August 2009

Dear Nevada R-V Parent,

Welcome to the 2009-2010 school year! The first day of school is in the books now and we had a great opening. This promises to be the best year ever at Nevada R-V!

I'm excited to tell you about the new R-V Random Drug Testing Policy for Students in Extra- and Co-curricular activities. This is a strong policy and sends a message to our young people and our community that the Nevada School District will not tolerate illegal drugs in our schools. The policy was written with input from staff, students, parents and community members. We had a similar policy in my former district (Carl Junction) and it proved to be good for kids. If nothing else, it gives students another reason to say no to drugs. A copy of the policy will soon be posted on the district website in the Board of Education - Policy section. In addition, all students in grades 7-12 will be bringing home a copy of the policy as well as a consent form on Friday, August 21. Please read the policy carefully and sign the consent form. Any student who does not return a consent form with their and their parent's signature by Friday, August 28, will not be eligible to participate in any extra- or co-curricular activities for the 2009-2010 school year.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or your child's building administrator. Remember, this policy only pertains to students in grades 7-12.

At the Nevada R-V School District, we will strive to impact our community and our culture by setting expectations and norms that encourage our students to rise above societal norms, which often are basic in nature, at best. We are committed to not allow popular culture to dictate to us what is good for kids. We want our students to IMPACT the culture, not merely blend in. Your support is so important. Thank you in advance for being our partner in this endeavor.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions, concerns, suggestions, etc.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Stephens
Nevada R-V Superintendent