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Coffee with the Superintendent



Meet San Ramon Valley Unified School District’s new Superintendent Rick Schmitt at our “Coffee with the Superintendent” on Thursday October 27 at 10:00a.m. in the GRMS Library.  At this coffee, the Superintendent will share a little about his priorities, the District’s “Framework for Excellence” and his philosophy.  What Mr. Schmitt most appreciates is hearing from parents and one of his priorities is two-way communication.  He always walks away from these meetings having learned new, interesting and important information. The Superintendent will be meeting with every school parent community this fall. If you can’t make this event, check out for details of other meetings. If you have questions, please email his Executive Assistant Cindy Fischer at

Support our Book Fair Oct. 17-21

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.



MathCounts is a national program with an annual competition held early in the second semester.


The competition format is a 30-question individual sprint round, an 8-question individual target round, and a 10-question team round. There are 4 people per team. Schools may send up to 2 teams and 2 individuals, although this year's details have not been released yet.


Tryouts will be on Thursday, November 10th, after school in the MPR. If you are interested in trying out for the GRMS team, please sign up for the tryouts through this link, which you will have to copy and paste into your browser:


You must sign up to participate.


Questions? Ask Mrs. Bergen or loopmail Shruti Ravikumar.


Attention Honor Roll Students (3.5 GPA and above 2nd semester of last school year):


Students may pick up their Honor Roll certificates at 7th/8th grade lunch on Tuesday, 11/1 by the Student Store.  Students are eligible for Honor Roll if they received a 3.5 GPA or above for 2nd semester grades of last school year, 2015-2016.  A list of Honor Roll recipients will be posted in the MPR.  Congratulations to all of our Honor Roll recipients!

If you purchased a picture packet, and your student would like the picture retaken, please bring the picture packet to school on Oct 25 and retake the picture during lunch.  If you are a new student or missed picture day, please go to the MPR stage during your lunch period.
If you would like to view and order a picture packet, it is not too late.  Go to to order!

Join GRMS for our first HAUNTED HALLWAY!


Who: Students, Family, Friends & Community


When: Thursday, October 27, 2016


Time: 6:30-8:30pm


Details: $3 entry per person for the Haunted Hallway. Music, Fun and Games. Glow sticks will be sold for $2 each. Snacks and drinks will be sold for $1 each.


Deadline is 11/25!


Go to and enter order number 16038, then click on UPLOAD PHOTOS.




*****Please note- the dates posted below are from last year's timeline.  This will be updated in January/February once the district high schools update their deadlines for 2016-2017.*****


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

August 22, 2016


Dear Gryphon Nation Families,


The 16/17 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.


I would like to remind all parents and guardians that our Back To School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 1st.  We will begin the evening with a Tutorial presentation in the MPR at 6:30pm and the visitation of classrooms will begin promptly at 7:00pm.  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.


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: 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


Upcoming Events

October 17 - 21- Book Fair

October 25 - Site Council - 3:00pm

October 25 - Picture Retakes

October 27 - Haunted Hallway

October 27 - Coffee with the Superintendent

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. 

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