Dear John Tuck Families,

As the year closes I want to send a resounding thank you for all you have done to support your children and the John Tuck school community this year. We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with you to provide the social, emotional and academic support necessary to help your child thrive. We have seen our students grow in every way as young people this year and are looking forward to their return next fall . We are excited to continue our growth trajectory and ability to provide an outstanding education for every child.

I also want to thank the countless number of you who have volunteered your time and resources for the betterment of all John Tuck students. Whether you volunteered in classrooms, were part of the Watch D.O.G.S program, attended after school events or contributed to our numerous student activities and challenges, we appreciate YOU! Strong communities directly correlate to strong schools and we could not be more proud to be members of the Redmond and John Tuck community. As we head off into summer I would like to leave you with a few ideas for you to consider as options that can help your student continue to grow socially, emotionally and academically:

1. Have FUN! Summer should be a fun time for kids and a great time for you to spend quality time with them.

2. Ask your child’s teacher for summer resources that might be helpful for your child’s continued growth. It is VITALLY important that children practice their reading and math skills over the summer. Here are a couple of resource ideas for your student:

  • iReady – Students will be able to continue on with the iReady online math program through the summer. This is a great resource, but if your student has too much trouble the program will “lock them out” until they return to school in the fall where we will sit down and help them work through whatever concepts have stumped them.

  • Redmond Library Summer Reading Program – This program is awesome! Contact the library for more information on how to get your child signed up. (541) 312-1050.

  • Redmond Area Parks and Rec District – RAPRD has a myriad of summer camps and classes available for students to engage in new learning and stay active. (541) 548-7275.

3. Read, Read, Read! Make reading a part of your child’s summer routine. It will pay off with huge dividends heading into their next grade level. Encourage your child to read books about topics that interest them and take every opportunity you can to read with them.

Attendance Awardees

248 John Tuck students had attendance at or above 95% in the month of May! Great Job Tornados!

Congratulations to our Attendance Winners from May!
1st Grade: Oliver & Elizzabeth
2nd Grade: Daniel & Alexis
3rd Grade: Manuel & Jaiden
4th Grade: Takoda & Dylan
5th Grade: James & Karlee

Lastly, I want to make sure we recognize the many great team members who will be leaving us. Here is a rundown of who is moving on and where they are headed:

Kelsey Meservy – Current School Nurse at Tuck – Kelsey will be moving to Slovakia to teach English for two years with her husband.

Pam Hadlich – Current 1st Grade Teacher – Pam is retiring and looking forward to the next great adventures of life. There is no doubt she will be involved and invested in helping others in her next chapter.

Sarah Leary – Current Speech Pathologist – Sarah is moving back to Sacramento where she will be close to her family.

Jan White – Current Title I Math Specialist at Tuck – Jan will be moving to the Redmond Early Learning Center where she will be the reading specialist.

Megan Woycheck – Current Instructional Assistant/SPED – Megan is leaving to go back to school to obtain her teaching certificate.

Each of these amazing team members will be dearly missed by our school community and we wish them the absolute best. Once a Tornado, always a Tornado!

With that I leave you and hope you all find joy and adventure as you spend the wonderful months of summer together as families.

Make it a great summer Tornados!

Yours in Service,

Dusty Porter
John Tuck Elementary – Go Tornados!