Dear parents and guardians,
Welcome back to the 2017 - 2018 school year beginning on Thursday, August 24, a minimum day. We look forward to another exciting year of continuous growth and development for our students and the professionals who guide and inspire them each day. We are grateful for your partnership in supporting our schools by providing your children wonderful opportunities that afford them a broadened perspective of the world in which they live. Your time volunteering, sharing your talents and expertise, and your support of our PTA and Foundation for Reed Schools make an immensely positive impact on your child's educational and life experiences each day.
This year we will continue our focus on:
- Mathematics instruction
- Piloting a new English Language Arts curriculum in selected elementary grades
- Implementing the best uses of technology to support student learning
- Using data in meaningful ways to support all students in learning
- Further develop our STEM labs to enhance implementation of science curriculums
To see our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) in its entirety, please visit this link.
Del Mar Starts and Ends 5 minutes later:
Please note, to better accommodate bus schedules and ease traffic, the start and end times for Del Mar Middle School have been changed. Now, the regular school day will begin at 8:20 a.m. and dismiss at 3:10 p.m. The minimum day schedule is 8:20 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. These changes were made in collaboration with the Tiburon Peninsula Traffic Relief Joint Powers Agency (Yellow Bus Challenge). We hope this schedule better meets the needs of our students and families by ensuring students arrive to school in a timely manner, and reducing the wait time for the afternoon bus.
Our schools will provide every student with the basic school supplies needed for the year. We understand that parents often like to purchase special items for their children, which is always appreciated.
School districts are required to track attendance rates, and set an annual goal to reduce chronic absenteeism as part of the LCAP. Last year we set a goal to reduce chronic absenteeism by 2% from the previous year. Our rate actually increased by 7.9% compared to the previous year.
Therefore, we ask parents to ensure the regular, on-time attendance of their children at school. In accordance with Education Code Section 48260, any student having unexcused absences for 3 full days and/or more than 30 minutes on any 3 days, or any combination thereof in one school year, is considered truant. Parents will receive a letter from the school district notifying them if their child is truant.
California Education Code Section 48205 states that absences due to illness, medical appointments, family emergencies, and/or religious observances are considered excused. RUSD requires verification of all absences. All other absences, including extended vacations when school is in session, are considered unexcused absences.
3rd and 6th Grade Proof of Residency:
If your child is entering the 3rd or 6th grade and you have not renewed your proof of residency, please do so today. If we do not have an updated proof of residency, your child will not be placed on a class list.
Re-Enrolling Your Student:
You received an email June 28th requesting all parents to re-enroll returning students. If you have not re-enrolled your student using the SchoolMint online enrollment system, please do so immediately. The important information you provide includes updated emergency contact information, which is vital for schools' emergency preparedness.
You will receive your child's class assignment via email.
Kindergarten class lists will be emailed after 4:00 pm on Tuesday, August 22.
Class lists for children grades 1 through 5 will be emailed after 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23. Sixth grade students will receive their schedules on Wednesday, August 23 at orientation. Seventh and 8th grade students will receive their schedules the morning of August 24th, the first day of school.
Safely traveling to and from school:
Please see our website link for Safety and Transportation under the Parents Tab
to see recommended walking and bike routes, and bus safety information. We are proud of our two 8th graders who worked on developing the informational poster you see below.