RRCS Parent Newsletter

Volume 2 Number 2 (October 5, 2020)

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Principal's Brief

Greetings Cougar Nation,

The first quarter for middle school and 1st semester for high school will end on October 12, 2020. We have spent the last seven weeks adjusting to our new virtual format, new learning management platform (Canvas) and a new web platform for live classes (Webex). We thank you for your patience and for hanging in with us as we navigated all of these new things in a short amount of time. Your support is invaluable to us and more importantly for the success of your children.

Please make sure you are checking your child's grades and communicating with their teachers. All missing assignments and opportunities to improve grades for this grading period will end on Monday, October 12th.

As you are aware, the CCS Board of Education voted to extend Plan C (virtual ONLY) instruction until the end of the semester in January. While we know, this is not convenient for every family or the right fit for every student, we have the health and safety of all of our students, families, and employees. We will continue to use this time to ensure we have a comprehensive plan in place to address the safe return of students and staff to the building.

We look forward to continuing our partnership with you to make this a successful year for all children. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns!

Yours in Education,

Felix M. Keyes


PTA General Membership Meeting

Monday, Oct. 19th, 6:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

Please join us virtually for our first PTA meeting.

October 19, 2020 • 6:30PM


Become a member: https://rrcmhs.memberhub.store/

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Important Information/Updates

2020-2021 Calendar Update

The CCS Board of Education has approved a split calendar for Reid Ross Classical for the 2020-2021 school year. We will begin the year on the traditional calendar and then switch back to the year-round calendar during the Winter Break. Students will observe a three-week intercession in December/January and again in the spring. The last day of school for students will be June 11th. I have attached the calendar here for your reference. It is also posted on the CCS website.

SuccessMaker (Middle School)

What is SuccessMaker?

SuccessMaker is a continuously adaptive reading and math intervention program for students in Reading (grades 4-8) and Mathematics (grades K-8) . After initial placement is complete, students move through adaptive lessons and learning paths designed to progressively move them towards mastery of essential reading and math concepts or acceleration of previously mastered skills. SuccessMaker provides real-time data that is easy to understand, actionable, and predictive of student success.

Please click the link to view the Newsletter.

SUCCESS Maker 2020 Parent Newsletter

Please click the link to watch the brief video.

SUCCESS Maker VIDEO Introduction

October 13 and 14th

October 13, 2020 is designated as one of the five required Remote Learning days. The state required five additional days be added to the calendar for Remote Learning and Teacher Workdays. Teachers will ensure students have assignments in Canvas for October 13th but there will be NO live instruction on this day. Assignments are expected to be completed and submitted to the teacher on October 15th.

October 14th is a Student Holiday. There will be no live instruction or asynchronous assignments given on this day. Teachers will be participating in professional development.

Immunizations and Health Assessments

The 30-day ’grace period’ for Immunizations will begin on October 1, 2020. Students enrolled in kindergarten and students who are attending a North Carolina public school for the first time must also submit an NC Health Assessment Transmittal Form. Parents and caregivers have until October 30, 2020, to present the required immunization record and health assessment transmittal form for their child. Beginning Nov. 2, 2020, students will not be allowed to attend school until the required immunizations and health assessment transmittal form has been presented.

Immunizations can be obtained by scheduling an appointment at the child’s healthcare provider or at the local health department.

Confidential Student Health Forms

We are mailing the Confidential Student Health Form to all families this week. Please complete the form as soon as possible. You can either mail it back to the school, scan and email it to the front office or drop it off at the school. We need the forms to be returned to the school no later than October 30th. Thank you for your continued support.

Mailing Address

Reid Ross Classical School

3200 Ramsey St.

Fayetteville, NC 28301



Drop Off

Monday – Friday

8 am – 4 pm

From the desk of the Middle School Counselor: April Locklear

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Students will receive more updates in their email from Ms. Locklear in order to participate with weekly activities. Let's STOMP out bullying.

The Week of October 5th is the kindness challenge. Make kindness go viral with an act of kindness and challenge friends and classmates to pay it forward with their acts of kindness. #kindnesscounts

Monday is also World Teacher day, send an email message to a teacher, let them know how much they have inspired you. #worldteacherday

Later this month we will also celebrate Red Ribbon Week October 26-30, living drug free and raising awareness. More details about getting involved and participating in school activities to come. Meanwhile check out redribbon.org

From the Desk of the High School Counselor: Mr. Mac

Senior Parents - FAFSA Window opened October 1; please check your email for FAFSA information from Mr. Mac.

School Meals

Students will be able to receive a school lunch and breakfast during the Plan C: Virtual Instruction daily from 11:00- 12:30 at Reid Ross Classical or other feeding sites. At this time all meals continue to be free for students.

All parents are asked to go online to complete the lunch application for free/reduced lunch. Paper copies will be available and can be returned to any of the feeding sites during lunch hours. The link is below to complete the application online.

Graduation 2021

We are pleased to announce that the Class of 2021 will graduate on Monday June 14, 2021 at 1:00 PM at the Crown Theatre. Stay tuned throughout the year for more information/updates.

Cumberland Family Academy

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and school starting remotely, Cumberland County Schools (CCS) remains committed to supporting families through the launch of Cumberland Family Academy.

Starting Sept. 24, Cumberland Family Academy will host virtual workshops on a variety of topics, including support with Canvas and PowerSchool, internet safety, academic success, community resources and much more. Access the entire course catalog and Academy Schedule here.

The sessions will take place virtually at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Families can join each session, where they will be able to participate and ask questions. Additionally, CCS will post an encore of each session on the district’s Facebook page and YouTube channel on the following Tuesday.

“Right now—more than ever—parents have a tremendous impact on a child’s education, especially while children are learning at home,” said Lindsay Whitley, associate superintendent for Communications and Community Engagement. “We are here to support families as we all navigate through remote learning and eventually transition back to in-person learning. Together, we can forge strong home-school partnerships and set high expectations for children, encouraging them to work hard while also providing academic, social and emotional support.”

Cumberland Family Academy is part of priority four of the district’s strategic plan, which calls for the development of a district-wide family engagement outreach program. This initiative will provide parents with additional tools to support their child’s education and will bring schools, parents, caregivers and community organizations together as equal partners.

For more information on Cumberland Family Academy, visit www.familyacademy.ccs.k12.nc.us.


As required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title I Part A. Information is available at our school to include but is not limited to the following:

· the school improvement plan

· qualifications of your child’s teacher and/or teacher assistant

· professional development opportunities for teachers and assistants to ensure highly qualified personnel

· opportunities for parent involvement and input

· the district improvement plan

· the district parent involvement policy

· the district report card and the school report card

Please contact our school and we will be glad to provide you with this information upon request.