Richboro Middle School

Success for every student, every day

Council Rock School District

Richboro Middle School

98 Upper Holland Road

Richboro, Pennsylvania  18954

Phone 215-944-2500    ¨    Fax 215-944-2598    ¨




DearRichboro Middle School Student and Parent:


By now, I imagine you are anticipating thestart of the 2012-2013 school year.  Withthat anticipation often comes many questions. I hope information provided proves helpful as you prepare for this newschool year.  Should you have additionalquestions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.


Thefirst day of school for all seventh grade students is Tuesday, September 4,2012.  All seventh grade students should report tothe Auditorium upon arriving to school.  Thebuses will drop students off at the main entrance.  Parents driving their children to schoolshould use the entrance on the Richboro side of the building as thedrop-off/pick up area. An aerial view map of our school with traffic patternsis posted on the RMS web-page.  All students (grades 7, 8) should report toschool on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. School begins both days at the normal starting time of 8:00 A.M.


For the 2012-13 schoolyear, bussing information will be released via Home Access Center (HAC) for allstudents attending a Council Rock school.  If you already use HAC nothingelse needs to be done.  If you have not registered for HAC, please visitour website, and click the HomeAccess Center link for registration instructions.  Bussing informationwill be released on HAC on August 20, 2012. 


Every student will bereceiving information during the first several days of school.  Parents, please continue to check with yourchild so that you may share in their educational program.  You can expect to receive a StudentHandbook/Assignment Book and other pertinent materials.  Please review the student handbook with yourchild.  You and your child will be askedto sign a form indicating you have received a copy of the studenthandbook.  In addition, middle schoollunch prices are as follows:   Regular Lunch $3.25. We now have a computerizeddebit system.  For additional informationor to create a new account, visit   Allchecks should be made payable to CouncilRock Food Service Fund.


Please note thefollowing events for August/ September:


                Tuesday, September 4, 2012                         - 1st Day of School -7th Grade

                Wednesday, September 5, 2012  - All Students Report (Grades 7, 8)

Friday, September 14,2012                          - PictureDay (7th & 8th Grade) every student should havea      picture taken for the purpose ofthe yearbook and to obtain an I.D. card. I.D. cards may be required for some school functions.


                Thursday, September 27, 2012                     -Back-To-School-Night– 7:00 P.M.








Here is some additional information that youmay find helpful as the 2012-2013 school year begins.




Studentswho will be participating in seventh or eighth grade school sponsoredathletics, please adhere to the following procedures to comply with the PIAAregulations for eligibility in interscholastic athletics:  

1.      Studentsmust have a pre-participation physical, performed by an Authorized MedicalExaminer (licensed physician of medicine or osteopathic medicine, a physicianassistant certified or a certified registered nurse practitioner).

2.      Thepre-participation physical evaluation for fall sports shall not be performedearlier than June 1.  The evaluation,reevaluation or certification for all other sports shall not be performedearlier than six weeks prior to the firstpractice day for each applicable sport. The reevaluation or certification for all other subsequent sports shouldnot be performed until after completion of the immediate preceding sport(s).

Allpaperwork necessary for participation can be downloaded directly from the RMSweb site.




If parents or others are driving RichboroMiddle School students to or from school, please adhere to the following:

1.       The parking lot on theRichboro side of the building is the designated drop-off in the morning until8:00 A.M. and pick-up in the afternoon after 3:00 P.M.  (Pleasedo not use the main entrance at the front of the building.)

2.       Students who aredropped off before 8:00 A.M. must report directly to the cafeteria and remainthere until dismissed by the supervising teachers.

3.       The main entrance ofthe building is to be used only for late arrival after 8:05 A.M. and earlydismissal before 3:00 P.M. 

This procedure will be strictly enforced toensure the safety of students and others who must utilize the front entrance of the building.



Any student who is absent from school shouldgive to his/her homeroom teacher an excuse note signed by the parent withinthree days of return from the absence. This note should state the reason for absence.  If excuse notes are not turned in withinthree days following the return to school, the absence may be marked asunlawful and disciplinary action may be taken. Students who accumulate an inordinate number of absences may loseacademic credit.  If there is a concernabout excessive absences, contact will be made with parents stating possibleconsequences.



Itis the student’s responsibility to be on time for school each day and on timefor each class period. 

MorningArrival -Students arriving to homeroom period after 8:05 A.M. are considered to be latefor school.  Students who arrive latemust report to the attendance office and present an excuse note explainingtheir lateness in order to get a “pass” to class.  If a note is not presented, the lateness willbe unexcused.  In addition, notes  listing “oversleeping”, “car trouble”, “clockfailure”, “missed bus”, etc. will be classified as unexcused.  Chronic lateness (in excess of 5 persemester) will result in parent contact and disciplinary action.


Class – If a student is latefor class, a pass should be secured from the teacher detaining thestudent.  Teachers will take disciplinaryaction should students be late for their classes without a pass.  The Main Office will not issue late passes tostudents who are late for classes.



When an early dismissal is necessary, studentsshould present a written note from a parent to the office prior to 8:05A.M.  The student will be issued a passthat is to be presented to the teacher and then brought to the Main Office atthe designated dismissal time.  Thestudent must meet their parent in the office and the parent must sign theirchild out before the child may leave the building.  Students leaving school early because ofillness must also have their parent sign them out in the office.  Ifa student is being picked up by someone other than a parent, please indicatethis in the note.



Whena family trip is planned during the school year, a written request from theparent/guardian must be submitted to the Main Office, for the Principal’sapproval, at least 10 days prior to the anticipated absence.  The student should obtain an “advance notice”form for completion by the parent/guardian and the student’s teachers.  This form will indicate the student’s presentscholastic standing in each subject.  Thecompleted form must be returned to the Main Office prior to the first day ofthe absence.  Students are responsiblefor making up missed assignments.  Thetotal number of approved days of absence shall not exceed five (5) days in aschool year.  Days exceeding the approveddays will be considered unlawful and/or unexcused.



Clinic is available for students after schoolevery Thursday until 3:45 P.M. Clinic provides an opportunity for students toreceive academic assistance in a small group environment.  District transportation is available forstudents who attend clinic.  Buses departat approximately 4:00 P.M.





To ensure an uninterrupted academic settingfor all students, we request that the following procedures be followed whenstudents forget an item:

1.       If the item is neededin the mornings (lunches, homework, Phys. Ed. clothing, etc.), the item shouldbe delivered prior to 8:00 A.M. so students may be called during our generalmorning announcements.

2.       If the item is neededin the afternoon (uniforms, etc.), the items should be delivered prior to 1:20P.M. so students may be called during our general afternoon announcements.

3.       If items are deliveredat other times of the school day, the student must periodically check withthe office to pick up the item.

Thank you for respecting this procedure.




I hope that theinformation that has been provided will be helpful in your preparation for the2012-2013 school year.  I anticipate anexciting year that will provide a rigorous academic challenge for all of ourstudents while offering many co-curricular and social activities to help makethe school year an enjoyable one.  I lookforward to all of our students and parents being contributing members of our RichboroMiddle School community.


In closing, I hope that your remaining days ofthe summer break are enjoyable and I look forward to your return.  Please feel free to contact us if you haveany questions or concerns.





RichardJ. Hollahan


RichardJ. Hollahan