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Today: 4/23/14
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SRVUSD's new Framework for Excellence is a symbol for how the district is "supporting students and their learning" and "staff and their work."

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CAASPP field Testing Starts this week

Dear WRMS Families,

This short video outlines the field test of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). We will be starting testing this week in math and core classes.  We will be testing for about three weeks, and our bell schedule will remain the same. Please have students bring their own headphones or earbuds to use during the testing. Please contact Christy Glaser, Assistant Principal, at dglaser@srvusd.net if you have questions. 


 

8th Grade Promotion Information

Several activities are in the works to celebrate the end of 8th grade.  This attachment outlines the celebration night, ceremony and the class trip to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, as well as the process to register your child to participate.   

PLEASE REVIEW THESE PAGES IN DETAIL TO FULLY UNDERSTAND HOW TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD AND WHEN PAYMENT IS DUE.

Click here for the packet

 

Support the Music Program

Watch an A's Game with your Teachers and Support the WRMS Music Program at the same time!

Dear WRMS Families,

We are excited to participate in the Oakland A's Step Up to the Plate for Education Program for the 2014 season! Students, parents, and their friends and families have the opportunity to purchase special fundraising tickets for select A's games.  Field level tickets are $30 and Plaza outfield tickets are $20. Almost half of the money you spend will be returned to the school to support the music program.  

Dates you can purchase tickets are as follows:

Saturday, 4/19, 1:05 vs. Houston (Josh Donaldson Bobble Head)

Sunday, 5/11, 1:05 vs. Washington (Breast Cancer Awareness)

Monday, 5/26, 1:05 vs. Detroit

Thursday, 6/19, 7:05 vs. Boston

Sunday, 8/3, 1:05 vs. Kansas City

To purchase tickets, please click on the link below: 

http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001fR1lFWtcwRAkrtyseZfyU00SNDlSFpvfT3rNM-s6LMXyFTsE8ESJBcC5KUcJRDlsD2og38qtrNCNG4-nh8OgDrX0zr2Zh6ennyijlfjtNZSGZW66d35Ojb34mAs5tfthPmWwPVbZZhY=

Tickets for the select games are limited - to participate in this special offer, we recommend purchasing tickets ASAP to reserve the best seats.  If you would like to sit next to another family, please purchase your tickets all together.  The deadline is Wednesday, April 30th.

Thank you for supporting the WRMS Music Program!

Cyber Bullying Campaign

Dear Students and Parents of Windemere Ranch Middle School, Arshi Jujara, Gargi Deb, and Ashna Gupta from Dougherty Valley DECA, a large high school business organization, have produced a public relations project campaign against cyber bullying. Through the campaign: Control-Alt-Delete, they placed third at the California DECA State Competition and are off to attend the international level conference in May. Earlier this year, some students took a survey for this cyber bullying campaign. On Wednesday, April 23, they will be present in Mr. Hart¹s room at 3 p.m. to provide incoming high school students with tips for success in high school as well as how to face issues such as bullying. We highly recommend incoming freshmen to attend this event as it will be highly beneficial and encourage students of all other grade levels to be there as well. They will be glad to answer any questions students may have about high school or bullying in general. Also, provided will be free pizza and drinks for the students and special prizes. Please support the Control-Alt-Delete campaign and help our community be a safe and bully free environment for everyone.  If you are planning on attending, please enter your first and last name as well as your grade level in the form below. Thank you.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gpcIVaY3dltZWI4HGOPGM1sHZOB_DLGNzKsF-tuAHds/viewform

 

Contra Costa Children's Chorus

Contra Costa Children's Chorus - Diablo magazine's 2013 - Best after school program & 2012 Best Music Lessons, is now holding placement interviews. Learn to sing in two, three or four part harmony.  Rehearsals are once a week in Lafayette. Dr. Martin Benvenuto, artistic director includes theory in his weekly classes.
Please email frontdesk@childrenschorus.org today for more information and/or placement interview appointment.

Website: www.childrenschorus.org

Join Friends of the Foundation

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Join Friends of the Foundation   between now and June 15th and Windemere Ranch Middle School will receive 40% of your membership fee! The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation has launched their Annual Membership Drive funding Classrooms of the Future. For your $25 individual membership or $100 family membership for four you will receive a car magnet, a window cling for your home or business or a yard sign. Our school will also have a chance to win our choice of 10 iPads, 15 iPad minis or 15 Google Chromebooks if we have the largest % of members from our school! We are an affiliate of SRVEF and would like to receive this funding to continue to support the technology plan for our school. Now more than ever we need comprehensive technology to support the implementation of Common Core Standards at Windemere Ranch Middle School. To join, visit www.srvef.org/friends and don't forget to select Windemere Ranch Middle School. Thank you for your support!!!

Principal's Welcome message

 “There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.”

James A. Lovell

Apollo Astronaut

 

Staff, students, and parents partner together to make things happen at Windermere Ranch Middle School. Since we opened in August of 2005, our students have consistently achieved outstanding scores on the STAR exam, our school’s API is well over 950, and we have twice been recognized as a California Distinguished School. In fact, WRMS is in the top one percent of all middle schools in California. I am proud that the learning environment here inspires students to do their all-out best.

Our website is both user-friendly and informative. If you are a parent or student, you will discover more detailed information when you log into your Schoolloop account using the login button located on the left of this homepage. One of my personal goals it to make certain this website is an effective communication tool so that everyone connected to WRMS is well informed about all the activities on campus. Please surf around and look for updates and pertinent material. You will find that the quick links sidebar connects you to SRV district news and Common Core California State Standards.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me. I want to meet and work with you throughout your child’s time at WRMS. We are good at what we do because our combined efforts encourage students to meet, and even surpass, each and every one of their goals. I urge you to come and help us make things happen at this exceptional California middle school.

 

Warm Regards,

 

Dave Bolin, Principal 

 

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Anti-bullying corner

Here are some things that students said on the bullying survey of how students can help prevent bullying:

"Stress the importance of non-bullying, and catch and stop anyone who does. People who are getting bullied should report to a trusted adult." -7th gr. girl

"Be kind, be respectful, be patient, and try to control your anger."- 8th gr. girl

"Talking to one another, and helping one another."- 6th gr. boy

Together, we can make a difference!

If you would like to see the results of the bullying survey from the last 2 years, please download it here.

If you would like to submit a student incident report, please click here.  All incidences will be investigated by the administrators and/or counselors.

 

Important Numbers

Main line: 925-479-7400

Attendance line: 925-479-7470

Fax: 925-479-7469

Office Hours: M-F 7:30am- 4pm

Mission Statement

All students will learn at high levels and become responsible, productive citizens.

Tech Talk

CCSS! SBAC! What are we talking about?  It's the new Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The Common Core State Standards  is a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt. The standards are clear and concise  and pertain to reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics in school.These standards have been adopted by 46 states already. Here's a link to the SRVUSD website on how our district is transitioning to these new standards.  There is a wealth of information for students and parents. 

https://sites.google.com/a/srvusd.net/common-core/

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics that are designed to help prepare all students to graduate high school college- and career-ready. This year, our 8th grade students participated in the scientific pilot study of the SBAC test for mathematics.  It was a great opportunity for our school and students to have access to what future state testing will look like.  The Smarter Balanced Assessment will be replacing the STAR tests in 2014-2015. They have recently just released practice tests for the public to view.  Here is the link to the practice tests.

https://sbacpt.tds.airast.org/student/

When you go to this link, you will log in a Guest, you do not need a specific log in. On the next screen, choose the grade level you want to look at, then it will give you options of which test you would like to look at.  I highly encourage you to go through the practice tests to become familiar with the new testing format. The tests will be taken on the computer and are vastly different than the STAR tests.