Open High School

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    Principal's Message

     

     

    Welcome to Open High!

    Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about our special program. This school year is one of many firsts, but our mission to develop intellectually curious and socially responsible students is steadfast. Obviously the pandemic has forced us to make changes, but it has also forced us to reflect more on how we can best serve adolescent learners. We learned quickly that there are many drawbacks to virtual learning, the biggest being the simple yet profound loss of human proximity and connection. Maintaining a connection continues to be a primary goal of Open High as we move into the spring semester. The community circle model--which we continue to practice in Family--is a move to accomplish this and may also be practiced in core courses so teachers and students can continue to build trusting relationships. And because we believe that student voice is essential to growth, we invite students to share their ideas, their questions, and their struggles every single day. Our hard-working teachers are committed to providing a supportive space for students to tackle complex reading, multi-step equations, or just wonder out loud about the world around them.

     

    Just like our students, Open High will only remain strong if we continue to grow and improve. For example, recently a team of teachers examined our admissions process to address concerns about equity. We feel passionately that diversity is a strength that makes Open a dynamic place to learn, and we hope changes to our process can help us maintain a school that represents all of Richmond. If you have any questions about this year or an Open education, don't hesitate to contact us at cwashing@rvaschools.net or at (804) 229-9961.

     

    Be well, stay safe, and keep celebrating Open minds!

    Clary Carleton

     

     

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - April 19 (PM), 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I'm ashamed to admit that I've lost track of all the shootings and death over the last couple of weeks – from Adam Toledo in Chicago to Indianapolis to right here in Richmond. Layer on top of that the anguish and pain generated by the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd – and the death that persists with COVID – and it's all become just too much to bear for so many in our community. People are hurting. Please check in with one another. Offer a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on. Extend extra grace. We need each other – perhaps now more than ever before. Thank you. Turning to today's updates: School Board Meeting – Remember to tune in at 6 pm on the RPS Facebook page for tonight's meeting. You can find the agenda here. Community Conversations – RPS family liaisons are out in the community sharing information about summer programming and fall reopening.

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  • RPS Direct Update - April 19, 2021

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share the following COVID-19 positive test result/s: Albert Hill Middle School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Bellevue Elementary School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Binford Middle School - 3 students (not physically present this school year) Franklin Military Academy - 3 students (not physically present this school year) Henry L. Marsh, III Elementary School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) J.H. Blackwell Elementary School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) John B. Cary Elementary School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Overby-Sheppard Elementary School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Thomas Jefferson High School - 1 student (not physically present this school year)

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