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Richmond Consolidated School
School Improvement Plan 2020-2021
Richmond Consolidated Mission
In cooperation with parents and the community, Richmond Consolidated School will provide all students a safe environment in which:
• Personal and academic excellence is promoted and celebrated.
• Student responsibility for learning is developed and expected.
• All members value and exercise our core values: Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self Control (CARES).
• An enthusiasm for life-long learning and community service is instilled.
• We relish learning from differences and embrace diversity.
School Improvement Plan Goals
Goal 1: Continue to follow the health and safety guidelines to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for students and staff
Goal 2: Support the social emotional development of students
Goal 3: Foster focus on digital literacy/ digital citizenship in the area of on-line learning
Goal 4: Support student academic growth. Students will demonstrate growth in multiple academic disciplines. Multiple measures will be used to document growth, including performance assessments connected with teachers’ S.M.A.R.T goals.
For the 2020-2021 school year, first and foremost we must address health and safety requirements during this unconventional school year. Cohorts have been thoughtfully formed in partnership with families and educational needs, protocols and policies are in partnership with the Richmond Board of Health and the Massachusetts Department of Health safety guidelines, and a continued reflection is essential to continued success in this area. Social emotional wellness is another focus area both in the classroom and in our CARES classes. Our SAC will address social emotional needs in whole group, small group and 1:1 settings as needed. Additionally, our SAC will meet with the middle school grades for the first month of school to ensure their social, emotional health is being addressed. (Traditionally the SAC does not hold entire grade CARES classes in the upper grades.) There will be mindfulness activities woven into lessons at various grade levels and PD will be provided for staff in topics such as the trauma informed classroom and anxiety in the classroom. Our third goal relates to this new world of online learning. We will offer the professional development to staff as well as the devices and learning opportunities for students to navigate this new way of learning. Richmond Consolidated School strives to engage all students in learning, even as we may have to pivot between learning models due to COVID-19. Teachers continue to find creative ways to plan robust lessons that align with the Common Core. They work together to ensure that lessons build across grades with increasing rigor. Our school schedule provides opportunities for rich conversation between teachers to examine curriculum, discuss best practice in teaching and learning, and to analyze student work.
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Welcome! Nestled in the Berkshire hills, Richmond Consolidated School welcomes students from preschool through eighth grade. Our commitment to academic achievement, social integration, and arts appreciation provides our students with a solid, beneficial foundation for lifelong learning and success. Our facility supports state-of-the-art classroom learning as well as the development of skills in laboratory science, physical education, music, creative and performing arts, and technology.
I am a parent of 4 children at Richmond Consolidated School. We have been privileged to be a part of this school system for 8 years, and there is no school in the Berkshires that compares! Our family travels internationally, and has been exposed to the finest educational systems, and we have chosen to be at Richmond. The curriculum is diverse and differentiated, with a qualified support staff to meet the needs of all students. Our school teaches the whole child with a uniquely rich arts program and cross-curricular teaching. This is THE school in the Berkshires. — RCS parent
Richmond Consolidated School is positively exceptional: small classes, great teachers,rigorous academic programs that foster critical thinking as well as creative development, and a strong commitment to the arts and foreign languages. In fact, kids start Spanish in kindergarten. — RCS parent
We are so lucky to have found RCS. It is a hidden treasure in Berkshire County. Our two children entered this year as buds, now, blossoming. The food is excellent, local and fresh. The art is innovative and creative. The children have a sense of security and respect at RCS. It is a beautiful path for children, preparing them for another. We are above the moon over this school and all that it has to offer. — RCS parent
Richmond school is one of the best in the Berkshires. It's like having a private school education but without the cost. The principal in incredible and the sense of community is great. There is a strong focus on the arts and music that can't be found at any other local public school in the area. The food program is also one of the best often using locally grown or from their own garden produce. I strongly recommend Richmond to anyone looking for a great small school in the Berkshires. — RCS parent
My school is outstanding in every way: English, math, science, social studies, art, music, physical education/health, theater. This small school has a huge heart & offers a great education in a warm atmosphere. — RCS teacher
Richmond school is as good as any private institution one could send their children to. The teachers take great interest in their work and my kids love the school. My children have developed well there with caring faculty and great programs. I couldn't be happier. — RCS parent
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Guiding beliefs identify the core values of the Richmond Consolidated School
Every Child has the right and potential to learn.
In inspiring and nurturing children to care about and contribute to their world.
All children deserve to have high expectations set for them and the support to achieve them.
In commitment to professional growth for our faculty and staff.
Parents and community play a critical role in education.
All members of our school community need to feel safe.
It is important to have built-in systems that support, implement and evaluate innovations.
In respecting and fostering unique and diverse learning and teaching styles.
In a curriculum that is coordinated and consistent, flexible and challenging to meet the needs of every learner.
Mutual respect, honesty and responsibility are vital to a healthy learning environment.
It is the responsibility of the educational community to anticipate the changing needs in society and to evaluate and adopt the best educational practices.