Ron Russell Middle School
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“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.”

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April 2019

Dear Ron Russell Families,

Welcome to the beginning of Quarter 4!  The end of the year tends to fly by quickly, so it is important for all of us, staff and families alike, to help support students to remain focused on learning.  First, we have to get them to school every single day.

  • 2 Absences Per Month x 9 Months of School = 7 Times Less Likely to Graduate from High School
    • Our school-wide goal is 95%.  Right now we’re at 93.28%.
    • If your child is going to be tardy or absent, please call Ruth in the Attendance Office.
  • If something is keeping your child from getting to school, there is help.  Call us at the school or visit every-day-matters.org.

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, April 26 from 9:20-10:03AM in The Commons at Ron Russell MS.  

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 the campus is closed to non-track students.

YouthTruth Survey Update:  Thank you for providing your valuable feedback back in November/December!  We were able to gather anonymous feedback from 730 students and 127 parents.  I am excited to share that YouthTruth has completed the analysis, we have received and reviewed the findings, and the staff and I are reflecting on the insights from your feedback and beginning to plan next steps.  We will explore the findings more over the next several months and strategically use the feedback to inform our planning for the rest of this year and next.

The survey asked students about their school related to climate, academic rigor, relationships with teachers and peers (including bullying), and culture.  We asked families about school culture, engagement and empowerment, relationships, communication and feedback, and school safety. In general, students ranked us highest in academic rigor and relationships.  This is great news! But we also learned that there are significant improvements that we can make to better support students in the areas school culture and belonging & peer relationships. Based on family members’ feedback, we learned that we’re doing a great job with building relationships with students but that we have could improve the safety of our school.  We will share focus areas and action steps in the near future.

Please continue to share your insights with us. Thank you for your partnership in ensuring that all Ron Russell students are inspired to live, learn, and lead to their fullest potential.  Thank you for engaging in this feedback process with us. 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.  We will continue to listen and learn.

Sincerely,

Principal Truong

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Office Contacts

503-256-6519

3955 SE 112th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97266

Fax: 503-761-7246

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Principal
Thu Truong – thu_truong@ddsd40.org

Vice Principals
Larry Tew – larry_tew@ddsd40.org

School Improvement Coordinator
Angie Ortiz-McNeese – angie_ortiz-mcneese@ddsd40.org

Counselors
Jenn Bolser – jenn_bolser@ddsd40.org
Caitlin Ludlow – caitlin_ludlow@ddsd40.org

Head Secretary
Jenny Foteff – jenny_foteff@ddsd40.org

Counseling Secretary
Chelli Berry – chelli_berry@ddsd40.org

Attendance Secretary
Ruth Lofthus – ruth_lofthus@ddsd40.org