Overby-Sheppard Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • Principal We are finishing the second nine week period and the first semester.  While this year has been full of challenges.  We have remained steadfast in our determination to ensure the success of our students.  That has come with emotional, social, and academic support.  If nothing else, this year has taught us that we must focus on more than the academic success of our students.

    I want to take a moment to thank you, our village, for partnering with us through these tough times.  Extending to all of us at Overby-Sheppard grace as we make the largest pivot in education that any of us have been forced to make.  I sincerely hope that you can see that we are giving it right back to you.

    With all that said, we have another semester.  The race is not over.   While some have been slow to adapt to this new situation, there is still time to finish strong.  

    During February, Black History Month, it is fitting to end with a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He once said the following:

    "If you can't fly then run, If you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." 

    Our Mission this year is to champion our students, families, and staff.  We want our students to know that we are here working beside them to not only finish the year strong, but hopefully inspire them to continue strong along this journey of education so that they can accomplish their dreams.  I personally want you and our staff to know that we believe in you and want to walk with you along this journey to support you in future endeavors.  Remember, it does not matter how you do it, but to keep moving forward.

    Your partner in education,

    Shayla D. B. Holeman

    #HiveNationStrong

     

Announcements

Division Announcements

  • High School Summer School Bus Stops - The 2021 Summer School session for High School students begins Monday, June 28th. Click here to find a bus stop nearest you.

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  • Armstong and Richmond Community Graduation Changes - Please be aware that the Armstrong High School graduation ceremony has been moved up 1 hour tomorrow (June 22) to 8:00am and the Richmond Community graduation has been moved to Wednesday (June 23) at 1:00pm. Click here for more information.

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  • New Summer Meal Distribution - We are excited to share a variety of free meal pick-up options for our families beginning Monday, June 21st through the summer! Click here to find a site nearest you and to see an interactive map of sites!

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  • Student Device Collection - All RPS technology devices, including Chromebooks, hotspots, tablets, and laptops should be returned to schools with the exception of those attending summer school. Click here to learn more. 

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  • New 2021-22 Bell Schedule - The RPS School Board has approved new daily start/end times for students next year, click here to view the new schedule!

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  • RPS Reopening Dashboard - Click here to download the latest update of the RPS Reopening Dashboard.

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  • Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helpline at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.

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  • Support RPS - There are many ways to support RPS and #ServeWithLove! Please consider volunteering, donating, or partnering with us, and for new and existing partners, don't forget to add your organization to our new searchable partnership database!

     
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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - June 22, 2021

    Correction* Another fabulous graduation is in the books – congratulations to the Armstrong HS Class of 2021! Many thanks to Principal Bell and his team for running a beautiful ceremony this morning (before the rain :). We'll be closing things out tomorrow with George Wythe, Franklin Military Academy*, Richmond Community, and Thomas Jefferson. See you there! Tonight's Updates: Lit Limo – Can you believe the Lit Limo connected with over 12,000 RPS students this year? Take note of the schedule below the shout-outs so we can keep everyone reading this summer! VUU Youth Entrepreneurship Summit – RPS 11th and 12th graders, Virginia Union University is holding an entrepreneurship summit on June 24-25 just for you! Check out the flyer below and sign up here.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 21, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, My apologies for coming to you later than usual tonight – we just wrapped up John Marshall's graduation ceremony at The Diamond! That was our third one of the day: this morning was Huguenot HS and this afternoon was Open HS. All three were all absolutely fantastic (see below for some pix of our valedictorians). Big shout out to Principal Gilstrap, Principal Carleton, Principal Murray, and our Chief Schools Officer, Harry Hughes, for planning and executing beautiful ceremonies! And, of course, congratulations to our amazing, pandemic-defying graduates.

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