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Pacific County Public Health Chickenpox Announcement PDF Print E-mail

The following letter is from Pacific County Public Health and Human Services, who asked us to distribute it. We will also be sending this home to all parents.

Dear Parents:

In this past week there has been a child diagnosed by their provider in South Bend School District and another child with symptoms similar to Varicella (Chicken pox) in the Raymond School District.

This past year there were changes in the recommendations regarding exclusion of students in schools with a case of Chickenpox. If there is even one case in the school the Health Officer of Pacific County has ordered the schools to exclude students 6th grade and below if those students are either unimmunized, under-immunized, or if they have a Certificate of Exemption signed by their doctor indicating they have been informed of the pros and cons of not vaccinating.   

At this point there is no requirement for students in the 7th through 12th grade to have received this vaccination.  These students would be excluded if they have had direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Chickenpox unless they have proof of one of the following:

  1. A history of a provider-diagnosed case of Chickenpox;
  2. Student has verification of having received two doses of the Varicella vaccine; or
  3. Student has a titer/blood draw indicating they have immunity to Chickenpox.

If there is no known direct contact with an active case, students in the 7-12th grade will not be excluded from school. We do recommend that those students receive the vaccination for Varicella.

Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year there will be a new additional requirement that students in the 7th and 8th grade show proof of having received two (2) Varicella vaccinations, have a signed exemption from their provider, or have a history of a confirmed case by a provider.  

Beginning in the 2016-17 school year this requirement will be such that all students’ kindergarten through 12th grade will be required to have proof of 2 Varicella vaccinations or a signed exemption from their provider, or have a history of a confirmed case by a provider.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the health department at 360-875-9343.

 
School Make-up Day on 4 March PDF Print E-mail

Our schools were closed on 5 January due to flooding. As a result, we will be holding classes on 4 March to make up that lost day. This date was identified on our academic calendar as a "Possible Weather Day" and we will use it as such.

 
January News You Can Use PDF Print E-mail

 

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January marks the inception of the “heart” of the school year. All routines, programs, schedules, etc. are now automatic for staff and students. Kids are deep into the curricula, and there are very few distractions that break up the weeks. As a staff, we want to ensure ALL students learn and grow to their fullest potential. Learning is a life-long journey, and students should be taking responsibility for their own learning; both inside and outside of school. The students that are reaching full potential are all performing the same basic actions. These students are spending time reading to family members and mastering math facts through fluency practice.

As a staff, we make sure to use assessments to guide our next steps. When students are tested, this information is not just used for a general rating of performance. This data is dissected and analyzed to teach students at their level. We are now finishing our Winter Benchmark Testing. This information indicates growth in comparison to the beginning of the year, and is used in providing the correct interventions to fill in the gaps. There will be many students successfully completing programs and moving into new groups. Much of this success is linked to setting goals at the beginning of each month and reviewing progress towards these goals. For that reason, we make sure to celebrate the meeting of monthly goals with a Big Deal Celebration.

I appreciate all of the hard work you put in with your children. Being a parent is an exhausting job even without the homework. In the beginning of the year, many of you signed the “parent commitment” banner. If you too are setting/reviewing goals for the near year, here are the commitments from the banner. I agree to:

-Have my child attend school on time and prepared for the day’s work.

-Have my child come to school rested with plenty of sleep.

-Support the school staff with maintaining proper discipline.

-Encourage my child to be respectful with diverse cultures.

-Have a time and place for my child to do his/her homework, and I will check the homework for accuracy.

-Have on-going communication with my child’s teacher at school.

-Attend parent-teacher conference twice a year.

-Read to my child and let him/her see me reading every day.

-Teach my child that an education is important.

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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RHS Flex Center

Today’s students have needs and challenges unlike any students who came before them. They have job and family situations that often have caused a loss of academic credits. Many have taken advanced classes and require further classes to help them in their pursuit of academic rigor. State mandated learning and testing requirements frequently mean students need to take classes that don’t always fit into their academic schedules, yet they must somehow be taken. Raymond High School took a look at the needs of its students and decided to develop the Flexible Learning Center to better serve its kids.

Flexible learning includes general education courses that meet the math and writing requirements, as well as many other subjects, in a flexible online format. The “start now” feature of our online courses for credit provides students with a self-paced online instructional environment while incorporating innovative learning experiences that match the lifestyle and learning preferences of today’s learner. The Flex Center was designed to enable students to continue on their pursuit of credit recovery and remediation. Academically advanced students have the added opportunity to take high school courses that are more suited to their individual ability, whether that means Advanced Placement (AP) classes, to prepare for End of Course (EOC) remediation or to participate in SAT preparation courses. RHS also consistently reviews and revises its curriculum and programs each semester in order to successfully remediate and recover children from our at-risk student population.

Another important aspect of the RHS Flex Center is Mrs. Cindy Collins, our Flex Center Coordinator. She works together with Mrs. Webber, our Guidance Counselor, and our classroom teachers, to monitor and facilitate the needs and progress of our students. If a student needs help in any given area, they may receive classroom instruction in their mainstream class and then move to the flex center to complete their assignment alone, with peer tutoring or Mrs. Collin’s assistance. They may do this for a day or for a week, as their needs dictate. She also works in conjunction with Mr. Londino, our Alternative School instructor, to take care of any alternative student needs that develop.

The RHS Flex Center is just that, a flexible learning situation with flexible classes, schedules, instruction and instructors. Today’s students are often faced with an ever moving target and the Flex Center is one way Raymond High School is helping students meet the challenge!

Contact Info: Dave Vetter, 360-942-3415 option 2,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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December News You Can Use PDF Print E-mail

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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.)

Enjoy!!

 
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