“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.”
August 7th, 2014
Dear Ron Russell Families,
Welcome to our website! It is designed so you may familiarize yourself with Ron Russell Middle School and is one way of communicating a variety of topics of interest related to our school and programs. Hopefully, this information will help ensure that your child has a safe and successful school experience at Ron Russell filled with fun and, most importantly, learning.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is with much excitement that I welcome you to a brand new school year at Ron Russell Middle School! One of the greatest strengths of RRMS lies in its supportive, dedicated, and caring teachers and staff, who work tirelessly on a daily basis in the best interests of our students…your children. Come the first 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.
We have lots to be proud of as a RRMS community. Last school year, we experienced our best attendance in school history. Also, our students showed the most combined reading growth of any David Douglas school. Finally, according to the Oregon Department of Education, Ron Russell was again placed at a Level 5 for reading and math growth, the highest level that a school can achieve in Oregon. I’m so proud of our staff and students…but this is just the beginning for us! This year, we will continue to ensure that best teaching practices are used that promote engagement, respect, strong reading, writing, and speaking skills, and problem-solving.
You’ll notice a few changes to our instructional programs this year. Our new Language Arts curriculum adoption features Google Chromebooks for every student to use in class. Please make sure your child brings two sets of earbuds to school on the first day. These will be left in their classes for use with iPads and Chromebooks. Students will no longer take Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) for reading, math, and science. Instead, your student will take the “Smarter Balanced” assessment in the spring. We will continue our transition to new state and national Common Core Standards.
Our four school-wide behavior expectations continue to be Respectful, be Responsible,Make good choices, and be Safe (RRMS). One goal of ours is to provide your child with a smooth start to their school year. Our sixth graders will begin the school year on Thursday, September 4th at 8:00 a.m. Our seventh and eighth graders will start their school year on Friday, September 5th at 8:00 a.m. Students will report to their advisory class before the bell on their first day with all supplies. We have also enclosed a school supply list for you. They will receive their class schedules in their advisory class. Included at the bottom of this letter are their advisory teacher and room number. Breakfast is free and available to all students and begins at 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays. School will begin sharply at 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Dismissal is at 2:40 p.m. Enclosed with this letter is a Ron Russell bus schedule from David Douglas Public Schools Transportation to assist you with planning if your child rides the bus. Please call (503) 256-6526 if you have questions. Finally, it is particularly important for us to have current, accurate home, emergency and work phone numbers. If these numbers change any time during the school year please remember to let us know, as it is very important that we locate you in the event of an emergency. Thank you for preparing your child for a smooth first day of learning.
Finally, I want to let you know about two important dates for Ron Russell families. P.E. uniforms are required. If your child needs a uniform, please drop by the school to purchase one. They will be sold starting on Wednesday, August 20th through the first day of school. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. or you can purchase them during P.E. class during the first week of school. They cost $10.00 for the shirt and $10.00 for the shorts. Students may also wear a plain white T-shirt and black shorts. On Thursday, September 18th, we will have our annual Back-To-School Night beginning at 6:00 p.m. Come and meet your child’s teachers and learn all about their middle school world! A light dinner will be served. Stay tuned for more details.
Again, welcome to the 2014-2015 school year at Ron Russell! We remain dedicated to advancing your child’s academic, social, and personal development in a safe, supportive, and challenging learning environment. We welcome your active participation in your child’s education. Your middle school-aged child needs you now more than ever! We urge you to be proactive in communicating with us throughout the year. Our main office phone number is (503) 256-6519. You are welcome to make an appointment with your child’s teachers or counselor any time. Of course, Mr. Tew, our vice principal, or myself are always willing to meet with you, as well. By working together, we can ensure success for your child.