Thursday, January 8, 2015

January 2015

Dear Parents,

            The break is over, the holidays have been celebrated, and we are in 2015.  It is hard to believe that we have progressed to the half-year mark!  Shadow Ridge has had many celebrations and memorable events this school year.  We are extremely proud of the students in our National Junior Honor Society (NJHS).  The NJHS graciously sponsored several families in need for the holidays, they also collected hundreds of cans of food for the food drive.
            The SRMS Music Department students displayed amazing musical talent in their concerts.  The SRMS Drama Department and Music Department presented three performances of “Legally Blonde.” The production was amazing.  Congratulations to both the students and teachers who did an unbelievable job.  There are very few middle schools that would take on the production of a musical.
            Winter has arrived in Colorado.  Please remind your child to wear a coat to school for lunch recess.  The students need fresh air and we do not like to allow students outside without proper gear.  Thank you for assisting us with this health concern.  Please remember the district will post any school closures on the television news and radio.  We do not have a late start snow schedule like some districts.  Our staff understands you, as parents, are doing your best to get your child to school safely during inclement weather.
            Please remember to refer to Infinite Campus for your child’s academic progress.  Infinite Campus is a student database program accessible through the “web.”  In order to access Infinite Campus, go to SRMS Website and click on the link Infinite Campus.  Family registration is necessary before you are able to pull up various records from your child’s past and present school years.
            The Shadow Ridge Middle School Staff is constantly focused on student achievement.  In order to improve student achievement in reading, writing, and ESL, teachers are using the Reading and Writing Workshop approach to instruction, which emphasizes a structure of time that allows students to be reading, writing, thinking, and discussing for the majority of each class period. Adolescent literacy research emphasizes the importance of students reading and writing every day, for important, relevant reasons.  Teachers provide modeling and facilitate systems, structures, routines, and rituals that allow for student communities of learners to go deep with learning.  Key elements of the workshop approach include increased student choice and teachers working with individuals or small groups on a daily basis to meet each students’ learning needs.
               One last important topic I’d like to mention is that the first round Choice ends January 30th.  It is critical to remember that applying for Choice is necessary for students out of their home school’s boundary every year.  Please review the process on the Adams 12 website (
I hope that 2015 is a happy and healthy one for you and your family!

Principal Wickham