Welcome back to our staff and children! Our teachers begin school on August 17th and grades Pre-K, 1st, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9 will begin the 24th and all students on the 25th. A lot of hard summer work by our support staff, selected teachers and administrators went in to preparing our schools for our community. Please give them a big “thank you” when you see them.
Big Changes this year include:
1. Re-configuration of the district from five buildings to three. They include grades Pre-K-2 at Longfellow, grades 3-6 at the Old RMS now the Russell Marcy Academy (RMA) and finally grades 7-12 at the RHS.
2. The district did not renew its contract with Durham Bus Service but instead brought our bus transportation under the district. Welcome to all our transportation staff!
3. In order to align our administrators with the re-configuration the district made some positive changes. Andy Ortiz will continue at Longfellow, Kim Sanchez will principal at Russell Marcy Academy, Kristie Medina will co-principal at RHS for grades 7-9 and Duncan Ware will co-principal at RHS for grades 10-12 and the Mesa Academy. They are experienced and qualified professionals with proven records of success. Get to know them.
4. Officer Scott Vinson has assumed the duties of School Resource Officer (SRO). He is certified as an SRO and as a Police Officer. His primary responsibility will be at RHS but he will also serve Head Start, Longfellow and RMA.
Our Primary PLC focus last year was to unpack standards each Wednesday. It is critical that we focus our teaching on curriculum derived from NM Common Core standards. It will lead us to better scores on our state assessment and short cycle assessments. It will also directly impact teacher score at PED and ultimately our school grade. On condition that that each school has unpacked ELA/Math/Science standards, each school will focus on the issues that will most dramatically affect student achievement (data interpretation, Instructional Strategies, Tech Infusion, standards-based grading etc.). Our Vision and Mission states that we believe that this process will lead to students that are College/Career/Citizenship ready. There are dozens of very important issues we could address as PLCs but unpacking standards and establishing a guaranteed and viable curriculum must be clearly established.
There is approximately 16 new staff. They come from all parts of the world as well as NM. Please make them welcome.
It has and will continue to take extra effort on our part to ready ourselves under the re-configuration. Thank you for this ahead of time. There will be few unidentified wrinkles as we go forward this year but they can and will be worked out. Continuing to be professional will be our best approach. Have great year. J
Sincerely, Neil Terhune, Superintendent
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