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

Weekly Principal’s Message

1/24/21

Last Friday, Quarter 2/Semester 1 Report Cards were available in myStudent. Please review your child’s progress. In order to be on track for promotion to high school, middle school students must earn Ds or higher in core classes of Math, Science, ELA, and Social Studies. If you have any questions about student progress, please reach out to your child’s teacher and grade level school counselor.  Academic tutoring is offered to all students after school Tuesday and Thursday from 2:15PM-3:30PM in the Media Center.

On Monday, the RRMS PTSA will be providing “on track” treats and we will also be distributing “on track” bands to all students who earned As, Bs, and Cs and no referrals for the last quarter.

This week is Celebrate FL Literacy Week at RRMS!  We have several literacy themed dress up days and will be looking to “Catch Royal Knights Reading” through out the week for Royal Rewards.  Monday is Reading is a Superpower day – wear your superhero shirts.  Tuesday is “Oh the Places You’ll Go” day wear your college shirts. Wednesday is Words Wednesday – wear any shirt with words on it.  Thursday is Throwback Thursday – wear something that represents your favorite children’s book or series. Friday is Royal Spirit Friday and Friendship Friday – we will celebrate reading with our friends.  Students can also log their reading in studentreading.net to participate in the Million Word Challenge.

MSOL students should come by the front office this week to pick up the next math book for 6th, 7th and 8th grade math.  Please make sure to keep the math books that you have as we will be revisiting them later in the year.

We will be hosting the 3rd Annual RRMS Talent Show virtually on Friday, February 12th.  We will hold auditions this week on Wednesday, January 27th and Thursday, January 28th from 2:15PM-4PM in the drama room. If you are a MSOL student and would like to participate, you may email a brief video to Mr. Astone for consideration.

Finally, please make sure that you are screening your child every day for COVID symptoms and encouraging them to follow the Stay Safe protocols of wearing a mask (over their mouth and nose), washing/sanitizing their hands, social distancing and keeping their hands, feet and other objects to themselves. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Mundy.

Thank you for partnering in your child’s education! Be safe and let’s make it a great River Ridge Week!

1/15/21

Monday, January 18th there will be no school in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Take this opportunity to give back and do something kind for someone else.

The 2021-22 course selection and articulation process will be beginning very soon at RRMS.  Please visit our website and social media for a preview of the advanced courses of study and elective programs for the upcoming year. We have several new courses offerings that align with student interest areas.  If you would like to apply to the high school’s New Teaching Academy as an incoming 7th-9th grader or the Engineering Academy as an incoming 8th or 9th grader, please visit the River Ridge High School’s website to complete an academy application as soon as possible.

We want to be sure you are aware of the new Pasco Pathways School Choice and Magnet application process window which will be from January 7th through January 21st. If you are in 8th grade and are interested in Cambridge, IB, K-Tech, or are currently on school choice at River Ridge Middle School and would like the opportunity to continue at River Ridge High School, you will need to apply during this window. If you are a current River Ridge Middle School family who will be rezoned next year due to the opening of Starkey K-8, please make sure to read the FAQ document on the district website: http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/planning/page/rezoning/. All current 7th graders who will be 8th graders in the 21-22 school year will remain at RRMS and those 6th graders who will be 7th graders in the 21-22 school year who wish to stay at RRMS may apply for school choice with special transportation through myStudent at this link. If you have any questions or need assistance, please review the rezoning information page on the district website or contact 6th grade counselor, Mrs. Stanton at mostanto@pasco.k12.fl.us.

The RRMS PBIS School Store will be open online through the PBIS Rewards app on Monday and Tuesday for students to use their Knight Dollars to purchase from the store.  Distribution day will be on Thursday during lunches for traditional students and in the front office for MSOL pick up.

Quarter 2/Semester 1 Report Cards will be available in myStudent on Friday, January 22nd. Please review your child’s progress.  In order to be on track for promotion to high school, middle school students must earn Ds or higher in core classes of Math, Science, ELA, and Social Studies. If you have any questions about student progress, please reach out to your child’s teacher and grade level school counselor.  Academic tutoring is offered to all students after school Tuesday and Thursday from 2:15PM-3:30PM in the Media Center.

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

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

Thank you for partnering in your child’s education! Be safe and let’s make it a great River Ridge Week!

1/10/21

Good afternoon Royal Families,

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

This week students will be participating in Goal Setting for the quarter during Knight Time establishing academic and behavioral goals. Students will also be bringing home the NWEA MAP family report after reviewing and goal setting with in their ELA, Math and Science classes this week. These reports will help families assist students in areas of need in order to show achievement growth and academic proficiency. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

On Wednesday, January 13th, we will have our first Early Release day of the year for students. We will be on a club activity schedule and the school day will end at 12:08PM. Bus routes will remain the same for students with the adjusted dismissal time. Car riders-please confirm your arrangements for Wednesday’s dismissal. We will be on a special schedule which will include our first club day that day. Students have had several months to sign up for their clubs. Club lists are posted in the cafeteria and in the grade level hallways on Monday. They should wear appropriate clothing and bring items needed for their club. If there are any questions about clubs, please contact Mr. Astone or Ms. Cione in the front office.

Boys’ Basketball Try Outs continue on Monday, January 11th and Tuesday, January 12th from 2:15PM-4PM in the MS gym.  Please make sure that all of the athletic proper paperwork is completed prior to trying out. See Athletic Director Coach Brando for more information. Congratulations to those student-athletes who made the Girls’ Soccer Team! The list is posted on our social media and website including the up to date schedule.

We want to be sure you are aware of the new Pasco Pathways School Choice and Magnet application process window which will be from January 7th through January 21st. If you are in 8th grade and are interested in Cambridge, IB, K-Tech, or are currently on school choice at River Ridge Middle School and would like the opportunity to continue at River Ridge High School, you will need to apply during this window. If you are a current River Ridge Middle School family who will be rezoned next year due to the opening of Starkey K-8, please make sure to read the FAQ document on the district website: http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/planning/page/rezoning/. All current 7th graders who will be 8th graders in the 21-22 school year will remain at RRMS and those 6th graders who will be 7th graders in the 21-22 school year who wish to stay at RRMS may apply for school choice with special transportation through myStudent at this link. If you have any questions or need assistance, please review the rezoning information page on the district website or contact 6th grade counselor, Mrs. Stanton at mostanto@pasco.k12.fl.us.

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

Thank you for partnering in your child’s education! Let’s make it a great River Ridge Week!

1/4/2021

Royal Families,

Happy New Year, Royal Knights! I hope that everyone had a wonderful break spending time with family and friends. After two weeks off, we are so excited to welcome our Royal Knights back to second semester on Wednesday morning, January 6th.

Please make sure that you are screening your child every day for COVID symptoms and encouraging them to follow the Stay Safe protocols of wearing a mask (over their mouth and nose), washing/sanitizing their hands, social distancing and keeping their hands, feet and other objects to themselves. Before returning to campus, it is recommended to watch or review the RRMS Stay Safe Protocols and Procedures videos from the beginning of the year to remind everyone of campus safety expectations. These videos are located on our school website and will be pushed out to all students through myLearning announcements. We have been very fortunate at River Ridge to have had a low number of cases due to the support from our families and the work of our staff and students to follow the safety protocols. Please be mindful of not only actions in the school environment but also out in the community as we want to make sure that we limit the spread and keep everyone healthy and safe.

On Wednesday morning, students should check lists posted on the media center, cafeteria, and grade level hallways for their first period classes. Students may get “grab and go” free breakfast in the cafeteria but should report to the class listed as their first period as there have been some schedule changes for the new semester. There will be several adults with lists to help students navigate their classes. We would also like to share that free breakfast and lunch will be served to all students in the cafeteria for the rest of the school year.

We would like to congratulate our Boys’ Soccer Team and Girls’ JV and Varsity Basketball Teams for sweeping the first half of the Winter Sports season with Conference titles for two consecutive years.  The second half of the season begins this week with tryouts for Girls’ Soccer and Boys’ JV and Varsity Basketball. Girls’ Soccer Try Outs will be Wednesday, January 6th for 6th Graders, January 7th for 7th Graders, and January 8th for 8th Graders from 2:15PM-4PM at the middle school track. Boys’ Basketball Try Outs begin on Thursday, January 7th from 2:15PM-4PM in the middle school gym and continue on Monday, January 11th and Tuesday, January 12th.  Please make sure that all of the athletic proper paperwork is completed prior to trying out. See Athletic Director Coach Brando for more information.

We want to be sure you are aware of the new Pasco Pathways School Choice and Magnet application process window which will be from January 7th through January 21st. If you are in 8th grade and are interested in Cambridge, IB, K-Tech, or are currently on school choice at River Ridge Middle School and would like the opportunity to continue at River Ridge High School, you will need to apply during this window. If you are a current River Ridge Middle School family who will be rezoned next year due to the opening of Starkey K-8, please make sure to read the FAQ document on the district website: http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/planning/page/rezoning/. All current 7th graders who will be 8th graders in the 21-22 school year will remain at RRMS and those 6th graders who will be 7th graders in the 21-22 school year who wish to stay at RRMS may apply for school choice with special transportation. If you have any questions or need assistance, please review the rezoning information page on the district website or contact 6th grade counselor, Mrs. Stanton at mostanto@pasco.k12.fl.us.

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

This new year provides an opportunity to refresh and reset for all of us and to take advantage of all of the ways to be engaged at RRMS by always showing our Knightly Values of Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be a Problem Solver.

Thank you for partnering in your child’s education and looking forward to a Royal 2021!

 

12/13/20

There is one week left in the quarter and semester to finish ROYAL STRONG! We will be celebrating our final week of the RRMS December Season of Kindness with the Winter Spirit Week. This week will include dress up days, random acts of kindness, holiday fun and taking our learning to the next level by finishing quarter 2!

On Monday, the dress up day is Santa vs. Grinch: Pick a side and show your holiday flair.  The School Store will also be open for holiday shopping on PBIS Rewards. Tuesday is Holiday Cheer Day… Bring out all of those holiday accessories… elf hats, socks, reindeer antlers, blinking lights, etc. Students will be able to write holiday cards to RRMS staff at lunches. On Wednesday, it’s candy cane day! Dress in red and white or stripes! We will also have Elfie Selfies at lunch as well as elves hidden around campus for students to find to win prizes which will continue through Friday. Thursday is Ugly Sweater/Shirt day. Prizes in lunch and School Store item pick up at lunches. On Friday, don’t be a Grinch, wear your River Ridge gear! There will be an “on track” incentive 7th period of watching a student selected holiday movie.

Please select the link for the Winter Spirit Week 2020 flyer for more information.

This is the final week for the NWEA MAP mid-year assessments through December 15th with a full schedule published on our website.  These assessments help to guide instruction and are reported to the State of Florida by assessing student proficiency and progress in Math, ELA, Science and there will be a Civics practice as well. Progress results will be available in myStudent under testing history. If your child has not taken the NWEA MAP assessment for this round, please contact his/her teacher and set up a time as this information is crucial to your child’s educational progress.

This week is also the district finals for all students who take a semester elective course: PE, Art, Engineering, Coding, Intro to A/V, Health, Intro to Dance, Music, Basic Theatre, etc.  If your child is a MSOL student, there are special procedures that must be completed prior to taking the assessment this week.  The information can be found on our website under testing at this link.

Last Friday, a letter was emailed to parents/guardians of students in mySchool Online, who are NOT making adequate progress according to the State of Florida Governor’s Executive Order. In order for students to continue with mySchool Online, it is recommended that they meet the following district establish eligibility criteria:

  • Grades of an A-C in all current English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science, and Social Studies courses
  • On-track for high school promotion
  • NWEA MAP assessment proficiency in ELA & Math
  • 85% attendance rate (in each course)

If you received this emailed notification and still planning for your child to continue in mySchool Online, you will need to by December 18, 2020, acknowledge in your myStudent Parent Portal account that you will continue in mySchool Online or Pasco eSchool or you will need to meet with a school staff member and acknowledge in writing that you have been notified that your child is NOT making adequate progress.  Click here for directions to submit the parent acknowledgement. 

The first half of the winter sports season concludes this week the Girls’ B-Ball team plays at PRSMS on Monday and Tuesday at BPMS at 6PM. The Boys’ Soccer team plays PRSMS at AHS on Tuesday at 6PM. All athletes may have 2 spectators attend the games. Thank you for supporting our amazing student-athletes! Try outs will be coming up for Girls’ Soccer Wednesday, January 6th for 6th graders, Thursday, January 7th for 7th graders, and Friday, January 8th for 8th graders from 2:15PM-4PM at the middle school track.  Boys’ Basketball Try Outs will be Thursday, January 7th, Monday January 11th and Tuesday, January 12th from 2:15PM-4PM in the gym. Please make sure you have all paperwork completed and an up to date physical. See Coach Brando, Athletic Director, with any questions.

The Fine and Performing Arts Departments will hold their winter showcase on Tuesday, December 15th online at 6PM. This will include the recording of the Winter Concert and the Dance Showcase. Please go to our website and Facebook page for the Youtube link.

River Ridge gear and yearbooks make great holiday gifts! We have just replenished our supply of We Are Royal Hoodies and t-shirts for the holidays! They are available immediately at the front office or on the website and can be paid for online through Rycor. Hoodies are $25, short sleeve t-shirts are $10, and long sleeve shirts are $15! Yearbook are available at www.yearbookforever.com for $25 through December 31st. Don’t miss out on the memories as we have sold out each year!

As a weekly reminder, please make sure that you are screening your child every day for COVID symptoms and encouraging them to follow the Stay Safe protocols of wearing a mask (over their mouth and nose), washing/sanitizing their hands, social distancing and keeping their hands, feet and other objects to themselves. We have been very fortunate at River Ridge to have had a low number of cases due to the support from our families and the work of our staff and students to follow the safety protocols. Please be mindful of not only actions in the school environment but also out in the community as we want to make sure that we limit the spread and keep everyone healthy and safe.

Finally, we would like to wish all of the Royal Family a happy, safe, and healthy holidays.  Students will return to start semester 2 on Wednesday, January 6th.

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

12/6/2020

As a weekly reminder, please make sure that you are screening your child every day for COVID symptoms and encouraging them to follow the Stay Safe protocols of wearing a mask (over their mouth and nose), washing/sanitizing their hands, social distancing and keeping their hands, feet and other objects to themselves. We have been very fortunate at River Ridge to have had a low number of cases due to the support from our families and the work of our staff and students to follow the safety protocols. Please be mindful of not only actions in the school environment but also out in the community as we want to make sure that we limit the spread and keep everyone healthy and safe.

On Monday evening at 6:30PM, the RRMS PTSA will hold their general meeting through Zoom. Please reach out by email to riverridgemsptsa@gmail.com in order to access the link.  The PTSA is also calling for donations for the annual holiday teacher gift basket raffle. It can be gift cards, donated items large or small, anything to show appreciate for our awesome teachers and staff. Please send any items in to the school c/o Monica Stanton. We would love to have all items turned in by December 16th. There is a sign up genius on the Facebook page to designate items: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084dada82dabff2-christmas

Our winter sports teams are off to a great start! This week the Girls’ B-Ball team plays at home on Monday vs. HMS and Wednesday vs. GMS at 6PM. The Boys’ Soccer team plays HMS at home on Tuesday and GMS at home on Thursday at 6PM. All athletes may have 2 spectators attend the games. Tickets are being sold online through TicketSpicket.com. Thank you for your support!

Last week, we finished up the school-wide data chats with traditional students. 6th and 7th grade MSOL students will have their meetings through Zoom break out rooms this week to discuss academic progress. Take advantage of our tutoring opportunities… All students are welcome to get extra academic help after school from the high school NHS as we offer tutoring Tuesdays (Science, Social Studies, Math) and Thursdays (Language Arts & Math) in the media center from 2:15PM-3:15PM. NWEA mid-year assessments will begin this week through December 15th with a full schedule published on our website.  These assessments help to guide instruction by assessing student proficiency and progress in Math, ELA, Science and there will be a Civics practice as well. Progress results will be available in myStudent under testing history.

This Wednesday we will be having a Knight Dollar event during Knight Time and Lunches where students can purchase an opportunity to decorate paint and swirl ornaments for 5 KD through the PBIS Rewards events. We are also excited about our upcoming Winter Spirit Week on December 14-18 which will be filled with dress up days, random acts of kindness, school store, and student recognition as we finish Royal Strong both in academics and by showing positive behavior.

Last but not least, we have just replenished our supply of We Are Royal Hoodies and t-shirts for the holidays! They are available immediately at the front office or on the website. Hoodies are $25, short sleeve t-shirts are $10, and long sleeve shirts are $15! They make great holiday gifts! Thank you again for partnering with River Ridge in your child’s education!

11/29/2020

I hope that everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. We are excited to get back and finish the final three weeks of the semester Royal Strong! We will be kicking of the Royal Culture of Caring Season of Kindness Calendar for the month of December. Each student will receive a calendar with daily acts of kindness and upcoming Royal Rewards incentive events. Be a part of spreading kindness, it goes along way!

As a weekly reminder, please make sure that you are screening your child every day for COVID symptoms and encouraging them to follow the Stay Safe protocols of wearing a mask (over their mouth and nose), washing/sanitizing their hands, social distancing and keeping their hands, feet and other objects to themselves. We have been very fortunate at River Ridge to have had a low number of cases due to the support from our families and the work of our staff and students to follow the safety protocols. Please be mindful of not only actions in the school environment but also out in the community as we want to make sure that we limit the spread and keep everyone healthy and safe.

Our winter sports teams are off to a great start! Effective Monday, November 23rd, all athletic activities will be restricted to participating students and coaches only. Therefore, all athletic, fine arts, and extra-curricular event ticket sales will be suspended. All athletic events in District facilities (indoor and outdoor) will be closed to spectators until the local positivity rate drops below 5% for a rolling 7-day period. Thank you for your understanding and support. This week the Girls’ BBall team plays BPMS on Wednesday away at 6PM. The Boys’ Soccer team plays CLMS at home on Tuesday and BPMS at Fivay High School on Wednesday at 6PM.

This week School Counselors, Administrator, SSAP, and teachers will be finishing up meeting with all students individually to review their academic progress as well as to review quarter goals and to develop strategies for success. 6th graders will be this upcoming week through social studies classes. All students will receive a goal sheet with conference notes sent home for review.  Take advantage of our tutoring opportunities… All students are welcome to get extra academic help after school from the high school NHS as we offer tutoring Tuesdays (Science, Social Studies, Math) and Thursdays (Language Arts & Math) in the media center from 2:15PM-3:15PM. NWEA mid-year assessments will begin this week through December 15th with a full schedule published on our website.  These assessments help to guide instruction by assessing student proficiency and progress in Math, ELA, Science and there will be a Civics practice as well. Progress results will be available in myStudent under testing history.

Our PBIS Royal Merchant School Store will be open to students to purchase on Monday, November 30th and Tuesday, December 1st through the PBIS Rewards app. We will also have a holiday shop too!  Distribution day will be on Thursday, December 3rd in lunch for traditional students and in the front office for MSOL students.

Last but not least, we have just replenished our supply of We Are Royal Hoodies and t-shirts for the holidays! They are available immediately at the front office or on the website. Hoodies are $25, short sleeve t-shirts are $10, and long sleeve shirts are $15! They make great holiday gifts! Thank you again for partnering with River Ridge in your child’s education!

11/15/2020

Thank you to everyone for the quick response this past week with the early release on Wednesday and hurricane day on Thursday. Everyone’s efforts were much appreciated to make sure that everyone was safe.  Due to the hurricane day, we have to add 4 minutes of instructional time to our bell schedule to avoid having to do an entire make up day next semester. We have chosen 1st period as this is the easiest for the most students as they are already in the classrooms at this time. The new start time for students is 7:26AM every day for the rest of the school year starting on Monday, November 16th.

I would like to commend our students, staff and families for continuing to take our COVID safety precautions seriously. As a weekly reminder, please make sure that you are screening your child every day for COVID symptoms and encouraging them to follow the Stay Safe protocols of wearing a mask (over their mouth and nose), washing/sanitizing their hands, social distancing and keeping their hands, feet and other objects to themselves. We have been very fortunate at River Ridge to have had a low number of cases due to the support from our families and the work of our staff and students to follow the safety protocols. Please be mindful of not only actions in the school environment but also out in the community as we want to make sure that we limit the spread.

This past two weeks we started our semester 1 Student Success Team meetings through 6th and 8th grade social studies and 7th grade sciences classes. School Counselors, Administrator, SSAP, and teachers will be meeting with all students individually to review their academic progress as well as to review quarter goals and to develop strategies for success. 7th graders will continue this upcoming week due to missing for the hurricane day and we will finish up with 6th grade after the Thanksgiving holiday. All students will receive a goal sheet with conference notes sent home for review.  This past Friday, November 13th, quarter 2 progress reports were available to view. There are only 4 weeks left to finish Royal Strong for the semester! Take advantage of our tutoring opportunities… All students are welcome to get extra academic help after school from the high school NHS as we offer tutoring Tuesdays (Science, Social Studies, Math) and Thursdays (Language Arts & Math) in the media center from 2:15PM-3:15PM.

On Monday, November 16th, Pasco Schools will host the Pasco Pathways Expo event that will highlight the choices and innovative programs available in Pasco County for the 2021-22 school year. Pasco County Schools will host a virtual Expo style event on November 16th online from 5-8 p.m. Please visit the Pasco County Schools website for the Zoom link information.

School Picture Make Up day is Tuesday, November 17th from 7:30AM-10:30AM in the Media Center. MSOL students can come anytime during the time block.

This week in sports the girls’ basketball  travels to SSMS on Monday, plays CLMS at home on Wednesday and has a rescheduled away game at CHMS on Thursday. The JV games begin at 6PM with Varsity immediately following. The boys’ soccer team starts their season on Tuesday at KTech playing CHMS and on Thursday away at JWMHS playing SSMS at 6PM. All River Ridge home tickets will be available electronically on TicketSpicket.com and the Pasco Schools clear bag policy applies. Please also check out the winter sports COVID safety protocols prior to attending any winter sports athletic event.  Thank you for supporting all of our River Ridge student athletes. Go Knights!

This year we are offering all students the opportunity to join the NHD History Day Club which will meet after school on Mondays and Wednesdays and before school on Thursdays and Fridays with Social Studies teacher Mr. Huber to complete a National History Day project. Students will have the opportunity to research around the topic Communication in History and create an exhibit, website, or documentary as an individual or group and compete at the school and district history fair. There will be an informational Zoom on Wednesday, November 18th for parents and students with the Zoom link available on social media and the website. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Huber at phuber@pasco.k12.fl.us.

The RRMS Administration and PTSA would like to help show the RRMS staff how thankful we are for all that they do! We will be collecting frozen pizzas and two liter bottles of soda to send every staff member home with one on the Friday before Thanksgiving break. Please review the available slots posted on RRMS Facebook and RRMS PTSA Facebook pages and click on the button to sign up. Please drop frozen pizzas and soda two liters to the office any time before Thursday, November 19th. Let’s send our amazing teachers off with a Thanksgiving pizza pie!

Finally, we would like to wish the Royal Family a Happy Thanksgiving! Schools will be closed on November 23-November 27. Please be safe and enjoy the holiday as we are truly grateful, thankful, and blessed to have you as part of the Royal Family!

11/8/20

Royal Families,

I would like to commend our students, staff and families for continuing to take our COVID safety precautions seriously. As a weekly reminder, please make sure that you are screening your child every day for COVID symptoms and encouraging them to follow the Stay Safe protocols of wearing a mask (over their mouth and nose), washing/sanitizing their hands, social distancing and keeping their hands, feet and other objects to themselves. We have been very fortunate at River Ridge to have had a low number of cases due to the support from our families and the work of our staff and students to follow the safety protocols.

This past week we started our semester 1 Student Success Team meetings through 6th and 8th grade social studies and 7th grade sciences classes. School Counselors, Administrator, SSAP, and teachers will be meeting with all students individually to review their academic progress as well as to review quarter goals and to develop strategies for success. 7th graders are scheduled for this week and we will finish up with 6th grade before the Thanksgiving holiday. All students will receive a goal sheet with conference notes sent home for review.  This Friday, November 13th, quarter 2 progress reports will be available to view. There are only 4 weeks left to finish Royal Strong for the semester! Take advantage of our tutoring opportunities… All students are welcome to get extra academic help after school from the high school NHS as we offer tutoring Tuesdays (Science, Social Studies, Math) and Thursdays (Language Arts & Math) in the media center from 2:15PM-3:15PM.

On Wednesday, November 11th, we will celebrate Veteran’s Day and would like to thank all of the veterans that served our country in the Royal Family. Pasco County Schools has put together a video that will be shown to commemorate this important day.  On Thursday, November 12th is School Picture Make Up Day for both MSOL and Traditional students in the media center from 7:30AM-10:30AM. MSOL students can come anytime during the designated timeframe.  Gigante Photography has shared that the original school pictures should be available for viewing this weekend so please check your emails if you ordered pictures.  Thank you for your patience. On Friday, November 13th, we will be celebrating World Kindness Day by encouraging our students to complete random acts of kindness and to wear their River Ridge gear or a shirt that has a message of kindness.

This week kicks off our winter sports season with girls’ basketball at home on Monday and away at CHMS on Wednesday. The JV games begin at 6PM with Varsity immediately following. The boys’ soccer team starts their season on Thursday at home vs. PRSMS at 6PM. All River Ridge home tickets will be available electronically on TicketSpicket.com and the Pasco Schools clear bag policy applies. Please also check out the winter sports COVID safety protocols prior to attending any winter sports athletic event.  Thank you for supporting all of our River Ridge student athletes. Go Knights!

This year we are offering all students the opportunity to join the NHD History Day Club which will meet after school on Mondays and Wednesdays and before school on Thursdays and Fridays with Social Studies teacher Mr. Huber to complete a National History Day project. Students will have the opportunity to research around the topic Communication in History and create an exhibit, website, or documentary as an individual or group and compete at the school and district history fair. There will be an informational Zoom with more to come but if you are interested please contact Mr. Huber at phuber@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Pasco Pathways Expo event that will highlight the choices and innovative programs available in Pasco County for the 2021-22 school year. Pasco County Schools will host a virtual Expo style event on November 16th online from 5-8 p.m. All secondary schools in the designated area will be represented at the Expo as well as select elementary schools. River Ridge Middle School will be represented at the Expo. For registration information please visit the Pasco County Schools website at www.pasco.k12.fl.us/expo. In addition to the Expos, we want to be sure you are aware of the new School Choice and Magnet application process as well as the new choice window will be in January. If you are in 8th grade and are interested in Cambridge, IB, K-Tech, or are currently on school choice at River Ridge Middle School and would like the opportunity to continue at River Ridge High School, you will need to apply during this window. If you are a current River Ridge Middle School family who may be rezoned next year due to the opening of Starkey K-8, please make sure to read the FAQ document on the district website: http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/planning/page/rezoning/. All current 7th graders who will be 8th graders in the 21-22 school year will remain at RRMS and those 6th graders who will be 7th graders in the 21-22 school year who wish to stay at RRMS may apply for school choice with special transportation. If you have any questions, please review the rezoning information page on the district website.

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

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

 

11/1/2020

Royal Families,

I hope that everyone remembered to turn their clocks back one hour this morning and enjoyed the extra hour of sleep! We have had a lot to celebrate last week as over 800 students earned A/B Honor or All As Honor Roll for the quarter and received “on track” bands and treats to recognize their success. We also had a great time building awareness through Red Ribbon Week activities! The year is really moving along as it is already November and almost half way through the second quarter.  Even though there have been challenges this year, we have so much to be thankful for. On that note, we will be focusing on and practicing the character theme of gratitude this month with Thankful Thursdays and other community outreach activities.

This week starts our semester 1 Student Success Team meetings through 6th and 8th grade social studies and 7th grade sciences classes. School Counselors, Administrator, SSAP, and teachers will be meeting with all students individually to review their academic progress as well as to review quarter goals and to develop strategies for success. 8th grade begins this week, with 7th grade the following week, and finishing up with 6th grade before the Thanksgiving holiday. All students are welcome to get extra academic help after school from the high school NHS as we offer tutoring Tuesdays (Science, Social Studies, Math) and Thursdays (Language Arts & Math) in the media center from 2:15PM-3:15PM.

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Pasco Pathways Expo event that will highlight the choices and innovative programs available in Pasco County for the 2021-22 school year. Pasco County Schools will host a virtual Expo style event on November 16th online from 5-8 p.m. All secondary schools in the designated area will be represented at the Expo as well as select elementary schools. River Ridge Middle School will be represented at the Expo. For registration information please visit the Pasco County Schools website at www.pasco.k12.fl.us/expo. In addition to the Expos, we want to be sure you are aware of the new School Choice and Magnet application process as well as the new choice window will be in January. If you are in 8th grade and are interested in Cambridge, IB, K-Tech, or are currently on school choice at River Ridge Middle School and would like the opportunity to continue at River Ridge High School, you will need to apply during this window. If you are a current River Ridge Middle School family who may be rezoned next year due to the opening of Starkey K-8, please make sure to read the FAQ document on the district website: http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/planning/page/rezoning/. All current 7th graders who will be 8th graders in the 21-22 school year will remain at RRMS and those 6th graders who will be 7th graders in the 21-22 school year who wish to stay at RRMS may apply for school choice with special transportation. If you have any questions, please review the rezoning information page on the district website.

The fall sports season comes to a close this week with the football team traveling to Anclote High School to play PRSMS at 6:30PM on Tuesday, November 3rd. We would also like to congratulate and wish the girls’ basketball and boys’ soccer teams a strong start to the winter season which begins in mid-November. All River Ridge home tickets will be available electronically on TicketSpicket.com.

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

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

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

10/25/2020

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

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

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

Red Ribbon Week 2020 flyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/18/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10/11/2020

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

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

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

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

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

To upload your photos, go to:

https://wpcgo.yearbookforever.com/zko3S

ACCESS CODE: weareroyal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So proud you are Royal!

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10/4/20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A few important upcoming events to put on your calendar:

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

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

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

9/27/20

Good afternoon Royal Families,

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

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

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

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

A few important upcoming events to put on your calendar:

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

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

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

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

 

 

9/20/20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/15/20

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

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

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

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

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

RRMS mySchool Online Expectations

9/13/20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/6/20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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8/30/20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/23/20

Good afternoon Royal Knights. This is Mrs. Murphy, Principal of River Ridge Middle School. I am looking forward to welcoming back all of our Royal Knights tomorrow morning when school starts at 7:30AM. The campus will be open to students starting at 7:10AM. Before coming on campus daily, students should review and answer the Student Self Screener located on the RRMS website in the red header. Students who are car riders should only be dropped off and picked up in the middle school car loop. We ask that you be patient and courteous as there is usually a lot of traffic during the first few weeks. If at all possible, we are recommending that if your child is assigned a bus to please use the bus transportation as it limits the traffic. When students arrive on campus, they will be greeted by our Royal staff and should go to the media center and the grade level hallways to find their first period classes lists. Schedules will reopen in myStudent on Sunday evening. It is highly recommended that students take a picture of their schedule and make it a screensaver on their phone or print a copy.  This school year students will go directly to their first period classes every morning as there is no congregating in the hallways or courtyards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/16/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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