Happy Healthy Kids
Sending a HUGE shout-out to the PE department at RJEMS. By continuing to provide above and beyond opportunities like biking, golfing, and swimming as well as differentiating your PE classes, you are doing more than encouraging fitness for 45 minutes of the day, you are helping kids try something new!
Students have voiced positive feedback regarding your recreational/competitive gym offerings. One student said, "I actually have fun in gym class now! We do different activities that I enjoy, and I don't have the stress of having to do well in front of my classmates. I can just have fun!" Other activities such as the 6th Grade Swim Meet, the 6th Grade Track and Field Day, and the 8th Grade Golf Trip have not only exposed students to activities that they may have never tried or had the opportunity to do, but they also inspired some students to continue on in those sports by joining the GRHS Swim, Golf, and/or Track Teams.
I want to recognize the amazing job of Amy Peterson, Heidi Clairmont, Christine Grover & Chris Granley along with extra hands to smoothly roll out the iPads to the 10th, 11th and 12th graders. It was a smooth start with lots of collaboration! Good job!
I wanted to pass along how great of a job you are doing with keeping your building [RJEMS] clean and organized.
I walked through there today with the insurance adjuster, and he told me he could not find one thing that needed attention. He made a note of how organized the storage, pool, and mechanical rooms are.
He told me that he walks through 300-350 schools a year and only once a year he comes across one that has been as well kept and organized as RJEMS. Way to go team!!!!..More Information
The Technology Department was recently tasked with providing wireless access to the ball field and track at the High School for an upcoming track meet. While we have enjoyed support from the Maintenance Department before, this project required quite a bit of time and effort from them to make this project a success. Our District Electrician, Dale Wilkening, was instrumental in completing this project. Dale went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed to provide this service to our school in a very timely manner. His friendly manner and expertise made it a real pleasure to work with him. ..More Information
Top-Notch Truancy Staff
I want to take a moment to talk about the Truancy Specialists in our schools. These staff members do a wonderful job communicating with kids and families about the importance of attending school every day. They take every day in stride and I rarely see any of them without a welcoming smile on their face. Thank you for doing such a great and important job making sure that our kids are in school prepared to learn!..More Information
The Impact of Rapids Rising
I want to take a moment and celebrate Nick Adams. I received a postcard in my mailbox and it said, "On an informal survey, MOST students told us they think teachers and other school staff members are one of the most credible sources of information available to them! Kudos to you for building a trusting, meaningful relationship with our students!"
GRHS held its monthly "Student of the Month" awards ceremony and I am so honored to be part of an organization that celebrates students success publicly. Also, I am very grateful to be surrounded by professionals who are very passionate about their students. If you have not attended the awards ceremony called "Student of the Month" at GRHS, I would highly encourage you to attend because it is inspiring to witness our student achievements celebrated by their teachers...More Information
Kasie V and Jen W have stepped up to bat so efficiently in a year with numerous contract settlements and retro payments. They are both so very helpful and expert in their fields. It feels like they have been here for quite some time...but they are brand new this year! Celebrating their greatness is appropriate!
Engaging our Kids
I would like to recognize Kim S. for treating all students with worth and value. I was privy to a conversation about one of our outstanding students when I overheard the social worker tell Kim S. this particular student "will not talk to a clinician; however, he has expressed how he trusts you and appreciates you."
I am so proud to be an employee of ISD 318 where employees not only express their gratitude towards students but our customers witness how our employees treat students in our care. Kim...THANK YOU for all you do for the students in our care!! You do an amazing job!!..More Information
RJEMS Speech Shout Out
Congratulations to the RJEMS Ribbon Winners at the Pequot Lakes Speech Meet on March 6! And to their coach Jenny Linnell, RJEMS LA Teacher. Nine students placed or received ribbons of excellence. Great job!