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News from The Top
April 21st, 2017

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Assessment Feedback Testing season is over! Lori and Marie are just finishing up the last few make up tests now. We heard so many stories of how Grizzly colleagues helped one another throughout the testing window and we are all so grateful. Now it’s time for you to let the assessment coordination team know about your testing experience. Click HERE for a brief survey.

College Spirit Thanks to all the staff members who sported their college gear today---so fun for the students to see our school pride! You’re welcome to hang onto your college sign if you plan to keep it hanging, but if you would rather we keep it until next year’s College Day, please get it back to Jen Brubaker.

District Invitation

For more Grizzlies Give Back Week information, click HERE.

General School Business

Green Grizzly Thumbs If you’ve visited our beautiful school lately you’ve likely noticed our super cool tower gardens. The seeds for these plants were planted by students in Ms. Ford’s Wellness/Healthy Choices class earlier this year and now they are flourishing! Feel free to pick some lettuce for dinner the next time you stop by!


Grading Practices Parent Feedback Survey The Learning Services team has engaged in forty-nine feedback sessions with parents, students and staff, regarding grading practices in our district. Due to insufficient parent participation, the Learning Services team sent an online survey to all parents April 17, 2017. The survey asks parents to indicate their level of agreement with each of the identified common trends and themes from all previous engagement sessions; as well as rate their understanding of the current grading system in their student’s school. Please provide your valuable feedback no later than Monday, May 1, 2017.

Contact with any questions or concerns.

Counseling Den

Anxiety and Stress Join this powerful group TOMORROW for a community symposium supporting youth & families. Attendees will gain increased knowledge about the causes, signs, symptoms, and impacts of stress on young people, and be given practical tools and strategies that they can immediately apply in their lives.

Community News

Women in Politics Denver’s 2017 Camp Congress for Girls is a leadership program that introduces girls ages 8 to 15 to politics. Camp begins with a girl-friendly lesson on the structure of our political system. Each girl will choose to run for a seat in the US House of Representatives, the US Senate or for the presidency. She will create her own campaign with a platform, campaign finance plan and a political ad. All campers will register to vote and then vote in an election. Once elected to Congress and sworn in, the newly installed members of Congress will learn how to introduce a bill, debate the merits of the bill, lobby fellow legislators, collaborate with the Executive branch and finally vote on the proposed bill. Camp will culminate with a ceremonial signing of the bill by our Ms. President. During the camp session the campers will meet an elected official or political consultant.

(REPEAT) Five Star Leadership Academy Want to learn more about how public schools are funded? How we choose curriculum? How we keep your kids safe? Parents and community members are invited to apply for the 2017-18 Five Star Leadership Academy cohort.

The Five Star Leadership Academy is an opportunity for Adams 12 Five Star Schools parents and community members to increase their knowledge of public education. Meeting once-a- month for the 2017-18 school year, the program creates a sense of shared responsibility and partnership, empowering graduates with information and resources needed to step into leadership roles within our schools, district or community.  For more information CLICK HERE

Safety and Security

Sexting Though this can be an uncomfortable topic, the number of incidents we encounter here at RTMS indicate that about 15% of middle schoolers are either initiating or receiving sexually explicit text messages. We are doing our best to make students aware of the legal consequences---which could be up to Felony Child Pornography charges---as well as the social-emotional impact of this practice. Please make some time to speak to your child about this dangerous practice. Here are a couple of good resources to guide your conversation.

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(REPEAT) Grizzlies Give Back Week Our one “fundraiser” for the entire year is swiftly approaching. Please help us celebrate philanthropic acts with our students by encouraging their participation in as many events as possible throughout the week! With 1388 students, if every Grizzly contributed $20 to the fun throughout the week we could earn over $27,000 to be used in support of families and students across our Grizzly community.
3rd Annual 5K Walk/Run Saturday, April 29th
Rocky Top Family Night at the Grizzly Rose Sunday, April 30th
$1/day Hat Days$1/day Starbucks Days
Teacher dunk tank at lunch
Pizza Whicha Teacha (Pizza With Your Teacher) bidding wars
Pizza ‘n Paint night
Alumni and Student/Staff dodgeball tournament
Daily restaurant fundraisers
Online Auction click HERE to see items from last year’s auction!
If you have connections to businesses that could donate goods or services to the auction, please email to coordinate.  Feel free to use the donation letters below.
Click HERE for a donation letter for items for the auction.

5K Walk/Run  Saturday, April 29th we will be having our 3rd annual Grizzlies Give Back 5K Walk/Run at Rocky Top Middle School at 9:00 am.  Click HERE to register!  There will be prizes for fastest times in age groups and a raffle where you can win really cool prizes!  

Pizza and Paint Night  Join us Wednesday, May 3rd in the cafeteria!  We will get your creative juices flowing by creating your own individual work of art while sipping some lemonade and eating some tasty pizza!  $20 pays for your paint, food, and incredible guided artistic experience!  Click HERE to register!

Online Auction  Look for new items to be added as we have them donated at this year’s online auction!  The auction goes live Friday, April 28th at 8:00 am and ends Monday, May 8th at 8:00 am!  Click HERE, and bookmark the site so you can check back often!  There are some GREAT baskets coming in, and I’ve even heard rumor about a $500 Frontier voucher that will be added soon!

DODGEBALL Rocky Top students - are there teachers you REALLY want to hit with a dodgeball?  You’re in luck!  Our annual dodgeball tournament is BACK, and the top teams from each bracket get to play against Rocky Top teachers, counselors and administrators!  Click HERE for the registration form.  Each team can have up to 10 players, and it is $10/person.  Come up with a creative name and outfit and get ready to dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge!  Turn your completed form and money into Ms. Heather in the front office!

Volunteers for Grizzlies Give Back  There are three events during Grizzlies Give Back that we could use some volunteers to help make sure they go smoothly!  We need volunteers to help with water stations and help runners cross streets during the 5k, we need volunteers to help distribute materials and food during the Sip-n-paint, and we need 3 adults to supervise our NJHS students who will run the concession stand during the dodgeball tournament.  Click HERE if you are interested in helping with any of these three events!