Navigating the River

Wednesday, September 16


What's Happening on The River?

Upcoming Dates

Sept 16 - 18: 8th Grade Vision Testing

Sept 21-25: Fall Break

Week of Sept 28: Class Information Event Videos Available on RMS Website

Sept 29 - Spirit Day at Rosati's

Oct 2: Custodian Appreciation Day

Oct 7: Picture Day with special sessions for virtual students

Athletic News

Students MUST be accompanied by an adult in order to attend Panther football games, and the designated adult must stay in the game with the students they have agreed to supervise for the duration of the event.

October 6 - Football vs. DeSana @ Denmark

Go get'em Panthers! We are proud of you!

Basketball Intramurals

Basketball Intramurals are open to all RMS students who want to improve and work on their basketball skills. Click HERE for more details. Register early as sessions are limited.

September Teacher of the Month

Riverwatch Middle School is blessed with "Simply the Best" staff. Please take a moment to nominate staff members that exhibit our philosophy of H3: Happy, Healthy and Hardy. Voting wll close Friday, Sept. 18th.

Link -September Teacher of the Month

Second Semester School Preference Decision

Later this fall there will be a communication regarding the decision to have your student come In-Person or go virtual with Forsyth Virtual Academy for the second semester (Jan - May). Once we have further information, we will share it with you. Thank you for your patience.

Counselor's Corner

The RMS counselors have created this great resource for staff and students on ITS Learning. The course is called: COUNSELOR'S CORNER. In the course, you will find resources for Mindfulness Mondays, Classroom Guidance lessons, On-Line Learning resources, SEL Teacher Resources, and our very own RMS VIRTUAL WELLNESS ROOM!!

We encourage you to explore this page and all our WELLNESS ROOM has to offer. Included in the Wellness Room, are links to some great resources. Some include: Relaxing Music, Breathing Techniques, Yoga Stretches, Positive Affirmations, Suicide Awareness Information, United Way Resources, and a Google Form attached to the telephone for students to reach out to us.

The counselors are here to help all RMS students. Please let us know if you have any questions. We are very excited and hope this will be a great resource for all!!


  • Please send all (face-to-face and virtual) attendance notes to the attendance clerk in the counseling office or you may email them to
  • Virtual participation/attendance is taken weekly and updated over the weekend. Please check updated attendance records on Mondays. Please notify your teacher if attendance records do not appear to be accurate. Teachers may only update attendance records for up to 14 calendar days.
  • Please note that attendance through FVA is based on work completion, so if a student is marked absent but subsequently completes the missing work, the attendance record can be updated within the 14 calendar days.

Club Update

Clubs Currently Open for Membership:

  • Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) - You can join on For more information email
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) - You can join on For more information email

Student Council information will be coming when we return from Fall Break!

Jazz Club- Jazz Club will begin holding auditions the week of September 28th. Students may audition in person or virtually, but practices will be in person after school. If your son/daughter is interested in auditioning for Jazz Club, please contact Tim Mack for an appointment at

Panther Newscast

Our broadcasting classes have been busy producing the Panther News. CLICK HERE to watch.

Join the Challenge - Get the Tshirt!

Our RMS family is very competitive and we MUST win!! Please sign up and join the fun!!

Go to to join. Most importantly, we're raising money for such a great cause in our district. This event provides resources and technology for our students who are in need.

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Panther Pit Stop (School Store) - Gone Virtual

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Spirit wear designs are due, by Friday, September 18, to Mrs. Ruckert;

If you are a virtual student, we can have spirit wear available for you to pick up at the school.

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The school store, marketing class, is working on some additional new innovative items just for our virtual students....stay tuned. Additional spirit wear and miscellaneous items are available for purchase from the school store on My Payments Plus.

If you are unable to process payment on My Payment Plus, please contact our bookkeeper, Melissa Roth; and she will process the payment for you.

Grade Level Contacts

In order to support more timely communication, please contact the appropriate administrator and counselor pair as indicated below:

6th Grade -

Liz Tuck - Assistant Principal (

Lisa Schroeder - Counselor (

7th Grade

Kelly Lamb - Administrator (

Gina Smith - Counselor (

8th Grade

Beth Loedding - Assistant Principal (

Lisa Lemieux - Counselor (

Reference Information

COVID-19 Information and FAQs

Please click HERE for COVID 19 symptoms, school guidelines, communication procedures, etc.

Lunch/Breakfast Cafe Information

All students "in-person" have been provided a laminated card to purchase food in the cafe. The card allows the student to scan their code to eliminate the need to type in their student numbers. It is important that the students hold on to their cards to keep the process safe and efficient. Students may want to get a "badge" holder or lanyard that would clip on the inside of their backpack or elsewhere.

Families can now download and customize the Riverwatch MealViewer App from the School Nutrition page on our school website. This App allows you to identify any food allergies your child may have and see a months worth of menu choices at a glance for both breakfast and lunch. Try it today!

Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) News

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Please share your appreciation!!

Our teachers and staff have worked extremely long hours trying to keep up with students and procedures for both face-to-face and virtual over the past few weeks. With lots of rapid changes and requests, our teachers and staff NEED to hear how AWESOME and appreciative we are that they are supporting our RMS students. Please (students and parents) write a personal note, send it in to the school, mail it, etc. or you may use click on this link to show that our Panther Community Cares!

Join us now!!

A heartfelt thank you to all our Parents and Staff Members who have joined the PTSO! Whether you are virtual or face to face, we are #RMSBetterTogether. We are working to provide webcams for virtual learning and umbrellas for some shade at the new outdoor picnic tables.

It's NEVER too late to join!!

Staying Connected to Riverwatch!

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