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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,

We are working hard to set your child up for a safe and successful end to the school year.  Below is a link that describes our end-of-the-year activities at RRMS and how students can attend them.  This was also sent home with progress reports in May.

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Let’s talk about academic success.  In April we had over 90 students at RRMS who improved .5 in their GPA from Quarter 2 to Quarter 3.  That means these Wolves are the recipients of our Timberwolf SWAG (Students With Academic Growth) award!  We had 36 Students Of The Month who were selected for showing outstanding perseverance in their classes!  Also, we had 50 students selected to be April Academic All-Stars for their strong commitment to their studies.  Many students applied for a Quarter 4 Wolf Pride Card.  We had 277 students recognized as earning Honor Roll for Quarter 3.  Our working so hard to motivate our students to learn, stretch themselves, and do their best at school. 

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!  I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of this team.

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.

In addition to attendance and student achievement, a major focus at RRMS is the wellness of our students, staff, and community. This year, we received America’s Healthiest School bronze award and next year we are striving for silver!  This award recognized us as national leader in school wellness.  We aim to equip kids with the resources and skills to lead healthy lives and develop lifelong healthy habits.  At Ron Russell, we recognize that health and academic success are inherently linked. Because of this, we strive to provide healthy environments for our students at school.

All students at our school are required to take PE and Health every year (grades 6-8).  Every student will have PE every other day for the entire year with very few exemptions allowed.  Health is taught a total of 12 weeks during grades 6-8.  We serve healthy food in our cafeteria and our school prohibits giving out food as a reward.  We encourage healthy eating by providing healthy snacks that students can purchase at our Wolf Mart (student store), including fresh fruit cups made by our students in Leadership class.

Additionally, we require that all foods served and offered during the school day meet or exceed the USDA’s Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.  This includes snacks that are not part of a federally reimbursed child nutrition program, birthday parties, holiday parties, and school-wide celebrations. We recognize that we need to provide consistent messaging around healthy eating to avoid sending youth conflicting messages. Our celebrations, such as our monthly school-wide Tracker Parties, include healthy foods and provide our students with opportunities to play, enjoy music, dance, games, sports, and other activities.

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