Roosevelt Wildcat Weekly

September 24, 2021 Information for our Families

Greetings Wildcat Families,

It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as the new Interim Principal of Roosevelt Middle School. I am honored to lead such an amazing school and community. I have spent my first week visiting classrooms and getting to know the students, staff, and families of RMS. I can already tell this is a special place and I am excited to be joining the Wildcat family.

This school year marks my 18th year as an educator. I spent the first half of my career as a high school biology teacher, mostly teaching freshmen, and I loved every minute of it! There is nothing better than supporting students as they make connections, challenge themselves, and find that love of learning. For the last 8 ½ years, I have been a high school assistant principal, most recently at Mission Vista High School.

As an educator, I have devoted my career to providing students with learning opportunities that empower them to think critically about the world we live in and allow them to develop their strengths, interests, and values in a supportive and caring environment. I look forward to working with you as we support our students in their educational journey.

Go, Wildcats!


Amy Zilk

Roosevelt Bell Schedule 2021-2022

Click here to see the new bell schedule starting August 18, 2021

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Fall Candy Gram Sale!

ASB is very happy to kick of this year's events with a candy gram sale! Fall candy grams will be on sale Monday September 27th through Wednesday September 29th during lunch. They will be distributed during 8th period on Friday October 1st. They are $1 each and we thank you in advance for your support!


Come and Join us!

We will focus on sewing skirts for the New Folkloric Group of Students at RMS!

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Counseling Corner!

Club Rush was last week and we had a blast. Thank you to all of the students who made posters and promoted their clubs. If your student didn’t sign up for a club, THAT’S OKAY! There is still plenty of time. We are finalizing the Club List Schedule now and we will post it in the Wildcat Connect Canvas Course and sharing it here in the Wildcat Weekly.

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.

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Boys and Girls Club Sports

Though there has been a delay at the beginning of this school year, we are working with Boys and Girls Club to get our middle school sports up and running as soon as possible. In the meantime, Boys and Girls Club is offering middle school girls volleyball at the Boys and Girls Club right now through November. Vista Parks and Rec has flag football openings right now as well. Updated sports info can be found at

We will be starting boys basketball in October followed by girls basketball and co-ed soccer. We are working to see if we can get cross country as well. Thank you so much for understanding and support. We all know how important it is for our students to have as many positive outlets as possible!



Good news! JostensPIX was recently at your school to photograph picture day, and your student's photos are now available for viewing and ordering! Click on the button below to get started.




  • You can personalize your photos with a variety of backgrounds and text
  • Photos are shipped directly to your home
  • High-res digital downloads are available
  • If you have more than one child, you can order together and pay once

** Make-up picture day will be Thursday, 10/21/2021 during lunch.


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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.

We will include a Health and Safety Update in each RMS Wildcat Weekly and we will notify you in this update if there have been any positive cases on campus. This week, we had 1 positive case on campus. If you would like to check for a notification on a daily basis, please refer to the VUSD COVID-19 Case Dashboard. The Dashboard is updated by 7:00 pm daily.

A few other reminders about protocols:

  • If there is a student or adult who was a “Close Contact” of a person who is identified as Covid+ then we will send a notice to families in those classes about being exposed to a person who is a close contact of a Covid+ person.

  • If there is an active case of Covid, on campus, and your student was identified as being a Close Contact (defined as within 6' proximity for a cumulative 15 minutes in 24 hours) then you will be notified and your child will be Quarantined. The exception is if your child has been fully vaccinated (defined as 2 weeks post-final vaccination). Proof must be provided in this case.

  • 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.

In the August 24th VUSD Community Update, Dr. Doyle included a very important Health and Safety Call to Action for Parents:

  • Action #1: Notify your school immediately if your child or any member of your household becomes ill with COVID-19.

  • Action #2: 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).

  • Action #3: Keep your child home from school if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. They should NOT return to in-person learning until given a return date by our nursing staff. This includes exposure to someone living in the home who is positive.

  • Action #4: Do not send your child back to school if the child or anyone in the household is awaiting a COVID-19 test result. Only send your child back if they have a negative test result or if they have completed the entire quarantine period.

  • Action #5: Have your child vaccinated if they are 12 to 17 years old. 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 we can proactively respond to these five calls to action, then we can dramatically reduce the impact of quarantine on all students.

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We are NOT trying to push Vaccinations on people. We are simply sharing information.

  • If your child is fully vaccinated and not symptomatic, then they are NOT required to quarantine out of school due to being a Close-Contact Classroom Exposure to a Covid+ person.
  • "Fully Vaccinated" is defined as being 2 weeks after the final shot required is received.
  • You may email your Vaccination Card to

Vaccination opportunities remain available to our Vista community through the following city partners:

Linda Rhoades Recreation Center

600 N. Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA 92084

Open Tuesday - Saturday

Vista Community Clinic

Call or text for an appointment


Vista Works For You: Get Vista Vaccinated
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Family and Community Liaison

Hi Wildcats families!

Good news! The RMS Parent Center began its technology workshop for parents this week. See the flyer . We also will start a Sewing Club next week. Contact Ms. Gabby to register. Limited space due to restrictions.

Email your Roosevelt Family and Community Liaison Ms. Gabby Thompson,, or contact her at extension 63013 to set an appointment for assistance or with any other needs your family might have.

Check for more news below!

Parent Center News, Resources and more! Click here!

Click on the flyer to open the links.

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SNACK STOP- ON Wednesday @ lunchtime

DIPPIN DOTS - ON Fridays @ lunch

SPIRIT CART - ON Friday @ lunch

(Wear anything RMS, red, team affiliated, college/University shirts or San Diego Padres!)

* Please remind your students not to leave trash on the floor after shopping.


Roosevelt PTA

Snack Stop is back! Wednesdays at lunch purchase extra snacks from PTA. Parents: if you are interested in volunteering to staff the Snack Stop please email

Membership envelopes: Don’t forget to send in the PTA membership envelope you received with your child’s planner during registration with $10 to the front office. The first 10 envelopes received will get their choice of spirit wear! If you’d rather join online you can visit:

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.

Calling Band Parents: PTA is looking for a liaison for the band to assist with fundraising events like the popular dine-outs. Help make our outstanding music programs even better. Email for more information.


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:



Attendance is key to student success!

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.


Welcome Harvest!

Click here to read more about Harvest and for contact information if you would prefer your student to not have interaction with Harvest.


Helpful FAQs

We distributed these helpful 2021-2022 FAQs for Roosevelt Middle School during registration to answer any questions you may have. If you have any other questions that are not included here, please reach out to our office at 760-726-8003. Thank you!


Canvas Parent (Desktop)

  1. Go to:

  2. Select “Parent of a Canvas User? Click Here for an Account

  3. Enter your name in the Your Name field.

  4. Enter your email in the Your Email field.

  5. Enter your password in the Password field.

  6. Re-enter your password in the Re-enter Password field.

  7. Enter a pairing code to link your account to your student in the Student Pairing Code field.

  8. Agree to the terms of use by clicking the You agree to the terms of use checkbox.

  9. Click the Start Participating button


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 if you would like help checking your contact information in AERIES.

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 Remind 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.

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. The information below provides a preview of this important new feature of our communication plan.....[READ MORE]

VUSD Community Update of September

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