"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - August 2, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our colleague Jonathan Kenneth, a devoted Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT), after a lengthy health-related battle. There will be a celebration of his life this evening at River City Middle School at 6 pm. More information about Jonathan’s life and remembrances can be found here. Please hold those who are dearest to you close this evening, and let them know how much you love them. With great appreciation, Jason

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 29, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: Southside Summer Fest – Don't forget to drop by Summer Fest this Saturday, July 31! We're providing shuttle service to/from three locations on the Southside. Shuttles will leave on the hour, between 11 am and 3 pm, from the locations listed below to/from the Broad Rock Sports Complex: Hillside – Rental Office (1504 Harwood Street) Southwood – Leasing Office (1200 Southwood Parkway) Belt Atlantic – Corner of Whythemar Street and Larchmont Lane Visit www.rvaschools.net/summerfest for more information.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 28, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: New Shuttle Information for RPS Summer Fest – To help as many families as possible attend RPS Summer Fest this Saturday, July 31, we're providing shuttle service to/from three locations on the Southside. Shuttles will leave on the hour, between 11 am - 3 pm, from the locations listed below to/from the Broad Rock Sports Complex: Hillside – Rental Office (1504 Harwood Street) Southwood – Vacant Boys and Girls Club Lot (12000 Southwood Parkway) Belt Atlantic – Corner of Whythemar Street and Larchmont Lane Visit www.rvaschools.net/summerfest for more information. RPS Love Parade – Please join us for our first annual RPS Love Parade on Saturday, August 21! Help us spread the love for our teachers and students as we parade from Community High School to Hotchkiss Field. Then stick around for the 15th Annual We Care Festival to learn about reopening and our new community-wide literacy focus. Learn more at www.rvaschools.net/loveparade.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 27, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: Healthy Kids, Healthy Family Fair - Our incredible school nurses have organized our first Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Fair! It's on Thursday, August 5, from 10 am - 4 pm, at John Marshall High School (4225 Old Brook Road). Stop by to receive free immunizations, physicals, and health resources from our amazing community partners. Click here to learn more about the new required school immunizations (unrelated to COVID). See you there! Southside Summer Fest – Are you ready for round two of RPS Summer Fest? Come out this Saturday, July 31, from 11 am - 3 pm, at the Broad Rock Sports Complex (4825 Old Warwick Rd) for a day of food, fun, and fellowship! Visit www.rvaschools.net/summerfest for more information.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 26, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: RPS Summer Fest – Thank you to everyone who came to our first RPS Summer Fest event at Martin Luther King, Jr. MS on Saturday! Over 700 students and families showed up to enjoy food, fun, and fellowship in preparation for our fall reopening. We can't wait to do it all again next Saturday, July 31, from 11 am - 3 pm, at the Broad Rock Sports Complex (4825 Old Warwick Road). If you're interested in volunteering, click here! Free Extended Day Program for Next Year – In partnership with the City of Richmond and various community partners, RPS will be providing FREE extended day programming – including enrichment and academic support – to any preschool-5th grade families who wish to participate next year. Snacks and transportation will be included. If you're interested, please complete this survey by August 11.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 22, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: Summer Fest– Our first Summer Fest event is this Saturday, July 24! We can’t wait to see our students, families, and staff at MLK Jr. Middle School from 11 am - 3 pm. Please see the flyers below for all the details. Free Extended Day Program for Next Year – In partnership with the City of Richmond, RPS will be providing FREE extended day programming – including enrichment and academic support – to any preschool-5th grade families who wish to participate next year. Snacks and transportation will be included. If you're interested, please complete this survey by August 11.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 21, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: Mask Guidance – Despite today's announcement from the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education allowing for more leniency with mask-wearing in middle and high schools, at RPS, we will be maintaining our 100% mask-wearing policy for all students, staff, and visitors. We feel this is the safest course of action, particularly with the surging delta variant.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 20, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: RPS Literacy Institute – RPS staff, please join us for our First Annual Literacy Institute! See below for all the details and register here. First Lady of VA – Many thanks to First Lady Pamela Northam for stopping by some of our summer school sites to visit with our students and staff! With great appreciation, Jason

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 19, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: New Principals – Please join me in congratulating two more of our newest school leaders! Patrick Henry School of Science & Arts – Ms. Fatima Smith believes that every child - regardless of zip code or socioeconomic status - deserves an exceptional educational experience. Prior to being appointed as the new principal of PHSSA, Ms. Smith served as a principal in Philadelphia, where her students experienced notable gains in achievement. Previously, Ms. Smith served as an assistant principal and taught secondary English, writing, and art history in Washington, DC and in Brooklyn, NY.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 15, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: ReopenWithLove2.0 "See It to Believe It" Update – This week's update is about HVAC improvements. Check out the video below of the new HVAC unit going into Miles Jones Elementary School. This new system will significantly improve air quality and is much more environmentally friendly than the previous one! ReopenWithLove2.0 Teacher Welcome Baskets – As a small token of our appreciation, we're putting together welcome baskets for our teachers when they come back this fall. If you'd like to help, here are two ways to do so: You can donate school supplies or other goodies for the baskets by filling out this form. Keep in mind that you don't need to provide enough for every teacher! We'll determine the most appropriate grouping of items once we have all donations in hand. You can also volunteer to help assemble or deliver baskets by filling out this form.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 14 (PM), 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I would like to thank the nearly 100 community members who took time out of their busy schedules last night to share their perspectives on how to move forward with the building of a new George Wythe High School. If you weren't able to attend, you can watch the livestream here. We are blessed with passionate stakeholders who care deeply about RPS. I pray that we honor their voices by finding a way to compromise and reach common ground in order to build a beautiful new school as quickly as humanly possible for the students, families, and staff of the George Wythe

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 14, 2021

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share the following COVID-19 positive test result/s: Broad Rock Elementary School Summer Site: 1 student (in person) – The Broad Rock ES Summer Site will be CLOSED tomorrow, July 15, so that we can conduct contact tracing. Any individuals who were in close contact with the student – defined by the Virginia Department of Health as within 6 feet, with or without a mask, for 15 minutes or longer during a 24-hour period – will be notified. At this time, we plan to reopen the Broad Rock ES Summer Site on Monday, July 19. 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 and stay physically distant if you are not vaccinated, 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.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 13, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: George Wythe Meeting – Please join the School Board for a meeting about the construction of a new George Wythe at 6 pm TONIGHT at Wythe. See you there! Vaccination Events – We've partnered with the Richmond City Health District to provide COVID vaccines as well as non-COVID vaccines that are required for 7th and 12th graders. The vaccination clinics will take place on July 15 and August 5 at River City Middle School and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School from noon to 2 pm. Vaccines include: 7th Grade: Tdap, Meningococcal, HPV 12th Grade: Meningococcal Students 12 and Older: COVID-19 Consent forms are available from your school nurse or can be found here. You can submit your form at the vaccination sites listed above or email it to the VDH's encrypted e-mail box at richmond.immunzations@vdh.virginia.gov.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 12, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, It's great to be back! Many thanks to the RPS team for holding it down while I attended a family reunion for the first time in almost two years. It's amazing how much I missed the simple things – like our (very loud) meals together :). Tonight's updates: Summer Session – The first day of our in-person PK-8 summer session is in the books! Big shout-out to the dozens of team members who made this possible. Thank you also to our families and staff for your grace and understanding as we iron out the inevitable wrinkles that come with reopening after 1.5 years of fully virtual operations. If you have any feedback, please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly at jkamras@rvaschools.net. Thank you! Mask Guidance – We recognize that the evolving guidance about who should wear a mask – and when – can be very confusing. To keep things simple and to continue to protect the health and safety of our students and staff, RPS is continuing to mandate masks for all students, staff, and visitors. Thank you for your support with this (still) important mitigation strategy.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 1, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, What a storm! Please stay safe, everyone. Tonight's updates: Principal Appointments – I'm thrilled to announce the following principal appointments for the 2021-22 school year. Please join me in congratulating these wonderful leaders on their new roles! George Wythe HS – Riddick T. Parker Jr. will serve as the new principal of George Wythe High School. Mr. Parker is an educational leader with more than 15 years of administrative experience in urban education. Prior to his appointment at Wythe, Mr. Parker served as an assistant principal at Armstrong High School where he played an integral role in increasing the school's graduation and attendance rates. Previously, Mr. Parker served as an education consultant for Baltimore City Public Schools where he guided the development of innovative literacy and graduation pathway programs. Mr. Parker earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina in history and communications; a master's degree in public administration and a graduate certificate in curriculum, instruction, and assessment from Walden University; and a graduate certificate in school administration and supervision from Johns Hopkins University.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 30, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: Calendar Reminder – All RPS schools and offices will be closed on Monday, July 5, in observance of the July 4th holiday. There will be no meal distribution on Monday, but families can pick up extra meals tomorrow. To find a site near you, check out the flyers below or visit www.rvaschools.net/meals.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 29, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Did you see the front page of the RTD today?! Many thanks to Kenya Hunter for covering one of the most important stories of the year: the RPS Class of 2021 crushed their graduation requirements! We're projecting a grad rate of 85%, a jump of 14 percentage points. This didn't happen by chance. Our seniors stepped up in extraordinary ways throughout this virtual year, supported by their dedicated teachers, counselors, administrators, and, of course, families. As a system, we've also been methodically making new investments and launching new programs over the past three years to improve our on-time graduation numbers. All that work is beginning to pay off. Not only is our overall rate up, but so is the rate for every student subgroup (see the chart below).

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 28, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We ran up to DC to visit one of our old go-to spots – the National Zoo. It was great to see it back open and see so many families enjoying the day! Tonight's updates: Want to Switch to In-Person Next Year? – If your family selected virtual learning for the 2021-22 school year, but you'd like to switch to in-person, no problem! Just complete the Switch Pathways Form (Formulario de Cambio de Decisión) so our Enrollment Team can make the change. For more information about the 2021-22 school year, please email us at enrollrps@rvaschools.net or call our Family Support Line at 804-780-6195.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 24 (PM), 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: 2021-22 Richmond Virtual Academy Family Information Sessions – Next week, we're offering three information sessions for families who signed up for the Richmond Virtual Academy next fall. If that's you, please join us for important updates and to ask any questions you may have. Middle and High Families - Monday, June 28, 4 pm - Zoom Registration Link Elementary Families - Tuesday, June 29, 4 pm - Zoom Registration Link Preschool Families - Wednesday, June 30, 4 pm - Zoom Registration Link For more information about our fall reopening, please visit www.rvaschools.net/reopenwithlove, email virtualacademy@rvaschools.net, or call our Family Support Line at 804-780-6195. Bus Routes for High School Summer Session – Our High School Summer Session begins Monday, June 28. Please visit www.rvaschools.net/busstops for all bus stop locations and times.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 24, 2021

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share the following COVID-19 positive test result/s: Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts - 1 staff member and 2 students (last there on 6/17) Talent Office - 1 staff member (last at City Hall on 6/23) 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 and stay physically distant if you are not vaccinated, 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.

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