Happy Friday to you!
What a fantastic week we’ve had! We are just finishing our first round of Intramural sports today and the weather certainly has provided a wonderful backdrop for students to engage in sports. We had a terrific group of 130 students (representing both those who are taking their courses in-person and those who are remote learners) participating in volleyball, soccer, kickball, and tennis. Watching the students play on our fields and courts has been such a joyful experience – and a step forward in our hopes to have everyone back on campus in the fall. Another step in that process was the announcement on Wednesday that teens 12-15 years of age are now be eligible to receive the Covid vaccination. Students shared that they were excited to have the opportunity to (finally!) be able to go to movies and sleepovers with friends and attend extended family dinners without worrying about Covid. The conversation helped me reflect on those every day activities that we previously took for granted (like end of the year assemblies in the gym and Field Day fun on our campus) and how much we are all looking forward to welcoming those activities back in our lives when we return to campus in the fall.
We are in the final planning stages for our end of the year activities (including building tours for students who did not have the opportunity in April, virtual end of the year celebrations, drive-through laptop roll in, and other last week of school events). We will share our final plans with you in the next edition of the Gram.
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…
Tile Number 20 commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, providing women with the right to vote. According to The People’s Vote website (a co-sponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration, National History Day, and U.S. News & World Report):
Beginning in the 1800s, women organized, petitioned, and picketed to win the right to vote, but it took them decades to accomplish their purpose. Between 1878, when the amendment was first introduced in Congress, and August 18, 1920, when it was ratified, champions of voting rights for women worked tirelessly, but strategies for achieving their goal varied. Some pursued a strategy of passing suffrage acts in each state—nine western states adopted woman suffrage legislation by 1912. Others challenged male-only voting laws in the courts. Some suffragists used more confrontational tactics such as picketing, silent vigils, and hunger strikes. Often supporters met fierce resistance. Opponents heckled, jailed, and sometimes physically abused them.
By 1916, almost all of the major suffrage organizations were united behind the goal of a constitutional amendment. When New York adopted woman suffrage in 1917 and President Wilson changed his position to support an amendment in 1918, the political balance began to shift. On May 21, 1919, the House of Representatives passed the amendment, and 2 weeks later, the Senate followed. When Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment on August 18, 1920, the amendment passed its final hurdle of obtaining the agreement of three-fourths of the states.
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.
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.
If you need to pick up your student for an appointment before the end of the school day it would be very helpful to send a note with your student to let us know. Your student can hand the note to Mrs. Silva after they finish attestation (she can be found at the east attestation station- closest to the parking lot!). Mrs. Silva will provide your student with a pass that they can show their teacher prior to coming to the Attendance Office to wait to be picked up.
Once you arrive at school to pick up your student please pull up to the building using the driveway in the south parking lot (closest to the tennis courts- we use the north parking lot for students during our lunchtimes). Please come to the main entrance and ring the doorbell to let us know that you are here to pick up your student. One of our office staff will bring a sign out sheet to the door for you to sign out (so that you do not have to go through our attestation process).
If at all possible we ask that you avoid appointments that would require you to pick up your student between 1-1:25pm as that is the time that we are finishing the school day and preparing for everyone’s departure.
Thanks for your help in keeping RMS safe!