Roosevelt Wildcat Weekly

April 8th, 2022 Information for our Families


The Spring Sports Tryouts/practice will be extended

We are pleased to announce that the Boys & Girls Club will be extending the tryouts/practice for Co-ed Soccer and Girl's Basketball from Monday, April 11th to Thursday, April 14th at RMS. Co-ed Soccer will be on the field, and girls' basketball will be in the gym. Please see the attached flyers for more information. Parents MUST sign a waiver.

Updated- Spring 2022 Sports Academy Flyer + Form


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Our excellent RMS pioneer teachers and some of their stories

Did you know why the Sand's Courts at the entrance of our campus are called the Sand's Courts? Some of our teachers are legacy - they've been teaching here for more than 20 years. Mr. Sand, our PE teacher, was one of the first pioneers and first 8th-grade teachers, and he started working at RMS in 1989. He retired last year, and the Sand Courts were dedicated on his behalf on June 14th, 2021, for his commitment to Roosevelt Middle School and the art of teaching Physical Education.

Here are some stories about the RMS Pioneers teachers

Ms. Therease Silvabaroa

I came to Roosevelt as a student-teacher at the beginning of the 1989-90 school year. I finished the year teaching ELD classes in the morning and as the site sub in the afternoon. As a contracted teacher the following year--Vista's first year of Year-Round Education, I taught 7th-grade core and AVID. I was the school's 1st AVID Coordinator. In my 33 years here, I've taught every grade level and every subject except for PE. One year I even had a "Native Language Exploration" class. My response to this assignment? "Vince (Jewell, Roosevelt's first principal), I speak English. I took five years of French, and my students nearly all speak Spanish. WHO'S native language am I going to teach in?" Vince: "I thought you'd teach them music. Isn't that the universal language?" How do I argue with that? I stayed here at Roosevelt, as I'm sure others have already told you because the staff is like one big, awesome family--the BEST family I've ever been part of! We have fun, both in our classrooms and outside of the workday. I remember being part of teacher acts in Air Band Competitions (picture Mr. C in a dress), End of the Year Track Meets, Renaissance Faires, Greek and Heritage Days, staff celebrations, our Co-Ed softball team through Oceanside Parks and Rec, and other adult silliness. I have been lucky and honored to work with such talented and caring people. Roosevelt's staff, both past, and present, are AMAZING!!.

Mr. Jorge Calderon

I have always found my fellow teachers to be very dedicated, student-centered, and willing to try something new. Roosevelt has always felt like family to me.

Mr. Robert Cameron

I love our school, and I never wanted to move to another school. Since I started teaching in 1990, I have always wanted to teach at Roosevelt.

Mr. Jorge LaPorte

I have stayed with this school since 1992 because of the talent of great educators to work with, as well as having Guajome Park nearby to take our Cross Country team down for practices. It was very convenient, and we had a great legacy of 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade teams of boys and girls. They prided themselves in being part of a winning program.

Basketball scorekeeping was so much fun as well - to cheer on our teams against the schools that came to Henry Hall to compete.

Ms. Idalid Ramirez

I was hired in August of 1997. This is my 24th year. I did my second semester of student teaching here at RMS. I was hired that summer to do a long-term sub job on orange track. We were in year-round school during that time. Then, I was hired full-time on the green track. I have stayed at RMS because we've had an amazing RMS Family of teachers, staff, and administrators. Especially forming bonds with those who have been here just as long. Including those who have retired already. My three children and son-in-law are former wildcats. They have fond memories of the teachers they had. I enjoy teaching my 6th-grade students and my English learners as well.

Ms. and Mr. Graf

Mr. and Mrs. Graf had taught here since 1995 when we were a year-round school. We taught about 1350 students on three tracks that rotated with two tracks on and one track off all year long - no summer vacation! Students attended for two months and then had one month off all year long.

Ms. Graf

The adult community at RMS has always treated each other like family. We have taught each other's children and shared our triumphs. We support each other through tragedies and difficulties as well. We all pull together when someone needs help. Veteran teachers have passed on this value and culture to new teachers from the time I was a newbie.

Mr. Robert Ault

I’ve been here at RMS since 2003. Even though I arrived here as an involuntary transfer, I have appreciated and enjoyed being a part of the Roosevelt legacy. It’s hard to believe that I have spent over half my career at this site!!

and the family legacy continues

Ms. Whitney Castellanos

This is my 7th year at Roosevelt and my 13th year Teaching.

Roosevelt's PE program is better than any other in Vista. We have an amazing fitness room, an extensive collection of equipment, and some of the funniest, most enthusiastic, and most knowledgeable teachers around. This school is a very special place with a community feel. Everyone is on the same page, and everyone looks out for each other and cares for each other.

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amazing RMS band performance

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An impressive performance of the Concert and Wildcat bands yesterday at the Band & Orchestra Festival hosted by the Poway High School Instrumental Music Department. Thank you, Mr. Anderson, for once again adding strength to the RMS band tradition and for giving these students a wonderful experience! We are so proud of your accomplishments!!

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Our amazing school counselors, Mr. Way and Ms. Licona, supported 8th graders students with high school registration on Wednesday after school and all week during lunch. The registration window usually closes this coming Sunday. High School Counselors are coming to meet with our students next Friday during their Science Class.

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Thank you Vista Teen Outreach (VTO)

Vista Teen Outreach, (VTO) provides food pantries at Vista Unified School District middle and high schools to help students struggling with food insecurity. They have been providing weekly food for RMS and our Wildcats' families for years. Last Thursday they organized a very special breakfast for the Community Liaisons of the middle and high schools to discuss the needs of our families, talk about the experiences, and share stories about our students and families; also, plan the distribution of food for the next school year.

VTO has provided over 5,000 bags of food to families within our district this school year. We are extremely grateful for their collaboration and support on behalf of our students. THANK YOU VTO!

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ASES now accepting 2022-23 school year applications!

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Please fill out the interest form for the 2022-2023 School Year. Scan the QR Code


dental screenings coming to RMS on April 18th and 19th!

A+ Teeth program aims to provide dental care to children across North County in a convenient way, regardless of the insurance circumstance of the children. The treatment they receive is painless and easy. The VCC Dental van will go to RMS site to provide children with ... Oral exam, Fluoride varnish Goodie bag Sealant placement (if necessary).

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VCC is utilizing an electronic version of the consent packages. Check the link below for the electronic version of the consent packages, or they can use the QR code (for electronic consent). Also, you may pick up the consent form from the school's main office. If you have any questions, please call Ms. Gabby at (760)726-8003, ext. 63013, or to the email address or you may call Luis Lopez, Care Coordinator at (760)631-5000, ext. 1051.

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Vista's Art Under the Stars Next Week!

Come and enjoy our Wildcats Artists!

Two events are happening next week that will spotlight some of our visual and performing arts Wildcats:

  1. "Vista's Visual Arts Under the Stars" juried show opening reception will be next Tuesday, April 12th, from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. The show runs from April 12th to May 27th in the Vista Civic Center Gallery.
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2 "Vista's Art Under the Stars" (Band, Choir Dance- all grade levels) is next Wednesday, April 13th, at the Moonlight Amphitheatre starting at 6 PM.
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Both events are free to the public! Gates open at the Moonlight Amphitheatre at 5 PM, show starts at 6 PM. We hope you can make it to these wonderful events celebrating the arts and our young artists!


Learn More About Free Transit Passes for Anyone 18 and Under

SANDAG's Youth Opportunity Transit Pass allows anyone 18 and under to ride San Diego transit (bus, trolley, Coaster, and Sprinter) for free for the next 14 months starting on May 1. There are several ways children and families can take advantage of this opportunity, such as using their existing online bus pass or getting a hard copy card through SANDAG.

SANDAG is hosting an informational workshop for partners about this program on Thursday, April 7 from 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom. There are also resources and a promotional toolkit with materials in English and Spanish (more languages coming soon) available on the SANDAG website. Please share this information with appropriate district staff members so they may work directly with schools and students in your district to access this opportunity.


vaccinations COVID-19 starting April 2nd

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The California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA)

All 7th grade science students will be participating in the California Healthy Youth Act Curriculum starting in May. If you have any questions or would like to review the materials used in the comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention instruction please contact the Vista Unified School District Office.

Please click the red button below for more information.

The California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA)

Parents and guardians have the right to excuse their child from comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education by providing a written request to the school principal.


Counseling Corner!

Eighth-grade students received an HS Transition Presentation in their science class on Thursday, 3/24 to go over important high school information and course selection information. Click here to see the slides. Students will be selecting their high school classes online from April 4th-10th and will be meeting with their high school counselor on April 15th to confirm their selections. Click to view the HS Course Selection Instructions & Forms. Please email Ms. Licona for any high school registration questions.

If your student didn’t sign up for a club, THAT’S OKAY! Please see our completed RMS CLUBS LIST. With the exception of the Backpacking club, all of our clubs are open to visitors. No need to sign up. Just have your student show up at the time and place listed on our RMS CLUBS LIST.

Caseloads: Mr. Way - 6th Grade and 7A | Ms. Licona - 8th Grade & 7B

Go To: to make an appointment with either of our AWESOME School Counselors :)

Follow us on Instagram @rooseveltcounseling for updates.

Use the PSST tool (THIS LINK) to report something anonymously.


Amazing AM program at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista for RMS students

Boys & Girls Club of Vista is offering a free morning program for the Roosevelt students who are waiting for the bus to take them to school. We think this would be a great opportunity for them to have safe place to go to while waiting for the bus. Please take advantage of this opportunity! Click on the flyer for registration or check the QR code.


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Help Wanted: Come help us with the Snack Stop or Dippin' Dots sales! Every Wednesday the Snack Stop is open to selling snacks and drinks, and every Friday the Dippin' Dots cart is out to sell during student lunch. It's FUN and EASY! Hours are 11 am to 1 pm. Just click here to sign up for a shift (or two or three!)

Snack Stop and Dippin' Dots are back! Wednesdays at lunch purchase extra snacks from PTA. Fridays we offer Dippin Dots for $5.

Membership: Become a PTA member for just $10, join online:

Fridays are Spirit Days! Rock your RMS spirit wear or wear red and black on Fridays to show your Wildcat pride!. Visit the Spirit Cart at lunch for fun, free goodies at lunchtime for those showing off their RMS spirit.

Support and contribute just $10 in an envelope and drop it in the PTA drop box at the Roosevelt main office!

PTA connects families, schools, and communities by providing programs and services at your child’s school. PTA is the nation’s largest volunteer-led child-advocacy association working to drive improvements in the education, health, and well-being of all children and families. When you are a member of PTA, you are an advocate for your child and for all children.

Become a member today! As a member, you are able to vote at Association meetings held twice a year, receive benefits by being a PTA member, and most importantly, support Roosevelt Students. You can also make direct donations to support grade-level grants, which provide funds for 6th grade Greek Day, 7th-grade Safari Park field trip, and 8th grade Heritage Day as well as other projects and programs. Please help support our programs and students! You can join by visiting this site:

Email: Facebook: /RooseveltMiddleSchoolPTA Instagram: @rmspta



All absences must be cleared within 72 hours (3 school days) after the student returns to school. If your student was accidentally marked absent please contact our attendance office. If you are planning a trip in which your student will miss 5 or more school days, please notify the attendance two weeks in advance to set up an independent study contract.


RMS is looking for your help

Parents, are you or anyone you know looking for part time work for 6 hours per day WITH BENEFITS while your children are at school? RMS is looking to hire Instructional Assistants to help out in all of our classrooms. Instructional Assistants work Monday through Friday from 8:30am - 3pm on school days only. Please call the front office if you are interested or if you have any questions!


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Family and Community Liaison

Hi Wildcats families!

Computer workshops (3/16/22) and sewing club already started!

Find and connect to support. Financial assistance, food pantries, health care, and other free or reduced-cost help start here:

You may email your Roosevelt Family and Community Liaison, Ms. Gabby Thompson,, or contact her at extension 63013 for any needs your family might have.


Braids for ballet folklorico students

Thanks to the Sewing Club Moms for helping the RMS Ballet Folklorico make hair braids.


If you need food from our Roosevelt Food Pantry, please stop by the school or ask for Ms. Gabby. Your student is welcome to come to the Parent Center as well. VTO (Vista Teen Outreach) provides support for our families in need. Please check the information below for some restrictions for students on campus and the proper use of food from the RMS food pantry. food pantry regulations

Thanks to Adelesy Lobato, Rancho Minerva MS Liaison, for the donation of two sewing machines to RMS



Please encourage your students to take advantage of the free breakfast and lunch RMS offers daily to ensure they eat regularly.
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Health and Safety Update

As a school community, we need your help to ensure that we can safely keep students in school and minimize the number of quarantines we might need. If there is a family that is waiting on the results of COVID tests, please keep your student home until the results come in. If your student is not feeling well, please don't send them to school.

Please refer to the VUSD COVID-19 Case Dashboard for updated information on COVID cases. The Dashboard is updated by 7:00 pm daily.

A few other reminders about protocols:

  • Notify us immediately if your child or any member of your household becomes ill with COVID-19.

  • Please keep your child home from school if they have ANY of the symptoms listed on the decision tree guidelines (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea).

  • Have your child vaccinated. Remember, your child will not need to be quarantined if they come in close contact at school if they are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic. The vaccination will keep them in school and able to participate in all of the extracurricular activities like athletics, band, dance, ASB, etc.

  • If your child is quarantined, then they will receive support/connection with a VUSD Learning Support Teacher, via Zoom and email.

  • If your child is quarantined, they are to follow along in Canvas for their coursework.

  • If your child is fully vaccinated, they are NOT required to Quarantine at this time.


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BLAST Tutoring

Our amazing teachers, Ambrosia Solis and Robert LaPorte, will be hosting after-school tutorials Monday through Thursday! Please see the flier linked for the full schedule.

Please keep in mind, it is first-come, first-serve.


Purchase your yearbook

Welcome back Wildcat Families!

We are back to school and ready for a great year of memories! Remember to pre-order your 2021-22 Yearbook at a 20% discounted price (compared to the end of year price) by following the link or using the QR code! As always, thanks for supporting our award-winning Yearbook program!


Library Announcements

Chromebooks have been distributed to all students. We highly encourage you to purchase the device insurance plan, which covers the replacement and repair costs for chromebooks and their chargers. The insurance plan can be purchased online, in the RMS Webstore. The plan will protect the device against ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE, THEFT, FIRE, FLOOD, NATURAL DISASTERS, POWER SURGE and VANDALISM. This plan will provide full replacement cost coverage and will protect the item on and off school grounds.


Health Office

Please send a refillable water bottle with your student everyday. Roosevelt has refill stations available for your student to use.

The Health Office would like to remind all parents/guardians that only PCR/NAAT Covid Test results are accepted as proof of testing for Covid19. Please contact with questions or concerns.

The Health Office would like to remind SEVENTH GRADE parents/guardians that the T-dap vaccine is required for all students entering the 7th grade. ALL students are required to have 2 Varicella vaccines. Notifications have been mailed to parents/guardians of students missing these vaccines. September 15 is the deadline for turning in missing immunizations. Please contact the Health Office with any questions or concerns.

School Nurse Contact Information:Amy McGruire: Cell:760-936-3825 Email: Please contact me with any questions or concerns. Please also refer to Health and Safety Webpage for information:


Independent Study Contracts Needed To Continue Learning During to Quarantine

The Vista Unified School District is committed to providing ongoing opportunities for students to continue their education and earn attendance credit while on quarantine. Currently, the state only allows districts to provide these opportunities through independent study, and parents/guardians must agree for their students to voluntarily participate. We need your help to sign a short-term independent study contract so that our schools can get the funding they need to maintain services for all students.

Currently, students on quarantine are marked with excused absences, but once parents/guardians approve for their student to participate in independent study during quarantine, the student will begin to generate positive attendance. Students enrolled in this short term independent study during periods of quarantine will have access to classroom content through Canvas, the district learning management system. Students can complete classroom assignments to stay current with the classroom learning and earn attendance credit. Keep in mind that when a student is marked absent, the school loses funding for that student for as long as they are absent.

Please, check your email from VUSD sent on September 24th for the personalized link. If you cannot find the email with the personalized link, please follow this link VUSD Independent Study Online Form to complete the form.


Parent Canvas & Parent VUSD Email

Click here to see instructions to create a Parent Canvas account and how to check the parent VUSD email


VUSD Parents: Notification for Remind

Vista Unified School District is committed to engaging families as partners in education. We continue to refine our communication systems to provide up to date information about teaching and learning, collaboration, family engagement, and college and career pathways. One important improvement of our plan is to implement a more efficient and seamless communication platform called Remind......[READ MORE]


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