Today, 12/20/2014
High: 48 Low: 20
Mostly cloudy
0% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 12/21/2014
High: 51 Low: 27
Partly sunny
6% 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.

Holiday Update 12/18/2014

This is the time of year when gifting is celebrated. Some of the gifts that I have most appreciated in life are the gifts of birth, my Wife, my Family, integrity, acts of charity, a home, friends, Rotary, good health food, snow, stars, grandchildren, school Christmas programs, compliments, New Mexico, mountains, desert, Raton, education, opportunities to make a positive difference, and Jesus Christ........
My thoughts go out to our young men and women in the armed services. The following is a poem from my Great Grandmother, Lucy Stolworthy Burnham, who grew up in the San Juan basin of New Mexico. This was her gift to me and now to you.
                                     THE TWO MOTHERS
Dear Mary, the Mother of Jesus,
I'm thinking of you tonight,
As I kneel at the foot of the Christmas Tree,
With it's star so brilliantly bright.
Dear Mary, a tie between us two,
My boy came on Christmas Day.
My bed was made of soft white down,
Yours of new mown hay.
Joy divine filled your mother heart,
Dear Mary, that too was mine.
You breathed a prayer of thankfulness,
As you knelt at the sacred shrine.
You planned for Him as he sweetly slept,
I planned for my dear son,
The bitter cup was drained by you,
As you whispered, 'Thy will be done".
A sad, sad day on Calvary's Hill,
You wept at the foot of the Cross,
A cruel war took my dear son,
Dear Mary, a bitter loss. 
Dear Mary, I come in sympathy,
And kneel with a heart of lead.
I did not know thy grief before,
Sweet Mary, my boy is dead.
He fell with the brave on Pearl Harbor's shore,
He was tenderr and light and gay,
"I'll see you again" he said with a smile
And waved as he marched away.
Dear Mary, reach down your hand to me,
Be good to my boy up there,
I kneel at the foot of the tree in tears,
And send to you this prayer.  

Upcoming Events

Mon, Dec 22 - Fri, Jan 2
Christmas Break
Monday, January 5
No School for Students!
Tuesday, January 6
Welcome Back Students!
Thursday, January 8
PARENT Teacher Conferences 4-7pm
Friday, January 9
PARENT Teacher Conferences 8-12 NO STUDENTS

Early Friday Release @1:30.

CONGRATULATIONS to Teachers and Support Staff of the Month. Receiving their certificates  L-R are
Kearny ElementaryTeacher Michelle Hopper,Ted Kamp, Board Vice- President, and Darlene Jaramillo, Support Staff of the Month. Not Pictured is Sara Davis, RHS Secondary Teacher of the Month.

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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