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Principal’s Message

Dear Parent/Guardian,

From Monday April 18th through Friday May 3rd, your child will be participating in the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, which are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System.

 Why is this test important?

This test was created with teacher input to…

  • Measure how well your child has mastered the skills and content in mathematics and English language arts at his or her grade level
  • Align with the instruction that takes place in the classroom everyday
  • Match the learning goals of each grade level
  • Assess critical thinking, analytical writing, and problem solving skills, which are needed for success in college and a 21st century career.

The test has different kinds of questions, including traditional multiple-choice questions as well as ones that require students to explain their answers, show their work, and compose essays.

 What should I expect after my student takes the test?

As you may remember from last year’s score report, each subject will be broken down into areas. The report shows how students are doing in each area and where they need help. Depending on the student’s needs, teachers can use this information to provide targeted help to students to address their needs.

But remember, the results from this test aren’t meant to tell the whole story. Your child’s scores are meant to be one of several ways for you and your child’s teacher to see how your student is progressing in school. Test scores, along with student report cards and teacher’s observations of your child’s performance in the classroom, are used together to form a complete picture of your child’s achievement.

 Where can I learn more?

For information about the specific dates and times when your child will take the test in each subject, see the enclosed testing schedule. I also encourage you to take a look at a practice test for your child’s grade level. The practice tests are posted on the California Department of Education’s Smarter Balanced Practice Tests Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp. To find out more details about the Smarter Balanced test, visit http://www.srcs.k12.ca.us/Pages/Home.aspx or the “Be a Learning Hero” Web site at http://bealearninghero.org/classroom/smarter-balanced.

At Santa Rosa City Schools, our goal is for all students to achieve their full potential. The Smarter Balanced tests are just one way that we are able to better understand if we are meeting that goal. Thank you for all you do to partner with us in your child’s education.

Thank you,

Ed Navarro

Principal

RVMS/SRACS

Assistant Principal’s Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Spring Fever:
After coming out of the wettest winter on record, spring fever is alive and well on the RVMS campus!  Please take a moment to remind your child that it is important to finish the year strong both behaviorally and academically.  This morning I reminded students on the public address system that negative behavior could mean a loss of privilege.  I explained that the 8th grade dinner dance, the carnival, color run and other fun activities are a privilege.  It is our hope that all students display the behaviors we expect, and are able to attend these exciting end of the year activities.

The 8th Grade Dinner Dance:
The semi-formal dinner dance will be on May 19th this year.  Our student leadership class will provide more information as we get closer to the event.  However, I understand that the shopping has begun! The dress code for the dance is always in question so here are some guidelines:
•    Semi-formal means girls wear short dresses. The girl’s dresses must have a strap of some sort.  The dresses should be an acceptable length and please no cleavage or undergarments showing.
•    Guys typically wear slacks or nice jeans and a collared shirt.  Some add ties and/or jackets, but this is certainly not necessary.

State Testing:
For the next three weeks we will have testing going on in various classes:
8th Grade Science: Tuesday, April 18th
All Math Classes: April 24th thru April 28th
All English Classes: May 1st thru 5th (For this week we will have a special block schedule so students can have continuity in the writing process.)

This year we are asking if at all possible that students bring “ear buds” or headphones for testing.  If you don’t have these, don’t worry, we do!  But many students prefer their own.  Please be sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats a good breakfast during this important period of time!

Thank you for sending your wonderful children to RVMS.

Sincerely,
Amy Sather
Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message: 3/28/17

Hello Falcon Families – I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful Spring weather we are experiencing.  Spring has sprung here at RVMS.  I hope you all had a restful Spring Break and that you got to spend some quality time with your Falcons. I, for one, am happy to have the kids back on campus as we begin the big push to end of the school year.

Some upcoming events:
8th Grade Career Day – March 29th – Our 8th graders will participate in a special event on campus where they will have the opportunity to listen to a key note speaker in our gym, followed by attendance in some breakout sessions where they will hear from volunteers from many different professions.  It is sure to be a fun and educational day of career exploration.
Track and Field – The track season is now upon us. More than 100 mighty Falcons are set to excel in the upcoming track meets against our league schools.  Do us proud! Go Rincon!
Spring Musical – This year’s spring musical is “Bye Bye Birdie” The show features well over 100 RVMS students in two casts.  Performances are in the RVMS gym at 7:30 on April 28th 29th and May 4th,5th, and 6th.  There is also a 3:30 Sunday matinee on April 30th.  Tickets are $8 and will be available to purchase in the Drama room beginning on April 7th.
8th Grade Color teams field trip –  The 3 winning 8th Grade teams and all the students who earned all their color team stickers will be attending a movie at Summerfield Theater on Friday, March 31st.  Our students have really been looking forward to this trip!

Parents: We need your help!!!  We are short on volunteers.  If you are available to assist in the fun event, please click on the link below to sign up.  Thank you.
RVMS 8th Grade Color Teams Movie & Pizza Party

Spring Picture day –  On April 11th, Students will be taking pictures.  There is no advanced purchasing.  Students will be sent home with photos later in the year for you to view and decide if you want to purchase them.
Survey –  The City of Santa Rosa’s Violence Prevention Partnership, funded by Measure O, has launched a Strategic Plan Survey in order to better serve the needs of our community.
Please find links to the survey below in both English and Spanish.  We ask that you share the survey with our youth and families in-person, through email, and various social media outlets, so together, we can continue to create change for our community.

English Version
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B2M55KV

Spanish Version:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LWKG6LB

Thank you and have a great rest of your day!
Ed Navarro
Principal
RVMS/SRACS

Principal’s Message: 1/31/17

Hello Falcon Families- I hope the new year is finding you all happy and healthy. 

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RVMS STPC Tomatina Dine and Donate – Join Rincon Valley Middle School STPC, for a Dine & Donate fundraising event sponsored by Tomatina in Santa Rosa on February 21st, 2017, located at

2323 Sonoma Ave.| Santa Rosa, CA 95405 | (707) 583-0035

Tomatina will generously donate 15% of food and

beverage sales from lunch, dinner and takeout on the above

date to Rincon Valley Middle School STPC from any customer

that presents the attached flyer.

Spread the word! Invite your family and friends to join you.

Please present the attached flyer to your server with your payment for

Rincon Valley Middle School STPC to receive credit.

Rincon_Valley_Middle_School_STPC_dine_and_donate.pdf (646.9 KB)

jack sherman

Congratulations to Jack Sherman who was selected by our staff as our RVMS Student of the month. Jack was honored at the Jan. 11th school board meeting where he was presented with a certificate from the board of education.

Student Drop off and Pick up etiquette – Parents, please adhere to the school expectations when picking up and dropping off students.

  • When in the front driveway, please pull all the way up, thus allowing more vehicles to enter
  • If the car in front of you leaves, please move forward.
  • If you are picking your student up from school prior to the end of the school day, you must come in to the office and check the student out. It is not permitted to honk in front of the school and have your student get in your vehicle without properly checking out.

Students should not be texting parents to have them come pick them up.  These exchanges should always take place in the front office so we, as a staff, can be kept informed of the situation.

Homework club- This is just a reminder that we offer homework club ever Tuesday and Thursday from 3:10-4:10 in our library.  There are always teachers available to assist your students with any homework they may have. 

Traveling during the school year? – If so, and if you are planning on requesting class/homework, please be advised that you should email your student’s teachers directly.  They will gladly give you the work upon the students return.  The student will have as many days to make up the work as they were away.  Please be advised that teachers cannot be expected to give the work beforehand.

Showcase Wednesday Feb. 15th @ 6:00 -7:30– “Open House” for the future 7th and 8th Grade students and parents. Please pass this information along to anyone you think might benefit from this information. This is not a night for you, if your child already attends RVMS.  This is a night designed to show our new incoming students the electives available as well an opportunity to turn in registration packets. Carpool if you can; parking space is limited.

Rincon Valley Career Day March 29- Social Advocates for Youth is contracted with Santa Rosa City School District to provide work-based learning at all Santa Rosa City Schools high schools. They are now expanding their efforts to include middle schools to coordinate a career day for all 8th grade students.  This day is going consist of a keynote speaker, a career fair with businesses tabling, and breakout sessions.   The purpose of this day is to expose students to potential career paths, share academic opportunities available, connect students with parents and community partners, and provide resources that support career goals and attainment.

WHAT WE NEED

Businesses to Table: People interested in representing their business and tabling at the Career Fair. Since our audience is 8th graders, we would love for you to be as interactive as possible.  Does your company make a product; bring it in all stages of productions.  Are you working with blueprints, bring them as well.  Anything students can see or even hold is encouraged.

Guest Speakers–  Do you work in the sports or medical industries?  Are you willing to come in and speak to a class about your profession? We would love to have speakers from all professions come in to share their stories. If you are available, please contact Assistant Principal, Amy Sather at 528-5038.

ADDITIONAL WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer: If you do not have a business to represent or you would just like to take part in the Career Day, you are welcome to volunteer for the day to ensure everything runs as smooth as possible.

Mock Interviews: Are you an HR professional or do you have experience in hiring? Assist in conducting one on one mock interviews for students.  You will be given a pool a questions to choose from.  You are welcome to give feedback to students.

To get involved, PLEASE SIGN UP HERE:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044eaea82fa5fa7-rincon

For any questions or trouble signing up, please contact Jodi Porter at jporter@saysc.org. ​

 Thank you,

Ed Navarro

Principal

Rincon Valley Middle School