visit our website to review the Royal expectations, Student Code of Conduct, and Safety videos to ensure that everyone is on the same page at this link: https://rrms.pasco.k12.fl.us/?page_id=6313.

We have been working with transportation in order to alleviate the late arrival times to campus. It is IMPORTANT that if your student takes a bus to school, please check myStudent on the transportation tab this weekend for updated bus pick-up stop times. Bus schedules have been shifted to assure students are arriving at school on time by up to 20 minutes earlier. This is effective Monday, August 16th.  

If you have not already, please go on to the parent portal in myStudent to update emergency cards, sign parental notices, and pay fees through Rycor. It is imperative that all student contact information is up to date and accurate.

 We want to make sure we are always following the Stay Safe protocols of social distancing, washing our hands, using hand sanitizer, not touching our face, and if your child feels ill not coming to school. Please make sure that you are using the student screener every day that is posted on our website prior to coming to school.  If your child has COVID symptoms, please do not send them to school. Please contact the school nurse, Theresa Mundy, at tmundy@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Students will begin to take the NWEA Map Diagnostic assessments in their ELA, Math, and Science classes this week. These assessments help to determine instructional needs.  Score sheet will be available in myStudent under Testing History for parent information. 

Student Council applications are available on the RRMS website and through MyLearning. They are due on Monday, August 16th. Mrs. Brissey and Mrs. St. Aubin will contact those students eligible to run for office.  Elections will be online on August 19th and 20th ending at 2PM.  

This week we have volleyball tryouts in the gym on Tuesday, August 17th – Thursday, August 19th from 2PM-4PM. Prior to trying out for middle school athletics, all students must have an updated athletic paperwork that is notarized and a physical.  Please see Coach Brando or our website for more information.  We would like to congratulate our 21-22 Cheerleading Team! There will be practice on Monday, August 16th and Wednesday, August 18th with a parent meeting following at 4PM in the Cafeteria. There will football practice all week from 2PM-4:30PM. On Thursday, August 19th, there will be a parent meeting at 4:45PM in the Cafeteria.  We are excited for our fall sports to begin in September! Go Knights!

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. GAME ON, Royals! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

8/8/21

Good afternoon Royal Knights. This is Mrs. Murphy, Principal of River Ridge Middle School. We am looking forward to welcoming back all of our Royal Knights on Tuesday, August 10th 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, the grade level hallways and cafeteria to find their first period classes lists. 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 may get free breakfast in the cafeteria and then 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 with their bus pass 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 Castle Expectations video 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 safety and health procedures. Although masks are not required, the Superintendent is highly encouraging both staff and students to wear masks. This is a family decision that will be respected.

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 and the Back to School newsletter. 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.

This week we have football try outs Monday, August 9th through Friday, August 13th from 2PM-4:30PM. Please meet at the boys’ locker room.  There is also cheerleading try outs on Wednesday, August 11th through Friday, August 13th from 2PM-4PM in the Dance Room. Prior to trying out for middle school athletics, all students must have an updated athletic paperwork that is notarized and a physical.  Please see Coach Brando or our website for more information.

If you have not already, please go on to the parent portal in myStudent to update emergency cards, sign parental notices, and pay fees through Rycor. It is imperative that all student contact information is up to date and accurate.

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 ready to make this the best year ever at River Ridge Middle School as we meet challenge with perseverance because It’s GAME ON! So proud #WeAreRoyal!

8/1/21

We are excited to welcome our students on Tuesday, August 10th for the first day of the 21-22 school year! It is very important that you review all of the information on our website regarding the River Ridge Middle School’s Reunited Plan to partner with us in an a collective effort for a successful school year.  We are truly excited to welcome all of our Royal Knights back to the Castle!  We are Better Together and it’s time to get our Royal GAME ON!

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 expectations at school. Please review the 21-22 RRMS Castle Expectations video on our website and social media to better understand our procedures that have been put in place to maintain a safe learning environment. We also have developed an 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 to explain a student’s day.

On Tuesday 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 Thursday, August 5th, we invite our incoming 6th graders and new students to RRMS to Storm the Castle during two 2 hour time blocks from 8AM-10AM and 10:30-12:30PM.  You will start in the cafeteria where you can pick up schedules, Royal goody bags, buy Royal spirit items, etc. We highly encourage that you complete the “know before you go” steps prior to coming on campus by accessing the Parent Portal in myStudent, updating the emergency card, paying fees and viewing the schedule.  After the cafeteria, you can take the interactive Conquer the Castle Tour visiting important areas on campus, taking Royal Photo Ops, and winning a prize at the end of the tour at the front office.  There are also Parent University sessions offered in the theater throughout the day at 8:30AM, 9:30AM, 10:30AM, and 12:00PM.

The returning 7th and 8th grade Royals will walk their schedules and pick up pre-paid items from 1PM-3PM.  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, Civics pick up, and PTSA set up in the cafeteria.

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. 

Finally, school supply lists are on the RRMS website and have been mailed/distributed to all families through Storm the Castle and the Back to School newsletter.  We highly recommend that students 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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