"In The News" 




2/10/2021 - Schools To Watch is a national designation awarded to middle level institutions of learning that embody the ideals of four domains: Academic Excellence, Social Equity, Developmental Responsiveness, and Organizational Structures and Processes, which ensure the implementation of effective educational practices for the young adolescents of our nation as outlined by the ongoing work of The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).

We have received our initial designation joining only twenty-five schools in the state of South Carolina and only 450 nation wide, we are now a showcase school for the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. Read more HERE.




The National Museum of Forest Service History has chosen Wanda Hamilton to become an Educational Ambassador serving as a voice for conservation of natural resources and the history of the U.S. Forest Service.  She will be traveling to the Gallatin Mountains of Paradise Valley, Montana (32 miles north of Yellowstone National Park) this May to learn from Library of Congress facilitators how to use several databases to select pertinent conservation and historical primary source documents and artifacts.  This select group of educators will help build lessons for 21st Century learning that will emphasize conservation and the history of the U.S. Forest Service.       

This incredible opportunity was made possible through several generous grants from the Library of Congress/Teaching Primary Sources division, ERM Group Foundation, as well the Arthur Blank Foundation.

Mrs. WaltonCongratulations to RCMS teacher/librarian, Candace C. Walton, who will be traveling to Yale University this summer during the week of July 16, to study everyday life in colonial America, under renowned historian, John Demos. Mrs. Walton is the recipient of a Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History study grant. Highly competitive, the study grants cover all expenses and are for educators from all over the United States to examine major historical elements of our nation’s history, through daily lectures, readings, and site visits. Participants will explore central themes and questions relating to everyday life during the colonial period of American history (roughly 1600–1775). The goal is to develop a detailed sense of life on the ground among ordinary folk in this time and place, and the history that remains evident in the natural and built landscape. Ralph Chandler Middle School is honored by Mrs. Walton’s selection and her continued efforts to promote rigor and scholarship in our school and throughout the district.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is the preeminent national organization for the study of American history. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians. There are 300+ applicants for each available spot, and to be selected is highly prestigious.






Ms. Ashley McAteer - Named Girls' Head Swim Coach for Woodmont High


Ms. Ashley McAteer - PE Instructor here at RCMS, has been named as the new head girls' swim coach at Woodmont High School.   She was also recently featured in an article for USA Swimming.  Congratulations to Ms. McAteer as she coaches the swimmers to success!