July 2023 Edition
Welcome to the 2023-2024 School Year
Magnet Families & Students,
I am excited to welcome back families for Open House this Wednesday, July 26th and all students for the first day of classes on Tuesday, August 1st. We are going to have an amazing school year at RMSST as we work together to reach our vision of growing global STEM leaders of accelerated change. I can't wait to see how this year's students bring our school motto of Challenge, Opportunity, and Distinction to life!
Please see below for key information about Open House and the start of school!
Mrs. Amanda Baskett
Director, Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology
Join us for Open House this Wednesday!
Open House will be Wednesday, July 26th from 4-5:30pm for 10th and 11th grade families and from 6-7:30pm for 9th and 12th grade families.
During Open House, please be sure to:
1. Visit your student's classrooms to meet their teachers (visit their RCHS teachers as well)
2. Attend your student's Grade Level Meeting in the Magnet Cafetorium
- 9th grade Meeting: 6:45pm-7:05pm
- 10th grade Meeting: 4:45-5:05pm
- 11th grade Meeting: 5:10-5:30pm
- 12th grade Meeting: 7:10-7:30pm
4.Speak with a Rockdale Magnet Fund representative in the Innovation Hive (room 810) regarding student fees, parent volunteer opportunities, Movie Night, and our Popcorn Sale.
5.If you have questions or concerns regarding your student's schedule, please visit the Wellness Room (room 807) to speak with a counselor and obtain the QR code to submit a Schedule Change Request form (for errors or duplicates only)
All families will receive a packet of documents that should be kept stapled and returned to the Magnet Front Office no later than Friday, August 11th.
Now is the time to complete your RCPS Annual Update
All parents must verify their contact information online in Infinite Campus and complete RCPS school forms online by the beginning of the school year. Please go to Infinite Campus Parent Portal, log in, then click "More" in the left column and "Annual Student Updates". Students will not receive a laptop until the Acceptable Use Agreement within the Annual Update has been completed.
Clear Bookbag Requirements
Please note that clear bookbags are still required this school year and must be provided by families. All bookbags (backpacks) carried by students in grades 1-12 must be clear. Students will carry their laptops in the school-issued, non-transparent laptop bag.Students participating in an extracurricular activity are permitted to carry non-transparent bags to store items pertaining to their particular activity (i.e. band, athletics, etc.). Upon entry into the school, all extracurricular activity bags must be stored in the Magnet Sports closet. All bags are subject to search. Additionally, the maximum size for non-transparent bags that students will be permitted to carry during the school day, such as lunch kits, pencil bags and purses, will be 6” x 9”. More information is available at this district website link.
2023-2024 School Year Calendar is Available Now- Attendance is the #1 Predictor of Success!
Magnet Families- Please use the upcoming school year's calendar as you plan. It is key that students are at school every day that they are well. Research shows that attendance in class is a key predictor for success.
Summer Reading Information
As a reminder, summer reading information was shared with students in May and via email with all families at the end of the school year. To review Summer Reading expectations, please visit our website at this Summer Reading link.
STAR Testing will begin in August- Access your student's data via Infinite Campus & SLDS
All students will take the STAR test for both Reading and Mathematics in August. Our school uses this test to monitor student growth and achievement. Your student's scores are now available through Infinite Campus under the more tab and selecting SLDS. We have detailed video instructions posted on our website to help you with this process and the opportunity to request a more detailed report to help support your student's growth this school year. This report summarizes your child's scores on the assessment and shares areas where they are ready for more practice. As with any assessment, many factors can affect your student's scores. It is important to understand that these scores provide only one picture of how your student is doing in school.
Please access the STAR parent instructions here on the school's website main page for more information.
11th Grade Immunization Forms
Rising 11th Grade Students: Certificate of Immunization (form 3231) can be turned in to the Magnet Front office.
Celebrating Distinction at RMSST
92 Magnet students earn national Advanced Placement Scholar Awards
Every fall, the AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through their performance on multiple AP Exams. This year, we are delighted that 92 RMSST students earned national recognition as an AP Scholar. We will be celebrating these students at a breakfast early in the semester and share their names at that time. You can read more about the AP Scholar program at this College Board website link.
In case you missed it: Magnet won FIRST place in National Science League Contest
At the end of the school year, we received the national results for the National Science League Contests. The top 10 individual student scores are totaled for a team score for each school in competition against the other participating schools around the country.
RMSST student teams won FOUR national awards including a first place in the nation! Daniel Nguyen also earned the 3rd place individual score in general science. See below for the complete list. Congratulations students who will be recognized on a plaque when we return in August.
National Science League Awards:
1st Place Team in Biology
2nd Place Team in Chemistry
2nd Place Team in 9th Grade General Science
3rd Place Team in Earth Science
Share a shout out to Teachers & Staff Members for a job well done!
Please Share the Opportunity to Donate to the Magnet Fund's Annual Drive
Do you know a business or community member that would like to support amazing public school students? Do you have a matching donation program through your employer?
Please share the opportunity to support Magnet students through the Fund's Annual Drive using the flyer linked here or sharing this link to the Magnet Fund's Annual Drive page on the website.