Superintendent's Corner

  • Use of Classroom Space Across District Under Consideration

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 11/15/2019 1:00:00 PM

    LRES

    The School District is carefully considering the use of spce in our facilities at all levels to determine if adjustments would better serve our students over time. Topics currently under consideration are moving the preschool program  to Raymond High School, and moving grade 4 from Lamprey River Elementary School to Iber Holmes Gove Middle School. Also being examined is the feasibility of removing the portable classrooms from LRES. These ideas will be discussed at an upcoming meeting of the Raymond School Board on the evening of November 20th. The meeting begins at 6 PM, and takes place at the RHS media center. Please attend or watch the meeting on RCTV is you are interested in learning more about these potential moves. 

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  • Abuse and Neglect Reporting Law Has Changed

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 11/1/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Know and Tell

    Did you know that State Law requires any person who suspects that a child under the age of 18 has been abused or neglected to report the suspicion immediately to the Division for Children, Youth and Families? No one can delegate this reporting to anyone else, but must contact DCYF directly. The District is currently in the process of updating Policies to align with this change; first and second readings of adjusted Policies are expected to take place in November. Please take careful note. The health and safety of every student is our very highest concern.

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  • Follow Raymond School News!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 10/25/2019

    raymondschoolnews.com

    You can easily stay up-to-date on Raymond School District News! Visit our news site at raymondschoolnews.com to see all of our articles and press releases. You can even subscribe to have new articles sent directly to your email. Just scroll all the way down until you see 'subscribe for email updates', then enter your email address. You'll then be sent a confirmation email which you will need to respond to in order to verify your desire to receive news directly. New articles will also be posted on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, so there are many ways to stay informed. 

     

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  • Happy to Remain in Raymond

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 10/18/2019 4:00:00 PM

    The Raymond School Board and I recently entered into agreement to extend my contract as Superintedent of Schools through June 30, 2023. I am very grateful to the Board, and pleased to have the opportunity to remain as the educational leader in Raymond for the next few years. Raymond is a fantastic community, with supportive parents and dedicated employees. We are working hard together to continually improve the educational services we provide to all students. We are moving forward, uniting our school district and community toprepare students for future success; ready for anything! 

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  • Move of 4th Grade to IHGMS Under Preliminary Consideration

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 10/11/2019
    LRES
    Move of 4th Grade to IHGMS Under Preliminary Consideration
     
    • Space needs and usage in our schools have changed over time due to various factors (enrollment, changes in technology use, and shifting positions).
    • The District is currently in the beginning stages of reassessing space use at IHGMS and LRES to make sure that we are using all available resources to provide the best learning environments (physical settings) we can for all of our students. 
    • Currently under preliminary consideration is the feasibility of moving grade 4 from LRES to IHGMS. 
    • While there is sufficient space at IHGMS (to include the 4th grade), our primary concerns are that any such move would a) not adversely impact on the education of students in grades 5-8, b) enhance the physical learning environments of students in grade 4 and c) improve the learning environments of students in grades pre/k to 3 by making additional adequate space available. 
    • No decisions have been made; much investigation and consideration will take place prior to any decision.
    • Stakeholder input is important, valued and will be considered. We are looking for concerns, questions, and ideas in relation to this matter. 
    • A forum is being planned for 6:30 PM on October 24th in the media center at IHGMS.
    • Any interested individuals are invited and encouraged to attend. IHGMS
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  • Ben Ramsey, RHS Teacher, is Vice President of NHSTA!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 9/12/2019

    One of our phenomenal teachers, Ben Ramsey, was recently recognized for his contributions to the New Hampshire Science Teacher Association. He has been an active participant and contributing member in that organization, and he served on the Board of Directors last year. This year Ben is the Vice President of NHSTA! Congratulations, Ben, and thank you for representing Raymond at the State level. You are an incredible asset to our educational community! Ben Ramsey - Science Teacher

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  • SAVE THE DATE FOR 2020 GRADUATION

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 9/5/2019

    The date has been set for the Raymond High School Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony: June 12th! Class of 2020

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  • Job Openings for AMAZING People!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 8/30/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Do you want to make a difference in your own community? Meet new friends and earn full benefits for your entire family? Would you like to work the same hours and days as students with no nights, weekends or holidays required, and your summer off?  Do you love children and youth? If so, please apply to for a position as a para-educataor in one of the Raymond Schools. 

     

    Be a para-educator

    Para-educators work collaboratively with teachers and other professionals to provide important supports and services to students. The work is important, and definitely enjoyable for a person who wants to build a better future by helping to improve the learning experiences of students. 

     

    See our current Job Openings and apply for a position now! If you know someone else who may be interested, please share this information. 

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  • Raymond Educators Working to Strengthen Competency Based Education Practices

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 7/15/2019 2:15:00 PM

    Raymond School District

    Tina McCoy, Superintendent

    43 Harriman Hill Road.
    Raymond, NH 03077
     
    Raymond
     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Monday, July 15, 2019
    Contact: Jessica Sacco
    Phone: 617-993-0003
    Email: jessica@jgpr.net

    Raymond Works on Building Competency Based Education Practices Throughout School District

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    Raymond District Curriculum Coordinator Mike Whaland goes over the district's problem of practice with educators. (Courtesy Photo Raymond Public Schools)
    RAYMOND — To further their knowledge and practices on student-centered learning, administrators and educators throughout Raymond came together recently to participate in a three-day summer institute.

    Student-centered learning is a component of competency based education -- an instruction model focused on providing a customized educational experience for all students.

    On July 9-11, 194 teachers and administrators from Raymond, SAU 16, Oyster River, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newmarket and SAU 44 gathered at Exeter High School for inspiration, learning and to develop "problems of practice" (an area to work on and improve) for the upcoming school year.

    Raymond will focus on the district's vision and work on aligning its core values from kindergarten all the way through grade 12, so that everyone is focused on the same mission.

    "Our goal is to have teachers and staff focus on preparing students to graduate and be 'choice ready,' whether they are headed to college, a trade or entering the military," Raymond High School Principal Steve Woodward said. "So what does that look like for students in first grade? In fifth grade? In eighth grade? We want a mission and vision statement that's front and center and that we can reinforce throughout a student's career."

    2Revolutions -- an education design lab that works with schools to implement new learning models -- designed and led the learning institute.

    "What we're trying to do here is give everyone in the room the tools and resources they need to embody competency based education," 2Revolutions Founder/Partner Adam Rubin said. "Our goal is to help educators build their capacity on the ground and create a system that is sustainable as they continue with this work for years to come."

    During breakout sessions on Thursday, educators got to work developing their problems of practice, outlining areas where their districts could support their peers in deepening their practice.

    Raymond teachers and administrators collaborated on creating a unique vision for the district that posed the question, "what do we want our students to look like when they leave Raymond and how can we ensure they get there?"

    "The summer institute was a great catalyst to start some of this work," Curriculum Coordinator Mike Whaland said. "It was great to get a group of educators from different grade levels and expertise to contribute to the conversation and help shape the picture as to where we stand and where we want to go."



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    A message from the Raymond School District

     
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  • Rising Freshmen at RHS: Get a JUMP START!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 7/12/2019

    RHS

    JUMP START begins August 5th! Dont miss this chance to be with your friends and start getting acclimated  to RHS before the first day of school. Sign up prior to July 19th to be assured transportation and a T-shirt!   

    JUMPSTART 2019 REGISTRATION FORM  - Please contact Ann Roman at 895-6616, ext. 2302 or a.roman@sau33.com, if you have any questions or would like confirmation of registration.  

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  • LRES Celebrates 4th Graders' Transition to IHGMS with BBQ Bash!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 7/8/2019 1:00:00 AM

    Raymond School District

    Tina McCoy, Superintendent

    43 Harriman Hill Road.
    Raymond, NH 03077
     
    Raymond
     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Monday, July 1, 2019
    Contact: Jessica Sacco
    Phone: 617-993-0003
    Email: jessica@jgpr.net

    Lamprey River Elementary School Holds End of Year BBQ for Fourth Grade Students

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    Parent Ellen Jolie serves fourth grade student Gabrielle Ledoux. (Courtesy Photo Raymond School District)
    RAYMOND — To celebrate the end of the school year, Lamprey River Elementary School hosted its first barbecue celebration for fourth grade students.

    Children enter LRES in preschool, and upon completing fourth grade, move on to the Iber Holmes Gove Middle School.

    In what Principal Laura Yacek hopes will be the first of an annual tradition, the school organized a barbecue for students and family members on June 17.
     
    The Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery in Raymond generously donated burgers, hot dogs, buns, water and condiments, with chefs from the restaurant also manning the grill. Parents provided side dishes, drinks and desserts.
     
    "We are so thankful to the Tuckaway, who went above and beyond to help make our party special for our fourth graders," Principal Yacek said. "Thank you to all the parents who contributed to the barbecue. This was a fantastic event and I couldn't think of a more fitting way to celebrate the end of the year."

    After the barbecue, Principal Yacek presented fourth grade students with the LRES Bullfrog Medal and then guided children over the fourth grade bridge for one last walk through the school. School faculty and staff and students in the remaining grades then led a "clap out," applauding fourth grade students for their accomplishments as they walked through the building.

    Principal Yacek would like to recognize and thank parent volunteers who helped organize the event: Brandi Ledoux, Brie Mensinger, Stephanie Woods, Lisa Dufour, Karla Bauer, Liz McGovern, Ellen Jolie and Maria Taylor.



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    Principal Laura Yacek presented each fourth grade student with a LRES medal. (Courtesy Photo Raymond School District)
     

    A message from the Raymond School District

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  • Dr. Fiona Coomey to Serve as Assistant Principal at Raymond High School

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 7/1/2019 11:00:00 AM

    Dr. Fiona Coomey

    Dr. Fiona Coomey began her position as Raymond High School's new Assistant Principal on Monday, July 1. (Courtesy Photo Raymond Public Schools)

    RAYMOND — Superintendent Tina McCoy is pleased to announce that Dr. Fiona Coomey will serve as the new assistant principal at Raymond High School.

    She officially began her new role in the district today.

    Since 2006, Coomey has worked as a physical science educator at Raymond High School.

    "The Raymond School District is very fortunate to have the opportunity to hire Dr. Coomey to serve as assistant principal at Raymond High School," Superintendent McCoy said. "She is knowledgeable about our schools, and committed to the community of Raymond. Dr. Coomey is highly respected by her colleagues and her students. Please join me in welcoming her to our leadership team in a new capacity."

    Coomey is currently the Freshman Academy Team leader, and develops and manages the budget for the program. She helped launch the program in 2015, and has remained on the team that oversees the program since. The Freshman Academy is a team of educators who work with freshmen and meet regularly to identify student needs, challenges and progress as ninth grade students transition from middle to high school.

     
    Coomey also helped create the Raymond High School (RHS) Site Council, a student driven political organization designed to study and evaluate governance at Raymond High. Students in the group, led by Coomey, have made several proposals to building and district leadership regarding daily life at Raymond High School, providing students with an opportunity to experience participatory democracy at the local level. 

    This April, Raymond High School recently underwent an extensive voluntary re-accreditation process that culminated with an onsite visit from representatives of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Coomey was selected to serve as the Chairwoman of the Curriculum Committee, which worked hard to define the school's successes and areas of improvement prior to the visit. 

    "Fiona will bring a fresh perspective to the assistant principal role at RHS," said Raymond High School Principal Steve Woodward. "She possesses the knowledge of things that can be improved and has a excellent rapport with the student body. I look forward to working with her and am excited that she is joining our administrative team."

    Coomey is trained in suicide prevention, NexGen Science, and the Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate (ALICE) model of gun violence prevention and response. She holds a doctorate degree in Philosophy, Educational Leadership in Higher Administration/Student Retention and a master's degree in secondary education from the University of Phoenix, and a bachelor's degree in marine biology from Salem State University.

    "It has been a privilege for me to work with and learn from the faculty, staff, students and parents at RHS in the capacity of science educator," Coomey said. "I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to continue working at RHS as the assistant principal, and I am looking forward to supporting the vision of uniting our school district and community to prepare students for future success; ready for anything."
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  • Essay Contest for High School Students!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 6/25/2019 2:00:00 PM

    essay High school students have a fantastic opportunity to be acknowledged for their talent! They can enter an essay competition sponsored by Ethics and Economics Education of New England for New Hampshire high school students, offering prizes worth $1750. The topic is: “What is the moral value of economic growth?” Full information is available here:http://www.e3ne.org/nh-student-essay-contest-2019/ .

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  • Reach High Scholars 2019 Moving on to Great Colleges with Little or No Debt

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 6/17/2019

    Congratulations to the RHS Class of 2019! Please enjoy this article about the Reach High Scholars Program at Raymond High School!   

    RHS Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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  • Raymond High School Graduation Ceremony is June 14th!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 6/7/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Graduation 2019  

    Only one more week until the

    RAYMOND HIGH SCHOOL 

    GRADUATION CEREMONY

    FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019
    Ceremony begins at 6pm

    Raymond High School Gymnasium
    Raymond, NH
    DOORS OPEN at 5pm


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  • Strategic Plan Review Meeting Open to Those Interested

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 6/4/2019 10:00:00 AM

    Strategic Planning In collaboration with all stakeholders, the District continually strives to make meaningful improvements in accord with our five-year Strategic Plan. Updates on progress toward the plan are provided quarterly, and each year the plan will be revisited to see if adjustments should be made in light of new information or developments. The annual review of the plan will be conducted by the Strategic Planning Committee on Tuesday the 18th of June from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. The meeting will take place in the media center at Iber Holmes Gove Middle School, and any interested stakeholder (parent, community member, employee or official) is welcome to attend. If the committee recommends adjustments, those will be presented to the Raymond School Board at a July meeting. Please do plan to attend if you have an interest in doing so.

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

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  • See Raymond Youths' Film in Epping on June 2nd or 3rd!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 5/30/2019 1:00:00 PM

    film Don't miss the 7th Annual Granite Youth Film Festival at O'Neil Cinema in Epping at 5 PM on June 2nd and 3rd, 2019. The festival features short films that aim to raise awareness about preventable health problems. This year, a group of students from the Raymond Coalition for Youth produced a video that will premier at this event. We are so very proud of our Raymond students who produced this film and competed for the chance to have it shown at this festival. Tickets can easily be purchased online. This event is sponsed by the United Way of the Greater Seacoast and the Granite Youth Alliance. Hope to see you there!

     
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  • 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

    spring

    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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