RMS Monday Message

August 23, 2021

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

We are so excited to welcome our new and former students to Rombout Middle School. We have been working hard all summer to get the building ready for our students return. The Monday Message is a bi-weekly newsletter that is meant to keep the RMS community up to date on important information and upcoming events. Below you will find lots of resources for the upcoming school year.

Back to School Orientations

Rising 6th Grade & Transfer Students

Rombout Middle School will be holding several orientation sessions in order to welcome new and returning students back for the 2021-2022 school year! Any rising 6th grade student, and students new to the Beacon City School District (transfer students), are welcome to attend a morning orientation session in order to learn about RMS and get acclimated to the middle school building. 1-2 adults may accompany their student. We are splitting up the sessions by elementary school in order to reduce capacity in the building each day. Transfer students may choose 1 orientation session, on any date, to attend.

The schedule for the day will include a meet and greet with the RMS Administrative team, a meet and greet with the Guidance Counselors, an informational overview of a student’s transition to middle school, a workshop on ParentPortal and a club/activities fair. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the building, find their classes and practice opening lockers.

Returning 7th & 8th Grade Students

RMS will be open for returning 7th and 8th grade students to visit the building and get a copy of their new class schedule on August 26th and August 30th from 1:00-2:30pm. Guidance and administration will be available to meet with students and answer any questions they may have about the upcoming school year. Information about extra-curricular activities and upcoming events will be distributed to any students that attend.

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Back to School COVID-19 Guidelines

Universal Mask Mandate

All students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask in the school building. Masks will not be required outside and students will be given frequent mask breaks. The masking mandate will be evaluated throughout the school year by the Superintendent and any changes to the policy will be communicated to the community.

Social Distancing

The requirement for social distancing in school is now 3 feet apart. This will enable us to bring the class sizes back to normal and replace the student desks in the cafeteria with our lunch tables.

Split Lunch Sessions

Lunch will be structured in a similar way it was structured in the 2020-2021 school year. Students will be scheduled into a lunch period where they either "eat first" or go to "recess first." Structuring lunch this way helps us to reduce capacity in our lunchroom. Students will also be given the option to eat lunch outside in our picnic area.

Action Required: ParentPortal Returning Student Registration Form

Each school year it is important for parents to update their information on Parent Portal. Please take the time and complete the "Returning Student Registration Form" and make sure phone numbers, email addresses, and addresses associated with your account are correct. Communication from RMS is linked to this demographic information. If you do not have a Parent Portal account set up, follow the directions linked below to create one. If you run into any issues, submit a "help ticket" to our technology dept. and they will assist you. (help@beaconk12.org) Also linked below is a video overview explaining how Parent Portal is utilized at RMS.
RMS Parent Portal Tutorial

Girls in Sports Day 2021

Girls at RMS in grades 6-8 are strongly encouraged to attend this awesome event! Coaches and players from Hudson Valley colleges and universities are coming to run mini clinics for all the sports that Beacon Athletics has to offer! This is a great opportunity to get involved and try many different sports in one day. Girls will be separated by age and all equipment will be provided. Lunch and a T-Shirt is included in the registration fee. See the flyer below for information on how to register. Watch the video below to learn more about the event! Any questions, feel free to contact giametta.j@beaconk12.org or biordi.c@beaconk12.org.

Girls in Sports Day Guest Speaker

The 2021 Guest Speaker at GISD is Kelsey Minato. Kelsey graduated from the West Point Military Academy and was a 3 year captain for the Army Black Knights Women's Basketball Team. Called “the greatest basketball player to come out of a service academy since David Robinson (Waye Coffey, USA Today) she was also named Mid-Major Player of Year (espnW) and the first active ARMY player ever to have jersey retired. Kelsey was a WNBA draft participant in 2016 until she deployed to Iraq and Kuwait as a Field Artillery Officer and Platoon Leader. We are honored to have Kelsey Minato share her story about how participating organized sports throughout her life has put her on her current path and helped her get to where she is today.
BEACON CSD Girls Sports Day 2019

Modified Sports Information

Modified practices begin on or after September 13. Modified Football Begins on September 1st. Students will not be authorized to begin practice unless they are registered to Family ID. Family ID opened on August 16th for modified athletes and students will not be allowed to participate in sports until their registration has been approved. Once registered, athletes will receive an email stating that he or she has or has not been approved, which will contain any other information needed to achieve approved status. Any student who needs a physical should contact Hannah Aakjar - aakjar.h@beaconk12.org.

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All students are responsible for bringing their chromebook back to school with them in September. The BCSD Technology Department is encouraging students who have broken chromebooks to submit a "help ticket" before the start of school. Students who submit requests in September will likely have to wait as ticket volume is very high in the fall. The Technology Department is available now to work on chromebooks!

To submit a "help ticket" follow the following steps:

  1. Send an email to help@beaconk12.org
  2. State the problem in the body of the email
  3. Make sure to include student name, school and grade level

School Supplies

Students are allowed to carry backpacks this school year. We also have water bottle refill stations located all around the school building. Students are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle with them each day. Plastic bottles will not be available this school year. Linked below is the upcoming school year supply lists for each grade level.

USDA has extended free school meals through June 2022

BCSD Food Services is excited to announce that all school meals for the 2021-2022 school year are free! Although all meals are at no charge, food services still encourages families to apply for Free/Reduced priced meals if they feel they qualify. This will help students, and the school overall, with other funding opportunities. Please see the attached parent guides. If you have any questions about school meals, feel free to reach out to pagano.k@beaconk12.org.

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Contact Us:

Any questions please call the RMS main office at 845-838-6900 ext. 4131