Friday, August 25, 2017

September 2017

Dear Parent/Guardian,
Welcome to Shadow Ridge Middle School (SRMS)!  The SRMS Staff is thrilled to start another year!
We will be implementing our mission throughout the 2017-18 school year, “Preparing 21st Century students to be productive and successful.”  We are thrilled to continue our focus on literacy.
 We are in our fourth year of our eight period day.  Instead of four content (language arts, math, science, and social studies) classes, we split language arts allowing students to have a literacy and writing class for 100 minutes.  After three years, our MAPS (Measurement of Academic Progress) scores have increased.  We will continue our advisory (home room) class on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday of every week integrating teambuilding, silent reading, and individualized online math skills.
The school day consists of an eight hour day, all grades being on the same bell schedule.   All students will be passing from class to class at the same time, with all teachers supervising out in the hallway.  The class periods will be approximately 50 minutes long with a 30 minute lunch and 17 minute intervention time attached to lunch.  On Wednesdays classes will consist of 39 minutes, no advisory, and a 39 minute lunch. 
We continue to implement SBG (Standards Based Grading).  The purpose of SBG is simply to raise student achievement by clearly communicating a student’s progress toward learning outcomes.  Research supports that standards-based grading will help students learn more effectively through specific and timely feedback. 
Another area of focus is MAPS.  The individualized assessments are given a minimum of two times a year (fall and winter).  Staff and students set goals, review growth, and analyze areas of strengths while viewing areas of continued work.  The assessments are taken on the computer and assists with timely feedback.
Students, we welcome you to another year of middle school.  The staff is committed to your success academically.  Please continue to be prepared as you enter each individual class.  Although we do not have athletics, we do have extra-curricular opportunities that will allow a nice balance for an enjoyable and productive year.  We are encouraging you to participate in a club or intramurals.  Intramurals run throughout the year.  Our district data indicates a positive correlation between academic success and extra-curricular participation, so find an activity you enjoy!
Parents, the teachers and I would like to invite you to attend any of your student’s functions, as well as classes. Your communication and feedback regarding your child’s success is vital.  All staff members have email and voicemail, email is the most efficient source of communication for our staff.  Our goal is to return your call or email within 24-48 hours of receiving it.  We also encourage you to visit our school’s web page, it is a great source for updated information.  Please listen to the weekly auto-dialer messages, we will continue to call on the auto-dialer system for important updates or reminders.  The school newsletter is posted on the school website.  Newsletters will not be mailed or sent home with students.  If you do not have access to the internet, please stop by the office for a hard copy of the newsletter or have your child pick one up.
I am thrilled to be a part of SRMS and developing a well-rounded experience for your child.  Thank you for supporting your child, our staff, and our district!

Sincerely,
Susie Wickham
Principal


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dear Parents,
            We hope that you are experiencing an enjoyable spring.  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 to test in the content of science through CMAS (Colorado Measure of Academic Success) in April.  All of these tests will be assessed on the computer.   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 students 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.  Many musical performances for all grades in choir and band will be held in May.  Our awards ceremony will be the last day of school for your student.  If your student is an eighth grader, the last day of school will be Tuesday, May 23rd.  Eighth grade celebrations and Superstars field day will be on Tuesday.  If your student is a sixth or seventh grader, the last day of school will be Wednesday, May 24th.  The last day for sixth and seventh graders will conclude at 2:15 p.m. (early release day).   The award ceremonies for sixth and seventh graders will be scheduled throughout the day on May 24th.  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 January, Johnny Serna, a sixth (6th) grader, won the Shadow Ridge Spelling Bee.  Larissa Steiner (7th grader) won second place and Arielle McMahan (6th grader) won third place at the SRMS Spelling Bee.   All three participated in the District 12 Spelling Bee at Northglenn High School.  SRMS Math Counts Team participated in numerous competitions throughout the school year.  Congratulations to Camden Snyder (8th grader) for qualifying for the Colorado State Math Counts Competition, a great achievement!  Congratulations to these students for their outstanding accomplishments!
            Thank you for your continued support of your child’s achievement and support of SRMS!
Sincerely,

Susie Wickham

Principal

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dear Parents:

               
March is a busy month.  We have registration for the 2017-18 school year and the PARCC(Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers) Assessments, CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success ) will be before and after spring break in March and April.

We should all keep in mind the importance of PARCC.  The district focuses on a full body of evidence (MAPS Assessment, District 12 Common Assessments, In Building Common Assessments, and PARCC) when making important Curriculum and Instruction decisions.  Teachers also use assessment data to plan and drive their instruction for each class.  However, PARCC is the most widely used assessment when a decision needs to be made regarding your student’s potential and possible best successful avenue in guiding schedules (used to guide necessary classes, such as remedial classes or advanced classes). 

                Last year, Shadow Ridge showed gains in several of our assessment scores.  In order to reach an improved status we need you to be cognizant of the dates and the importance of this state mandated test.  Please help
us support your students by remembering the dates of the PARCC and CMAS Tests, which will be March 7th through April 20th .

How can you help your student in preparation of the PARCC Assessments?

-Be sure that your child is in attendance every day and prepared to do the best
                                he/she can on the test.  Please do not schedule trips, medical
                                appointments, or other personal events during this assessment period.

-Make sure that your child eats breakfast every morning.

                -Encourage your child to take their time and try to answer every question.  Often
                                students do not attempt the question if they do not know the answer. 
                                It is important to remember that if students attempt the question, they
                                can earn partial credit.  Receiving partial credit can make a significant
                difference in their categorical score (advanced, proficient, partially
proficient, unsatisfactory).

-Instill in your child the importance of writing complete sentences when answering a
                question.

                -Show interest in how the test went that specific day.  This will display your belief
                                regarding the importance of the assessment.

It is also important to know Adams 12 Five Star Schools has received some funds from a federal grant focused on drug-free schools.  Dark Knight K-9 Detection Services will be providing contraband inspections utilizing non-aggressive and certified detection canines.  The main priority of this program is prevention.  SRMS will be participating in this program, along with other secondary schools in District 12, with random searches taking place up to once a month. 

Thank you for your partnership in supporting your child, Shadow Ridge Middle School, and District 12 School District!

Sincerely,
Susie Wickham
Principal


Estimados Padres:

               
Marzo es un mes ocupado. Las inscripciones para el año escolar 2017-18 y las evaluaciones PARCC (Evaluaciones de Preparación para la Universidad y Carreras), CMAS (Medidas del Éxito Académico de Colorado) se llevaran a cabo antes y después del descanso de primavera en marzo y abril.

Debemos tomar en cuenta la importancia de PARCC. El distrito se enfoca en las pruebas de evidencia completes (Evaluación MAPS, evaluaciones Comunes del Distrito 12, Evaluaciones Comunes del Edificio y PARCC) cuando toman decisiones importantes sobre el Plan de Estudios y Enseñanza. Los maestros también usan los datos de la evolución para planificar y manipular su instrucción para cada clase. Pero, PARCC es la evaluación que se usa ampliamente cuando se debe tomar una decisión sobre las necesidades en relación al potencial del estudiante y posiblemente la avenida con más éxito referente a los horarios (se usa para guiar las clases necesarias, tal como clases compensatorias o clases avanzadas). 

                El año pasado, Shadow Ridge mostro logros en varias calificaciones en las evaluaciones. Para lograr el estado de mejoría es necesario que ustedes estén conscientes de las fechas e importancia de este examen bajo mandato estatal. Por favor apoye a sus hijos por medio de recordarles las fechas de los exámenes PARCC y CMAS, el 7 de marzo hasta el 20 de abril.

¿Cómo puede apoyar a su hijo (a) con la preparación de los exámenes PARCC?

-Asegure que su hijo (a) este presente y preparado todos los días y que realice su mejor esfuerzo en el examen. Por favor no programe viajes, citas médicas, u otros eventos personales durante este periodo de exámenes.  

-Asegure que su hijo desayune cada mañana.

-Anime a su hijo a utilizar su tiempo e intentar contestar cada pregunta. A menudo los estudiantes no quieren contestar la pregunta si no saben la respuesta. Es importante que los estudiantes intenten contestar la pregunta, ellos pueden recibir crédito parcial. Recibir crédito parcial puede hacer una diferencia significativa en su puntuación categórica (avanzada, competente, parcialmente competente, insatisfactoria).

-Infundirle a su hijo (a) la importancia de escribir con oraciones completes cuando conteste una pregunta.  

-Mostrar interés sobre el examen de ese día específicamente y como le fue. Esto mostrara su importancia sobre estos exámenes.

Es importante saber que Adams 12 Five Star Schools ha recibido fondos de una beca federal que se enfoca en escuelas libres de drogas. Los servicios de Detección Dark Knight K-9 proveerán inspecciones de contrabando con caninos no agresivos y certificados. La prioridad principal de este programa es prevención. SRMS participara en este programa, junto con otras escuelas secundarias en el Distrito 12, con buscas aleatorias una vez al mes.


¡Gracias por su apoyar a su hijo, Shadow Ridge Middle School y el Distrito Escolar 12!

Atentamente,
Susie Wickham
Directora


Monday, February 6, 2017

Estimados Padres , 

A pesar de que apenas hemos comenzado el año 2017, el mes de febrero está lleno de muchos eventos importantes.  Nosotros tenemos las conferencias de padres/maestros, un día de capacitación de maestros y un día feriado  nacional. 
La oportunidad de reunirnos con los padres/tutores es muy importante.  Esperamos con mucho interés pasar tiempo con cada uno de ustedes para hablar acerca de su hijo.  Si usted no asiste a la conferencia el miércoles, 15 de febrero o el jueves, 16 de febrero, por favor recuerde los medios de comunicación con el maestro de su hijo (correo electrónico o mensaje de voz).  Por favor continúe revisando el progreso del estudiante en Infinite Campus (IC – por sus siglas en inglés).
Por favor tenga en cuenta las siguientes fechas y eventos importantes durante el mes de febrero:
Conferencias de Padres/Maestros de 6to grado:
     Miércoles, 15 de febrero         5-6 p.m.  Te de Honores
     Miércoles, 15 de febrero         6-8 p.m. Conferencias sin cita
     Jueves, 16 de febrero               1-3:30 p.m. y 4:30-7:30 p.m. Conferencias sin cita (escuela NO está en sesión)

Conferencias de Padres/Maestros de 7mo grado:
     Miércoles, 15 de febrero         5-8 p.m. Conferencias sin cita
     Jueves, 16 de febrero               1-3:30 p.m. y 5:30-7:30 p.m. Conferencias sin cita (escuela NO está en sesión)
     Jueves, 16 de febrero               4:30-5:30 p.m. Te de Honores

Conferencias de Padres/Maestros de 8vo grado:
     Miércoles, 15 de febrero         5-8 p.m. Conferencias sin cita
     Jueves, 16 de febrero               1-3:30 p.m. y 4:30-6:30 p.m. Conferencias sin cita (escuela NO está en sesión)
     Jueves, 16 de febrero               6:30-5:30 p.m. Te de Honores

Viernes, 17 de febrero                  Día de Capacitación de Maestros- No Hay Clases
Lunes, 20 de febrero                      No Hay Clases, Día de los Presidentes

Tenga presente que la evaluación “Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers” (PARCC – siglas en inglés para Asociación para la Evaluación de la Preparación para la Universidad y las Carreras) es en el mes de marzo.  Las fechas del PARCC serán entre mediados y finales de marzo.  Las puntuaciones del PARCC ayudan a determinar la colocación en las clases futuras durante los años de secundaria (middle school) y preparatoria, y también son un punto de referencia para determinar las necesidades instructivas y habilidades.  Es extremadamente importante que su hijo asista y llegue a tiempo todos los días de las evaluaciones PARCC.  Por favor hable con su hijo acerca de la importancia del PARCC.  Muchos estudios de investigación han indicado que el éxito del estudiante comienza con un desayuno saludable.  Por favor asegúrese que su hijo desayune todas las mañanas de los exámenes.
 ¡Gracias por su apoyo continuo y participación en la experiencia de secundaria de su hijo!

Sinceramente,
Susie Wickham

Directora

Friday, February 3, 2017

Dear Parents, 

Although we have just started 2017, the month of February is full of various important events.  We have parent/teacher conferences, an in-service day, and a national holiday.
Our opportunity to meet with parents/guardians is very important.  We look forward to spending time with each of you regarding your child.  If you do not attend a conference on Wednesday, February 15th or Thursday, February 16th, please remember the channels of communication with your child’s teacher (email or voicemail).  Please continue checking student progress on Infinite Campus (IC). 
Please note the following important dates and events during the month of February:
6th grade Parent /Teacher Conferences:
     Wednesday, February 15th      5-6 p.m.  Honors Tea
     Wednesday, February 15th      6-8 p.m. Walk in conferences 
     Thursday, February 16th           1-3:30 p.m. & 4:30-7:30 p.m. Walk in conferences (School is NOT in session)

7th grade Parent /Teacher Conferences:
     Wednesday, February 15th      5-8 p.m. Walk in conferences
     Thursday, February 16th           1-3:30 p.m. & 5:30-7:30 p.m. Walk in conferences (School is NOT in session)
     Thursday, February 16th           4:30-5:30 p.m. Honors Tea

8th grade Parent /Teacher Conferences:
     Wednesday, February 15th      5-8 p.m. Walk in conferences
     Thursday, February 16th           1-3:30 p.m. & 4:30-6:30 p.m. Walk in conferences (School is NOT in session)
     Thursday, February 16th           6:30-5:30 p.m. Honors Tea

Friday, February 17th                       Teacher In-Service Day- No Students, No School
Monday, February 20th                  No School, President’s Day

Keep in mind Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is in the month of March.  The PARCC dates will be mid to late March.  The PARCC scores help determine placement in future classes during the middle and high school years, as well as a reference point in determining instructional needs and abilities.  It is extremely important that your child is in attendance and on time every day of PARCC testing.  Please talk with your child about the importance of PARCC.  Many research studies have indicated student success starts off with a healthy breakfast.   Please make sure your child has breakfast every morning of testing.

Thank you for your continued support and involvement with your child’s middle school experience!           

Sincerely,
Susie Wickham

Principal

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Enero de 2017



Estimados Padres,

            Las vacaciones terminaron, los días festivos han sido celebrados y estamos procediendo a 2017. ¡Es difícil de creer que hemos progresado a la marca de medio año!   Shadow Ridge ha tenido muchas celebraciones y eventos memorables este año escolar. Estamos muy orgullosos de los estudiantes en nuestra Sociedad Nacional de Honor (NJHS), NJHS gentilmente patrocinó varias familias en necesidad en los días festivos.
Los estudiantes de SRMS del Departamento de Música desplegaron un talento musical extraordinario en sus conciertos.  ¡El Departamento de Drama de SRMS presentó tres funciones del “Shrek de Musical, Jr.!” La producción estuvo maravillosa.  Felicitaciones tanto a estudiantes como a los maestros por un increíble trabajo.
            El invierno ha llegado a Colorado.  Por favor recuérdele a su niño de que traiga un abrigo a la escuela para el recreo del almuerzo.  Los estudiantes necesitan aire fresco y no nos gusta permitir a los estudiantes que salgan afuera sin la protección apropiada.  Gracias por su ayuda con este problema de salud.  Por favor recuerde que el distrito anunciará cualquier cierre de escuela en las noticias de televisión y radio.  Nosotros no tenemos un comienzo tarde como otros distritos.  Nuestro personal entiende que, como padres, ustedes harán lo mejor para llevar a la escuela a su niño con seguridad durante un tiempo inclemente.  
            Por favor recuerde de consultar Infinite Campus para el progreso académico de su niño.  Infinite Campus es un programa de información del estudiante accesible por medio de “la red.”  Para poder tener acceso a Infinite Campus, vaya a la página electrónica de SRMS y haga clic en el enlace Infinite Campus.  El registro de la familia es necesario antes de que usted pueda ver expedientes previos de los años escolares pasados y presente de su niño.  
            El personal de Shadow Ridge Middle School está enfocándose en el logro del estudiante constantemente.  Para poder mejorar el logro del estudiante en lectura, escritura, y ESL, los maestros están usando la estrategia de Taller de Escritura y Lectura/Reading and Writing Workshop para instrucción, el cual enfatiza una estructura de tiempo que permite a los estudiantes a leer, escribir, pensar, y discutir por la mayoría de cada periodo de clase. La investigación en alfabetización adolescente enfatiza la importancia de lectura y escritura de los estudiantes diariamente, para razones relevantes e importantes.  Los maestros proporcionan modelaje y facilitan sistemas, estructuras, rutinas, y rituales que permiten a comunidades de estudiantes aprendices ir más a fondo con su aprendizaje.  Los elementos clave de la estrategia de taller incluye un aumento en las opciones del estudiante y los maestros trabajando con individuos o grupos pequeños diariamente para atender las necesidades de cada estudiante.   
                Por último, un tema importante que me gustaría mencionar es la primera ronda de Choice termina el 31 de enero.  Es esencial recordar y solicitar Choice cada año para los estudiantes que están fuera de los límites de su escuela.  Por favor revise el proceso en la página electrónica de Adams 12 (www.adams12.org).
¡Espero que 2017 sea un año feliz y saludable para usted y su familia!

Atentamente,
Director Wickham


January 2017

Dear Parents,

            The break is over, the holidays have been celebrated, and we are now proceeding into 2017.  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.                
The SRMS Music Department students displayed amazing musical talent in their concerts.  The SRMS Drama Department presented three performances of "Shrek the Musical, Jr.!" The production was amazing.  Congratulations to both the students and teachers who did an unbelievable job.  
            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 student’s learning needs.
                One last important topic I’d like to mention is that the first round of ends Choice is January 31st.  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 (www.adams12.org).
I hope that 2017 is a happy and healthy one for you and your family!

Sincerely,
Principal  Wickham