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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.”



Dear Ron Russell Families,

Welcome new and returning families to the 2017-18 academic school year at Ron Russell Middle School!  It is with great honor and much enthusiasm that I begin my first year as your principal. I know that strength lies in community and that the combined efforts of Ron Russell’s dedicated staff, outstanding parent support, and enthusiastic students can and will make all the difference.  

I was born in Vietnam, escaped in a boat as a child with my parents, was rescued in international waters, and stayed in a refugee camp until coming to the US.  My parents took the risk in order to provide me with a brighter future full of opportunities made possible by an education.  My mom and stepdad are both retired teachers, and I knew early on that I wanted to also work with kids to help them achieve their goals and dreams.  I graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.  I then continued my education at George Fox University in the Doctor of Education program where I completed my Administrative license.  I began as a high school English Teacher at Gresham High School in the Gresham-Barlow School District before moving to Portland Public Schools to become an administrator.  In PPS, I was an Assistant Principal at Vestal K-8, Principal at Stephenson Elementary, and Principal at Scott K-8 Spanish Immersion before coming to Ron Russell.  I was drawn to David Douglas School District for a variety of reasons:  1) It is a big enough district to offer comprehensive programming for students but small enough to be personal, 2) It is highly diverse, 3) It has a reputation for working collaboratively as a community and achieving success.  I am so excited to now be a part of the David Douglas community!

My style and philosophy is one of collaboration, clear and frequent communication, and relationship building.  I know that RR has established effective systems and a strong staff that focuses on instructional improvement to prepare our kids for success in high school and beyond.  I will continue these best practices and see my job as supporting our students, families, and staff in making this a reality.

I look forward to meeting you, getting to know you, and working with and for you.  It is a privilege to work with such an outstanding community of children, families, and staff.  I am here to be of service to you and your family.  Should you have any unanswered questions, please give me a call, email, or stop on by; I like to hear from you.

Best wishes for the year,

Thu Truong, Principal


•Our office is open throughout the summer from 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Stop by if you’d like!  However, it might be best to call and make an appointment first if you’d like to see an administrator.

Back to School Letters will be mailed the week of August 14th.  If you have moved over the summer, please let us know!  Stop by the office or call at (503) 256-6519.

6th Grade Open House will be Thursday, August 31st.  8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

•The first day of school for 2017-2018 for 6th graders will be Tuesday, September 5th.

•The first day of school for 2017-2018 for 7th and 8th graders will be Wednesday, September 6th.

New School Start and End Times

-Regular Start at 8:20 a.m.; Wednesday Late Start at 9:40 a.m.

-End at 3:00 p.m.


Office Contacts

3955 SE 112th Ave

Portland, Oregon 97266
Fax: 503-761-7246
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Thu Truong – thu_truong@ddsd40.org

Vice Principals
Larry Tew – larry_tew@ddsd40.org

Allen Browning – allen_browning@ddsd40.org

School Improvement Coordinator
Sarah Altig – sarah_altig@ddsd40.org

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