TRMS Parent Meetings

School Site Council

What is the School Site Council (SSC)? The School Site Council is composed of equal numbers of parent and staff. It is the role of the SSC to advise the principal and staff on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the school improvement plan, and to allocate funds from the state to support the goals of the school plan. The SSC reviews the progress of the school in achieving the goals of the plan.

What's in the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)? All schools must have a School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), which is designed, implemented, and monitored by the SSC to ensure that the SIP funds are being spent effectively to support school's improvement efforts to attain the highest possible levels of teaching and learning at the school. The Plan contains:

1. An Overview of The Plan.

2. District Common Pages details philosophy, community description, coordination of services and SSC membership information.

3. Budget Information.

4. Core Curriculum Information includes strategies, standards and assessment, curricular disciplines and required program services to support the core curriculum.

5. Needs Assessment and Evaluation details the analysis of our students' academic strengths and needs, student support beyond the classroom, staff needs, parent needs and school priorities.

6. Major Focus Area includes our focus area and Program Quality Review plan.

7. Other School Curricular Priorities.

8. Staff Development Days Focus.

How much money does the SSC have to spend? Funds come from the state on a per student basis. The amount varies from year to year with CBEDS (California Basic Educational Data System) enrollment. The legislature and governor can add to or cut some of the funding in any year. Some years it gets a cost of living adjustment, some years it doesn't.

Doesn’t the state always put specific restrictions on funding given to schools? Yes, but in the 90’s, the state passed the School Based Coordinated Program (SBCP), which gave the schools more power to spend their funding more effectively. The SBCP allows schools to coordinate some categorical funds (SIP, GATE, and some special education) paid by different State funding sources to serve all students, as long as the school is meeting the needs of all special populations. The SSC is the body that determines whether or not, and how to redirect these funds.

When and where does the School Site Council meet?

The SSC meets the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. room 626. An agenda is posted on the school website prior to the meeting.

How can I get involved? If you have any questions or are interested in being a part of the Russell School Site Council, leave a phone message, a written message in the office, or better yet, attend a meeting!

SSC Members


Vice Chairperson:



Student Representative #1:

Student Representative #2:

Student Representative #3:

Student Representative #4:

CBAC Parent Representative

DELAC Parent Representative

Principal: Mr. James

Assistant Principal: Mr. Lopez


2017-2020 Single Plan

Agenda & Minutes

Oct. 16, 2017 SSC Agenda

Oct. 16 Data Presentation

Nov. 20, 2017

Jan. 22, 2018

Jan. 22, 2018 Data Presentation

March 19, 2018

April 23, 2018

May 7, 2018

Thomas Russell Middle School PTSA


Thomas Russell Middle School PTSA is a group of parents and staff members working along with students to enhance the Russell school community. It is a non-profit support organization. While your child may be here for only two years your assistance and involvement is still crucial to their success.

PTSA Member Benefits

Joining PTSA says “I support my child’s school!”. It does not mean that you are volunteering or required to attend any meetings. We will only call on those that fill out the Volunteer form that was sent home with the registration packet. If you missed the form please click on the link on the right. Your dues are used to support local, statewide and national efforts that improve the education, health and welfare of our children. Also, if you provide your email address when you join, you will be registered for our PTSA Enews that provides information and reminders about important events at school. To join click on the membership form link to the right. Fill out the form and return it to the school with a check payable to PTSA.

What does PTSA do at TRMS

Through the generous support of our community and through our pledge drive, the PTSA is able to sponsor teacher grants, the Binder Reminders (planner) that every student receives at the beginning of the year, equipment for the classrooms and food for Exit Interviews and State Testing. We also host the BBQs at Back to School night in the fall and Open House in the spring. We would not be able to help the school without your membership and tax-deductible donations. To donate, click on the Pledge form link on the right. Fill out the form and return it to the school with your donation.

Who Should Join PTSA

Anyone can join! Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunts, Uncles, etc. are welcome. Membership for PTSA is $12.00 for each member. We would like to encourage you to enroll your student as a member. A few years from now when they are filling out applications for college and scholarships, showing that they were members of PTSA can be a big plus. To join click on the membership form link to the right. Fill out the form and return it to the school with your check. Please make check payable to PTSA.

How Can You Help

  • PTSA will be conducting auctions for different items and services as they become available. Proceeds will go to help our kids at Thomas Russell Middle School, so please have fun and be generous. Auction Website:
  • Join PTSA - Membership is $12 per parent ($6 per student)
  • Donate to the pledge drive. Don’t forget to check with your company to see if they have a matching contribution program.
  • Volunteer to help at activities (fill out Volunteer form if you didn't return it with the registration packet).
  • Do you shop at Lucky/Savemart? We can send you a grocery card that can be swiped at the store every time you shop and TRMS will receive a donation based on your purchases. Please request how many cards you would like on the attached Volunteer form.
  • Do you shop and Safeway? Visit and register TRMS as the group where the grocery store donates their funds.
  • Provide school supplies. Teachers need supplies, especially copy paper tissues and will ask for specific items throughout the school year.

All meetings will take place in the Learning Center at 6:30 p.m. following School Site Council.

  • September 18, 2017
  • October 16, 2017
  • November 20, 2017
  • January 22, 2018
  • February 12, 2018
  • March 19, 2018
  • April 23, 2018
  • May 21, 2018

PTSA Officers

President: Rita Lu

Vice President: Jackie Romero

Treasurer: Shriram Natarajan


Parliamentarian: Ferdie Centeno

Fundraiser Coordinator: Ferdie Centeno

Teacher: Jonathan Mulcock



Join the original and largest electronic fundraising program where participating merchants contribute each time you make a purchase using your free grocery loyalty or debit/credit cards that are registered with eScrip. There are no receipts to collect, no vouchers or certificates to buy, no hassles for you and every purchase earns money for TRMS PTSA.

To Sign Up:

1) Go to

2) Select "sign up"

3) Designate our group to receive contributions. Our ID # is 5534140

4) Register your grocery club cards and your credit card.

6) If you are already registered, don't forget to renew your Safeway card.

That's it! Thomas Russell PTSA will get money on each purchase you make. If you have questions, please contact us at