Superintendent's Corner

  • Mental Health Presentation at Ellis School!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 5/15/2019 1:00:00 PM

    Our neighbors in the Fremont School District have kindly invited interested individuals in Raymond to attend a special event at ELLIS SCHOOL - 432 Main Street in Fremont (SAU83)! 


    R.E.A.C.T Presentation
    Tuesday, May 21, 2019R.E.A.C.T.
    Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Where: Ellis School Gym

    We invite you to join us for a special presentation by John Broderick, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Dartmouth Hitchcock and former NH Chief Justice on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 as part of Dartmouth Hitchcock’s R.E.A.C.T. mental health awareness campaign, which provides individuals with tips on how to recognize signs of emotional suffering and how to seek support for themselves and others. Drawing on his personal experiences, Mr. Broderick has shared his message with more than 250 schools and community events in NH and VT in an effort to destigmatize mental illness.

    R.E.A.C.T supplements the “5 Signs” campaign developed by Change Direction, which is based on the premise that, like knowing the 5 Signs of a heart attack or stroke, we should all know the 5 Signs of emotional distress; R.E.A.C.T. helps us take action. 

    The R.E.A.C.T. campaign is presented by Dartmouth-Hitchcock in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), the New Hampshire Department of Education, the Vermont Agency of Education and other agencies and civic leaders.

    Please contact Mrs/ DeVincent at 603-895-2511 or sdevincent@sau83.org if you have any questions or require further information.

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  • Retiring SST Principal Callahan Honored

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 5/10/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Margaret Callahan Retiring Principal of Seacoast School of Technology, Margaret Callahan, was recently honored by the Exeter Chamber of Commerce. She was also given an honorary FFA (Future Farmers of America) degree by that organization (picture here). Ms. Callahan has served the region's school districts very well during her time at SST, and we wish her the very best as she moves on to new adventures. Thank you, Principal Callahan!  

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  • Education Funding 101 Presentation at RHS

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 5/3/2019 11:00:00 AM

    School Funding 101

    On Tuesday, the 14th of May there will be an informative presentation at Raymond High School that is open to the public. All who want to understand school funding in New Hampshire, and learn some ideas about how it might be reformed, are invited to attend at 6 PM. Attorney John Tobin will explain the complex system of school funding and share his thoughts about how citizens can advocate for change. If you want to understand how you can support public schools, or you are concerned about the impact of local education on your property taxes, please plan to attend. While the views of Attorney Tobin do not represent the official views of the Raymond School District, the information is sure to be thought-provoking.  

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  • NHDOE Holding CTE Listening Sessions

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 4/26/2019 3:00:00 PM

    CTE

    The New Hampshire Department of Education is hosting regional listening sessions around the state to collect public input on the state plan development process occurring as a result of the passage of the federal Perkins V: Strengthening Career and Technical; Education for the 21st Century Act. Each session will be co-hosted by a local school district or community organization at regional locations. An online survey has also been created by the NHDOE to collect additional public comment.

    Listening sessions give students, parents, educators, business leaders, policymakers and community members the chance to weigh in on important components of the state's career and technical education service delivery model.

    Please read this flyer for additional information. 

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  • Spring Break!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 4/19/2019

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    All schools in the Raymond School District will be closed during the entire week of April 22nd, 2019 for Spring Break. School will resume on Monday the 29th of April. 

    Students, staff members and families should enjoy the week! Wherever you are headed and whatever you plan to do, please have safe and happy adventures!

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  • Competency Based Education Continues to Move Forward in Raymond

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 4/12/2019

    rolling The Raymond School District is excited to continue to move forward with Competency Based Education and Grading as we prepare to transition into the upcoming school year. We are very pleased to announce that teachers will, in 2019-20, have 'rolling grade books'. While our report cards won't look much different to parents, this will allow educators to better track student progress toward competencies throughout the entire school year. 

    Remember, if you have questions, comments or concerns about Competency Based Education in Raymond you can email CBE@sau33.com! Thanks for your support and your interest in a quality educataion for every student in our community!  

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  • Sharon Wilson Named Principal of SST

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 4/5/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Sharon Wilson has been selected to assume the position of Principal at Seacoast School of Technology for the upcoming school year! Please join me in welcoming her to our greater educational community! Read more about Sharon and SST here! 

    Ms. Willson - SST

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  • NEASC Visit Taking Place at RHS

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 3/29/2019 4:00:00 PM

    NEASC I'm so excited about the culmination of the accreditation process at Raymond High School, and exceptionally proud of all of the hard work and preparation that has gone into this important process. Our professionals have done an outstanding job of collectively examining their practices and collaboratively examining the strenghts, needs and challenges of Raymond High School. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) team will be on-site in our DSistrict from Sunday, the 31st of March, through Wednesday the 3rd of April. During that time they will be engaged in a variety of activities that will help them learn more about Raymond High School. Needless to say, the logistics of planning this visit have been monumental. There are so many people to thank that it would be impossible to list them all, but Kim Moyer and Jay Long definitely deserve special recognition for the leadership roles they have played in this process. We have a NEASC visit only once every ten years, so this is a rare and valuable opportunity for our schcool system to obtain feedback and recommendations that will be used to guide us as we move forward together. Please join me in wishing the entire staff of RHS good luck this week as the NEASC visit takes place!  

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  • Graduation Date for RHS Set

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 3/21/2019 4:00:00 PM

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    The Raymond High School Graduation Date for the Class of  2019 is set for June 14th!

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  • Thank You to the Voters of Raymond!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 3/15/2019 1:15:00 PM

    Thank you, Raymond

    Thank you to the voters of Raymond for supporting our schools on March 12th! Your support is profoundly appreciated! The District is moving forward and continually striving to serve our students and our community better. We are truly heartened by the message message we received from the community on voting day. 

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  • Thanks to our School Nurses

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 3/7/2019

    Nurses Have Heart I'd like to thank all of our School Nurses for the incredible work that they do each and every day. They are compassionate and dedicated; always looking out for the well being of students, staff members or anyone in our school buildings. In February, the Raymond School Board adopted some adjusted Policies related to health and safety. These were vetted in advance by our nurses. The new Policies are First Aid and Emergency Care and HIV/AIDS. Many Policies, that were actual forms, were also rescinded. They were not rescinded because the information wasn't needed or important, but because the information will be gathered through our online registration process in the future (rather than through paper forms). We trust our nurses' judgment to gather important health related information. 

    Tina H. McCoy, Ed.D - Superintendent of Schools

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  • Minimum Class Size Decision for Raymond High School

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 2/22/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Class Size On February 20th, the Raymond School Board had some in-depth discussion regarding minimum class sizes at Raymond High School. In an effort to make sure the District is maximizing its resources, the Board decided that a minimum of 12 students will be needed to run a course at RHS. Exceptions to this rule will be Advanced Placement courses, high level foreign language classes and some types of remedial courses. The Board also agreed that there should be an appeal process for students to advocate for a course to run even if 12 students did not sign up.  Students at RHS have already completed the course registration process and much work is underway to 'spin' the master schedule earlier than usual. 

    Tina H. McCoy, Ed.D. - Superintendent of Schools

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  • RHS 'Takes the Plunge'!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 2/8/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Ramguins

    Raymond High School raised more money than any other school in the state of New Hampshire when they participated in the Penguin Plunge on Groundhog Day! Our turnout was phenomenal and, on that very frigid day, our students showed their grit to collectively earn more than $25,000 for Special Olympics. Some of the students (pictured here) were able to present at a recent meeting of the Raymond School Board where they were applauded for their dedication to this important endeavor. A portion of the funds raised will be allocated back to the RHS Unified Sports Teams, on which students with and without disabilities play sports together for the sheer fun of it. I'm so very proud of our students! 

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  • Commissioner Edelblut Visits Raymond Schools

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 2/1/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Frank Edelblut, Commissioner of Education for the State of New Hampshire, visited all three schools in Raymond on February 1, 2019. The Commissioner spent his entire day touring our facilities, observing and interacting with students and teachers and learning about our school system. School Board Members Joe Saulnier and Janice Arsenault particpated as well, along with key administrators. We were glad to showcase the talents and activities of our students and teachers. Thanks to Mr. Edelblut and the New Hampshire Department of Education for taking the time to support our efforts and partner with us to move forward! 

    School Board Members

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  • Be Sure to Attend Deliberative Session!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 1/25/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Deliberative Session The Raymond School District Deliberative Session is on Saturday, February 2nd at 10 AM in the Raymond High School Cafeteria. It's important that as many citizens as possible come to this annual meeting to participate in the discussion and the decision making processs. Please mark your calendars, plan to attend, and remind friends, relatives and neighors to do the same. Child care will be provided, courtesy of the RHS Interact Club. 

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  • Commissioner of Education to Visit Raymond Schools!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 1/18/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut, the Commissioner of Education for the State of New Hampshire, will be visiting Raymond Schools on Friday, February 1st, 2019. We look forward to his visit, and the opportunity to showcase the wonderful things that students and teachers are accomplishing in our school system. Stay tuned for more information as the schedule for that day is developed.

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  • Mark Your Calendar - More Warrant Article Forums!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 1/11/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Thank you to all of the folks who came out to partipate in our first two Warrant Article Forums! 

    Calendar There will be another evening forum at LRES on January 23rd at 7 PM.

    Additionally, the same information will be presented at the principals' coffee hours later this month:

    January 24th - 9 AM IHGMS

    January 25th - 9:15 AM LRES

    January 28th - 10 AM RHS

    MARK your Calendar for Deliberative Session on February 2, 2019 at 10 AM in the RHS Cafeteria.

    VOTE on March 12 at IHGMS! 

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  • Attend Important Informational FORUMS at RHS or IHGMS!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 1/4/2019

    The Raymond School District Deliberative Session is coming up fast on February 2, 2019. Be informed and prepared to participate meaningfully at that important event.

    Forum

    There will be IMPORTANT FORUMS to overview and clarify the expected School District Warrant Articles that will be voted on this March. A special emphasis will be placed on helping participants understand information gathered in relation to the warrant article to study whether to study entering into a tuition agreement with Pinkerton Academy.  The first two sessions are:

    Wednesday, January 9, 7:00 PM, RHS Media Center

     

    Thursday, January 10, 7:00 PM, IHGMS Media Center

     

    Anyone is welcome to attend either event. All are encouraged to participate. A third forum will also take place at LRES on Wednesday, January 23rd at 7 PM. 

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  • Take Our Targeted Volunteerism Survey Now!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 12/21/2018 8:00:00 AM

    Would you like to help the Raymond Schools, but you're not sure how to do that? We are looking for specific types of volunteers to work with students and teachers to enhance the educational programs we provide, and we know that our own community is a largely untapped resource. 

    We surveyed our staff to find out what types of volunteerism would be most advantageous to their students. There is an opportunity for everyone who wants to help the schools. For example, we need:

    • Artists and Musicians
    • Music Business Professionals
    • Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners
    • Finance Professionals
    • Builders, Welders, & other Skilled Craftsmen
    • Computer Programmers
    • Computer Technology Specialists
    • Guest Readers (for young children)
    • Community Helpers (Police, Fire, Mail Carriers, Doctors,  Dentists, Pilots, etc.)
    • Nature Lovers (Animal Studies, Moon Cycles, etc.)
    • Professional Writers of Any Kind
    • Librarians (or Comfortable Working in Libraries)
    • Any Subject of Expertise and/or Passion!

    Please use this super brief Targeted Volunteersim Survey to let us know how you would like to help students and staff members in the Raymond School District. We would love for you to share your skills, knowledge, time, and real-world experiences with children and youth in our schools. 

    Tina H. McCoy, Ed.D. - Superintendent of Schools

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  • Raymond School Board Clerk Opening!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 12/11/2018 5:00:00 PM

    The Raymond School Board is looking for a School Board Clerk starting in January 2019. More information about this opportunity can be found on our website under Job Opportunities. If you are interested in making some additional money and helping the District please consider applying. The pay is $135 per meeting. 

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  • Budget Committee Hearings Coming Up

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 12/7/2018 2:00:00 PM

    Budget

    The Raymond Budget Committee, led by Chair Carol Watjus, will hold Public Hearings soon to allow public comment on the proposed budgets from the Town of Raymond and the Raymond School District. Meetings are held at 7 PM at Raymond High School. Upcoming Dates are:

    December 11, 2018

    January 3, 2019

    January 8, 2019 (tentative)

    Please come and voice your opinion, and help us spread the word to encourage others to attend as well.

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  • RSD Substitute Rates Increased!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 11/20/2018 3:00:00 PM

    Substitute Now

    Thanks to the support of the Raymond School Board our pay rates for substitutes have increased! Districts across New Hampshire are struggling to hire subsitutes to step in when employees cannot be at work due to illness, bereavement or needed personal time. We are always looking for responsible, quality substitutes, and now we can offer them a bit more compensation for helping our District in this important way. The new rates are:

    Non-certified teacher subs: $75 per day

    Paraeducator subs: $75 per day

    Certified teacher subs: $85 per day

    Sub custodians: $10 per hour

    School Nutrition Services: $10 per hour

    If you want to help our community, meet fantastic peope, and have a job that is super-flexible, consider applying to substitute in the Raymond Schools! Learn more and apply at https://www.sau33.com/Page/78. 

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  • Follow RSD on Twitter for Urgent Updates

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 11/8/2018 3:30:00 PM

    RSD Twitter

    The Raymond School District now has a Twitter account! Follow the District now (@RaymondSchools) to quickly receive emergency or urgent updates. When the District sends out an urgent message, it may take up to 20 minutes for all emails, texts and phone calls to go through. However, alerts from our emergency notification system are linked to Twitter and are posted automatically in no time at all. If you want to be one of the first to learn of school closures, delayed openings or any emergency situation in the Raymond, New Hampshire Schools please do follow @RaymondSchools and tell your friends and family members to do the same.

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  • We Want Your CBE Feedback!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 11/2/2018 5:00:00 PM
    Putting It Together Fall is a busy and exciting time of the year in the Raymond School District! Students and staff members alike are working hard and having fun as they engage in many special educational and extracurricular activities. Our shift toward competency based education is going well, thanks especially to the investment of time and effort of our teachers as they adjust their practices to align with the competencies and work study practices that they collaboratively developed. Inevitably, questions surface as changes take place. We want to make sure that communication about Competency Based Education is two-way and that questions that arise can be considered and addressed. For this reason we have established a special email account where any parent, student, community member or employee can forward a question or concern about competency based education in Raymond. The administration will use this information to develop and disseminate answers that will help everyone understand this shift. We also hope to obtain constructive feedback that may help us adjust as we continue on this journey of improvement. 


    Please email any questions, comments or concerns you may have to CBE@sau33.com. Thank you very much for your support and involvement. 

    Tina H. McCoy Ed.D. - Superintendent of Schools

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  • Medication Drug Take Back Event is Oct. 27th!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 10/26/2018 9:00:00 AM

     

    PLEASE PARTICIPATE in the DEA Medication/Drug Take Back Event on Saturday October 27th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, at Raymond Hannaford.

    This event is spearheaded by our phenomenal community parters - the Raymond Coalition for Youth

    This is an excellent opportunity for you to clean out your cabinets, drawers and closets of no longer needed, expired, or overprescribed medication for safe disposal. 

    Participating in this event helps keep our youth, community, pets, and water supply safe.  Did you know that teens report peers misusing Adderall, Ritalin, and Xanax, in addition to opioids?

    At our Raymond event**  we will have free hot dogs, chips and drinks provided by Hannaford and a special thank you gift provided by RCFY.  As well as an opportunity to interact with our local police officers who are making this day possible. 

    This event is important to support reducing access to drugs that can be misused and abused.

    Please get involved! 

    RCFY

     

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