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The 4th six weeks grading period ended on Friday, February 17. This means that the 2016-2017 school year is two thirds complete. Parents should receive students’ grades the week of Feb 20-24.  If you do not receive report cards, please contact the school. The 5th six weeks started on a cool, rainy day, and will continue with a little more winter weather and then Spring will burst forth.

Gerald McKee reports that Richland Springs’ students continue to do well at major stock shows. Student participation in stock shows teaches animal husbandry. Participants learn how to care for and feed animals on a daily basis. Students’ communication skills are refined, and they learn about competition. Traveling to major shows allows students and parents to interact with other students across the state of Texas. Hutton Lusty placed 3rd with his heifer at San Antonio. Hutton also had the Champion Dorper ewe at San Antonio and was the recipient of a $10,000 college scholarship. Hard work does pay off!

The varsity girls’ basketball team advances to Round 3 of the playoffs with a 51-31 area win over Blackwell. The Lady Coyotes (home) will play Garden City (visitor) in the Regional Quarterfinals at San Angelo Lakeview High School Gym on Tuesday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m. The varsity boys’ basketball team moved into round 2 of the playoffs, and they will play the winner of the Water Valley/Rule match-up on Friday, February 24 at a time and location TBA.

Valerie Gossett reports the following elementary students have met their A.R. goals for the fourth goal period. They will be rewarded with ice cream, games, and prizes in the old library during lunch on Thursday, Feb. 23. Congratulations to: Emma Bryant, Sharon Collins, Dalton Moats, Hunter Stewart, Kolton Bench, Megan Lux, Kadence Melton, Orrin Tower, Flora Appleton, Robert Bench, Rush Norris, Billy Perry, Excy Tower, Adelin Valdetero, Gage Behrens, Caigan Crabtree, Cody Martin, Austin McKee, Luis Oyervides, Hudson Tharp, Shooter Wright, Lili Appleton, Noah Bench, Ryleigh Bryant, Savannah Garcia, Kelsey Stewart, Jayden Sutherland,  Jacob Sweeney, Kenny Triplett, Joshua Usery, Shawn Wall, and Raegan Wright.

These junior high and high school students have met their Reading Goals for the 4th 6 weeks. They will be rewarded with pizza, drinks, and brownies in the old Library on Tues, Feb. 21 during their lunch. Congratulations to: Tyler Grant, Hannah Miller, Cohen Tharp, Jadeyn Bryant, Piper Moats, Collin Poe, Nick Nilson, Lanie Norris, Savannah Perry, Jeremiah Usery, Landon Burkhart, Zachary Capps, James Carlisle, Rebecca Faught, Chase Gossett, Kaitlin Sutherland, Jacey Gossett, Cameron Parham, Nathan Stevens, Adrienne Benson, Jordan Gossett and Peyton Sloan. READERS ARE LEADERS!

Incentives are in place to promote better student attendance. Congratulations to the following 17 students who had perfect attendance for the 4th six weeks: Flora Appleton,  Zachary Brown, Chase Gossett, Jordan Gossett, Taylon Melton, Dalton Moats, Nicholaus Nilson, Karime Oyervides, Agustin Oyervides, Riley Robbins, Graleigh Shannon, Walker Shannon, Sierra Tharp, Kinsley Tipton, Orrin Tower, Joseph Usery, and Shawn Wall. Thanks to the parents who get their children ready for school every day!

The Richland Springs Drama Club continues to prepare for academic UIL OAP competition. The old saying “Practice makes perfect,” really rings true in theatre. Richland Springs students help host clinics at our school, and they travel to clinics at other area schools. OAP director Patsy Hall commented, “We always get wonderful feedback about how friendly and helpful everyone was at our school.” Good manners open lots of doors in life.

Sue Ransom undertakes an educational field trip with 4th, 5th and 6th grade students each year to Corpus Christi. The U.S.S. Lexington Trip begins Friday, February 24 & Saturday, February 25. The students stay overnight onboard the U.S.S. Lexington. This is the first visit to the gulf coast of Texas for many of our students. The trip is always enjoyed by all.

I am always amazed by our teachers, coaches and staff who go above and beyond the call of duty to make students successful. They build relationships with students, provide extra tutoring, and help students outside the normal school hours. We need to acknowledge these people. The world would be a much easier - kinder - place to live, if we all got to experience the power of acknowledgment: knowing that we matter and that we just did something that made a positive difference in someone's life. You will see a synergizing effect over the entire school population. The small school setting provides this type of atmosphere conducive to building school pride, and to achieving student success in every student. Working together, we achieve student success, and as students become successful, they can pass it on to the next generation.

If you see a teacher, a coach, or a staff member, tell them how much you appreciate their efforts. A special shout-out to two special retired teachers-Howard and Katherine Woerner in Pontotoc. We have a great community, students, teachers and staff. 

Community involvement is the key to our success!


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