Principal's Update

  • Update 3/31/20

    Posted by Mirel Rivera on 3/31/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Greetings Junior Titan Families this is Principal Ryan Shaw with some important updates. 

    I hope each of you are doing well and adjusting to our shelter in place protocols. At this time our school is remaining closed through May 1st. This week students should continue to check in with their teachers for distance learning assignments. The week of April 6th is Spring Break, and there will be no instruction during that week.

    Beginning on Monday April 13th we will be implementing a more permanent remote learning program that is required of all students. Please take a few moments and fill out this parent survey about technology and distance learning needs.

    6th and 7th grade choice sheets for next year are posted online and are due on Friday. Students would log onto their PowerSchool account and go to class registration. Step by step directions are posted on the school website, and on the HMS Library google classroom.

    I will have another update out to you later this week. Be well and stay safe, we will get through this time together. Stay Titan Strong.

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  • School Closure Update 3/17/20

    Posted by Mirel Rivera on 3/17/2020 6:30:00 PM

    Greetings Junior Titan families, this is principal Ryan Shaw with a School Closure Update.

    As we each adjust to this rapidly evolving situation I want to make sure you have all the current information. As of now, the school and district are closed for four weeks. Classes are currently set to resume on Monday April 13th.

    During this time while schools are closed our commitment to your child’s learning has not changed. Teachers have set up digital classrooms using google classroom and other online tools for students to continue learning. Most if not all students are familiar with using these tools, and many have already started on their distance learning. Parents, please work with your students and make sure they are logging onto teachers google classrooms or teacher websites and engage in the materials the teachers are distributing.

    The district has set up a website with resources for Families, Students, and Teachers during this time at There is also a hotline for tech issues with student tablets. Please call 510-243-3901 M-F 8:30-3:30 If you are experiencing issues with your students tablet.

    Meals are available for students under the age of 18 at the following locations Pinole Valley High School, De Anza High School, Richmond High School, Kennedy High School, Helms Middle School, DeJean Middle School, Montalvin Elementary School, Riverside Elementary School, and Nystrom Elementary School. Meals can be picked up from 11AM-1PM.

    Lastly, the school will be open on Thursday March 19th from 3PM-6PM if you need to pick up materials to support the distance learning. This is your chance to go to a locker if books or tablets were left behind or if other materials, such as a tablet charger are needed. In order to stay within the letter and spirit of the county’s shelter in place order, we ask that you only come to the site if you need to pick something up to support your students' distance learning. If possible please email Ms. Chen, or myself if you plan on picking things up on Thursday. You don’t need to email, but it will help us prepare.

    Be well and stay safe, we will get through this time together. Stay Titan Strong.

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  • Coronavirus Update 3/11/20

    Posted by Mirel Rivera on 3/11/2020

    Greetings Junior Titan families, this is principal Ryan Shaw with some important updates about the coronavirus.
    The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Over the past two weeks, the anxiety around the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has heightened. To the best of our knowledge no student or staff at our school or in WCCUSD has tested positive for COVID-19. We continue to work closely with the district and are following Contra Costa Health Services guidance.
    As such we are postponing non-essential events with 50 or more people until further notice. For now these events include but are not limited to Open House, Middle School Basketball games, the district spelling bee, the student vs. HPD basketball game, march music concerts, and the makers fair.
    Parents if you student is feeling ill please keep them home. If they have a cough or fever please keep them at home. When students come to school and they report feeling sick we are calling home to have the student picked up.
    The district is supplying the school with additional sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer and extra hand soap. We check the bathrooms frequently during the day to make sure there is plenty of soap and paper towels so everyone can properly wash their hands.
    As we get additional information we will share it with. If you have any questions please contact the main office at 510-231-1429.
    Have a great day and stay titan strong.

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