“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,
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.
We are focusing all of our energy on exactly that as your child finishes the 2014-2015 school year. 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. I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of this team of Timberwolves!
Speaking of an amazing teaching staff, this month we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week! At RRMS, we are fortunate to have a talented group of teachers that arrive at Ron Russell every morning with one thing in mind…to lead your 6th, 7th, and/or 8th grader to rise to his or her highest level of academic excellence, social responsibility, and cultural awareness. Whether it’s planning engaging lessons, grading papers well after contract hours, and/or chatting with students in our hallways during passing time, our teaching staff never stops working for our students. I’m so impressed by that every day.
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 continue to ensure that best teaching practices are used to promote engagement, respect, strong reading, writing, and speaking skills, and problem-solving.
You may have noticed a few changes to our instructional programs this year. Every student, with the exception of our students in advanced language arts, will have language arts everyday. Our new Language Arts curriculum adoption features Google Chromebooks for every student to use in class. Students will no longer take Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) for reading and math. Instead, your student will take the “Smarter Balanced” assessment. These started in March. 8th graders will continue to take the OAKS science test and have already completed their first round. We continue our transition to new state and national Common Core Standards.
Our four school-wide behavior expectations are to be Respectful, be Responsible, Make good choices, and be Safe (RRMS). Breakfast is free and available to all students and begins at 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays. School begins sharply at 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Dismissal is at 2:40 p.m. 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.
As mentioned above, 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.