Mountain Ridge Middle School News
February 2nd, 2024
Student Led Conferences
Student Led Conferences will be held on February 22nd from 4pm to 7pm. We look forward to seeing you and showing off all the great things your students are learning!
Wish Week: February 5th-9th
A Message from Douglas County Sheriffs Office
Beginning next week, Monday 01/29/2024, in conjunction with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office traffic enforcement will begin at this intersection to ensure the safety of the students, pedestrians, and drivers in the area.
Below are, but not limited to, violations and safety issues which will be being addressed and citations written if needed:
- Students on scooters/pedestrians darting in front of traffic and not obeying pedestrian traffic signals.
- Parking, and impeding, the bike lane in both directions on Northbound Summit View Parkway.
- Pedestrian right of way in crosswalks.
- Illegal U-turns
- Impeding traffic of the intersection.
Thank you for your help as a community in your continued efforts to help make this intersection a safer area for your students and the community.
Safety and Security
CMAS Testing: Important Information
Dear MRMS families,
I write today in hope of harnessing our continued partnership and to ask for your support as we approach our CMAS testing dates. MRMS is scheduled to begin our state mandated CMAS testing on April 2nd. The complete testing schedule can be found on our website.
I sincerely ask you, outside of specific concerns or circumstances related to testing, that we encourage our students to use the state assessments as an opportunity to “show off” their academic growth and achievement to our community. There is of course explicit need for an opt out process, and I fully understand and support reasons that may lead individual families to an excusal from state testing. I would love the opportunity to engage in further discussion or answer any questions you might have related to testing. Please feel free to email or call me.
Over the past several years we have seen an increase in the number of students opting out of CMAS testing. In most cases students are using their persuasive skills with parents to plead their cases as to why they do not want to take the tests. We frequently hear that they simply do not want to test and sometimes sell the narrative to parents that “all of my friends are being excused”.
The assessment results are used by: parents/families to gauge student progress over time; teachers to inform and improve classroom practice and student placement; and by schools/districts to inform program, school, and district improvement. CMAS results are part of the student’s cumulative file that is forwarded on to other schools as part of their educational record. The results are also the backbone of the state’s accountability system. CMAS results are used to populate the annual school and district performance frameworks which result in accreditation ratings for each school and district. The results can also be used for teacher evaluation purposes as one of the multiple measures required under S.B. 10-191.
Once again, my hope is that our students show up, take the test, show us all that they know. With this valuable data we continue our work in making Mountain Ridge Middle School the best middle school in the district. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Principal Alison Shanor
Good to Know
Substitutes are guests in our building
Substitute Teachers are not easy to come by and it can be difficult to fill open positions when a teacher is out sick. The high demand for substitutes often means that substitutes have a choice in where they fill in. We expect our students to be respectful and kind at all times but when a guest is in our building it is imperative that our students treat them with courtesy and respect. We want Mountain Ridge to be the building that substitutes choose because they feel supported and respected. Students who are disrespectful or disruptive for a substitute will be subject to standard disciplinary action plus one after school detention. Please help support our substitute teachers by speaking with your student about the expectations of respect and kindness toward our guests.
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Traffic Pattern for Pick Up and Drop Off- We understand the limited access points to the building can make for a less -than -ideal pick up and drop off. The route that has been created is the most efficient possible given our infrastructure constraints. Please be kind to your fellow parents, crossing guards, administrators and staff when you are dropping off your student.