Superintendent's Corner

  • 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 Many Policies, that were actual forms, were also rescinded. They were not rescinded because the information wasn't needed or important, but because the information will be gathered through our online registration process in the future (rather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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  • Raymond Red Ribbon Week

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 10/19/2018 3:00:00 PM

    Red Ribbon Week is October 22nd through October 26th, and will be celebrated at all three Raymond Schools! In collaboration with our partners at the Raymond Coalition for Youth, a wide range of fun learning activities will take place. There will be special T-shirts, themed days and more! Check out this video by the RCYF Youth Action Group to see their Red Ribbon Week message! 

    Our collective goal is to educate our students about Red Ribbon Week healthy lifestyle choices, and to prevent them from using drugs, alcohol or nicotine. By raising awareness we hope to encourage kids and adults to have meaningful, heart-to-heart conversations about drugs, alcohol and nicotine. Please take this opporunity to talk to your kids about red ribbon week and the dangers of substance abuse. Their futures may depend on it! 

    Do you want to talk to your kids but are not quite sure how to approach the subject? Access this Parent-Family Tool Kit to get started! 

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  • 'Test' Emergency Notification

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 10/8/2018

    Emergency Notification System

    Did you receive a 'test' emergency notification from the Raymond School District on the evening of Friday, October 5, 2018? 

    Parents and employees should have received a test notification from the Raymond School District's automated emergency notification system on 10/5/18. 

    Any parent of a Raymond student who did not receive the notification should contact the school/s as soon as possible to make make sure the situation is corrected soon. Before adverse weather becomes more common, be sure that you will receive the notices you will need. 

    Employees who did not receive the notification should contact Jennifer Heywood.

     

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  • TEST Emergency Notification 10-5-18

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 10/3/2018

    Notification

    We plan on doing a test emergency notification through SWIFTK12 on the evening of October 5th (this upcoming Friday). The purpose is simply make sure the data in our system is accurate and that all those who should be receiving a call, email or text in the event of a school closure, delay (or other emergency) do get one. If you do not receive the notification, please contact your child's school so that steps can be taken to correct the situation before any seriously bad weather sets in. One never knows what will happen, and we need to be prepared. Please do inform us if there are any difficulties with the test notification that will go out on Friday evening (10/5/18). 

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  • HELP Us Spread the Word

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 9/26/2018 8:00:00 AM

    Please take a few moments to think about friends, acquaintances or relatives you might be interested in working in the Raymond School District as a paraprofessional. This is a great job for the right person, as attested to by the longevity of some of our fantastic and highly dedicated paras. The positions have full benefits, and have several unique advantages such as:

    • the chance to help children and youth succeed
    • meeting engaging new friends and colleagues
    • supporting the community of Raymond
    • no nights, weekends or holidays
    • the entire summer off
    • great 'parents' hours
    • work that is never boring
    HELP US The best way to recruit new employees is through word of mouth. Please tell those you know, who may be interested in a position as a para-professional in our District, to apply for a job as a para in Raymond. We need both full time paras and para substitutes. By helping to spread the word, you'll be making a difference for our students, your co-workers and the entire school system. We have several openings (in all three schools) right now, and new jobs are posted as they open up.  Positions can be viewed and applied for on the Raymond School District website.


    Tina H. McCoy - Superintendent of Schools

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  • VAPING: A REAL Health Threat Emerging

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 9/21/2018 8:00:00 AM

    Vaping Devices Vaping. How much do you know about it? As someone who cares deeply about our students and their futures, I'm deeply concerned about the fast-growing trend of Vaping. Vaping may appear benign on the surface, but it is a serious long term health risk. Parents, students and anyone who is concerned about the health of their loved ones should learn more about Vaping and the problems associated with it. Through Breathe New Hamphire, the Raymond School District is sponsoring a presentation about Vaping. Please come to Raymond High School on Tuesday the 25th of September at 6:00 PM for Vaping Unveiled. You owe it to yourself and your family to take time to learn about the health risks of vaping. Please do come! Everyone is welcome

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  • PARENTS Remember: Open House!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 9/13/2018 5:00:00 PM

    Be there! Don't forget to attend the Open House at your child's school! These are important events for parents and teachers. They are also exciting for the students, who always like to know that their parents are interested in visiting the school. At the Open House events you will meet teachers and administrators, see classrooms, and view some student work. You can even learn more about ALICE (our new response strategy for certain types of emergencies), get help with PowerSchool, and even learn about job opportunities in the Raymond School District. Each Open House makes for a special evening for all involved.

    Please do come, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM:

    LRES - September 13th

    IHGMS - September 18th

    RHS - September 20th

     

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  • Laura Yacek Named Principal of LRES!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 9/6/2018 4:00:00 PM

    Ms. Yacek - Principal I am very proud and excited to announce that Laura Yacek has been chosen to serve the community of Raymond as Princial of Lamprey River Elementary School! Ms. Yacek was the clear choice for this important leadership position. She is a highly experienced educator who is dedicated to the success of the students of Raymond. Laura is already knowledgeable about our students, our staff members, our district and our town. For the past three years, she has served in the key leadership role of Assistant Principal at LRES, and now she is more than ready lead the school forward as Principal. Ms. Yacek is a positive and energetic person who is always looking for ways to work with teachers and parents to strengthen LRES and nurture a positive learning environment. She puts children at the very center of all her actions and decisions. We are so fortunate to have Laura Yacek provide the stability and enthusiasm we need in the leader of LRES. Please join me in congratulating her regarding her new position!

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  • Openings NOW in Raymond School District!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 8/31/2018 5:00:00 PM

    Job Openings

    There are many opportunities for employment in the Raymond School District still available in the District. This is due primarily to a few last minute resignations and the fact that some new students have moved in.

    The Raymond School District is a great place to work and help the community at the same time. If you are interested in a position here, please do check out the jobs posted on our website.  

    Click the following link to view and apply for our open positions:

     http://www.applitrack.com/sau33/onlineapp/default.aspx
     You will receive an email confirming we have received your application.Only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted. 

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  • Moving Forward

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 8/24/2018 3:00:00 PM

    I am thrilled to have all of our employees back from their summer break, and can't wait for our students to return on Monday the 27th of August. We are energized and ready to move forward together with our community! 

    Strategic Plan We are on a great path to strengthen our practices across the District as we: 

    • Refine Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
    • Strengthen & Support the Workforce
    • Increase Community, Family & Business Engagement & Student Involvement
    • Improve Communication
    • Further Promote a Safe & Secure School Environment

    Please read our entire Renewed Strategic Plan to see where we'll be headed in the next five years! 

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

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