Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Announcement to Parents


To: Parents and Guardians

Date:  8/26/13

Subject: Insufficient Funds Checks


Due to the volume of uncollectible checks that the district receives, the Adams 12 Five Star School District has previously implemented a check recovery program.  We have recently switched companies and will now be using checXchange for the electronic collection of checks returned NSF (insufficient funds).
 The District will gladly accept your checks.  When you provide a check as payment, you authorize us either to use information from the check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction. You authorize us to collect a fee through an electronic fund transfer from your account if your payment is returned unpaid.

         All checks that are currently past due will also be recovered through this process if not paid in full by the start date of the program on 8/26/2013.

Please include the following on your check:

·          Full Name

·          Street Address

·          Phone Numbers


If there are any questions, please contact customer service at 888-516-6288



Anuncio a los Padres

Para: Padres de familia y Tutores

Fecha: 8/26/13

Asunto: Cheques sin fondos

            “Debido a la cantidad de cheques sin fondos que recibe el distrito, Adams 12 Five Star School District había contratado los servicios de un programa de recuperación de cheques. Recientemente, cambiamos de compañía y ahora usaremos ChecXchange para el cobro electrónico de cheques devueltos por falta de fondos (NSF, siglas en inglés).



El distrito gustosamente aceptará sus cheques. Cuando usted paga con un cheque, usted nos autoriza a usar la información en el cheque para hacer una transferencia electrónica de fondos de su cuenta o para procesar el pago como una transacción con cheque. Si su pago nos es devuelto sin fondos, usted nos autoriza a cobrar una tarifa por medio de una transferencia electrónica de fondos de su cuenta.

 Todos los cheques que estén actualmente caducados también serán cobrados con este proceso sin o han sido pagados en su totalidad para la fecha del comienzo del programa en 8/26/13.


Favor incluir la siguiente información en su cheque:

  • Nombre completo
  • Dirección residencial
  • Números telefónicos

Si tiene preguntas, favor de llamar a servicio al cliente al 888-516-6288

Thursday, October 10, 2013

School-Wide Read-A-Thon 

The students and staff of Shadow Ridge Middle School are looking forward to our 2nd annual Read-a-Thon on Thursday, October 31, 2013. Students will be participating in a variety of literacy activities throughout the day. These activities will include various guest readers, literacy games and activities and, most importantly, reading, for which students will be collecting pledges and donations.

Students will be bringing a pledge sheet home on October 10, 2013. Directions for collecting pledges and donations will be included on the pledge sheet.

We are asking students to return pledge sheets and all money/donations to their first core teacher on October 31, 2013.

The top earner from each grade level will be rewarded by becoming “PRINCIPAL FOR HALF A DAY,” while the principal they are replacing (Ms. Wickham, Mrs. Steinberger, Mr. Eipper) will become students for the half day and follow the winning student’s schedule. In addition, the top earner from each grade level will receive a Kindle.

We are looking forward to promoting literacy and raising money to support both technology and the library at Shadow Ridge. Thank you in advance for your support!

If you have any questions, please contact Kristina Ciccone at

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dear Parents,

               We are off to a great start and the first six weeks have progressed smoothly!  It is hard to believe this past week marks the end of the first quarter of the 2013-14 school year.  I am sure you have noticed Middle School is a time of great change for your student.  Students seem to grow inches overnight and begin to develop a sense of independence.  Hopefully by now, your child has a solid understanding of the school and the many teachers he/she interacts with on a daily basis. 

Thank you for reinforcing the importance of attendance, promptness, academics at school and at home, and having your student wear their student identification badge everyday.  As most of you know, October is a critical month for us due to the “Official Count Day,” which determines how public schools are funded.  We appreciate your efforts in having your student at school during the count window (September 24th-October 8th) and every day of the school year.

Attendance is a critical factor in a student’s ability to attain the maximum benefit from the educational environment.  Some of you may have experienced a call or a letter regarding an attendance concern.  The district attendance intervention policy is based on the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) philosophy to help schools prioritize levels of student attendance concerns and direct resources proactively through the systems’ support strategies.  The following steps are being implemented to prevent attendance concerns:  1. A teacher will speak to a student once the student has 2-3 absences (excused or unexcused).   2.  When a student has 4-5 absences (excuse or unexcused) a teacher may make parent contact to discuss the possible attendance concerns.   3. When a student has 6-7 absences (excused or unexcused), an administrator will either call or send a letter to notify parents of his/her concern about continued absences. 4.  When a student reaches 8-10 absences (excused or unexcused), an administrator will arrange for a conference to be held with parents, student, and teachers to develop a Student Attendance Stipulation (Contract).  Again, the purpose of the guidelines is to assist your child in realizing the importance of school and becoming the best student possible.

The staff continues to support academics by providing extra help before/after school, during lunch, and at Homework Helpers (four days before and four days after school in the media center), and at SRMS Saturday School (every other Saturday).     Always feel free to contact your teacher by email or phone, with email being the more efficient source of communication.  Make sure you mark your calendars for Thursday, October 10th (5-8 p.m.) and Friday, October 11th (12 Noon – 3 p.m. & 4:30-7:30 p.m.) for SRMS Parent/Teacher Conferences.  There will be no school on Friday, October 11th due to morning training for staff and conferences beginning at noon.

Eighth (8th) grade parents, please note District 12 is sponsoring a High School Open House, November 13th from 5:45-7:50 p.m at the Adams 12 Five Star Schools Educational Support Center (ESC).  A general welcome will occur from 5:45-5:50 p.m., with school presentations starting at 6 p.m., 6:40 p.m, and 7:20 p.m. 

Thank you for your support for our school wide fundraiser.  We are excited for the second annual SRMS Read-A-Thon.  Last year we raised $6,000 on short notice.  Our goal this year is to raise over $12,000.  As most of you know, the fundraiser is spent on building technology.  We continue to implement technology into our instruction in various methods.

Thank you for your continued care and support for your student, Shadow Ridge Middle School, and Adams County School District 12!




Susie Wickham