Del Mar News                                   March 8, 2017 

In case you didn't have a chance to read the RUSD News this morning:
Dear Families:
During my first day as Principal seven years ago, the Del Mar Staff adopted a slogan derived from an African proverb, "If you want to walk fast, walk alone; if you want to walk far, walk together." Walking far together became a theme for our collaborative endeavors regarding academics and social programs for the students we serve.
Since the beginning of the school year and during this recent mid-winter break, I have taken time to reflect on the direction of Del Mar Middle School and my own career.  During my time at Del Mar, I have seen the educational program expand, become more aligned and consistently rigorous across grade levels; have watched our students develop academic, social/emotional, technological, and leadership skills; and have applauded the collaborative endeavors of our talented and professional staff that go above and beyond to support the students.  For these accomplishments and more, I will always be proud of being a part of this truly special community.
I have walked far with you for the past eleven years, and it is with mixed feelings that I write this letter to inform you that this is a time in my career for a new challenge, to work closer to my Petaluma home, and that I will be leaving Del Mar Middle School and the Reed Union School District at the end of this academic school year.   
At the onset of accepting an administrative position in the Reed District, I never anticipated that I would have worked here for as long as I've had. I am grateful for the opportunity to have served and for the many great moments, accomplishments, and memories. I am deeply respectful and appreciative of this faculty and staff-true professionals who work as colleagues on behalf of the students.  I am grateful for how supportive you, the families, have been of our program and school, and for the Del Mar students for their talent, creativity and willingness to learn.
Del Mar is well poised to continue its journey and tradition of continued inquiry, excellence, and growth. 
We have much to yet accomplish this spring and beyond.  I look forward to working with you this third trimester and to a successful completion of the school year.  
With gratitude,
Alan Vann Gardner, Ed.D.
Principal, Del Mar Middle School

Dear Sixth and Seventh Grade Families: 

This is the first week of the third trimester. At this time, we need to clearly communicate Del Mar's behavior standards and discipline procedures for the third trimester. We are looking forward to a productive and fun final trimester with your child poised for success.
We have informed students of expectations and consequences regarding their behavior. We want to be sure that you as parents/guardians are informed as well so you may support your child in making wise decisions and help them understand the consequences of inappropriate conduct should any occur. 

Student Referrals and 3rd Trimester Consequences:

Referrals are given for: Aggressive Play, Class Disruption, Dress Code Violations, Inappropriate Use of Computer, Inappropriate Language, Rude/Mean to Others, Vandalism/Litter, Other (i.e. Hate Speech)

Three referrals or a suspension during the third trimester will result in exclusion from one or more of the following planned sixth and seventh grade activities:

Participation in Sports and Play Production, Talent Show, Assemblies, Track Meet, Advisory Parties, and End of the Year Trip

In addition, after three referrals, students are referred to a 
Student Action Plan - to meet with advisor, school counselor, nurse, learning specialists and principal. A fourth referral results in an in-school suspension.

If you have any questions regarding these policies, please email Mr. Sawyer or Dr. Vann Gardner to discuss your concerns. Thank you in advance for your support.  
David Sawyer, MA in Education Administration

PTA News

8th Grade Graduation Update:
8th Grade Graduation Festivities - Please remember to make your graduation contributions -  A suggested donation of $170 pays for the following expenses:
*graduation party including dinner/entertainment and entrance fee
*transportation and lunch for the year end 8th grade trip to Six Flags
*links to the class slide show, graduation, and party photos.
Here is the link:  Please note some families may not have the financial ability to contribute to the above. Additional contributions of any amount are welcome and may be made online or by check.
Missed the 8th grade sweatshirt order?  Please email Lisa Hovan at to place your order.  Final orders need to be submitted by Friday, March 10th. 
Seussical the Musical
Handy Parents?  The play production team is looking for any handy parents to assist with sets and costumes.  If you can lend a helping hand, please contact Taissa Cherry (play producer) at "".

Parent Ed Events
Wed., March 15, 6:30pm
Hall Middle School
To register, please click here.

"How to Raise Resilient, Gritty, and Passionate People" 
Wed, March 22, 7-8:30pm, 
Mill Valley Middle School Gym
To register, please click here.
"Rising to the Complicated Challenges of Family Relationships in the Digital Age"
by Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair
Wed, March 29 6:30-8:30pm
Marin County Office of Education
111 Las Galinas Road, San Rafael 

For more information on Parent Ed events, please click here.

Choice Lunch - New Spring Menu!

Foundation News

Halfway to our Goal! The Foundation presented our first installment to the District of $1 million dollars Tuesday night at the Board of Education meeting. Thank you to the 525 families that have made this possible. We still have $1 million to go. Please help us to reach 100% family participation by donating at