The end of the April has brought with it wonderful news from the Department of Education-Gale Ranch Middle School has received recognition for being named a California Golden Ribbon School! This award signifies that our school stands out amongst all secondary schools in the state. Our magnet EL Program was our signature practice and it has brought a wider range of diversity to our campus. It has enabled a group of students to not only feel part of a community, but to become proficient at acquiring academic language outside of their native language. The visiting validation team spoke not only about the EL program, they also commented about the feel on our campus, with all kids. The comments I have received (weeks after the visit) spoke about the hope and inspiration that permeates throughout our halls. This atmosphere is possible because of the incredible GRMS staff. Please join me in congratulating the entire staff and student body on a job well done!
In other news-and there's a lot of it in May-testing has been going well, albeit, with some hiccups from the State. The students have been very diligent in doing their absolute best and they are a testament to our school. Congratulations are in order for our Symphonic Band who scored "excellent" by all three judges at the CMEA on May 2nd.
Please be aware that we changed the date of our eighth grade Panoramic Picture, which will now be on May 15th. Panoramic pictures are available through the Togeda website, along with all the other 8th grade activities.
On May 21st we will once again open our doors for parents to get a first-hand look at what your kids have been working on all year. Open House begins at 6:00pm with a special presentation in the MPR. This presentation will be in regard to our Advisory period, which we are replacing with a Tutorial period next year. I will be providing information on the "Why, What and How of Tutorial." Please plan on attending this very important 30-minute presentation.
The Presidential and CJSF Award Breakfast, hosted by our PTSA, will be on May 27th at 8:00am. Students who have earned these prestigious awards will find their names on School Loop, as well as posted in the MPR. **CJSF Award winners will not come out until May 18th.
As we look forward to the end of the year, there will be lots of information on our website and within the weekly Gazette, so please visit often.
Sue Goldman, Principal