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9/19/17
The Annual San Ramon Rotary Auction for Education is the largest funder of the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation’s educator grants.
Bid on exceptional items and get a chance to win prizes. All bidders will be automatically entered into a drawing for the following prizes.
1st Prize – 55 inch LG TV courtesy of Magnolia Audio Visual
2nd Prize – $500 Magnolia Gift Card
3rd Prize – $300 Target gift card courtesy of Crow Canyon Orthodontics
4th Prize – $200 Amazon gift card courtesy of Crow Canyon Orthodontics
The auction opens on September 20 and closes on September 29. 
Bids opened Wednesday, September 20 at 
https://www.srvef.org/The-Run-For-Education/Auction-For-Education.
Thanks to an amazing partnership with the Rotary Club of San Ramon, the Online Auction for Education is possible. Bid on amazing items donated by Rotarians, Community Members and Businesses throughout Northern California but especially The San Ramon Valley who care about quality Public Education in our community. Jump on board and place your bids!
The drawing will be held on race day. Visit www.sanramonrotary.org for more information.
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9/19/17

Order your yearbook now! Prices are $60, but will go up December 1 to $70. The last day to purchase is January 12.

The purchase link is below:

 

https://www.togeda.com/galeranch/signin.asp

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9/15/17

Who: 7th & 8th Graders


What: Into The Wild Dance

 

When: Friday, September 22nd

 

Where: GRMS MPR

 

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

 

Dress: Casual (must follow school dress code)

 

Cost:

Regular - $5

VIP - $10 (early entry, 1 slice of pizza, 1 drink & 1 candy)

At The Door - $8

 

VIP and Regular tickets will be sold at lunch in the Student Store on 9/20, 9/21 & 9/22. Tickets will also be sold At The Door, (VIP not available).

 

Details: You will need your school I.D. card and a signed Dance Permission Slip to buy your ticket. TO ENTER THE DANCE YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR I.D. CARD. Snacks and drinks will be sold at the Student Store. You can also take a photo in our photo booth for $3 a photo.

 

 

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9/7/17

Don't miss this opportunity to add an 8th grader baby ad to the yearbook.

 

Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter order number 16038.

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9/6/17

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.

 

- 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 to 'Greet A Gryphon' here: 

https://goo.gl/forms/Mvc05GrHxQSBiKIh1

 

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8/16/17

*Note- new deadlines will be posted by SRVUSD in January/February 2018 (disregard the old dates posted from last year)

 

Please click on the following link for details, procedures, and deadlines from last year:

https://srvusd-ca.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1422963630482

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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. 

 

 

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 http://www.dvhigh.net/advancement) 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.

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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: https://doorways.ucop.edu/list/app/home;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.

Policies

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  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. 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.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
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Principal's Message

August 18, 2017

 

Dear Gryphon Families,

 

The 17/18 school year is officially in full swing!  Congratulations on making it through the first week.  Students are becoming reacquainted with our processes and new students are quickly acclimating to how we roll here at GRMS.  There is a lot of information that is being disseminated to both you and your children, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if something is unclear.

 

This coming Monday should be very exciting as we view an almost total eclipse from our campus!  Please refer to my previous email that outlines the activities for the morning.

 

This year we are focusing on taking care of one another and to help our kids do this we are fully embracing the No Place For Hate initiative that is sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League.  This past Monday our teachers underwent a three-hour anti-bias training which allowed them to connect on a deeper level and provided them with tools to use within their classrooms.  The training they experienced will also be provided to student leaders in September.

 

I would like to remind all parents and guardians that our Back To School Night is scheduled for Thursday, August 24th.  For those of you new to GRMS, we will begin the evening with a Tutorial presentation in the MPR at 5:30pm and the visitation of classrooms will begin promptly at 5:55pm.  Back To School Night is intended to give you a glimpse into what you can expect in each of your student’s classes for the semester/year.  We ask that you do not use this time to ask specific questions about your own child, as each teacher is given a short amount of time to present an overview of their class.  Please expect your child to bring home a schedule for you to follow during BTSN.

 

For those of you new to Gale Ranch MS, please be aware that we send out a weekly newsletter via the PTSA (The Gazette), in which you can glean information pertaining to school.  We also place on copy on the front page of our website: https://grms.schoolloop.com and on our Facebook page.

 

For those of you interested in following our Twitter feeds, you can find both Gale Ranch MS and my own Twitter account by clicking the appropriate links.

 

Here’s to an amazing year!

 

Warmly, Sue

 

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Upcoming Events

September 20-29 - Auction for Education

September 22 - 7th and 8th Grade Dance

September 27 - Picture Make Ups

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

Climate Survey Results

If you would like to see the results from the 2016-17 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

 

Office Hours:

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7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m

 

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