As a community of learners, RMS strives to create an innovative, rigorous and culturally relevant learning environment that emphasizes collaboration and a culture of respect.
In September of 1944, Theodore Roosevelt Middle School (RMS) first opened its doors to students and staff. Over the years, many changes have happened but we still strive to educate our students for the world they face outside our doors.
A few significant changes are important to know about RMS’s development through the years. In 1969, Roosevelt decided to change their grading system from letter grades to credit or no credit for each class. In 1985, there was a fire in the front C Hall that led to a minor remodeling of that area. In recent times, we continue to refurbish, add new classrooms and computer labs, all with the intention of creating the best possible learning environment for our students and staff. Here are a few program highlights that make RMS such a special place:
Student choice is one of the hallmarks of RMS. We have a long history of offering students and their parents a voice in planning the courses they take in the middle school careers. We believe students benefit by having a major part in shaping their educational experiences.
The French Immersion Program at Roosevelt is a school within a school. Students in the program attended Fox Hollow French Immersion School since kindergarten, or have comparable experience in French. Immersion students study entirely in French for three out of eight periods. They join the regular school program for classes in English for the remaining time.
The HOUSE/Advisor System is an important component of the RMS program. Each teacher advises approximately 23 6th, 7th and 8th grade students for the three years they are at Roosevelt. The advisor acts as an advocate for advisees and helps them plan class schedules for each semester.
Grading at RMS
Throughout the school year, students and parents receive a report of their student’s academic performance. At the end of the trimester, a final grade is recorded for each class. In addition to assigning a grade, teachers choose from a list of possible comments to further indicate how the student is performing in class.
A – Exceeds expectations
B – Meets expectations
C – Narrowly meets expectations
We offer an accelerated math program. Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade participate in national competitions (i.e. MathCounts). Our math scores put Roosevelt second in the state in a ranking of Oregon high schools.
The Fine Arts and Applied Arts are integral parts of our curriculum. We offer a 6th grade music sampler as well as drama, band, orchestra and choir in all grades. Art classes are varied. Students produce a spring musical and we have a winter “Bard Festival.” There are also several options for shop classes and cooking.
WEB: “Where Everybody Belongs!“ is a program that trains 8th graders to serve as mentors and friends for 6th grade students throughout the school year.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE
The Roosevelt Middle School staff stands together against bigotry, harassment, bullying and any form of discrimination. We support a learning community where cooperation, fairness and mutual respect are the rule… not the exception. We know a learning environment free of bigotry, harassment, bullying and discrimination is one where all students can and will learn at the highest level. The RMS staff believes in a world where everyone… our students… our staff… our parents… and our community celebrate the strength and power of diversity. We stand together as a united school committed to supporting the success of all students. Regardless of where a student worships, where a student comes from, what language a student speaks at home, the color of a student’s skin, or who a student loves, every individual adds to the mosaic of our school community. Our differences, not our similarities, are what makes us stronger as a whole.
Roosevelt students come from all parts of our United States and from all parts of the world. We have several distinct languages spoken in our school and at home. Our school is a reflection of our larger community. We should challenge divisive rhetoric occurring in our community and across our nation. We should look for good in one another. We challenge each of you to see the good in others… and to be the good others see in you.