Welcome Letter and RRMS Policies during CDL
We look forward to a great year in partnership with you! Our goal to be a caring, joyful, healthy and inclusive learning community is still in effect, even if COVID-19 has drastically changed the ways we can interact as a school.
This school year, our students are either part of the WKOP program (our online program with a one year commitment hosted by FuelEd) or part of the CDL program (Comprehensive Distance Learning). Students may come back to school as part of a hybrid program when our county metrics allow, with some days at school and some days at home each week. Some CDL families may prefer to finish out the year as distance learners. We support these decisions. Students are placed in cohorts of A or B to regulate numbers upon return. “A” cohort students will come to school Monday/Wednesday/alternate Fridays and “B” cohort students will come to school Tuesday/Thursday/alternate Fridays once we have permission to safely do so.
CDL students and teachers use Zoom and Google Classroom to connect and learn. All Zooming is done through an authenticated account in the interests of security. Of course, our teachers use many other ways and technologies to create a vibrant and rigorous learning experience. We work to maximize engagement and allow students to self pace where possible. CDL allows for asynchronous learning when necessary, but we do value connection and community!
The Rosemont building is currently closed. The office might not be staffed if people are working from home due to current health metrics. Email and phone messages are checked multiple times each day, so please do reach out if you need something or have a question. You can find a list of staff emails by going to the home page and clicking on About Us in the upper left hand corner and then choosing RRMS Staff Emails.
You will find a lot of helpful information on our website including our daily schedule, links to ParentVue and StudentVue, links to the Google Drive and student email. Our library page is also very useful. You will find a link to the calendar we try to keep updated with events and helpful information. In order to access additional information regarding a calendar event, please view the monthly calendar. Click on a specific event and if there is additional information available, another window will open for you.
Currently, all classes are remote. Even so, we still take attendance and engagement very seriously. If your child will be absent, late or learning asynchronously on a certain day, please report it via whichever method you find most convenient:
-call the attendance line at 503.673.7575 and leave a message
-use ParentVue to report an absence
-email Mrs Steinberg at email@example.com
Please note that an email to a teacher isn’t sufficient as teachers aren’t able to access “excused” codes when taking roll. Automated attendance calls go out each afternoon if a student is marked with a UA (unexcused absence) and the best way to avoid these calls is to submit attendance in advance. If a teacher is working asynchronously on a certain day, students will be advised to submit attendance likely using a Google form or Google Classroom. If you receive an attendance call and would like the code updated, please contact the office using one of the methods above.
We send out a weekly email newsletter called News from the Ridge to anyone who has signed up to receive it-this is our major channel of communication. Please note that this is an opt-IN system, not opt-OUT, so be sure to get signed up. If you were signed up with your child’s previous WLWV school, you will need to update your profile to get the RRMS newsletters. To add/change/delete your subscriptions with the district, go to our homepage and select ListServ Self Service (in the top right hand corner) and follow directions from there. We recommend that you sign up for RRMS Homes to receive the weekly email, and RRMS 20XX, the year of your child’s high school graduation. During the 2020-2021 school year: for 6th graders, this is RRMS 2027, for 7th graders it is RRMS 2026 and for 8th graders it is RRMS 2025. Archived newsletters are available on our website under For Parents, then News from the Ridge Archive.
Any supply pick ups will be advertised in News from the Ridge. There will be approximately one per quarter while we are in distance learning. Please follow stated protocols for the safety of all involved. Students may request library books during the week using “Destiny”-instructions are on the library page. If current metrics allow for a scheduled pick up time, it will be posted on the calendar. Alternate pick up times can be pre-arranged with Ms Kelly, our librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are plastic pick up and drop off tubs outside the building near the bike racks for your convenience that allow for contactless pick up.
Your child’s profile/emergency information is all online and viewable via ParentVue. You’ll find a link on the RRMS home page in the top right hand corner. New students should be registered using the OnLine Registration feature. At the beginning of the school year continuing families will be asked to “register” their student. This wording is a little confusing as the majority of students (continuing students) ARE registered, and registration rolls over from year to year unless you withdraw your child to attend another school or they transition to the high school. Please think of this as verifying the data on your child’s profile, so that we have correct and updated contact information and vaccination information. Registration for WLWV 5th graders transitioning to 6th grade is also a smooth process and records will be sent to Rosemont over the summer. You will find that ParentVue, our new portal, is extremely helpful and a place where you can view teacher communications, grades, report cards, attendance, vaccinations and more. We encourage you to check it frequently! We are happy to reset passwords and give assistance for this as needed. Please reach out. The student version is called StudentVue and students should also be comfortable checking grades and information in there frequently. The office is happy to reset passwords and help with disabled accounts (often caused by multiple entrance attempts). Advisory teachers (think of a home room teacher) will help students learn these processes.
Schedules are available in ParentVue and StudentVue. There is a link on the home page to help you see the current schedule and which classes are in session for the current part of the quarter. Times are listed too. While students are in their math/science rotation they are expected to participate in extended literacy. While students are in the social studies/language arts portion of their schedule, they will participate in extended math opportunities. We endeavor to support students’ sharpness in all skills areas while allowing them to focus on a manageable number of classes.
Due to our remote start, bus protocols have not yet been shared. However, you can find bus assignments on ParentVue.
Sports are a little different this year. We hope to offer Cross Country as an enrichment class and of course will follow all district and county protocols. Please stay tuned to News from the Ridge for details. Students will need a sports physical filled out by their physician, as well as a communicable disease form. There will be no fee for sports this year as the model will be different to our typical model. In the spring we will hope to offer a modified track season. Sign ups for both these sports will be via a Google form found on the school website.
The Arts are also a little different this year. In a typical year we offer Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra and Nuance (our select honor choir) for musicians as extra curricular programs. We hope to have opportunities for our talented musicians to shine this year. Please stay tuned to News from the Ridge for opportunities.
The Student Handbook is included in the front page of the planner. It is also available for viewing on our website under For Students, along with Student Responsibilities and Rights.
Grade level Supply Lists are posted on the website under For Parents. If a student needs to borrow a district owned Chromebook, we have plenty available. Please reach out to the RRMS office and we can get the process started.
Make up work: If your student has missed school due to illness or appointments, we encourage the student to email their teachers and check Google Classrooms. Work is typically organized by date. It’s also a good idea to check in with a classmate if possible. Once work is submitted, it’s a good idea to email the particular teacher so they know to look for it.
Lunches and breakfasts are available to students. Please visit the Nutrition Service page. Beginning Dec 2, they will be delivered, 5 days at a time, to student homes via school bus. Families must sign up to receive meals-please call the school if you need assistance with signing up. Follow the link for more information: https://www.wlwv.k12.or.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=16296
Even though this school year is different to any other, please be assured that our goal is still to reach, teach and care for each student. Please contact the office staff with any questions or concerns. We deeply value our partnership with you, and consider our years with your child as they navigate middle school to be very special.
Dr. Debi Briggs-Crispin (Principal): email@example.com
Mr. Kelly Rogers (Assistant Principal): firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Amy Koslowski (Counselor): email@example.com
Ms. Alison Gemperle (Counselor): firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Ellen Leventhal (Principal’s Secretary): email@example.com
Ms. Alison Steinberg (Registrar and Attendance): firstname.lastname@example.org