Magnet News

April 1, 2022

Upcoming Opportunities

Blue background with gold stars and text that reads "Ninth Grade  Poster Competition & Spring Awards. Students will present their research to upperclassmen judges from 3;15-5pm and celebrate with a pizza and ice cream party from 5-6pm.each student is invited to have one parent to join them for the Spring 9th grade Awards ceremony that will follow from 6-7pm  in the RCHS Auditorium"


April 19th, 2022, we are hosting TEDxYouth@RMSST, an event where TED Talk videos and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. If you would like to be a part of this event, please register at the following link: TEDxYouth@RMSST Tickets, Tue, Apr 19, 2022 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite. Please note there are limited spaces, so be sure to register as soon as possible to reserve seats.

Popcorn sale continues through Sunday

Until Sunday, April 3 at 6:00pm, you may offer your family, relatives, & friends the opportunity to purchase amazing gourmet popcorn and help raise money for the Rockdale Magnet School! The Fund will receive 50% of your total sales from the fully contactless online sale to support all RMSST events and programs.

If they do not wish to order popcorn at this time but would instead choose to make a donation, please encourage them to select this donation link . By choosing this link instead of donating through Double Good, 100% of your donation will go DIRECTLY to our school.


There will be a prize given to the top 4 sellers (irrespective of grade level). The grand prize winner will receive a prize of 15% of the Fund's earnings from your sales. The 2nd and 3rd place prize wins 10% and the 4th place prize wins 7.5%. All prizes will be in the form of a VISA gift card.

In addition, each student/parent who participates in the fundraiser and sells $600 of gourmet popcorn will receive credit for 100% of their Rockdale Magnet dues for the 2022-2023 school year. For those with multiple students at RMSST, $800 in sales (for 2 students) or $1000 (for 3 students) is required. That’s right! Your dues will be paid for the year.

We are looking forward to maximum participation. If you have not already done so, please sign up using your student's name at with event code GQR DVM.

Save the Date for the Magnet Family Picnic on April 21st

Audition for the Magnet Variety Show on April 21st!

Auditions for the Magnet Variety Show will be on Thursday, April 21. We are looking for traditional acts like singing, dancing, playing instruments, and acting...but we're also open to nontraditional acts, such as comedy sketches or cool demonstrations. Show us your creativity! The Variety Show will be on Friday, May 6, so mark your calendars to attend.

If you have any questions, please ask Mrs. Ullo in room 828 or email at

Save the Dates!

  • Spring Break- April 4th-8th
  • 9th Grade Awards Night & Research Poster Showcase- April 14th
  • Variety Show Auditions- April 21st
  • Magnet Family Picnic @ Pine Log Park- April 21st
  • Senior Decision Day Celebration- April 29th
  • RCHS Prom- April 30th
  • AP Exams- May 2-13
  • EOC Tests- May 2- 10
  • Magnet Variety Show- May 6th
  • Magnet Senior Banquet- May 13th
  • Magnet Senior Walk & Letters Lunch- May 16th
  • 10th & 11th Grade Awards Night- May 19th

Celebrations & Awards

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Region STAR Student & Teacher Awards

Tuesday, April 29th, our STAR student Jackson Myers and his selected STAR teacher, Mr. Michael Sommer, were recognized at the Region 3B PAGE STAR Banquet. The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program recognizes Georgia’s highest achieving students and the teachers who played a pivotal role in their education.

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Rockdale named 2022 AP Honor School

RCHS (including RMSST) was recently named a 2022 AP Honor School by State School Superintendent Richard Woods! We were recognized in the AP Access and Support, AP Humanities, AP STEM, and AP STEM Achievement categories. Read the full article at this link.

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3 Students Earn Spots at Biomedical Research Conference

We are excited to announce that 3 RMSST researchers had their work accepted for the an abstract for the inaugural Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) ePoster Spring Symposium for Emerging Scientists. The students abstracts were reviewed and ultimately selected to present an ePoster presentation that will be available asynchronously April 8-May 1. There will also be a live presentation on April 26th. Congratulations to Fatoumata Diakite, Destiny Smith-Sarter, and Laila Wood!

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RMSST Scholars Earn Spots at Governor's Honors Program

Congratulations to Maxwell Zheng and Kayla Holland on being selected to participate in the 2022 Governor's Honors Program! The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program is a residential summer program for gifted and talented rising juniors and seniors. The program is designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders.

Mariana Rios named a Georgia Scholar

We are delighted to share that this Thursday Mariana Rios was named a Georgia Scholar. She is one of only 216 graduating seniors from across Georgia to receive this honor from the State School Superintendent. Through the Georgia Scholar program, GaDOE identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. Read more about Georgia Scholars at this link.

Help us Document & Celebrate this year!

Help Camera Club Make the Best Memory Book Ever

Every year, RMSST's Camera Club designs the Memory Book to commemorate the activities and happenings that go on at Magnet. If you have any photos from Magnet clubs, events, etc. that you like to be considered for the memory book, please submit them to the Magnet Memory Book Form.
Blue and cream poster that reads "Magnet Memory Book Submissions by Camera Club" with a QR code.

Attention Seniors! Now is the Time to Submit Your Photos for the Hallway Senior Portrait & Senior Celebration Slideshow!

All seniors should submit their preferred pictures that follow the Camera Club guidelines for the hallway portrait by April 1st at this link - . If a preferred photo isn't submitted, one taken through CADY studios will be used.

Additionally, Mrs. Bradford has emailed all seniors about the Senior Celebration baby photos. Please email your baby photo to her ASAP if you have not already done so to Please remove pictures from frames and use a scanner if possible to send her a digital image (versus taking a photo of a photo).

Academic Support & Enrichment Opportunities

Summer RVC Courses Now Open for Registration

Every year, courses are offered online through Rockdale Virtual Campus (RVC) during the summer, giving students the opportunity to advance through the coursework. For more information on courses offered, payment options, and registration, please refer to the following link: Available Courses - Rockdale Virtual Campus ( or to the flyer below!
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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, April 12th:

Garner - Mathematics

Kennen - Chemistry

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

Wednesday, April 13th:

Jones - Biology

Matthews - Mathematics

Peer Tutoring Subjects Available: Analytic Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Pre-Calculus, 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

Updates & Announcements

Free & Reduced Meals Application is Open

The Free and Reduced Meals application is now open for all families. Please be aware that state and federal programs may use the RCPS Free and Reduced Meals eligibility to determine who qualifies for assistance through those programs not associated with Rockdale County Public Schools. For this reason, we encourage you to fill out the RCPS Free and Reduced Meals application which is located on our website under District Announcements. Families have until May 27th to complete the application which may be used for benefits given during the next school year. This will not change anything for previously determined benefits and is not needed for meals during the current school year which are provided at no cost to all students. Again, this may determine your eligibility for benefits outside of RCPS that are provided by state and federal programs.

Free and Reduced Meal Application - Rockdale County Public Schools (

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.

Safety Reminders & COVID-19 Testing

While parents can now opt their student out of required mask wearing, we will continue with the following mitigation measures: 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!

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.
Have a splendid and safe break! Instruction will resume Monday, April 11th

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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.