Thundercat Weekly

Parent Newsletter - February 6-- February 10, 2023

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7th Graders -Save the Date

Update: We want all our 7th Grade Thundercats to participate, although students who receive a disciplinary referral between the dates of January 30 - February 10 will lose this privilege. This will include referrals pertaining to student ids.

If your student has misplaced or lost their school-issued ID, please order a new one through Revtrack prior to the event date. RTMS IDs will be needed for entry.

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The next No Place For Hate Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 8th at 8:20 a.m. in the Library.


RTMS ID Update

The following are the FBISD guidelines on ID’s, which also included consequences pertaining to various ID infractions.

Wearing Student Badges

All students are required to visibly display their Student ID badge during normal school hours while on campus. The badge must be worn above the waist with the student’s picture clearly visible. Exceptions are afforded for students participating in vigorous activity related to recess or a PE credit class.

Student Badge Use

Student badges provide access to services within the building, including the following access/check-ins:

  • Cafeteria meal payments
  • Library services
  • Entrance to campus events (dances, pep rallies, )
  • Entrance to games

Student Badge Replacement

There are several reasons a student might need a replacement badge and no badge replacement fee will be required for the following circumstances:

  • Student enrolls at a new campus
  • Student appearance changes significantly
  • Legal name change

Students are expected to turn in their old ID when a new one is provided.

Students who lose their badge will be offered temporary identification. If the old badge cannot be located replacement fees may be required.

Temporary Identification – Secondary Students Only

If a secondary student arrives at school without a badge, they will be given a temporary wristband to wear during the school day at the beginning of their first period on campus. The student must wear the wristband all day. The student’s name is recorded by the issuing staff member to assist with tracking.


1st-3rd Offense

  • Recorded in Skyward but not a referral
  • Student given temporary wristband

4th Offense

  • Recorded as discipline referral consequence assigned
  • Parent contact
  • Student pays $5 for new printed badge

5th Offense and Beyond

  • Recorded as discipline referral and detention assigned
  • Parent contact
  • Student pays $5 for new printed badge


1st-2nd Offense

  • Recorded as discipline referral in Skyward and detention assigned
  • Student pays $5 for new printed badge
  • Parent Contact

3rd Offense- Beyond

  • Recorded as discipline referral additional consequences assigned
  • Parent Contact
  • Student pays $5 for new badge
  • Assigned ISS

All fees will be entered and collected through RevTrak.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any administrator.

RTMS Cellphone Policy

First and second offense, students will get their phones back at 7th period.

Third offense and beyond, parents will have to pay $10 via RevTrak and come to the campus to pick up their child’s phone.

Reminder all cell phones/earbuds/air pods must be put in student backpacks before they walk into RTMS.

We are a cell phone free zone school.

From The Nurse

Take action to fight the flu:

  • A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
  • Cough or sneeze in your sleeve or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs get into your body this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can help reduce severity of symptoms. Be sure to finish all the medication your physician prescribes.
  • Stay home if you are ill!

Safety: Student Supervision

Supervision is available for students daily 8:20AM- 4:30PM.

Thank you for being timely in your drop off and pick up of our thundercat students.


A student is tardy when they arrive less than five (5) minutes after the bell without a pass. Arrival after twenty (20) minutes without a pass students are truant. Each teacher will record tardies in Skyward.


• Tardy: Student Conference

• 2-3 Tardies: Parent Contact

• 4-5 Tardies: Referral, After School Detention

• 6+Tardies: Referral; Saturday Detention and Parent Conference

Arrival & Dismissal Reminder

The safety of our Thundercats is top priority and we appreciate everyone adhering to our dismissal process.

Parents please be kind to our RTMS neighbors and do not drop off or pick up students in those areas. Please use our car rider line. Thank you for your understanding in keeping our Thundercats safe and our neighbors safe too.

· If you plan to drop off/pick up your student by vehicle, please remain in the RTMS designated car rider line.

  1. When dropping off students for tutorials or clubs 7:50 - 8:15 am, please use the second lane crosswalk area, in the front drive, to drop off in the morning.
  2. Please have students exit and enter vehicles near the front curb of the campus.

Thank you in advance for following the car rider map.

Thank you for helping to keep our thundercats safe !

Attendance News

Thank you for reaching out to the Ronald Thornton Middle School Attendance Office! Here are some frequent Q’s & A’s and resource information that may help address your concerns even faster:

1. What should I do if my child is absent?

If your child is absent from instruction, please attach your documentation to an email within 5 days of the absence to

2. I believe my child was incorrectly marked absent.
Please contact the teacher who marked the absence. If it is incorrect, the teacher will either edit the attendance or contact the attendance office to make a correction.

3. What do I do if I need to pick my child up early for an appointment?
Sign in at the Front Office with your sate issued I.D., you will get a Visitor’s Badge to the Attendance Office. Sign your student out from the Attendance Office. Please remember to bring a doctor’s note back to school the next day to allow the absence to be excused. Please make sure if you (parent or guardian) are sending another person to pick-up your student/s, they are listed on the emergency contacts.Students will not be released if they are not on the emergency contact.

4. What if I need to add someone on my student/s emergency contact for early pick-up?

Email the name, number and relationship to student/s with a copy of your ID.

5. What is the latest I can pick-up my student?

Student pickup is suspended from 3:40 p.m-4:10 p.m.

6. Do I need to call when my student is absent?

No, calls are considered a courtesy but not an excuse please follow up with a written note or medical note in order for absence to be excused.

7. Why is the absence still showing unexcused?
Once documentation is submitted, it can take up to 48 hours to show in Skyward.

8. What information should be included in the absence note?

Please include first name and last name, grade level, reason for absence.

9. How many days can my student be absent before they need a Medical Note?

According to the FBISD Parent/ Student Handbook, a student can be absent 4 consecutive days with a parent written excuse after the 5th day a medical note will need to be provided.

10. My student is sick and leaving from the clinic, do I need to sign out from the Attendance Office?

You will sign your student out from the Clinic only if the nurse or nurse’s assistant has spoken with you. The nurse will let the Attendance Clerk know and your student will be excused for the missed classes.

If the Nurse or Nurse Assistant does not inform you to pick your student up from the clinic then you will need to sign your student out from the Attendance Office and the student will be called from class.

11. Can my student wait for me in the entrance, if they know I am coming to pick them up?

Due to safety reasons and constant flow of entering and exiting the building, please DO NOT have your student wait for you in the entrance of the school.

12. My child forgot an item (lunch, band instrument, technology, etc.) at home, how can I get it to them?

We do not deliver items to students. Student will not be called out of class to retrieve items. A table is set up in the vestibule, where you are able to drop the item off, text your student the item is at the front of the school on the table. If allowed by the teacher they may come or during passing period to pick item up.


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FBISD Breakfast & Lunch Services

  • Free and reduced lunch forms open on August 1. It can be completed at Families must complete an application for each school year.
  • Meal prices for 2022-23 School Year:
    • Student Breakfast: $2.00
    • Secondary Lunch: $3.00
  • Parents may put money in student’s accounts PRIOR to the 1st day of school to avoid longer lunch lines at the start of school.

A Message from Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office

Please refrain from parking in the neighborhood across from Ronald Thornton Middle School. Violators will be ticketed.


Please understand that we cannot honor requests for students to ride bus routes other than their own designated route. Students who do not have bus-riding privileges will not be able to ride the bus with their bus-riding friends. Therefore, please plan accordingly so that everyone experiences a smooth dismissal each school day.

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Student Council will meet this Wednesday, Feb 8 at 8:20 in library! We need all 8th graders in attendance.