RMS Monday Message

September 27, 2021

One month into the new year!

The energy at RMS has been amazing as students settle into their new routines and begin to get comfortable in their classes. The end of the 5 week marking period is October 15th. Students are encouraged to monitor their grades on Student Portal and attend extra help with their teachers during office hours if they are struggling academically. The schedule for when teachers are available for extra help is linked below. Open House is tomorrow! Make sure to watch the video below on how to attend the virtual open house.

Important Dates & Upcoming Events

September 28th - Virtual Open House

October 6th - PTO Meeting @ 6:30pm

October 11th - No School

October 15th - End of the 5 week marking period

October 21st - Blood Drive 1:30-6:00pm

Virtual Open House - September 28th

Open house is tomorrow from 6:30pm-8:30pm on Google Meet. All parents should use their student's account to access the google meets. See the video below for more information.

A-Day Bell Schedule

Period 1 6:30-6:40

Period 2 6:45-6:55

Period 3 7:00-7:10

Period 4 7:15-7:25

Period 5 7:30-7:40

Period 6 7:45-7:55

Period 7 8:00-8:10

Period 8 8:15-8:25

RMS Open House Information

Club & Activities


Intramurals will begin on Friday, 10/8, from 7:30-8:05 in the gym. All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are welcome. Any questions, contact Ms. Tobin (tobin.b@beaconk12.org) or Ms. Benson (benson.ma@beaconk12.org).

Girls on the Run

GOTR practices continue to be outside, weather permitted Monday and Thursday 3pm-4:30pm.

Kaleidoscope Club

Begins in October! Club meetings will be in person, October 13th and 27th, at this point in time from 3pm-3:30pm.

Jazz Band

The Jazz Band will have an information meeting this Wednesday, September 29th after school in the band room, F157, The meeting will be from 2:50-3:30. There is a late bus for students who take the bus. Please contact Mr. Rubinstein, Rubinstein.M@beaconk12.org with any questions.

Chess Club

Chess club will meet in room D238 after school on Tuesdays starting October 19th. Any questions see Ms. Sypher.

A Peek Into Our Classrooms

BOE Goal: Sustainability

Did you know that the BCSD Board of Education has a sustainability goal?

"The BCSD will use best practices to create a healthy school climate, improve educational programming and conserve limited financial and physical resources"

The board has supported the creation of our Environmental Club and the integration of sustainability into our curriculum. Our clothing donation bins, located along Matteawan Road, keep textiles out of landfills and the USagain company recycles the donated items. Everytime we fill up a bin, USagain plants a tree! Clean out those closets and bring your items to Rombout!

Student Council Blood Drive: October 21st

Student Council will be sponsoring a Blood Drive at Rombout on October 21st from 1:30-6:30pm. Walk-ins are welcome and online sign ups will be available through the NY Blood Center. People 16 years or older are encouraged to attend and donate blood for this great cause! For more information, visit https://nybloodcenter.org/donate-blood/.

RMS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Beginning Monday, September 27th and running through Wednesday, October 6th, the Spanish teachers are running a school wide Bingo Contest about famous Hispanic Americans. Students can pick up Bingo boards in the main office or from one of the Spanish teachers. There will be prizes awarded to random participants who complete Bingo.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Optimum and Univision invite students to write an essay of 500 words or less naming an Hispanic or Latino, past or present, who inspires them and why. Grand Prize is $1500 scholarship. There are also 3 finalists who will win an iPad or Tablet. See Sra. DeCandia in Room 151 with any questions.

Information from the PTO

West Point Volunteers Still Needed

We need parent volunteers to help us run a concession stand at the West Point football game on Saturday 10/23. You don't have to be a PTO member to volunteer. It runs from 8 am to roughly 4 pm. The donation of your time is greatly appreciated as this FUNdraiser is a great easy way for us to raise money. Click this link to sign up!

Our next PTO meeting: Wednesday 10/6 at 6:30pm

The meeting will be held virtually on google meet using this link: https://meet.google.com/jve-jtfj-vqo.

Spirit Wear on Sale Now

Get your Rombout apparel now! We have a new design & fresh look with the new Beacon Bulldog logo. The online store is open NOW & will close September 29.

iReady Benchmark Assessments

What is i-Ready?

i-Ready is an online program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform instruction. We will be using this assessment tool in ELA and Math.

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning.

i-Ready Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual strengths and areas for growth. These lessons are interactive and provide strategic support to keep your child engaged as they learn.

Parents, what can you do to help?

To help prepare your child for the i-Ready Diagnostic, encourage them to:

  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a full breakfast the day of the assessment.

  • Try their best on each question and try not to rush.

  • Try not to worry about questions they do not know—remind them that it is expected they will get only about half of the questions correct.

  • Be respectful of other students who may take longer to finish.

  • Remember to bring headphones, earbuds, or airpods so as to not distract students around them.

Our Mathematics classes will begin completing this assessment on Monday, September 27, 2021. The ELA classes will begin the assessment during the week of October 4th.

Meet Leroy!

Our night custodian JJ found a pigeon in the utility closet and Ms. Lynch and her students have been caring for it this past week. After some research, the students discovered that the pigeon was a retired "racing" pigeon from Mahopac. Ms. Lynch and her students are now working on getting Leroy home safe and sound!