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Roanoke Rapids Graded School District had another busy week! 

We began with an optional teacher workday to finish Quarter 2 grades on Monday, and we had a mandatory day for staff for professional development on Tuesday. 

As educators, we model lifelong learning for our students and “walk our talk” about continuous improvement when we engage in professional development. 

Here is a quick look at some of this week’s highlights.

Clara Hearne Early Learning Center staff participated in Gestalt Communication Training, Conscious Discipline book study, and Using Visuals in the Classroom training. 

Students had another fun week learning through winter themes. 

Students were little scientists and mixed primary colors to make secondary colors. 

Ms. Ricks and Ms. Smith’s class were ready to go ice fishing. 

Ms. Fagbeyiro and Ms. Duncan’s class hoped for real snow. 

Ms. Amy and Ms. Betty’s class learned about winter through play all day! 

Fun ways they played consisted of making bird feeders, exploring animals in snow and ice, creating 3-D process art, reading The Mitten by Jan Brett with story stones, painting, and exploring how a possum’s soft fur provides great insulation.

Akers Center for Educational Success staff participated in LETRS, Edgenuity, and Holt Assessments professional development.

Belmont Elementary School and Manning Elementary School teachers participated in Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling training. 

Manning Elementary School will host a Parent/Child Valentine’s Dance on February 10, 2024, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Tickets are $10/couple and $5 for each additional person. 

Checks are payable to Project Graduation 2024.

Chaloner Middle School will host CMS Awards Day on Friday, February 2, 2024. 

Grade 6 begins at 8:20 AM; Grade 8 begins at 10:25 AM; and Grade 7 begins at 1:20 PM. Parents are welcome. 

The Art Club will host a Valentine’s Dance for students on Friday, February 9, 2024, from 2:45 to 4:45. Tickets are $5.

Roanoke Rapids High School’s Swim Team placed first overall for a combined score at the Conference Meet. Our Women’s Team placed third, and our Men’s Team placed second at the Conference Meet. Reagan 

Taylor earned the Male Swimmer of the Year award, and he placed first in four events! Encourage them as they move ahead in postseason events. We are so proud of our swimmers! We hope that you will be able to join us for our winter athletic events. 

If you cannot come in person for our men’s and women’s basketball games, you can listen to the Maverick 102.3 - WPTM radio for live action. (A big thank you goes to Matt Hux and C.J. Riddick for their play-by-play coverage!)

Roanoke Rapids Early College’s Information Session for prospective students on Wednesday, January 24, was a success. 

As a reminder, applications are due on or before February 16, 2024. The RREC PTO

meeting on Thursday, January 25, 2024, had an excellent turnout with a room full of engaged families. We are so thankful for the strong parent and family engagement!

Our middle and high school teachers collaborated in professional development. 

Our English and social studies teachers participated in digital resources and Literacy Instruction Standards training. 

Our math teachers participated in Desmos and Amplify math training or on Math 3 content modules in Canvas. 

Our science teachers participated in teaching scientific inquiry with Gizmos as well as in training on the new science standard crosswalks. 

Some of our teachers participated in co-teaching sessions. 

We also had some K-12 content areas including fine arts, physical education, JROTC world languages, media specialists, school counselors, and AIG collaborate on their standards and instructional practices. 

Our Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Adapted Curriculum Exceptional Children (EC) teachers had joint training on how to modify curriculum for students with disabilities. 

All of our RRGSD completed modules about student mental health (awareness, intervention, and referral) and youth suicide (awareness, prevention, and postvention).

Our high school students on the Roanoke Rapids First Tech Challenge Team "Metallica" won the Judge’s Award at the First Tech Challenge Competition in Greenville, NC. Congratulations Team “Metallica”!