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  • Albert Hill Summer Reading

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  • RPS Summer Camp Info

     

    *Rising 9th Graders look for the option to take PE 9 online for credit

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  • Reopening Survey - English

    Reopening Survey - Spanish

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  • Locker Cleanout Information

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  • Child Savers is offering a rising 9th grade therapeutic group to help support 8th graders that will be transitioning to high school. Please see the attached flyer or visit the Albert Hill website for more information. This therapeutic group will offer rising 9th graders an opportunity to connect with others their age, process the abrupt end to their middle school experience, and help prepare them for high school. Students referred to this group will need to meet criteria for receiving outpatient mental health services. If you are not sure if a student would qualify please feel free to reach out to Jessica Gregory, jgregory@childsavers.org.

    Child Savers Outpatient Therapy
    If your student would benefit from counseling services, please see the attached flyer and referral form for outpatient mental health services. You may also visit the Albert Hill Website to access the flyer. There are immediate openings for individual mental health services. Please contact Jessica Gregory, jgregory@childsavers.org for more information.

    ChildSavers Referral Form

    Outpatient Services Flyer

    Rising 9th Grade Group Flyer

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  • High School Credit Bearing Courses


    Based on state and local policy, parents may request that grades be omitted from the student’s transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course. If your student completed a course for high school credit in SY2019-2020, and you would like grades and credit omitted from your students transcript (your student will not earn high school credit for the course), please complete the form available on our school website by July 31st.  If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Gustavson (dgustavs@rvaschools.net). 

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8ScRiYKWGkmtOJI5O4iUWH701dD0ZkGInj_kSDi1pz3hjOQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

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  • RPS SummerCamp@Home  – Preschool through eighth grade students will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual camp experience this summer that includes both academics and a broad array of enrichment activities. We're calling it RPS SummerCamp@Home. Big thanks to our partners on this: YMCA of Greater RichmondBellXcel, and NextUp
    • Who: All RPS PreK-8 students
    • When: June 29 – July 31 
    • Where: Virtually
    • Cost: Free!
    Each week will have a theme:
    • Week 1: “RPS Strong” – Developing healthy minds and healthy bodies!
    • Week 2: “RPS Calm” – Learning mindfulness and meditation practices!
    • Week 3: “RPS Active” – Getting up and moving!
    • Week 4: “RPS Loud” – Making music and dancing!
    • Week 5: “RPS Creative” – Unleashing creativity! 
    Here are a few examples of the virtual enrichment courses that students will have access to:
    • Contemporary Dance
    • Culinary Explorations
    • Latin Salsa & Hip Hop
    • Mindfulness & Art
    • Outdoor Explorers
    • So You Want to Win the Fortnite World Cup?
    • TECHNOLOchicas: Learn Basic Coding
    • Video & Filmmaking
    • Yoga Exploration
    To register for RPS SummerCamp@Home, just click here!
    Please note that high school students and middle school students taking high school courses will have the opportunity this summer to complete their spring 2020 Edgenuity modules and take virtual credit recovery courses. We'll have more information about this very soon.
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  • Middle School Course Descriptions

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  • Attention: Please Scroll Down to See Information for Specific Grade Levels Regarding Course Selection

     

    Current 5/Rising 6 Graders

    Greetings Rising 6th Grade Albert Hill Families! 

    We hope this message finds you and your families well. 

    Richmond Public Schools is currently in the process of scheduling student courses for the 2020-2021 school year! To best support families during our time of social distancing, Richmond Public Schools will utilize an online Course Selection form for all secondary students. Online Course Selection forms are now available in several places. First, check the website of the middle school your child is scheduled to attend for the 2020-2021 school year to find the link for rising sixth grade students. The form is also available on each middle school’s social media platforms. All course selection forms should be completed no later than Friday, May 29, 2020. 

    RPS school offices are currently closed due to COVID-19. However, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact your current school counselor.  On behalf of Albert H. Hill Middle School, we look forward to working with you and helping your student make a smooth transition to middle school!

    For more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SGqMQFGMsiHBdeULxtErCQxv5f2VSu8O/view?usp=sharing

    Course Selection Form: Rising 6th Graders (Current 5th graders)

     

    https://forms.gle/v8oxuFkJqDcumPqt5

     

    Mr. Gustavson 

    Email: dgustavs@rvaschools.net

    Albert H. Hill Principal

    Mrs. Tashiana Ivy

    Email: tmayo@rvaschools.net

     

    Current 6/Rising 7th

    Greetings Albert Hill Families! 

    We hope this message finds you and your families well.

    Richmond Public Schools is currently in the process of scheduling student courses for the 2020-2021 school year! To best support families during our time of social distancing, Richmond Public Schools will utilize an online Course Selection form for all secondary students. Online Course Selection forms are now available in several places. First, check the Albert Hill website to find the link for the appropriate grade level. The form is also available on our Albert Hill social media platforms. In the event you need a paper copy, they are available for pick up at the school. All course selection forms should be completed no later than Friday, May 29, 2020. 
     

    Our school offices are currently closed due to COVID-19. However, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. G, dgustavs@rvaschools.net.  

    Course Selection Form: Rising 7th Graders (Current 6th graders)

    https://forms.gle/QWgbLRoUuFh5Ta7j6

    For more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SGqMQFGMsiHBdeULxtErCQxv5f2VSu8O/view?usp=sharing

     

    Current 7/Rising 8th

    Greetings Albert Hill Families! 

    We hope this message finds you and your families well.

    Richmond Public Schools is currently in the process of scheduling student courses for the 2020-2021 school year! To best support families during our time of social distancing, Richmond Public Schools will utilize an online Course Selection form for all secondary students. Online Course Selection forms are now available in several places. First, check the Albert Hill website to find the link for the appropriate grade level. The form is also available on our Albert Hill social media platforms. In the event you need a paper copy, they are available for pick up at the school. All course selection forms should be completed no later than Friday, May 29, 2020. 
     

    Our school offices are currently closed due to COVID-19. However, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. G, dgustavs@rvaschools.net.  

    Course Selection Form: Rising 8th Graders (Current 7th graders)

     

    https://forms.gle/2CeGT86FBb3WbafV8  

     

    For more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SGqMQFGMsiHBdeULxtErCQxv5f2VSu8O/view?usp=sharing

     

     Current 8/Rising 9th

    Greetings Albert Hill Families! 

    We hope this message finds you and your families well.

    Richmond Public Schools is currently in the process of scheduling student courses for the 2020-2021 school year! To best support families during our time of social distancing, Richmond Public Schools will utilize an online Course Selection form for all secondary students. Online Course Selection forms are now available on the website of the high school your child is scheduled to attend for the 2020-2021 school year. Students should complete the form for rising ninth grade students. All course selection forms should be completed no later than Friday, May 29, 2020. 

    RPS school offices are currently closed due to COVID-19. However, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. G, dgustavs@rvaschools.net. We look forward to working with you and helping your student make a smooth transition to high school!

    For more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SGqMQFGMsiHBdeULxtErCQxv5f2VSu8O/view?usp=sharing

     

     

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  • Next Up Online Classes

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  • Code Beats

    Using hip hop music to teach computer programming 

     

    With technology touching nearly every aspect of our society, it is essential that all students acquire skills and knowledge in computer science (CS). Unfortunately, availability of classes and interests from students is still limited due to a low presence of CS in K-12 education. To address this challenge, we have developed a system which uses hip hop music to teach basic computer programming skills.
    Our three-week long online camp teaches students to code as they make hip hop beats. Each weekday from 10-11am we broadcast live to them, teaching the day’s lesson, hosting virtual guests like NO BS Brass’s Taylor Barnett or rapper Nickelus F, interacting with students via live chat and online voting, and making sure students are prepared to complete the day’s lesson. At 11am, we release the day’s assignment. Assignments are designed to require only 15 minutes of time, but many students spend hours making their beats spectacular. We share some students’ beats in class the next day. At the end of the three weeks we hold a beats competition, where students compete in a March-Madness-style bracket to see who can create the best beat. This camp has an emphasis on FUN!
    What:
    Three weeks of cheap ($25, 10 scholarships available), introductory classes on making hip hop beats with code. Video briefly demonstrating Code Beats available here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2I--jQTG58  
    When:
    May 4th to May 22nd, with 1 hr sessions at 10am each weekday.
    Where:
    Online and live streamed via Twitch.tv.
    Requirements:
    Computer (Windows or Mac), headphones, Twitch account.
    Recommended ages:
    11-15 (middle school - 9th grade)
    Professors:
    David Shepherd, Ph.D.
    Douglas Krug, M.S.
    Taylor Barnett, Ph.D.
    Kate Sicchio, Ph.D.
    Nickelus F
    Undergrad Instructors:
    Edtwuan Bowman

    To register:
    Sign up for the newsletter (low traffic) to be notified of the details, including how and when to sign up for this camp:
    https://bit.ly/registerCodeBeats
     
    Buy a one-month, $25 subscription (for the month of May) to the davidcshepherd Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/davidcshepherd 
    FAQ:
    Q: How do you register? A: You can register by subscribing to the davidcshepherd channel on Twitch (the $25 subscription). You CAN pay for only a one-month subscription by pressing "More Options" in the subscription process. Note that you should not register until May 1.
    Q: When should I register? A: May 1st. The subscription is for 1 month and so please wait until May to register. Note that we will send a single email reminder to register on May 1.
    Q: Can I share this with others? A: YES! https://codebeats.weebly.com/camps.html
    Q: I already took the first week of the Code Beats course, will this be a repeat? A: There will be some repetition, but we will learn more, more deeply, and with better supporting content (e.g., videos from music experts). 
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  • Rep. McEachin's At-Home Education Panel 4/28 @5:30PM

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  • NJHS UPDATES

     

    The National Junior Honor Society(NJHS) Leadership Committee is creating a slideshow in honor of the Eighth graders' journey through middle school. We are asking for pictures from students, parents and teachers of any eighth grader during their time at Albert Hill Middle School. Please send pictures to AHMSslideshow@gmail.com.The deadline for the pictures is May 20. We greatly appreciate your help!  
     

    The NJHS is undertaking a huge task in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week. While we'd like the final product to remain a secret, we need your help! If you have a teacher you love and appreciate, please use this link to leave a positive note of appreciation for that teacher! Students, Parents, and even other teachers are welcome to leave notes of appreciation for teachers that have made a difference for them. If you have any favorite photos of a teacher to share, please email them to our adviser Ms. Howard (mhoward@rvaschools.net). On behalf of the NJHS Character Committee, we appreciate YOU for helping send warm messages to our amazing Albert Hill teachers!  

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  • YEARBOOK UPDATES
     
    The 2019-2020 Yearbook WILL be published this spring! To order your yearbook, use our online platform: Navigate to ybpay.lifetouch.com. Enter Albert Hill's Yearbook ID Code: 13170420. Select any optional add-ons to your yearbook order and complete your payment securely online! Support the fund to purchase yearbooks for students in need (especially 8th graders) by contributing when offered on the site. We expect the books to be delivered sometime in June. More information will be provided about yearbook pick-up. (Unfortunately, mail delivery to home addresses is not possible.) Thank you for your support!
     
    The dedicated student staff of the AHMS Yearbook is hard at work to meet our final deadlines, but we need your help! Do you have any photos of your student's sport games, field trips or more? We'd love to have them. It is always the dream of a yearbook staff to have more than enough photos, and in particular we need assistance with sport match photos, and the new music and theatre programs of our school! Send photos or share Google folders to this email address: ahms.yearbook1@gmail.com. Thanks for your help!
     
    Finally, before the school closures, the yearbook staff was unable to complete name preference verifications with our students. Does your child prefer to go by another name than their legal name? Jen instead of Janet? Tony rather than Anthony? Please complete this Google form in order to ensure your student's name will be updated in the portrait section of the 2019-2020 yearbook.
     
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  • Art After School Online Spring 2020

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  • STEM Resources from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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  • Corona Virus Resources from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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  • Virtual Learning Resources

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  • March 12, 2020

    Greetings Albert Hill Family,

    Out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelling tonight’s performance of Bedtime stories as told by my dad who messed them up. We are extremely proud of Mrs. Vollmer, all student performers, and the stage crew who prepared for the show over the last few months. They had an amazing performance last night! We would also like to thank the Albert Hill staff who assisted, our PTA and wonderful parent volunteers who made this all possible.

    We ask for your understanding in this decision that we have made to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and community. Thank you for your continued support.

    In partnership,

     

    Tashiana Ivy

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  • COVID-19 CDC Fact Sheet / COVID-19 CDC Fact Sheet (Spanish)

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  • COVID-19 Message for Families / COVID-19 Message for Families (Spanish)

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  • Community Talks with Superintendent Jason Kamras

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  • Rezoning Meeting @ Albert Hill

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  • MARCH 4TH 5-9PM! CARYTOWN LOCATION

    • You will need to mention Albert Hill or show the printed or digital flyer when you make your purchase!
    • Online orders do not count – you must pay in the store. 
    • Catering orders can count towards the fundraiser, but the order must be placed 24 hours ahead and picked up during our fundraiser time frame (5-9 pm). The number for catering orders is 1-800-CHIPOTLE. The cashier needs to be alerted at pickup for the purchase to count for Albert Hill.

    Here is a link to the digital flyer.

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  • Rezoning – Please see below from some FAQs regarding rezoning implementation.
    • How do I find out what school my child is zoned for? Just click the button below and you'll be taken to a map where you can enter your address and see your zone for next year. Click on "View School Zones" and then make sure you've checked the box for "Board Approved" elementary, middle, or high school zones.
    What school am I zoned for next year?
    • What did the Board decide about "grandfathering?" The Board voted to provide any rising 5th, 8th, and 12th graders (students who will be in those grades NEXT year) with the option of remaining at their current school regardless of the new zones. (We will soon share the formal process for eligible students/families to exercise this option. Please do not use the Open Enrollment/Specialty School application platform, SmartChoice, to make this selection.)
    • If one of my children is “grandfathered-in” at their current school, can my other child/children remain at that school? No. Siblings must attend their zoned school unless they received their current placement through Open Enrollment in a previous year.
    • Will transportation be provided for students who are “grandfathered-in” at their current school? As is common practice in Virginia school divisions, transportation will not be provided for students who are “grandfathered-in” at their current school. 
    • Can I opt to send my child to a school other than the one to which they are assigned under the new zones? Students may attend a school other than their zoned school only by applying through the Open Enrollment or Specialty School Application process.
    • Will students with IEPs be “grandfathered-in” at their current schools? Students who have IEPs will not be "grandfathered-in" unless they are entering 5th, 8th, or 12th grade at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
    • Will IEP services for my child change if they are rezoned to a different school? No. Students will receive the services outlined in their IEP regardless of the school they attend.
    • How will RPS support the transition of students with IEPs? RPS staff will work with parents to ensure that students have smooth transitions to their new schools, including setting up "Transition Meetings" with the relevant special education teachers, as necessary.
    • How is RPS going to build community for students who are going to new schools? We will host a number of open houses and community-building events during the spring and summer to help introduce students/families to their new schools.
    • Where can I go if I want to learn more about the rezoning process? Please visit the RPS website at rvaschools.net/rezoning.
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  • Newborn Screening Event Opportunity - February 1

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  • Have you joined the PTA yet? Membership and donations allow the PTA to pay for teacher requested items like flexible seating options for our exceptional education classrooms and replacing dry erase boards that have worn out in Ms. McPhillip's classroom.
    It’s not too late. Join today at the link below!

    https://squareup.com/store/albert-hill-middle-school-pta/

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  • Richmond Math & Eureka Support for Parents – In an effort to ensure that our parents are provided with opportunities to experience Richmond Math and to learn about the resources incorporated within this curriculum, the C&I Elementary Math team will host Richmond Math Parent Nights. The dates and locations of these events will be forthcoming. In addition, Great Minds has developed a Parent Support Page with Parent Tip Sheets that include suggested strategies and models, key vocabulary, and tips for supporting learning at home; Homework Helpers that provide examples similar to those found within student homework sheets; and Featured Strategies & Videos that demonstrate common models that are utilized within the Richmond Math curriculum. Please click this link to access these helpful Parent Tips. 

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  • Did you know you can link your Kroger account to Albert Hill so that the school receives rewards from every purchase you make?

     Here’s how you do it -- first, open up your Kroger app. In the top right corner of the app, from the opening screen hit the four square symbol in the top right corner. Then press My Account, and then Community Rewards under the Loyalty tab. It'll ask you to sign in with your email address, and then all you have to do is search for Albert Hill.

     It couldn’t be easier to support Albert Hill!

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Supt. Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - July 8, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Please note that we have a School Board meeting tomorrow evening at 6 pm. You can watch it live on our Facebook page. As I shared yesterday, we'll be discussing two possible school reopening plans: Plan A A fully virtual option PLUS A hybrid option that includes 2 days of in-person instruction and 3 days of virtual instruction each week PLUS 5 days of in-person instruction each week for students with greater academic needs (e.g., certain students with IEPs and certain English Learners) Plan B A fully virtual option PLUS A fully in-person option Please note that the Board will not be voting on these plans tomorrow. They'll just be reviewing and discussing them.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 7, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I hope you all had a restful July 4th weekend! I had the chance to do some hiking along (and in) the James River this weekend with my sons. Hands down, it was one of the best experiences we've had since moving to Richmond. To navigate the current in a particularly tricky spot, my eight-year-old grabbed my hand as the water rushed around our legs. After we both wobbled our way through, I said: "I'm not sure if I was helping you or you were helping me." To which he replied: "We were helping each other, Daddy." Indeed. Because RPS is never far from my mind, I immediately thought of the many difficult decisions we're facing about how to reopen this fall. At the end of the day, no matter what path we take, we're going to need to help each other through it.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 3, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Since we're closed today, I wasn't planning on sending an RPS Direct, but I wanted to clarify what's happening with meal distribution on Monday, July 6. The RPS distribution will be closed, but the city's Parks and Rec meal distribution will be open (RPS will be open again on Tuesday, July 7). Please see below for locations and times of the Parks and Rec program. With great appreciation, Jason Click above to view meal schedules!

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 2, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, This morning, I had the opportunity to tour the new River City Middle School on the Southside with Mayor Stoney, School Board Chair Owen, and School Board Vice Chair Burke. The school is stunning – and huge! See below for pictures of the main atrium, one of the science labs, the media center, the auditorium, the full-service kitchen, and the athletic fields. I'll admit I was borderline giddy when I walked through River City today. It's beautiful, full of all the amenities our children deserve, and primed for 21st Century learning. Our students will know that we love them very much when they walk through the doors this fall. Click above to read more!

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 1, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, What a historic day in Richmond! Enormous gratitude to Mayor Stoney for taking decisive action this afternoon to remove the Stonewall Jackson statue from Monument Avenue. As the skies darkened and the rain poured, it seemed for a moment as if the Lost Cause was staging one final campaign to preserve the past. But the removal crew – and the hundreds of cheering supporters – remained. And in the end, the statue came down and the skies cleared. As I shared when we renamed J.E.B. Stuart Elementary to Barack Obama Elementary, changing names and removing statues doesn't eliminate any of the injustices encoded in our laws and policies – but these actions matter nonetheless. Click above to read more!

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 30, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I'm thrilled to announce that we've hired a new Chief Talent Officer! Sandra K. Lee is coming to us from Gallup-McKinley County Schools (GMCS) in New Mexico, which serves the Navajo Nation and the Zuni Pueblo. She officially joins us starting tomorrow. Before coming to RPS, Sandra served as the Director of Human Resources for GMCS. Among other roles, she has also served as a teacher and principal in both GMCS and the San Francisco Unified School District. Click above to read more!

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 29, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, As a reminder, we have a special School Board work session this evening at 6 pm focused exclusively on our reopening plans. You can watch it live on our Facebook page and you can access all the data from the reopening surveys by clicking here. If you can't make it tonight, don't worry! I'll provide a summary in tomorrow's RPS Direct. I also want to take the opportunity this evening to acknowledge an Instagram account – BlackAtRPS – where Black staff members have shared their experiences with racism as employees of RPS. I take these accounts extremely seriously. To all who posted, thank you for courageously sharing your stories. RPS – like the rest of America – is not immune to the 400 years of racism that preceded George Floyd's murder. Those four centuries infect us all. Click above to read more!

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 25, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Our graduation ceremonies continued today with in-person celebrations at Franklin Military Academy, Thomas Jefferson, and Huguenot. I was able to swing by all three and they were simply amazing! Enormous gratitude to our high school teams – administrators, counselors, teachers, custodians, front office staff, and so many others – for making these beautiful ceremonies possible. To get a taste of what they've pulled off amidst a global pandemic, please take 30 seconds to watch the video below from TJ. Click above to read more.

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