We are extremely pleased to announce that with the posting of our October 6, 2015 Board agenda (more information below), we are now using a new on-line agenda tracking system known as “BoardDocs.”
Last year, in response to community input and inquiries, we greatly expanded the distribution of our Board agendas to include many more community members throughout Ross Valley. Also last year, we significantly improved the formatting and content of our agendas. But even with these improvements, we continued to hear some frustration over how best to access information from the on-line agenda tracking system the district had been using for several years.
Beginning with next Tuesday’s agenda, we are excited to share the new BoardDocs system, which we believe is much more intuitive to access and use. When you point your browser to our BoardDocs page, you should see something that looks like this …
Why has RVSD raised class sizes? We hear this question a lot and the simple truth is, we haven't. The chart above shows our total district enrollment as of the tenth day of school (September 10, 2015). As the data indicates, our K-3rd class size averages are at 20.24 and our 4th-5th grade class size averages stand at 24.22. This is in spite of the fact that RVSD is funded by the state of California, at 24:1 in K-3rd and 30:1 in 4th-5th. Overall our K-5th enrollment averages 21.57, which is the best it has been in several years.
Thanks to community approval of "Measure A" in 2010, another campus construction project was completed just before school opened on August 27th.
Dear RVSD Families,
On behalf of our Board of Trustees and the entire Ross Valley School District Community, welcome to the 2015-16 school year! We look forward to working with you as partners in bringing the highest quality educational experiences to all our amazing RVSD students.
Whether you have been part of our District for years or are completely new to RVSD, I am confident you will find our teachers, staff and administrators to be professional, knowledgeable, dedicated, caring, nurturing and supportive. Our mission is not merely the successful mastery of content, but also the development of happy, skilled, insightful, inquisitive, inspired and engaged young people, who appreciate their unique talents, learn to compensate for their equally unique challenges and forever celebrate the diverse gifts they will contribute toward making our world a better place. Our children truly are our greatest natural resource and I want to thank you, up front, for entrusting yours to us; we can’t wait to see them (and you) on August 27th!
In beginning my second year as your Superintendent, I look back on 2014-15 with gratitude and forward to 2015-16 with excitement and anticipation. Through the leadership and district-wide focus of our five-member Board of Trustees and the hard work of our teachers, RVSD is successfully meeting the rigorous demands of the Common Core State Standards. At the same time, and with the generous support of our parents and YES Foundation, we provide a deeply enriched learning environment that is embedded with music, art, poetry, literature, science, technology, engineering and much more. Our class sizes remain comparatively small by California standards and our school sites are being updated and improved thanks to Measure A, which voters approved in 2010.
Not only will we have new parents, students and families joining us this year, we will also be welcoming a number of new faces to our RVSD team. Each of our new colleagues brings unique skill sets, knowledge, experience and expertise to our community and I know you will enjoy meeting and getting to know them.
As you contemplate the year ahead and how you will become involved in our collective journey, I am reminded of the words of author and educator Roland Barth, who wrote, “Ultimately, a school’s culture has far more influence on life and learning in the schoolhouse than the state department of education, the superintendent, the school board or even the principal can have.” I agree. It is the culture or climate we create at school, for all our students, faculty, staff, administrators and parents that sets the tone for everything else to follow. We are all responsible for the culture and climate we establish in our schools and throughout RVSD. For 2015-16, let us continue building a culture and climate of possibility for our entire school community.
In closing, I want to thank you for all you have done, do and will do to support your child as he or she spends the next ten months with us. Thanks especially for being part of our broader RVSD family and I look forward to meeting you in the year ahead.
Let’s have a great year!
Rick E. Bagley, Ed.D.
In continuing with Ross Valley School District’s efforts to become “greener,” the majority of our annual Back-to-School information is available for download below. Please review all information carefully, download the all forms that are applicable to you, and complete and return them to your child’s school office no later than Friday, September 5. If you do not have computer access or prefer a paper packet, please call your child’s school office to request the Back-to-School Information (provide your name and mailing address, and a packet will be mailed to you when the school offices reopen on August 18).
The following optional forms only need to be completed if applicable. All applicable forms must be completed on an annual basis (a separate form for each child). If you prefer a paper packet, please contact your child’s school office to request the Back-to-School Information (provide your name and mailing address, and a packet will be mailed to you when the school office reopens on August 17).
Educational Field Trip Driver Form – Required for any driver driving on a district school event, regardless of whether or not transporting students.
We encourage all persons to submit the required paperwork at the beginning of the school year, even if you are unsure you will drive on a school-sponsored activity, to ensure there will not be any confusion at the time of the event.
Annual Pesticide Notification Form – Required only if you wish to be notified before a pesticide is applied at your child’s school.
Authorization to Administer Medication/Treatment & Authorization to Release Information to Physician Form – Required only if your student needs to have medication administered while at school.
Student Accident & Sickness Insurance Program – Required only if you wish to apply for insurance.
Mail completed application to insurance company (see application for mailing address). Do not return it to your child’s school office.
Note: The District does not assume responsibility for medical treatment (ambulance transport, surgery, hospitalization, etc.) due to accidents.
School Lunch Program – Required only if you wish for your child to receive school lunches and/or wish to apply for free/reduced meals or free milk
YES Family Giving information will be provided in the Back to School packet students will receive on the first day of school.
The following information and forms will be distributed to students on the 1st day of school (they are not available on the District website).
Completed forms are required for each student (a separate form for each child) enrolled in the Ross Valley School District and are to be returned to the student’s school no later than Friday, September 4.
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