Magnet News

February 3, 2022

Celebrating Academic Excellence

Congratulations Science Team!

The RMSST Science Team competed in State Science Bowl this Saturday fielding three teams: Rockdale A, Rockdale B, and Rockdale C. They had their best finish ever in the state tournament with each team finishing within the top 20 teams overall. Congratulations Ms. Kennen, Mrs. Jones, and our dedicated science team members!

Celebrating Honor Roll for 1st Semester

On February 4th, 2021 we will proudly celebrate many of our distinguished scholars for earning Honor Roll recognitions from first semester grades. This is a students-only celebration spread out across the morning to ensure social distancing. Although families cannot attend in person, we will be sharing photos after the event.

Principal's List

The following students are recognized on the Principal's List, for earning all A's first semester:

9th Grade: Connor Akin, Precious Babajide, Abigail Baker, Ethan Barlay, Ariana Boyd, Victoria Brown, Zoe Cannon, Salvador Cervantes, Aryanna Davis, Barkley Dowdy, Taylor Flagg, Aiden French, Gupta Prakash, Nia Halley, Bao Nguyen Le, Jesus Lopez, Ayat Mateen, Daniel Menghisteab, Maleah Miller, Juan Moran, Dalena Nguyen, Maya Odell, Victor Olufowote, Delano Page, Ryan Rakestraw, Gavin Reece, Alismariet Salom Maceira, Shianne Shaw, Penny Smith, Shinnel Solomon, Hezekiah Sylvestre.

10th Grade: Zoe Baker, Abigail Buchanan, Noah Buchanan, Alyssa Cornwall, Trenton Fulgham, Jose Funes, Camille Hall, Kayla Holland, Saidah Hoyte, Trinity James, Jassmine Lackey, Camila Moreno, Alan Nguyen, Hayaa Patel, Lucas Rodgers, Matilda Rodgers, Emily Grace Royal, Logan Sprinkle, Kathryn Stoltz

11th Grade: Jai’ana Burditte, Dylan Burkey, Isabella Cooper, Simon DePina, Jr Insular, Deandre Johnney, Jeriko Kammerer, Grace Kirkland, Duc Le, Maya Lester, Kayla Lewis, Dylan Mack, Lauren McWilliams, Stewart Oser, Isabella Powell, Amani Roberson, Destiny Sarter, Khalil Sistrat, Ryan Wood, Maxwell Zhang

12th Grade: Daniela Aguilar, Hector Aguirre, Saraiya Allen, Daniel Arias, Tyloni Bailey, Isaac Bare, Douglas Bone, Lesly Cadena, Christian Davis, Nylah Ductan, Clark Fulgham, Junay Gamory, Morgan Gill, Laura Goldgar, Sydnee Hairston, Mytien Hyunh, Margaret Hwang, Madison Jackson, Jackson Myers, Sydney Moodie, William Moss, Temidipupo Oluwo, Joel Oniha, Amelia Page, Mariana Rios, Jaidyn Sawyer, Robert South, Zak Yassin, Alexander Zakirov

Honor Roll with Distinction

The following students are recognized on the Honor Roll with Distinction, for earning mostly A's first semester:

9th Grade: Emmanuel Allen, Hannah Coley, Kayleigh Duren, Adayvia Gilbert, Sierra Hairston, Kenya Howard, Mariyah Humphries, Evan Johnston, Shiloh Knutsen, Demilade Ladipo, Matthew Lumpkin, Matthew McCoy, Thalia McLymore, Dakota Melvin, Gianna Mitchell, Parizehra Momin, Ian Morgan, Amaya Shepard, Kayla-Renae Smith, Aiyana Tran-Williams, Jeremy White, Alicia Wright

10th Grade: Nicholas Bentley, Kala Berry, Nicolas Cain, Skye Chandler, Skylar Chandler, Madisyn Dennis, Gemma Gayle, Jaycee Herth, Madisyn Hill, Kaitlyn Johnson, Katya Lans, Jin Lin, Terron McRae, Aeneas Moore, Michelle Ngo, Jessica Rhee, Emilia Samuels

11th Grade: Helena Chapar, Kimberly Cortez, Fatoumata Diakite, Angel Gomez, Mone’t James, Genaro Moreno, Ethan Myers, Nicholas Parker, Damaria Ponder, Jasmyne Porter, Christina Reed, Camani Stegall, Alexander Thomas, Christian White, Sabra Winston, Laila Wood

12th Grade: Henry Canseco, Samuel Clark, Grayson Cornelius, Gabrielle Daley, Jerry Gonzalez, Guinevere Grant, Terrance Hollingsworth, Patricia Ilic, Janae Inniss, Jalyn Jones, Kyndel Jones, Skyler McLymore, Eric Montgomery, Abigail Paterson, Alishia Robbins, Rhea Sethi, Sara Tanner, James Waits, Jaydan Ziglar

Honor Roll

The following students are recognized on the Honor Roll earning all A's and B's first semester:

9th Grade: Jairus Butler, Ethan Floyd, Mila Gutsulyak, Sydney Hammett, Colin Hudson, Rowan Rodgers, Joel Samuels, Kaymon Sledge, Jamecia Small, Lauren Smikle, Alena Thomas, Douglas Wilkerson

10th Grade: Xander Atkinson, Brianna Carr, Bianca Christie, Ethan Collinsworth, Joshua Comeau, Olivia DeFrancesco, Matthew Gatewood, Andrew Tyler, Halani Washington

11th Grade: Precious Dace, Marcanthony Fowler-Soopal, Brent Joyce, Timothy Kindell, Gabriel Macias, Jynae McFarlane, Taylor McIntyre, Simone Nelson

12th Grade: Kenitra Jackson, Aaron Prioleau, Elijah Simpkins, Jayden Walters

Two student researchers selected as Top 50 in the state!

Congratulations to Stewart Oser and Zak Yassin who have been selected to present their research at the Georgia Junior Science & Humanities Symposium later this month. Both students submitted their research papers to the UGA Office of Academic Special Programs and were selected as two of the top 50 research papers submitted across the state. Congratulations and good luck as they advance in competition!

Regional Science Fair Judging on Friday, February 11th

We are excited for our research scholars to present their work to STEM professionals on Friday, February 11th. Students will be judged in person from 1:30-5pm. To allow for maximum social distancing, we will not be able to have family guests or a public viewing time as we have in years past. Students will need to be picked up in the carline outside Magnet at 5pm.

We have partnered with RCA to produce a highlights video that will be shared with guests. The awards will also be a virtual production shared the Tuesday after the event at this link so that students can share the recorded awards with their family and friends.

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Updates and Announcements

RMSST is proud to celebrate Black History Month 2022! We honor and highlight the triumphs, movements, heritages, cultures, struggles and achievements of Black Americans past and present in order to inspire the future. Here are some of the celebration plans for this month:  Black History Month Celebration on Friday, February 18, 2022, presented by the RMSST Black STEM Student Union, which include student-created videos and a synchronous trivia challenge.  Students are creating art to expand our internal galleries as part of the second annual "RMSST Celebrate Black Culture Art Contest". Physical artwork can be submitted to the front office and digital versions emailed to All art must be submitted by February 18th to be considered for the $25 Amazon gift card prize.  Ambassadors are creating a time capsule on 2-2-22 to be opened by students on 3-3-33. Students are sharing physical mementos of their current and past experiences in hopes of inspiring current 1st graders when they are seniors on 3-3-33.  Student leaders are celebrating a Black innovator daily on the morning announcements. Book Club is celebrating Lit Week and Black History Month by highlighting Black authors in a different genre daily January 31st-February 4th. Student Council will be sharing quotes from Black Leaders on kindness, gratitude, and service daily as part of radio broadcast sketches performed during Heart Week February 14th-18th.

Time to Vote!

Attention all Magnet students! We need your help to pick a name as we repurpose the existing Learning Commons into a collaborative creative space.

Vote for your favorite from the names submitted by clicking this link.

Existing plans include adding a presentation room with a giant television, having a two projector simultaneous display, a podcast studio, a 3D printing area, a makers cart, green screen, MacBooks with design software, iPads, and more! Our Magnet Fund has generously agreed to install a new floor and help brand the space. You should start seeing many changes before the end of this school year.

We want to include student voice and choice at every step as we transform this space for you to invent, express yourself, and learn!
Celebrate Black Culture Art Competition. Deadline: February 18th  Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card Submit physical work to Magnet Front Office; email digital art to Mrs. Baskett

Magnet Fund Meeting on Tuesday, February 8th

All Magnet Parents and Guardians are invited to join our upcoming monthly Magnet Fund meeting. We will meet via Zoom at this link from 6-7:30pm on Tuesday, February 8th.

We appreciate the ongoing support of the Rockdale Magnet Fund as the Academic Booster Club supporting our Magnet students!

Safety Reminders & COVID-19 Testing

As a reminder, we will continue with our multi-measure approach to reducing the spread of illness in our building. These measures include wearing well-fitting masks, frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer, social distancing when feasible, contact tracing, requiring students and staff to isolate for 10 days when they receive a positive COVID-19 test, and requiring students and staff to quarantine when identified as a close contact. Mrs. Baskett is our primary contact tracer at Magnet. Please reach out via email at or by phone at 770-483-8737 if your student has a positive COVID-19 test or has been identified as a close contact.

Also, RCPS continues to offer free COVID testing Monday through Thursday along with free vaccine events. To learn more about contact tracing, isolation and quarantine guidance, testing and vaccines, please visit the district website at and click on the COVID tab at the top of the page. Thank you for doing your part to keep our students and staff healthy!

Submitting Excuse Notes & Limiting Unexcused Absences

Excuse notes can be brought to Magnet’s front office or submitted via email to .Please note that excuse notes must be submitted within 3 days of your student’s return to school.

Students must stay home if they are sick and stay home until they have been fever free for a minimum of 24 hours. Additionally, students and staff are required to isolate for 10 days when they receive a positive COVID-19 test.

While understanding it is key to stay home if a student is sick, we also need your partnership in limiting or eliminating unexcused absences. Students, you will not be eligible to exempt your Spring final exams if you have more than 3 unexcused absences. Please ensure that you are coming to school on all days that you are able.

Academic Support Opportunities

Extended Tutorials & Open Work Session Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Below is the list of teacher/counselors/tutors available for the extended hours. Keep in mind that even if the subject you need is not listed, any of the adults can help you make a appointment or give you general direction on making the most of your study time. Students can stay after school for ANY teacher's office hours, clubs, and/or teams and then report to the extended tutorial OR students can come directly to the cafetorium to work or get help. Students must be picked up by 6pm on extended tutorial days. This allows families a later window for transportation.

Tuesday, February 8th:

Garner - Mathematics

Powell - AP Environmental Science

Peer Tutoring Subjects Available: Analytic Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, Spanish I

Wednesday, February 9th:

Matthews - Mathematics

Lindsey - Counseling

Peer Tutoring Subjects Available: Analytic Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Chemistry, AP Environmental Science

Weekly Office Hours and Clubs/Teams Calendar

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Free Tutoring! Access via ClassLink for Live On-Demand Help at Home! AP Courses are Included!

Reminder: Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) and, one of the world’s largest online tutoring services, have partnered to provide live, online tutoring services for RCPS students. Through this partnership, quarantined RCPS students in grades 6-12 can access live tutors on-demand, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from for 1-to-1 learning support. RCPS students in grades K-12 can access the same expert tutors afterschool.

The service provides homework help across more than 120 subjects, along with drop-off essay review and test prep.

Students can access through the ClassLink landing page in any internet browser on their school-issued laptop or device, which will automatically sign in the student to their account. Or they can visit

You are not alone. Help is in your hand! When life is making you lonely or feel that no one understands, let your fingers do the talking for you. Use your phone to CHAT, TEXT, or CALL anytime, day or night, to reach a mental health professional for support.   • Download the MyGCAL app for your Android or Apple device to access assistance 24/7, 365 days a year!  • Touch CHAT, TEXT or CALL in the app to receive immediate support from a caring GCAL professional including licensed clinicians.  • Or call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225.  MyGCAL is specifically designed for Georgia’s youth to get help in times of need.  You are not alone... click or call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225. #NotAloneRCPS No estás solo. ¡La ayuda está en tu mano! Cuando la vida te esté haciendo sentir solo o sintiendo que nadie entiende, deja que tus dedos hablen por ti. Utiliza tu teléfono para CHAT, TEXTO, o LLAMADA en cualquier momento, de día o de noche, para ponerte en contacto con un profesional de salud mental para obtener apoyo.   • Descarga la aplicación MyGCAL para tu dispositivo Android o Apple para acceder a la asistencia 24/7, 365 días al año!  • Toqua CHAT, TEXTO o LLAMADA en la aplicación para recibir el apoyo inmediato de un profesional de GCAL, incluye médicos con licencia.  • O llama a la Línea de Crisis y Acceso de Georgia (GCAL) al 1-800-715-4225.  MyGCAL está diseñado específicamente para que los jóvenes de Georgia obtengan ayuda en momentos de necesidad.  No estás solo... haga clic o llame a la Línea de Crisis y Acceso de Georgia (GCAL) al 1-800-715-4225. #NotAloneRCPS
RMSST Clubs & Teams Instagram handles. Please see Mrs. Baskett or club sponsors for additional information if needed.

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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.