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Raymond Elementary School students finished the last month celebrated the meeting of goals with some fun activities. The school “favorite” was the costume dance party held in the gym. Between the conga lines, limbo, and teachers in costumes, students want to make that activity a tradition. Students recognized for showing exceptional responsibility also enjoyed a pizza party at Slater’s Diner. Students continue to work hard and play hard!

The Raymond PTO also put together a Movie Night for students. On the evening before Veterans Day, students and parents strolled into the gym to enjoy a free movie. While parents sat in the bleachers, most students were sprawled out on mats on the gym floor. Everyone enjoyed watching Mr. Peabody and Sherman while indulging on multiple bags of popcorn. Students have been appreciative of all the great things PTO has been doing, and are already looking forward to December’s Holiday Store.

Along with the typical subjects, students have been applying their knowledge of character and appreciation to other situations. In conjunction with Raymond Jr./Sr. High School, students put a strong emphasis on thanking and welcoming veterans to the district Veterans Day Luncheon. Students made books, cards, and posters that filled the walls and tables of the Home Ec. Room. Students helped serve lunch and listened to the great stories told by our local veterans. It was a great learning experience, and kids enjoyed the privilege of serving people that fought for our freedom. 

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Elementary Holiday Concert on 10 December, HS Gym, 6:00 PM

  Testing at RHS

Are you confused by all the testing going on in our schools?  
Do you find yourself wondering what all these acronyms stand for?  Aside from the Washington State tests such as the MSP and HSPE your students take every year, there are multiple tests that are given for a variety of reasons.  


The ACT and SAT are college admission tests.  The ACT test was developed by the American College Testing Program and has has four sections: Reading, English, Mathematics and Science. The SAT is administered by College Board, and is developed, published, and scored by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The SAT Reasoning Test has three sections: Math, Critical Reading, and Writing.

  • Most four-year colleges require that students take one of these tests, preferably in the 2nd semester of their junior year. 
  • All colleges and universities accept either the ACT or the SAT; students need not take both, but can if they choose.
  • For more information and/or for registration materials for one of these tests, go tohttp://www.actstudent.org(ACT) or http://www.collegeboard.com(SAT) .
  • Registration materials are also available in the RHS Guidance Office


The PLAN is a comprehensive evaluation of the student's career interests, aptitudes, and study skills.  It used to be called the Pre-ACT.

  • The PLAN is not a college entrance test, but it does provide much of  the same data as the ACT test and can be used to predict the student's future score on the ACT.  It also serves as a practice ACT.
  • The PLAN is part of the District's Standardized Testing Program and is required of all sophomores. 
  • For more PLAN information, visit www. act.org
  • Parents may also contact Mrs. Webber, RHS Guidance Counselor for further information.


PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs. 

The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills.

  • The PSAT is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for junior students. 
  • Juniors who score extremely high on tests (e.g., top 5%), are encouraged to take the PSAT
  • Sophomores can take the PSAT for PRACTICE only.
  • For more PSAT information, visit www.collegeboard.com
  • Parents may also contact Mrs. Webber, RHS Guidance Counselor for further information.


The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is designed to help students learn more about themselves and the world of work, identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations, and develop an effective strategy to realize their goals. 

  • Taking the assessment does not obligate you to serve in the military.
  • Students are required to obtain permission from their parents/guardians to take the ASVAB because it is given during the school day.

For more information on the ASVAB, please visit   www.asvabprogram.com

Parents may also contact Mrs. Webber, RHS Guidance Counselor for further information.


Junior/Senior High Holiday Concert on 17 December, HS Gym, 7:00 PM

RHS/Napavine Game at Fort Borst Park (Centralia), Saturday, 22 November, at 4:00 p.m..


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.
November and December Board Meeting Dates PDF Print E-mail

The school board will be meeting on the following dates in November and December:

12 November, 5:00 PM—Strategic Planning Work Session

24 November, 6:00 PM—Normal Board Meeting (different date, to accomodate Thanksgiving)

18 December, 6:00 PM—Normal Board Meeting (different date, to accomodate Christmas)

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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