By Kinea Epps
Happy New Year! July 7 marks the start of the new school year for year-round students and families. With the start of any new year, it’s important to make a few resolutions to help keep you and your student on track to a great new school year.
• Sign up for Powerschool. This is your access to your child’s grades and attendance. Forms will be available during Open House for new and rising sixth grade parents. Current RMS families, your login information will remain the same.
• Visit the Blackboard site of your child’s team every week for updates on assignments and important information (no login required).
• Complete the volunteer applications early in the school year if you plan to go on a trip with your child.
• If your child mentions an issue that could impede school success, it’s important to reach out to your child’s teachers or school counselor. Don’t let issues continue without help.
• Middle school is a huge time for transitions, and students are engaged socially with their peers in different ways. Make sure you monitor your child’s activity on social media. There are apps available to help you keep your child safe online.
• And last but not least, have conversations with your child about school. It can be hard to figure out your role with middle schoolers, but it’s important to know what’s going on at this critical age. Even short conversations can provide a lot of insight.
We would also like to take a moment and welcome a few new staff RAMS to RMS:
• Madeline Eaton, English as a Second Language teacher
• Graelin Chidsey, seventh grade track 2 language arts and social studies
• Wendy Peterson, seventh grade track 3 language arts
• Trent Hall, eighth grade track 4 language arts
• Wendy Pearce, teacher assistant
• Keri DeRito, track 1 school counselor
• Shaun Harris, administrative intern
• And welcome back Brian Thacker, computer skills and applications teacher
Kinea Epps is lead school counselor at Rolesville Middle School.