Dear RVSD Families,
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! Our collective mission for all students is more than the successful mastery of content. Together we strive to nurture the development of happy, skilled, insightful, inquisitive, inspired and engaged young people. We want them to grow up appreciating their unique talents, compensate for their equally unique challenges and forever celebrate the diverse gifts they will contribute in 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.
As we welcome many new families to RVSD, we also welcome a number of new professional colleagues. All bring their unique skill sets, knowledge, experience and expertise to our District. I know you will enjoy meeting and getting to know the new members of our RVSD community as much as they will appreciate getting to know you.
In beginning my third year as your Superintendent and fourth decade as a public educator, I am eager for August 24th to arrive! With the child-centered focus and wise stewardship of our Board of Trustees combined with the dedicated efforts of our teachers, staff and administrators, RVSD students enjoy an awesome educational experience that is among the best in our state. Thanks to the generous support and hard work of our parents, Parent Clubs and YES Foundation, this experience is further enriched with acclaimed music, art and poetry programs, literature, science, physical education, technology, engineering, special field trips, school events and much more. Our class sizes remain low among both California and Marin districts and our school facilities continue to be modernized thanks to voter-approved Measure A. We are a small and close-knit community that works together to deliver big results for our students!
In the spirit of delivering big results, this year I will challenge myself and my RVSD colleagues to routinely question and assess the impact of our actions on students’ learning, achievement and success. The good news is we know from mountains of research that about 95% of everything educators do to improve student achievement has some positive effect (Hattie, 2009). The question is how we choose those actions, innovations and strategies that yield the greatest impact - above and beyond what we’d expect as students naturally mature over time. As Dr. John Hattie (2014) puts it, our impact on student learning is hopefully “more than passing surface-level tests. It involves impacting on the love of learning, inviting students to stay in learning, and seeing the ways in which students can improve their healthy sense of being, respect for self and respect for others.” I encourage you to join us on this exciting journey! It will demand we think differently, challenge old assumptions and possibly bid farewell to practices, beliefs and rituals whose true impacts on student learning are relatively small. But we are, after all, preparing students for their future, not our past.
In closing, I want to thank you for all you’ve done, do and will do to support your child as he or she shares the next school year with us. Thanks especially for being part of our broader RVSD family and I look forward to seeing you in the year ahead.
Here’s to an impactful year!
Rick E. Bagley, Ed.D.
The foundations are being wrapped up, new concrete sidewalks are being poured, and the 13 modular building sections are in the midst of being delivered. The modular buildings are manufactured in California and transported from the
Central Valley on flatbed tractor trailer trucks. Due to the size and logistics, only two modular components are delivered each day causing traffic delays primarily on Butterfield Road.
Volunteers play an important and valuable role in the Ross Valley School District. Students, teachers, staff, parents and the community benefit when volunteers share their talents, experience and resources. Volunteers support students in a variety of ways, including assisting in the classroom, on the playground and/or during lunch, as field trip drivers and chaperones, at school events, in afterschool activities/sports and a variety of special programs.
Due to recent changes in state regulations our updated volunteer protocols will require additional information and/or action on the part of our volunteers.