Navigating the River

October 13, 2021

Upcoming School Events

Oct. 14: Q2 Schedule Begins (Shift of FlexTime to 3rd Period) See Notes Below

Oct. 16: Electronic Recycling 10am - 1pm (Grand Cascades Subdivision)

Oct. 18-21: Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Oct. 18-19: Boys and Girls Basketball Tryouts

Oct. 20-21: Early Release Days

Oct. 20: Flu Shot Clinic

Oct. 20: Family Connect Night

Oct. 22: Professional Development Day (Student Holiday)

Nov. 4: Semester 2 Educational Survey Deadline (4PM)

Schedule Updates for Q2

Semester 2 Educational Setting Survey

If you wish to change your child's educational setting for semester 2 (January-May), please complete the survey linked below by November 5th at 4:00 pm.

As you are carefully thinking through the process and making the best decision for your family, please think through the following considerations:

  • If you do not want to change your child's educational setting, you do NOT need to complete the survey.
  • If you wish to make a change, the survey window will be open from Monday, October 11 through Friday, November 5th at 4:00 pm.
  • You should only complete this form once during the window for each child. We encourage you to be certain of your decision prior to submitting the educational setting change request.
  • If you do not complete the survey during this window, your child will remain in his/her current educational setting through the end of the school year.
  • If you make a change for the second semester, it is a commitment through the end of the school year.
  • The only changes we will make for second semester are a move to either FULLY VIRTUAL or FULLY IN-PERSON for your student's entire schedule. No NEW hybrid (part-time virtual) schedules will be allowed.
  • Students are not guaranteed to have the same teacher for the second semester.

Semester 2 Educational Setting Survey Link

Bus Transportation

Forsyth County Schools transportation policy states that students may only ride their assigned bus, based on residence address. Under no circumstances (written parent note, etc.) are students allowed to ride another bus. This is a huge safety concern and can delay our bus dismissal when we have students trying to ride alternate bus routes. We ask that you please review the policy with your student (s).

Nominate a Teacher for Teacher of the Month

Please take a moment to nominate teachers for October Teacher of the Month. You many nominate as many you like. CLICK HERE to nominate.

We LOVE our Custodians!!

We always like to give a bit shout out to our custodians. They are always cleaning up after sick students, water spills, opening jammed lockers, cleaning toilets, and the list goes on. Thanks to Anabella Chamorro, Edina Cokic, Mustafa Bajric, Steve Graf, Andy Green, Hira Imsirovic, Jasmina Sijamija! We are very grateful for all you do to keep RMS looking spotless.
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21-22 Boys and Girls Basketball Tryout Info


Girls: Jennifer Matthews (7th) Amber Steele (8th)

Boys: Ryun Miskus (7th) Caleb Skinner (8th)

Coordinator: Christy McGinley

Tryout Dates

7th & 8th Girls: Monday 10/18 & Tuesday 10/19 from 4:30 - 6:30pm

7th Boys: Wednesday 10/20 from 1:45 – 2:45pm & Thursday 10/21 from 1:45 – 3:45pm

8th Boys: Wednesday 10/20 from 3:00 – 4:00pm & Thursday 10/21 from 1:45 – 3:45pm (Allowed to stay at school Wed)


All students that plan on trying out MUST have a current physical on file with the school nurse. Physical forms can be printed off the RMS website or picked up in the front office. These physical forms must be completed by a doctor PRIOR to tryouts. Note: CVS minute clinic completes physicals if you can’t get into your doctor.

Tryout Evaluations

Ball handling, passing, shooting, rebounding, defense, game knowledge, coachability, sportsmanship, & hustle.


Student athletes are expected to act as leaders for our school and not have any behavior or grade concerns. Poor behavior, poor attitude, disrespect, and grades can impact if you make the RMS basketball teams.


Practice is an expectation not a choice. Practice is how players earn their playing time and how the entire team gets better. All players are expected to be at practice unless they are sick or have a family emergency. It is the players responsibility to communicate with their coach if they will not be present. Practice is EVERYDAY unless there is no school. Practice alternates mornings and afternoons weekly. One week you will practice in the morning and the following week you will practice in the afternoon.

The basketball season runs from October to January. This is one of the longest seasons, but keep in mind it is because of Thanksgiving and Christmas break. You must be able to commit to the entire season. MOST games are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are a few games that are on different days.


Players must pay dues and/or fundraise. Dues cover transportation, player swag, uniforms, equipment, etc. This breakdown and amount will be provided to the players that make the teams.

Tryout Sign-Ups



Parents, please fill out the appropriate form if you plan on your student trying out for basketball.

Order Your Yearbook Now

Things end but memories last forever...with your yearbook. Purchase your yearbook now!

· Go to

· Search for Riverwatch Middle School.

· Click on the icon labeled Yearbook & Ads

· Follow the instructions on the website.

If you have any questions, please email

8th Grade Tribute Ads

Eighth Grade Ads are a great way to celebrate your child's achievements. These ads will be featured in the RMS 2021-22 yearbook, and it serves as a tribute to your child before they go off to high school. There is limited space for these ads in the yearbook, so act fast to reserve a spot for your Eighth Grader. Orders due by November 13, 2021.

Go to

Search for Riverwatch Middle School.

Click on the icon labeled Yearbook & Ads

Scroll down and click on 1 Block Ad Space (one ad/student)

Complete payment for order.

  • You will receive an email within 24 hours, from Balfour, with instructions on how to upload your portrait photo and message.
  • Only one picture (portrait layout) may be submitted
  • Your message is limited to 275 characters (approximately 50 words)

For technical questions regarding the upload process, contact Balfour 1-800-944-5930.

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Lambert Trunk or Treat

All community members are invited to a Trunk or Treat at Lambert High School on October 23rd from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This will be held in the gym parking lot.
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Panther Pit Stop - School Store

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Your Input Matters!

Questions? Just ask!

At RMS, we strive to provide everything our students and families need to be successful. It is important to us that you are always able to quickly find an answer to any questions you may have. We will either reach out to you to provide an answer, or the answer may appear in the newsletter the following week, whichever is most appropriate. Please enter your questions HERE

COVID-19 Reporting Info

We encourage you to review that COVID procedures and information using this link. Please know that these processes do sometimes change in response to new information, but this is a reliable site to use.

  • If your child is showing symptoms, please do not send them to school.
  • Please communicate the status of your child, including First and Last name, to:

Nurse: Kim Varner; AND

Attendance secretary: Kelle Russo;

Communication is important to ensure that our records are updated and that the teachers are aware of your student's attendance.

PTSO Upcoming Events

October 16 - Electronic Recycling 10am - 1pm (Grand Cascades Subdivision)

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Join us on social media....

You can find us on facebook by clicking HERE. Our twitter account is @RiverwatchMS.
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