Thundercat Weekly

CELEBRATE COLLEGE WEEK WITH AVID

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Thundercat Events At-A-Glance

9/27 Football vs CMMS 5:30 & 7:00 PM @ RTMS

9/28 Football vs CMMS 5:30 & 7:00 PM @ RTMS

9/29 Volleyball vs Dulles 5:15 & 6:15 PM @ RTMS

Student Athletic & Fine Art Event Attendance

RTMS students are welcome to attend evening athletic and fines arts events. All students that attend extra-curricular activities must leave campus after school and return no earlier than 10 minutes of the beginning of the athletic or fine arts event start time. Students must be picked up within 10 minutes of the events conclusion. Students that arrive more than 10 minutes before the events start or are picked up more than 10 minutes after the events conclusion are subject to not being permitted to attend the event without a parent being present. Students must adhere to all FBISD code of conduct policies.


Volleyball Games : 5:15 PM & 6:15 PM

Football Games: 5:30 PM & 7:00 PM

National Custodian Appreciation Day is on October 02, 2022!!

Join the Facilities Department in recognizing all the FBISD Custodial Staff.

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Reminder: Tutorial Passes

Students must have a pass to gain entrance into the building for tutorials and club meetings. THe pass must state the date, teacher/sponsor, and location of meeting or tutorial.

Extended Learning Job Fair

What: Interviews will be conducted onsite for Group Leader and Student Assistant positions.


When: Wednesday, September 28, 2022


For More Information Contact: Extended Learning Department - Nusrat.maredia@fortbendisd.com


Links:



RTMS Cellphone Policy

Effective, September 26, we will incorporate the following cell phone policy:

First and second offense, students will get their phones back at 7th period.

Third offense and beyond, parents will have to pay $10 via RevTrak for the student to get their phone returned.

Reminder all cell phones/earbuds/air pods must be put in student backpacks before they walk into RTMS.

We are a cell phone free zone school.

Technology Usage: Electronic Devices


1. Electronics/ cell phone policy?

a. Cell phones should be out of sight in the student’s backpack throughout the school day.

b. Teachers will communicate when students can use their electronic devices to aid in the learning process.

2. Are smart phones/tablets required?

a. Smart phones/tablets are not required at school

b. All classrooms are outfitted with a class set of laptops or iPads.


Electronic Devices (Cellphones/Tablets/Laptops) are used for instructional purposes only. Cellphones are not permitted in general areas (i.e. restrooms, locker room, morning grade level areas, cafeteria/commons, hallway)

FCA Meeting

FCA will meet Sept 30 at 8:10 in T6. RPHS head football coach Rick LaFavers will be speaking. Please join us for fun, fellowship and donuts. Join the SportsYou group- E8S74MXK

RTMS Student Council

Student Council will meet Wed. Sept 28 at 8:20 in library. If interested in attending, see Coach Barger for pass. Everyone is welcome Join the Sports You group - E2URUH58

Student Gifted & Talented Referral Window Open

GT Referral window is open for parents and teachers through September 30, 2022.

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Safety: Student Supervision

Supervision is available for students daily 8:20AM- 4:30PM.


Thank you for being timely in your drop off and pick up of our thundercat students.

A Message from Ms. Petru, RTMS Principal

September 23, 2022


Good Morning Thundercat Families,


For the most up to date RTMS Newsletter:Thundercat Weekly The newsletter contains updates, deadlines, and important information for RTMS.

RTMS focus of the week is on Effort Fueling our Growth. This coming week is College Week. As we plan our future, we think daily about the effort put into all we do. We encourage our families to recognize and discuss the part effort plays in our future and growth. Working hard pays off not only in the classroom but in all areas of focus.


Exciting news to present this week! Clubs are being formed and we have 20 clubs, to start. These clubs were formed and chosen by the Thundercats! Students will have the opportunity to join next week. There will be a time during advisory to sign up for clubs.


Celebrate: RTMS celebrated Hello Day by wearing green this Wednesday! Congratulations to our Thundercat football and volleyball teams on their wins this week.


New front office procedure: RTMS is a no cell phone out campus. This means deliveries will go through a new procedure. When a student has a delivery, a slip will be filled out by the parent and the student will get a copy of that slip delivered to their class. They may then come pick up the item during passing periods or before or after lunch.


Cell Phone update: Parents we need your help. Students are to have cell phones put away in back packs unless a teacher has authorized instructional use. We are starting to see students with phones out and they are saying they need to text their parents. Please let your student know if you need to get hold of them, you will call the front office, counselor, or administrator. They may also get a pass from their teacher to go to an office where they may make a phone call to a parent from a school phone, if needed. Students are authorized to use cell phones at dismissal.

In addition, Effective, September 26, we will incorporate the following cell phone policy:

· First and second offense, students will get their phones back at 7th period.

· Third offense and beyond, parents will have to pay $10 via RevTrak for the student to get their phone returned.


Safety- Continued reminder that the building opens, and supervision begins at 8:20am. Students who are left outside will not be supervised until our doors open at 8:20, and they are expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior. In addition, supervision for after school ends when our car rider line is complete, which is generally around 4:45pm.


Upcoming Event: College week is coming this week! Monday is dress like a superhero day! Tuesday is twin day. Wednesday is college wear. Thursday is throwback to any generation of choice. Friday is high school day, wear attire from your future high school!

6th grade dance is on October 14th at 6pm. The dance is free to all 6th graders.


FBISD update for Mental Health:

As a part of the Whole Child Health Initiative, Fort Bend ISD is excited to present our first parent webinar of the 2022-23 school year: " Mental Health is for Everyone". During this session, FBISD's mental health counselors will educate families on the District’s campus-based services targeted to normalize and identify emotional challenges across cultures. Whole Child Health, focuses on Whole Child Health, is aligned with FBISD's Profile of a Graduate, and is committed to supporting and developing the mental, behavioral, social, emotional, and physical health of all students in FBISD.


Links: Mental Health is for Everyone Parent Webinar Link


Grade Principal Telephone, E-mail, and department they oversee.

· Principal Jennifer Petru 281-327-3873 jennifer.petru@fortbendisd.com

Oversees: Math department

· Associate Dr. Shannon Williams 281-327-3958 shannon.williams@fortbendisd.com

Oversees: Special Education department

· 6th Grade Patrick Watson 281-327-3908 patrick.watson@fortbendisd.com

Oversees: Science, AVID, PE/Athletics, Kickstart departments

· 7th Grade Marcos Cardenas 281-327-3875 marcos.cardenas@fortbendisd.com

Oversees: Social Studies and Fine Arts departments

· 8th Grade Lita Skinner 281-327-3876 lita.skinner@fortbendisd.com

Oversees: English Language Arts, CTE, Electives, Cheer/Dance departments

We will continue to keep you updated on our progress and thank you for partnering with our school to make it the best it can possibly be for your children.


Sincerely,

Jennifer Petru, Principal

Ronald Thornton MS

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Tardies

A student is tardy when they arrive less than five (5) minutes after the bell without a pass. Arrival after twenty (20) minutes without a pass students are truant. Each teacher will record tardies in Skyward.


Consequences:

• Tardy: Student Conference

• 2-3 Tardies: Parent Contact

• 4-5 Tardies: Referral, After School Detention

• 6+Tardies: Referral; Saturday Detention and Parent Conference

RTMS Cross Country

Cross Country will have their first practice on Monday, Oct 24 at 7:15am. To attend you must have physical uploaded to Rank One and all electronic forms filled out. https://www.rankonesport.com/content/Parent/Parent



Please use the following link to sign up for Cross Country https://forms.office.com/pages/designpagev2.aspx?lang=en-US&origin=OfficeDotCom&route=Start&subpage=design&id=QWJ9SRo5d0KRrL3SqZ9wVBIbozaNT_JBvYJLflprR35UQlFXRzJFTkVEMFpUUDMwSlNWU01LTVpUUy4u

Girls Basketball Try-Outs are Coming...

Girls Basketball tryouts will be held Oct. 19-21. All athletes must have a physical uploaded in Rank One and all electronic forms filled out. If you plan to tryout please get this done ASAP. If you have any questions please contact Coach Barger – dana.barger@fortbendisd.com.

FBISD Child Nutrition & SHAC Nutrition Committee Collaboration

Child Nutrition and the SHAC Sub-Nutrition Committee would like your support encouraging students to participate in our Farm Fresh Texas @FBISDFoodie Art Contest! The Farm Fresh Art Contest is for students interested in revealing their artistic talents utilizing the "Taste the Rainbow" theme through various art mediums! View contest details in the links found below for more information.

Links: Art Contest Criteria and Submission Link

Document: Art Contest Flyer

Arrival & Dismissal Reminder

The safety of our Thundercats is top priority and we appreciate everyone adhering to our dismissal process.


Parents please be kind to our RTMS neighbors and do not drop off or pick up students in those areas. Please use our car rider line. Thank you for your understanding in keeping our Thundercats safe and our neighbors safe too.


· If you plan to drop off/pick up your student by vehicle, please remain in the RTMS designated car rider line.


  1. When dropping off students for tutorials or clubs 7:50 - 8:15 am, please use the second lane crosswalk area, in the front drive, to drop off in the morning.
  2. Please have students exit and enter vehicles near the front curb of the campus.



Thank you in advance for following the car rider map.


Thank you for helping to keep our thundercats safe !

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Clinic News

  • All incoming 7th grade students for the 2022-2023 school year are required to obtain T-dap and Meningococcal vaccines per Texas law, please provide a copy to the clinic.
  • As a reminder, students are not allowed to bring any over the counter or prescribed medications to school. All medications must be turned in by the parent/guardian in the original prescription bottle and appropriate documentation filled out.
  • All students that carry inhalers or epi-pens should let the clinic know and also should have a permission form and action plan signed by their doctor.

Attendance News

Thank you for reaching out to the Ronald Thornton Middle School Attendance Office! Here are some frequent Q’s & A’s and resource information that may help address your concerns even faster:


1. What should I do if my child is absent?

If your child is absent from instruction, please attach your documentation to an email within 5 days of the absence to attendancertms@fortbendisd.com


2. I believe my child was incorrectly marked absent.
Please contact the teacher who marked the absence. If it is incorrect, the teacher will either edit the attendance or contact the attendance office to make a correction.


3. What do I do if I need to pick my child up early for an appointment?
Sign in at the Front Office with your sate issued I.D., you will get a Visitor’s Badge to the Attendance Office. Sign your student out from the Attendance Office. Please remember to bring a doctor’s note back to school the next day to allow the absence to be excused. Please make sure if you (parent or guardian) are sending another person to pick-up your student/s, they are listed on the emergency contacts.Students will not be released if they are not on the emergency contact.


4. What if I need to add someone on my student/s emergency contact for early pick-up?

Email Christine.gruber@fortbendisd.com the name, number and relationship to student/s with a copy of your ID.


5. What is the latest I can pick-up my student?

Student pickup is suspended from 3:40 p.m-4:10 p.m.


6. Do I need to call when my student is absent?

No, calls are considered a courtesy but not an excuse please follow up with a written note or medical note in order for absence to be excused.


7. Why is the absence still showing unexcused?
Once documentation is submitted, it can take up to 48 hours to show in Skyward.


8. What information should be included in the absence note?

Please include first name and last name, grade level, reason for absence.


9. How many days can my student be absent before they need a Medical Note?

According to the FBISD Parent/ Student Handbook, a student can be absent 4 consecutive days with a parent written excuse after the 5th day a medical note will need to be provided.


10. My student is sick and leaving from the clinic, do I need to sign out from the Attendance Office?

You will sign your student out from the Clinic only if the nurse or nurse’s assistant has spoken with you. The nurse will let the Attendance Clerk know and your student will be excused for the missed classes.

If the Nurse or Nurse Assistant does not inform you to pick your student up from the clinic then you will need to sign your student out from the Attendance Office and the student will be called from class.


11. Can my student wait for me in the entrance, if they know I am coming to pick them up?

Due to safety reasons and constant flow of entering and exiting the building, please DO NOT have your student wait for you in the entrance of the school.


12. My child forgot an item (lunch, band instrument, technology, etc.) at home, how can I get it to them?

We do not deliver items to students. Student will not be called out of class to retrieve items. A table is set up in the vestibule, where you are able to drop the item off, text your student the item is at the front of the school on the table. If allowed by the teacher they may come or during passing period to pick item up.


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As a part of the Whole Child Health Initiative, Fort Bend ISD is excited to present our first parent webinar of the 2022-23 school year: " Mental Health is for Everyone". The parent webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 21st at 6 p.m. During this session, FBISD's mental health counselors will educate families on the District’s campus-based services targeted to normalize and identify emotional challenges across cultures. Whole Child Health, focuses on Whole Child Health, is aligned with FBISD's Profile of a Graduate, and is committed to supporting and developing the mental, behavioral, social, emotional, and physical health of all students in FBISD.

Links: Mental Health is for Everyone Parent Webinar Link

FBISD Breakfast & Lunch Services

      • Free and reduced lunch forms open on August 1. It can be completed at www.schoolcafe.com/fbisd. Families must complete an application for each school year.
      • Meal prices for 2022-23 School Year:
        • Student Breakfast: $2.00
        • Secondary Lunch: $3.00
      • Parents may put money in student’s accounts PRIOR to the 1st day of school to avoid longer lunch lines at the start of school.

A Message from Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office

Please refrain from parking in the neighborhood across from Ronald Thornton Middle School. Violators will be ticketed.

Transportation

Please understand that we cannot honor requests for students to ride bus routes other than their own designated route. Students who do not have bus-riding privileges will not be able to ride the bus with their bus-riding friends. Therefore, please plan accordingly so that everyone experiences a smooth dismissal each school day.

RTMS ID UPdate

During the course of the 2022-23 school year all Fort Bend ISD students will be issued a school ID. IDs will assist students with library check out, event entry, lunch service, and other campus services. More details will follow regarding the timeline for implementation and issuance of student identification cards.

Need To Update Skyward Settings ? Use the below Job Aide.

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Connect to RTMS via your favorite social media outlet.

Join the official Thornton ThunderCats Facebook page!
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