RMS September Newsletter

Back to School Updates and Information

Dear RMS Students and Families,


Week one is down and we are off to a great start! We welcomed fifth graders, formerly remote students, and new students into our school community and welcomed everyone else back! We also welcomed many new teachers and staff to RMS:

  • Steven Bergman - music/chorus teacher

  • Devin Bombadier - paraprofessional

  • Carmen Carrasco - grade 8 Spanish teacher

  • Maureen Clark - 5A paraprofessional

  • ElizaBeth Cloutier - English teacher

  • Patrice Fong - grades 7/8 French teacher

  • Perry Gaffoor - 5A science teacher

  • Lindsey LeBlanc - grade 8 social studies teacher

  • Christine MacVarish - behavior specialist

  • Christiane Martinho - EL tutor

  • Stacey Marrero - 5B paraprofessional

  • Connor O’Sullivan - 6A geography teacher

  • Jennifer Scarpelli - physical education teacher


Students are already into their routines with arrival/dismissal procedures, lockers, schedules, and lunch. The level of engagement is already high in every classroom and learning is underway! We had our first fire drill on Wednesday. Students followed directions and exited the building in a safe and orderly manner. The Rockland Fire Department declared it a success.


Instrument Rental Night is Tuesday, September 7 at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria for all students interested in joining the band. Please see the attached information from the RMS music department.


Back to School Night is next Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

  • Grades 5 and 6 parents will report to the auditorium for a brief introduction and presentation from the administration team from 6:00 - 6:30 then report to the team for teacher presentations from 6:30 - 7:00.

  • Grades 7 and 8 parents will report to the teams for teacher presentations from 6:00 - 6:30 then to the auditorium for administration presentations from 6:30 - 7:00.

Signs will be posted directing families to the appropriate locations and staff will be available to assist.


iReady testing will take place in class on Wednesday, September 8 (math) and Tuesday, September 14 (reading) from 8:00 - 9:15 AM. This diagnostic testing is used to inform our curriculum and instruction decision making to best meet our students’ needs. The test takes about an hour.


A district-wide Pink Out Day will be held on Friday, September 24. Please see the attached flyer for information and a t-shirt order form if you are interested.


Thank you for your efforts in supporting your child(ren) and helping us get off to a smooth start to the 2021-2022 school year. Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns.


Sincerely Yours,

Cheryl Schipper, Principal