RCPS+ Information
Posted on 07/17/2019
Middle school students standing in the garden at James Madison MiddleWelcome to the fifth week of RCPS+.  The last day of RCPS+ is July 26.  Elementary students will dismiss at noon, middle school students at 1 p.m.  

If you have transportation issues, please call Mountain Valley Transportation at 777-0101.

Our summer enrichment program RCPS+ runs from
now until July 26

RCPS+ Elementary hours are 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  RCPS+ Middle School hours are 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are provided at no charge.  Click here for menus

This year's theme is "It's Showtime."  At the elementary level, students can expect lessons that emphasize the importance of reading, writing, mathematics, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).  For example, students will read and write fan mail to celebrities.  They will also step into the dance studio and experience different dances.  Middle School students will learn topics such as coding, robotics, slime  lab challenge, escape room challenges, and so much more.

Here is a list of RCPS+ locations and bus routes:

Crystal Spring Elementary (for Crystal Spring, Highland Park, and Morningside students)
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Fairview Elementary (for Fairview and Hurt Park students)
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Garden City Elementary (for Fallon Park and Garden City students)
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Grandin Court Elementary (for Fishburn Park and Grandin Court students)
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Preston Park Elementary (for Monterey and Preston Park students)
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Roanoke Academy (for Lincoln Terrace and Roanoke Academy students)
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Round Hill Elementary (for Round Hill and Westside students)
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Virginia Heights Elementary (for Virginia Heights and Wasena students)
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RCPS+ Middle will be held at James Madison Middle
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Here is more information about this year's RCPS+ Program:

Elementary Theme: It’s Show Time!

  • Rising Kindergarten students will focus on phonological awareness, sight word recognition, developmental writing, vocabulary and oral language development, interactive read alouds, and independent time in text
  • Daily 2-hour reading block that includes a whole group enrichment lesson, small group leveled instruction, school-wide read aloud activities, and writer’s workshop
  • Weekly themes: Week 1 - Theater, Week 2 - Music, Week 3 - Art, Week 4 – Celebrities, Week 5 – Dance, Week 6 – Books made into movies
  • Each week incorporates mentor text writing, reading fluency practice, and close reading with comprehension strategies through the use of technology, art projects, presentations, and performances
  • Participation in a One Book, One School Project: Grade 1 – A Boy Called Bat and A Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library; Grades 2-3 – Stuart Little and The Adventures of Captain Underpants; Grades 4-5 – The Tale of Despereaux
  • Daily 105-minute math block that includes a focus on problem solving, perseverance, and number sense through hands-on activities and collaboration
  • Weekly math STEM lessons will have students competing in a relay race, building a prototype, making chain reaction machines, designing outdoor string art, and bungee jumping with Barbie and Ken
  • Students will learn to code robots and create video games with Bloxel
  • Students will explore museum pieces, the human heart, and 3D worlds in the palm of their hands with augmentative reality cubes
  • Elementary music lessons focus on music literacy, history, and styles of jazz through singing, movement activities, and playing various pitched and non-pitched instruments
  • Fourth and fifth grade students enrolled in band or string programs will receive weekly group lessons
  • Elementary art lessons focus on elements of art and principles of design
  • Field Trips: Kindergarten – Kid’s Square, 1st grade – Taubman Museum, 2nd grade – Mill Mountain Theatre, 3rd grade – Parks and Recreation Swimming Pools, 4th and 5th grades – Natural Bridge


Middle Theme: It’s Show Time!

  • An enriched STEAM curriculum incorporating reading, writing, mathematics, science, and the arts
  • Units focus on problem solving, research, critical thinking, and communication skills
  • Mathematics lessons include interactive, hands-on activities that promote collaboration and conversation
  • Project-based units include: an art show of circle art after investigating circumference and area of circles; coding of an Ozobot to “Show Us Around a Town”; using a 3D printer to create stop signs, park benches, stop lights, cars, and trees to decorate each city block; investigations of slope while creating their own pinball machines; and completing a doll bungee jump
  • Math units will focus on making connections across grade level standards with an emphasis on the Measurement and Geometry strand
  • STEM specific classes include energy- from food chains to rockets, science and engineering design, augmented reality, virtual reality, video production, and focus on pollinators- gardening and nutrition
  • The STARLAB Planetarium will tour students around the solar system while creating their own 360 degree movie
  • Music, Visual Arts, and Theatre staff will work as a team with the English teachers
  • Students will discuss scenes, setting, layout, and character development, and write scripts for graphic novels
  • Students will compose music to pair with various writing assignments
  • Students will write a series of plays and submit them to Mill Mountain’s Write Stuff! - new plays by young playwrights 2020 competition
  • Band and orchestra students will receive group lessons
  • Field trips: Rising 6th grade - 5-5-5 at Roanoke Technical Education Center (ROTEC), Rising 7th and 8th graders - Jefferson Center Summer Jazz Institute performance

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