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Rye Middle School 3 Parsons Street
Rye, NY 10580

Ph: 914.967.6100 ext: 2901

Please note that the District’s current website is undergoing major construction and will be completely updated very shortly. In the meantime, if the format of any material on the District’s current website interferes with your ability to access information and you require an accommodation, please contact Kaitlyn Sassone, Director of Technology, at 914-967-6100 x6211.  To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the Web address of the requested material, and your contact information. Further, if you would like to file a complaint concerning the accessibility of the District’s website, information and a complaint form can be found here or you can contact Kaitlyn Sassone, Director of Technology, at 914-967-6100 for further information. 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the start and end times of the school day?
How many periods are there in a day?

How often should my child go to his/her locker during the day?
What is an A day / B day schedule?
Are there buses?
Is there a school uniform?
Does my child need to change for physical education?
What is a team?
Will my child be placed on the same team as his/her friends?
What is X period?
Can the school require my child to attend X period?
How will I know if my child is attending X period?
Is there an honor roll?
What is a passing grade?
What happens if my child fails a class?
How does the lunch period work?
What does the school do to help facilitate friendships?
What is the function of the guidance counselors, social worker and school psychologist?
What types of academic support programs do you offer for general education students?
What is the best way to get feedback regarding my child?
What is the Parent Portal?
When should my child use the teacher pages?
Does RMS offer parent/teacher conferences?
Is there a community service requirement for RMS?
How do I set up a lunch account?
What are lunch groups?
What should I do if my child is ill and needs to miss school?
What should my child do if he/she is late to school?
What should I do if my child needs to attend a doctor appointment during the school day?
How can we find out about clubs and activities?
Do the students get recess?
Can I request a specific team or teacher for my child?
What should I do if I suspect that my child is being mistreated at school by another student?
What are music lessons and are they mandatory?
What is the difference between an exploratory and an elective?
Is there an attendance policy?
How many credits does a student have to accumulate in order to graduate Middle School?
Do any middle school classes end up on a student's permanent high school transcript?
Are there any assemblies for students?
Is there a Code of Conduct?
How does my child sign up for a sport?
My son or daughter is an athlete.  Will he/she have to choose between practice or X  period?
If my child participates in sports outside of school, do they still have to take PE?
What is athletic eligibility?
What are Club Sports?
Can students take a "free period" or a study hall?
What is the National Junior Honor Society?
Does the school offer Parent Groups?
Who do I call if I have a question regardng my student's performance?
How do I sign up for the on-line newsletter?
Where do I find PO information?
If you have any more questions ....
 

What are the start and end times of the school day?

First period begins at 8 am. We do not have a homeroom. Announcements are made by the school principal at 8 am.  The last period of the day ends at 2:32 pm.  All students should be in their first period class before 8 am, prepared and ready to learn. Breakfast is also available for purchase in the high school cafeteria to students who arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 am.  

How many periods are there in a day?

There are 9 periods in our school day, 40 minutes each. Students have 4 minutes in between classes to transition.

How often should my child go to his/her locker during the day?

Although students can use their locker in between each class, most students find it overwhelming. We encourage students to plan their day out, preparing morning materials before first period, and preparing afternoon materials sometime after lunch. Each routine works differently for individual students.

What is an A day / B day schedule?

Core teachers meet to make up their team schedule for the week. An “A” day means that students should attend their classes in chronological order (periods 1-9). A “B” day, however, simply means that the core classes are reversed, and they the students will have their regularly scheduled morning core classes in the afternoon, and their regularly scheduled afternoon core classes in the morning.  Lunch periods, foreign language classes, PE and electives are not affected by the “A” day “B” day flip. These schedules are updated weekly and posted in various places in the school building.

Are there buses?

We do not have busing in the Rye City School District.  Students walk, ride bikes or get driven to school.  

Is there a school uniform?

No, but students are encouraged to dress appropriately for school.

Does my child need to change for physical education?

Yes. All students change for PE. Students must wear sneakers and appropriate physical education clothing (i.e. sweats, shorts).  Not changing will have an effect on the PE participation grade.  Students will be given a lock and a locker on the first day of PE.

What is a team?

The team concept allows a group of four or more core teachers to teach the same group of students. Students get a team designation (R, M or S) each year.  Students will not necessarily be assigned to the same team from one academic year to the next.

Will my child be placed on the same team as his/her friends?

While we understand that friendships and peer connections are paramount during the middle school years, it is not guaranteed that students will be placed on a team with their closest friends. Most students develop friendships and get to know classmates as the year progresses.  It is normal for this to take some time.

What is X period?

X period is the time of the day when extra help is available to all students.   X period is run Monday - Thursday from 2:37 until 3:00 pm.  Teachers may request to see a student during X period if he or she missed classwork or tests or are struggling in a particular subject. Students do not need to be invited to attend X period in order to attend.  Some teachers provide help during lunch.

Can the school require my child to attend X period?

Middle school teachers and staff strongly encourage students to attend X period. However, we cannot mandate attendance.

How will I know if my child is attending X period?

Ask your child if he or she is attending X period. If you are unsure, you can have your child ask the X period teacher to sign off on your child’s agenda book. This is an effective way of tracking your child’s  X period attendance without having to ask the teacher.  In addition, teachers are encouraged to keep an X period log to track students’ attendance.

Is there an honor roll?

Honor roll designation is on the report card.  The school does not post the honor roll.

What is a passing grade?

65% and above is a passing grade.

What happens if my child fails a class?

If your child fails a class for one quarter, he or she will attend a meeting with his or her guidance counselor and often the school principal.  Continued failure in the same class could result in a failing grade for the year. This may mean that your child will be mandated to attend summer school. In cases where a child fails more than two core classes, retention is possible.

How does the lunch period work?

Students can either bring lunch from home or purchase lunch in the cafeteria. Many students have a lunch account which gives them access to funds that parents provide without having to use cash.  These accounts should only be used by your child. Students are discouraged to use their accounts for their friends.  Parents do have access to view what their child is purchasing on a day to day basis.   

What does the school do to help facilitate friendships?

If your child is having difficulty making friends or maintaining friendships, please contact your child’s guidance counselor or the school social worker. They can provide you with strategies to help your child facilitate the social arena, and they also provide counseling, if needed. Each situation is handled differently, depending on the dynamics. Confidentiality is maintained.

What is the function of the  guidance counselors, social worker and school psychologist?

The guidance department consists of three school counselors, one for each grade level.  They function as a team, which often includes the social worker and school psychologist. Counselors are available to assist students with achieving academic and social success.  

What types of academic support programs do you offer for general education students?

RMS offers various support classes to students who may need additional support. Learning Centers are available to help students with organization and support in all core areas. Math Lab offers students who struggle in math an additional math period per day to reinforce concepts and practice the application of these concepts. Literacy Lab offers skill support in reading and writing. Each of these classes will take the place of an elective.

What is the best way to get feedback regarding my child?

E-mail is the preferred method of communication.  Each teacher’s address is their lastname.firstname followed by ryeschools.org (i.e; smith.jane@ryeschools.org)

What is the Parent Portal?

The Parent Portal is a resource available to all parents which allows viewing of your child’s progress and grades in all subjects.  Access will allow parents to monitor test/quiz grades, project and homework completion, as well as classwork and missed assignments. An access id and access password are generated for each student and mailed home. Each parent then uses the access id and access password to create an account with a password that the parent chooses. The access id and access password can be retrieved from the Assistant Principal's office. There is a new feature where parents can add more than one child to their parent portal account. Each parent only needs one account to see the grades, etc. of all children.

When should my child use the teacher pages?

If he/she is absent to get the nightly homework assignment.

Does RMS offer parent/teacher conferences?

Yes.  In the sixth grade there are three conference dates and in seventh and eighth grade there are two conference dates.  There are two ways to obtain a conference slot:  either by invitation from the teachers,  or if the conference is an open conference, the slots are filled on a first come first serve basis. To obtain a conference, contact the Guidance Department Secretary at ext 2940.

Is there a community service requirement for RMS?

There is no community service requirement for students to move to high school.

How do I set up a lunch account?

Lunch account information can be found on the district website under Food Service.

What are lunch groups?

Counselors and the social worker offer lunch groups by gender on specific days of the week. Students are either invited to participate in these groups, or they can sign up on their own. Lunch groups provide a small, more intimate setting for students in which to have lunch and communicate with peers.

What should I do if my child is ill and needs to miss school?

If your child is absent, you must leave a message at the attendance office (extension 2910)  for EACH day of absence, no later than 9 am.  If your child has been absent for 3 or more days consecutively,  you may request homework. This can be done by contacting either your child’s  guidance counselor or teachers directly.

What should my child do if he/she is late to school?

Please send your child into school with a note signed by you, stating the reason for the tardiness. He or she will then be given a late pass by the attendance office.  

What should I do if my child needs to attend a doctor appointment during the school day?

If your child has a scheduled doctor's appointment, please send in a note with your child to the attendance office, providing a time at which your child should be excused. The child is then given a note to give to the classroom teacher. The child then signs out before leaving the building.

How can we find out about clubs and activities?

On the Rye Middle School webpage, click the link that reads “Our School”. Then click the link for “Clubs and Activities.”  This will provide your child with the framework (day of the week and time) for the clubs and activities offered for the year. While most clubs are flexible, some may

require an attendance commitment. Please check with each advisor if you have questions.

Do the students get recess?

Weather permitting, students spend time outdoors during the second half of their lunch period.

Can I request a specific team or teacher for my child?

You can request, but it will not guarantee placement.

What should I do if I suspect that my child is being mistreated at school by another student?

Please contact your child’s guidance counselor or the social worker with your concern.

What are music lessons and are they mandatory?

Students enrolled in band or orchestra will be given a rotating lesson schedule.  Students should make every effort to attend these lessons, which are in addition to whole group instruction.  If your child has a conflict (a test, for example), have your child speak to the band or orchestra teacher to reschedule the lesson.

What is the difference between an exploratory and an elective?

An exploratory is what we call some sixth grade electives.  Exploratories alternate with your child’s music program.  Students are graded on a pass/fail and have no homework.  Electives include world language, art, music, and physical education, and specific classes for seventh and eighth graders.  Students receive grades and meet five days a week.

Is there an attendance policy?

Yes. Pupils are expected to be in attendance when school is in session.  Parents are expected to support this policy. The Board of Education and staff will hold parents AND their children responsible for regular school attendance. Family vacations are not recognized as legal absences.  Additional information regarding daily attendance rules can be found in the front pages of your child’s school agenda book.

How many credits does a student have to accumulate in order to graduate Middle School?

Students have course requirements that they need to meet in order to matriculate to high school. However, since we are a middle school, students do not accumulate credits.  Credits are earned taking high school courses.

Do any middle school classes end up on a student’s permanent high school transcript?

The final foreign language grade for 7th and 8th grade and the algebra and Earth Science final grades are recorded on the permanent record. Regents scores are on a student’s high school transcript.  Only Earth Science ends in a regents exam.

Are there any assemblies for students?

Yes.  Students have assemblies on parent/teacher conference days for their grade level.  

Is there a Code of Conduct?

Yes. The Code of Conduct can be found in the front of your child’s agenda book.

How does my child sign up for a sport?

Clearance packets are available in the health office and also on the district’s website.  Once a student is cleared medically to play, he or she can attend interest meetings for their chosen sport and try out if required.  Daily announcements are made regarding interest meetings, practice and game schedules.

My son or daughter is an athlete, will he or she have to choose between practice or X-period?

No.  Practice is specifically scheduled to start after X-period ends.

If my child participates in sports outside of school, do they still have to take PE?

Yes. Physical education is required in New York State.

What is athletic eligibility?

If a student fails a class, he or she will be suspended from participating in their chosen sport for five days. If a student fails two or more classes, they are not eligible to participate in athletics or any extra curricular activities offered by the school for the following quarter.

What are Club Sports?

Club sports are offered to students who are not participating in interscholastic sports.  Interscholastic sports are not available to sixth graders.  Club sports offers exposure to a wide range of sports experiences after school.

Can students take a “free period” or a study hall?

No. We do not offer “free periods” or study halls to any of our students.  Students have a full schedule complete with eight classes plus lunch.

What is the National Junior Honor Society?

The National Junior Honor Society is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school level students.  More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character. Specific eligibility requirements for Rye Middle School’s NJHS can be found in your child’s agenda book or on the district’s website.

Does the school offer Parent Groups?

The school social worker offers parenting groups at an off-campus site. Groups are usually closed after three sessions, so do check the RMS Garnet for up-to-date information.

Who do I call if I have a question regarding my student’s performance?

You should first contact the specific teacher.  If your question is more of a global concern pertaining to all subjects, contact your child’s guidance counselor.

How do I sign up for the on-line newsletter?

The Garnet can be accessed by subscribing to RMSGarnet@hotmail.com

The School Bee Mobile Directory can be accessed at www.schoolbee.com

Where do I find PO information?

Parent Organization information can be found on the Rye Middle School website.

If you have any more questions...

Information can also be found on our school’s website and also in the Rye Middle School agenda book.



 
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