How will you make RPS better this school year? This was a question that was asked by our district Superintendent, John VanLoon at the opening breakfast. Sometimes during these days in a long stretch of a school year we need to be reminded that we set out to do great things this year for RPS. Here are some of the comments from all RPS staff members. WE do great things each day and week we are here, keep up the mission that you started the school year with and be great for staff, students and community.
“I will bring ‘mindfulness’ to the district. Be kind to everyone I meet.”
“I will come to school with a good attitude and ready for each day!”
“I will work to strengthen staff relationships in order to benefit students and Ravenna Schools as a whole.”
“I will invite all of our staff to get on the Energy Bus.”
“I will love hurting kids this year so that they know they are appreciated and valued.”
“Giving back to community.”
“Collaborate with other teachers.”
“Be a team player.” Culture Quote of the Week from RMS:
“Schools with a strong positive culture…are ones in which success, joy and humor abound.”
7:00 pm School Board Meeting
6:45 am RMS Staff/PC Meeting
7:30 am PRIDE Assembly Adam Montgomery Speaker
10:30 am Student Tour from NEEC
9:00 am Lynch at Admin Meeting
7:50 am Lynch Careers Speaker
8:25 AM 5th Grade Symphony Trip
4:00 pm Volleyball Home vs. MCC
1/2 Day for Students: Dismissal at 10:51 am
Culture and Climate thought of the week from John Gordon…..”Creating a culture where people are afraid to fail leads to failure. Allowing people to fail and learn from failure ultimately leads to success.”
This week take a risk and support those who try and fail. Read on…..
Principal Lynch takes a direct hit with the 8th grade Rocket Launch! I had the opportunity to watch the 8th graders in Dan E’s class launch their rockets. Wow, did we all have a great laugh! It was a direct hit that took less than 6 seconds to hit my shoulder!
In Education it is hard to have such a target on your shoulder or back. Educators are often seen for how easy their job is, their Summer’s off, and the benefits that educators have for their health care. There is a long laundry list of tasks and jobs that educators do on a daily basis and yearly to maintain being on the cutting edge of their profession. Currently, I am taking two college classes; Essential Classroom Technology for Teachers and Building Meaningful Partnerships: Connecting Schools, Families and Communities. This investment is done outside of the hours of the school day and is required to maintain a certification. The Principal is doing her homework. I look forward to learning about making RMS a better place by connecting it to our families and community members.
I like to say, “It’s the little things that matter.” Just this week our office received a food gift from the kitchen staff for, “being awesome and thanks for all you do.” A handwritten note by a community member thanking us for “our dedication to our school and the community is truly appreciated.” These gestures are the most wonderful feeling, and WE, educators thank you. Culture and Climate are a focus at RMS and here is the message this week: Change is a part of every culture and organization. Embracing change and innovating will ensure that your organization thrives.
RMS Data Fact
In June of 2016 RMS had 15 students who did not receive credit in one or more classes.
In Winter of 2017 RMS had 4 students who did not receive credit in one or more classes.
Steps to the next finish line…..We have a big week at RMS with a Pride Assembly on Tuesday, a Student Survey, teaching staff working together with School Improvement, PLC Leadership team meetings and more. All of these meetings and decisions will lead us to the next finishing of the end of Semester One on Friday January 20. Reminder we have exams on Wednesday January 18, and half days on Thursday January 19, and Friday January 20. Half Day dismissal is at 10:51 am for students.
8:30am 504 Meeting/Lynch
4:00pm Boys Basketball Home
7:00 pm School Board Meeting
6:45 am Staff/PLC Meeting
7:30 am PRIDE Assembly PBIS Roll Out
10:45 am Lynch Meeting at Admin
2:00 pm Lynch School Improvement Meeting Lynn ISD
8:00 am- 3:00 pm PLC Leadership Team Meeting
9:00 am Lynch Admin Meeting
6:45 am School Improvement Meeting
9:00 am S. Patton MDE Meeting at Admin
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Welcome back and welcome 2017. I always feel like as an educator that our new year’s resolutions begin in August/September with a new school year unlike the rest of the world. However it is a time of reflection, growth, goal setting and more. Upon coming back I like to think of it with mini finish lines. Semester Two. Mid-Winter Break, Spring Break and the roller coaster ride to June. We do amazing things each day as Educators. One of the first students that I talked to said to me this morning summed up why we are all in Education. The conversation was the following:
Me: “Hello, (student) welcome back!”
Student: “I’m happy to be back”
Me: “Why are you happy to be back?”
Student: “I like it here.”
My take away that I learned were a few things. One was take the time to ask why and then listen to what that person has to say. Second, what we do matters everyday to all students. Third, RMS is a great place to be if our students feel happy and like it here.
Thinking of our kick off to the year.. “What is your Why?”
Energy Bus thought…..p. 132
“Everyone’s out there trying to find their purpose when all you have to do is find the bigger purpose in the here and now and your purpose will find you.”
This week we are reviewing the updated Pride matrix with our staff and students. We will be having a kick off assembly next Tuesday. A student survey will be given on Monday January 9. We will use this information gathered from students to plan, change, and evaluate what programs we have in place to be the best we can.
1:00 pm Fitness Trail Planning for RMS (M. Boersma)
Boys BB @ Oakridge
7:45-9:30 am Lynch at MAISD for 504 Training
Brayden and Madalyn working on a Science Project together. Such great teamwork!
Eighth Grade water predictions in Science Class. Pretty amazing drawings of where students think all of the water on Earth is held.
Students use sticky notes to vote on their water predictions of percentages of water distribution on Earth.
Weekly Notes: RMS
A shortened week ahead will bring rest and relaxation with family and friends. Many times this is a stressful time for students instead of a break and joy from time away from academics. You are a great influence in each child’s life everyday and you make a difference. Never under estimate the power you have in being an Educator.
Energy Bus Thoughts…..p. 144
“You’ll never get it all done so you might as well relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy the ride.” They did a study of 95 year old people and they asked them if they could do it all over again and live their life again what would they do differently. The three things that almost all of them said were:
1) They would reflect more. Enjoy more moments. More sunrises and sunsets. More moments of joy. 2) They would take more risks and chances. Life is too short not to go for it. 3) They would have left a legacy. Something that would live on after they die.
“Don’t go through life with regrets. Don’t be someone who looks back and says I should have done this or that. Live and work like you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
You make a difference everyday. Thank you for all you do.
4:00 pm RMS Boys BBall @ Whitehall
7:00 pm School Board Meeting
7:00 am IEP
Trimester One Ends
Half Day Dismissal at 10:51 am
RMS students working with 3D pens in Science Exploratory Class.
Chad looking at the inside of a heart.
Sandy B with her RMS students.
Sandy B: Our do Everything for RPS Staff Member!
Busy week at RMS with a lot of hands on learning. Technology Coach Tracy Lemkie is partnering with Mr. Ike with hands on 3D printing and creating opportunities for our students. RMS staff and students had the opportunity to listen to Sandy B speak to our students on Ravenna Pride. Sandy has worked in many capacities at RPS for many years. Her message was to listen and respect your teachers. Take advantage of the opportunities that teachers give you. She stated about RMS, “This is your house…..keep it clean.” Sandy is an amazing person and we are so lucky to have her work with the children in Ravenna. Thank you for speaking Sandy!
This Week at RMS:
11:24-12:15 Debbie Anderson Presentation 7th grade
1:46-2:37 Debbie Anderson Presentation 5th grade
1:45 EIP Sly
8:00 am-2:45 pm PBIS Team Meeting
Service Project for RMS from the High School BPA students, Justin Crowley, Brook Even, Cielo Beltran, and Taylor VanDam. Our students were so surprised by the hand written positive notes on their lockers this past week. Thank you to the BPA group that made this possible for our students. They had huge smiles on their faces and appreciated it.
8:00 am-2:50 pm PLC Team Meeting
9:00 am RPS Admin Meeting
RMS takes the Big Crunch with all other Muskegon County Schools.
Mr. Yeager receiving his award from Fox 17, nominated by John and Shanna Mabrito.
Mr. Yeager in his classroom of RMS students.
What a week at RMS! Very busy finishing MAP testing make ups, and the day to day learning and teaching that happens. In addition to those activities we had a PRIDE assembly on Tuesday where the students were read the children’s version of the Energy Bus book. The theme is thinking positive and not letting the “bullies, vampires” get you down. This is a positive mindset that will take students far in their day to day activities here at RMS. There are two copies in the RMS office to read when you stop by.
The month of October the MAISD is doing a book drive for the program Read Early, Read Often. If you have any just bring them to our office and they will be picked up at the end of the month.
On Thursday RMS staff and students participated in the Big Crunch where all county schools were challenge to take a bite out of Michigan grown apple at 1:21 pm. One in 21 represents a health program that is urging our youth to eat well and move often.
On Friday we all were in for a big surprise as Mr. Yeager was honored by Fox 17 News. Here is the link to his interview and our amazing students speaking about Be Nice. Mr. Yeager’s Interview
Thoughts from the book, The Energy Bus….. Chapter 19: The Ultimate Rule of Positive Energy “Your positive energy and vision must be greater than anyone’s and everyone’s negativity. Your certainty must be greater than everyone’s doubt.”
Here is a video that was shared to me by Ms. Wendy Kohn staff member at RMS. Part of our theme this year is, “What is your Why? Purpose? This short video makes you consider following your dreams and making the best of everyday you have here on earth. Great videography as well.
Homecoming Week 2016… Some of the best days of the school year in Ravenna must be the week of homecoming. It is filled with laughs, traditions, family and friends. Have a great week in Bulldog Country!
7:00 am IEP/Sly
3:15 pm Lynch Parent Meeting
Crazy Hair/Hat Day
9:00 am RPS Principal Admin Meeting
4:00 pm Girls Ball Home Whitehall
Color Day: (8th Black, 7th Red, 6th Orange, 5th Green, Staff, White)
1/2 Day Dismissal @ 10:51 am
11:30-2:30 RMS Staff Professional Development
4:30 pm Homecoming Parade