April 18, 2021
From the Principal
ILEARN Testing is here! When it comes to assessment, some kids feel no pressure when it comes to taking tests. Others become filled with anxiety due to the pressure they place on themselves to do well. The rest of students are somewhere in between. ILEARN is a leveled test based on grade level standards that is designed to find a student's cognitive level - what students know and what students don’t know. It is not designed for students to get every answer correct. When students get an answer correct, it shoots a harder question their way. When students get an answer wrong, the test is intended to find their level by sending an easier question.
There is no doubt that the pandemic has greatly impacted teaching and learning over the course of the last year. As the principal, I have told students that I am NOT concerned with how many answers that students get right or wrong. However, I am very interested in students giving their best effort. It is important for RP teachers find out what students know and don’t know so that we can create plans to help fill in some of the learning gaps that limited time in school due the pandemic has caused.
The plan for testing is different depending on your student's grade level and designation as a virtual or in-person student. Please read on to learn more...
In-Person and Hybrid Students. All students, 5-8, will be taking math and ELA sections of ILEARN at Raymond Park beginning the week of April 19 (this week). In addition, 5th grade will also take a social studies section and 6th grade will take a science section. Testing will require that we adjust our regular schedule to allow students the time that they need to complete each section of the test. No one took ILEARN last year due to the pandemic, but most will recall that each section of the test takes different amounts of time, which means that the daily schedule will be different on several days. Teachers will let students know each day’s schedule.
Virtual Students. Students that receive instruction virtually must participate in ILEARN testing in person. Students may participate at Raymond Park on the dates listed below during the regular school day. Students will be fed both breakfast and lunch, and will be testing with only virtual students. Students may work at their own pace, so a range of end times for pick-up are provided - students would call for a ride as their finish time approached. Practice tests and operational tests will be given to virtual students planning to take the test as follows:
5th Grade Virtual Student Test Schedule:
April 28 9:00am to between 1:00pm and 2:00pm (math focus)
April 29 9:00am to between 2:00pm and 4:00pm (ELA focus)
April 30 9:00am to between 11:30am and 12:30pm (social studies focus)
6th Grade Virtual Student Test Schedule:
May 5 9:00am to between 1:15pm and 2:45pm (math focus)
May 6 9:00am to between 2:30pm and 4:30pm (ELA focus)
May 7 9:00am to between 1:00pm and 1:30pm (science focus)
7th Grade Virtual Student Test Schedule:
May 10 9:00am to between 1:30pm and 2:45pm (math focus)
May 11 9:00am to between 2:00pm and 4:30pm (ELA focus)
8th Grade Virtual Student Test Schedule:
May 12 9:00am to between 1:15pm and 2:30pm (math focus)
May 13 9:00am to between 1:15pm and 3:15pm (ELA focus)
During ILEARN testing for in-person and hybrid students, the live instruction schedule of 7th and 8th grade virtual students will be adjusted. 7th and 8th grade virtual teachers will post adjusted live instruction schedules on Canvas pages.
MSD Warren Township is offering summer school to students in grades 5-8 at Raymond Park IMS June 7-June 18. Spots are limited. Use this link to register.
Raymond Park is already thinking about the master schedule for the 21-22 school year. All students will take core classes that include language arts, math, science and social studies. Related arts is an area where students may have some choice in their classes depending on their grade level:
5th grade - no choice in related arts. All students will take a rotation of art, music, physical education and STEM (technology).
6th grade - choice of performance music class, or rotation of art, music, physical education and STEM (technology). 6th grade related arts information may be found here.
7th and 8th grade - choice of performance music, art, Project Lead the Way, Spanish and physical education. 7th and 8th grade related arts information may be found here.
In the weeks ahead, students in grades 6-8 will have an opportunity to request their preferred related arts classes. Stay tuned for additional information regarding this process. In the meantime, please reach out to your student's grade level counselor with questions regarding class information.
Proud to be a Ranger,
Safety. Marion County and Raymond Park Covid numbers look good, but this is no time to let down our pandemic guard! RP will continue to follow the SAFE Reopening Plan for the remainder of the school year to better ensure everyone's safety during the pandemic. Students are reminded that face masks and social distancing are required. Frequent handwashing and sanitizing will also be scheduled into the daily schedule. All MSD of Warren Township staff and students should wear face masks unless an extenuating circumstance exists and a face shield is needed. School administrators may approve the use of a face shield in these cases.
Students should not attend school if they are close contacts to a positive Covid case, are awaiting results of a Covid test or exhibit two or more of the following: ● A fever of 100.0° F or greater ● Cough ● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing ● Sore throat ● Fatigue ● Chills ● Muscle or body aches ● Headache ● Congestion or runny nose ● Nausea or vomiting ● Diarrhea ● New loss of taste or smell.
Incoming kindergarten students (age five before October 1) and their families are invited to attend Kindergarten Kick-off on Monday, April 19, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., happening at all nine of our elementary school locations. Take a school tour, meet our kindergarten team, and get all of your questions answered about kindergarten. Online Kindergarten Enrollment opens April 5.
Did you know that students may already register/enroll for school next year?
24 hour Attendance hot line 317-532-8900-press 1
Just a reminder that our attendance line remains active. Please call 317-532-8900 and press “1” for the attendance line any time your student will miss part or all of any virtual or live instruction school day for a doctors appointment, illness, funeral or any other reason.
Doctors notes can be brought to the school, emailed to Ms Thompson at email@example.com or faxed to 317-532-8999.
Old Bethel United Methodist Church student ministry is hosting a girls night event May 8th from 6pm- 8:45pm. This event is to help girl students bond with their mother/parental figures. The night will involve a craft, dinner, desert, games, and a speaker. We will also have child care for those who would like to attend but have little ones at home. This event is completely free! If you are interested in attending please text 317-731-2188 to register! Registration begins now and ends Wednesday April 28th.
RP Athletic Safety Guidelines
Guidelines for Winter Events at Raymond Park (revised 11/16/20)
- Admission will be limited to parents and guardians only.
- Tickets will go on sale on site 45 minutes before the start time of the event.
- No admittance will be permitted after halftime of the 8th grade game.
- Tickets will be $5 per person, cash only.
- Face coverings are REQUIRED for all spectators.
- Face coverings are recommended for all coaches and players while on the bench.
- Locker rooms and hand sanitizer will be available.
- Storage totes will be available for players to keep their masks in while playing.
- Players must bring their own water bottles.
- Families may sit together but must use 6 feet of social distancing from other family units.
- Avoid congregating near concessions and bathrooms.
- Concessions will be provided utilizing guidelines from the ISDH and MCPHD.
**Please note, all guidelines listed above follow the direction provided by the MCPHD, IHSAA, and NFHS**
2020-2021 RPI&MS Car rider procedures
Raymond Park PTSA
RP PTSA membership signups will be accepted ONLY through our online square website.
To join, please click on the PTA button below or go to raymond-park-ptsa.square.site and select the membership option that works for you.
Dr. John Kleine - Principal
Dr. Leondra Radford - 5th Grade Dean
Mrs. Adrienne Mathews - 5th Grade Counselor
Mrs. Jina Simmons - 6th Grade Assistant Principal
Mr. Andrew McAulay - 6th Grade Counselor
Ms. Amy Piskoty - 7th Grade Dean
Ms. Katie Piatt - 7th Grade Counselor
Mr. Bill Halpin -8th Grade Dean
Mrs. Irish Parish -8th Grade Counselor
Lisa Stewart - Nurse