RMS Knightly News

Week of September 12, 2022

Hello RMS Knights and Families

Our September Honor the Castle theme is "Making Meaningful Connections". Making meaningful connections is all about the "Why"...fostering an environment where our Richards Middle School community is being safe, respectful and responsible around the building. Our staff is grateful for the opportunities we have had to connect with our Knights and looking forward to week three of the 22-23 school year.

This week’s mindset message for the week of September 12th states, Think it into to existence. The power of the mind is infinite”

Click Here for this week's Mindset Monday Message.

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Hello Richards, Middle School families,

You are cordially invited to attend our Richards Middle School Meet the Teacher Night (MTTN) Open House. MTTN will be from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 15th. Our families should enter through our main entrance door (Door #1) on the Garfield side of the building.

Our opening session will be a voluntary informational meeting for our families about "The Facts About Vaping." This presentation will take place from 5:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in our RMS cafeteria. The Meet the Teacher Night Open House format will start at 6:00 p.m. and provide an opportunity for our families to visit their students' classrooms. With our students having six classes and seminar on their schedule, we encourage our families to only spend no more than 7 minutes at each classroom.

Each of our staff members will create a video explaining their curriculum and 2022-2023 school year classroom happenings. We will send a school messenger communication with each of the staff's MTTN videos on Monday (9/12/22) to our families. We encourage our families to view these presentations before our formal Meet the Teacher night on September, 15, 2022.

We are also holding two voluntary Technology FAQ sessions centered around our newly deployed student MacBooks. These presentations will take place 6:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m and 7:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. also in our RMS Cafeteria.

Our staff is looking forward to seeing our families this upcoming Thursday.

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Beginning of the Year Benchmark Testing

We will begin administering our beginning of the year assessments this week.

Testing begins Monday and will run through next Friday, September 23rd on designated days for each of the assessments over this testing window. It is important to note that your child's performance on these benchmark assessments could impact their student schedule. Additional information and any change to your student schedule will be communicated in early October.

Students will complete the following assessments:

SRI - Scholastic Reading Inventory during Social Studies class.

FastBridge ELA during ELA class.

FastBridge Math during math class.

Saebers Behavior Screener during Science.

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Lunch and Student IDs
  • Students will need to use their student ID in the lunch line. Student's that do not have their ID will be called after all students who have IDs have been called
  • If your Knight has lost their ID, they may go to the media center before school, after school or seminar to purchase a new one for $3.

Free and Reduced Lunch

When the 2021-2022 school year ended, so did free meals for every student. While the federal government funded a program that allowed all students access to free meals during the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has declined to continue funding this program.

  • Families should submit a free & reduced application to determine if they qualify for free or reduced priced meals.
  • There is a carry over period (30 school days from the first day of school) where students can use their status from the previous school year. This ONLY applies to actual benefits, meaning not all students are free for 30 days to start the year because everyone was free last year.
  • Meal prices will remain the same as they were pre-Covid (last time students had to pay).
    • Middle School Breakfast $1.65
    • Reduced Breakfast $0.30
    • Middle School Lunch $2.85
    • Reduced Lunch $0.40
  • We will be using a monthly Meal Order Form. Parents must complete the Meal Order Form each month in order to receive breakfast or lunch. These should be submitted to the Meal Coordinators prior to the start of the next month.
  • Fresh fruit & vegetable bars are back!
  • All prepayments should be made ONLINE using the new Family Portal.

Students who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch should take an entree, fruit/vegetable, and milk.

Please complete the 2022-2023 online application below to find out if your family qualifies for free or reduced-price meals.

Outside Food and Beverage Policy

The District does not allow the delivery of food and beverages from outside vendors or fast food establishments for a student’s breakfast or lunch meal. All meals are to be provided by either our Food Service program or prepared at home and sent with your student.

Outside food delivery is a safety concern. We do not want to have strangers and people that we do not know coming to our buildings with delivery bags. It also is a workload issue for office personnel. Managing multiple food deliveries during lunchtime becomes an additional responsibility for our office staff.

The District works hard to provide a variety of healthy, good-tasting food in its cafeterias, and students are always free to bring their own lunch to school. We will continue to follow our past practice of making sure students receive lunch if they forget to bring one from home.

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MacBook deployment begins this week during your child's science class.

In order for your student to use the device at home and at school, we are asking you to complete the Acceptable Use Student and Parent Agreement Form. If you completed this form link prior to the start of the 22-23 school year, you do not have to re-submit these forms.

Class of 2027 & 2028 Tech Agreement

New families to the district as of the 22-23 school year form

Device Care

In an effort to support our new devices, we are encouraging families who are interested to purchase clear drawstring bags to carry their MacBook. The school will be purchasing drawstring bags and will have the available for purchase. More information will be shared.

PowerSchool Update

The PowerSchool Parent Portal is going through an update. Parents/Guardians with a current account will be asked to reset their password upon logging in. The username will be the email address associated with the account. Parents/Guardians that do not have an account yet will be getting information in the coming weeks about how to create your account and link your student to your account.

The new url to access PowerSchool is: https://ps.fraser.misd.net/public

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Dentists R Us - September 26

Licensed Dentists & Dental Hygienists will be available to perform:

  • Comprehensive Dental Exams
  • Dental Cleaning
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • X-Rays (if needed)
  • Sealants (when necessary)

Each participant will receive a free toothbrush and an oral health report will be sent home to parent/guardian.

Note: Students who had a cleaning within the last 6 months, are NOT eligible.

If you would like your child to be seen, please fill out the following form to receive a permission slip: Request Form or print your own copy HERE.

Permission slips must be turned in to the Main Office before Friday, September 23, 2022.

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To provide the most effective process for entering and exiting Richards Middle School, we need our families consistent help in observing the below traffic expectations:

  • Our RMS bus loop is only to be used by emergency vehicles and our district’s school buses between the hours of 7:15 am through 4:00 pm.
  • To help with our daily traffic flow, please follow our painted traffic arrows in our parking lot.
  • In supporting our traffic flow for entering and exiting for all vehicles, please observe no standing, parking, waiting and stopping in the parking lot aisle ways.
  • When exiting Richards Middle School at dismissal time, please utilize either our RMS Garfield exit, FHS Garfield exit or FHS Klein exit.

Please be aware of students, families and guests who are walking in our parking lots by obeying traffic laws, regulating your speed, and following the traffic direction arrows. Images can be found below. Please no parking or standing where you see a red x.

Our district security personnel will communicate these expectations to our families when needed. Thank you for your support with keeping RMS a safe travel area for everyone on campus.

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Student Success Resource

Here you will find information about the school, IDs, ordering yearbooks, school supplies, schedules, and more.

Dress Code Expectations

  • Shorts/Dresses/Skirts must be longer than the students fingertip length with students' arms by their side.
  • Undergarments, chest and midriffs must be covered and students are not permitted to wear spaghetti straps, muscle shirts with armpits visible, etc.
  • No sagging of the pants or shorts
  • No graphic, see-through or inappropriate saying on clothing (sexual comments, drugs, violence, etc.)
  • No pajama wear - lounge pants, flannel pants, boxer shorts, slippers (shoes without hard soles) *unless permitted by a school function.
  • No hats, bandanas/scarves (unless worn to support hair appropriately), and/or hoods up during the school day.
  • At this time, masks are a choice.
Cellphone Policy
Athletic Opportunities

RMS Athletics

Meet the Coach Night

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Coaches will send communication regarding time and location.

Cross Country

Click the links for more information:

September 13th - MS Jamboree 4:30pm

September 17th - Autumn Classic

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RMS Calendar

View Upcoming events

Important Dates

Wednesday, Sep. 14th - Early Release, 12:30pm Dismissal

Thursday, Sep. 15th - RMS Meet the Teacher Night

Friday, Sep. 23rd - Early Release, 12:30pm Dismissal

Change of Address Information

Your student's primary address should be up-to-date to receive report card mailings and other important building communications.

If you have recently moved, please complete the following form to update your address and upload the files needed for update: https://form.jotform.com/211594973642161

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Office Information

Attendance Line: (586) 439-7490 24 hour voicemail

Attendance/Counseling Office: (586) 439-7462

Attendance Office Hours: 7:15am - 3:15pm

Main Office Hours: 7:15am - 3:15pm

Main Office: (586) 439-7400 Fax: (586) 439-7461

***Please know we are always happy to meet with families,

however, we may not always be available when parents/families pop in. Please

set up an appointment with the main office.

Fraser Public School - Student Code of Conduct