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!

Susie Wickham