Raymond Elementary News
The focus of December has been on kindness and caring. Instead of pranks, classrooms have been pulling RAK’s (random acts of kindness) on other classes. If a classroom gets “RAK’ed,” they perform another random act of kindness on another unsuspecting group. It has been fun during the month, and will hopefully linger into the rest of the school year. Students have been continuously working towards their academic and behavioral goals, and the hard work will be celebrated at the end of the month. The 4 th grade Empathy Video at the November awards assembly was a hit! It seems to be the start of something great. The next assembly will feature many creative videos from several grade levels. Not only does it give a clear picture of the character trait in focus; it allows students to express creativity and share it with the whole school.
Students qualifying for the Highly Capable program traveled up to Cosmopolis to spend the day with peers of other partnering districts. Students in the program are signed up for 8 days throughout the year, and each day has a different theme. While the first focused on art, the latest day focused on science. Students learned about biomimicry, which is when we use the designs and processes of nature to solve human problems. It was enjoyable for students and produced some fun photo opportunity for this year’s annual.
The Elementary Grade School Winter Concert was a hit as usual. Mrs. Bailey did a great job gearing appropriate music to each grade level. Classes had their individual practices throughout the last few weeks, and it came together in a collective musical cuteness. Students are excited for the holidays, but are still being held to high standards. Aside from the curriculum, they have been filling hallways and tree with decorations and ornaments. Everyone is prepared to finish 2014 with diligence, and unwind during the break.
Raymond Junior/Senior High
December has been another fast and furious month here at RHS. It seems as if we just started the school year and yet the end of 2014 is in sight.
We finished November with Aspire ACT testing for our sophomores and worked with our seniors who needed to retake their SAT. The importance of these tests is greater than just getting scores. They may be used for college entrance and also to satisfy state mandated tests requirements that are tied to graduation. Mrs. Webber, RHS Guidance Counselor, has made RHS a testing site so our kids don’t have to travel to other schools on a Saturday to participate and made these tests a priority.
Carl Bivens (Spanish, Reading) and Meagan Skoubo (JH Math) have been leading 9 other teachers through training for the Common Core tests that schools will start administering this spring. Mr. Bivens and Mrs. Skoubo received their training through the University of Washington-Tacoma and use after school instructional time, lunch sharing time and share Google documents to work closely with staff in a Professional Development community. It’s been a very impressive process to watch take place and Raymond’s students are receiving the benefit of their teacher’s hard work.
Mrs. Bailey and the Jr/Sr High School bands along with the Performing Arts class presented a wonderful Christmas Concert. This marked the first performance of the Jazz Band as well. The Jazz Band members come in at 7:45 in the morning to practice and dedicate their early mornings to their music. Putting together a concert with the logistics of preparing four groups to perform at it is a challenging task and Mrs. Bailey and her students are to be congratulated.
Cecilia Jimenez was chosen as the Lion’s Club Student of the Month for December. Among many other involvements, Cecilia is a member of the Honor Society, a cheerleader, and a member of the ASB. Her list of accomplishments is huge and she is a student RHS can be very proud of. Congratulations, Cecilia!
Looking forward, we will start preparing for our annual student led conferences to be help the first week in February. We have utilized electronic portfolios the past two years and the presentations keep getting better and more informational. A successful presentation is supported by technology as a visual aid and enhances the student’s message.
Finally, Raymond’s SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) club, under the guidance of Mr. O’Brien, participated in the downtown Raymond Christmas parade December 6 th . They carried their lighted SADD sign and passed out candy canes with the message of having a safe holiday and a Merry Christmas. They won first place for school spirit. Well done, kids!