“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 off to a good start in our second semester of 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!
Last month, we celebrated Classified Employee Appreciation Week! At RRMS, we are fortunate to have a caring, conscientious, and committed classified staff that work energetically to help every one of our students experience success every day. Our classified staff includes secretaries, instructional assistants, cooks, custodians, bilingual liaisons, bus drivers, and many others. These folks are top-notch and a team that I’m very, very proud of. They are professionals who work very hard to make Ron Russell safe, clean, and scholarly. Their support, efficiency, and ability to do their jobs well allows our school to be the best it can be. Teacher Appreciation Week is in May!
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 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, math, and science. Instead, your student will take the “Smarter Balanced” assessment that started in March. 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. 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.
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.