Riverglen Junior High School

2014-2015 First Semester Newsletter

Mrs. Winters Message

Dear Riverglen Families,

It has been a terrific first semester at Riverglen Junior High! Students and staff have been busy finalizing semester grades this past week. Report cards will be mailed home this week. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child's teacher. Counselors and administrators are always available to help but your first contact should be your child's teacher as they can answer specifics about assignments, grades and behavior. We will continue to work hard to understand our students needs and devise ways to insure all students learn.

We want to take a moment to update you on our SMART goals for the school year. Our goals are in three areas: achievement, cultural and instructional. Achievement we did not hit our mark of increasing A, B & C grades this first semester. We are working hard to understand areas of need and how we can motivate students to persevere and excel in course work. Again our goal at the end of the year is to have 94% of our total grades be above the C mark.

Culturally, our goal of decreasing the number of behavioral events and increasing the pride in our school is right on mark! We are happy to report that overall discipline issues have dramatically decreased (300%!) compared to this time last year. We also feel the positive energy in our building and feel our Grizzly CORE Values are making a difference. Our weekly and monthly honoring of students living our CORE values helps keep the focus on the positive while still redirecting students that struggle with their choices. We are excited about the positive vibe of our student body and staff. Go Grizzlies!

Another great component of our Grizzly culture is our Student Leadership group and the meaningful service projects they dedicated to RGJH this semester. Leadership students honored staff with appreciation gestures during December, planned a successful food drive and implemented a "Cool Cub Club" to help our 7th graders feel more connected during to our school. This amazing group has also planned 2 assemblies and helped keep the spirit alive at RGJH with a dress up week for Red Ribbon Week. We are proud of the service they have provided to our school and look forward to their continued leadership in our community next semester!

Finally, we want to thank all of our families that filled out our parent survey on RGJH and BYOD. We reviewed the comments as a staff and we were to develop some action items to address concerns while continuing to do the great actions you also identified. One example is to increase communicate with our parents and community. Actions you will see that support increasing our communication is a quarterly newsletter from the school highlighting some of the important happenings at RGJH more frequent email contact from teachers and staff regarding grades and missing assignments. We really listened to your feedback and hope our action steps will help improve our communication between home and school.

Finally, thanks for all you do to help your child succeed at RGJH. We truly believe we have the best school community in Boise!

Go Grizz!

October Students of the Month

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December Students of the Month


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Thursday, Feb. 5th, 6:30pm

RGJH Cafeteria

Admission is free!
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If you are interested in trying out for our Annual RGJH Talent Show make sure to sign up for an audition prior to February 11th. Tryouts are Feb. 11th from 2:40-5:30 in the choir room. See Mr. Ray or Mrs. Stark for more details.
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Health Education thanks our Community Partners

Educating our youth to live healthy active lives is truly a community effort. At Riverglen, we are so fortunate to have excellent community partners donate time and learning equipment to our health education classes.

Thanks to Ross Dress for Less, the American Heart Association and Regence Blue Shield, we now have 20 new mini mannequins for intensive CPR practice. Ask an 8th grader to teach you how to save a life!

We also want to thank St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute and Boise State University for their help in bringing the Healthy U Cancer Prevention program to Riverglen. Thanks to this program, students had the opportunity to examine diseased organs and learn how to reduce their risk of developing cancer by choosing to reduce sugar intake and increase their activity levels.

Thanks to all of you who help our youth LIVE WELL!

Mrs. Bellan and Mrs. Conley

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Please send in your child's baby picture so we can put in the yearbook! You can upload it to the Jostens Replay-it site under Rivergen Jr. High. Be sure to do it soon, deadline will be first week in March! Questions contact Mrs. McCabe at jessica.mccabe@boiseschools.org
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