Superintendent Weekly Note #18

Superintendent Weekly Note #18

I would like to take the time and thank each and every person that makes our district a great place to live, work, and learn.  You provide support and education to ALL of the kids that walk through the doors each day.  I appreciate all that you do for RISD!  I wish you ALL a very, Merry Christmas and Holiday season! --Sean


Each week I will highlight some of our opening day themes:

Vision Statement #4—Our community shares our desire to develop highly skilled and productive citizens.


RIS Mission: Our mission is to inspire and empower all students to reach their maximum potential: one student, one lesson, one day at a time.


Things I CAN Control…




4. My ACTIONS to be a Great Team Member

Continue to focus on the RIS four core beliefs: 

It’s about Kids! —Accountability—Transparency—Communication.


J Positives across the district………..


Russell Primary School (From the desk of Mr. Cassity)

We had an awesome week at RPS. Students and staff participated in our Christmas themed days all week. Students shopped for their families at the Penguin Patch.  We had a great turn out for our Festival of Trees, which included a performance by Pre-k, a craft center, hot cocoa and cookies, and a visit with Santa (students were also able to write letters to Santa) The trees were silent auctioned with the proceeds going to PTA and all the many school activities/programs they help to support!!  Congrats to our Chick-fil-a Students and Staff of the Month:


Russell-McDowell Intermediate (From the desk of Mrs. Wright)

• Every classroom participated in "Reindeer Boot Camp" this week!  Mrs. Barney put Santa's most valued helpers through their paces during P.E. to get everyone ready for the big night.  A huge thanks to Mrs. Barney for making this a fun week for the students!  

• Dress up days this week has been awesome!  We've had lots of candy canes, reindeer, Grinches, and students in beautiful Christmas sweaters in our hallways and classrooms!  

• The Christmas Program under the direction of Ashley Dalton was wonderful!  The students dazzled us with their songs and dance!

• Our Academic Team had an outstanding showing at the Oakview meet this week.  We won both quick recall matches and had many first and second place finishes in written assessment.  


Russell Middle School (From the desk of Mr. Moore)


• RMS “Bleacher Creatures” Student Section has been loud and proud at our basketball games. Demonstrating great Russell Spirit.

• Choir gave an amazing performance at their Concert and at surrounding Retirement Homes. 

• Mrs. Adkins and Parents provided an amazing luncheon from Callihan’s for RMS Employees. 

• Several Class Parties were held to celebrate the upcoming end of the second nine weeks.

• French Class attended a performance at the Paramount Art Center.


Russell High School (From the desk of Mrs. Chaffin)

• Congratulations to the following students for being named to the All Area Soccer Team Sam Ewing, Nolan Sabotchick, Hunter Perry, Kynidee Allen, Georgia Arrington, Kylie Busick, Taylor Stamper, and Abby Keeton.

• Alicia Liu has been accepted to Harvard.

• The winner of the Russell High School DAR Good citizen award - Zach Suman.

• RHS Archery team won the Paul Blazer Shootout.

• The Boys’ Basketball team “coached” the Challenger League basketball game on Saturday.


Russell Area Technology Center (From the desk of Mr. Trimble)

Students from our health sciences pathway had an awesome opportunity to demonstrate their skills during the regional HOSA meeting on Tuesday.  The really great thing about this competition is that they are demonstrating their knowledge through written and hands-on activities to future employers and college instructors.  As a career and technical center it is our role not only to teach students the content we are assigned, but also to put them in a position to be successful in their future careers.  What better way to do this than to allow our students to demonstrate their knowledge in front of those prospective employers from here in this community and throughout the region?  We appreciate Ms. Layne and all of those educators who take great pride in both teaching their course content and providing opportunities that help our students plan and achieve their path to success.  The results from this conference were:


Rylie Cook and Mattie Colm: 1st Place- CPR and First Aid

Emily Robinson: 3rd Place- Nurse Assisting

Tyler Conn: 3rd Place- Job Seeking Skills

Gracie Lawson: 1st Place- Interviewing Skills

Brittany Willis, Morgan McClanahan, and CarolineGeorge: 2nd place- Creative Prob. Solving

Makenzie Estep: 1st place- Behavioral Health

Katlyn Shumway: 3rd Place- Medical Spelling

Hannah Greenhill: 3rd Place- Medical Terminology

Evan Theiss: 2nd Place- Prepared Speaking


Russell Preschool (From the desk of Mrs. Staton)

What an exciting week of holiday cheer as we celebrated Christmas Spirit Week!!  Our week culminated with our first ever Christmas performance during the PTA Festival of Trees on Thursday evening!!!!  These precious preschoolers know how to fill your heart with Christmas cheer & love!!!!


What’s happening at central office / district this week?

• December Board of Education Meeting---Monday, December 18, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the new Russell Central Office building conference room.  This is an open meeting and a great opportunity to learn what is going on in the district.  Great leadership opportunity!

• Classified Luncheon—December 20 @ 11:00 AM in the RHS Cafeteria!  Hope to see you there!


It’s a great day to be a Red Devil!!  Have a great week Russell!  Sean

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