Superintendent's Corner

  • 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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  • ALICE TRAINING UNDERWAY

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 8/17/2018 4:00:00 PM
    On Tuesday August 7th most of our administrators and office staff engaged in the District's first ALICE 'scenario' training session. The session was led by Todd Ledoux and Sue Frotton, who did an outstanding job.  
    The training was compelling and relevant to the challenges we face in the world today.

    The implementation of ALICE is an important step for our school system, and will help prepare students and employees alike to respond as effectively as possible in the face of potential violence. ALICE is a nimble approach that allows those in harm's way to react in ways that make sense for their unique, immediate circumstances. Online and in-person training will continue in the next several weeks, with the goal of having all employees trained by the end of the day on September 11th. Once all employees are trained, student training will commence. 

     

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  • Opening Day for Staff Coming Up!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 8/15/2018 3:00:00 PM
    Back to School
    I can't wait for all of our staff members and students to return for the start of a phenomenal new school year!  I hope each and every one of you had a relaxing and enjoyable summer. You are amazing employees, and the community of Raymond is fortunate to have all of you teaching and supporting the children and youth of the District.


    Mark your calendars: 

    • Orientation for All New Teachers - 8:00 AM on 8/22/18 at LRES
    • District In-Service for All Staff - 8:00 AM on 8/23/18 at RHS
    • In-Service Day - 8/24/18 in Respective Schools
    • STUDENTS RETURN - 8/27/18 
    • Look for more detailed information in Welcome Back Letters and in next week's staff newsletter. 


    Important Reminder for Para-educators: The number of school days in our calendar has been reduced by two to allow for additional professional learning days. Para-educators must plan on being at work on August 23rd and 24th, September 11th and January 18th. 

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  • Laura Yacek Named as Acting Principal of LRES

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 8/3/2018 9:00:00 AM

    LRES The Raymond School Board accepted the resignation of Principal Bryan Belanger on the evening of August 1st. Today (8.3.18) is Mr. Belanger’s last official day as Principal of Lamprey River Elementary School. Bryan has served our District and community very well as an energetic, innovative and dedicated leader. I wish him all the best as he undertakes new challenges at Parker-Varney School in Manchester.

    Very fortunately for the District and for LRES, we have a top-notch administrator ready to step in and serve as the leader of your school as we prepare for the start of the fast-approaching school year. Ms. Laura Yacek is a highly competent and seasoned leader knows the staff and students. She has worked with the faculty and parents for the past three years, and is  familiar with all of the processes and plans underway at the  school. Laura will serve as the Acting Principal of Lamprey River Elementary School beginning on Monday, August 6, 2018. She will remain in that role until such time as a permanent Principal is hired.

    While August is a difficult time for administrative changes to take place, I have complete confidence in the capabilities of Ms. Yacek and the staff of LRES to work to ensure a smooth opening of school and an outstanding start to a new year. I am grateful to have the opportunity to appoint Laura as Acting Principal of Lamprey River Elementary School.

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  • Raymond is Sorry to See Principal Belanger Leave

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 7/26/2018 6:00:00 PM

    Belanger - far left

    The Raymond School District regrets to announce that Principal Bryan Belanger (far left in phote), of Lamprey River Elementary School,  has submitted a letter of resignation to the Superintendent of Schools. His resignation will be formally considered by the Raymond School Board on August 1st, 2018. Mr. Belanger has played an essential role in our District for the past three years. Under his leadership the phenomenal team of educators at LRES has accomplished great things for our students. At this time he has decided to transition to a position of Principal at Parker-Varney School, an elementary school in Manchester. We would sincerely like to thank Bryan for his contributions to our school system. We wish him well as he undertakes new challenges in the Manchester School District.

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  • Governor's STEM Scholarship Agreement with Raymond

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 7/6/2018 2:00:00 PM

    STEM

    The Raymond School District now has a signed agreement pertaining to the Governor's Concurrent and Dual Enrollment STEM Scholarship Program. While that statement may sound like educational jargon, what it means is more opportunity for our students who want to take college courses for credit while they are still in high school. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; important academic areas that can springboard students to good jobs in the future. 

     The Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) now has on file the Raymond School Board Policy on Dual Enrollment, and students from Raymond are on the teh CCSNH list to receive reimbursements for eligible CCSNH STEM or STEM related concurrent or dual enrollment classes. As indicated by the CCSNH, beginning this fall, for the academic year 2018-19, Juniors or Seniors taking eligible STEM courses will be allowed to registe for up to two STEM or STEM related dual and/or concurrent enrollment courses at no charge.

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  • Security Projects to be Underway at IHGMS

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 6/29/2018 4:00:00 PM

    Secure Entry Projects In the next few months, you will see some work going on at Iber Holmes Gove Middle School. This is because our District has been awarded two grants from the Public School Infrastructure Fund. The grants cover 80% of the cost of two separate but related projects that will improve the security of the school. One will reconfigure the front entry way, and the other will reconfigure the gymnasium entrance (making it possible to close that section of the building off from the remainder of the school). We are very happy to receive $56,554 for the secure (main) entry way project and $35,440 for the secure gymnasium entry project. Thanks to Todd Ledoux and Ron Brickett for submitting the plans and applications to obtain funding for these important projects. 

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  • Raymond Teachers Keep Learning

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 6/22/2018 3:00:00 PM

    Professional Learning

    After school for students ended on June 15th, teachers  and paraeducators in the Raymond School District had the unique opportunity to engage in several days of professional learning activities. Thanks to the collaboration of many key educators and the leadership of Curriculum Director, Mike Whaland, a wide range of learning and work activities took place. Vertical alignment of competencies, student intervention team consultation, Section 504 training, rubrics development training and crisis prevention intervention training are a few of the examples of the activities our staff members engaged in. This work was very valuable and will help us get off to an even stonger start to a new school year in late August!

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  • Summer Break!

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 6/20/2018 4:00:00 PM

    Summer

    I'd like to thank the entire educational community of Raymond - students, parents, employees, Board members and citizens - for a wonderful school year! Your dedication and support make Raymond School District a wonderful place. Have a wonderful summer!

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  • Marjorie Whitmore Hired as New Business Administrator

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 6/11/2018 4:00:00 PM

    Ms. Whitmore is new BA We are very fortunate to have Marjorie Whitmore assume the key position of Business Administrator for the Raymond School District starting on July 1st. Ms. Whitmore has nine years of finance experience in New Hampshire public schools. For the past 5 years, she has been very effectively administering over the financial and business aspects of three school districts, and juggling the demands of three district and four Boards (and budgets) with notable success.  Marjorie is described as someone who is thorough, dedicated, and detail-oriented. She prioritizes well, anticipates needs, and presents information in ways that that help her Boards make sound and timely decisions. Ms. Whitmore works well under pressure when needed, and remains calm in stressful or challenging situations. She is meticulous and flexible; personable and capable. She will be an outstanding member of our administrative team. Please join me in welcoming her to our school system.

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  • Community Input for Strategic Plan

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 6/6/2018 9:00:00 AM

    Community Conversation on Education

    Thanks to everyone who participated in our June 4th Community Conversation on Education! The turnout at IHGMS and on Facebook Live was strong, with a good cross ssection of stakeholders with valuable viewpoints.

    Please remember that the Strategic Planning Steering Committee will still be gathering input until the 11th of June. You can still contribute by considering the following questions:

    • What are we doing really well as a School District? What excites you and makes you proud of our School District?
    • What are some of the challenges facing us that we need to address in the next 3-5 years? What can we do together as a community to begin to make this happen?

    Send your thoughts regarding the preceding questions to the committee via email to strategic.planning@sau33.com or call our special strategic planning input phone number at (603 200-3038) to leave a voicemail.  If you are willing to let us contact you about your responses, please leave a number or an email address. 

    Thanks for being a part of the Community Conversation on Education in Raymond!

     

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  • LRES and IHGMS Shift to Trimesters Next Year

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 6/5/2018 8:00:00 AM
     
    Report Card
    At the most recent meeting of the Raymond School Board, teachers and administrators from both Lamprey River Elementary School and Iber Holmes Gove Middle School presented to the Board about the proposed shift to trimesters at both schools. Our professionals did a phenomenal job of explaining to the Board and to the public why the change from quarters to trimesters for students in grades Pre-K to 8 will be advantageous to teaching and learning in Raymond. In short, there will be more time to focus on instruction and more opportunities for students to gain and demonstrate their newly acquired skills and knowledge before grades close. 


    At both LRES and IHGMS, our newly developed report cards, as well as special education (IEP) progress reports will be issued on a trimester basis beginning with the upcoming school year. Raymond High School will remain on a quarter/semester reporting schedule. We thank the Raymond School Board for supporting this change for Pre-K to grade 8 students.

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  • A Community Conversation on Education

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 5/25/2018 3:00:00 PM

    Where will the Raymond School District be in five years?


    How will we get there? 

    You can help determine the answers to these questions by participating in our upcoming Community Conversation on Education, on the evening of June 4, 2018 between the hours of 5 and 8 PM at the Library/Media Center at IHGMS. Our Strategic Planning Steering Committee members will hold this forum to gather input from stakeholders who are truly invested in the future of our schools. Parents, students, citizens, business owners, employees.... anyone who wants to influence the direction of the District in the next five years is invited to share their ideas and perspectives.  The format of the forum will be relaxed and straightforward, with two main guiding questions:

    • What are we doing really well as a school district? (What excites you and makes you proud?)
    • What would you like to see improved in the District? (What are some challenges we need to address together in the next three to five years?)

    Light refresments will be provided in our cool, air conditioned middle school library! You need not spend your entire evening engaged in the forum (although you are welcome to do so). There will be sessions at 5 PM, 6 PM and 7 PM. Please come and have an enjoyable time talking with others who care about our schools and our community -  and influence the future of the Raymond School District! 

    Please note - If you have a hard time getting there in person, several alternatives are available to allow you to participate:

    1. Join the Strategic Planning Facebook Group prior to the meeting and engage through Facebook live with our virtual meeting facilitator, Art Wolinsky! 
    2. Send your thoughts regarding strengths and needs of the District to the committee via email to strategic.planning@sau33.com.
    3. Call our special Strategic Planning Input phone number at (603 200-3038) to leave a voicemail sharing your ideas regarding what's working well in our school system and what should be improved. If you are willing to let us contact you about your responses, please leave a number or an email address. 

    The Committee will be accepting input until June 11, 2018.

    The Cheshire Cat in the beloved book, Alice in Wonderland said, "If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there". Together we can make sure that we do know where we are going, and that our future destination is well in tune with the values and needs of our community stakeholders.

    I hope to see you on the evening of June 4th at Iber Holmes Gove Middle School in the library!

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  • Stand Together Against Bullying

    Posted by Tina McCoy on 5/18/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Stand Together

    A safe and secure learning enviroment for every student is the highest priority of the Raymond School District. There are many strategies that we employ as we work to promote and maintain school cultures where all students feel accepted, valued and comfortable. One of those strategies is embodied in our Bullying Policy, which is Policy JICDA (Student Safety and Violence Prevention).  In accord with this Policy, our employees work hard to to detect possible bullying, address and report misbehavior, and investigate it thoroughly. They take steps necessary to respond appropriately and prevent bullying from reoccurring. When warranted, they also take steps to prevent relatiation for reporting. In short, our entire organization works together to prevent and/or address bullying in our schools. 

    Every new employee in our District is required to engage in training pertaining to bullying. On an annual basis, each school holds a refresher training on bullying as well. This year, we held compelling and age-appropriate assemblies at each school that were designed to help students understand the implications of bullying and how to stand up against it . Two outstanding parent presentations were also held in the evenings (one for elementary level and one for both middle and high school level) to help parents learn more about bullying and how they support the children and youth of our community. 

    It's absolutely essential that misbehaviors that may constitute bullying are reported in a timely manner. Reported incidents will be thoroughly investigated, and steps will be taken to properly address reported situations. While not every misbehavior is bullying, it is still very important that potential bullying incidents are reported. Other types of misbehavior that are detected will also be addressed by school administrators. There are many ways to report bullying; one easy mechanism for reporting is our online Bullying/Harassment form. There is a form available for each of our three schools: Lamprey River Elementary School. Iber Holmes Gove Middle School and Raymond High School. 

    Employees, students, parents and community members are all on the same team that works against bullying. Please stand with us, and do all you can to help make sure that our children and youth are protected from bullying and refrain from engaging in it. We must stand together against bullying.

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