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<p>RINCON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL</p> <p>FALCONNEWSLETTER4650 Badger Road Santa Rosa, California 95409 (707) 528-5255 February 2010 Visit our website at http://www.rvms.srcs.k12.ca.us</p> <p>DATES TO NOTE</p> <p>A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPALDear Parents &amp; Friends, With all the doom and gloom about municipal and school budget, were still shining and working wonders with students. While the budget cuts that are coming will be felt deeply, we will make every effort to meet the challenges before us. The RVMS staff is committed to providing an excellent education for all our students; well just have to get very creative. During the upcoming school year, we will need to lean more heavily on our parent group, the STPC, for our educational needs. I have tremendous faith that our parents will rise to the occasion and support us in these trying times. Its hard to believe that the third quarter is almost over. As we jump into the last quarter of the school year we must prepare for the STAR test. This important state wide exam will be taking place during the week of April 12-16. While we can argue about the validity of this exam, it is the one key measure that the community uses to assess a schools success. Because of this schools are under tremendous pressure to score well. At RVMS we dont drill and kill for this exam; we hope that an exceptional education will show in our exam scores. We do need you to continue to support your children during this time. Please make sure that your student gets a good nights sleep and that they get a healthy breakfast each morning of the exam (everyday of the school year is great too). Id also like to ask a favor. Please do not request to have your student exempted from the exam. While the state allows this, they also give our school a zero for every student that gets an exemption. It only takes a few students with zeroes to really pull a schools score down. This is a high stakes exam, and we do want every child to give it their best effort.</p> <p>Feb. 18 Volleyball @ RVMS Wrestling @ Slater Feb. 23 Volleyball @ Santa Rosa Wrestling @ RVMS Feb. 24- RVMS Showcase min. day Feb. 25- 8th Grade parent Night at MCHS March 2- 7th Grade Writing test March 2- Volleyball @ Cook Wrestling @ RVMS March 2-High School Info Night with RVMS Counselors 7th gr. Writing test March 3 UC Berkeley Field Trip March 5- Volleyball Tournament Wrestling Tournament MCHS Course Registration Forms due March 9-17 Dance Ticket Sales March 12- End of 3rd Quarter Renaissance Rally March 14- Day Light Savings March 16 - College Info Night with RVMS Counselors March 19- School Dance 3:30-5:30 March 20- First Day of Spring March 22- Track and Field Try Outs March 23- Election Meeting March 24- Noon Activity Mar. 29-Apr.2 Spring Break Apr. 12 16 STAR Test</p> <p>RVMS Newsletter - February 2010Principals message continued from previous page</p> <p>Apparently there is a rumor out there that RVMS is still closed for inter-district requests. Im happy to say that the district has opened Rincon to families outside our attendance zone who would like to have their children at our school. We are projected to be full next year however, so space is extremely limited. If you know of a family that would like to come to RVMS, please encourage them to apply soon. As many of you are aware, there is a direct correlation between student success and student participation in school activities. When students are engaged in school activities, they feel a part of the team, and they have a stake in the teams success. The RVMS track season is about to begin, and Id like to encourage you to have your student join the team. Our track team has a very wide range of students in it -- from the top athletes, to students who just want to explore something new. Last year our track team boasted almost 150 student athletes. Being a member of our track team will be a great way of keeping your student focused on school and performing well. Sincerely, Matthew Marshall_____________________________________________</p> <p>The Counselors oversee the following programs: Honor Society Homework Hotline Conflict Management Program Support Counseling Safe School Ambassador Program</p> <p>The spring semester of Honor Society is open to both 7th and 8th graders based on their December report card semester grades: o Students need12 points to be eligible o Each A is worth 3 points o Each B is worth 1 point A list of eligible students is posted in the marquee adjacent to the Counseling Office. If you do not find your name on the list, please contact your counselor. Next field trip: UC Berkeley, March 3rd 8th Honor Society meets before field trips. Meetings will be announced on the morning announcements and posted outside the Counseling Office in the marquee. Remember, you need to attend Honor Society meetings in order to participate in the upcoming field trip to UC Berkeley.</p> <p>Counseling OfficeOffice Hours 7:30 3:00 5257 Phone - 528Counselor Dan Evans Mon., Wed., Thurs. morning and Fri. afternoon. Last name alphabet is A I. devans@srcs.k12.ca.us Counselor Robin Wilkins Mon. Fri. Last name alphabet is J Z. rwilkins@srcs.k12.ca.us Academic Support Counselor Michele CraigMorales Thursday mornings mcraigmorales@srcs.k12.ca.us or voice mail number 528-5074 ext.2358</p> <p>Meets on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 3:10 4:10. Meets in the Library and its FREE ! Students must stay for the entire time, unless they have a note from their parent to leave earlier. Two to three teachers are available during this time to assist students who need help.</p> <p>RVMS Newsletter - February 2010 o o o o o o o o Austin Creek Binkley Kenwood Madrone Riebli Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter Sequoia Whited</p> <p>www.rvms@srcs.k12.ca.usHave you checked out the Homework Hotline website? This website is a great tool to make sure you are getting all of your homework written down in your planner. The hotline is updated daily by 3:00 p.m. and is offered as a convenience for students who were absent from class or for parents who would like to check homework assignments.</p> <p>Be sure to complete the registration packet and return it to RVMS on the evening of Showcase (Wednesday, February 24th).</p> <p>8th Grade Parent Nights at RVMSJoin counselors Dan Evans and Robin Wilkins for a presentation about the following topics:</p> <p>Progress Reports are available in the Counseling Office on Mondays, between the hours of 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. If there is a Monday holiday, students can pick up Progress Reports on Tuesdays between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m.</p> <p>Progress Reports are not available for the weeks of quarter grades and semester grades.</p> <p>High School Night Tuesday, March 2, 2010 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. RVMS LibraryDiscussion Topics: high schools 4-year plan pathways graduation requirements</p> <p>Please call 528-5038 to reserve your place as space is limited.</p> <p>2010-2011 RegistrationThe RVMS Counseling Office and a few RVMS students will be visiting our partner elementary schools the third week of February to talk with 6th graders about 7th grade at Rincon and hand out enrollment packets. If you have a 6 grader at one of the following partner schools, please check his or her backpack for an enrollment packet. Our partner elementary schools are:th</p> <p>College/University Night Tuesday, March 16, 2010</p> <p>6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. RVMS LibraryDiscussion Topics: Colleges financial aid Universities scholarships</p> <p>RVMS Newsletter - February 2010</p> <p>For Future 7 and 8 grade Students and Parents Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2009 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 6:00 6:20 6:30 7:00 School Tours Meet at the flagpole 7th gr. Band RVMS Gym Welcome to Rincon Presentation Gym Showcase/Performances Open to the Public</p> <p>th</p> <p>th</p> <p>RE:</p> <p>Parent/Teacher Conferences Suggestions</p> <p>RVMS hopes for all students to succeed. If you are concerned about your childs progress in one or more of their classes, please complete the following tasks prior to scheduling a parent teacher conference. This process makes the conference far more effective and is beneficial for your child: 1) Ask to see your students planner every day for a week and have them show you their completed homework. a. If it is not complete, create a place for them to sit down and get it finished. b. If your child is not filling in the planner, have them start to get a teacher signature each day in their planner to confirm that it is accurate. If your student does not get the signatures, give them a consequence (example: no cell phone, no computer time, or no TV) until they start getting the required signatures. Have your student pick up a weekly progress report. Do this for at least two weeks. When your student brings the progress report home, have them explain any missing work or low scores.</p> <p>7th &amp; 8th gr. Curriculums, electives, support classes and enrichment activities 8:00 Parent Night closes</p> <p>Tuesday, March 2, 2010 7th grade Writing TestApril 12 16, 2010 STAR TEST</p> <p>2)</p> <p>Please use the strategies above prior to scheduling a parent teacher conference. This will help clarify your childs needs. We look forward to working to address your concerns.Sincerely, Dan Evans, Robin Wilkins and Michele Craig-Morales RVMS Counseling Office 528-5257 devans@srcs.k12.ca.us (Last name alphabet A I)</p> <p>RVMS Newsletter - February 2010rwilkins@srcs.k12.ca.us(Last name alphabet J Z) mcraigmorales@srcs.k12.ca.us Academic Support Counselor (Thursday mornings) Homework Hotline: www.rvms.srcs.k12.ca.us Homework Club: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:10 to 4:10, RVMS Library</p> <p>A note to 8th grade parents: If your student is not planning to attend Maria Carrillo High School next year, please advise the RVMS registrar prior to the end of the school year. Please call 528-5038. If you need to leave a message, please be sure to include your students name, your name and the high school your student is attending. Thank you.</p> <p>Thursday, February 18th8th grade students received an MCHS Course Catalog and the MCHS Course Registration Form on Thursday, February 18. Student will bring these materials home for discussion, course selection and parent signature. Completed forms are to be turned in to the RVMS Counseling Office by Friday, March 5. There are two parent nights scheduled prior to the March 5 due date to help answer questions you may have: Thursday, February 25 is 8th grade parent night at MCHS Tuesday, March 2 is 8th grade parent night at RVMS More details about the two parent nights are listed in this newsletter. Kris Bertsch, counselor from Montgomery High School, will be at Rincon on Wednesday, March 24th, to meet with the students who are planning to attend Montgomery High School next year. Enrollment packets will be sent home with each student prior to the 24th of March. Please let the RVMS Counseling Office know if your student is planning to attend MHS next year. Call 528-5038; thank you.</p> <p>RVMS Newsletter - February 2010 Ben Claich Matt Clark Matt Daly Kendal Dehart Patrick LaCroix Devin Lehrer Aidan Lynch Evan Marquez Bryce McChinak Sam Merrill Spencer Metela Dhanise Pagulayan Montana Pawek Zach Peterson Joe Pinney Wyatt Prior Jonathan Purngganan Dakota Imrie Payton Kelly Trent Klein Kyle Kopp Walker Rotherham Tommy Smail Mitchell Solkov Taylor Steele Ben Terry Sawyer Thompson Molly Trejo Lucas Tresidder Jett Williams Travis Wilson Sean Wolfe Tyler Woodbury Marie Young</p> <p>Volleyball and wrestling are now in full swing. The season began January 28th. Games and/or matches will begin at 3:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Bob Harbaugh who teaches at Maria Carrillo is our head wrestling coach. Chris Woodbury will once again be coaching the volleyball team. We wish both teams good luck in the upcoming season.</p> <p>VarsityCassie Blanchard Cindy Chavez Angelina Donaldson Katie Dwyer Natasha Lockwood Katie Prosser Mackenzie Segraves Courtney Seda Rachel Sellner Sarah Sullivan Lauren Thurlow Malin von Knorring Claire Wheeler</p> <p>JVClaire Brady Shelby Fechter Sara Gruber Sarah Holly Alexis Honighausen Londyn Inskeep Kelsey Langhals Stephanie Robinson Jaeli Samonte Kari Skabelund Jenna Tiewater Baelei Wiesner Caitlin Wiesner</p> <p>As of this newsletter, the members of the Wrestling Team are: Anthony Adams Coulter Adams Hector Altaminano Noah Au-Yeung Lucas Azcarraga Wesley Barthlow Colin Bartlett Kyle Baxter Evan Bluestone Brandon Bone Tyler Brooks Austin Browning Shane Bruno Will Dolan Evan Drake Tanner Estes Ethan Evans Calvin Ezrim Elizabeth Garcia Timothy Gill Blake Gleeson Alex Graham David Hendersen Peter Hoge Alec Holliday Adam Ike</p> <p>Thank You to our students and their parents for participating in the cookie dough fundraiser. The proceeds will be used to supplement our program with new equipment for RVMS students. Last year, we purchased items to enhance the Self Defense class, which made an impact on the curriculum. A highlight from 8th grade Square Dance unit was hiring, Steve Menkin, a professional caller who made the unit come alive! The students enjoyed learning new square and circle dances. Thank you, STPC for always supporting our quality program. The state mandated fitness tests are right around the corner. The 7th grade students have been working hard to reach their goals and meet the minimum standards to pass the test. All students should be practicing at home to ensure success and increase their fitness levels.</p> <p>RVMS Newsletter - February 2010 _________________________________________</p> <p>Notes from the STPCSTPC Meetings RVMS Library 7 p.m. Feb 18th Mar 26th- No meeting, spring break Apr 22nd Elections and roundtable review May No meeting, busy last month</p> <p>The 8th grade winning color teams would like to get the help of parent volunteers for Movies at Rialto event. Date: March 25 15 Volunteers needed Movies at Rialto for winning color teams Followed by Pizza lunch at RVMS If you are able to help with this event, please contact Ms. Laurel VarnBuhler at lvarnbuhler@srcs.k12.ca.us Time for the March 25 event to be confirmed by Ms. VarnBuhler - it should be from about 9:00am 1:15 p.m. _________________________________________</p> <p>NEWS FROM THE NURSE SCOLIOSIS SCREENINGThe 8th grade team would like to get the help of parent volunteers with the Race Through High School game involving all 8th grade students and 12 students from Maria Carrillo High School. 8-10 parent volunteers are needed. Date: Tuesday, March 2 Time: 7:30 am Training in Mr. Ian Myers Room Event runs from 8:00 - 9:20 in Caf and Gym. If you are able to help with this event, please contact Ms. Penny Sirota at: psirota@srcs.k12.ca.us Thank you in advance for your help. Mousa Abbasi RVMS STPC Volunteer Coordinator I will be doing the scoliosis screening in April. Screening is done during P.E. classes. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine. It affects one of every 50 children, and usually appears between the ages of 10 to 15 when the child is growing rapidly. Girls are more likely to have scoliosis than boys. Most curves are small and require no active treatment other than continued observation by...</p>