Happy Friday to you!
This past Tuesday we hosted our first RMS Families of Color evening event. We had over 45 students, families, and RMS staff in attendance – all very interested in sharing experiences and building community. Our hosts, JaLynn Montes, Associate Principal at Redmond Middle School and Sergio BarreraBatista, Family Engagement Specialist for the Redmond Community, spoke in both English and Spanish throughout the evening. All the information presented in the Teams meeting was shared in both English and Spanish. Those in attendance were asked if they could design a perfect school, what it be? Several families shared that a perfect school would have a diverse staff that had people who looked like their student. Others shared that their perfect school would have lots of electives, including world languages taught at an earlier age. We are excited to continue these discussions! The RMS Families of Color will meet the third Tuesday of each month and our school community will receive an email with a Teams meeting link and a phone call reminder prior to each meeting. Thanks to JaLynn, Sergio, and the members of the RMS Equity Team for making this event happen.
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…
1914 The First World War Begins (the tile is an iron cross commemorating the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria).
According to his obituary in the New York Times dated June 29, 1914, the Archduke and his wife were shot at close range while traveling to visit victims of an earlier assassination attempt (that occurred outside of a Girls’ High School). He had been warned that his visit was a dangerous undertaking as there had been unrest between Bosnia and Serbia. Why was this assassination called “the shot that was heard around the world?” Check out this website to learn the answer! Thanks to the New York Times and PBS.
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 ring contains 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!