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Gale Ranch Winners! 2017 Middle School Regional Science Bowl

On January 28, 2016, the Gale Ranch Middle School Science team competed in the Regional Science Bowl, winning the competition. Victory in that competition earned the team an all-expense paid trip for the five students and their coach, Mr. Heckenlively, to the National Science Bowl in Chevy Chase, MD., held between April 27 to May 1. Congratulations to: Risha C., Rashmin T., Shreya R., Anthony H., and Alex C. We are extremely proud of the efforts and accomplishment.

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.



Chinese Placement Test:

A Chinese placement test will be offered to determine initial placement into our district’s language program for 9th graders who have not taken Chinese at the middle school.  All students must complete an application in order to take the test.

Note: The highest level into which a student can place is Chinese 2.  Students currently enrolled in Chinese 1A/1B in middle school cannot take this test- they will be placed into a Chinese class next year, per district policy. 


The incoming 9th graders' Chinese placement test is scheduled at 3:10 pm on March 2, 2017 at Dougherty Valley High School. 


After submitting an online application form (see link below), students will receive an email informing them of the testing location.


The last day to submit the application is 3:00 pm, March 1, 2017.


Please contact Mrs. Shuen with any questions ( 


Korean Placement Test:


Who:   Incoming 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders who are interested in taking Korean 2 next school year


How:    Fill out and submit the application form (see link below) by email to Ms. Boohyun Lee ( by Tuesday, February 28.


When:   Test will be administered from 3:10 pm - 5:00 pm, on Thursday, March 2, 2017.


Where:   Room 4106, Dougherty Valley High School


Skills tested:  The test includes grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing, and speaking proficiency.


Test Requirements: 

  • There is no requirement to take Korean 1.
  • In order to enroll in Korean 2 next school year, a student is required to take the placement test equivalent to the final exam of Korean 1, and receive the grade C or better on the test. The test questions are based on the current Korean 1 text books and workbooks, Sogang Korean 1A & 1B.


Please contact Mrs. Lee with any questions ( 


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:


You have to be logged in to Google using your SRVUSD account to be able to access it.


2017-2018 Course Selection


Tuesday, February 28- DVHS counselors will visit our 8th grade Science classes to discuss choosing classes for next school year, graduation requirements, and transitioning to life at high school.

Wednesday, March 8 at 5:00PM, DVHS Main Gym- Incoming 9th Grade Parent Night-  an informational meeting about transitioning to high school in the fall. *Athletic Night will follow at 6:00PM in the Auxiliary Gym. Information regarding participating in athletics, tryout procedures, etc. will be covered.  This is the only opportunity to talk to and meet some of the DVHS coaches and athletes before 8th Grade Promotion- league rules do not allow contact with 8th grade students and coaches prior to them exiting middle school.    


"Parenting 2017 and Beyond" Conference

The San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs' presents an annual parent education conference that specializes in topics and information related to children in preschool through high school and targets parents, educators and community members. 


When: Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 8AM-3PM

Where: Dougherty Valley High School, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon

Cost:  $35 before February 17 ($45 after)

For more information and registration, go to:


Workshops include topics such as:

Family Dynamics & Self-Esteem
College Funding Strategies & Options

I’m Ready for College, but Where’s My Backpack?

Multicultural Parenting

Nutrition for Healthy Sleep & Stress Reduction

Raising a Special Needs Family in a Neurotypical World

Supporting Students Through College & Career Exploration

Tools to Guide My Gifted Child Through School & Beyond

Drug Abuse & Trends Among Teens

Engaging Students Through CLR

Manifesting Mindfulness as Kindfulness

Preparing Your Child for the Online World

Cyberbullying, Sexting & Consequences

How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex in the Media

Are Immature Brains Responsible for Immature Behaviors?









23rd Annual "Youth to Youth" Middle School Conference Registration is Now Open!


When: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8AM-10PM

Where: Castro Valley High School, 19400 Santa Maria Ave., Castro Valley

To register: Click here to register and for more info


This AMAZING conference is an opportunity for middle school teens to spend the day with high school leaders who believe in themselves and making healthy choices and decisions such as being drug, alcohol, and tobacco free. But this conference is about so much more than drug and alcohol prevention it's about leadership, self-confidence and empowering young people to make positive choices that impact their future.


This fun filled all day event, consists of games, team building activities, inspirational speakers, workshops, small groups sessions, and so much more all focusing on helping teens to make positive choices in their lives. The days ends with an awesome DJ and dance!


We look forward to inspiring your teen at this amazing conference. This conference will no doubt sell out, so make sure you register early and get the early bird discount.


Please pass this info on to your child's friends. We wouldn't want them to miss out on this life changing experience! 



Kim Gallagher, Y2Y Conference Facilitator &

Tori Karlson, Student Workshop Coordinator



Principal's Message

February, 2017


Dear GRMS Families,


February is an important month here at Gale Ranch.  Not only is it Black History Month, it is also a time to consider how the words we use matter.   Words Matter Week is a time when we do some reflecting on how what we say can have a positive (or negative) effect on the people around us.  Celebrating the diversity on our campus is just one way in which we foster our philosophy that every person is important and has the ability to contribute greatly.  The GRMS community is one that is so special; we recognize that every person is an integral part of our greater good.  We understand that we are connected by our humanness and made stronger by the kindness we show to one another.  My hope is that February is not the only month we recognize the greatness of the contributions made by so many in our nation’s history, but that we celebrate them daily.  In honor of Black History Month, we will highlight two honorees during each Gryphon’s Gone Viral video show.  Our honorees will include: Shirley Chisolm, Quincy Jones, Kamala Harris and Mary Mahoney.  We will also be creating a special Black History Month lesson that will be taught by all teachers during Tutorial on Thursday, February 16.  


Other important dates in February include our 3rd Annual Tech Night on February 23 from 6:30 – 8:00.  Don’t miss out on this amazing evening of tech inspired workshops taught by some of our very own GRMS peeps!  This is our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to support our efforts.  More information can be obtained by clicking here.



Sue Goldman, Principal


Upcoming Events

Safety Reminders During Student Pick-up & Drop-Off

Greetings Parents and Students,

We want to thank our entire Gale Ranch Middle School community as we exercise patience and safe driving practices. We need a combined effort from the entire Gale Ranch ...more

Anti-Bullying Survey Results

If you would like to see the results from the 2013-14 survey, please click here

For more information on SRVUSD's bullying policy and the form for suspected bullying click here. 

Contact Info


Phone: 925-479-1500

Attendance Line: 925-479-1598

Fax Number: 925-479-1595


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