Magnet News

August 12, 2021

First Spirit Day is tomorrow- Remember to wear your grade level shirt!

Hi Magnet Family!


Tomorrow will be our first Magnet Spirit Wear Day of the new school year. We ask that all students wear their new grade level shirts that were distributed at Open House or during Homeroom. We are excited to wrap up our Back to School Week celebration with a Friday Flex activity during 3rd block designed to help each grade level get to one another better while building key academic or social-emotional skills.


We also will have our first Partner in Education Spirit Event this Tuesday at Panda Express. Please show the e-flyer below to the cashier or use the code online anytime Tuesday (lunch and/or dinner). Panda Express will donate 20% of your order back to the school at no additional cost to you.


As a reminder, the Magnet News will be your primary source for Magnet announcements throughout the year. Each issue will be emailed to students and parents. It is also posted on our school's website, twitter and Facebook page. Today's edition has lots of great new information and opportunities, so please review it carefully.


Thanks for making it a great start to the school year!

Mrs. Baskett

VIRTUAL Family-Student Meeting for Seniors Tonight @ 6pm!

Attention Class of 2022 Students and Families!


Our College Planning meeting will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams this Thursday, August 12th from 6-7:30pm. Join us via this Meeting Link at 6pm. We ask that every student and at least one adult from each family attend. We are excited to jump start the college application process together!

Partners In Education

Spirit Night at Panda Express this Tuesday, August 17th! Please use the "How To Order" Instructions below so the Magnet Fund gets 20% of sales at no additional cost to you.

The flyer for Panda Express Spirit Night. Show this image to the cashier to get credit on August 17th or use code 325365 at pandaexpress.com

Thank you to Chick-Fil-A Conyers for your donation and partnering with Rockdale Magnet!

Opportunities at RMSST

BTS GooseChase Ends Friday at 11am- Log in now to help your grade level win ice cream!

The Goose Chase StuCo promotional flyer. Students should contact Mrs. Baskett for assistance with class codes.

Community Service & A Reason to Get Up and Move!

WOWS, Women on the Way to Success, wants you to move away from your computers and get the blood flowing. They are sponsoring Charity Miles, a program where you can both get outside and support those in need! With every mile you log with the Charity Miles app, you are sponsored by companies like Johnson & Johnson and Chobani and you will help raise money for the charity of your choice. We encourage all to join this wonderful charity fundraising event! Once you download your app, you will join your team. Note: Family members can also join in on the fun with a team for the community members.

9th Grade’s Team: RMSST Class of 2025

10th Grade’s Team: RMSST Class of 2024

11th Grade’s Team: RMSST Class of 2023

12th Grade’s Team: RMSST Class of 2022

Community Members: RMSST Community Members

BTSW concludes Friday with a Magnet Spirit Day. Wear your grade level shirt received at Open House and get excited to celebrate the Magnet Family! Thank you StuCo for a great Back to School Week as highlighted in the newsletter below.

BTSW 2021 Newsletter

Interest Meetings have started for many Clubs & Teams. Please review the newsletter video below for more information!

BTSW Clubs & Teams 2021

Magnet Events- Save the Dates!


  • 12th Grade Family-Student Workshop- Thursday, August 12
  • Panda Express Spirit Night for Fund – Tuesday, August 17
  • 12th grade College Readiness Retreat- Friday, August 27
  • 9th grade Transition to High School Meeting- Thursday, September 2
  • 11 Acts of Kindness Day @ RMSST- Friday, September 10
  • Magnet Fund Drive In Move Night – Friday, September 10
  • 10th Grade Family-Student Workshop- Thursday, September 23
  • 11th Grade Family-Student Workshop- Thursday, October 14

Student Opportunities Beyond RMSST

10th-12th Graders: Apply to be on the State Superintendent's Student Advisory Council

Click here for the 2021-22 Georgia Superintendent's Student Advisory Council application. Applications must be submitted by September 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted. Please let Mrs. Baskett know if you are working on an application by August 20th so we can support you!

Students in grades 10-12 who are enrolled in a public high school (including charter schools and virtual students) are eligible to apply.

Selected students will be contacted via email. All students may visit gadoe.org/studentadvisory on September 17, 2021 at 10 a.m. to see whether they have been selected.

10th Graders: Rockdale Youth Leadership applications due August 27th

Click here for the RYL Application.


The Rockdale Youth Leadership (RYL) program is a collaboration of the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and Rockdale County Public Schools, provides leadership development and community awareness training for 10th grade students in Rockdale County and is held from September through May.

Aspiring youth leaders have the opportunity during the program to interact with community leaders, local elected officials, and school administrators to enhance their awareness of community needs and resources. Through interactive workshops, special tours, and community service projects, RYL participants will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become confident, caring leaders in their community and respective schools.

Participating students must be nominated by another student, parent, teacher, counselor, administrator, or by themself to participate in this year’s program. Students must complete the application and have the reference forms completed by a counselor and a coach, teacher, or administrator at their school.

To be nominated for participation in RYL, students must have met the following criteria:
• Demonstrate leadership potential. (school/community)
• Minimum 2.5 GPA.
• Student in good standing with clear attendance and behavior records. (We review high school attendance and discipline reports.)
• Willing to participate in community service activities.
• Willing to participate in all sessions after school including some Saturdays.
• Willing to pursue a school leadership role following participation in the program.
• Complete the application in its entirety.

For more information, contact Deborah Neason at dneason@rockdale.k12.ga.us.

RCHS Tennis Team is Recruiting!

Attention all students, girls and boys, interested in playing tennis this year. Please contact Coach McGuckin (room 706) or Coach Namkoong (room 914) for information and to schedule Fall practice sessions in a 4 by 4 format. You must be cleared on Privit to participate.

Key Parent & Guardian Information

Family-Student Handbook & Required Forms

The 2021-2022 Family-Student Handbook is available on the RMSST website at this link.

Please review the handbook together for important information on contact information, events, procedures, and more.

Students who have not yet returned their handbook signature page, clinic card, & emergency contact information sheet should turn them in to their science teacher at the next class period. The original due date requested was today, August 12th, so please submit by the start of next week.

Complete Annual Student Updates in Parent Portal

>Sign into the Infinite Campus parent portal Infinite Campus Parent Portal - Rockdale County Public Schools (rockdaleschools.org)

>Click More

>Click Annual Student Updates

>Click here to go to existing student registration.


Parents who need assistance setting up their Parent Portal accounts should email our Digital Learning Specialist Mr. Tommy Schie at tschie@rockdale.k12.ga.us.

Register for Kids Doc on Wheels

Parents, please remember to enroll in Kids Doc on Wheels through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. In the Parent Portal you select TODAY on the left side bar, then under Documents Need Attention you will see the enrollment form. By enrolling now, you will be able to access telehealth and on-site services when you need them.

Free COVID-19 Testing

RCPS continues to offer free COVID-19 testing for students and their parents over the next several weeks. We do ask that you pre-register a day in advance by going to www.freecovidtesting.us and selecting Registration, then Covid testing, then Rockdale County Schools. This site will make you choose an appointment time, however testing is actually on a first come-first served basis on the dates and at the locations below.


August 16 Rockdale County High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).

August 23 Rockdale County High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).

August 30 Heritage High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).

September 8 Heritage High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.)


For all the details including the full schedule of dates, times and locations, please visit our website at www.rockdaleschools.org/covid19testing

School Wide Expectations

Health & Safety Information

Wearing masks, frequent hand washing, and social distance are 3 key mitigation measures to keep our Magnet Family safe. Remember, Magnet keeps Magnet safe! Let's support one another as we implement new routines for safety.


Masks

-Masks are required for all staff and students.

-Masks include non-medical and medical grade disposable face masks and cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth).

-Masks shall be worn in the classroom and all common areas such as hallways, restrooms, and buses. Lunch is the only approved time when masks can be removed while a student is eating.

-Full face shields are optional but cannot be used in place of a mask.

-Students and staff will provide their own face coverings and face shields that adhere to the district’s dress code. If students arrive at school without a mask then one will be given to them.


Personal Health

-Parents must monitor the health of their children and keep sick children at home.

-Staff must monitor their own health and stay home when sick.

-Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 (symptomatic or asymptomatic) must remain at home for the length of time recommended by the Public Health Department. Please contact our school’s primary contact tracer, Mrs. Amanda Baskett, should you test positive or show symptoms.

-Clinic Aides are trained to identify the symptoms of COVID-19 and will immediately isolate students with these symptoms. Parents will be required to pick up sick children immediately from school. In the event a parent cannot be reached, the emergency contact for the student will be called.


Hand washing & Sanitizer Stations

-Sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the building to encourage students to sanitize their hands upon entry.

-Hand sanitizing and proper hand hygiene will be discussed on a regular basis via morning announcements and classroom activities.

-Signage will be posted throughout the building to remind students and staff of proper hand hygiene.

PBIS School Wide Rules with RCHS

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be On time

Be Ready to Learn

Follow the RCPS Dress Code

After so many months of virtual and hybrid school, we recognize that it will be an adjustment for students returning to school. Please be reminded that students are expected to follow the RCPS dress code, accessible at this district link, at all times on campus.

Rockdale Magnet School Mission

The mission of RMSST, a specialized research-focused learning community, is to foster and produce students who think ethically, critically, and independently while excelling in competitive academic environments and demonstrating high standards and expectations.