News from the Week
As you know, we have completed a difficult week at school with numerous challenges. After Tuesday's protest and the unrest that followed we planned for a late start on Wednesday and students met with teachers in their House groups at the beginning of the day. This allowed us to process feelings and clarify events from Tuesday. Throughout the day, we had spaces for students to gather outside of class in affinity groups. We had counseling/social worker supports for students as well as a confidential Title IX reporter on campus. We are continuing to prioritize student safety and using house time to build a stronger sense of community. The upcoming week in house will focus on revisiting school norms and expectations and setting goals for the upcoming quarter. We know you are wanting to share your feedback with us and we have a scheduled a family meeting for Wed, November 10. Link information will be sent out on Wednesday. The district has also agreed to numerous building supports, such as providing a campus security associate. These changes will be discussed on Wednesday as well.
We have also had bright spots despite the challenges. Monday marks the beginning of second quarter. Leadership students successfully organized and carried out spirit week. We have successfully completed MAPS testing for all grades and in Book Club, which meets before lunch, students have just finished or are nearing completion of their first novel, Freak the Mighty.
As we transition to colder and wetter fall weather, we are preparing to utilize indoor eating more and more. Students and staff will be doing their best to maintain a layered approach to student health and Covid safe practices, washing/sanitizing hands often and always before eating, maintaining social distancing to the maximum extent possible, wearing masks when not actively eating and drinking.
What can families do to support learning at RHMS?
- Remind students that wearing a mask is not just a school rule, it is a way that we care for one another. Many students are living or in close contact with elders, people who are immunocompromised, or very young.
- Remind students that the best way to resolve conflict is by talking directly and respectfully to one another. When that becomes challenging, encourage your student to seek support/mediation from a trusted adult in the building. Social media is almost never a helpful tool for resolving differences.
- Continue talking with your students about events at school and communicating with us if students are in need of additional supports during the day. We are here to help.
5:30- 6:30 pm On the day of the meeting, we will text families with information on how to join the meeting. Simultaneous interpretation will be available in Spanish, Vietnamese and Somali.
November 10: Family Meeting
November 11: No School - Veterans' Day
November 12: No School - Professional Development
November 22 and 23: Online Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 24-26: No School
December 8: Eight Grade Virtual Information Night for McDaniel High School 6:00 pm
For House Time
Uno - card game
Masks in sizes small and xl
Donations for the Student Store
Improving Drop Off and Pick up Procedures
Publicity Denial Form
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