May 2019 Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message


Dear Parents, Guardians, and Friends of Griffiths Middle School,

I can’t believe that this is the last Principal newsletter for the year. I want to start this newsletter with a personal message. As many of you already know, I will be transitioning to the District Office at the end of this school year. These past four years as Principal of Griffiths Middle School have truly been some of the best years of my time in education. I feel so honored to have shared your child’s educational journey with them. I am so proud of all the accomplishments that we have achieved together in the past few years. Two years ago, we received the California Gold Ribbon Award, the Title 1 Academic Achievement Award, and the CTE Exemplary Award. And last year, our school was designated as a State and National Schools to Watch recipient. I am excited about the future achievement of Griffiths Middle School. Our staff and students have worked so hard to create a positive school culture that encourages high academic achievement.

Dr. Garcia, our District Superintendent, will be soliciting input from our school community about my replacement at a meeting on May 6th at 6:30 p.m. in our school cafeteria. Our District is committed to finding the best candidate for principal at Griffiths Middle School.

The extraordinary gains and recognition that GMS recently received were based predominantly on student achievement on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) administered by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). These tests are administered each spring and measure how well students in California public schools are meeting the Common Core State Standards. Our students are now in the process of completing these tests on the computer in the areas of English-Language Arts, Mathematics and Science (8th grade only). A letter explaining the entire CAASPP/SBA was sent home before testing. Please continue to support your student during this time of testing by encouraging him/her to do his/her best.

We have an extremely busy schedule at the end of our school year. Please refer to your list of upcoming events below. One message that I have conveyed to students is that school is not over until May 31st. I have asked students to put forth their best effort in these last weeks of school as we still have a lot of material to cover in each of our grade levels before students can move on to the next grade. Our students have been working diligently to reach their goals this school year. It is important that students understand that we must make the most of each remaining school day. Thank you for encouraging your students.

Thank you again for your continued support. We have 4 weeks of school left to accomplish all of our goals for the year. We will continue to work hard towards our collective vision: Griffiths Middle School students will acquire 21st Century skills, be college and career ready, globally competitive, and citizens of strong character.


Rani Bertsch, Ed.D.




May Important Dates
May 1-10                 SBA Testing – Block Schedule

May 1              3:00 p.m. SSC Meeting – Room 27

May 2              2:00 p.m. Track Meet vs Doty @ WHS 6:30 8th grade party parent meeting -library

May 6-10        Staff Appreciation Week

May 9              2:00 p.m. Track Meet vs Stauffer @ DHS 7:00 p.m. PTA Meeting – Library

May 13            All library books are due

May 16            10:15 a.m. AVID Awards- lawn by Library 7:00 p.m. GMS Choir @ WHS

May 18            8:00 a.m. Femineer Awards – Library 4:00 p.m. All District Track Meet @ DHS

May 19            8-12 STEAM/Saturday School

May 20            8:00-1:00 Long Beach State University Fieldtrip for 8th graders

May 21                     6:30 p.m. Choir/Band Night – Outdoor Stage May 23
9:00 a.m. EL Awards
6:30 8th grade party parent meeting -library

May 24            CJSF Fieldtrip to Knott’s Berry Farm 6:00 GMS Band Banquet

May 27            Memorial Day – No school

May 29            8:50 a.m. All School Award Assembly

May 30            8:00 a.m. Promotion Practice for 8th graders @ GMS – MANDATORY
9:30 a.m. 8th graders dismissed to go home to prepare for promotion
1:00 p.m. 8th graders report to WHS basketball courts
2:00 p.m. 8th grade Promotion Ceremony @ WHS Justice Stadium

May 31            8-11 a.m. 8th Grade Celebration @ GMS Field hosted by PTA Last Day of School

Dismissal at 12:24 p.m.

Report Cards are mailed home

August 8                      8:00 a.m. New Student Orientation
August 14                    First Day of School