Dear RVSD Families,
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! Our collective mission for all students is more than the successful mastery of content. Together we strive to nurture the development of happy, skilled, insightful, inquisitive, inspired and engaged young people. We want them to grow up appreciating their unique talents, compensate for their equally unique challenges and forever celebrate the diverse gifts they will contribute in making our world a better place. Our children truly are our greatest natural resource and I want to thank you up front for entrusting yours to us.
As we welcome many new families to RVSD, we also welcome a number of new professional colleagues. All bring their unique skill sets, knowledge, experience and expertise to our District. I know you will enjoy meeting and getting to know the new members of our RVSD community as much as they will appreciate getting to know you.
In beginning my third year as your Superintendent and fourth decade as a public educator, I am eager for August 24th to arrive! With the child-centered focus and wise stewardship of our Board of Trustees combined with the dedicated efforts of our teachers, staff and administrators, RVSD students enjoy an awesome educational experience that is among the best in our state. Thanks to the generous support and hard work of our parents, Parent Clubs and YES Foundation, this experience is further enriched with acclaimed music, art and poetry programs, literature, science, physical education, technology, engineering, special field trips, school events and much more. Our class sizes remain low among both California and Marin districts and our school facilities continue to be modernized thanks to voter-approved Measure A. We are a small and close-knit community that works together to deliver big results for our students!
In the spirit of delivering big results, this year I will challenge myself and my RVSD colleagues to routinely question and assess the impact of our actions on students’ learning, achievement and success. The good news is we know from mountains of research that about 95% of everything educators do to improve student achievement has some positive effect (Hattie, 2009). The question is how we choose those actions, innovations and strategies that yield the greatest impact - above and beyond what we’d expect as students naturally mature over time. As Dr. John Hattie (2014) puts it, our impact on student learning is hopefully “more than passing surface-level tests. It involves impacting on the love of learning, inviting students to stay in learning, and seeing the ways in which students can improve their healthy sense of being, respect for self and respect for others.” I encourage you to join us on this exciting journey! It will demand we think differently, challenge old assumptions and possibly bid farewell to practices, beliefs and rituals whose true impacts on student learning are relatively small. But we are, after all, preparing students for their future, not our past.
In closing, I want to thank you for all you’ve done, do and will do to support your child as he or she shares the next school year with us. Thanks especially for being part of our broader RVSD family and I look forward to seeing you in the year ahead.
Here’s to an impactful year!
Rick E. Bagley, Ed.D.
The foundations are being wrapped up, new concrete sidewalks are being poured, and the 13 modular building sections are in the midst of being delivered. The modular buildings are manufactured in California and transported from the
Central Valley on flatbed tractor trailer trucks. Due to the size and logistics, only two modular components are delivered each day causing traffic delays primarily on Butterfield Road.
New Student registrations for incoming students for the 2016-17 school year are being accepted at each school site between the hours of 8:00am-4:00pm until Thursday, June 23, 2016. Note that on Wednesday, June 22, the school offices will be closing for the day at 10:00am due to meetings. After June 23, the school offices will be closed for the summer.
During the month of July, new student registrations will be accepted at the District Office (located at 110 Shaw Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960 behind Red Hill Shopping Center; 415-451-4064) in accordance with the following schedule:
Thursday, July 7
Thursday, July 14
Thursday, July 21
Thursday, July 28
Thursday, August 4
Tuesday, July 5
Tuesday, July 12
Tuesday, July 19
Tuesday, July 26
Tuesday, August 2
Elementary school offices reopen and will again be accepting new student registrations beginning Monday, August 15, 2016 from 8:00am-4:00pm Monday – Friday.
The White Hill school office will reopen and will again be accepting new student registrations beginning Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 8:00am-4:00pm Monday – Friday.
Please call ahead to be sure the offices aren’t closed for meetings that may arise in preparation of the new school year.
You may download the applicable New Student Registration Packet or you may pick up a hard copy at any school site or the District Office. Each registration packet outlines all of the required forms and documents. Please note that only complete registration packets will be accepted and they must be provided in person.
Since RVSD adopted the 2016-17 calendar in February 2015, efforts were subsequently initiated by Marin County districts to create a calendar that is as aligned as possible, particularly with regard to high school and their elementary feeder districts which should make things much simpler for families with students in both systems. At the May 3, 2016 Board meeting, a revised calendar was approved for next school year. We apologize for any inconvenience that the changes may cause. The good news is that Marin County districts have begun working on coordinating calendars for the three years following 2016-17.
Dear RVSD Parents/Guardians:
Welcome back from spring break! We are very interested in obtaining your feedback on our Spring 2016 Parent Survey regarding our schools, programs and operations Your input will help us reflect on our practice, prioritize goals. and make important decisions about the future of the Ross Valley School District. This survey will take approximately 5 minutes per child, and your responses are anonymous. If you have more than one child enrolled in our schools, upon completion of the survey for your first child you will be given the opportunity to repeat the survey for up to three additional children.
Rick Bagley, Ed.D.
Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RVSDsurvey2016