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At this time, Campbell Union School District's and other schools in Santa Clara County are not closing.

Based on guidance from Santa Clara County Public Health, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we have elected to use a threshold of a 275 air quality index (AQI) to determine when to close our schools. We will be monitoring air quality through www.airnow.gov and informing schools and after-school programs of the guidelines and recommend that families stay informed and be mindful of health concerns.

A joint letter from our Superintendent and the County Superintendent of Schools has more details. It is available online and are emailing it to families via our mass notification system. 

Updated Wed, Nov 14th

Principal’s Message

Our first trimester will soon come to a successful close.  It has been terrific visiting classrooms and seeing students engage in dialogue, play roles in historical simulations, create infographics, write with a purpose, participate in mathematical simulations, learn pickleball, play music, and be confident, empathetic citizens here at RHMS.  It is equally exciting witnessing the growth mindset of staff.  Teachers are using new instructional techniques and are attending professional development in Writing with Design, UDL, Project Based Learning, and Google Classroom.  With the support of our Equity Coach, teachers are visiting colleagues to observe lessons and then discuss pertinent components.  There is much to celebrate here at RHMS, and I am proud of our site’s collective efforts.

Air Quality

We are saddened that our Northern and Southern California neighbors have experienced such devastation and are seeing the effects of the fires here locally.  In an effort to support health, we have taken steps to support our students.  We have limited physical education classes to a number of indoor spaces, we have not distributed playground equipment during break and lunch, and a number of teachers have opened their classrooms during break and lunch.  We have a list of students whose parents and guardians have informed us on registration packets of respiratory issues, and will continue to monitor our air quality and our students’ health.

TIPS

CUSD has had its TIPS hotline available since last school year.  On our RHMS website, there is a link under “contact us,” for students and the community to anonymously contact us of concerns.  While we encourage the community to contact law enforcement of an immediate concern, the CUSD TIPS hotline is another avenue.

Busy Time of Year

With so much occurring in the waning weeks of 2018, we want to be cognizant of these influences and provide a safe and supportive environment for our students.  We will continue to be proactive and provide the consistency and routines that allow students to be engaged and successful.  On behalf of our administration and office staff, I wish you a restful and peaceful Thanksgiving Week.

Updated Fri, Nov 16th

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A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Families,

We know you are concerned about the current air quality, and we too share your concern.  We have monitored the air quality index throughout the evening and will continue to monitor and assess these numbers throughout the day, the forecast is for the air quality to improve today, yet we understand it is only a forecast. We continue to consult with and follow  the guidance of the Public Health Department.

Campbell Union School District and those nearby will be open for learning today.

We are mindful that schools provide stability and often, necessary shelter and food. We will continue to closely monitor the conditions with our schools and believe our schools offer a safer place for children. We are aware that many local colleges, universities and private schools have elected to close their doors and some local public school districts have also decided to close. However, iIn consultation with the County Public Health Dept., we believe students being in school is a safe option.  Conditions within our county vary from district to district and in our region, it is determined safe for students to be in school

Please be aware that while our doors will remain open, we ask that families and schools follow medical and environmental advice, especially if your child suffers from respiratory or heart-related issues.   Parents are the best judges of their individual child’s needs. We understand and support that parents are in the best position to make decision about their individual child. Should they decide to keep their child at home for health related issues, the absence will be excused.

There are several online sites for monitoring air quality, and we have been advised and recommend that you follow environmental advice provided by AirNow.gov located here: https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=aqibasics...

In our ongoing commitment to maintain safe learning environments, we will continue to:

  • Limit and relocate outdoor activities, including physical education, lunch, and other break times.
  • Watch students for symptoms including coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and chest tightness. Even students who do not have asthma can experience these symptoms.
  • If symptoms occur, students might need to take a break, do a less intense activity, stop all activity, go indoors, or use quick-relief medicine as prescribed. If symptoms don’t improve, get medical help.

Thank you for your concern, which we share. However, we must remain a support for all families within Santa Clara County. We share your desire to keep all children safe, and we will inform you if  our current assessment changes.

Here are the most current recommendations from the County of Santa Clara Public Health.

Avoid Breathing Wildfire Smoke - HEALTH ADVISORY

November 9, 2018

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SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA – The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department is advising residents to take precautions due to visible smoke in the air. Wildfires in California are causing air pollution throughout the Bay Area.

If you smell smoke, protect your health by avoiding exposure. If possible, stay inside with windows and doors closed until smoke levels subside. Set air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from moving inside. Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a dry scratchy throat and irritated sinuses. Elevated particulate matter in the air can trigger wheezing in those who suffer from respiratory conditions, such as asthma or emphysema/COPD. It is recommended that parents and school administrators check air quality readings before allowing children to practice outdoor sports while air quality is unhealthy.

 Sincerely, 

Shelly Viramontez, Ed.D., Superintendent

Updated Wed, Nov 14th

Schools follow Spare the Air advisories.

Smoke-filled air has caused school administrators to alter students’ outdoor activity schedules over the past week. Campbell Union School District follows the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommendations and reduces exposure to outdoor air and prolonged exertion for those groups particularly affected by poor air quality.

On Spare the Air Days, staff identifies which students are in the “sensitive group” and follows up with appropriate limits to their outdoor access.

This week, when the air became "unhealthy for all groups," schools enacted school-wide schedules that limited outdoor time and provided more indoor recess and lunch options for all students. They also kept play equipment locked (balls, etc.) to discourage exertion and held some physical education classes indoors. 
Officials are predicting that the air quality will remain poor through the week. If you have not already done so, please notify the school staff if your child has a health condition that would place him or her in the “sensitive group”.

Updated Thu, Nov 15th

RHMS PRESENTS PETER PAN, CONTACT THE SCHOOL OFFICE FOR DETAILS AND TICKET INFORMATION

Fly away to Neverland with Peter and the Darling children in Rolling Hills live production of Disney’s beloved animated film.

                                                        Thursday November 29, 7pm 
                                                        Friday November 30, 7pm 
                                                        Saturday December 1, 2pm 
                                                        Saturday December 1, 7pm 
Reserved tickets are available in advance at:
Or at the door 
Updated Wed, Nov 14th

RHMS Spirit Gear sale ends this Friday, November 16.  
Order you RHMS swag directly at

www.SpiritGearDirect.com/Shop

SPIRIT GEAR AVAILABLE ORDER NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER 16TH.  CONTACT THE SCHOOL OFFICE FOR DETAILS.

Updated Wed, Nov 14th

Learn about Del Mar High's International Baccalaureate Programme on Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

"Can it be that IB is for me?!" is a parent-student seminar for all families interested in learning about the International Baccalaureate Programme, an internationally recognized, advanced, and challenging academic option in our public school. 

The event happens Thursday, December 6th at 6:30pm in the Del Mar Performing Arts Center.  Participants can hear from and ask questions of IB Educators, current and graduated IB Students and their parents.

Seating is limited and light snacks will be offered, so please RSVP: canitbethatibisforme.eventbrite.com 

Updated Wed, Nov 14th

2ND ANNUAL RHMS TURKEY TROT AND TURKEY BOWL - 5K RUN AND FOOTBALL/SOCCER FOR FAMILIES ON THANKSGIVING DAY.  CALL THE OFFICE FOR DETAILS.

Updated Wed, Nov 14th
Dear RHMS Parents,
The Rolling Hills yearbook is on sale NOW! This special book of memories is available at the lowest price of the year — just $35.00! You can also personalize the yearbook for a small additional charge. See the flier below for more information.
All yearbooks must be ordered online at jostensyearbooks.com.  Once you are on the website, type Rolling Hills Middle School and Los Gatos in the “Get Started Now” section at the top, press Go, then choose Rolling Hills Middle school in the drop down menu. Place your order, receive a confirmation, and you’re done!
If you have any questions about the yearbook, please contact Lori Bertolucci, the Yearbook Advisor, at lbertolucci [at] campbellusd.org. Don’t wait…buy your yearbook TODAY!
Updated Wed, Oct 24th

Principal’s Message

With the weather clearly turning crisp, fall is in the air.  We hope October has been successful for you and your family.  As we move into what is typically a busier time of year, it is important to keep consistency and routines in place.  We look forward to supporting our students during the coming months.

Fall Conferences

We were excited to see so many parents and students attending our Fall Conferences.  Moving our upper grades to the gym appeared to be successful, as greater than 50% of our families took advantage of this opportunity.  We always appreciate hearing what’s working and understand that families enjoyed having a window of time to attend, as well as all teachers present in a single location.  Always seeking improvement, we will consider further ways to make the Fall Conferences successful for all families next year.  While our CUSD calendar has specific weeks for conferences, you are always always welcome to communicate with teachers as you see fit.

iReady

During Fall Conferences, teachers distributed iReady data.  This is a district assessment that is one measure of a student’s achievement in reading and math.  It should be noted that iReady does not assess a student’s ability to express him or herself nor necessarily the soft skills associated with our district’s Profiles of a Graduate.  These are assessed in other ways, including collaborative group work, presentations, and written performance.  These may be tracked on Power School and discussed with individual teachers.

PLC Activity

During today’s shortened Wednesday, we met as an entire teaching staff to highlight professional development in which nearly two dozen teachers are actively involved.  Aimed at engaging and empowering all students, these include Writing with Design, Universal Design for Learning, School Re-Tooled, and Math & the ELD Student.  Teachers from across nearly all content areas presented to colleagues a summary of what they are currently learning and implementing in their classrooms.  Coupled with the elective team’s focus on the Profiles of a Graduate, our afternoon together was incredibly positive.  Witnessing examples of student work, analyzing lessons, and considering ways to implement what is successful in a neighboring classroom is inspiring.

IXL

Families, we are proud to announce that our PTA recently supported funding the online math program IXL for our 7th and 8th graders.  It is most relevant to these grades, as it is at this point where math becomes more theoretical, namely working with expressions and equations and working with linear functions.  Should you have any questions, please contact your child’s 7th or 8th grade math teacher.  A follow up email with further details will soon be pushed out to families with 7th and 8th graders.

On behalf of teachers and students, I’d like to thank the Rolling Hills PTA and the generosity of our parent community.

Spirit Week

ASB has been busy planning a week of activities that starts on Monday, October 29th.  Of particular mention are: Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Halloween, Movember, and a 7th and 8th grade dance.  ASB has been spreading the word to all classrooms, and a summary of the week will be soon be online.  We are eager to be active participants in what they’ve planned.

Student Safety

There are many students who funnel out of our site within a ten to fifteen window of time.  Local law enforcement continues to monitor traffic and student safety.  Deputies from the Santa Clara County Sheriff Department and officers from Campbell PD have been very visible on Pollard recently.  We appreciate their support and your attention to rules of the road.

The shopping center that is located off Pollard with such business as Safeway and Round Table Pizza continues to be an area of concern.  While businesses have asked us to communicate that the parking lot is meant for their patrons, we and they also understand that reality of the situation.  Please communicate with your child that safety includes crossing streets and walking through parking lots.  To reduce traffic, we encourage carpooling and a rendezvous point potentially a little further from school.

Thank You

We want to thank you for taking the time to be involved in your child’s progress, both academically and socially.  Should you have information to share, please know that staff is here to support.  

Bell Schedule

  • Period 18:35–9:33
  • Period 29:37–10:31
  • Break10:31–10:41
  • Period 310:45–11:39
  • Period 411:43–12:41
  • Lunch12:41–1:11
  • Period 51:15–2:10
  • Period 62:13–3:08
  • Period 18:35–9:23
  • Period 29:27–10:11
  • Break10:11–10:21
  • Period 310:25–11:09
  • Period 411:13–12:01
  • Lunch12:01–12:31
  • Period 512:35–1:20
  • Period 61:24–2:08
 

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