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Winter Talent Showcase



The Talent Showcase is Almost Here!

Due to popular demand, there will be 2 performances this year!  Now you can get a seat at the show that’s most convenient for your family! 

Winter Talent Showcase dates and times:



Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

3:00pm - 4:30pm



Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

7:00pm -8:30pm





Our students are working hard as they practice and polish their acts for our Winter Talent Showcase.  There is nothing more fun or memorable than to see our students’ talents celebrated on stage.  Bring your holiday cheer and mark your calendars because you won’t want to miss this action packed show! 

Admission is only $1 and sales will benefit a local charity. 

WE ARE SO EXCITED!  The students can’t wait to show you what they’ve been working on and we are so proud of them!

Thank you!

The Talent Showcase Team

F.O.R.M. - Friends of Ruth Musser

by Nevaeh Arlantico, Jacob De Los Santos, and Caden Herzer 


F.O.R.M, or Friends of Ruth Musser, is an organization at our school which is run by Mrs. Western, the president, and the rest of the F.O.R.M. board members. They are here to raise funds and financially support the school's clubs and extracurricular activities. They meet monthly with Mrs. Perez, the principal. After the first meeting, all other meetings are open to everyone who wants to be a part of F.O.RM. Mrs. Skavaril, the F.O.R.M. treasurer, said, "My kids have been here, so out of kindness of my heart, I wanted to make the school a better place." 


Their meetings are held every second Wednesday of each month which is held in the school library at 3:00 pm. Two big meetings are held for the Bulldog Bash and events in Fall and Spring. Mrs. Western said "I'm a part of F.O.R.M because I had 5 kids here and one is still here. We still do it because we want Ruth Musser to be a better place. Jennifer Bagley is the vice president and Jamie Moya is the secretary. They would like people to see what F.O.R.M is all about by coming to their meetings.

Honor Roll Party

by Matthew Rea, Erika Stager, and Lynette Siahaan

The honor roll party was held on November 17, 2016 and all students who had a 3.0 or higher GPA were invited to attend it. It was held during the main PE period for each grade level. Lollipops were passed out when the students first entered and a comedic video played once everyone was settled in. There were games for the students to play and earn raffle tickets. The game Shooting Star involved shooting hanging stars with a Nerf gun. Glow in the Dark Bowling allowed students to bowl with a softball and knock down water bottles filled with glow sticks. At Invite Only students had to blow an invite to the end of the table so that it hung off without falling out. For Mann's Chinese Theatre students had to pick up marshmallows with chopsticks and place them into a Chinese food take-out box. Static Popcorn, the last game, had students rub a balloon on their head and clothes to pick up static so that they could pick up popcorn. The raffle tickets earned from these games were used to win prizes. The prizes in the raffle consisted of gift cards to places like Cold Stone Creamery and Starbucks. At the prize table, there were articles of clothing, candy, and some gift cards. Katylin Wallace said, "My favorite part of the honor roll party was playing all the games." This was the first of the three honor roll parties this year. 

Pawtastic News Nov 2016

A Message from Mrs. Perez


How to Help with Homework


As a parent myself, I remember well the many hours spent supervising the homework of my three children throughout their years in elementary, middle, and high school.  As an educator, I wish I could admit to you that homework time at my house was always stress-free and productive, in reality many nights it was not.  So this got me thinking, what made the successful nights successful?  Below are my top five suggestions to help families get through the homework maze gleaned from my years as an educator and a parent. 


Teach your child organizational skills.  Often as parents we take over the responsibility of organizing our student’s school work for them or we expect them to do it themselves without teaching the specific strategies to do it on their own successfully.  Show your kids how to clean out their backpacks, lunch pails, and folders.  Discuss with them the process for throwing away unnecessary papers, hanging on to necessary ones, and processing those that need your attention.  Your child’s teacher will genuinely appreciate you for this.  Less class time will be spent tracking down daily homework and home-school communiqués and more time will be focused on the learning of the day.


Designate a regular time and place for homework.  Make sure the place chosen is comfortable and provides him or her with enough space to complete their work neatly.  Crowded kitchen tables often lead to disorganization and increased stress levels.  Know how your child works best.  Some students prefer to work by themselves in a quiet place; others function better when you are able to monitor their progress frequently.  Having necessary homework supplies on hand and nearby (pencils, pens, dictionaries, etc.) will help them to stay focused and reduce time wasted searching for them. 


Reinforce the idea that homework is your child’s responsibility and you are here to help if needed.  Recognize homework as an opportunity for your child to work independently to practice the skills they have acquired in school.  Your goal is to help them if necessary and to avoid doing the work for them.  Think of yourself as a consultant not a proofreader or editor.  Allow your child to make mistakes and to learn from those mistakes. 


Help your child to see homework as a valuable activity.  Your personal attitude about homework greatly affects your child and how they feel about it also.  When your child understands that you value the work they are doing, they will take on this same attitude. 


Communicate with your student’s teacher when difficulties arise.  Your child’s teacher wants to hear from you when your child is having a difficult time on his/her homework.  This enables the teacher to make adjustments in their daily instruction to re-teach if necessary.  Homework should not take hours and hours, and if it does let your child’s teacher know.  A quick note attached to the assignment in question, an email or a phone call keep the lines of communication open and your child’s progress in the forefront.


Remember, also to check your student’s binder nightly and log into Aeries regularly to see how they are progressing in all of their classes.  I hope my suggestions will help make for peaceful and harmonious homework sessions in your home.  


Happy Homework Time!

Mrs. Perez

Red Ribbon Week



by Elissar Daya, Sarah Trautner and Harlynne Gill  


Red Ribbon Week occurred from October 24 to October 28, 2016 and encouraged students to say "No" to drugs. Many students participated in the various activities that the Leadership class provided. On Monday students were encouraged to wear crazy socks, and to say, "I'd be 'crazy' to do drugs." Tuesday was Tie Dye Day to represent, "Peace and Love Before Drugs." Wednesday was Crazy Hair Day because, "Doing Drugs Makes Your Hair Fall Out." Students were encouraged to wear sunglasses on Thursday so they can "Block-Out Drugs" . Friday was Red Day, and students were encouraged to wear red or Halloween gear. Mrs. Elias, the Leadership teacher, said, "Drug abuse is a problem. We cannot ignore it, so we have to know why it is bad for you." Marissa Marten, an eighth grade student, said, "My favorite day of Red Ribbon Week was Tie Dye Day. I loved seeing the school spirit and the bright colors." Red Ribbon Week is an important school tradition that will help students stay away from drugs. 

    Red Ribbon Week was put into action after a Drug Administration Agent named Enrique Camarena was killed by a drug Cartel in 1985. When the public found out about Enrique, they began to place red ribbons in his home town as a sign of illegal drug use in America. The California State PTA adopted this event as a national holiday in 1988. Today, Red Ribbon Week is celebrated by millions of Americans each year.

Election 2016

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by Alexis Alejo, Destini Mc Griff, Jacey Cai 

On November 8th, 2016 Donald J Trump was elected president with 288 electoral votes beating Hillary Clinton with 215 electoral votes. 


While at school eighth graders voted on who they thought would be president of the United States, as well as the propositions they wanted. At that time Hillary Clinton won because many students liked her message. While students voted they learned how to register to vote, follow the election, and took notes. 


Donald John Trump was part of the Republican party and is the C.E.O. of Trump Tower. He was born on June 14th, 1946 and is now at the age of 70. His spouses include Melania Trump (married 2005), Marla Maples (married 1993-1999), and Nana Trump (married 1977-1992). His running mate is Mike Pence and Donald Trump's net worth is 45 billion dollars. 


Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton was the nominee of the Democratic party and was an American politician. She was born on October 26th, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. She got her education at Wellesley College, Yale Law School, Maine East High School, Yale University, and Maine South High School, and Maine South High School. Hillary is married to former president Bill Clinton and has one child who's name is Chelsea Clinton. Her running mate was Tim Kaine and Hillary's net worth is 45 million dollars.


Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Bogdanoff





by Samantha Smith, Ariana Gonzalez, Megan Leon

This month's teacher spotlight is Mrs. Bogdanoff. She said, "Math is my favorite subject I love that you will always get an answer and that it can be solved in many ways." Math has been her favorite and always will be. Mrs. Bogdanoff has been teaching for seven years and taught sixth through eighth grade. Mrs. Bogdanoff was chosen for teacher spotlight because she connects math with real world situations such as gas and price tags. Mrs. Bogdanoff said, "I love being able to see all my students grow as mathematicians." 


When she isn't teaching Mrs.Bogdanoff likes to shop, hang out with friends, and do more shopping. Anissa Molina, a seventh grade student, said, "Mrs. Bogdanoff is an amazing teacher and has helped me grow in math."

Yearbooks for Sale


The new 2016-2017 yearbooks are on sale. Currently the yearbook is available only online. The cost is still only $35.00. For an extra $6.00 students can get their name engraved on the cover. Just follow the link on the school's web page. As an added bonus this year, families of eighth grade students are able to purchase a dedication add for their student. This is an award winning yearbook. For the last 14 years our yearbook has won many local and national awards. Last year we sold out of all the yearbooks. Now would be a great time to purchase one before they are gone. You will be getting 96 all color pages with a hard cover.

A Message from Mrs. Leach

From the Assistant Principal: Safety at Drop-off and Pick-up


It is hard to believe that 2016 is coming to an end, and that the holiday season is here!  I would like to take this opportunity to wish your families a safe and happy holiday season.


I would like to stress the importance of traffic safety in the front and back of the school. For the safety of our students, staff and families, please obey all speed limits and traffic laws. When driving, yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other vehicles at cross walks and intersections. Please note that there is now a solid line dividing the two-way traffic at the back of the school on  Spruce street, so it is now illegal to do a U-turn on this street.


Use the drop off zone to unload your children, and please proceed from the drop off zones once students exit the vehicle so you do not disrupt the flow of traffic. Please do not unload your child from the traffic lane and do not allow them to walk between cars. Encourage your student to look to make sure a driver is aware of them before crossing the parking lot or street; making eye contact with the driver is a good way to make sure the driver is aware they are there.  Please allow time for extra traffic on rainy days and please be patient. Please take direction from our proctors and crossing guards who are there to protect our children and keep them safe. We have had situations where our proctors and crossing guards have nearly been hit by a vehicle who was not paying attention or not driving safely.


We appreciate your support of following all traffic and safety rules while dropping off and picking up at school, since we know our children often learn best by example.  Enjoy your Winter Break, and we are looking forward to a wonderful new year in 2017!


Mrs. Leach

Family Nights

by Haaniya Saulat, Madison Herreia, Armando Cortez 


Throughout the school year we will have many family nights. The two latest family nights were on October 13th at Yogurtland and on November 2nd at Chipotle. Yogurtland gave 20% of the profit, which earned $58 and Chipotle gave 50% of the profit, which earned $824.55! The upcoming family nights are on December 7th at Yogurtland and Barnes & Nobles, which will be our annual Holiday Book Fair, and January 11th at Chick-Fil-A, and on February 1st at Carl's Jr.


"The profits from the Chipotle family night went to AVID and Leadership," said Ms. Marquez, the parent volunteer coordinator. Many students participated in these family nights and fundraisers. Sofia Benigno, a seventh grader, said, "I enjoy participating in family nights and fundraisers because it’s a great and fun way to get involved at school, as well as raising money to fund programs." Family nights, fundraisers, and F.O.R.M (Friends of Ruth Musser) help provide lots of money for the school. 


by Ariel Abea, Andrew Newman, Jasmine Mann

Both of this year's soccer teams were great. The team captains for the boys team were Alex Larrinua, Joshua Freyre, Aidan Henry, and Nathan Halseth. For the girls soccer team, the team captains were Natasha Casozi, Ashely Arinas and Juliana Bernal. Everyone was a great team member. Mrs. Jarvis was coaching for the girls team. She said, "They are amazing players, they work hard every practice and every game. They show good sportsmanship by being positive to each other and being fair." Mr. Hallback was coaching the boys team. He said, "If I didn't coach, there wouldn't be a team and it's fun watching them play." The girls won every game, and the boys lost only one game. Both the boys and girls team scrimmaged, or played a small game as one of their drills. Mrs. Jarvis said, "I grew up playing soccer and I played it in college. I wanted to experience being a coach instead of a player." Both soccer teams were amazing and they played well with each other.