Magnet News

April 21, 2022

Upcoming Opportunities & Deadlines

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May 1st Deadline for Dual Enrollment Documents

Attention Dual Enrollment students for the 2022-2023 school year!


This is a reminder that if you will be new to Dual Enrollment then you must have applied to the college and turned in all required documents by May 1 to participate in Dual Enrollment. ALL Dual Enrollment students for the 2022-2023 school year must complete the Dual Enrollment Funding Application for 2022-2023 on www.gafutures.org. Availability in Dual Enrollment classes may be limited and students must meet the deadlines to be registered.


For questions, please contact Karen Hardy at khardy@rockdale.k12.ga.us or visit room 1411 at RCA.

Senior Banquet Reservations due tomorrow, Friday April 22nd

We are excited to celebrate our graduating class at our upcoming Magnet Senior Banquet on Friday, May 13, 2022, from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the FFA-FCCLA Camp, Terry England Leadership Center in Covington, Georgia.

Tickets must be purchased by the April 22, 2022 DEADLINE using this LINK: https://rockdale-magnet-fund.ticketleap.com/magnet-senior-banquet/

Each senior is allowed up to 3 guests to accompany them to the banquet. Senior admission is free and each guest is $25. All attendees must have a purchased ticket prior to the event date. See your email from Mrs. Bradford sent on 4/14 for more information.

Senior Letter Tradition Continues

Each year, we collect letters for the seniors to distribute at the End of the Year Celebrations. These are special letters from the student’s friends and family. We ask kindly that you take a moment to write a letter to any seniors that you know. It doesn’t need to be long; just something for them to take with them and cherish as they move forward in their life journey after high school. Anyone is welcome to submit. Please submit the letter in an unsealed envelope with the student’s first and last name on the outside. Letters can be mailed to Rockdale Magnet School c/o Mrs. Tiffany Jones 930 Rowland Road Conyers, Ga 30012, dropped off to the blue/yellow box in front office (or classrooms – Wisnewski, Hornbeck, Garner, Jones), or submitted electronically through a Microsoft Forms (http://tinyurl.com/RMSSTSeniorLetters) or emailed to tjones1@rockdale.k12.ga.us. Letters are due by Friday, May 6th

Metro Water Video Contest Opportunity for High Schoolers

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) is hosting their 9th annual Metro Water District High School Video Contest, providing an excellent opportunity for students to explore important water issues and use their creativity. Highschool students of public and private schools in Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties are encouraged to participate.


Students are asked to create a 30-60 second video PSA announcement focused on this year’s topic, “How Can You Encourage Water Conservation at School?” Students may submit in English or in Spanish. More information can be found at www.northgeorgiawater.org/video.

Encourage Current 3rd-7th Graders You Know To Sign Up For Our Summer STEAM Camp

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2022 RCPS Family Engagement Survey

Helpful Information for Families - Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) is partnering with Hanover Research to conduct a study that asks parents/guardians for their opinions about different aspects of their experience with the district to include perceptions of family engagement, student engagement, student safety, academic support, and much more. This study is for research purposes only, and all information you provide will be maintained on a confidential basis by Hanover Research. Individual data will not be reported to the district. RCPS will receive aggregate results to inform program planning efforts. We strongly encourage parents and guardians to be candid in your responses. The survey will require up to 15 minutes to complete. The 2022 Family Engagement Survey will be available beginning Wednesday, April 20, 2022, through Wednesday, May 4, 2022.


Survey Location - Parents/Guardians may access the survey link on the school webpage under the section labeled “District Announcements” on the district and school webpages. Click link to access the survey: https://www.rockdaleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?pageId=46017126

Save the Dates!

  • National Student Leadership Kick-Off Assembly- April 22nd
  • Senior Decision Day Celebration- April 29th
  • RCHS Prom- April 30th
  • AP Exams- May 2-13
  • EOC Tests- May 2-10
  • Magnet Variety Show- May 6th
  • Magnet Senior Banquet- May 13th
  • Magnet Senior Walk & Letters Lunch- May 16th
  • 10th & 11th Grade Awards Night- May 19th

Celebrating Student Accomplishments

Freshmen Poster Session Winners

Last Thursday, we hosted the Freshmen Poster Session, the first opportunity for 9th grade students to practice presenting their research ideas and receive feedback to further aid them in their projects in the fall. The following students were recognized for having earned top ten scores by the judges:


Salvador Cervantes - Photorhabdus Luminescens’s Enzyme’s Potential to Combat Infectious Coliforms

Aryanna Davis - Is VR the new therapy?

Prakash Gupta - Creating a Solar Tracking Device to Boost Solar Panel Output.

Mariyah Humphries - Optimizing the Degradability of Fungi on Plastic

Matthew McCoy - Technology Helpful or Hindrance

Dakota Melvin - Can children’s speech development be altered through modern technology?

Ryan Rakestraw - Developing a Muscle Scaffolding to Replace Deteriorated Muscle from Rhabdomyosarcoma

Eric Stephens - Biodegradable Non-Toxic Insecticide Paper

Andrea Walker - The Effect of Myocarditis(Inflammation) on Heart Disease

Alicia Wright - What is the effect of different solutions on durability on Mycelium Bricks?

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USNCO Results

Congratulations to the following students on their scores on the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) in school-level placements:


1st Place and Top AP Chemistry Student – Camila Moreno

2nd Place – Duc Le

3rd Place – Saidah Hoyte

4th Place (Tie) – Trenton Fulgham, Amani Roberson, and Nathaniel Reynolds

Top Organic Chemistry Student – Jaydan Ziglar

Top Magnet Chemistry Student – Kennedey Boothe

Mariana Rios named a Georgia Scholar

Congratulations to RMSST senior Mariana Rios, named a Georgia Scholar by the Georgia Department of Education! Only 216 graduating seniors in the state were recognized as Georgia Scholars for 2022. Georgia Scholars are students who carried exemplary course loads during their four years of high school, performed excellently in all courses, successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities, and assumed leadership roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools. Round of applause!

March Mammal Madness Competition Winners

In March of each year, Mrs. Jones’ class participates in the annual March Mammal Madness competition (and invites the rest of the school to join the fun). This March, the following students earned the highest point brackets after the winner of Pride of Lionessess was crowned during Spring Break. Our student winners will be receiving a $5 gift card and a “M” trophy.


1st: Christina Reed

2nd: Zoë Baker

3rd: Jeriko Kammerer

4th: Roderick Sneed

5th: Gabriel Barnes

6th: Kameron Bolton

Academic Support & Enrichment Opportunities

AP Exams Start May 2nd

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Summer RVC Courses Now Open for Registration

Every year, courses are offered online through Rockdale Virtual Campus (RVC) during the summer, giving students the opportunity to advance through the coursework. For more information on courses offered, payment options, and registration, please refer to the following link: Available Courses - Rockdale Virtual Campus (rockdaleschools.org) or to the flyer below!
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Extended Tutorials & Open Work Session Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Below is the list of teacher/counselors/tutors available for the extended hours. Keep in mind that even if the subject you need is not listed, any of the adults can help you make a tutor.com appointment or give you general direction on making the most of your study time. Students can stay after school for ANY teacher's office hours, clubs, and/or teams and then report to the extended tutorial OR students can come directly to the cafetorium to work or get help. Students must be picked up by 6pm on extended tutorial days. This allows families a later window for transportation.


Tuesday, April 26th:

Garner - Mathematics

Harris - Counseling

Peer Tutoring Subjects Available: Analytic Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Chemistry, AP Environmental Science


Wednesday, April 27th:

Jones - Biology

Matthews - Mathematics

Peer Tutoring Subjects Available: Analytic Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Chemistry, AP Environmental Science

Weekly Office Hours and Clubs/Teams Calendar

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Free Tutoring! Access Tutor.com via ClassLink for Live On-Demand Help at Home! AP Courses are Included!

Reminder: Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) and Tutor.com, one of the world’s largest online tutoring services, have partnered to provide live, online tutoring services for RCPS students. Through this partnership, quarantined RCPS students in grades 6-12 can access live tutors on-demand, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from Tutor.com for 1-to-1 learning support. RCPS students in grades K-12 can access the same expert tutors afterschool.


The service provides homework help across more than 120 subjects, along with drop-off essay review and test prep.


Students can access Tutor.com through the ClassLink landing page in any internet browser on their school-issued laptop or device, which will automatically sign in the student to their account. Or they can visit https://launchpad.classlink.com/rockdale.

Updates & Announcements

Free & Reduced Meals Application is Open

The Free and Reduced Meals application is now open for all families. Please be aware that state and federal programs may use the RCPS Free and Reduced Meals eligibility to determine who qualifies for assistance through those programs not associated with Rockdale County Public Schools. For this reason, we encourage you to fill out the RCPS Free and Reduced Meals application which is located on our website under District Announcements. Families have until May 27th to complete the application which may be used for benefits given during the next school year. This will not change anything for previously determined benefits and is not needed for meals during the current school year which are provided at no cost to all students. Again, this may determine your eligibility for benefits outside of RCPS that are provided by state and federal programs.

Free and Reduced Meal Application - Rockdale County Public Schools (rockdaleschools.org)

Submitting Excuse Notes & Limiting Unexcused Absences

Excuse notes can be brought to Magnet’s front office or submitted via email to

MagnetOffice@rockdale.k12.ga.us . Please note that excuse notes must be submitted within 3 days of your student’s return to school.


Students must stay home if they are sick and stay home until they have been fever free for a minimum of 24 hours. Additionally, students and staff are required to isolate for 10 days when they receive a positive COVID-19 test.


While understanding it is key to stay home if a student is sick, we also need your partnership in limiting or eliminating unexcused absences. Students, you will not be eligible to exempt your Spring final exams if you have more than 3 unexcused absences. Please ensure that you are coming to school on all days that you are able.

Safety Reminders & COVID-19 Testing

While parents can now opt their student out of required mask wearing, we will continue with the following mitigation measures: frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer, social distancing when feasible, contact tracing, requiring students and staff to isolate for 10 days when they receive a positive COVID-19 test, and requiring students and staff to quarantine when identified as a close contact. Mrs. Baskett is our primary contact tracer at Magnet. Please reach out via email at abaskett@rockdale.k12.ga.us or by phone at 770-483-8737 if your student has a positive COVID-19 test or has been identified as a close contact.


Also, RCPS continues to offer free COVID testing Monday through Thursday along with free vaccine events. To learn more about contact tracing, isolation and quarantine guidance, testing and vaccines, please visit the district website at www.rockdaleschools.org and click on the COVID tab at the top of the page. Thank you for doing your part to keep our students and staff healthy!

You are not alone. Help is in your hand! When life is making you lonely or feel that no one understands, let your fingers do the talking for you. Use your phone to CHAT, TEXT, or CALL anytime, day or night, to reach a mental health professional for support.   • Download the MyGCAL app for your Android or Apple device to access assistance 24/7, 365 days a year!  • Touch CHAT, TEXT or CALL in the app to receive immediate support from a caring GCAL professional including licensed clinicians.  • Or call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225.  MyGCAL is specifically designed for Georgia’s youth to get help in times of need.  You are not alone... click or call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225. #NotAloneRCPS No estás solo. ¡La ayuda está en tu mano! Cuando la vida te esté haciendo sentir solo o sintiendo que nadie entiende, deja que tus dedos hablen por ti. Utiliza tu teléfono para CHAT, TEXTO, o LLAMADA en cualquier momento, de día o de noche, para ponerte en contacto con un profesional de salud mental para obtener apoyo.   • Descarga la aplicación MyGCAL para tu dispositivo Android o Apple para acceder a la asistencia 24/7, 365 días al año!  • Toqua CHAT, TEXTO o LLAMADA en la aplicación para recibir el apoyo inmediato de un profesional de GCAL, incluye médicos con licencia.  • O llama a la Línea de Crisis y Acceso de Georgia (GCAL) al 1-800-715-4225.  MyGCAL está diseñado específicamente para que los jóvenes de Georgia obtengan ayuda en momentos de necesidad.  No estás solo... haga clic o llame a la Línea de Crisis y Acceso de Georgia (GCAL) al 1-800-715-4225. #NotAloneRCPS
RMSST Clubs & Teams Instagram handles. Please see Mrs. Baskett or club sponsors for additional information if needed.

PBIS School Wide Rules with RCHS

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be On time

Be Ready to Learn

Rockdale Magnet School Mission

The mission of RMSST, a specialized research-focused learning community, is to foster and produce students who think ethically, critically, and independently while excelling in competitive academic environments and demonstrating high standards and expectations.