Monday, April 16, 2018

Fourth Annual STEM Camp

We are pleased to inform you about the fourth annual summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Camp offered in Rugby! This year’s theme is “A Dino-Mite STEM Camp!” The STEM Camp is open to students enrolling in 3rd – 5th grades for the 2018 – 2019 school year at Rugby Public School. The camp will run Monday, July 30th – Friday, August 3rd from 8 AM to noon each day at the Rugby High School in the commons area, which is located by the front entry of the building. Enrollment will begin in April 2018. Stop by either the Ely Elementary office or the Rugby High School office to pick up a registration form. Enrollment is $40 per student and checks should be made to Rugby Public School. Payment needs to be submitted with a completed application. Space is limited to 35 students, so don’t delay in filling out and returning your applications!

Students will be grouped together and will work together with peers and high school student helpers to complete investigations pertaining to dinosaurs and prehistoric Earth. Students should arrive promptly so they can have optimal educational opportunities. Students will be served a small snack mid-morning. Below you will find the schedule of events. We hope your students will be a part of this exciting summer program! Parent volunteers are welcome to join us. Please contact Ms. Goddard for more information on volunteering.

Application can be found HERE

Events      (Partial list of the events of the day)
Monday, July 30
8:00 AM - Noon
Dinosaur diets, skeletons, graphing, matching, sorting
Tuesday, July 31
8:00 AM - Noon
Dinosaur dig, dinosaur feet size, rocks and minerals, climate
Wednesday, Aug. 1
8:00 AM - Noon
Geologic time scale, comparative embryology & morphology
Thursday, Aug. 2
8:00 AM - Noon
Guest speaker, coal and oil formation, mapping fossils
Friday, Aug. 3
8:00 AM - Noon
Technology day (build with the engineering kits)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Cutting Ed Podcast features Mr. Leier

The Cutting Ed is a podcast that is developed by Tom Gerhardt. Recently, Tom Gerhardt interviewed Mr. Leier in regard to his Mainstreet Initiative Project and our study abroad program. You can listen to the podcast below. Nice job Mr. Leier!

Listen to "EP 20 From Rugby's Main Street to Machu Picchu, Students Bring History to Life" on Spreaker.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Parent Advisory Committee Meeting: April 4th

Here are the topics we will discuss next week during our PAC meeting on April 4th at 7:00pm in the RHS Board Room.

Future of Education

The world is changing rapidly and school systems need to adapt or they will become obsolete. We are nearing the end of our current strategic plan. We will begin an intensive strategic planning process next fall and we will be reviewing our entire system. This process will include a new mission, vision and a set of new school goals. We hope to address our relevancy in the changing world through this process. What does the future of education look like? What will stakeholders support? What should we be aware of?

School Security

School security has been a hot topic across the country and unfortunately, some policy makers are making knee jerk reactions. We will share our school district's vision for addressing school security concerns.

Climate and Culture

We have been continuing a conversation on climate and culture within our school district this year. The climate and culture that exists between the adults in the building trickles down to our students and can be positive or negative. We will share some information about our future 2018-2019 Climate and Culture plan.

I hope to see you there! This is a great way to hear about our schools and an excellent opportunity for you to provide feedback.


Monday, March 26, 2018

Childhood trauma has a lasting impact

According to recent studies on childhood trauma, there is a link between childhood trauma and an increased risk of premature death. Children that are exposed to abuse, neglect, suicide, drug or alcohol addicted family member, domestic violence, loss of a parent, divorce, or incarceration of a family member are more likely to develop diseases that impact their life expectancy. According this research, life expectancy decreases based on the amount of “doses” of abuse and neglect a child experiences. One might think that this is due to the likelihood of adopting risky behaviors to cope with the experiences of being abused and neglected. The study however found that those that had been exposed to childhood trauma and lived a relatively healthy life had a greater chance of developing a life-threatening disease.   In other words, people exposed to multiple childhood traumatic stressors are at an increased risk of premature death compared to people that did not experience a traumatic childhood. This means that even if you live a relatively healthy life and do not engage in risky behaviors you are at a greater risk of a premature death due to the exposure to childhood trauma.

Sustained childhood trauma physiologically changes the brain. We once thought that if a child was too young to remember the abuse, they would be okay. That is not true. In fact, the younger the child is at the time of the abuse/neglect, the more damaging this can be to the brain. The complex and chronic stress at a young age can be debilitating and may make it difficult for some children to overcome their environment. What can we do about it? Why do some children make it against all odds and others don’t? According to the research, it is all about developing resilience and having access to an effective caregiver. We can teach resilience and develop quality relationships with our children. Students who have an effective caregiver can overcome their environment and become productive citizens. An effective caregiver can come in all shapes and sizes; they do not have to be biological parents. They can be grandparents, uncles, aunts, teachers, neighbors, foster parents, clergy members, school support staff, etc. Recent brain research has indicated that the brain is malleable and is able to heal itself. It is important that we find ways for all children to have a positive adult role model to confide in. The Rugby Public School District is taking strides to create a more trauma informed school system. We recognize that we may need to be the effective caregiver and provide custodial support for children. We are becoming more systemic in how we support our children. Student achievement is our number one priority, but we realize that for students to achieve at a high level they need to be socially and emotionally stable.