Bulldog Bark

April 2022

Principal's Message

Hello Bulldog Families,

As the end of the year approaches, I want to take the opportunity to thank you for being our partner in your child’s education. It has been an unusual year with the ups and downs of the COVID pandemic, and your support has been crucial in supporting us to make RBSMS a great school where our students will succeed!


Please be aware that starting in May students will participate in the FSA Reading and Math assessments along with FSSA Science and other end of course exams. It is crucial that students are present at school and take the assessments serious. As you may have read, this is the state’s final year of for the FSA Reading and Math; however, the scores will be used to place students next year and they will count towards our school letter grade.


We want to ensure that all students finish strong. Please make sure that you are monitoring your child's grades and attendance in myStudent. If you have any questions for teachers about your child's grades please email, or call them.


I am excited to welcome the following new members of the Bulldog family: 8th grade counselor Ms. Lourdes Vales, 6th grade Social Studies teacher Ms. Samantha Ballmann, 7th grade ELA teacher Ms. Kimberly Frank, and Parent Involvement Coordinator Ms. Judy McNaught.


Josh Borders

Principal

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AVID Academic Excellence

Every other Friday is Academic Excellence Day at RBSMS. This day is an opportunity to not only wear college shirts and jeans, but a day to take time to talk to students about their future. We encourage you to open the dialogue with all RBSMS students during dog time. Share experiences, answer questions, go on virtual college tours... show students they have a future, many of our students truly do not know what is possible! Trade school, community college, four year university, with a little support ALL our students can succeed

MyStudent

All parents/guardians are encouraged to have a myStudent account in order to obtain student schedules, update emergency contacts and phone numbers, monitor student’s grades, assessment scores, assignments and attendance; as well as obtain progress report and report cards. You must have a parent account to obtain communication from the school or district that is sent through the myStudent system. In addition, by having a parent myStudent account, RYCOR access is directly available through this portal to pay for events such as field trips, dances, shirts, etc... Here's how to setup a parent account:

  1. Go to the the Parent information page on the district website (http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/parents).
  2. Select Check Grades link (top left).
  3. Click the link to register a new account or add another student to your account.
  4. Follow the appropriate prompts for Registering, Add a Child or Password help.
  5. You will be required to enter the Parent PIN #, Student ID and Students' Birth date

Click here to see how to set up the Parent Portal

Student Self-Screener:

In order to protect the health and safety of employees, staff, and students, all those who access Pasco County School locations must self-screen for symptoms and other risk factors of COVID-19 daily. If you answer YES to any of the questions, you should NOT be on a school campus or school district office. All three self-screeners – the Student Self-Screener, the Employee Self-Screener, and the Visitor Self-Screener – are accessible from the district’s COVID-19 protocols page and are posted on each school web page.

Report an Absence:

If your child is absent, or tardy to school, please complete the MACH form located on the school webpage using the REPORT AN ABSENCE OR TARDY tab. You will not need to submit anything else in writing once the MACH form is submitted

Quarantined, Now What?

If your child is going to be absent because they are ill, they have been quarantined, or family emergency, all of the students’ assignments, for each class, are posted online for them. Attached are the instructions for students to access their work if they are absent from school for any reason(Click Here). If your child is in need of a computer, the school will issue one to them. Please contact April Luneack aluneack@pasco.k12.fl.us or contact her at 813-794-6502.

Take Stock in Children Application

To apply and view eligibility requirements for this scholarship for 8th graders. You may click here or go to https://www.pascoeducationfoundation.org/tsic-scholarships/.

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Notification of Inspection for Asbestos Containing Materials in Public Schools

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule, 40 CFR Part 763, Asbestos Containing Material in schools, commonly referred to as AHERA. This rule requires all Local Education Agencies (LEA’s) to identify asbestos containing materials (ACM) in their school buildings and to take appropriate actions to control the release of asbestos fibers.


All inspections for Raymond B. Stewart Middle School have been completed and a Management Plan describing the results of the inspection and the action plan to control any asbestos found during the inspection, where applicable, has been submitted to the governor for approval. A copy of this plan is located in the administrative office of this school and at the Pasco County Schools Maintenance & Facility Services Department and is available for review upon request.