Different Teams, One Goal

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Upcoming Events

  • September 2nd- Labor Day
  • September 3rd- DARE begins for 5th grade
  • September 3rd- Baroque Night 4-7 p.m.
  • September 6th- School Pictures
  • September 12th- 3rd Grade Grandparents' Day 9-9:45 a.m.
  • September 13th- 4th Grade Grandparents' Day 8:45-9:30 a.m.
  • September 13th- 5th Grade Grandparents' Day 10:00-10:45 a.m.
  • September 16th- PTA Board Meeting 3:45 p.m.
  • September 20th- Fall Fundraiser Kick-off
  • September 24th- Kentucky Kids' Day Celebration 9:00 a.m.
  • September 24th- Library Open House 6:00 p.m.
  • September 24th- Open House 7:00 p.m.
  • September 25th- Core Essentials Assembly 9:00 a.m.
  • September 26th- 1st Family Connection Workshop! 6:00-7:00 p.m.

#RMISCARES: Our Vision

Everything we do at R-MIS is tied to at least one part of our vision!
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Different Teams, One Goal

Each year we have a theme. Our theme this year is sports! Students are all on a different team based on their homeroom teacher. We chose to name our teams after the Core Essential Values for this year. Teams will participate in friendly competition throughout the year. Teams will earn points for "Gotchas," classes with 97% attendance or better and returning community service forms. Points are lost for office referrals to encourage students to follow classroom and school expectations. Teams will begin earning points on September 1st! The top-scoring team will be celebrated each month!

The last Friday of every month will be Team Spirit Day! On this day, students are encouraged to wear their team color. This is a great time to wear the R-MIS Team t-shirt. If not, your child can wear anything the color of his or her team. Please see the image below for team colors and information.

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Monthly Precept

Each month, students will learn about a precept. A precept is a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought. In other words, it is a principle or general rule. Students will learn these through famous quotes. This year we will focus on principles and rules surrounding teamwork, good sportsmanship, and growth mindset.

This month's quote is "One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

From this quote, the ideas of cooperation, leadership, utilizing strengths to help teammates and other principles of teamwork.

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Core Essentials

We are fortunate to coordinate with Chick-fil-A and Bridges Christian Church to bring the Core Essentials program to our school again this year. We participate in the Core Program. The Core Program is based on a monthly value word and definition and involves everyone in the school in a small way. Core will equip students, staff, and families alike to SAY IT, KNOW IT, SEE IT and BE IT each month.

Every month, we will use web-based resources (including videos, lesson plans, announcements, book lists, and much more!) and students will participate in a fun-filled assembly!

In August, we celebrate the Big 3: Treat Others Right, Maximize Your Potential, and Make Smart Decisions. The Big 3 are the building blocks on which all other Core Essentials values are based.

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New Staff!

We are excited to introduce our new R-MIS team members to you!
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Mrs. Paige Ladd: 3rd Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Holly Music: Library Media Specialist
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Ms. Kelsey Nichols: Title I Teacher
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Mrs. Stefany Stephenson: Special Education Teacher

Red Devil Way Procedures

Our three expectations are:

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Ready

All of our procedures are based on these expectations. We have signs in all areas of the school describing our procedures. Please see below for an example.

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Care Certificates

Each 9 Weeks students can earn a CARE certificate. They do this by:

Caring for others through community service

Awesome academics

Rad attendance

Exhibiting excellent behavior

  • Community service forms can be found in the office or obtained from your teacher. Students need to complete one act of service per nine weeks to earn a CARE certificate.
  • Awesome Academics means the student is working to his or her potential as determined by the classroom teacher(s).
  • Rad attendance equals NO unexcused absences. Please always bring in a doctor's note or parent excuse.
  • Exhibiting excellent behavior is determined by the student not having any office referral and having appropriate classroom behavior as indicated by the classroom teacher(s).

4th-grade students MUST earn at least 3 of the 4 possible CARE certificates to qualify for Junior Beta Club for the 2019-2020 school year.

Student Led Community Service Projects

At R-MIS, we encourage all students to participate in community service. If your child would like to lead a community service project, please have your child discuss the plan with Mrs. Westenhofer, assistant principal or Mrs. Wheeler, school counselor.

There will be many opportunities for participation in community service throughout the year. Remember an act of community service per 9 weeks is a requirement for CARE certificates and for Jr. Beta Club.

Please fill out and return a community service form when you complete an act of service! You can complete and return more than one form each 9-weeks. Each returned community service form earns a point for your team!!!

Beta Club

Remember, to qualify for the Beta Club, students had to end their 4th-grade year with a 3.5 or higher GPA and 3 or 4 CARE Certificates. Our Beta induction is scheduled for Tuesday, October 8th at 7:00 PM. This is a nice occasion. Please, no sneakers or jeans. If you do not have appropriate clothing and cannot purchase appropriate clothing, contact Mrs. Wheeler. As a Beta member, you will begin service projects, participate in the election of officers, etc. with Mrs. Wheeler very soon. Remember, students must maintain a 3.2 GPA to remain an active member in Beta. For all 5th graders new to our school, we will review your grades from your previous schools as a means for qualification. The Beta Club dues are $25.00 payable to Russell-McDowell Intermediate School.

PTA/Open House Night

We have a school-wide Title 1 program at R-MIS. All parents are invited to learn more about our Title 1 program and the strategies provided to ensure that all students achieve at high levels of academic proficiency. Title 1 Parent Night is the same night as Open House: September 24th at 7 PM


Please plan on attending PTA Open House at 7:00 pm. on Tuesday, September 24th. Come and visit with your child’s teacher and see your child’s work!

Please join PTA for $5.00. This membership money is put to good use for our children. Our goal with PTA continues to be to provide 1:1 Chromebooks to our students by the end of this year!

Family Connection Workshops

Russell- McDowell Intermediate School is happy to offer parents and guardians the amazing opportunity to gain guardian education while socializing with other guardians and building a support network!

September 26th is the first Family Connection Workshop! The topic is Screenwise. Screenwise offers an encouraging perspective on how to thoughtfully guide kids in the digital age. The discussion will be based on the book, Screenwise, by Deborah Heitner, Ph.D.

R-MIS Reading Nights

R-MIS will host monthly reading nights beginning Tuesday, September 24th! Reading nights will be held from 6 PM-7PM. Students must be accompanied by an adult. More information will be provided about R-MIS Reading Nights by our LMS, Mrs. Music!

We hope to see you on September 24th from 6PM-7PM!


It is very important that children be in school every day. Please do your best to not schedule out-of-town trips on school days. Absences cost our school money used for instructional supplies, textbooks, professional development, and teachers. These types of funds are based on average daily attendance, and even tardiness adds up to days missed.

To encourage good attendance, we have made this part of our Team competition. Students can continue to earn tags for perfect attendance each month! These are super cool and will look great on backpacks! PTA also awards classrooms every 9 weeks who meet their attendance goals of spelling the word TEAM! They get a letter on their board every time their class has 97% or better attendance for the day!


Please keep up-to-date on your child’s cafeteria account. His or her cafeteria account is easily accessible through our district’s website by clicking on lunch accounts in the Parents section. Using this site, you can see how much money your child has in his or her account, when he or she buys lunch and/or breakfast, and put money on his or her account.

If you are having trouble paying for breakfasts and lunches for your child, please contact Angie Morrison, cafeteria manager, or Jalina Wheeler, school counselor. Either lady will respect your privacy and get you the correct paperwork for free and reduced lunch/breakfast.


PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports)

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture that is needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. At R-MIS, we do this by having school-wide procedures and expectations that are consistently taught and enforced. Some supports in place to encourage positive behavior are:

Our Team Challenge


Students of the Month

Community Service Focus

Brag Tags

Positive Classroom Supports

PTA Volunteers/Mentors

Please join PTA! It is only $5. Anyone and everyone can join! Moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends :). We continue to work with our PTA to provide Chromebooks for all of our students.

We always need Volunteers/Mentors in our school. Anyone who wants to work in the school and has completed a background check and fingerprinting, please send a note to the office or your child’s teacher. If you haven’t gone through this process, you may get the information at our central office at 836-9679.

Lego Team

We have our LEGO team in place and will have our first practice this Thursday, August 29!

Team members: Serenity Hudnall, Lily Madden, Lacey Hawkey, Lexi Adams, Madilynn Hayes, Kyle Johnson, Miguel Pangan, Evan Ratcliff, Lucas Westenhofer, and Brady Billups.

Coaches: Mr. Jordan and Ms. Turner.

R-MIS News Team

We are looking for students interested in being part of the RMIS News Team.

Please see Mr. Grizzle or Mr. Jordan if you are interested. We would like to have our team in place by September 13, 2019.


If you are interested in being part of the RMIS STLP project team, please see Mr. Jordan. We can have up to four students representing our school.
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Keys to a Successful Year at R-MIS

1. Read the Student Handbook located at the front of the agenda. The expectations and procedures for R-MIS are found here.

2. Read the SBDM Policies. These are located on R-MIS website under the SBDM tab.

3. Sign up for classroom Remind/Dojo accounts. Teachers communicate with families daily through these platforms.

4. Like our R-MIS Facebook page! We post reminders and celebrate students here often!

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