Middle School Happenings Around RMA

What's Happening Around RMA for Middle Schoolers...

Teacher Workday on April 7

There will be no school for students on Friday, Apri 7 due to the Teacher Workday.

Spring Break is April 10-14

Spring Break begins on Monday, April 10 and continues through Friday, April 14.

Morp and Prom Dates have been set

The Morp (middle school semi-formal dance) will be held on Friday, April 28 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. The Junior/Senior Prom will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 8:00 to 11:00 pm.

Change for Change Fundraiser Continues Through March 31

The Sophomore class is hosting a change for change fundraiser from March 20 to March 31. Please bring any spare change you have (bills count) and put it in your class Ziplock. The grade with the most money will win an ice cream party with all the toppings. We will be donating to the Yellow Ladybugs which supports women’s autism. The winning grade will be announced on April 4 and the ice cream party will be on April 6.  Change for Change Flyer.pdf

Scholastic Book Fair Begins March 29

The Scholastic Book Fair is Back! 

Fairs succeed when kids are excited about books!  

The book fair will be at our school from March 29 through April 7. Visit the Media Center for all the fun! There are so many books to choose from for every kind of student: adventure, sci-fi, best-selling, and even “laugh-out-loud” stories. 

You are also able to set up an eWallet for your child so they can shop at the book fair cash-free.

Directions on setting up an eWallet HERE 

Check out the links below to view your child’s book fair day and our book fair website where you can make online purchases between 03/29-04/07! 

Book Fair Website HERE 

Book Fair Class Visitation Schedule 

Support our teachers with Scholastic eWallet! 

This year you can support our teachers by contributing to their Scholastic eWallets! Teachers can use these funds to purchase books and other materials to support students in the classroom. If you would like to contribute you can click on the teacher names below to access their eWallets. 

Annie Barner 

A Night Out at the Book Fair on Wednesday, April 5

A Night Out at the Book Fair- Wednesday, April 5th from 5-7pm.

We will be hosting a hot dog supper on April 5th. The entire family is invited to check out the Book Fair, enjoy dinner, and get the chance to win some fun prizes!  

Tickets can be purchased at the door and prices are below: 

$4 – drink, hot dog, chips, dessert 

$5 – drink, (2) hot dogs, chips, and dessert 

7th & 8th Grade Registration for Electives Opens March 27

Registration for rising 7th and 8th graders opens on Monday, March 27th. Please submit elective requests by Sunday, April 2nd. 

To register your student, you will need to log in to your PowerSchool account. PowerSchool parent portal can be accessed at: https://rivermill.powerschool.com/public you will then click the class registration button that is located on the left side of the screen. Follow the onscreen directions to begin requesting electives.  This feature may not work on the mobile application.  If you are unable to log in to your account, please try resetting your password. If your account is disabled, contact the front office to determine why. This is likely due to unpaid school fees.

Middle school students attend two electives each semester. When registering, PowerSchool will prompt you to choose three electives (only two if you choose band as an option) and two alternate electives for the year. All middle school students will take Health/Physical Education for one semester. 

*Please note that 8th graders will be asked to choose between math grade 8 or NC math 1. This choice will be reviewed and approved by teachers and administrators prior to schedules being sent home over the summer. 

Class Descriptions:

Art: Students will do a variety of projects to learn different art techniques and skills.

Band: Students will learn to read music and play an instrument. (This is a yearlong course and counts as 2 electives).

Chorus: Students will learn to read music and practice vocal techniques.

Battle of the Books: Students will read books to prepare for a comprehension competition in the spring. (This elective is only offered in the fall, but students will be encouraged to continue practicing with the B.O.B. team in the spring through club participation). 

Books to Film: Students will compare and contrast the “movie” and “book” version of a story. They will analyze and discuss the connections between how a story is presented in written format vs. movie format. 

Computer Skills: Students will learn basic computer science principles such as how to navigate a computer, type, and use various computer applications. 

Creative Writing: Students will discover how imagery, character development, dialogue, and other strategies can help improve their writing skill and imagination.

Horticulture: Students will learn about native fruits and vegetables, plant growth, and the five main branches of horticulture. 

Journalism: Students will become reporters while learning how different media sources spread information throughout our world.

Life Skills: Students will learn important and practical life skills through various activities such as sewing/crafting, public speaking, career exploration, budgeting, and time management. 

Oceanography: Students will learn about marine life. 

Spanish: Students will learn Spanish through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. 

STEM: Students will learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematical concepts through hands on activities.  

Theater Arts: Students will develop their public speaking skills and increase self-confidence through dialogue, pantomime, improvisation, speech, diction, and role play. They will also learn about the basic concepts of technical theatre including stagecraft, lighting, and sound.  

*Math Challenge/Reading Challenge – These classes provide additional academic support in the specified content area. Students are placed in these classes based on teacher or administrator recommendation. 

*MTSS and Curriculum Assistance classes are also assigned by administration. 

If you have any questions, please contact our school counselor, Mrs. Rocha by phone at (336) 229-0909 extension 7508 or by email at [email protected]


Reminder About Student Illness

Please do not send your child to school in the morning if he/she has been running a fever of 100 degrees or above or if he/she has diarrhea or nausea/vomiting symptoms. A parent will be called to pick up their child if he/she exhibits a fever of 100 degrees or above or if he/she has been vomiting at school. Students must be fever-free and vomit-free for 24 hours before they may return to school.

When Should You Keep Your Child Home?

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

The white of the eye is pink and there is a thick yellow/green discharge.

YES – If there is discharge from the eye, your child must be evaluated by a healthcare provider before returning to school. If diagnosed with bacterial conjunctivitis, the child should remain home while symptomatic or until 24 hours of antibiotic treatment has been completed.


Severe, uncontrolled, rapid coughing, wheezing, or difficulty breathing

YES – Keep your child home and contact a health care provider. If symptoms are due to asthma, provide treatment according to your child’s Asthma Action Plan. When symptoms are controlled, send your child to school.


Frequent, loose or watery stool may mean illness but can also be caused by food and medication

YES – If, in addition to diarrhea, your child acts ill, has a fever or is vomiting, please keep your child at home. If stool is bloody, if the child has abdominal pain, fever or vomiting, consult with a health care provider.


Fever usually means illness, especially if your child has a fever of 100.4 or higher as well as other symptoms like behavior change, rash, sore throat, vomiting etc.

YES – If your child has a fever of 100 or higher, keep them at home until his or her fever is below 100 for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. If the fever does not go away after 2-3 days or is 102.0 or higher, consult with a health care provider.

Rash With Fever

YES – Keep your child home if they have a rash with a fever. If a rash spreads quickly, is not healing, or has open weeping wounds, you should keep your child at home and have your child seen by a health care provider.

Strep Throat

Sore throat, fever, stomach ache, and red, swollen tonsils

YES – Keep your child at home for the first 24 hours after an antibiotic is begun. Your child may return to school when they have completed at least 24 hours of the antibiotics fever free and symptoms are improving


Child has vomited 2 or more times in a 24 hour period

YES – Keep your child at home until the vomiting has stopped for 24 hours. If vomiting continues, contact a health care provider.

This information is based upon recommended guidelines from reliable sources to include the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics, and Public Health Association. Materials developed by the Alameda County Public Health Department.



Don't forget to order the 22-23 Yearbook Before January 29

To ensure that your student receives a River Mill Academy yearbook, all orders must be placed by 1/29/2023. Orders must be placed online at www.yearbookforever.com. Please be sure to select the correct book, elementary is $20 and middle/high school is $50. We will have a few extra books at the end of the year, however, the only way to be sure your child has a book is to order online before the deadline. (We cannot promise or hold extra books.)  Please contact Jenny Rudd for any questions at [email protected]


Jaguar Athletics Website
Be sure to bookmark the new athletic website for all RMA sports. You can
keep up with game schedules, practices, last minute cancellations, and
much more. Don't forget to sign up for Dragonfly Max to receive
notifications and to be able to upload required documents for all athletes.

Lunch Orders Must be Placed by Thursday Midnight for
the Following Week
River Mill Academy has partnered with Danny's Cafe and Pizza Hut to 
provide hot lunch choices for students. The lunch price is $4.50 for all grade
Lunches must be pre-ordered at www.MySchoolAccount.com. Orders must
be placed before midnight Thursday for the following week. Instructions on setting up an online account were included in the welcome letter mailed to
new students. The lunch menu and additional information can be found
the RMA website under Resources - Lunch Menu.
Students are welcome to bring a lunch from home. 
No fast food deliveries will be accepted