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2014-15 Elementary Supply List PDF Print E-mail

The 2014 2015 Elementary Supply List is below:


Raymond Elementary Hires New Principal PDF Print E-mail

The Raymond School District Board of Directors, upon recommendation of the Elementary Principal Search Team, has hired Mr. Christopher Cady as the new principal of Raymond Elementary School, effective 1 July, 2014. Mr. Cady will replace Ms. Jesica Bryant, who is moving to Wenatchee. Ms. Bryant has served for six years in the position, working hard to implement new math and reading curriculum, several reading interventions, standards-based learning and other innovative programs.

Mr. Cady, a long-time resident of the Twin Harbors area, began his teaching career in 2006 as a middle school teacher in Aberdeen. The next year he was hired at Cosmopolis School District, where he has worked as a teacher, technology specialist and school improvement coordinator.

Administration, staff and community members interviewed Mr. Cady, along with three other applicants, on Wednesday, 26 March. The committee enjoyed the opportunity to interview such a broad range of candidates, and felt that Mr. Cady was the best fit with Raymond Elementary. His commitment to student learning, his desire to work with the team at Raymond Elementary and his expertise in technology and school improvement were all highlighted in the recommendation to the Board.

Elementary Homework Information Sheet PDF Print E-mail

Would you like to know what homework and classroom information you should expect from your child's elementary teacher? This information sheet should have just what you need.

Students Visit Opal's Art Glass PDF Print E-mail

These students recently visited Opal's Art Glass in Cosmopolis. As you can see, they were able to see some great stuff!





Research/Links for Standards-based Learning PDF Print E-mail


In October 2007, Raymond School District staff began meeting to gain better insight into the process and philosophy of transitioning from a traditional report card to a standards-based report card. This group of 10-12 people researched, listened, pondered and learned all they could about standards-based grading. The results of that work is summarized in this Standards-based Brochure; you may download it by clicking on it.

One of the major strengths of this type of reporting is that it is considered "best practice" and is supported by research. The purpose of this page is to share some of the research that supports the principles and guidelines of a standards-based reporting system. The research is categorized by the topic(s) covered; some research addresses more than one topic, so some items are repeated. Where possible, there is Internet link to the article. We will continue to update this research page as studies and papers become available.



Articles and Books



Black, P. & Wiliam, D. (1998). Inside the black box: Raising standards through classroom assessment. Phi Delta Kappan, 80(2), 139.

Black, P., Harrison, C., Lee, C., Marshall, B., & Wiliam, D. (2004). Working inside the black box: Assessment for learning in the classroom. Phi Delta Kappan, 86(1), 8-21. http://datause.cse.ucla.edu/DOCS/pb_wor_2004.pdf

Kohn, A. (1999). Grading is degrading. Education Digest, 65(1), 59-64.

Formative/Summative Assessment

Black, P., Harrison, C., Lee, C., Marshall, B., & Wiliam, D. (2004).  Working inside the black box: Assessment for learning in the classroom. Phi Delta Kappan, 86(1), 8-21. http://datause.cse.ucla.edu/DOCS/pb_wor_2004.pdf

Chappuis, S. & Chappuis, J. (2007/8). The best value in formative assessment. Educational, Leadership, 65(4), 14-18.

Marzano, R. J.  (2006). Classroom assessment and grading that work.  Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Marzano, R. J. (2008). Making Standards Useful in the Classroom.

Popham, J. W. (2009). Instruction that Measures Up: Successful Teaching in the Age of Accountability.

Popham, J. W. (2008). Transformative Assessment.

Stiggins, Rick. (2007). Assessment through the student's eyes. Educational Leadership, 64(8), 22-26.

Wiliam, D. (2007, December/2008, January). Changing classroom practice. Educational Leadership, 65(4), 36-41.

Wormeli, R. (2006a). Accountability: Teaching through assessment and feedback, not grading. American Secondary Education, 34(3), 14-27.

The Effects of Zeros

Guskey, T.R. (2004). Are zeros your ultimate weapon? The Education Digest, 70(3), 31-35.

McMillan, J.H. (1999). The devastating effect of zeros on grades: What can be done?

Reeves, D.B. (2004). The case against the zero. Phi Delta Kappan, 86(4), 324-325.


Aidman, B.J., Gates, J.M., & Deterra Sims, E.A. (2001). Building a better report card. Education Digest, 66(5), 49-53.

Allen, J.D. (2005). Grades as valid measures of academic achievement of classroom learning. Clearing House, 78(5), 218-223.

Friedman, S.J. & Frisbie, D.A. (2000). Making report cards measure up. Education Digest, 65(5), 45-50.

Guskey, T. R. & Bailey, J. M. (2001). Developing Grading and Reporting Systems for Student Learning.

Guskey, T. R. (2001, September). Helping Standards make the grade. Educational Leadership, 59(1), 20-28. 

Guskey, T.R. & Jung, L.A. (2006). The challenges of standards-based grading. Leadership Compass,  4(2).

Guskey, T.R. (2001). Fixing grading policies that undermine standards. Education Digest, 66(7), 16-21.

Guskey, T.R. (2000). Grading policies that work against standards . . . and how to fix them. NASSP Bulletin, 84(620), p. 20-29. http://www.minnetonka.k12.mn.us/academics/gradingandreporting/Documents/GradingarticleGUSKEY.pdf

Guskey, T. R. (2001, September). Helping Standards make the grade. Educational Leadership, 59(1), 20-28.

Guskey, T.R. (2013, September). The Case Against Percentage Grades. Educational Leadership, 71(1), 68-72.

Hu, Winnie.  (2009, March 25).  Report cards give up A's and B's for 4s and 3s.  The New York Times.

Kohn, A. (1999). Grading is degrading. Education Digest, 65(1), 59-64.

Krumboltz, J.D. & Yeh, C.H. (1996).  Competitive grading sabotages good teaching. Phi Delta Kappan, 78(4), 324-326.

Munk, D.D. & Bursuck, W.D. (2001). What report card grades should and do communicate. Remedial & Special Education, 22(5), 280-287.

O'Connor, K.  (2002). How to grade for learning: Linking grades to standards.  Glenview, IL: LessonLab.

Wiggins, G. (1994, October). Toward better report cards. Educational Leadership, 52(2), 28-38.


Kohn, Alfie. (2007). Rethinking homework. Principal, 86(3), 35-38.

Checkley, K. (2003). When homework works. Classroom Leadership, 7(1), 1-2.

Christopher, S. (2007/8). Homework: A few practice arrows. Educational Leadership, 65(4), 74-75.

Marzano, R.J. & Pickering, D.J. (2007). The case for and against homework. Educational Leadership, 64(6), 74-79.

Vatterot, C. (2008). What is effective homework? ASCD Express, 3(7), 1.


Levy, H.M. (2008). Meeting the needs of all students through differentiated instruction: Helping every child reach and exceed standards. The Clearing House, 81(4), 161-164.

Tomlinson, C.A. (2005). Grading and differentiation: Paradox or good practice?  Theory Into Practice, 44(3), 262-269.

Wormeli, R. (2006b). Fair isn't always equal: Assessing & grading in the differentiated classroom. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.



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