Thundercat Weekly

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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.


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.


Go Thundercats!


Jennifer Petru

Principal

Ronald Thornton Middle School

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Student Council

Student Council will meet on Sept 22 at 8:25 in the library. If interested in attending please see Coach Barger to receive a pass to meeting.

CALLING ALL 7th and 8th GRADE RUNNERS!

Cross Country will run at Satartia Middle School next Thursday, Sept. 23. 7th grade will run at 4:30 and 8th grade at 4:50. The bus will take students to Satartia, but all students must be picked up from Satartia Middle School at 5:15.

Clinic News

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 gloria.sotelo@fortbendisd.com 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

All students that carry inhalers or epi-pens should let the clinic know and also should have a permission form and action plan signed by their doctor.

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.

FBISD Wellness Screener Link

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

https://www.fortbendisd.com/Domain/3046

https://www.wevideo.com/view/1978342596



Engineering Academy

https://www.fortbendisd.com/Domain/2399

https://www.wevideo.com/view/1960499862



Global Studies Academy

https://www.fortbendisd.com/Domain/2400

https://www.wevideo.com/view/1975840988



International Business and Marketing Academy

https://www.fortbendisd.com/Domain/2401

https://www.wevideo.com/view/1975840988



Math and Science Academy

https://www.fortbendisd.com/Domain/2402

https://www.wevideo.com/view/1962547165



Medical Science Academy

https://www.fortbendisd.com/Domain/2404

https://www.wevideo.com/view/1978342596



P-Tech: Hightower HS

https://www.fortbendisd.com/Page/114850

https://www.wevideo.com/view/1969781001



P-Tech: Willowridge HS

https://www.fortbendisd.com/Page/114851

https://www.wevideo.com/view/1969748078



ECHS: Marshall HS

https://www.fortbendisd.com/domain/15898

https://www.wevideo.com/view/2002576800



Piano Technician: Marshall HS

https://www.fortbendisd.com/Page/132290

https://www.wevideo.com/view/2007526897



Mariachi Band Program

https://www.fortbendisd.com/Page/132638

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wgCcCZRMFDXgzDvxdUP1i-QLUXWsPgMd/view?usp=sharing

Help Take Care of THUNDERCAT COUNTRY

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...

RTMS Parents,


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.

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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.


Links: https://youtu.be/HlYHogHCoDc

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

6th: marcos.cardenas@fortbendisd.com

7th: charlene.hefferin@fortbendisd.com

8th: patrick.watson@fortbendisd.com


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 !

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Lunch with your Student

As partners in education, Fort Bend ISD traditionally welcomed parents and guardians to visit and have lunch with their child. In order to support our COVID-19 mitigation strategies, which include observing social distancing of 3 feet when possible, we will not open campuses to lunch visitors at this time. We will continue to monitor data, the effectiveness of our COVID-19 mitigation strategies, and revisit our plan for welcoming lunch visitors at the end of the first semester. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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 .

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Buy your yearbooks now!

Yearbooks are now on sale! Purchase yours for just $50 before December 31, when the price goes up to $55. Just visit www.balfour.com to order.

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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!

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a0d4aabab2ba3fc1-20212022

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Attendance News

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!


ashley.gonzalez@fortbendisd.com

281-327-3883

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