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8/16/17

The district website has now been updated.  Please click on the following link for details, procedures, and deadlines:

https://srvusd-ca.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1422963630482

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SRVUSD recognizes that some students want to challenge themselves academically beyond the classroom.  Course advancement is one opportunity available for our students.  Students may enroll in an approved math, science, or world language (Spanish, French, or Chinese) course of study outside of SRVUSD that may lead to course advancement.  We also recognize that advancement is not for all students.  Families must determine if their student(s) can manage the fast pace curriculum delivery. 

 

 

8th graders currently in Common Core 8 Math at GRMS:

  • Since students are required to take Algebra at an SRVUSD school, they MUST take Algebra in 9th grade.  Once enrolled in Algebra at DVHS in 9th grade, they may choose to advance by taking an outside WASC-accredited Geometry course or Science courses.  Please see DVHS counselor, once student is a 9th grader for more information.   
  • Any 8th grade student may choose to advance in World Language (Spanish, French, or Chinese).  8th graders taking Spanish/French/Chinese 1B would take Spanish/French/Chinese 2 in the spring/summer.  8th graders not currently taking a world language would take Spanish/French/Chinese 1 in the spring/summer. 

8th graders currently in Accelerated Algebra or Geometry at GRMS:

  • A student may begin taking Math or Science courses for advancement purposes no earlier than the spring semester (please note a change in previous district policy, when students used to be allowed to take it in the fall) of their 8th grade year (coursework taken prior to that, including the summer between 7th & 8th grades, and first semester of 8th grade, will not apply).  Students must go to the DVHS website and complete the online "Advancement" Google Form (at http://www.dvhigh.net/advancement) before signing up for the course.  
  • Any 8th grade student may choose to advance in World Language (Spanish, French, or Chinese).  8th graders taking Spanish/French/Chinese 1B would take Spanish/French/Chinese 2 in the spring/summer.  8th graders not currently taking a world language would take Spanish/French/Chinese 1 in the spring/summer. 

*Please also note that it is not necessary to take math courses for advancement outside of SRVUSD.  The district now offers a new Accelerated Algebra 2 course (covers Algebra 2 AND Trigonometry).  Students are only eligible to take the Accelerated Algebra 2 placement test if they take Geometry at DVHS.  Course description in Course Catalog is as follows:

This course prepares students to take AP Calculus and other advanced math courses. Accelerated Algebra 2 is a rigorous fast paced course covering the State of California Common Core Algebra 2 Standards and the Common Core (+) standards which include advanced trigonometric concepts. This course will emphasize use of the “Eight Mathematical Practices”. Students will make sense of problem situations, solve higher order thinking problems, derive key theorems, use technology where appropriate, work ingroups to develop teamwork skills, and demonstrate procedural fluency in their responses. Prerequisite: Placement in this course is based upon multiple criteria which includes end of semester grades in Algebra 1and Geometry and passing a mastery readiness exam.

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SRVUSD will accept non-district courses for advancement provided the following criteria are met:
-Students must take a class at an institution that is WASC accredited (or equivalent), issues an official transcript with a letter grade and credits, and offers courses equivalent to a year-long SRVUSD course. -Students may begin taking courses for advancement purposes in the spring semester of their 8th grade year. Coursework taken prior to that, including the summer between 7th & 8th grades, and the first semester of 8th grade, will not apply. -Students must show proficiency through a SRVUSD assessment in mathematics for purposes of placement (please note students taking Geometry no longer need to take an assessment). -Students are advised to check if the institution they will be attending is approved by the UCs & CSUs for college entrance requirements. Use this link to check the status: https://doorways.ucop.edu/list/app/home;jsessionid=09DCF215CAE1D2BE8AA14305745F79C7?execution=e1s2

Important Notes

-SRVUSD does not place any non-district courses on a student’s transcript unless the courses are a function of the student’s six-class program or as remediation to fulfill graduation requirements. For college applications, it is the responsibility of the student to request that a transcript be sent from the appropriate institution. In order to meet SRVUSD graduation requirements, all students must take: -TWO years of science at a district high school – one year each of Physical Science and Life Science is required; -TWO years of math at a district high school – Algebra 1 must be taken at a SRVUSD school.

Policies

Math (no longer needed for Geometry) -If a student scores <70% on the assessment test, the student will not be allowed to advance and must repeat the course during the regular school year. -If a student scores ≥70% on the assessment test, the student will be placed into the next level college prep course. -If a student scores ≥85% on the assessment test, the student will be placed into the next level honors or AP course. Science, World Languages, and Electives -Students must earn a transcript grade of C or higher in a class offered at an accredited institution in order to be placed into the next level. -Students must earn a transcript grade of B or higher in a class offered at an accredited institution in order to be placed into the next level honors or AP course. -Self-study will not be accepted.

Advancement Process

Completion Instructions: 1. Student & parent/guardian complete this electronic submission form  and submit the form with an electronic signature. 2. Student registers for and completes accredited course. 3. Student submits an official course transcript (district office) on or before the deadline. NOTE: transcripts must be received no later than the deadline - no exceptions. 4. Student takes the District assessment (if applicable- please note an assessment is no longer needed for Geometry). 5. Assessment results will be posted (location TBD). 6. If a transcript is received after the deadline (see above), the student’s schedule will not be changed. 7. Counselors will adjust the student’s schedule based on the qualifications for advancement and availability of courses. NOTE: Completing a course is NOT A GUARANTEE that a student will be placed in the next level course even if they meet all of the qualifications. Students will be placed into classes on a space-available basis.
 

 

Click here for important Advancement information including:

  • Transcript delivery address & deadline
  • Assessment information
  • Assessment scoring information and class placement information

Click here for a partial list of WASC accredited schools and the appropriate courses that students can use to advance in Math. Please note: SRVUSD does not guarantee these courses adhere to the common core curriculum or that students will pass the advancement exam.  Check with each institution to verify common core alignment.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
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Principal's Message

June/July 2017

Happy Summer!  I wish you and your family a relaxing summer filled with family and friends!  Please allow your child(ren) the opportunity to re-energize themselves with the benefits that a summer vacation offers: sleeping in, playing outside, and most especially, reading for enjoyment!  They will come back in August ready to take on the challenges of another year if they are afforded the chance to unwind.  We have included all the pertinent information above to help you navigate the beginning of the 17/18 school year.  See you all in August!

 

Warmly,

Sue Goldman

 

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Upcoming Events

August 10th - Ice Cream Social

August 14 - First Day of School/Minimum Day

August 24th - Back to School Night

September 4th - No School - Labor Day   

September 15th - 7th and 8th Grade Dance

 

Safety Reminders During Student Pick-up & Drop-Off

Greetings Parents and Students,

We want to thank our entire Gale Ranch Middle School community as we exercise patience and safe driving practices. We need a combined effort from the entire Gale Ranch ...more

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If you would like to see the results from the 2016-17 survey, please click here

For more information on SRVUSD's bullying policy and the form for suspected bullying click here. 

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