Ram-ily Connection

Partnering with Parents for Student Achievement

February Edition

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RGSD Vision Statement

The Riverview Gardens School District creates a community of learners equipped to be competitors in a global society and leaders demonstrating social and civic responsibility.

RGHS Mission Statement

Riverview Gardens High School is committed to preparing ALL students to meet the challenges and opportunities of a changing world.
A "Message" from the Principal

Click here to read the latest message from Mrs. Nave, Campus Principal

Family Focus: Changing the Narrative

For many years February has been designated as Black History Month in America. Traditionally we see tributes and salutes pour in on social media and television that highlight contributions of notable African Americans such as Rosa Parks or John Lewis. However, oftentimes the tributes and stories stop with a few key figures or stories that most have already heard several times before. Although there is a wealth of knowledge about Black culture and numerous historical figures that should be discussed on a regular basis, it is not universally acknowledged, as it should be, in many spaces.

This edition of the Ram-ily Connection aims to show how the contributions of African Americans have played a major role in shaping American culture. Black history is American History. Please take a moment to review the next section to learn more about the various contributions. We hope that it has a lasting impact this month and EVERY MONTH.

In addition to the information below, we also want to encourage our students to participate in our weekly Black Excellence Trivia Challenge. Each week we will feature a new theme relating to Black history. The themes are the following:

  • Week 1: Black Authors/Literature
  • Week 2: HBCU Pride
  • Week 3: Freedom Fighters
  • Week 4: Celebration of Black Excellence (poster contest)

Facts related to Black history will be read during the announcements daily (also on Google Classroom), starting February 1, 2022 and a trivia question related to the facts will be announced at the end of the week. To participate, click on the link below for details:

Black Excellence Trivia Challenge -- https://classroom.google.com/c/NDY1MDc0ODIyMjQ1?cjc=awvhc35

Week 1: Black Authors/Literature

Week 2: HBCU Pride

The acronym, HBCU stands for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The term, HBCU was created by the Higher Education Act of 1965 which was created to expand federal funding for colleges and universities. They were originally created to give African Americans the opportunity to earn an education or get training to become teachers or craftsmen. An opportunity that was often denied to African Americans due to discrimination.

This section will highlight prominent African Americans who graduated from a HBCU.

Week 3: Freedom Fighters-Black Activists

Week 4: Celebration of Black Excellence

Black Excellence has been defined by some as, "Someone who is black and portrays great qualities and abilities, in spite of adversity, that make the black community proud". This section will showcase a few lesser known figures in American history that exemplify Black Excellence.

Rams Spotlight

Celebrating Athletic and Academic Success at RGHS!

We are proud to share the accomplishments of our scholars during this month. Please congratulate them for their great work!

Super Star Readers

Ms. Dunnell's classes took the STAR reading exam to see how their reading levels were doing. The following students showed over 200 points growth between September and January!! The average growth at the middle school level is 70 points a year, so these scholars showed awesome growth in only 4 months.

  • Toni Reed +210 points
  • Tanyria Robertson +245 points
  • Mikeia Bethany +280 points
  • Corrington Williams +285 points

Mr. Vaught's American Gov't

Mr. Vaught would like to recognize the following students for working exceptionally hard and for being consistent learners all year.

  • Precious Barry
  • Mykale Gladden
  • Alexis Taylor
  • MacHai Daughtiry
  • Kellyn Lenard
  • Tommia Finley
  • Jazzy Collins
  • Mikayla Green
  • Alondria Smith
  • Ethan Parker
  • Tatyana Bass
  • Jaylen Wilburn

What's Going On At The View?

Check out these events taking place in February.

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Family Resources

Below are various resources that may be useful to your family. Please review or click the buttons below for more details.
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Revive STL Vaccine Information

Get your vaccine at your local Saint Louis County library.

Low-Income Home Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)

Click here to find out more details about the utility assistance program.

General Family Support Resources

Click here to view a list of state and national resources for families.

Tutoring Support for students

Click here to find out more info about tutoring services near you.

Mobile Hotspot Checkout

Click here to learn how to check out a mobile hotspot from your local library.

RGHS Reminders

Please review this section of the newsletter if you need contact information or reminders of school policies and procedures.

2021-2022 RGHS Admin Team

Ms. Brook Bennett-Assistant Principal

Office 2: A-F

Ext. 22122

Mr. Alex Clark- Assistant Principal

Office 3: G-L


Mr. Jamison Rusthoven-Assistant Principal

Office 4: M-S


Dr. Monica Perry- Assistant Principal

Upper Office 9: T-Z

Ext. 22221

Dr. Jarret Smith-Alternative Ed. Administrator

Lower Office 9

Ext. 22238

Ms. Mashonda Behling-Special School District Area Coordinator

Office 3


Mr. Zachary Thurwalker- Athletic Director


Ext. 22199

Home to School Coordinator Team

Hello RAM-ily!

The Home to School Coordinator Team is committed to continue our efforts to support students and families as they connect with the school community during the 2021-2022 school year. We aim to encourage students to attend school regularly and strive for academic success. In doing so, we will connect with school counselors, teachers, administrators and community agencies to implement strategies and develop activities that will promote student success. Feel free to contact us using the information provided below:

  • Mrs. C. Brown: Office 2 (A-F)


Ext. 22125

  • Mr. D. Pitts: Office 3 (G-L)


Ext. 22157

  • Mr. T. Martin: Office 4 (M-S)



  • Ms. T. Pikes: Office 9 (T-Z)


Ext. 22123

Student Support Team

9th grade counselor: Ms. R. Ross


ext. 22226

10th grade counselor: Mr. M. Wharton


ext. 22223

11th grade counselor: Mrs. T. Beverly



12th grade counselor: Mrs. A. Graham



Social Worker: Ms. W. Ross


ext. 22224

College Advisor: Mr. M. Morrison

ext. 22236

2021-2022 RGSD Return to School Plan

Click here to view the district's Return to School Plan for the 2021-2022 school year.

Student Attendance

All students are expected to be present every day from 7:30 am-2:30 pm. Students are also expected to arrive to each class on time. We will be keeping track of attendance daily. If your child will be absent, please contact the school to inform us prior to the absence if possible. Please email fshelby@rgsd.k12.mo.us or call 314-869-4700 ext. 22158 to report your child's absence. If your child's absence is due to quarantine, we encourage you to mention this when you contact the extension provided.

Expectations: Learning During a Quarantine

Per district administration the following actions will take place if your scholar has to learn remotely due to quarantine:

In the event that scholars and/or teachers are sent home for 10 days of quarantine, the affected group of students will participate in virtual learning with their classroom teacher. Students and teachers must log into Google Classroom for virtual learning during the quarantine period. Therefore, teachers will implement the concurrent teaching model that was implemented in Spring 2021, using the Google Classroom platform.

RGHS Regular Bell Schedule

Click here to view the regular bell schedule.

Late Start Wednesday Bell Schedule

Click here to view the Late Start Wednesday bell schedule.

A/B Day Calendar

Click here to view the 2021-2022 A/B Day Calendar.

Student Class Schedule

Students can view their 2021-2022 class schedule on the Tyler SIS 360 website provided below. They can login on the student tab using the following information:

  • Student's lunch pin is their username
  • Student's 6-digit birthday is their password, ie.091619 (September 16, 2019)
Tyler SIS 360

Click here to login and access class schedules, grades, and other important information.

RGSD Student Handbook

Please review the Student Handbook with your child to stay up to date with RGSD policies.

RGHS Dress Code & Mask Guidelines

Please encourage your child to follow the dress code and mask guidelines provided below. Some of our scholars are wearing items that are not permissible and we need your support with this issue. Additionally, please make sure your child has a supply of disposable or cloth masks. Our mask supply is limited and we need students to wash and reuse the masks that were provided when possible.
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Student ID's

All students must wear an ID while on campus.

Additionally, students must get a temporary ID if they do not have their permanent ID when they check in at school. The prices for temporary ID's and Replacement ID's are the following:

  • Temporary ID= $ 1.00
  • Replacement ID= $ 3.00
  • Replacement ID and lanyard=$ 5.00

A "Quote" to Remember

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If you have any questions, or if you would like to make suggestions for next month's edition, please contact us using the phone extension or email address provided below. Your feedback is needed and appreciated.