The Raptor Report September 7, 2020

All Things Rushing!

Principal's Message!

Hello All,


As we celebrate Labor Day and prepare to recognize Patriot Day, I am struck by how many people choose service as the focus of their lives, how many people only focus on doing, helping, and working for others. What an inspirational notion to start the week with, SERVICE! As most of you know, we had to change our dismissal procedures last Thursday and I cannot tell you how smoothly it all went because of everyone's willingness to serve. Along the same lines, I am continually impressed with our students at Rushing who so much want to serve. From wanting to help other students and teachers to simply being an amazing citizen at school, these kiddos are the most fabulous example of service that I have seen! I am so proud of our students and what they are doing and am humbled by their enthusiasm and energy! Let's start this week with that same enthusiasm and eye toward service!


As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns! Thank you for your continued support and, as I have said, with GRACE, GRATITUDE, and KINDNESS, we can resolve any issue and move forward for the success of our students at Rushing Middle School, GO RAPTORS!


Danielle Wallace

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Yearbook Information!

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Banned Book Week!

Banned Book Week is September 27th - October 3rd, so in celebration of these great books you can participate in The Banned Book Week Breakout from now until October 3rd! Prizes will be given to participants! See the attached flyer for details.
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PTO Information!

Thank you to everyone who supported our first Spirit Night! Between both Chick-fil-A locations we received $763.


General PTO meeting Sept 17th 9 AM at Belclaire Model Home located in Windsong Ranch


Cupcakes anyone? Join us all day at Smallcakes Sept 17th...Just mention Rushing Middle School and 10% will be donated to our PTO


In person Spirit Wear Sales Sept 19th 9-11 in Artesia (more information to come)


In person Spirt Wear Sales Sept 26th in Windsong Ranch 9-11 (more information to come)



https://rushingpto.membershiptoolkit.com/login

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Career Day Speakers Needed!

The Rushing Middle School Counseling Department would like to extend an invitation for you to be a guest speaker at our Career Day on Friday, November 20, 2020.

In order to best fit the needs of our current circumstances regarding health and safety, we will be hosting Career Day virtually. We are asking any interested speaker to select one of the following options:


1. Submit a 20-25 minute video which will answer guided questions provided by the RMS counseling department.
2. Commit to appear live virtually through Google Meet from 9am to 10:35am for 3 different student groups (30 minutes each) on November 20th to discuss your career path and answer questions from students.

Our goal for Career Day is to expose our students to as many different career fields and educational backgrounds as possible. If you are interested in being a guest in one of the two formats listed above, please complete this Google Form, and we will be in contact with you.

Please direct any questions to Torrey Eckert (tneckert@prosper-isd.net). Thank You!

Counselors' Corner!

Counseling Corner


We hope you've had a great start to the new school year! September is here and with it comes new guidance lessons. Guidance lessons for this month will focus on Responsibility, Accountability, Diversity and Inclusiveness.


September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Our Hope Squad members have been busy preparing for National Suicide Prevention Week (September 6-12). During Raptor Roundup on September 9th and 10th, students will receive information about actions we can all take to prevent suicide. The focus will be on suicide prevention, actions that can promote healing, help and give hope.


We hope you have a great 4-day weekend!


Christine Harrell, 6th grade, ccharrell@prosper-isd.net

Torrey Eckert, 7th grade, tneckert@prosper-isd.net

Sara Jones, 8th grade, sbjones@prosper-isd.net

Information From Athletics!

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Education Rights & Responsibilities During COVID-19!

As a result of COVID-19, many families must make decisions about their children’s education that factor in student and family safety as well as student learning. This flyer is intended to outline some of the options parents have when returning to school and to share some information regarding those options.
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Athletics Schedules!

Volleyball!

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Cross Country!

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Library News!

Exciting Library News!


We will be getting library books in students' hands this week for both virtual and in person learners! In addition to eBooks and audiobooks in Sora, students will now have access to print books from the library. In person learners will get them during the school day. Virtual learners will get books through our curbside grab & go service. If your child is a virtual learner please refer to the Grab & Go Curbside Checkout document for details. Curbside services will begin on Thursday, August 27th.


Please contact Mrs. Calhoun (recalhoun@prosper-isd.net) with any questions!

Science Trip Opportunity!

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Washington D.C. Trip Opportunity!

Please follow the buttonm below to get information about the trip!

Student Handbook Information!

We will start enforcing dress code violations and tardies on Monday, August 24. I have attached the student code of conduct below. Please pay close attention to the dress code section starting on page 47. It includes information on the face covering requirement as well as all other dress code violations. Thank you so much for your support! Please reach out to any of us with any questions or concerns!

SFE App Ready to Go!

Please see the graphic below for mobile lunch order information. Parents can order lunch for your child through SFE by 7:00 am the same day, then your child can pick up their lunch without waiting in the line!
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Counselor Letter and Needs Survey!

Suggestions for Parents of Virtual Learners!

Please see the attached PDF for help with your virtual learning environment!

Wear Yellow Wednesdays!

"Be Kind" T-Shirts - Order Yours Today

Hope Squad has organized "Be Kind" yellow T-Shirts as a symbol to simply be kind to one another, which is why you often see yellow shirts and apparel throughout our district on every Wednesday of each month. This stems from supporting the cause of suicide awareness and prevention. This year we have two shirt options for you to choose from and purchase through myschoolbucks for $10. Orders will be placed monthly and delivered to your child's campus. The first order will be placed September 1st.


Please log into your "MySchoolBucks" account to order your t-shirt. The shirt will be delivered to your child's campus.


Children's Health Stadium will be lit up yellow every Wednesday evening as a simple reminder for our community to exercise kindness. SO, if you find yourself driving around Prosper any Wednesday evening, run by the stadium to enjoy PISD's symbol for kindness.

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Upcoming Dates!

SEPTEMBER


9/7.....Labor Day Student/Staff Holiday

9/8..... 6th Grade MAP testing reading

9/9..... 7th Grade MAP testing reading

9/10..... 8th Grade MAP testing reading

9/11 ..... Patriot Day

9/16-9/17..... 6th and 7th Grade MAP testing math

9/24....School Board Meeting


OCTOBER

10/9..... End of the first nine weeks

10/12..... Columbus Day, no school

10/26-30..... Red Ribbon Week

10/30..... Student Holiday


NOVEMBER

11/23-27..... Thanksgiving Week


DECEMBER

12/18..... Early Release

12/21 - 1/4..... Winter Break