RMS Wildcat Weekly

April 30th, 2021 Information for our Families

Greetings Wildcat Families!

Happy Friday!

Dear Wildcat Families,

Thanks for a great week, and thank you to all of you who have incoming Wildcats who attended our virtual RMS Future Wildcat Orientation last night! Next week we have some exciting events, including RMS STAFF APPRECIATION and "Check Your Mood Week" for our 7th graders.

Please read through all of the announcements below for important updates for next week.

A Few Highlights to look for in the Wildcat Weekly:

  • We're so excited to announce that registrations for BAND CAMP 2021 are now open! Band Camp will be from July 26th-30th, and details are below!

  • BLAST Tutorial Program is back! BLAST (Boost Learning After School Tutoring) will be offered in-person AND virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 pm. In-person after school will be in room H12, and the Zoom link for tutoring is in the Wildcat Weekly.

  • Registration is now open for Summer 2021 RMS RAD Academy for all grade levels! Bridge and Enrichment sessions are available for incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Check out the info in the Wildcat Weekly!

  • Update on State Testing! Details are below.

Thank you, and have a wonderful week!


Heather Golly

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State Testing

We are excited that this year the state is not mandating the lengthy CAASPP tests in ELA and math or the CAST in science. They are instead allowing flexibility for districts to select and administer their own standardized assessments. VUSD elementary and middle schools have decided that students in grades 3-8 will take the FastBridge in ELA and math in lieu of the CAASPP SBAC test. Students in grades 3-8 who are identified through their IEP as needing an alternative assessment will take the CAASPP California Alternative Assessment (CAA) for both ELA and math. VUSD will not be administering a science test this year. The FastBridge ELA and math assessments will be administered in the same manner that they were administered for both the Fall and Winter assessments. We will be administering the Fastbridge ELA the week of May 10-14, Fastbridge Math the week of May 17-21, and make-ups the following week. Attached are the notifications that were sent home to all families. If you have any questions regarding this testing, please feel free to reach out to us.

Assessment Letter to Parents Spring 2021

Assessment Letter to Parents Spring Follow Up 2021


Staff Appreciation Week

This school year has been unlike any other but the Staff at Roosevelt have been working hard to help students have a great year! NOW is the time to show your support and appreciation for all they have done.
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Summer 2021 RAD ACADEMY!

We are inviting our Wildcats to be part of our RAD Academy 2021! Roosevelt Artful Design Academy is an opportunity for our students sharpen their skills, engage in enriching activities, and connect with other Wildcats. Students have the option to participate in either a Bridge or Enrichment session, or both. To sign up, please complete the Google form: bit.do/rmsradacademy

DATES: June 21-July 2, 2021

TIME: 8:00am-12:15pm (ELA, Math, PE)

LUNCH: 12:20-12:55 pm

ENRICHMENT 1:00-2:30 pm (Options listed on registration form)

CONTACT: Sochie Schmitz sochieschmitz@vistausd.org

BRIDGE Session: Sharpen your literacy and math skills in small classes with engaging art-based strategies! Practice physical fitness with other Wildcats.

ENRICHMENT Sessions: Students choose from Eco Art, Book Club, Coding, Choir, or Artistic Exploration in Science!

There are limited spaces and registration will close on May 28, 2021!


Coming soon save the date!

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BLAST After School Tutoring! In-person!

Are you falling behind in your classes? Do you need a quiet space to do your homework and ask for help? Then come after school to "make the grade" and have a "BLAST"! Boost Learning After School Tutoring (BLAST) aims to help students succeed in their classes in a supportive environment after school.

In-person: There is a maximum of 25 students allowed in the classroom, so come on over after school before spots fill up! 3:15-4:15 pm in Rm H12.

Virtual: click on the Zoom link to join in! https://vistausd.zoom.us/j/97126866400


Counseling Corner

Applications for ASB, Yearbook, and Office Aide were be distributed in students’ PE class. Students interested in applying for these Essentials must submit their application by Friday, April 30th.

Follow us on Instagram @rooseveltcounseling for updates.

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


7th grade Wildcat Families

Starting the week of May 3rd, all 7th grade students will be participating in Check your Mood Week where they will receive the SOS Signs of Suicide® presentation during their Science class. The goal of the program is to:

  • To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness, and help them assess whether or not they may have symptoms consistent with depression
  • To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression
  • To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in a friend
  • To impress upon teens that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns

Trained Clinicians from North County Lifeline will be in contact with any student who flags a friend or themselves to determine what supports the student needs. If you DO NOT want your student to participate in this program, please CLICK HERE to complete the form and return to me at NancyLicona@vistausd.org.

Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions at nancylicona@vistausd.org or coryway@vistausd.org

Thank you for your time!


7th and 8th Grade Science: CHYA Curriculum

7th and 8th grade science classes will be starting the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA) Health curriculum in June. A copy of the informational letter that was shared by 7th and 8th grade science teachers and emailed to 7th and 8th grade families regarding the Health curriculum is attached here again for your review:CHYA Health Letter Eng 2-21 CHYA Health Letter Spa 20-21, along with a description of the CHYA curriculum: CHYA Curriculum Information Parents and guardians can examine written educational materials used in comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention instruction at the Vista Unified School District Office (1234 Arcadia Avenue, Vista, CA 92084) or may request a copy of the California Healthy Youth Act (California Education Code Sections 51930-51939) by contacting the district office. If you have any questions, please contact your child's science teacher.


VUSD After School Education and Safety (ASES)

Roosevelt Middle School offers an After School Education and Safety (ASES) Grant Program to students grades 6th-8th. This is a cost-free grant program based on student attendance, providing homework assistance, tutorials, and enrichment activities for your child.

ASES is currently working as an in-person program with our normal days (Monday-Friday) from 3:08-6:08 p.m.

To complete the 2021-2022 ASES Pre-registration CLICK HERE

If your son or daughter will no longer be participating in ASES or you are interested in enrolling your child, please contact Ms. Christine at (760) 685-2386 or email christineramirez@vistausd.org


8th Grade Promotion- Save the Date!

Tentative Details:

  • Friday, June 18 @ 8:45 am

  • Drive-Thru Ceremony with photo opportunities, Promotion Certificates/Awards, and more!

  • Lots more info to come!

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PTA Announcements for Parents

Your PTA is preparing for Staff Appreciation week, which will be May 3 - May 7. More details to come. If anyone wants to contribute please contact lizdebaets@gmail.com. Looking for discount coupons, donations from licensed restaurants or food vendors, and craft/gift donations. CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

Perfect Bites Catering is pairing up with Roosevelt's PTA for their next fundraiser. Between June 14th and June 18th, 10% of all orders placed will go towards Roosevelt Middle School PTA. When ordering just use the coupon code "Roosevelt". See the flyer HERE.

Roosevelt PTA is putting together the Board for next year!!! We have many open positions and wonderful opportunities for involvement with the school. Please join us! Email lizdebaets@gmail.com for details, positions and to sign up.

Roosevelt PTA Association Meeting is Monday May 10th at 4:00. Save the date! More info to come.

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Wildcat Families and Students,

If you were unable to make it to our RMS Yearbook Portrait Day, we have good news! Please check out the attached fliers for instructions for submitting your photo to Yearbook Plus. We want to make sure that you are a part of this historical year's yearbook. The deadline for submitting If you have any questions, please feel free to contact DanielGuerzon@vistausd.org (Yearbook Advisor).

Roosevelt Middle School Yearbook Plus Photo Instructions

Bilingual Yearbook Plus Instructions

Order your yearbook space now by clicking this link: https://www.jostens.com/apps/jcom/router.mvc?affiliateId=1005832

Yearbooks are still available for purchase. Order your yearbook now by clicking this link: https://www.jostens.com/apps/jcom/router.mvc?affiliateId=1005832

Thank you!

RMS Wildcat Yearbook Staff

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CLASSIC Return- 5 Days Per Week

CLASSIC Schedule for Roosevelt Middle School (Starting 4.5.21)

Our gates open at 7:30 am Tuesday through Monday and at 8:30am on Mondays. Breakfast is available for all students. Our 6th graders will enter through the gate by H13 (signage will be posted) and our 7th and 8th graders will enter through our main gate into the lunch area. Students will be directed to line up by their first period classes by 8:20 am.

Please remember it is crucial our entire RMS community to follow clear expectations so that we can return as safely as possible. These expectations will include procedures and requirements for...

  • masks

  • individual student plastic dividers

  • arrival and dismissal

  • one directional hallways during passing periods and lunch

  • social distancing inside and outside of the classroom

  • lunch procedures

  • bringing their charged Chromebook and personal supplies every day

  • practicing safe hygiene, including washing hands frequently and using hand sanitizer when entering classrooms

  • daily health screening of your student

Students who live two miles away or more from the school, may apply for school bus transportation. Please call or email Marcos Chavira at 760-726-2170 ext. 92804 or marcoschavira@vistausd.org. Please allow a two week period to review your application to see if it can be approved depending on the route of your home address.

We will need our families to be partners in these efforts to keep everyone safe by reinforcing these requirements and by ensuring that if students are showing ANY symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school. Please see the detailed information on the COVID-19 Decision Tree to help you screen for symptoms and see what to do if there has been confirmed exposure to or a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Our RMS Covid-19 Prevention Program is posted on our RMS Website for your reference, along with other important documents.

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Virtual Tutoring with Mr. Brust

RMS Tutoría Virtual Need help with your homework? We're here to help you. Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:10 pm - 4:00 pm


School ID and Picture Orders

ID's were handed out to Classic students on Wednesday 04/07/2021 during their 8th period. If your student is in the Classic Learning model, had a picture taken but did not receive their ID, please call the office.

If your student is in the Virtual learning model, please call the office to schedule an appointment to pick up your student's ID.


Cameras On!

Thank you for helping us to communicate the importance of engagement in our virtual classes. We have seen an improvement already in cameras on and communication in the chat! Again, we want to share a collective message that our expectation is that all students participate actively in their Zoom classes. Some examples of actively participating are the following:

  • Turn your cameras on during specific portions of the lesson as determined by the teacher.
  • Respond verbally or in writing when prompted.
  • Utilize the Chat feature appropriately to communicate with teachers and peers.

It is crucial that cameras are on and that students are actively participating in class in order to support engagement, community-building, and motivation for learning. We need your support as parents/guardians to stress the importance of these expectations with our Wildcats. Students who have particular issues having their cameras on should reach out to their teachers.


Hapara News

Exciting news! We are pleased to announce that a very helpful tool called Hapara is now working with our Canvas and is once again available for our teachers. Hapara is an important tool to assist teachers with digital citizenship and classroom management. This tool allows teachers to monitor what students are accessing during class on their Chromebooks. We will be supporting our teachers in setting it up for their classes, and we wanted our parents to be aware of this tool and what it does. We have attached letters that detail the privacy policy and how we are adhering to the ethical monitoring policy for this instructional tool. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Hapara Parent Letter English

Hapara Parent Letter Spanish


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Family and Community Liaison

Parent Center Office Hour with Ms. Gabby Remember on Tuesdays from 11:00 am. to 12:00 pm. Connect with Ms. Gabby for any questions you may have. Get information about resources and the Zoom link. flyer, or Email your Roosevelt Family and Community Liaison Ms. Gabby Thompson, gabrielathompson@vistausd.org, or contact her at extension 63013

Check about the new Spring menus for classic students, virtual, and distribution days and times. Remember, Wednesdays pick up food for the whole week for virtual students! All breakfasts and lunches are free this school year for all classic and virtual students.

Library News

Library Appointments

Classic Students: If you have library books checked out, and they are due while school remains virtual, have no fear! You will not be charged overdue fines. Please keep your library books until we are back on campus. In the meantime, you can sign up for a time to visit the library, browse the shelves, and grab a book! With district guidelines for safety in place, please sign up for a time to visit the library using this link, and please wear a mask.

Device Coverage 2020-2021

If you have not purchased your 2020-2021, Device insurance yet, our only option at the moment is to accept payment online, through our school Webstore. Click here, then click on the RMS Webstore link, and select 20/21 Device Coverage-CC. You can pay with a debit or credit card.

Health Office:

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

The Health Office would like to remind SIXTH 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. Please contact the Health Office with any questions or concerns.

School Nurse Contact Information:Amy McGruire: Cell:760-936-3825 Email: amymcguire@vistausd.org. Please contact me with any questions or concerns. Please also refer to Health and Safety Webpage for information: https://www.vistausd.org/healthandsafety

High School Information:


Attendance is key to student success! Please encourage your student to sign on to virtual learning every day and on time. Teachers are required by Senate Bill 98 to take attendance every period, every day.

Students are considered "present" if they log in to their scheduled Live Zoom meetings each day (synchronous) AND if they log on and complete any work during their Learning Options & Work Time (asynchronous) periods.

If students complete work early in a Learning Options & Work Time period, they can log in early for a different period and continue independently with their work in that class. The intention is for each student to log in to each of their classes every day and make progress on their classwork.

New Attendance Codes:

A = absent

1 = present for a live Zoom meeting

2 = present for an asynchronous period (by logging into the class on Canvas and working on classwork)

Remember, absences must be cleared within 72 hours (3 school days) after the student returns to school. If your student was accidentally marked absent or 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.

If you have any concerns, please communicate with your student's teacher or with our attendance office (760) 726-8003 x63020 or yeseniabeas@vistausd.org

VUSD Community Update of April 13th

Click here to read the latest

VUSD Community Update of April 29th, 2021 here

Updated School Accountability Report Card

Please click here for Roosevelt's SARC. A hard copy of Roosevelt's SARC is available upon request at your school site.


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.

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