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Parents, did you know...

JRMS is working hard to help your students become the very best version of themselves, one advisory lesson at a time. Students go to advisory every Wednesday after 1st period.

We know, though, that YOU and the conversations you have with your children at home have the most impact on them. Every week, the lesson and related resources will be posted on our website. You'll find them on the Advisory page under the Programs tab.

Please partner with us! Talk about the week's lesson with your child to truly reinforce their character development and add your family's values to the conversation.





Next Parent University Coming February 5th, 2020!

Special presentation by
FBI Agent Schofield about the dangers and trends of social media; what every parent must know to keep kids safe!


Click below for more information. Please RSVP no later than January 17th! 50 RSVPs required, or it will be canceled.

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Hello Families and Staff of James Rutter Middle School,

As the end of this week marks the halfway point of the school year, I wanted to update you on what we have been working on this year, some of our highlights and struggles, and what our plans are as we move into the second semester in January.

One of our wins this year is the addition of an Advisory time, which is a half hour each Wednesday, dedicated to teaching students character traits, educating them on important current issues, and advising them on how to be successful in school and life. Some of our topics this year have been respect, kindness, gratitude, harmful effects of vaping, how to combat bullying, and how to be safe and appropriate on the internet and social media. We are adding the Advisory lessons to our school website this week. They can be found under the Students tab and select Advisory. This is a great way to look at what we are teaching students and to have a follow-up conversation with them about what they are learning.

Also found on our website (jrms.egusd.net) is the Incident Reporting tab. This is a great way to report bullying, harm to self or others, damage to school or private property, and discrimination or harassment. These reports can be entered by anyone – students, staff, parents, or community members. It has already prevented fights and stopped bullying, harm, and harassment. When filling out the reports, you can remain anonymous, but be certain there is enough information for us to investigate and resolve the issue.

There have been some struggles as well. We have had some tension this year between some of our ethnic groups. This saddens us all, as our diversity is one of our greatest assets at James Rutter. We teach our students to value and appreciate all cultures. Please have a conversation with your student about valuing what each student brings to our school, regardless of race, color, or religion. We cannot stand together if we don’t see the beauty in all of us. As staff and administrators, we will not tolerate hate speech, racial slurs, or racial fighting. Students who act on these behaviors have and will be disciplined. Please join us in our endeavor to be a welcoming, peaceful, safe haven in our community.

Another struggle area we have had is with students arriving late to classes. We have a four-minute passing period, which is sufficient to move from one class to the next. However, many students walk their friends to class, or stop and hang out until they run out of time to get to class before the bell rings. All students who are tardy will receive a lunch detention. This is a slight change from our printed tardy policy in the handbook. Our original policy gave two chances to be late before receiving a consequence, but also escalated to an Afterschool Detention for the 5th tardy to a class and all tardies that followed. We have changed the policy to now issue a 15-minute Lunch Detention for every tardy.

Students have been serving their lunch detentions, but our numbers continue to grow as more students earn detentions than the number of students who serve them each day. For instance, last Friday we had a great day of students serving detentions, with 78 served over the two lunches. However, Thursday, there were 195 lunch detentions issued for tardies. That averages to 39 students tardy to each period. This is extremely disruptive to teachers and classes when students knock on the door and have to be let in. Additionally, late students are missing out on valuable time to get started with the class and hear all the instructions for the period.

Please partner with us and talk to your student about the importance of getting to class on time. When they do arrive late, encourage them to serve their detentions right away. We are having a fun competition this week to encourage students to arrive on time to classes. The class each period who has the lowest percentage of tardies will earn a prize at the end of the week. To help inform families of their students’ tardies and lunch detentions, I will send out a message indicating if your student received a lunch detention for being tardy and a message if students have unserved lunch or afterschool detentions. Please encourage your students to clear these detentions and hustle to get to classes on time.

It’s never too late to set up a ParentVue account through Synergy. This gives you access to your student’s grades, allows you to see their attendance, including when they are tardy to class, and allows you to email teachers. To obtain an access code to set up your ParentVue account, please contact the school office at (916) 422-3232.

During the second semester, students will switch lunches. If they have had first lunch, they will now have second lunch. If they have had second lunch, they will now have first lunch. This change will occur starting January 7 and continue the remainder of the year. On January 7th, we will have an assembly in the morning and a review of school rules and how the lunch switch will work.

Parent University has been successful this year, but we would love for more parents and families to attend these excellent workshops. The next Parent University on Wednesday, February 5 from 6-7pm will be a presentation by FBI Agent Schofield. It is a very informative presentation on how to stay safe on the internet. We must have at least 50 parents RSVP or we will need to cancel this speaker. A flyer will be sent home soon with information and an opportunity to RSVP.

Our winter break will be here before we know it. There is no Acaletes after school on Friday, so all students are released at 1:10 and school resumes on Tuesday, January 7th at 8:30 a.m. That gives you 17 days off school! I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends as you celebrate the holiday season and enjoy a break from school. See you all in the New Year!

Sincerely,

Sonia Quiñones Rambo

Principal

 

James Rutter Middle School

 


RYDE SacRT for Student at Schools in SacRT Svc Area

October 1, 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) is offering Elk Grove Unified Students who reside in the SacRT service area and/or who attend a school located in the SacRT service area a free SacRT fare transit pass. 

This free pass will allow students full access to SacRT services (i.e. buses and light rail) for one year from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.  Use of the pass is valid any day of the week during SacRT transit hours. Passes are not transferable and are to be used only by eligible students.

In the upcoming weeks, we will be working through those schools located in the SacRT service area to distribute the passes. The student free fare transit passes will be made available in the form of a sticker to be placed directly on the student’s school identification card. Please note that elementary school students will receive a unique card provided by SacRT.

Note: If your student receives a pass and you do not want them to participate in the program you can simply remove the sticker pass from the student’s identification card.

This is not an EGUSD sponsored program and as such EGUSD is not responsible for circumstances associated with occurrences using SacRT services or student conduct while using SacRT services. Also, student information will not be shared with either SacRT or the local jurisdictions as result of this program.  

For more information about the RYDEFreeRT program, please see the attached flyer and/or visit SacRT’s website:  https://www.sacrt.com/apps/free-sacramento-student-fares/

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Thank you,
EGUSD Communications

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PSAT Coming Soon...

This is an exciting opportunity that will give your 8th grade son/daughter a head start to the future for college and/or career planning and preparation. 

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

Parent involvment improves the school experience not just for your child, but ALL children at school. Please join us! See the below flyers for opportunities to make a huge difference with just the gift of time.

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