Art AVID CAASPP Testing Prep Core Industrial Technology Language Math Music Other Electives P.E. Science 6th Grade Wheel
About Academic Intervention Career & College Counselor's Corner Digital Citizenship Fall Scheduling Parenting Personal & Social Support 8th Grade
After School Sports Basket Brigade Battle of the Books Character Education CJSF GATE Keyboarding Skills Leadership Math Olympiad Membean Social Impact
Library Home Reading Lists
Bell Schedule Homework Policy Panther Press Registration School Handbook Spirit Wear SRVUSD Calendar Technology Policy LCMS Second Semester At A Glance 17-18
Boosters Donations Parent Portal PTA Site Council Teen Center Volunteer Procedures Volunteer Sign Up
Directory & Websites
Attendance Office Staff

News

Audience: Homepage, Webmasters and Homepage

Do you have middle school math questions? We’ve got answers! Please join SRVUSD mathematics curriculum expert Gregory Duran at a Middle School Math Forum on Wednesday, May 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Education Center at 699 Old Orchard Drive, Danville. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

more
Posted by: Elizabeth Graswich, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 5/17/18




Audience: Homepage, Webmasters and Homepage

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is accepting applications from interested community members to provisionally fill one unexpired term of office on the Board of Education. The term expires December 2018. The candidate who is appointed by the Board to fill the vacancy can run for re-election in November 2018.

 

The vacancy was created when Denise Jennison who, after serving nearly 8 years on the Board of Education, resigned effective May 23, 2018.

 

Applicants must be registered voters residing in the boundaries of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the State of California, and not disqualified by the constitution or laws of the state from holding a civil office.

To obtain an application, visit www.srvusd.net/boeapplication or pick up an application packet from the Superintendent’s Office at 699 Old Orchard Drive, Danville, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

 

Applications are to be returned to the Superintendent’s Office no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. No applications will be accepted past the deadline.

 

For further information contact Cindy Fischer, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent at (925) 552-2933 or cfischer@srvusd.net.

more
Posted by: Meaghan K, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 5/9/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

SRVEF voted Los Cerros Middle School 2017-2018 Secondary Affiliate of the Year at the Night of the Stars event last evening. 

 


 

more
Posted by: Tami Castelluccio
Published: 5/8/18




Audience: Homepage, Webmasters and Homepage

I would like to invite you to join me at two Spring Forums for an end-of-the-year parent check-in and listening opportunity. During these forums I will briefly comment on 4 "big idea" topics and then spend approximately an hour plus of questions and comments. The topics I will be discussing include:

  1. Safety and customer service
  2. Budget and staffing
  3. Personalized Learning Ideas update
  4. Elementary feedback, suggested ideas

I look forward to seeing you there!

More information may be found at www.srvusd.net/springforums.

 

Rick Schmitt

Superintendent

 


 

more
Posted by: Meaghan K, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 4/17/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

How Students Sign Up for a Class

  1. Go to http://www.lcms.srvusd.net/
  2. Click the Infinite campus green button (middle/left side of the web page)
  3. Log in (example)
    1. Lc.ssawyer
    2. ID#123456
  4. Click responsive schedule on the left side of the screen
  5. Select class or view class selected for you
  6. Click Save

Video Instructions: https://youtu.be/uCwqEIII7g0

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 4/16/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

more
Attachments:
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 4/16/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Los Cerros Track & Field April 24th-May 8th

Practices will be after schools Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:45-3:30

 

If you are interested in participating, please complete this short survey

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 4/16/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Summer Enrichment classes are offered for your student. Click on the link for more information!

 

Also, to download or print the flier, see attached.

 

Thank you!

more
Attachments:
Posted by: Victoria Felix
Published: 4/12/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

PROMOTION PARTY:   

The Promotion Planning Committee is busy planning a fun evening of celebration for our 8th grade students’ as they move from Los Cerros Middle School to High School.  Our team could use some help from our fellow parents.  We are so grateful for any donations or help you can give. 

 

SAVE THE DATE:  Friday May 18th from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Our Promotion Party on May 18th is sure to be a night your 8th grader will not want to miss! With delicious food, live entertainment, an interactive DJ, gaming tables, and photo stations – there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

More information is available in the attached flyer. Suggested attire for the night is nice, appropriate clothing that is upscale from day to day school attire. Ideas include: khaki pants/shorts, collared shirt, casual dress/skort, etc.  

 

Log on to Future Fund today, to sign your child up for this special night!  Please make sure you fill out the waiver when you click the future fund link.

more
Posted by: Tami Castelluccio
Published: 4/11/18




Audience: Homepage, Webmasters and Homepage

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is seeking members for its Parcel Tax Oversight Committee.

 

The committee provides oversight for the Board of Education to ensure that the funds are spent as intended by the voters of the parcel tax.  The committee meets at least twice per year and reports on an annual basis to the Board and community on how these funds have been spent.  All meetings are open to the public.

 

Four positions will be appointed by the school board. Parcel Tax committee members serve two-year terms.  They will not be compensated and will serve no more than two consecutive terms.  Members shall reside within the boundaries of the SRVUSD and shall be registered voters.

 

Applications are due no later than 4pm on May 16, 2018. Recommendations/appointments will be made at the June 12, 2018 Board Meeting.

 

For additional information and to download the application visit:  http://srvusd.ca.schoolloop.com/PTOC_members, or contact Sandra Corsetti in the Business Office, at scorsetti@srvusd.net, or (925) 552-2905.

more
Posted by: Meaghan K, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 4/11/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Incredible volunteer opportunity for our LC Students & Families!


Comcast selected our sister school, Sun Terrace, to receive the benefits of their Comcast Cares Day.

 

This means that on April 21st a lot of Comcast employees and other community volunteers will come to the school and do projects that the school would like/need. This would include things such as painting stencils on the blacktop, painting murals on the walls, painting picnic tables, landscaping, general clean-up, building benches, assembling small furniture items, and much more.  Comcast provides all the materials needed.  They provide a light breakfast & lunch, and t-shirts while supplies last. In addition to the work they do, Comcast also offers a "grant" based on the number of volunteers that show up.  Last year they gave the schools $18 per volunteer (any age, any amount of time).  Sun Terrace can spend the grant money how they see fit.

 

Sign-in starts at 8:15, work starts around 9:00, lunch is served around 1:00, and they hope to be finished by 3:00.  Volunteers do not have to stay all day.  The earlier someone shows up, the better selection of projects they get.  

 

Normally, Comcast selects the school months in advance since there is so much planning involved.  The school that was originally chosen fell through, and we were selected just a few weeks ago, so this is all very rushed.  This is Comcast's 16th year doing this, and is their biggest 1-day nation-wide community service event.

 

Los Cerros families, students and staff members can RSVP here, https://goo.gl/forms/LUTqWAquyip2Hsbt2

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 4/9/18




Audience: Homepage, Webmasters and Homepage

Afterschool enrichment classes for April have been posted, https://www.srvef.org/Imagineering/Imagineering-Classes. These are our final afterschool classes for the 2017-18 academic school year.  Don’t miss out on engaging classes taught by incredible SRVUSD certified teachers. Culinary Science, Cosmetic Chemistry, Intermediate Lego Robotics, Engineering with Sphero Robots, Python Coding, Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi, and more…

 

This summer SRVEF will also continue to offer enrichment classes for SRVUSD students. Our longer summer classes allow us to offer more in-depth science, technology, engineering, art, and math curriculum to students entering 3rd-9th grade. Students are given daily challenges, connected to industry experts, introduced to engaging project based learning activities, and encouraged to explore new STEAM topics. For our complete schedule, visit www.bit.ly/summer_imagineering

 

Follow us on Instagram for exciting program announcements as we prepare for a summer of unforgettable STEAM learning! https://www.instagram.com/srvef_imagineering/ . To learn more about the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation, visit our website www.srvef.org.

 

more
Posted by: Meaghan K, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 4/9/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Dear Los Cerros Families,

 

This week, Donors Choose had their #bestschoolday and Los Cerros greatly benefited from it. Please read the article linked below to find out more about #bestschoolday. I have attached the links for all of our school’s projects that were funded. We will continue to post projects on Donors Choose so our students have the best curricular technologies and learning tools while support from organizations moves our school forward. Los Cerros has now benefited from $176,000 in projects from Donor’s Choose over the years. We thank you, your organizations, your friends, your family and all organizations that have supported our projects. 

 

Donors Choose in the news… A $29 Million Cryptocurrency Donation Just Funded Every Project On DonorsChoose.Org

 

Los Cerros Gets $28,481 in Grants Funded:

 

To see the latest Los Cerros projects, visit the Los Cerros Donors Choose Page!

 

Sincerely,

 

Evan Powell

Principal

Los Cerros Middle School

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 3/30/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Join us for a cup of coffee and a casual conversation about managing technology with your middle schooler.  On April 17th from 9am-10am, join the LCMS Counselors, school technology team, and Lauren Brown from Town of Danville as we discuss the challenges and benefits of technology and the impact on our students, families, and the overall academic environment. We have technology goals, and can't wait to share them with you.

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 3/23/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Save the date!  Our March PTA fundraiser will be next Monday and Tuesday, March 26-27 at Pizza Guys in Danville.  30% of all orders (including delivery) will be donated back to Los Cerros PTA!

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 3/20/18




Audience: Homepage, Webmasters and Homepage

State law gives families the option to transfer to a different school when there is space available. When schools have space, families can choose to transfer to another school within a district (intradistrict transfers) or to transfer to a school in another district (interdistrict transfers).

 

SRVUSD has moved up its intradistrict open enrollment window for elementary families. The open enrollment window for elementary schools is now open and closes on April 6, 2018. Families can find the link to the online intradistrict transfer request form and information about SRVUSD’s open enrollment/intradistrict transfer process at www.srvusd.net/transfers.

 

SRVUSD students will continue to have placement priority in our schools. However, after we place our resident students at their school of choice, because we now have space available, California law requires that we allow students from outside the district to apply to attend our schools (interdistrict transfers). Interdistrict transfers will only be accepted if there is space available. Students from outside the district must maintain acceptable academic performance, attendance and behavior. SRVUSD anticipates openings for interdistrict transfers students at nearly all SRVUSD schools.

more
Posted by: Meaghan K, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 3/15/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

 

Middle School Survey 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MXFPXN7

 

 

--------------

 

Our number one priority is to provide a safe environment for all students conducive to learning and reaching full academic, social and emotional potential.  One of the challenges every school across the country must address to reach this goal is the issue of school climate specific to bullying behavior and connectedness to school.

 

Our district and our school continue to work vigorously to combat bullying behavior and ensure students are engaged and connected to our school; however, this task is a work in progress.  In order for our district and site efforts to become even more effective, we are in the process of collecting multiple sources of data to inform our effort.

 

On March 15, 2018, all 6-8 grade students will be taking an anonymous online survey prepared by our District’s Climate Committee.  This short survey should take about 20 to 25 minutes and will be administered in your child’s Physical Education class.  The data generated from this district-wide survey will assist all sites and the district in their ongoing efforts to effectively address bullying behavior, student engagement, and school connectedness.

 

If you would like to view the survey, it is available for your review on the district’s web site at http://www.srvusd.net/climate and look for the “2017-18” Student Engagement and Connectedness Survey” by grade span.

 

Thanks in advance for your support of our efforts!

 

Stephanie Sawyer

Assistant Principal

Los Cerros Middle School

 

 

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 3/15/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

March 5, 2018

 

Dear Los Cerros Families,

 

Spring is upon us and that means we are entering the 4th quarter and have begun preparing for next school year. Students are continuing their inquiry of curriculum throughout their classes and have been able to display their knowledge through tools on Google Classroom, written reports, assessments and projects. This past Monday night, Los Cerros staff served dinner to 53 people at Gianni’s Italian Bistro. We had a great time and raised $683 for our technology fund. We look forward to doing this again in the future and hope to serve dinner to 125 people.

 

Los Cerros has enhanced curriculum and technology from using Donor’s Choose. Every March, there is an event with Donor’s Choose called Best School Day! Best School Day is when our projects get matched from generous supporters in our community and nationwide. These supporters love to celebrate public education. Please visit our school’s link by visiting https://www.donorschoose.org/school/los-cerros-middle-school/4254/?active=true if you would like to view our projects and monitor their status. We appreciate everyone’s support and help in promoting our projects.

 

The district’s Personalized Learning Initiatives, PLI, will be taking effect in the upcoming school year. Our district has created a website that will be launched later this month with more information regarding each initiative. The website is http://www.srvusd.net/personalizedlearning.

 

Key Reminders:

  1. School attendance is very important; please have your students to school on time, every day along with keeping them on campus each and every day.
  2. Students who choose to play tag at lunch need to stay on the grass fields between the two baseball diamonds. Running near buildings presents danger near doors and slipping on the asphalt.
  3. CAASPP testing begins April 23rd with ELA and April 30th with Math. The school schedule for those two weeks will be sent home in the middle of March.

 

 

What’s Happening on Campus?

 

8th Science 

Students were recently introduced to their new role as a student physicist working for Universal Space Agency’s (USA) Magnetic Launch Program. The launch system would utilize high-powered magnets to send spacecraft into Earth’s Orbit. Traditional rocket launchers give off pollution and can only be used once while magnetic launchers would be environmentally clean and reusable. This would also reduce the cost of space travel and make it more widely available. USA recently conducted a series of tests using a small scale model. Our students have been tasked with investigating the unexpected results from those tests before the model can be sealed up and retested.  Students learned how to isolate the variables in the experiment, spent time playing with a magnet simulation, reading background information to better understand the magnetic properties of Earth and analyzing magnetic field line data. Next, students will need to consider where the energy to launch the spacecraft came from, explore the strength of magnetic force, and how it relates to the amount of energy stored in a magnetic field. Lastly, students will engage in oral argumentation as they grapple with ideas about magnetic force and energy. The program and materials utilized in this unit were paid for by a grant we received from the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation.

 

Core 8:

In English, we are wrapping up our study of character traits. Students are connecting their ideas about characters to motifs in their stories. As they analyze motifs, students are thinking deeper about the way authors hide messages or teach lessons in their writing in order to determine possible themes. Students will be moving on from studying character and theme to writing a literary thematic essay. The “thinking work” students have been recording in their English Notebooks will be utilized to help them develop evidence to support the claims in their essays.

 

In History, we have tracked continuity and change across the first five presidents of the U.S. Students  & have  analyzed continuity and change by exploring topics such as exceptions, turning points, progress/decline for different people groups, and the benefits/drawbacks of change. This unit will be culminating in an assessment, in which students will have the opportunity to show what they know about continuity and change using ideas from the first five presidents as well as current events to support their thinking. Students will also be working on an in-class group project, in which they will be campaigning for one of the first five presidents to be the next President in the 2020 election. In their “Campaign Rally” Presentation, students will be using historical evidence from their President's life, as well as their persuasive skills and creativity, to convince the class that their candidate is the best choice for the next President.

 

Core 6:

Sixth graders have begun unit 3, beginning with the study of India in social studies. In honor of Black History month we are in the midst of learning about Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player to enter MLB. We have started our next core novel, Tuck Everlasting. We have just finished our informational essays and continue to take practice CAASPP tests to familiarize our students. 

 

Science 7:

7th science just wrapped up our chemistry lab unit with two straight weeks of lab experiments. Students will spend the first half of March in the library learning about synthetic materials. Our librarian, Kim Carter, arranged for a speaker from Mango Materials to come and speak with students about alternatives to plastics. During the second half of March we will start our Ecosystems unit.

 

Science 6:

Sixth grade science is in the life science strand of our curriculum.  We have been working on an inquiry station project called Living or Not.  Students have learned the seven criteria that must be present for something to be living and are using that criteria as they move through the stations.  We are now going to be diving deep into cells, which is one of our criteria for something to be living.  Students will be using microscopes to look at different types of cells and complete a Cell Analogy Project - a favorite here at LC. 

 

Math 2/3:

Course 2/3 accelerated math is working with spatial visualization, geometry, surface area and volume by constructing figures with play-do and blocks. Kinesthetic learning enhances student knowledge and performance and helps students see what outcome should be.

 

Physical Education:

The basketball unit is here in Mr. Briemle’s class in honor of March Madness!

 

Music and Choir:

The music program took 80 students from choir, band and orchestra to Disneyland & Cal State Long Beach for college clinics and workshops.

 

Library:

We are working with 7th grade science students on an inquiry driven unit on synthetic materials, we will be kicking it off with one of the co-founders of Mango Materials to give the students some context on synthetic materials and what that looks like now and for our future. Next, 6th grade core will experience a 4 week NonFiction Series Study. We end the unit where students mentor podcasts, create one in class, and celebrate their work with a podcast party!

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Evan Powell

Principal

Los Cerros Middle School

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 3/6/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

February 7, 2018

 

Dear Los Cerros Families,

 

We are in February and this month is packed with exciting events. I would like to thank everyone for supporting Los Cerros by eating at Dos Coyotes! On Monday, February 26th, we will have staff serving dinner at Gianni’s Italian Bistro in San Ramon to help raise money for the school. Please make your reservation ASAP to guarantee a seat! Students are beginning to plan for their classes next year and the 8th to 9th grade transition begins with MVHS Incoming Freshman Night in early March and course selection sign ups.

 

The district’s Personalized Learning Initiatives, PLI, will be taking effect in the upcoming school year. Our district has created a website that will be launched later this month with more information regarding each initiative. The website is http://www.srvusd.net/personalizedlearning. We will send home more information regarding scheduling and ways you can utilize the PLI’s for next year.

 

Key Reminders:

  1. Students should be dressed appropriately with proper fitting clothes and nothing that suggests offensive material.
  2. Lunch time trash: Please remind your students to throw away their trash when they are finished with lunch. 7th and 8th graders are leaving a lot of trash outside which may result in loss of outside seating.
  3. Drop off/Pick up: do not enter the bus lane after the trash dumpsters until every bus has left in the morning and afternoon; the buses have priority in the bus lane.
  4. Check the calendar and Panther Press for upcoming events.

 

Some of our teachers are beginning to incorporate Standards Based Grading, or SBG, in their lessons or units. SBG is used to eliminate the stress from A-F grades on daily assignments and focuses solely on each subject’s standards. The difference between SBG and regular grading is that students will see how they do with state standards and have an opportunity to prove proficiency, even after not yet making proficiency. The reason why SBG is important to students and families is that everyone will know if a student is meeting the standards in each grade through instruction and assessments. Assessments are the important aspect of SBG and homework/classwork is done to benefit the student in studying prior to assessments. The focus of learning is really instilled in SBG and students who do not do their homework/classwork will see more extensive work, as their assessment results may not be proficient. If your student’s teacher is doing a unit with SBG, you will be contacted and given information on what it will look like. I want everyone to know that our goal is to ensure proficiency in learning at Los Cerros and we will take time to develop best practices that lead to learning.

 

Lastly, your student has been taking part in the interim assessments for CAASPP state testing. Last year, Los Cerros made significant gains in Math and stayed the same with ELA and Science. We look forward to our students continuing this upward trend and scoring well on CAASPP along with understanding where our students are for college and career readiness. The CAASPP assessment will take place after spring break with more information to come.

 

 

 

What’s Happening on Campus?

 

Core 8:

Students are in the Reader’s Workshop unit studying character traits in student selected novels. Students will transition into connecting character to themes and analyze how authors communicate the theme. This deep study of character and theme will be the backbone to their literary thematic analysis essays that they will develop in the next writing unit. In History, students have begun studying the concepts of continuity and change to guide their thinking about the Early Republic. This unit will cover the first five presidents, the decisions they made and the major events during this time. Using timelines the students will track continuity and change and will push themselves to make conclusions about the reasons that prompted continuity and change. 

 

Core 6:

Students are finishing up learning about the Hebrews and are moving into India.  Some novels being read in 6th grade are Maniac McGee and The Egypt Game. Sixth graders will continue to take interim CAASP tests to be well prepared for the actual tests in the Spring. We are honoring Black History month by doing various activities in our classrooms.

 

Science 7:

Students are exploring how to use the Periodic Table to understand the basic building blocks of life; where elements are located in the table, how they exist in families and categories, what common characteristics they have, etc. Students are finishing the element cubes that they selected - detailed information about their chosen element and a diagram showing the atom and all its electrons. Later in the month, we will conduct experiments to understand the three States of Matter, Conservation of Mass, and how substances undergo changes of state.

 

Science 6:

The sixth graders have been busy in science answering the question, what causes weather?  We are wrapping up our unit this week with student created weather forecasts.  We will then be in the library with Ms. Carter completing a Human Impact project on pollution in the environment.  After that, students will begin investigating Living vs. Non Living things.  All students are working hard this quarter and we are challenging ourselves to be independent learners and critical thinkers.

 

Physical Education:

Students have begun the Olympics unit. They have created their own flag which is displayed in the gym and will compete through various events over the next few weeks.

 

Spanish 1A:

7th graders are learning how to talk about their schedules and classroom objects. They are learning how to describe their classes, and say who teaches them. They also can say where something is located in the classroom using "estar" and prepositions. Soon, 7th graders will be starting the unit on food, likes and dislikes. They will learn how to name many food and drink items, and what foods they prefer to eat, and what is good for their health.  

 

Spanish 1B:

8th graders are finishing the unit on ordering food in a restaurant. Ask your son or daughter about his or her dialogue! They are starting to learn how to name household objects. In this unit, they will be able to name rooms and chores, say who does what chore at home, and say where objects are located. Students will also be able to describe household objects, and to compare and contrast. We will also talk about cultures perspectives on different types of housing.   

 

Sincerely,

 

Evan Powell

Principal

Los Cerros Middle School

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 2/11/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage


 

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 1/25/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Los Cerros PTA Sister School Card Game & Dice Drive

 

Los Cerros PTA is excited to announce our new sister school, Sun Terrace Elementary School. Located in Concord, 71.3% of the student body (372 students) qualify for free and reduced lunch and they could use support from our community.  We hope to partner with their staff members throughout the year with special activities to promote academic success for these children.  Our first event is a math game drive.  The staff at Sun Terrace is asking us to help them collect enough playing card sets or dice game sets for each child to take home.  The goal is to teach the students fun math games they can play with a deck of cards or a set of dice and then give each student a learning tool to strengthen their math skills at home.  A collection box is located in the Los Cerros Library. 

 

If you would like to get involved with our sister school program, please contact Cecilia Brear, brearfamily@mac.com.

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 1/23/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Polar Plunge is Saturday, March 3rd at Aquatic Park in San Francisco.  We will start working on our t-shirts on Wed. Jan. 31st.  For more information, contact Mrs. Klopstock.

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 1/22/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Dodgeball practices will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school from 2:30-3:15!

 

UPDATE:  There will be no dodgeball practice after school today (1/23) or tomorrow (1/24) as we are hoping to get more sign ups throughout the week. The first day of practice, if there are enough sign ups, will be next Tuesday,  Jan. 30 from 2:30-3:15. Should your child be interested in participating in after school dodgeball you can go to our website and sign up under the enrichment tab and after school sports.  Thank you! 

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 1/22/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

January 11, 2018

 

Dear Los Cerros Families,

 

Welcome to the Second Semester! I hope everyone had a restful and joyous winter vacation. It has been great to see everyone back these last couple of days. I have heard some great stories from family vacations to staying home and resting. This semester will go by very fast, especially the month of January. We have a three-day school week next week and a minimum day the following week. Please check the calendar and note the minimum days this semester.

 

In September, I sent home the updated district Cell Phone policy. Students have been much better since then regarding cell phone usage at school, however, we have seen and heard about students using social media, texting parents or friends, or playing games throughout the school day. Los Cerros staff discussed with students today that cell phones are to only be used with teacher approval for academic reasons. Phones will be taken for parent pick up if a student has it out, using it inappropriately or without permission. Should you need to reach your student, please contact the office or wait until the school day is over. We will be taking this very seriously and appreciate your support. Also, this is a great time for you to monitor and check in with your student regarding appropriate use of the cell phone, including language being written to peers, applications (SnapChat) and how they are being used, and what pictures or videos are being taken. I am asking for your help by talking to your student(s) regarding the use of cell phones on campus and how they can be a distraction for many students when not used appropriately for school.

 

The weather has turned and I would like to remind families of some of the safety tips around campus. First, students should always walk between classes and to lunch. Second, remind your students to be aware of puddles and use caution when opening doors. Also, for parents, when dropping or picking students up, please stay out of the bus lanes 10-15 minutes before school and up to 10 minutes after school. The bus lane consists of the curb from the trash area all the way to the bike rack.

 

Students will be participating in the Interim Assessments throughout the spring semester. The Interim Assessments will help students see and understand the CAASPP questions, provide valuable feedback to teachers about where our students are with curriculum and help guide our instruction through the end of the school year. We look forward to continued improvement and success on CAASPP. Our new school report card can be seen through the California Dashboard. You can visit the Dashboard by going to www.caschooldashboard.org and type in Los Cerros. Students and Faculty have worked very hard the last few years giving Los Cerros significant gains in scores.

 

Lastly, Student Homework Requests (3 days absent/yellow sheets of paper) will no longer be available – effective immediately. We have seen a large increase in these requests, in which teachers put together packets, never to be picked up, returned and work continues to be incomplete or missing. In assessing this procedure, I realized we already have great systems in place. If a student is absent, they should refer to their teacher’s absent procedure (Google Classroom, School Loop Calendar/Locker, file folder of handouts in the classroom when they return) and/or email their teacher on School Loop to receive any work. When a student has an excused absence, they are given 1 day per 1 day missed to turn in any work. We appreciate your support in helping your student with a quick turnaround of classwork or homework as it is very important. I would like to leave you with this statement regarding absences; Students miss at least one concept per day when they are absent. We want our students on campus, learning, collaborating and engaging in the rich curriculum. We appreciate you keeping your student(s) on campus for the length of the school day, everyday, unless of course they are really sick.

 

 

 

What’s Happening Around Campus

 

6th grade Science:

We are currently working on answering the question, "What Causes Weather?" by studying water, humidity, wind, air pressure, and temperature.  Students are completing various labs and activities to help investigate this topic and will finish the unit making their own weather forecasts with a weather map, symbols, newscast, and an extended outlook of the weather.  We will also be looking at some unique weather phenomena, by learning more about El Nino and La Nina weather patterns with the help of our librarian, Ms. Carter.

 

7th grade Science:

Students are continuing their introduction to Chemistry through a number of activities designed to familiarize them with the periodic table. Through songs, games and diagrams, students are learning about atoms and subatomic particles. Later in the quarter, we will start a series of experiments so that students can explore different types of chemical reactions, and determine why they happen.

 

Core 6:

Sixth grade continues to take practice CAASPP Tests. We are wrapping up Egypt by taking a trip down the Nile on a Felucca. Students are reading core literature novels that link to Ancient Egypt. 

 

Core 8:

Students have wrapped up reading The Outsiders and writing their argumentative essays to raise awareness about an issue that teens face today. We are heading into a new reading unit, beginning with an overview of literary genres. Throughout the rest of the unit, students will be using The Outsiders as a mentor text as they learn and practice strategies and skills to better understand the characters in the book they have chosen with their reading partner. In U.S. History, students are learning about the creation of American government, including the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. To better understand the development of our government, students making connections to ideas/events from the previous unit on the American Revolution to determine the reasons for decisions made by the Founding Fathers when creating the Constitution & Bill of Rights. The unit is accompanied by an on-going project, in which students are using a storyboard to creatively explain & describe the founding of our country. 

 

Counseling:

Counseling, along with Lauren Brown from the Town of Danville, will be presenting 2nd digital citizenship lesson of the year to 8th grade next week and 7th grade in February. For more information on the lessons please visit the Digital Citizenship link under the counseling tab on the LC homepage. 

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Evan Powell

Principal

Los Cerros Middle School

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 1/17/18




Audience: Homepage, Webmasters and Homepage

SAVE THE DATE! The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation is proud to offer it's first ever Imagineering Hackathon. The event will be hosted at California High School on January 27th. Registration for the event is free and will open on Wednesday, January 10 at 6 p.m. Only 60 spots will be available, so register quick. This event is open to all middle and high school SRVUSD students. All coding levels welcome. Prizes for winning Hacks!!

Registration page – www.bit.ly/srvef_imagineering

#SRVEFHACK

more
Posted by: Meaghan K, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 1/10/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

December 14, 2017

 

Dear Los Cerros Families,

 

I would like to say Thank You for a wonderful first semester. Students have engaged in wonderful curriculum across all subjects and really shown high quality work. I have really been impressed with the politeness and communication between students and staff this semester. One of the hardest challenges for students is to talk to adults; our students are showing they can ask questions, hold quality conversations and engage in depth curricular discussions. Through all of your donations (class sections, general donations or Donor’s Choose), students are benefiting with the technology tools, new and always-changing curriculum and really able to put their personal touch on their education within their writing or work.

 

I would like to remind everyone that next week Monte Vista High School has finals. MVHS starts school at 8:00 am, which means getting to Los Cerros will be very difficult. If you drive your student, I recommend getting to school before 7:40 am. If your student walks or rides their bike, please remind them to pay attention and not wear earphones. If students take the bus, please make sure everyone is on time to the bus stop so the buses can get here as quickly as possible. PLEASE USE CAUTION, TAKE YOUR TIME AND BE PATIENT ON ALL STREETS.

 

Around campus, students are beaming with joy because of all the great student performances and activities around campus. We had a wonderful Geography Bee over the last few weeks and a strong final competition yesterday. Last week, our Choir and Band had an amazing performance that left the standing room only audience stunned and tonight our Drama performance will show even more talents of our students in Snow White and Friends. Students will have dress up days next week (Monday – Holiday Socks, Tuesday – Ugly Sweater, Wednesday – Holiday Hats, Thursday – Pajama Day).

 

A few words of advice as we transition to second semester are:

  1. Student expectations will increase in classes – the responsibility of completing work on time is important and credit will be lost if not done
  2. Student organization and after school scheduling should be a topic of discussion at home to make sure there is a healthy balance and everything is in order
  3. Academic work needs to be supported at home in order to ensure mastery in subjects – this can be done by reviewing assignments, reading on your own, and/or studying or reviewing concepts daily
  4. Student behaviors to one another need to promote positive social interactions, refrain from vulgar or negative speech and we (staff and parents) need to show how niceness can increase happiness

 

As we move through winter, students will be taking the interim assessments for CAASPP, the State Assessment. Our goal is for each student to take at least three practice blocks. This will provide our staff data that supports classroom instruction.

 

In November, I sent out a survey to incoming 5th, 6th and 7th grade families to discuss a flexible start and end time as a bell schedule (essentially adding an 8th period at the end of the day). The result came back that 75% of families wanted to keep the schedule as it is with many comments regarding traffic congestion at 3:15 pm and no TRAFFIX buses for transport. For the 2018/2019  school year, Los Cerros will keep the bell schedule as it is in regards to Start and End times.

 

I wish everyone a joyous holiday season and restful winter break.

 

Sincerely,

 

Evan Powell

Principal

Los Cerros Middle School

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 12/14/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

San Ramon Valley Community Against Substance Abuse and Castro Valley Community Action Network are very excited to announce the opening of registration for the 24th Annual Youth to Youth Middle School Conference taking place on March 24, 2018  The Youth to Youth High School leaders from San Ramon Valley and Castro Valley are anxious to inspire your 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students and help them discover the power of their voice.  This is an amazing day and an opportunity for young teens to spend with high school leaders who believe in the strength of being drug, alcohol and tobacco free.  But this conference is about so much more than drug and alcohol prevention.  It’s about leadership, self-confidence and empowering young people to make positive choices that impact their future.  

 

SRV-CASA & CV-CAN, along with SRVUSD and CVUSD are so very proud of the wonderful partnership that has developed between our two communities.  This conference has been jointly sponsored for five years and for the last four years the sold out conferences have been held at California High School, Monte Vista High School and Dougherty Valley High School.  This year we are thrilled to be presenting the 2018 SRV/CV Youth to Youth Conference at Castro Valley High School, 19400 Santa Maria Ave, Castro Valley, CA

 

 

Registration Link:  https://tinyurl.com/Y2Y2018

What:  24th Annual Youth to Youth Middle School Conference 

When:  March 24,2018

Where:  Castro Valley High School, 19400 Santa Maria Ave., Castro Valley

Time:  7:45 PM. – 10:00 P.M.

Cost:  $45 before February 24; $55 after February 24

Questions??  Kim Gallagher, Y2Y Conference Facilitator,  925-487-7560

 

If you take a look at the blueprint for the Youth to Youth program in the San Ramon Valley that was started in 1995 and you will see thousands of successful young people who have been the foundation.  Y2Y is a place for teens and the adults who value them.  This amazing positive peer prevention program gives young people leadership now, to impact their world tomorrow, by giving life to their ideas through sharing, learning and laughing together.  Because of a Youth to Youth conference experience, change occurs both within young people and by them, making teens ready for life!  

 

The Y2Y program was one of the pioneers in youth driven, “no-use” message, drug prevention programming.  Since 1982, three U.S. Presidents, most recently U.S. President George W. Bush, have recognized the program for outstanding efforts in youth development.  Today, the program and conferences are presented in 36 states and more than 13 countries worldwide.  Youth to Youth provides year round programming that develops and supports young people in making positive decisions for themselves, their school and their community.  Teens are seen as assets, not the problem when addressing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention.  Youth to Youth creates opportunities for teens to support each other in decisions to be drug free and focuses on topics that youth face today, while empowering their peers to make choices that impact their future.  

 

Youth to Youth’s principles are simple:  

·        the program is youth driven, 

·        every teen is given the opportunity to take on leadership roles and 

·        each young person is guided in developing assets within themselves.  

·        The Youth to Youth model creates opportunities for teens to support each other in decisions to be drug free.  One of the strongest predictors of adolescent drug use is association with drug using peers.  The youth staff simply says that Youth to Youth is about kids helping other kids stay drug free.  The conference is an entire day where youth get together, have fun and talk about some really important issues. 

 

Putting high school students on the front line of drug and alcohol prevention is vital to the program.  Teens with Youth to Youth training, representing San Ramon Valley & Castro Valley prepare for the event for several months.  Joining them in their efforts are school administrators, community and service organizations and law enforcement agencies.  

 

More than 100 high school students will work at the conference, guiding their middle school peers through skits, games, panel discussions and small-group activities.  More than 20 workshops will be offered throughout the day.  Some of the topics to be covered include building self-esteem, stress reduction, drug and alcohol abuse, positive body image, dating and relationship troubles, self-defense, jazz dancing, art, and communication skills.  True stories of teens and substance abuse will be a key element of the conference.  There will also be small group discussions, a motivational speaker and a dance at the end of the conference.  

 

The learning and fun continues from morning till night during a Y2Y conference.   The day is very interactive, high energy and youth are kept moving from activity to activity.  

If your students’  like hanging out with their friends, meeting new friends, having fun, dancing and good food – then this is the conference for them.   More than just an “event”, the Youth to Youth Middle School Conference is a way to see the best in teens and their leadership skills. 

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 12/12/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

2nd Annual Casino Night

April 28th, 2018


Interested in Donating for the Online Auction?

Contact Liz Ball @ lballsd@yahoo.com

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 12/1/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

CJSF

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 5th during Access.  The meeting will be in the MPR.  Your CJSF volunteer hours are due on Friday, December 1st.

 

Polar Plunge

Our next Polar Plunge meeting will be on Tuesday, December 12th in the MPR.  The meeting will be after school.  We need to decide on our t-shirt design for this year.  Please bring any ideas for our t-shirt design to our meeting.  We will also show you how to sign up for our Polar Plunge team on the Polar Plunge website.  

 

For more information, contact Mrs. Klopstock.

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 11/29/17




Audience: Homepage

Thank you so much for your generous donations to the Basket Brigade Food Drive.  Now it’s time to bake the pumpkin bread!  Each of our 300 Thanksgiving baskets will include a homemade loaf of pumpkin bread.  This is a very special addition - the families that receive the baskets love this unique and personal touch.

 

No sign up needed for baking.  Pumpkin bread drop-off will be next week Monday, November 13 through Thursday November 16 every morning before school. 

 

Here is our Pumpkin Bread Recipe or use your own favorite recipe or if you prefer, use a pumpkin bread baking mix.  Your house will smell wonderful!

 

Please help!  We need at least 15 more basket delivery drivers.  If you can take 10 baskets to a location in Concord, Martinez or Livermore on Friday morning, November 17, please sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094da4a622a31-basket5

 

For more information, please see the Basket Brigade web page.

 

Thank you for your support of this 23 year LCMS tradition!

 

The Basket Brigade Committee

Blythe Soria, soria@pacbell.net

Sharon Menard, sharmenard@aol.com

Sara Hepner, sara_hepner@yahoo.com

Renee Temple, reneectemple629@gmail.com

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 11/14/17




Audience: Homepage

November 6, 2017

 

Dear Los Cerros Families,

 

It is hard to believe that there is less than six weeks until the end of the first semester. When I walk through classrooms, I see student engaging in the curriculum, experiencing success through trial an error, being hands on in their learning and most importantly, showing academic competency. Our teachers have spent over 15 hours this year working on connecting their lessons to the State’s college and career readiness Blueprints. Through collaboration and research, students will directly see engaging and relevant lessons the focus on inquiry, research, and higher depth of knowledge.

 

Los Cerros has also been focusing on school connectedness and school pride. Our climate committee has shared some desires for our campus to bring our school together. One thing in particular when it comes to school pride is that we don’t show off our Panther spirit. Because our students did so well with the Magazine and Cookie Dough fundraiser and knowing that our students want school pride, I ordered every student and staff member a school pride Panther t-shirt. These shirts are being handed out today. I hope everyone enjoys them, wears them on Fridays and really makes the connection of being a Panther and what is means to go to Los Cerros. Parents, I ask that you remind you student that regardless of wearing the shirt, being a Panther means being respectful, showing academic success through hard work and being a model citizen.

 

Math support has begun at Los Cerros on Wednesday mornings. Students needing help in Math should come to Room 1 on Wednesdays starting at 8:00 am. Peer Tutoring is also underway on Monday’s after school. If you are interested, please go to the counseling office to sign up.

 

The Basket Brigade is here and we are celebrating our 23rd year of raising donations for 300 families in our community. We thank you for all of your support and donations in making this event our largest community event on campus. If you are available, the assembly of the baskets will take place on Thursday, November 16 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the MPR.

 

 

What’s Happening on Campus?

 

 

Library – Students in7th grade core are working on an immigration/refugees literature circle unit. Students will begin to explore patterns, trends and themes across different books on the topic as well as engage in meaningful, small group discussions drawing connections to current patterns, trends, and themes around the world.

 

7/8 Physical Education – Students are playing touch football and have really showed an interest in the game.

 

6th Grade Science - Students have been busy in science learning about different approaches to problem solving in science.  We have solved some problems using the Scientific Method, the Question Formulation Technique, CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning) and Think Like an Engineer.  While learning these methods, we have been able to do some fun labs using the Bunsen burners, poppers, rubber bands, Miracle Fish, and dental floss!  Next up for 6th graders is learning about heat and heat transfer.

 

7th Grade Science - Students just finished a fun week of lab activities illustrating Weathering, Erosion and Deposition. We have started studying Wegener’s Theory of Continental drift and will continue to investigate the evidence that he used when proposing his theory. In the upcoming weeks we will examine mantle convection and seafloor spreading, as well as other processes that eventually proved Wegener’s theory correct. The Plate Tectonics unit will wrap up with a test right before Thanksgiving Break.

 

Spanish 1A - Seventh graders are learning how to talk about personality traits, and how to describe themselves and each other (using ser + adjectives).  They are also learning how to say what they like to do in their free time (using Me gusta + verb).   Also in this unit, we will examine different cultural perspectives on friendship.  

 

Spanish 1B - Eighth graders have completed the unit on places around town, activities outside of school, and extending invitations to friends.   They are just beginning the unit on families and celebrations.  We will also compare and contrast cultural perspectives on families and celebrations here with those in Spanish-speaking countries.

 

English 8 - We have been writing position papers on the topic of simulated violence. We have utilized organizational strategies to improve the structures of introductory, body, and concluding paragraphs, researched to find evidence that supports our claims, and lifted the level of our writing by using sophisticated transitions and thoughtfully elaborating upon our evidence. We will be moving into a second position paper, choosing a teen issue to focus on as we refine the writing skills we’ve learned and use argument as a way to raise awareness and promote justice.

 

History 8 - We have been studying the American Revolution, focusing on the reasons for the Revolution, the concept of natural rights, and the legacies of the Revolution. To better understand the content, we have been trying out various note-taking strategies such as Cornell, sketch noting, outline, and structures, to determine which style(s) fit us best as learners. We have also been learning how to source documents to gain a better understanding of the author and context and improve our analysis of documents.

 

Sincerely,

 

Evan Powell

Principal

Los Cerros Middle School

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 11/6/17




Audience: Homepage

Parent and Community Education on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7:00 in the California High School Theatre

 

Suicide Prevention Presentation

by Contra Costa Crisis Center 

 

The mental health of our students is a top priority in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. According to the California Department of Education, 20 percent of the State’s kindergarten through 12th grade students struggle with mental health issues that impact their relationships at home, in school and in the community. Sometimes these feelings lead to students silently contemplating suicide.

 

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District has been a leader in providing suicide prevention education in our schools. These efforts have been reinforced with the passage of  Assembly Bill 2246: Pupil Suicide Prevention Policies. 

 

As part of the District’s education on mental health, there will be a Suicide Prevention Presentation on Monday, October 23 at 7 p.m. in the California High School Theater. The presentation is a general overview and introduction to suicide prevention where participants explore the issue of suicide, learn current suicide related statistics, how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, and how to get help.

 

For more information, contact our school counselor, Nancy Mahoney or visit the Contra Costa Crisis Center website.

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 10/18/17




Audience: Homepage

Attention all LC students:  we will be having an informational Polar Plunge meeting Tuesday, October 17th in the MPR. You do not need an Access Pass to attend this meeting.  Come learn about our Polar Plunge club and the Special Olympic volunteer opportunities.  If you are unable to attend our meeting, please see Mrs. Klopstock for more information.

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 10/10/17




Audience: Homepage


 

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 10/3/17




Audience: Homepage

Dear Families,

 

This is just a reminder that we will have Conference Week Minimum Days the week of 10/9-10/13.  Please see below Bell Schedule so your students know what classes to attend on which days.

 

 

 

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 10/3/17




Audience: Homepage

October

10/17: Melo’s Fundraiser from 4-9pm.  20% of the proceeds will be donated to LCMS PTA.

10/20: Reflections deadline

10/23 - 27: Red Ribbon Week

10/23 - 11/3: Basket Brigade Food Drive and Packet Assembly

 

November

11/2: Executive PTA meeting at 9:00am

11/2: Chipotle Fundraiser from 4-8pm.  Eat in store or take out from Chipotle in Danville and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to LCMS PTA.

11/7: General PTA meeting at 7:00pm with guest speaker Jeff Miller, College Funding Coach

11/13 - 16: Basket Brigade Pumpkin Bread Drop-off, Produce Bagging, and Basket Assembly

11/17: Basket Brigade Delivery

 

December

12/7: Executive PTA meeting at 9:00am

12/7: Reflections Showcase at Charlotte Wood

12/9: Kendra Scott Fundraiser from 1-4pm.  Join us at Kendra Scott in Walnut Creek for sips, sweets, and jewels!  20% of the proceeds will be donated to LCMS PTA.

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 9/28/17




Audience: Homepage

Los Cerros is proud to be partnering with the SRVEF Imagineering Program.  Our goal in working with the Foundation is to bring more STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) Enrichment classes to our students and ignite a passion for these fields of study. We will host four new Imagineering Class this October, and, for the first time, a more advanced biotechnology class called Contagion-Solving Biomedical Mysteries for 6th-8th graders.  To register, visit the Imagineering Eventbrite page, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/srvef-imagineering-contagion-solving-biomedical-mysteries-lcms-tickets-38065838949 .  If you would like to request other STEAM Courses, please complete this survey, https://goo.gl/forms/eA2WllF1eGQ7YPAe2.

 

For a complete listing of Imagineering Classes being offered in our district, visit https://www.srvef.org/Imagineering/Imagineering-Classes .

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 9/21/17




Audience: Homepage

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

 

The 8th Grade Yearbook Dedication is a very special way to honor your child. Every year when the yearbooks are distributed, the 8th graders flip to the back of the book to see the picture and message their parents made for them. Although they might not express how much they like this, we get to see their immediate reaction and I have to tell you, it is really special.

 

If you have not submitted a dedication for your 8th grader, please consider it. The price is $45 until November 3rd, and $60 from November 4th-November 17th .  The FINAL DUE DATE is November 17th.   Eighth grade dedications will be accepted on a space available basis.  When space runs out, or we reach our plant deadline, we can no longer accept dedications, so make sure to get your dedication in early!  Every year, I have parents emailing me and calling frantically from December - June to ask if they can still submit a dedication. After November 18th, I will be unable to help you! These pages are due to the printing plant so they can start printing this portion of the yearbook.

 

Please follow the directions below to submit a dedication. You can also open the attachment for more detailed directions. It's all done online now - you can type your message, upload your photo, and pay for it all in one place. The dedications are in FULL COLOR and they look fabulous! If you need ideas or just want to see examples, look in your child's book from last year.


If you have any questions, feel free to email me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you!

 

Mariko Klopstock

Yearbook Adviser
 

 

DIRECTIONS:

Log on to www.yearbookordercenter.com  

Enter order #6326

Click on Create an Ad and follow the directions to create and purchase your message online. (DO NOT click on Upload Photos.)

Your dedication is not complete until you add it to your cart, check out and pay for it. Choosing the layout and entering your message is only possible after the ad is paid in full.

OPEN THE ATTACHMENT FOR MORE DETAILED DIRECTIONS or TO ACCESS the HOW TO VIDEO! THANK YOU!

more
Attachments:
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 9/13/17




Audience: Homepage

August 31, 2017

 

Dear Los Cerros Families,

 

We are three weeks into the school year and everything is going great! Students are engaging in their curriculum and really showing strong communicative skills in class and around campus. I am really impressed by our students and their willingness to say, “Hello” and smile to each other and adults around campus. I thanked our students during our Back to School Assembly for how awesome they were in listening and being respectful. I am very proud of our students and they have begun the 2017-2018 school year.

 

The Run for Education is on Sunday, October 1st. We have a fun competition against Stone Valley Middle School to see who can have the most sign ups! Today is a deadline in which we need a few more sign-ups in which we qualify for $1000 that comes back to the school. The principal at Stone Valley and I are competing to put a pie in each other’s face and have to wear the opposing school gear to work one day. Help Los Cerros out, sign up for the Run for the Education! https://www.srvef.org/The-Run-For-Education/Race-Information

 

Don’t forget, the magazine drive has its second turn in next week! I saw a lot of students receiving some really cool prizes on Wednesday and hopefully students will continue to earn those prizes.

 

Our Superintendent, Rick Schmitt, will be hosting a Fall Parent Meeting in our MPR on Monday, September 25th at 9 am for parents in our community. We invite you to come to campus and listen to him speak and engage in conversations with him.

 

I would like to thank everyone for being cautious and taking time during drop off and pick up and staying out of the bus lane before and after school. Also, if a student is riding their bike, skateboard or scooter, please be sure to remind them wear a helmet; walk in the crosswalks and to use a lock in the bike racks. If you are planning to pick your student up during lunch, please come at the beginning of lunch. We are finding there might be a little wait until the student comes to the office once students leave the MPR after the first ten minutes of lunch.

 

I know birthdays are fun for our students, however meals brought for more than just the birthday student is not allowed. Please refrain from bringing large orders of food or treats for students at lunch; it causes a lot of problems with more students than expected wanting the food and taking food that isn’t theirs. Also, please remind your students to throw away their trash and not leave it on the tables, benches or the ground. Lastly, please have your students adhere to the dress code. The two biggest concerns with dress code are shorts being way too short and graphic t-shirts with inappropriate images or sayings.

 

Each month you will get an insight to what is happening on campus from our teachers. I hope you enjoy this section.

 

 

 

What’s Happening on Campus?

 

6th Grade Science has been busy working on getting "tools" for our "science tool belt".  We just completed the science safety portion of our unit and are now working on graphing.  Graphing is a huge part of our data analysis in science and we want 6th graders to be able to make, read, and interpret a graph. Our next "tool" will be measuring in the metric system.  Keep up the great work 6th graders!

 

 

In Science 7 we have done a quick review of safety procedures in the lab. Now we have started reinforcing important concepts in scientific inquiry, good experimental procedures, proper graphing, and the different ways that scientists respond and support their data and experimental results, i.e. lab reports; claim/evidence/reasoning; etc. In a couple of weeks, we will begin learning about earth science, starting with the geologic time scale and the rock cycle.

 

In 8th grade science we enjoyed being scientists during the eclipse including observing/recording evidence of temperature changes, brightness changes and animal behavior changes. Our research and data was shared with other scientists, students and teachers around the world (including California Academy of Sciences and the Exploratorium) in order to contribute to several ongoing research projects. Currently, we are exploring earth’s movement through the solar system by modeling earth’s rotation and revolution. Together we are trying to understand why we have seasons and why the moon changes phases as well as studying gaining an understanding of why we have seasons and why the moon looks different throughout the month.

 

Core 6 is continuing to go over procedures and expectations as students become acclimated to middle school. In History we are reviewing geography and will begin our unit on Early Man soon. Language Arts is beginning strategies for writing ideas which lead into Personal Narratives. In Reading, students are reviewing basic elements of stories and choosing independent reading books. Students will be doing a 9/11 mini unit in which students conduct interviews with adults about this day and will go through a lot of info and promote tolerance and human kindness.

 

Core 8 is jumping into History & English with introductory lessons to discuss why these are valuable subjects and what academic skills we'll be focusing on throughout the year. We'll continue in English with a mini Reading Unit to learn how to find purposeful quotes within a text and discuss their meaning/importance. We'll continue in History by learning strategies to read non-fiction texts and how to take notes as we study the colonization of the U.S. while considering the perspectives of all groups involved. Also, this past Monday all 8th grade students logged into their Membean accounts and will be practicing two weeks per month to build up their vocabulary skills.

 

Counseling is offering “Stressbusters” during ACCESS for 5 Tuesdays starting 9/12 and will be conducting the SMART Goals lessons for 6th graders in science & 7th graders in core during the week of 9/18. Lastly, the famous PIRATES test taking strategy lesson will be given in 6th grade core on 9/25.

 

In Spanish 1A students are learning their numbers, months, dates, how to say their birthday, greetings, and goodbyes. After this intro, we will start learning classroom objects, "I have" and "I need," class subjects, telling time and how to talk about their schedules. They are an enthusiastic bunch and I think they will learn quickly! 

 

In Spanish 1B, we are wrapping up review of the weather, dates, class objects, greetings and goodbyes. After this we will get back into the book, chapter 4. Students will be able to talk about their activities outside of school, what they like or dislike, places around town and what one can do there (e.g. I'm going to the Post Office to buy stamps). We will concentrate on the verb "ir" (to go) and of course other verbs that have to do with what they like to do or have to do. Speaking points start today!!  Students have two weeks to see me and speak one-on-one, either during access or during lunch. ¡Hasta pronto!

 

The library will have had the whole school in for a refresher and orientation by the end of the third week of school! We are currently running I Mustache You What You Read contest where students fill out a book survey and enter to win prizes, which include I Mustache You a Question t-shirt! Upcoming events for September include Banned Books Week and Constitution Day. 

 

Mr. Briemle's Physical Education class has started our soccer unit and will explore various cross fit equipment starting next week.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Evan Powell

Principal

Los Cerros Middle School

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 8/31/17




Audience: Homepage, All Grades, Grade 06, Grade 07 and Grade 08

Magazine Drive

The last turn in date for Magazine sales in Wednesday, September 6th in front of school.  Packets are available in the office if your students need one.  For Limo to lunch students will only need to get 15 orders to qualify.  Please support LCMS and go out and sell magazines.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Please see below flyer.  Want to order online:  Click Here
 

more
Posted by: Tami Castelluccio
Published: 8/31/17




Audience: Homepage

Los Cerros is proud to host SRVEF Imagineering Classes this September. Check out the new classes being offered this fall.  More classes, more curriculum, and more for younger students!  

 

2ND - 3RD GRADE

Coding & Robotics with Spheros - Los Cerros Middle School, September 7, 14, 21, & 28

 

3RD - 5TH GRADE

A-Mazing Bot Adventures - Los Cerros Middle School, September 11, 18, 25, & October 2

 

4TH - 6TH GRADE

Fashion and Design with 3D Printing - Los Cerros Middle School, September 5, 12, 19, & 26

 

5TH - 7TH GRADE

Intro to Biotechnology - Los Cerros Middle School, September 5, 12, 19 & 26

 

For a complete list of classes, visit SRVEF.org.

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 8/29/17




Audience: Homepage

CJSF Meeting-

 

Our first CJSF meeting will be on Tuesday, September 5th during our Access period.  The meeting will be in the MPR.  This meeting in an informational meeting and is only open to eighth grade students.  You do not need an Access pass to attend this meeting.

 

**CJSF is only open to eighth grade students for the Fall semester.  However, both eighth and seventh graders can apply for the Spring semester.  Our meetings will be once a month during the Access period.  All meetings will be held in the gym. Our first meeting will be an informational meeting, and we will hand out applications at the end of our meeting for those students interested in applying for membership.  We will take attendance at all meetings.

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 8/28/17




Audience: Homepage

This fall, San Ramon Valley Unified School District Superintendent Rick Schmitt invites parents to join him in a conversation about District priorities and future initiatives. Eight meetings will be held throughout the District between September 25 and October 26, 2017. The discussions will focus on expanding opportunities and flexibility for students, families and staff, improving student wellness, enhancing staff working conditions and ensuring that each student, employee and family feels safe and respected.

 

The meetings will be held at middle schools on the dates and times below. These meetings are designed for elementary, middle and high school parents. Parents from all grade levels are encouraged to attend the meeting that is most convenient.

 

Mr. Schmitt will be at Los Cerros on September 25th at 9am.

 

To learn more about these meetings, visit the district website http://www.srvusd.net/fallmeetings.

 


 

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 8/28/17




Audience: Homepage

August 14, 2017

 

Dear Panther Families,

 

The first day of school was a success! It was great to see all of the excitement and listen to the stories from summer. I would like to share some tips for success:

  1. Please make sure your student does their assignments every night and uses their planner
  2. Students need to be kind, polite and respectful on campus and in the community
  3. If a student needs help, please have them ask a teacher or you start the conversation with the teacher and then engage your student
  4. Use class time and access time wisely; all work needs to be completed in all classes

I would like to thank everyone for such a smooth drop-off and pick-up. Our students used the crosswalks and parents took their time driving around the campus. Student safety is number one and your awareness to the school zone is very much appreciated. Remember that buses have priority from the trash dumpsters until the stop sign at the end of the parking lot 15 minutes before school starts and 30 minutes before school gets out. Students should always use crosswalks and bikes/scooters/skateboards should be walked on campus and in the crosswalk.

As you have probably heard, there will be a Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21st. We have purchased the special viewing glasses for everyone in the school. I have encouraged staff to bring their students outside for the Solar Eclipse. I do ask that you remind your student that when the Solar Eclipse is taking place, the glasses must be worn appropriately. We will review the safety guidelines in every class as well.

Below are some reminders for the next few weeks. The magazine drive helps raise money for our student body. Events and expenses such as Field Day, lunch activities, after school sports and rallies are covered from the proceeds of the magazine drive.

Some reminders for the upcoming week are:

  1. Students will be receiving their textbooks in their classes.
  2. There is a Back to School Assembly for students on Friday morning. We will present information about the Access Period and Character education.
  3. Students report to their Access period on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

In the coming weeks, we have the following events taking place:

  1. Back to School Assembly for students – 8/18 – 8:00 am
  2. Solar Eclipse – 8/21
  3. Magazine Drive Assembly – 8/23
  4. Make-up pictures – 8/24
  5. Back to School Night – 8/24 – 6:00 pm
  6. Danville Teen Center opens – 8/28

Thank you for all of your support whether it is through donations, volunteering or supporting your student with academics. I believe everyone is looking forward to a great 2017/2018 school year.

 

Sincerely,

 

Evan Powell

Principal

Los Cerros Middle School

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 8/14/17




Audience: Homepage

Los Cerros Cross Country goes from Aug 29 to Sept. 26! Practices are  Aug 31, Sept 5, 7,12, 14, 21 from 2:45-3:30 & meets are Sept 19 and 26 at Osage (tentative dates) 

 

If you are interested in participating, please complete this short survey

 

About After School Sports:

 

After school sports at Los Cerros is supported by donations and parent volunteer drivers that have registered with the district.  Parents need to register using the following link:   http://www.srvusd.net/parents/volunteers  Your registration must be approved by the district before you can drive students other than you own to games.

 

All participants must complete the Student Code of Conduct! 

 

Please email the assistant principal, Stephanie Sawyer, if you have any questions about the after school sports program.

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 8/14/17




Audience: Homepage

Starting with the 2017-2018 school year, SRVUSD will switch its meal payment system from MyMealtime to SchoolCafé. The current MealTime payment system will shut down after June 23, 2017.

 

Each parent or guardian will need to create a new account in SchoolCafe on or after July 25, 2017. Please register here. Once your account has been created, any remaining balances will be carried forward and will be reflected in your SchoolCafe account.

 

View the Parent Guide for instructions on how to Register, Make a Payment, Set Automatic Payments, Set Low Balance Alerts and more.

 

The 2017-18 Free and Reduced Price Meals Application will be available within the parent portal of Infinite Campus beginning on July 25.

 

If you have questions regarding your account, please contact Belinda McDaniel at (925) 824-1808 or bmcdaniel@srvusd.net.

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 8/3/17




Audience: Homepage

Los Cerros Middle School 

2017-2018 Online Registration is Available now.

 

Dear Los Cerros Families,

 

We are using a new online registration system this year.  The LCMS registration website is now live.  The registration website is lcms.futurefundapp.com

 

LCMS Online Registration - We are using Future Fund as our online registration system.  It should take 20 to 40 minutes to complete online registration.  Since this is the first time registering for this new system then you will enter your email address and create a password.  (Your identity may be verified via Facebook for Google).  The email address you enter will receive 3 VERY IMPORTANT EMAILS.

 

REGISTRATION - Confirmation you have begun registration and your entered a valid email address       

   

ORDER RECEIPT - This email contains confirmation of your registration and receipt for any donations or purchases that    you have made.  LCMS Store invitation:  This email contains an invitation for you to create a new account at the Los Cerros Store.  Although you can create a new store account at any time, using the link in this email will LINK your registration order to your store account.  This account is used to access the STORE, ONLINE DIRECTORY, and ONLINE ORDERS.

 

Attend PANTHER CAMP incoming 6th graders and new students from outside the district.  Panther Camp is Wednesday, August 9th from 9:00am - 10:30am.  The incoming 6th graders and new students will hear a guest speaker, get a tour of campus, meet their fellow peers and get their schedules.  At 10:30am, all 6th graders and new students that attended Panther Camp will head to the gym to have their school pictures taken, receive their student id cards as well as pick their planners.  PTA and Booster representatives will be available to greet you.

 

Walk through Registration for 7th and 8th Graders will also be held on Wednesday, August 9th from 2:00pm - 6:00pm.  During that time the 7th and 8th Graders will also have their school pictures takes, receive their id cards and pick up their planners.

 

If you have any problems or questions with the registration website and future fund, please email Tami Castelluccio at tcastelluccio@srvusd.net

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone on August 9th for Panther Camp and walk through registraton.

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 7/11/17




Audience: Homepage

Save the Date!

October 1, 2017

Registration Now


 

srvef.org

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 7/10/17




Audience: Homepage

Dear Los Cerros Family,

 

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!   The Los Cerros Academic Boosters is looking forward to another great year, and we need your help to reduce class sizes.

DONATE.jpg

 

What does Los Cerros Academic Boosters do with your donation?

Your donations go directly to funding additional class sections!   The more classes we offer, the more scheduling options there are for students, thereby reducing average class sizes in all classes at Los Cerros.  Mr. Powell strategically engineers the schedule so that class size is reduced most in our academic subjects, including Core, Math, and Science.

 

How much do we need to raise?

Each class section costs approximately $17,500.  This year, Boosters funded 9 class sections for a total of $157,500.  Unfortunately, donations have been low and we will not be able to fund as many class sections next year.  Currently, Boosters has committed to funding only 7 class sections for the 2017-18 school year.  This means that the average class size for Core, Math, and Science classes will increase by 2 to 4 students in order to provide a balance of course offerings.

 

It’s not too late to add class sections for next year!  If we raise enough money, we can still commit to adding more classes. The more money we raise, the more class sections we can fund, and the more we reduce our average class size.  It’s that simple!

 

How can I help?

Please make your tax-deductible donation online via Future Fund (https://lcms.futurefundapp.com/store).  You can also donate via check payable to The Los Cerros Academic Boosters, Tax ID #68-0473831.  Please mail your check along with the enclosed form to Los Cerros, 968 Blemer Road, Danville 94526.

  • We suggest $525 per student or $950 per family.  Our goal is 100% participation by our families at any monetary level.  Any donation is appreciated and welcomed!
  • Please become a Super Booster!  Donate $625 per student or $1050 per family, and you will be invited to attend a special thank you evening with Mr. Powell in the fall, hosted by Boosters.
  • Help us reach our goal before the new school year begins!  There will be a special incentive for families who commit to the full requested donation before August 11, 2017.  More details to follow!

Please remember to check with your employer regarding corporate matching.  You may be able to double your donation!

Thank you for your consideration and generous donation!

Respectfully,

 

The Los Cerros Academic Boosters Board

 

Liz Ball, Co-President

Bridgit Pelley, Co-President

Maha Shawwa, Vice President

Jennifer Bobroff, Treasurer

Jackie Brown, Financial Secretary

Julie Peters, Secretary

Jennifer Devlin, Marketing

Eon Newquist, Marketing & eScrip

Tina O’Hara, Marketing

Jeanne Kalin, SRVEF Rep.


 

 

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 4/23/17




Audience: Homepage

Update:

Our PTA Executive Board has been filled!  We have several open support positions.  If you can help, please email Jen Devlin.

_____________________________________________________

 

There are a number of positions available for the 2017-2018 PTA Executive Board.  The positions include President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Parliamentarian. 

 

The following positions are needed to support our PTA sponsored events:   Registration, Communication, Fundraising, Health & Wellness, Membership, Parent Education, Promotion Party, Run for Education, Red Ribbon Week, and Reflections Art Program.

 

We also are in need of someone to audit our first semester books.  Please contact Evan Powell if you are available to audit the PTA budget.

 

Please contact Evan Powell if you have questions or would like to volunteer for one of these positions.

more
Posted by: Cecilia Brear
Published: 4/12/17


Non-Discrimination Statement

San Ramon Valley Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Report a Concern