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Recent RPS Direct Updates

Dear #RPSStrong Family, 


Yet again, our nation is grieving in the wake of a racially motivated massacre. On behalf of RPS, I extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who were senselessly gunned down in Buffalo. To everyone in the RPS community, please take care of yourselves as you process this latest tragedy, and please check in on your loved ones, friends, and colleagues.

At the core of this heinous attack is the pernicious idea that "real" Americans are White and Christian and that everyone else is an interloper, scheming to "take over" the country. This worldview has a long and ugly history in our nation, our state, and our city. For centuries, it has nourished violence against Black Americans, and anyone else considered "other" by those who cling to this wretched ideology. 

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Dear #RPSStrong Family, 


Tonight's updates:


National School Nurse Day – From leading COVID-19 contact tracing to providing first aid to sometimes just offering a space for students to decompress, RPS school nurses are true heroes and we're incredibly grateful for them! We proudly recognized their work at our last School Board meeting and we recognize them again today, National School Nurse Day!

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Dear #RPSStrong Family, 


Tonight's updates:


2022 RPS Teacher of the Year – I don't know about you, but I'm still over the moon about our 2022 RPS Teacher of the Year, Ms. Kiara Thompson from T. C. Boushall Middle School! Check out the NBC12 clip below to see the surprise announcement and hear an interview with her. Congratulations again and let's wish her luck as she competes for Region I Teacher of the Year!

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Dear #RPSStrong Family, 


It turns out my RPS Direct from Friday got stuck in cyberspace – my apologies! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and Mother's Day. I want to express my appreciation to all the mothers in the RPS family, whether by blood or relationship; and to offer comfort to all who have lost their mothers and all who have found it difficult to become mothers. You are all cherished members of the RPS family and we love you. And, if I may...a special shout-out to the mothers in my life – Miwa, Mom, and Meg!


Tonight's updates:


2022 RPS Teacher of the Year – Congratulations to Ms. Kiara Thompson from T. C. Boushall Middle School, our 2022 Teacher of the Year!

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Dear #RPSStrong Family, 


I'd like to begin this evening by sharing my deepest condolences with the family, friends, and colleagues of Coach Ricks from Binford MS. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who knew and loved Coach Ricks and his incredible spirit. If you can, please join the celebration of his life and legacy tomorrow, from 10 am to 7 pm, at Scott's Funeral Home.

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Additional Division Announcements

We take pride in our commitment to partnering with our families to prepare RPS students for their future. Help us strengthen our collaboration by letting us know what we're doing well and what we can improve via our Annual Family Engagement Survey.

The RPS Center for Families in Transition and Virginia Housing are hosting a series to help families access the resources and information they need to stay in our community and thrive! Sessions will be held via Zoom in English and Spanish. Click here to see the schedule.

Learn more and be an essential part of determining whether the new George Wythe High School will be themed as an Arts or STEM High School. Click here to find an upcoming community meeting near you!

Enroll today for RPS preschool and kindergarten! We're thrilled to offer our free high-quality preschool program to eligible 3 and 4-year olds and kindergarten for all 5-year olds living in Richmond! Please note: if your student is currently enrolled at an RPS preschool, they will still need to register for kindergarten.

Show your #RPSLove and check out our RPS Love Bonfire store with t-shirts, hoodies, masks and more! All proceeds and donations benefit our schools, teachers and instructional assistants, and local racial justice, housing, and food support non-profits.