Riverside High School

Parent Newsletter- February 14th, 2021

Happy Valentines Day to all of our Warriors!

Preparing for your student's IGP

Students and Parents,

The school counseling website has been updated to include additional information regarding IGPs and registration for the 2021-22 school year. The website includes important resources to help you prepare for your student's IGP.

1. Virtual RED Folder

This new resource contains a plethora of information related to registration including course offerings, graduation requirements, 4-year college entrance requirements, career resources, standardized testing, NCAA information, and so much more.

  • This Red Folder has important information to help you prepare for your IGP will be virtual this year and much more interactive. They were pushed out through Backpack on February 12th.

2. Rising 10th – 12th Virtual Parent Meeting recording

The School Counseling Department hosted a Rising 10th -12th Virtual Parent Meeting on Thursday, February 11th. If you were unable to attend, please feel free to view the recorded meeting.

3. Underclassmen IGPs (which also include registration for next year’s courses)

Will begin this week. We will begin with 9th grade. IGPs will be hybrid this year with Face-to-face students in the counselors’ offices and parents attending via Google Meet. Virtual students will attend via Google Meet.

  • Students and parents received Backpack notifications last week. They detailed how to sign up for the IGP.

4. Our Course Catalog

  • will be posted on February 19th per the district registration calendar

5. Teachers have begun discussing courses in their department as well as their recommendations for next year. Students will see that information again in their IGPs, but these early conversations will help with preparing for the IGP.

6. Please view these resources on the IGP/Registration page of the school counseling website. For a direct link, click here: https://sites.google.com/greenvilleschools.us/rhsschoolcounseling/igpregistration-information

If you have any additional questions please reach out to your school counselor.

Creating a Backpack Account for Parents

Please take the time to create a backpack account for parents. A backpack for parents account provides parents, guardians, or contacts with a central place to sign in to do the following:

  • View their student's information including demographics, attendance, classes, grades, lunch balances, and test scores
  • Apply or register their student to Special Focus schools and programs (Fine Arts Center, Career Centers, etc.)
  • Receive alerts and notifications regarding their students
  • View their student's school and contact information
  • Manage parent and contact information for their students

To create your parent backpack account follow the attached directions. Please note that parents only need to create a backpack account once. This is not an annual process.

Backpack Directions

Backpack Video

Student Tardies to 1st period

  • Parents and Students - We do not want you to miss instructional time!
  • Please make every effort to arrive to RHS on time to be in your classroom at 8:45.
  • Our building opens at 7:45.
  • Breakfast will be served and all students need to eat either in our cafeteria or at home before 1st period. Students will not be allowed to eat breakfast in their 1st-period class.

If a student has any questions, please speak to your Administrator.

Student Announcements:

  1. T Mobile Explorer Prep Summer Program

  • - Greenville County Schools is excited to announce a new technology career accelerator program in partnership with T-Mobile and Greenville Technical College beginning this summer 2021. The 2-year cohort includes two LaunchGVL paid virtual summer internships, dual-credit computer programming classes during senior year, and a Certificate in Full Stack Developer from Greenville Technical College after one-year of study. Successful completion of the program leads to an interview with T-Mobile as a Junior Engineer with an earning potential of about $58,000 per year. Current juniors with an interest in computer programming and IT are encouraged to apply. Want to learn more about the T-Mobile Explorer Prep program?
  • Parents and students are invited to join T-Mobile, Greenville Technical College and Greenville County Schools for an information night on Thursday, February 18th at 6:30pm over Google Meet @ meet.google.com/naq-kshs-gug.

2.) Bonds Career Center Application for 2021-22 Now Open!

  • SOPHMORES: Are you interested in attending the career center for the 2021-22 school year? If so, applications are now open! Application are located in your student Backpack account. Application are due no later than March 19th!
  • To view programs offered at Bonds Career Center please look at the Bonds Career Center website - https://sites.google.com/greenvilleschools.us/bondscareercenterprograms/home.

If you have additional questions please see your school counselor.

Students who selected to take the ACT on Tuesday, February 23rd

Greetings ACT Testers and Parents,

Students will be administered the ACT on Tuesday, February 23rd in our gymnasium.

Please be reminded that the test will start promptly at 8:45 in the gymnasium on Tuesday, February 23rd. Late students will not be permitted. Students need to wear their school-issued student ID (to gain admission to the testing area), bring their school-issued Chromebook, bring at least two #2 pencils (not mechanical) and a calculator on test day. Students may not have their phone and/or smartwatches. Students can bring a snack and bottled water for our scheduled break. All of this information will be further discussed during the Non-Test Information Sessions.

Please contact Mrs. Latson if you have any additional questions or concerns.

RHS will be adding a new weightroom

In a few weeks, construction will begin on our new weight room in the grass area between the tennis courts and the current weight room. See the picture below.

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Inclement Weather and eLearning

GCS instructional personnel and students should take their instructional devices home every night, not just over weekends or holidays. Because we are an approved eLearning district, we are allowed to utilize remote instruction on closure days instead of making that day up at a later time. There are multiple scenarios that could result in a move to eLearning:

  • As always, winter weather is a threat in the Upstate of South Carolina, and has the ability to force the unexpected closure of school facilities. In that situation, rather than have a make-up day later in the year, the district would activate eLearning for the duration of the closure.

  • Absent a weather event, a school or schools could shift to eLearning temporarily with minimal notice should the number of employee absences due to quarantine, isolation, or other factors exceed the ability of the school and available district personnel to cover all classrooms.

  • An individual school or schools could move to eLearning for a single day due to a burst water pipe, power system failure, or countless other reasons associated with the school environment.

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Go Warriors!

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