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Happening This Month and Next!

  • August 28th, 6 PM PTA Parent Volunteer Meeting
  • August 28th, 7 PM Open House
  • August 31st, Neighborhood Spirit Day: Wear your neighborhood color!
  • September 3rd, Labor Day: No School
  • September 6th, First Reading Night 7 PM-8PM at RMIS
  • September 14th, Grandparent's Day
  • September 21st, Fall Fundraiser Kickoff
  • September 25th, Kentucky Kids' Day
  • September 25th, Student of the Month winner goes to Chick-fil-A
  • September 26th, Core Essentials Assembly: Initiative
  • September 27th, Parent Counselor Workshop 6 PM-7 PM at RMIS
  • September 28th, Neighborhood Spirit Day: Wear your neighborhood color!
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R-MIS Neighborhoods

At R-MIS, we are a neighborhood school! Therefore, we are celebrating this with a neighborhood theme! We chose to name our neighborhoods after the Core Essential topics for this year. Our neighborhoods will be participating in friendly competition throughout the year. Neighborhoods can earn points for "Gotchas," students with perfect attendance, and returning community service forms. Points are lost for office referrals to encourage students to follow classroom and school expectations. Already, each neighborhood has earned multiple stickers on their Gotcha clipboards! The top-scoring neighborhood(s) will be celebrated every 9 weeks.

The last Friday of every month will be Neighborhood Spirit Day! On this day, students are encouraged to wear their neighborhood color. This is a great time to wear the "Welcome to the Neighborhood" t-shirt. If not, your child can wear anything the color of his or her neighborhood. Please see the image below for neighborhood colors and information.

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Welcome to New Faculty and Staff!

We have several new staff members! We are excited to introduce them to you!

Weekly Precepts

Each week this year, we will have a precept that students will hear on announcements and discuss in their classroom. These precepts will focus on the good character traits that we promote at R-MIS. Since we are just getting started, we have one precept that we are learning about in August. Our August precept is, "You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you. And I like you just the way you are.” Fred Rogers

We will share with you the precepts on our Russell McDowell Intermediate Facebook page. If you haven't done so, please like this page so you can be part of our neighborhood this year!

Core Essentials

We are fortunate to continue our partnership with Bridges Christian Church and Chick-fil-A to bring the Core Essentials Program to our students! Core Essentials is a character education program where students learn about and practice a character trait each month in their classroom, counseling class, as well as through a fun monthly assembly. Core Essentials will start in September. Again, please like our Facebook page to get up-to-date information about Core Essentials topics.

CARE Certificates

Each 9 Weeks students can earn a CARE certificate. They do this by:

Caring for others through community service

Awesome academics

Rad attendance

Exhibiting excellent behavior

  • Community service forms can be found in the office or obtained from your teacher. Students need to complete one act of service per nine weeks to earn a CARE certificate.
  • Awesome Academics means the student is working to his or her potential as determined by the classroom teacher(s).
  • Rad attendance equals NO unexcused absences. Please always bring in a doctor's note or parent excuse.
  • Exhibiting excellent behavior is determined by the student not having any office referral and having appropriate classroom behavior as indicated by the classroom teacher(s).

4th-grade students MUST earn at least 3 of the 4 possible CARE certificates to qualify for Junior Beta Club for the 2019-2020 school year.

Beta Club

Remember, to qualify for the Beta Club, students had to end their 4th-grade year with a 3.5 or higher GPA and 3 or 4 FISH Certificates. Our Beta induction is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00 PM. This is a nice occasion. Please, no sneakers or jeans. If you do not have appropriate clothing and cannot purchase appropriate clothing, contact Mrs. Wheeler. As a Beta member, you will begin service projects, participate in the election of officers, etc. with Mrs. Wheeler very soon. Remember, students must maintain a 3.2 GPA to remain an active member in Beta. For all 5th graders new to our school, we will review your grades from your previous schools as a means for qualification. The Beta Club dues are $25.00 payable to Russell-McDowell Intermediate School.

Open House/Title I Night

We have a school-wide Title 1 program at R-MIS. All parents are invited to learn more about our Title 1 program and the strategies provided to ensure that all students achieve at high levels of academic proficiency. Title 1 Parent Night is the same night as Open House: August 28th at 7 PM


Please plan on attending PTA Open House at 7:00 pm. on Tuesday, August 28th. Come and visit with your child’s teacher and see your child’s work.

Please join PTA for $5.00. This membership money is put to good use for our children. Our goal with PTA this year is to have 1:1 Chromebooks by the end of this year!

R-MIS Reading Nights!

R-MIS will host monthly reading nights beginning Thursday, September 6th. Reading nights will be held from 6 PM-7PM. Students must be accompanied by an adult. During Reading Nights, students can bring a book they have/are reading or read books from the carts supplied by our library and classrooms. Students can also take Accelerated Reader tests on these nights using our Chromebooks!

We hope to see you on September 6th from 6PM-7PM!

Attendance/Attendance Awards

It is very important that children be in school every day. Please do your best to not schedule out-of-town trips on school days. Absences cost our school money used for instructional supplies, textbooks, professional development, and teachers. These types of funds are based on average daily attendance, and even tardiness adds up to days missed.

To encourage good attendance, we have made this part of our Neighborhood competition. Also, this year, students can earn brag tags for perfect attendance each month! These are super cool and will look great on backpacks! PTA also awards classrooms every 9 weeks who meet their attendance goals of spelling the word CARE! They get a letter on their board everytime their class has 97% or better attendance for the day!

Red Devil Way/Procedures

Our three expectations are:

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Ready

All of our procedures are based on these expectations. We now have signs in all areas of the school describing our procedures. Please see below for an example.

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PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports)

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture that is needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. At R-MIS, we do this through having school-wide procedures and expectations that are consistently taught and enforced. Some supports in place to encourage positive behavior are:

Our Neighborhood Challenge


Student of the Month

Community Service Focus

Brag Tags

Positive Classroom Supports

PTA and Volunteers/Mentors

Please join PTA! It is only $5. Anyone and everyone can join! Moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends :). Our PTA goal this year is to buy more Chromebooks. We have 1:2 Chromebooks presently. We hope to have 1:1 by the end of the year!

We always need Volunteers/Mentors in our school. Anyone who wants to work in the school and has completed a background and fingerprinting, please send a note to the office or your child’s teacher. If you haven’t gone through this process, you may get the information at our central office at 836-9679.

Cafeteria Accounts

Please keep up-to-date on your child’s lunch account. His or her lunch account is easily accessible through our district’s website by clicking on lunch accounts in the Parents section. Using this site, you can see how much money your child has in his or her account, when he or she buys lunch and/or breakfast, and put money on his or her account. If you are having trouble paying for breakfasts and lunches for your child, please contact Angie Morrison, cafeteria manager, or Jalina Wheeler, school counselor. Either lady will respect your privacy and get you the correct paperwork for free and reduced lunch/breakfast.


Student-Led Community Service Projects

At R-MIS, we encourage all students to participate in community service. If your child would like to lead a community service project, please have your child discuss the plan with Mrs. Westenhofer, assistant principal.

There will be many opportunities for participation in community service throughout the year. Remember an act of community service per 9 weeks is a requirement for CARE certificates and for Jr. Beta.

Student Handbook!

The student handbook is located in the front of the agenda. Your child should be filling out the agenda each night with assignments and important dates. Many teachers require your initials each evening too. Please take the time to review the student handbook! There are many important pieces of information including but not limited to dress code, behavior violations and consequences, as well as procedural information.
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We are looking forward to a GREAT YEAR!