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Recent RPS Direct Updates

Dear #RPSStrong Family, 

 

I'm heartbroken to share news of the passing of Dr. Taleshia Chandler, a beloved member of the Amelia Street School family who will be dearly missed. A service will be held for Dr. Chandler on Monday, August 15, at 11 am at Cedar Street Baptist Church. On behalf of RPS, I extend my deepest condolences to her family, friends, and the entire Amelia Street community. 

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Dear #RPSStrong Family, 

 

Before diving in, I'd like to send a huge thank you to our school nutritiontransportationsummer school, and custodial teams, who worked diligently to keep our students healthy, nourished, and engaged all summer long. We appreciate you! 

This Week's Updates:

 

Welcome Back, Patrick Henry – Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts began its 2022-23 school year this week! Join me in wishing them a joyous and productive school year. Don't forget, all other RPS schools begin on Monday, August 29, this year!

 
 

Congratulations to Summer Graduates – We had a wonderful ceremony for our summer graduates last week – including graduates of our ¡Con Ganas! program, an alternative path to graduation for English Learners. This ceremony was even more special, as the chosen speaker was Muhibuddin Qasimi, a ¡Con Ganas! student and Afghan refugee who started at RPS last year. He gave a moving speech, sharing his story and expressing his deep appreciation to his RPS teachers. Congratulations to Muhibuddin and all our summer graduates! 

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Dear #RPSStrong Family, 

 

This Week's Updates:

 

Summer Fest – Despite the sweltering heat, nearly 3,000 students and family members showed up for our Second Annual Summer Fest to enjoy food and music, enroll in school, get hired on the spot, win amazing raffle prizes, and so much more! Special shout-out to Erin Brown from the Engagement Office for her leadership of this event, TJ student DJ KB Scott for DJing, and the following community partners for helping us make the day such a success!

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Dear #RPSStrong Family, 

 

I'm terribly saddened to share news of the passing of Mr. Carlos Jones, a beloved custodian at Elizabeth D. Redd ES. Mr. Jones was a remarkable man, known for his kindness, compassion, and warm smile. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. On behalf of RPS, I extend our condolences to his family, friends, and the entire Redd community.

This Week's Updates:

 

New Hiring Incentives – Many thanks to the School Board for recently approving new hiring incentives. We're thrilled to now offer the following:

  • $6,000 moving stipend for teachers currently living 50+ miles outside of Richmond
  • $4,000 signing bonus for teachers with 2+ years experience
  • $2,000 signing bonus for new teachers

If you know of talented individuals with a big heart for helping children, please send them to our website ASAP so they can apply and get hired. Thank you!

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Dear #RPSStrong Family, 

 

Tonight's Updates:

 

Hiring! – Did you know we now have the highest school bus driver pay – $23/hour – in all of Central Virginia, not to mention a $3,500 signing bonus for anyone with a commercial driver's license (CDL)? What about our $2,000 signing bonus for math, science, special education, ESL, and other teachers? If you know of talented individuals with a big heart for helping children, please send them to our website ASAP so they can apply and get hired. Thank you!

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Additional Division Announcements

Our revised 2022-23 calendar is now available for downloading! Click here to access PDF versions in English, Spanish, and additional languages. We can't wait to see you back in school on Monday, August 29, 2022!

Join the RPS team in teaching, leading, and serving with love next year! We're thrilled to offer sign-on bonuses and paid training for select positions. View our current job openings and apply today! 

Summer break begins Friday, June 24, for all students and non-12-month employees! During the break, various free meal options are available for RPS students. Click here for information on the RPS Summer Meal Program, additional free meal options, and free or low-cost family-friendly activities around Richmond.

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.