Monday, April 13, 2015

Dear Parents,
            We hope that you had an enjoyable spring break.  All Shadow Ridge Middle School staff members would like to thank you for your support through the state testing (PARCC) in the areas of literacy, writing, and math.  We are required to test 7th grade in the content of social studies and 8th grade in the content of science through CMAS (Colorado Measure of Academic Success) in April.  All of these tests will be assessed on the computer.  The tests will run throughout April and May, more specifically April 14th through April 18th.   An auto-dialer and an email will be sent out after spring break reminding parents and students of the upcoming assessments.  Having students eat breakfast will prepare them for assessments.   Thank you for your partnership in helping our students do their very best on the PARCC and CMAS tests and for assisting us in our continual goal of increasing achievement for all students. 
            It is that time of the year when we start planning for year-end events.  We hope to see you at school on April 23, 24, and 25 for the performances of "This is Just to Say”.  Many musical performances for all grades in choir, band, and orchestra will be held in May.  Our awards ceremony will be the last day of school for your student(s).  If your student is an eighth grader, the last day of school will be Tuesday, May 26th.  Eighth grade  celebrations will be the morning of May 26th.  If your student is a sixth or seventh grader, the last day of school will be Wednesday, May 27th.  The last day for sixth and seventh graders will conclude at 12 Noon.   The award ceremonies for sixth and seventh graders will be at one of three designated times on May 27th.   Parent(s) of award recipients will be contacted by phone.
            We have had the opportunity to enjoy some warm, sunny weather this spring.  Please remind your student(s) of the District 12 School Dress Code Policy.  Here are some of the frequent infractions we observe.   For girls:  Shirts must cover the shoulder, spaghetti straps, tank tops and halter tops are prohibited. Shirts with revealing necklines or armholes or exposed undergarments are prohibited.  Skirts or shorts must be fingertip length when arms are resting at sides.  For boys:  all attire should be sized to fit without exposing undergarments, and buttocks.  Students are not allowed to “sag.”  Thank you for reviewing the district policy with your child and supporting our school to maintain the focus of academics. 
            We are extremely proud of all our students and their accomplishments at Shadow Ridge and beyond!  In February, Jade Cash, an eighth (8th) grader, won the Shadow Ridge Spelling Bee.   SRMS finished 3rd place out of a field of 17 schools at the Math Counts North Metro Area competition.  The SRMS Team consisted of Codi Li, Colton Snyder, Jonathan Kelly, and AJ Gurien.   Please congratulate the team and Cody Li, who finished 2nd and Colton Snyder who finished 6th at the Math Counts North Metro Area competition. Congratulations to these students for their outstanding accomplishments!
            Thank you for your continued support of your child’s achievement and support of SRMS!
Susie Wickham