Iron Horse Middle School
12601 Alcosta Blvd.
San Ramon, CA 94583
tel: (925) 790-2500
fax: (925) 824-2830
attendance: (925) 790-2599
To post a message on the Iron Horse marquee for a student's birthday, please click here and return the form to the office.
Chinese Sister School Hosts Needed
As you may be aware, Iron Horse Middle School has a sister school in Hangzhou, China. Baochu Pagoda Experimental School is a Grade 2-9 school. The last three years, we have hosted students and staff during their visit to the Bay Area. To view a brief video of last May’s Baochu visit, click on the link. These students lived with host families from Iron Horse and attended classes at IHMS with their host student. The mutual learning opportunities have benefitted both the IHMS and Baochu school communities. Our host families unanimously shared positive stories from their experience and many families still keep in contact with their students from China.
At the end of September, IHMS will by hosting 20 sixth & seventh grade students and staff members. Our visitors will be arriving on Saturday, September 27 and will be leaving Thursday, October 2, morning to tour the United States. We will once again need host families for the students. Your family will host your guest for 5 days. If you are interested, please sign up using our online interest form. An informational meeting for host families will be scheduled on Thursday, September 18. Host families will be contacted with additional information.
Thank you for your continued support of IHMS and this wonderful opportunity.
New Bell Schedule
We are excited to transition to a modified block schedule with a once a week Tutorial period. Please see the new bell schedule here. Students will be trained in the initial weeks of school how to utilize and sign up for Tutorial to help support their learning needs.
Every School Day Counts
Your Child's Success In School and Beyond - Planning Vacations and Family Trips
As we put a close on the 2013-14 school year, and plan for the 2014-2015 school year, please be mindful that in 2014-15 our school district will be fully implementing the Common Core State Standards, a rigorous set of standards designed to ensure that all students are successful participants in the world of the 21st Century. The Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Because of this shift in education, it is more important than ever that students be physically present in the classroom for instruction. Classroom instruction supports inquiry and discovery, reliance on multiple resources, and continuous assessment. Much of the work focuses on students applying concepts to real world situations. The learning is active and interactive. When students are absent, they miss significant learning opportunities that cannot be “covered” through packet work.
Please be mindful of this when planning trips during the school year. Time spent away from the classroom will significantly impact your student’s progress and academic achievement. That is time and experience they can ill afford to lose.
The standards were drafted by experts and teachers from across the country and are designed to ensure students are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs. The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful.
The new standards also provide a way for teachers to measure student progress throughout the school year and ensure that students are on the pathway to success in their academic careers.(http://www.corestandards.org/what-parents-should-know/)
As you plan vacations and trips, please refer to the district's instructional calendar. Have a wonderful summer and thank you for your continued support of the Iron Horse Middle School community.