Our Middle School is Open and Flourishing!
August 27, 2018
We have grown! From 485 students the previous year, we enrolled 610 students including our very first 7th grade last year. And now we have added 8th grade with a total of 710 students currently enrolled in RBCS. We are delighted that we can now keep our 6th graders for the first time for two more years as we opened the new middle school at the start of this school year. We survived construction all around us all year long! As Mrs. Byers said “it was like flying a plane while building it!” Throughout the 2017-2018 school year, we worked through the noise, smells and dirt of living with in a construction project. We did have to move two classes of our 4k students to the nearby First Presbyterian Church for three months while construction was at its most intense. And it was like musical chairs as students moved around during January with the 6th and 7th graders moving down stairs, 4th grade moving to the 3rd floor, and our playground shrunk as a new entrance was constructed. Now these disruptions are over and our first 8th grade class arrives every morning through the new entrance on Cherry Street.
Special thanks to our Architect Jamie Unkefer of Digsau and his wonderful use of color and special products to enhance learning. We love the miniature lockers which teach us about combinations; the rain garden teaches us about STEM issues such as water conservation; and our color coded pipes explain important building issues such as how electricity is carried through the building or why dedicated pipes are required to carry water, drainage and fire protection.
The 4 Rs
The 4 Rs represent the RBCS philosophy put forth by our namesake Russell Byers. In the new middle school we have four murals painted on barn doors which open and close to provide small or larger group interactive learning. Each murals stands for one of our most important tenants: Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Reflection.
The structure of CREW allows for relationship building, academic progress monitoring, and character development. CREW allows students to build positive connections with their peers and with their CREW leader. CREW leaders strategically plan activities to support these goals. Service Projects are a critical part of CREW. They are also encouraged as a way to build a student’s list of achievements through volunteer work to improve their opportunities to attend a quality secondary school.