Rombout Monday Message

February 13, 2023

Moving into February

The 1st Month of the New Year is down and we are moving right along.

There is a lot of information in this edition of the Message - approaching Important Dates, an important message on Lunch and Lunch Deliveries, Celebrating School Counselor Week, our Students and Teacher of the Month, how we are celebrating Black History Month, celebrating the diversity in our school community via the Culture Committee and more.

Next, use this link to view the Teacher/Staff Extra Help Times if you would like to set up a time to meet with a specific teacher for extra support. As always, we recommend scheduling the time with your teacher beforehand so that they may prepare for you coming for extra help.

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Have a great Monday!

Important Dates

2/20 - No School/District Closed - President's Day

2/21 - Board of Education Meeting @ BHS LGI - 7pm

3/3 - Quarter 3 5-Week Progress Report Mark

3/7 - Dr. Landahl's "Virtual" Community Conversation- 7pm

3/7 - Music in Our Schools Instrumental Night @ BHS Theater - 7pm

3/9 - Music in Our Schools Vocal Concert @ BHS Theater - 7pm

3/10 - No School for Students - Professional Community Learning Day

4/3 - 4/7 - No School for Students - Spring Recess

5/29 - No School/District Closed - Memorial Day

6/19 - No School/District Closed - Juneteenth

6/21 - 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony @ BHS - Time TBA

6/21 and 6/22 - Half Day of School for Students

Message Regarding Lunch and Lunch Deliveries to RMS

Students have two choices for eating lunch: They may receive lunch from school which is prepared daily by our Food Service Department or they may bring their own lunch to school.

If a student forgets their lunch from home, their family member may drop off their lunch at the Kiosk and the student will be called down to get it in time for their lunch period.

Food Deliveries to school via direct restaurant delivery, GrubHub, DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc., is not allowed.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

- RMS Administration

School Counselor Appreciation Week!

We are lucky to have two Guidance Counselors who are truly dedicated to the success of our RMS Students: Ms. Manson and Ms. DeSimone. Ms. Manson is the Guidance Counselor for Students with Last Names A-L and Ms. DeSimone is the Guidance Counselor with Students with Last Names M-Z.

As you will see in the Slideshow below, our Counselors do much more than just scheduling and we are grateful for all that they do on a day-to-day basis for our Rombout Students to help make their time at RMS the best it can be.

Thank you Ms. Manson and Ms. DeSimone. We appreciate you!

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January Students of the Month

RMS has partnered with the Beacon Elks Lodge to recognize students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade each month. Teachers and staff nominate students based on these tenets:
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Demonstrates respect to the student body and faculty and/or honors and respects others' property.
  • Exhibits behaviors of an upstander.
  • Student is working to his or her potential and/or shows improvement in areas that are challenging.
  • Shows a strong commitment to continuing their education.
  • Demonstrates acceptance and tolerance of the differences in others.
  • Goes above and beyond to show support of others. Demonstrating the ability to work independently.
  • Exhibits good time management/organizational skills.
A committee then reads through the nominations and chooses one student for each grade.

The Elks Lodge comes into school and recognizes the students with a Certificate and donated gift cards from local establishments like Glazed Over and Shmucks Sweet Shop!

Congratulations to the students below!

January Teacher Lesson of the Month

Just as the teachers get the opportunity to nominate students, the students have the chance at the end of the month to nominate teacher lessons which they felt were engaging, thought provoking, impactful, and/or made them feel special.

The Beacon Elks Lodge, in a new initiative, will now also recognize the teacher which students voted for who plans and implements the lesson of the month with donated gift cards from local businesses. Awesome!

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Modified Winter Sports

The Modified Girls and Boys Basketball teams will finish up their season away on Tuesday at Washingtonville Middle School, which will also signify the end of the Winter Modified Season for BCSD Modified Athletics. Our teams had a lot of success - with both basketball teams, our wrestling team, our swimmers, and our cheerleaders doing a great job!

Next, we look forward to the Spring Season. The Beacon Athletics Department and our Monday Message will relay more info on that as we get closer. Modified Spring Sports are scheduled to begin on March 20th.

RMS School Recipe Book

The RMS Cultural Committee is calling all "chefs:" students, staff, parents/guardians, etc., to send in your favorite recipe that represents you! View the information below on how to submit your favorite recipe so the Committee can make, and eventually share out, a collective RMS Recipe Book! Cool idea!
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Black History Month at RMS

Many of our classes and/or clubs are doing projects or activities to Celebrate Black History Month!

1. Kaleidoscope Club will be doing a visual display in the window next to the kiosk for Black History Month.

2. Chorus classes at RMS have started working on an arrangement of the Spiritual "Oh Won't You Sit Down". We listened to a few performances of the piece and began working on the piece around Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We also discussed how Spirituals were used as working songs and secretly as a way to convey hidden code about the Underground Railroad. We referenced and discussed some of the other more well known spirituals like "Follow the Drinkin' Gourd" and "Wade in the Water" as a part of this conversation.

3. Mrs. Baisley and Ms. Landivar's classes are having the students choose an African American Scientist/Inventor to do research on.

4. Mr. Morris' classes watched the movie Hidden Figures and completed an assignment designed to focus the attention on the historic nature of the struggles and achievements of the women.

5. The 8th grade Spanish teachers will be doing a Gallery Walk of famous African-Americans, and 7th grade Spanish classes will be reading short biographies of well-known Afro-Latinos. In Italian, we will be talking about the influence of Italians of African descent in Italy.

6. Each grade will make its way up to BHS to watch the following movies. On 2/21, 6th Grade will watch "Hidden Figures," on 2/22, 7th Grade will watch "Remember the Titans," and on 2/23, 8th Grade will watch "The Butler."

7. See the picture below of Ms. Iovieno/Mr. V's classroom door depicting a "Histagram" theme of prominent African-American's in history.

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RMS Club/Sports News

1. We have a new club @ RMS: Pick-Up Basketball Intramurals with Ms. Tobin, which will be hosted in the RMS Gymnasium on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30am sharp. See/contact Ms. Tobin with any questions.

2. Kaleidoscope Club will meet on the 15th and 22nd of February. Questions? See/contact Ms. Assumma or Ms. Varekamp.

3. Girls on the Run Spring Season begins March 20th. Sign up on the Website using the picture below. Questions? See/contact Ms. Assumma or Nurse Amber.

4. World Language Club meeting is February 16th after school in Room E151. All are welcome to join. See/contact Ms. DeCandia with any questions.

5. There will be a Interest Meeting for Modified Softball (Grades 7+8) on Wednesday, March 1st. See/contact Coach Tobin with any questions.

6. See the graphic below for the NJHS' Parents Night Out for any parent/guardian who may have a student in grades K-5.

7. eSports will start up Wednesday March 15th. Questions? See/contact Mr. Junjulas.

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NYS Computer-Based State Testing

Below are the dates for the NYS Computer Based Testing for ELA and Math in Grades 6-8. The test will take place over a 2-day period in the windows below. Exact dates will be shared as we get closer to the tests.

CBT for ELA: Wednesday, April 19 - Friday, April 21.

CBT for Math: Tuesday, May 2 - Thursday, May 4.

About RMS

Questions or Concerns? Contact the Main Office at 845-838-6900 ext. 4131.