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Rio Tierra Junior High

Your Neighborhood 7-8 School

Rio Tierra Junior High

Your Neighborhood 7-8 School
Topics on this page 

Topics on this page 

  1. Community Resources for Parents
  2. Financial Assistance Programs
  3. Utility Assistance Programs
  4. Mental Health Resources
  5. Immigration Support & Resources
211 sacramento

211 sacramento

211 Sacramento Resources

211 Sacramento is a one stop resource spot where you can search for what you need including housing, employment, health care, transportation, & much more.  Click HERE to go directly to their search page. 
You can also connect with 211 by
Phone: Dial 2-1-1 or 1-844-546-1464 or 1-916-498-1000

*For hearing impaired call 7-1-1 and ask to be connected to 2-1-1

Be sure to check out additional resources below if you don't find what you need.

Community Resources for Parents

Community Resources for Parents

Family Resource Guide

Family Resource Guides: These family resource guides help connect families in our school community with resources that help in times of need. You will find resources for Food, Clothing, Shelter, Medical, Mental Health, Law & more.  For more information, contact the CWA Direct Line at (916) 566-1615.
Click here for English
Click here for Farsi
Click here for Hmong 
Click here for Russian
Click here for Spanish
For an additional guide from Francis House click here.  You can also learn more about their programs on the "families displaced from their home" tab above.

ParenTeen Connect

Parents can get expert advice, share with other parents, and learn about connecting with your teen.
Click Here to go directly to the ParenTeen Connect website
*This Website is not affiliated with Rio Tierra or the Twin Rivers School District.  A new window will be open.

Common Sense Media

A great resource to help navigate all the media kids are exposed to including ratings, age appropriateness, and content. Learn about what movies and shows your kids are watching, what games they are playing, and what apps they are using.
Click Here to go directly to Common Sense Media's website
*This Website is not affiliated with Rio Tierra or the Twin Rivers School District.  A new window will be open.  

Warm Line

The Peer-Run Warm Line (1-855-845-7415) is a non-emergency resource for anyone in California seeking emotional support. We provide assistance via phone and webchat on a nondiscriminatory basis to anyone in need.
Click Here to be taken directly to the Warm Line website
*This Website is not affiliated with Rio Tierra or the Twin Rivers School District.  A new window will be open.

CA Parent and Youth Hotline

Talk by Phone or Text to receive Emotional Support and Referrals for Parents and Youth in both English, Spanish and other languages. 1-855-427-2736
Click Here to go directly to the CA Parent and Youth Hotline website
*This Website is not affiliated with Rio Tierra or the Twin Rivers School District.  A new window will be open.

Foster Youth Information

FYS is a specialized program within Student Services Department dedicated to enhancing education outcomes and academic achievement for students living in foster care (e.g., with relative caregivers, foster care, and group homes).
Click here to see who your area counselor is and how to contact them.

Families Displaced From Their Home

SAFE (School Access For Everyone) supports its families and students undergoing a state of homelessness to receive appropriate services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (reauthorized in 2015) once they are identified.
To learn more about this program and to see if you qualify, click here for an English brochure.
To learn more by speaking with someone please click here for a list of contacts by school.
An additional resource is to visit Next Move.  You can check out the multiple programs they have available here to see if you works for your family.
These programs include:
Family Shelter offers necessary services and support to help families reintegrate into stable housing and employment through life skills, coaching, access to on-site child development resources, transportation, laundry services, and assistance with clothing, shoes, and housewares. (Family Shelter is for families with minor children under the age of 18 years in their permanent custody).
Permanent Supportive Housing offers long-term stable housing and services to support individuals and families who need ongoing assistance to maintain housing stability and prepare to enter the job market, school, and other community activities. Click here.
Francis House to see services offered through Fracis House click here
You can also look over this resource booklet from Francis House to see additional resources, click here.

Adult Education Including GED completion

Twin Rivers Adult School offers its adult learners a variety of courses such as English as Second Language (ESL), High School Completion (HSC), GED Preparation, Adult Basic Education (ABE), and other opportunities for career advancement.
For more information visit the TRAS Website here:

Resources for Families in Transition

For families that are in transition or that do not have a permanent place to live, please check out the City of Sacramento's Housing Emergency Services webpage.   There are many resources on the webpage including available options for families.

Financial Assistance Programs

Financial Assistance Programs

Department of Human Assistance

The Department of Human Assistance administers various federal, state, and local government programs designed to provide temporary cash aid, food assistance, and health insurance for eligible low-income Sacramento County residents.
Click Here to be taken directly to the DHA website.

State Support through COVID

The State of California has created a centralized COVID-19 website for individuals affected by the pandemic with information on unemployment insurance, eviction protection, mortgage relief, and other services.
Click Here to go directly to the website

City Support

The City of Sacramento offers free one-on-one financial coaching and COVID-19 navigation services in English and Spanish for local residents. 
Make an appointment via email or call (916) 808-4927.
To go directly to their website click here

The Center for Worker's Rights

The Center for Workers’ Rights and the Sacramento Central Labor Council launched a helpline for workers impacted by the coronavirus. The Coronavirus Job Protection Hotline is available to assist workers whose jobs have been affected by coronavirus, and provide information on unemployment, paid family leave and more. Phone: (916) 905-1625.
To go directly to their website click here

Utility Assistance Programs

Utility Assistance Programs


SMUD has implemented a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment through January 4, 2021. Agents are available to assist with payment plans at 1-888-742-7683. 
To go directly to SMUD's webiste click here


PG&E offers payment assistance services such as the Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help (REACH) and Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Programs.
To go directly to PG&E's website click here

City of Sacramento

The City of Sacramento has temporarily waived late-payment penalties for City utility services (water, solid waste, wastewater and drainage). The Department of Utilities will not shut off water service for non-payment. 
To go directly to the City of Sacramento's website, click here

LGBTQIA+ Parent Resources

LGBTQIA+ Parent Resources

Coming Out Info for Parents

Healthy Children published an article that gives parents a starting point and a direction of where to go next for more support and guidance.

Family Acceptance Project

Family Acceptance Project is through the San Francisco State University and provides training and consultation on working with diverse families and implementing FAP's evidence-based family support model across the United States and in other countries.

Out of "Yer" Shell

Out of "Yer" Shell provides resources for Trans & GNC youth & their loved-ones.

Stages of Coming Out

The Stages of Coming Out-You may have just learned that your child is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. However, your child has probably been on this journey for months or years. This article from Strong Family Alliance discusses the stages they may go through as one way of understanding their journey.

The Journey for Parents

The Journey For Parents is a guide from Strong Family Alliance that addresses the shock to learn a child is LGBTQ and discusses definite stages most parents experience. 
mental health

mental health

Care Solace is a 24/7 web-based tool that makes it easier for students, families and staff to connect with mental healthcare resources and providers in their communities. Care Solace can offer information with therapy, online therapy, hospitalization, family counseling, and other services in minutes. You can contact me ( to arrange for them to get in touch with you by phone/text/email or you can contact the Care Concierge team yourself by phone, email, or video chat:

Care Solace information EnglishCare Solace info Spanish

parents in the know-knowledge is power!
(New Topics monthly)

parents in the know-knowledge is power!
(New Topics monthly)

august topic-teen vaping

august topic-teen vaping

The Hidden Dangers of Vaping, why it is bad for teens. Facts about vaping-how much did these parents know?
Check out Vaping Facts Flyer located in the upper left of this page under August parent resources. 
Vaping/smoking intervention program

Vaping/smoking intervention program

Does your student vape or smoke? We provide intervention counseling and cessation resources for students attending Twin Rivers Unified School District.  To refer your son/daughter to these resources please contact:
Scott Kazer
Program Specialist, Student Services
(916) 566-1600 ext. 33222
Click here for more information
OR visit Twin Rivers webpage on Tobacco Use and Prevention
september topic-suicide prevention

september topic-suicide prevention

Having a conversation or asking your teen three questions could save their lives. Read about the warning signs and what to do. 
                         Suicide is Preventable
october topic-teens & sleep

october topic-teens & sleep

Teens are getting less and less sleep.  Check out this infographic to see how lack of sleep can affect the teenage brain and ways to help everyone in your household get on a good sleep cycle.
                                    Affects of lack of sleep

Look at this chart to see how many hours of sleep we all need based on age.

                                       Sleep Duration
NOVEMBER TOPIC-Cyberbullying

NOVEMBER TOPIC-Cyberbullying

 With our students spending a huge part of their day in front of a screen whether it's zoom, the internet, email, Instagram, TikTok, or the many other social media platforms available, bullying has moved from the playground to the screen.  Learn ways to protect your student and what to do if an incident occurs.  Also, check out my November newsletter for more articles, videos, and tips on how to block bullies and delete posts from popular social media platforms.                                  
How to block & report on social media

How to block & report on social media

In the app
  • Go to any post by the bully.
  • Click the three dots to the right of their screen name.
  • Tap Unfollow, Report, Restrict, or Mute. (Mute hides the person's post from your feed but keeps you as a friend/follower, and Restrict makes their comments on your posts only visible to them unless you approve it and they won't see when you're active or if you've read their DMs).
The bully won't get a notification that you've blocked them, but they won't be able to see your profile, posts, or stories. They will also see "User Not Found" instead of "Follow," and can still see your comments and likes on public posts. They can also still mention you unless you change your username.SNAPCHATTo block, report, or remove a person:
  • Tap their profile picture.
  • Tap the three dots in the upper right corner.
  • Tap Report if you want to alert Snapchat to that person's actions in the app.
  • Tap Block if you don't want the other person to view your Stories or Charms or send you Snaps or Chats.
  • Tap Remove if you don't want the other person to see your private Stories or Charms (they'll still be able to view your public content, though).
  • Note: If you want to prevent a person you've removed from contacting you or seeing your story, go to the "Who Can…" section in Settings and set each category to "My Friends."
To report a Story or Snap or hide something in Discover:
  • Tap and hold a Snap or Story until the little white flag appears in the bottom left corner; tap the flag, and then choose the reason you're reporting the content.
  • To hide something in Discover (if it's offensive, offers products, or just isn't interesting), tap and hold the tile, and then choose Hide.
december topic-mental health

december topic-mental health

This is such a hard time for everyone but it can be especially hard for teens given that so much of their focus during this stage of development relies on social interaction. Here are some things to look out for:
  • Changes in eating habits either eating much less or eating a lot more than normal.
  • Sleep much more or much less than normal
  • Lose interest in activities they normally enjoy such as video games, spending time with friends, being with family.
  • Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, or guilt with no real reason.
  • Having trouble concentrating or making decisions (if that was not their personality before).
  • Having thoughts or making comments about "not being here anymore" or "better off without me" or even mentioning death.

Everyone has bad days. It’s perfectly normal to feel down or sad once in a while. It only becomes a problem if there seems to be no real reason for your student's sadness or if the sad and low feelings last longer than they should. If those symptoms and feelings interfere with your student's daily routine it's time to get some help! 
To get more tips and learn how to get your student, a family member, or yourself some help click here and look through the newsletter for the info you need.
Signs of Depression-More Than Just Moodiness

Signs of Depression-More Than Just Moodiness

5 ways teens ask for help

Lists 5 ways teens ask for help through actions

february topic-Get Ready for high school

february topic-Get Ready for high school

Programs Jr. High Students & Their Parents Should Know About

Last month our 8th graders had the opportunity to meet with Grant High School Counselors to learn more about what Grant has to offer and choose their classes. One of my goals for Rio Tierra students is for them to start thinking about their future-through high school & beyond! I want to share some of the great opportunities that ALL Jr High students and parents should know about.
CTE Programs (Career Technical Education):
These programs focus on a special area of study such as the arts or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). CTE programs provides career, college, and workforce preparation for high school students, and include advanced training and the upgrading of existing skills so students are ready to work when they complete the program. Grant has 6 different CTE Pathways. To learn more about the district's CTE programs click HERE
ARC (American River College):
This is a program where students start taking college courses (on their high school campus) starting in the Spring of their freshman year and continue through their Senior year. When they graduate, they do so with a high school diploma AND a college Associates Degree. They just did their first two years of college! The benefits of this include: less expensive college, finish college faster, may lead to job opportunities and higher pay.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact your student's high school counselor.
CTE Programs

CTE Programs

APRIL TOPIC - creating an inclusive cuture 

APRIL TOPIC - creating an inclusive cuture 

How Students Can Create an Inclusive Culture at School...or Anywhere!

We all know that bullying is something that schools have been fighting against since education began. Now, with all that is available to our students, we have to fight cyberbullying, ghosting, griefing, the list goes on. We sometimes forget that exclusion is another form of bullying. Exclusion can happen to any student but students who have different learning capabilities, disabilities, physical handicaps often experience exclusion. In fact, other factors can also make students a target of social exclusion including religious beliefs, race, socio-economic status, or gender identity. Many students don't realize this is happening so here are a few tips on how to help your student be sure they are being inclusive.
1. Support individuality. Encourage your children to value not only themselves as unique and worthwhile people but others as well. Remind them that a person’s appearance, personality, quirks, beliefs, and interests bring something special to the world that nobody else can duplicate. If your children recognize that everyone has something to offer, they will be less likely to socially reject others.
2. Teach your child to reach out to others. Urge them to make other kids in her class feel valued. Encourage them to call the new kid in class or get to know the classmate who often sits alone at lunch. Challenging them to do this will teach them that there is good in everyone and that everyone has something to offer the world.
3. Teach your child to be an advocate, not a witness. Peer pressure is a powerful thing. But so is standing up for other kids. Research shows that when one person takes a stand against bullying, it stops. Some options include:
-They can take action by schooling other students on exclusion.
-They can take steps to befriend the excluded student.
-They can offer to sit with the student at lunch, walk with them in the halls and talk to them between classes.
4. Empower your child. While it is important that your child attempt to include everyone, you also need to let them know that they are allowed to feel safe and valued in a friendship. Your child does not have to accept being physically or emotionally attacked by a child in the interest of being inclusive.
1. Get your child to look to the future. Sometimes the values, abilities, and strengths that are admired in middle school are not the same attributes that are admired later on in high school and as adults. For instance, the highly intelligent boy who is awkward in middle school may go on to be a brilliant ________________ (fill in blank/occupation!) someday.
2. Ask professionals. Teachers, counselors, and principals are usually able to identify other students who are inclusive and help your student cultivate a friendship.
3. Help your child cast a wide net. Research has shown that kids who have a diverse set of friendships, such as friends from school, church, sports, clubs, and so on, will not only be more accepting of others, but they also are less likely to be bullied. The reason is simple. They have learned to get along with a diverse group of people.
monthly topics

monthly topics

Scroll down towards the bottom of the page to find monthly topics for parents such as:
  • Teens & Vaping
  • Teen Suicide Prevention
  • Teens & Sleep
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Teen Mental Health
August Parent Resource Docs

August Parent Resource Docs

If you are a parent or guardian and you feel like your student needs support with; academics, behavior, social/emotional, or mental health, click the button below to fill out a request for student support form.