Navigating the River

Wednesday, May 12th


What's Happening on The River?

Upcoming Dates

May 13: 7th and 8th grade band concert

May 18 & 19: Rising 6th Grade Tours (5:00-6:20 each evening)

May 26: 8th Grade Celebration

May 27: Last Day of School (Early Release at 1:30pm)

May 27: 2PM Last Call to Pickup Medications from Clinic

May 27: Last Day for virtual/hybrid students to pickup school pictures in front office

School Events and Information

Finals Testing Schedule

Below is the schedule for finals for the 20-21 school year. Tests will be given during the normal schedule for each day.

May 18 & 19-ELA & SS

May 20 & 21- Science and 5th Academic

May 24 & 25-Math

Yearbooks - Capture the Memories!

Good News! - We were able to secure more yearbooks, but they are going fast. If you have not yet ordered a 2021 Yearbook, now is the time. Students will have an opportunity to participate in a yearbook signing event after the yearbooks have been distributed, so it would be a good idea to order one before they sell out. Simply go to and put Riverwatch in the search box then follow the instructions that follow. If you are unsure if you purchased a yearbook, call 1-800-225-3687 and choose option 3.

Thank you so very much for your support.

Rising 6th Grade Tours

If you currently have a 5th grader that will be transitioning to RMS next year, please plan to join us for our Rising 6th Grade Tour being held on May 18th and 19th. You only need to sign up for one spot on the day that best fits your schedule. Tours are expected to last approx. 20 minutes and will be in groups of 25. Only 1 parent may attend with their rising 6th grade student to keep our numbers as small as possible. The Panther Pit Stop will be open for you to purchase RMS spirit wear/gear. (Cash or Check Only). Please click Here or the SignUp Genius link below for time available time slots.

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6th Grade Band Spring Concert - Recording

This past Thursday, May 6th, was our 6th Grade Band Spring Concert in the RMS Bus Lanes! This concert featured ALL 6th grade band students - including the resilient group of new students who joined us this semester.

This was also our first concert this year with a live audience! Families were able to enjoy the music and fresh air while sitting on the grass outside. We are so proud of all that these students have accomplished this year, and we would love to share that with you. If you would like to watch their performance, you can do so by clicking on this link:

Symphonic Band 2021-2022 (Congrats)

Please click HERE for next year's Symphonic Band roster. We are so proud of all our students who auditioned. Keep up the awesome work, Panthers!
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Thanks to our Front Office Staff!

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

During Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month, FCS is recognizing the brilliance, strength and love this history represents. We feel it is important to recognize the many ways in which Asian Pacific Americans have contributed to, inspired, and created American culture.

The Georgia Standards of Excellence integrates the history and work of Asian Pacific Americans throughout the school year, K-12. APA history is American history. Acknowledging all our dimensions of diversity, even if it’s a small gesture, gives us a chance to be intentional about learning that history.

This list below highlights Asian Pacific Americans in a variety of areas and occupations. Some of the names will be known to most who read this list; other names are less well known. Regardless of their fame, we celebrate the efforts of all and look forward to adding more in the future.

Week#2 (5/10-14)

1. Katherine C. Tai- Today we recognize Katherine C. Tai. On March 18,2021 Katherine C. Tai was sworn in as the 19th US Trade Representative. Ambassador Tai is the first Asian American, and first woman of color confirmed to serve in the role. Learn more here Katherine C. Tai Sworn in as USTR Ambassador | United States Trade Representative #FCSDEI #AMHM

2. Miyoshi Umeki- Today we recognize, singer and actress Miyoshi Umeki, who became the first, and currently only, woman of Asian origin to take home an Academy Award in 1958. Learn more here #FCSDEI #AMHM

3. Jerry Yang- Today we recognize, Jerry Yang, Co-Founder of Yahoo! Jerry Yang and his classmate David Filo dropped out of the doctoral program at Stanford University to create an internet directory originally named “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web” which was later named Yahoo! Learn more here #FCSDEI #AMHM

4. I. M. Pei- Today we recognize, Ieoh Ming Pei, a Chinese American Architect who went on to design some of the nation’s most iconic buildings, including the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and many others. In 1983, Pei won the Pritzker Prize, which is sometimes referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture. Read more here #FCSDEI #AMHM

5. Nikki Haley- To conclude the second week of Asian American Heritage month we recognize, Nikki Haley, who was elected governor of South Carolina in 2010, making her the state’s first female and first Indian American governor. In 2016 Haley was appointed to become the United States ambassador to the United Nations. #FCSDEI #AMHM

End of Year Medication Pick Up

The deadline for picking up medication kept in the school clinic will be Thursday, May 27th at 2 pm. All medication left after 2pm on May 27th will be properly disposed. Any questions, please contact Nurse Kim Varner at ext. 300121 or

RMS Summer Camps

RMS Lady Panther Basketball Camp

Summer is almost here! Is your daughter interested in basketball? If so, she should attend the RMS Girls Basketball Summer Camp. No basketball experience is necessary. Click the link below to read more details and to sign up. Better hurry, spots are limited due to Covid-19. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Steele directly at

RMS Girls Basketball Summer Camp Sign Up

RMS Boys Basketball Camp

Summer is approaching fast! Does your son like playing basketball? If so, he should come attend the RMS Boys Basketball Camp this summer, June 7-10. No previous basketball experience is required to attend. Just click on the link below to sign up. Just make sure you choose the one that says “Riverwatch Middle School Boys Basketball Camp.” Sign up fast as spots are limited. If you have any questions, please reach out to Coach Skinner directly at

RMS Boys Basketball Summer Camp Sign Up

RMS Panther Cross Country Summer Camp

Who: Rising 6th – 8th Graders

What: Cross Country Summer Camp

When: 7/19-7/23 FROM 9am to 11am

Where: Riverwatch Middle School (Gym parking lot)

Why: Athletes of all skill levels that have interest in running cross-country will participate in fun drills, conditioning, and 1-2 mile runs to enhance their running skills. From learning cross-country teamwork skills to learning running techniques, the athletes will grow and form into runners with a higher cross-country IQ. Players will work on breathing techniques, running techniques, finishing techniques, and so much more. Day 5 will consist of a fun color run where runners will be doused with colored powder and medals will go out to the top 3 runners. Don’t miss this FUN!

How to Sign Up:

- Go to the RMS Website

- Click Extracurricular/Clubs/Cross Country

- Click the link for Cross Country Summer Camp 2021

- Sign Up

Contact Coach McGinley at for further information.

We want your OLD Phones!

The school is in need of old phones that are within 5 years of age. Our Invention, Innovation & Technological Systems classes will benefit greatly from these devices and help recycle the materials. A drop box is located in the counseling office or may be left at the front office. Thank you in advance for your help.

Your Input Matters!

Questions, Celebrations, and Ideas

If you have Questions, Celebrations or any Ideas that you would like to share with the Riverwatch Team, please use this link to let us know. Your feedback will help to guide the information in our newsletter to ensure that this communication is meeting your needs.

RMS Teacher and Staff of the Month

Please nominate some of our amazing staff. They appreciate your kind words so much!

RMS May Teacher and Staff of the Month

Updated COVID Direct Exposure Information

Effective December 7th changes were made to the COVID direct exposure (at school) quarantine guidelines. Please click HERE for complete details.

Outside of school exposures may upload their form HERE or use the link below.

Community Information

Lambert Girls Softball

LHS is calling all current 8th grade girls that might be interested in trying out for the softball team. Please click HERE for more information and to signup for tryout or or email to
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Reference Information

Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) News

Donations Needed, Please!

Click HERE for a list of items to donate.

In the month of May (after testing), the RMS PTSO is planning a few "surprise and delights" to show our school (teachers, staff, students) how much we appreciate their dedication and flexibility this year. This year has brought on many more challenges and the stress level has increased greatly. Our teachers and staff have poured many hours into learning new technologies, adapting to new teaching styles, teaching new courses both in-person and virtually and encouraging a healthy school environment for our children. We will also have some grade-level celebrations for the students after testing. We ask that you help us with any donations to show how much we appreciate the time and effort they put in to supporting our children during a pandemic.

We will be collecting donations through Friday, May 14th. A donation tub is located outside the school front door and the counseling office. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!!

Staying Connected to Riverwatch!

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