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A Message from Ms. Petru
Dear Thundercat families, September 17, 2021
I hope everyone had a good remainder of the week and that everyone has returned safe from the tropical storm.
This year RTMS is embarking on our No Place for Hate Campaign. This nationally recognized organization allows campuses to provide lessons and education on bullying and cyberbullying. Below is the link for the No Place for Hate Campaign.
I want to thank everyone for his or her continued support of Thundercat Country. If you ever need anything, please do not hesitate to contact any grade level assistant principal or myself.
Ronald Thornton Middle School
If your child is a 7th grader, your child needs two more vaccines in order to be compliant with Texas law. You can email the record to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it at the school clinic. Please be mindful that students who are not compliance with immunizations required by Texas laws must be excluded from school unless exemption (signed in accordance with the provisions of the law) is provided.
Tdap – 1 dose
Meningococcal – 1 dose
Reminder Regarding Inhalers & Epi-pens
FBISD Wellness Screener Login Update
Parents/Guardian can now use their FBISD Skyward Family Access login credentials to login and complete the FBISD Wellness Screener to report their child(ren) testing positive for COVID-19.
HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIES AND P-TECH
Attention 8th grade Students:
HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIES AND P-TECH applications for the 2022-2023 school year will open on November 1, 2021 and will close on November 30, 2021.
Please see the website and video for each program below:
· Each program website includes information about the application process and program requirements. Each video provides an overview of each program, application procedures, and requirements.
· The Mariachi Band Program is only available to those students zoned to Willowridge or Marshall for their high school career.
Program -Websites & Video Link
Digital Media Academy
Global Studies Academy
International Business and Marketing Academy
Math and Science Academy
Medical Science Academy
P-Tech: Hightower HS
P-Tech: Willowridge HS
ECHS: Marshall HS
Piano Technician: Marshall HS
Mariachi Band Program
Help Take Care of THUNDERCAT COUNTRY
I want to make you aware of a social media challenge that is going around which unfortunately is now impacting the Thundercat community. In a viral video shared September 6th, a student unzips their backpack pulling out a stolen hand sanitizer dispenser with a title, "Only a month into school and got this absolute devious lick." These "Devious Lick" challenges have received tens of millions of hits and encourage students to vandalize campuses by stealing/destroying soap dispensers, signage, technology, and mobile kiosks. In the last week, we have had soap dispensers ripped from the wall and thrown in the toilet, and ceiling tiles pushed into the ceiling.
We are asking for your support in reminding our students how blessed we are to have a facility like Ronald Thornton. We also want to honor our custodial staff who work long into the evening preparing our school for the next day. Please talk with your child about the importance of abstaining from this type of behavior. These are considered acts of vandalism that come with heavy school consequences. Most importantly, if your child has any information to report, please email or talk with their grade level administrator. By intervening with students responsible for damage, we can prevent further acts of vandalism to our beautiful campus.
My Student is Quarantining...
Students staying home with COVID or to quarantine should be logging in to SCHOOLOGY to complete school work and keep up with assignments, if they are feeling well enough to complete work.
If your student needs help accessing SCHOOLOGY please use the attached “SCHOOLOGY Student Job Aid” to assist.
Remote Conferencing for Quarantined Students
Remote conferencing instruction launched 9/7/2021 with 214 PK-12 students engaging in virtual synchronous instruction. This time is for students who are temporarily unable to attend face-to-face instruction due to a medication condition, and allows students to continue engaging in learning experiences and receive ongoing support related to the face-to-face instruction that their peers continue to receive on campus. Please visit the Remote Conferencing website for additional information.
Any students or staff who missed taking their yearbook photos this week should plan on taking theirs on October 12. The exact time and location will be announced at a later date, but photos will take place on campus during the school day. The yearbook staff wants everyone included in the yearbook, so please take your photo as no virtual photo submissions will be accepted this year.
Photo orders can be made through this link.
Boy Scouts of America
The Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America has recently shared PeachJar flyers with all campuses to promote the Scouts program for students. Their program embraces character growth, education, citizenship and leadership for our youth. Given the recent pandemic, many of their planned meetings on campuses have been postponed. Watch this 30-second YouTube video to highlight the program.
Late Bus Challenges
In an effort to keep you informed, when RTMS experiences late busses in the PM, a schoology message will be sent between 4:35PM - 4:50PM.
RTMS continues to work with FBISD transportation for the arrival of our busses to be on time in the morning and afternoon student commutes.
If you would like to give permission for your student to walk in the event of PM late bus arrival, please send an email to your student's grade level administrator.
Grade Level Administrators
If you would like to give permission for your student to ride with another adult home, please update your student's emergency contact in skyward to include the adult you are authorizing to pick up your student.
Effective September 7th, late student bus pick ups will be in the bus lane on the left side of RTMS.
Thank you for helping us keep our student's safe.
Arrival & Dismissal Reminder
The safety of our Thundercats is top priority and we appreciate everyone adhering to our dismissal process.
Parents please be kind to our RTMS neighbors and do not drop off or pick up students in those areas. Please use our car rider line. Thank you for your understanding in keeping our Thundercats safe and our neighbors safe too.
· If you plan to drop off/pick up your student by vehicle, please remain in the RTMS designated car rider line. Thank you in advance for following the car rider map.
Walkers and bike riders will be released after car riders.
Thank you for helping to keep our thundercats safe !
Lunch with your Student
Student Code of Conduct 21-22
The 21-22 Student Code of Conduct and Student/Parent Handbook have been posted to the FBISD website under the Student Affairs webpage. The link to the Code of Conduct and Student/Parent Handbook is https://www.fortbendisd.com/Page/947 .
RTMS PTO CORNER
RTMS Marquee Message Opportunity
RTMS 2021-22 Marquee messages are now available! If you would like to celebrate a special occasion for your child on our RTMS marquee, sign up now- first come first serve basis. Only $30 and will run an entire week! More info in the link below- Go Thundercats!
If your child is unable to attend school, please email an excuse note to AttendanceRTMS@fortbendisd.com or have your child drop one off at the Attendance Office.
When a student is absent, you will receive an automated email, generated from FBISD. If you feel it is an error, you may contact the teacher.
You may monitor absences in Skyward at any time.
For more information, you may check the RTMS Attendance website at https://www.fortbendisd.com/site/Default.aspx?PageID=42325
Also, the latest you may pick up your student will be at 3:40. You must present your picture ID and must be on the pick-up list.
I look forward to working with you and your Thundercat! Let's have a wonderful school year!