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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

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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

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    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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