White Hill Middle School’s 7th and 8th grade choirs performed and earned top honors at the CMEA (CA Music Educators Assoc.) Choral Festival, held at the incredible Weill Hall on the campus of Sonoma State University.
Two pieces “Coro Forte” and “Bella Voce” earned UNANIMOUS SUPERIOR ratings - the highest possible achievement at a CMEA Festival!
After delivering stunning performances on a professional stage in front of three expert judges, our choirs then went to the sight-reading room to perform both rhythmic and melodic music notation with just a few minutes to study each exercise. They earned Superior ratings from the sight-reading judge as well as the three performance judges.
A few highlights from the judges' comments:
"Beautiful part work, guys - wow! I wish you fed my high school!"
"Poetically convincing, musically subtle and refined, and you have great stage presence... your intonation, your tone quality, your posture, your connection with your conductor, and your conviction as a performing ensemble are just superlative."
"Every time I've judged a festival there is always one group who makes my day. It doesn't matter how big or small they are, it's about how they perform, how they are connected to what they're singing, and their sound. Yesterday at the CMEA Festival in Weill Hall, the White Hill Middle School Bella Voce was that group! Susie Martone, Brava Tutti on an incredible performance! As a bonus, they were also one of the best group of audience members I've had the pleasure of sitting behind whilst judging. No talking, no phones, and so supportive of everyone who was on stage while they were in the audience. This is what it's all about!"
Congratulations to Susie Martone and all of our WHMS students who participated in this event and thank you for making such beautiful music!
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Come one, Come all to RVSD’s Party in the Park
Sunday, May 6
Memorial Park, San Anselmo
Whether you’re new to the district or long-time residents, everyone’s invited!
Relax & play in the park
Connect with friends, old and new
Food for purchase, or bring your own
Entertainment (bring an instrument and join in!)
Field games, crafts & activities
Bring your friends and neighbors and join us to celebrate this outstanding community of the Ross Valley Schools we call home.
Dear RVSD Community,
As we approach the end of 2017 and the beginning of a new year, I want to express deep gratitude on behalf of everyone here in RVSD, for allowing us the privilege of continuing to teach and be taught by your amazing children.
Wherever I go in this district, I am always inspired by what I see our students doing, what I hear them discussing and what I know they are learning. There is evidence everywhere of student engagement, academic rigor, creativity and a thirst for moving beyond what Dr. Michael McDowell refers to as “surface” and even “deep” learning, to a place where students readily transfer their knowledge to a variety of disciplines and situations (“Rigorous PBL by Design,” 2017). These accomplishments are the direct result of heavy lifting by many hands, from the classroom to the Board room to the living room, and all points in-between. Regardless of our particular title or role, we share a common purpose in providing an impactful educational experience built upon high expectations, academic excellence, cultural richness, social, emotional and physical development, all designed to nurture, support, challenge and inspire our students no matter where they come from or where they are headed.
This past September our family lost my dad. He was 86 years old, married to my mom for nearly 63 years and he had a great life. His passing was hard and I expect it will continue to be so for a long time, but he left us with many memories and gifts I will cherish forever. One of those gifts is something he used to say from the time I was a little boy. My dad said, “Education is the most important thing, because once you’ve really learned something, it can be yours always.” I’ve thought about that a lot over the years, from my first days as a teacher to today as your superintendent. Though our work is never done and we can always improve upon everything we do, it is this notion of giving through teaching and learning that keeps me loving the great work we do together every day on behalf of our nearly 2,100 RVSD students.
And so, as we observe the celebrations of the season and share invaluable time with family and friends, let us also celebrate the special time on this brief journey we travel together, giving our children the education that will be theirs to keep always. There can be no greater gift.
My very best to you and your families this holiday season, in the new year and always. The Board and I look forward to seeing you in 2018!
Rick E. Bagley, Ed.D.
June 12, 2017
Dear RVSD Families,
As we begin our final week and prepare for the summer ahead, I want to share a few items that may be of interest to you.
Please join us as we congratulate our 5th and 8th grade students, who along with their families and friends will be celebrating an important milestone in their education! Promotion/graduation ceremonies are scheduled as follows:
• Brookside Elementary 5th Grade Promotion: 6:00 PM on Tuesday June 13, 2017 (Brookside field)
• Hidden Valley Elementary 5th Grade Promotion: 4:00 PM on Wednesday June 14, 2017 (Hidden Valley MPR)
• Manor Elementary 5th Grade Promotion: 1:00 PM on Thursday June 15, 2017 (Manor MPR)
• Wade Thomas Elementary 5th Grade Promotion: 1:30 PM on Wednesday June 14, 2017 (Wade Thomas MPR)
• White Hill Middle School 8th Grade Graduation: 5:00 PM on Thursday June 15, 2016 (Drake High School Gym)
Aside from our graduating 8th graders who will be moving on to high school, we always look forward to the late August return of all our currently enrolled TK-7th grade students. Yet we understand that plans do change and families leave our District for a variety of reasons. If you are moving this summer or otherwise planning on enrolling your child or children in a school outside of the Ross Valley School District, please be sure to notify your current RVSD school as soon as possible. This timely information will be helpful as we plan for class configurations and staffing for the coming school year. Also, if your family is leaving our District, we wish you all the best in the years ahead and deeply appreciate your support of our wonderful RVSD schools. Thank you!
All RVSD teachers report for pre-service days starting Wednesday, August 16th and the first day for all TK-8th grade students is Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017.
Electronic notification of students’ elementary classroom placement will be sent via email on Tuesday August 22nd.
White Hill students will receive their class schedules at the back-to-school orientation activities. The 6th grade Wildcat welcome is Tuesday, August 22 from 9am-2:30pm. The 7th grade kick-off assembly is Monday, August 21 from 9:30-10:30am. The 8th grade kick-off assembly is Monday, August 21 from 11:30am-12:30pm. Stay tuned for more information from White Hill.
If your email address has changed from what we currently have on file, please be sure to communicate with your child’s school so your updated email address is correctly entered into our system.
The 2017-18 RVSD school calendar is posted to our website and may be accessed here. Note that in order to align our major breaks with the rest of the school districts in Marin County, we will begin winter break on Friday, December 22, 2017 and spring break on Monday, April 9, 2018. We hope to post the 2018-19 calendar as soon as possible in the coming year so everyone will have it well in advance.
We are thrilled to share with you our very first district video which was inspired and created by two of our RVSD parents, Nancy Main and Jennifer Gonzalez. This short film features several teachers and administrators as well as a number of students, each sharing their reflections on what makes RVSD special to them. We are so grateful to Nancy and Jennifer for all the time, effort and talent they devoted to this project. I hope you will agree they’ve masterfully captured much of what Brookside kindergarten teacher, Rebecca Hayhurst, refers to in describing RVSD as a “beautiful magical place to be!”
This week we bring 2016-17 to a successful close, and I want to once again thank you on behalf of our Board of Trustees and everyone in RVSD for the privilege of working with your amazing children. They inspire us to reach new heights in all we do, enriching our teaching and learning along the way. Thank you also for your thoughtful, generous, caring and passionate support of our schools and for being such an important part of our larger RVSD family.
Congratulations once again to all our graduates and thanks to everyone for another terrific year. Have a wonderful summer!
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.