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Barnyard Bash Dance! 3/24

Barnyard Bash Dance, 7th & 8th Grade ONLY. The last dance for 8th graders. Friday, March 24th, 7:00-9:00pm in the GRMS MPR. $5 Regular, $10 VIP, $8 at the door, buy tickets at lunch. You need: School I.D. Card & Barnyard Bash Dance Permission Slip

The "Why" behind Tutorial


Examples of Persevering


Directions for Accessing Plus Time


Step by Step Directions for Plus Time

Step 1: Click on the Plus+Time Student Tutorial Login


Step 2: Enter your school email address.



Step 3: Enter your password which is the same for everyone today: gryphons


Step 4: Find your name in the upper right hand corner and click on it.  Choose edit profile.  Change your password.  Choose something you will remember and that no one else will know.


Step 5: Make sure you read the announcements each week.


Step 6: Under “Activities” you will see a drop down menu.  (If you have a Tutorial offering already in that box, this indicates that one of your teachers feels that you need more support in that skill--and this is the Tutorial offering you will attend).  If you have a blank box, use the drop down menu to choose which offering you believe will benefit your academic growth.  Make sure that what you choose is offered to your grade level.

Step 7: To ensure that your choice has been recorded in the system, please sign out and sign back in.  Your choice should be in the box.



Step 1: Fill out and submit the leadership application by Friday, March 24th.



Step 2: Attend mandatory meeting after school on Monday, March 27th, starting at 2:50pm, in the MPR.


*Current 7th Graders Only*


Want to run for an ASB Officer position?


In addition to attending the Monday meeting, their will be an informational officer meeting on Tuesday, March 28th, starting at 7:40am, in R-4.



6th and 7th graders attended a presentation about Course Selection for 2017-2018 yesterday and today.  Students will be selecting all of their elective choices online this year.  After selecting classes online, they will then need to 1) print a "Request Summary" sheet, 2) number their choices and get parents' signature, 3) then turn in to their Core teacher by Friday, March 24.  Copies of the handouts given to students are attached to this message, for your reference (instructions for online Course Selection and elective descriptions).

What: Dance


Who: 7th & 8th Grade ONLY

* Last dance for 8th graders.


When: Friday, March 24th


Time: 7:00-9:00pm




Cost: $5 Regular, $10 VIP, $8 At The Door


What do you need: School I.D. Card & Barnyard Bash Dance Permission Slip.pdf


Dress: Casual


Tickets Sold: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday during lunch and at the door Friday evening.


Do you know how many new students GRMS gets a year?

  • A LOT!

Help us welcome new Gryphons by showing them around at lunch and introducing them to your friends.


Sign up to ‘Greet A Gryphon’ on School Loop.

- The sign up should take 5-10 minutes.

- We need ALL grades to sign up.

- You will be notified in advance to ‘Greet’ a new student.


Sign Up Here:


The district website has now been updated.  Please click on the following link for details, procedures, and deadlines:



SRVUSD recognizes that some students want to challenge themselves academically beyond the classroom.  Course advancement is one opportunity available for our students.  Students may enroll in an approved math, science, or world language (Spanish, French, or Chinese) course of study outside of SRVUSD that may lead to course advancement.  We also recognize that advancement is not for all students.  Families must determine if their student(s) can manage the fast pace curriculum delivery. 


In order to be eligible for Advancement in SRVUSD, you must register by Friday, June 10, 2016. Click here to complete the registration form, or copy and paste this link into your browser:


8th graders currently in Common Core 8 Math at GRMS:

  • Since students are required to take Algebra at an SRVUSD school, they MUST take Algebra in 9th grade.  Once enrolled in Algebra at DVHS in 9th grade, they may choose to advance by taking an outside WASC-accredited Geometry course or Science courses.  Please see DVHS counselor, once student is a 9th grader for more information.   
  • Any 8th grade student may choose to advance in World Language (Spanish, French, or Chinese).  8th graders taking Spanish/French/Chinese 1B would take Spanish/French/Chinese 2 in the spring/summer.  8th graders not currently taking a world language would take Spanish/French/Chinese 1 in the spring/summer. 

8th graders currently in Accelerated Algebra or Geometry at GRMS:

  • A student may begin taking Math or Science courses for advancement purposes no earlier than the spring semester (please note a change in previous district policy, when students used to be allowed to take it in the fall) of their 8th grade year (coursework taken prior to that, including the summer between 7th & 8th grades, and first semester of 8th grade, will not apply).  Students must go to the DVHS website and complete the online "Advancement" Google Form (at before signing up for the course.  
  • Any 8th grade student may choose to advance in World Language (Spanish, French, or Chinese).  8th graders taking Spanish/French/Chinese 1B would take Spanish/French/Chinese 2 in the spring/summer.  8th graders not currently taking a world language would take Spanish/French/Chinese 1 in the spring/summer. 

*Please also note that it is not necessary to take math courses for advancement outside of SRVUSD.  The district now offers a new Accelerated Algebra 2 course (covers Algebra 2 AND Trigonometry).  Students are only eligible to take the Accelerated Algebra 2 placement test if they take Geometry at DVHS.  Course description in Course Catalog is as follows:

This course prepares students to take AP Calculus and other advanced math courses. Accelerated Algebra 2 is a rigorous fast paced course covering the State of California Common Core Algebra 2 Standards and the Common Core (+) standards which include advanced trigonometric concepts. This course will emphasize use of the “Eight Mathematical Practices”. Students will make sense of problem situations, solve higher order thinking problems, derive key theorems, use technology where appropriate, work ingroups to develop teamwork skills, and demonstrate procedural fluency in their responses. Prerequisite: Placement in this course is based upon multiple criteria which includes end of semester grades in Algebra 1and Geometry and passing a mastery readiness exam.


SRVUSD will accept non-district courses for advancement provided the following criteria are met:
-Students must take a class at an institution that is WASC accredited (or equivalent), issues an official transcript with a letter grade and credits, and offers courses equivalent to a year-long SRVUSD course. -Students may begin taking courses for advancement purposes in the spring semester of their 8th grade year. Coursework taken prior to that, including the summer between 7th & 8th grades, and the first semester of 8th grade, will not apply. -Students must show proficiency through a SRVUSD assessment in mathematics for purposes of placement (please note students taking Geometry no longer need to take an assessment). -Students are advised to check if the institution they will be attending is approved by the UCs & CSUs for college entrance requirements. Use this link to check the status:;jsessionid=09DCF215CAE1D2BE8AA14305745F79C7?execution=e1s2

Important Notes

-SRVUSD does not place any non-district courses on a student’s transcript unless the courses are a function of the student’s six-class program or as remediation to fulfill graduation requirements. For college applications, it is the responsibility of the student to request that a transcript be sent from the appropriate institution. In order to meet SRVUSD graduation requirements, all students must take: -TWO years of science at a district high school – one year each of Physical Science and Life Science is required; -TWO years of math at a district high school – Algebra 1 must be taken at a SRVUSD school.


Math (no longer needed for Geometry) -If a student scores <70% on the assessment test, the student will not be allowed to advance and must repeat the course during the regular school year. -If a student scores ≥70% on the assessment test, the student will be placed into the next level college prep course. -If a student scores ≥85% on the assessment test, the student will be placed into the next level honors or AP course. Science, World Languages, and Electives -Students must earn a transcript grade of C or higher in a class offered at an accredited institution in order to be placed into the next level. -Students must earn a transcript grade of B or higher in a class offered at an accredited institution in order to be placed into the next level honors or AP course. -Self-study will not be accepted.

Advancement Process

Completion Instructions: 1. Student & parent/guardian complete this electronic submission form (link is attached to this School Loop message), and submit the form with an electronic signature. 2. Student registers for and completes accredited course. 3. Student submits an official course transcript (district office) on or before the deadline (August 5, 2016). NOTE: transcripts must be received no later than the deadline - no exceptions. 4. Student takes the District assessment (if applicable- please note an assessment is no longer needed for Geometry). 5. Assessment results will be posted (location TBD). 6. If a transcript is received after the deadline (see above), the student’s schedule will not be changed. 7. Counselors will adjust the student’s schedule based on the qualifications for advancement and availability of courses. NOTE: Completing a course is NOT A GUARANTEE that a student will be placed in the next level course even if they meet all of the qualifications. Students will be placed into classes on a space-available basis.


Click here for important Advancement information including:

  • Transcript delivery address & deadline
  • Assessment information
  • Assessment scoring information and class placement information

Click here for a partial list of WASC accredited schools and the appropriate courses that students can use to advance in Math. Please note: SRVUSD does not guarantee these courses adhere to the common core curriculum or that students will pass the advancement exam.  Check with each institution to verify common core alignment.


Principal's Message

March, 2017


A few amazing things have happened recently to begin this month: during the past week, our entire district staff and a selection of students from each secondary school were given the rare opportunity to meet a true inspirational human being.  Terrence Roberts, one of the original Little Rock Nine students, came to our district to share his experience and wisdom.  Regardless of where you stood back in 1957, it was clear to see that these nine teenagers faced direct fear and marched toward it anyway.   One of Dr. Roberts’ messages was, I felt, especially poignant: “Race is a social construct, and if you look at genetics research, you will see that there is virtually no genetic difference between races.”  Our children continue to march forward in spite of their fears and we can learn a great deal from them.  When I look into the faces of our Gale Ranch students I cannot help feeling hopeful for the future—they are some of the brightest and most empathetic kids I’ve worked with and this can be attributed to all of you, so please keep doing what you’re doing.


The second amazing thing that happened, occurred last weekend while I was indoor rock climbing in Concord.  I saw two of our students (with a friend and his parent) enjoying the thrill of scaling the 30 foot walls.  One of the boys began a very difficult climb which resulted in him falling off about 4 or 5 times.  Now, if you’re not familiar with indoor rock climbing, I should let you know that each climber is belayed and when you fall, you only a fall a few inches.  With that being said, once a climber falls off a climb it is extremely difficult to continue on—you must grab back onto the hand-holds and correct your footing.  All of this work is extremely fatiguing on the muscles and most climbers will simply be lowered down to rest before attempting the climb again.  But not this student!  He persevered for over 10 minutes, which seems like an eternity when you’re dangling on the wall.  I watched him fall off repeatedly, fix is footing and gaze upward as he contemplated his next move.  With each fall, he got a bit higher on the wall.  Finally, he reached the summit and he was beaming--the smile on his face said everything!  That young man learned a very valuable lesson that day, one that we teach at school and hope that each will internalize—that you are capable of doing so much more (than you think you are) if you only persevere through the difficulties.  It was an awesome moment to witness!


And finally, after months of work, with staff and parents—we have our official GRMS Mission Statement and slogan!

GRMS Mission Statement:

Gale Ranch Middle School is a diverse community whose mission is to provide an inclusive, safe, compassionate environment which enables our students to be holistically prepared to become lifelong learners and successful human beings.


And the winner of the GRMS Slogan contest is 7th grader Seeya P., who encapsulated our mission statement with the following:

Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow!


Congratulations to all the students who submitted entries!  

Have a fantastic month of March.


Sue Goldman, Principal


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