Rangely school district celebrates successful year

The Rangely School District was proud to announce another successful school year in which academic success was impressive as demonstrated by federal recognition, state standardized assessments scores and most importantly, the daily learning activities in the classrooms. Our classroom successes were complemented by the successes outside the classroom in math competitions, FFA, FBLA, Stuco and sports/activities. The quality of the students is a testament to their parents, the community and a dedicated and professional staff. While we had many successes they pale as the district and community suffered greatly with the heart-wrenching passing of two students and the serious injury of a third. These events drew the district closer together and built a unity within the community. This year’s success, tested by challenges, supported by quality people, is the formula for fortitude and tempered optimism for the next school year.
Academics
The school district received the 2010/2011 CSAP results which demonstrated a high level of growth with improvement in 18 of the 27 tested areas. The improvements were significant averaging a 7 percent growth in all 27 tested subjects. The school district also achieved the “Adequate Yearly Process” measure from the Federal Department of Education. Rangely School District was in the top 25 percent of all school districts in the state of Colorado to achieve this level of academic achievement. This year’s state assessments will likely demonstrate continued success. CDE recently released the third grade reading results in which the district topped its highest scores in 13 years. The district improved from 70 percent to 74 percent of the third graders being proficient or advanced in reading. Early reading is a critical measure for a school district because of its correlation with graduation rates and overall academic success.
On a micro level:
• Parkview Elementary advanced the Consistency Club which supports student behavior; improved the RTI (response to intervention) process; aligned writing curriculum and started the implementation of a curriculum map; redefined the discipline process; remodeled and developed the PBS system thereby increasing school spirit; and provided training (in-house) for “smart” board, “Clickers,” Step-up to Writing, and received a technology award, which provided all classes with Mobies and clickers. Teachers and administrator wrote grants to help fill the school libraries with non-fiction reading books and a phonics program to help struggling learners. Parent and community support was substantially increased. Teachers and students were recognized for their great work through gifts from the community, PTO affirmations and articles in the Herald Times. Parkview’s “Panther Print” was published monthly and the website updated with the latest news. The mission and vision became more visible through signs and documents displayed within the school.
Mission: “To create a learning community dedicated to high achievement and safety for all.”
Vision: “to be the best school district in Colorado through constant growth and achievement.”
• At RJSHS, academic performance, led by high level instruction, paved the way for a successful school year. Students complemented their academics with a variety of successes outside the classroom such as first and third place at the Mesa State Math Extravaganza; first and second place at the FFA Quiz Bowl with impressive showings in horse judging and creed speaking, top 10 percent showing at the UNC Math Competition finals, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) garnered a first and second place at district and a fifth place at state finals, as well as a Toys for Tots drive by the National Honor Society. Students were also successful in sports and activities including band, choir, basketball, football, baseball, volleyball, cross county, track, wrestling, cheer, soccer and Stuco.
In addition to this year’s accomplishments, plans for next year include developing Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and further integration of parents in the educational process. Student success is most impacted by the attention, support and encouragement they receive from their parents.
People
The district welcomed back a community favorite, Mike Kruger, who has served the community in a variety of capacities, and this year he served as the middle school social studies teacher. As the school year comes to a close the district applauds and commends the work of our retirees Donna Day, Glenda Halcomb and Dorothy Morrison. These inspiring individuals have served the school district for a combined total of nearly 60 years. Their careers were significant, successful and they are known for their diligent, professional and impactful work. The school district joins in harmony with the community in the singing their praises and showing them our appreciation and best wishes for their future.
Challenges
This year the Rangely School District suffered many heartfelt loses. It was encouraging in those times of grief that the community came together to support its families and schools. The Rangely School District also faced an extended shortfall of necessary revenues from the state. However, the community and the Recreation and Park District passed a mil levy designed to protect sports, activities and most importantly academics from potentially significant cuts. The school district is highly appreciative and is determined to do its best everyday to ensure that its students have the best chance for success in school and in life.
Next Year
We will jump start the school year by offering summer school. Summer school allows students to stay on track and maintain their trajectory of learning over the summer. If any parents would like information about summer school enrollment and fees please call Todd Cordrey at 675-2207. However, if you choose to work with your children on your own over the summer here are some helpful strategies:
One way to think about how your child will have an educational summer is by talking about plans and setting summer academic goals as a family. To set a summer goal take a look at your child’s current academic standing. Usually there is one area that could use review during the summer. Focus on this area and set a goal to work on it a few hours every week this summer.
When setting a goal, remember the CAM rule. CAM goals are: Clear, Achievable, and Measurable. Here’s how to apply the CAM rule to summer planning.
• Clear. Make sure that a summer academic goal is clear. It shouldn’t be “improve in science this summer,” but “I want to memorize the periodic table of elements and understand mitosis.”
• Achievable. It is summer after all; kids don’t want to spend hours a day on schoolwork. Keep academic work short and sweet and add a little variety to the work schedule. This will ensure that kids don’t get discouraged and that your summer academic goals are actually met, not left to rot beside the swimming pool.
• Measurable. By setting a goal that has benchmarks, you can track success. For example, last week Tim only knew three periodic elements; this week he knows 10.
(See www.oxfordlearning.com/ features/make-this-the-best-summer/ for more information)
The school district presented its 64th graduating class on May 20 and will welcome the graduating class of 2025 as kindergarteners this fall. The kindergarten class will likely be the largest class in recent memory with more than 60 students. This year the district is proud to celebrate the graduates as they embark on their adult lives by either heading to college or entering the work force. The quality of the Rangely School District’s students is a testament to their parents, the community and a dedicated and professional staff. The community has a tremendous amount of tradition and Panther Pride accrued for decades of impressive academics and successful extracurricular activities.
“We are optimistic about the upcoming school year, and we are even more optimistic about the future of our country based upon the high caliber students graduating each year from the Rangely High School,” said Superintendent Todd Cordrey.