SAFTEY DRILL IS A SUCCESS!
 
ALL Grizzlies are safe!! We had an unannounced lock-down drill this afternoon, March 30, 2015. The students were AMAZING, as always! Classes have now returned to normal business.Thank you in helping us keep our Grizzlies safe!!
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
              Reunification Exercise

Hey Rocky Top Parents...you're invited!

When:  Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Who:  Students who can stay after school from 2:15 PM until 4:00 PM at the latest  AND parents who can arrive to pick up their students between 2:35 PM and 3:15 PM.

Where:  Rocky Top Middle School

What/Why:  Testing the Process!

We have an exciting opportunity for you to help test the Adams 12 Five Star School District process for post-crisis reunification here at Rocky Top!  We need parent and student volunteers from our community to participate in this reunification exercise.

"In our effort to continuously improve our safety and security protocols, the Adams 12 Five Star School District has created a crisis Reunification Team to assist our schools when parent/guardian reunification is required.  Our goal is to practice reuniting students with their parents/guardians as quickly and efficiently as possible.

There will be a crew onsite filming the exercise, and there will be many participating organizations, such as Thornton, Federal Heights, Westminster and Broomfield Police Departments, Adams County Sheriff, Thornton, Westminster and Federal Heights Fire Departments, and North Metro Fire Protection District!

If you are willing to help and interested in being a part of this process, please RSVP HERE.


News from The Top
March 20, 2015

(PARA INFORMACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL Siempre mandamos estos anuncios cada viernes.  Si usted requiere información en español siempre mandaremos una copia traducida el miercoles despues.)

Red Apple Competition: This April is our spring challenge month to raise money through Red Apple, the little red schoolhouse in our south parking lot. If you are doing any spring cleaning over break or throughout the month of April, please bring in your donations starting April 1st.  We won the competition for most pounds donated in the fall for the entire Denver area, so we KNOW we can do it this spring!  Happy Cleaning!!

8th Grade Panoramic Picture:  Hello 8th Graders Parents:  The 8th Grade Panoramic Pictures will be taken on Wednesday, April 1st at 8:45 AM in the gym. This is the ONLY time pictures will be taken of the whole 8th grade class, so please make sure your student is in school and on time for the special event.  Students will receive order forms and information at the picture.  The order deadline for the lowest price will be Sunday, April 5th.  Additional information is available at www.BestClassPicture.com.

Student Recognition Breakfast Invitations:  We will be celebrating many students at this month’s student recognition breakfast!  The breakfast, for students and their families, is March 31st at 7:30 AM in the cafeteria.  If your student was nominated for an award, they received their invitation today.
The theme for March is “Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood.”  Students who demonstrate this habit listen to other people's ideas and feelings.  They try to see things from others’ viewpoints and listen without interrupting.  They are confident in voicing their ideas and look people in the eyes when talking.

Community Meeting: Come to the RTMS library on April 1st at 5:00 PM to be part of the development of our mission and vision as we move into the 2015-16 school year.

School Dance: Just a reminder we’ll have a dance for Rocky Top students only on April 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  What a great way to kick off a long weekend since RTMS is closed on Friday, April 10th.  Students, watch the announcements regarding ticket sales.

(UPDATE) Grizzlies CAN Stop Cyberbullying:  During today’s assembly, 6th graders worked with our counseling department to practice assertive communication strategies. Click HERE for the presentation they shared then review it with your Grizzly to see what s/he learned!  
Our 8th graders participated in a lesson facilitated by their core teachers during the assembly time.  Click HERE for a link to their presentation then review it with your Grizzly to see what s/he learned!  
Parents of all grade level students, if you’d like to broaden your knowledge of this topic, visit https://www.commonsensemedia.org/cyberbullying for more information.

(REPEAT) Progress Reports: It’s hard to believe the end of Quarter 3 was March 13th!  In preparation for posting final marks (quarter-long classes only) and progress marks (semester and yearlong classes), the Infinite Campus Parent Portal will be closed March 17th through April 1st.  This means the most current academic progress reports will be available as of April 2nd.

(REPEAT) Keeping Grizzlies Safe: The coming of spring (easy to say today!) means we’ll be having our unannounced lockdown drill sometime soon.  We wanted to take this time to remind you how we communicate during and after all safety drills and actual emergencies.  You’ll receive immediate notifications via Facebook, Twitter, Infinite Campus Messenger, and SchoolMessenger (audio recording).  Be sure to “like” us, “follow” us, and subscribe to any or all of these sources for the most up-to-date information!
On another safety note, sign up HERE  to participate in a reunification drill to test the Adams 12 protocol for reuniting families after emergencies.  Be sure to follow the link to volunteer an hour of your time to help us improve processes in order to keep our students safe!

(REPEAT) Empty Bowls Family Nights: Empty Bowls, an international grassroots effort to fight hunger, was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Craftspeople, educators, students and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are then invited to a simple meal of soup and bread on May 6th and, in exchange for a cash donation, guests get to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to local food banks to support their efforts to end hunger and food insecurity throughout our community. Family nights for bowl painting are offered in February, March and April...sign up HERE before all the spots are filled!

News from The Top, March 13th, 2015


Crossing Guards

Wanted!

Do you love volunteering?

Want to #PayitForward?

Do you want an easy way to get involved at Rocky Top Middle School?

Do you want to help keep students safe?

Do you like wearing fashionable day-glow orange safety vests and holding a stop sign?


Then become a volunteer crossing guard! Adams 12 will provide training. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Ratner at 720-972-2211 or Jason.Ratner@adams12.org for more details.





Please follow the link below to see dates and times for PARCC and CMAS testing this spring.




Rocky Top Vision and Mission
Grizzly Families!
 
With the new year Rocky Top will be defining our mission and vision to support our community and ensure the absolute best for your children.  Please take a few moments to complete this survey that will be used to help guide the process of creating mission and vision statements.  If you are interested in being a part of shaping the future of Rocky Top Middle School please add your information to the form.  Thank you for your incredible support for all that we do and we wish you a restful and fulfilling break with family and friends!




We are proud to be a 1:1 technology school!!!
Get better acquainted with your Chromebooks by completing the activities or exploring the links on the following pages...



 


GRIZZLIES GIVE BACK 
Empty Bowls Project

Do you enjoy being artistic?  Do you enjoy giving back to your community?  This is the project for you!
Click HERE to sign up!

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators, students and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to our local food banks that serve the Adams 12 Five Star School District community working to end hunger and food insecurity.


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Rocky Top Middle School, please click on the link below and fill out the form.
For more information about volunteering in Adams 12, click here:

Chromebook Information:
Have questions or information about Chromebooks, deals, and warranties?  Ask and discuss on the Chromebook Forum!
Click Here!
http://rtchromebooks.blogspot.com/

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Visit www.jostensyearbooks.com to order today!


Priority Text Alerts
From Adams 12
The Adams 12 Five Star School District has teamed up with SchoolMessenger to bring you Priority Text Alerts.  To start receiving these alerts, simply text "Yes" to 68453.  For more information, download the flyer:



We love sharing in the success of the students here at Rocky Top. If you have, or know of a student who has some cool news, please email it to us using the link below.
  • Griphen Jolly attended a lacrosse event in Phoenix.  He was one of only 120 kids from the entire Western region of the US chosen to participate.
Click here to check out Grizzly Growler which highlights exceptional writers here at Rocky Top
 
Click here to read highlights of the Points of Pride for this year.


Wonder what's going on around RTMS?  Be sure to check out the text version of our video announcements!
https://sites.google.com/a/adams12.org/rtms/announcements

Grizzlies CAN 
Put an End to Bullying!

Did you miss last month's Parent Workshop?  
Click HERE to see what we discussed!

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