Today, 4/17/2014
High: 55 Low: 29
Snow likely
72% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 4/18/2014
High: 70 Low: 34
Partly cloudy
7% 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.



M. Neil Terhune


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.

Spring 2014 Update

Spring 2014 Update
Our emphasis for February  and March has been spent in training district leaders and staff in the implementation of New Mexico Common Core State Standards (NMCCSS) and the use of Professional Development 360 (PD360). Some of the leader preparation took place at HPREC and some at RMS.  By August we 1) expect our PLC Teams to be re-familiarized with the basic principles, 2) Establish norms for the conduct of each PLC, 3) use a common agenda with focus on NMCCSS and 4) establish a common PLC vocabulary.  The training that the district conducts between now and the end of the year is to get us to that point.
We are nearing completion of our summative testing (SBA). The district opted to take a take a major step into the 21st Century by opting for Computer-Based Testing (CBT) this spring. The only exception was our Special Needs students. Despite much apprehension it appears to be working well. The data from our NM Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) should have a quicker turn around for our staff and students.
Mr. Frank Archuleta (General Contractor) is working on the approval of a building permit to start our Football Stadium structural reinforcement project. Mr. David Little of Alpha Design will be reviewing  the potential for stadium locker room renovations in April. The initial phase of the tennis court project is completed.  We are still working on the landscaping specs for the RHS front area.  The district has submitted  the initial application for State funding of our proposed Elementary School Campus. We have also submitted a grant application that if approved will assist in the remodeling of the RMS roof.  The District Marquee is up and running.
A DOL Audit was completed in early March. The auditor found the district in compliance with the intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act and under a conditional volunteer status. We have been told that we should document  the "Volunteer" status of our "Non-Exempt" employees. The district was also told that our support staff employees could continues to serve as volunteer coaches without time and a half compensation under certain conditions.
There will need to be some adjustments made to policy and procedure.  There will also need to be an understanding of the operational, legal and supervisory issues that will occur when using volunteer coaches as opposed to our traditional use of coaches. There is also another potential option being considered.
Congratulations go out to our Coed Cheer Team who place 2nd in the state championships this weekend. Our Girl's Dance Team performed exceptionally well in a difficult choreography. The Young Marines graduated another class of future leaders. All other spring sports are well under way and we wish them success.
Spring Break is April 7-11 We wish everyone to be safe and enjoy a well-earned holiday.     :-)

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 18
Good Friday/ NO SCHOOL
Sunday, April 20
Friday, May 2
Saturday, May 3
Tuesday, May 6
RHS & RMS Choir Concert
7:00 PM

Maintenance Dept. receives Maintenance Excellence Award.
L-R Jacob Benavidez, Ben Munden, Tony Goens, and Board President Arthur J. Armijo

CONGRATULATIONS to Teachers and Support Staff for the month of February. L-R Secondary Teacher Dana Medina, Elementary Teacher Lisa Lopez, and Support Staff Alicia Luksich, Board President Arthur J. Armijo.

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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