Parent Backpack is an online application that replaces the PowerSchool Parent Portal. With Parent Backpack, you are able to view your child's grades, school attendance, and any discipline incidents when you are logged into the system. Best of all, Parent Backpack workds on any device and is mobile friendly. With the old PowerSchool Parent Portal, it required a school code to create your mobile account. Parent Backpack is mobile compliant and the Parent can log in with their email and password.
To access Parent Backpack, go HERE and create an account. Directions in English and Spanish can be found with these links.
Help with Setting Up Backpack Notifications For Email and Mobile Phones
Parents - as you monitor your child's grades you will soon notice a grade for Benchmark testing. For this year, these grades will post in your child's grade book however, it will not calculate in the average for your child's final grade. We want students and parents to see this information however, as this is new for us this year, we decided not to calculate these in the final averages. This decision is only effective for this school year. We will revisit this for next school year and it is very possible that beginning with the 2018-2019 school year that benchmarks will count as part of student grades.
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.
MasteryConnect is an online resource that will help Greenville County Schools (GCS) teachers identify and track student mastery of South Carolina College and Career Readiness (SCCCR) Standards to inform teaching practice. Specifically, teachers will be able to share curriculum maps, resources, and assessments in one place. Also, this platform allows teachers to develop, administer, and score assessments easily. Mastery Connect has a social media component that enables schools - across the district and the state - to share assessments and resources with other teachers. Assessment Tools MasteryConnect/TE21
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.
*Students 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
Greenville County Schools (GCS), in an effort to ensure the safety of all of our students, is implementing additional security checks for school volunteers. Effective immediately, all volunteers must submit an application to the school and receive clearance from the district before interacting with children in the school or chaperoning any school field trip. Volunteers are now identified by two different categories: Level I or Level II. Please review the required procedure by clicking HERE.
There is a new program available to parents who would like to learn English and become more involved in their child’s academic achievement. The program is free to parents and is on a first come first serve basis. Rosetta Stone® Community Solution for K-12 is a program available to the parents of our English Language Learners. This program will provide the parents of our English Language Learners with an opportunity to learn and develop their English Language skills. It will also enable parents to increase their engagement in their child’s school and contribute to improving their child’s educational achievement. The online lessons allow parents to use this program at home, work, on their phone, or anywhere they have access to the internet. If you would like to have access to this program, please contact your child’s ESOL teacher. The ESOL teacher will be able to provide you with a code to access the program and share general log-in instructions.
GCS has partnered with District 1 PTA to produce a video outlining how parents can appropriately advocate for their children. The video stresses following proper channels of communications beginning with the teacher or other appropriate employees, staying informed through teacher meetings, informing principals of concerns, etc. You can view the video by clicking the link above.
All students can receive a school breakfast for free regardless of their status. Online Free and Reduced Meal Prices information can be found HERE.
The district has established an e-mail account for parents to e-mail the district Transportation Department with questions or concerns they may have. The e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your child's address, school, and phone number where they can be reached.
The original receipt issued by the school is required for any refunds for field trips, yearbooks, etc. Please save your receipt!
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The Mission of Ralph Chandler Middle School is to provide an environment that is conducive to learning and focuses on academic excellence.