A Message from Principal Trotter
Greetings Richmond Alternative School Community,
We are confident that you will find the information on this site useful and that you will learn more about what makes Richmond Alternative School a special place. Since September RAS continues to support our students and families as we all navigate through virtual learning. I would like to commend our teachers for doing a phenomenal job facilitating within this new setting. Students you too have done a great job and continue to impress us with classroom discussions and engaging responses.
I would like to highlight a few GREAT things taking place at Richmond Alternative School. Although we’re virtual we:
- We hosted a social distancing Trunk and Treat in October for your community
- In November we distributed over 120 turkeys for Thanksgiving to our school and RPS families.
- Hosted a community event where our campus provided meals to the homeless.
- Prior to winter break we held a school attendance raffle where students who attended school each day from Dec. 7th – 18th had the opportunity to win a 19 inch or 24 inch flat screen tv.
We’d like to celebrate those students who attend school each day and give your BEST!
Our school continues to make great academic gains with by increasing our graduation rate and decreasing our dropout rate. These numbers are attributed to the hard work and high expectations our staff has for each of our students, continuing to encourage them that THEY CAN DO IT!
As we look to the New Year (2021) our school district continues to remain FULLY VIRTUAL, parents we’d like to hear from you! Please don’t hesitate to contact us at the information listed on our school webpage or social media platforms.
Some new things you’ll find on our school website are:
Our social media flat forms (follow us)
Our Aspire Academy Teachers post instructional video weekly (they can be found under the student tab)
If your child attends Spartan/Aspire Academy and you would like to schedule an orientation or need to speak with someone please don’t hesitate to contact us at 804- 780-4388 (office number) 804 -774-8577 (school number)
In closing, continue to remain safe we look forward to seeing your bright faces with us very soon.
School Line: 804-780-4388
Student & Family Community Conversations - We, as many of our families, are eager to open our doors to our students and staff this Fall! In preparation, check out the virtual, in-person, and community events we will be hosting throughout the Spring and Summer to ensure our communities are prepared, informed, and excited to #ReopenWithLove2.0!
Spring 2021 In-Person Testing Intent Form - Standards of Learning (SOL) Assessments are approaching and we want families to understand their options when it comes to testing. To review options and let us know of your intentions for the Spring SOL assessments, please visit www.rvaschools.net/sol and complete the survey by April 17, 2021.
The 2021 Virtual Fine Arts Festival is Live! - Come celebrate the artistic expression of our students! Each year, RPS hosts a Fine Arts Festival to culminate Arts in Our Schools Month. This year is slightly different because it is being held virtually! Check out our student's work and join the conversation of the impact of art in our lives!
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.
“The Loads of Love laundry facility and Parent Resource Center were developed to provide extra support to our families,” said Lamont Trotter, Principal of Richmond Alternative School. “We want to create an environment that is welcoming to our community while offering a safe place to wash their clothes.”
"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! Today's updates: Yale National Fellows – Congratulations to the following RPS teachers who were selected as Yale National Fellows through the Yale National Initiative to strengthen teaching in public schools! In collaboration with Yale faculty members, each fellow will develop a curriculum unit to teach during the coming school year and share with teachers throughout RPS. Taryn Coullier, Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary School Emma Kessler, Bellevue Elementary School Tara McCrone, Chimborazo Elementary School Joanna Minott, Huguenot High School Karen Mullins, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Valerie Schwarz, Mary Munford Elementary School Stephen Straus, River City Middle School Kaitlin Waldron, River City Middle School
Dear #RPSStrong Family, In honor of National Library Month, tonight I'm spotlighting the hottest ride in town – the RPS Lit Limo! Check out the schedule below and mark your calendars for a visit. Put the Chromebooks down, stretch your legs, and pick up an actual, physical book to take home. And if you'd like to donate books to the Lit Limo, please reach out to our amazing head of library services, Judy Deichman, at firstname.lastname@example.org. And just remember: Dinosaurs didn't read; now they're extinct. With great appreciation, Jason