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Principal’s Message 11/29/16

Hello Falcon Families – I am hoping you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break! 

I would like to personally invite you to a screening of a very important movie titled Screenagers. As a father of a high school freshman and a 6th grader, I know how all-consuming the digital screen can be for our children.

Thanks to the R.V.M.S. Leadership class and our S.T.P.C. (Student, Teacher, Parent, Council) we will be showing this film to ALL our students on Friday Dec. 2nd.

 As an added bonus, we would like to share this film with you, the parents, so as to assist in opening the worthwhile conversation about growing up in the digital age. We hope you can make it.  Immediately following the film, we will begin our monthly STPC meeting.  We hope you will stick around and contribute to our Student, Teacher, Parent Council.

 Screenagers – The Movie


ABOUT THE FILM (Runtime: 68 minutes. Directed by: Delaney Ruston, M.D.)

Screenagers is about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them minimize harmful effects and find balance. After seeing the film, people tell us that they feel more confident and better equipped to establish balance around screen time. (See Poster Attached)

Parent Showing:

            When : Thursday, Dec. 1st  @ 6:00 PM

            Where: Rincon Valley Middle School Library

            Cost:  Free of Charge

            Sponsored by: RVMS Leadership and RVMS STPC

Principal’s Message   11-5-16

Hello Parents – What a wonderful week it has been.  It is not every year we get to celebrate Halloween on a Monday (thank goodness). We started the week with our Halloween festivities which included our RVMS costume parade.  I was thrilled to see so many student and staff dressed-up in such fun and imaginative costumes.  I have attached some pictures below.

Congratulations to our many Falcons who tried out and made our volleyball and basketball teams.  As I walked through the tryouts, I saw hard work and commitment exuding from the participants.  I know that the fortunate ones who made the teams really had to rally hard and perform strongly to have made the cut because the completion was very fierce.  Way to Go Mighty Falcons.  You will represent us well during your upcoming seasons.

Oral grades week is next week.  Your students should be getting his/her mid-quarter grades in all classes. Be sure to check in to see how he/she is doing. Progress reports will be mailed home the following week.

Trees, Trees, Beautiful Trees.   I am proud to say that we have one of the most beautiful middle school campuses around. With our green lawns and our fully grown trees in the quad, our students get to rejuvenate during breaks in the fresh air within our green surroundings. I am hoping to add to this beauty by adding more trees.  In the front block of our quad, we have two empty planters where trees once lived.  I am seeking a donation of two trees to plant in these spots.  If you, or someone you know, might be willing to provide the RVMS community with a tree or two, please let me know. I would gladly talk to you about this.

Road safety – Please be careful out there.  After school, we have several hundreds of kids exiting the area all at one time.  As you drive on Middle Rincon or Badger Road, be extra cautious and keep an eye out for students, either walking, riding scooter or bikes, or on skateboards.  I would hate to see one of our Falcons get hurt. I appreciate the extra effort to ensure our students’ safety.

Attendance Office Notes – If your child is arriving to school after 8:30, a parent must accompany them to the office to sign them in.  Failing to do so will result in an unexcused cut.

Are you going on vacation and your student is going to miss school?  If so, it is the student’s responsibility to ask the teacher for the work they will miss.  As much advanced notice as possible is tremendously helpful. Our teachers will try to get the student the work, but they are not required to do so before the student leaves.  The student is responsible for completing the work and will be given a reasonable amount of time to do so upon his/her return.

Have a great weekend!

Ed Navarro

RVMS Principal


10/21/16 Principal’s Message

Sport-A-Rama day is here!  I am very much looking forward to experiencing the amazing Rincon Valley Middle School tradition.  Let the games begin.

I will be hosting an Interdistrict Open Enrollment Fireside Chat on Nov. 3rd at 6:00PM. If you know of any current sixth graders who live in the Santa Rosa City Schools bounderies, but not within the RVMS boundries please pass on this information to them.

Current 8th Grade parents – If you are concidering MCHS for your student, they are hosting an 8th grade parent night on October 27th at 5:45. Call MCHS if you have any questions.

Facebook Page – Please take a moment to look at our wonderful Facebook page for more videos, photos and updates.

Shadowing at Cardinal Newman High School – If you are interested in shadowing at CNHS, they are hosting an 8th grade day on Monday, October 24th from 8-1.  If you are planning on attending please call our attendance office and let them know. 528-5295

Halloween Costumes at RVMS – When your children are selecting their costumes, please remind them that all dresscode rules still apply.  See page 9 in the student planner.  Also, remember, no weapons, no matter how fake or realistic, are allowed. In light of the recent hoax, I am asking that there be NO CLOWN COSTUMES this year.  Thank you for your understanding.

Red Ribbon Week

Monday: Pledge to Be Drug Free

Tuesday: Color Your Life Drug Free (Students wear colorful clothes including rainbows and Sporta-Rama T-shirts)

Wednesday: Hugs Not Drugs Day (also known as Pajama Day)

Thursday: Grim Reaper Day (Grim Reaper visits 7th grade classes to represent how many young peoples lives are impacted by drug use.)

Friday: Team Up Against Drugs (Students wear sports jerseys or team t-shirts.)

How to Pick up your Child from a School-wide Emergency

On October 20th RVMS/SRACS took part in the Great California Shake Out.  This is a simulated earthquake drill to test our school safety plan.  From this experience, volunteer parents asked that we share how to pick up students in an emergency response situation.  So here are some steps to follow should the need arise:

  1. Please be patient and check out your child appropriately. This will help us to track who checked the child out and when, just in case other family members arrive.
  2. Students will only be released to adults listed on the emergency card. Please keep this information current.
  3. Adults must show a form of picture ID.
  4. Students evacuate the buildings and line up on the basketball courts by class.
  5. A parent/student reunification area is set up at Middle Rincon Road and the school track. This location could change depending on the emergency.
  6. Parents are asked to please line up at the corner of the chain-link fence. You’ll see a gate there.
  7. School staff will admit groups of parents into the grassy area.
  8. Once inside, clipboards will be hanging from the fence. Please take a pass off the clipboard and fill it out.
  9. Find the table with the first initial of your last name and give them your pass.
  10. Student helpers will then bring your student to you, and you can exit the same way you entered.

Thank you for your help in keeping this an orderly process when stress is in the air!

Principal’s Message 10-14-16

Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain

Today was the first real rainy day of the school year, and along with that came the rainy day behaviors.  I talked to a number of kids today about not standing in the rain, or splashing other with rain puddles or running and sliding on the wet (and now muddy) lawn.  Please have a brief discussion with your student/s about proper rainy day behaviors.

Field Trip – On a different note, this week several of our Falcons attended a Construction Expo at the Veterans’ Building.  They were able to explore careers in the construction industry.

Press coverage – I am proud to share a wonderful Press Democrat Article which highlighted some of our students in Mr. Myer’s history classes as they debriefed the last presidential debate.

Sport-a-rama is coming.  If your 7th grader is on a team, you won’t want to miss the big event on Friday October 21st. See our website for more details.
Volunteers needed –  We are still in need of some parent support to help decorate for Sport-a-rama.  If you can help, sign up by clicking the link below.  Thanks for your help.

Halloween Costumes at RVMS – When your children are selecting their costumes, please remind them that all dresscode rules still apply.  See page 9 in the student planner.  Also, remember, no weapons, no matter how fake or realistic, are allowed. In light of the recent hoax, I am asking that there be NO CLOWN COSTUMES this year.  Thank you for your understanding.

Open EnrollmentIf you live within the Santa Rosa City School district but not within the RVMS/MCHS boundaries this information is very important for you.

You will need to follow the steps below and apply for open enrollment to either continue at RVMS or attend MCHS.

1.    Information on the Open Enrollment process is currently available at:
2.    Current 7th graders enrolled at RVMS don’t need to do anything for 8th grade.  They will need to apply for high school during the fall of their 8th grade year.
3.    Current 8th graders will need to apply online at between October 1st and November 18th for high school placement.  Once placed in high school, they will not need to apply again.
4.    Open enrollment is by school.  So enrollment is for elementary, middle and high schools.  (Example: A family would need to apply 3 times for kindergarten through high school.)
5.    If applications are made during the October 1st – November 18th timeframe they are automatically accepted if there is space at the requested school.
6.    Families will be notified of acceptance in December.
7.    Applications made outside of the designated timeframe will not be accepted.
8.    If you have questions, or if you need more information call Student and Family Engagement Office (SAFE) at (707) 528-5137.

Open Enrollment Fireside Chat – I will be hosting an open enrollment fireside chat on Nov. 3rd at 6:00 PM to be discussing the above material.  I am asking for your assistance.  If you know anyone in the community who fits the above requirements, please let them know of this meeting.

Facebook Page – Please take a moment to look at our wonderful Facebook page for more videos, photos and updates.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Ed Navarro