Navigating the River

Wednesday, May 5th


What's Happening on The River?

Upcoming Dates

Ongoing: Please help with donations for end of year for students, teachers, staff.

May 5: Voting ends for PTSO 21-22 Board. Please vote HERE

May 7: 8th Grade Testing Continues (Click HERE for test schedule and adjusted school schedule for all grades)

May 10: 8th Grade Theater Production at 7:00 PM

May 10-12: 7th Grade Testing (Click HERE for test schedule and adjusted school schedule for all grades)

May 13: 7th and 8th grade band concert

May 18 & 19: Rising 6th Grade Tours (5:00-6:20 each evening)

School Events and Information

Testing at RMS

Please click on the "TESTING" sign for the testing schedule, the adjusted school day schedule which does impact all grades.

Students may want to bring a snack to school with them on testing days as we do not serve lunches until testing is completed for the day.

Thank you for your support!

Finals Testing Schedule

Below is the schedule for finals for the 20-21 school year. Tests will be given during the normal schedule for each day.

May 18 & 19-ELA & SS

May 20 & 21- Science and 5th Academic

May 24 & 25-Math

8th Grade Theater Performance Monday

The 8th Grade Musical Theatre class will be presenting their showcase on May 10th at 7PM in the RMS Gymnasium. Tickets are available online ONLY. General admission tickets are on sale now. Seating is limited. Buy your tickets for Just Another High School Musical here:

"It's opening night and the director is nowhere to be found. It's up to the assistant director and the stage manager to put together our musical Cabaret? no, wait... I think it was Les Mis? Showboat? Can this motley crew come up with a play in time to give the audience a show? Find out May 10th as we present "Just Another High School Musical."

Rising 6th Grade Information

Yearbooks - Capture the Memories!

Good News! - We were able to secure more yearbooks, but they are going fast. If you have not yet ordered a 2021 Yearbook, now is the time. Students will have an opportunity to participate in a yearbook signing event after the yearbooks have been distributed, so it would be a good idea to order one before they sell out. Simply go to and put Riverwatch in the search box then follow the instructions that follow. If you are unsure if you purchased a yearbook, call 1-800-225-3687 and choose option 3.

Thank you so very much for your support.

Rising 6th Grade Tours

If you currently have a 5th grader that will be transitioning to RMS next year, please plan to join us for our Rising 6th Grade Tour being held on May 18th and 19th. You only need to sign up for one spot on the day that best fits your schedule. Tours are expected to last approx. 20 minutes and will be in groups of 25. Only 1 parent may attend with their rising 6th grade student to keep our numbers as small as possible. The Panther Pit Stop will be open for you to purchase RMS spirit wear/gear. (Cash or Check Only). Please click Here or the SignUp Genius link below for time available time slots.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

During Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month, FCS is recognizing the brilliance, strength and love this history represents. We feel it is important to recognize the many ways in which Asian Pacific Americans have contributed to, inspired, and created American culture.

The Georgia Standards of Excellence integrates the history and work of Asian Pacific Americans throughout the school year, K-12. APA history is American history. Acknowledging all our dimensions of diversity, even if it’s a small gesture, gives us a chance to be intentional about learning that history.

This list below highlights Asian Pacific Americans in a variety of areas and occupations. Some of the names will be known to most who read this list; other names are less well known. Regardless of their fame, we celebrate the efforts of all and look forward to adding more in the future.

Week 1 (5/3-7)

1. Naomi Osaka- Today we recognize for Asian American Heritage Month, Professional tennis player, Naomi Osaka. In March of 2018, Professional tennis player, Naomi became the first Japanese woman to win the Indian Wells Masters in California (USA). The Indian Wells is widely considered the second biggest event in tennis, right behind the Grand Slam. Learn more about this rising tennis star here PROFILE | Naomi Osaka official site | NAOMIOSAKA.COM #FCSDEI #AMHM

2. Viet Thanh Nguyen- Today we recognize Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling author and Professor best known for his novel, The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen. He recently released the sequel to the first novel titled, The Committed. Learn more here Books - Viet Thanh Nguyen ( #FCSDEI #AMHM

3. James Wong Howe- Today we recognize Master Cinematographer, James Wong Howe who became the first Asian American to win an Academy Award on March 30,1955. Learn more here #FCSDEI #AMHM

4. Rinku Sen- Today we recognize, Rhinku Sen, an Indian American author, activist, political strategies and the executive director of Narrative Initiative. She is also the co-president of the Women’s March Board of Directors. Read more here Rinku Sen — Women's March #FCSDEI #AMHM

5. Thelma Garcia Buchholdt- To conclude the first week of Asian American Heritage month we recognize, Thelma Garcia Bucholdt who was the first elected Filipino-American legislator in the U.S. She was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives, where she served four terms. Read more here #FCSDEI #AMHM

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End of Year Medication Pick Up

The deadline for picking up medication kept in the school clinic will be Thursday, May 27th at 2 pm. All medication left after 2pm on May 27th will be properly disposed. Any questions, please contact Nurse Kim Varner at ext. 300121 or

RMS Lady Panther Basketball Camp

Summer is almost here! Is your daughter interested in basketball? If so, she should attend the RMS Girls Basketball Summer Camp. No basketball experience is necessary. Click the link below to read more details and to sign up. Better hurry, spots are limited due to Covid-19. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Steele directly at

RMS Girls Basketball Summer Camp Sign Up

RMS Boys Basketball Camp

Summer is approaching fast! Does your son like playing basketball? If so, he should come attend the RMS Boys Basketball Camp this summer, June 7-10. No previous basketball experience is required to attend. Just click on the link below to sign up. Just make sure you choose the one that says “Riverwatch Middle School Boys Basketball Camp.” Sign up fast as spots are limited. If you have any questions, please reach out to Coach Skinner directly at

RMS Boys Basketball Summer Camp Sign Up

Riverwatch Soccer Wins County Championship!

Congrats to our soccer team!! Our soccer team won the Forsyth County Middle School Championship with a 3-1 victory over Otwell Middle School. Congratulations to the team. This was our first year participating in the Forsyth County middle school intramural soccer league. We hope to be able to continue with this program next year and open it up to 7th graders as well. Thanks to our coach, Phinizy Spalding!
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RMS Girls win County Track & Field Championship

Just to mention a few of our top performers and county champions.

Evie Foster:

County Champion 200m

Natalie Hartman:

County Champion 800 / School record 2:34.61

We are also proud of our boys team and county champion for the mile.

Jackson Hogsed:

County Champion Mile Run / School record 4:55.15

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Congrats to our Band District IX Solo & Ensemble!

We want to congratulate all RMS band students who participated in District IX Solo & Ensemble on Saturday, May 1st! Click HERE to see the results. We are very proud that all students received either a Superior or Excellent rating - the two highest ratings possible out of five. Thanks to our Band Director: Hunter McGee and Assistant Director; Katie Larkin for all their dedication and perseverance this year.

Cheer Tryouts - Calling all current 6th and 7th Graders

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The School Store - Panther Pit Stop

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We want your OLD Phones!

The school is in need of old phones that are within 5 years of age. Our Invention, Innovation & Technological Systems classes will benefit greatly from these devices and help recycle the materials. A drop box is located in the counseling office or may be left at the front office. Thank you in advance for your help.

Your Input Matters!

Questions, Celebrations, and Ideas

If you have Questions, Celebrations or any Ideas that you would like to share with the Riverwatch Team, please use this link to let us know. Your feedback will help to guide the information in our newsletter to ensure that this communication is meeting your needs.

RMS Teacher and Staff of the Month

Please nominate some of our amazing staff. They appreciate your kind words so much!

RMS May Teacher and Staff of the Month

Updated COVID Direct Exposure Information

Effective December 7th changes were made to the COVID direct exposure (at school) quarantine guidelines. Please click HERE for complete details.

Outside of school exposures may upload their form HERE or use the link below.

Community Information

The Forsyth County Health Department is hosting a Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic for Forsyth County Students & Parents. Age 16 and older. (Parental permission required for students under 18)

When: Tuesday, May 4th from 11:00am to 6:00pm

Location: Lanier Tech Conference Center

3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd

Cumming GA 30041

Appointments recommended/Walk-ins accepted.


To schedule online:

Second-dose clinic will be held on Tuesday, May 25th from 11am-6pm.

Lambert Girls Softball

LHS is calling all current 8th grade girls that might be interested in trying out for the softball team. Please click HERE for more information and to signup for tryout or or email to

Reference Information

Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) News

Donations Needed, Please!

Click HERE for a list of items to donate.

In the month of May (after testing), the RMS PTSO is planning a few "surprise and delights" to show our school (teachers, staff, students) how much we appreciate their dedication and flexibility this year. This year has brought on many more challenges and the stress level has increased greatly. Our teachers and staff have poured many hours into learning new technologies, adapting to new teaching styles, teaching new courses both in-person and virtually and encouraging a healthy school environment for our children. We will also have some grade-level celebrations for the students after testing. We ask that you help us with any donations to show how much we appreciate the time and effort they put in to supporting our children during a pandemic.

We will be collecting donations through Friday, May 14th. A donation tub is located outside the school front door and the counseling office. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!!

Staying Connected to Riverwatch!

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