RMS Counselor Chronicles

August 2014

Welcome to Riverside Middle School!

My name is Stacy Hall and I will be your school counselor for the year. I am excited about getting to know each of our 6th graders as well as their families and hope that you'll feel free to contact me at any time.

A little bit about myself... I am married and have two children who attended Riverside Middle School and now attend Riverside High School. This will be my fourth year as the 6th grade school counselor at Riverside Middle School. I’ve spent the past 20 years working with children, adolescents, and their families in various settings. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Human Development & Services and a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling. I completed my certification in School Guidance and Counseling at Clemson University in 2011. I love working at Riverside and can't imagine working with a better group of students, families and faculty and staff members.

Throughout the course of the year, we have planned many exciting activities, including guest speakers, interactive classroom activities, and grade level career awareness opportunities. Our school website (www.greenville.k12.sc.us/riverms) will be a great resource for information including links from my web page, located on the Guidance/School Counseling page. Please check my site regularly as I hope to use this, among other things, to help keep you informed of events throughout the year as well as useful links to relevant information.

We know that the transition from elementary to middle school can take a little getting used to. You and your family may have questions as you settle in. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance. I can be reached between 8:15am and 3:30pm at 355-7916 or sehall@greenville.k12.sc.us. Welcome to Riverside!

Important News and Events

Sixth Grade Open House

Monday, Aug. 18th, 8:30-11:30am

615 Hammett Bridge Rd

Greer, SC

You won't want to miss this event! Our Sixth Grade Orientation will be a great time to pick up your schedule, meet your teachers and some new friends, walk through the building according to your schedule, take yearbook pictures, and purchase your PE uniform. You will also be able to meet administrators and confirm your transportation for the year.

Students with a last name beginning with A – M should plan to come between 8:30am – 10:00am. Students with a last name beginning with N - Z should plan to come between 10:00am – 11:30am. Parents are welcome!

First Day of School

Tuesday, Aug. 19th, 8:30am-3:15pm

615 Hammett Bridge Rd

Greer, SC

Today is the big day! Bring a notebook, pencil, and paper as well as your enthusiasm for a great year ahead. Although our day officially begins a 8:30am, we recommend that you arrive before 8:15am so that you have plenty of time to get to your class and get settled before the official bell rings at 8:30am. Our doors open at 7:30am.

What to Expect on Your First Day of School

We are looking forward to a great first day back to school and hope that you are too! For the first few days of school, we will have extended homeroom periods with plenty of time spent on tours of the school building, practice with lockers and combinations, clear expectations for classes, lunch time procedures, organizational tips, etc. Faculty will be present throughout the building during each class change and will be happy to answer any questions and point students in the right direction if need be.

Plan to bring your schedule of classes, a notebook, paper and a pencil on your first day. Teachers will give you time to bring in the remainder of your supplies. Lockers will not be given out on the first day of school so no worries there!

6th Grade Schedule

8:30am-8:35am: Homeroom

NOTE: Your homeroom teacher/room will be the same as your first period teacher/room.

8:35am-9:35am: First Period

9:39am-10:39am: Second Period

10:41am-11:19am: Lunch

11:23am-12:13pm: Third Period-Related Arts

12:17pm-1:17pm: Fourth Period

1:21pm-2:21pm: Fifth Period

2:25pm-3:15pm: Sixth Period-Related Arts

Middle School 101 for Parents

Tuesday, Aug. 26th, 8:45am

615 Hammett Bridge Rd

Greer, SC

Join us for coffee and a question and answer session in the RMS Media Center with your 6th Grade Counselor, Stacy Hall. We hope to make sure that you have all the information you'll need to thrive at Riverside Middle School along with your student.

Middle School Tips for Parents

Require the use of an Agenda : Your student will receive an agenda/planner at the beginning of the school year. Encourage him/her to record all homework assignments in the planner and then check it regularly. Utilize teacher websites and their weekly planners to double check homework assignments and upcoming projects and tests.

Read Course Syllabi: Read each course syllabus. This will provide you with information about classroom policies and expectations and will provide a timeline for major projects and assignments.

Check Grades, Homework and the Parent Portal: Check to see that homework assignments are being completed in a timely fashion through the Parent Portal. If students spend some time every day on each class, they will save a great deal of stress and time the night before an assignment is due. You may utilize the same Parent Portal account as in middle school or receive information about your student's account in the RMS front office. Make sure you bring your proof of identification.

Designate a Study Time and Place: Work with your student to select a time and place where school work should be completed each day. If he/she does not have a homework assignment, he should read notes from the day or sections in the text book that are being addressed in class. Study areas should be as free from distractions as possible and should have available a study survival kit.

Create a Study Survival Kit: This kit should contain pens, pencils, paper scissors, and any other supplies necessary for completing assignments. Having all of these materials in one place will keep your student from wasting time looking for them.

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate: Communicate with your student’s teachers by phone or e-mail. Let them know to contact you if ever they have a question or concern. Also communicate with your middle school student. Although they are growing up, it is important that they know that you are available to talk and listen when they need it.


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