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Principal's Weekly Message 4-16-2021

Dear Middle School Families,
 
Hope everyone is doing well and continues to be safe and healthy. Thank you for your continued support with our in-person as well as remote learning. Please know that all of us here at the Middle School truly appreciate you and are thankful to partner with families such as you. I know that I say this to you often, but I do not want you to forget how important you all are in this partnership. Reminder that Monday April 19th we are proud to welcome both Cohorts for grade 6. We are hopeful that soon we will be able to bring the remainder of the middle school as well. Mr. Garrido will keep updating you on same and so will I. However, I ask kindly that if at any time your child has any symptoms and you are not sure whether to send him or her in to school, please feel free to contact our nurse Ms. Litterer blitterer@rpsd.org .  
 
We have also moved away from weekly Health Screening forms. Therefore, all students attending in person learning have completed a form for the month of April. Again, no more Wednesday or Sunday night reminders as everyone will complete it once on Sunday after 5pm at the beginning of the month. Next one will be 5/2 but I will be sure to remind you all.
 
To also maximize the learning instruction we will have an adjusted schedule to our day and for the last marking period. As we combine cohorts, our goal is to minimize student movement and ensure that we keep everyone safe. Here is the link to the new schedule effective Monday April 19th. This can also be found on the Bell Schedule tab of the Our School button located on the main page of this Middle School website. Please note that Genesis should reflect the changes on Monday. Teachers have shared this with students and posted it on their Google Classes as well.
 
As we enter the last couple of months of this school year, I cannot stress enough how important it is for you and your child to engage with their teachers and discuss ways in which we can continue to work together to ensure that the students get the very best education possible. End of marking period 3 for regular courses ends today Friday April 16th (report cards will be available for marking period #3 on 4/23 after 12 pm).  Our Cycle Classes have been extended and therefore their end of Marking Period 4 is Friday April 30th . You will see these grades on your child’s report card on May 7th. Continue to review Genesis and speak directly to your child’s teachers as we start Marking Period 4 so that we can all work together to ensure academic success. Here is the link for the teachers Weekly Agenda and Google Classes for your child. This can also be found on the Notices tab of the Parent Resources button located on the main page of this Middle School website. This will help you assist them in completing all pending assignments as well as catch up with any missing work. We are now at roughly around 45 days left of school.
 
If at any time you or your child encounters a Tech issue or has issues accessing your monthly Covid forms when your child is coming in to in person learning, please email our Tech Department at tech@rpsd.org . I assure that a Tech team member will reach out to provide assistance as promptly as possible. If you still need help, you may contact me, as you know, at pgois@rpsd.org Please make sure that if your child attends in person learning that they always have their laptop fully charged.
 
Attached is our April Student Council calendar with the upcoming wellness week schedule.  
 
We are asking our 8th grade students for their help in designing their 8th grade class t-shirt. Please see the attached flyer that they received as an email yesterday.  8th Grade Tshirt Design Contest
 
The zoom link for the next SEPAG (Parents of Students with Different Abilities) meeting next Thursday, April 22 at 6:00 PM is listed below-
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 816 5060 0497
Passcode: 002293
 
Thank you again for your continued support and patience as we continue to work together to support our middle school students.
 
Thought of the week….     “The most powerful way to change the world is to live in the front of our children the way we would like the world to be..…”By Graham White
 
Ms. Patricia A. Gois
Middle School Principal