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Updated Thu, Sep 20th

Dear Monroe Parents and Guardians:

Campbell Union School District is seeking your input before launching the new “Web to One” program. The Web to One program is one way for us to ensure that every middle school student has access to an internet-connected device for educational use.

Please take a few minutes to answer our survey about home internet access, device access. 

The survey will be open until October 4. The data we gather will identify frequently asked questions and will drive implementation and policy decisions. The results will be presented at a Governing Board meeting in October, 2018.

If you prefer to respond on paper, please ask the school office staff for a copy.

Take the survey in English

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Tome la encuesta en Español.

Estimados padres y tutores de Monroe:

El Distrito Escolar Unido de Campbell está buscando su opinión antes de lanzar el nuevo programa "Web to One". La web a un programa es una manera para nosotros de asegurar que cada estudiante de la escuela intermedia tenga acceso a un dispositivo conectado a Internet para uso educacional.

Por favor, tómese unos minutos para responder a nuestra encuesta sobre el acceso a Internet en el hogar, acceso a dispositivos.

La encuesta estará abierta hasta el 4 de octubre. Los datos que recopilamos identificarán las preguntas más frecuentes y conducirán las decisiones de implementación y políticas. Los resultados se presentarán en una reunión del Consejo de administración en octubre de 2018.

Si usted prefiere responder en papel, por favor pídale al personal de la oficina de la escuela una copia.

Updated Thu, Sep 20th

Principal’s Message

Next week, CUSD opens the middle school iReady assessment window.  This is a change from year’s past, when formal assessment began the week after students returned from summer.  Fruitful dialogue between teachers, site administration, and district administration led us to re-evaluate the timing of quantity of assessment of our middle school students.

In addition to the ongoing informal and formal assessment conducted by teachers as a result of working in Professional Learning Communities and student self-assessment of their own progress, iReady is another measure of student achievement.  Data will provide insight into student strengths and growth points, allowing students to know more about themselves and teachers to better individualize instruction.

iReady is an adaptive assessment that scales questions up and down to triangulate a student’s overall reading and math scores.  Reading is broken down into six components:

  • phonemic awareness,
  • phonics,
  • high frequency words,
  • vocabulary,
  • comprehension literature, and
  • comprehension informational.

Math is broken down into four components:

  • numbers and operations,
  • algebra and algebraic thinking,
  • measurement and data, and
  • geometry.

Whereas in year’s past, testing of this nature was conducted in only ELA and math classrooms, we were concerned about lost instruction in those two curricular areas.  Often times, students lost two to three periods of instruction as they completed these assessments.  This year, we have created a schoolwide testing block.  Periods 1-6 will be decreased by approximately 10 minutes, and all students will test simultaneously in their classrooms.  No single class will lose full periods of instruction; all teachers will share the responsibility of assessment, and those on prep will be able to pull small groups and support students with individual needs.

A special testing schedule follows.


Period 1

8:35 – 9:19 (44)

Passing Period

9:19 – 9:23 (4)

Period 2

9:23 – 10:05 (42)

Break

10:05 – 10:15 (10)

Passing Period

10:15 – 10:19 (4)

Testing Block

10:19 – 11:29 (70)

Passing Period

11:29 – 11:34 (5)

Period 3 (Early Lunch)

11:34 – 12:14 (40)

Period 3 (Late Lunch)

11:34 – 12:20 (46)

Lunch

12:20 – 12:50 (30)

Passing Period

12:50 – 12:54 (4)

Period 4

12:54 – 1:36 (42)

Passing Period

1:36 – 1:40 (4)

Period 5

1:40 – 2:22 (42)

Passing Period

2:22 – 2:26 (4)

Period 6

2:26 –  3:08 (42)

It is important to remember that iReady is a form of assessment, not the form of assessment.  Presentations, projects, labs, expressive writing, and the like are additional ways students demonstrate their learning and growth.

We are eager to see the data the iReady provides in the coming weeks so that we may continue to create goals for individual and schoolwide student learning.

Updated Thu, Sep 20th
Greetings all,
Our Fall Book Fair will be held October 15-19, 2018.  The Fair will be open to students at break, lunch, and after school.  

If you are available to help at our Book Fair please contact our library via email at  gpanus [at] campbellusd.org or call 1-408-364-4235 x 5188.

Thank you!!

 PICTURE OF BOOK FAIR THEME 'ENCHANTED FOREST OF BOOKS'

Updated Wed, Sep 19th

Your Involvement Matters. Join us on Saturday, October 13, 2018

Campbell Union School District's Parent University is a one-morning, no-cost opportunity to build your own skills and knowledge as you support your child's success in school and beyond.

Connect with other parents.

Gain practical tips from local experts.

Give your child an educational edge.

Registration opens September 25th. Program details to come.

Updated Wed, Sep 19th

Your talents and their energy make work feel like play!

CUSD Extensions department is hiring for morning and after school care staff at our elementary and middle schools. Find out about our competitive wages and benefit options.

Campbell Care Leader: https://www.edjoin.org/Home/JobPosting/1091591

Recreation Leader: https://www.edjoin.org/Home/JobPosting/1063473

For all CUSD openings visit us at: https://www.campbellusd.org/jobs

Updated Wed, Sep 19th
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, Sep 19th

This starts our fourth week of the new school year.  As we visit classrooms, routines and procedures are in place.  Students are diving deeper into content and teachers are integrating a number of engaging strategies aimed at leveraging a number of skills that were honed or acquired during professional development over the summer.  With the guidance of educational consultants, four teachers were on site designing lessons to accommodate all learners two weeks ago, and eight teachers were solidifying writing strategies for their students last week.  This week, five additional teachers planned ways to implement project based learning in their classrooms.  We are so proud of our teachers’ desires to be life-long learners and seek best practices as they work to engage students and to instill a love of learning.


Back to School Night

We were glad to see so many happy faces at our Back to School Night.  If you were unable to attend or arrived a few minutes late, there is a video link at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLfomJa6UWw.  We also encourage you to contact your child’s teachers, as they want to be part of your child’s support system.

Future Site Changes

Many of you have seen the early stages of a new parking lot off of Pollard, between our drive through and Quito Road.  We are eager to have an additional dozen or so spaces for staff and after school activities.  It is our hope that by November our parking lot is in full use.

Nine CUSD schools currently have an array of video cameras, including eight elementary sites.  In the coming weeks, CUSD will start the installation of video cameras at RHMS.  Cameras have been successful at deterring graffiti and vandalism at sites.  With our new two-story building, the garden, continued classroom upgrades, and a number of weekend activities, we want our RHMS campus to have the benefit of added protection.

Absences

It is important to have students present during the hours of instruction.  CUSD’s Profile of a Graduate, including self-direction, innovation, critical thinking, collaboration, and empathy, as well the content standards in all classes are best received at school.  It is when students engage with content and soft skills that learning occurs.  We encourage you to schedule appointments and vacations at times other than during school hours.

Power School

We appreciate that many parents and students seek access to Power School.  Monitoring Power School grades, one measure of how a student is performing academically, is important.  We apologize for the delay as the parent Power School portal continues to be closed.  It is our district’s hope that the parent portal opens by Monday.  As an aside, passcodes are the same as in previous years.  We are looking at the most effective way to disseminate passcodes to all new parents.  We will print passcodes this week, and mail them on Friday.


Minimum Day for Teachers

During this week’s early release, teachers worked in grade level departments to begin the process of establishing a Professional Learning Community.  Departments will determine longer term goals and what Learning Targets are most relevant to achieving those goals on a short-term basis.  Determinations will be made regarding what formative assessment best provides evidence that students have achieved those learning targets and what might be next steps for those who have and have not yet met the agreed upon learning target.

PTA

Next Wednesday at 7:00 pm there is a PTA membership meeting in the RHMS staff room.  All families are invited to attend.


Best Wishes

We hope that you and your family continue to enjoy the waning weeks of summer, and we invite you to visit with school administration for an overview of the year on Wednesday, September 26th from 8:45 am to 9:30 am in the staff room.

Updated Tue, Sep 11th

Please join us in helping students form the good attendance habits.

Children can copy notes or make up an assignment, but they can never get back what’s most important: the discussions, the questions, the explanations by the teacher, and the thinking that makes learning come alive.

We are asking that all families join us in helping students form the good attendance habits—being present each day and on time—that will help them succeed in school and beyond.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Updated Thu, Sep 20th

Yearbooks are now on sale at the lowest price of $35.    Order directly at the Jostens Yearbooks RHMS Link: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1005286/Rolling-Hills-Middle-School/2019-Yearbook/2018060704165313784/CATALOG_SHOP/

Updated Wed, Sep 5th

If you weren't able to attend our Back-to-School Night, please watch this brief video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLfomJa6UWw

PowerSchool Update: 
The parent portal is opening this week.  Student login and password information is the same each year.  We'll be sending home the login/password information next week.  

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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