Panther Tales

September 16, 2022

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News and Helpful Information

Greetings to all of our Ridgeview United families! In this issue of Panther Tales, you'll find information on 4.5 week progress, upcoming events, details about our clubs and much more. Be sure to read about our 212 degree award winners for August, highlighting some of our talented and caring staff members.

Upcoming Events

Here are some of our events at a glance. Please join us when you can!

  • Sept. 19-20: Boys Volleyball Tryouts (7th and 8th grade only)

  • Sept. 20: Picture Day (students wear RCMS uniforms)

  • Sept. 21: $5 Non-Uniform Day

  • Sept. 27: Hearth Pizza Spirit Night

  • Sept. 30: Future Raider Night / Feeder School Night at Riverwood Football Game

  • Oct. 6: Pantherpalooza after school

Check out our calendar for more ways to get involved.

School Pictures Are This Tuesday!

School pictures will be taken Tuesday, Sept. 20. Students should wear uniforms but as a note, hoodies do not look best. This year we are using Lifetouch Photos and a packet containing purchase information was given to your student. You can complete purchase information and return it on Sept. 20 or purchase online only after Picture Day.

Dress-Down for Pay ($5) Wednesday

For $5 cash, students not only contribute to our PTA and Foundation, but also they can wear non-uniform attire on Sept. 21. This will be a monthly opportunity to support PTA & Foundation and for students to dress down. Otherwise, the normal uniform applies. Our non-uniform dress guidelines are described here.

4.5 Week Progress Grades

Students’ updated 4.5 week grades are available in Infinite Campus. We encourage each parent to review your student’s grades and contact their teachers with any questions, concerns, or to set up extra help sessions.

RCMS 212 Degree Award Winners for August

To celebrate the IB traits that our staff exemplify and to highlight those who have gone the 1 extra degree, we give monthly 212 Degree Awards. It is built on the premise that at 211 degrees, water doesn't boil. With just one extra degree, it boils. We're thankful for 5 staff members each month who will be highlighted for giving that 1 extra degree to our school.

  • Ms. Mackenzie Sinon (7th Grade Science) was given the Risk-taking & Thinking Award: the recipient is not afraid to use creativity to inspire and to help others succeed.

  • Mr. Hayden Fludd (8th Grade Science and Department Chair) was given the Inquiry & Knowledge Award: The recipient has innovatively instructed with MYP, WICOR, Personalized Learning instruction that empowers student ownership of learning.

  • Coach Steven Sanders (P.E.) was given the Caring & Communicator Award: The recipient maintains a positive, caring attitude in difficult situations and steps outside his/her job description to help others.

  • Ms. Chelsea Hamm (8th Grade ELA) was given the Principled & Balanced Award: The recipient demonstrates principled leadership during difficult times, showing balance and sensitivity to those following his/her lead.

  • Ms. Joan Mason (Permanent Sub) was given the Open-minded & Reflective Award: The recipient is open-minded and reflective to support students in powerful ways beyond the expected as an educator.

Pantherpalooza is Coming Up!

Inflatables, foam pit, dunk tank and more outdoor games? It must be time for Pantherpalooza! Our annual party for RCMS students will happen on Thursday, Oct. 6. Sponsored by our RCMS Foundation, Pantherpalooza will start right after school and requires a wristband. Purchase your wristband here and mark your calendars for this entertaining afternoon.
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Schedule Change Requests

Now that we are finishing our 6th week, please note that schedule change requests are only made to assistant principal Mrs. Bulluck if there are extenuating circumstances, such as a medical need.

PTA Spirit Night at Hearth Pizza

Please join us at Hearth Pizza Tavern on Sept. 27 from 5-9 p.m. for our first Spirit Night of the year! 10% of our sales, dine-in AND take-out will go back to our school so please be sure to tell your server you are with Ridgeview. We look forward to seeing you there!

Virtual Club Fair

Our club sponsors unveiled 16 student club opportunities for our Panthers, and we invite parents to watch our club Flip Grid videos to hear about the clubs, the content and the meeting information. Students had an opportunity to explore these in COMPASS. Students can sign up for club(s), now through Sept.23.
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Recycle Old Electronics and Support Sandy Springs Education Force

The Sandy Springs Education Force (SSEF) Electronics Recycling Drive on Sept. 17 will help you get rid of clutter while raising money for a great cause. SSEF supports all 11 Sandy Springs public schools. Their Electronics Recycling Drive is one of many fundraisers so that they can further support programming at RCMS and beyond. Please see below for all the details.
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Got News?

If you have news or an announcement that you would like to be considered for an upcoming issue of Panther Tales, which is sent out to our Ridgeview United families weekly, please fill out this form and submit it. The editorial team will review your request and will contact you with any questions.
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