11/26/23

Good afternoon, Royal Families. I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving Break. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday, November 27th, for the remaining four weeks of the semester. Please review this week’s Royal Update-Knight News for 11/27-12/1.

We have several field trips this week with 6th Grade Accel. Science is going to Crystal Springs on Tuesday and Wednesday. Physical Science Honors students will attend Physics Day at Busch Gardens on Friday.  We will also host the school science fair on Thursday, November 30th, in the Media Center.

River Ridge Middle School will sponsor our annual Holiday Food Drive from November 27-December 18th to benefit River Ridge families for the holidays. Please bring in items on the list to the front office or 4th period class. All of the donated items will go to Giving Tree families. 

It’s that time of year again to celebrate our teachers and staff for all they do with some HOLIDAY CHEER! The RRMS PTSA and Administration request holiday sweet treats, cookies, cupcakes, etc., as donations for the Sweet Treat Room! Each staff member will be able to take home a dozen of sweet goodies. The treats can be homemade or store-bought. Please have all donations to the front office by Wednesday, December 13th. You may sign up at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E084DADA82DABFF2-46225288-2023#/.

 

Holiday Cheer Baskets, Gift Cards, and Donations for RRMS Staff

The RRMS PTSA and Administration is proud to help sponsor a happy holiday season for our Royal staff! Each year, we create a collection of gift baskets to be raffled to the staff before winter break. We welcome donations of ready-to-go baskets or individual items we can assemble into 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 any items we can use to celebrate our amazing teachers and staff! We would love to have all items turned in by December 15th.

The donation link is: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E084DADA82DABFF2-46234021-christmas#/

 

 

This week in sports, the girls’ basketball teams play at GMS on Wednesday at 6PM. The boys’ soccer team plays GMS at Gulf High School on Tuesday at 6 PM and will play PRSMS at home at 5:45PM on Thursday. All tickets are $5 on GoFan.co. The clear bag policy will be in effect at all Pasco County Schools. Go Knights!

Purchasing a yearbook for your child is a great holiday gift! You can purchase them online at www.yearbookforever.com. Prices will go up on December 31st. We sell out every year, so don’t miss out on the memories!

Attention 8th Grade Families… it is that time of year to celebrate your 8th grader with a yearbook dedication! Dedication photos and payment are due no later than December 31, 2023, on GoFan.co.

1/4 page only

COST: $50 (payment must be made ONLINE through GoFan.co and then choose 8th Gr Yearbook Dedication).

LAYOUT: Choose one of the four options below. The yearbook staff will choose the color/background to match our yearbook theme. You will mark your layout choice in the online form. See below for the link.

PHOTOS AND MESSAGE: Please submit your pictures and message information in the online form: https://tinyurl.com/27xdh3bs

All photos must be in JPEG format (no PDF or Word documents). Please note that screenshots and downloads from social media MAY be low quality and appear blurry in dedication. High-quality images work best.

EMAIL: Please email Mrs. Baumaister with any questions. cbaumais@pasco.k12.fl.us

 

Mark your calendars for spring musical auditions for Legally Blonde Jr. on December 4th and 5th, with callbacks on December 7th after school. The audition tracks are located on the RRMS website. If you have any questions, please contact MS Theatre Director Ryan Bintz at rbintz@pasco.k12.fl.us.

11/12/23

Good afternoon, Royal Families. Please review this week’s Royal Update-Knight News for 11/13-11/17.

Student Data Chats will continue this week, where the Student Success Team (Administrators, SSAPs, SSAs, School Counselors, and other Student Services staff) will be meeting with each student to go over their academic progress, set goals, and, as a general check-in to see how their year is going thus far. The Quarter 1 report card will be printed, and notes will be made, which will be mailed to each parent. This will include the Progress Report grades. We will also keep a copy for reference for each student. Students with a D or F are considered off track or at risk of not being promoted to high school. Four weeks are left to make progress by taking advantage of all the academic opportunities and support. The Student Data Chat also provides an opportunity to create a success plan for each student.

The schedule for this is as follows:

11/13: Norris – 7th Grade

11/14: McLeod – 7th Grade

11/15: Fallon-Johnson – 7th Grade

11/16: L. Moore

11/17: Make Up

This week in sports, the girls’ basketball teams play CHMS on Monday and SSMS on Wednesday. All games are HOME this week and start at 6 PM with JV, and varsity will immediately follow. The boys’ soccer team plays CHMS on Tuesday at 6 PM and will play SSMS at home at 5:30 PM on Thursday. All tickets are $5 on GoFan.co. The clear bag policy will be in effect at all Pasco County Schools. 

Attention 8th Grade Families… it is that time of year to celebrate your 8th grader with a yearbook dedication! Dedication photos and payment are due no later than December 31, 2023, on GoFan.co.

1/4 page only

COST: $50 (payment must be made ONLINE through GoFan.co and then choose 8th Gr Yearbook Dedication).

LAYOUT: Choose one of the four options below. The yearbook staff will choose the color/background to match our yearbook theme. You will mark your layout choice in the online form. See below for the link.

PHOTOS AND MESSAGE: Please submit your pictures and message information in the online form: https://tinyurl.com/27xdh3bs

All photos must be in JPEG format (no PDF or Word documents). Please note that screenshots and downloads from social media MAY be low quality and appear blurry in dedication. High-quality images work best.

EMAIL: Please email Mrs. Baumaister with any questions. cbaumais@pasco.k12.fl.us

Pasco Pathways for the 24-25 school year for the west side of Pasco schools will be on Tuesday, November 14th, at SLHS from 5PM-8PM.  This past week, K-Tech, Gulf IB, and Hudson Cambridge programs all met with the 8th-grade students to provide information for high school before the school choice window in early January. If you are currently on school choice for 8th grade at RRMS and would like to attend RRHS for the 24-25, you must put in school choice in the parent portal when the window opens. If you have any questions, please attend the Pasco Pathways event.

We will be hosting the Great American Teach-In on November 15th! We look forward to all of the fantastic presenters.

Mark your calendars for spring musical auditions for Legally Blonde Jr. on December 4th and 5th, with callbacks on December 7th after school. The audition tracks are located on the RRMS website. If you have any questions, please contact MS Theatre Director Ryan Bintz at rbintz@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Finally, there will be no school from November 20-November 24 for the Thanksgiving Break.  We are so grateful, thankful, and blessed to be Royal!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, recommendations, or praise; we are partners in education!

11/5/23

Good afternoon, Royal Families. Please review this week’s Royal Update-Knight News for 11/6-11/10.

Beginning this week, the Student Success Team (Administrators, SSAPs, SSAs, School Counselors, and other Student Services staff) will be meeting with each student to go over their academic progress, set goals, and as a general check-in to see how their year is going thus far. The Quarter 1 report card will be printed, and notes will be made, which will be mailed to each parent. We will also keep a copy for reference for each student. Students with a D or F are considered off track or at risk of not being promoted to high school. The Student Data Chat also provides an opportunity to create a success plan for each student.

The schedule is as follows:

11/6: Davis – 8th Grade

11/7: Fields – 8th Grade

11/8: McQuatters – 8th Grade, 6th Grade

11/9: Sollami – 6th Grade

11/10: Murtha – 6th Grade

11/13: Norris – 7th Grade

11/14: McLeod – 7th Grade

11/15: Fallon-Johnson – 7th Grade

11/16: L. Moore

11/17: Make Up

 

 

Please SIGN UP for the mySTUDENT Parent Portal & the mySTUDENT App!

Please check myStudent regularly to keep up with grades, attendance, and test history. To be promoted to high school, students must earn a D or higher in all Core classes (Math, Science, ELA, and Social Studies) for the semester and complete the career component.  Progress Reports will be available on myStudent Parent Portal on Friday, November 10th.

However, for “On Track” events at RRMS, students must earn As, Bs, and Cs and have no referrals. Please encourage your student to take advantage of all the Royal Opportunities we offer to get academic help.

1. Academic Lunch in the Media Center or with the teacher (daily)

2. Daily intervention time in class

3. Second Chance Learning Opportunities (work out with teacher as needed)

4. Course Recovery Lab & Opportunity Hall

5. Extended School Day on Mondays and Wednesdays

6. After School Tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays

This week, the winter sports of boys’ soccer and girls’ basketball kick off their seasons. The girls’ basketball teams travel to HAC on Monday and are at home vs. SRK8 on Wednesday. All games start at 6 PM with JV, and varsity will immediately follow. The boys’ soccer team travels to HAC at HHS on Tuesday at 6PM and will play SRK8 at home at 5:30PM on Thursday. All tickets are $5 on GoFan.co. The clear bag policy will be in effect at all Pasco County Schools. 

Attention 8th Grade Families… it is that time of year to celebrate your 8th grader with a yearbook dedication! Dedication photos and payment are due no later than December 31, 2023 on GoFan.co.

1/4 page only

COST: $50 (payment must be made ONLINE through GoFan.co and then choose 8th Gr Yearbook Dedication).

LAYOUT: Choose one of the four options below. The color/background will be chosen by yearbook staff to match our yearbook theme. You will mark your layout choice in the online form. See below for link.

PHOTOS AND MESSAGE: Please submit your photos and message information in the online form: https://tinyurl.com/27xdh3bs

All photos must be in JPEG format (no PDF or Word documents). Please note that screenshots and downloads from social media MAY be low quality and appear blurry in dedication. High quality images work best.

EMAIL: Please email Mrs. Baumaister with any questions. cbaumais@pasco.k12.fl.us

Pasco Pathways for the 24-25 school year for the west side of Pasco schools will be on Tuesday, November 14th at SLHS from 5PM-8PM.  This week, K-Tech, Gulf IB, and Hudson Cambridge programs are all meeting with the 8th grade students to provide information for high school before the school choice window in early January. If you are currently on school choice for 8th grade at RRMS, and would like to attend RRHS for the 24-25 you will need to put in school choice in the parent portal when the window opens. If you have any questions, please attend the Pasco Pathways event.

We will be hosting the Great American Teach-In on November 15th! Please contact Mrs. Hammelman at shammelm@pasco.k12.fl.us if you are interested in sharing your expertise, career, or area of interest with our students.

Mark your calendars for spring musical auditions for Legally Blonde Jr. on December 4th and 5th, with callbacks on December 7th after school. The audition tracks are located on the RRMS website. If you have any questions, please get in touch with MS Theatre Director Ryan Bintz at rbintz@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, recommendations, or praise; we are partners in education! Proud that you are Royal!

10/29/23

Good afternoon, Royal Families! Please review this week’s Royal Update-Knight News for 10/30-11/3

As a reminder, students have several opportunities to receive academic support at RRMS. Please encourage your students to take advantage of after-school tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays, extended school days on Mondays and Wednesdays, academic lunch, second chance learning opportunities from their teachers, and opportunity hall. We will also have two academic Saturday Schools per month. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your child’s teachers or school counselor for more information.

Tuesday is Halloween. Students may wear costumes but no masks or props. 

Wednesday is an Early Release Day, with school ending at 11:30 AM. We will have the Enrichment Activities. Students are encouraged to dress appropriately for their activity and bring materials needed.

This week in sports, there will be a parent meeting for Boys’ Soccer and Girls’ Basketball, once the team is announced, on Thursday, November 2nd at 4 PM in the Media Center.

We will be hosting the Great American Teach-In on November 15th! Please contact Mrs. Hammelman at shammelm@pasco.k12.fl.us if you are interested in sharing your expertise, career, or area of interest with our students.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, recommendations, or praise; we are partners in education! Proud that you are Royal!

10/22/23

Good afternoon, Royal Families! Please review this week’s Royal Update – Knight News for 10/23-10/27. This week is Red Ribbon Week.

We will have dress-up days, guest speakers on drug and alcohol awareness, and the signing of the Drug Free Pledge at lunches. We will also be sponsoring with RRHS the Candy at the Castle event on Thursday, October 26th, from 6pm-8PM on the RRMHS Campus. The community is invited. The Say Boo to Drugs Halloween Dance will be after school on Friday, October 27th, from 2PM-4PM. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on GoFan.co or at the front office. There will be creepy crawlers, concessions, and Kona Ice. Students are encouraged to come in their costumes.

On Wednesday, October 25th, from 5PM-8PM skip the cooking and come to Blaze Pizza-Trinity will be the next Royal Dine Out Night! Come and support River Ridge!

This week’s sports will be Girls’ Basketball Tryouts on Monday through Wednesday from 1:30PM-3:30PM. Please ensure your updated physical and paperwork are uploaded to the Athletic Clearance website before tryouts. Come out and support your Royal Knights! 

We will be hosting the Great American Teach-In on November 15th! Please get in touch with Mrs. Hammelman at shammelm@pasco.k12.fl.us if you are interested in sharing your expertise, career, or area of interest with our students.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, recommendations, or praise; we are partners in education! Proud that you are Royal!

10/15/23

Good afternoon, Royal Families! Please review this week’s Royal Update – Knight News for 10/16-10/20, the first week of Quarter 2!

We will be offering an academic Saturday school on Saturday, October 14th from 9AM-12PM in the Media Center for any student who is currently earning Ds or Fs for Quarter 1 in core classes. There will be no school for students on Monday, October 16th, as it is a Teacher Planning Day. 

Extended School Day will begin on Tuesday, October 17th, from 1:30PM-3PM in the Media Center for students invited. Please get in touch with Mrs. Sumrall for more information.

On October 20th at 7PM and October 21st at 2PM and 7PM, the River Ridge Middle School Theatre Program presents FAME Jr. at the River Ridge Center for the Arts.  This is an amazing show with so much Royal talent! Tickets can be purchased on rrms.booktix.com.  The community is welcome; don’t miss out!

This week’s sports will be Boys’ Soccer Tryouts with 6th Grade on Tuesday, 7th Grade on Wednesday, and 8th Grade on Thursday from 1:30PM-3:30PM at the middle school track. Please ensure your updated physical and paperwork are uploaded to the Athletic Clearance website before tryouts. The RRMS Football team travels to Fivay High School to take on BPMS on Wednesday, October 18th at 6:30PM. Come out and support your Royal Knights!

Finally, we have several first-come, first-go field trips that were just published this week.  8th Grade and 7th Grade Accl. Science Teachers sent home the NASA Field Trip packet for the trip on December 8th. Information is also available on the RRMS website. Tickets can be purchased on GoFan.co, and permission forms can be turned in to the student’s science teacher. There is a limit of 200 students who may attend. If a parent is interested in chaperoning, please complete the chaperone interest form on the RRMS website. We are over half sold out so don’t miss out! Mrs. Adams’ Physical Science Honors students will attend Physics Day at Busch Gardens on December 1st. Please see the informational letter for more payment information.  The FAME Academy is also planning a field trip on December 11th to the Dali Museum and Dali 360 Exhibit in St. Petersburg. Students received permission forms from their FAME teachers and can pay for the trip on GoFan.co for $45. There are only 50 spots. To attend any field trip through RRMS, students must be on track for academics and behavior.

We will be hosting the Great American Teach-In on November 15th! Please get in touch with Mrs. Hammelman at shammelm@pasco.k12.fl.us if you are interested in sharing your expertise, career, or area of interest with our students.

Finally, mark your calendars for Red Ribbon Week 10/23-10/27… we will have dress-up days, guest speakers on drug and alcohol awareness, and the signing of the Drug Free Pledge at lunches. We will also be sponsoring with RRHS the Candy at the Castle event on Thursday, October 26th, from 6pm-8PM on the RRMHS Campus. The community is invited. The Say Boo to Drugs Halloween Dance will be after school on Friday, October 27th, from 2PM-4PM. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on GoFan.co or at the front office. There will be creepy crawlers, concessions, and Kona Ice. Students are encouraged to come in their costumes.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, recommendations, or praise; we are partners in education! Proud that you are Royal!

10/8/23

Good afternoon, Royal Families! This is the last week of the first quarter, and we want every Royal Knight to finish Royal Strong! Please review this week’s Royal Update – Knight News for 10/9-10/13. We had an out-of-this-world fall spirit week! We want to congratulate the RRMS Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Doerrfeld, and the RRMS SRP of the Year, Mrs. Blanchard. Congratulations to both Royal Knights!

Thank you to everyone participating in the Next Level Step It Up Donation Drive! We raised $30,000 for technology, student and staff recognition, and classroom curriculum resources. Students who earned $50 or 10 contacts can attend the Day of Awesome on Tuesday, October 10th, during 2nd and 3rd periods. Eligible students will receive a wristband in their first-period classes on Tuesday morning. Students should bring extra socks and a water bottle to the event. Thank you again for supporting the students and staff at RRMS!

Tuesday, October 10th, will be the annual Royal Pink Out Day! We are taking donations for $15 for the Pink Out shirts on GoFan.co. 

In sports this week, Knights Football plays their last home game of the season on Tuesday, October 10th at 6:30 PM. This is the annual Pink Out game and Recognition Night for football, cheer, dance, and band.  Parents and family members should meet on the field at 5:45 PM to be introduced with their Royal Knight. Tickets can be purchased on GoFan.co, there will be no cash taken at the gate. Pasco County Schools enforces a clear bag policy at all athletic events. Come out and support our Royal Knights!  

The week of October 9th, all 7th and 8th grade ELA classes will be participating in Resiliency Education modules classroom lessons. A parent letter is going home with students this upcoming week. These lessons are required by law. You may download the parent letter on the RRMS website: https://rrms.pasco.k12.fl.us/?p=10119. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Services Department. 

After-school tutoring will continue every Tuesday and Thursday in the Media Center from 1:30PM-2:30PM. We will also offer academically at-risk students a Saturday School option and Extended School Day, which will begin on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting October 17th. Letters went home last week. Please take advantage of all the opportunities to start the year right! There is only one week left until the end of the quarter! You got this, Knights!

Please also make sure to go to myStudent Parent Portal to update emergency card information, sign consents, and go to Rycor to pay school fees for the year.  We encourage you to READ CAREFULLY all items in the Parent Bill of Rights Consent. If you have questions about ANY item, please do not hesitate to reach out to our administration or visit the Pasco County Schools Parent Bill of Rights website so that we can clarify the options as much as possible. If consent is not completed, then in 30 days, all sections but medical will be considered opted-in. 

Finally, we have several first-come, first-go field trips that were just published this week.  8th Grade and 7th Grade Accl. Science Teachers sent home the NASA Field Trip packet for the trip on December 8th. Information is also available on the RRMS website. Tickets can be purchased on GoFan.co, and permission forms can be turned in to the student’s science teacher. There is a limit of 200 students who may attend. If a parent is interested in chaperoning, please complete the chaperone interest form on the RRMS website. Mrs. Adams’ Physical Science Honors students will attend Physics Day at Busch Gardens on December 1st. Please see the informational letter for more payment information.  The FAME Academy is also planning a field trip on December 11th to the Dali Museum and Dali 360 Exhibit in St. Petersburg. Students received permission forms from their FAME teachers and can pay for the trip on GoFan.co for $45. There are only 50 spots. To attend any field trip through RRMS, students must be on track for academics and behavior.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, recommendations, or praise; we are partners in education! Proud that you are Royal!

10/1/23

Good afternoon, Royal Families! Please read and carefully review this week’s Royal Update-Knight News for 10/2-10/6. This upcoming week is FALL SPIRIT WEEK and it will be OUT OF THIS WORLD!  We will have dress up days, Galaxy Games, a Pep Rally and Skate Night!   Get your outfits ready to earn points for your classes to see who will ultimately win the FALL SPIRIT STICK!

 

10/3 Galaxy Games – Get your tickets NOW on GoFan.co or at lunches!
Compete in a series of space-themed games against your fellow Royals!
You can win prizes and POINTS for your grade level while having a blast…
You don’t want to miss an out of this world event!
Tickets are limited and may be purchased on GoFan.co or with cash in lunches. Students must be on track with no referrals to attend.
GAMES:
Flying Saucer Challenge
Space Jam Knockout
Moon Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament
Space Invaders

On Wednesday, October 4th, there will be an Early Release Day, school will end at 11:30AM.  We will be on an enrichment schedule for the Enrichment Activities. Lists will be posted in grade level hallways and students should dress appropriately for their activity.

Get your RRMS Skate Night tickets for our fun neon event on October 5th from 6PM-8PM at Spin Nations at https://www.spinnationsskate.com/event-details/river-ridge-middle-skate-night. Tickets are $10 for a 2-hour skate with skate rental included. Spectators will be $5.  Bring your whole family!

On Friday, we will be on a PM Activity Schedule.  It’s Royal Spirit Friday and we will be hosting a Pep Rally in the gym! 

In sports this week, Knights Football plays at Gulf High School vs. GMS on Monday, October 2nd at 6:30PM.  Tickets can be purchased on GoFan.co, there will be no cash taken at the gate. Pasco County Schools enforces a clear bag policy at all athletic events. Come out and support our Royal Knights!   The volleyball teams will play on Monday @ BPMS and Wednesday @ CLMS at 6PM. JV plays first, and varsity will immediately follow. Go Knights!

Thank you to all of our families who participated in the RRMS Next Level Step It Up Donation Drive! The donation link will still be available through Monday, October 2nd at https://app.pop4kids.org/riverridgems34654. Students can submit cash or check at the front office.  Students who earned $50 or more will be able to attend the Day of Awesome on October 10th!  Thank you again for supporting the students and staff at RRMS!

After school tutoring will continue every Tuesday and Thursday in the Media Center from 1:30PM-2:30PM. We will also be offering academically at risk students a Saturday School option and Extended School Day. Letters went home last week. Please take advantaged of all of the opportunities to start the year off right! There is only 2 weeks left until the end of the quarter! You got this, Knights!

Please also make sure to go to myStudent Parent Portal to update emergency card information, sign consents, and go to Rycor to pay school fees for the year.  We encourage you to READ CAREFULLY all items in the Parent Bill of Rights Consent. If you have questions about ANY item, please do not hesitate to reach out to our administration or visit the Pasco County Schools Parent Bill of Rights website so that we can clarify the options as much as possible. If consent is not completed, then in 30 days, all sections but medical will be considered opted-in. 

The week of October 9th all 7th and 8th grade ELA classes will be participating in Resiliency Education modules classroom lessons. A parent letter is going home with students this upcoming week. These lessons are required by law. You may download the parent letter on the RRMS website: https://rrms.pasco.k12.fl.us/?p=10119. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Services Department. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, recommendations or praise; we are partners in education! Proud that you are Royal!

9/24/23

Good afternoon, Royal Families! Please read and carefully review this week’s Royal Update-Knight News for 9/25-9/29. This upcoming week is Celebrate Freedom Week. 

After school tutoring will continue every Tuesday and Thursday in the Media Center from 1:30PM-2:30PM. Please take advantaged of all of the opportunities to start the year off right! There is only 3 weeks left until the end of the quarter! You got this, Knights!

Please also make sure to go to myStudent Parent Portal to update emergency card information, sign consents, and go to Rycor to pay school fees for the year.  We encourage you to READ CAREFULLY all items in the Parent Bill of Rights Consent. If you have questions about ANY item, please do not hesitate to reach out to our administration or visit the Pasco County Schools Parent Bill of Rights website so that we can clarify the options as much as possible. If consent is not completed, then in 30 days, all sections but medical will be considered opted-in. 

We are excited to offer a way to give back to River Ridge Middle School! This is the LAST WEEK of the Step It Up Next Level donation drive  to help raise funds that will benefit all of our students and staff with student recognition, technology, and curriculum resources. Our Next Levelprogram will help with funding resources to support students, teachers, and our community.  It is going to be AWESOME; we are excited that there is still time to participate! We will also be hosting the amazing DAY of AWESOMENESS in October for those students who complete the Golden Ticket or raise $50 or more. Please share the link with friends and family: https://app.pop4kids.org/riverridgems34654.  Let’s RAISE THE BAR and take RRMS to the next level with your generous support!

This week we have School Picture Retakes on Tuesday, September 26th in the Media Center the first three periods of the day. Students must bring back their proofs if they already had their picture taken initially. 

If you are interested in joining Odyssey of the Mind, there will be an informational meeting for students and parents on Wednesday, September 27th at 6PM in the Media Center. We are in need of coaches.

Thursday is our next Royal Dine Out Night at Culver’s Port Richey from 5PM-8PM.  Please mention RRMS as part of the proceeds go back to student and staff recognition. 

In sports this week, Knights Football plays at home against SSMS on Tuesday at 6:30 PM.  Tickets can be purchased on GoFan.co, there will be no cash taken at the gate. Pasco County Schools enforces a clear bag policy at all athletic events. Come out and support our Royal Knights!   The volleyball teams will play on Monday @ GMS and Wednesday vs. PRSMS at 6PM. JV plays first, and varsity will immediately follow. We will be recognizing our 8th grade volleyball players and their families with a ceremony prior to the varsity volleyball game vs. PRSMS at 6:45PM.  Go Knights!

Mark your calendars for the Fall Spirit Week: Knights are Out of this World in collaboration with the high school the week of October 2-6!  We will have dress up days, activities at lunch, a Pep Rally and Skate Night!   Get your outfits ready to earn points for your classes to see who will ultimately win the FALL SPIRIT STICK!

Get your RRMS Skate Night tickets for our fun neon event on October 5th from 6PM-8PM at Spin Nations at https://www.spinnationsskate.com/event-details/river-ridge-middle-skate-night. Tickets are $10 for a 2-hour skate with skate rental included. Spectators will be $5.  Bring your whole family!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, recommendations or praise; we are partners in education! Proud that you are Royal!

9/19/23

Good aftenoon, Royal Families! Please read and carefully review this week’s Royal Update-Knight News for 9/18-9/22.

Quarter 1 Progress Reports were available in the myStudent Parent Portal on Friday.  To be on track, students must earn As, Bs, and Cs with no referrals. If you have questions about grades, please contact your child’s teacher through myStudent or by email. If you would like to set up a Parent Teacher Conference, please visit the RRMS website to sign up with Student Services.  After school tutoring has begun on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30PM-2:30PM in the Media Center. Please also encourage students to take advantage of second chance learning opportunities, opportunity hall, and academic lunches. 

This week at The Ridge we are celebrating Welcome Week to promote our Royal Culture of Caring with inclusive dress up days, kindness acts, and daily icebreakers coordinated by the Royal Ambassadors and Student Services. On Tuesday, there will be a new student social for 6th and 8th graders during lunch who have come from out of county. On Wednesday, the 7th graders will have their new student social. This event is by invitation. The dress up days coordinate as Monday is Hey Day! – wear the colors of inclusion yellow or green.  Tuesday is Encourage Everyone! Wear a shirt with encouraging words and crazy socks. Wednesday is Let’s Reach Out and Connect. Wear something that connects you to others like favorite sports teams, books, movies, music, etc.  Thursday is Look for Ways to Help! Wear pink the color of compassion. Finally, Friday is Own It! Make It Your Job to be the Nice Kid! Wear your River Ridge gear!

Please also make sure to go to myStudent Parent Portal to update emergency card information, sign consents, and go to Rycor to pay school fees for the year.  We encourage you to READ CAREFULLY all items in the Parent Bill of Rights Consent. If you have questions about ANY item, please do not hesitate to reach out to our administration or visit the Pasco County Schools Parent Bill of Rights website so that we can clarify the options as much as possible. If consent is not completed, then in 30 days, all sections but medical will be considered opted-in. 

We are excited to offer a way to give back to River Ridge Middle School! Last week, we kicked off the Step It Up Next Level donation drive  to help raise funds that will benefit all of our students and staff with student recognition, technology, and curriculum resources. Our Next Levelprogram will help with funding resources to support students, teachers, and our community.  It is going to be AWESOME; we are excited that there is still time to participate!

A few things to note:

· This program will be extremely easy for you. It only requires about 10 minutes of your time.

· Your students can earn great rewards just for their effort. No money is required!

· This is an online, donation-based fundraiser, and the email and text message donation requests can go to people you know anywhere in the world. That means no direct pressure on your shoulders.

Students will be bringing home more information after our Launch Party presentation next week to help your student register and complete the Golden Ticket assignment that very night on Wednesday, September 13th!  All students who complete the Golden Ticket assignment will receive fun PRIZES, which do not require any money to register. We will also have awesome drawings for a $250 Amazon Gift Card and Mini-Party Fridges stuffed with CASH for those students who sign up and provide 20+ emails! We will also be hosting the amazing DAY of AWESOMENESS in October for those students who raise $50 or more.

Let’s RAISE THE BAR and take RRMS to the next level with your generous support!

On Thursday, September 21st from 6PM-7:30PM in the cafeteria the 6th Grade Math Teachers and Mathnasium will host the 6th Grade Math Night! Bring the whole family to play math games, meet the teachers, and win prizes.  Flyers went home with students last week, please return to your math teachers as an RSVP by Monday, September 18th.

In sports this week, Knights Football plays at home against CHMS on Tuesday at 6:30 PM.  Tickets can be purchased on GoFan.co, there will be no cash taken at the gate. Pasco County Schools enforces a clear bag policy at all athletic events. Come out and support our Royal Knights!   The volleyball teams continue their winning ways this week with two home games on Monday vs. CHMS and Wednesday vs. rival SSMS at 6PM. JV plays first, and varsity will immediately follow.  Go Knights!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, recommendations or praise; we are partners in education! Proud that you are Royal!

9/10/23

Good afternoon, Royal Families! Please read and carefully review the Royal Update-Knight News for 9/11-9/15, as there is a lot of important information on upcoming events. This will be the final week of FAST Progress Monitoring 1 assessment and make-ups. If you have questions about testing, please reach out to the Testing Coordinator, Mrs. Brissey.  Student results can be found in myStudent under testing history. We are also halfway through the first quarter, with Progress Reports available in myStudent on Friday! To be considered on track, students must earn As, Bs, and Cs without referrals. Please get in touch with your child’s teachers through email or myStudent to discuss grades or sign up for a Parent Teacher Conference on our RRMS website.

Please also make sure to go to myStudent Parent Portal to update emergency card information, sign consents, and go to Rycor to pay school fees for the year.  We encourage you to READ CAREFULLY all items in the Parent Bill of Rights Consent. If you have questions about ANY item, please do not hesitate to reach out to our administration or visit the Pasco County Schools Parent Bill of Rights website so that we can clarify the options as much as possible. If consent is not completed, then in 30 days, all sections but medical will be considered opted-in. 

Monday is September 11th and Patriot’s Day… students are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue! On Tuesday and Friday of next week, we will have Royal Spirit Days to celebrate the kick-off of home football with a pre-pep rally before school in the courtyard and the community night. Wear your River Ridge gear and show your purple pride!

We are excited to offer a way to give back to River Ridge Middle School! On 9/13/2023, we will be kicking off an event to help raise funds that will benefit all of our students and staff. Our Next Levelprogram will help with funding resources to support students, teachers, and our community.  It is going to be AWESOME; we are excited to get started!

A few things to note:

· This program will be extremely easy for you. It only requires about 10 minutes of your time.

· Your students can earn great rewards just for their effort. No money is required!

· This is an online, donation-based fundraiser, and the email and text message donation requests can go to people you know anywhere in the world. That means no direct pressure on your shoulders.

Students will be bringing home more information after our Launch Party presentation next week to help your student register and complete the Golden Ticket assignment that very night on Wednesday, September 13th!  All students who complete the Golden Ticket assignment will receive fun PRIZES, which do not require any money to register. We will also have awesome drawings for a $250 Amazon Gift Card and Mini-Party Fridges stuffed with CASH for those students who sign up and provide 20+ emails! We will also be hosting the amazing DAY of AWESOMENESS in October for those students who raise $50 or more.

Let’s RAISE THE BAR and take RRMS to the next level with your generous support!

Are you interested in Thespians? A Thespian Parent Meeting will be held in the RRMS Media Center on Tuesday, September 12th, at 5PM. Thespian auditions will be on Thursday, September 14th, from 1:30PM-3:30PM in the Drama Room. Contact Mr. Bintz at rbintz@pasco.k12.fl.us for more information. 

In sports this week, Knights Football plays at home against Starkey Ranch K8 on Tuesday at 6:30 PM.  Tickets can be purchased on GoFan.co, there will be no cash taken at the gate. Pasco County Schools enforces a clear bag policy at all athletic events. Come out and support our Royal Knights!   The volleyball teams start their season on Monday at HAC and Wednesday at home versus SRK8 at 6PM. JV plays first, and varsity will immediately follow.  Go Knights!

This Friday, 9/15 River Ridge Community Night at the RRHS Football Game: All Football Players, Cheerleaders, Dance Team, Band Members, and Volleyball Teams will be recognized at the high school football game at 7:30PM. The cheerleaders, dance team, and band will participate with their high school counterparts.  Athletes will get in free to the game.  Come out and celebrate the River Ridge community!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, recommendations or praise; we are partners in education! Proud that you are Royal!

9/1/23

Good afternoon, Royal Families! Please read and carefully review the Royal Update-Knight News for 9/4-9/8, as there is a lot of important information on upcoming events. This week continues FAST Math Progress Monitoring 1 assessment and make ups. If you have questions about testing, please reach out to the Testing Coordinator, Mrs. Brissey.  Student results can be found in myStudent under testing history.

Please also make sure to go to myStudent Parent Portal to update emergency card information, sign consents, and go to Rycor to pay school fees for the year.  We encourage you to READ CAREFULLY all items in the Parent Bill of Rights Consent. If you have questions about ANY item, please do not hesitate to reach out to our administration or visit the Pasco County Schools Parent Bill of Rights website so that we can clarify the options as much as possible. If consent is not completed, then in 30 days all sections but medical will be considered opted-in. 

There will be no school on Monday, September 4th, in observance of Labor Day. 

School pictures have been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 5th, through ELA classes and can be purchased online at Gigante.com. These pictures will also be included in the yearbook. If the parent acknowledgments in myStudent, still need to be completed, the photo may not be included.

The RRMS Royal Merchant Online School Store will be open on Monday and Tuesday using the PBIS Rewards app. Students can use their Knight Dollars earned for being respectful, responsible problem solvers to purchase 2 items and a privilege. Items will be distributed on Thursday and Friday at lunches. The school store will be open monthly for students. We are always looking for donations of food, gift cards, toys, and school supplies for the school store. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Sumrall at ksumrall@pasco.k12.fl.us.

There will be a Student Council meeting on Tuesday, September 5th, from 1:30PM-2:30PM in the Media Center. 

The RRMS PTSA Family Bingo Night has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 5th, from 6PM-7PM in the Cafeteria.  Families can pre-order Mama Mia’s Pizza for dinner at www.riverridgemsptsa.memberhub.com. The event is free, and we encourage everyone to attend. There will be prizes and family fun to kick off the new school year!

Are you interested in Thespians? A Thespian Parent Meeting will be held in the RRMS Media Center on Tuesday, September 5th, at 6:30PM. Thespian auditions will be on Thursday, September 7th, from 1:30PM-3:30PM in the Drama Room. Contact Mr. Bintz at rbintz@pasco.k12.fl.us for more information. 

Wednesday, September 6th, will be the first Early Release Day of the Year. We will be on an alternative schedule, and the school will release at 11:30 AM.  Students will also participate in assigned Enrichment Activities, and lists will be posted in the cafeteria. Students should bring materials for their activity and dress appropriately. If you have any questions regarding enrichment, don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Brissey at mdinamid@pasco.k12.fl.us.

If you are interested in Robotics, join the RRMS First Lego League Robotics Team! Learn how to code, build, problem-solve, design and team build through robotics. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 6th, from 11:45AM-1:45PM in Mr. Hall’s Engineering Room 3-115 on the high school side. Meetings will be after school weekly on Wednesdays. Contact Mr. Hall for more information at drhall@pasco.k12.fl.us.

On Thursday evening, there will be an RRMS PTSA General Meeting at 6:30 PM in the Media Center. All families are invited to attend to help plan community events for the upcoming year. 

 

In sports this week, Knights Football kicks off their season at Hudson High School on Wednesday at 6:30 PM.  Tickets can be purchased on GoFan.co, or you may purchase tickets at the gate. Pasco County Schools enforces a clear bag policy at all athletic events. Come out and support our Royal Knights! Go Knights!

Mark your calendars for a few upcoming events:

9/15 River Ridge Community Night at the RRHS Football Game: All Football Players, Cheerleaders, Dance Team, Band Members, and Volleyball Teams will be recognized at the high school football game at 7:30PM. The cheerleaders, dance team, and band will participate with their high school counterparts.  Athletes will get in free to the game.  Come out and celebrate the River Ridge community!

Don’t miss out on our Royal Spirit Fridays to show your Purple Pride each week… students who wear their River Ridge gear will get a special treat at lunch! We also have new spirit wear on sale on GoFan.co, which can be picked up in the front office.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, recommendations or praise; we are partners in education! Proud that you are Royal!

8/20/23

Good afternoon, Royal Families!  We have had a great start to the year and look forward to RAISING THE BAR each week! Please read and carefully review the Royal Update-Knight News for 8/21-8/25 as there is a lot of important information on upcoming events.

This week begins FAST ELA and NWEA MAP Progress Monitoring 1 assessment. Parent letters have been posted on the RRMS website with more information. If you have questions regarding assessment, please contact Testing Coordinator, Mrs. Brissey.

Please also make sure to go to myStudent Parent Portal to update emergency card information, sign consents, and go to Rycor to pay school fees for the year.  We encourage you to READ C

8/27/23

Good afternoon, Royal Families! Please read and carefully review the Royal Update-Knight News for 8/28-9/1, as there is a lot of important information on upcoming events. This week continues FAST Math Progress Monitoring 1 assessment. Parent letters have been posted on the RRMS website with more information. If you have questions about testing, please reach out to the Testing Coordinator, Mrs. Brissey.  Student results can be found in myStudent under testing history.

Please also make sure to go to myStudent Parent Portal to update emergency card information, sign consents, and go to Rycor to pay school fees for the year.  We encourage you to READ CAREFULLY all items in the Parent Bill of Rights Consent. If you have questions about ANY item, please do not hesitate to reach out to our administration or visit the Pasco County Schools Parent Bill of Rights website so that we can clarify the options as much as possible. If consent is not completed, then in 30 days all sections but medical will be considered opted-in. 

The RRMS Royal Merchant Online School Store will be open on Monday and Tuesday using the PBIS Rewards app. Students can use their Knight Dollars earned for being respectful, responsible problem solvers to purchase 2 items and a privilege. Items will be distributed on Thursday and Friday at lunches. The school store will be open monthly for students. We are always looking for donations of food, gift cards, toys, and school supplies for the school store. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Sumrall at ksumrall@pasco.k12.fl.us.

There will be an NJHS Meeting on Monday, August 28, at 1:30PM-2:30PM in the Media Center. 

Tuesday, August 29th is school picture day through ELA classes and can be purchased online at Gigante.com. These pictures will also be included in the yearbook. If the parent acknowledgments in myStudent, still need to be completed, the photo may not be included.

On Tuesday evening, RRMS PTSA will be hosting the second annual Family Bingo Night from 6PM-7PM in the Cafeteria.  Families can pre-order Mama Mia’s Pizza for dinner at www.riverridgemsptsa.memberhub.com. The event is free, and we encourage everyone to attend. There will be prizes and a lot of family fun to kick off the new school year!

There will be a Student Council Meeting on Wednesday, August 30th, at 1:30PM-2:30PM in the Media Center. 

On Wednesday evening, there will be an RRMS PTSA General Meeting at 6:30PM in the Media Center. All families are invited to attend to help plan community events for the upcoming year. 

Calling all dancers, singers, and actors… We proudly announce open auditions for the RRMS Theatre Department’s Fall Production of FAME Jr. on August 30th & 31st! If you are interested, please sign up for an audition time and date at the link on our website.
Audition materials are also available on the website, including the audition songs. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Mr. Bintz at rbintz@pasco.k12.fl.us. We look forward to a fantastic production in October!

On the evening of Thursday, August 31st, at 6PM in the Media Center, there will be an informational meeting for the 2024 Costa Rica Spring Break trip. See meeting details and register for the meeting here: https://bit.ly/47vpagP.  Registration is mandatory, so don’t wait! Please get in touch with Mrs. Wierenga for more information.

Don’t miss out on our Royal Spirit Fridays to show your Purple Pride each week… students who wear their River Ridge gear will get a special treat at lunch! We also have new spirit wear on sale on GoFan.co, which can be picked up in the front office.

We look forward to an amazing year! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, recommendations o,r praise; we are partners in education! Proud that you are Royal!

8/20/23

Good afternoon, Royal Families!  We have had a great start to the year and look forward to RAISING THE BAR each week! Please read and carefully review the Royal Update-Knight News for 8/21-8/25 as there is a lot of important information on upcoming events.

This week begins FAST ELA and NWEA MAP Progress Monitoring 1 assessment. Parent letters have been posted on the RRMS website with more information. If you have questions regarding assessment, please contact Testing Coordinator, Mrs. Brissey.

Please also make sure to go to myStudent Parent Portal to update emergency card information, sign consents, and go to Rycor to pay school fees for the year.  We encourage you to READ CAREFULLY all items in the Parent Bill of Rights Consent. If you have questions about ANY item, please do not hesitate to reach out to our administration or visit the Pasco County Schools Parent Bill of Rights website so that we can clarify the options as much as possible.

This week we will be hosting the first Royal Dine Out Night of the year on Wednesday, August 23rd from 5PM-8PM at Blaze Pizza Trinity. Come out with your family and show your Royal Spirit! Make sure to mention RRMS and 20% will come back to the school for student recognition.

This Friday, August 25th, we will host our Back to School Dance from 6PM-8PM in the RRMS Cafeteria. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased on GoFan.co for $10 or at the door for $12.  We will have a DJ, photo booth, balloon drop, concession, and Kona Ice for sale. Don’t miss out on celebrating the new school year! It is come as you are or dress up for the party!

This week in sports, there will be a parent meeting for football, volleyball, and cheerleading on Tuesday, August 22nd at 4PM in the RRMS Cafeteria. All RRMS athletic tickets are available for purchase on GoFan.co at this time. There is also a season individual and family pass. Cash will not be taken at the gates so get your tickets ahead of time! Also, only clear plastic bags will be allowed into the athletic events.

We have several clubs that are currently holding open applications at this time. Applications have been released for Student Council elections for 6th-8th grade. Online applications are due by Monday, August 21st. http://rrms.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=108903   Elections will be on August 24th and 25th online. Please see Mr. Corley for more information.

Would you like to be a Royal Ambassador? f you are interested in being a Royal Ambassador, the application is open through Monday, August 21st, at this link: https://forms.gle/tV87asm7TNBBNPgu5. Membership is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade leaders to spread our Royal Culture of Caring.
-Spread our royal culture of caring throughout the school and community
-Work with Student Services and Administration to be a roundtable group to provide feedback
and plan community events like Kindness Week, Red Ribbon Week, and Spirit Weeks
-Act as mentors to new students, tour guides and resources
-Always follow the Knightly Values of Being Respectful, Responsible, Problem Solvers!
Please reach out to an administrator or school counselor for more information.

Don’t miss out on our Royal Spirit Fridays to show your Purple Pride each week… students who wear their River Ridge gear will get a special treat at lunch! We also have new spirit wear on sale on GoFan.co which can be picked up in the front office. Please check out the RRMS website and social media pages weekly, as there is a ton of important information there including school-wide calendars.

Mark your calendars for upcoming River Ridge events:

8/29  School picture day will be through ELA classes and can be purchased online at Gigante.com. These pictures will also be included in the yearbook. If the parent acknowledgements in myStudent, haven’t been completed then the photo may not be included.

8/29 RRMS PTSA will be hosting the second annual Family Bingo Night from 6PM-7PM in the Cafeteria.  Families can pre-order Mama Mia’s Pizza for dinner at www.riverridgemsptsa.memberhub.com. The event is free and we encourage everyone to attend. There will be prizes.

We look forward to an amazing year! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, recommendations or praise; we are partners in education! Proud that you are Royal!

8/13/23

Good afternoon, Royal Families! This is Mrs. Murphy, Principal of RRMS.
We had an amazing start to the year and will continue the positive momentum throughout the year with the support of our parents/guardians and the River Ridge community. Please read and carefully review the Royal Update – Knight News for 8/14-8/18 as there is a lot of important information included weekly at the link above.

We will be hosting Town Hall Grade Level Meetings on 8/15-8/17 where we will have face to face introductions of the RRMS Student Success Team members to our students. Grade level administrators, School Counselors, SSAP, Student Support Assistants, SRO and other support staff will walk students through Academic and Social Behavior Expectations, Student Code of Conduct, Royal Rewards, Safety on Campus, and involvement at River Ridge. These meetings will take place in the media center in Social Studies classes. Students will be asked to give input during the Town Halls about future On Track incentives and enrichment activities at this link: https://forms.gle/GNWtzQdtDNUYqPfo9. If a parent would like to have their student Opt Out from completing the input form, please get in touch with Mrs. Sumrall at ksumrall@pasco.k12.fl.us before 8/15. The student input form is voluntary. We also encourage you to review our safety and expectations videos on our website with your child. Please also make sure to go to myStudent Parent Portal to update emergency card information, sign consents, and go to Rycor to pay school fees for the year. We also have new spirit wear on sale on GoFan.co which can be picked up in the front office.
We encourage you to READ CAREFULLY all items in the Parent Bill of Rights Consent. If you have questions about ANY item, please do not hesitate to reach out to our administration or visit the Pasco County Schools Parent Bill of Rights website so that we can clarify the options as much as possible.

We have several clubs that are currently holding open applications at this time. Applications have been released for Student Council elections for 6th-8th grade. Online applications are due by Monday, August 21st. http://rrms.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=108903   Elections will be on August 24th and 25th online. Please see Mr. Corley for more information.

Would you like to be a Royal Ambassador? f you are interested in being a Royal Ambassador, the application is open through Monday, August 21st, at this link: https://forms.gle/tV87asm7TNBBNPgu5. Membership is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade leaders to spread our Royal Culture of Caring.
-Spread our royal culture of caring throughout the school and community
-Work with Student Services and Administration to be a roundtable group to provide feedback
and plan community events like Kindness Week, Red Ribbon Week, and Spirit Weeks
-Act as mentors to new students, tour guides and resources
-Always follow the Knightly Values of Being Respectful, Responsible, Problem Solvers!
Please reach out to an administrator or school counselor for more information.

This week in sports, there will be football practice each day from 1:30PM-4:30PM and cheerleading tryouts are Monday-Wednesday from 1:30PM-3:00PM. Volleyball tryouts will be August 16-18 from 1:30PM-3:30PM. To try out, you must have a completed FHSAA physical packet, including the three NFHS course certificates that reflect your 23-24 school year information. This paperwork is available on our school website under athletics at this link: https://rrms.pasco.k12.fl.us/?page_id=3662. All FHSAA/PASCO ATHLETIC FORMS MUST BE UPLOADED TO: athleticclearance.com before a student is allowed to participate in tryouts or conditioning. Don’t hesitate to contact our Athletic Director, Chrissy Brando (cbrando@pasco.k12.fl.us), if you have any issues or questions.

Don’t miss out on our Royal Spirit Fridays to show your Purple Pride each week… students who wear their River Ridge gear will get a special treat at lunch! Please check out the RRMS website and social media pages weekly, as there is a ton of important information there including school-wide calendars.

Mark your calendars for upcoming River Ridge events:

8/23 Join us for our first Royal Dine Out Night of the year at Blaze Pizza in Trinity from 5PM-8PM. 20% of the proceeds will return to RRMS for student and staff recognition.

8/25 We will host our Back to School Dance from 6PM-8PM in the RRMS Cafeteria. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased on GoFan.co for $10 or at the door for$12.  We will have a DJ, photo booth, balloon drop, concession, and Kona Ice for sale. Don’t miss out on celebrating the new school year!

8/29 RRMS PTSA will be hosting the second annual Family Bingo Night from 6PM-7PM in the Cafeteria.  Families can pre-order Mama Mia’s Pizza for dinner at www.riverridgemsptsa.memberhub.com. The event is free and we encourage everyone to attend. There will be prizes.

We look forward to an amazing year! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, recommendations or praise; we are partners in education! Proud that you are Royal!

 

8/10/23

Royal Families,

We had a fantastic first day back at The Castle! We look forward to welcoming everyone back for day two tomorrow for Royal Spirit Friday!  Wear RRMS gear or purple, black, and silver to show your purple pride!  

Students participated in community-building lessons today called Bridge the Ridge.  These opportunities deepen classroom connections, creating a strong Royal Culture of Caring.  We also reviewed The Castle Expectations and Student Code of Conduct videos, which families are strongly encouraged to view with their child at this link: https://rrms.pasco.k12.fl.us/?page_id=6313. 6th graders will bring home planners, and 7th and 8th graders will have We Are Royal folders with important information included. All teachers provided students with their syllabi today. Please review this important information with your student and return the signed acknowledgment with your child.

As a reminder, if you are driving your student to school, please use the middle school car loop.  There are two lanes that cars can follow to keep a steady traffic flow and ensure safety.  Please only use the car loop and do not park in the middle school staff parking spots to wait to drop off students, as it restricts staff access to work. Please, please, please DO NOT drop off or pick up students in the STUDENT Parking Lot. It is a safety issue, and you may be delayed leaving as staff closely monitors the exit to ensure safety. We may hold cars exiting in the student lot until the traffic clears to allow parents accessing the designated car loop a smooth ride in and allow student drivers a clear entry. Please drop off and pick up in the Car Loop only. We appreciate everyone’s patience and attention to safety by following the pick-up and drop off procedures.

Finally, if you have not registered for a myStudent Parent Portal, please do so as soon as possible. This year, you will miss valuable information regarding student grades, attendance, testing, and communication.  Parents also need to complete the Parent Bill of Rights acknowledgments each year.  There is also a myStudent app that assists in accessing information and communications.

We are looking forward to an amazing year where we RAISE THE BAR! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, recommendations, or praise; we are truly partners in education! Proud that you are Royal!

8/9/23

Good afternoon, Royal Families! This is Mrs. Murphy, Principal of RRMS.
I want to welcome you to the new 23-24 school year at RRMS! We had a fantastic turnout on Friday at the Meet the Teacher Day Open House event! It was great to see all of our students and their families on campus. The new school year is upon us, so here is your first of many weekly phone calls.

Our school theme this year is #RAISE THE BAR! We are committed to SETTING THE ROYAL STANDARD by RAISING THE BAR to foster a royal culture of caring with a safe and loving school environment where learning happens at high levels, and ALL students succeed!
The first day of school is this Thursday, August 10th. School hours are 7:10AM-1:30PM. Students will be permitted onto campus at 6:50AM. We will also have a new bell schedule which will rotate times for each period.

As you are aware, student schedules are available on myStudent. Please be sure to check your schedule this evening, as we will be making schedule adjustments based on the schedule change requests that we received on Friday, and you will need this schedule to locate your first period class on Thursday. When students arrive on Thursday, first period rosters will be posted in the grade-level hallways.  Staff members will be stationed throughout the campus to assist with directing students to their 1st period class. There will be a breakfast cart in the middle school courtyard where students can grab and go a free breakfast and head directly to their first period classes. During 1st period, all students will receive a NEW schedule that will be LAVENDAR. This is the schedule that they are to follow from that point forward. Announcements will be made during 1st period for students to report to the media center if they have an error in their schedule. All students taking a high school class 1st period will pick up their schedules at the front office.

7th grade families – if you have not provided the school with your immunization records, we need this documentation as soon as possible, or your child will not be able to attend school on the first day. Please contact school nurse, Hailey Theisen at htheisen@pasco.k12.fl.us, if you
have questions. Also, parents can drop off medication for students at the clinic. Please also make sure to go on to myStudent Parent Portal to update emergency card information, sign consents, and to Rycor to pay school fees for the year. We also have new spirit
wear on sale on GoFan.co which can be picked up in the front office. Don’t miss out on our Royal Spirit Fridays to show your Purple Pride… students who wear their River Ridge gear will get a special treat at lunch!

This week in sports there will be football practice as all student athletes will make the team on August 10th-August 14th from 1:30PM-4PM. Cheerleading tryouts will be August 14th-August 16th from 1:30PM-3:30PM in the dance room. Volleyball tryouts will be August 16th-18th from 1:30PM-3:30PM. To try out, you must have a completed FHSAA physical packet including the three NFHS course certificates that reflect your 23-24 school year information. This paperwork is available on our school website under athletics at this link:
https://rrms.pasco.k12.fl.us/?page_id=3662. All FHSAA/PASCO ATHLETIC FORMS MUST BE UPLOADED TO: athleticclearance.com before a student is allowed to participate in tryouts or conditioning. Please reach out to our Athletic Director, Chrissy Brando
(cbrando@pasco.k12.fl.us), if you have any issues or questions.

Please check out the RRMS website and social media pages weekly, as there is a ton of important information there, including school-wide calendars. For my first-time listeners, each weekend, you will receive a phone call, email, and text link that contains information about the week ahead including the weekly Royal Update – Knight Newsletter. Check out the Week of 8/10-8/18 at this link. Please be sure to look over it and read it carefully.

We are looking forward to an amazing year where we RAISE THE BAR! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, recommendations or praise, we are truly partners in education with you! Proud that you are Royal!

7/8/23

The countdown is on for Back to School! We can’t wait to welcome all of our Royal Families back to The Castle!

Please click on the link to review the RRMS Student Summer Newsletter: RRMS Student Summer Newsletter.  This includes very important information about Storm the Castle (July 27th), Open House (August 4th), and the start of school on August 10th!

There is also a special beginning of the year newsletter for our 8th grade families at the same link and attached below!

Rising 8th Grade BOY Newsletter_2028.pdf

It is crucial that all of our families create a myStudent account in the Parent Portal as that will be the primary means of communication this year. This will also allow you to view your child’s schedule, pay fees, check attendance, grades, test history, and communicate with teachers through email.  Schedules and fees should be made available in myStudent by Monday, July 24th for those families who have completed the emergency card update, parent bill of rights acknowledgement, etc. 

Create A Parent Portal Handout[1].pdf 

Emergency Card Information for Parents.pdf 

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to us.

Have a great rest of your summer!  Proud to be Royal!

 

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