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Letter from the Superintendent: Ritenour Remains Fully Accredited; District Hopes to Begin Army JROTC Program Soon

Superintendent Dr. Chris Kilbride The fall season is one of my favorite times of the year. Days are pleasant, warm and clear and there are many events for our families to take part in throughout the community. There is a continued sense of hope that started at the beginning of the year.

This month, I am happy to share some great news about our district with our community.

In October, Ritenour received the 2019 annual performance report from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Using information from the 2018-2019 school year, Ritenour remains fully accredited. This is the expectation of the community and remains our commitment.

We have also received notification that we have moved up on the waiting list to receive a United States Army JROTC program at Ritenour High School (RHS). We started the application process in pursuit of the program in 2014 and have been waiting patiently for five years. We hope to start this program at RHS in the next few years. The program is in line with our focus on the 3 E’s for our Ritenour graduates (enrollment in a post-secondary education institution, enlistment in the military or employment in a fulfilling career path). Students who pursue the military can be on a path to a high quality career. This program is another example of our work to provide Superintendent Dr. Chris Kilbride as many opportunities as possible for Ritenour students to succeed in the classroom and in life.

In Ritenour, we are committed to our three strategic goals:

1. Improve academic performance for every student

2. Ensure 100 percent of students graduate prepared for college, career or the military

3. Meet the state’s 90/90 student attendance standard, meaning that 90 percent of our students attend school 90 percent of the time in each of our schools.

Over the course of the past five years, we have worked to build academic and emotional supports for students to experience success on their path to graduation. We believe that we must meet a child’s basic needs first before expecting them to learn at high levels.

Research shows that students who do not graduate from high school have a higher likelihood of experiencing poverty at some point in their lifetime as well as a reduced life span. This research is compelling and prompts us to action, as we care not only about a well-educated work force, but we also care about our children leading full and productive lives.

Thank you for your commitment and support of the students of the Ritenour School District. Working with our entire community, we can continue to raise expectations for all. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!