Rolling Hills Middle School

School News

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] or call 1-408-364-4235 x 5188.

Thank you!!


Updated Fri, Oct 5th

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

Remember to register for Campbell Union School District's Parent University 

Saturday, Oct. 13th beginning from 8a until 12p
No-fee childcare for grades TK-8 available with advance registration.
Some presentations also offered in Spanish* or with interpreters (i).

A one-morning, no-cost opportunity to build your own skills and knowledge.

  • Connect with other parents.
  • Give your child an educational edge.
  • Gain practical tips from local experts.

New Session! VAPES and JULLS: What Do Parents Need to Know? *

And so many other topics to choose!

The Teenage Brain (i)
Student Safety: Every Day, Any Crisis * 
What About Screen Time? (i)
Web to One: New Middle School Tech Initiative (i)
Parent to Parent: School System Know-How
Growth Mindset and Student Success *
Birds & Bees: Family Life & the Healthy Youth Act *
What Happened to Report Cards? 
The ABCs of Supporting Your Special Education Learner (i)
Education Beyond the Schoolhouse
Nurturing Your Earliest Reader
Fluency Focus and Your English Learner
How to Ask More Beautiful Questions
AVID for Success in Any Career
Ready, Set, Design Sprint!
Discubre Oportunidades Educativas para los Padres *
Mentalidad de crecimiento y éxito estudiantil *

Register for Campbell Union School District's Parent University 

Updated Thu, Sep 27th

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:

Recreation Leader:

For all CUSD openings visit us at:

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  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] Don’t wait…buy your yearbook TODAY!
Updated Wed, Sep 26th

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)


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)


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 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  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.


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.


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 Thu, Sep 27th

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:

Updated Wed, Sep 5th

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

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.  

Updated Wed, Sep 5th


Parenting Student Success Today

 Our popular event is a half-day of learning and networking with people who want to give students an educational edge.
Come to gain ideas and resources for supporting your student through every grade.

Mark the date on your family calendar:
      Saturday, October 13, 2018
      8:15 a.m. until 12 noon
      at the Monroe Middle School campus

     Admission is free.
     Registration details coming soon!


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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