Today, 1/28/2015
High: 57 Low: 30
Mostly clear
4% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 1/29/2015
High: 43 Low: 31
Partly cloudy
4% 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.

2015 Update

2015 Update
Consolidation Update : The School board directed the superintendent to submit an application to New Mexico Pubic Education Department (NMPED) to reconfigure the school district from 5 buildings to 4 buildings. The reconfiguration will include PK -1 at Longfellow, Grades 2-3 at Columbian, Grades 4-7 at the current Middle School and Grades 8-12 at the current High School. Kearny would be disposed of in accordance with the guidelines of the New Mexico Historic Preservation Office. If the reconfiguration application is disapproved by (NMPED) then the school board has directed the superintendent to submit a three building option that will include a PK-2 at Longfellow, Grades 3-6 at the current Middle School, and grades 7-12 at the current High School. I have asked the RMS and RHS principals to collaborate with and selected teachers to brief the board on a number of solutions to the challenges we are faced in relation to separating grade 7 and 8 in different buildings. I will have both applications ready for signature at the meeting. I will send them together stating the boards priority for the option approved at our last meeting. This will speed up the process should the NMPED find the first option untenable. The consolidation is being implemented to address the declining student enrollment and subsequent budget shortfalls. 
As previously mentioned the Public School Capital Outlay Council (PSCOC) reapproved providing funds for the majority of a new roof at the RMS. The district requested that our portion (387K) be loaned to us until we could pay it back over a 2-3 year period. They will vote on the districts request to front the money at the April PSCOC meeting.
The contract for the lease of the land west of the RHS is just about finished. This will allow the FFA to graze cattle as part of their curriculum. The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) grant activities have been tentatively mapped out. The Young marines presented at the last board meeting and are now seeking recruits for the next basic training cycle. Jo Ahlm is working with her gifted students to do a student led feasibility study for the RMS room that could include solar power. They will present at a future board meeting.
First semester grades are being finalized and parent/teacher conferences are finishing up today. The parent numbers overall seem to be about the same as the last time around. Maybe a little lower due to weather. Basketball season is well under way. All of our programs have younger students. I do not how much of it is cyclical or whether our drug testing policy impacted the numbers and ages of participants. Regardless I think our long-term prognosis for student programs is very good. I feel very good about the student climate within and around our buildings. I also believe that our fan conduct has been better this year.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 14
Monday, February 16
Regular Board of Education Meeting @RHS Krivokapich Media Center
6:00 PM
Monday, March 16
Regular Board of Education Meeting @RHS Krivokapich Media Center
6:00 PM

Early Friday Release @1:30.

CONGRATULATIONS to Teachers and Support Staff of the Month! Receiving their certificates L-R were
RHS Teacher Wayne Hogg , Kearny Elementary Teacher Brandon Hightree, Support Staff of the Month  Longfellow Tammy Gagliardi and President Arthur J. Armijo. Way to go!

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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