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  • RGMS News 10/14/22

    From Jeff Waters, Assistant Principal


    Dear Parents and Families,

    This week, we launched our 2022-2023 School Climate Survey. Each year, we survey our students multiple times, collecting data about their perception of school, our core values, and our initiatives. Administrators, teachers, and students use this data to prioritize action as we strive to improve our school climate and learning outcomes together. This work is often described as "Improvement Science" or using a "PDSA Cycle." Plan. Do. Study. Act.

    Robert Gray Middle School has been engaged in this work since the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. During this time, we have sought to improve student voice and sense of belonging while reducing incidents of harassment and bullying. We are heartened by the data that came in yesterday! Take a look below:
    System-wide, we appear to be improving toward a safer and more inclusive school environment, and we want to celebrate the impact of the various school-wide initiatives that have helped move our community in the right direction.

    One such initiative is our No Place for Hate partnership with the Anti-Defamation League. The student-driven No Place for Hate club launched this week as a lunch club, with students meeting in Mr. Nowland's room during Lunch 1 and Mr. Mead's during lunch 2. I had a chance to stop by Mr. Meads room, and it was a packed house! Students will learn valuable skills in this club about how to create community by being an advocate for justice. 

    We're proud of this work and proud of the results, knowing that when students feel safe and included, they can better learn and succeed in school. 


    Have a great weekend!

    Jeff Waters
    Assistant Principal

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