SAFETY ALERT: School Parking Lot Access
School enrollments are high and parking lot spaces are at a premium. Please DO NOT use the parking lots at Bel Aire or Del Mar for dropping off or picking up students around the school start and end times each day. In the past few weeks several near miss collisions have been observed on both these campuses and in fact, there was a collision in the Del Mar parking lot between a school bus and a parent's vehicle. While there were no injuries in that incident, the danger to students is real. NO parents should be driving up the hill at Bel Aire in the morning or afternoon around student arrival and dismissal times. Del Mar's parking lot has posted "No Entrance" signs during these peak congestion times, and that means NO parents should be driving into the Del Mar parking lot to pick up or drop off students. Thank you for helping to make our campuses safer for our students.
Parent Math Information Meeting Follow Up
evening October 14, over 100 parents attended our Math Information
Night about steps being taken to support RUSD's transition to
implementing new California Math Standards. We are preparing written
answers to the questions posed by those in attendance, which will be
posted, on the district web site. Thanks to all in attendance and
especially to Tamalpias Union High School District Principal Corbett
Elson and Redwood Math Department Chairperson Aaron Simon for helping
Principal Vann Gardner, Math Consultant Dr. Shannon, and me respond to
parent questions. For those who were unable to attend, please see this Power Point presentation from the evening.
California Math and English/Language Arts Standards
Preparing our students for the world of tomorrow means equipping them with the knowledge and skills to be college/workforce ready. To accomplish this, educators need to update our goals for learning - and that is really all the Common Core Standards for Math and English/language arts are all about. The standards are a set of learning goals that align grade-by-grade, step-by-step toward what modern careers and colleges expect, so that when students graduate from Del Mar Middle School, they are ready for high school, and more importantly, ready for life.
So what does it mean to be "ready"? In our fast-changing world, readiness involves having a flexible set of skills - like a rope that can be used for a variety of tasks. We need graduates who can adapt to new situations and apply what they know to unforeseen problems. We need graduates who can critically analyze data and choose a course of action to accomplish goals. We need graduates who can think!
Our priority is to get RUSD's students ready so that they are able to weave together knowledge from different content areas, apply problem-solving skills, develop the ability to communicate, and work in teams. Since California adopted the new standards for math and English/language arts back in July 2010, we have asked our teachers to shift their approaches to teaching. Teachers have revised our curriculum maps and are developing assessments that require application and problem solving. We have been putting more emphasis on giving students chances to integrate what they learn in various subjects.
Next week our students at Bel Aire School will spend four exciting days exploring topics of interest in our first "Dive Deep" project-based learning courses.
I'm excited to see this kind of excellent teaching become more and more common in our classrooms. I believe that this approach is going to build the next generation of American innovation and prepare our students for any challenges they may encounter as they develop into tomorrow's leaders.
Dr. Steven Herzog
From RUSD PTA
Parent Education Speaker Event about Teens
Parent Ed- "Can We Talk" - November 12th from 7-9pm at Kent Middle School in the Multipurpose Room. Please join the RUSD PTA with Charis Denison and a panel of Bay Area teens to talk about real life. Back by popular demand to Marin, Charis will facilitate this discussion of teens' experiences navigating both academic achievement and the life choices they make outside the classroom. Charis Denison, Prajna Consulting, is nationally recognized for her 21 years of work in human development, service learning and social justice. Attendance is free but limited. Sign up here.
BIG THANKS to our 2014 Tiburon Challenger Volunteers! RUSD volunteers helped out at the USTA Men's Pro Circuit tournament at the Tiburon Peninsula Club last week. The Foundation received a $7,500 donation for participating in this event!