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3/26/16

"Everyone who knows how to read has it in their power to magnify themselves, to multiply the ways in which they exist, to make their life full, significant, and interesting". - Author, Aldous Huxley

Elementary schools across the San Ramon Valley Unified School District have adopted, and are fully implementing the work of Teachers' College Reading and Writing Project - Columbia University, New York, with tremendous fidelity and focus.  The mission of the Reading and Writing Project is to help all students become avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers.  There are many interesting and compelling discussion topics within the scope of the work, but with limited space, the focus of this month's article is to share how Rancho is ensuring teachers have adequate materials to support high quality instruction in reading, and further, promote student access to a variety of literature.

Over the last couple of years school wide emphasis has been placed on building rich, state-of-the-art classroom libraries with multiple copies of interesting children's books.  When interesting and varied books, ranging in difficulty, are directly available to students it sparks students' interests and matches their passions.  It is much easier to teach students to read - to teach them what they need to become powerful, knowledgeable and literate people (Lucy Calkins) when great books are in their line of sight.

Building classroom libraries is a work in progress.  According to several sources the optimal number of books in a single classroom library should be 300-600, depending on grade level and number of copies of each title.  The number of books teachers should expect students to read during the school year in 1st grade (picture books) is 100-125; and, 2nd grade and up (chapter books) is 50-75.  This amounts to approximately 22 different books for every student in the class.

The good news is that through the dynamic teamwork of Rancho Romero's teaching staff, School Site Council and Education Fund a structured, systematic approach, aligned with necessary funding, is propelling us toward the goal of supplying hundreds of high quality books in the classroom.  During our most recent school wide auction, over $20,000 dollars was raised through a fund-a-need, called Literacy In The Classrooms.  Additionally, School Site Council has approved a budget the last two years providing each grade level team with funds for classroom library materials.

As we head into April teacher teams, supported by our Teacher's On Special Assignment, will work closely to inventory current books, review learning modules and units of study, and compile new lists of essential books. When school resumes in August students in every classroom will have access to upward of 125-200 new books. We know children learn to read by reading.  When students have immediate access to books through extensive classroom libraries the sky is the limit.

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April 4-8

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April 21- May 20

California Assessment of Progress and Performance Testing (CAASPP)

April 27

Welcome To Kindergarten Day (all new entering kindergarten students and parents)

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Rancho Romero Vision

Rancho Romero is a community of learners joined together in a nurturing and safe environment. All staff members are committed to providing students with the tools to become productive and responsible citizens of the Twenty-first Century. It is essential that our students acquire skills in gathering, organizing, and analyzing information as well as developing skills in critical thinking and problem solving. Students will have access to modern technology and use these tools in their everyday lives. They must be able to express themselves through written and oral communication as well as the arts. Students need to be actively engaged in both mental and physical activities to keep their minds and bodies healthy and fit. Parents and community members take an active role in supporting and encouraging all members of the school population.  The teachers, support staff, and parents work together to prepare students for the future with high expectations for all and a unified commitment to education.  

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Minimum Days

Dear Parents and Families:

This Thursday, October 8 will be the first of three newly added minimum days.  The purpose of these minimum days is for staff professional development, including collaboration across schools within the same middle school feeder pattern.  Please note the following minimum days and times. 

October 8, 2015
Kindergarten                       8:15-11:36
First-Fifth                            8:30-12:00

February 18, 2016
Kindergarten                       8:15-11:36
First-Fifth                            8:30-12:00

May 6, 2016
Kindergarten                        8:15-11:36
First-Fifth                            8:30-12:00 

Sincerely,
Skye Larsh Faraghan, Principal

Important Announcements

 

IMPORTANT:   SRVUSD Volunteer Requirements

  • ALL Rancho Romero volunteers MUST register through the SRVUSD online volunteer management system (VMS).  For more information, please CLICK HERE.
  • To begin the volunteer registration process, CLICK HERE.
  • If you have completed the volunteer registration process and are an approved field-trip driver, please note that your driver's license and insurance information need to remain current.  Please log into VMS to make sure that your information is valid.
  • Registered volunteers/field trip drivers, CLICK HERE to review your profile and volunteer assignments.

 

Personal Belief Exemption Law Information

 

Effective January 1, 2016 Personal Belief Exemptions (PBE) will NO LONGER be accepted for required immunizations for students in Transitional Kindergarten through Twelfth grade. The ONLY exception will be for medical exemptions and these require a doctor’s signature. 

 


 

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5/2-10               CAASPP Testing 4th Grade


5/6                    Staff Development Day - Minimum Day


5/11-20             CAASPP Testing 3rd Grade


5/11                  Annual BBQ


5/12                  Family Literacy Night                  6:30    MU

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Rancho Romero Elementary
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Alamo, CA 94507

Office Hours: 7:30-4:00

Office Phone: 855-5700 

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News

3/1/16

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education is conducting a confidential search for the next District superintendent. 

 

As part of this process, the Board is seeking community input about the desired characteristics to be used to develop recruiting criteria and selecting the next superintendent. Sally Frazier, Ed.D, Don Iglesias and Jim Brown of Leadership Associates were selected to advise the Board in this important process. In early March, they met with SRVUSD stakeholders and gathered input from members of the community (parents, employees and others interested in our District). In addition, a survey was conducted to gather further input from the community.

 

If you have questions, please contact Leadership Associates by emailing lhunt@leadershipassociates.org or call (760) 771-4277.

 

 

Superintendent Search Timeline

 

The SRVUSD Board of Education has approved the following timeline for the Superintendent Search.

 

Superintendent Search Process

 

Leadership Associates has conducted over 350 superintendent searches including many school districts, with similar demographics and funding as San Ramon Valley Unified School District. They will recruit candidates from the region, entire state of California, and nationally, to assist the Board in developing a broad field of candidates, so the Board can select the best match for our district. Leadership Associates conducts “confidential searches.” It is their practice that the names of the applicants are not shared publicly during the search process. The reason for the confidential process is to allow the consultants to recruit sitting superintendents, who are highly successful and well respected in their school districts and communities. Many successful superintendents are reluctant or unwilling to apply for positions where their application is publicly announced prior to the Board determining a finalist. The following graphic illustrates the process Leadership Associates will use to assist the Board with recruitment and selection of the new superintendent.

 


 

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