District has more than 120 teachers who are National Board Certified December 4, 2014―Twenty additional Renton School District teachers recently met the rigorous requirements to achieve National Board Certification for teachers. The district now has more than 120 National Board Certified teachers. Washington state has the largest group in the nation of newly-certified National Board Certified Teachers according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. A total of 946 Washington teachers achieved their certification this year. That puts the state within the top five nationwide in the total number of NBCTs (8,196). Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. The painstaking process can take hundreds of hours of professional and personal time to attain the certification that many consider the gold standard of teacher credentials.
THE PROCESS TO BECOME A NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHER The application process includes submitting four components, including video analysis, student work analysis and documentation of work outside the classroom, as well as one testing component made up of a mix of multiple choice and written answer questions that cover both content and pedagogy. Teachers must also document their work outside of the classroom with colleagues, families, and the community, and detail how those efforts influence student learning. Finally, a dozen trained evaluators in the same field appraise a candidate's portfolio submissions against National Board standards. See a list of all Renton School District Board Certified Teachers at the National website.
High Quality Instruction and Learning for Every Child, Every Day in Every Classroom
Twenty additional Renton School District teachers have achieved National Board Certification Twenty additional Renton School District teachers have met the rigorous requirements to achieve National Board Cortication. The district now has more than 120 National Board Certified teachers. Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. The painstaking process can take hundreds of hours of professional and personal time to attain the certification that many consider the gold standard of teacher credentials. These teachers understand that being a lifelong learner is a core responsibility of their profession. They also know that constantly improving their skills, knowledge and abilities makes them better prepared to help their students succeed. Many teachers report that after achieving National Board Certification, their teaching improves, especially with regards to assessing students, improving practice, and developing a student-centered, personalized approach in the classroom. Washington state has the largest group in the nation of newlycertified National Board Certified Teachers according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. A total of 946 Washington teachers achieved their certification this year. That puts the state within the top five nationwide in the total number of NBCTs (8,196).
RENTON SCHOOL DISTRICT 2015 NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS
BEN BETHEA Benson Hill Elementary
MAIA GOODMAN Lindbergh High School
JENNIFER HAROLD Hazen High School
MEGAN HEINEMAN Renton High School
MIRIAM HOGLEY Bryn Mawr Elementary
SHEEVA KHASTOO Hazen High School
BECKY LAMB Secondary Learning Center
REBEKAH MARQUEZ Hazen High School
KELLY MURPHY Honey Dew Elementary
MOLLY OOSTERHOF Dimmitt Middle School
DENIE PAGE McKnight Middle School
LAURIE PARTEN McKnight Middle School
MATT RANDALL Lindbergh High School
CARRIE RIGGS Tiffany Park Elementary
ADAM SWINNEY Dimmitt Middle School
HILARY VARGAS Cascade Elementary
MATT VERMEULEN Lindbergh High School
SARAH WYLIE Sierra Heights Elementary
JANET REGGE Honey Dew Elementary (recertified this year)
ROSEMARY SHAW Renton High School (recertified this year)
JOSHUA MELANSON, Hazen High School (Photo not available)
Renton teachers are continually growing, learning and connecting with their communities Renton teachers are again this year pair up with local business owners and managers as part of the annual Renton Chamber of Commerce’s Business and Education Exchange program, which connects local business owners and managers with teachers, principals and school staff to build understanding and friendships between educators and the business community. The
program fosters understanding about the work being done in schools and throughout the community while also strengthening long-term partnerships and support for schools and students. As part of the program, a businessperson will visit a classroom and see the day-today work that teachers do to teach students
and prepare them for future employment. The teacher, in return, will visit the business to better understand business operations, management, marketing and more. Teachers and business people agree that the program has created a strong bond between schools and surrounding businesses.
Students at district middle and high schools use engineering, math and science to build robots Five teams of Renton students recently competed in the First Tech Challenge robotics competition where they designed, built, and programmed robots to compete against other regional teams. Renton teams included students from Dimmitt, McKnight and Nelsen middle schools and Hazen and Renton high schools, who worked to develop strategies and build robots based on sound engineering principles and apply real-world math and science concepts. The teams will compete again this
week at the final First Tech Challenge competition at Kent ShoWare Center. Robotics courses and teams are part of the district’s work to improve students’ knowledge and skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and helps improve problem solving skills, technological literacy and develop problem-solving, organizational, and teambuilding skills.
Students using school libraries for research, reading Renton School District students at all grade levels are making great use of school libraries, both online and offline. School libraries are hubs of learning where students of all ages from elementary to high school log onto websites to conduct thoughtful research; use reference and exploration materials to learn more about subjects that are taught in classrooms; find information for school writing and research assignments; and to choose good books to read at school and at home.
District continues to keep schools safe and ready for emergencies and natural disasters As part of its ongoing work to keep schools safe and ensure students and staff are prepared for emergencies and natural disasters, Renton School District recently hired William Blake, Jr. as the district Safety and Security Manager, a position that has been restored after being lost to budget reductions some years ago. Blake’s work will include helping train teachers, school and district staff on
proper response techniques during emergencies and natural disasters; helping to train and manage school and district security staff; continuing to ensure school buildings are safe for students and staff, and that visitors can properly enter a school building while also keeping
entryways secure; and other aspects of school and district safety and security. Blake brings a wide range of knowledge and skills to help lead district work around safety and security, including serving 17 years with the Federal Air Marshal Service as regional crisis management coordinator and civil aviation security inspector.
District student-athletes win awards for athletic success and classroom achievement Renton School District student athletes have been recognized by the state’s athletics association for hard work in the classroom as well as on the track, field and courts. Twenty-four of the district’s fall sports teams have won the Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires Scholastic Award presented in association with the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association as top teams in the state to excel in sports while also maintaining high combined team grade point averages (GPA). Teams with a GPA of 3.5 or higher qualify for the Outstanding Team Award; teams with a combined GPA of 3.00-3.49 qualify for the Distinguished Team Award.
Five district high school teams received “Outstanding” honors for maintaining a near-perfect 3.7 GPA including: Hazen High Varsity Girls Cross-Country (pictured),
Hazen High Varsity Girls Swim, Lindbergh High Junior Varsity Girls Cross-Country and Renton High Varsity Girls Cross-Country (pictured). Eighteen additional
teams from Hazen, Lindbergh and Renton high schools also won Distinguished Awards with team GPAs well above 3.0.
Work continues to ensure adequate space for high-quality classrooms Renton School District works hard to ensure that students receive high-quality education and that there are highly-qualified teachers in classrooms proving that education. Work also includes ensuring that school buildings are well-maintained and ready for learning, and that there is adequate space for student learning. The district is also responsible for being fiscally responsible, managing budgets and being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. As part of that financial responsibility, the School Board recently voted to refinance old school construction bond debt to save taxpayers millions of dollars in property taxes. Refinancing the old debt is similar to refinancing a home mortgage, which reduces the amount of interest paid over the course of a loan by taking advantage of historically low interest rates. The district took
similar steps to refinance old debt in 1998 and 2003, again saving taxpayers millions of dollars in property taxes. Lower tax rates allows opportunity for citizens to consider school construction bonds The district routinely reviews increases in student enrollment, and the need for more space and more schools to accommodate growth. When more schools are needed, the work includes reviewing its tax structure to possibly allow a school construction bond measure to be placed on a future election ballot while not adversely effecting tax rates. School district staff are currently reviewing existing districtowned property, and looking for land to purchase that could be developed into a school site. One piece of property owned by the
district being reviewed is Sartori Education Center, located at 315 Garden Ave North in north Renton. The site is centrally located and resides in an area of growth. This is only the initial phase of the work. Any substantive planning would include convening a committee to create a plan, would
need School Board approval, and would have to be approved by voters in a school construction bond measure. Voter-approved school construction bond measures is the only way school districts in the state can raise funds to rebuild, remodel and make major repairs to neighborhood school buildings.
School buses are safe Renton School buses are safe. The Washington State Patrol recently completed a surprise, random inspection of 25 percent of Renton school buses and gave all of the buses a passing grade. The surprise inspection included checks of braking systems, suspension and steering components, exhaust system, tires, lights and more. The surprise
inspections are part of the State Patrol’s work—along with inspecting all buses before the start of the school year—to keep students and others safe while on the road. Renton’s bus drivers, mechanics, driver trainers, dispatchers, office staff, and others work as a team to ensure the safe transportation every day of nearly 10,000 students.
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District buys fresh fruit and produce from local farmers Renton School District recently partnered with the state’s Department of Agriculture and the Farm to School program to increase the purchasing of produce grown by local farmers to serve in schools. Over the two year grant, the district’s Nutrition Services
Department increased by nine fold the dollar amount spent on produce purchased from local farms, which also helped to introduce students to new and different fruits and vegetables grown right here in the Pacific Northwest.
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