April 24, 2017
This week, I am proud to report that Ladera Ranch Middle School was recognized as a California Gold Ribbon School! We are very proud of this distinction! Here is a link to the OC Register that tells you a little more about this honor: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/04/19/29-orange-county-schools-receive-high-academic-honor/
Instruction, Curriculum, Assessment:
Our testing season is upon us. All our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will be participating in The California Assessment of Student Performance this year.
Our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will be assessed in English Language Arts April 24th-May 5th.
Our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will be assessed in math May 8th-May 17th.
Our 8th grade students will also be participating in a pilot science CAASP assessment May15th-May 17th. Please note, we will “block days” for our testing:
On May 8th,and May 25th, Periods 1, 3 and 5 will meet.. The schedule is as follows:
On May 9th and 26th, Periods 2, 4 and 6 will meet. The schedule is as follows:
We are working with Saddleback Community Education to offer courses for our students outside of the regular school day. Please visit the Saddleback Community Ed website for a complete list of current course offerings. In order to provide additional courses, please complete this very short survey. The data collected will be used for future course creations. https://goo.gl/forms/6dt4KDrBP5CuwCtq1
Summer Course Offering at LRMS: We will be offering three courses during the summer to enrich and prepare our students!
Two courses of Middle School Boot Camp: 4 sessions each
Mon- Thurs 8/07-8/10 and 8/14-8/17. 9am-11am
Help prepare your child(ren) for the rigors of middle school in this informative and practical class. Students will learn how to use their lockers effectively, organize homework and teachers, navigate school loop, and use their agendas. Also included is a school tour so students learn how to get to their classes within the four-minute passing period. Instruction also will cover a review of reading, writing, and math skills to prepare students for the first quarter of school. This class is only for students who attend Ladera Ranch Middle School. $120 + $20 material
Two courses of Middle School Math Prep; 4 sessions each. 8/7-8/10 and 8/14-8/17 9am-11am: Designed to prepare students for Math 6 and 7, this fun and challenging class will cover a review of previously learned materials and look ahead at the new standards for next year. Instruction will focus on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using the concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems, (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, including negative numbers, (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations, and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking. $160 + $10 material fee
Aspiring Writers: Creating Stories. 8 Sessions Mon-Thurs 2-4pm. July 10th-20th
Learn how to bring stories and characters to life in this exciting and interactive workshop. Using excellent resources, including movie clips, user-friendly templates, classic and contemporary book selections, students will have an excellent toolbox to ignite their imaginations and help them bring their stories to life. Working together, students will develop their plots, characters, settings, themes, magical worlds, fantastic voyages, and tell their stories. $140 + $25 materials
For additional information and to sign up for a course, go to:
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Ladera Ranch Middle School
Important Dates to Remember:
May 4 All-Star Award Ceremony
A-L 5:30-6:30 p.m.
M-Z 6:45-7:45 p.m.
May 29 Memorial Day Holiday
June 1 Last Day Of School for Students, 8th Grade Clap Out (Dismissal
Student and Parent Concerns:
Parents if you have a school related item to drop off for your student please come in to the office to the drop off table. Please do not hand items to students through the fence as it is out of the student boundary area.
News from San Juan Hills High School:
No news at this time!
News from Tesoro High School:
No news at this time!
News from Capistrano Unified School District:
The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
With Lion Pride,
George Duarte, Ed.D.
Ladera Ranch Middle School