RU Ghost Update

September 23, 2022

Dear RU Families,

We were so excited to prepare dinner for RU families and see so many of you at Open House last week. Between the Fall weather, the Open House, and the first full week of school, it is truly beginning to feel like a more positive school year.


Unfortunately, we have also begun to see a bit more vandalism and cruel, hurtful behavior among our students. Through a combination of natural consequences, more traditional consequences, and restorative circles, we continue to work with our students to be clear that this is not what we expect to see at school.


We have also been getting into classrooms more and seeing students really engaged in the classwork. It has been joyful to see students really engaged in their work and sharing new learning with all of us.


You should be hearing from Advisors soon (if you haven't already) about scheduling Student Led Conferences on October 12. We look forward to seeing you all in our building again soon!


Sincerely,


Lisa & Caty

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World Language teacher Katie Vincent-Roller grilled up burgers and hot dogs at our annual Fall Festival, while Lisa Floyd preps the tray to bring the finished product inside on.

RU Students Traveling Once Again!

Our RU Archaeology class will travel to Colorado next week. Many of the travel experiences that students at RU can take part in have been postponed as we have dealt with the COVID 19 pandemic. We are thrilled that this group of students will have the opportunity to experience archaeology first hand in Crow Canyon. Look for pictures and more about this trip after the group returns!

Mark Your Calendars

Sept 26 - 30 - Archaeology students travel to Colorado

Oct 4 - 9:00 - 2:30 Blood drive in RU HS Gym (by appointment)

Oct 10 - Indigenous Peoples Day - NO SCHOOL

Oct 11 - OSSD In-Service Day - NO SCHOOL (for students)

Oct 12 - Student Led Conferences (scheduled by appointment with Advisors)

RU Ghostly Preview

Here is the latest "Ghostly Preview" from RU Athletics & Activities Director, Nick Bent, and here is the latest schedule.


Please contact Nick if you have any related questions about anything you see in the preview or schedule.

A Proposal Related to Doors

This year we moved to a one door policy. This means that from 7:55 to 2:23 all staff and students must only enter and exit through the Main Office door. While this does feel safer in many ways, it does present itself as a challenge; PE classes are estimated to lose approximately 45 minutes a week of instructional time walking around the building to access the back fields. Advisory and science classes who plan to learn outdoors lose approximately 20 minutes per class when they are doing field work outside. Below is a proposal that we believe will strike a balance between having a secure building and meeting our studentโ€™s programming needs.


RU Doors Proposal


We will:

  • Strictly enforce rules related to propping of outside doors

  • Strictly enforce rules related to allowing others building access through doors other than the Main Entrance door during school hours

  • Only allow people to exit the building from the Main Entrance and the back door between RU and RTCC during the school day (and in non-emergent circumstances)

  • Staff will continue to be diligent about ensuring doors are secured behind them when they enter and exit the building

  • Staff will continue to be diligent about making the Main Office aware when they are bringing students outside, so that accurate information is always on hand about where students are when



Please use this link to share your thoughts about this with us!

An opportunity for students: Women Can Do

Vermont Works for Women's "Women Can Do!" event is being held at VTC on October 6th:

https://www.vtworksforwomen.org/programs/youth/women-can-do


Vermont Works for Womenโ€™s WOMEN CAN DO! Conference

Promoting Stem & Trades Careers

October 6th, 2022 at Vermont Technical College Randolph Campus


Women Can Do! is a career exploration conference for high school girls and gender-expansive youth. Students will spend a day at Vermont Tech engaging in various hands-on explorations of STEM and trades careers where students can experience anything from programming a robot to using a chainsaw depending on their interests!


If interested, students should contact RU Director of Career Pathways and Applied Learning, Mr. Finley at jfinley@orangesouthwest.org to register ASAP. Registrations are first-come, first-serve and are filling up quickly!


Official Flyer:

https://www.vtworksforwomen.org/uploads/files/Women%20Can%20Do%202022%20Flyer%20-%20For%20Students.pdf

RU Interact Students to Host Blood Drive on October 4

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Community School Organization

We are interested in developing a Community School Organization to include more community voices in our work. We also are developing more opportunities for families to be included. Please complete this brief survey to tell us more about how we can include you!

An opportunity for students: VT YOUth council

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Students who are interested in exploring this opportunity should contact Martha Gold or their school counselor.

Interested in serving on a senior project panel? We are still seeking community members!

Please contact Senior Project Coordinator, Lissa Fox, if you are interested in serving on a Senior Project panel this year! This is an exciting opportunity to gain insight into our capstone project while working in a meaningful way with our seniors and with RU educators and fellow community members!


For more information, please see this document and contact Lissa with any related questions.

The Tunbridge World's Fair

Last week many students, staff, and families made it over to the fair. Deb Lary was able to capture a few photographs of our students joining in the fun at the fair.