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Dr. Damien Pattenaude named Superintendent-elect Renton School Board selects Renton resident and Renton High graduate to lead district Renton School Board members at their regular meeting Wednesday night unanimously named Dr. Damien Pattenaude as the new Renton School District Superintendent-elect. School Board members have for months been working through the process to select the new superintendent to replace interim superintendent Dr. Art Jarvis. With support and guidance from Dr. Jarvis, the district held numerous listening sessions with staff, families and community members to ensure the final candidate was an accomplished education leader who possesses the values and
beliefs important to district students, staff and community, and would continue to move the district forward.
Dr. Pattenaude is a product of the Renton School District: he attended Campbell Hill Elementary School, Nelsen Middle School, and graduated from Renton High. He is currently the district’s Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Teaching. He has also been a high school teacher at Renton High; assistant principal at Hazen High; principal at Renton High; and a chief academic officer, with duties that include providing direct support and guidance to all district principals, teachers and support staff. His work in the district has always been in service of improving student
achievement for all children. Dr. Pattenaude lives in Renton with his family and his children attend a district school. Dr. Pattenaude will work through the end of the school year with current interim superintendent Dr. Art Jarvis to transition into the superintendent position. Learn more about Renton School District’s Superintendent-elect Dr. Damien Pattenaude, and the School Board’s selection process, at the district’s website www.rentonschools.us.
District wins national award for dramatic improvement in proving equity and college access for all students Renton School District was selected as one of only five districts in Washington State, and one of only 130 school districts nationwide, to receive the U.S. College Board’s Gaston Caperton 2015 Opportunity Honor Roll Award for Excelling in Creating Opportunities for Traditionally Underrepresented Students.
education system to improve student achievement and college readiness by:
The award recognized the district’s efforts to provide a substantive and equal
• increasing by 53% the number of students who sent SAT scores to at least four
• increasing by 196% the number of students taking the SAT; • increasing by 85% the number of students earning a score of 1550 or more on the SAT; and,
colleges and universities. “Providing every individual student with a real opportunity to succeed is more than just a goal in the Renton School District,” said Dr. Damien Pattenaude, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching, “it’s a mindset, a belief, an imperative. It’s what all of our teachers and support staff strive to accomplish. This award is recognition of that work and commitment.”
Lakeridge Elementary School wins state award for second consecutive year Lakeridge Elementary School has again this year been named a state School of Distinction for sustained improvement in English language arts and math over a five-year period. With the award, Lakeridge is recognized as among the top 5 percent in the state in improving student achievement in math and reading for elementary students. The award highlights the hard work of students and parents, and the dedicated and talented teachers and support staff for their exceptional efforts in service to students. Lakeridge staff, students and families continue to make sustained improvements in student learning, and are recognized as among the top 50 percent of all elementary schools statewide. In 2015, nearly
80 percent of Lakeridge thirdgraders passed state reading exams, exceeding state and district averages. Also, nearly 70 percent of fourth-graders and 80 percent of fifth-graders passed state mathematics exams, again exceeding state and district averages. Student improvements have been recognized in The Seattle Times, Education Week, the Renton Reporter and was part of a story in The New York Times. “Lakeridge staff is a dedicated group of exceptional educators whose focus always lies on their students’ academic improvement and their social and emotional growth,” said Lakeridge Elementary Principal Holly Megan Thompson. “I’m excited about the future of our students and the West Hill community,” Thompson said.
Ninety-four schools across Washington state were recognized with the 2016 School of Distinction award presented by the Center for Educational Effectiveness in partnership with the Association of Educational
Service Districts, the Association of Washington School Principals, Washington Association of School Administrators, and the Washington Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Thanks to voter support, students are better engaged in high-level mathematics Thanks to voter support of the 2016 Technology Levy, nearly 1,400 high-end college-level graphing calculators were recently delivered to all middle and high school math teachers for student use. The devices have a wide range of functions for use in middle and high
Students as early as elementary school learning computer coding Kennydale Elementary students in Marie Smith’s fifth-grade Discovery classroom are learning computer science and coding. The students are learning computer vocabulary, algorithms and programs. Students are starting off with unplugged lessons to first learn about algorithms and programs; they’ll soon move to computer programming models. Computer coding is a great way for students to increase learning in math and literacy, while building confidence and creating opportunities to use computational thinking skills.
school math class and are approved for SAT and ACT college entrance exams; AP exams; and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. Providing students with the calculators saves families more than $120 each to purchase the devices.
School music programs get boost from Friends of Renton Schools foundation Students in schools throughout the district are receiving new music instruments thanks to the generosity of parents, community members and local businesses who donate to the Friends of Renton Schools foundation (FoRS). The organization raises funds throughout the year to provide students and teachers with music equipment; robotics kits; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) materials; and so much more. Be a part of this great education system and help students reach their full potential by donating to Friends of Renton Schools http://www. friendsofrentonschools.org.
Voter-supported technology helps students continue learning at home Renton School District elementary and middle school students can continue their learning at home using the district’s online DreamBox math program, a powerful digital tool that can enhance a student’s mathematics skills. The program, designed for kindergarten through 8th-grade, is aligned to classroom math practices, and is unique as it adapts to a student’s individual performance to personalize learning. The DreamBox program helps students visualize core math concepts in a conceptual way and works great to fill gaps in math for individual students. Students should use DreamBox about 5-8 lessons per week.
Helping students envision a future with a world of opportunities Helping students set goals and envision future success is an important part of education. Renton School District students will join students across South King County to explore their college and career options as part of the annual DiscoverU week, happening Oct. 17-
21. DiscoverU participants include school districts, youth programs, colleges, community-based groups, large and small businesses, and other education partners. During DiscoverU week, students learn about options for college and career paths, see teachers and staff showing
school pride by wearing their college shirts hats and other gear, and participate in fun activities that will encourage them to explore their futures. This year, district high school freshmen will take field trips to visit the campuses of Microsoft, Amazon,
Boeing, Alaska Airlines and other companies to tour the facilities, meet with employees, speak with hiring decision-makers, and more to learn what they need to do be ready for the workforce or prepare a college path way for success.
District unveils mobile app to make access to local education even easier Renton School District news, information, updates and more is now as close as your smartphone. The district has launched its own mobile app that gives students, staff, families, and community a new and more convenient way to stay informed about what's happening in our schools. The Renton Schools app provides access to news, district and school calendars, emergency notifications, school contact
information, and more. You can customize the app to receive information specific to your student's school. The app can be easily translated into nearly 70 different languages. Renton Schools' mobile app is available free for Android, iPhone, and iPad. Download it now by searching ‘Renton School District’ in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
Children can submit essays ‘What Freedom Means to Me’ through local VFW It’s time for the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) sponsored essay contests which provide kids an opportunity for recognition, cash awards and scholarships. Children and youth can participate at different levels: VFW Youth Essay program
for kids in 3rd- through 5thgrades; National Patriot’s Pen Program for 6th- through 8thgraders; and National Voice of Democracy for 9th- through 12th-graders. Winning essays are between 300-400 words and have
varied themes like “What Freedom Means to Me.” Youth in 3-5 grade can win cash awards up to $250; youth in 6-8 grade can win $500 to $5,000; high school students can win up to a $30,000 scholarship.
All entries must be submitted by Nov. 1 to the local VFW Post (either VFW Skyway Post 9430 or Renton Post 1263) by Nov. 1. For information contact Skyway VFW Post #9430 at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Renton VFW Post #1263 at email@example.com.
Teachers spend the day learning Teachers spent the day in class recently as part of a statewide Teacher Training Day. In Renton, teachers sharpened their skill and understanding of many tropics including: analyzing student work; engaging families of diverse backgrounds; differentiation through digital learning; bridging cultures in the classroom; classroom planning and preparation; policies and procedures; staff elevation process, Common Core high school mathematics; and many more subject areas.
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