Weekly Principal’s Message

11/10/19

We would like to congratulate our All County Chorus representatives and our Thespian Troupe for dynamic performances this past weekend! Monday is Veteran’s Day, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Veterans for their service! In their honor, we are encouraging every one to wear red, white and blue. Students will also have the opportunity to view the district Veteran’s Day presentation streamed live.

On Tuesday is also our Royal Dine Out Spirit Night at Beef O’ Brady’s on Ridge Road. 10% of the night’s total will be donated to RRMS. Skip cooking and dine out for a great cause!

On Wednesday, is our 3rd Early Release Day where students will be released at 11:50AM.  It is also a club day activity schedule. Students should bring any items they need for their clubs and dress appropriately to participate. We will also participate in National Kindness Day on Wednesday with a Be Kind lunch activity sponsored by our Student Services Department and Student Leadership Start With Hello clubs for students to meet new people and celebrate our differences.

We have started our Annual Holiday Food Drive through November 21st sponsored by Student Council. Students and community members are encouraged to bring in canned foods and non-perishable food items. Students can drop off donations in Knight Time classes. We will be counting up donations weekly and the winning classes will receive an incentive. Please donate today to help our River Ridge community.

Our winter sports teams get started this week. Boys’ Soccer begins against PRSMS at AHS on Monday at 6PM. Girls Basketball plays at PRSMS on Wednesday at 6PM. Come out and support our winter student athletes!

This week we will be continuing 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. We will continue in 8th grade social studies classes this week and finishing up with 7th grade before the Thanksgiving holiday. All students are welcome to get extra academic help after school as we offer tutoring Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the media center from 2PM-3PM. Finally, on Friday Quarter 2 Progress Reports will be available on myStudent. Believe it or not we are almost half way through the quarter.

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 2020-21 school year. Pasco County Schools will host two Expo style events on November 18th at River Ridge Middle and High School from 5-8 p.m and the other at Wesley Chapel High School on November 21st. 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 and we would love to see you there. For registration information please visit the Pasco County Schools website. In addition to the Expos, we want to be sure you are aware of the new School Choice and Magnet application process as well as the new choice window will be December 3-December 13, 2019. 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.  Wendell Krinn will also be here on November 13th to present to all 8th graders.

We are seeking speakers for the Great American Teach In on November 20th. The Great American Teach In provides an opportunity for members of the community to come in and speak with students about their occupations, hobbies, or areas of interest. Please contact our Teach in coordinator, Mrs. Jessica Balch or volunteer coordinator, Karen Tabone through the RRMS website.

Finally, there are only 20 spots left for the NASA Trip in December for students in 8th grade advanced science and 7th grade accl. science as this trip is a first come, first serve trip with permission forms and payment of $75 due no later than November 13th. Students must be on track to be eligible. Please contact Mrs. Shaw or Mrs. Adams for more information.

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

11/3/19

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 700 students earned A/B Honor or All As Honor Roll for the quarter. We had a great time building awareness through Red Ribbon Week and finished the week with a fantastic Halloween Dance! We also collected over 850 pairs of socks for our school-wide culture of caring project, Socktober! Believe it or not, we are quickly moving through the 2nd quarter!

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. 6th grade begins this week, with 8th grade the following week, and finishing up with 7th grade before the Thanksgiving holiday. All students are welcome to get extra academic help after school as we offer tutoring Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the media center from 2PM-3PM.

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 2020-21 school year. Pasco County Schools will host two Expo style events on November 18th at River Ridge Middle and High School from 5-8 p.m and the other at Wesley Chapel High School on November 21st. 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 and we would love to see you there. For registration information please visit the Pasco County Schools website. In addition to the Expos, we want to be sure you are aware of the new School Choice and Magnet application process as well as the new choice window will be December 3-December 13, 2019. 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.

We are seeking speakers for the Great American Teach In on November 20th. The Great American Teach In provides an opportunity for members of the community to come in and speak with students about their occupations, hobbies, or areas of interest. Please contact our Teach in coordinator, Mrs. Jessica Balch or volunteer coordinator, Karen Tabone through the RRMS website.

Finally, there are only 50 spots left for the NASA Trip in December as this trip is a first come, first serve trip with permission forms and payment of $75 due no later than November 13th. Students must be on track to be eligible. Please contact Mrs. Shaw or Mrs. Adams for more information.

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

10/27/19

This week continues Red Ribbon Week which runs from October 23-31 with our theme… Send A Message. Be Drug Free. Students will be able to take the Drug Free Pledge, participate in door decorating contest, and dress up days that coordinate with our message to make positive decisions and bring awareness.

Mondays dress up day is PJ Day. Students need to be in dress code. During 1st period, 8th graders in Algebra and Geometry are invited to an informational presentation from AHS Cambridge and GHS IB Program.

After school on Monday, October 28th, 7th graders are invited to The Outsiders viewing party in the Media Center from 2PM-3:30PM. Popcorn will be served! Then that same evening from 5PM-7PM at the stadium, RRMHS will be hosting Trick or Treat Around the Track. Come on out dressed in costume to travel the track for tricks and treats from our clubs and organizations.

Tuesday is Tie Day and Neon Day – Say PEACE Out to Drugs! We will also have presentations from the Pasco Sheriff’s Office and Baycare during electives regarding Red Ribbon Week.

Wednesday is Our Future is so Bright Day, wear college shirts and sunglasses! Interested 7th and 8th graders are invited to a field trip to Wendell Krinn Technical HS on this day to explore the options of technical education. If you are interested, please see 8th grade counselor, Mrs. Stanton for a permission form by Monday.

On Thursday, October 31st, students may wear Halloween costumes but no props or masks. We will be hosting an after school Halloween Dance from 2PM-4PM in the Cafeteria. Tickets will be on pre-sale for $8 in the front office on Monday through Wednesday and $10 at the door on Thursday. This will be a dance like no other as we will have a Creepy Crawler room with animals from Dundee Farms, Pumpkin Decorating, DJ, haunted photo booth, games, and concessions including Kona Ice.

Friday is Royal Spirit Friday and October Student of the Month luncheon sponsored by Culver’s at 11:30AM in the Media Center.

Finally, this is the last week for our Socktober sock donation drive for the Pasco Homeless Coalition. We have 600 socks and our goal is 1,000… Please bring in new socks for men, women and children to the front office grade level basket. Let’s do this Knights!

10/20/19

Thank you to everyone who participated in the RRMS PTSA Dodgathon, we met our goal because of the amazing support of our Royal Family! This week continues with some very busy and exciting activities.

On Monday, October 21st, we are asking that every one wears pink in support of cancer awareness. The River Ridge Middle High School night at the River Ridge Football game has been rescheduled to 7PM where dance, cheer, and band will perform and the football team will be recognized. Continue to wear your pink, as the game is a PINK OUT!

We will also be hosting our Science and Social Studies Parent Night from 6PM-7:30PM in the Media Center. This informational session is for any student who will be participating in Science or the National History Day Project. Teachers will be on hand to explain the requirements and provide insight on how to successfully complete both projects.  This session is highly recommended for our 6th graders who are in Research, US History Advanced and/or Accelerated Science Honors or any student who are new to these projects.

On Tuesday, October 22nd, Quarter 1 Report Cards will be available on MyStudent. Students who are “on track” earning no Ds or Fs and no referrals will be given an “On Track” band during lunches to be eligible for extra privileges and our Quarter 1 “On Track” Incentive Field Day on Friday, October 25th.

In Sports, the football team finishes their season at Gulf Middle School on Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30PM. The game will be played at GHS. Girls Basketball Tryouts begin on Tuesday, October 22 through Thursday, October 24 from 2PM-4PM and Boys’ Soccer Tryouts begin on Wednesday, October 23 through Friday, October 25 from 2PM-4PM. Physicals must be up to date and all paperwork completed prior to trying out. Please see Coach Brando with questions.

This week begins Red Ribbon Week which runs from October 23-31 with our theme… Send A Message. Be Drug Free. Students will be able to take the Drug Free Pledge, participate in door decorating contest, and dress up days that coordinate with our message to make positive decisions and bring awareness. As a part of Red Ribbon Week, we will also be continuing with our Socktober sock donation drive through the end of October. We have 400 socks and our goal is 1,000… let’s do this Knights!

Wednesday is Team Up Against Drugs, wear a sports jersey or team gear! We are also partnering with McDonald’s for a McKnight Dine Out Night that evening from 4PM-8PM for Red Ribbon Week. Thursday is Rally in Red Day – wear red. We will also be sponsoring a Red Ribbon Week incentive: Art Party and Chalk Art in the Courtyard from 2-3PM in the Art Room with Ms. Berberich and Ms. Lightbody. Students can purchase tickets for 5 Knight Dollars in lunches all week through PBIS Rewards. Tickets are limited and all supplies will be provided. Friday is our Dynamic Duo, Trio or Group up against drugs and bullying! 7th grade students this will be The Outsiders dress up day, dress as a Soc or a Greaser! On Friday, we will also be on a PM Activity Schedule for our Quarter 1 On Track incentive field day starting at 1PM. On track is considered no Ds or Fs or discipline referrals. Students will be able to purchase Kona Ice for $3, $4 or $5 at the field day and PTSA will be providing blow up obstacle course.

We also have several other events to mark you calendars for in the following week:

After school on Monday, October 28th, 7th graders are invited to The Outsiders viewing party in the Media Center from 2PM-3:30PM. Popcorn will be served! Then that same evening from 5PM-7PM at the stadium, RRMHS will be hosting Trick or Treat Around the Track. Come on out dressed in costume to travel the track for tricks and treats from our clubs and organizations.

On Thursday, October 31st, we will be hosting an after school Halloween Dance from 2PM-4PM in the Cafeteria. Tickets will be on pre-sale for $8 and $10 at the door. This will be a dance like no other as we will have a Creepy Crawler room with animals from Dundee Farms, Pumpkin Decorating, DJ, haunted photo booth, games, and concessions including Kona Ice.

 

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10/13/19

There will be no school due to a Teacher Planning Day on Monday, October 14th. We are excited to welcome back our students on Tuesday to begin the second quarter.

We are 1 week away, don’t miss out on participating in our Dodgathon!  The RRMS PTSA and Dodgeball2You is excited to bring to River Ridge the Dodgathon Fall Pledge Drive! On Tuesday of this week, students through elective classes participated in a Dodgathon Demo Day and brought home flyers/pledge sheets for this event. Dodgathon, is a Dodgeball Tournament to raise funds for the school to purchase more laptops and technology. Students can register and are encouraged get pledges from friends, family and community businesses to participate in unlimited play or watch the event taking place on Friday, October 18th during 6th and 7th period. The online registration is located on the River Ridge website and Facebook page. For every $25 raised, students will receive an entry to the PTSA raffle prizes including themed gift baskets, gift cards, and $100 cash prize.  Students raising $100 or more, will be entered to win Airpods and will be able to play in a special “teacher” arena! The PTSA’s fundraising goal is to reach $10,000 to increase technology across the school. Since this is a PTSA fundraiser, it does not fall under the school-wide Opt Out of Fundraisers. So, support your school and have fun doing it! If you have questions or would like to make a donation, please contact riverridgemsptsa@gmail.com.

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

On Wednesday, we play our final home football game vs. PRSMS and celebrate Parent Night before the game with our football, cheerleaders, dance and 8th grade band families. Please make sure that if your child is participating that you complete the form on the RRMS website or Facebook page. Families should arrive for the pre-game ceremony by 5:45PM.  We would also like to congratulate our JV and Varsity Volleyball Teams on a winning season! Way to represent, ladies!

On Thursday, there will be school picture retakes in the morning in the back of the media center during Periods 1-3. If you are getting a retake, please make sure to bring back your photo package. We also have our School Advisory Council meeting with the high school at 2:30PM in the Faculty Lounge.

On Friday, RRMS annual health screening is scheduled. We will be screening 6th grade students through science classes. Students will be screened for vision, hearing, height, weight, and scoliosis. If you have any questions, please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Mundy. During 6th and 7th period on Friday, all students who have a $10 watch wristband or $25 unlimited play wristband will be able to participate in Dodgathon! Then Friday evening, we are celebrating River Ridge Middle School night at the high school football game at 7:30PM. The band, cheer, dance team and football will be recognized at the game as well as will perform. Come out and proudly represent River Ridge on our community night!

Finally, letters were sent home and information provided to all 8th graders taking 8th grades advanced science and 7th graders enrolled in Accl Science for the upcoming NASA Field Trip in December. There are only 70 spots left as this trip is a first come, first serve trip with permission forms and payment of $75 due no later than November 13th. Students must be on track to be eligible. Please contact Mrs. Shaw or Mrs. Adams for more information.

Thank you for your support! Looking forward to a solid start to the 2nd quarter!

10/10/19

The RRMS PTSA and Dodgeball2You is excited to bring to River Ridge the Dodgathon Fall Pledge Drive! On Tuesday of this week, students through elective classes participated in a Dodgathon Demo Day and brought home flyers/pledge sheets for this event. Dodgathon, is a Dodgeball Tournament to raise funds for the school to purchase more laptops and technology. Students can register and are encouraged get pledges from friends, family and community businesses to participate in unlimited play or watch the event taking place on Friday, October 18th during 6th and 7th period. The online registration is located on the River Ridge website and Facebook page. For every $25 raised, students will receive an entry to the PTSA raffle prizes including themed gift baskets, gift cards, and $100 cash prize.  Students raising $100 or more, will be entered to win Airpods and will be able to play in a special “teacher” arena! The PTSA’s fundraising goal is to reach $10,000 to increase technology across the school. Since this is a PTSA fundraiser, it does not fall under the school-wide Opt Out of Fundraisers. So, support your school and have fun doing it! If you have questions or would like to make a donation, please contact riverridgemsptsa@gmail.com.

Also, don’t forget to skip the cooking and come out to Culver’s Trinity for the Royal Dine Out Night from 5PM-8PM TONIGHT.  Mention River Ridge Middle School at the drive thru or eat in!  We hope to see a lot of Royal spirit tonight!

Finally, RRMS annual health screening is schedule for October 18, 2019. We will be screening 6th grade students through science classes. Students will be screened for vision, hearing, height, weight, and scoliosis. If you do not want your student to participate, please send in a written notice to the school nurse, Mrs. Mundy, by tomorrow, Friday, October 11th.

10.6.19

This is the last week of the first quarter and quarterly checks in all of the core subject areas will continue. We highly encourage that both parents and students check their progress on myStudent which includes grades, attendance, behavior, and assessment information on a consistent basis. If you have any questions about student progress or would like a parent teacher conference, please contact your child’s teachers, the Student Services department or fill out our online request form on the RRMS website. If students need additional academic assistance, we do offer tutoring on Mondays, Wednesday, and Thursdays after school in the Media Center from 2PM-3PM.

On Monday evening at 6:30PM, the RRMS PTSA will have their General Meeting in the Media Center. They will be discussing upcoming events and the fall fundraiser, Dodgathon, a Dodgeball Tournament to raise funds for the school to purchase more laptops and technology. The RRMS PTSA Dodgeathon fundraiser will be previewed to students through elective classes on Tuesday, October 8th. Please look for an informational flyer or view our social media or website for more information. Students can register to participate in unlimited play or watch the event taking place on Friday, October 18th during 6th and 7th period on the Dodgeball2You website. For every $25 raised, students will receive an entry to the PTSA raffle prizes including themed gift baskets, gift cards, and $100 cash prize.  Students raising $100 or more, will be entered to win Airpods and will be able to play in a special “teacher” arena! The PTSA’s fundraising goal is to reach $10,000 to increase technology across the school. If you have questions or would like to make a donation, please contact riverridgemsptsa@gmail.com.

This Wednesday, October 9th will be an Early Release day for students. Our school day will end at 11:50AM. Bus routes will remain the same for students with the adjusted dismissal time. Car riders-please confirm your arrangements for Wednesday’s dismissal. Beyond the Bell after school program will be available, please pre-register on the RRMS website. If you have any questions, please call our office on Monday at 727-774-7000. We will be on a special schedule which will include club day that day.  Club lists are posted in the cafeteria and media center. Students remain in their clubs for the semester and then will have the opportunity to select a different club of their interest in January. Students should wear appropriate clothing and bring items needed for their club.

On Thursday, October 10th, we will celebrate our September Students of the Month with a luncheon at 11:30AM in the media center sponsored by Mama Mia’s Pizza. Reminders will be sent out this week. That evening, we have our Royal Dine Out Night at Culver’s Trinity from 5PM-8PM. So, skip the cooking and support River Ridge Middle School by eating in or driving thru, make sure to mention RRMS!

This week in sports the volleyball team travels to GMS at 6PM on Monday and is at home vs. PRSMS on Wednesday. The football team plays at GMS on Tuesday at 6:30PM at Gulf High School. Charge on, Royal Knights!

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

Finally, RRMS annual health screening is schedule for October 18, 2019. We will be screening 6th grade students through science classes. Students will be screened for vision, hearing, height, weight, and scoliosis. If you do not want your student to participate, please send in a written notice to the school nurse, Mrs. Mundy, by Friday, October 11th.

Please mark your calendar for the following events: On Friday, October 18th at the RRHS football game at 7:30PM, our band, cheer, and dance team will be performing with their high school counterparts to celebrate middle school night. We will also be hosting a Social Studies History Fair and Science Fair Informational Night for all students and parents in Advanced US History through Research, Advanced World History, and Advanced Civics as well as Accelerated Science/Physical Science Honors on Monday, October 21st at 6PM in the Media Center. By attending this meeting, you will learns the ins and outs of history and science fair including the process, procedures, and how to successfully complete a project. Science and Social Studies teachers will be there to present as well as answer questions. There will be a no school for students on Monday, October 14th as there is a Teacher Planning Day.

9.29.19

We had an amazing River Ridge Spirit and Start with Hello Week where we went on a Royal Road Trip as a Royal Family. We had so many students and staff that participated by dressing up, reaching out to others through our kindness card, and showed our royal spirit at the Pep Rally. Congratulations to the 6th graders for winning the Spirit Stick at the Pep Rally!

There are only 2 weeks left in the first quarter and quarterly checks will begin in all core classes this week. After school tutoring will be offered on Wednesday in the media center by the RRHS NJROTC.  We encourage our students to take advantage of extra help both after school, during daily Knight Time sessions and academic lunch.

Let’s celebrate October by kicking off our school-wide community service project of #Socktober.  RRMS will be collecting socks for men, women and children to donate to the local homeless shelter the entire month of October. Socks can be turned in to the front office or cafeteria. The grade level that donates the most will win a prize. Our goal is to donate 1,000 socks to our community. Last year, we donated over 3,000 pairs of sock. Together, we can make a difference!

If your student is creative? Thinks outside of the box? Likes to do puzzles? Works well with a team? Then Odyssey of the Mind is for you!  There is an OM informational meeting for students, parents and coaches on Tuesday, October 1st in the RRMS Media Center at 6PM. Please contact site coordinator, Vickie Angelo, if you are interested or can’t attend.

This week in sports… Volleyball plays home vs. BPMS on Monday and travels to HMS on Wednesday both games start at 6PM. The football team travels to HHS to play HMS on Tuesday at 6:30PM.

Letters were sent home and information provided to all 8th graders taking 8th grades advanced science and 7th graders enrolled in Accl Science for the upcoming NASA Field Trip in December. This trip is a first come, first serve trip with permission forms and payment of $75 due no later than November 13th. Students must be on track to be eligible, please contact Mrs. Shaw or Mrs. Adams for more information.

Mark your calendars for a few of our upcoming community events:  Our next PTSA meeting will be October 7th at 6PM in the RRMS Media Center. We are teaming up with RRHS for our middle school night at their football game on Friday, October 18th. The band, dance team, and cheerleaders will be performing and the football team is encourage to attend for RRMS night. The next parent night is the history and science fair informational night on Monday, October 21st at 6PM to assist in building deeper understanding by families in these academic projects.

Finally, girls’ basketball and boys’ soccer tryouts will be October 22-24th. All students who wish to try out must have an up to date physical. See Coach Brando for more information.

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

9.22.19

The entire River Ridge campus will be celebrating River Ridge Spirit Week and #StartwithHello Week from September 23-27 to go on a Royal Road Trip with dress up days, Royal Road Trip Kindness Card and a Pep Rally on Friday! Start with Hello Week raises awareness about social isolation and educates students and the community on how to prevent it by reaching out to others who may be feeling left out, lonely or invisible. Our goal is that all Royal Knights feel a sense of belonging and celebrate what it means to be Royal by spreading caring & kindness. Students will receive a Royal Road Trip Kindness Card in 1st period on Monday, September 23rd. Students are encouraged to complete the acts of kindness throughout the week. An adult will need to sign the squares when they are done for students to be eligible for a special treat at lunch on Friday. This is a great opportunity to intentionally embed social emotional learning in our every day, meet new people and spread our royal culture of caring!

We encourage all students to get involved and participate in the Dress Up Days. When dressing up, students should stay in dress code but may wear hats if it goes with their outfit. There should be no masks or props. Each day we will count those students who dress up in lunches which will be added to the overall spirit points for the Spirit Stick at the Pep Rally on Friday.

 #StartwithHELLO – ROYAL ROAD TRIP KINDNESS CARD

Royal Road Trip Kindness Card

This week in sports… the volleyball teams play SSMS at home on Monday and CLMS away on Wednesday. All games begin at 6PM. On Tuesday, the football team takes on BPMS at home starting at 6:30PM. Come out and support our Royal Knight student-athletes!

Thank you again for everyone who donated to the Bahamas Relief Supplies, those who came to Zim Zari’s Dine Out Night and to our Royal Families who came to 6th grade math night!  We are truly proud that you are royal and that we can partner with you in your child’s education!

9.15.19

Quarter 1 Progress Reports were available on myStudent on Friday. Please make sure you have a parent account as directions to access are on the River Ridge Middle School website. We have four weeks remaining until the end of the quarter, which will go quickly. Students should have As, Bs, Cs and no referrals to be considered on track. If a student is struggling, please contact the teacher, request a parent conference through Student Services, attend academic lunch and after school tutoring by RRHS ROTC on Wednesdays.

Wednesday, September 18 is our September Royal Family Dine Out Night at Zim Zari’s in Trinity from 6PM-9PM. 10% of the night’s sales will go to River Ridge Middle School student recognition program.

Thursday, September 19th in collaboration with Mathnasiusm Trinity, we will be hosting our 6th Grade Math Night from 6PM-8PM in the cafeteria. All 6th grade families are invited to participate in an evening of cool math games, math tricks, rewards, giveaways, snacks, fun and enjoyment for the whole family.  Students who attend will receive PBIS Rewards Knight Dollars and the math class that has the most students will earn a special class treat! Come out and learn as a family, it’s the Royal Way!

In sports, this week the Lady Knights Volleyball team kicks off their season with games on Monday at PRSMS and on Wednesday at home versus CHMS. All games start at 6PM. On Tuesday, the Royal Knights football team travels to Hudson High School to take on CLMS at 6:30PM.
Finally, RRMS will be collecting supplies to benefit the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Supplies will be collected through this Friday, September 20th. A list of items is posted on the RRMS website and Facebook page. Please bring in items to Ms. Miranda or the front office to help with the recovery efforts. All collected items will be sent to the Bahamas next week by way of our RRHS New Teaching Academy and ROTC. Thank you for all of the donations and truly showing our royal culture of caring!

All students are encouraged to wear their RR gear on Friday! Thank you for partnering with River Ridge in your child’s education to make this the best year yet!

9.8.19

We are half way through the first quarter! Quarter 1 Progress Reports will be available in myStudent on Friday. Please go on to myStudent and make sure to sign up for an account. If you have questions about signing up, please see our website or contact us by phone. Review your child’s progress with them frequently. If you have a question about a student’s progress, please contact the teacher. Students can receive extra help through academic lunch, Knight Time session, tutoring after school by the high school students with begin the week of September 16th on Wednesdays, or from their teacher during designated help sessions. If you would like to schedule a Parent Teacher Conference, please contact Student Services at 774-7000 or go to our website to make an electronic request. On Friday, we will have a special treat at lunches as a Royal Reward for those students on track. Students on track have no Ds or Fs or referrals.

In sports this week, your Royal Knights football team will be at home versus our rivals the SSMS Jaguars on Tuesday, September 10th at 6:30PM. Tickets are $3 and we hope to see you all there to cheer our Knights to victory!

This Wednesday, September 11th will be our first Early Release day for students. Our school day will end at 11:50AM. Bus routes will remain the same for students with the adjusted dismissal time. Car riders-please confirm your arrangements for Wednesday’s dismissal. Beyond the Bell after school program will be available, please pre-register on the RRMS website. If you have any questions, please call our office on Monday at 727-774-7000. We will be on a special schedule which will include our first club day that day.  Students have had 2 weeks to sign up for their clubs. Club lists are posted in the cafeteria and in the grade level hallways. They should wear appropriate clothing and bring items needed for their club.

On Thursday, September 12th, we will celebrate our August Students of the Month with a luncheon at 11:30AM in the media center. Invites were sent out last week.

Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education! So Proud, We Are Royal!

8.30.19

We had an absolutely fantastic week this week at River Ridge. Thank you to all of our families who attended Open House on Tuesday. The week ended with the announcement of our August Royal Students of the Month and a lot of Royal Spirit at our first Pep Rally of the year! Everyone showed their purple pride and respect as we recognized our fall athletes, played spirit games, and celebrated how awesome the start of the year has been. It was a very close competition for the Spirit Stick with all grade levels showing their spirit but the Class of 2024, 8th graders pulled it out! There will be no school on Monday as we celebrate Labor Day. Schools have been closed on Tuesday by Pasco County Schools due to possible tropical storm winds. Please stay tuned for more information by checking social media and our website.

We are going to continue to plan for the week and adjust accordingly. Our Royal Knights Football team kickoff their season on Wednesday at 6:30PM at home versus Chasco Middle School. School picture day is scheduled for Thursday during ELA classes. Flyers will go home on Wednesday or can be ordered online from Gigante. We will also be hosting our first school dances of the year on Friday evening, September 6th from 6PM-8PM in the RRMS Cafeteria. The theme is “Neon Knights Party” with a balloon drop and everything. Dress is casual. Tickets can be purchased pre-sale each day in the media center starting this week for $8 or $10 at the door. We will also have a DJ, photo booth, concession for students to purchase food and drink items, Kona Ice and a balloon drop to celebrate the start to our awesome school year. If you would like to volunteer, you must be an approved school volunteer. Please contact Karen Tabone.

Please mark your calendars as Progress Reports for Quarter 1 will be available on myStudent on Friday, September 13th. Those students who are “on track” with no Ds or Fs or referrals will earn a treat at lunches that day.  As always, thank you for your support in making this the best year ever! Be safe and enjoy your weekend! We are so proud to be Royal!

8.25.19

This week Royal Families we have a very important event that sets the stage for success to make this the best year ever! Open House will be on Tuesday, August 27th at RRMS, we encourage students to accompany their families to this event. PTSA will be hosting a Royal Family Picnic with pizza, drinks, and games from 5PM-6PM in the cafeteria. The cost is $5 per person. Bahama Buck’s will also be here selling shaved ice. At 6PM, families should report to 1st period to view an introductory welcome video and then may freely follow your student’s schedule. Students will bring home their schedule on Tuesday. This is a great opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and better understand the learning that will be taking place at River Ridge this year. We will also have opportunities to visit the Book Fair, purchase spirit gear, PE uniforms, pay fees, and sign up for a myStudent account, Free and Reduced Lunch, and to be a volunteer. The Book Fair will be going on in the Media Center Monday through Friday this week. Students may visit in the morning or after school as well as some classes will be coming down throughout the day. You may also purchase books online through Scholastic on our website. We do have a classroom wish lists if you would like to make a book donation. We look forward to seeing you at our Open House!

Congratulations to our new volleyball team members. There will be a parent meeting on Wednesday, August 28th at 4:15PM in the Media Center.

This week students will also be able to sign up for an interest club in lunches and Knight Time. The link will also be available on the website. The first club day will be on September 11th, the first early release day of the year.

There will be a PM Activity Schedule on Friday, August 30th due to our first Pep Rally of the year to kick off the best year ever! We encourage students to really show their Royal spirit by wearing their RRMS gear, paint their faces, dress up in purple, silver, and black. We will be introducing our fall sports teams and have some class competitions with spirit and games.

That evening, students who are taking classes at River Ridge High School are encouraged to attend the high school open house at 5PM.

Please check our website frequently as well as follow us on Social Media on Facebook, Twitter and Instragram @RRMSRoyalKnight to be connected with River Ridge Middle School.

8.18.19

We have had an absolutely fantastic start to the best school year ever with our Royal Family exhibiting our Knightly Values of Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be a Problem Solver every day!

There are some important events this week: PTSA General Meeting on Monday, August 19 at 6:30PM in the Media Center. Volleyball try outs begin August 20-August 22 in the gym from 2PM-4PM. Students must have an up to date physical to tryout. See Coach Brando for more information.

Congratulations to our new RRMS cheerleaders! There will be a parent meeting for cheerleaders at 4PM in the Media Center on Wednesday, August 21st.

Wednesday, August 21st is our first RRMS Community Spirit Night at a local restaurant. No one wants to cook on Wednesday, so come out to Chili’s in Trinity to have dinner! They will be donating 10% of their proceeds from 4PM-11PM on that date. You will need a RRMS flyer which you can get on the website or through social media to make sure the donation goes to RRMS. We hope to see a lot of purple and silver on this night where Chili’s is giving back to us!

Please mark your calendars for a few upcoming events: RRMS Book Fair begins on Monday, August 26-Friday, August 30 in the Media Center. Flyers will be going home this week for our RRMS Open House will be on Tuesday, August 27th. PTSA will be hosting a Royal Family Picnic with pizza, drinks, and games from 5PM-6PM in the cafeteria. Bahama Buck’s will also be here. The cost is $5 per person. At 6PM, we will open the castle for families to follow your student’s schedule. Families will start in 1st period and then can freely visit classes with in the hour and a half timeframe. This is a great opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and better understand the learning that will be taking place at The Ridge this year. We will also have opportunities to purchase items from our Book Fair, spirit gear, PE uniforms, pay fees, purchase a yearbook, and sign up for a myStudent account.

As always, thank you for your support in making this the best year ever! We are so proud to be Royal!

8.11.19

Good afternoon Royal Knights. This is Mrs. Murphy, Principal of River Ridge Middle School.
I am looking forward to welcoming back all of our Royal Knights tomorrow morning when school starts at 7:30AM. The campus will be open to students starting at 7AM. Students who are car riders should only be dropped off and picked up in the middle school car loop. We ask that you be patient and courteous as there is usually a lot of traffic during the first few weeks. If at all possible, we are recommending that if your child is assigned a bus to please use the bus transportation as it limits the traffic. When students arrive on campus, they will be greeted by our Royal staff and should go to the media center or cafeteria to find their first period classes listed on the windows. Students will then report to first period when the first bell rings and will receive a brand new official schedule. Students should only follow the schedule they receive in first period as there have been some schedule changes.  Students will receive new River Ridge planners first period, which we will be using school-wide for communication and organization this year. Students may also pay fees and turn in emergency cards, healthy student forms, fundraiser Opt Out forms and peer volunteer forms directly to their teachers.

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.

Please make sure that you are connected with River Ridge by visiting our website, following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @rrmsroyalknight. We will be posting many pictures and important information from the first day and throughout the year on these sites.

This week we will also have football tryouts Monday-Friday after school at 2PM. Meet in the boy’s locker room. We will also have Cheerleading tryouts on Wednesday-Friday from 2PM-3:30PM in the dance room.  Please make sure you have an up to date physical and paperwork completed to tryout.

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 entire Royal Family back on campus ready to make this the best year ever at River Ridge Middle School as we level up because #WeAreRoyal!

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