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1/11/18

24th Annual "Youth to Youth" Middle School Conference Registration is Now Open!

 

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 7:45AM-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! 

 

Sincerely,

Kim Gallagher, Y2Y Conference Facilitator

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1/10/18

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. 

 

Update:  SRVUSD is making many changes regarding math advancement (different than the past).  Please see the district website below for the most accurate information and deadlines:

 

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

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1/10/18

SAVE THE DATE! The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation is proud to offer it's first ever Imagineering Hackathon. The event will be hosted at California High School on January 27th. Registration for the event is free and will open on Wednesday, January 10 at 6 p.m. Only 60 spots will be available, so register quick. This event is open to all middle and high school SRVUSD students. All coding levels welcome. Prizes for winning Hacks!!

Registration page – www.bit.ly/srvef_imagineering

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*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


 

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.

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

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Principal's Message

 

January 2018

 

Happy New Year (albeit, 10 days late)!  There is always something special about welcoming January into our lives—all the hope and promise that comes with the beginning of a new year.  Hopefully, you and your family were able to find some time to relax and enjoy family time over the course of Winter Break.

 

We will be kicking off the year with a special lesson being presented during Tutorial this week around empathy and happiness.  Make sure you ask your student how empathy can lead to happiness and how remaining positive in difficult times can lead to success.  We will stretch this learning into February when we welcome Mr. Michael Pritchard to speak to all of our students.  Mr. Pritchard’s message focuses on empathy and how to become a positive change in your school and community.   A huge thanks to PTSA who is sponsoring Mr. Pritchard's visit.  We will continue to celebrate all the diversity that exists on our campus, beginning with African American History Month in February.

 

As we head into the second half of the year, it’s a great time to set goals and re-commit to good habits.  Getting enough sleep each night is a good place to start.  Our children can easily spend too much time on their devices—I know this well, with two teens of my own!  Set time limits for social media and keep cell phones in the kitchen while they sleep.  Help your children balance their lives with work and play; GRMS follows the District’s Homework Policy and I encourage you read through it to ensure your child is getting the correct amount.

 

Please join us for our annual Tech Night on February 1 (details to come).  It is our largest TECH FUNDRAISER of the year and we could not do what we do without your support!  We will also be observing Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday on January 15, so school will not be in session.  Additionally, there is no school on January 16, as there is a District-wide staff development day.

 

Have a fantastic January!  

Warmly,

Sue Goldman, GRMS Principal

 

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Upcoming Events

January 15 - Martin Luther King Day-No School

January 16 - Staff Development Day-No School

January 22 - Conference Day-Min Day

January 29 - Feb 2 - Tech Week

Feb 1 - Tech Night

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

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

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