Students have been testing since April, and I have been impressed by their tenacity and dedication. 3-6 graders have tested for many hours… for many days! The testing has focused on reading, writing, speaking, listening, and math. Having a strong foundation in reading is critical for being successful on all portions of the Smarter Balanced Assessments. Here are some tips for daily use with kids to help prevent the “summer slump” of learning.
· Start a family vocabulary box or jar. Have everyone write down new words they discover, add them to the box, and use the words in conversation.
· Use the time spent in the car for wordplay. Talk about how jam means something you put on toast as well as cars stuck in traffic. When kids are highly familiar with meanings of words, they have less difficulty reading it.
· Talk about what you see and do. Talk about everyday activities to build your child’s background knowledge, which is crucial to listening and reading comprehension.
· Talk to your child about the books you read. Talking about books you have read or information you found in the newspaper will help your child know that you value reading. Many children enjoy hearing about the books that their parents read when they were children.
· Provide a checklist of chores or daily activities that students can review and check after completion. Many multi-step questions provide students with a checklist/process they can follow.
The last week in May will feature Scholastic Book Fair, a Skeeter the Clown visit, Grandparent/Special Person Day, Science Fair, and an Elementary Band Concert. The final weeks of school will allow us to celebrate our hard work and success. Along with the above strategies, make sure to give “kudos” to your children for all the hard work throughout the school year… they deserve it!
Raymond Junior/Senior High News
It’s the time of year when senior projects are due. This leads to the questions: What are senior projects and why does RHS require them in order to graduate? The Senior Project, sometimes called a Culminating Project, is a undertaking that challenges high school seniors to demonstrate their academic knowledge in an experiential way (in most cases). The culminating project is sometimes confused with the state high school exit exam. The state exit exam is a written exam that usually tests student’s math, reading, writing, and science skills, whereas the culminating project is a required project that is usually a learning experience based on a topic chosen by the student. The state Board of Education first made the projects a graduation requirement for the Class of 2008. State Legislators voted a few years ago to drop the obligation as part of the state’s graduation requirement. At RHS, the project is mandatory in order to graduate.
We are often asked why a project is required. The requirement is an effort to increase the education standards. As college admissions and the workplace require more from their recruits, high schools must too. For students who are required to complete a culminating project, this is a chance for the student to explore a topic of personal interest. The project provides an opportunity that student may not have otherwise. By completing the project, students have a real-life experience that can help them in their next adventure in life (college, job, entrepreneurship, military, internship, etc.). Students gain a number of important skills by participating in the process: Leadership, communication, project management, public speaking and presentation skills among many others.
Senior projects enable students to really think about what they are passionate about, and encourage them to expand their skill-set and apply themselves. Teens should really take senior projects seriously, and utilize the assignment as a way to complete a project that is truly meaningful and innovative. Completing a senior project allows students to take a hard look at what they are talented at, and put these talents to use. Therefore, these projects certainly aren’t just pointless school assignments, they are opportunities for students to demonstrate their abilities, and show that their school produces high-achieving, responsible students.
Senior projects may take many forms and showcase a multitude of needs and interests. One of this year’s seniors has mapped out all of the graves of Elk’s Club members who have been laid to rest at the Fern Hill Cemetery. The obvious benefit is to assist the Elk’s Club as they honor their members on special holidays. Another graduating Senior repainted the Seagull emblems the lead the way from Hiway 101 to the school. Senior projects take many forms and are only hampered by lack of imagination or drive.
The student usually presents the project to a panel consisting of 2-5 people typically made up of teachers, community members, faculty, and staff. We often ask parents, guardians or other family members to be involved so that they can see the culmination of whatever their senior has been working on for the past several weeks, and in some cases, past several months. At RHS, the Senior Project has taken on the persona of a Rite of Passage. ______________________________________________________________________________________
19 May, 7:00 p.m.—HS Band Concert
21 May, 5:00 p.m.—District Track Meet
26 May, 6:00 p.m.—JH Sports Banquet
29 May, 1:30 p.m., Elementary Band Concert
3 June, 6:00 p.m.—HS Sports Banquet
6 June, 2:00 p.m.—Graduation in the HS Gym
In the fall of 2014 the Raymond School Board began a process of collecting student, staff and community input regarding our schools' programs and goals. A series of meetings were held with 12 different groups from various perspectives (business leaders, high school students, community members, elementary staff, etc.) to identify:
The six areas of focus identified by the board are:
Details of the strategies that will be used to focus on these desired outcomes can be found at RSD Strategic Plan. The board approved the plan at their meeting held on 23 April.
Parents, Guardians and Staff Members:
We have been advised that more than one student at Raymond Elementary have had pertussis, sometimes known as whooping cough. The students diagnosed with pertussis were potentially contagious between March 17, 2015 and April 10, 2015. This condition is treatable and the affected students are receiving treatment. The information below will help you ensure that your children are safe.
Pertussis typically causes a persistent cough that may begin with cold-like symptoms. Sometimes a low-grade fever is present. The cough usually occurs in episodes, which may end with gagging or vomiting. Sometimes an episode of coughing is followed by a high-pitched whoop when breathing in. Pertussis can be particularly dangerous for infants under one year of age and can even cause death. Older persons with pertussis can appear to be well between the bursts of coughing. Coughing attacks may continue for four to six weeks or more. Adults and children may catch pertussis, even if they have had all or some of their immunizations (DTaP or Tdap). In older children and adults the symptoms may be only a persistent cough that is worse at night. This illness is often very severe in small infants. Therefore, it is important that you make sure all your children are up to date on their immunizations.
If you or your child were present at the Raymond Elementary on the above dates and have (or have had) an onset of a cough illness between April 6, 2015 and May 1, 2015, please contact your health care provider immediately and show him/her this information. If your child has symptoms and is being treated for pertussis, it is important to keep them home from any school or daycare setting until the first five days of treatment have been completed.
If you have any questions you may call the health department at 360-875-9343 or, if after hours, call the non-emergency dispatch line, 360-875-9397 and ask for the Public Health Nurse on call.
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