Raymond Elementary News

After a well-deserved spring break, we enter the time of year littered with field trips and testing. If you would like to chaperone your child’s field trip, please fill out the necessary paperwork in advance. We love to have parent volunteers, but we do require paperwork to ensure the safety of our students. While the background check can take 24 hours to process, it will be valid for two school years.

Raymond Elementary Students will be tested during the month of May.  3rd-6th graders will be tested in ELA (English Language Arts) and Mathematics. Each test consists of one day for computer adapted testing and another day for a performance task. A short classroom activity will be completed in between these two portions of the test. 5th grade students will also be taking the Science MSP. We try to avoid Mondays and Fridays for testing. Your child should be bringing home a testing schedule after spring break.

Please see us with any questions. We are glad to answer any questions and provide advice to help students reach their full potential. For now, here are some basics to help kids be successful during testing:

  • Get plenty of sleep and show up on time
  • Eat breakfast!
  • Read ALL directions- including checklists for tasks
  • You have all the time you need– use it
  • Relax, breathe deep, and show what you know!

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Raymond Junior/Senior High News

While there’s a lot going on this time of year, one of the most critical pieces is going to occur at Raymond High School on May 5. The “Every 32 Minutes” program is widely used among law enforcement in addressing reducing teen driving fatality and serious injury. The Region 2 Target Zero Task Force in partnership with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting the “Every 32 Minutes” program at Raymond High School.Emergency responders including law, fire, aid, prosecutors, coroners,

Emergency responders including law, fire, aid, prosecutors, coroners, lifeflight, substance prevention and 911 will partner together to bring students a firsthand look at fatality collisions. The national statistic is that every 32 minutes someone is killed by an impaired driver. Potential students are interviewed with emphasis placed on creating a cross selection of the student body.  Students meet and plan throughout the school year for the 2-day program that is strategically planned before spring prom and graduation.Every 32 minutes a dispatch will go over the intercom of an accident involving one of the preselected students. A sibling or best friend of the “victim” reads an obituary they have written live over the intercom. Meanwhile, in the classroom paramedics place the fatal student on a stretcher and covered with a white sheet. The student is taken to a staging area and will not return to class or have access to cell phone or social media. This continues every 32 minutes all day. During the day a large-scale mock crash will occur outside with a massive emergency response including a lifeflight helicopter. Some families will receive a visit from law enforcement and go through what would happen had their student really been involved in a fatal accident.

Every 32 minutes a dispatch will go over the intercom of an accident involving one of the preselected students. A sibling or best friend of the “victim” reads an obituary they have written live over the intercom. Meanwhile, in the classroom paramedics place the fatal student on a stretcher and covered with a white sheet. The student is taken to a staging area and will not return to class or have access to cell phone or social media. This continues every 32 minutes all day. During the day a large-scale mock crash will occur outside with a massive emergency response including a lifeflight helicopter. Some families will receive a visit from law enforcement and go through what would happen had their student really been involved in a fatal accident.

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The District was notified Tuesday, 2 February, that RHS Principal Dave Vetter has been chosen as a finalist for selection as Middle Level Principal of the Year for the state of Washington. He is one of three in the state chosen as a finalist.

Two interviewers from the Association of Washington State Principals will come to RHS on 23 February to speak with students, staff and the superintendent about Mr. Vetter and his effect on the school. Their goal is to identify and recognize superior middle level principals who provide the highest learning experiences for students and demonstrate exceptional contributions to the profession.

According to Dr. Holland, Superintendent of Schools, "To have progressed to this level of recognition is, in itself, an honor. I certainly appreciate what Dave and his team do for our students every day."

 

 

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“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”  -Vince Lombardi

Raymond Elementary School has a unique character trait for January.  While, in itself, teamwork is not a trait- it encompasses many traits in order to successfully fulfill a task. A successful team/group has cohesion that emerges when members can exhibit the following skills:

Openness- Group members are willing to get to know one another, particularly those with different interests and backgrounds.

Trust and Self-Disclosure- Group members trust one another enough to share their own ideas and feelings.

Support- Group members demonstrate support for one another as they accomplish their goals. There is loyalty and encouragement among team members.

Respect- Group members communicate their opinions in a way that respects others, focusing on “what can we learn?”

 The importance of “working well with others” is stressed in so many of today’s careers. It is the foundation that builds the culture of a successful family, business, school or community. If parents ever need any resources our activities that can help build the above skills, I would be glad to share some with you!

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  • Students have a couple days off this month. Mark your calendars for January 18th and 29th as a “no school” day.
  • Over the next month, students will be using the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment. Since results are not counted like the test at the end of the year, it will be used more to help students become familiar with the functionality and types of questions that will be on the test.
  • PTO will also be hosting a Winter Ball on Friday, January 29th at 6:00 PM in the Elementary Gym. Admission is free, but parents must accompany their children. The PTO is looking for snack donations to sell. If you are able to donate, please send store-bought snacks to school with your child or drop them off into the office. 

Contact Info: Chris Cady, 360-942-3415 option 1, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The digital word and social media can be a lot of fun as well as very useful, when used in a practical manner. Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram are but a few of the places our kids go in order to share thoughts and pictures with their friends and family. Most companies have a Facebook page, and even public entities, such as the Raymond School District and the Raymond police, share news and events of social media on almost a daily basis.

Unfortunately, it’s just as simple to share inappropriate content. What might seem like an innocent photo or comment can easily turn into something that borders on being (or is) illegal. It’s easy to share, difficult to anticipate the consequences. Often, it’s not just the person who sends the information that is hurt; people who receive the illegal material may be in violation of the law as well.

RHS will be having an instructional assembly on January 28th to educate our kids about the consequences of pushing the send button before thinking things through. We realize that some families may wish to teach their own child about the invisible pitfalls of the digital world. If you would like to educate your student about this facet of society yourself, you may opt your child out of this assembly by calling the high school and simply letting the office know. Kids who opt out will be sent to a study hall to catch up on homework.

Finally, Student Led Conferences are coming up on February 3-5. Your student will be working with you to set up a time when they and you can sit down with a school advisor and review the year so far as well as plan for the future.

Contact Info: Dave Vetter, 360-942-3415 option 2, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Raymond Elementary News

We have finished up with our first trimester and the first round of report cards have made it home. As a school, we see the great importance of students reflecting on their own work, and setting goals accordingly. Just as these goals are important at school, this can be a great tool at home, too. Where there is encouragement, there is progress!

Our students are finishing off a fun December. The tradition of the 6th grade Santa pictures was a hit! I developed exactly 100 photos for kids to be sent home this week. Along with these pictures, some families may receive gift vouchers for clothing and Dennis Company. These are compliments of the Lions Club. Some other lucky students were able to attend, “Shop with a Cop” this weekend. We are finishing it off with the Holiday Store all this week.

Looking forward, the 6th graders are getting the opportunity to watch a show at the historic 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. The 6thgrade classes will be loading on the bus first thing in the morning this Thursday. Then, one more day and it is break time for the kiddos! Best wishes this Holiday Season. I hope everyone has a safe and fun-filled winter break.

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Student Success at Raymond Junior/Senior High

Raymond Jr/Sr High School earned the designation as a 2015 Washington State School of Distinction last week, the second consecutive year earning this award. Notice I say earn, not win. The School of Distinction award is given to the top 5% of improvement of all schools in Washington State for improvement in Reading, Math and graduation rates.  While there are many factors that fed into this improvement, I think the single biggest factor in our continued improvement is relationships. Relationships between kids and their teachers, kids and support staff such as the guidance counselor, coaches and custodians, relationships between Administration and students and staff.

Ask anyone about the key to successful working relationships in schools and they will say, “I want respect and trust.” The bottom line is that without mutual respect and trust, there is no relationship.

Behavior doesn’t lie. Our actions speak for us. At RHS we work hard to tap into the collective intelligence by taking the time to consult, collaborate, and share decision-making. This process involves everyone, from students to staff. We try to spend more time deciding and less time cleaning up messes that result from hasty decisions. Shared decision-making leads to shared responsibility and shared ownership. Everyone involved must feel that they are not only being heard, but that their opinion counts; especially true when working with struggling students.

Kids often hear the phrase, “This is Raymond, we ________________.” We are developing a “Raymond” culture. A culture of rigor, acceptance, family and pride where staff and students reap the benefits and by extension, so do their parents and surrounding community. When talking about your local school, speak with pride knowing that hard work and dedication is, and will continue, to pay off and that we are all part of it.

Dave Vetter, Principal Raymond Jr/Sr High, 942-3415, option 2, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Happy Holidays!!!

Don't forget the Concert Tonight, 16 December, 7:00 p.m.

 

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The Washington Association of School Principals (AWSP) is recognizing Principal Dave Vetter as a nominee for the Washington State "Middle Level Principal of the Year" for 2015/2016. The final award recipient will be announced in March, with all nominees being recognized at the AWSP summer conference.

According to the AWSP announcement, Mr. Vetter is being recognized for the contributions he has made to the school, students and community. The letter further stated that these contributions "are noteworthy and deserving of recognition. The responsibilities of principals are many and significant, but too often go unrecognized."

Good job, Mr. Vetter!

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