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Class Placements for the 2015-2016 School Year


Dear RUSD Parents:


Each spring teachers meet with administrators and support staff to discuss each child and to determine the best class placement for the following school year. Attention is given to creating classes that are equally balanced for size, ratio of girls to boys, academic abilities, leadership, social groupings, behavior patterns, and special individual learning needs. Balanced classes not only create an equitable student-teacher ratio, but also provide the best learning environment for all students. The school staff is in the best positions to determine appropriate class placement, therefore we respectfully request that parents do not send requests for specific teachers or for the assignment of a child based on the assignment of any other child. Such requests will not be responded to or considered. If your child has special health needs, the school nurse should be contacted to develop a health plan.  


Class lists are posted the day prior to the opening of the new school year. We wait to post these lists because many changes occur over the summer, such as new students enrolling, other students moving out of the District, the addition or elimination of classes if required by numbers of children, and adjustments made in class lists to maintain balanced classes. Class lists will be emailed to parents one day prior to the start of the new school year at 4:30 p.m.


If, after students complete two weeks of the school year, parents have serious concerns about a child's placement, you may set up a conference with your school principal to discuss your concerns. Changes in class placement are rarely necessary and would only be made at the principal's discretion.


Please feel free to call your school principal if you have questions about the placement process.




Dr. Steven Herzog




Congratulations to our Golden Bell Recipients!
We are happy to announce the names of the three Reed Union School District
staff members receiving the Golden Bell Award for 2015:  Ross Modlin at Reed
School, Sandy Cabarrus from Bel Aire, and Michelle Konkle from Del Mar. These three outstanding employees will be recognized at the Marin County Golden Bell Evening of Education at Dominican University in San Rafael on Thursday, May 21st, as well as at the RUSD Celebration of Education on May 27th.
Marin Board of Supervisors vote 4-1 in Support of SB277
Tuesday, March 31st Marin Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 supporting SB277 which would eliminate personal exemptions from immunization requirements, and was introduced by Senators Richard Pan and Michael Allen.  At the Board of Trustees meeting on February 10, 2015, and with a large media presence, the Trustees and community were updated on the District's response to the current measles outbreak in California.  The discussion concluded with the Board's vote to have Dr. Herzog write letters of support to our state legislators for the proposed bill. 
One of our media guests, PBS's Frontline, on March 24th, aired "The Vaccine War".  This piece explores the immunization controversy in depth and highlights RUSD in particular.  More information on SB277 can be seen in the Marin County



Planning for the 2015-2016 school year

Reminder:  Each year at this time we begin budget development for the following school year.   A key component in our planning is the number of students we project will attend RUSD, in this case, in 2015 - 2016 .  We have always relied on our parent community to let us know as early as possible, if their child(ren) will not be returning in the Fall.  Please take a moment to complete this survey regarding your plans for next year.



Phoebe Hearst Nominations
Reminder: In the spirit of Teacher Appreciation Week, we would like to give parents the opportunity to nominate a favorite teacher for the Phoebe Hearst Outstanding Educator Award. On this survey, please tell us about the wonderful qualities that you and your child appreciate about his/her favorite teacher this year. All the notes of appreciation will be confidentially shared with the teacher you choose to recognize. We are thankful and fortunate to have such a wonderful staff. Nominations must be received by April 30th.  The recipient of the Phoebe Hearst Award will be announced at the Celebration of Education on May 27, 2015.  Thank you for recognizing our fabulous teachers!
From the Foundation for Reed Schools

Only 2 weeks left to donate during the Family Annual Giving Campaign! Currently 53% families have donated - help us reach 100% participation and meet our $1.9 million commitment to the district. 
Did you know your donations help the district fund teachers in programs that our children love and participate in each day? Music, physical education, art, technology, library, and Spanish. The Foundation also helps to fund school psychologists, classroom aides, teacher training and more. Every dollar donated counts and makes an impact!
Please go to to make your donation. If you make a pledge now, you have until June 30th to pay. Credit cards and monthly payment plan options are available.  

The following individuals have been selected by the nominating committee and have consented to be an officer for the RUSD PTA for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 school years.  We are thrilled to have such a great group of experienced individuals!  There will be a General District PTA meeting (all PTA members are invited) on Thursday, April 23rd in which the following candidates will be formally voted into office.
1.  Bryn Argov, District President


2.  Kim Sichel, District Treasurer


3.  Kati Seymour, District Secretary


4. Tim Cunningham, District Auditor  
5.  Betsy Wright, Reed Site Chair


6.  Emily Viola, Bel Aire Treasurer


7.  Sherry Wangenheim, Del Mar Treasurer
Thank you to all nominating committee members for all of their time and hard work in creating this wonderful slate. They were: Tanja Ross- committee chair, Sherrill Lybrook, Stephanie Plexico, Juliette Rodenbeck and Nichole Rowles.  

Key Dates

Tue Apr 7
6 - 8 pm Board Meeting
Wed Apr 8
8:30 - 9:30 am  RD PTA Meeting
6:30 - 8:20 pm  DM Family Math Night
Thu Apr 9
8:15 - 9:15 am  DM PTA Meeting
6 - 7:30 pm  Reed Open House
7 - 8 pm DM Chamber Music Night
Apr 13 - 17th
Spring Break
Thu Apr 23
6:30 - 8 pm  Del Mar Open House
Fri Apr 24
8:30 - 11:40 am  RD Spring Performance
Tue Apr 28
3:30 - 6 pm  Foundation Fun Run
Wed Apr 29
6 - 8 pm  Kids Bingo Night
Sat May 2
Reed Regatta
Foundation For Reed Schools
The Foundation for Reed Schools supports Music, Art, Technology, Physical Education, Foreign Language, and Library.