Dear RMS Community:
On Memorial Day weekends the historian in me often remembers the words uttered by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 as he dedicated the cemetery in Gettysburg, PA.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain --
I think of the tasks remaining before us in our fractured times, fraught with division and discord, and I am hopeful. Hopeful because of students like the ones I see every day - engaging in spirited discussions of important issues while also maintaining a respect for each other we could all learn from. Hopeful because of the joy and whimsy middle school students bring to almost all endeavors. Hopeful because if we, as a community, can bond together to engage in meaningful school (both in person and remote) during this past year, we can do anything.
We have reached the last two weeks of the year like no other. We are working hard to maintain our focus on the day to day protocols that have stood us in good stead, while allowing ourselves to celebrate in small ways. Next week we will celebrate Pride week as we continue our work to be a welcoming and affirming community for all, and the week after that we will celebrate our 8th graders who have offered incredible leadership during their tenure at RMS.
We recently presented the data from our parent survey to the school board. Please see a copy of the report here.
Thank you for your continued support. Please be safe, stay well, and take care of each other.