This series of 9 classes will focus on helping parents and community members assist young people to be successful in school and in life. Attendees will be given specific tools to encourage youth to increase their strength in the 40 areas that have been identified through research. This research tells us that the more of these assets a person has, the more likely it is that he/she will lead a successful and productive life.

All classes start at 6:00 p.m.. Childcare and dinner will be provided. Please click below and then click "Join" to RSVP.



The following days are scheduled; all classes start at 6:00 p.m.. Childcare and dinner will be provided. Classes will be held on:

8 October 2015

15 October

19 November

7 January

14 January 2016

11 February

10 March

14 April

12 May

As the beginning of school approaches, we begin the various rituals that have become associated with the big event. During the last two weeks of summer, parents might begin implementing an earlier bedtime and start to wake our “late sleepers” a little earlier.  Meal times may become a bit more regular. Calendars start to become a little more important. We do these things, as well as make other preparations, because we want to make sure our kids have the best possible start to school.

For their part, the schools are also preparing. Floors have been waxed, buildings painted and supplies have arrived. New personnel have been hired. (We welcome Mr. Lloyd to 3rd Grade, Ms. Sieff to Science, Ms. Cheek to Spanish, Ms. Keeton to Preschool, and Ms. Antich, Ms. Rask and Ms. Santiago to the ranks of our paraeducators.) Sports teams have returned from camp and started official practice. We do all these things because we want to make sure our students have the best possible start to school.

In that vein, you should be aware of the following changes that have been implemented for Raymond Schools this fall:

  • All students will have free access to breakfast and lunch, regardless of family income.
  • Raymond Elementary will not be posting supply lists, but will instead provide pencils, paper and other items that parents have previously purchased. (Parents will still need to buy personal items such as backpacks and gym shoes.)
  • Raymond High School students will be issued laptops when they return to school; they are not required to purchase insurance for these devices. (They are, of course, still responsible to take care of the laptops.)

Student Preparation For School

Of course, none of the foregoing is of much use if the students are not mentally prepared for school. Two key components for a successful school experience are a desire to learn and “grit.” Indeed, one might argue that these two ingredients are necessary for a successful life experience. This list from has some great ideas that we, as parents, can do to encourage a desire to learn and a “can do” attitude:

  • Fill your child's world with reading. Take turns reading with your older child, or establish a family reading time when everyone reads her own book. Demonstrate how important reading is to you by filling your home with printed materials: novels, newspapers, even posters and placemats with words on them.
  • Encourage your children to express their opinions, talk about their feelings, and make choices. They can pick out a side dish to go with dinner and select their own extracurricular activities. Ask for their input on family decisions, and show that you value it.
  • Show enthusiasm for your child's interests. Encourage her to explore subjects that fascinate her. If she's a horse nut, offer her stories about riding or challenge her to find five facts about horses in the encyclopedia.
  • Provide him with play opportunities that support different kinds of learning styles — from listening and visual learning to sorting and sequencing. Supplies that encourage open-ended play, such as blocks, will develop your child’s creative expression and problem-solving skills as he builds. He'll need lots of unstructured playtime to explore them.
  • Point out the new things you learn with enthusiasm. Discuss the different ways you find new information, whether you're looking for gardening tips on the Internet or taking a night class in American literature.
  • Ask about what she's learning in school, not about her grades or test scores. Have her teach you what she learned in school today — putting the lesson into her own words will help her retain what he learned.
  • Help your child organize his school papers and assignments so he feels in control of his work. If his task seems too daunting, he'll spend more time worrying than learning. Check in with him regularly to make sure he's not feeling overloaded.
  • Celebrate achievements, no matter how small. Completing a book report calls for a special treat; finishing a book allows your child an hour of video games. You'll offer positive reinforcement that will inspire him to keep learning and challenging himself.
  • Focus on strengths; encourage developing talents. Even if she didn't ace her math test, she may have written a good poem in English class. In addition to a workbook for math practice, give her a writing journal.
  • Turn everyday events into learning opportunities. Encourage him to explore the world around him, asking questions and making connections.

The Raymond School District appreciates all of the community support we receive and we look forward to helping your children be their best in the upcoming school year!

Upcoming Raymond School District Events

  • 25 August—Freshman Orientation, 6:00 PM
  • 25 August—7th-Grade Orientation, 6:30 PM
  • 26 August—Senior Orientation, 6:00 PM
  • 2 September—First day of school
  • 16 September—Elementary Back-to-School Night, 6:00 PM
  • 30 September—Early release for teacher training

For a complete calendar of events, go to

The City of Raymond has closed much of Commercial Street and the surrounding roads in order to work on the streets and sidewalks. If you're coming to the school, please use Duryea and park in the elementary school parking lot. The closure is expected to last through the end of September.

If you know someone who does not have Internet access, but would like to, please let them know that if their child qualifies for free/reduced lunch, they may also qualify for reduced-cost Internet service via Comcast. For details, they can call 1-855-846-8376 or go to:

(Yes, we recognize that using a webpage to invite those who do not have Internet access to investigate the Comcast program is a bit strange; we're hoping that those who see this announcement will pass this information on to their friends who may need it. Raymond School District will also send information home to families later in the year when we have received the flyers from Comcast.) Below is a copy of that information.

From Comcast's Promotional Letter:

"We know that many students and their families would like to have Internet service at home so they can do homework, search for jobs, download music, communicate with others and much more. We also believe the Internet can be an important part of your child’s education.

That’s why we want to make sure you know about a new program provided by Comcast called Internet Essentials. 

If you have at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program, your family may qualify for fast, affordable home Internet service for the new school year. Internet Essentials costs just $9.95 per month (plus tax). For participating families, there are no price increases, no activation fees or equipment rental fees.

In addition, you can buy a low-cost computer for just $149.99 (plus tax) and receive free Internet training — online, in print and in person.

If you think this might be right for your family, it’s easy to get started. Visit to learn more and see if you qualify, or call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) to enroll and get connected.

Again, we want to make sure that our students have access to online learning, and we are excited to tell you about programs like Internet Essentials that may be helpful to your family."

Beginning in September, the District will provide all meals (breakfast and lunch) to all students free of charge. The Federal government recently began offering this option; we have been investigating since January whether or not it was a "good fit" for us. After due consideration, we submitted our application and have recently been notified that we have been approved. We believe that this change will be good for both family budgets and student stomachs!

Please note that students/parents are still accountable to pay any meal fees that have accumulated up until this time.

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