River Bend Middle

Mid-Week Review (September 28, 2022)

Traduccion en Espanol

  • Para ver el boletin en Espanol haga click en el cuadrado negro ubicado en la parte derecha donde dice "Translate Newsletter"
  • Cuando llegue aqui haga clic en la flecha que apunta hacia abajo y escoja el idioma "Spanish"


FREE Tutoring (Tutor.com)

  • Did you know that all students have access to unlimited FREE tutoring? CLICK HERE for details.


Track Your Child's Bus

  • Did you know that there is an app (Stopfinder) that gives you access to know exactly where your child’s bus is, including specific pick up/drop off times? CLICK HERE for details.


Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday, September 27-Wednesday, September 28 = Academies of Loudoun Presentations during 8th Grade Resource/Spectrum
  • Tuesday, September 27-Wednesday, September 28 = Fall Growth Assessments in Math
  • Wednesday, September 28 = Spirit Week: Hawaiian Day
  • Thursday, September 29 = Spirit Week: Twin/Triplet Day
  • Thursday, September 29 = Mental Health and Wellness Parent Seminar Series - Suicide Prevention: What Every Parent Needs to Know at 6:30-8:00 p.m. (Independence HS)
  • Thursday, September 29-Friday, September 30 = Fall Growth Assessments in Reading
  • Friday, September 30 = Spirit Week: Jersey Day
  • Tuesday, October 4 = Fall Fundraiser Ends
  • Wednesday, October 5 = No School (Student/Staff Holiday)
  • Monday, October 10 = No School (Student/Staff Holiday)
  • Wednesday, October 12-Thursday, October 13 = Fall Picture Day(s)
  • Thursday, October 13 = Counseling Advisory Council at 9:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 18 = PTA Meeting Online at 7:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 20 = 8th Grade Chorus Concert at Potomac Falls HS at 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 24 = No School (Student/Staff Holiday)
  • Wednesday, October 26 = 8th Grade Orchestra Masquerade Concert at Potomac Falls HS at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 28 = End of Quarter #1
2022 2023 Welcome Back Video
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
School Fundraiser

Help raise funds for student activities, awards, instructional projects, building enhancements, and so much more!


Details

  • September 8 – October 4
  • Student prizes for participating will be announced during assemblies on September 8.
  • Prize flyer/permission slip to participate in the fundraiser will be sent home with students during 4th block on Thursday, September 8.
  • To participate, students must bring back the signed permission slip to receive their box of chocolate to sell (30 bars at $2 each).
  • Have questions? Contact Melissa.Dober@lcps.org or Amy.Raye@lcps.org
Big picture

Testing

Students in grades 3-8 will take the Virginia Department of Education’s growth assessments in reading and math this fall and again during the winter. The fall tests will take place at River Bend Middle School on the following dates, through their normal English and Math class:


  • Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 28 – Math Fall Growth Assessment
  • Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30 – Reading Fall Growth Assessment


The online growth assessments are adaptive assessments that aid teachers with identifying learning strands that require additional instruction. In addition, the results indicate specific benchmarks for student growth. Students will take these tests in addition to the spring Standards of Learning (SOL) tests.


Questions can be directed to our School Testing Coordinator, Nick Fisher at nicholas.fisher@lcps.org

Math Clubs

Are you interested in participating in the River Bend Math Club? This is designed for students who are passionate about math and want to participate in math competitions at the local, state, and national level.


CLICK HERE to sign up.


Competitions include: AMC 8. AMC 10, Math Counts, Math Kangaroo, Noetic Math, Virginia Math League, Math Olympiad, etc.

Academies of Loudoun & Thomas Jefferson High School (Current 8th Graders)

Current 8th graders have the opportunity to apply for two different programs for high school if they are interested in the science and technology field. The Academies of Loudoun is an LCPS school and students can apply to either the Academy of Science (AOS) or the Academy of Engineering & Technology (AET). Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is a school in Fairfax County Public Schools but students who live in Loudoun are eligible to apply. Below is information about the admission process for each of these opportunities.


Academies of Loudoun Admissions Timeline

  • Application Window Closes- October 24, 2022 at 11:00pm
  • Fall Admissions Testing Sessions- November 5, 12, 19, 2022 (Choose one Saturday)
  • Admissions Offers will be posted in admissions portal - Late March 2023
  • Applications accept or decline admissions offers - March - August 2023


Academies of Loudoun Information Sessions - In Auditorium

  • Thursday, September 22, 2022- Farmwell Station Middle School 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 27, 2022- Seneca Ridge Middle School 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 13, 2022- Harper Park Middle School 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


Academies of Loudoun: Academy of Science (AOS)

  • Enrolled in Algebra I or above at the time of application
  • Writing Assessment
  • STEM Thinking Skills Assessment
  • Final grade of C or above in math and science courses in grades 6 and 7, and semester I of grade 8


Academies of Loudoun: Academy of Engineering & Technology (AET)

  • Enrolled in Algebra I or above at the time of application
  • Writing Assessment
  • STEM Thinking Skills Assessment
  • Final grade of C or above in math and science courses in grades 6 and 7, and semester I of grade 8


Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) Admissions Timeline

  • Monday, Oct 24 Applications Available - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Nov 16 Last Day to Begin Application - 4:00 pm
  • Friday, Nov 18 Application Deadline - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, Feb 4 SPS/Essay Writing Administration - 8:00 am
  • Saturday, Feb 11 Inclement Weather Date for February 4
  • Friday, Feb 10 Accommodations, Make-Up SPS/Essay Writing Administration - 8:00 am
  • Friday, Feb 17 Inclement Weather Date for February 10
  • Friday, April 28 Final Notifications Released on or Before (Per Regulation)


Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) Eligibility Requirements

  • Course Prerequisites: To be eligible for consideration, applicants must: (1) have completed a full-year course of Algebra 1, or be currently enrolled in a full-year course of honors-level Algebra 1; applicants attending schools whose curricular programs do not include “honors” Algebra 1 courses must have completed or be enrolled in a full-year course of the highest level of Algebra 1 available at their school; (2) be enrolled in honors science; applicants attending schools whose curricular programs do not include “honors” science must be enrolled in the highest level of 8th grade science available at their school; (3) be enrolled in honors course in social studies or English/language arts, or identified as a “Young Scholar”; applicants attending schools whose curricular programs do not include “honors” courses in social studies or English/language arts must be enrolled in the highest level course available at their school in either social studies or English/language arts or identified as Young Scholar or identified as having advanced academic potential through a similar program designed to nurture such potential in students from underserved or disadvantaged backgrounds; and (4) have a 3.5 or higher GPA in all core academic courses (math, science, social studies, English/language arts, and if taken for high school credit, world language) at the time of application.
  • Math Requirements- Applicants to the freshman class at TJHSST must be taking a full-year of Honors Algebra 1 for high school credit or a higher level math course in grade 8 to apply to TJHSST. Algebra 1, Part A does not satisfy the math prerequisite for freshman application. Your school must verify the math course you are enrolled in for grade 8 on the application form. If you are a homeschooled student, you must provide a detailed description of the math curriculum for all math courses taken in middle school (including the name of the textbook used) with your application.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA)- All applicants to TJHSST, at the completion of 7th grade, should have an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher in order to be eligible to apply. It is highly unlikely that 1st quarter 8th grade marks will elevate a GPA lower than 3.5 at the end of 7th grade to a qualifying GPA.

Resources:


Transportation

  1. Log into ParentVUE (mobile app)
  2. Click on your student
  3. Click on "Student Information"
  4. Scroll to the bottom and click on "Additional Information"
  5. Still need help? Call (571) 252-1700 or visit https://www.lcps.org/Transportation
Big picture

Need Help? 2022-2023 Contacts

Big picture
Big picture