Today at RVHS and RVMS there was a assembly about the recent decision to start random safety searches by "Providence Working Canines." During the assembly the speaker talked about how the poor choices of one will affect your entire student body. The presence of unwanted contraband places everyone at risk and makes your school unsafe. The trained K9's will search classrooms and will be able to discover more than Narcotics, including the presence of Alcoholic Beverages, Abused Medications, and Firearms.
Mr. Adams commented, "I'm all for it, can't think of a better way for kids to be safer."
Blake Chance also remarked, "Well, it will eliminate kids from bringing bad stuff to school."
The school year is off to a great start, and I am thankful for the opportunity to be back in USD #337 and serving the parents and the three communities as Superintendent of Schools. The Royal Valley school district is committed to helping your child find success. In order to grow success, I would like for you to consider a few key points in this article about why parent/guardian involvement is essential to your child’s success and how teachers and parents should team up to provide a positive school year and successful environment for your student.
A large portion of your child’s school-aged life is spent at school under the supervision of his/her teacher. On average, a student spends 8 hours in school, 8 hours with their family and the other 8 hours sleeping. Educators and parents both play a significant role in each child’s life. I encourage you to team-up with your student’s teachers and provide the same encouragement for success.
Parents and Teachers Team-Up
Parents and teachers both have the same goal, for your child to succeed. Communicate regularly with your teacher, let them know if there are issues at home affecting your child and likewise, with open communication, the teacher can share any strengths or challenges taking place at school. There may be strategies that the school is using that are successful or the parent may have strategies that work at home that will help the teacher.
Make School Important
Developing a positive attitude about school starts at a very early age. Make sure that you are excited when you talk to your child about school. Ask them daily about their day and what they did. They may not give you much information, but be consistent and let them know that you care about how they are doing in school.
Build Mutual Trust
If you have a concern about something that is taking place at school, please communicate directly with your child’s teacher. Expressing concerns openly can relieve a lot of frustration for both the parent and the school. Many times, the concern is just miscommunication and can easily be resolved. Be Involved in Your Child’s School When your child sees that you are involved in what they are doing in school or even contributing in your own way, it will change the way they view school. Whether you decide to get involved with the PTO, help out at school events, join the site council, or just attend your child’s activities; your being there is more im- portant to your student than you will ever know.
Let Your Teacher Know They Are Doing a Good Job
In closing for this article, I wanted to take a moment to let parents know that being a teacher in the State of Kansas has become difficult in recent years. The teachers at Royal Valley work hard everyday and put in extra hours at home to monitor student learning and create meaningful lessons only to turn on the news or open the newspaper to feel undervalued for what they do. The teaching profession is extremely important and our teachers need to be recognized for what they do. If you think that your child’s teacher did something special or your child came home talking about what cool activity they experienced, drop the teacher a note and let them know how much you appreciate their work.
I am looking forward to continued success throughout this school year, and I am glad to have you and your child here at Royal Valley.
Image: (Left Colin Caviness, Center-back Luke Boyden, Right Colin Everts)
Students in Nate McAlister’s Royal Valley Middle School (Mayetta, Kansas) class won the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Hero’s 2016 Discovery Award $7,500 grand prize. Their award-winning documentary brings to light the little-known story of Emma Darling Cushman, an American nurse who saved the lives of thousands of Armenian children during the Armenian genocide. In addition to caring for countless orphans, Cushman served as Acting Consul of the Allies and Neutral Nations, overseeing millions of dollars in relief funds and prisoner exchanges.
“This project didn’t just change my life, it changed Emma’s life and how she will be remembered.” -Luke Boyden
The three students and their parents will be part of an award presentation next week.
|Nick Steele||Zach Wahweotten|
|Sympathy Jones||Hannah Sutton|
|Richard Oscill||Devin Jackson|
|Kitty Hawk||Hanna Allen|
|Henry Greene||Nathaniel Haislip|
|Tick Tock||Lexi Greene|
|Caprice Nova||Taylor Holte|
|Rocket Seller/Ensemble||Alli Clements|
|PR Person/Ensemble||Katie Rose|
|Trophy Wife/Ensemble||McKenzie Handley|
|SCRATCH AGENT 1/Ensemble||Max Hennis|
|SCRATCH AGENT 2/Ensemble||Karsen Smith|
|SCRATCH AGENT 3/Ensemble||Tanner Holte|
|Weapons Agent /Ensemble||Katie Rose|
|The President/Ensemble||Noah Spencer|
|SCRATCH Guard 2/Ensemble||Wednesday Vaughan|
|SCRATCH Guard 2/Ensemble||Hannah Schnacker|
|Mechanical Voice||McKenzie Handley|
Parent Teacher Conferences will be on October 26th and 27th. You can sign up online until October 14th, or call the building secretary. To reach the tab on the website, refer to the pictures attached. Sign-up is only required for K-6 & 9-12. If your students are in 7th and 8th grades, parents may show up and talk to teachers in the RVMS gym.
The Girls Basketball and Softball teams are selling bleacher seats at all of the home games through football and basketball season. Each seat is $55, but are $60 if you want your name on the back. To order call (785)986-6251 and ask for Corey Katzer. Make checks payable to Lady Panther Basketball or Lady Panther Softball.