Welcome to Rancho-Starbuck Intermediate School and the 2013/14 school year! We serve 750 students in the 7th and 8th grade and are a part of the Lowell Joint School District. We have a traditional, child centered philosophy with a very involved parent community.

Rancho-Starbuck offers many opportunities for students to get involved. We offer a number of elective courses including Art, 3D Design, Band, Percussion, Choir, Careers in Technology, Drama, Leadership, Sports Agility. After-school enrichment activities are also available including Competitive Drum Line, Show Choir, Science Olympiad, Junior Achievement, and after-school sports in volleyball, basketball, and soccer. Free tutoring is available before and after school. The students at Rancho are also exposed to the latest in technology while receiving an education that is grounded in traditional, proven methods of instruction. The staff places a high priority in developing responsible citizens through our Character Education and REACH programs. REACH is an acronym for Responsibility * Effort * Attitude * Character * Honor. Through this program, we emphasize the importance of each of these themes and we recognize students for their achievement and good citizenship.

We are proud of our students’ achievements, both academically and extracurricular. Our motto is: “If it is to be, it is up to me!” Our students’ success is important to all, we set high standards and our students achieve them. This year our staff looks forward to work with students, parents and the community to create another outstanding and successful year.

Linda Takacs

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News and Announcements

2013/14 Student Attendance Calendar Revised
Parent Conferences October 22 - 25, 2013
Parent-teacher conferences are one of the best times to focus entirely on your child. Just showing up for a parent-teacher conference tells the teacher that you support your child's learning. Attached are five suggestions about what to discuss with the teacher.
Red Ribbon Week Supported by the Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees approved a resolution supporting “Red Ribbon Week” during October 23 – 31, 2013, in the Lowell Joint School District. Students, staff members, parents, and community members are encouraged to participate in drug prevention education and healthy lifestyles activities, making a visible statement of commitment to a drug-free community.
Back to School Night
Meet the teachers, learn about the State Content Standards and the Common Core Standards, course expectations for each grade level, and visit classrooms. Parents, family, and community members are welcome to attend!
Lowell Joint Students Excel on State Tests
The Lowell Joint School District (LJSD) students continued to excel on the state assessments that measure their proficiency in English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies, according to results from the California Standards Tests (CST) recently released by the California Department of Education.
2013/14 District Goals and Priorities
The District goals and priorities for the 2013/14 school year, each of which focus on meeting the needs of students and enhancing student performance, was adopted at the May 6, 2013, Board Meeting.
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