Dear Parents or Guardians,
Welcome to the start of the 2020–2021 school year, new and returning Titans! First, I would like to say that I have missed each and every one of you. I hope you have had a fun and safe summer. As you’ll know this year’s instruction will be delivered virtually. With that being said, we are more than ever committed to providing the best education as possible to our amazing students. The instruction will be robust and engaging, with blended learning. In addition, he will continue to support the physical and mental wellness of our students, through our school counselors, social worker, CIS, and the RPS Engagement Office. However, we can’t do it alone, it will take a collaborative effort from students, parents, teachers, and the community to have a successful school year.
RPS will be providing updates through Superintendent’s Kamras Direct Newsletters, please subscribe by email. You can find this information on the RPS homepage website.
The first day of school will be September 8, 2021. The school hours are from 9:15am – 4:20pm. Additional information can be found on our school website and our social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
There is doubt that this will be a challenging school year, but I know we are up to the challenge. We will meet each challenge head on, with love and grace. Our teachers are diligently working to create a challenging and rewarding learning experience, in which all students can be successful.
We encourage and invite parents to be active participants in their child’s virtual learning experience. Without the support and involvement from parents and families, we would not be able to achieve our goals. Working together will build a sense of school community.
Our virtual open house will take place on Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm, for 6th graders and 6:00pm -7:00pm. Additional information will be forthcoming.
Thank you for entrusting us with your wonderful child(ren). I hope that you find your experience at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle very valuable and rewarding. I look forward to working with you and your child(ren) this school year.
Mrs. Inett Dabney, Principal
#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.
"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
Dear #RPSStrong Family, A huge thank you to everyone who submitted public comment about our schedules for Monday night's School Board meeting, and to the REA leadership for providing feedback directly to Dr. Epp today. We're using all of this input to make a few more adjustments to the draft schedules we shared on Monday. I'll circle back soon with updates. In the meantime, please feel free to continue reaching out to me with any additional thoughts. Don't forget to tune in for RPS Live! tonight at 7 pm on our Facebook page. I'll be joined by 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 Language Coordinator), and Yahusef Medina (RPS Bilingual Family Liaison) for a discussion of the heritage, culture, and diversity of the Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx community in Richmond. With great appreciation, Jason
Dear #RPSStrong Family, I am devastated to share that we lost two RPS students last night – one from Franklin Military Academy and one from Richmond Alternative School – in two separate tragedies. The students had connections to a number of other schools, including Henderson Middle School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, Chimborazo Elementary School, and Huguenot High School. All of these communities are grieving this evening; please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. On behalf of RPS, I want to extend my deepest condolences to both students' families. As a parent, I can't bear to imagine the pain they are experiencing right now. I pray that the RPS family will do whatever is necessary to provide them with a glimmer of light amidst the darkness they now face. With great appreciation, Jason