Today, 11/24/2014
High: 40 Low: 13
Partly sunny
7% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 11/25/2014
High: 44 Low: 20
Mostly sunny
2% chance of precipitation.


                           Inclement Weather Protocol                                                     

 The rationale that the superintendent uses for determining whether schools should close or start late for inclement weather is the following: 

The superintendent first checks with the Transportation to see if the bus drivers feel it is safe to drive in icy or snowy conditions.  

If the school facilities are warm and the plumbing is working then school is conducted at regular hours. Teachers will be at school at 7:30 AM and principals a little earlier. 

It is the parent’s decision to decide whether it is safe for their individual circumstances to allow their child to stand at a bus stop. Some are too young and some families cannot provide the cold weather clothing that is required. In those cases a parent should not put their child in danger.  The district does not count tardies or absences for PreK- 5th as unexcused when this happens but we do expect a call from the parent.

 If you are dropping your child off at school please do so safely and make sure your child is inside the building or in the presence of duty staff before leaving. 

The bottom line is that the superintendent decides whether school will open or not; and the parents decide (based on their individual circumstances) whether their child will come and at what time.  Most of my experience with schools has been with Northern Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota and this procedure works well.

 Late starts will be rare and will be announced via local media (KRTN, KCRT, KOAT TV, KOBT TV and KRQE). It is usually no warmer at 9:00 that it is at 7:00.  

The School Athletic Directors or the RMS/RHS principals will call KRTN when an athletic event is cancelled. You may also call either one of those schools. 

Again, when or if a child comes in is up to the parents. We are open for business for all families who can get their child to school at the regular time; which is most of the parents. Hope this helps.

 Warmly, M. Neil Terhune, Superintendent

Raton Middle School and Raton High School Parents:
The Tiger Den Wellness Center provides free health services to adolescent students attending RMS and RHS.  Please encourage your children to take advantage of this service.
In order to access the Wellness Center, students must have a Parent Consent Form on file.
If you would like additional information, please contact Jackie Riley at 575-445-3541, ext. 1039.

FALL 2014 Update-11/4/2014

    With the failure of the school bond the district must now make hard choices associated with consolidating our schools into our current buildings. There is also a need for the school board to consider passing an Education Technology Bond in order to maintain and update technology infrastructure that would have been part of a new school. While we are at it, the district needs for hardware and software should be addressed. Administrators are bringing tech needs data to our scheduled A Team meeting on Wednesday. We are polling teachers and other staff on the tech priorities as it relates to our Ed Tech Bond. 
It may be that the board will want to try another run at a bond election first; but we should look at options&.advantages, disadvantages etc. Closely associated with the consolidation discussion are any other money saving changes such as going to a 4-day week, and how we are supported by contracts such as Transportation, Technology and so on. 
  School Stuff :
Parent- Teachers Conferences have about the same attendance. RMS did better than last year.
I am getting positive reports on the use of our Professional Learning Community (PLC) time. I am also seeing progress in establishing norms and a solid effort at unpacking NM Common Core State Standards (NMCCSS).
There are those that would argue that our 7th hour athletic period is not used as wisely as it should be, but I believe it is markedly improved over last year.
Our administrators and teacher leaders spent all day Thursday at HPREC in NMCCSS/PLC training.
The RHS is applying for "Exemplary School" status. There are only10 slots state-wide but we feel we have a good chance based on our Demographics, Vocational Programs/grants, Geographic representation and steady improvement over time.  The winners will be given special recognition by the Federal Department of Education and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in ABQ next June. The RHS was graded as a "D" in 2010-2011, a "C" in 2011-2012, a "B" in 2012-2013, and a "B" again in 2013-2104. This is exemplary considering the At-Risk population that Raton has. We have the potential of becoming an "A".    J

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 24
Community Forum/ Public Hearing on School Consolidation
6:00 PM
Public is urged to attend.

RHS Krivokapich Media Center
Wednesday, November 26
Schools close at noon to start Thanksgiving break
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thu, Nov 27 - Fri, Nov 28
Monday, December 1
Monday, December 8
Regular Board of Education Meeting @RHS Krivokapich Media Center
5:30 PM

Early Friday Release @1:30.

CONGRATULATIONS to Teachers and Support Staff for the month. Receiving their awards L-R are
Elementary Teacher Brock Walton, RHS Teacher Ms. Aimee Feldman and Support Staff of the Month Ms. Samantha Mendez. Mr. Arthur J. Armijo, Board President presented the awards.

On this day

1983: US troops invade Grenada - Read Full Article

American forces seize control of the Caribbean island of Grenada less than a week after a left-wing coup in which the prime minister, Maurice Bishop, was killed.

1964: President Kaunda takes power in Zambia - Read Full Article

Zambia is the ninth African state to gain independence from the British crown.


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