Ligonier Valley School District will maximize individual potential.
June 1, 2023
UPDATE: See attachment below for apology from Ms. Burns.
May 24, 2023
I am writing to provide further clarification regarding the recent incidents that led to the cancellation of the Ligonier Valley Middle School dance. This was not a result of one single incident. I want to assure you that while all incidents involved disrespectful behavior among students from all three grade levels, they did not compromise the safety of our students at any time. All incidents were identified and addressed. However, some students were verbally expressing intentions to "ruin the dance" and "create problems at the dance." As a result, our decision to cancel the event was primarily motivated by our commitment to upholding a respectful and positive environment, and to communicate that we do not tolerate disrespect.
I understand that this cancellation may have caused disappointment among the students who were looking forward to the dance. As a result, I have decided to schedule our next RAMS incentive on May 31, 2023. Please note that May 31 will be a shortened instructional day, with students arriving at 7:35 A.M. and leaving at 9:30 A.M. The chosen date allows invited students the convenience to dress up for the occasion, should they desire to do so. They will be dismissed following the dance. Dress code does apply, as always, at school sponsored events.
It is important to emphasize that this incentive will only be available to students who receive a dance ticket, based on established criteria. The dance tickets for those who made the incentive will be sent out on Tuesday. They will need the ticket to enter the dance on Wednesday morning. As a reminder, the established RAMS incentive criteria are as follows:
R- Respect others: Demonstrate respect towards others by avoiding any behaviors or actions that may result in discipline referrals or require administrative intervention. Show consideration for your peers, teachers, and staff members by treating them with kindness and empathy.
A- Act responsibly: Take responsibility for your attendance by ensuring that you have no more than two unverified or unlawful absences. By acting responsibly in managing your attendance, you contribute to a productive and consistent learning environment.
M- Maximize individual potential: Strive to maximize your individual potential by maintaining a standard of academic excellence. Achieve grades of at least a C or higher in all your courses. Dedicate yourself to your studies, complete assignments on time, actively participate in class discussions, and seek assistance when needed.
S- Show RAM pride: Demonstrate your RAM pride by respecting school property at all times, including during and after school activities. Treat all school facilities, equipment, and resources with care and responsibility. Take pride in your school community by maintaining a clean and tidy environment.
I encourage parents to discuss the expectations and guidelines with their children to ensure a smooth and enjoyable event for all participants. We appreciate your continued support and understanding as we work together to create a positive and respectful atmosphere within the school. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. I look forward to a successful dance incentive on May 31, 2023, and appreciate your cooperation in making it a memorable and enjoyable event for our students.