8th Grade Update (11/19)

By Ms. Dunn, Ms. Kerr, and Mr. Shafsky

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Welcome to Trimester 2!

This trimester, 8th grade students will have art class with Ms. Finnen instead of social studies. Be on the look out for creative works of art and new art homework!

Report cards for Trimester 1 will be sent out over the next week. If you do not receive yours by December 1st, please call us at (408) 928-8500.

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National Novel Writing Month - Every student is a novelist!

On November 1st, we entered a challenge to each write a novel of 4,000 words or more. The students are doing a great job so far, working on their writing both in and out of class. Keep encouraging them to write in order to meet the challenge or even exceed their own expectations!

All novels must be 4,000 words or more by Monday, December 2nd.

Parent Cafe

Thursday, Nov. 21st, 9am

Blended Learning Center

Renaissance parents are invited to join us for our next monthly Parent Cafe on Thursday, November 21 at 9:05am in the Blended Learning Center. At this month’s Parent Cafe we will visit Renaissance classrooms and parents will have an opportunity to see a sample of the magical teaching and learning that happens at Renaissance each day.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

We cordially invite all Renaissance and Mathson community members to enjoy our students’ performance of “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.!” This performance is directed by the Audacity Performing Arts Project, Inc., and will take place in the cafeteria on Friday November 22, beginning promptly at 5:00pm. Don’t be late!

Click the picture above to see the flier!

Please join us prior to the Thanksgiving break for a community feast! Bring a potluck dish that you can share with the Renaissance family; sixth and eighth grade families are invited to bring a side dish to share, and seventh grade families are invited to bring dessert or drinks. We will be providing the main dish: turkeys and ham. We will meet in the cafeteria beginning at 6:30pm on Friday, November 22 -- shortly after the Audacity performance. We hope to see you there!

Click the picture above to see the flier!

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Thanksgiving Break Next Week

Please remember that Thanksgiving Break begins on Monday, November 25th and ends on Friday, November 29th. Check with your student regarding homework assignments to be completed during that time.

Brandeis Homework Stars












Bears Homework Stars

Cathy C.

Joey V.


Ray R.

Deyanira D.

Alexis V.

Venezia M.

Kevin C.

JUan R.

Sophia M.

Jared M.

Joel M.

Gisele G.

Jasmin M.

Slugs Homework Stars

Coming soon! Check back in a few hours!

Important Events to Note over the Next ~30 Days:

  • 11/20: Parent-Student Lunch

  • 11/21: Parent Cafe at 9:00am

  • 11/22: Audacity’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr. Performance @ 5:00pm

  • 11/22: PTO-Sponsored Thanksgiving Potluck @ 6:30pm

  • 11/25-29: Thanksgiving Break (No School)

  • 12/3: School Site Council Meeting @ 5:00pm

  • 12/3: PTO Meeting @ 6:00pm

  • 12/5: 6th Grade Academic Exhibition at Mayfair Community Center @ 5:00pm

  • 12/12: 7th & 8th Grade Academic Exhibition @ 5:30pm

  • 12/12: ARUSD Board Meeting

  • 12/13: Career Day from 9:00am-12:00pm

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Renaissance Community Calendar

Students and parents can keep track of important school events by monitoring the Renaissance Community Calendar. Community members are invited to add this calendar to a calendar application on their smartphone, tablet, and/or computer. The Renaissance Community Calendar can also be accessed through the Renaissance website. All items tagged RAM (Renaissance Academy Mathson) are relevant to our school site. All items tagged RAF (Renaissance Academy Fischer) are relevant to families at the other Renaissance. All calendar items that are not specifically tagged RAM or RAF are relevant to the Renaissance community at-large.

Renaissance Academy at Mathson

School Mission

We believe all students will be successful when they are properly led and properly supported.

We will build up our students’ hearts and minds with the knowledge, skills, and habits to achieve success in high school, college, and life and to change their communities for the better.