Magnet News

April 14, 2022

Upcoming Opportunities & Deadlines

Register by Friday for the Magnet Family Picnic!

Please join us for the Magnet Family Picnic on Thursday, April 21st at Pine Log Park from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. You are welcome to bring your own food or have a Magnet Fund provided picnic style boxed meal. If you are interested in attending, please complete the survey regarding food options and number of attendees no later than Friday, April 15th at 12:00 for the event to help us plan accordingly.
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Reserve your free ticket for TEDXYouth@RMSST

April 19th, 2022, we are hosting TEDxYouth@RMSST, an event where TED Talk videos and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. If you would like to be a part of this event, please register at the following link: TEDxYouth@RMSST Tickets, Tue, Apr 19, 2022 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite. Please note there are limited spaces, so be sure to register as soon as possible to reserve seats.

Audition for the Magnet Variety Show on April 21st!

Auditions for the Magnet Variety Show will be on Thursday, April 21. We are looking for traditional acts like singing, dancing, playing instruments, and acting...but we're also open to non-traditional acts, such as comedy sketches or cool demonstrations. Show us your creativity! The Magnet Variety Show will be on Friday, May 6th, so mark your calendars to attend! If you have any questions, please ask Mrs. Ullo in room 828 or email at

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Vote for the 2022-2023 Magnet Fund Officers!

Please vote for the new Magnet Fund Officers using this link by Wednesday, April 20th at midnight. Election results will be announced at Picnic on Thursday. Beyond officers, the Fund is always looking for help with the many committees. Please indicate on the last question of the survey if you are interested in leading a committee for next year.

May 1st Deadline for Dual Enrollment Documents

Attention Dual Enrollment students for the 2022-2023 school year!

This is a reminder that if you will be new to Dual Enrollment then you must have applied to the college and turned in all required documents by May 1 to participate in Dual Enrollment. ALL Dual Enrollment students for the 2022-2023 school year must complete the Dual Enrollment Funding Application for 2022-2023 on Availability in Dual Enrollment classes may be limited and students must meet the deadlines to be registered.

For questions, please contact Karen Hardy at or visit room 1411 at RCA.

Senior Letter Tradition Continues

Each year, we collect letters for the seniors to distribute at the End of the Year Celebrations. These are special letters from the student’s friends and family. We ask kindly that you take a moment to write a letter to any seniors that you know. It doesn’t need to be long; just something for them to take with them and cherish as they move forward in their life journey after high school. Anyone is welcome to submit. Please submit the letter in an unsealed envelope with the student’s first and last name on the outside. Letters can be mailed to Rockdale Magnet School c/o Mrs. Tiffany Jones 930 Rowland Road Conyers, Ga 30012, dropped off to the blue/yellow box in front office (or classrooms – Wisnewski, Hornbeck, Garner, Jones), or submitted electronically through a Microsoft Forms ( or emailed to Letters are due by Friday, May 6th

Encourage current 3rd-7th graders you know to sign up for our Summer STEAM Camp

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Request a song for Prom! Tickets are still available!

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Save the Dates!

  • Food Order Deadline for Picnic- April 15th
  • Fund Officer Voting Deadline- April 20th
  • Variety Show Auditions- April 21st
  • Magnet Family Picnic @ Pine Log Park- April 21st
  • National Student Leadership Kick-Off Assembly- April 22nd
  • Senior Decision Day Celebration- April 29th
  • RCHS Prom- April 30th (tickets still available at this link)
  • AP Exams- May 2-13
  • EOC Tests- May 2-10
  • Magnet Variety Show- May 6th
  • Magnet Senior Banquet- May 13th
  • Magnet Senior Walk & Letters Lunch- May 16th
  • 10th & 11th Grade Awards Night- May 19th

Celebrating Student Accomplishments

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Student earn 1st & 2nd place at State Technology Competition

Congratulations to Kathryn Stoltz and Stewart Oser for placing in the State Technology Fair!

  • Stewart Oser placed 2nd for all 11th-12th graders in the Project Programming Category with the project "Simulating Wildfires using Cellular Automata"
  • Kathryn Stoltz placed 1st for all 9th-10th graders in the Device Modification Category with the project "A Handy Tool for the Motor Impaired"

Magnet Students Win 9 Specialty Awards and 25 Honor Awards at State Science and Engineering Fair

The following students won specialty awards for their research at Georgia Science and Engineering Fair. Our students also won 25 honors level awards at GSEF!

ASM Materials Education Foundation Award

Olivia DeFranceso- Utilizing Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles to Preserve Statues

GENIUS Olymiad Recommendation

Kameron Bolton- How Effective Are Mealworms at Breaking Down & Digesting Plastic?

Inspiring Excellence Award

Jose Funes- Effect of Smoke on Aquatic Ecosystems

Lauren McWilliams- Parthenolide as a Preventative Cancer Agent

Naval Science Award

Dylan Burkey- The Effect of Resveratrol on Cognitive Function in C. elegans

Fatoumata Diakite- Developing a Device That Accelerates Recovery Heart Rate

PCOM Georgia Osteopathic Medicine Award

Lauren McWilliams- Parthenolide as a Preventative Cancer Agent

Society for In Vitro Biology Award

Lauren McWilliams- Parthenolide as a Preventative Cancer Agent

Senior Divison Best in Biomedical & Health Science

Amani Roberson- Impact of Estrogens on Amenorrhea-Induced Osteoporosis

International Science & Engineering Fair Representatives :

William Brumback & Jorge Escalera- Biomimicry: Effect of Mother Nature on the Automotive Industry

Kayla Holland- The Effects of Resveratrol on the Lysis of Skin Melanoma Cells

Camila Moreno- Solar-Wind Charger

Spring 2022 Popcorn Sale Results & Winners

Congratulations to the following top 4 prize winners!

Grand Prize goes to Nicole Darby - Class of 2026 ($4027 in gross sales)

2nd place winner: Caitlin Alexander - Class of 2026 ($3772 in gross sales)

3rd place winner: Machaiya Wilson - Class of 2026 ($2706 in gross sales)

4th place winner: Aiden French - Class of 2025 ($2493 in gross sales)

Thank you to all of our participating students for your hard work and diligence in making this fundraiser an incredibly successful one! With over $34K in gross sales and $17K in contributions to the Rockdale Magnet Fund, this spring's fundraiser has been the most successful EVER!

Help Camera Club Make the Best Memory Book Ever!

Every year, RMSST's Camera Club designs the Memory Book to commemorate the activities and happenings that go on at Magnet. If you have any photos from Magnet clubs, events, etc. that you like to be considered for the memory book, please submit them to the Magnet Memory Book Form.
Blue and cream poster that reads "Magnet Memory Book Submissions by Camera Club" with a QR code.

Academic Support & Enrichment Opportunities

AP Exams start May 2nd

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Summer RVC Courses Now Open for Registration

Every year, courses are offered online through Rockdale Virtual Campus (RVC) during the summer, giving students the opportunity to advance through the coursework. For more information on courses offered, payment options, and registration, please refer to the following link: Available Courses - Rockdale Virtual Campus ( or to the flyer below!
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Extended Tutorials & Open Work Session Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Below is the list of teacher/counselors/tutors available for the extended hours. Keep in mind that even if the subject you need is not listed, any of the adults can help you make a appointment or give you general direction on making the most of your study time. Students can stay after school for ANY teacher's office hours, clubs, and/or teams and then report to the extended tutorial OR students can come directly to the cafetorium to work or get help. Students must be picked up by 6pm on extended tutorial days. This allows families a later window for transportation.

Tuesday, April 19th:

Garner - Mathematics

Wisnewski - Literature

Peer Tutoring Subjects Available: Analytic Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Chemistry, AP Environmental Science

Wednesday, April 20th:

Jones - Biology

Matthews - Mathematics

Peer Tutoring Subjects Available: Analytic Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Chemistry, AP Environmental Science

Weekly Office Hours and Clubs/Teams Calendar

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Free Tutoring! Access via ClassLink for Live On-Demand Help at Home! AP Courses are Included!

Reminder: Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) and, one of the world’s largest online tutoring services, have partnered to provide live, online tutoring services for RCPS students. Through this partnership, quarantined RCPS students in grades 6-12 can access live tutors on-demand, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from for 1-to-1 learning support. RCPS students in grades K-12 can access the same expert tutors afterschool.

The service provides homework help across more than 120 subjects, along with drop-off essay review and test prep.

Students can access through the ClassLink landing page in any internet browser on their school-issued laptop or device, which will automatically sign in the student to their account. Or they can visit

Updates & Announcements

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Free & Reduced Meals Application is Open

The Free and Reduced Meals application is now open for all families. Please be aware that state and federal programs may use the RCPS Free and Reduced Meals eligibility to determine who qualifies for assistance through those programs not associated with Rockdale County Public Schools. For this reason, we encourage you to fill out the RCPS Free and Reduced Meals application which is located on our website under District Announcements. Families have until May 27th to complete the application which may be used for benefits given during the next school year. This will not change anything for previously determined benefits and is not needed for meals during the current school year which are provided at no cost to all students. Again, this may determine your eligibility for benefits outside of RCPS that are provided by state and federal programs.

Free and Reduced Meal Application - Rockdale County Public Schools (

Submitting Excuse Notes & Limiting Unexcused Absences

Excuse notes can be brought to Magnet’s front office or submitted via email to . Please note that excuse notes must be submitted within 3 days of your student’s return to school.

Students must stay home if they are sick and stay home until they have been fever free for a minimum of 24 hours. Additionally, students and staff are required to isolate for 10 days when they receive a positive COVID-19 test.

While understanding it is key to stay home if a student is sick, we also need your partnership in limiting or eliminating unexcused absences. Students, you will not be eligible to exempt your Spring final exams if you have more than 3 unexcused absences. Please ensure that you are coming to school on all days that you are able.

Safety Reminders & COVID-19 Testing

While parents can now opt their student out of required mask wearing, we will continue with the following mitigation measures: frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer, social distancing when feasible, contact tracing, requiring students and staff to isolate for 10 days when they receive a positive COVID-19 test, and requiring students and staff to quarantine when identified as a close contact. Mrs. Baskett is our primary contact tracer at Magnet. Please reach out via email at or by phone at 770-483-8737 if your student has a positive COVID-19 test or has been identified as a close contact.

Also, RCPS continues to offer free COVID testing Monday through Thursday along with free vaccine events. To learn more about contact tracing, isolation and quarantine guidance, testing and vaccines, please visit the district website at and click on the COVID tab at the top of the page. Thank you for doing your part to keep our students and staff healthy!

You are not alone. Help is in your hand! When life is making you lonely or feel that no one understands, let your fingers do the talking for you. Use your phone to CHAT, TEXT, or CALL anytime, day or night, to reach a mental health professional for support.   • Download the MyGCAL app for your Android or Apple device to access assistance 24/7, 365 days a year!  • Touch CHAT, TEXT or CALL in the app to receive immediate support from a caring GCAL professional including licensed clinicians.  • Or call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225.  MyGCAL is specifically designed for Georgia’s youth to get help in times of need.  You are not alone... click or call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225. #NotAloneRCPS No estás solo. ¡La ayuda está en tu mano! Cuando la vida te esté haciendo sentir solo o sintiendo que nadie entiende, deja que tus dedos hablen por ti. Utiliza tu teléfono para CHAT, TEXTO, o LLAMADA en cualquier momento, de día o de noche, para ponerte en contacto con un profesional de salud mental para obtener apoyo.   • Descarga la aplicación MyGCAL para tu dispositivo Android o Apple para acceder a la asistencia 24/7, 365 días al año!  • Toqua CHAT, TEXTO o LLAMADA en la aplicación para recibir el apoyo inmediato de un profesional de GCAL, incluye médicos con licencia.  • O llama a la Línea de Crisis y Acceso de Georgia (GCAL) al 1-800-715-4225.  MyGCAL está diseñado específicamente para que los jóvenes de Georgia obtengan ayuda en momentos de necesidad.  No estás solo... haga clic o llame a la Línea de Crisis y Acceso de Georgia (GCAL) al 1-800-715-4225. #NotAloneRCPS
RMSST Clubs & Teams Instagram handles. Please see Mrs. Baskett or club sponsors for additional information if needed.

PBIS School Wide Rules with RCHS

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be On time

Be Ready to Learn

Rockdale Magnet School Mission

The mission of RMSST, a specialized research-focused learning community, is to foster and produce students who think ethically, critically, and independently while excelling in competitive academic environments and demonstrating high standards and expectations.