CELEBRATE COLLEGE WEEK WITH AVID
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
Volleyball Games : 5:15 PM & 6:15 PM
Football Games: 5:30 PM & 7:00 PM
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.email@example.com
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)
Student Gifted & Talented Referral Window Open
GT Referral window is open for parents and teachers through September 30, 2022.
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.
Grade Principal Telephone, E-mail, and department they oversee.
· Principal Jennifer Petru 281-327-3873 firstname.lastname@example.org
Oversees: Math department
· Associate Dr. Shannon Williams 281-327-3958 email@example.com
Oversees: Special Education department
· 6th Grade Patrick Watson 281-327-3908 firstname.lastname@example.org
Oversees: Science, AVID, PE/Athletics, Kickstart departments
· 7th Grade Marcos Cardenas 281-327-3875 email@example.com
Oversees: Social Studies and Fine Arts departments
· 8th Grade Lita Skinner 281-327-3876 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Jennifer Petru, Principal
Ronald Thornton MS
• 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 – email@example.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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 !
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.email@example.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.
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.
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.
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.