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ROLLING HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Rolling Hills PTA is so excited to be here to support our teachers, students and families.
RHMS PTA Board Nominations Open
Rolling Hills PTA is actively involved in making your middle schooler’s experience better with enriching experiences and community events.
Being on the PTA board is a great way to get involved in the PTA and meaningfully contribute to your school as well as the entire Rolling Hills community. Also, PTA is a nation-wide organization that lobbies for legislation and guidelines that improve our children’s education everywhere. Please consider joining the board!
Current 7th grade parents: This is your last opportunity to be involved in your child’s middle school education! Your involvement will help make their final year in middle school even more special.
We are now accepting nominations for the 2017-2018 PTA board! Positions currently available are listed below.
If you are interested, please contact Chrissy Ulrey (christineulrey [at] gmail.com), Sangeetha Sriram (sansriram [at] gmail.com), or Marcia Kennedy (marcia.e.kennedy [at] gmail.com) ASAP.
Executive VP: Back-up for President in the event he/she is unable to attend a meeting. He/She assists in multiple committees and/or various activities held on campus. The Executive VP helps with Silent Auction along with the Fundraising VP. The position has voting privileges, and the candidate should enjoy working in a team environment.
Secretary: Attendance at monthly meetings and Board meetings to take minutes. Reads minutes at Board meetings for approval and provides input for future projects. He/She has voting privileges, and candidate should be able to listen and write/type concurrently.
Fundraising VP: Responsible for raising money for the operating budget and coordinating monthly events needed to fulfill requests of the organization. He/She has voting privileges, and candidate should enjoy coordinating events. Finding chairs to handle each of the following is encouraged: i.e., person to organize the dining nights, a person to organize the Goodwill recycle days, a team to organize the Silent Auction (along with the Executive VP). You may also develop other fundraising ideas.
Membership VP: Responsible for planning and oversight of Student Orientation day (a few days before school starts) and recruiting membership to the association year round. He/She has voting privileges, and the candidate should be willing to speak in a group setting (teacher meetings, etc).
Community Events VP: Organizes community-building events. The goal is to host several events throughout the year to invite RHMS families on campus. Currently, these events are: Movie nights (ideally one each trimester), VIP Pancake Breakfast (occurs end of first trimester), and VIP Spaghetti Dinner (occurs end of second trimester). You may also develop other community events. Finding chairs to handle each event is encouraged. The position has voting privileges, and the candidate should enjoy working in a team environment.
Parliamentarian: Ensures meetings are run by Robert’s Rules of Order. A copy, as well as a simplified version handout, will be provided. Parliamentarian keeps meetings running smoothly, on time, and ensures everyone is being heard: interrupting discussions as necessary and keeping members from speaking over each other. Also responsible for updating bylaws if necessary (will not need updating for ‘17-’18 year). This is a voting position.
Executive Board Meetings:
7pm, first Monday of EVERY MONTH (all year, including during the summer to close one year and transition to the new Board), attendance strongly requested. Meeting at President’s home or other agreed upon location.
5 months of the school year, 7pm, third Wednesday of the month, October, January, March, April, May, attendance strongly requested. Meetings in Library.
March 16, 2017
SBAC Testing is upon us. Personal earbuds are welcome during testing. And please, limit those out of school appointments. Students that test with their regular class always do better than those during make-ups!
This year is going to be a bit different for testing, so I want to be sure that you’re well informed. We’ll do practice tests next week, Monday, March 20 & Tuesday, March 21. These are an opportunity to ensure all students have the correct computer access and are familiar with the online testing. Tuesday, March 28 & Wednesday, March 29, both 5th and 8th grades are taking the Science test. The results will not be reported this year, but are a way to calibrate the test across the state. All of these days will be our regular bell schedule.
Our unique bell schedule for testing begins on April 24. We’ll be posting that schedule on our website. We’ll go to block schedule the week of the 24th – 28th, for MTTHF. Wednesday is always our minimum day schedule, even during testing.
The first two weeks of May will be a combination of block schedule and regular day. I won’t even try to explain it, but suggest you check out the link on our website. That’s what I’m going to look at.
It might seem early, but it’s time to begin planning for the upcoming school year. As always, I look to our RHMS families for input on what we value as a community for our school goals. These goals are contained in our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Over the next few weeks, there will be opportunities for parents and students to give input on our goals. The first opportunity was at our March PTA meeting, and another will be at the April 19 meeting. Other input will be solicited at our Spring Band Concert/Book Faire, and then again when we send out the parent/student surveys. I value your suggestions, ideas, and comments, and hope you can find the time to participate in one of these opportunities. In the past, community voice has supported our increased technology, our drama teacher, and most recently, our split lunch for grades 5/6 & 7/8. Please let your voice be heard!
CUSD Preschool – 8 School Community Input Sought
Please join our District Transition Team on Thursday, March 23rd at Campbell Middle School beginning at 6:00. Our district is seeking family and student voices as they work to develop a new Preschool - 8th grade school. The evening will begin with a general convening and then move to specific stakeholder breakout groups, facilitated by Transformation Team members. Your expertise would be of great benefit to the development of this new school. If you are planning on attending please let me know by emailing me at: cdodd [at] campbellusd.org (cdodd [at] campbellusd.org)
Thursday, March 30
In the GYM
(You may go directly to the Gym, do not check in at the office)
8:30-9:17 5th Grade Awards
9:20-10:07 6th Grade Awards
10:20-11:07 7th Grade Awards
11:10-11:57 8th Grade Awards
Promotion Ceremony Date: Wednesday, June 14, 9:00am
Great America Trip: Tuesday, June 13
Promotion Party Date: Friday, June 9, 5:30-7:30
If you have not yet paid for your gown and promotion party, please complete the order form (click here to print the form Promotion_Gown_Order.pdf ) and turn it in to the school office.
RHMS PTA President Volunteer, 2016-17 president [at] ptarhms.org
Girls Volleyball Teams make it to Playoffs. Come out and cheer them on this week.
Varsity A team: Wednesday at Fisher vs. Dartmouth at 4:30 or so
Varsity B team: Tuesday at Fisher vs. Monroe at 4:30 or so
JV A team: Wednesday at Price vs. Monroe at 4:30 or so.
We have dozens of jackets, shirts, sweats, etc., in our big red lost & found bin. Please come by and look through it -- you may find a few things your student left behind. If you're missing something smaller such as a cell phone, eye glasses, jewelry, etc., please call or stop by the office.
Everything left in the lost & found after March 31 will be donated to a local non-profit organization.
Strategic Plan Committee noted progress during its review of strategic goals and objectives, including STEAM, standards and student support.
The Strategic Planning Committee—35 students, employees, parents, community members, and Board members—met on March 7, 2017 to discuss progress, challenges, and next steps toward achieving the District’s strategic goals.
As part of the semi-annual review, the group created objectives to be completed by September 2018 and a list of current “Perceived Strengths and Accomplishments”.
More details about the Strategic Plan are on the Strategic Plan Web Page
The State of California is field-testing a new school accountability tool that uses multiple measures to report school performance and growth.
The California School Dashboard is a new tool from the State of California that replaces the old Academic Performance Index (API). It will provide parents, educators, and the public with important information they can use to evaluate schools and school districts in an easy-to-understand report card format.
The California School Dashboard is a critical piece of California’s new school accountability and continuous improvement system. A 5-minute video explains how the new tool works and what it looks like.
Preview dates are March 27th and 30th
Parents have the chance to preview, ask questions, and provide feedback on the three curricula being piloted for Math in grades K-5
The proposed new curricula— Bridges, Eureka Math*, and Investigations— will be available for advance viewing and providing feedback at the District Administration Office’s Hamilton Room:
- Monday, March 27th, 12 – 1:30pm
- Thursday, March 30th, 5 – 5:30pm
If you have questions about the proposed curricula, please contact your school’s principal or call the District’s Instructional Services Department, 408-364-4200.
* Name of curriculum corrected 3/14/17