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Raymond Elementary School has made it through the first few weeks of school with class and grace. Students have transitioned to a new year with ease. The updated playground, newly-carpeted classrooms, and freshly-tiled hallways have been filled with smiles and excitement. Back to School Night was well-attended and the community is optimistic and looking forward to a fantastic year. Along with positive character traits, there is also an emphasis on teamwork and problem solving. 6th graders recently attended "Adventure Day," where these skills were tested with trust-falls, a ropes course, and other great team exercises. 

  Now, as the calendar of events slow down, the specialized instruction cranks up. We want ALL children to have success, and accomplish this with the help of the RTI framework . Students are finishing benchmark testing. As a team, we use that data to identify the students' specific needs and provided targeted instruction to small groups during Intervention times. The best part of success is being able to celebrate it! On September 30th, we will set the tone of celebrating positive behavior and hard work with a pizza party, school activities, and prizes!

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

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 Raymond Junior/Senior High

Washington State Graduation Requirements

The graduation rate at Raymond High School is something we place a great importance upon. There are many requirements that need to be satisfied in order to graduate from high school. The Raymond School District requires a minimum amount of credits; senior projects, community service and all public high school students are required to meet statewide graduation requirements in order to earn a diploma. There is a minefield of acronyms representing requirements all of our kids must navigate in order to graduate: EOC, COE, CAA, CIA, HSPE, SAT, and ACT, as well as many others. Tests are given in Math, Writing, Reading and, beginning with the Class of 2015, passing the biology EOC, or a state-approved alternative, is also required to be eligible for graduation. Most Washington State public high school students will fulfill the assessment portion of the graduation requirements by passing state end of course exams (EOC). If students don’t pass on their first attempt, there are retake opportunities, but the bottom line is: Without satisfying these requirements, a student will not graduate. In addition to passing state exams, students can meet their assessment graduation requirements by passing state-approved alternatives, or Certificate of Academic Achievement Options.

The Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) and Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) tell families, schools, businesses and colleges that an individual student has mastered a minimum set of reading, writing and math skills by graduation. State law dictates the assessment graduation requirement.

Some students, however, may need to demonstrate their skills in a different way.

The Collection of Evidence (COE) is an evaluation of a set of work samples prepared by the student in a classroom environment with instructional support from a teacher. Students must meet eligibility criteria and must attempt an exit exam at least once before attempting this CAA option.

Students may use their math, reading and/or writing scores on the SAT reasoning test, ACT or Smarter Balanced assessments (starting in 2015) to show they have key skills expected of high school graduates. They may also use scores from specified AP or IB exams to meet the science graduation assessment requirement, which starts with the Class of 2015. Students must attempt an exit exam at least once before attempting this CAA option.

In 2014-2015, students receiving special education services will have multiple assessment options in mathematics, English language arts, and science towards earning a Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA), but a student’s IEP team will make the determination as to which assessment is appropriate for the student.

As you can see, it’s a twisty path to high school graduation. It’s more important than ever for our students to work hard, make every minute in class count, embrace rigor, and graduate.

If you have questions, please contact Dave Vetter, 942-3415, option 2 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Source: http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/StateTesting

You’re invited to attend one of the strategic planning sessions shown below to give feedback regarding the mission and direction of the Raymond School District. We hope to see you!

Who

Date

Time

Location

Community

29 September

5:30-7:30 p.m.

HS Library

High School Parents

30 September

9:00-10:30 a.m.

HS Library

nd -language Parents

30 September

5:30-7:00 p.m.

HS Library

Elementary Parents

1 October

5:30-7:00 p.m.

El. Library

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You can update your contact information online here. If you don't have your district login and password, contact Kristi at 942-3415, option 4. Alternatively, you may email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Strategic Planning PDF Print E-mail

The Raymond School District is beginning a strategic planning process involving students, staff and community members. The following sessions are scheduled for receiving input from the noted groups:

Who

Date

Time

Location

Community

29 September

5:30-7:30 p.m.

High School Library

High School Parents

30 September

9:00-10:30 a.m.

High School Library

2nd-language Parents

30 September

5:30-7:00 p.m.

High School Library

Elementary Parents

1 October

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Elementary Library

Parents who cannot attend at the time indicated are welcome to attend the general “Community” session.

 
School District Saves Local Taxpayers Money PDF Print E-mail

Raymond, WA - August 28, Raymond School District took advantage of historically low interest rates in the municipal bond market and completed the refinancing of its 2004 Unlimited Tax General Obligation Refunding Bonds. The original 2004 bond proceeds had been used to refinance the District's 1999 and 1994 prior voted debt (which financed the construction of the new high school, renovated the elementary school and added classrooms and a gymnasium).

The refinancing will reduce debt repayment costs by approximately by a total of $170,000 over the next four years, when the debt will be retired. Working with Martin Nelson and Company, the District was able to replace the 3.87% average interest rate currently paid on its outstanding 2004 debt with a new rate of 1.22%.

The District was able to secure such low interest rates through the use of an inaugural credit rating from Standard and Poor's and the utilization of a guarantee from Washington State to pay the District's debt service in the event of default. The District's first effort to acquire its own credit rating yielded a strong result. Standard and Poor's awarded the District an "A+" ranking as a result of its highly stable finances, strong liquidity and modest debt load.The S&P rating award also reflected the District's financial success from prior e-learning programs.

"We continue to seek ways to be effective and efficient with taxpayer funds" said Superintendent Dr. Steve Holland. We know our residents are concerned about the economy and we felt these cost reduction efforts were important. The District chose to enter the bond market now so that taxpayer savings could be achieved while interest rates are still at generational lows".

"The refinancing opportunity surfaced in June of this year and we felt it was important to complete the project now before interest rates turned volatile and we found ourselves missing an opportunity to reduce interest costs by 2.65% per year," said Fiscal Officer, Tera Stephens.

 
Ron Bell Appointed to Board PDF Print E-mail
Former RHS Principal Ron Bell was appointed to the board on May 22nd at the Raymond School District board meeting. The board expressed their appreciation to all interested applicants, which included Ms. Julie Gardner and Ms. Kim Rumbles, as well as Mr. Bell. Mr. Bell, who has been a teacher, coach and counselor, stressed that the reason he wished to be on the board was to contribute to the community and ensure that all students have the best education possible. The appointment was required because current board member Beth Stevens will resign from the school board as of June 11th. Bell's appointment will become effective when he is sworn in at the June board meeting on the 26th, and will last until the next general election.
 
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