Dear Parents and Friends,
Welcome to Rippon Middle School for the 2016-17 school year. Each year, we strive to improve our ever changing program, and we are proud of our successes. We look forward to another exciting and productive school year. As in the past, our focus is to exceed our previous years’ accomplishments in all academic subjects. This goal can be achieved with your continued support. We value your input and look forward to a quality home-school working relationship to grow and build upon our successes.
During the 2015-16 school year, our school was fully accredited. Each year, we continue to incorporate more academic rigor into our instructional program. We hope to increase the SOL pass rates to include more Pass Advanced scores. We believe all students will learn. When students learn in a safe and nurturing environment, they strive to attain exceptionally high levels of academic achievement. Each year, we recognize more and more students for their academic achievements. Our focus is on learning and sending our students to high school well prepared for their next level of academic achievement.
As we know, many issues may present themselves to our children in their everyday lives. We, as parents and educators, work to protect our children and students, but we must also teach them how to successfully approach stressful situations that may arise at school, home or a social setting. Parents and educators must work together to educate the children on topics such as peer pressure, drugs, sex, social media and bullying. Our children know right from wrong; we need to encourage them to go with their feelings about a situation and not succumb to peer pressure. Keeping the lines of communication open is essential to a child’s success. Everyone needs to listen to what they are saying. As the role models for our students, we must lead by example and support the students whenever possible. Parents and students are encouraged to support Prince William County School’s “Code of Behavior,” which can be found on PWCS’ web-site. With everyone’s support and compliance with the guidelines established, our students and teachers will be able to work in a well-established and successful learning environment. Our efforts to ensure a safe learning environment for our students have resulted in a low number of discipline referrals each year. We thank you for your support and effort to ensure our students’ safety and well-being.
At 7:50 a.m., the school doors open, and we welcome our students to participate in another day of quality learning. In order to maximize on our instructional program, the first class begins at 8:10 a.m. All students must be in their first period class at this time. Students who eat breakfast each morning will be allowed in the building at 7:40 a.m. Dismissal will begin each day at the scheduled time of 2:50 p.m.
Our enrollment has significantly increased for the upcoming school year. With this increase in enrollment, we recommend all students ride a bus to and from school each day. The front of the building is designated exclusively for buses only, both in the morning and afternoon. No students may be dropped off or picked-up in the front of the building. Traffic is quite heavy during pick-up and drop-off times, and we hope to save everyone some time by recommending your child(ren) ride the bus to and from school. We understand several of our students must be transported daily by car. Students who are transported by car must be dropped-off in the morning and picked-up in the afternoon in the designated area located at the back of the school next to the baseball field. In the morning, students may be dropped-off at the back of the school beginning at 7:50 a.m. Pick-up in the afternoon begins at approximately 2:50 p.m. Teachers are on duty each morning to welcome the students as they arrive to school. Please follow the designated drop-off/pick-up procedures to ensure our students’ safety.
We are looking forward to a wonderful year at Rippon Middle School. It takes a cohesive, well-tuned team to be successful. Let’s make this the best year ever, by working together for our students!
Gail R. Stone