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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!

RHS Fight Song Recordings For You! PDF Print E-mail

For those who are interested (and who wouldn't be?), here is a recorded copy of the RHS fight song. Additionally, if you'd like to use a copy as a ringtone, try this out!

(The full fight song is an "mp3" file that you can drop into iTunes and sync to your device. The ringtone is an "m4r" file that can be installed on an iPhone in the same way. If you have a different kind of device, you should be able to conduct an Internet search and determine how to install them.)


Social Networking Tips PDF Print E-mail

This document from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction offers some help for students and parents regarding using technology safely and responsibly.

Early Releases, Weather Events and Emergencies PDF Print E-mail

Raymond school district has several methods by which we contact parents regarding various unusual situations. For example, we inform families regarding planned early releases, weather events and any emergency situations which may arise. The following communication methods are used:

Planned Early Release—You will receive an automated phone call reminding you of an early release that is on the calendar. We also have a downloadable calendar.

Weather Events

  • You will receive an automated phone call as early as possible. Sometimes we will be able to do this the night before. Other times it will depend upon what our transportation director finds when he drives the roads early in the morning.
    • Whenever the District declares a delay due to snow, parents should expect some disruption in the bus schedules and bus stops. In this situation, busses will not travel on hills. Students have been told by their drivers specifically where snow route bus stops are, but in general the busses will stick to main streets without hills or side streets. This means that, as a rule, Highway 101, Highway 6, Fowler, and Highway 105 will be the primary routes. The busses will be traveling slower than normal, so times are not very predictable; however, busses will wait longer than usual at each stop.
  • Website—Our front page has a link entitled "Emergency Information." normally, this page will mirror what you see on TV and what is announced on the radio.
  • Facebook—We will post on facebook any weather info.
  • Television—The Seattle stations provide a list of schools with late start or closed information.
  • Radio—Local radio stations (95.3, 105.7) will announce late starts or closed information.

Emergency Situations

  • If possible, we will send out an automated phone call. Specific instructions regarding the situation may include pick-up directions, likely duration of the event and any specifics from city, county or state authorities.
  • We will also attempt to update our website and Facebook, as appropriate.
  • We encourage parents to limit phone calls as the communication system may be under stress.
New State Assessments This Year PDF Print E-mail

The State of Washington has once again changed the assessment instruments used to check student learning. The new tests are called "Smarter Balance" assessments and will increase the rigor of the tests significantly. According to the Smarter Balance web site, the "assessments will go beyond multiple-choice questions to include extended response and technology enhanced items, as well as performance tasks that allow students to demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Performance tasks challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to complex real-world problems. They can best be described as collections of questions and activities that are coherently connected to a single theme or scenario. These activities are meant to measure capacities such as depth of understanding, writing and research skills, and complex analysis, which cannot be adequately assessed with traditional assessment questions. The performance tasks will be taken on a computer (but will not be computer adaptive) and will take one to two class periods to complete.

Smarter Balanced capitalizes on the precision and efficiency of computer adaptive testing (CAT). This approach represents a significant improvement over traditional paper-and-pencil assessments used in many states today, providing more accurate scores for all students across the full range of the achievement continuum."

The OSPI website has some information regarding the new tests. Specifically, parents and students may find these links helpful:

There is a site with Interactive Sample Math Items available.

Additionally, there are printable versions of those items.

Printable Versions of Sample Items

English/Language Arts, by grade bands:

Short Answer:                   ELA 3-5            ELA 6-8           ELA 11

Activity and Performance:   ELA 3-5            ELA 6-8           ELA 11

Math, by grade bands:

Short Answer:                    Math 3-5          Math 6-8          Math 11

Acitivy and Performance:     Math 3-5          Math 6-8          Math 11

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