Student Planner

Welcome to the PACK
1731 Wildcat Reserve Parkway
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Main Office: 303­387­2300
Fax Number: 303­387­2301
Weather Hotline: 303­387­7669
RVMS website­view­middle­school/
Tanner Fitch – Principal
Shelley Hyland – Assistant Principal
Ben D’Ardenne – Assistant Principal
Marshawn Yuhas ­ Counselor
Breanne Bemis ­ Counselor
School Hours: 7:35 a.m. – 2:53 p.m.
Delayed Start: 9:10 a.m.
Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Monday – Thursday)
7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Friday)
“The strength of the pack is the wolf
And the strength of the wolf is the pack.”
Rudyard Kipling


What does PACK mean? It means to be Prepared, Actively engaged, Cooperative, Kind and Safe.
PACK behavior is expected at Ranch View in all arenas. These expectations are defined for each
non­classroom area in the P­A­C­K matrix. Additionally, they are embedded in lessons, at lunch, on
the bus, in the hallways, and in all the various activities.

Parents must call to excuse an absence within 48 hours of the day missed otherwise the
absence will permanently remain unexcused on record.
Please give the following information:
1. Student’s name and grade, please spell the last name
2. Date and reason for absence
3. Your name and a telephone number where you can be reached
Our school day begins at 7:35 a.m. Students will be supervised beginning at 7:25 a.m. Because
class attendance is an integral part of the educational process, students are expected to be in
attendance every day school is in session as required by law (C.R.S. 22­33­104) and Board policy. All
middle school age students are required to attend public school, with some exceptions as provided by
law. According to state law, it is the obligation of every parent, guardian, and legal custodian to
ensure that every such child under his/her care and supervision attends school. Non­attendance
affects student achievement. We will handle continuous absences of students on a case by case
basis; however, the district does have policies that we will follow that are aligned with state guidelines
and the state law regarding school attendance.
Excused Absences are those resulting from: temporary or extended illness; injury; family
emergencies; absences excused by the principal through prior requests of parents or guardians;
absences occurring as a result of the denial of admission to the schools of the school district;
absences which occur when a student is in custody of a court or law enforcement authority; and, any
other absence approved by the principal. Excused absences are subject to state school attendance
Unexcused Absences are those absences deemed unacceptable by the principal regardless of the
prior approval or knowledge of the parents. A student is considered habitually truant if the student
has at least “four or more unexcused absences from school or from class on four or more different
days in a one month period or ten or more unexcused absences from school or from class on ten or
more different days in a school year”.
Students are expected to be in class on time. Students tardy to school will sign in at the main office.
Excessive tardies to school may result in disciplinary action.
In the event a student is truant from school or from assigned classes, school personnel shall make a
reasonable effort to notify parents, guardians or legal custodians by phone as quickly as possible. If
excessive absences interfere with a students’ ability to be successful, reasonable effort shall be made
to notify the parents, guardian or legal custodian so that remedial action can be taken.
Some students with unique attendance related problems may be placed on personalized “Attendance
Contracts” to meet their individual needs. In these rare instances, those students will be held
accountable to their contracts rather than the “General School Attendance Accountability Rules”.
Students with attendance that does not improve while on a contract will be referred to the Truancy
Review Board (TRB) process.

Students must be in school 1/2 day (4 hours) to attend or participate in activities and/or athletics,
unless the event is school sanctioned.
The purpose of a prearranged absence is to excuse, ahead of time, any student who may have
a medical or other type of appointment during the school day. A pass will be issued by the attendance
clerk after a note or phone call from a parent/guardian has been received indicating the specific
request. Parents and students are encouraged to take care of prearranged absences first thing in the
morning. The student will be issued an excused pass indicating the date and time he/she has
permission to leave.
Students must check out at the attendance office before leaving and check in upon his/her return.
A parent/ guardian or authorized emergency contacts are the only persons allowed to sign students
“out” of the attendance office unless written permission stating another individual is granted by
When communicating a partial day absence, please send a note with the student before the school
day begins. The note should include:
▪   a reason for the partial day absence
▪   the time of requested dismissal from school
▪   an approximate time of return from appointment or indication that the student will not return
▪   students leaving school for a partial day absence must sign out through the attendance office,
receiving a timed permit to leave the building.
We believe homework is an integral part of the learning process. It requires the student to prepare for
class in order to make more efficient use of instructional time. Homework is one determining factor in
a student’s work habit grade.
A reasonable length of time for a student to prepare and hand in make­up work due to an absence
will be allowed. Normally, one day to make up work for each excused day of absence is a good rule.
It is a school expectation that all work is turned in. After two weeks, it is up to the teacher’s discretion
as to whether or not they will accept it because it may or may not be relevant to the current teaching
and learning cycle at that time.
Homework may be requested by e­mailing the teacher. Parents may request an Advance
Homework Sheet for pre planned absences so that the child may receive and complete assignments
in advance. Please submit the form one week prior to your trip. If requesting work due to illness,
please contact your student’s counselor on the third consecutive day of absence. Homework can
also be checked through the school website.
Please keep in mind that a significant portion of instruction happens in the classroom and can not be
recreated through a textbook. Therefore, some homework assignments will not be appropriate to
issue to the student prior to an approved extended absence.
Schedule changes will be limited and considered individually based on student registration requests.
Requests for team changes will not be honored unless there are extremely unique circumstances.
Seventh and eighth graders may assume responsibility for bringing to school and administering their
own prescription medication providing they carry only enough for one day and have the self
administration “Permission to Carry Medication” form on file in the school office. Any parent or
guardian who chooses not to sign the “Permission to Carry Medication” form may request that a structured plan be devised for his or her student.
Middle School does not supply/administer acetaminophen (Tylenol) or any over­the­counter
medication. Students may carry a 1 days dose in the original bottle in their backpack.
It is important that instructional time be focused and uninterrupted by voicemails and text messages.
Therefore, communication between students and parents needs to happen through the main office.
Any messages left for students will be delivered during non­instructional time and during lunch
periods. In case of an emergency, please contact the main office and we will deliver a message to
your student immediately. Our goal is to support communication between you and your child, but to
also honor instructional time.
Deliveries of forgotten items, food, flowers, etc. will only be delivered during non­instructional time.
Larger items, such as flowers/or balloons will remain in the main office until after school.
In case of changes to the daily schedule due to a delayed opening or an emergency closing, please
go to the DCSD website under Schools, to School Closure Status or call 303­387­7669 (Weather
Hotline). Information is detailed by feeder area and our feeder area is ThunderRidge. In the event of
severely inclement weather or mechanical breakdown, school may close or starting time may be
delayed. The same conditions may also necessitate early dismissal. School closing, delayed starting
time or early dismissal will be announced over radio and television stations and noted on our weather
hotline and district website. Reports in the morning will be between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. In the
event days are lost because of snow or other emergency closings, it may be necessary that the
school calendar be extended. Note: If necessary, up to three additional days are scheduled in June
for storm make­up days. When serious storm conditions develop during the day in the area, parents
are encouraged to maintain radio contact with the listed radio stations. In addition, parents are urged
to formulate emergency plans for their student in the event such an emergency should develop.
The School District has approved a delayed busing schedule for those days when the weather and
roads are bad and then improve. Secondary schools will begin 90 minutes later than normal.
Students should arrive at bus stops 90 minutes later than normal pick up time.
Ranch View Middle School is a closed campus school. Students are not permitted to leave the school
building or school grounds at anytime without the permission of school personnel. Leaving school
grounds without permission will result in disciplinary action. If a student misses any part of a class or
classes, he/she will be considered truant and may be required to make up the missed time. Students
are considered on school grounds after departing the school bus, a private car or walking onto school
LOCKERS (P.E. and/or Band)
Ranch View Middle School does not have lockers for general use. Lockers are available for students
in P.E. and/or band.
Students who are currently enrolled in P.E. will have lockers assigned to them by the P.E. teachers.
Because there are varying sizes of lockers in the locker room, it might be necessary to share the
locker space with others. Please note: due to maximum use of lockers, periodic locker cleanouts will
occur with students receiving ample notification. Students who fail to clean out their lockers will have
items cleaned out and placed in lost and found.
Musical instrument storage is within the confines of the band room, students will be able to store and
lock their musical instruments. There is no reason for students to carry instruments during the day,
unless they simply choose to do so. Again, they can bring them to the band room at the beginning of
the day and lock them up at this time. The music teachers will be available after school for students
to get their instrument to take home. Padlocks for music lockers will be sold by the music teachers.

Orchestra students, can store their instruments in the orchestra classroom when they first report to
school in the morning and can pick them up from there at the end of the school day.
Padlocks for P.E. and/or band are required. You may purchase a lock at the school as we keep the
master to all locks.
Per State Law, all visitors to our building MUST check into the office upon entering the building and
show proper identification. Students are discouraged from having visitors to school during
instructional time. Our front doors are equipped with a buzzer and camera. Please press the button
once and then open the door closest to the buzzer.
Students are not permitted to bring pets of any kind to school. With the increase in the number of
students with moderate to severe allergies to animals, it is imperative that we protect these students
from an allergic reaction.
The seventh and eighth grade athletic program emphasizes student participation and the Douglas
County Middle School philosophy. Students can improve their skills with help, practice,
encouragement and competition. Teams develop an attitude that reflects sportsmanship, spirit,
cooperation and pride.


8th Grade Football,
7th Grade Flag Football,
Girls Volleyball,
Cross Country


Boys Basketball,
Girls Basketball,


Boys & Girls Track

Students wishing to participate in athletics must have the following on file in the main office before
they will be allowed to practice.
1. Obtain a current Physical Form which is good for 365 days or one year from the date on the
physical. Permission Forms can be downloaded from the RVMS website.
2. Athletic Registration/ Emergency Information form must be completed by a parent for each sport.
This information is given to the coaches and taken to each athletic event.
3. There is an athletic registration fee. The fee for each sport is $70.00 with the exception of 8th
grade football which is $100.00.
4. Students who have not paid fines for lost or damaged books/materials, or lost or damaged athletic
equipment/uniforms may not be allowed to practice or participate in athletics or other school
activities until fines are paid and equipment is returned.
5. Eligibility is checked weekly. If a student receives a “U” in work habits for the week he/she will be
allowed to practice; however, he/she will have to sit out one game. Students must be in school by
10:30 a.m. to participate in a scheduled event or practice. If student athletes check in to the sick
room during the day, they may not be able to practice or compete in athletics that afternoon.

Practices will take place after school from 3:00 to 4:45 p.m. Monday thru Friday. We request that
parents pick up their child by 5:00 and it is the responsibility of students and parents to make
arrangements for rides to leave campus no later than that time. Pick up times will vary on game
days. Coaches will be able to give their athletes an estimate of time of arrival back at school.
Your child will be provided a locked storage area for athletic gear storage. Students may use their
P.E. lockers.
After­school athletic contests normally begin at 3:45 p.m. Parents and students are encouraged to
attend these events. The following guidelines will be in effect for student spectators. Spectators are
not allowed to roam the building. Before the contest begins, student spectators are to remain in the
vicinity of the contest area where they may study or converse. All school and District policies and
procedures are in effect for spectators at after­school contests. For athletic events, please use the
gym hallway entrance on the north side of the building.
Food and drinks (except water) are not allowed in the gym. Street shoes are not allowed on the gym
Clubs and activities are offered according to student interest and faculty sponsorship. Meeting times
and fees may vary according to the activity.
Students staying after school must be attending a school sponsored event or supervised by a staff
member. No students are to be in the building without supervision.
Bicycles: Students are allowed to ride their bicycles to school. However, if a student chooses to ride
his/her bike to school, the school assumes no liability for any damages or theft that could occur.
Students are encouraged to lock the bicycle when parking it at the bicycle rack. You may not lock
your bikes to trees, tree anchor sticks or other items on the school grounds.
School Bus Rules: Students and parents should review the information regarding the school bus
rules for DCSD. This can be found in the Student’s Rights and Responsibilities Booklet. The booklet
will be available during the Express Check­in. All students will be required to sign the Student Code
of Conduct, which includes information outlining bus rules and procedures for transportation to and
As is the current policy, students may ride skateboards to school. Students MUST leave skateboards
in the skateboard storage area as you enter the building throughout the school day. We do not allow
students to carry skateboards around the school during the school day. Skateboarding on school
property is NOT allowed. Also, skateboards can be very dangerous. We encourage the use of
helmets and extreme safety when coming to and going from school.
Students, not the school, are responsible for their personal property. If students carry valuables, they
should keep these items on their person at all times. Technology may be used for instructional
purposes at the discretion of the teacher only. Unauthorized use of any portable electronic device
may cause school personnel to confiscate the item.
Parents and students will be made aware of more specific policies that will be included in our Code of
Conduct Agreement during the online check­in process.

Due to the serious injuries that may result, laser pointers are NOT allowed on school property
including school buses. If a student brings one to school, it will be confiscated and parents will be
asked to pick it up from school.
All students will review a copy of the student code of conduct for discipline in Douglas County online.
It will fully outline the Board of Education Policies regarding student behavior in the Douglas County
Schools. All students will be asked to sign that they have reviewed a copy of this information.
We expect that foul language NOT be used in this building. Students who violate this and are caught
by an adult can expect to be disciplined appropriately.
Students are expected to treat guest teachers (substitutes) with the utmost respect. If students need
some assistance, and the regular teacher is absent, they are encouraged to see a counselor or
another teacher with whom they are familiar to assist them.
Food and/or drinks are not allowed in the hallways. Food and drink can be consumed in the commons
area at a supervised break or lunch. Otherwise, students are not allowed to walk around the
classroom or hallways with food/drinks. Students eating food in the hallways without supervision may
be asked to throw food in the trash. Water is the only drink allowed outside of the commons. Teams
have the discretion to set up a snack time for their teams.
1. Clean up after yourself.
2. Be respectful of others.
3. Must be sitting at a table when eating.
4. All food and drink should be consumed in tiled area of the commons.
5. Use of good table manners is expected.
6. Students must stay in assigned area.
7. During lunch, students may use restrooms in locker room area only and with permission of an
8. No eating in the bathrooms.
As all RVMS students are expected to demonstrate responsibility and citizenship on a regular basis,
all students will be assigned one week (5 days) of “community service”, following lunchtime. During
this time, lunch hosts will assist staff in straightening up the commons following our lunch shifts. A
reminder will be posted each week in the commons for our students.
Students are encouraged to dress appropriately for all school activities and to maintain a high
standard of dress. The following general standards will be in effect:
1. Hats are not allowed to be worn in school. Hoods on jackets are considered hats.
2. Reasonable cleanliness of person and wearing apparel is expected as a matter of health and
aesthetics. Ripped and dirty clothes, pants with holes in them, etc., set a poor tone in the school. If
a family has financial difficulties, please contact a counselor at the school.
3. Shoes, sandals or boots must be worn in the buildings. This is a state law. Slippers are not
4. Tank tops, muscle shirts, short shorts/skirts, bare midriffs, halter tops, sheer/see through shirts,
swimsuits, etc., or excessively tight clothing are for a more casual time and not for school.
Shoulders must be covered. Beach and sleepwear are inappropriate for school (clothes must cover your body). Proper attire for drama classes will be expected. Boys must wear shirts with
sleeves and no “sagging” pants.
5. Dress will not be worn that causes or is likely to cause disruption of the educational process.
Clothes making statements with sexual innuendoes or advertising alcohol, drugs and/or cigarettes
don’t belong in school. Occasionally, there are T­shirts that are clearly offensive and students are
asked to change. Backpacks displaying inappropriate messages will not be allowed at school until
the messages are removed.
6. Wearing apparel that interferes with or endangers self or others while he/she is participating in
classroom activities will not be worn. The decision as to the safety or unsuitability of the clothing is
a matter of the judgment of school personnel.
7. Students are allowed to wear shorts. We ask that shorts are the length of where the
outstretched hand touches the leg when standing in a normal position. This length is also
required for girls’ skirts.
8. Any manner of grooming or apparel, including clothing, jewelry, chains, emblems and badges,
bandanas, baggy and baggy clothing that by virtue of color, arrangement, trademark or other
attribute is associated with or denotes membership in, or affiliation with any gang will not be
9. Attire deemed as “costume” will not be allowed. This rule is in place all year, including Halloween,
prior to breaks, and the last day of school.
Parents and students will be made aware of more specific policies that will be included in our Code of
Conduct Agreement during the online check­in process.
NOTHING shall be thrown from the upper railing to the lower floor. Students who engage in this
activity will be held accountable.
Behavior Expectations for Assemblies
1. Sit in assigned areas.
2. Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.
3. Respect the speaker or presenter.
4. Dismiss as directed by an administrator or an adult in charge.
5. During the assembly, if you need to leave for any reason, please talk with your teacher quietly and
leave with minimal disturbance.
6. If you are called out of the crowd by an administrator or other adult, you are expected to leave
without any undue attention brought to yourself.
7. After leaving the assembly, return to the class noted by the teachers.
8. Failure to be on your best behavior may lead to disciplinary action.
A copy of this policy is available during the Express Check­in process. It outlines the policies
regarding student behavior that will not be tolerated and that may result in suspension or mandatory
expulsion. Parents must sign that they reviewed this information during the on­line check­in process.
Students will go over this information in their connections class during the first week of school. They
will be required to sign a form that they too have reviewed the policies.
To maintain order and discipline in the schools and to protect the safety and welfare of students and
school personnel, school authorities may search a student, backpacks, desks or storage area under
the circumstances outlined below and may immediately take possession of any illegal, unauthorized
or contraband materials discovered in the search.
Personal Searches
A student’s person and/or personal effects in his/her possession (e.g., purse, book bag, etc.) may be searched whenever a school authority has reasonable suspicion to believe that the student is in possession of illegal or unauthorized materials.
If the administrator feels that a more intrusive search is required, searches of the person of a student
which require removal of clothing other than a coat, jacket, shoes and socks shall be referred to and
conducted by a law enforcement officer, and school personnel will not participate in such searches.
The Board of Education has determined that the possession and/or use of dangerous or deadly
weapons by students at school are detrimental to the welfare and safety of those students and others
in the school community. Carrying, bringing, using, or possessing any dangerous or deadly weapon
in a school building, on school grounds, at any school sanctioned activity or event, or while being
transported in a school approved vehicle, without the authorization of the school or the school district,
is strictly prohibited. Such weapons include, but are not limited to any firearm, whether loaded or
unloaded, including without limitation, any pistol, revolver, rifle, or shotgun; air gun or spring gun;
slingshot; bludgeon; brass knuckle or artificial knuckles of any kind; knife having a blade of greater
than three inches, any knife the blades of which can be opened by a flick of a button or pressure on
the handle, or any pocketknife where the blade is carried in a partially­opened position. Expulsion is
mandatory for all violations of this policy.


In accordance with DCSD behavior policies, smoking is not allowed by anyone on campus, at school
activities or on school buses.
Student use, possession, sale, or transfer of tobacco products and all smoking materials are
prohibited in school buildings and on school grounds. Students, staff, and visitors are prohibited from
using tobacco on school buses at any time and at all school sponsored activities conducted on school
Douglas County law makes it a Class 2 Petty Offense for anyone under the age of 18 to possess or
use any type of tobacco product. Penalty is a fine of $100. Law enforcement will be contacted.
Student use, possession, distribution, gift, purchase, exchange, sale or being under the influence of
alcohol or illegal drugs is prohibited in all District schools, on all school grounds and District property,
at any school­sanctioned activities, when students are being transported in vehicles dispatched by
the District, and at any time or in any place where the student’s conduct interferes with or disrupts the
educational program or operations of the district.
Compliance with the standards of conduct set forth in this policy is mandatory for all students. A
violation shall subject a student to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion and
referral for prosecution.
Individuals or groups are in violation of this policy if, on school grounds, at school­sanctioned
activities, or in vehicles dispatched by District, they:
1. Make demeaning remarks directly or indirectly, such as name­calling, racial slurs, or “jokes”, or
physically threaten or harm an individual on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual
orientation, national origin, religion, or ancestry.
2. Display visual or written material or deface school property or materials to demean the disability,
race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, or ancestry.
3. Damage, deface, or destroy private property of any person because of that person’s disability,
race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, or ancestry.
Students or staff members that believe they or any other student or staff member have been the
subject of harassment and/or discriminatory behavior will report the incident immediately to the school
administrator, appropriate supervisor, or their designees. Complaints about harassment or

discriminatory behavior will be investigated immediately.
Any student who violates this policy by engaging in conduct defined above that directly or indirectly
causes intimidation, harassment, or physical harm to another student or staff member will be subject
to disciplinary action.
Consult the Student Code of Conduct and Discipline for in­depth information.
Forms of payment:
We are requesting and encouraging that all fees be paid online. By utilizing the online credit card
processing center located on the RVMS website, not through Parent Portal, payments are reflected in
Infinite Campus as soon as a transaction is complete. If necessary, payments can be made in cash
or by check.
For detailed Financial policies please check the RVMS website under Bookkeeping.

Ranch View Middle School
Important Dates

August 4
August 10
August 11
August 20
August 21
September 23
September 24
September 23
October 12 – 16
November 10
December 18 – January 1
January 11 – 13
January 14

January 28

February 17
February 18
March 21 – 25
May 24

Check­in for all Students 1:00 – 4:30pm
First Day of School for 7th Graders Only – 1⁄2 day
First Day for all Students
Back to School Night – 6:30pm
Picture Make­up Day – during lunches
Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30 – 7:00pm
Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30 ­ 7:00pm
Picture Re­take Day – during lunches
Fall Break
Career Day District Event – 8th Grade Only – 1⁄2 day
Winter Break
Hearing & Vision Testing
6th Grade Orientation – 6:00 – 8:00pm
GT Accelerated Program Night – 5:00 – 5:45pm
6th Grade Orientation – 6:00 – 8:00pm
SPED Program Night – 5:00 – 5:45pm
Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30 – 7:00pm
Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30 – 7:00pm
Spring Break
Last Day with Students



We aspire to be a dynamic, engaging, student­centered learning community where members feel safe to build relationships, take risks, inquire, innovate, think critically, and develop leadership and global competencies.


Ranch View’s mission is to provide the highest quality academic instruction and programming so that our students are successful and responsible citizens of the 21st Century.