RGHS Ram-ily Connection

Partnering with Parents for Student Achievement

October Edition

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The Riverview Gardens School District creates a community of learners equipped to be competitors in a global society and leaders demonstrating social and civic responsibility.


Riverview Gardens High School is committed to preparing ALL students to meet the challenges and opportunities of a changing world.

A "Message" from the Principal

Dear Parent(s) and Riverview Rams:

It's October and Fall is upon us! We are now at the halfway mark of our first quarter of learning for the 2021-2022 school year at Riverview Gardens High School. These first six weeks have been amazing, with students and teachers returning to face to face teaching and learning. Our scholars are finding their way around our campus and adjusting to being back in a traditional setting of classroom and school-wide expectations. We were apart for nearly 17 months and now that we are together again, our scholars have returned with excitement, teen-aged resistance and social media challenges. We continue to ask for your support as we cannot do this work without you. Please speak with your high schooler(s) about getting to class on time each day, being prepared for learning, avoiding conflict, maintaining positive interactions on social media and managing their behaviors. We are committed to your scholar and recognize that your involvement is a vital part of that success. Our high school students are required to meet the following expectations:

  • Clear and/or Mesh Book Bags ONLY for all scholars
  • Wear your masks at ALL TIMES when indoors on campus.
  • Wear your school-issued ID at all times on campus.
  • Be respectful of the staff, students, teachers, and administrators of Riverview Gardens High School on campus.
  • Refer to your SIS K12 Student Portal to review your schedule of classes and keep track of your academic needs.
  • Reach out to your Counselor or Social Worker for academic and emotional support as soon as the need arises.
  • Always strive to do better than your best!

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month! As your Principal and a Survivor, I am committed to your scholar's success, but also the health of our school community. Please take a moment to schedule a mammogram for yourself or encourage a loved one to do the same. Early detection is key! The first quarter ends on October 22, 2021, and teachers will finalize your scholar's achievement for the first quarter. Please encourage your scholar to push forward these next few weeks to do better than their best. Grades and credits matter in high school! I remain committed to assisting each of your scholars as we work to create a safe and supportive learning environment for all. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call. Our team can be reached at: 314-869-4700. Thank you in advance for your help in committing to making this year one for academic and personal success. We will get through this together with Pride, Respect and Responsibility!

PARENT FOCUS: Help Your Child Finish 1st Quarter Strong & Set Goals for 2nd Quarter!

As previously mentioned, the end of the first quarter is October 22nd. Your child has roughly two weeks to finish the quarter strong. Please remind students to advocate for themselves respectfully and meet with their teachers when they have a question about their current progress. If your child has to make up assignments, encourage them to do so as soon as possible. This helps their teachers finalize grades in a timely manner. Finally, help your child set achievement goals for 2nd quarter. They can start by writing one goal related to the following categories: Academic, Attendance, and Character/Behavior. Then encourage them to keep it in a place that they can see it daily to help them stay on track and accomplish their goals.

Additionally, please make an appointment to attend our Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences on October 27th and 28th from 3:00-6:30 pm. An appointment scheduler will be sent out by the end of next week to all parents via email. You will have the opportunity to meet with your child(ren)'s teachers for 10-15 minutes to discuss any questions or concerns you have in reference to their class. You will also have an opportunity to learn more information about joining our PTO. Have a pencil or pen ready to write down any important information for your records. As always, we thank you for all that you do to support your child and our Ram-ily.


Celebrating Athletic and Academic Success at RGHS!

We are proud to share the accomplishments of our scholars during this month. Please congratulate them for their great work!
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A. Valiant

Mr. Haynes would like to recognize Aaliyah for participating in his Open Mic Cafe. He stated, "She wrote a short story, "I'm free now." She recited the paragraph fearlessly. The brief story used period vernacular making a great impression on the students and me alike. I encouraged the freshman scholar to expand her story and she also drew an illustration to her writing pad". Great job Aaliyah!
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P. Guest

Mr. Gaither would like to recognize Phillip Guest. He stated, "Phillip has been an incredibly hard worker in my B7 zoology class. He advocates for himself and always gives 100%".

Mr. Gaither would also like to give a shout out to his zoology students. He says, "My entire B8 zoology class has been a blessing to teach this year. They are great students, ask lots of questions, and give their best each day!" Keep up the great work Rams!


2021-2022 RGHS Admin Team

Ms. Brook Bennett-Assistant Principal

Office 2: A-F

Ext. 22122

Mr. Alex Clark- Assistant Principal

Office 3: G-L


Mr. Jamison Rusthoven-Assistant Principal

Office 4: M-S


Dr. Monica Perry- Assistant Principal

Upper Office 9: T-Z

Ext. 22221

Dr. Jarret Smith-Alternative Ed. Administrator

Lower Office 9

Ext. 22238

Ms. Mashonda Behling-Special School District Area Coordinator

Office 3


Mr. Zachary Thurwalker- Athletic Director


Ext. 22199

Home to School Coordinator Team

Hello RAM-ily!

The Home to School Coordinator Team is committed to continue our efforts to support students and families as they connect with the school community during the 2021-2022 school year. We aim to encourage students to attend school regularly and strive for academic success. In doing so, we will connect with school counselors, teachers, administrators and community agencies to implement strategies and develop activities that will promote student success. Feel free to contact us using the information provided below:

  • Mrs. C. Brown: Office 2 (A-F)


Ext. 22125

  • Mr. D. Pitts: Office 3 (G-L)


Ext. 22157

  • Mr. T. Martin: Office 4 (M-S)



  • Ms. T. Pikes: Office 9 (T-Z)


Ext. 22123

Student Support Team

9th grade counselor: Ms. R. Ross


ext. 22226

10th grade counselor: Mr. M. Wharton


ext. 22223

11th grade counselor: Mrs. T. Beverly



12th grade counselor: Mrs. A. Graham



Social Worker: Ms. W. Ross


ext. 22224

College Advisor: Ms. M. Morrison

ext. 22236

Student Attendance

All students are expected to be present every day from 7:30 am-2:30 pm. We will be taking and keeping track of attendance daily. If your child will be absent, please contact the school to inform us prior to the absence if possible. Please email fshelby@rgsd.k12.mo.us or call 314-869-4700 ext. 22158 to report your child's absence. If your child's absence is due to quarantine, we encourage you to mention this when you contact the extension provided.
A/B Day Calendar

Click here to view the 2021-2022 A/B Day Calendar.

Student Class Schedule

Students can view their 2021-2022 class schedule on the Tyler SIS 360 website provided below. They can login on the student tab using the following information:

  • Student's lunch pin is their username
  • Student's 6-digit birthday is their password, ie.091619 (September 16, 2019)
Tyler SIS 360

Click here to login and access class schedules, grades, and other important information.

RGHS Dress Code & Mask Guidelines

Please encourage your child to follow the dress code and mask guidelines provided below. Some of our scholars are wearing items that are not permissible and we need your support with this issue. Additionally, please make sure your child has a supply of disposable or cloth masks. Our mask supply is limited and we need students to wash and reuse the masks that were provided when possible.
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Student ID's

All students must wear an ID while on campus.

Additionally, students must get a temporary ID if they do not have their permanent ID when they check in at school. The prices for temporary ID's and Replacement ID's are the following:

  • Temporary ID= $ 1.00
  • Replacement ID= $ 3.00
  • Replacement ID and lanyard=$ 5.00

Student's Bus Information


Please check your email and your child's district email for the latest bus information from the district. If you did not receive your child's information, please contact one of the following secretaries for assistance:

Ms. A. Williams: (Last Names: A-F) --amawilliams@rgsd.k12.mo.us

Ms. F. Shelby: (Last Names: G-L) --fshelby@rgsd.k12.mo.us

Mrs. Harvey (Last Names: M-S) --kewilson@rgsd.k12.mo.us

Ms. B. Goodman (Last Names: T-Z)-- bgoodman@rgsd.k12.mo.us

RGSD Student Handbook

Please review the Student Handbook with your child to stay up to date with RGSD policies.

Expectations: Learning During a Quarantine

Per district administration the following actions will take place if your scholar has to learn remotely due to quarantine:

In the event that scholars and/or teachers are sent home for 10 days of quarantine, the affected group of students will participate in virtual learning with their classroom teacher. Students and teachers must log into Google Classroom for virtual learning during the quarantine period. Therefore, teachers will implement the concurrent teaching model that was implemented in Spring 2021, using the Google Classroom platform.

2021-2022 RGSD Return to School Plan

Click here to view the district's Return to School Plan for the 2021-2022 school year.


Stronger Together: Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Note: Missouri is currently vaccinating anyone 12 years old and up.

Revive STL Vaccine Locations

Get your vaccine at your local Saint Louis County library.

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STL Youth Jobs--Connecting Youth to Employers: Ages 16-24


Check out these important events taking place this month and early November.

  • Awareness & Prevention Activities at RGHS: Oct 4-29 (Click on the button below for details)
  • What's Next Career Fair (sponsored by the Little Bit Foundation): Oct. 8th
  • RGHS Apply MO Week begins (College & Career event): Oct. 11th (See flyer below)
  • RGSD SAB Meeting: Oct. 12th--7:00 pm
  • End of 1st Quarter: Oct. 22nd
  • RGSD SAB Meeting: Oct. 26th--7:00 pm
  • RGHS Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences: Oct. 27th & 28th--3:00-6:30 pm
  • No School: Oct. 29th
  • Professional Development Day-No School: Nov. 1st
  • Teacher Work Day-No School: Nov. 2nd
Awareness & Prevention Activities

Click here to see the events calendar for October.

A "Quote" to Remember

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If you have any questions, or if you would like to make suggestions for next month's edition, please contact us using the phone extension or email address provided below. Your feedback is needed and appreciated.