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Thu Truong

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.”

“La misión de la comunidad de la Secundaria Ron Russell es proporcionar continuamente un ambiente de aprendizaje vibrante y seguro que promueva la aceptación, la compasión y el respeto. Vamos a inspirar a todos los estudiantes a amar el aprendizaje y crecer emocionalmente, socialmente e intelectualmente. Nos esforzamos por educar a cada estudiante a su nivel más alto de excelencia académica, responsabilidad social y conciencia cultural.”

“Trường chúng tôi.  Sứ mệnh của cộng đồng RRMS là tiếp tục tạo nên một môi trường học tập an toàn, tương kính, nhân hậu và công bằng. Chúng tôi sẽ dạy tất cả học sinh biết say mê học hỏi, phát triển cảm xúc, xã hội và nâng cao trí tuệ. Chúng tôi cố gắng mở mang trí thức cho mỗi một học sinh dù nam hay nữ tới trình độ cao nhất về nhận thức văn hoá, trách nhiệm xã hội và xuất sắc trong học tập.”


April 2018

Dear Ron Russell Families,

Q3 Honor Roll Ceremony:  If your child makes Honor Roll (3.5-4.0 GPA) in Quarter 3, you are invited to attend the Honor Roll Ceremony on Friday, May 4 from 9:20-10:03AM in The Commons at Ron Russell MS.  

Student Safety:  Student safety is a top priority for us at Ron Russell Middle School.  As such, we are taking additional measures to make sure that students ride the correct bus to and from school.  Beginning April 23rd, all bus riders (with the exception of Special Education buses) will need their student ID card showing the correct bus number in order to ride the bus.  Students will be receiving bus stickers, as assigned by the District Transportation Department, to place on their ID cards.

All students received an ID card at the beginning of the school year or whenever they registered at RR.  If they lost their ID card, they can can purchase a replacement for $5 in the front office. Students must bring their card to Advisory Class on April 19th to receive their bus sticker.  

If students forget their ID card in the morning, it will depend on whether the bus driver recognizes the student as a regular rider; if not, then the student will not be able to ride the bus.  Once they arrive at school, they can get a replacement ID card or a green bus pass from the office. For students wishing to ride a bus home with a friend, the current policy still applies. They need to bring a note from home to the front office saying they are okay to ride a different bus.  They will then get a green bus pass to show the driver of the bus they will be riding.

The requirement for students to have an ID card with the corresponding bus number to ride will begin on Monday, April 23rd.  This message is to make sure that parents and students have plenty of time to prepare for the change. Our goal is that the extra structure will improve bus and after school safety.  Thank you for your support of our school and students.

Campus Safety:  As the weather gets nicer, please remind students that they should head home or wherever you expect them to go (SUN, REAP, HW Help, Track) directly after school.  The teacher day ends at 3:15 and there is no supervision for students who are not connected with a program. Additionally, now that the Track season has started, our track and field is used for practice and events and therefore not available for students to hang out.

SafeOregon:  SafeOregon is a program created for Oregon students, parents, school staff, community members, and law enforcement officers to report and respond to bullying, racism, discrimination, harassment, violence, threats,  and drug concerns.

All schools in the David Douglas School District are now connected with SafeOregon, including Ron Russell.  District administrators have been trained in how to use it, and a trusted staff member from each school has been selected to receive tips concerning their schools that are reported via SafeOregon.  

Please take some time to become familiar with how to report a tip through the SafeOregon website (http://safeoregon.com/report-a-tip/).  Our students will receive this information in an Advisory lesson on April 19.  Please call the office if you have any questions.

Academic Progress:  Please check ParentVUE often to monitor your child’s progress.  The app allows you to see grades, assignment scores, missing assignments, quiz/test scores for each class, and attendance information.  You can also email a teacher directly within the system to ask questions or share concerns.

Unmet Children Protocol:  The David Douglas School District along with Child Welfare and Law Enforcement have developed the following protocol for children who are not met at the end of the school day or following after school programs.

The security of our students is of primary importance to us.  There are many reasons that a student may not be picked up at the end of the day, including:  miscommunication, forgetfulness, transportation issues, and in very few cases a parent or guardian may have been taken into custody during the school day.

If a student is unmet at the end of the school day or after the end of an extended day activity personnel are instructed to not allow students to leave the premises and to not drive the student home under any circumstances.  The parent or guardian and emergency contacts will be contacted using the

information on file.  If the parent, guardian, or emergency contact can’t be reached or don’t respond within a reasonable amount of time staff will notify the police.  Police may contact Child Protective Services to help.

If parents are taken into custody during the school day, police should contact the school.  After the contact, schools will follow this policy and notify emergency contacts as necessary.  It is important that the school has accurate phone numbers for parents, guardians, and emergency contacts in order to ensure the safety of your child and to best provide for them in the case of an emergency.

Thursday Homework Help:  Consider sending your student to Homework Help if you can provide transportation home or live close enough to walk.  It is available Thursdays after school from 3-4pm in the Library with me, Mr. Tew, or Mr. Browning.

As always, we strive to offer the best education for our students at Ron Russell.  Let us know how we can improve and be of service to you.


Principal Truong

Thu Truong, Principal

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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