ROCKY HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL   

Back to School Information 2019-2020

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Rocky Hill MS Information

RHMS PTA Information

MCPS County Information

Counselors – 301-601-3190

Resource Counselor: Ms. Isha Gupta
Ms. Arcé: Grade 6
Ms. Yi: Grade  7 
Ms. Luckett: Grade 8 (A-G)
Ms. Gupta: Grade 8 (H-Z)

Counseling Secretary, Ms. Karen Kiernan (Ext. 1013)

A counselor has been assigned to each grade level this year. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child during the school year, please contact the counselor for your child. 

IMPORTANT DATES 2019-2020 (updated 6/28/18)

  • Monday, Aug. 26-Friday, Aug. 30-Professional Day for Teachers
  • Thursday, Aug. 29-6th Gr Orientation 8:15 AM-12:00 PM
  • Thursday, Aug. 29-Wildcat Welcome 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Monday, Sept. 2-No School-Labor Day Holiday
  • Tuesday, Sept. 3-First Day of School for Students
  • Thursday, Sept. 12-Back to School Night (7-9 PM)
  • Monday, Sept. 30-No School for Students
  • Friday, Oct. 4-Early Release Day
  • Monday, Oct. 7-Open House
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9-No School for Students
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8-Early Release Day
  • Monday, Nov. 11-Early Release Day
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12-Early Release Day
  • Wednesday, Nov. 27-Early Release Day
  • Thursday, Nov. 28 & Friday, Nov. 29-Holiday*-Thanksgiving-Schools Closed
  • Monday, Dec. 23-Wednesday, Jan. 1-Winter Break-Schools Closed
  • Monday, Jan. 20-No School-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Friday, Jan. 24-Early Release Day
  • Monday, Jan. 27-No School for Students
  • Monday, Feb. 17-No School-Presidents' Day
  • Friday, Feb. 28-Early Release Day
  • Friday, March 27-Early Release Day
  • Monday, April 6-Monday, April 13-No School (Spring Break)
  • Tuesday, April 28-No School for Students
  • Monday, May 25-Schools Closed-Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, June 5-No School for Students
  • Monday, June 15-Last day of school for students
  • Tuesday, June 16-Professional Day for Teachers

RECOMMENDED SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

It is strongly recommended that all Rocky Hill students have an assignment book. They will be available for purchase at the Wildcat Welcome and during the year from the team leader or the financial assistant.

6th Grade Supplies

  • EARBUDS or HEADPHONES
  • A 3” 3 ring binder (encourage) or a 2” ring binder – it is suggested that student do NOT use multiple binders
  • 10 dividers
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencils (#2)
  • Pens (blue or black and red)
  • Pencil pouch
  • Highlighters – (2 colors)
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper (wide or college ruled)
  • 3 single subject spiral notebooks
  • 4 pocket folders
  • Protractor for home use
  • Calculators for C2.0 Math 6 - We strongly recommend that students have a scientific calculator that can perform all operations with fractions. Examples of calculators that perform fraction operations are the Texas Instruments TI-30Xa, TI-30X IIs, and the TI-34 II.
  • Calculators for C2.0 IM6/AIM - Students in AIM/IM can either have the scientific calculators recommended above or they might want to invest in a graphing calculator in preparation for Algebra 1. Recommended calculators are the Texas Instruments TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84 or the TI-84 Plus. These will not be supplied for students during class.

7th & 8th Grade Supplies

  • EARBUDS or HEADPHONES
  • 3 ring binder or equivalent-Students may use either a large binder with divided sections for each class or they may use smaller individual binders for each class
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencils (#2)
  • Pens (blue or black and red)
  • Pencil pouch (recommended)
  • Highlighter
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper (wide or college ruled)
  • Protractor (for home use)
  • Calculator
  • Compass
  • Black and White Composition Notebook for Spanish 1A (Not Spiral)

PE Clothing: Gray or white t-shirt, navy blue or black shorts, navy blue or black sweat pants. PE uniforms can be purchased (PE Uniform Clothing Sizes and Pricing Order Form) at school during Wildcat Welcome.

CALCULATORS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH 

Calculators for C2.0 Math 6, C2.0 Math 7, and C2.0 Math 8

We strongly recommend that students have a scientific calculator that can perform all operations with fractions. Examples of calculators that perform fraction operations are the Texas Instruments TI-30Xa, TI-30X IIs, and the TI-34 II.
Students in IM and C2.0 Math 8 must also have calculators that perform these options. It is recommended that if a student is enrolled in C2.0 IM that they consider investing in a graphing calculator in preparation for Algebra 1 (see below).

Calculators for C2.0 Algebra 1 and C2.0 Honors Geometry (highly recommended for C2.0 IM)  
(highly recommended for IM)

Students in these classes should have a graphing calculator of their own. Recommended calculators are the Texas Instruments TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84 or the TI-84 Plus. These will not be supplied for students during class.

Graphing calculators are necessary for the student to demonstrate mastery of the mathematics curriculum, beginning with Algebra 1. A graphing calculator is not needed before Algebra 1. Students are encouraged to buy their own graphing calculators to use during Algebra 1 and subsequent math courses. If you are unable to purchase one for your child, the school will have some available for students to borrow. A deposit will be required and students who borrow a graphing calculator will be given a financial obligation if the calculator is lost or damaged (the obligation will be for the amount not covered by the deposit).

Helpful Tips for Incoming 6th Graders

Incoming 6th Grade Parents and Students: Welcome to Rocky Hill!! We are very excited to start the new school year! The 6th grade team has put together Helpful Hints to help you learn more about life in 6th grade. These Helpful Hints will be emailed out via Connect Ed every Sunday night at 5 pm and posted on our RH website. If you are not receiving the emails, please contact our Counseling Office (301-601-3190) to make sure we have your correct email address. If you have any questions, please contact Lorie Quinn (6th Grade Team Leader) at Lorie_Quinn@mcpsmd.org.


 Hi, and welcome to Rocky Hill Middle School!

My name is Lorie Quinn, and I am the team leader for the 6th grade. Over the course of the summer, the 6th grade team will be sending out weekly tips for transitioning to middle school. Our goal is to help make the transition easier for the students and the parents.

The beginning of middle school is an important time in your child’s life. The transition to middle school brings anticipation, new opportunities, anxiety, excitement, and challenges. Your child will have to adjust to a new and larger school, new friends, new teachers, and a new locker. Your child will be moving between classrooms each day and will have a different teacher for each subject. Organization and communication throughout the school year will be vital to their success. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at Lorie_Quinn@mcpsmd.org.

Tip #1: Student Service Learning (SSL)

Helpful Tip #1: SSL Flyer

All students must earn a minimum of 75 hours of community service by the end of their high school senior year to graduate from a Maryland high school. Thirty (30) hours are earned throughout the three years of middle school, and these hours are earned during the school year within school hours. Ten (10) hours are earned in each grade, and these hours are automatically entered at the end of each school year.

Students earning all 75 hours before graduating middle school will be given the Superintendent’s SSL Award. This award may be earned only once in middle school.

MCPS has pre-approved many organizations for SSL. Hours can be earned from these organizations beginning the summer before 6th grade. The Montgomery County Volunteer Center website lists volunteer opportunities for people of all ages, not just MCPS students. Not all the organizations on the website are MCPS pre-approved!

  • If the organization is pre-approved by MCPS, you will see a blue box with "MCPS SSL" . Once the volunteering is completed, Form 560-51 must be submitted and approved by our Rocky Hill SSL Coordinators. Forms can be found in the Student Assignment Book (SAB) and on the MCPS website https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/ssl/  
  • All PTAs and public schools are pre-approved for SSL hours and still must follow the SSL guidelines for specific activities.
  • If a student wishes to earn hours from an organization NOT pre-approved by MCPS for SSL, students must submit the MCPS Form 560-50 Individual SSL Request to their school SSL coordinator at least 2 weeks in advance of the service date for approval.
  • Failure to get pre-approval will result in hours not being accepted. You can find this form in the SAB and on the MCPS website https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/ssl/  
  • All SSL hours must be recorded and verified using form 560-51.

The deadlines set by MCPS for SSL submission are:

  • Service completed during the summer: last Friday in September
  • Service completed during the summer and 1st semester: first Friday in January
  • Service completed during the summer, 1st semester & 2nd semester to be recognized for the Certificate of Meritorious Service (High School Seniors) OR the Superintendent’s SSL Award (Middle School): the first Friday in April
  • Service completed during the summer, 1st semester & 2nd semester: first Friday in June.

Deadlines are listed at the top of each form and are announced via the morning announcements and the Wildcat Weekly emails. Forms handed in after each deadline will NOT be accepted. Over 1200 forms are handed in over the course of the year at Rocky Hill, so deadlines are important.

  • There is a basket in the main office to collect the completed SSL forms.
  • Please follow ALL THE DIRECTIONS on the form and be clear.
  • If there is anything missing or cannot be read, the form will be returned to the student and that will delay entry of the data.

Tip #2: Save the Date – August 29th

Helpful Tip #2: Save the Date

*Summer Orientation – We will be holding a summer Wildcat Orientation for 6th graders on Thursday, August 29th in the morning. Students will have the opportunity to tour the school, practice with the lockers, get to know their teachers, and meet new friends. Look for more details in early August.

*Wildcat Welcome – Wildcat Welcome is August 29th from 6:00-8:00 pm. Look for more details to come in early August. This is an opportunity for our new Rocky Hill families to come to Rocky Hill for lots of information and activities to help you and your child prepare for the transition to middle school. There will be a presentation for all 6th graders and their families. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to purchase PE clothes, practice with lockers, purchase a student assignment book, join the PTA, and much more.

Attendance for both events is optional, although we encourage you to attend if possible.

We hope you find these tips helpful, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at Lorie_Quinn@mcpsmd.org.  

Tip #3: Lockers

Helpful Tip #3: Lockers

One of the biggest challenges for students at the beginning of the year is the locker. Students will receive two lockers: a main locker and a PE locker. Have your child practice on a combination lock throughout the summer. You are also welcome to visit Rocky Hill Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm and practice on our lockers outside the counseling office.

We hope you find these tips helpful, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at Lorie_Quinn@mcpsmd.org  

Tip #4: Student Assignment Book & Passport

Helpful Tip #4: Student Assignment Book & Passport

All students should have a Student Assignment Book (SAB). We highly encourage students to purchase our Rocky Hill Middle School Student Assignment Book as it has been designed by our teachers to specifically meet our students’ needs; however, you may purchase one from a store.

The SAB has many benefits; primarily, it helps our 6th graders with organization. Keeping track of all of their daily and long term assignments is much more challenging in middle school than elementary school. Students will be expected to write down their homework in each class daily, as this simple act of writing down assignments helps them remember what must be done that night at home. Time will be given at the beginning or the end of each class for students to neatly write down their homework.

The SAB should be used as a checklist each night to make sure all assignments are completed on time. It is also a tool to help students remember what materials/books need to be brought home on a given night.

The SAB is a great way to communicate with teachers and have nightly discussions with your child about what he/she is studying in each class. If no homework is assigned, then the student will write NONE.

The RHMS Student Assignment Book also includes reference pages, Student Service Learning information and forms, places for individual student schedules, our bell schedules, and much more. Please take the time to review the SAB with your child the first week of school.

All students will be given a separate passport page. This passport is used anytime a student needs to leave the classroom (e.g. bathroom, locker, nurse, etc.). Students are allowed to leave each class 3 times during a marking period.

SAB’s can be purchased through our RH website (Online School Payments – left side of our main web page) beginning in mid-August, at Wildcat Welcome on August 29th (cash or check), or during the first few days of school in September (cash or check) through their homeroom teacher. Assignment books are $6.00 and money collected is used as a fundraiser for each of our grade levels.

We hope you find these tips helpful, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at Lorie_Quinn@mcpsmd.org.  

Tip #5: Our Schedule

Helpful Tip #5: Our Schedule

At Rocky Hill we have a unique schedule that we believe is in the best interest of our students’ academic success. Students have seven classes but only see five on a normal day as they rotate. It takes 7 days to complete a full rotation. Classes are about 70 minutes long. The advantage of our schedule is that it allows students to be in a class at a different time each day. A copy of our master schedule and special days (7 period days, 2 hour delays, and ½ days) is in the Rocky Hill SAB.

Schedule Table

We have three lunches (A, B, C) that are 30 minutes long. The three lunch rotations begin around 10:45 am and end around 12:30 pm. Depending on the period day, a student could have A, B, or C lunch. A working snack time is provided for those students who need it. Snacks must be healthy, not interfere with the learning environment, and students may not share food.

We hope you find these tips helpful, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at Lorie_Quinn@mcpsmd.org.

Tip #6: Supply List

Helpful Tip #6 - Supply List

Recommended 6th Grade Supply List

  • Ear buds or headphones
  • A 3" 3 ring binder (recommended) or a 2” binder - it is suggested that students do NOT use multiple binders.
  • 10 dividers
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencils (#2)
  • Pens (blue or black and red)
  • Pencil pouch
  • Highlighters – (2 colors)
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper (wide or college ruled)
  • 3 single subject spiral notebooks
  • 4 pocket folders
  • Protractor for home use
  • Calculators for C2.0 Math 6 - We strongly recommend that students have a scientific calculator that can perform all operations with fractions. Examples of calculators that perform fraction operations are the Texas Instruments TI-30Xa, TI-30X IIs, and the TI-34 II.
  • Calculators for C2.0 IM6/AIM - Students in AIM/IM can either have the scientific calculators recommended above or they might want to invest in a graphing calculator in preparation for Algebra 1. Recommended calculators are the Texas Instruments TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84 or the TI-84 Plus. These will not be supplied for students during class.

We hope you find these tips helpful, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at Lorie_Quinn@mcpsmd.org.

Tip #7: Transportation

Helpful Tip #7 - Transportation

Students arrive and depart Rocky Hill MS using a variety of methods of transportation. Kids walk, ride their bike/skateboard, take the bus or ride in a car. With over 800 children coming and going daily it is important and vital to the safety of all that we all abide by the procedures.

For 6th graders, the MOST important things to know are:

  • their bus route number if they will be taking the bus at any point during the school year
  • which stop to get on and off
  • their address
  • the phone number of a parent or guardian
  • how they are to get home on the first day
  • practice walking the route to school as a family and discuss safety protocols prior to the first day of school. Students who live within a 1.5 mile radius of Rocky Hill are considered walkers.

On the first day of school, staff members will greet each bus as it arrives and escort the 6th graders to the cafeteria. Each student will be given a bus route number to put in the Student Assignment Book.

We will have staff members outside in the parent drop off circle greeting you and giving you directions. Please follow their directions to help expedite this procedure. As you enter the parking lot stay to the right and stay on the perimeter of the parking lot. Do not cut through the parking lot. As you enter the circle area, pull ALL the way around the circle to drop off your child. As you plan your first day of school morning, allow for extra time if you are dropping off your child. 6th graders who walk or ride their bike will report directly to the cafeteria.

Transportation information will be sent out in August and posted on our RH website. If you have additional questions, you can call the MCPS Department of Transportation – Clarksburg Depot 240-740-4728. We will also have someone at the Wildcat Welcome on August 29th who can answer any questions.

We hope you find these tips helpful, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at Lorie_Quinn@mcpsmd.org.

Tip #8: Back to School Night

Tip #8: Back to School Night FY20

Back to School Night is Thursday, September 12th from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Rocky Hill MS for all grade levels. This is an excellent opportunity for parents (students do not attend) to meet your child’s teachers and hear about all the exciting activities we have planned. You will get to experience first-hand your child’s schedule and visit all seven of their classes including homeroom. You will hear about specific content information and general school wide information including: Wildcat Cares, PTA, the MCPS Portal, Grading, Communication, SAB, Tardy Policy, Eligibility, Specific Grade Level Events, and Resources. The PTA will be at BTSN with tables set up for you to investigate all the exciting plans they have this year for our RH community. The PTA helps fund many of our 6th grade programs which directly benefits our students. We are lucky to have such a great PTA, so anything you can do to help support the association would be appreciated. We are looking forward to seeing you the evening of September 12!

We hope you find these tips helpful, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at Lorie_Quinn@mcpsmd.org.

Tip #9 – Grades

Tip #9 – Grades FY20

Students will now be earning the letter grades A, B, C, D, and E. Teachers will spend time the first quarter talking about academic identity with the students (characteristics and habits of a successful student), what these letter grades mean, and the requirements to earn them.

*Homework – There is a lot more homework in middle school than elementary school. On time completion of homework is essential to academic success. Homework is meaningful and helps students understand the material that will be on assessments. Homework can be daily or long term.

*Long term assignments - When a student receives a long-term assignment, sit down and discuss the assignment and plan out specific times and dates to work on the task. Discuss not only the final product, but the daily activities that need to be completed in order to complete that product. Time management is important and is something that must be reinforced not only in school but also at home.

*Portal – All students and parents will be given access to the MyMCPS Portal. Students and parents should check grades at least once a week. Sit with your child and discuss the assignments and the grades earned. Ask to see your student’s work in order to praise successes and make plans for how to improve areas of need.

*Organization – Students need to stay organized all year! They need a 2 or 3-inch binder. Buy a few of the binders while they are on sale in the summer as the rings will break! We recommend making time every school night to have your student file any loose papers into the correct subject area. Teachers will help students set up their binder the first few days of school.

*Grading Codes – In the portal as you review your child’s grades, you might see some other letters or numbers besides A, B, C, D, or E. They mean:

  1. Z – The assignment was not turned in. The grade is a zero. It is expected that the student complete the work and turn it in the next day (not weeks later). Reasons for a Z could be a student was absent, lost the paper, no name, didn’t do it, etc.
  2. 0 – The assignment was not turned in. It is past the deadline and will no longer be accepted.
  3. .01 – The assignment was turned in late
  4. .02 – The student redid the assignment
  5. .03 – The student scored below a 50% on the assignment.

If there ever is a discrepancy or question about a grade, the student should talk with their teacher about it. While this is hard for them in the beginning of the year, one of our goals is to teach our 6th graders how to advocate for themselves.

We hope you find these tips helpful, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at Lorie_Quinn@mcpsmd.org.

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