“The mission of the RRMS community is to continually provide a vibrant and safe learning environment that promotes acceptance, compassion, and respect. We will inspire all students to love learning and to grow emotionally, socially, and intellectually. We strive to educate each student to his or her highest level of academic excellence, social responsibility, and cultural awareness.”
Dear Ron Russell Families,
Timberwolves, it is with much excitement that I welcome you to the 2016 – 2017 school year! As you read this letter, I hope the summer has provided you with a time for reflection, renewal, and some just plain FUN. At Ron Russell, a new school year provides us the opportunity to make new plans, build on existing strategies, and implement new ideas and structures that will positively impact student learning and safety. I appreciate the opportunity to say how unbelievably excited and honored I am to be starting my sixth year as principal of Ron Russell Middle School.
The three middle school years are very significant in your child’s overall school experience. They are making their way into adulthood and developing habits and friendships they will carry on the rest of their lives. We take this very seriously and are committed to doing everything we can to positively support their independence and promote academic success.
We have two big strengths working for us at RRMS. First, I believe we have the best kids in the state who walk through our front doors every morning ready to do their best in the classroom and willing to treat everyone around them with respect. Our second strength lies in our supportive, dedicated, and caring teachers and staff, who work tirelessly for the best interests of our students…your children! Come the second week in September, we will be ready for them! I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of this team and I look forward to our best year of learning yet.
The word is out about Ron Russell. Last school year, we again experienced our best attendance and lowest number of discipline referrals in school history. We were the only David Douglas school who showed improvement in reading, math, and science state testing scores from the previous year. Also, we were one of two DD schools to achieve a Level 4 in all three areas of our school report card.
This year, we are offering more interesting electives, such as Introductory Spanish, 2D Art Drawing and Painting, and MakerSpace, that will create a more balanced than ever educational experience for our students. We will continue to ensure that best teaching practices are used that promote student engagement, respect, and strong reading, writing, speaking, and problem-solving skills.
Our four school-wide behavior expectations continue to be that all students are Respectful, Responsible, Make good choices, and are Safe (RRMS). We refer to them on a daily basis. We believe these expectations set a tone for optimal learning and safety. With that said, one goal of ours is to provide your child with a smooth start to their school year. For more detailed information and important dates, please click on the link “Important School Information” on the right hand side of the our website under “Quick Links.”
Families will receive a letter with important information about the upcoming school year including your child’s advisory teacher. As a way to maintain continuity and build relationships, all 8th grade students will have their same advisory teacher as last year. If you have not received a letter by Friday, August 26th, please contact our main office.
6th grade families, I invite you to attend our 6th Grade Student and Family Orientation on Thursday, September 1st from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Come and meet teachers, get your schedule, tour the building, and practice opening your locker! Back To School Night is on Thursday, September 22nd from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Again, welcome to the 2016 – 2017 school year at Ron Russell! By working together, we can ensure success for your child and prepare them for high school and beyond.
Andy Long – Principal