The Patriot

January 2021: Rawlinson MS Parent Newsletter

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Welcome back, Patriots!

Happy New Year Patriot families!

My hope is that your holiday season was filled with new traditions, memories, good health, and plenty of rest and recharging for the year ahead. We miss our students and look forward to seeing them soon.

As San Antonio sees an increase in confirmed COVID cases, NISD continues to closely monitor changing health metrics. Both virtual and in-person school begins for the 2nd semester on Monday, January 4th. Please see below for details on when students return.

The District has paused the return of students seeking to change their learning model from virtual to in-person.

All students will continue their current learning model for the new semester on Monday, January 4, 2021. (ex: If your child was a virtual learner during this past 9 week period, they will remain virtual the week of January 4, 2021 until further notice, regardless of the survey request. If your child was an in-person learner during this past 9 week period, they will remain in-person if that is what you selected for the 3rd grading cycle.)

Families who selected to change to in-person learning for the third grading cycle will be notified by Rawlinson staff this coming week, January 4-8, regarding their start date to be in person.

During the winter break our custodial staff thoroughly cleaned and disenfected our campus. We are proud of the students and staff as they've implemented and continued safety protocols at Rawlinson this school year. Please know, all disenfecting and safety precautions/procedures will continue as we move into the new year.

When students return either virtually or in-person on Monday, January 4th, 2021, it will mark the beginning of the 2nd semester.

We highly encourage students to start this new semester off strong:

  • Log into all Zoom classes daily.
  • Complete assignments as they are due daily/weekly, as to not fall behind.
  • Join your teachers academic coaching/tutoring for additional assistance, see below for details on your teachers.
  • Seek after hours assistance through Northside's tutoring center, see below for info on how to access.
  • Check your grades daily/weekly and contact your teacher for concerns.
  • Don't wait: contact your grade level counselor or the Academic Dean for continued issues or concerns.

Grade level counselors / Counseling office: 210-397-4922

6th grade:

7th grade:

8th grade:

Academic Dean:

Wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year and best of luck on New Years resolutions.


Sherry Mireles

Rawlinson Principal

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Keep up to date with RMS events, using the calendar below:



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AFTER HOURS Online Student Homework Support Available!


Northside offers Online Student Homework Support provided free of charge to all NISD students after hours and weekends. Our goal is to assist students with Schoology Support and in the academic content areas of Reading/ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and/or Spanish. A certified Teacher Tutor will provide assistance to your child via video conferencing, screen share, or chat.

The Online Student Homework Support hours are:

Monday - Thursday

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Elementary)

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Secondary)

Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (All Levels)

Sunday 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (All Levels)

Students will be able to access the link in HAC under the school links tab, and in the students NISD portal with an icon(pictured above) that signifies Student Homework Support.


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January Guidance Lessons

The following student sessions will occur through various classes in January.

High School Transition: 8th graders heading to 9th grade

Course card information about 9th grade courses available and how to input course selections for high school.

7th graders going to 8th grade

Rawlinson course selection for 8th grade, electives and classes.

6th graders going to 7th grade

Rawlinson course selection for 7th grade, electives and classes.

Please see the attached flyer regarding the Virtual Parent Night information session. Patriot families of current 6th and 7th grade students, please join us via Zoom at 6:30 PM on Tuesday January 26th for a presentation about course opportunities for our rising 7th and rising 8th grade students. The presentation will be made available on the Rawlinson Counseling website for those that are unable to attend.

Please check your child's HAC for any updates to their schedules.

Some classes may have changed starting this 3rd 9 weeks. For example, certain math and reading intervention classes may have ended or started this semester. If you have any questions, contact your child's grade level counselor.

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Attn: 8th grade families, Magnet Schools are now registering!

Applications are now being accepted for the seven magnet high schools offered in Northside.

Applications are available in English and Spanish and will be accepted through Jan. 18, 2021. Students can apply to more than one magnet school using the common application. To access the application or learn more about each magnet school, visit the Magnet Hub website.

Important Dates:

Application Due – Jan. 18, 2021

Acceptance Letters Mailed – Jan. 29, 2021

Commitment Forms Due – Feb. 8, 2021

High School Magnet Programs

Current eighth-grade students can apply to attend one of seven high school magnet programs. School website is linked, click on the school name below.

  • Agriculture Science and Technology Academy: focuses on the fields of Agribusiness, Animal and Plant Sciences, Agricultural Engineering, Environmental and Natural Resources, and Veterinary Medicine. In-Person Open House for prospective students and families will be on December 3rd (last names A-L) and December 15th (last names M-Z) at O'Connor High School Vickery center at 6:30 pm. If students cannot attend on their designated day they may attend the alternate day. Students and parents will have an opportunity to meet the staff, ask questions and tour the facility.

Here are some videos for you to learn about our campus & program.

Parent Experience:

Student Experience:

Campus Tour:

  • Communications Arts High School: promotes rigorous, foundational learning in a personal, supportive environment, developing skills in communication and technology, emphasizing collaborative choices and fluidity between disciplines, creating global citizens and leaders.

  • Construction Careers Academy: focuses on the areas of construction technology, construction management, architectural design, applied engineering, and real-world experience that will prepare students for studies in higher education and/or a career in a construction-related industry. In-person Open House: Mon., January 4th *Warren HS Auditorium* @6:30 PM

  • Health Careers High School: focuses on providing students a rigorous and comprehensive academic program by exploring health professions and real-world applications of medical knowledge and skills.

  • Jay Science and Engineering Academy: provides students with an advanced and rigorous curriculum in all core subjects with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Virtual Open House Zoom (contact counselor for details) January 7
In-Person Open House: Jan. 5

Sign up Link-

  • Marshall Law and Medical Services Magnet School: focuses on the areas of criminal justice, court systems, behavioral health, EMT, fire science, legal governance, public administration pre-nursing, physical therapy, and speech therapy.

Virtual Open House: Jan. 6, 2021 (contact counselor for details)

Open House Zoom January 14 (NSITE Virtual tour)

All high school magnet schools (except for Health Careers High School) operate as a school-within-a-school, which allows students to participate in Fine Arts programs like band, choir and orchestra, sports, and clubs and organizations on their comprehensive high school’s campus.

All Northside eighth graders are eligible for enrollment. Enrollment is limited at each school. Transportation will be provided for eligible students. NISD eighth grade students will have the opportunity to explore the high school magnet programs as part of their coursework in January.

Rawlinson 8th graders needing assistance with an application should contact:

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A Word from the Librarian!

Northside and Rawlinson are starting off the new year with a book return drive! Look through your home book shelves, under car seats, couch cushions, and beds to find any library books you might have checked out from any school campus. Return books to any campus to enter your students in to win a $100 gift card from HEB! All students with no outstanding books are eligible to enter. If we clear all Rawlinson student's books, our campus will also be entered into a prize drawing! Send any questions about outstanding library books to our librarian, Mrs. Weber at Let's go Patriots!
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See the PDF file below for LIVE LINKS

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Meal Applications Available

Even though meals are at no cost during the USDA Waiver currently in place, please be sure to fill out your application today if free or reduced lunch is needed and if you haven't already.

For more information on the NISD Free & Reduced lunch Program, visit

Or contact us:

Office: (210) 397-4517


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Although free meals are being served with the current USDA Waiver in place, Child Nutrition Services is still accepting Free & Reduced Lunch Applications. Students who are eligible may also qualify for other discounts. Learn more & submit an application.

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Yearbook Update

Josten's has an available purchase link on their website for this year's yearbook! It may look different this year BUT It is happening! Parents can purchase now! Prices will go up soon!

Virtual students will participate- More information to come! Virtual students are encouraged to submit pictures of their at home learning experience via this link:

With this link images have a chance to be featured in the yearbook! This is just one way we are getting our virtual kiddos involved.

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Volunteer Background Check Form

Must be completed in order volunteer on campus.

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The 12 Days of Christmas - Rawlinson Middle School Beginning Theatre

Rawlinson's Rockefeller Center

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Rawlinson Reminders

  • Food deliveries, of any kind, are not permitted. Students need to remember bring lunch from home with them to school in the morning or plan to eat a cafeteria meal.
  • As of now, visitors are by appointment and on a limited and as-needed basis.
  • Anyone entering the building will wear a face mask and undergo the district provided health screener. Please complete this prior to entering the building and show the completion screen to the attendance of office staff. If you are able to complete prior to entry, call the front office at 210-397-4900, for assistance. QR codes are conveniently placed on the front door for use when you arrive.

All in-person students will need the following everyday:

  • - Water bottle
  • - Technology Device and Charger
  • - Headphones
  • - Hand Sanitizer
  • - Face Mask
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