Student Services Newsletter

February 2020


Encore Class Selections

Our counseling department is following up with all students regarding encore course selections for the 2020-21 school year. Any students who missed the deadline to fill out the Google form will be called down to the office to fill out a paper copy. If you have questions about your student's course selections for next year, please contact the appropriate counselor.

Challenge Class Recommendations

Letters will be sent home in March/April for students who are recommended for NEW challenge courses. Students who are currently enrolled in Challenge courses will be pre-enrolled for them for the 20-21 school year. It is recommended students uphold the C- requirement in order to continue the challenge class.

8th to 9th Registration

If you have questions regarding your 8th grader's course selections or need to make adjustments, please contact Jessica Kempa. RSMS Staff are unable to make adjustments in Infinite Campus for next year's freshman class. High School counselors will be meeting with all 8th graders during the last week of February to go over HS course enrollment and troubleshoot any issues.


Our building’s master schedule is developed based on the choices your child makes during registration time. Changes to student schedules create an impact on other courses. Therefore, no changes will be allowed unless deemed necessary by the school.

If you have a scheduling request for the 20-21 school year, please provide the request in writing to your child's counselor by May 1, 2020. We spend all summer doing our very best to meet requests, balance class sizes, and place students in their top encore classes, so we need all scheduling requests to us by that deadline.

2020-21 RSMS Counselor Assignments

6th Grade: Mrs. Jessica Kempa*

7th Grade: Mrs. Jaime Finck

8th Grade: Ms. Kim Garavaglia

*Mrs. Kempa will be on maternity leave starting in March through the end of the school year. She will have a substitute who can help answer questions about 6th grade enrollment. Once she goes on leave, she will update her out of office email reply with the contact information for her sub. You can also email either of the other counselors with any scheduling questions or requests.


Middle School Summer Academy

Summer Academy enrollment for current sixth and seventh grade students is by recommendation only. Please be on the lookout for an email from your child's teacher in late-Feburary - early-March recommending he or she attend Summer Academy.

After receiving the email from your child's teacher, you will get an invitation in the mail that will instruct you on how to proceed. Please wait for this letter to inform Rockwood South of your decision. Keep in mind, the program is completely optional; you can decide what is best for your child and your family this summer.

High School Summer Academy

Current eighth grade students are invited to sign up for high school courses for Summer Academy. This year's offerings will be held at Lafayette HS or Rockwood Summit HS. Registration information should be shared with the students toward the end of February, and registration cards will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning the morning of March 3, 2020. More information can be found here.

RSD Drug-Free Coalition Events

Please join us for these upcoming Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition's presentations: Hidden in Plain View and Vaping Education Night.

Hidden In Plain View: Thursday, February 27 AND Wednesday March 4, 4 p.m. -7 p.m. in the RSMS Cafeteria - During Conferences! For adults only.

Would YOU recognize signs of youth alcohol or drug use in your home? Explore an interactive display of a teenager’s bedroom containing over 70 items that could signal that a young person is involved in risky activities. Learn how to spot warning signs and get tips for talking with kids about the dangers of alcohol and drug use.


Vaping Education Night: Wednesday, March 4, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Crestview Middle School Theater


Dr. Mark Miles, Superintendent of Rockwood Schools

Dr. Keith E. Street, St. Louis Co. Department of Public Health

Heather Craig, Community Strategist, NCADA

Learn about the vaping epidemic, the latest health information, and what parents, schools, and community can do to prevent and address youth vaping.

For more information, contact Lili Schiesser at (636) 733-2136.


  • The core class selection process will occur later in the Spring Semester for current fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students.

  • 7th grade - Ms. Garavaglia will be presenting a career-focused guidance lesson in students' Language Arts classes during the months of March and April. During this lesson students will complete an interest inventory that will help in determining future career plans.

  • 8th Grade Career Fair - February 27, 2020. Students will visit with four professionals from various careers to learn more about what they do. Students will leave around 9:00 and return at approximately 11:30.


Research shows that in order for learning to take place, it is vital that basic needs are met first. In an effort to make sure that all student’s basic needs are met, we have a few ways that we can be of assistance to families in need. Attached you will see our Financial Assistance Application. Although this form is very detailed, it provides us with an accurate representation of your current circumstances, and allows us to identify areas in which we can be of assistance. If you need the form to be printed and/or have additional questions about financial assistance please contact your student's grade level counselor.

RSMS Pantry

Interested in helping other RSMS families in need?

Please check out what items and volunteer slots our RSMS Pantry is currently in need of:

RSMS Pantry ITEMS needed:

RSMS Pantry Volunteer Opportunities:


Stopping the Emotional Roller Coaster

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 9 to 10 a.m. • Free

The Roadmap: Empowering Parents, Part One

Friday, March 13, 2020, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm • $50 per participant

Love and Limits: Empowering Parents, Part Two

Saturday, May 16, 2020, 9 a.m. to 12 noon • $50 per participant

St. Louis County Library holding lottery for free kids' coding classes

The St. Louis County Library is holding a lottery for Coding 101 workshops. Kids ages 10-14 can be entered into the lottery, and if they're selected, they'll get eight weeks of free coding classes and take home a free Chromebook when they graduate.

Middle School Managed: A Group for Girls

Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 9:30 AM to Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 9:30

Who Should Attend: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls.

Cost: $280 for 6, 90-minute sessions. Fees are paid upon registration.

Date and time: Saturdays: April 4th, April 18th, May 2nd, May 9th, May 16th, May 23rd (skips weeks of Spring Break and Easter). 9:30am-11:00am.

Location: West County Psychological Associates 12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive St. Louis, MO 63141

How to Register:

Online registration is available at:


Need to see a counselor or social worker?

If you need to meet with one of us, please set up an appointment by calling the Student Services Office or emailing the person directly. The counselors and social worker spend a great deal of time in the classrooms, in meetings, and working with students - they are not always readily available for walk-ins.

Students can request to see a School Counselor or Social Worker by filling out the Google Form, found here.

Please know that if your student is called down to the Student Services office, it is NEVER to assign discipline. We always try and reinforce that with students!

Conflict/Bullying Report Form

Our Student Services team created a Google Form for students to fill out from their Chromebooks so they can report these incidents quickly and easily. If your student reports something to you regarding an ongoing conflict or bullying behavior, please encourage them to fill out this form.

Paper copies of the Conflict/Bullying Form can be accessed in the front office.


School Counselors

6th Grade: Mrs. Jaime Finck, 636-891-6850

7th Grade: Ms. Kim Garavaglia, 636-891-6876

8th Grade: Mrs. Jessica Kempa, 636-891-6878

Social Worker

Mrs. Ashley O’Daniel, 636-891-6879

Registrar/Student Services Secretary

Mrs. Ellen Heskett, 636-891-6853