Dear RVSD Community,
As we approach the end of 2017 and the beginning of a new year, I want to express deep gratitude on behalf of everyone here in RVSD, for allowing us the privilege of continuing to teach and be taught by your amazing children.
Wherever I go in this district, I am always inspired by what I see our students doing, what I hear them discussing and what I know they are learning. There is evidence everywhere of student engagement, academic rigor, creativity and a thirst for moving beyond what Dr. Michael McDowell refers to as “surface” and even “deep” learning, to a place where students readily transfer their knowledge to a variety of disciplines and situations (“Rigorous PBL by Design,” 2017). These accomplishments are the direct result of heavy lifting by many hands, from the classroom to the Board room to the living room, and all points in-between. Regardless of our particular title or role, we share a common purpose in providing an impactful educational experience built upon high expectations, academic excellence, cultural richness, social, emotional and physical development, all designed to nurture, support, challenge and inspire our students no matter where they come from or where they are headed.
This past September our family lost my dad. He was 86 years old, married to my mom for nearly 63 years and he had a great life. His passing was hard and I expect it will continue to be so for a long time, but he left us with many memories and gifts I will cherish forever. One of those gifts is something he used to say from the time I was a little boy. My dad said, “Education is the most important thing, because once you’ve really learned something, it can be yours always.” I’ve thought about that a lot over the years, from my first days as a teacher to today as your superintendent. Though our work is never done and we can always improve upon everything we do, it is this notion of giving through teaching and learning that keeps me loving the great work we do together every day on behalf of our nearly 2,100 RVSD students.
And so, as we observe the celebrations of the season and share invaluable time with family and friends, let us also celebrate the special time on this brief journey we travel together, giving our children the education that will be theirs to keep always. There can be no greater gift.
My very best to you and your families this holiday season, in the new year and always. The Board and I look forward to seeing you in 2018!
Rick E. Bagley, Ed.D.
June 12, 2017
Dear RVSD Families,
As we begin our final week and prepare for the summer ahead, I want to share a few items that may be of interest to you.
Please join us as we congratulate our 5th and 8th grade students, who along with their families and friends will be celebrating an important milestone in their education! Promotion/graduation ceremonies are scheduled as follows:
• Brookside Elementary 5th Grade Promotion: 6:00 PM on Tuesday June 13, 2017 (Brookside field)
• Hidden Valley Elementary 5th Grade Promotion: 4:00 PM on Wednesday June 14, 2017 (Hidden Valley MPR)
• Manor Elementary 5th Grade Promotion: 1:00 PM on Thursday June 15, 2017 (Manor MPR)
• Wade Thomas Elementary 5th Grade Promotion: 1:30 PM on Wednesday June 14, 2017 (Wade Thomas MPR)
• White Hill Middle School 8th Grade Graduation: 5:00 PM on Thursday June 15, 2016 (Drake High School Gym)
Aside from our graduating 8th graders who will be moving on to high school, we always look forward to the late August return of all our currently enrolled TK-7th grade students. Yet we understand that plans do change and families leave our District for a variety of reasons. If you are moving this summer or otherwise planning on enrolling your child or children in a school outside of the Ross Valley School District, please be sure to notify your current RVSD school as soon as possible. This timely information will be helpful as we plan for class configurations and staffing for the coming school year. Also, if your family is leaving our District, we wish you all the best in the years ahead and deeply appreciate your support of our wonderful RVSD schools. Thank you!
All RVSD teachers report for pre-service days starting Wednesday, August 16th and the first day for all TK-8th grade students is Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017.
Electronic notification of students’ elementary classroom placement will be sent via email on Tuesday August 22nd.
White Hill students will receive their class schedules at the back-to-school orientation activities. The 6th grade Wildcat welcome is Tuesday, August 22 from 9am-2:30pm. The 7th grade kick-off assembly is Monday, August 21 from 9:30-10:30am. The 8th grade kick-off assembly is Monday, August 21 from 11:30am-12:30pm. Stay tuned for more information from White Hill.
If your email address has changed from what we currently have on file, please be sure to communicate with your child’s school so your updated email address is correctly entered into our system.
The 2017-18 RVSD school calendar is posted to our website and may be accessed here. Note that in order to align our major breaks with the rest of the school districts in Marin County, we will begin winter break on Friday, December 22, 2017 and spring break on Monday, April 9, 2018. We hope to post the 2018-19 calendar as soon as possible in the coming year so everyone will have it well in advance.
We are thrilled to share with you our very first district video which was inspired and created by two of our RVSD parents, Nancy Main and Jennifer Gonzalez. This short film features several teachers and administrators as well as a number of students, each sharing their reflections on what makes RVSD special to them. We are so grateful to Nancy and Jennifer for all the time, effort and talent they devoted to this project. I hope you will agree they’ve masterfully captured much of what Brookside kindergarten teacher, Rebecca Hayhurst, refers to in describing RVSD as a “beautiful magical place to be!”
This week we bring 2016-17 to a successful close, and I want to once again thank you on behalf of our Board of Trustees and everyone in RVSD for the privilege of working with your amazing children. They inspire us to reach new heights in all we do, enriching our teaching and learning along the way. Thank you also for your thoughtful, generous, caring and passionate support of our schools and for being such an important part of our larger RVSD family.
Congratulations once again to all our graduates and thanks to everyone for another terrific year. Have a wonderful summer!
In continuing our efforts to reduce paper consumption and to be service oriented and efficient, we are excited to use SchoolMint, an online student enrollment system. SchoolMint reduces the time parents/guardians spend completing required school forms for one or more children and can be accessed via a computer or smartphone. For parents/guardians who do not have computer, online, or smartphone access, technology is available in the school offices.
Because not all back-to-school items can be provided via SchoolMint, some of the information and forms will continue to be provided to students on the first day of school and other information and forms are available on our district website. For the forms that are available on our website, if you do not have printer access, either drop by your child’s school office to pick up copies or ask that they be sent to you.
Because we just began using SchoolMint, only the families with newly registered students have an account. Our returning families will need to create one. The process will be simplified in school years going forward. The Student Information and Emergency Card and the Parent Acknowledgement and Release are required forms for all students and are located on SchoolMint.
For students who attended RVSD last school year, on August 23, parents/guardians will receive an email and/or a text message which will include a student access code for SchoolMint. Follow the link included in the communication to setup an account and complete the forms.
For students who did not attend RVSD last school year and have registered for the 2017-18 school year, you already have an account in SchoolMint. Login and click “Re-Enroll” to complete the forms.
For families that have both students who attended RVSD last year as well as a newly registered student for 2017-18, log in to your SchoolMint account. For the student who was here last school year, click on “Add Returning Student,” enter that student’s access code and complete the forms. For your student who is newly registered, go back to the dashboard and click on “Re-Enroll” to complete the forms.
The following items will be provided to students on the first day of school, and the forms are to be completed and returned to your child’s teacher by Friday, September 1, 2017. If you need replacements, you may download them or request a copy from your child’s school.
Please review the items below and complete and submit the applicable forms to your child’s school office.
All volunteers must submit within 30 days of volunteering a “Volunteer Application” along with written verification from a healthcare provider of negative tuberculosis within the last 4 years (i.e. skin test or Risk Assessment Questionnaire). If in doubt as to whether your participation in our schools constitutes volunteering, please check with your school’s principal and/or administrative assistant. Note that additional requirements apply to those who will be volunteering as field trip drivers and/or chaperones on overnight field trips.
We encourage all persons to submit the paperwork at the beginning of the school year, even if you are unsure you will volunteer, to ensure there will not be any confusion or delay at the time of the event.
Family members may volunteer at a student’s school. For anyone other than a student’s family members who wish to volunteer, please contact Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) to become part of the Marin County School Volunteers (MCSV) program (visit this link for more information http://www.mcsv.org/).
Educational Field Trip Driver
Field Trip Driver form and a copy of the auto insurance policy declaration page for each vehicle to be driven on field trips are also required for anyone driving on a district school event, including if only driving your own child.
We encourage all persons to submit the 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 or delay at the time of the event.
This form is required only if you wish to be notified before a pesticide is applied at your child’s school.
This form is required only if your student needs to have medication administered while at school.
This information and application are required only if you wish to apply for insurance. Note: The District does not assume responsibility for medical treatment (ambulance transport, surgery, hospitalization, etc.).
Mail the completed application directly to the insurance company (see application for mailing address). Do not return it to your child’s school office.
School offices are open from 8:00am-4:00pm Monday – Friday. If you plan to stop by the school office, please call ahead to be sure the school office isn’t closed for meetings that may arise in preparation of the new school year.
||Heather Levi: 415-453-2948
||Teresa Machado: 415-454-7409
||Mary Chapman: 415-453-1544
||Marlana Kenilvort: 415-454-4603
Cary Adriatico: 415-454-8390 x 101
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.
Since RVSD adopted the 2016-17 calendar in February 2015, efforts were subsequently initiated by Marin County districts to create a calendar that is as aligned as possible, particularly with regard to high school and their elementary feeder districts which should make things much simpler for families with students in both systems. At the May 3, 2016 Board meeting, a revised calendar was approved for next school year. We apologize for any inconvenience that the changes may cause. The good news is that Marin County districts have begun working on coordinating calendars for the three years following 2016-17.