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 SGC Elections will be held March 19 - 23

Please take the time to VOTE between Mar 19 - Mar 23rd for a parent representative to serve on the River Trail Middle School Governance Council. Your input is very important. Our Council helps to establish the strategic direction and vision of our school. The current SGC has just completed a 5-year Strategic Plan, and it will be up to our new Council to implement the new Plan next year. There are 2 parent member positions open for next year. Your vote will ensure your voice. Parents of children who will be attending RTMS in the school year 2018-2019 will receive an email with a unique link for voting. Please check your email and vote for your candidate of choice. Click on each candidate to read their statements:

Ashley Gantt, Ramakrishnan Narayanan, Dana Rogers and Bruce Shen.

Thank you for participating in #sharedgovernance.


Science Olympiad

At the beginning of the season, there were 118 Science Olympiad teams from middle schools across Georgia. River Trail had two teams compete at the Forsyth County Regional in February. By far the most competitive regional in the state, teams from River Trail placed 6th and 7th. The only other school with two teams in the top ten was Fulton Science Academy.

Due to our strong presence at the Forsyth County Regional, River Trail earned a slot at the State Science Olympiad Competition on Saturday, March 10th. The state team consisted of the following students (only one of who was returning from last year's state team): Maaher Gandhi, Pallavi Dokka, Kelly Jeong, Harsha Dharmaraj, Annika Singh, Adya Bhatta, Ajitesh Sompalli, Rosie Chowdhury, Muskan Jain, Swathi Mugundu Pradeep, Rohan Vishnubotla, Heng Yang, Sonal Churiwal, Neya Nirmal, and Suhas Dantuluri.

At the state competition, River Trail place 2nd in Anatomy and Physiology, 4th in Crime Busters, 6th in Dynamic Planet, 6th in Ecology, 4th in Experimental Design, 4th in Herpetology, 2nd in Meteorology, 3rd in Microbe Mission, and 6th in Optics. After all these strong finishes, River Trail placed 7th! Great job, River Trail!



Engineering—Inspiring Ladies to Pursue an Underrepresented Profession

The engineering ladies are getting a close-up look at the engineering profession. Sixteen ladies represented RTMS at the Georgia Tech Engineering Design Challenge this February. The ladies joined middle and high school students from across Greater Atlanta to design and build a three-story structure that met key design and performance requirements. The ladies performed brilliantly and we were pleased to have an RTMS student on the multi-school winning design team. In March, twelve ladies represented RTMS at Microsoft's DigiGirlz Day. DigiGirlz is one of Microsoft's signature programs to invest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education for young women and to build a pipeline of future workers. The ladies participated in several technology sessions and a working lunch with five Microsoft professionals. A core objective of the engineering program at RTMS is to inspire ladies to consider one of the many exciting careers in engineering as a profession, and the Design Challenge and DigiGirlz Day were two important opportunities to do so.


8th Grade Parent Tours of Northview High School

The Northview PTSA is hosting school tours on Wednesday, Apr 25th at 9:30am for all 8th grade parents who want to get a peek inside Northview HS. This is particularly beneficial for parents of students who are a little nervous about rising to high school. When the parents understand the lay of the building, it's easy for them to qualm the nerves of their students who might be a little unsure of themselves. The purpose of this event is to tour the building. Teachers and counselors will not be on hand to discuss course options. Come visit Northview, there's lots to see!





 Please nominate a staff member who exemplifies this month's character word: HONESTY 

Honest people tell the truth and do not lie, cheat or steal. 
To build a good reputation 
To be at ease with yourself 
To gain trust from those around you 
To avoid trouble 


 RTMS Employee of the Month! 

River Trail would like to congratulate Ms. Heather Wright, for being February's Employee of the Month for the character word Kindness! The River Trail community would like to thank Chick-Fil-A of Johns Creek, Creative Hair Salon and Publix at Shakerag for their generous sponsorship of our student and staff recognition program.


Community Night – Thurs. March 22nd  

River Trail will align with Northview High School to participate in "community night" on March 22nd.  Activities at RTMS before school and during the school day will operate as normal; all afternoon activities will be cancelled.  There will be no sweep bus.  No assignments or graded assessments will be due on March 23rd.  The night of March 22nd should be a time that all students and staff take a breath and remember to have balance in their lives.  Students and staff are expected to take a step back from academic work and focus on family, friends, and community. 


Sharks Have Heart Family Walk

Shakerag Elementary School will hold their annual Sharks Have Heart Family Walk, in honor of Coach Cooper, on Saturday, March 24 (Rain or Shine). It will begin in the gym with a brief ceremony honoring Coach Cooper. Registration forms are available by clicking here.   Please send in your form and payment on or before February 16 to receive a t-shirt honoring Coach Cooper. All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.  Registration forms can be dropped off at Shakerag Elementary or mailed to:  Shakerag Elementary, c/o Sharks Have Heart, 10885 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek, GA 30097.


Georgia Parents Survey

The "Georgia Parents Survey" is a component of our school's annual CCRPI score, and your input is valuable in maintaining River Trail's strong reputation.  (We received a 99.5% last year, practically perfect!)  Parents, please take the time to thoughtfully respond to this 24-question survey at http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents.   Students and staff will be completing similar surveys at school.    


 RTMS International Night

We are currently looking for people to participate in the RTMS International Night on March 27 from 6pm to 7:30pm. RTMS International Night will be an evening filled with cultural entertainment and food from around the world! This is a great opportunity to showcase and teach others in our community about the many cultures represented in our school.   Be there and show off your zest for your country! If you are interested, please contact Ms. Hosley (hosleys@fultonschools.org) or Ms. Reed (reedmd@fultonschools.org ).


Inclement Weather Make-up Days

Fulton County Schools has announced its plan to make up some of the days lost this year due to inclement weather. There will be three make-up days – February 16, March 9, and March 12.  (River Trail students will not have school for Presidents Day on February 19 and for RFF Professional Learning Day on February 20.)  February 16 and March 12 will be "regular" school days, whereas March 9 will be a Digital Learning Day.  The specifics of the March 9 Digital Learning Day are still being worked out; we will communicate them in the coming weeks.  We're excited to see our school district consider the use of Digital Learning Days and look forward to providing feedback on how it worked for our students and teachers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Flu Season Updates

The flu season is officially here! Flu Season update 2017-18 on the FCS website click here.

CDC Flu Season update 2017-18 on the FCS Student health Services website click here.        

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Summit OnSite

River Trail is excited to join other North Fulton secondary schools in the "Summit OnSite" program!  The mental health/wellness of our students is as important as their physical and academic well-being, and we don't want appointment-scheduling to be a hindrance.  Katie Beals, a therapist from the Summit Counseling Center, is available for mental health counseling sessions at River Trail with RTMS students during the school day on Thursdays.  For more information or to make an appointment, please see this FAQ.  For contact information on other off-site therapists, please contact Ms. Graff, Ms. Bartley, or Mr. Peterson in our counseling office.     


Yearbooks are on sale for $48. Click here  to buy your yearbook today!


TAG Screening

Parent notification of the Fulton County gifted screening process has been posted on the school website


 Early Checkout for Students

Please send a note with your child if he/she needs to be checked out of school before the 4:05 p.m. dismissal time. The note must include a telephone number where you can be reached. Your child should bring the note to the office prior to first period the morning of the checkout. If for any reason your student does not have a note; please call the front office with the dismissal changes. Please assist us by checking out your child prior to 3:45 p.m. All students must be signed out in the logbook in the office. Photo ID needs to be shown upon checkout.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Morning Carpool

Students should not be dropped off at school in the mornings before 8:15 a.m. unless they are coming at a specific time to meet with a specific teacher. We do not have staff available to supervise students until 8:15 a.m. and they may not be on campus unsupervised.


RTMS Professional Learning Days

RTMS School Governance Council requested and was approved for 3 professional learning days for the 2017-2018 school year. Students will not attend school on the following days, 9/5, 11/27, 2/20. River Trail teachers will participate in professional development courses that will increase classroom instructional strategies in the areas of project based learning and critical thinking. These days ONLY apply to RTMS, not necessarily at other Fulton County Schools.




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Hours: 8:55 AM - 4:05 PM  

 Ph: 470-254-3860
     Fax: 470-254-3866     

    Email: rivertrailms@fultonschools.org
          Principal: Dawn Melin





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3/19/2018 9:00 AM Shakerag Elementary School 5th grade visit  
3/21/2018 9:00 AM Wilson Creek Elementary 5th grade visit  
3/21/2018 6:00 PM Rising 6th grade parent night  
3/22/2018 12:00 AM 8TH GRADE SAVANNAH TRIP  
3/22/2018 12:00 AM COMMUNITY NIGHT 
3/23/2018 12:00 AM 8TH GRADE SAVANNAH TRIP  
3/27/2018 4:00 PM International Night  
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