WATCH THE 8TH GRADE CONTINUATION HERE!
Missed the continuation ceremony?  Watch the recorded live broadcast here.


Watch the 2015 Highlight video from the end of the ceremony here!

8th Grade Highlights 2015




A former Grizzly created a website to help students spot bullying and help them figure out who to tell about it.  Check his website out HERE!

   News from The Top

May 22, 2015
(Last edition for this school year!)

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


Amazing Annie!  We sure hope you took advantage of the opportunity to see our incredible Grizzlies perform Annie, Jr. this past week.  The dedicated cast members and crew devoted 4 months to the preparation necessary to produce a standing-ovation-worthy show.  Be sure to check out our Facebook page for photos and video.

Report Cards  Though final grades are in and available through the Parent Portal of Infinite Campus, don’t count on those official, printed reports to arrive in your mailboxes until June 8th.  Feel free to call the main office with any questions.

Summer Office Hours  The main office staff, including administrators, will be here from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM each weekday May 29th through June 10th.  However, the office is only open from 7:30 to 11:30 AM our final day, June 11th.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: RTMS will be CLOSED as of 2:30 PM Wednesday, May 27th.

Hooked on Fishing...Not Drugs!  The Thornton Police Department invites kids (ages 11-14) to participate in this program which encourages kids to resist drugs and violence by spending time on alternative activities.  What a great way to kick off the summer, learn a new outdoor skill, and make some new friends!  Click HERE for more information and HERE to register!

INCOMING Grizzlies If you, or someone you know, is looking for information about purchasing a Chromebook, Rocky Top’s only school supply, for next year...check out our 2015-2016 purchasing guide!

(REMINDER) End of Year Awards Assemblies

6th Grade - May 26th 12:45 to 1:45 PM

7th Grade - May 26th 9:45 to 10:45 AM

Parents of students receiving awards received an invitation to the awards assembly last week.  On the day of the event, please enter through the activities entrance closest to the gymnasium.  Should you wish to take your child out of school after her/his award ceremony, you will need to have your photo identification and a little bit of patience ready.

8th Grade - May 27th 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM***

***Though this is the last awards assembly for 8th grade students, the same general format is followed.  All students will receive a certificate of completion upon entry into the gymnasium and they will find a couple of goodies on their chairs.  Students earning academic achievement, academic excellence, and excellence in scholarly habits will be individually recognized and receive certificates.  We will also recognize 12 Grizzly Greats, an award presented by 8th grade teachers.  

***Should you wish to take your child out of school after her/his award ceremony, you will need to have your photo identification and a little bit of patience ready.

*****Two things to keep in mind...every student received only two tickets for attendance at the assembly and these were distributed Friday, 5/22.  Also, if your child will be individually recognized for an award, you were notified this week.


(REPEAT) Caution! Construction Zone  Have you noticed all that fencing and heavy equipment on the south side of our building?  We’re pretty sure the students are convinced there’s going to be a pool, however, it’s actually the site for our new learning plaza.  By the time students return in August, there will be four classrooms located there as we’re predicted to welcome at least 1330 Grizzlies for the 2015-16 school year so we need the extra space!  The same folks will also be extending the sidewalk path on the west side of our staff parking lot in order to create more loading space for the three additional busses we’ll be accommodating next year.  
Rest assured, as safety and security are always at the forefront of our minds, every worker on site goes through a screening process at the Adams 12 Five Star ESC and is then required to wear their identification badge, in addition to their construction company ID, at all times when on school grounds.  The job site is completely self contained through the end of May, so none of the construction staff will be in our building.  Once students and teachers leave for the summer, they’ll begin the interior work necessary for utility and technology connectivity of the new classrooms.  Should you have any questions about these projects, don’t hesitate to contact our main office!

(REPEAT) Character Strong Grizzlies  Our entire 6th and 7th grade student body had the incredible opportunity to spend an hour with Houston Kraft, an advocate of kindness, compassion and love.  The assembly was funny and real and the audience was so engaged that at one point his microphone cut out for a few minutes and over 800 young people were so rapt with attention that we could still hear every word he said!  To keep the message moving throughout our school, Houston met with a small group of about 70 student leaders who concluded the uplifting morning with a commitment to being advocates for change throughout the student body.  Check out that link above for more information and be sure to download his free app, CharacterStrong to keep the kindness movement flowing!  NOTE: Thank you to Random Acts of Kindness for this extraordinary opportunity!!!

(REPEAT) Grizzlies Give Back Update  Another HUGE dose of thanks to you, Grizzly community, as we raised an amazing $6,946.60 through Grizzlies Give Back activities this year!  These funds directly benefits members of our Rocky Top community as we provide for families in need and students in crisis.  Looking ahead to 2016, we’re eager to make it even better!  We’ll definitely host the 2nd Annual GGB 5K Run/Walk again and look forward to getting some corporate sponsors.  We’re also interested in generating opportunities to embrace philanthropy through local volunteerism throughout the community in the weeks leading up to Grizzlies Give Back week.  Though the generation of monies to distribute to our families is our primary goal, we want to ensure every student has the opportunity to contribute through service as well.
If you know of any corporations who would be willing to sponsor our efforts or if you are interested in joining our coordination team, please contact Jennifer Oldweiler.  







CHROMEBOOK PURCHASING GUIDE

Incoming 5th grade Parents and Guardians,
Attached is the long awaited Chromebook purchasing guide!  We know our new grizzlies are excited to get their hands on their new technology.  Please know that during Welcome to Grizzly Country on August 17 from 4:00-7:45 p.m., we will work with students in getting Chromebooks set-up with safety features as well and the applications used within Rocky Top.  At this time we will also review for parents how best to monitor student usage.  We wish you a wonderful and restful summer!


Hooked on Fishing... Not Drugs!

The Thornton Police Department invites your kids (age 11-14) to participate in the Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs Program.  This program encourages kids to resist drugs and violence by spending time on alternative activities.

Click HERE for more information and HERE to register!



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/



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.

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:

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