Dear New & Returning RMS Families,
We are so excited that your child will be with us for the 2022-23 school year!
We want to acknowledge that the last school year was not without its challenges. With so many students transitioning back to in-person learning for the first time in more than a year, it was difficult to establish norms and expectations while rebuilding all of our student-staff relationships.
We are excited to share some of our plans for the upcoming year which will help ensure students and staff have a strong start and a positive school year.
Teambuilding & Student Support
Thanks to your feedback regarding team-building experiences for students, we plan to provide all grade levels with team-building trips and opportunities during the year, not just our incoming sixth grade students (view the family survey results). This will include multiple full-day and half-day experiences that will allow students to challenge themselves, meet new friends and gain confidence in themselves and their abilities.
The Parent Advisory Group (RMS PAG) is also exploring the option of partnering with our sixth grade team to help support a trip to Eagle Bluff. You can expect to hear from the PAG about this over the summer.
In addition to these experiential opportunities, we are making changes to how we structure our classes to create smaller, more family-like groups for students. With the exception of some specialized classes, all sixth grade classrooms will be located on the third floor, all seventh grade classrooms will be on the south side of the second floor and eighth grade classrooms will be on the north side of the second floor.
We have also added new staff positions to help keep class sizes low and to support students, including a Dean of Students, an additional student support specialist and a theater/movement teacher. By ensuring a lower student-to-staff ratio, it is easier for students and staff to build relationships and provide students with the specific academic and developmental support they need to thrive both in and out of the classroom.
Social-Emotional Learning and Mental Health
We are making social-emotional health the main focus of our 2022-23 school year. This will include regular classroom lessons and team activities. Ensuring students are aware of how to take care of themselves and their mental health is just as important as learning about and taking care of their physical health.
RMS currently has two full-time counselors and social workers. In addition, we will continue to partner with Nystrom and Associates to provide two school-based mental health practitioners at RMS who can provide one-to-one individual therapy for roughly 50 students. We will also maintain our partnership with Cornerstone to provide additional support.
Adolescence is a time of change, growth and discovery. Your child will explore, try new things, gain confidence, test boundaries, learn limits and grow as an individual. We are experts in adolescent development and we are here as your partner while your child progresses through middle school.
As an RPS Spartan family, we hope you will be involved in your child’s middle school journey. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year, such as attending PAG meetings, participating in conferences and much more! We want you to feel welcome at Richfield Middle School.
As your administrative team, we are here for you and we want you to feel free to reach out to us at any time.