Rolling Hills Middle School

Principal's Message

Principal’s Message

Happy February.  The quantity of rain and wind we are experiencing might make a hefty math and science project for our students.  While glad to see the rain, it can become tiresome!  Thankfully, many teachers continue to open their classrooms, and today we hosted several volleyball games in the gym for interested students.


With the support of the entire staff, students successfully completed our district’s recent iReady assessments.  We have asked that all ELA and math teachers print parent reports and distribute them to students by this Friday.  This report is one measure of student progress towards meeting academic grade level standards, and it will show a comparison between September and February.  Should you have questions about the report, please contact your child’s ELA or math teacher.

While iReady is an important indicator of growth and achievement, additional academic measures include exit tickets, essays, individual presentations, group projects, quizzes, tests, and letter grades.

Equally important measures of growth and competency include the soft skills detailed in CUSD’s profiles of a graduate, including being self-directed, innovative, a critical thinker, collaborative, and empathetic.  We hope to foster well-rounded citizens and encourage you to remain in contact with your child’s teachers.


Sixth and seventh grade families, come join us for a day and watch our students shine!  We need volunteers to be panelists for our 8th grade student Exhibitions on Tuesday, February 26th.

The Eighth Grade Exhibition project is a promotion requirement for all 8th grade students.  Pupils have researched topics, planned and completed projects related to their topics, and are ready to present their findings to panelists who will listen and evaluate their performances.  

Our 8th grade ELA teachers will explain the judging requirements, and you will have firsthand knowledge of this experience for your children in the coming years.

If you are interested, please contact Vilma Valdez at vvaldez [at] (vvaldez [at] or Malia Naeole-Takasato at mnaeole-takasato [at] (mnaeole-takasato [at] or call Sue Odom at 364-4200 extension 5150.


Thanks to so many families who donated items to the Goodwill truck two weeks ago.  We are pleased to announce that the items required more than one truck and that Goodwill will make a monetary donation to our RHMS PTA.  Please log onto for more details about how to support the PTA as it works to support over 1,000 RHMS students.

Cookies with the Counselors

Last week’s counselor presentations were well attended.  There were approximately 30 families who were present, hearing about grade level classroom presentation topics and discussing current social concerns, including online safety, friendships, and vaping.  We are looking to have an additional informational opportunity in late March to discuss topics involving a healthy lifestyle.


Our PE fields are currently being prepared for re-seeding; irrigation is being installed and tested.  As we lose field space for several months, the track’s infield is being addressed for the short term.  It is our district’s expectation to mow the infield, fill divots, and temporarily water the space until our old fields re-open.  This will allow the boys’ soccer teams to play home games here at RHMS in the coming weeks.

Spirit Week

ASB and student leadership are planning another Spirit Week, March 4th to 8th.  To energize students, there will be a competition run through first period, tallying classes with the highest rate of participation.

Monday, March 4th: Sports Day  (Wear a jersey.)
Tuesday, March 5th: Black Out Day (Students and staff should wear black clothing.)
Wednesday, March 6th: Twin Day
Thursday, March 7th: Hawaiian Day
Friday, March 8th: College Day

In Closing

Whether you remain home or travel next week, we hope that you have a safe upcoming vacation, and we look forward to welcoming the month of March to RHMS.