Rolling Hills Middle School

School News

Updated Wed, Oct 17th

Welcome to October!  Walking classrooms, we see a number of students using descriptive language as they write about abandoned houses and creepy forests.  Students are participating in simulations of feudalism, considering how one’s class truly defined one’s experiences centuries ago.  Electives are in full swing, as students are learning how to play instruments and log onto Power School to assess their own progress.  Our blacktop now has pickleball and volleyball courts, enabling our PE department to utilize more space.  Science classrooms are working on group projects, while our upper grade math department is using an online program called IXL to further support students.  There is a lot of student engagement in classrooms!

Fall Conferences

The expectation is that all parents have an opportunity to conference with their child’s teacher(s) in the fall.  At the middle school level, this can become more challenging for several reasons.  The student population is larger as are class sizes, and in many cases students have between three to six teachers.

To improve upon past practices, RHMS will move to arena style conferences for our seventh and eighth grade families.  All seventh and eighth grade teachers will be present in the Gym so that parents may visit with teachers in a single location, at a single time.  (Elective teachers may prove a little more difficult, as they are responsible for sixth graders as well.)  We have run alphabetized lists of upper grade students, assigning families certain days.

Last Names
Grades 7 & 8

Date

Time

Location

A-D

Monday, October 15

1:20-3:45

Gym

E-J

Tuesday, October 16

1:20-3:45

Gym

K-M

Wednesday October 17

1:20-3:45

Gym

N-S

Thursday, October 18

1:20-3:45

Gym

T-Z

Friday, October 19

1:20-3:45

Gym

Because sixth grade can be managed by their core teachers, parents of sixth graders will be receiving individual notices from their core teacher regarding a specific day and time.

It is important to note that all CUSD schools end an hour prior to the Minimum Day.  That is to say that we will be out at 1:08.  Please plan accordingly for your child’s safe transportation home.

iReady

Our schoolwide testing schedule was very successful.  All teachers supported all students as they completed an online reading and math assessment over the course of four days.   In year’s past these assessments were taken exclusively in our ELA and math classrooms.  This year, no curricular areas were short changed, and all departments supported students.

Spirit Week

The Student Council is working on a Spirit Week starting Monday, October 29.  In addition to a fall color day where each grade level will be asked to wear a certain fall color, there will a day for Breast Cancer Awareness, Halloween costumes, Movember, and a day exclusively for RHMS spirit wear.  Seeing our student leaders taking ownership of this will be exciting, and it will be evidence of their “soft skills” being leveraged.  Student representatives of all classrooms are sharing with their classmates the details as they are finalized.

Communication

While we encourage you to remain in contact with your child’s teacher, we are working on a few angles to foster better communication with our large community.  With the support of our district, we are looking to have our KEGL morning announcements on our website in the coming weeks.  This is a student generated news program that is part of an upper grade elective; it may help better inform parents of current happenings at RHMS.  Additionally, PowerSchool has an option for parents to select daily announcements, as well grades and attendance.  If parents want help on this facet of PowerSchool, please come to the office and let us know.  Finally, school administration will attend a training this week to learn more details of an online elementary program called SeeSaw aimed at potentially increasing student engagement and parent communication, and consider its implementation at the middle school setting.

Web to One

In an effort to obtain parent input regarding CUSD’s Web to One Initiative, please take a moment to complete the following link.  Your input will help drive the direction and timeframe of CUSD providing each student with a Chromebook for use at school and at home, something at least two surrounding districts have already implemented.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd-Gw3jFLuyMrlQpTvkufpaiNkoMqbeZ6A5mP0PHRHN2a-Uqg/viewform

Thank You…

… for taking the time to read this and supporting your child as he or she advances through RHMS.  Your presence, whether it is sharing stories about your own middle school experiences, reading a Power School email, reviewing a math concept, or telling your child how much you appreciate his or her effort at school, goes a long way. 

Updated Wed, Oct 3rd

VOTE FOR TWO CANDIDATES FOR THE SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL - CALL THE SCHOOL OFFICE FOR DETAILS

Updated Wed, Oct 3rd

The Town of Los Gatos asked for our help with informing residents about the following meeting.

"The Los Gatos community is invited to participate in the first workshop for the General Plan update on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) at 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. The General Plan is the Town's "blueprint" that guides land use, transportation, infrastructure, community design, environment, and other important decisions. The purposes of the workshop are to learn more about the update and obtain community input on the opportunities and challenges facing the Town's future. To view the Community Workshop flyer, please click here.Visit www.losgatos2040.com for more information."

Updated Wed, Oct 3rd

District hosts 16th annual Rising Young Author recognition

On October 3rd, more than 120 people gathered to celebrate 14 talented student authors at Campbell Union School District’s 16th Annual Rising Young Authors awards, at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore - Stevens Creek store. The students spoke to the audience about their books and autographed copies for their fans.

See event videos about each of the authors on our Youtube channel: Campbellusd.

Their publications cover a wide range of topics and genres. To Be Her, a poem by Nicole Washington, offers a glimpse into the reflections of an adolescent girl. Mr. Linden’s Library, by Noelle Trinidad takes the reader on a mystical, mysterious adventure. Works by other Rising Young Authors include reports about animals, a persuasive essay about risk and rescue, and fictional stories where talking animals win battles and heroes and heroines save the day.

The Rising Young Authors are a select group of students in grades 3 through 7 whose short stories, essays, research papers and poems were among the hundreds entered in the District’s annual Writing Faire last May. Judges review the entries for technical excellence, focus, structure, use of creative expression, vocabulary, word combinations, and originality in ideas and/or presentation of ideas and choose two students from each school for the Accomplished Writer award. Those students may then be eligible for the Rising Young Author recognition.

The recognition program features video vignettes of each student author and a book-signing event immediately following the presentation of awards. The Rising Young Author award includes one professionally printed copy of his or her work for the school library and a personal copy to keep, a gift certificate from the Assistance League of Los Gatos-Saratoga, a personal writer’s journal from Barnes & Noble, and a chance to win a Nook e-reader from School Innovations & Achievement.

The Rising Young Authors of 2018
(Click the author's name to see the book online)

Khiley Zamora
Blackford

msanchez [at] campbellusd.org (Alexia Henry)
Campbell Middle

Noelle Trinidad
Capri

Allyson Jezyk
Capri

Hailey Hinkle
Castlemont

Emily Crecelius
Forest Hill

Leyla Medina
Lynhaven

Keion Ashjaee-Marshall
Marshall Lane

msanchez [at] campbellusd.org (Nicole Washington)
Monroe Middle

Carol Gonzalez
Monroe Middle

Stella M. Walker
Rolling Hills Middle

Isabel Pagan
Rosemary

Ana Paula Jauregui
Sherman Oaks

Sara Chaudoin
Village

Updated Wed, Sep 26th

Superintendent Shelly Viramontez invites parents and guardians to Parent University.

 Watch the Video

This annual event  features parenting resources and workshops to support students and families. 

Learn more.

Updated Wed, Sep 26th

RHMS has two vacancies on the School Site Council for the 2018 - 2020 term.  If you are interested in nominating yourself or another parent or legal guardian for the council, please print, complete and return this form to the school office by October 3 at 4pm.school site council nomination form - contact the school office if you'd like to nominate

Updated Wed, Oct 3rd

Conference Week
October 15 - 19
1:08 Dismissal ALL WEEK

Look for details to be communicated next week

Updated Wed, Sep 26th

Campbell Union School District is accepting applications to fill a vacant seat on its Citizens Bond and Parcel Tax Oversight Committee. The Governing Board appoints an independent citizens committee to oversee the expenditures and uses of bond and parcel tax revenues, and report findings to the public.  The Citizens Oversight Committee reviews school district spending and ensures that bond and parcel tax revenues are spent only for the purpose set before the voters.

Bond funds help to repair and improve the district’s 12 elementary and middle schools, which serve students from the communities of Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Saratoga. Parcel tax funds support instructional programs that directly benefit students. 
Oversight Committee members represent various parts of the community: businesses, senior citizens, taxpayer organizations, and parents of students enrolled in the District.  These members serve for a term of two years without compensation and for no more than two consecutive terms.  (Education Code Section 15282(a))

Applications are available online, or by contacting Christina Tran, Campbell Union School District, ctran [at] campbellusd.org or 408-364-4200 ext. 6215.

Updated Wed, Oct 3rd

FLYER FOR PTA DINING OUT NITE FUNDRAISER AT PIZZA MY HEART EL PASEO ON WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 3RD, 4 TO 9 PM

Bell Schedule

  • Period 1 8:30–9:27
  • Period 2 9:31–10:25
  • Break 10:25–10:35
  • Period 3 10:38–11:33
  • Period 4 11:37–12:31
  • Lunch 12:31–1:01
  • Period 5 1:05–1:59
  • Period 6 2:03–2:57
  • Period 1 8:30–9:27
  • Period 2 9:31–10:25
  • Break 10:25–10:35
  • Period 3 10:38–11:33
  • Lunch 11:33–12:03
  • Period 4 12:06–1:01
  • Period 5 1:05–1:59
  • Period 6 2:03–2:57
  • Period 1 8:30–9:15
  • Period 2 9:18–10:03
  • Break 10:03–10:13
  • Period 3 10:17–11:01
  • Period 4 11:05–11:49
  • Lunch 11:49–12:19
  • Period 5 12:23–1:07
  • Period 6 1:11–1:55
 

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