We are nearing the end of August which means we are that much closer to the start of another school year.  The summer activities to prepare our buildings are drawing to a close as more and more students and staff regularly appear at the building sites.  I want to share a few thoughts about the preparations for opening the school year as we close out the month of August!



The summer offices, buildings and grounds staff, and custodial staff members have been hard at work getting the buildings ready for the start of the school year.  Although we don’t have students and staff on regular school schedules during the summer, there is a lot of work that must be done to complete one school year and prepare for another. 

Our facilities have received great treatment over the course of the summer through the duties and efforts of the custodial and maintenance staff.  The staff has been hard at work cleaning, scrubbing, sorting, repairing, building, removing, and preparing our school buildings. 

The grounds crew has been able to maintain the outdoor space and prepare for the fall activities.  Buildings and Grounds supervisor Ken Kraemer and his crews have done tremendous work throughout the summer.  Thanks for the great effort!

The offices have also been staffed by dedicated and hard-working employees.  Each of these staff members have been very diligent in their efforts--whether in the district office or one of the building offices--working to get the district in shape for the start of the school year. 



During several days this past week, staff members new to the ROCORI School District reported for Induction Program activities.  Over the years, we have developed three days of work with new staff members as an orientation and induction process.

The work with new staff members began on Tuesday, August 21, and continued through Thursday, August 23.  The staff members worked with different members of the staff through a variety of activities.  The activities including an introduction to many of the programs, services, staff members and opportunities in the ROCORI School District.

The time with new staff members also includes some time to introduce staff to the community.  Although new staff members certainly cannot learn everything in the opening days, they get a very quick, but intense, overview of the district!



In the days immediately preceding the Labor Day weekend, all staff members return to the district for workshop and in-service time in preparation for the school year.  We have three days of scheduled time with staff members prior to the return of students.

Two of the three days have activities scheduled at the building levels.  The work at the building level is intended to be preparation for the school year.  As the schedule is outlined for this year, one day is open for building specific activities and the second day is invested in what is called “data” development.  The buildings will be working with specific student data to plan the academic work with students.

The third day of the schedule, Thursday, August 30, includes district-wide activities.  One of the highlights of the day is the luncheon with local business leaders scheduled on the school site.  The school staff will have opportunity to have lunch with the local Chamber of Commerce as well as Richmond Civic and Commerce members in the High School Commons. The afternoon includes a presentation by Willow Sweeney focused on the theme Top Twenty—a program designed to encourage staff members to consider the manner in which they interact with students.



As the calendar rolls forward, there is no question we are gearing up for the start of school!  Activities are rapidly increasing and we are quickly getting the buildings set for students and staff to return.