RMS Wildcat Weekly

May 22nd, 2020 Information for our Families


Happy Friday!

Greetings Wildcat Families,

First, please remember that even though it is odd to say, since we're not on campus together, there is no school on Monday, May 25th, in observance of Memorial Day. On this holiday, we honor all those who have lost their lives serving our country. Here at Roosevelt we also greatly appreciate all those who have served and continue to serve in all branches of our military that protect our country and our freedom.

I want to remind you that in this last full week of school, we are encouraging our students to end strong and to complete their final projects and assignments. Please continue to communicate with teachers and staff to let us know if you need support!

Our plan for returning textbooks and technology is detailed below. Please review the plan and ensure that all items are returned as specified. Note that 8th graders will return all items (including Chromebooks and hotspots), and current 6th and 7th graders who are returning to RMS in the fall will return textbooks and library items, but can keep their Chromebooks and hotspots over the summer. We are determining if we will be able to distribute any other materials, such as belongings from PE lockers, and we will communicate more early next week.

Lastly, as I mentioned last week, we are now considering what the fall might bring, and we are beginning to plan for multiple scenarios. VUSD is seeking feedback from parents to help inform these possibilities. If you haven't done so, please click to provide your valuable input: Fall 2020 Hybrid Instructional Program Community Survey

Also, each Sprint Team that is part of the Superintendent's Council for Innovative Learning is hosting community forums to gather more feedback. All of the dates for the forums, along with some great information about planning for the fall, are on the district website: Fall 2020 Design Plan The community forum for the Middle School Instructional Program is on Thursday, May 28th, at 5 pm. Zoom meeting details are on the website. I hope you can join- we would appreciate your ideas!

Thank you! Have a wonderful week, and stay safe and healthy!


Heather Golly

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8th Grade Virtual Promotion is Coming!

Click Here for details for Promotion!

ASB Weekly Announcements- What's Up Wildcats?

ASB students have created another episode of “What’s Up Wildcats” to boost school spirit and help our wildcats stay connected to our school community. Please check out your Hub Google Classrooms each Monday for our videos and follow our ASB instagram @rms.asb_2020


Join us for the last PTA meeting of the year on Monday, June 1st. Please email Rebecca Ramirez at orcasrrr@icloud.com for Zoom meeting info if you would like to attend!

The PTA needs your involvement for the upcoming school year. Our school needs a strong PTA now, more than ever! Being a part of the PTA is a great way to stay informed about what is happening at Roosevelt. Please look through the list of openings and contact Rebecca Ramirez (orcasrrr@icloud.com) if you are interested in being a part of an awesome group of parents, teachers and administrators.

PTA Recruiting Letter 05/22/2020

The PTA is proud to sponsor promotion t-shirt gifts for every 8th grader, to acknowledge their accomplishments and celebrate that they are promoting out of Middle School and into High School. We recognize the sadness of not being able to celebrate in person and hope this small memento might make this feel a little bit more special. Congratulations to all of our 8th graders!

Textbook Returns (and Chromebooks for 8th graders)

Guidelines for Technology and Textbook Returns:

  • Dates & Times scheduled for item recovery are as follows:

    • Tuesday, 6/2/20 from 8:30am - 11:00am & 12:00pm - 3:00pm

    • Wednesday, 6/3/20 from 8:30 - 10 am & 1:00pm - 5:00pm

  • ALL students must return all their textbooks and any library items checked out

  • Any current 6th/7th grade students who are not returning to RMS must return their Chromebooks

  • Current 6th and 7th graders will keep their Chromebooks over the summer

    • If your student’s computer needs repair, return it at this time; NO replacement will be provided at this time.

  • Current 8th graders will ALL be required to return their textbooks, any library items checked out, and their Chromebooks, power cords, and hotspots if issued one.

Guidelines for Band and Choir Items:

  • ALL choir students are required to return any item issued for performances. This includes gowns, ties, shirts, etc.

  • Band students who are NOT registered to take another band class for the 2020-2021 school year will be required to return their instruments. This includes any student not returning to RMS for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Band students who are registered to play in high school next year can keep their instruments for now.

  • Band students who are returning to RMS and are registered in a band class for the 2020-2021 school year will keep their instruments so they can continue practicing over the summer.

Additional information for 8th Graders:

  • Your t-shirts will be distributed during the days and times outlined above!

Item Return Protocol:

  • We will receive items the same way we issued Chromebooks

  • Please ensure you have a mask when you arrive on campus

  • Families will drive to each designated station and remain in their vehicles at all times

  • There will be staff on campus to guide you where to proceed

Health Office:

School Nurse Contact Information: Lisa Franck: Cell: 760-691-0165 Email: lisafranck@vistausd.org. Please contact with any questions or concerns. Please also refer to Health and Safety Webpage for information: https://www.vistausd.org/healthandsafety

Counseling Corner!

FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS: Follow us on our new Instagram @rooseveltcounseling for updates.

REMINDER: To make an appointment with your counselor fill out our form at bit.ly/rmscheckin, DM us on Instagram, or send us an email. Use the PSST tool at THIS LINK to report something anonymously.

Wellness Wednesdays: Our fifth Wellness Wednesday video is live. Our topic this week is Gratitude. Check it out HERE.

Attention all 6th and 7th grade families: The forms to choose essential classes for next year were due May 13th. Click Here to see our ‘20-’21 Course Offerings If you haven’t completed the form, please complete the form so that we know your preferences for essential classes. Student’s who do not fill out the form will be placed in whichever class has the most space. CLICK HERE for the Course Selection Form.

Since we can’t see you in person to answer your questions about course selection and course offerings, we made a helpful document to answer some of the most frequently asked questions. Click Here for our RMS Course Offerings FAQ

High School Registration: Online course selection for VHS, RBV and MVHS is now CLOSED! If you missed the deadline, please contact your student’s counselor ASAP.

Chromebooks and Technology Support:

We will be distributing Chromebooks on Wednesdays from 10:30-12:30 only if prior arrangements have been made with Ms. Bennet. Please reach out for a new or replacement Chromebook if needed. She can be reached at deannawestphal@vistausd.org or call 760-472-3375. We are also working with families who need internet connections. Contact us for support!

Grading Update:

Temporary Grading Policy:

During Roosevelt Virtual School, teachers will continue to provide feedback on student performance and mastery of content and skills. Grades will be recorded as they were during the regular school year as a means of providing feedback to parents and students. At the end of the semester, teachers will take into consideration all work completed in the second semester from January to June, as well as each student’s individual circumstances, to determine whether credit or no credit has been earned. Teachers would have emailed you by May 15th to notify you if your student is in danger of receiving a "no credit" grade.

Vista Unified School District Temporary Grading Administrative Regulation

Live Conferencing:

  • Teachers may decide to host live conferences on Google Meet/Zoom with their classes to check-in, provide instructions and support for the week’s assignments, and connect with their classes.

  • Participating teachers who host live conferences will hold a morning and afternoon session on their assigned subject day. Both sessions will be similar, so students may choose to attend one or both of the sessions. See the SCHEDULE HERE on page 2 of our Norms and Schedule document.

  • The morning and afternoon sessions are open to students from all periods.

  • Sessions may be extended or shortened depending on the needs of students in session.

  • Participating teachers will post a link and instructions for joining live conferences in their Google Classrooms.

  • Students are expected to follow the behavior guidelines detailed in our Roosevelt Live Distancing Norms for any live conferences.

Virtual School Reminders!

Remind your students to...

  • Check their Pride Hub Google Classrooms, school emails, and subject Google Classrooms daily
  • Join Pride Hub Classrooms if they haven't and check out videos, announcements, WAGs

Important Links:

Roosevelt Middle Virtual School Daily Schedule and Expectations- students should follow this schedule every day

Roosevelt Middle Virtual School Student Checklist- to help students get started on April 6 by logging in to their devices

Roosevelt Middle Virtual School Parent Guide- helpful FAQs and resources

Teacher Contact Info and Office Hours- contact your teachers with questions!

8th Grade Course Selection Update- important info for picking classes for next year!

Google Classroom: Translating documents:




Family and Community Liaison

Please check the next link for Important information about resources COVID-19 RESOURCES /Recursos COVID-19 and for meals WaveCrestCafe. We will continue with food distributions among five VUSD schools. Five days' meals in one day on Wednesdays.

Check here for more Information about P-EBT. This is a great program that may help your students to obtain an extra $365 for food Pandemic-EBT Check the CA.GOV page here with more information. Apply here starting May, 22nd

It is essential that you verify your email address since this is the best way of communication for now. Please leave a message to Ms. Gabby at (760) 726-8003, extension 63013, or email me at gabrielathompson@vistausd.org for any question you may have. You may find me on Facebook and Twitter accounts. And please check the RMS page for support and to check updated information about our school.

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General News

This has certainly been a unique year! With all the changes in school, one thing that remains constant is our yearbook tradition! We are continuing to sell yearbooks through www.jostens.com for $50. Because of the current challenges of quarantine, we are still discussing ways to distribute yearbooks, but rest assured, if you order a yearbook, you will receive a yearbook! Check out the ad below for more information. Order soon! We only have 90 copies left to sell! www.jostens.com. Make sure to enter our school information in the prompt and select "yearbook". Price: $50

If you have any questions/concerns, please contact the Yearbook Advisor Mr. Daniel Guerzon at DanielGuerzon@vistausd.org.

7th Grade "Family Life/Sex Ed": At this point it looks like the state of California will postpone compliance with the state-mandated Family Life/Sex Ed curriculum for this year. We anticipate picking it up as part of 8th Grade Science.

Would you like to receive school information via text messages? To sign up click here.

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Square 1 Art Fundraiser!

Have you seen your student's Square 1 Art?? Check it out online and place your order for one of a kind gifts for birthdays, mother's day, father's day or just for yourself. I ordered some unique gifts and had them delivered directly to my home. All proceeds benefit our Artful Learning program at Roosevelt. https://shop.square1art.com/Shop/artwork/Search

Online orders can be shipped directly to your home! Check it out today! Please contact Ms. Turner or the Square 1 Art at service@square1art.com with any questions!

Square 1 Art Ordering Directions

Square 1 Art Ordering Directions Spanish

Check our RMS and VUSD pages and follow us on social media here:

Check your VUSD Parent Email!

Our Counselor Cory Way created this video with some important info about checking your VUSD parent email. Check it out!


If you are not receiving emails or communications from the district or from Roosevelt, please let us know. It is likely that the information that is linked in AERIES is not up to date, or your emails might be getting blocked by your email provider. You can check your junk and spam folders, and you can contact tiffanyequihua@vistausd.org if you would like help checking your contact information in AERIES. In these times, it is crucial that your contacts are correct so that you can stay informed. We are also continuing to post information on our website, on Twitter @rooseveltmiddl2, in our Facebook Group "Roosevelt Wildcats Parent Group," and through School Messenger calls, emails, and text messages. Check out the informative video that our counselor Cory Way created to help you troubleshoot and understand why your email might not be connected correctly.

Thank you for your support!

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