Dear Rancho Parents and Families:
Quote of the Week
“There has never been a more important time to teach young people to suspend judgment, weigh evidence, consider multiple perspectives, and speak up with wisdom and grace on behalf of themselves and others.”
-Mary Ehrenworth (Teachers College, Columbia University)
What's Great About Rancho? ... Teacher Innovation
Leah Moss: Starting on February 22nd Leah Moss will be hosting an Art Club in Room 11 during lunchtime. The room will be open for 2nd through 5th grades to practice their skills, try out new materials, and explore their creative ideas. We’ll have different material available to use, and a wide prompt as inspiration for students to work on an individual art project. Look for sign up information soon!
Linda Post: Several third-graders have joined Mrs. Post for Rancho Romero's inaugural Birder's Club. This enthusiastic group is learning about birding techniques, which birds frequent our own campus, and the use of binoculars as they experience birding "in the field".
Karen Clark: Second through fifth grade students are invited to the lunchtime letter writing club. During letter writing club, students from all grades create stationery, write letters, and address envelopes, all while being social and engaged! Students have written to favorite athletes, singers, soldiers, even a CEO! The lost art of letter writing is alive at Rancho! The club, formally called Sincerely, Yours, is funded by a grant from the SRV Education Fund.
Curriculum and Instruction At Rancho - Mathematics and The Brain
You have probably heard people say they are just bad at math, or perhaps you yourself feel like you are not “a math person.” Not so, says Stanford mathematics education professor Jo Boaler, who shares the brain research showing that with the right teaching and messages, we can all be good at math. Not only that, our brains operate differently when we believe in ourselves. Boaler gives hope to the mathematically fearful or challenged, shows a pathway to success, and brings into question the very basics of how our teachers approach what should be a rewarding experience for all children and adults.
Jo Boaler is a professor of mathematics education at Stanford and the co-founder of YouCubed, which provides resources and ideas to inspire and excite students about mathematics. She is also the author of the first massive open online course on mathematics teaching and learning. Her book, Experiencing School Mathematics won the Outstanding Book of the Year award for education in Britain. A recipient of a National Science Foundation "early career award"' she was recently named by BBC as one of the eight educators changing the face of education.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
Online Enrollment Opens 01/23/2017
Enrollment Documents Accepted in the Rancho Romero Office:
Siblings of Current Rancho Romero Students – 01/24/2017-02/17/2017
New Families – 01/30/17-02/17/2017
Rancho Romero Office Enrollment Hours:
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.
Dear Parents and Families:
There will be THREE minimum days for 2016-2017 school year. 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.
September 13, 2016
November 1, 2016
Conference day schedule: 10/3-7; 1/23; 2/13-14; 3/6-7
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.