News from the Principal
Are You Ready for a New Principal?
A better question to ask might be; “Is there someone out there ready, willing, and able to be principal at RMAE?” Well, not completely – at least not yet. The Search Committee (SC) has been exercising excellent due diligence in its responsibility reviewing Director/Principal applications and conducting interviews. So far no one candidate has met all of the requirements laid out in the job description. Accordingly, there are no candidates as of yet to bring forward to the Board of Directors for an interview.
All applicants presented themselves as ready for a career move and willing to take on new responsibilities. However, in varying degrees all came up short in one or more key areas of this position (i.e. budget, elementary/middle school experience, educational programming, teacher supervision/evaluation, charter school experience, SPED). These key areas and others are outlined in the job posting.
Well then, what do we do given this dearth of top candidates up to now? There is a plan which I will address later in this article. In the meantime, we head for Round Two. The position will again be posted. While we had hoped to have someone in the wings preparing for a transition into 2017-18, late April and May is not necessarily a terrible time to advertise and find more candidates. Many administrative professionals wait until this time to declare themselves as looking because it is closer to the end of the school year and before summer. Less time to be a “lame duck”! I do believe we can still find and hire someone before the end of the school year. Much depends on what happens the next two weeks. Hang in there, because I am, too.
Do you like “What if” questions? So, what if an experienced school administrator doesn’t find RMAE soon? This is a question I have heard asked many times since the search began. The answer is that one has discovered RMAE and that person is me. However, we all know that there will be a day when my time will come to an end as your principal. Let’s define “end”. The SC and I had a conversation about this last Saturday.
I am committed to RMAE’s reboot this August and its future success as a school. This commitment means that I will stay connected with RMAE, and lead as necessary, until the BoD and I can comfortably hand over full leadership. I will be onboard to start the new school year. I will remain as principal until a follow-on leader is hired. I will become that person’s mentor/advisor/supervisor/colleague until such time as the BoD, the new principal, and I agree it is time for me to depart. That could be through the first quarter, maybe longer. We’ll see what will be needed to bring onboard a new principal and what the budget can reasonably afford.
Please stay tuned, but rest assured that the leadership at RMAE will continue to be ready, willing, and able to serve the students, parents, teachers, and staff at RMAE.
Thank you for the privilege to serve you now and moving forward.
Staffing Update for 2017-18
Since last month when I last shared with you projected staffing for 2017-18 there have been a few changes and steps taken to fill vacancies. Here those are:
- Mrs. Laura Benninger has accepted a teaching position at Addenbrooke Classical Academy in Lakewood. The position she would have had at RMAE will remain vacant until late May when enrollment numbers might better tell me the specific assignment. Will it be a straight grade level class or maybe a combination?
- The middle school Language Arts position vacated by Ms. Landau has been posted. I hope to begin interviews the week of May 15.
- Mrs. Hines and Mrs. Hushen presented a proposal to me to job share the one 2nd grade position. I have approved and am excited about children benefiting from both being their teacher during the course of the week. I will keep you updated with personnel changes and decisions each week as they occur.
Need one for you property or yard? We still have some remaining pine seedlings as part of our Project Learning Tree. Have your child fill out a form and check with the office or Mrs. Vickery.
Director/Principal Applicants – If you would like to see the resumes of four of the applicants, you may access them through the Grizzly Gateway on our website. All personal information (address, phone numbers, and email address) has been blacked out. The purpose is to show you the professional background of each candidate, not personal information. The candidates are referred to by initials. We had seven applicants to consider for interview. Three were selected with one withdrawing before the interview. The withdrawn resume is not posted. Four others did not go to interview because the application was either received too late (not posted), or incomplete (not posted), or did not meet minimum requirements for the position. Here is the link on Grizzly Gateway, Principal’s Page, Documents
Election Committee – The Election Committee still needs a parent representative to work with Dr. Stueven and Shawna Jermano on the upcoming election for the three open seats on our Board of Directors. Additionally, we need interested parents to apply for election to one of these seats. Please send in your letter of interest and resume to Election@rmae.org as soon as possible.
Calendar Note – No school on Friday, April 28th. This date was changed from a student testing day, to a teacher in-service day.
Willy Wonka Production – Tickets are going fast – Don’t Miss out! – Purchase your tickets now to assure you won’t be shut out. Shows are Friday, April 21st at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 22nd at 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. at the Center Stage in Evergreen. Directed by: Gretchen Moritz & Leann Rogers Purchase tickets at EvergreenPlayers.org.
Keystone Science Trip – 6th Grade –
A chat with the Principal
Dr. Stueven very much enjoyed his visit to the Keystone Science Camp on Tuesday.
PE News – Please make sure kids come prepared to be outside for PE. Mark your calendar for our upcoming Field Days:
Elementary – Friday, May 12
Middle – Monday, May 15
Ms. Forsythe will be sending out more details and a sign-up sheet for volunteers in the next couple weeks.
Elective of the Week – Introduction to 3-D Printing & Design – When Mr. Bryant first told one of his retired teacher friends that he was offering a “3D Printing Elective”, his friend looked at him in disbelief and confided that he thought “3D Printing” was something from the realm of Science Fiction! That was just over one year ago. No, it is not Science Fiction!
Did you ever have the desire to invent something? How would you create the first prototype? Did you know the astronauts on the International Space Station are able to build replacement parts while in orbit? Did you know that biological engineers are now printing human body parts? What if you need a part or device that does not exist for a new Science experiment? Our RMAE Middle School Students are currently learning how to design and build their very own inventions in our Tech Lab using our own 3D Printers.
All of this amazing opportunity is due to the selfless dedication and volunteerism of a local business owner, Mr. Jeff Zepp. Mr. Zepp is the owner of American 3D Printing right here in Evergreen, Colorado. He has partnered with our school to make this dream become a reality. Another essential partner in this venture has been the RMAE PTO, which helped to contribute most of the funds toward the purchase of the two 3D printers that currently reside in our Tech Lab. Equally essential to this effort has been the dedication of our Technology Teacher, Mr. Dunbar, who has devoted his time and energy to learning the ins-and-outs of these fascinating machines and enabling them to work in conjunction with our local technology. As a result, Mr. Dunbar is now teaching some of this technology to some of our elementary students.
This year our middle school students have 3D-printed busts of themselves after Mr. Zepp digitally scanned them with a portable scanner in the Tech Lab. They are currently designing and building their own fully functional Fidget Spinners; as seen in the accompanying photo. Who knows what project they will come up with next? Stay tuned. It is truly amazing what can be accomplished by Teamwork!
Science Innovation Day – Elementary students (K-5) are gearing up for Science Innovation Day on May 5th. Students really enjoy this special day as they present their science experiments or projects to their classmates, students from other grades, and parents. Today fifth graders asked the question, “Do Skittles dissolve faster in hot or cold water? They enjoyed following the scientific method and had some surprising results! More information on Science Innovation Day will be coming soon!
Bring $1 to Wear Red Day – Monday, April 24 — The PTO is collecting donations to help Dave Montesi, an Evergreen Fire EMS first responder and a prior RMAE parent who has been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. Bring a dollar to school and wear red for this special day. Look for a flyer in your Friday folders for more information.
Art Shows – The RMAE art department is pleased to announce three shows running concurrently with artwork by RMAE elementary and middle school students. Elementary and Middle School Entries are at the Evergreen Jefferson County public library during the month of April. Middle school students also have art on display at the Center Stage, throughout the Willy Wonka musical production, as well as in the Jeffco Middle School Art Show at the Lakewood Cultural Center with one of them receiving an award. Stop in to check them out if you are in the area.
Student Entries at Center Stage:
Final Chance to Win Middle School Kid Art! Come and see “Willy Wonka” this Friday, 4/21 at 6:30, or Saturday, 4/22 at 1:00 or 6:30 at Center Stage and bid on the remaining three pieces of middle school kid art!
The art will be sold via a silent auction which will run from Friday night, 4/21 until 4:00 p.m. on Monday 4/24. As you can see from the photos, these are one-of-a-kind works of art created by our amazing 6th and 7th graders under the direction of our talented middle school art teacher, Brinda Pumphrey.
6th grade – 4-panel room divider with a colorful batik scene of a balloon floating over the Colorado mountains. The scene was drawn on fabric then students went over the lines with glue. The different colors were painted and the glue was washed off, creating the white outline, which defines the composition.
6th grade – original acrylic painting on mini-canvases titled “Moonrise Over the Rockies”. A different student painted each mini-canvas, creating a cohesive rendering of the moon reflecting on mountains and forest.
7th grade – mosaic snowboard table shows the juxtaposition of the bright Colorado sun in a blue-sky with falling snowflakes. The table is hand-made and stained a dark brown.
Please contact Liesl Parker at email@example.com with any questions. We hope to see you this weekend at “Willy Wonka”!
Yearbooks: Order your 2016-2017 Yearbook NOW and shipping is FREE
The April 22nd deadline is fast approaching. Go to the Tree Ring website and enter our school’s passcode: 1014438249824153
Yearbook Price: $18.50 (plus shipping if ordered after April 22nd)
When you order your Yearbook, it includes two free pages to personalize with your own photos from home, vacation, or holiday. You can add personal photos from Facebook, Instagram & Flickr. The personal pages are easy to customize and can be done in a few minutes. We expect all books ordered before May 13th to be delivered to RMAE by May 20th.
If you miss the April 22nd deadline there is still time to order:
- 4/23 – 5/13: After Deadline Ship to School – Parent/student will have to pay for shipping and books are shipped to the school.
- 5/14 and later: After Deadline Ship to Home – Parent/student will have to pay for shipping and books are shipped to their home.
If you have any questions please contact Helen McLeman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Amy Law (email@example.com)
News from the Board
Go to the Board of Director’s page to read the most recent Board Correspondence.
News from the Foundation
We are wrapping up our Annual Giving campaign this month, and we are getting close to achieving our goal!
A HUGE thank you to the 53 families who have given!
We are at almost 84% of our goal!
And thank you also to the families who have set up a monthly recurring gift and have applied for a company matching gift.
As you know, funds raised through our Annual Giving campaign will go to replenish the school’s reserves, to enhance K-8 programming beyond what the general fund budget can afford, and to support our marketing efforts with the objective of increasing our enrollment.
Please help us reach our goal and make your donation by Friday, April 28. You can donate online at rmae.org/donate where we are accepting one-time or recurring monthly donations or download and print the Annual Giving Pledge Form and mail or drop-off your contribution to the front office.
News from the PTO
- Monthly Meet Up: Coffee at Java Groove
Friday, April 21 (8:00-9:00 a.m.) — Reconnect with other parents as well as meet some new people. It is also a perfect opportunity for new families to get connected with others in the school. Come grab a coffee or a breakfast pastry. Come for 5 minutes or 55 minutes — we’ll be there to welcome you. If you have any questions, email Valerie Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bring $1 to Wear Red Day
Monday, April 24 — We are collecting donations to help Dave Montesi, an Evergreen Fire EMS first responder and an RMAE parent who has been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. Bring a dollar to school and wear red for this special day. Look for a flyer in your Friday folders for more information.
- Community Service Day
Wednesday, April 26 — RMAE will be saluting First Responders and our Military for our Community Service Day. We will be honoring the men and women who choose to pursue these important careers. We would like to thank them for their service to our Evergreen community and the wider American community. Our hope is to give back to these selfless people. Help us by volunteering. Look for a message from your classroom coordinators about what activities your classrooms will be participating in. Please contact Jamie Brand at email@example.com with any questions.
- Movie Night
Thursday, April 27 — Get your registration forms in by Monday, April 24 for our upcoming movie night. PTO is using all the funds raised from Movie Nights towards the purchase of new Epson 520 Short Throw projectors for the classrooms ($700 per unit). Our last movie night raised $1,240 toward new projectors for the school — the total raised so far is $2,640 (almost 4 new projectors)!
- Welcome Murphy’s Mountain Grill
Thursday, May 4 — Save the date! Murphy’s Mountain Grill is a new restaurant concept opening up in downtown Evergreen and they are inviting the staff and families of RMAE to be the first to taste their new culinary creations. The restaurant team needs to make sure everything is perfect before they open to the public, so all food and drinks will be complimentary; they will be accepting donations, and 100% of the money donated will be given to RMAE. Please visit Murphy’s Mountain Grill anytime between 11am and 9pm on Thursday, May 4th, 27906 Highway 74.
Grocery Cards — By simply spending $500 each month in groceries/gas over the course of the year each family will earn $300 for RMAE and help FULFILL their 60 hour volunteer requirement. RMAE gets 5% when you load them. Contact Carrie Wassemiller to get a card: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for all you do for your school — Please continue to visit http://school-92487.volunteerbuilder.com/ to log your hours. If you prefer to use a paper log, please download and fill out the form, and return it to the office. Or there will be a clip board in the office to log hours at school. Please contact Mary Houlihan (email@example.com) with any questions or concerns.
- Lunch and Recess – Help monitor the kiddos at both lunch and recess.
Sign up: http://signup.com/go/1Xzv2K
- Morning Drop Off – Assist students getting out of their cars and onto the sidewalks.
Sign up: http://signup.com/go/kctD8b
- Community Service Day – Areas of need for the day are: hospitality room, field activities, coffee station, ice cream social, and photographers.
Please contact Jamie Brand at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Middle School Pizza Fundraiser – This is a critical fundraiser for the middle school, and we are looking for 6th grade families to volunteer for pizza chair and co chair positions for next year.
Contact Tiffani Packer at email@example.com.
Please contact Mary Houlihan (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
For information on additional PTO events and fundraisers, go to our PTO web page.