AnnouncementsRising 7th and 8th Grade Registration
Our Course Catalog will be available for you to view beginning Feb. 19th. Rising 7th and 8th grade parents will have access to PowerSchool Registration via the parent portal beginning Monday, Feb. 25th and ending Friday, March 1st for the 19-20 school year. Students will have the opportunity to register at school on Tuesday, Feb. 26th. This time also provides parents an opportunity to view their child’s academic course recommendations.
8th Grade Parents-IGP Meetings
8th grade parents, it is time to begin preparing for IGP meetings! Individual Graduation Plan meeting are required for every 8th grade student. Parents or guardians and students will meet with a school counselor once between March 11 and March 22 to review students’ academic and career plans, review career activities your child has completed, discuss requirements for graduation, and complete registration for 9th grade classes. Sign up for your IGP meeting online using the link below. Online sign-up will close on March 6, so don’t delay! Contact Mrs. Lamb at 452-0370 with any questions.
Sign up for your IGP meeting HERE.
Ralph Chandler Middle rocked the house at the National Beta Club Convention Junior Division in Myrtle Beach this week.
RCMS Beta Club Sponsors Ms. Skardon, Mrs. Rossello, Mrs. McDougal and Mrs. Hill (with the help of parent Andria Kinninger) all worked so hard to prepare these kids to give their very best. We are proud to say through much determination, the kids truly succeeded by bringing home the following awards:
*5th place Jr Sculpture
*5th place 6th grade math
*4th place Jr Mixed Media
*3rd place 8th grade Social Studies
*3rd place Service Learning Showcase
Emma Dickson, Maggie Dunlap, Ashlyn McCain, Rachel Decker, Kelsey Barber, Emma Basham
1st place Songfest
We are so excited to have represented not only Ralph Chandler but even Greenville County Schools for the state of SC! Beta rocks!
Greenville County Comprehensive Plan Project
Our county is updating its Comprehensive Plan. As part of this process, they have scheduled nine community meetings throughout the county, eight at our schools. Please find meeting information, dates and times HERE.
8th Grade Job Shadowing Day is Coming!
On March 1, 8th graders will be able to spend the day shadowing a career of interest at a worksite. Now is a great time to begin finding out about the jobs your family members/family friends do to identify a career you want to learn more about! Job Shadowing Day is an excused absence once documentation of your time at the worksite is received. Parents must arrange transportation. To participate, your application and parent permission form are required. Information will be sent home with students the week of 1/28. See Mrs. Lamb if you have any questions!
8th Grade Parents-
On February 20, 2019, fifty eighth graders from Ralph Chandler Middle School will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP. This test is administered directly by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. The students were randomly selected by NAEP to participate and this letter has been sent home on paper to the families of students who have been chosen to participate. If you have any questions about this testing program, please feel free to contact Sarah Evanson-Atkinson, Instructional Coach, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-452-0303.
We are currently seeking teachers in the following areas for the 2019-2020 school year: Middle Level Math. You can find the complete listing of our open positions HERE. (Once on the job listing page, click on the Location drop down, choose Ralph Chandler Middle and you can view the current positions available at our school.) Please visit the District Human Resources page for additional information.
6th Grade Field Trip
We will be offering a 6th grade field trip to Biltmore House in Asheville, NC. This is a great opportunity for your son and/or daughter. Educational travel adds further context and substance to classroom material and reinforces concepts learned throughout the school year. School trips from long-lasting positive memories for students.
This trip is being planned and organized by Ralph Chandler Middle School 6th grade ELA and Orange Sky Travel (link to visit site). The date for this field trip is March 5, 2019. The per person student price is $129.00 and the cost for adult chaperones is $149.00.
View the flyer HERE! Contact your child's ELA teacher with questions or concerns.
4K Pre-Registration for 2019-2020 is January 16-March 12, 2019 Parents may pre-register at any district elementary school or child development center. Children do not have to live in the school attendance area to pre-register at that location. Pre-registration does not guarantee enrollment in a GCS 4K program. Children selected for 4K programs must demonstrate academic/developmental needs and/or risk factors such as low family income and low parent education level. Screened children will be ranked district-wide and those most at-risk for school success will receive initial assignments. Parents must present their child’s birth certificate, immunization certificate or religious exemption certificate, two proofs of residency (same as 5K) and photo ID. 4K pre-registration ends March 12, 2019. Elementary School Clerks will receive additional pre-registration information. 4K Screening is March 27-29, 2019. Click here for specific pre-registration procedures and student enrollment forms.
A Reminder from the Nurse
Illnesses are beginning to creep up in our area. Please remind your child to cover their cough, wash their hands frequently (especially after using the bathroom or blowing their nose).
Per district policy:
· If your child has a fever (100.4 or higher), they should not come to school. They must be fever free for 24 hours without medication to return to school.
· If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea, they should not attend school. They should be diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school. They should also be able to eat 1-2 meals without vomiting before coming back to school.
· If you follow these policies, this should help prevent the spread of these illnesses.
You can find answers to questions you may have regarding your child’s attendance. Please feel free to call the Attendance Clerk, Judi Davidson, for any questions at 452-0301.
Here are a few reminders to help you and your student have a successful year at RCMS.
*School starts promptly at 8:30 a.m.
*No early dismissals after 2:50 p.m.
*Student are allowed to have 10 excused parent notes each year
*School is dismissed at 3:15 p.m.
*A parent must send a note for ANY absence or the absence remains unexcused.
*Student should be picked up from school no later than 3:45 p.m.
Email a Scanned Doctor’s Excuse – jdavidson@greenville.K12.sc.us
Doctor’s Notes or Parent Notes can also be faxed to (864) 345-0365
RCMS Panther Sports News!
For the LATEST SPORTS NEWS AND UPDATES, CLICK ON THE BIG RC!
*New for the 2018-19 School Year - GCS announces a Clear Bag Policy for those attending athletic events. Details on the Clear Bag Policy can be found HERE, along with Frequently Asked Questions.
Tickets for RCMS Athletic Events now available to purchase online through GoFan.com, Click the Link to go to the RCMS Page YOUR GOFAN HOMEPAGE LINK: https://gofan.co/RalphChandlerPanthers On game day, bring your phone and show purchase, it's that simple!
RCMS Athletic Packet available by clicking HERE All students interested in playing any athletic sport MUST fill out Athletic Packet in full and turn in to Coach McCartney. If a Physical is at the High School, it is the student's responsibility to get a copy for RCMS. You can find the Athletic Handbook HERE.
Interested in receiving text messages about school cancellations and other schedule changes?
The GCS Alert Form-English and GCS Alert Form-Spanish can be found by clicking the appropriate link. The form is only for parents who currently have a landline listed as their “Primary Contact Phone” and wish to receive texts about school cancellations or other emergency schedule changes. Parents who already list a cellular phone as their primary contact will not need to take action to receive this service. Additional information from the District can be found HERE.
Parents, please be reminded that our school policy regarding early dismissal asks that parents not seek an early dismissal after 2:45. Early dismissals at any time are disruptive to the school day and are particularly problematic in the last 30 min. of our instructional day.
RCMS Grade Level Policies can be found HERE and also under the Parent and Student tabs, above.
2016-2017 Greenville County School District Report to the Community can be found HERE
Spirit Nights: Spirit Nights are fundraising nights when restaurants give a percentage of their sales during the time frame to the school. Be sure to mention Ralph Chandler when you order! Check our calendar for all Spirit Night opportunities!
Free Breakfast for Students - All students can receive a school breakfast for free regardless of their status.
Meal prices are as follows: Student Lunch Paid $2.50 - Reduced Lunch $.40
What is the BETA CLUB?
The National Junior Beta Club is a student honor society that recognizes high academic achievement, promotes excellent character and social responsibility, encourages service to others, and fosters leadership skills. Find out more HERE.
- Sign up HERE for Mornings in the Media Center! From 7:45-8:15 you can participate in Makerspace activities and check out library materials! The library is open to everyone from 8:15-8:30 (without signing up) to get, return, or renew books.
- Ebooks are available using Overdrive!
- Magazines are available using Flipster!
- CHECK YOUR EMAIL for overdue notices!