School Podcast

December 2017 News and Updates at Richmond School


In the December 2017 episode Jeff Weiss, District Administrator, and Gena Santharam, Principal and Director of Pupil Services talk with students Jessie Jandora and Ella Beaumier about PBIS. Jeff and Gena also discuss the recently released School Report Card and upcoming events.


  • Student-led leadership organization
  • Meets once a week over recess
  • Communicates positive behavior, community service, and student input
  • Recent projects:
    • Red Ribbon Week
    • Spread the Word to End the Word
    • Kind Deeds
    • Richmond Hat & Mitten Tree
      • Place donations under tree in cafeteria
      • Outside donations can be brought to school office
      • This year’s donation collection will benefit Mitchell Elementary School in Racine

Current & Upcoming Events

  • Teddy Bear Drive
    • Teddy Bear or monetary donations can be brought to the school and/or to the Holiday Concerts
    • Donations will be presented to the Children’s Hospital on 12.22.17
  • Richmond Hat & Mitten Tree
  • Holiday Concerts
    • 19.17 – 6th-8th grade students
    • 22.17 – 3rd-4th grade students
  • Richmond’s 175th Anniversary Celebration

School Report Card

  • Richmond received a 5-Star Rating, the highest standard rating
  • The second year in a row to earn the 5-Star Rating
  • Rating is based on four areas:
    • Student achievement
    • Student growth
    • Closing the gaps
    • On track and post-secondary readiness

November 2017 News and Updates at Richmond School


In the November 2017 episode Jeff Weiss, District Administrator, and Gena Santharam, Principal and Director of Pupil Services talk with Abby Sinitz and Rea Ellen Eberle about Student Council. Jeff and Gena also discuss recent and upcoming events. They also share details about Personalized Learning.

Student Council

  • Student-led organization that supports school, community, and global service projects
  • “One of the most important things you can do in your life is to serve others.”
  • Meet every two weeks
  • Officers introduced
  • Recent projects:
    • Book Fair
    • Crafts
    • Rocktober Project
    • Teacher snacks and dinners during Parent/Teacher Conferences

Recent + Upcoming Events

  • Fun Run (October 31, 2017)
  • Book Fair (October 9-13, 2017)
  • Wellness Challenge (happening now)
  • Board of Education Meeting (November 13, 2017)

Personalized Learning

  • Initiative rolling out across grade levels
  • Teachers and students work together to define skill level and to develop a plan to achieve goals
  • Kindergarten in exploration phase
  • 1st & 5th beginning research and study phase

October 2017 News and Updates at Richmond School


In today’s episode Jeff Weiss, district administrator, and Gena Santharam, principal, and director of pupil services at Richmond School talk about various school committees, athletics and clubs, the upcoming 175th anniversary celebration, and more.


  • Parent Advisory
    • 7 parent volunteers
    • Opens two-way communication between parents and Richmond’s Leadership Team
  • Richmond’s 175th Anniversary Celebration Committee
    • Celebration planned for 5.31.18
    • Theme: Time Flies
  • Leadership Team
    • 4 teacher volunteers + 2 alternates
    • Committees: Construction, Policy, Finance, Facilities

Budget Adjustment Meeting

  • Will be held 10.23.17 at 6pm
  • Preliminary budget established earlier this year will be confirmed

Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • 10.11.17 3:40 – 7:30pm
  • 10.12.17 1:00 – 7:30pm

Athletics & Clubs

  • New Spanish Club
    • Sign up in the Main Office
    • Meets once a week on Tuesdays
  • Girls’ Basketball
    •  Began on 9.30.17
    •  Tournaments:
      • Grade 5: December 4-9 at Merton
      • Grade 6: December 4-9 at North Lake
      • Grade 7: December 11-16 at Swallow
      • Grade 8: December 11-16 at Freeze Lake

WISN Channel 12 Visit

  • Teacher of the Month Award: Celeste DuFrane
  • Shout-outs to Sussex