RHPS: We are Connected - January


At Richmond Hill Primary School... We act respectfully, are helpful, have a positive attitude and stay safe.

Happy New Year!

We hope everyone enjoyed the holiday break!

1st Friday for Charity - Live to Give

January 11th is Pajama Day for Pennies For Patients Donations

We have partnered with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to raise money for children with various types of blood cancers. Last year, RHPS raised $1200! Students who wish to participate will fill their boxes with change at home and bring them back in to be collected. We will collect the boxes until January 28th.

Thank you for partnering with us as we model mindset #6- Live to Give!

We have a 5 STAR school climate rating!

What is the School Climate Star Rating?

In response to the compelling body of research that underscores the importance of school climate, Georgia is the first state in the nation to include school climate as an early indicator in its academic accountability system, the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). State law (O.C.G.A. § 20-14-33) requires the development and use of a "star rating" to address school climate. The School Climate Star Rating is a diagnostic tool to determine if a school is on the right path to school improvement.

How is the School Climate Star Rating calculated?

The School Climate Star Rating is calculated using data from the Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0, Georgia School Personnel Survey, Georgia Parent Survey, student discipline data and attendance records for students, teachers, staff and administrators. The School Climate Star Rating provides school-level data on the following components:

1) Survey – a measure of student, teacher, and parent perceptions of a school’s climate (see below to respond to the current year's survey);

2) Student Discipline – a measure of student discipline using a weighted suspension rate;

3) Safe and Substance-Free Learning Environment – school discipline incidents and student survey responses on use of illegal substances and the prevalence of violence, bullying, and unsafe incidents within a school; and

4) Attendance – the average daily attendance of teachers, administrators, and staff members and the percentage of students with less than six unexcused absences.

Each of the components will be given equal value.

What does the rating mean?

Each school will receive a 1-5 star rating, with five stars representing an excellent school climate, and one star representing a school climate most in need of improvement. Schools will have access to a comprehensive report which will allow them to identify areas in need of improvement, and plan targeted student interventions to improve achievement for all students.

information from http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/Policy/Pages/School-Climate.aspx

Georgia Parent Survey

We encourage our parents to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey. You may complete the survey using a personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. If you do not have access to the Internet, please come by our Media Center, during school hours and our staff be happy to assist you.

Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey.

Georgia Parent Survey:


RHPS is a PBIS school All PBIS schools focus on teaching the behaviors they desire while at school through explicit instruction, practice, and positive reinforcement. A strong partnership between the home and the school can provide families with ideas on addressing behavior in a similar way at home too.


  1. Keep in mind your child’s strengths and interests. Set aside time to spend with your child when they are engaged in activities that matter to them.
  2. Establish clear expectations at home. Keep your “house rules” similar to school expectations. The key is to be fair and age appropriate when you reinforce the expectations.
  3. Create routines for your family. Organize the day so your child knows what is happening. Be clear about changes or new events like doctors appointments or visitors. Give your child a helpful transition warning to let them know what is coming next.
  4. Anticipate challenges and plan accordingly. Preventing challenging behavior is easier than addressing it in the moment. Know what things or times of day trigger your child to engage in challenging behavior. Choose activities where your child will experience success.
  5. Try to be consistent and know how you are going to react. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
  6. Model the behavior you want your child to learn.
  7. Communicate clearly what behavior you want your child to demonstrate. Phrase directions in the positive, telling your child what you want them to do, not what you don’t want them to.
  8. Talk about feelings and use visuals to help your child understand. Tell them you understand how they feel.
  9. Look behind the behavior and see what your child may be trying to tell you. Try to remember that however a child is behaving, the child is doing the best he or she can at that moment in time.
  10. Use positive reinforcement often. Genuine, specific praise has a powerful effect on your children’s behavior. This includes their efforts to work hard at following your directions and any small steps in the right direction.

Think about things your child really enjoys and finds rewarding or motivating. What are a few of your child’s favorite activities?