• AUGUST UPDATE
    Updated: August 1, 2017


    STUDENT ORIENTATION

    RMS will host a 7th grade student orientation on Thursday, August 17th. Parents and students are invited to join us for an overview of 7th grade. Come in to reconnect with some friends, meet some teachers, locate your classrooms and find your locker. We have staggered start times because of the number of students but please join us at a time that is convenient for you. Of course, 8th grade students are welcome to join us as well. Eighth grade student council representatives will be here to assist. Here's the schedule:

    • When: Thursday, August 17th 
    • Where: Richboro Middle School
    • Times: Welch students, 9:00 – 10:00AM; Churchville, Richboro, & Rolling Hills students, 10:00 - 11:00AM

    START OF SCHOOL INFORMATION

    The first day of school for all seventh grade students is Tuesday, September 5, 2017. All seventh grade students should report to the Auditorium upon arriving to school. The buses will drop students off at the main entrance. Parents driving their children to school should use the entrance on the Richboro Elementary School side of the building as the drop-off/pick up area. All students (grades 7 & 8) should report to school on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. School begins both days at the normal starting time of 8:00 AM.

    For the 2017-18 school year, bussing and Homeroom/Team information will be released via Home Access Center (HAC) for all students attending a Council Rock school. If you already use HAC nothing else needs to be done. If you have not registered for HAC, please here to register. Bussing and the Student Demographic Update form will be available on HAC at 9:00 AM on August 18, 2017. Homeroom and Team information will be released on HAC at 9:00 AM on August 22, 2017.

    Every student will be receiving information during the first several days of school. Parents, please continue to check with your child so that you may share in their educational program. You can expect to receive a Student Handbook/Assignment Book and other pertinent materials. Please review the student handbook with your child. You and your child will be asked to sign a form indicating you have received a copy of the student handbook. In addition, middle school lunch prices are as follows: Regular Lunch $3.35. We now have a computerized debit system. For additional information or to create a new account, visit www.mealpayplus.com. All checks should be made payable to Council Rock Food Service Fund.


    STUDENT HANDBOOK

    Here is a link to the RMS student handbook, which can also be found on the RMS homepage. Please review the student handbook as all students will be asked to read the student handbook upon the start of school.


    ATHLETIC PHYSICALS

    Students who will be participating in seventh or eighth grade school sponsored athletics, please adhere to the following procedures to comply with the PIAA regulations for eligibility in interscholastic athletics:

    1. Students must have a pre-participation physical, performed by an Authorized Medical Examiner (licensed physician of medicine or osteopathic medicine, a physician assistant certified or a certified registered nurse practitioner).
    2. The pre-participation physical evaluation for fall sports shall not be performed earlier than June 1. The evaluation, reevaluation or certification for all other sports shall not be performed earlier than six weeks prior to the first practice day for each applicable sport. The reevaluation or certification for all other subsequent sports should not be performed until after completion of the immediate preceding sport(s).

    All paperwork necessary for participation can be downloaded directly from the RMS website.


    STUDENT DROP-OFF / PICK-UP

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

    1. The parking lot on the Richboro side of the building is the designated drop-off in the morning until 8:00 A.M. and pick-up in the afternoon after 3:00 P.M. (Please do not use the main entrance at the front of the building.)
    2. Students who are dropped off before 8:00 A.M. must report directly to the cafeteria and remain there until dismissed by the supervising teachers.
    3. The main entrance of the building is to be used only for late arrival after 8:05 A.M. and early dismissal before 3:00 P.M. This procedure will be strictly enforced to ensure the safety of students and others who must utilize the front entrance of the building.

    ATTENDANCE

    Any student who is absent from school should give to his/her homeroom teacher an excuse note signed by the parent within three days of return from the absence. This note should state the reason for absence. If excuse notes are not turned in within three days following the return to school, the absence may be marked as unlawful and disciplinary action may be taken. Students who accumulate an inordinate number of absences may lose academic credit. If there is a concern about excessive absences, contact will be made with parents stating possible consequences.


    LATENESS

    It is the student’s responsibility to be on time for school each day and on time for each class period:

    • Morning Arrival: students arriving to homeroom period after 8:05 A.M. are considered to be late for school. Students who arrive late must report to the attendance office and present an excuse note explaining their lateness in order to get a “pass” to class. If a note is not presented, the lateness will be unexcused. In addition, notes listing “oversleeping”, “car trouble”, “clock failure”, “missed bus”, etc. will be classified as unexcused. Chronic lateness (in excess of 5 per semester) will result in parent contact and disciplinary action.
    • Class: if a student is late for class, a pass should be secured from the teacher detaining the student. Teachers will take disciplinary action should students be late for their classes without a pass. The Main Office will not issue late passes to students who are late for classes.

    EARLY DISMISSAL

    When an early dismissal is necessary, students should present a written note from a parent to the office prior to 8:05 A.M. The student will be issued a pass that is to be presented to the teacher and then brought to the Main Office at the designated dismissal time. The student must meet their parent in the office and the parent must sign their child out before the child may leave the building. Students leaving school early because of illness must also have their parent sign them out in the office. If a student is being picked up by someone other than a parent, please indicate this in the note.


    FAMILY TRIPS

    When a family trip is planned during the school year, a written request from the parent/guardian must be submitted to the Main Office, for the Principal’s approval, 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 present scholastic standing in each subject. The completed form must be returned to the Main Office prior to the first day of the absence. Students are responsible for making up missed assignments. The total number of approved days of absence shall not exceed five (5) days in a school year.

    Days exceeding the approved days will be considered unlawful and/or unexcused.


    CLINIC

    Clinic is available for students after school every Thursday until 3:45 P.M. Clinic provides an opportunity for students to receive academic assistance in a small group environment. District transportation is available for students who attend clinic. Buses depart at approximately 4:00 PM.


    DELIVERY OF STUDENT ITEMS

    To ensure an uninterrupted academic setting for all students, we request that the following procedures be followed when students forget an item:

    1. If the item is needed in the mornings (lunches, homework, Phys. Ed. clothing, etc.), the item should be delivered prior to 8:00 A.M. so students may be called during our general morning announcements.
    2. If the item is needed in the afternoon (uniforms, etc.), the items should be delivered prior to 1:20 P.M. so students may be called during our general afternoon announcements.
    3. If items are delivered at other times of the school day, the student must periodically check with the office to pick up the item.

    Thank you for respecting this procedure.


    IMMUNIZATIONS

    The Pennsylvania Department of Health has revised the immunization requirements for students effective the 2017-2018 school year. Please see this letter.


    DATES TO REMEMBER:

    • September 5: First Day of School (7th grade only)
    • September 6: All students report
    • September 8: Picture Day
    • September 13: Back-to-School Night, 6:45PM
    • September 21 & 22: No school for students