The Puma Press
The Weekly Publication of Raymond Park Intermediate Academy
December 8, 2017
Our vision is to prepare students to be self-directed learners who are literate, creative, curious, civic-minded citizens who demonstrate civility, order, respect and excellence in school and in life.
Our mission is to ensure the intellectual and emotional growth of every student while promoting civility, order, respect and excellence. We recognize that each student can and must succeed in an environment enriched with support, encouragement and accountability.
From the Principal
We have had an awesome week of learning at RPIA! Students in all classes have been busy with their mid-year reading assessments; we've heard about some excellent growth in reading levels and are so proud of our students! Next week, the NWEA testing window opens. Students will take this assessment in both reading and math. All students have set goals with teachers about what their new scores will be, and classes with high growth will be earning a special prize from me! We can’t wait to see their successes on this assessment. You will get student results in January with Term 2 report cards.
We hope you enjoy your weekend!
Carey Storm, Principal
PS - This is a reminder that this Wednesday, December 13 will be a delayed start for all Warren Township Schools. Students will arrive approximately 1 hour later than their normal start time. All buses will run 1 hour later than normal in the morning. This does not impact dismissal time.
Raymond Park Middle School
From the Dean
Indiana Senate Page Program
Did you know your student could take a day to serve as a page for the Indiana Senate? State Senator Aaron Freeman invites students in grades 6-12 to come to the Statehouse and spend an exciting day seeing our state government in action. Your student will have the opportunity to tour the Statehouse, meet Senator Freeman, and observe the legislative session from the Senate floor. Interested students can apply online at the Indiana Senate Republicans homepage: https://www.indianasenaterepublicans.com/page-program.
Serve Indiana - Indiana Kids
The IUPUI Office of Community Engagement is providing free mentoring, tutoring and educational workshops to 6th – 12th grade students across the state.
This work is supported by a grant from Serve Indiana's “Indiana Kids” program. The mission of Serve Indiana is to advance service and volunteerism by informing, connecting and promoting opportunities and resources that enrich the lives of Hoosiers.
Through the Indiana Kids program, students are matched with a college student who serves as a mentor and coach, where tutoring is offered free online.
Enroll in the Program
Interested in having your 6th – 12th grade student tutored or mentored? Tutoring and mentoring are provided to Indiana Kids participants free of cost. Each participant will have access to:
Tutoring sessions to assist with homework, projects and studying. Participants can attend virtual study groups, one-on-one sessions, and archived study resources.
Mentoring with a college student who will serve as a mentor and coach. Each participant will be matched with a college student who will connect every month to discuss and provide advice on academics, college, and career goals, as well as discussions about positive choices with decisions faced at school, home, or work.
Workshops sponsored by IUPUI that will allow students, parents, guardians, and mentors to connect in person. Workshops will feature various topics to support student’s goals, i.e. college and career readiness, STEM enrichment, health, and fitness education, and days-of-service events.
Communication about upcoming workshops, tutoring sessions, and other campus resources will be e-mailed to students, parents, and guardians.
Parents or adult caregivers interested in having students tutored or mentored, please fill out the online application. Once an application has been submitted, you will receive an email regarding next steps. If you have more than one student in grades 6-12 in your care, please complete a separate form for each applicant.
For more information about Indiana Kids, please contact them at 317-278-9170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephen Gainey, Dean
Before & After School Care
Sonny Day Pantry
The Sonny Day Community Center is located at 10502 East 21st Street, in the former Heather Hills Elementary School. The pantry provides food, toiletries, cleaning products, school supplies and gently used clothing to families of Warren Township students. The pantry is open one Saturday morning and one Thursday evening per month.
If your family is in need of assistance, please contact our school counselor, Miss Linda Willen at 532.8965 ext. 6508 for a referral letter. Volunteers and donations are always needed and students age 10 and older are also welcome to volunteer with their parents. The SDCC would also welcome your Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, student council, clubs or teams to sign up to assist them as well! To learn more, please click here.
Car Rider Safety & Procedures
Student safety is of utmost importance here on the Raymond Park Campus. When students are dropped off at school in the morning and/or picked up from school in the afternoon, there are specific procedures to follow in order to protect everyone. Please follow this link to learn what our car rider procedures and safety tips are. We appreciate your support in helping us provide a safe and orderly environment here on the Raymond Park Campus!
Please discuss with your student the importance of CORE Bus Expectations which will be reinforced throughout the school year. Students are to be seated, facing forward, and stay in assigned seats while the bus is in motion. These expectations focus on keeping students safe as they travel to and from school every day. Thank you for your support!
Do you need to make changes in your child's afternoon plans? If you need to to do this, please send a note with them to school or contact Mary in the school office at 532-8965 by 2:00pm. Please note that we will try and accommodate any changes made after this time, but this can be difficult if students are already on their bus for the afternoon.
Does your student need to be picked up or dropped off at another location other than your house in the Raymond Park area? Here is what you need to do:
1) Contact the Registrar at 532.8966.
2) Fill out the necessary forms that are required.
3) Transportation will contact you with the updated information. All changes in transportation will require 24-48 hours to take effect.
Please note that those students riding the school bus, pick up and drop off must be in the boundaries of Raymond Park. You are allowed an AM bus stop and a separate PM bus stop if necessary. The bus stops must be the same every day of the week. If your student is a car rider or will be picked up by a daycare service at the end of the day, please make sure we have the name and phone number of the person providing transportation on file.
Please be sure to notify the school of any changes in home, cell or emergency phone numbers. This is very important in case of an emergency or illness. Please let the office know at 532.8965.
Prescriptions & Medications
Please do not send any medication to school with your students. All medications must be brought to the school nurse and signed in by a parent or guardian, including prescription and over the counter medications. If you have not already completed a Consent to Treat Form and an Emergency Medical Form for your student please do so as soon as possible.
Lisa Walsh Stewart, RN
 532.8912 – phone
 532.8999 – fax
Missing Emergency Forms
If you did not attend registration this year in July please have your student come to the nurse’s office to pick up a new Consent to Be Treated & Emergency Medical Form to be completed for the 2017-2018 school year. Also, if your student has updated immunizations, please turn those into the clinic as soon as possible.
If you would like to volunteer in any Warren Township school, you will need to complete a Criminal History Background Check form and provide a copy of your driver’s license or state I.D. You will need to allow approximately 2 weeks for the background check to be processed.
The occasion may arise when the school district wants to recognize your child or your child's school. This may include your child's photo, your child's name or your child's work in district publications, newsletters, on school district websites, and in electronic/social media or in staff training videos. We may also want to tell the media (including newspapers, television, and radio) about your child's achievements. We never knowingly release information about a student to anyone who wants to use it for commercial/political purposes. However, we will honor your request to not include your child in these types of recognitions if you notify your child's school office in writing that you do not want this type of information released.
When visiting the Raymond Park Campus, all visitors must report to the office and sign in and out using our Lobby Guard kiosk. Please remember to have a valid ID with you to gain entrance to our school. After you scan your ID at the Lobby Guard kiosk located at the main entrance, a visitor’s badge will be generated for you.
To reach staff by phone, call 317.532.8965 and when prompted push * plus the 4-digit extension. All emails have @warren.k12.in.us after their address. Follow this link to communicate with one of our staff members.