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.
- 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
Franklin Military Academy
- Krystal Chase - Virginia Commonwealth University
- Mecca Cyprus - Virginia Tech
- Terri Lee - Howard University
- DeJia Graham - Virginia State University
- Elise Carson - James Madison University
- Charles Brigham - Old Dominion University
- Kylee Battle - Old Dominion University
- Daniel Green - U.S. Navy
- Kemond Williams - Virginia State University
- Jadyn Colden - St. Augustine’s University
- Jayvon Jones - Bluefield College
George Wythe HS
- Talik Bryant - College of William & Mary
- Corey Stuckey - Morehouse College
- Israel Torres-Castellanos - John Tyler Community College
- Jazmaine Frazier - Old Dominion University
John Marshall HS
- Anya Davis - Longwood University
- Myasia Goode - Stanford University
Richmond Community HS
- Lyric Weston - North Carolina A&T
Thomas Jefferson HS
- Mekhi Lucas - Virginia Union University
- Brianna Gary - Virginia Commonwealth University
- Jayla Townes - North Carolina Central University
Teacher Appreciation Week – Today is the start of Teacher Appreciation Week and we're thrilled to show our teachers some love with video shout-outs every day this month. See below for our first one from a Summer Hill Preschool student. It's bound to put a smile on your face :). This week, we’re also paying tribute to each school's Teacher of the Year. We're kicking things off with our preschool and elementary school honorees. Check out the video below, and congratulations to these extraordinary teachers! And if you're looking for a way to celebrate the RPS teacher in your life, don't forget the RPS Love Store!
2021 Summer Session – We're excited to offer a variety of free, in-person programs for RPS students this summer! For grades PK-8, our theme is "Summer Learning Olympics," with special activities to learn about countries all over the world in celebration of the Summer Olympics in Japan. Each summer school site even has an Olympics-themed name - check them out!
- Broad Rock ES - Southside Summer Superstars
- Chimborazo ES - Team TORCH (Taking Our Resilient Children Higher!)
- George W. Carver ES - Marathon Learners
- J.B. Fisher ES - Team High Achievers
- J.H. Blackwell ES - DREAM (Dedication, Responsibility, Engagement, Achievement & Motivation) Team
- Overby-Sheppard ES - CHAMPS (Children Having Ambition, Motivation, Perseverance & Swagger)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. MS - Champions
- Richmond Technical Center - Team Finish Line
- River City MS - Southside Sprinters (Sprinting Toward Achievement)
The PK-8 summer program is designed for students with unfinished learned from this past year. Families of these students will receive a communication from RPS (if they haven't already) with additional information. The five-week session will run from July 12 - August 13. Please note that Monday - Thursday will be fully in-person, and Friday will consist of virtual field trips and activities.
For high school students, we have five different pathways to meet students' unique needs. To get all the details, just click here!
Fall Reopening Conversations – Our next Regional Community Conversation will be tomorrow, May 4, at 6 pm, for our Northside community. You can join by phone, computer, or by coming to our in-person viewing location at George W. Carver Elementary School. See the flyers below the shout-outs for all the details.
This Week's Community Walks – Our Family Liaisons are out and about in our communities to ensure all families have important reopening information and resources. Be on the lookout for these friendly faces in your neighborhood. Here's where they'll be this week:
- Creighton Court
- 2101 Creighton Rd
- May 6, 9 am - 10:30 am
- Gilpin Court
- St. James and 1st Streets
- May 4, 11:30 am - 1 pm
- 1200 Southwood Pkwy
- May 6, 4 - 5:30 pm
Board Meeting Tonight – Finally, don't forget we have a School Board meeting tonight at 6 pm, which you can watch on the RPS Facebook page. Hope you can join!
With great appreciation,
- Happy official Teacher Appreciation Week to all the teachers at Miles Jones Elementary. Especially the 3rd grade team! This has been a challenging year, not only with school, but personally! We have been dedicated to our students and their families, as well as supporting each other! I appreciate you every day! 34 days, we got this! Love y’all!
- I want to give G.W. Carver's first-grade team and support staff a shout-out for a year filled with exciting firsts! Their hard work and dedication are truly appreciated! Thank you, Alexa Janacone, Cassandra Randell, India Holmes, Kanica Gooden, Cierra Mason, and Jamila Moody.
- A special thank you to Ms. Robinson (RAS Title I Teacher) who conducted a home visit and worked with a student at Panera Bread last week on his Read 180 assignment.
- Spartan Academy conducted a combined virtual town hall with former RAS student Zion Dean as the guest speaker. Zion is now at VSU on a FULL scholarship. This sparked great interest from our RAS students.
- Thank you to Mr. Roquemore for conducting in-person ISAEP testing (with social distancing) for program entry.
- I would like to shout out Andria Impson, the ESL Lead Teacher and Department Chair of T.C. Boushall. Her willingness to go above and beyond for our scholars and families is just one of her many attributes. Every child needs a champion and she exemplifies this daily! She is always offering resources and support for our ELL population. We are so lucky to have her!! #EagleExcellence
- I would like to shout out Angel Reynolds, T.C. Boushall’s Student Services Support Specialist. Ms. Reynolds is a true gem to the staff, students, parents, and community. Her willingness to assist our students, staff, families, and community never ceases to amaze me. She supports our families during the most challenging times, from planning memorials for their children to finding local resources, aiding in self-care for our staff, and delivering hot spots, Chromebooks, food, and anything else our families may need. She does everything with love, light, and a little humor. We are so lucky to have her. Thank you, Ms. Reynolds for all you do for the staff and families of Boushall Middle School. We absolutely adore you! #EagleExcellence
- Shoutout to Ms. Few, Mr. Hart, Mr. Wallace, Mr. Gill, Ms. Turnage, Ms. Moore, Mr. Fung, Ms. Omens, and Ms. Kester from VCU and all the other GWHS staff members who came to the senior cookout today. This isn’t easy on anyone — but you’re making a difference and the students enjoyed it today! Thank you for your hard work.
- We have an amazing team of teachers and support staff for our Kindergarten Team at G.W. Carver ES. Teaching kindergarten students is challenging, and when you add the virtual aspect to it, the challenge is greater. This group has risen to the occasion and provided high quality and engaging instruction. They work well together, and our parents speak very highly of each and every one of them. Than you, Ms. Wilson, Ms. Woodson, Ms. Henley, Ms. Jackson, Mr. Meadows, Ms. Green, and Ms. Jackson- Beckham.
- I would like to give a big shout out to Laura (Beth) Ramsay. She has kept the ball rolling in my absence with great calmness and grace. I appreciate your hard work!!
- As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, I would like to show my appreciation and give a huge shout out to the teachers and staff at Henry L. Marsh Elementary. They go above and beyond to support the students and families with daily phone calls, socially distant home visits to drop off incentives, and just simply loving on the students. This is an amazing group of individuals and they deserve to be acknowledged!
- I'm a student at Bellevue Elementary School and, since it's Teacher Appreciation Week, I wanted to say "thank you" to all my teachers, past and present. I want to start with Ms. S, who was my PreK and 1st grade teacher, then Ms. Saulsberry and Ms. Moeser, my second grade teachers, and then my wonderful 3rd grade teacher, Ms. Park. Thank you, all!
- Shout out to Ms. Amanda Simon at Huguenot High School for being an active and positive force within the Biology and Anatomy PLCs. She is always free with sharing any and every resource she creates or sources. Specifically, thanks to Ms. Simon for the hard work she put into creating and curating excellent review and remediation tools for students at Huguenot and beyond!
- As the end of the year comes into view, it is essential to praise the Science Academic Architect team - Stevara Clinton, John Barclay, Cathryn Lenkiewicz, Tiffany Brackett, Lauren Kern, Nicole Davidson, Inelisa Fenderson, Andrea Bryant, Molly McPhillips, Shan Rennalls, Christal Corey, Derek Hambright, Tara McCrone, Bekima Brown, Stephanie Hooks, Ketia Singleton, Renai Bowers, Tiffany Clark, Abigail Jordan, Carolyn Canty, Erica McMillan, Ashley VanBuren, Sarah Bialt, and Kerry Richardson. Beyond creating amazing units, lessons, and resources that help to guide instruction and providing monthly professional learning that is inclusive and high quality, this team has engaged in truly deep thinking and action surrounding what it means to teach science in RPS and how to shift and mold our techniques to best serve our teachers, students, and communities.
COVID-19 Vaccination Update – Richmond and Henrico residents can now schedule a vaccine appointment without pre-registering. Just visit vax.rchd.com or call (804) 205-3501, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm. To find vaccine sites in your area, go to VaccineFinder.org. If you don't have phone or internet access, just head to a Richmond or Henrico public library for assistance.
Fall Reopening – To learn more about #ReopenWithLove2.0 / #ReabremosConAmor2.0
, make sure to join one of our virtual community conversations. Click here
for details. Please note that we’re going to have two options for our students in the fall: 5 days/week of in-person learning OR 5 days/week of virtual learning. We strongly encourage everyone to come back in-person, but understand that some families may prefer or need to remain virtual for health reasons. To learn more about how the virtual pathway will work, click here for English and here for Spanish. If you want your student/s to come back in-person, you don’t need to do anything. In-person is the default option. But if you want them to remain virtual, you’ll need to let us know by June 1, 2021 by filling out the 2021-22 Virtual Enrollment Form on our website – here in English and here in Spanish. We recognize this is a big decision so don't hesitate to reach out with any and all questions.