2016 Community Report | Page 2

What’s New, RUSD? This school year, we are celebrating everything that is new and exciting for our RUSD students, families and community. We began our strategic plan entitled Raising Racine three years ago and we closed out the final year having completed nearly all of our goals. Those goals included projects and initiatives that are now complete or fully underway. Thanks to your support of our 2014 referendum, we opened three new schools – Knapp Community Elementary School, Olympia Brown Elementary School and Gifford K-8 School. Dr. Lolli Haws Superintendent of Schools As you flip through the next several pages, you will see the beautiful, 21st century facilities we have constructed. These learning communities feature state-of-the art technology, flexible furniture, excellent use of green space and bright, colorful learning environments that welcome families and encourage students to learn and grow. The new RUSD Montessori Program for 3- and 4-year-olds opened at Goodland Elementary School this fall and is off to a successful start. We will expand to include 5-year-olds next year (applications are accepted through the School Choice process from Dec. 1 – Jan. 15). Also this fall, RUSD launched the Academies of Racine at Case, Horlick and Park High Schools and we’re already seeing exciting changes. This year, all 1,500 Freshmen Academy students are learning about career opportunities, visiting a college campus and acquiring employability skills. In October, more than 40 business partners provided our freshmen first-hand career experiences at the SEE Your Future Expo. In all our high schools, more students are getting handson learning experiences in classes like Biomedical Science, Information Technology, Robotics, Culinary Arts and Business & Marketing. Up Next…Our Middle Schools This fall, through an online Thoughtexchange process, we asked you, our community, families and our staff your thoughts about our middle schools. We are in the process of reviewing all of your feedback and sharing the results. Our goal is to share a comprehensive plan that will transform our middle schools so that by fall 2018 every RUSD family has excellent middle school choices. Your continued input will be valuable as we begin to develop a plan for transforming our middle schools. Our timeline is below. Work is underway and I hope you’ll stay engaged and involved. Together, we will continue to advance our schools to ensure our students are prepared for college and careers of the future. We are Raising Racine! Middle School Transformation Creating excellent middle school choices for every RUSD student and family. Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4 Phase 5 Winter 2017 Winter 2017 Summer 2018 Plan Share Develop Launch Engage community through Thoughtexchange process Review all Thoughtexchange feedback Hear input about middle schools from families, staff and community Share results & feedback with Board of Education and community Share initital Middle School Transformation plan with Board of Education & community Engage school families & staff in planning & prepartion Implement first phase of Middle School Transformation plan Fall 2016 Fall 2016 Early Winter 2017 Listen Develop initital Middle School Transformation plan based on input & priorities Share proposed Middle School Transformation timeline Listen to input & revise plan Create work teams to prepare for implementation Fall 2018