Magnet News

August 26, 2021

Highlights from the Back to School Week Scavenger Hunt

Goosechase BTSW 2021

Opportunities at RMSST

College Readiness Retreat Flyer which will be on August 27th. Contact Ms. Harris for more information.

Community Service & A Reason to Get Up and Move!

WOWS, Women on the Way to Success, wants you to move away from your computers and get the blood flowing. They are sponsoring Charity Miles, a program where you can both get outside and support those in need! With every mile you log with the Charity Miles app, you are sponsored by companies like Johnson & Johnson and Chobani and you will help raise money for the charity of your choice. We encourage all to join this wonderful charity fundraising event! Once you download your app, you will join your team. Note: Family members can also join in on the fun with a team for the community members.

9th Grade’s Team: RMSST Class of 2025

10th Grade’s Team: RMSST Class of 2024

11th Grade’s Team: RMSST Class of 2023

12th Grade’s Team: RMSST Class of 2022

Community Members: RMSST Community Members

Magnet Events- Save the Dates!

  • 12th grade College Readiness Retreat- Friday, August 27
  • 9th grade Transition to High School Meeting- Thursday, September 2
  • Flex Activity on Friday, September 3rd during Magnet B3 classes
  • Labor Day Holiday- No School on Monday, September 6
  • 11 Acts of Kindness Day @ RMSST- Friday, September 10
  • Magnet Fund Drive In Move Night – Friday, September 10
  • 10th Grade Family-Student Workshop- Thursday, September 23
  • 11th Grade Family-Student Workshop- Thursday, October 14

Student Opportunities Beyond RMSST

10th-12th Graders: Apply to be on the State Superintendent's Student Advisory Council

Click here for the 2021-22 Georgia Superintendent's Student Advisory Council application. Applications must be submitted by September 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted. Please let Mrs. Baskett know if you are working on an application by August 20th so we can support you!

Students in grades 10-12 who are enrolled in a public high school (including charter schools and virtual students) are eligible to apply.

Selected students will be contacted via email. All students may visit gadoe.org/studentadvisory on September 17, 2021 at 10 a.m. to see whether they have been selected.

10th Graders: Rockdale Youth Leadership applications due tomorrow!

Click here for the RYL Application.


The Rockdale Youth Leadership (RYL) program is a collaboration of the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and Rockdale County Public Schools, provides leadership development and community awareness training for 10th grade students in Rockdale County and is held from September through May.

Aspiring youth leaders have the opportunity during the program to interact with community leaders, local elected officials, and school administrators to enhance their awareness of community needs and resources. Through interactive workshops, special tours, and community service projects, RYL participants will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become confident, caring leaders in their community and respective schools.

Participating students must be nominated by another student, parent, teacher, counselor, administrator, or by themself to participate in this year’s program. Students must complete the application and have the reference forms completed by a counselor and a coach, teacher, or administrator at their school.

To be nominated for participation in RYL, students must have met the following criteria:
• Demonstrate leadership potential. (school/community)
• Minimum 2.5 GPA.
• Student in good standing with clear attendance and behavior records. (We review high school attendance and discipline reports.)
• Willing to participate in community service activities.
• Willing to participate in all sessions after school including some Saturdays.
• Willing to pursue a school leadership role following participation in the program.
• Complete the application in its entirety.

For more information, contact Deborah Neason at dneason@rockdale.k12.ga.us.

Key Parent & Guardian Information

Information about Writing Checks to Pay for School Items

Parents, please review the letter available here regarding our school accepting check payments this year.

Free COVID-19 Testing

RCPS continues to offer free COVID-19 testing for students and their parents over the next several weeks. We do ask that you pre-register a day in advance by going to www.freecovidtesting.us and selecting Registration, then Covid testing, then Rockdale County Schools. This site will make you choose an appointment time, however testing is actually on a first come-first served basis on the dates and at the locations below.


August 30 Heritage High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).

September 8 Heritage High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.)


For all the details including the full schedule of dates, times and locations, please visit our website at www.rockdaleschools.org/covid19testing

School Wide Expectations

Health & Safety Information

Wearing masks, frequent hand washing, and social distance are 3 key mitigation measures to keep our Magnet Family safe. Remember, Magnet keeps Magnet safe! Let's support one another as we implement new routines for safety.


Masks

-Masks are required for all staff and students.

-Masks include non-medical and medical grade disposable face masks and cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth).

-Masks shall be worn in the classroom and all common areas such as hallways, restrooms, and buses. Lunch is the only approved time when masks can be removed while a student is eating.

-Full face shields are optional but cannot be used in place of a mask.

-Students and staff will provide their own face coverings and face shields that adhere to the district’s dress code. If students arrive at school without a mask then one will be given to them.


Personal Health

-Parents must monitor the health of their children and keep sick children at home.

-Staff must monitor their own health and stay home when sick.

-Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 (symptomatic or asymptomatic) must remain at home for the length of time recommended by the Public Health Department. Please contact our school’s primary contact tracer, Mrs. Amanda Baskett, should you test positive or show symptoms.

-Clinic Aides are trained to identify the symptoms of COVID-19 and will immediately isolate students with these symptoms. Parents will be required to pick up sick children immediately from school. In the event a parent cannot be reached, the emergency contact for the student will be called.


Hand washing & Sanitizer Stations

-Sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the building to encourage students to sanitize their hands upon entry.

-Hand sanitizing and proper hand hygiene will be discussed on a regular basis via morning announcements and classroom activities.

-Signage will be posted throughout the building to remind students and staff of proper hand hygiene.

PBIS School Wide Rules with RCHS

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be On time

Be Ready to Learn

Follow the RCPS Dress Code

After so many months of virtual and hybrid school, we recognize that it will be an adjustment for students returning to school. Please be reminded that students are expected to follow the RCPS dress code, accessible at this district link, at all times on campus.

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.