Magnet News

March 24, 2022

Fatoumata wins spot at National Invention Convention

Fatoumata Diakite has been invited to compete at the Invention Convention Worldwide US Nationals in-person May 31st - June 3rd at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan! She recently presented her invention the Heart Rate Reducing Helmet at the VIP day for Georgia Tech's K-12 Inventure Prize. Congratulations Fatoumata!

GCTM Teacher Leadership

We are excited to congratulate Ms. Julie Matthews on being elected the Information Technology Director for the Executive Committee of the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCTM). She will start her four-year term in the Fall. She joins Dr. Chuck Garner who is currently in his second year of a four-year term as Treasured for GCTM.


The Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCTM) is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The organization is made up of classroom teachers from pre-school to graduate school in addition to non-teachers who just share an interest in mathematics education in the state of Georgia. Learn more about GCTM at gctm.org. Congratulations again to Ms. Matthews on winning her election! Thank you to Dr. Garner and Ms. Matthews for your teacher leadership at the state level!

Premier Flooring wins Chamber of Commerce Partner in Education Award

Congratulations to Thomas Dean, III of Premier Flooring - the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce Education Partner of the Year! Mr. Dean and his company began partnering with the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology well before the pandemic, through financial support and continued support of events such as the Men's Health Symposium, Magnet Monster Dash, hosting meetings at his office, and donating professional dress clothes for students. Premier Flooring continued their support by sponsoring our class shirts given to students this August and recently installed the new Makerspace floors. Thank you, Thomas Dean and Premier Flooring!

Math Team Places at St. Valentine's Mathacre

On March 19, 2022, RMSST's Math Team competed at the St. Valentine's Mathacre in Woodstock with the following results:


4th place JV team: Xander Atkinson, Camila Moreno, Matilda Rodgers
8th place Varsity team: Laura Goldgar, Gerald Harris, Elizabeth Huynh, Margaret Hwang, Jackson Meyers, Stewart Oser, Amelia Page, Zak Yassin, Maxwell Zhang.


Congratulations and great job, Math Team!

Student Service Opportunities

Peer Mentors Reopens Applications

There is a need for a few additional Peer Mentors beyond those accepted during the traditional joint Leadership application process. Applications are due by Thursday, March 31st if you are interested in being considered. Please complete the application online at this link.

Attention Seniors! Now is the Time to Submit Your Photos for the Hallway Senior Portrait & Senior Celebration Slideshow!

All seniors should submit their preferred pictures that follow the Camera Club guidelines for the hallway portrait by April 1st at this link - https://forms.office.com/r/c2KW9zQx2h


Additionally, Mrs. Bradford has emailed all seniors about the Senior Celebration baby photos. Please email your baby photo to her ASAP if you have not already done so to sbradford@rockdale.k12.ga.us. Please remove pictures from frames and use a scanner if possible to send her a digital image (versus taking a photo of a photo).

Opportunities for Parents & Guardians

11th grade Family-Student Meeting next week on Thursday, March 31st 6-7:30pm

All 11th grade families are requested to have at least one adult join us for the 11th grade Senior Year Preparation Meeting on Thursday, March 31st from 6-7:30pm using the link below. Counselors will be reviewing the next steps to prepare for college, career, and academic success! 11th Grade Senior Year Preparation Virtual Meeting- March 31st

Nominations Open for 2022-2023 Magnet Fund Officers

Parents or guardians of RMSST students for the 2022-2023 school year are eligible to serve as Magnet Fund Officers or Committee Chairs. Nominations must be received by March 31st online using this form.

Adult Volunteers Needed For ISEF

Attention Parents & Adult Community Members! The upcoming Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is in need of over 500 volunteers. The event is happening from May 7-13, 2022 in-person at the Georgia World Congress Center, with virtual judging occurring the week prior on May 4 and 5th, 2022. If you are interested in volunteering, please click the following link for more information on available opportunities and registration: Volunteer at Regeneron ISEF 2022 - Society for Science .

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Academic Support & Enrichment Opportunities

Summer RVC Courses Now Open for Registration

Every year, courses are offered online through Rockdale Virtual Campus (RVC) during the summer, giving students the opportunity to advance through the coursework. For more information on courses offered, payment options, and registration, please refer to the following link: Available Courses - Rockdale Virtual Campus (rockdaleschools.org)

Extended Tutorials & Open Work Session Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Below is the list of teacher/counselors/tutors available for the extended hours. Keep in mind that even if the subject you need is not listed, any of the adults can help you make a tutor.com appointment or give you general direction on making the most of your study time. Students can stay after school for ANY teacher's office hours, clubs, and/or teams and then report to the extended tutorial OR students can come directly to the cafetorium to work or get help. Students must be picked up by 6pm on extended tutorial days. This allows families a later window for transportation.


Tuesday, March 29th:

Garner - Mathematics

Harris - Counseling

Peer Tutoring Subjects Available: Analytic Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Chemistry, AP Environmental Science


Wednesday, March 30th:

Jones - Biology

Matthews - Mathematics

Peer Tutoring Subjects Available: Analytic Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, Spanish I

Weekly Office Hours and Clubs/Teams Calendar

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Free Tutoring! Access Tutor.com via ClassLink for Live On-Demand Help at Home! AP Courses are Included!

Reminder: Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) and Tutor.com, one of the world’s largest online tutoring services, have partnered to provide live, online tutoring services for RCPS students. Through this partnership, quarantined RCPS students in grades 6-12 can access live tutors on-demand, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from Tutor.com for 1-to-1 learning support. RCPS students in grades K-12 can access the same expert tutors afterschool.


The service provides homework help across more than 120 subjects, along with drop-off essay review and test prep.


Students can access Tutor.com through the ClassLink landing page in any internet browser on their school-issued laptop or device, which will automatically sign in the student to their account. Or they can visit https://launchpad.classlink.com/rockdale.

Updates & Announcements

Save the Dates!

Upcoming Magnet Events:
  • 11th Grade Senior Year Preparation Virtual Meeting- March 31st
  • Georgia Science and Engineering Fair- April 1st
  • Spring Break- April 4th-8th
  • 9th Grade Awards Night & Research Poster Showcase- April 14th
  • Magnet Family Picnic @ Pine Log Park- April 21st
  • RCHS Prom- April 30th
  • Magnet Senior Celebration- May 13th
  • 10th & 11th Grade Awards Night- May 19th
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Free & Reduced Meals Application is Now Open

The Free and Reduced Meals application is now open for all families. Please be aware that state and federal programs may use the RCPS Free and Reduced Meals eligibility to determine who qualifies for assistance through those programs not associated with Rockdale County Public Schools. For this reason, we encourage you to fill out the RCPS Free and Reduced Meals application which is located on our website under District Announcements. Families have until May 27th to complete the application which may be used for benefits given during the next school year. This will not change anything for previously determined benefits and is not needed for meals during the current school year which are provided at no cost to all students. Again, this may determine your eligibility for benefits outside of RCPS that are provided by state and federal programs.

Free and Reduced Meal Application - Rockdale County Public Schools (rockdaleschools.org)

Submitting Excuse Notes & Limiting Unexcused Absences

Excuse notes can be brought to Magnet’s front office or submitted via email to

MagnetOffice@rockdale.k12.ga.us . Please note that excuse notes must be submitted within 3 days of your student’s return to school.


Students must stay home if they are sick and stay home until they have been fever free for a minimum of 24 hours. Additionally, students and staff are required to isolate for 10 days when they receive a positive COVID-19 test.


While understanding it is key to stay home if a student is sick, we also need your partnership in limiting or eliminating unexcused absences. Students, you will not be eligible to exempt your Spring final exams if you have more than 3 unexcused absences. Please ensure that you are coming to school on all days that you are able.

Safety Reminders & COVID-19 Testing

As a reminder, we will continue with our multi-measure approach to reducing the spread of illness in our building. These measures include wearing well-fitting masks, frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer, social distancing when feasible, contact tracing, requiring students and staff to isolate for 10 days when they receive a positive COVID-19 test, and requiring students and staff to quarantine when identified as a close contact. Mrs. Baskett is our primary contact tracer at Magnet. Please reach out via email at abaskett@rockdale.k12.ga.us or by phone at 770-483-8737 if your student has a positive COVID-19 test or has been identified as a close contact.


Also, RCPS continues to offer free COVID testing Monday through Thursday along with free vaccine events. To learn more about contact tracing, isolation and quarantine guidance, testing and vaccines, please visit the district website at www.rockdaleschools.org and click on the COVID tab at the top of the page. Thank you for doing your part to keep our students and staff healthy!

You are not alone. Help is in your hand! When life is making you lonely or feel that no one understands, let your fingers do the talking for you. Use your phone to CHAT, TEXT, or CALL anytime, day or night, to reach a mental health professional for support.   • Download the MyGCAL app for your Android or Apple device to access assistance 24/7, 365 days a year!  • Touch CHAT, TEXT or CALL in the app to receive immediate support from a caring GCAL professional including licensed clinicians.  • Or call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225.  MyGCAL is specifically designed for Georgia’s youth to get help in times of need.  You are not alone... click or call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225. #NotAloneRCPS No estás solo. ¡La ayuda está en tu mano! Cuando la vida te esté haciendo sentir solo o sintiendo que nadie entiende, deja que tus dedos hablen por ti. Utiliza tu teléfono para CHAT, TEXTO, o LLAMADA en cualquier momento, de día o de noche, para ponerte en contacto con un profesional de salud mental para obtener apoyo.   • Descarga la aplicación MyGCAL para tu dispositivo Android o Apple para acceder a la asistencia 24/7, 365 días al año!  • Toqua CHAT, TEXTO o LLAMADA en la aplicación para recibir el apoyo inmediato de un profesional de GCAL, incluye médicos con licencia.  • O llama a la Línea de Crisis y Acceso de Georgia (GCAL) al 1-800-715-4225.  MyGCAL está diseñado específicamente para que los jóvenes de Georgia obtengan ayuda en momentos de necesidad.  No estás solo... haga clic o llame a la Línea de Crisis y Acceso de Georgia (GCAL) al 1-800-715-4225. #NotAloneRCPS
RMSST Clubs & Teams Instagram handles. Please see Mrs. Baskett or club sponsors for additional information if needed.

PBIS School Wide Rules with RCHS

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be On time

Be Ready to Learn

Rockdale Magnet School Mission

The mission of RMSST, a specialized research-focused learning community, is to foster and produce students who think ethically, critically, and independently while excelling in competitive academic environments and demonstrating high standards and expectations.