Hard to believe we are starting week three already! I am so proud of our students and staff as everyone takes on this new learning opportunity with patience and perseverance. As I enter virtual classrooms, I see teamwork occurring between students and teachers while they help each other through various technology challenges. Although we may still be overcoming a few of these technology challenges, learning is underway. We have the opportunity to learn and expand education as we have known it, while students learn to demonstrate ownership over their learning. I am immensely impressed by the positive energy and outlook that I see from everyone.
Additionally, I know our staff has that same determination to make this the best possible school year for our students. There is a learning curve for all of us as we redefine how school works.I know it is frustrating for students, parents, and staff alike when technology does not work; please know that our staff and district are working diligently to address every issue as they arise.
While we are virtually learning, we are making every effort to ensure that our communications are as clear as possible. Thus, we will be hosting a virtual Q & A session to address any questions you may have after the first few weeks of school. This Q & A session will be Thursday, September 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The link will be posted on the RLPA website.
Currently our students are finishing their initial iReady reading assessments; these results will be mailed out next week. There will be more online testing and assessments throughout the year while we are engaged in distance learning.
Thank you students, parents, and staff for a great start to this new learning experience. I am looking forward to working with all of you!
A message from mrs. harrison (wEEK OF 8/3)
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. As the situation with COVID-19 is extremely dynamic, I want to assure you that we value and are committed to the success of every student, and want them to feel welcomed, supported, connected and a part of our Squire family. The spring of 2020 challenged staff and students to find a “new normal” for learning. During this time, I came to appreciate the expertise our teachers bring to the classroom, the work our students did and an appreciation for the little things in life like greeting the students in the halls, giving a high five or playing football during lunch time. As we plan for a new school year like no other, our focus continues to be the safety of our families and staff. Thank you for your patience thus far, and as we move forward. In preparation for the new beginnings, there are a few things I would like to bring to your attention so that we are all ready to go on Tuesday, August 18.
· The first day of school for ALL students is Tuesday, August 18. ALL students need to be present during their assigned Virtual classes to be counted as enrolled and in attendance.
· For class information, please visit the Rio Linda Preparatory Academy website and click on the distance learning tab.
· Students will need to check their district Google email starting August 17th.
· How do parents get information? At the end of the first day of each week, visit the principal’s corner on the RLPA website and click on the weekly link. Critical information will be at the top and as you scroll down the newsletter the information becomes more oriented toward the future.
Registration: Please go to the district website and click on the “enroll now” button in the scrolling banner.
· All students new to Twin Rivers will complete the School Program Services Form (SPSF) at the drive through curriculum pick up on August 10 or August 11. Please bring a pen to complete form.
· Returning Students - Parents can update student information online through their AERIES login. For any address change, please bring address verification.
Schedule, Chromebooks, supplies and textbook pickup (19-20 awards and purchased yearbooks can be picked up at this time):
August 10, 8:00-11:00am - Last Name: A-L
August 10, 12:00-3:00pm – Last Name: M-Z
August 11, 3:00-7:00pm - Make-ups
Students new to the district and students needing to check out a Chromebook will pull into the driveway in front of the school. Returning students will pull into the bus lane. Please stay in your vehicles.
Virtual Learning Hours:
Important Upcoming Dates:
· August 18, 2020: First day of school
· September 7, 2020: Labor Day (Holiday - school will be closed)
2020-2021 Student and Family Handbooks:
Please read through the student handbook with your child. It is located inside the student agenda planners. Rules on school behavior and student dress code are also in the planners.
Let’s get organized! Rio Linda Preparatory has always issued planners to our students at the beginning of the year. This year we want to continue to utilize these planners and do so in a way that aligns with our AVID program which focuses on organization. Every day, all students will be writing down an essential question and/or assignments in their planners for each class. Stay connected to your student’s education, reinforce organization and support learning.
All students are required to have current immunizations. New regulations that start July 1, 2019, require both a T-dap booster and a second varicella (chickenpox) vaccine for those entering seventh grade. For more information, visit www.shotsforschool.org or click on the Immunization Banner on the District’s website at www.twinriversusd.org.
New RLPA Staff:
Please help us welcome our new staff: Madelyn Buren (Special Education), Alexander Gutierrez (Spanish), Richard Looney (CTE-Digital Media), Alyssa Rasmussen (ELA), Javier Rocha (Math), Kerilee Smith (Math) and Casey Stafford (Resource Specialist).