RU Ghost Update

September 12, 2022

Dear RU Families,

It is hard to believe that we are approaching mid September already! At this point in the year, teachers are continuing to establish the routines and norms that students can expect in classrooms throughout the year, while also introducing content area information and materials that will be scaffolded throughout each term.

Soon, you can expect to receive information about how to access your child's portal into our learning management system, Schoology. Here, you will be able to see the progress your student is making throughout the school year, and use this as a way to continue to communicate with classroom teachers.

In the meantime, if concerns arise regarding your student's academic progress or behavior at school, you can always expect an email or a phone call from teachers, school counselors, behavioral interventionists, and/ or administrators; we know how important effective communication is in establishing and maintaining trust with all of you, and this will continue to be a priority for us.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch; we have already had the opportunity to meet with some families in person this year to discuss concerns that have arisen- this is a wonderful opportunity for us to establish a strong connection that serves our students really well.


Caty & Lisa

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Safety Advisory Board Forming

Please reach out if you are interested in serving on an Advisory Board to discuss and make proposals related to school safety. This group will likely meet once a month.

Mark Your Calendars!

Sept 14 - Picture Day!

Sept 15 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM RU Family/Community Forum

Sept 15 - 7:00 PM - OSSD Community Forum

Sept 16 - All Day - OSSD In-Service - no school for students

Sept 21 - 5:00 - 7:30 Middle School Fall Festival Dinner and Open House.

Middle Level Teams Focus on Team Work

Both the 7th and 8th grade teams began the school year focusing on developing classroom routines and expectations and helping students work together and collaborate in positive ways. Below, 7th graders Ashley LaMothe and Bridgette Becker conquer the Marshmallow Challenge and built the tallest spaghetti, tape, string structure to support a marshmallow in their Traveling Group.
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8th graders took part in our annual raft building challenge. Below, students work together to build rafts out of a combination of found items and items provided for them by their teachers. Floating their rafts was a bit of a challenge this year because the brook was so low, but students were still able to see whether or not their rafts would float!
Students in Noel Woolf's PE classes have also begun the year with team building activities. Below you can see middle and high schoolers working on developing collaboration skills.

Science Gets Real

Below, sophomores Noa Armstrong and Zane Cooper demonstrated how hydrogen works as rocket fuel. The class had been discussing why the recent Artemis launch was delayed by NASA with teacher, Vickie Johnson.

As the Science and STEM departments have launched their curriculum work this year, there has been a lot of discussion about how to apply science and deepen learning. The department is looking forward to demonstrating their work for the community this year.

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Helping Hands

This school year we are engaging students in helping to keep our school a warm, welcoming place to be and providing natural consequences when we see behaviors that are inconsistent with this value. Students who make a mess can expect to be a part of the clean up process. We have always done this kind of work, but this year we are working together to be very intentional and clear in our communication about this. Cathy Ingalls captured this picture, below, when a group of 10th graders helped her set up a bulletin board that showcases student accomplishments. From left to right: Sophia Farrington, Cameron Thayer, Max Mercier, and Karizmah Hosmer.
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MS Fall Fest and RU Open House is September 21!

On September 21, the MS Fall Fest dinner begins at 5:00 in the cafeteria and the RU Open House will be from 6:00-7:30.

This is a night for students and families to come in to meet teachers and staff and have conversations about what they can expect throughout the school year, and to generally make connections with all of us!

Add/ Drop Period

We are still in the midst of our "add/drop" period. Students should connect with their school counselors in order to make changes to their schedules, and even during the add/drop period, if this means a change to core classes, we require students and families to fill out a scheduling request form that necessitates a parent/ guardian signature to acknowledge the change for our records. All changes to a student's schedule should follow this process. The "add/drop" period ends on Thursday, September 15.