Dr. Gaines's Weekly Messages
MAP Testing September 28-October 16
During the weeks of September 28-October 16, your child will take a MAP® Growth™ test remotely from NWEA® on their RPS chromebook or other non-RPS device. MAP Growth scores help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. Teachers use results to individualize classroom lessons and set personal learning goals for students. For this reason, it is critical that students complete the test independently so that teachers will have the best picture of their current needs.
Note that RPS issued tablets will not support the assessment. Students will be able to use either their RPS issued chromebooks or other available personal laptop or computer. Students who do not have access to a supported device will test at a later date. Attached is a parent letter with information about what students need to do before and during the assessment to be successful.
School Office Hours & Contacts
There is someone available Monday-Friday, from 9:00-4:00 to answer questions, collect paperwork and accept deliveries; however, we encourage everyone to communicate with us via email and/or phone to limit interaction and maintain safety. For assistance, please email or dial the following:
Main Office: 804-319-3013 (answered by school office associates daily)
Registrar, Ms. McLean: email@example.com | 757-752-8402
Attendance, Ms. Farley: firstname.lastname@example.org | 804-835-4513
6th Grade Counselor, Ms. Henderson: email@example.com | 804-728-0069
7th Grade Counselor, Ms. Coles: firstname.lastname@example.org | 804-601-8027
8th Grade Counselor, Ms. Mayo: email@example.com | 804-621-2868
IB Coordinator, Ms. Cady: firstname.lastname@example.org | 804-286-2340
Compliance Coordinator, Mr. Scott: email@example.com | 804-569-5909
Assistant Principal (6th), Ms. Varljen: firstname.lastname@example.org | 804-592-0656
Assistant Principal (7th), Ms. Douglas-Jackson: email@example.com | 804-372-5415
Principal (8th), Dr. Gaines: firstname.lastname@example.org | 804-415-8325
If you need to fax something to the school, please dial: 804-319-3009 or 804-230-4717
Student Tablet Update
Student Kit Update
Student Schedule Changes
Need Technical Assistance?
Students who have technical issues are encouraged to email email@example.com. The Technology Services team will address issues remotely as much as possible. When you email the Help Desk, please include the student's name, school, date of birth, and student ID number (if you have it). This will help speed things up tremendously.You may also watch this tutorial and review the accompanying slide deck from Instructional Technology Resource Teachers (ITRTs) Nicole Pfister and Ashley Bland.For issues that require hands-on support, a mobile help desk will be available throughout the community based on the schedule below.
LMBMS Help Desk Hours
Still need tech assistance? LMBMS offers on-site technical support every Wednesday from 8am-12pm. Students and parents may come to the front of the school for technology help with Chromebooks or tablets.
ChildSavers Outpatient Therapy
#ReopenWithLove - For the latest information on fall reopening plans and resources for families, visit the #ReopenWithLove section of our website. It includes the most current information about meal distribution, technology distribution, school supply kit distribution, and other critical information.
Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helplne at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.
New Student Enrollment - RPS is enrolling all new students for the 2020-2021 school year! Head to the Enroll RPS portal for more info & online enrollment. Contact your zone school if an appointment is needed for in-person support. Note - this process is NOT for transfers within the RPS system (i.e., students moving to a new school because of zoning changes or a change of address). If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! Make sure to read all the amazing shout outs today; there are nearly three dozen! To close out the week, see below for a few pictures of our students' "classrooms" that families have shared with me. They've put a huge smile on my face, and I hope they do the same for you. With great appreciation, Jason
Dear #RPSStrong Family, I'd like to begin this evening by acknowledging the pain coursing through our community yet again in the wake of the decision yesterday by a Kentucky grand jury not to charge any of the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor with homicide or manslaughter. Outcomes like this only tear at the unhealed wounds borne by so many within the RPS family. Please check on your colleagues, friends, and loved ones this evening. Please recognize that they may need extra time and space to process this latest injustice. And please be there for them, in whatever capacity they need. Thank you. I also want to take a moment tonight to express my profound gratitude to Karla Ramos (Manager, Office of Multicultural Affairs for the City of Richmond), Fernando Rodriguez (Communications Director, Richmond & Henrico Health Districts), Jannette Duhart (RPS Bilingual and EL Coordinator), and Yahusef Medina (RPS Bilingual Family Liaison) for a candid, insightful, and educational discussion on RPS Live! yesterday about the Hispanic/Latin-American/Latino/a/x community in Richmond and RPS. A big thank you as well to Carlos Hernandez, our interpreter for the evening. If you missed this episode, I strongly encourage you to check it out here. With great appreciation, Jason