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Raymond Junior/Senior High School Recognized As 2014 School Of Distinction PDF Print E-mail

Raymond WA - October 28, 2014 – Raymond Junior/Senior High School has been recognized as a Washington State 2014 School of Distinction. This award acknowledges outstanding improvement in reading and math sustained over a five-year period, and is limited to schools in the top 5% of improvement for their grade band. Statewide, there were 17 high schools recognized.

This is the eighth time School of Distinction award has been made in Washington State. Statewide, 54 elementary schools, 22 middle schools, 17 high schools, and 8 alternative schools received the award. Describing the schools that are designated as School of Distinction award winners, Greg Lobdell, President of the Center for Educational Effectivenes noted, "These schools are from alI regions of the state, all sizes of towns, with a range from 2.7% to 100% poverty and enrollment of English Language Learners as high as 40%. These schools demonstrate that significant improvement is occurring all across our diverse public schools."

Each regional Educational Service District throughout the state will be hosting an award ceremony to recognize the award winners within their districts. Dates will be announced in subsequent, regional press releases. Dr. Rich McBride, Superintendent of the North Central ESD in Wenatchee and leading this work for the ESDs stated, "At a time when our schools and classrooms are experiencing the pressure of reform initiatives at the state and national level, it is great to celebrate the success and hard work of our highest improving schools across the state. This celebration provides important validation and highlights our need for the continued support of improvement efforts across Washington that are making a difference for all students. Our congratulations to the staff, students, leaders, and communities for their exceptional passion and dedication."

 
Good Sportsmanship PDF Print E-mail

This picture of Kason Koski helping an injured opponent off the field has gone viral. The article and picture are available at http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Football-photo-of-sportsmanship-goes-viral-275845161.html

 
Boys' Track Team Wins State! PDF Print E-mail

The boys' track team won the team title at the state track meet this weekend, for the first Raymond team track title since 1969.  There were also two individual champions: Hannah Dykes in the triple jump and Rayce Newman in the 200 meter race. School records were set by Rayce Newman in the 200 and Ally Phansisay in the triple jump.  Overall it was a great weekend.  A complete list of placers is listed below:

 

Boys

Rayce Newman - 200 - 1st, long jump - 2nd, 100 - 4th

Ally Phansisay - triple jump - 2nd

Hunter Borden - 110 hurdles - 6th, 300 hurdles - 7th

Alex Vaca - 400 - 3rd

Jayce Freeman - 110 hurdles - 4th

Darol Ratsavongsy - shot put - 6th

Elliott Murdock - 400 - 10th

4x100 Relay (Ally Phansisay, Darol Ratsavongsy, Alex Sida, Rayce Newman) - 8th

 4x400 Relay (Elliott Murdock, James Hamilton, Hunter Borden, Alex Vaca) - 5th

 

Girls

Hannah Dykes - triple jump - 1st, 100 - 11th

Aiysha Garcia - shot put - 9th, javelin - 10th, discus - 11th

Patti Rojas - pole vault - 9th

Kendra Dunsmoor - pole vault - 12th

Cydney Flemetis - triple jump - 13th

4x100 Relay (Patti Rojas, Aubrey Boyes, Cydney Flemetis, Hannah Dykes) - 11th

 
Keeping a Good Online Reputation PDF Print E-mail

Students need to be aware that "online" is forever. When submitting college or job applications, it is not uncommon for those reviewing the application to check your online presence. Here are some tips to help you look your best.

 
New RHS Principal PDF Print E-mail

Raymond High School has a new principal with a familiar face. Dave Vetter, long-time teacher and previous vice-principal will sit in the principal’s chair beginning in the 2012/13 school year. Mr. Vetter graduated from RHS and bleeds red and black.  His goal is for all students to be successful in the classroom, on the athletic field and in any of the  many activities that are available for Raymond students.  “Our job is to help students understand that they are valued, that classroom work is preparing them for the next step in life and that they are expected to be contributing citizens.”

 

“My goal is simple,” continued Vetter. “Do what’s best for kids. When I was hired, the superintendent told me ‘every decision we make is based on what is best for kids,’ and that’s just the way that we do business. We have to make sure that we challenge our students and at the same time ensure that our processes are as smooth as possible. My job is to help teachers teach more and “hoop jump” less. They need to be able to focus on kids while I support both staff and students.”

 

Vetter began his education career in 2002 at the Wa He Lut Indian school in Olympia. He then came to Raymond elementary where he first served as a kindergarten teacher and later as a fourth-grade teacher. He also worked after school with high school students who needed to make up credit for various classes. In 2010 he transferred to Raymond Junior High to teach language arts.  In 2011, he served as vice principal for Raymond Junior/Senior High; he also received his Masters degree that same year.

 

Vetter believes that all kids deserve to be proud of the school they attend and to achieve success rather than falling into mediocrity. “We need to leverage our great teachers, a super support staff, outstanding facilities and a strong school board into helping all students to ‘cross the line’ that separates the commonplace from high achievement.” He believes that people rise to the level that is expected of them. “Everybody, kids and staff alike, appreciate direction and solid guidelines. Most of my kids think I’m kind of strict, but with the nurturing and caring side that understands all the outside influences that come into a young person’s life. That doesn’t mean I won’t call someone on the carpet for their mistakes, it just means I’ll still love them and care about them when they make a bad choice.”

 

Raymond Junior/Senior High will be available for new student registration on 20 August.

 
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