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Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

On behalf of the RHMS Administrative Team, Associate Principals Alicia Mendez & Kristen Tollefsen, and an amazing team of teachers and support staff, I want to officially welcome you to the beginning of the 2020-2021 School Year.

The Rose Hill staff have been very busy this week getting ready for the beginning of the school year. Our teachers have been engaged in professional learning, collaborating in grade level and content teams,  furthering their learning on Classroom Teams, and preparing lessons to establish and build relationships with their students to help them effectively engage in learning in a remote environment and learn academic skills and content during both live (synchronous) instruction and independently with available supports (asynchronous learning).

As I have written previously, we are asking you to give teachers grace and show patience, just as we will be giving students grace and being patient and understanding with them. There is a whole lot of new things to understand and we will get through it together as we all continue our learning along the way.

We are so excited to meet your students next week. Below you will find information about:

•    The RHMS Remote Learning Schedule
•    Student Class Schedules
•    Student Technology Update
•    Accessing Classroom Teams Parent Sway Newsletter
•    Textbook/Learning Materials Pick-up
•    A message from the PTSA President

RHMS Remote Learning Schedule: The first day of school is Tuesday, September 1st. Students will begin in their 1st period class at 9:00 AM. The regular RHMS Remote Learning Schedule is posted on the school website as well as special schedules for the first two weeks of school. Included is a description of the different ways students will engage in learning during live instruction, as well as when teachers will be available during on-demand (asynchronous learning and support) instruction. Click on the following link to see the schedules: Remote Learning Schedules

Student Class Schedules: Student schedules will be visible to families in Family Access in the late afternoon of Friday, August 28th. Skyward Student Access/Family Access

Student Technology Updates:
Additional Laptop Pick Up Time: Due to need, we will be adding one additional time for you to pick up your student’s laptop. If you have not received the laptop yet, please come to the main entrance at RHMS between 8:30-11:30 AM on Tuesday, September 1st and ring the bell so that someone can bring the laptop out to you. 6th graders and new students, please have your Laptop Agreement Form filled out. Printed copies will be available if needed.

Opt Out Form: There are enough laptops for all students in the district. While it is not recommended, you are able to opt out of receiving a district laptop using this link: Laptop Opt-Out Form. You are able to opt back in at any point.

Tech Issues with your student’s laptop? If you are having any technical issues with your student’s laptop, please reach out to our Family Tech Liaison, Tonya Wishart ( She will be able to help you determine the next steps. You can also reach out to the district help line at Unfortunately, we are not able to assist with issues relating to home Wi-Fi issues (though we do have hotspots to check out for families that do not have home internet) or with computers that are not district-issued.

Does your student know how to check their email? Please take some time with your student to go to Outlook and read the emails that have been sent. This will be an important part of getting ready for school next Tuesday morning.

Accessing Classroom Teams Parent Sway Newsletter: The Technology Integration Department has produced the Lake Washington School District Families First Day of School in Classroom Teams Sway Newsletter. This resource includes critical information for parents on how to set up and log in for the first day of remote learning with Classroom Teams.

Additional Information can also be found on the Classroom Teams Support page on the district web site.

Textbook/Learning Materials Pick-Up and Student ID Pictures: Students will be utilizing online textbooks and resources for most of their learning. However, some textbooks are not available in digital format and other courses have paper workbooks to supplement online course materials. Save the date for Wednesday, September 16th for picking up these materials, as appropriate, as well as having your student’s school ID photo taken. More information to follow. Traditional school pictures will be rescheduled for a later date.

Rose Hill Middle School PTSA: We are fortunate to have such an active and supportive PTSA. Please see a welcome message from our PTSA President at

Looking forward to a great year,

Joe Gorder
Principal, Rose Hill Middle School