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    2020 Virtual Reopening Plan

    December 7, 2020 Update - RPS has officially announced that we will remain completely virtual for the second semester beginning on February 8, 2021. Further updates will be shared in RPS Direct and within this section of our website.

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RPS Direct Update - March 8 (PM), 2021

  • Dear #RPSStrong Family,
    Happy International Women's Day! A special shout out to the eight women of the RPS School Board, led by Chair Cheryl Burke! 
    School Social Work Week – This is School Social Work Week and we're thrilled to recognize the incredible individuals who serve our students and families as school social workers. Please send me your shout-outs for the social workers in your life so we can recognize them this week!
    National School Breakfast Week – This is also National School Breakfast Week and we know that fueling up with a healthy breakfast to start the day is critical for learning. I want to give a special shout-out to our food and transportation teams who make sure that meals are prepared and delivered to our students every morning. Please send me shout-outs for them as well!
    Preschool Enrollment – The preschool enrollment seasons kicks off on April 1. If you have a 3-year-old or 4-year-old, we'd love to have you join us. Please review the flyers below to learn more, or visit us at www.rvaschools.net/preschool.
    Calendar Town Halls – We have three more town halls this week about the proposed calendar for next year. For all the details, please see the flyers below or visit us at www.rvaschools.net/conversations.
    Finally, check out the pictures below of the teams from Maymont Preschool, Fairfield Court Elementary School, and Huguenot High School visiting students to celebrate their outstanding attendance for the first semester. Congratulations!
    With great appreciation,
    Shout-outs! – Please keep sending them to me at jkamras@rvaschools.net. Thank you! 
    • I would like to give a shout out to Luke Hostetter for taking time out of his busy schedule to set up a Google Meet and answer some questions for me. He responds to emails in a timely manner and does his best to make himself available. He is greatly appreciated!
    • Happy School Social Worker Week to our school social worker, Kishla Conner! This is only her first year and she is doing an awesome job! Your dedication to the students at William Fox Elementary School is appreciated and does not go unnoticed!
    • I would like to give a special shout out to Mrs. Deborah Price, 5th grade language arts teacher at Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts, for helping my daughter outside of classroom time to get a better understanding of the lesson. Thank you, Mrs. Price!
    • Our amazing 6th grade science team from River City Middle School took part in a virtual field trip to the James River. A huge shout-out to Mr. Melvin, Ms. Stewart, Mr. Cipolla, Ms. Ruffner, and Ms. Wilson for bringing the James River to the students. They learned how our actions can impact the quality of water that flows into the Chesapeake Bay, and ran experiments and analyzed the data in real-time. Go, Red Tails!
    • I just wanted to send a shout out to Dr. Emily Stanford of Thomas Jefferson High School. Dr. Stanford is so knowledgeable about special education and she's able to harness that knowledge to help students both receive the services they need and act independently – to be intrinsically motivated to succeed despite obstacles they have. The Thomas Jefferson High School community is stronger because of her hard work and dedication. :)
    • A special thank you to the following teachers who volunteered their time to score essays: Andrew Maples, Amanada Feldmann, Carissa Arthur, Kaylin Bryce, Jeanne Callahan, Vic Carll, Naiia Smith, and Blaine Boaz. Your continued support on behalf of our students is appreciated!
    • A big thank you to Bernadette Cruse, our elementary Spanish virtual teacher for her hard work and dedication in all areas of world languages. Mrs. Cruse's expertise and knowledge in Spanish has been exceptional as she supports the division by providing exemplary professional development, engaging elementary Spanish videos, AP Spanish curricular support, and coaching for FLES teachers. You rock, Mrs. Cruse!
    • RPS is so lucky to have Ashley Bland in the family! She is not only knowledgeable, but kind and committed, too! She makes it her mission to ensure that all of our students have equitable access to technology! She goes the extra mile whether she's helping a family that is from one of her assigned schools, or any of the other thousands of RPS families! Thanks to Mrs. Bland for always being there for our students!
    • Shout out to Ms. Wenda Thompson at John Marshall High School who has maintained a 100% pass rate for the Reading SOL Test.
    • I would like to thank Cassandra Bell, Natalie Davis and Nathan Potter for facilitating PD on Eureka Math and the 3-Step Process this morning. I now have a better understanding of the process and look forward to working with you in the future. #Leadwithlove
    • I would like to give a big shout-out to all of the high school students who participated in SOL testing over the last few Saturdays. A special shout-out to Eileen Mathews and the entire transportation departmentSusan Roberson and the nutrition staffNurse Nakeisha White and staff, Mauricio Tovar and the security staffNicholas Cammarano and the technology team, and all staff members that served as examiners. An extremely large shout-out of gratitude to all of the site coordinators: Angela Moore, Tresses Jones, Kerry Smith, Pamela Couther, Lakisha Good, Tiffany Frierson, Cordell Watkins, Bernita Williams, Sonja Branch-Wilson, Tenika Tyson-Wood, Aucet Wilson, Wanda Anderson, and Nicole Glover.
    • Shout out to Ms. Slade, special education department chair at Huguenot High School, for actively supporting our department’s needs on weekends and at all odd hours. She always makes herself available. Being able to draw on her expertise has made virtual teaching beneficial for special education teachers and students. Thank you so very much! We love you!
    • I want to give my thanks and appreciation to Andrew Bishop from the Enroll RPS tech crew. I had a few questions about the portal during the application process and he responded to me quickly and with great advice to resolve my issues...The support that Andrew and RPS provided during the application process this year was wonderful. I went through this process a few years ago for my older student and it was soooo much better this time around!
    • We would like to give a huge testing shout out to the Mrs. Valenta Wade for her outstanding leadership during the fall testing administration.
    • We really want to give a big thank you to our entire testing team and support staff: custodian crew chief Mr. Toomes was extremely helpful and dependable; Mrs. Washington, thank you for serving our students with love; special thanks to our security team, Mr. Quick and Mrs. McDonald; and the awesome nurses, Ms. Alston and Ms. Jones, kept us all safe. Great job, team, during this virtual world. 
    Calendar Conversations – We're holding town halls this week to share information about the proposed calendar for next year, gather feedback, and answer any questions you may have. Please see below for dates and times. To register, click here.
    Preschool Enrollment – See below or visit us at www.rvaschools.net/preschool for all the details.
    Tutoring – Just a quick reminder that we're offering FREE virtual tutoring in reading and math for students in grades K-8. Click here for additional information.
    Facilitated Learning Centers – As a reminder, there are still seats available at the "facilitated learning centers" serving RPS students. See below for details.
    • Peter Paul Development Center is running a facilitated learning center at MLK MS for 2nd-8th grade RPS students. The full-day option goes from 9 am until 6 pm, and is completely free for low-income families. To learn more, click here.
    • The YMCA is is running facilitated learning centers at Miles Jones ES, Holton ES, and Huguenot HS for K-8th grade RPS students. The full-day option goes from 7:30 am until 6 pm, and is completely free for low-income families. To learn more, click here.
    • There are also many other facilitated learning centers not housed in RPS schools across the city. To learn more, click here.
    RPS Love Store – Show your RPS Love and help us raise money for RPS families in need and local racial justice non-profits by ordering something today from the RPS Love Store
    Crisis Support – Please reach out if you need help.
    Important Links – I'll note in orange when there have been additions/updates so you you won't miss anything.
    #ReopenWithLove Links
    Local, State, and National Public Health Links
    Local, State, and National Public Education Links

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