Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A Community Conversation on Education

Where will the Raymond School District be in five years?


How will we get there? 

You can help determine the answers to these questions by participating in our upcoming Community Conversation on Education, on the evening of June 4, 2018 between the hours of 5 and 8 PM at the Library/Media Center at IHGMS. Our Strategic Planning Steering Committee members will hold this forum to gather input from stakeholders who are truly invested in the future of our schools. Parents, students, citizens, business owners, employees.... anyone who wants to influence the direction of the District in the next five years is invited to share their ideas and perspectives.  The format of the forum will be relaxed and straightforward, with two main guiding questions:
  • What are we doing really well as a school district? (What excites you and makes you proud?)
  • What would you like to see improved in the District? (What are some challenges we need to address together in the next three to five years?)
Light refresments will be provided in our cool, air conditioned middle school library! You need not spend your entire evening engaged in the forum (although you are welcome to do so). There will be sessions at 5 PM, 6 PM and 7 PM. Please come and have an enjoyable time talking with others who care about our schools and our community -  and influence the future of the Raymond School District!

Please note - If you have a hard time getting there in person, several alternatives are available to allow you to participate:
  1. Join the Strategic Planning Facebook Group prior to the meeting and engage through Facebook live with our virtual meeting facilitator, Art Wolinsky! 
  2. Send your thoughts regarding strengths and needs of the District to the committee via email to strategic.planning@sau33.com.
  3. Call our special Strategic Planning Input phone number at (603 200-3038) to leave a voicemail sharing your ideas regarding what's working well in our school system and what should be improved. If you are willing to let us contact you about your responses, please leave a number or an email address. 
The Committee will be accepting input until June 11, 2018.
The Cheshire Cat in the beloved book, Alice in Wonderland said, "If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there". Together we can make sure that we do know where we are going, and that our future destination is well in tune with the values and needs of our community stakeholders.

I hope to see you on the evening of June 4th at Iber Holmes Gove Middle School in the library! - Dr. McCoy.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Value of Education

The Value of Education

As many of you know, RHS sends out automated phone calls when a student is absent from a class. This can be annoying and parents can receive several phone calls during a school day. We do this because education is important. If you don't believe that, please look at the following graph:

Assuming you worked 48 weeks a year from the time you were 18 to the age of 67, your lifetime earnings would be as follows:
High school dropout –                    1,159,536
High school diploma –                    1,594,656
Associate’s degree –                      1,735776
Bachelor’s degree –                        2,674,224
Master’s degree –                           3,154,032
Recently I received the following email response from a parent who was annoyed about those automated calls which read as follows: "Please excuse Johnny (not real name) from school. I have told him that it is not that important anyways." Hopefully, this parent will stumble across the information above.

I had the opportunity to speak before Reach High Scholars and the message was about the importance of education. The following is the speech I gave:

Good Evening and Welcome to Raymond High School’s first annual Reach High Scholars Induction Ceremony. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the parents, relatives, and friends who have joined us tonight. We have gathered here this evening to honor and acknowledge our students.

Mr. Bickford, the Principal of IHGMS, could not be here this evening, but he wanted to share with you the following: "Congratulations on your induction, your hard work has paid dividends and will continue to do so as you move forward through your education and future careers." and I agree with him more.

Reach High Scholars, is a group that stresses the importance of higher education, but also helps students and families strategize to make it more accessible and affordable. It challenges students to shoot for the stars.

Starting down this path, you already understand the importance of higher education. A college education may be one of the best investments of time and money for a person's career. A 2011 report from U.S. Census Bureau stated that those who held a bachelor's degree were expected to earn a 40-year lifetime salary of about $2.4 million dollars on average, while high school graduates only took a lifetime salary of about $1.4 million dollars. On average, those who held master's degrees earned $2.8 million dollars.

Another benefit of earning a college degree is the advantage you might have over your competition in the job market. Many jobs require a college degree and are not available to those who hold only a high school diploma. Once you find a job, you're more likely to enjoy it - college graduates reported higher levels of job satisfaction than high school graduates in 2011, according to Education Pays.

The same study found that 48% of 4-year college graduates were covered by employer-provided health insurance plans versus only 27% of high school graduates in 2011. College graduates also have lower rates of unemployment and poverty as compared to high school graduates.

The world we live in is not always conductive to long range goals. In a society of quick fixes and instant gratification, you have already learned that some things take time. Indeed, education is a marathon rather than a hundred-meter race. There will be hills that test your endurance and long stretches that test your will, but in the end, you will be grateful of the journey and the support that Reach High Scholars provided you in meeting your goals.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017-2018 School Year


August 16, 2017



Dear Raymond High School Students, Parents, and Guardians,

Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 school year! We hope that you have enjoyed the summer and are excited about the start of school. Raymond High School will open for the school year on August 28. All students will start the school day at 7:30 a.m. The Seacoast School of Technology will also begin on the 28th. In preparation for the start of the school year, please make note of the information shared here to assist with a smooth transition back to school.  Please access our RHS web site for links to this information.

Information regarding bus routes will be released shortly. Unfortunately, due to a significant shortage of trained bus drivers, we will start the 2017-18 School Year with temporary bus routes. Not all routes will be impacted. The bus for the Seacoast School of Technology will leave RHS at 7:12 a.m.

Significant changes have been made at Raymond High School. We have a new bell schedule and we have changed the requirements for graduation. In order to better meet the individual needs of each student, Raymond High School offers a differentiated diploma program.  In addition to the Raymond High School Diploma, Raymond High School also offers a State Standard Diploma and a NH Scholars Diploma.

Raymond High School Diploma- This diploma is awarded in regular circumstances and is based on the Raymond School District minimum requirements for a high school diploma. The following diplomas will be offered to all RHS students through the Class of 2020:



Credit/Course Requirements                                                                   Number of Credits

Art                                                                                                                      .50

Computer                                                                                                          1.00

English                                                                                                              4.00

Health                                                                                                                 .50

Mathematics                                                                                                      3.00

Physical Education                                                                                              1.00

Science                                                                                                             3.00

Social Studies                                                                                                    2.50

Total Credits Required                                                                                        15.50

Total Credits Elective                                                                                         6.75

Total credits needed to graduate                                                                  22.25


The following diploma and credit requirements will be in effect for the Class of 2021 and all following classes.  

Credit/Course Requirements                                                                   Number of Credits

Art                                                                                                                      .50

Computer                                                                                                          1.00

English                                                                                                              4.00

Health                                                                                                                 .50

Mathematics                                                                                                      3.00

Physical Education                                                                                              1.00

Science                                                                                                             3.00

Social Studies                                                                                                    2.50



Total Credits Required                                                                                       15.50

Total Credits Elective                                                                                         8.50

Total credits needed to graduate                                                                      24.00

Raymond High School Honors Diploma - This diploma will be available to the Class of 2021 and all following classes.  In addition to the credit requirements, students must have an ‘85’% GPA. 

Credit/Course Requirements                                                                   Number of Credits

English                                                                                                              4

Math                                                                                                                 3

Social Studies                                                                                                    3

Science                                                                                                             3

World Languages                                                                                               2

Art                                                                                                                    1

Health                                                                                                               .50

Computer Education                                                                                           1

Physical Education                                                                                              1

ELO/Online Learning                                                                                          .50

Electives                                                                                                            9

Total Credits                                                                                                   28


This diploma will also be available for classes graduating before 2021. The requirements are as follows: 

Class of 2018: Students must earn 25 credits, have taken 2 years of a consecutive world language and must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of “85” or higher. 

Class of 2019: Students must earn 26 credits, have taken 2 years of a consecutive world language and must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of “85” or higher. 

Class of 2020: Students must earn 27 credits, have taken 2 years of a consecutive world language and must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of “85” or higher.

State Standard Diploma- This diploma is awarded in special circumstances and is based on the State of New Hampshire minimum requirements for a high school diploma. The approval of the school administration and Superintendent is required to be considered for this diploma.  See IKF-R for criteria, application and appeal process.


Credit/Course Requirements                                                                   Number of Credits

Art                                                                                                                     .50

Information and Communication Technologies                                                        .50

English                                                                                                              4.00

Mathematics                                                                                                      3.00

Physical Sciences                                                                                               1.00

Biological Sciences                                                                                             1.00

US and NH History                                                                                             1.00

US and NH Government/Civics                                                                             .50

Economics                                                                                                         .50

World History, Global Studies or Geography                                                          .50

Health                                                                                                              .50

Physical Education                                                                                            1.00

Open Electives                                                                                                  6.00

Total Credits                                                                                                        20.00


NH Scholars Diploma-This diploma is awarded in special circumstances for those students who have met all of the requirements of the NH Scholars, including a 3.50 cumulative GPA for the NH Scholar designation.


Credit/Course Requirements                                                                   Number of Credits

English- 9,10,11,12                                                                                           4.00

Mathematics-Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II                                                      3.00

Science- Biology, Chemistry, and one of the following:                                         3.00

            Honors Physics, Environmental Science,

            Anatomy & Physiology or AP Biology

Social Studies-US History, World History or World                                                3.50

            Geography, Economics, Government and

            Social Studies Electives

Languages- Three sequential years of a foreign language                                     3.00

Physical Education                                                                                           1.00

Health                                                                                                             .50

Art                                                                                                                  .50

Computer                                                                                                       1.00

Additional Electives                                                                                          2.75

Total Credits                                                                                                       22.25


These various diplomas allow students to plan which pathway they would like to take as they move forward in the world. Please have conversations as a family as to which pathway will best meet the needs of the student as they prepare to be active and engaged citizens.

Our daily schedule has changed significantly this year. We have changed to a 4x4 block schedule. If you are having difficulty view the schedule included in this letter you can find additional information in our handbook online. This schedule is dynamic and flexible; it will allow students more opportunities for enrichment, recovery and relearning content material. The new schedule also means that missing a class really amounts to missing two classes as classes only meet three times week.


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Please be advised that a phone call to school to report your student’s absence does not constitute an excused absence. Please send in a note to the office within 3 days of the student’s absence.  If the student is out for 3 consecutive days a doctor’s note is required.

Students will be asked to rent a $5.00 combination lock from the school. The $5.00 will be refunded upon return of the lock when the student leaves the school permanently.  Students will have the option to bring in their own lock; however, these locks will become school property once attached to a school locker and subject to the regulations of the school. 

The Raymond School District is “paperless”. Our student handbooks, progress reports, report cards, and news bulletins are available online, through our website and PowerSchool.  Paper copies are no longer distributed. We will provide you with access to hard copies upon written request. We want to make things easier for you, communicate more effectively and give you better access to your child’s education records.

Students should not be driving to school unless they have a parking permit. Each student will be assigned a parking spot. Students who frequently park at school without displaying a parking pass are subject to having their parking privileges suspended. Just a reminder, freshman and sophomore students cannot drive to school unless they have accumulated 12 credits or more and have purchased a parking permit.  Parking Permits will be available to purchase on August 22, for seniors and August 25th for Juniors.

The RHS Principal’s Forum meets monthly on the third Monday of the month from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the high school main office conference room.  All parents are welcome to attend these meetings. I look forward to seeing you there.

Before the start of the school year, please make sure to check that you are scheduled for at least six classes per semester.  It is imperative that high school students accumulate 6 each school year to remain on track for graduation. We will help students achieve that goal, 22.25 credits are required for graduation. Please do not hesitate to contact our Guidance Department if you have any concerns about schedules. To set-up an appointment with your guidance counselor, please call the guidance secretary, Mrs. Cooper, at 895-6616 extension 2327. 

On behalf of the entire high school faculty and staff, we look forward to a safe and productive school year. If you would like to contact me, my e-mail address is s.woodward@sau33.com and my phone number is 895-6616, ext. 2306. Your ideas and suggestions are welcomed and I look forward to hearing from you. Please enjoy these final days of summer and we will see you soon! 

Respectfully,



Mr. Steve Woodward

Principal


Monday, February 13, 2017

New RHS Athletic & Co-curricular Policy


New RHS Athletic & Co-curricular Policy

The following policy was recently passed by the Raymond School Board. The RHS Site Council and school administration worked together to raise the bar for all students. I congratulate the council for efforts.

Site Council has unanimously voted, and propose an amendment to the 2016-2017 Raymond school district athletic and extracurricular policy. After seeking advisement from SALT, administration, the athletic director, and several coaches, site council has reviewed our previous amendment proposal and altered it to best support students who are involved with athletics and extracurricular activities at RHS, while still asserting the importance of academics in the school. Students involved in athletics and extracurricular activities represent the school and the district, and thereby should also represent the academic endeavors of the school and district. The amended policy Site Council proposes is as follows:

  1. Students must be passing 5 of their credits at report cards (quarter end). Seniors taking 4 credits will be held to the eligibility standard as defined by the NHIAA. These students will be required to pass all 4 credits.
  2. At progress reports (mid-quarter), a student who is not passing all of their classes will be placed on “academic probation” and be required to report for after school assistance every day for 10 consecutive days.
    1. After school assistance will be scheduled  for the ten consecutive school days after progress reports from 2.10 pm to 3.00 pm in the Media Center.
    2. Students on “academic probation” will be allowed to participate in all activities, at the discretion of the coach.
    3. If a student fails to report to the after school assistance, they will be suspended from activities for the remainder of the quarter.
    4. A student is only excused from after school assistance if there is a game/match/meet or meeting on that day or if the student has an excused absence from school (in accordance with school policy).
    5. If a student misses after school assistance due to circumstances as stated in 2(d) of this document, they will make up the missed after school assistance requirement on the following school day.
    6. Students must be present on the day of the team or club activity, in order to participate. If the activity is on the weekend, the student must be in school on the preceding school day. If absent, absence must be excused.
  3. Students are not exempt from detentions because of extracurricular activities, including sports.




Thursday, December 22, 2016

Midterm Exam Schedule 2016 - 2017





Raymond High School

Mid-Term Exam Schedule 2016-2017


Wednesday, January 18th                        Start                           End

                        Period 1 Exam:                   7:30AM                      9:30AM

                        Break                                  9:30AM                      9:45AM

                        Period 2 Exam:                   9:45AM                      11:45AM

                        Lunch                                  11:45AM                    12:10PM

                        Make Up Exam:                  12:10PM                    2:10PM

                        AM SST                              7:10AM                      9:40AM

                        PM SST                              1:55AM                      2:15PM


Thursday, January 19th

                        Period 4 Exam:                     7:30AM                      9:30AM

                        Break                                    9:30AM                      9:45AM

                        Period 5 Exam:                     9:45AM                      11:45AM

                        Lunch                                    11:45AM                    12:10PM

                        Make Up Exam:                    12:10AM                    2:10PM

                        PM SST                                11:55AM                    2:15PM

  No AM SST             

                         
Friday, January 20th

                        Period 6 Exam:                     7:30AM                      9:30AM

                        Break                                    9:30AM                      9:45AM

                        Period 7 Exam:                     9:45AM                     11:45AM

                        Lunch                                   11:45AM.                   12:10PM

                        Make Up Exam:                   12:10PM                     2:10PM

                        PM SST                                1:55AM                      2:15PM

  No AM SST

                       
All AM and PM SST students must report to SST when they do not have a scheduled mid-term at Raymond High School.  Bus service will be provided.

All examinations will be given in classrooms with their regular classroom teachers.

All students must take their mid-term and final exams during the scheduled time that their classes are being tested.  Students cannot make-up exams during the make-up period or at a later time without prior approval from both the teacher and the administration.  Any student that misses a mid-term or final examination without prior approval or an administratively approved absence may receive a 0 on the test.

In the case of a school cancellation, the exam schedule will be pushed back 1(ONE) day. For example if there is a cancellation of school on the Wednesday, January 18th, periods 1 and 2 exams will be given on Thursday, January 19th.

In the case of a delay students will start the day at 9:30 AM in whatever exam was supposed to begin the day.  For example if we have a delay on Friday, January 22nd, students will begin their period 1 exam at 9:30 AM.  Administrators will have a revised schedule out to staff before 9:30 AM of that day.