Award Year: 2020

Richmond Elementary School

34 2nd Street NE
Richmond, MN, 56368-8072

(320) 597-2016

Ms. Keri Johnson, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Rocori Public School District

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Mission

Making a difference today to create a better tomorrow.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 89%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%
Application
Front Doors of Richmond Elementary

Front Doors of Richmond Elementary

Richmond Elementary is a small school that is one of three elementary schools that are apart of ROCORI School District set in Central Minnesota. Our school is rich in tradition and is the pride of the community. Richmond Elementary has strong relationships with students, families and the community where the understanding that it is a partnership to set high expectations for our students and provide the support all students need to be successful.

As like all schools this past spring the students and staff were sent home due to COVID and everyone was forced to distance learn for the very first time. With hard work from our teachers and the partnership with parents and community our students continued to thrive.

Teachers at Richmond Elementary use their data to drive their instruction and tailor their instruction to meet the needs of all students where they were at and develop goals to where they want and need to be. Data driven instruction along with small group instruction is key to our students' success.

Richmond Elementary has a strong partnership with our Parent Team Committee. We work together to provide opportunities for students, staff and their families to come together to learn, communicate, and have fun! Such opportunities are our Winter Carnival, Spring Walk-a-Thon, Parent Teacher Conferences, and the idea that our door is always open! We welcome parents in to volunteer, for lunch, and just to visit for the day. Because of the strong relationships Richmond Elementary has built our families feel at home when they walk through our doors.

Richmond uses their reading curriculum along with Press Interventions to ensure that all of our students are reading by the time they leave grade three, and if there are struggles, we use the Press Interventions to help guide us in finding what the student needs to be a successful reader.

As with most schools this past spring, technology was the most important tool in being able to stay connected to our students and provide the best instruction. We feel being able to provide laptops and hot spots for our students was crucial to ensure ALL students were able to access instruction and the help they needed to continue to learn and grow even during an pandemic.

The one strategy that Richmond learned early and continues to excel in is building strong relationships. Our staff focuses on getting to know our students and families well and continuing to make connections and build strong relationships in school and outside our building walls. Richmond's staff goes above and beyond to ensure all our students and families feel welcomed and that they belong. It is such a gift that our school is small enough that we are able to do this well and build a sense of family that we believe our little school does the best.