"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - May 7, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Congratulations to Ashley Bland, our 2021 Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Bland serves as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT) for John B. Cary Elementary School and has been THE go-to source for support this year for teachers, students, and families. You might be familiar with her name because she's appeared in the shout-outs 30 times! Ashley earned bachelor's degrees in biomedical engineering and physics, and then went on to earn her master's in education, all at VCU. She entered RPS through the Richmond Teacher Residency, and is passionate about inspiring more students of color to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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  • RPS Direct Update (PM) - May 6, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, More Decision Day announcements from the Class of 2021! Please keep sending them to us at outreach@rvaschools.net. Franklin Military Academy Isaac Hernandez - University of Richmond Nathaniel Cornwall - Old Dominion University; George Wythe HS Jayleyah Rowland - Howard University; Huguenot HS Ramel Fleming - Virginia State University; Richmond Community HS Kevin Alvarez - James Madison University, Jasmin Blunt - Virginia Tech, Tamiyah Crawley - Norfolk State University, Kinaya Gibson - Georgia State University, Jalen Stockton - Virginia Commonwealth University; Thomas Jefferson HS Meyahia Lawrence - Old Dominion University, Ayanah Atkinson - Old Dominion University, Andrew Smetana - Bryant University

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  • RPS Direct Update - May 6, 2021

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share the following COVID-19 positive test result/s: Albert Hill Middle School - 1 staff member (not physically present this school year) Armstrong High School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Thomas Jefferson High School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Transportation Department - 1 staff member (last at Thomas H. Henderson Middle School on 4/30 and the North Compound on 5/5) Please reach out to your primary care provider if you have any concerns, or contact the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) by calling their COVID-19 hotline: (804) 205-3501. Please also continue to wear your mask, stay physically distant, and wash your hands. Our number one priority remains the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. Towards that end, we will continue to work in close collaboration with RCHD to ensure the well-being of the entire RPS community. If you have any questions, as always, please don't hesitate to contact me. Best, Jason

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  • RPS Direct Update - May 5, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, More Decision Day announcements from the Class of 2021! Please keep sending them to us at outreach@rvaschools.net. Franklin Military Academy Tori Gales - James Madison University; Open HS Sam Shields - Bard College, Zora Dunlap - Columbia College Chicago, Laila Westcott - James Madison University, Jaden Whitehead - ECPI University; Richmond Community HS Blaise Wingold - University of Mary Washington; Thomas Jefferson HS Jemia Light - Virginia State University, Terri Long - Old Dominion University, Markayla Drake - Virginia Commonwealth University, Isaac Cumberbatch - College of William & Mary

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  • RPS Direct Update - May 4, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, We're thrilled to share some more Decision Day announcements from the Class of 2021! Please keep sending them to us at outreach@rvaschools.net. Franklin Military Academy Jayvon Tolliver - U.S Navy; Huguenot HS Jonay Seward - Norfolk State University, Dwight Baldwin - Virginia Commonwealth University; Open HS Akeyla Ruffin - West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Jada Battle - Georgia State University, Andre Moses - North Carolina Central University, Leo Rosenbaum - University of Richmond, Greyson Flores - Gap year to work for City Year Seattle as a mentor for students at-risk of dropping out

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  • RPS Direct Update (PM) - May 3, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Big thanks to all the seniors who shared their Decision Day news with us – and congratulations! We're SO proud of you! Class of 2021, keep sending us info about your plans for next year so we can celebrate you. Armstrong HS Airhiez Cabrera - Virginia Tech Indeya Mealey - Mary Baldwin College Nadia Harris - Norfolk State University Nyles Stone - Virginia Tech Reginald Morris - Virginia State University Faith Morris - Virginia State University Yazmane Harris - Virginia Tech Raaisha Johnson - Norfolk State University Ca'Niyah Ware - Old Dominion University Quavion Scott - U.S. Army Asijah Jackson - U.S. Army Genaijah Kenney - Norfolk State University Corey Spruill - Chowan University

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  • RPS Direct Update - May 3, 2021

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share the following COVID-19 positive test result/s: Albert Hill Middle School - 1 staff member (not physically present this school year) Fairfield Court Elementary School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School - 1 staff member (not physically present this school year) Woodville Elementary School - 1 student (The student attended a Lit Limo event on Tuesday, April 27, at Woodville ES. Anyone who was present at this event is encouraged to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, and contact a physician as necessary.) Please reach out to your primary care provider if you have any concerns, or contact the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) by calling their COVID-19 hotline: (804) 205-3501. Please also continue to wear your mask, stay physically distant, and wash your hands.

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  • RPS Direct Update - April 30 (PM), 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy beautiful Friday! Today's updates: Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremonies – I'm thrilled to announce that we'll be holding in-person graduation ceremonies (outdoor, with COVID mitigations) for the Class of 2021! We're still working out all the details so bear with us as we get everything solidified. Big thanks to all the seniors who reached out to me about this. Your advocacy made all the difference! National Decision Day – Speaking of seniors, May 1 is National Decision Day and we want to hear from you. Send us an email at outreach@rvaschools.net to let us know what you'll be doing after graduation. Be sure to include your first and last name, your high school, and anything you want to share about your plans for next year. I'll feature your news in RPS Direct next week! Chimborazo ES Prize Patrol – The kindergarten team at Chimborazo Elementary School loves to celebrate the successes of their students. Their Kindergarten Prize Patrol visited all the Chimbo Jaguars who met their sight word goal for the month, dropping off all kinds of goodies!

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  • RPS Direct Update - April 30, 2021

    I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share the following COVID-19 positive test result/s: J.H. Blackwell Elementary School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Richmond Alternative School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) River City Middle School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Thomas Jefferson High School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Please reach out to your primary care provider if you have any concerns, or contact the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) by calling their COVID-19 hotline: (804) 205-3501. Please also continue to wear your mask, stay physically distant, and wash your hands.

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  • RPS Direct Update - April 29, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, If your child or a child in your care needs additional help processing the recent shooting – or any other trauma – please contact your school's counselor and/or social worker or one of the following community organizations we partner with. RBHA's Children’s Response and Stabilization Team (CReST) CReST is a resource for youth, ages 5-18, who are in crisis and need help avoiding psychiatric hospitalization. With quick response and assistance connecting to on-going services, CReST works to reduce the cycles of crises and prevent the need for more intense care. CReST staff work with the youth and families/caregivers to triage and problem solve the crisis at hand; identify on-going treatment needs; link youth and family to community providers; and provide community based counseling. Call the referral line at (833) 968-1800 and be prepared to provide your contact information, relationship, youth & family contact information and a brief description of the crisis situation. ChildSavers Immediate Response Immediate Response team is available 24/7, 365 days per year to respond to children ages 2 -17 experiencing trauma and/or a mental health crisis. We can offer support over the phone or meet you on scene within 30 miles of our Richmond location. Call now at (804) 305-2420.

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  • RPS Direct Update - April 28, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, The last 24 hours have been particularly difficult for RPS. Late last night, just across the street from George Wythe High School, a shooting left two individuals dead – a mother and her 3-month-old baby – and three injured – including a George Wythe HS student and a Westover Hills ES student. I'm coming to you a bit later this evening, as I just left a vigil at the apartment complex where the shooting occurred. I conveyed our collective condolences to the grieving family as best as I could. I have to admit, I'm beyond heartbroken tonight – I'm angry.

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  • RPS Direct Update - April 27 (PM), 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I'd like to begin tonight by acknowledging the passing of Adele Johnson, who most recently led the Black History Museum of Virginia following her time as head of the RPS Education Foundation. Adele was a dear and steadfast friend to RPS. Not only did she run our philanthropic foundation, but she consistently sought out ways to share the richness of the Black History Museum with our students. And she immediately said "Yes!" to anything I asked on behalf of our young people. I will miss her quiet passion, unflappable grace, and uncommon kindness. Please join me in extending our heartfelt condolences to her family. My sense is that Adele would want us to keep charging forward with the important work at hand – especially on matters related to Richmond's children. And so I'd like to turn now to our fall reopening. This has been a long and difficult year on so many levels. But the with the vaccine now widely available, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.

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  • RPS Direct Update - April 27, 2021

    Twitter Facebook Instagram LinkedIn YouTube Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share the following COVID-19 positive test result/s: Linwood Holton Elementary School - 1 staff member (last there on 4/26). As a result, the YMCA's Holton site will be closed until Monday, May 10. Please reach out to your primary care provider if you have any concerns, or contact the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) by calling their COVID-19 hotline: (804) 205-3501. Please also continue to wear your mask, stay physically distant, and wash your hands.

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  • RPS Direct Update - April 26 (PM), 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Today's updates: Reopening Community Conversation – Our first ReopenWithLove2.0 Community Conversation is tomorrow, April 27, at 7 pm, for Southside families. Please see the flyers below the shout-outs for information about how to participate. RPS Live! – I hope you can join us this Wednesday, April 28, at 7 pm on the RPS Facebook page, to learn about the improvements we're making to prepare our buildings to reopen this fall. Our guests include: Alana Gonzalez, Chief Operating Officer Mary Gresham, Manager of Custodial Services Irvin Jackson, Crew Leader at Richmond Community High School Shawn Moorer, Crew Leader at River City Middle School Teacher Appreciation Week – Students, don’t forget to submit a teacher appreciation video to outreach@rvaschools.net by Thursday, April 29, to celebrate your amazing teachers! Please see the flyers below the shout-outs for all the details.

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  • RPS Direct Update - April 26, 2021

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share the following COVID-19 positive test result/s: Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary School - 2 students (not physically present this school year) Huguenot High School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) J.L. Francis Elementary School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Schools Office - 1 staff member (not physically present this school year) Please reach out to your primary care provider if you have any concerns, or contact the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) by calling their COVID-19 hotline: (804) 205-3501. Please also continue to wear your mask, stay physically distant, and wash your hands.

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  • RPS Direct Update - April 23 (PM), 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! Today's updates: John B. Cary Elementary School - Yesterday, staff and community members unveiled the No Child Left Inside (NCLI) Eco-Campus at Cary ES. The NCLI Eco-Campus is a STEAM-based initiative (STEAM is STEM plus Arts ) focused on experiential educational. Check out the story here! Huguenot High School – The Falcon Family wanted to show their love and appreciation to the HHS office staff. So they surprised Jaqueline Moultry, Tracy James, Tiffany Garland, Grace Patron, Tara Pyciak, Sade Turner-Williams, and Mary Bonner with an appreciation video and personal lunch delivery!

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  • RPS Direct Update - April 23, 2021

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share the following COVID-19 positive test result/s: Albert Hill Middle School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Barack Obama Elementary School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Binford Middle School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) John Marshall High School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Lucille M. Brown Middle School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Overby-Sheppard Elementary School - 3 students (not physically present this school year) Southampton Elementary School - 2 students (not physically present this school year) Thomas H. Henderson Middle School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) William Fox Elementary School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Please reach out to your primary care provider if you have any concerns, or contact the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) by calling their COVID-19 hotline: (804) 205-3501.

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  • RPS Direct Update - April 22, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Just a few quick updates tonight: Course Selection – The deadline for 6th-11th graders to select courses for next year via SchoolLinks has been extended until May 7. Students can access SchooLinks by going to Clever and choosing the SchooLinks icon. Please reach out to your school counselor if you have questions. DonorsChoose – On Tuesday, May 4, starting at 7 am, every donation to an RPS project on DonorsChoose will be matched 50% thanks to SONIC Drive-In (while funds last). This means that a $20 donation will become a $30 donation, a $100 donation will become a $150 donation, and so on. Teachers: whether you need books for your students, a new coding kit, or something else entirely, now is a great time to create a project on DonorsChoose! Donors: Check out the RPS DonorsChoose page on Tuesday, May 4, to help fund these great projects!

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  • RPS Direct Update - April 21, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Today is National Administrative Professionals Day and I'd like to send a very special shout-out to my amazing colleague Mildred DeLoatch, who does a whole lot of magic behind the scenes to help me do my job and keep RPS running. Thank you, Mildred! Please send your shout-outs to recognize the wonderful administrative professionals in our schools and offices and I’ll be sure to include them in RPS Direct. Today's updates: COVID-19 Vaccine – Earlier this week, Virginia entered Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. In Phase 2, everyone 16 and older is eligible to receive the vaccine, which includes many of our high school students. Right now, 16 and 17-year-olds only qualify for the Pfizer vaccine and a parent must be present. To schedule an appointment, please register at www.vaccinate.virginia.gov. For additional resources and FAQs about the vaccine, visit the VDH website.

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  • RPS Direct Update - April 20, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Like many of you, I sat with my family this afternoon anxiously awaiting the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. When the news finally broke – guilty on all three counts – we felt both relieved and uneasy. Relieved because justice had prevailed; but uneasy because the victory, though historic, will serve as a sign to some that the "system" is fundamentally sound. It is not. It is still infected with biases, institutional and human, that make the murder of unarmed Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement all too common, and justice for their assailants all too rare. This is not to denigrate the many dedicated, caring, and empathetic police officers of all backgrounds who dedicate their lives to protecting communities. On the contrary, it is to honor them – by shining a bright light on the structural injustices of the system in which they work and on the depravity of some of their colleagues who use their power to dehumanize and, yes, kill. I pray that today's verdict serves to inspire us about what's possible when millions take to the streets calling for change, as happened last summer; and to motivate us to work even harder to enact critical policy reforms.

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