Happy Friday to you!
What a fantastic week we’ve had! Today marks the end of our first concurrent spirit week where remote and in person students were encouraged to dress according to a specific theme each day. Today’s theme was Grizzly spirit (dressing in red, white, and black). Our ASB officers represent students who selected both remote learning and in-person learning so the week was curated with an eye toward bringing both groups of students together. Next week we will continue the unity theme as our after-school Intramural program kicks off with students who are attending both in-person and remotely joining us after school for sports. Students will be able to select between a variety of sports each day and work with coaches (who, in their day job, are our teachers, counselors, and volunteers!). We are looking forward to having students with us after school once again.
We’ve had many students request a change in learning location (from remote to in-person and in-person to remote) and we’ve done our best to accommodate every request. Please note that Wednesday, May 5 will be the last day that families can request a change in their student’s learning model (remote to in-person or in-person to remote) for the 2020-21 school year. In the meantime, we are analyzing the results of a remote learner student survey and will review the results with our teachers to continue to improve the learning environment for all learners.
In the coming weeks you and your student will begin to receive information about end of the year activities (I know it seems we just got started and already I am talking about the end of the year- where does the time go??). Be on the lookout for information about end of the year celebrations, laptop and book check in, and last week of school activities.
As always, it is a great day to be part of the sleuth!
Dana Greenberg, Principal
Redmond Middle School
Ramadan ends the evening of Wednesday, May 12. For students observing Ramadan who would prefer not to be in the cafeteria at lunchtime, please note that we will have the library open and available. The library will be a quiet space at lunchtime for the remainder of this school year- activities will be limited to reading, doing homework, or using computers.
The Tiles in the Tree Rings of Redmond Middle School
Our journey through the Rings of RMS continues…
In 1919 AT&T installed the first dial telephones in the Bell System in Norfolk Virginia. Tile 19 memorializes the first dial telephones to be installed (the distinctive candlestick model). According to AT&T the change for customers was dramatic because for the first time “customers (who were used to) lifting the receiver and asking the operator for assistance (were now able to) dial the number themselves.” The transition was done over time – the last manual telephones in the system were converted in 1978.
Remember, students designed these tiles. If anyone in our Redmond community knows the artist of a specific tile, please let us know so we can credit them in a future issue of The Gram.
The tree rings contain tiles from 1901-2000. We will continue to post tiles and explore the historic events associated with each tile. When you visit RMS we encourage you to look down and find your favorite tile profiled in the Grizzly Gram. Tile 19 is right before the attestation station!
Update to Process for Completing Daily Digital Attestation through Skyward Family/Student Access for Middle School and High School Students
All in-person students must complete a health check each day to attest that they have no symptoms of COVID-19 or close contacts with people who have tested positive for COVID-19. The important update is that we are asking students to complete attestation, even if they do not plan to attend school in-person on that day.
You can access more information about Attestation requirements here.
When calling in your students sick or out of school for the day, we ask that you be as specific as possible as to the reason. Because of Covid protocols, if your student is not at school and we do not have a detailed reason, please expect a call from the school for more information. Thank you!
Algebra Placement for 2021-22
Next week, families of our 6th and 7th grade students will receive a letter detailing the math options for students during the 21-22 school year. There will not be an Algebra Aptitude Test for the 2021-22 school year.