The RMMS Olé FAMILY EDITION

Rancho Minerva Middle School - May 20, 2022

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MRS. DUNCAN'S PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOLAR NATHAN MENDOZA CAPTURED NATURE AT ITS FINEST

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APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED

Thank you for helping us help YOU! It is essential that parents/families make appointments to see Administrators at RMMS. We know sometimes things come up quickly, however, in order to serve our families, we need you to schedule an appointment. Parents who arrive on campus prior to school beginning will need to wait until school starts to meet with an Administrator. Please note that all Administrators are on campus, welcoming scholars, each morning from 8:00 am - 8:30 am. Administrators are not available to meet with parents during this time. We thank you for your understanding and patience. Please schedule an appointment by calling 760-631-4500.


Our scholars are assigned an Administrator based on their last names. We are all here to help! Please call Ms. Claudia at 760-631-4500, x64006, to set up an appointment if needed or click on the AP's name to email them directly in English or Spanish. Be sure to include your scholar's name.


  • Assistant Principal Mr. Dillard is assigned to scholars with last names A-L
  • Assistant Principal Mr. Selleck is assigned to scholars with last names M-Z.

IMPORTANT DATES

May 30 - No School

June 2 - Masquerade Dance - ticket and COVID test required ($5 at scholar station)

June 6 - 8th grade BBQ, 12:30 - 3 pm

June 8 - Last day of school, 6th and 7th graders out at 11:30 am, 8th graders arrive at 12 pm

June 8 - 8th grade Promotion, 1 pm, RMMS Upper Field

8TH GRADE PROMOTION ELIGIBILITY

Letters were sent out this week to families of scholars who aren't meeting the criteria to participate in promotion. Please check out the 8th grade Scholar Newsletter for more details.


FROM THE HANDBOOK - Eligibility for Promotion

  • Scholars must have earned a GPA of 2.0 or higher by the end of the 3rd quarter reporting period. Scholars with a GPA lower than 2.0 may not be invited to the promotion ceremony. Scholars who receive five or more referrals, or days of suspension for the second semester may not be invited to the promotion ceremony. Administration reserves the right to modify participation criteria for promotion.

SUMMER SCHOOL INTEREST FORM - CURRENT 6TH AND 7TH GRADERS ONLY

Rancho Minerva will NOT be offering summer school this year due to the construction project happening on campus. However, we would like to know if you are interested in having your scholar attend summer school at another site. ASES WILL be offering programs! They will be working at Alta Vista HS. Please complete the form ONLY IF you are interested. We cannot guarantee there will be space, however, we will try! Thank you! Please complete this form ASAP! CLICK HERE FOR THE FORM.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT RMMS? GOOD STUFF ALWAYS!

“Steal as much wisdom from other people as you can.”

― Aziz Ansari


ATTENTION CURRENT 6TH AND 7TH GRADE FAMILIES

INTEREST SUMMER FORM

Rancho Minerva will NOT be offering summer school this year due to the construction project happening on campus. However, we would like to know if you are interested in having your scholar attend summer school at another site. ASES WILL be offering programs! They will be working at Alta Vista HS. Please complete the form ONLY IF you are interested. We cannot guarantee there will be space, however, we will try! Thank you! Please complete this form ASAP!


STATE TESTING STARTED MAY



OPEN HOUSE - MAY 19


PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Hi Parents! We need volunteers for our school dance on Thursday, June 2. The dance will be from 3:15-4:30. Volunteers should arrive at 3:00 so we have time to organize before the dance starts. Please use this link to sign up: Dance Volunteers Thank you so much!


MASQUERADE DANCE ON JUNE 2

On Thursday, June 2, we will be having a Masquerade Dance from 3:15 to 4:30. There will be music, games, Kona Ice, snacks, and a photobooth area to capture all those memories with friends before the year ends! It will be at RMMS immediately after school. To participate, scholars are required to have:

  • proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the dance OR provide proof of vaccination when buying dance ticket - you can register your scholar for an on-site test by clicking the following link - REGISTER FOR INSPIRE
  • a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • less than 5 days of suspension

Tickets will be $5 per person. They will be sold at the Scholar Store May 17th-20th and also May 24th-27th. Tickets will ONLY be sold on those dates. You will not be able to buy a dance ticket at the door. Buy your tickets early so you don't miss out on the fun! Come to the Scholar Store to pick up your order forms starting Monday, May 16th.


SPORTS UPDATE



WEEKLY COVID TESTING

RMMS is offering weekly COVID testing on Wednesdays for those families who have consented. Many families consented back in August. If you would like your scholar removed from weekly testing, please contact Claudia in scholar services.


HEADS UP: NEW START TIME FOR 22-23 SCHOOL YEAR

California Senate Bill 328 requires all public and charter middle schools and high schools to make adjustments to bell schedules so that high schools begin no earlier than 8:30 am and middle schools begin no earlier than 8:00 am. There is no requirement for elementary schools. This bill was approved on October 13, 2019, and, even after years of litigation and advocacy, will go into effect on July 1, 2022. RMMS WILL START AT 9 AM (TUESDAY-FRIDAY), 10 AM (MONDAYS) CLICK HERE FOR THE SCHEDULE


SHADE PROJECT

RMMS is under construction! The Balfour Beatty team is hard at work getting all the work done for our new lunch area shade structures. This week,



FREE NCTD BUS FOR SCHOLARS!

To take part in the free program, children 18 and under will have to sign up for a Youth PRONTO app account or a Youth PRONTO card. Information on PRONTO can be found at https://bit.ly/3rv3ONd.


MONDAY - BREEZE ROUTE 334 TO RMMS - SPANISH

TUESDAY - FRIDAY - BREEZE ROUTE 334 TO RMMS - SPANISH

TUESDAY - FRIDAY - BREEZE ROUTE FROM RMMS - SPANISH


22-23 ASES PRE-REGISTRATION

Please see the flyers below this section for information on how to register your 6th or 7th grader for ASES for the 22-23 school year.


COVID AT RMMS THIS WEEK

We did have a positive COVID cases this week at RMMS. Our SASEA/UCSD robot DID NOT detect COVID in our wastewater this week. Please see the SASEA newsletter for more information.


RMMS is offering weekly COVID testing on-site for those scholars whose parents have consented AND registered through Inspire every WEDNESDAY. Families must consent AND register in order for participation.

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RMMS CLUBS ON CAMPUS: (CLICK LINK HERE TO ACCESS CALENDAR)

Monday:

  • Dungeons & Dragons Club meets in the Library, from 3:15-5 pm

Tuesday: BUSING AVAILABLE at 4:30 pm

  • Ballet Folklorico meets on the stage, from 3:30-4:30 pm
  • PLUS meets in E111, from 3:15-4:30 pm
  • CSUSM Maker Lab, 3-4:30 pm, Library

Wednesday:

  • Movement Club meets in E109, from 3:15-4:15 pm

Thursday:

  • Rainbow Club meets in Room G106, during both lunches

Friday:

  • Movement Club meets in E109, from 3:15-4:15 pm
  • Nutrition Club meets by the front gate, 3:00 pm

SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT CARD (SARC) FOR RMMS

The purpose of the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is to provide parents and the community with important information about each public school. A SARC can be an effective way for a school to report on its progress in achieving goals. The public may also use a SARC to evaluate and compare schools on a variety of indicators.

The SARC includes:

  • Demographic data
  • School safety and climate for learning information
  • Academic data
  • School completion rates
  • Class sizes
  • Teacher and staff information
  • Curriculum and instruction descriptions
  • Postsecondary preparation information
  • Fiscal and expenditure data

A hard copy is available upon request in the front office. Click the links below for a virtual copy.

BECOMING A CYBER-SAVVY PARENT (from SmartSocial.com)

10 Instagram & Snapchat Safety Tips for Families

from SmartSocial.com


Teach teens how to be responsible online

Austin Luliano, Social Media Marketing Consultant


Educate teens about what is right and wrong for online activities. When students randomly send their phone number or personal data on Snapchat, teach them to show their parents the message.


Explain to teens why it isn't appropriate to share personal information on Snapchat or Instagram. Parents need to be aware that kids have access to everyone and if the parents take the time to educate their kids, 9 times out of 10 the kids will make the right decision.

COMMUNITY LIAISON CORNER, ADELESLY LOBATO REYES (Ext. 64095)

Vista Community Clinic

The Vista Community Clinic would like to invite you all to their Mental Health Fair this weekend from 9am-1pm. They will be providing different resources and services including skin cancer screenings. You will also have the opportunity to participate in all types of activities and giveaways!


City Of Vista

The Vista Recreation and Community Services will be providing different recreational opportunities for children over the summer including basketball,flag football, and kenpo karate. Financial assistance is provided through scholarships, if you wish to apply fill out the online application. For paper applications contact your Adelesly Lobato Reyes, your Community Liaison.


Parent Workshops at Rancho Minerva MS

1. Technology Workshop, Tuesday’s at 9:00am and 4:00pm

The purpose of this workshop is to help parents better their technology skills and learn how to navigate school related applications like Aries and Canvas.


2. Journaling Club, Wednesday’s at 10:00am

The main goal of the club is to provide parents with a safe space to reflect and share about their experiences as parents.


SPED Department:

The SPED department will be hosting a workshop on May 17th, from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm to provide parents with a basic overview of the IEP process as well as parent resources from the North Coastal Consortium of Special Education (NCCSE).You must sign-up beforehand to participate.


Parents as Partners in the IEP Process / Los Padres de Familia como Aliados en el Proceso del IEP


FACE Network:

The Vista FACE Network invites you and your family to attend the 6th Annual Education Fair on May 7th from 10 am - 1 pm. There will be different workshops, activities, and performances. We hope you can make it!

For more information about upcoming events please refer to the flyers below.


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FAMILY WORKSHOP RESOURCES & MORE!

Enjoy browsing through these pages that are full of valuable resources!

Literacy

Academic & Homework Support

College & Career Readiness


OTHER RESOURCES

Parenting: No easy job!

Translation: Practice your English-to-Spanish/Spanish-to-English translations

NEW RMMS SPIRIT WEAR SHOP! GET YOUR AWESOME RMMS SPIRIT GEAR HERE!

CLICK BELOW TO BUY YOUR YEARBOOK! LIMITED SUPPLY!

PSSTWORLD - online safety tip reporting tool

Are you ready to take action?

Have you seen or heard something that concerns you?

Is someone or something bothering you or your friends at school?

Let your school or local law enforcement team help!

The PSSTWorld Report It! form is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

PSSTWorld is monitored and reviewed during schools hours only

so if this is an emergency please call 911.

Be helpful, not hurtful. Say something.

PSSTWorld - Promoting Safer Schools Togetherr.

DIVERSITY AWARENESS CALENDAR - MAY

Below is a list of the widely recognized awareness months and day(s) for a specific group, culture or cause. These awareness months and day(s) are intended to help raise awareness and understanding for the group, culture or cause, not trivialize.


All Month

National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Haitian Heritage Month

Indian Heritage Month

Mental Health Month

Personal History Awareness Month


1–2 The Twelfth Day of Ridvan

2 Ramadan Ends

4 Star Wars Day

5 Cinco de Mayo

8–9Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for those who Lost their Lives during WWII

21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

22 International Day for Biological Diversity

23 Declaration of the Bab in Shiraz, Shavuot

29 Ascension of Bahau'llah

30 Memorial Day


Taken from https://www.tmcc.edu/diversity/awareness-calendar

Looking for a job? VUSD is hiring!

Please check job postings at the following link: VUSD JOBS

IMPORTANT COVID INFORMATION

KEEP YOUR SCHOLAR HOME IF THEY DON'T FEEL WELL

Please remember that if your scholar doesn't feel well, please keep them home. In addition, if you are waiting for a test result for your scholar, or anyone in your family, please do not send the scholar to school until you receive a negative test. You will help us keep RMMS open and healthy. We don't want to have to send scholars home. Thank you for helping us!!!


QUARANTINING DURING COVID

We appreciate your support as we continue to work through all the challenges with COVID protocols. Thank you for helping our school stay safe and healthy by checking in with your scholar about how they are feeling AND keeping them home if they don't feel 100%. If they come to school not feeling well, they could be sent home to quarantine. Please know that CANVAS is the district approved learning management system for all scholars in VUSD. If your scholar is quarantined, please know that it may take a day or two for the teachers to get all the assignments uploaded and ready to go.


We will not be sending out school wide letters to families if we have a COVID positive scholar at RMMS. We WILL include that information in this newsletter. Only those families that have a scholar who is considered a close contact will be notified directly.


Check out the COVID INFORMATION NEWSLETTER and the VUSD COVID-19 Dashboard below.

NTCD BUS INFORMATION

If your scholar rides the NCTD bus, please be sure they ask the driver if they are going to Rancho Minerva. The normal Route 334 DOES NOT go to RMMS. We have a special bus that brings scholars to RMMS in the morning. Please remind your scholar to ask before getting on the bus. We don't want them to end up somewhere else! See the schedules below.


Below is the link to the NCTD website that contains all the PRONTO information scholars and families will need. If you have questions, call Customer Service at 760.966.6500 or the PRONTO Support Team at 619.595.5636. https://gonctd.com/fares/pronto/

JOIN PTA AND SUPPORT OUR SCHOLARS AT RMMS!

YOUR PTA BOARD:

  • President: Veronica Rangel
  • Executive Vice President: Amanda Remmen
  • Treasurer: Marci Hawkins
  • Recording Secretary: available
  • Membership - still available
  • VP Fundraising - still available


Please join PTA using this link - MEMBERSHIP LINK


Please use this link to get access to all the PTA flyers.

Palomar College Educational Talent Search (ETS) Program

Educational Talent Search is a year-round comprehensive academic college preparation and retention program that serves students at participating schools in the Vista Unified School District. ETS provides academic instruction and support by promoting academic excellence to college bound students while preparing them to attend and graduate from college upon high school graduation.



Services

• Academic Advising

• College Preparation Guidance

• Assistance with College Admissions Forms

• Financial Aid Workshops

• Career Exploration

• College Visits/College Fairs

• Educational Field Trips

• Tutoring (In-Person & Online)

VUSD Calendar

  • This is the 2021-22 VUSD Calendar: CLICK HERE
  • This will help you know when schools are closed, when there are Minimum Days, and when the school year ends.

WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOUR SCHOLAR!

If you would like your scholar to make an appointment with their counselor, they can fill out this form Counseling Request Form


Rebecca Ramirez scholars A-L

rebeccaramirez1@vistausd.org

760-631-4500 X64005


Marisol Mayoral scholars M-Z

marisolmayoral@vistausd.org

760-631-4500 x64003


FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM @RMMSCOUNSELING

REMINDERS FROM PREVIOUS NEWSLETTERS

LATE START MONDAYS

Just a reminder that all middle schools in VUSD have late start Mondays. We begin school at 9:30 am every Monday. Gates open at 9 am. Please do not drop off your scholar prior to 9 am. Please check with ASES if you need AM/PM care for your scholar.


CELL PHONES ON CAMPUS

All scholars are reminded to power down their cell phones and to put them in their backpacks each morning during the announcements. If a scholar needs to reach their family, they are able to access the phones in classrooms or in Scholar Services. If a scholar's phone is seen out (for example, in their back pocket), it could be confiscated and held for parent pickup. Thank you for your support in advance.


Assembly Bill 272, signed into law on July 1, 2019, allows schools to limit the use of smartphones while scholars are on campus. "The bill declares that there is growing evidence that unrestricted use of smartphones by students during the school day interferes with the educational mission of schools; lowers pupil performance, particularly among low-achieving pupils; promotes cyberbullying; and contributes to an increase in teenage anxiety, depression and suicide." Click here for more information.


NUTRITION

Per our handbook, please be sure scholars leave candy, large bags of chips, sodas, and energy drinks at home. All purchased drinks (like Starbucks, McDonalds, etc) need to be finished prior entering 1st period. In addition, please remind your scholar to bring a refillable water bottle to school to stay hydrated.

You are a VIP!

The Vista Institute for Parents (VIP) is a collaborative effort to create a system of support to engage and empower families as partners in education.

  • Facilitating access to academic supports
  • Prioritizing care and connection
  • Building technology literacy
  • Helping families effectively navigate the education system

This website is designed to provide up-to-date resources and videos, a platform to communicate with our support team and get connected to others, to learn new skills and tips for your family, and have fun with us as we all continue to grow and learn together to support our amazing Vista Unified students. This is an ever-evolving program, so if you identify something you would like to share or learn, please reach out to us today! Here's to being partners in education!

School Accountability Report Card Available

RMMS's School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is now available on our school website and in the Main Office for your review.