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Our School

“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.”

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Dear Ron Russell Families,

The end to learning in 2016 was not what we expected!  We really missed not having our students at Ron Russell to honor our November and December Academic All-Stars, Students of the Month, and reveal the results of our December Dime Challenge.  Families and students, in order to focus on learning time, we will not be rescheduling our November/December Tracker Party and PBIS Assembly.  Instead, we will combine some of our agenda from our November/December PBIS Assembly into our January Assembly on February 3rd.  We look forward to getting 2017 off to a great start and with the awesome staff and students we have at Ron Russell, I have no doubts that 2017 will be our best year yet!

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.”

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.

GO TIMBERWOLVES!

 

Sincerely,

Andy Long – Principal

Office Contacts

503-256-6519
3955 SE 112th Ave

Portland, Oregon 97266
Fax: 503-761-7246
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Principal
Andy Long – andrew_long@ddsd40.org

Vice Principals
Larry Tew – larry_tew@ddsd40.org

Allen Browning – allen_browning@ddsd40.org

School Improvement Coordinator
Holly Schauer – holly_schauer@ddsd40.org

Counselors
Melissa Johnson – melissa_johnson@ddsd40.org

Caitlin Ludlow – caitlin_ludlow@ddsd40.org

Head Secretary
Sandy Hanna – sandy_hanna@ddsd40.org

Counseling Secretary
Chelli Berry – chelli_berry@ddsd40.org

Attendance Secretary
Ruth Lofthus – ruth_lofthus@ddsd40.org