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Updated Tue, Sep 11th
Happy Tuesday,
Congratulations to Bailey Wilcox (Student Council representative) and Ethan Nolan (alternate Student Council representative) from the green group.  And, a big shout-out to all students who threw their name in the hat — this takes courage, for sure.
Important information for both groups:
1.  Flower Power Fundraiser - This is our first fundraiser for science camp!  Information was sent home with students.  With this fundraiser, your child will receive 50% of the profits they earn to put toward the fee for science camp.  MAKE SURE THAT THE ADDRESS ON THE FORM IS LEGIBLE because the bulbs will be sent DIRECTLY to the customer.  If you need more forms, please let us know.  Everything is due back on Friday, September 14 Please make checks payable to Rolling Hills Middle School.
 
2.  Rolling Hills presents Peter Pan, Jr.  Open to all in grades 6th-8th attending Rolling Hills.  Auditions are on October 1st and 2nd.  The cost is $150.00.  Register online at cusdextensions.asapconnected.com.  For questions, please call 408-364-4200 ext. 6204 or 6378.  
 
3.  Additional fundraiser on the horizon:  Cookie dough - Monday, Oct. 1 - Friday, Oct. 12 (40% profit)
4.  Baskin-Robbins Thursdays - Visit the Baskin-Robbins across the street and tell them that you are from Rolling Hills.  20% of the sales from that day will be donated to the RHMS science camp fund.  ***Thursdays ONLY!!
Homework for 9/11/18:
 
Reading/Literature:  READ 20 mins. every night including weekends!  
***If a student is not sure if the book they are reading is an AR book, they can go to www.arbookfind.com.  Simply type in the name of the book, and it will tell you if the book is an AR book.
Language Arts:  
*Study grammar review (Tuesday) - 5 mins.
*Study vocabulary packet for vocabulary quiz TOMORROW (matching and multiple choice - 10 questions, worth 10 assessment points) — Students do NOT need to study the section on derivatives!
*Grammar quiz on Friday, 9/14
Math:  Page 35
Science:  No homework
Social Studies:  The archaeology quiz will most likely be Friday, Sept. 14.   
 
Have a great night. 
Ms. Perris/Ms. Harrington
Updated Tue, Sep 11th
Happy Tuesday,
Congratulations to Bailey Wilcox (Student Council representative) and Ethan Nolan (alternate Student Council representative) from the green group.  And, a big shout-out to all students who threw their name in the hat — this takes courage, for sure.
Important information for both groups:
1.  Flower Power Fundraiser - This is our first fundraiser for science camp!  Information was sent home with students.  With this fundraiser, your child will receive 50% of the profits they earn to put toward the fee for science camp.  MAKE SURE THAT THE ADDRESS ON THE FORM IS LEGIBLE because the bulbs will be sent DIRECTLY to the customer.  If you need more forms, please let us know.  Everything is due back on Friday, September 14 Please make checks payable to Rolling Hills Middle School.
 
2.  Rolling Hills presents Peter Pan, Jr.  Open to all in grades 6th-8th attending Rolling Hills.  Auditions are on October 1st and 2nd.  The cost is $150.00.  Register online at cusdextensions.asapconnected.com.  For questions, please call 408-364-4200 ext. 6204 or 6378.  
 
3.  Additional fundraiser on the horizon:  Cookie dough - Monday, Oct. 1 - Friday, Oct. 12 (40% profit)
4.  Baskin-Robbins Thursdays - Visit the Baskin-Robbins across the street and tell them that you are from Rolling Hills.  20% of the sales from that day will be donated to the RHMS science camp fund.  ***Thursdays ONLY!!
Homework for 9/11/18:
 
Reading/Literature:  READ 20 mins. every night including weekends!  
***If a student is not sure if the book they are reading is an AR book, they can go to www.arbookfind.com.  Simply type in the name of the book, and it will tell you if the book is an AR book.
Language Arts:  
*Study grammar review (Tuesday) - 5 mins.
*Study vocabulary packet for vocabulary quiz TOMORROW (matching and multiple choice - 10 questions, worth 10 assessment points) — Students do NOT need to study the section on derivatives!
*Grammar quiz on Friday, 9/14
Math:  Page 35
Science:  No homework
Social Studies:  The archaeology quiz will most likely be Friday, Sept. 14.   
 
Have a great night. 
Ms. Perris/Ms. Harrington
Updated Wed, Sep 5th

Hello Parents,

Congratulations to Amber Lopez, our new Student Council representative, and Michael Gilhooly, our alternate Student Council representative (gold group students).   
We are starting to lose a lot of students to illness.  Unfortunately, when one of us gets sick, the rest will follow.  PLEASE keep your child at home if they have:
1.  Had a fever/chills in the past 24 hrs.
2.  Have vomited in the past 24 hrs.
3.  Complain of a sore throat or severe headache
Thank you for your support with this!
Please remember that ALL students need to be reading every night for 20 mins., even if it is not their Reading/Literature week.
Important information for both groups:
1.  Back to School Night is TONIGHT.  This is a night for parents only.  Classrooms are open at 6:00 pm.  We look forward to seeing all of you.  Remember that our doors are always open, so feel free to stop by anytime.
2.  We will be attending science camp from Tuesday, January 15, 2019 to Friday, January 18, 2019.  The cost for science camp is $320.00.
3.  Flower Power Fundraiser - This is our first fundraiser for science camp!  Information was sent home with students.  With this fundraiser, your child will receive 50% of the profits they earn to put toward the fee for science camp.  MAKE SURE THAT THE ADDRESS ON THE FORM IS LEGIBLE because the bulbs will be sent DIRECTLY to the customer.  If you need more forms, please let us know.  Everything is due back on Friday, September 14. 
Homework for 9/5/18:
 
Reading/Literature:  READ 20 mins. every night.  All students have a book at this time.  If your child tells you that they do not have an AR book, please have them come see me ASAP.
***If a student is not sure if the book they are reading is an AR book, they can go to www.arbookfind.com.  Simply type in the name of the book, and it will tell you if the book is an AR book.
****There will be an official AR Book Check for the gold group TOMORROW.  10 points if your child has his/her AR book TOMORROW.
Language Arts:  
*Job application due Friday, 9/7.  It must be completed in either black or blue ink.  
*Vocabulary packet Lesson #22 is due Monday, 9/10 — I WILL BE AVAILABLE TOMORROW AFTER SCHOOL FOR HOMEWORK HELP!!
*Vocabulary quiz on Wednesday, Wednesday, 9/12
Math:  Complete the nameplate and color it - due TOMORROW
Science:  No homework
Social Studies:  No homework
 
Have a great night. 
Ms. Perris/Ms. Harrington
Updated Thu, Aug 30th

Happy Thursday,

Please remember that ALL students need to be reading every night for 20 mins., even if it is not their Reading/Literature week.
There will be no school on Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day.
Important information for both groups:
1.  Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 5.  This is a night for parents only.  Classrooms are open at 6:00 pm.  We look forward to seeing all of you.  Remember that our doors are always open, so feel free to stop by anytime.
2.  We will be attending science camp from Tuesday, January 15, 2019 to Friday, January 18, 2018.
3.  Flower Power Fundraiser - This is our first fundraiser for science camp!  Information was sent home with students.  With this fundraiser, your child will receive 50% of the profits they earn to put toward the fee for science camp.  MAKE SURE THAT THE ADDRESS ON THE FORM IS LEGIBLE because the bulbs will be sent DIRECTLY to the customer.  If you need more forms, please let us know.  Everything is due back on Friday, September 14. 
Homework for 8/30/18:
 
Reading/Literature:  READ 20 mins. every night.  All students have a book at this time.  If your child tells you that they do not have an AR book, please have them come see me ASAP.
***If a student is not sure if the book they are reading is an AR book, they can go to www.arbookfind.com.  Simply type in the name of the book, and it will tell you if the book is an AR book.
Language Arts:  
Review the grammar worksheet for the grammar quiz TOMORROW.  The quiz comes directly from the grammar worksheet.
Math:  Workbook pg. 10, #1-9 and workbook pg. 12, #25, 27
Science:  Prepare your task for “Explore Science” on the hyperdoc for sharing in class TOMORROW.
Social Studies:  Study the landform grid for the landform quiz TOMORROW.  It will be a “matching” quiz, meaning matching the landform to its definition.  HOW CAN YOU QUIZ YOUR CHILD FOR THE LANDFORM QUIZ?  You can ask them the landform definition, and they can give you the name of the landform.
Have a great night. 
Ms. Perris/Ms. Harrington
Updated Wed, Aug 29th

Happy Wednesday,

It looks like we have ALL email addresses at this point.  Thanks so much for staying on top of this!
Please remember that ALL students need to be reading every night for 20 mins., even if it is not their Reading/Literature week.
Again, if your child is in Ms. Perris’ 1st period class, then they are her “core” class (“gold” group); if your child is in Ms. Harrington’s 1st period class, then they are her “core” class (“green” group).
There will be no school on Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day.
Important information for both groups:
1.  Students received their student I.D. yesterday!  Picture Make-Ups are on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 (if necessary).  Your child needs to keep their I.D. on them!!  They can put it in a pocket in either their binder or backpack.  They will need an I.D. to check out a book from the library, obtain entrance into a school activity, etc. 
2.  Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 5.  This is a night for parents only.  Classrooms are open at 6:30 pm.  The evening will end at 8:00 pm.  We look forward to seeing all of you.  Remember that our doors are always open, so feel free to stop by anytime.
3.  We will be attending science camp from Tuesday, January 15, 2019 to Friday, January 18, 2018.
4.  Flower Power Fundraiser - This is our first fundraiser for science camp!  Information was sent home with students.  With this fundraiser, your child will receive 50% of the profits they earn to put toward the fee for science camp.  MAKE SURE THAT THE ADDRESS ON THE FORM IS LEGIBLE because the bulbs will be sent DIRECTLY to the customer.  If you need more forms, please let us know.  Everything is due back on Friday, September 14. 
5.  Regarding cell phones — there is a “door to door” policy where students are not allowed to use their cell phones while inside the school gates.  Cell phones should be turned off (not just on vibrate) and placed in the student’s backpack, while on campus.  Thank you for your support with this.  If your child needs to use the telephone during the day, they are welcome to use one of the classroom phones.
6.  If your student has not returned pg. 1 of the Parent Handbook, please do so as soon as possible.
7.  Make sure your child has given you the green sheet, which includes the list of classroom supplies.  THANK YOU for the donations that have come into the classroom.  We really appreciate your support.
Homework for 8/29/18:
 
Reading/Literature:  READ 20 mins. every night.  All students have a book at this time.  If your child tells you that they do not have an AR book, please have them come see me ASAP.
***If a student is not sure if the book they are reading is an AR book, they can go to www.arbookfind.com.  Simply type in the name of the book, and it will tell you if the book is an AR book.
Language Arts:  There are several students who did not turn in a Private Pause.  Please remind your child to turn it in TOMORROW.
Review the grammar worksheet (10 mins.)
Grammar Quiz #1 is on Friday, 8/31.  The quiz comes directly from the grammar worksheet.
Math:  No homework
Science:  No homework
Social Studies:  Study the landform grid (10 mins.)  There will be a landform quiz on Friday, 8/31.  It will be a “matching” quiz, meaning matching the landform to its definition.  If I don’t think students are ready for it on Friday, I will postpone it until next week.
Have a great night. 
Ms. Perris/Ms. Harrington
Updated Tue, Aug 28th

Hello Parents,

We hope everyone is doing well!!  Students are adjusting well to their new classrooms.
A reminder — if your child is in Ms. Perris’ 1st period class, then they are her “core” class (“gold” group); if your child is in Ms. Harrington’s 1st period class, then they are her “core” class (“green” group).
Important information for both groups:
1.  Students received their student I.D. today!  Picture Make-Ups are on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 (if necessary).  Your child needs to keep their I.D. on them!!  They can put it in a pocket in either their binder or backpack.  They will need an I.D. to check out a book from the library, obtain entrance into a school activity, etc. 
2.  Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 5.  This is a night for parents only.  Classrooms are open at 6:30 pm.  The evening will end at 8:00 pm.  We look forward to seeing all of you.  Remember that our doors are always open, so feel free to stop by anytime.
3.  We will be attending science camp from Tuesday, January 15, 2019 to Friday, January 18, 2018.
4.  Flower Power Fundraiser - This is our first fundraiser for science camp!  Information was sent home with students.  With this fundraiser, your child will receive 50% of the profits they earn to put toward the fee for science camp.  MAKE SURE THAT THE ADDRESS ON THE FORM IS LEGIBLE because the bulbs will be sent DIRECTLY to the customer.  If you need more forms, please let us know.  Everything is due back on Friday, September 14. 
5.  Regarding cell phones — there is a “door to door” policy where students are not allowed to use their cell phones while inside the school gates.  Cell phones should be turned off (not just on vibrate) and placed in the student’s backpack, while on campus.  Thank you for your support with this.  If your child needs to use the telephone during the day, they are welcome to use one of the classroom phones.
6.  If your student has not returned pg. 1 of the Parent Handbook, please do so as soon as possible.
7.  Make sure your child has given you the green sheet, which includes the list of classroom supplies.  THANK YOU for the donations that have come into the classroom.  We really appreciate your support.
Homework for 8/28/18:
 
Reading/Literature:  READ 20 mins. every night.  All students have a book at this time.  If your child tells you that they do not have an AR book, please have them come see me ASAP.
***If a student is not sure if the book they are reading is an AR book, they can go to www.arbookfind.com.  Simply type in the name of the book, and it will tell you if the book is an AR book.
Language Arts:  A Private Pause (6 paragraph letter) is due TOMORROW.  This letter needs to be typed.  Make sure to attach the parent questionnaire to the back of the letter.  I am going to attach a copy of a friendly letter template, in case your child is struggling with the format.    
Review the grammar worksheet for Monday and Tuesday (5 mins. only)
Grammar Quiz #1 is on Friday, 8/31.  The quiz comes directly from the grammar worksheet.
Students should begin thinking about what classroom job they want to apply for — I’ll be teaching them how to fill out an application in class TOMORROW.  Students will work on a draft of the application (in pencil) in class.  They will be given a 2nd blank application (final copy) that they will need to fill out in black or blue ink.
Math:  Math workbook CA17, problems #1-9 and CA18, problem #17
Science:  Have your child share his/her Google adventure with you!
Social Studies:  Study the landform grid (10 mins.)  There will be a landform quiz on Friday, 8/31.  It will be a “matching” quiz, meaning matching the landform to its definition.  If I don’t think students are ready for it on Friday, I will postpone it until next week.
Have a great night. 
Ms. Perris/Ms. Harrington
Updated Tue, Aug 28th

Hello Parents,

It looks like many of you have received the test email.  Thank you for replying.  I apologize in advance for the length of this email.  Most Homework Emails will not be quite so long!
This year, Ms. Kathy Harrington and I are teaming up!  Yay!  It’s been a nice start to the new year.  We have two wonderful groups of students.  :)
If your child is in my 1st period classroom, then I am considered their “core” teacher.  This group will be referred to as the “gold” group.  If your child is in Ms. Harrington’s 1st period class, then she is their “core” teacher.  This group will be referred to as the “green” group.  There is really no difference between the two groups; it is set up this way for attendance purposes only.  I will teach your child Language Arts, Reading/Literature, and social studies.  Ms. Harrington will teach your child math, science, and P.E.
Important information for both groups:
1.  Picture Day is TOMORROW.  These will be individual pictures.  Students will be given a student ID card tomorrow as well.  Make sure to either return the picture form/envelope, or you may also purchase pictures online.  
2.  Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 5.  This is a night for parents only.  Classrooms are open at 6:30 pm.  The evening will end at 8:00 pm.  We look forward to seeing all of you.  Remember that our doors are always open, so feel free to stop by anytime.
3.  We will be attending science camp in January 2019.  More information will be sent home.
4.  Flower Power Fundraiser - This is our first fundraiser for science camp!  Information was sent home with students today.  With this fundraiser, your child will receive 50% of the profits they earn to put toward the fee for science camp.  MAKE SURE THAT THE ADDRESS ON THE FORM IS LEGIBLE because the bulbs will be sent DIRECTLY to the customer.  If you need more forms, please let us know.  Everything is due back on Friday, September 14. 
5.  Regarding cell phones — there is a “door to door” policy where students are not allowed to use their cell phones while inside the school gates.  Cell phones should be turned off (not just on vibrate) and placed in the student’s backpack, while on campus.  Thank you for your support with this.  If your child needs to use the telephone during the day, they are welcome to use one of the classroom phones.
6.  If your student has not returned pg. 1 of the Parent Handbook, please do so as soon as possible.
7.  Make sure your child has given you the green sheet, which includes the list of classroom supplies.  THANK YOU for the donations that have come into the classroom.  We really appreciate your support.
Homework for 8/27/18:
 
Reading/Literature:  READ 20 mins. every night.  ALL students need to have an AR book in class TOMORROW.  Students have been given time in class to look for a book.  I have a fairly extensive library here in the classroom.  ***If a student is not sure if the book they are reading is an AR book, they can go to www.arbookfind.com.  Simply type in the name of the book, and it will tell you if the book is an AR book.
Language Arts:  A Private Pause (6 paragraph letter) is due Wednesday, 8/29.  The letter needs to be typed.  All students have assured me that they have access to a computer at home.  If this is not the case, please let me know.  CUSD will be piloting a computer take-home program, but that will not start until sometime in November.  Make sure to attach the parent questionnaire to the back of the letter.
Grammar Quiz #1 is on Friday, 8/31.  The information comes directly from the grammar review sheet (sheet with the days of the week on it).
Students should begin thinking about what classroom job they want to apply for — I’ll be teaching them how to fill out an application. 
Math:  Share math workbook with parents
Science:  Look over the Flower Power science camp fundraiser handouts.
Social Studies:  The landform grid is NOT homework.  Students will be given an opportunity to work on it in class TOMORROW.  There will be a landform quiz on Friday, 8/31.  It will be a “matching” quiz, meaning matching the landform to its definition.  If I don’t think students are ready for it on Friday, I will postpone it until next week.
I think that is it at this point.  We are really looking forward to a great school year!  
Have a great night. 
Ms. Perris/Ms. Harrington
Updated Wed, Jun 13th

Dear Parents,

Well, one more year down!  Your children are officially 7th graders!!  It was a fun day today -- signing of yearbooks, opening of time capsules, gobbling of candy, singing Happy Birthday many, many times . . .  Hopefully, students will look back on this year with fondness.  I know that I will.  You have amazing children, and I will miss them a lot!! 
As I told the kids, my doors is always open to them (and to you) if you need me!  I appreciate ALL of the support you have given to me throughout the school year!!  I couldn't have done it without you.
As far as what your child can do during the summer — you know what I am going to say — READ!  Rest, relax, have fun, be a kid, and READ.  Hopefully, all students can carve out 30 minutes a day to do some reading.
A special thank you to Mrs. Andersen (Owen’s mom) and Mrs. Schneider (Raiff’s mom) for coming into our classrooms as our Project Cornerstone volunteers.  We really appreciated their time and the valuable lessons that they taught throughout the year. 
Another special thank you to Mrs. Mantelli  (Diego's mom) for baby-sitting our classroom plants this summer.  Diego will be helping his mom which I really appreciate.  And, a special thank you to Nisitha (and her mom) for helping me keep the classroom plants alive during the school year!  :)  
I hope you all have a relaxing and restful summer.  Enjoy your children!  Time goes by way too fast.  Before you know it, it will be August and back to school!!
Best wishes,
Miss Perris
Updated Tue, Jun 12th
Happy Tuesday,
 
I am still missing MANY classroom books, including:
 
Jaguar (hard cover)
Series of Unfortunate Events #6, #11, and #12
Boxcar Children #3, #13
The House of Hades (student said they have it at home)
Unwanted
 
PLEASE, PLEASE look for these books at home.
 
Thanks so much.
 
 
Miss Perris
Updated Mon, Jun 11th
Happy Monday,
 
Unfortunately, I still have many 0's in my grade book (particularly in social studies).  Students were all aware that today was the last day to get in any missing work, but most did not take advantage of it.  Additionally, there are several students who did not reach their AR goal (even with the inclusion of the Jaguar quiz).  Overall grades still look good, which is probably what most students look at when deciding whether or not to complete work.
 
Additionally, I am still missing MANY classroom books, including:
 
Jaguar (hard cover)
Series of Unfortunate Events #6, #11, and #12
Boxcar Children #3, #13
The House of Hades (student said they have it at home)
Unwanted
 
PLEASE, PLEASE look for these books at home.
 
Thanks so much.
 
 
Miss Perris