Happy Friday to you! This week as teachers and staff met for meetings and informal conversations, we all marveled at how quickly the time has flown by and here it is- the end of the calendar year. For many of us Winter Break will look quite different this year (as might be true for your family as well). I know am looking forward to having plenty of time for brisk walks outside and cozy reading time inside (look for Ms. Metcalf's Library news below to see how many books your student can check out during the break!).
January 2021 will usher in the registration process for the 2021-2022 school year! Students will learn how to request their core courses and electives online this year during various registration events. Registration for the Class of 2025's 8th graders will begin on January 14. Counselors from Redmond High School will virtually visit 8th grade students in their social studies classes and guide them through the online registration process. The Class of 2026's 7th graders and the Class of 2027's 6th graders will begin the registration process at the end of January with virtual visits from our RMS counselors. On January 12, we will welcome the Class of 2028 families to a virtual Incoming 6th grade Family Night. Families will learn more about Redmond Middle School and plans for next year (including new 6th grade electives). We are currently putting the finishing touches on our 2021-2022 RMS Course Catalog, which will be available after the Winter Break.
As always, it is a great day to be part of the sleuth!
Dana Greenberg, Principal
Redmond Middle School
The Tiles in the Tree Rings of Redmond Middle School
Our journey through the Rings of RMS continues...
This tile celebrates Robert Peary's Arctic Adventures-culminating in reaching the North Pole!
On September 7, 1909 the New York Times published an article crediting Robert Peary for discovering the North Pole (after eight attempts over 23 years!). However, another New York Newspaper (The Herald) printed the week before that "The North Pole is Discovered by Dr. Frederick A. Cook" in 1908- a year earlier. Who was right?
In 1988 there was a re-examination of Robert Peary's records commissioned by the National Geographic Society, a major sponsor of his expeditions, which concluded that Peary's evidence never proved his claim and suggested that he knew he might have fallen short. Cook's claim, meanwhile, has come to rest in a sort of polar twilight, neither proved nor disproved, although his descriptions of the Arctic region- made public before Peary's- were verified by later explorers. Thanks to Bruce Henderson who is the author of "True North: Peary, Cook and the Race to the Pole". He teaches writing at Stanford University. 1988 and the Smithsonian Magazine.
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 are able to visit RMS, we encourage you to look down and find your favorite tile profiled in the Grizzly Gram!