FROM THE PRINCIPAL:
Greetings from Robert Gray!
The last of the “summer weekends” is behind us as we official welcome fall as we begin the third full week of school. Things have been hopping! We welcomed around 470 students when our doors opened for the 14-15 school year and a number of new staff members to the land of blue and gold.
-Rhonda Butterfield and Jennifer Plough join Deb Hauck on the Kindergarten team.
-Chad Sears and Many Richards moved to Third Grade and join Leslie Degner and Laura
Fields, a first trimester substitute for Amy Kane.
-Dani Knoper is a new member to the Fourth Grade team.
-Megann Imdieke is our new Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP).
-Lynne Worth is our new Title I teacher/Math Specialist.
-Teresa Stange made the move from classroom paraeducator to Health Room lead.
-Alex Guttu is our new night custodian.
-Mei-Ling Ferrell is a new addition to the paraeducators who support students throughout the building.
In the first few weeks of school, students have made a positive and productive transition from summer. We’ve conducted initial assessments in math and reading. The new reading/writing program, Journeys, is under way, and students have noticed the new computer lab that will assist throughout the year with instructional supports and assessments. This year, all students in grades 3-5 will take state assessments online. We appreciate the District’s support of technology to support our large population of learners.
Last week, the PTO held their annual kick-off assembly for the cookie dough fundraiser and followed up with a general PTO meeting in which they outlined the budgeted items for the year. A solid group of parents is always in need of more help, so please step up and join their important work here at Robert Gray.
At the end of last year, we were informed that our students with disabilities had not made sufficient progress as evidenced by their performance on the state assessments. We now have a “focus school” designation and are working on a school improvement plan to help us advance the achievement of these and all students. Soon, we will be identifying a time for you to come in and learn more about what this means. We have made great progress in many areas in the last four years. Last year’s 4th graders surpassed the state average in meeting the reading and writing standards. There were many successes when we reviewed the test results in August. Parents of last year’s students in grades 3 and 4 will soon be receiving individual test results from the May MSP tests.
We are glad that you are working with us again this year as we focus on creating individual successes with each student at RGE. Your students’ results are the result of strong communication and collaboration. Thanks for your role in supporting your students and our school!
Bruce Holway, Principal