“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,
Our first semester of the 2016-2017 school year ended a bit differently than we had planned! The snow and ice put some changes into our schedule but not into the good work and care we put into the most important part of Ron Russell Middle School…our students! Our staff have commented on how nice it feels to be on a consistent school schedule again. As we begin second semester, please know of some changes our school board has made to bring back some school days previously missed because of inclement weather:
Friday, February 17th was a teacher professional development day and is now a full school day.
Friday, February 24th was an 11:00 dismissal day for teachers to complete progress reports and is now a full school day.
We will use these important days to continue to deliver the high-quality instruction your middle school student deserves. State testing is coming and we want them to be ready. There may be more coming in future months. If so, we will let you know if and when we know that information.
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.
Speaking of academic success, in January we had 42 students at RRMS who improved .5 in their GPA from Quarter 1 to Quarter 2. That means these 42 hard workin’ Wolves are the first recipients of our Timberwolf SWAG (Students With Academic Growth) award! We had 36 Students Of The Month who were selected for showing outstanding responsibility in their classes! Also, we had 50 students selected to be January Academic All-Stars for their strong commitment to their studies. Many students applied for a Quarter 3 Wolf Pride Card. Our working so hard to motivate our students to learn, stretch themselves, and do their best at school.
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.”
If you have any questions or concerns (or compliments!), please do not hesitate to reach out to our school. Use our staff directory on this website as e-mail is the most effective way to communicate with teachers.
I appreciate the opportunity to say how unbelievably excited and honored I am to be in my sixth year as principal of Ron Russell Middle School. By working together, we can ensure success for your child and prepare them for high school and beyond.
Andy Long – Principal