RGHS Ram-ily Connection

Partnering with Parents for Student Achievement

November 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

Dear Parents,

Wow, it's November! In-person teaching and learning at the high school is well underway and we are continuing our journey into the 2nd quarter. I know for certain that we could not have successfully accomplished this effort without each of you, your patience, understanding and support. I am so excited for the resilience of your children, our scholars. Their ability to continue in the face of change and push past their frustrations is commendable and I am so very proud of each of them. The high school Ramily of staff members have been excited to see the return of your children in their classrooms and the ability to get back to the business of traditional education. This first quarter has been spent getting to know and reconnecting with our scholars. We are in awe of how much our juniors and seniors have matured during our time away those 18 months and are happy to see them step up as being the leaders on our campus. Our freshmen and sophomores are excited about the newness of high school, being reunited with friends and all that high school brings. As a whole, we are on a mission to create a safe and supportive environment that is respectful, firm, fair and consistent. A conducive learning environment for all.

As a school leadership team, we have spent a lot of time over the course of the first quarter trying to find ways to better serve our scholars in this transition back to in-person learning. As you may have seen on countless news networks, schools across the nation are experiencing challenges with the return to traditional learning. Our high school is not exempt from those same challenges. There has been an increase, in comparison to previous years, in physical altercations occurring and inappropriate behaviors being displayed on our campus. This brings about a host of serious concerns and we need your help. Please support our efforts by encouraging your scholar to understand the importance of the decisions that they make during this pivotal time in their life. Please also encourage your scholar to create positive interactions on social media. Social media, when used in a negative manner, creates an undesirable learning environment as those negative interactions are brought onto our campus. Freshmen and Sophomores are being reminded of their need to do their very best in classes, get to class on time and that classes they do not successfully pass will have to be taken again in order to meet the graduation requirements. We need each of you to reiterate this in your homes. We are here to support all scholars and have resources to support additional needs that extend beyond the academic learning in the classroom. We are also looking into a variety of ways to support students who are struggling with emotional issues or are in need of academic guidance through our professional school counseling team. We also have group and individual counseling available. Please reach out to our Social Worker for more information. The first quarter has ended, report cards have been mailed and it is apparent that there are additional academic supports needed for many of our scholars, especially in the freshmen and sophomore grades as they get acclimated to high school. Our teachers are working together, spending countless hours to improve upon their practices, finding ways to support scholars and collaborating with each other to ensure that they are able to provide instruction to your children in a manner that is informative and supportive. As such, we have availability for night school and other extended learning opportunities should your scholar need assistance with meeting the credit requirements. Please encourage your child to reach out to their teachers and/or grade level counselor for more information.

As always, we are a RAMily, we are one and through it all, we will get through this together. Thank you for your support throughout this return to teaching and learning. Stay safe, remain healthy and know that we are here for each of you every step of the way.

In partnership,

Principal Nave


As you all know, parents play a major role in their child's academic and social success. You are the bridge that can help us improve our connection between school and home. Please consider attending our district PAC meetings and the RGHS PTO meetings when they take place. We would like to keep you informed and get your input to help us improve your child's experiences as we continue the 2021-2022 school year. As always, we sincerely THANK YOU for all that you do to support us and your child(ren)!


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!

Congratulations Kamel!!!

Mr. Metz would like to recognize Kamel for becoming a Questbridge finalist! Questbridge is a national nonprofit organization that aims to connect low-income or first-generation college students with prestigious and Ivy League schools. This scholarship will pay the full tuition to one of the following schools: University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Brown University, University of Virginia, Yale University, University of Southern California, and Washington University of St. Louis. Good Luck Kamel! We are proud of you!

1st Quarter Scholars of Excellence

The scholars listed below achieved honor roll status (3.0 & above) for the 1st quarter of the 2021-2022 school year.
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1st Quarter Perfect Attendance

The scholars listed below had pefect attendance during 1st quarter. Congratulations Rams!
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Check out these important events taking place this month.

  • Nov 5-Applications for the Sapphire Dance Team are due to Ms. Kay in room 409 (auditions will be held on Nov. 8-11 in the PAC from 3:00-5:00 PM)

  • Nov. 5-Soccer Practice begins @ RGHS from 2:45 PM-4:45 PM (Practice continues on Nov 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, and 19th) A physical is required. See form below for details.


  • Nov 9-SAB Meeting (available on YouTube) 7:00 PM

  • Nov 23-SAB Meeting (available on YouTube) 7:00 PM

  • Nov 29-Blood Drive @ RGHS in the gymnasium from 10:30 AM-2:00 PM

Additionally, yearbook orders are currently being accepted. Orders can be placed online by going to: jostensyearbooks.com


(See the flyer below for details)

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

Get your vaccine at your local Saint Louis County library.

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STL Youth Jobs--Connecting Youth to Employers: Ages 16-24


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: Ms. 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.

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.