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July 25, 2012

Dear Patrons of Ray School:

In my short time in Ray, I have already met many wonderful people and I am very excited to be a part of a solid, progressive school. Operating a school in the oil patch is not always an easy thing to do but the staff, old and new, at Ray have been working very hard to prepare for the 2012-2013 school year.

Our building project is moving along but we are not expecting the classrooms to be ready for the first day of school. Along with a new building and a new school year, will come some new faces. Our new school counselor will be Scott Klett and his wife Kristine will be teaching one of our sections of 1st grade. Justin Keller will be our new high school Science teacher. Our music program will be handled by Bridget Davis and Physical Education and Health will be taught by Jenna Bolstad. Mary Ellen Roloff will be teaching a combination of Jr. high English, and 3rd grade. Our new ED/LD teacher will be Cortney Smith, and our new Speech-Language Pathologist will be my wife, Brenda Schafer. Additionally, Angela Cancade will be making the move from a classroom teacher to our elementary principal. The new faces should make this an exciting, special year for our school. With every change comes great opportunity and it looks like with all of the changes we will be seeing, the opportunity for success will be immense.

The enclosed documents explain Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). In a complete change from last year, our grades K-8 did meet AYP while our students in grades 9-12 did meet the goal. This will not affect the school or curriculum as the school overall did meet AYP. Our wonderful staff and students will continue to work to improve individual student scores in an effort to meet or exceed our target goals for next year.

I ask that you please look very closely at all of the information in this packet. Enclosed are Parent’s Rights, Parent’s Right to Know, applications for free and reduced meals, activity and athletic fee schedules, in addition to a monthly and yearly school calendar. Lunch prices will be increasing this year by $0.15 per meal. Please complete and return the application for free and reduced meals if you will have difficulty making that daily payment.

Parents and students alike are encouraged to read the handbook; each student will be given a copy on the first day of school. The bullying policy mandated by the legislature is in place. The policy in the handbook will change very soon, so keep that in mind as you are looking through the handbook. Please remind your child(ren) that bullying will not be tolerated at Ray Public School. It is our expectation that all students respect staff, students, and themselves.

Our back to school pre-registration day for students in grades 7-12 will be on  August 9, 2012. It is important for our planning purposes that as many students as possible make it to school to register on that day. If your child(ren) will have a conflict on that date, please contact the school and we will schedule another time for your child(ren) to register. This required day will be held in our gym from 9AM to 3PM. Please make every effort to be there.

I am very eager to begin the school year! I have heard so many great things from colleges and the region as a whole regarding the students from Ray, ND. I feel privileged to be a part of Ray’s tradition of producing well-adjusted adults and excited to help that process continue and prosper. I am eager to get to know the entire community, so please feel free to stop in any time or call me at (701) 568-3301 for a visit. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer break!

Thank you,

Benjamin L. Schafer