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Hello Falcon Families - I want to take a minute to welcome all our new 7th graders and our returning 8th graders and their families. I am looking forward to having a wonderful 2018-19 school year and I am excited to kick it all off tomorrow morning.  I am hoping you had a summer full of fun and rest so that you all come in recharged and refreshed ready to get your learning on.

I do have a few bits of information for you.

  • There is zero period tomorrow morning.  If you have been scheduled for zero period, you should plan on being here at 6:55. I know that is much earlier than you have been getting up all summer. 
  • If you missed orientation on Thursday and you still need to collect your schedule, please plan on arriving tomorrow at 7:15 AM, as we are running a mini-orientation for those who missed it.  Parents are required to attend with their student. 
  • PE classes will not be dressing out until next Tues.  7th graders, you can put that middle school fear away for a couple more day.  
  • Parents - pick-up and drop-offs are historically bad here at RVMS.  We have over 900 students who are all coming to and leaving school at the same time.  This can create a major traffic situation.  Please be patient and kind to each other, follow the traffic laws, and please remember that the students' safety is our number one concern.  If you don't want to find yourself in this traffic mess, arrange with your child a pick-up spot a block or two away from campus.  
  • School hours tomorrow are from 8:00 - 3:00.  

Let's make this a great year to remember.

Respectfully,

Ed Navarro

4/21/18 Principal's Report

Happy Earth Day weekend!

I would like to thank the many Falcon Family and community members who came out today to support our Rincon Valley Middle School Earth Day campus beautification day.  We were able to get many projects completed.  We painted fencing, pulled weeds and spread mulch. We raked up debris and did general campus clean up.  Together, we pulled through to make the RVMS campus a more beautiful place for our kids to learn.

A special Thank You goes out to our STPC for funding some of our projects and to Falcon parents, Jen Dahme and family, and Teresa Jacobs,  for organizing this event!  Thank you to Serrina DeBaca for her donation of paint and bark. 

But we didn't do this alone.  A giant heartfelt thank you to Pastor Dan Ferguson and the congregants of the Bayside Church - Santa Rosa Campus, who came out to support our cleanup day as part of their Service Day Project! If you came out to help today, they would like to extend an invitation to a BBQ held tomorrow at 12:30 at their Santa Rosa Campus located on Sebastopol road.

Thank you for making this day such a wonderful event!

Respectfully,
Ed Navarro
Principal


Hello Falcon Families -

As I am sure you are aware, there is a nationwide school walk-out planned for Weds. March 14th. My goal, as Principal, is to keep our students in class where they are under the supervision of our teachers and staff.

I do respect the fact that our kids have a voice and that it deserves the opportunity to be heard. In response to the 17 victims who lost their lives in the Parkland School shooting, I would like to host a 17-minute opportunity in our gym, for students to speak their thoughts on school safety and to honor those who lost their lives.

Students who would like to speak their thought have been asked to submit a written paragraph to me by the end of the day on Monday, March 12.  I will read and approve speeches to be read at this gathering.  If your student would like to participate, this is an opportunity to honor those who lost their lives.  This is not a forum to debate gun control or the 2nd amendment. If you would like to attend this event, please join us.  Guest should check into the front office and get a visitor's pass.

If you would like your child to participate in a larger walkout, please come to the office and check them out of school.  Any student who chooses to leave the campus without being properly checked-out will receive the consequences for cutting class. If you have questions, please reach out.

Thank you,

Ed Navarro

Principal

RVMS

Friday, Nov. 17 Principal’s Report

Friday, Nov. 17 Principal’s report

 

As we send our students off to enjoy a restful and recharging Thanksgiving break, I want to wish all our families a holiday filled with what makes us each happy.  I am grateful for so much.  It is wonderful to see our student here at school smiling and learning.  Daily, I see the students living the credo, Rincon Strong.  I am so proud of our student body, our teaching and support staffs and our community.

WE ARE RINCON STRONG!


Replacement yearbooks - If your 8th-grade student purchased a yearbook last year and it was lost in the fire, I have a very limited supply of the 2016-17 yearbook I’d like to replace it with.  Please have your student come in to see me if interested.  Offered while supplies last.

 

Looking for a carpool? -  Are you having trouble getting to and from school from your new location? You are not alone! Families who have students in Rincon Valley area schools are looking for ways to get their students to their schools. Parent groups from Maria Carrillo High School and Rincon Valley Middle School have created a Facebook page designed to help connect riders and drivers to RVMS and/or MCHS. If you need a ride or can give a ride, you can post it on this FB page.

https://www.facebook.com/mchscarpool/

 

Secret Santa Program -  This year the Rincon Valley Education Foundation, in collaboration with our schools, is coordinating a Secret Santa program. We know that some of you have been dramatically affected because of the recent fires, and we know that some are already supporting your families on a limited income. If you could use a little support - please click on the link and fill out the questionnaire. http://rvef.org/holidayhelp.html   If you want to give..."Happy Holiday Heart Trees" with wishes from our Rincon Valley families will be delivered to each school site by Tuesday, November 28th. Pick up a heart and grant a wish - and together we can all have a Happy Holiday! - Katie Ruppe, Rincon Valley Education Foundation, kruppe@rvef.org

 

Applications being accepted for University Center!

University Center@EA students enroll in Sonoma State University courses and earn college credits while still attending as juniors and seniors at Elsie Allen High School.  This is a college savings of over $20,000.00!  Students get exposure to college coursework before they graduate from high school.  University Center students have attended and graduated from Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and UC Berkeley, to name a few.  "This unique college credit earning and readiness program is the only one of its kind in Sonoma County." 

 

Students must apply and be accepted into the University Center@EA.  Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are due February 1, 2018. To schedule a Shadow Day for your 8th grader or for program information contact Jenny Fleischer at 707-975-1659.


Can food drive - Nov. 28- Dec. 15th  Please bring in canned food into your child’s first-period class.  We are collecting for the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Good Day Falcon Families – Upon reflecting on the reopening of our school, I have pondered a few thoughts and some gratitude I’d like to share. It truly warmed my heart Friday morning to stand at the curb, elbow-to-elbow with my teachers, welcoming our students back to school.  The smiles they shared and the sense of relief they expressed, let us all know that it was good to be back. 

I want to thank our counselling staff, both school employees and outside support team, and AP Amy Sather for the well-run and organized comfort room, which overtook our library.  Students were able to come in and talk to a counselling professional, or just take a break if needed, depending on their state of mind.  We saw many students.  Thanks to our STPC (parent group) we were able to hand-out over 2000 doughnut holes! Nothing says, “Welcome back – We missed you,” like a doughnut hole.

Because of many generous donations, we were also able to hand out new backpacks filled with school supplies to any student in need.  If your child needs said supplies and has not already come in, please tell him/her to check-in at the library. We are still in the process of inventorying our lost textbooks and reassigning replacements.  For most books, we have replacements, for others, we will need to order new ones.  We will get them in students’ hands as soon as we can.  We appreciate your patience.

As we move into next week, please know that many of the above supports will still be in place.  I look forward to seeing more of our students return, to welcome them home, to get back to our new normal, whatever that will be.

If you are in need of resources, Slater Middle School is hosting a clothing drive on November 4th targeting families in SRCS who lost their homes, jobs, or are still displaced. They were able to get ahold of many, many brand new clothing items from SEARS HOLDINGS.

Also, the Hidden Valley school community has put together a very large donation center, one open to anyone/any family in need due to the fires. The location is 741 4th street, Santa Rosa

Rincon Strong – Together we rise!

 

Ed Navarro

Principal

 

9/20/17 Principal’s Message

 

Fire and Ice Dance - The first dance of the year was an amazing success.  Over 675 students attend.  We had 3 jumpies, games outside, food in the cafe and a great DJ! Inside the gym, we had confetti blasts, tee shirt cannons, cool uplighting and a dancer onstage to get the kids excited. By the looks on the kids faces, I believe a great time was had by all.

 

Spirit Week is coming      Monday is Sports Day

Sept. 25-29                        Tuesday is Tie Dye Day

                                            Wednesday is Tacky Tourist Day

                                            Thursday is Red, White and Blue Day

                                            Friday is Pajama Day

                                   Remember, Dress code still applies!!!

 

Parent Portal- The new parent portal is now up and running. If you are having a difficult time getting in or if you need an access code, please contact Jessica Selinger, our registrar, at jselinger@srcs.k12.ca.us , and be sure to mention your student’s name in your email.

 

Jazz band - I have had the pleasure of hearing our super-talented jazz band practice during 8th grade SSRW.  They sound great!  I look forward to presenting them to you in the future so you can hear the rewards of all their hard work,  Thank you, Mr. Binder, for providing this wonderful opportunity for our band kids.

 

Rosh Hashanah - If your child is planning on observing this holiday, and will be missing the day of school, please call in their absence to the attendance office and let us know it if for religious observance. L’Shana Tova

 

Yearbook sale- Order Yearbook ONLINE - Early Bird Special ends 9/29

 

SRTA Update -

Greetings Parents! Many of you have undoubtedly heard by now that SRTA, Santa Rosa Teachers’ Association, has been in contract negotiations with SRCS, due to the lack of a contract for a second year in a row. This has resulted in a situation where teachers are now “working to student”, meaning they have been focusing their efforts solely upon teaching and supporting students academically. This also means all adjunct duties (duties outside working hours, such as athletics, Sport-A-Rama, band and drama performances, and dance supervision) have been suspended until a contract is obtained. We are pleased to announce that a Tentative Agreement has been reached by the negotiation team and will be up for a vote in mid-October. Until the agreement passes, however, teachers will continue focusing their efforts on teaching and will wait to hear the results of the vote before resuming extra duties. For more information, please visit the SRTA website WeAreSRTA.org.

 

Progress Reports- Progress reports should be mailed home sometime next week. Grades have been submitted to the district office and they will generate the letters home. Teachers are only required to send home notification if a student is receiving a C- or below in a class, so if that is not the case, you may not be receiving a letter. The end of the first grading period is Oct 25th.

 

Cross Country - Cook vs Rincon Thurs. Sept. 21

Girl’s  basketball -

Rincon Vs Petaluma Thursday, Sept 21st

Rincon vs. Windsor Tuesday, Sept 26th.

Good luck Falcons!  Try your hardest and do your best.

 

Picture Make-up Day - Thursday, Sept. 28th If you did not take your picture at orientation or if you would like to take a retake, our Lifetouch photographers will be here on Sept 28th.  

 

Pick up and drop off - I know it is crazy at drop off and pick up because there are so many vehicles converging in one spot at the same time. I ask that you please adhere to the traffic laws as we all want to ensure the safety of our students.  Remember, there are no U-turns on Middle Rincon Road.  After you drop off or pick up, continue to the stop sign to change directions.   

 

Open Enrollment- October 1st - November 17th 2017 Apply online at: www.srcs.k12.ca.us

This is for students that live within the SRCS District, but not within the RVMS boundaries.

Open enrollment is by school.  So enrollment is for elementary, middle and high schools.

*Example: A family would need to apply 3 times for:

1. Elementary School (kindergarten- 6th grade)

2. Middle School (7th and 8th grades)

3. High School (9th – 12th grades)

If you have questions, please contact Assistant Principal,  Amy Sather, at asather@srcs.k12.ca.us .

 

Open Enrollment Fireside Chat- November 2, 2017, at 6:00 PM  Come if you have any questions about the Open Enrollment process.  We’ll have students, parents, and staff in an open forum so you can get the real scoop!  Refreshments will be served.

 

Shadowing Opportunities for current 6th graders- (Only available for students making a decision between two or more schools.) During Open Enrollment October 1st through November 17th, 2017.

 

To Qualify:

  1. You must live within the SRCS District and are considering a transfer for next year.

OR

  1. You live within the RVMS boundaries and are deciding between another school.

  2. You have filled out and submitted the Shadowing Request Form and have received an email of acceptance.

 

Showcase Open House- for Incoming Students for the 2018 -2019 School Year February 21, 2018,  This is an evening you won’t want to miss, should you be accepted through the Open Enrollment process!  We will begin the evening with a 30-minute presentation including a fashion show and dancing in the gym.  Then classrooms, including electives will open for tours.  The curriculum will be displayed in our school library.  Band and drama performances will take place in our Cafe.

 

Respectfully,

Ed Navarro

Principal

 

Principal’s Message 8/25/17

 

 

Hello Falcon Families – I just want to let you know what a wonderful start of the year it has been. Our 7th graders seem to be adjusting nicely to their new school.  Locker combination stress has drastically dropped.  PE classes are now changing into PE clothes, and class schedules are now memorized.  I have been pleased to see old friends reconnect and new friendships being established.  Our 8th graders have quickly fallen into place as the “upperclassmen” showing our new students the way around campus.

Eclipses news – Sadly, after all the preparations for this big event, mother nature did not comply.  It was far to overcast to see anything.  We were able to show the NASA live feed in the gym during our break and many teachers were showing it in the classrooms, so our students did get to see it, but unfortunately they did not get the full experience we were hoping for.

Lunch time activities – our amazing leadership students and teachers have planned some really fun Friday Lunchtime fun.  Last week our students participated in a limbo contest where they earned prizes and built school spirit.  Today the fun continued with musical chairs.  The completion was fierce but fun. 

 

Food Allergies - Please be aware that we have several students on campus who have sever food allergies. If these students come in contact with the allergens, it can be very dangerous and potentially life threatening. If you are providing any snack for classes, please be sure to not provide any peanut products.  This is a great opportunity to speak with your child about how to be respectful when it comes to these types of allergies.  It would be greatly appreciated by our students with allergies, that if you have eaten peanut products, that you wash your hands to avoid leaving trace elements which could cause these negative effects.

Homework Club is staring next week. – Homework club happens every Tues. and Thursday from 3:10-4:10 in our library.  It is an opportunity for your child to get help with homework.  We have two teachers there to answer questions.  This is not a detention or punishment place, but an opportunity for students to get some extra support with homework.

Nightmare on Puberty Street - On September 7th our 8th grade students will be invited to see Kaiser Permanente’s live theatre production, Nightmare on Puberty St. 

Nightmare on Puberty St. is an age-appropriate, live theatrical performance about four young people on their journey through adolescence.  As the characters wrestle with the question, “Am I normal?” they learn to cope with the changes affecting their bodies and minds.  The frank and sometimes funny program shows students how to cope with many of the issues of puberty, including how to handle pressure to be sexually active, how to build self-esteem, and where to find help if faced with feelings of depression or thoughts of suicide.  By the end of the performance, students understand everyone goes through changes during puberty, and there are resources to help them adjust to those changes.

 

Nightmare on Puberty St. was created in conjunction with physicians, teachers, licensed counselors, and parents.  The performer/educators in the play receive extensive training from doctors and licensed counselors at the beginning of each school year.  Their training continues throughout the year, incorporating updated information as it becomes available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and health care providers. 

 

If you do not want your student to attend the assembly, please complete the attached “opt out form” and return it to the school no later than Tuesday, September 5th to have your child excused.

 

Thank you for sending your kids to us.  We strongly believe we have a wonderful school and your students help us to keep that going. 

Respectfully,

Ed Navarro

Principal

 

 

Eclipse Update for RVMS/SRACS



Hello families – We are about to experience a very rare natural phenomenon on Monday August 21st. I want to take a moment to inform you on how we will be participating in this event. Please know that we are taking precautions to ensure the safety of our students.

On Monday, in our gym, during our break time, we will be showing a live stream of the solar eclipse so interested student can come in and view the first stages safely. After break concludes, we will be conducting and emergency drill, which will bring all students out to the black top so they can use the pin hole projectors they have made in class to view the shadow effects of the eclipse. While in their drill lines, they will be given a short opportunity to view the eclipse through NASA approve glasses. Classroom teachers and staff will be directly monitoring to insure correct usage of the glasses. Student will be directed to view the ground when not wearing glasses so they can see the interesting effects the eclipse will have on shadows. Our SRACS classes with be setting up data collection center before the eclipse to measure temperature changes, as well as variations in light, and the effects on animal activity during the different stages of the eclipse.

To prepare our student, we will be showing two videos in our SSRW classes on Friday which will reiterate the safety precautions your students have been hearing in science classes. It takes a village, so please explain to your child the importance of not looking up into the sun without the protective glasses our science teachers are providing. Student are not to bring their own viewing glasses to school. I do understand that no matter how many precautions we take, some of you may still be uncomfortable with what we are doing, but this is a very significant event which is part of the astronomy curriculum taught in science classes and I don’t want our kids to miss out on this learning experience. I hope you will agree and sent your student to school prepared to witness this truly wonderful natural event.

Back to School Principal's message

Dear Rincon Families,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! It is my hope that all our students and families were able to rest, rejuvenate, and recharge, enabling them to successfully navigate their learning this year.

I am excited to start the school year, so I can say hello to our returning 8th graders and hear about how they spent their summer vacations.  I also am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all our new 7th graders. I want to welcome them to our Falcon Family.   

As the principal of RVMS, I want to share my philosophies with you.   I believe in a culture of achievement and my expectations are that our students will excel in all aspects – academically, socially, and emotionally. I have worked with students from all socioeconomic backgrounds and academic levels, and I understand that students may need a variety of supports to get them through their middle school educations.

My goal is to bring all our students to the highest level they can individually achieve, and we as a team can support them in doing so. We are all stakeholders in our students’ educations and together, we need to continue the excellent work underway in the RVMS community. In the years to come, I look forward to working together to advance the momentum already underway.

Communication is the key element to this success, so please feel free to express and share your ideas and thoughts and you should expect the same from me.


Our Falcons rally around one of our own.  One of our 8th grade students, Chloe Smith, was diagnosed a few weeks ago with Osteosarcoma and has been undergoing Chemotherapy at UCSF. Several of her friends and classmates have gathered together to find a way to best help and support our student in need.  As a result, they have created #teamChloe.  Team Chloe will be selling t-shirts and bracelets at orientation to help raise funds for Chloe’s medical bills.  Shirts will be $15 & bracelets are prices at $2. Team Chloe will have a table set up at orientation with items to purchase.  There is also an adult fundraising event on Sept. 16th  at 6:30.


Chloe – Our thoughts are with you. The Rincon Falcon Family is standing behind you.  When you need strength, lean on us.


Some important dates I’d like you to be aware of:


Tuesday August 15 – First day of school - 8:00 AM


Weds. Sept. 6th – Back-To-School Night

As we embark on a busy new school year, please remind your child of the importance of safety around campus! If your child rides a bike or scooter to school, please make sure he/she wears a helmet and walks his/her bike or scooter on school grounds. Middle Rincon is an extremely busy street. Please discuss with your children the importance of using the crosswalks. Mornings and afternoons can be hectic. As you drop off and pick up your children, please drive slowly, cautiously, and follow the traffic laws.
I am truly looking forward to working in partnership with you to provide our children with the rigorous academic foundation they need in a safe, supportive, and enriching environment.
 


Warm Regards,
Ed Navarro
Principal
RVMS/ SRACS

 

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