Dear Ron Russell Families,
Welcome to Ron Russell Middle School and the 2018-19 academic school year! I hope you are having a great summer with your family and friends. We look forward to serving you and making Ron Russell the best school possible.
If you are new to Ron Russell, we welcome you to the Timberwolf Pack. Our goal is to make your transition as smooth as possible. If you are a returning family, welcome back. We have been busy scheduling, hiring, and planning all summer to prepare for the best learning experience. We want to work with you as partners to increase our students’ academic achievement, so should you have any unanswered questions please contact us.
The theme for this year is “Our Community, Our Responsibility.” Together, we will create a culture and climate at Ron Russell that cultivates a “community of learners by behaving in a kind, caring, honest, and compassionate manner in order to challenge and inspire each member of the school community to become more than they ever thought possible” (Casas, 4). This means that RR staff, students, and parents must take responsibility for striving to become better, being the best role models for each other, and supporting one another to achieve what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. calls the Beloved Community–a community based on justice, equal opportunity, and appreciation. Only then, can our students achieve excellence. Join me in making this vision a reality.
Here are a few tips to get you ready for a successful school year:
- Activate your personal and private ParentVUE account. ParentVUE is a district-wide supported web-based program that offers secure, private access to school and student information including assignments, grades, attendance, school calendar, and teacher contact details. You can email teachers directly within the program. It also gives you access to all of your children within David Douglas School District, not just at Ron Russell. I recommend checking it at least on a weekly basis.
- All bus riders will need to show their Student ID card with correlating bus number sticker to ride the bus. We will begin this Monday, September 17 after they get their cards during picture day. Make sure students have a secure method of carrying it every day such as a wallet, purse, ID holder attached to backpack, etc. so that they do not lose it or forget it. If a student forgets it in the morning, the bus drivers will still bring them to school; however, the student needs to walk directly into the office to get a pass to ride home at the end of the day. Replacement ID cards can be purchased at any time in the office for $3.
- You are a part of the Timberwolf Pack now, so engage in the activities at RR. Parents, consider joining our Family Leadership Team or volunteering in the school. Students can join one of our many sports (basketball, football, volleyball, track) or a SUN class after school (writing, cooking, soccer, homework help, chess, and so much more).
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.
Again, welcome to the 2018 – 2019 school year at Ron Russell! By working together as a community, we can ensure our students’ success for the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack. GO TIMBERWOLVES!
“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.”