RCE Family Update


2021-2022 school year here we come!

I hope everyone is doing well and excited about the upcoming school year. This enewsletter will be the first for this school year, with the goals of helping families be able to plan from month to month and to be informed events happening on the RCE campus. All information found in our RCE Weekly Updates will be useful for RCE families, whether they are enrolled on campus or virtually through PCVA. Thank you for your support as we return to campus on August 3 with the school day beginning at 8:30AM and ending at 3:05PM.

RCE has been busy over summer with Camp Clemson being at our site and our Custodial Team working hard to get our building ready for our halls to be full once again with students. We are looking forward to a school year that will hopefully resemble 2019 more than 2020. Many cleaning and sanitizing practices will stay in place, as we are planning on students moving to classes each period in our building with an emphasis being placed on contact tracing if needed in classrooms. SDPC is still waiting on expectations from DHEC related to school reopening and will communicate these requirements to families when they are made public. All students will eat lunch in our Cafe, but we will continue to have students report to a classroom space upon arrival to campus instead of large holding areas like the Gym or Cafe.

We are excited about being able to hold in-person Rookie Camp and Registration opportunities for families this school year. The goal for Rookie Camp is to help our new Grade 6 students feel confident that they know where to go and what to do the first day of school. Grade 6 students will be able to meet their teachers and walk their schedule. Rookie Camp will be held on July 29 with drop-off from 8-8:30AM in the student Drop-off area (side of school closest to DHS). This event is only for students this year and will conclude with students being picked-up from in front of the Main Office at 11AM. Grade 7 and Grade 8 Registration will be from Noon-6PM on July 29. Families may park anywhere on campus, but please enter the building via the Main Office entrance. This is an opportunity for students to walk their schedule. Make-up Registration will be held on August 2 from Noon-3PM. It would be our hope that families would use MySchoolBucks to pay for all fees prior to attending a registration opportunity.

Be on the lookout for a presentation to be shared with families to help the adults in your home feel confident about knowing what to do when you come onto the RCE campus on August 3. This information will be shared via an email sometime on July 29. We hope this information is helpful to our new families as well as a great refresher for families returning to RCE.

Checkout the information below for our school-wide supply list, daily bell schedule, Free/Reduced Lunch application (all meals are free again this year, but other opportunities require a meal application to be completed each year), paying fees, and After School Program Survey. If you ever have any questions about the information on the RCE Family Updates, please call the Main Office at 397-4200.

Looking forward to a great school year!

Jeff Duncan


After School Program Survey

If you are a parent who is interested in ASP for this coming school year, please complete this surey. We are evaluating the need for this program based on minimum participation levels needed. Our goal is to continue this opportunity. Thank you!

Please complete Registration Gateway if you haven't already!

Thank you to all of our families who have already completed Registration Gateway for your student. If you haven't completed this process, please click on this LINK. This process is very important for making sure we have the most up-to-date contact information possible for your family. Thank you in advance for helping to make sure our contact information is accurate.
Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Even though all meals are free for the 2021-2022 School Year, there are other financial supports available to families who qualify for meal assistance. Families must reapply each year to receive this opportunity. Only one entry needed per family.

Schedule Update for RCE

With the return to school this year, RCE is returning to a 6-Period Day in order to provide more opportunities for students in the area of Related Arts. Students will be able to have one Related Arts class period in the morning and one in the afternoon that they have selected from our Related Arts courses. All classes on our campus will be approximately 60 minutes in length based on our school hours of 8:30AM-3:05PM. Grade 6 families, please note that your students will be dismissed daily at 3:00PM as they will be travling back to their 5th Period classes for dismissal. All other grade levels will be dismissed from their 6th Period classrooms daily.
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Does your student need to ride the bus this year?

This form needs to be completed for all students who need bus transportation. Transportation will use this information to determine routes.

RCE and DHS Athletics Reminders

With August just around the corner, Fall sports sanctioned by the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) will begin practicing across the state. All students planning on participating in Fall Sports must have a physical dated after on/after April 1, 2021 and it must be uploaded to Arbiterathlete.com. This physical will be good for any sports that your student wishes to participate in for the 21-22 school year. To see the physical form and process for uploading the form, please click on this LINK. The practice/tryout schedules for RCE teams are below:

Volleyball- Tryouts August 4-6 in the RCE Gym

7th Grade 3:30-5:00 pm

8th Grade 4:30-6:00 pm

Football- August 3

Grades 7 and 8 3:30-5:30 pm

Just a reminder that the SCHSL does not allow Grade 6 students to participate on teams until they are in Grade 7. Grade 6 families be on the lookout for info about the possibility of being a trainer. As of publication of the Update, the SCHSL has not yet given updates about travel expectations for athletics. Limitations on bus capacity could impact the size of teams and ability of trainers to travel with teams. More info to come in the future.

Fall sports offered at DHS are Girls Golf, Girls Tennis, and Cross Country. Families need to look on the DHS website or contact the Coach directly for information about sports you are interested in trying out for at DHS.

Join the RCE PTSO for the upcoming school year!

Greetings RCE Families,

Because of YOU, the 2020-21 school year was a successful one for the RCE PTSO.

Your membership dues, donations, and time spent volunteering provided over $3000 in teacher grants, a staff appreciation breakfast almost every month, a staff treat every month, and Teacher Appreciation gift card drawings every month. The entire staff was was treated to a Christmas lunch and a week long Teacher Appreciation celebration.

On behalf of the PTSO Board, teachers, and staff of RCE, THANK YOU!

Please help make the 2021-22 school year just as successful by joining the PTSO.

Every person and any amount makes a difference! Help support the RCE Huddle program, fund grants, provide equipment for students at recess, and much more this upcoming year! Please click the link below to see how you can sign-up to be a member of our PTSO.

Paying for School Fees at RCE

Without in-person registrations on campus this year, MySchoolBucks will be our primary way of accepting fee payments. The only fee that every student needs to pay is the $20 Tech It Home fee that is required to receive a student device in SDPC. For our Grade 8 students taking Algebra 1, we do encourage all students to have access to a TI-84 graphing calculator. Students can purchase their own (TI-84CE is also an option) or rent one from RCE for $6. These fees can be paid through the MySchoolBucks button below. RCE would prefer that families use MySchoolBucks prior to attending a registration event.
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My School Bucks Online Payments

Set up an account to be able to pay fees for things at RCE.

Yearbook Order Form

This year will be asking all families interested in buying a Yearbook to please go to the Josten's website to make this purchase. A limited quantity of Yearbooks will be for sale on the day of Yearbook distribution. Reserve your copy in advance!

Need to talk to the School Nurse or drop-off medications on campus?

Nurse Osborne will be on campus the week of July 26th. If you would like to drop-off medications at school or meet with her to discuss student health concerns, please email her (kristenosborne@pickens.k12.sc.us) or call (397-4207) to set up an appointment.

Chromebook Update

All families are reminded that every student needs to pay the $20 Tech It Home device fee to cover a comprehensive insurance policy for your SDPC issued device. This fee can be paid via MySchoolBucks (button above).

Any new students enrolled in PCVA who need to pick-up a student Chromebook, should come to Car Pick-up/Drop-off loop at RCE from Noon-3PM on Friday, July 30 to pick up a device for your student.

Returning rising 7th & 8th graders were able to keep their school issued device the first day of school on August 3. If your student is having any trouble with the device, please encourage them reach out to their 1st Period teacher for support.

Every teacher at RC Edwards Middle uses Schoology to post assignments and grades. If you have any questions about using Schoology at home or regarding internet security options, please checkout the links below, which provide a wealth of information.

Schoology Parent Resources

These documents provide information about creating an account, adding students to existing accounts, and setting up your parent account in Schoology.

RCE Open House Night

Thursday, Aug. 26th, 5:30-7pm

1157 Madden Bridge Road

Central, SC

This is a great opportunity to meet the Teachers for your student and see the RCE campus in an informal drop-in. To be courteous to other families, this is not a time to have a one-on-one conference with a teacher. To schedule a conference, please contact the School Counselor assigned to your student: Lisa Fowler (A-L) or Ally Young (M-Z).
New SDPC Communication App

If you haven't already, make sure that you download the new SDPC App to get the most up-to-date information for SDPC and RCE.

School Supply List for 2021-2022

Please remember that the South Carolina Tax Free Weekend will be held after school starts this year (August 6-8). Our Teachers will keep this in mind as they plan instructionally during the first week of school.
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Student Handbook

This is an excellent resource regarding student policies and procedures for our school for the 2021-2022 school year!

Securly Information

Beginning October 11, 2017, you can receive a weekly email from Securly.com that will show you a preview of your child’s online activity. Click here for details!