Congratulations to Mrs. Lesley Jamison, who was selected as the RMS Teacher of the Year for 18-19!
Riversprings Middle School math instructor David McBrayer was selected by his peers as March Teacher of the Month.
“Mr. Mac”, as he is affectionately called by students and faculty alike, is in his 14th year at RMS. Prior to being hired in Wakulla, he taught math for two years in Leon County.
McBrayer has taught Advanced Math in grades 6 through 8, and currently teaches 8th grade Algebra 1 for high school credit, plus 8thgrade Pre-Algebra.
A graduate of Sneads High School, McBrayer went on to earn his AA degree at Chipola Junior College and his bachelor’s degree in Math Education from FSU.
“It’s the ‘ah-ha’ moments that put a smile on my face,” he notes. “I love when I can get my students involved with a lesson and watch them want to learn more. I enjoy seeing them be so proud of a grade they earned that they assumed was impossible for them.”
As part of the AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) Site Team since 2008, McBrayer was integral in RMS becoming an AVID National Demonstration School. He shares, “On a site visit from an AVID Regional Representative, I was pulled to the side. The rep said, ‘This is off topic, but we are interested in you working for us teaching AVID skills to other teachers.’ I never gave an answer, which really meant I am happy teaching at RMS.”
Notes RMS Principal Michele Yeomans, “Mr. Mac brings humor and passion for teaching to the classroom each and every day. He is a team player and will do anything asked of him, from coaching girls’ soccer for 13 years, to currently being a Teacher Coach who mentors other teachers.
“In addition, he has an exceptional pass rate for students who take the state’s Algebra 1 exam to earn high school credit. We are fortunate to have him as an RMS Bear.”
written by Beth O'Donnell
Riversprings Middle School Employee of the Month for March is Data Entry Clerk Samantha Jacobs. She is in her third year at RMS as the first person parents see when bringing their children to school.
Originally from Chipley, Jacobs moved to Crawfordville at age 7 and attended Crawfordville Elementary School, Wakulla Middle School, and graduated from Wakulla High School.
Prior to working at RMS, Jacobs was a substitute teacher in Wakulla for two years. Before that, she spent 10 years at home raising her own four children.
“For years, I had served as a volunteer in the Wakulla County school system and worked as a substitute teacher,” says Jacobs. “When I heard about the Data Entry position, I thought what a wonderful opportunity it would be to continue serving in the school system while allowing me to still be at home with my children after the school day was over.”
She adds, “What I really like most about my job is the interaction with RMS students, parents, faculty and staff. I also love the sense of family at Riversprings. As a mother of four, it is important to me that I am able to participate in special events that my children have going on. At Riversprings, I am encouraged to do so.”
Jacobs also has not given up her work as a volunteer now that she has a full-time position. For example, on her own time she has taken photos of the RMS Wrestling Team in action for the past two years.
“Mrs. Jacobs is a fantastic employee and member of the RMS Bear family,” notes RMS Principal Michele Yeomans. “Every face that walks into our Student Services Department is greeted with a smile and treated with respect. She is willing to help out anywhere, and works very hard to be the best at her job.”
written by Beth O'Donnell
RMS Daily Schedule
7:35 first bell rings
7:40 - 7:55 TAP (Teacher Advisory Period; Homeroom)
8:00 - 8:45 1st period
8:50 - 9:40 2nd period
9:45 - 10:30 3rd period
10:35 - 11:20 4th period
11:25 - 12:45 5th period / lunch
- 11:25 - 12:15 class, 12:20 - 12:50 second lunch (All 8th grade, Allen, Brown, Daniels, Jamison, Marks, Miller, Rozar, Thurmond)
- 11:25 - 11:55 first lunch, 12:00 - 12:50 class (All 6th grade, McCormick, J. Rozanski, K. Rozanski, T. Thaxton, Walker, C. Wells)
12:55 - 1:40 6th period
1:45 - 2:30 7th period
Early Release Days will have their schedules adjusted to 20-25 minute class periods, and students will be dismissed at 12:25 pm.
We will provide a rigorous and appropriate education that results in success for all students.
We are committed to success for all students, teachers, staff, and our community.
Core Values (governing our Way of Work)
We will always:
· Make decisions based on the best interest of the students;
· Behave in an ethical manner;
· Prepare students for productive citizenship;
· Be willing to try innovative research-based programs;
· Employ highly trained and dedicated individuals who can work effectively in their assigned positions;
· Treat each person with dignity, and honor their right to be safe;
· Recognize the uniqueness and capability of each student;
· Set high expectation, and embrace a challenging curriculum;
· Celebrate our cultural heritage and the diversity that enriches our lives;
· Embrace (implement as an expected standard) technology to engage students and enhance education;
· Work to involve our community and all stakeholders in the educational process;
· Teach and practice responsibility and service to others;
· Teach students to be accountable for their own actions;
· Focus on continuous improvement for student achievement and professional growth;
We will never:
· Compromise or stop striving for excellence;
· Give up on a student.
RMS is now an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction
Our school is now designated as an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction. As you may be aware, AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination – is something we implement at our school as a college readiness system where we
- Commit to equity and opportunity for ALL students on a campus
- Promote rigorous academic opportunities for our students
- Deploy highly effective, research-based instructional practices across the school
Whether our students are taking AVID as an elective class, or exposed to and using the skills and tools AVID brings our teachers in core classes, we wanted you to know that our staff is recognized by AVID as a TOP example of work in these important areas.
For more information about AVID, please contact our student services office or visit www.avid.org.
Coach Marks and RMS Baseball is offering a baseball camp this summer. See the flyer
for more information, or contact Coach Marks at (850) 926-2300.
SUMMER AR TESTING
Schools are open this summer for AR testing starting June 6th and ending July 26th. Schools are open Monday through Thursday during the summer; summer hours vary by school location. At each school, students will need to check in with the front office to find out where the computers are set up for summer testing; many times it is NOT the library. At RMS, computers will be set up in the front office for students to test.
AR WORD COUNT INFORMATION
RMS Reading Requirement 2018-2019
Reading is a requirement in all reading classes, as well as for participation in all extracurricular activities. Please see the 2017-2018 WORD COUNT for the number of words that are expected to be read by each date (35,000 words approximately every 3 weeks.) Summer reading is a great way to get a head start on your word count goals!
Department of Economic Opportunity’s economic security report of employment and earning outcomes.
Reminder: No snacks can be provided in the lunchroom during the regular school day. This includes any cupcakes, cakes, cookies, etc., that parents may want to bring or send in as part of a celebration. (An alternative to this MAY be to serve this type of snack in a classroom - PLEASE check with your child's teacher FIRST.) Any goodies brought in to the classroom MUST be store bought and cannot be homemade; homemade items are not permitted by USDA standards. Also, goodies cannot be given to students until after 1:30 pm.