High Quality Instruction and Learning for Every Child, Every Day in Every Classroom December 2016
District high school students pull together to provide wonderful Thanksgiving for all Hazen, Lindbergh and Renton high school students worked together this holiday season to help all Renton School District families have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Students in the schools’ Associate Student Body and leadership roles worked together on the annual Turkey Basket drive to provide a full Thanksgiving meal for families throughout the district. The students created 300 food baskets which included $50-70 worth of Thanksgiving meal supplies along with a $20 supermarket gift card to allow
families to purchase a turkey. In total, the drive raised about $10,000 worth of food. Hazen High’s ASB President and co-chair of the community service project, Marwa Popal said, “I feel grateful for all the member of the community who contributed to this effort. I’m blessed to be able to help provide dinner to others. In the end, it is the most rewarding community service project I have ever done and it really shows how strong and generous people in the Renton community really are.”
Renton High students work to protect those who protect us Renton High School students recently completed one of their community service projects that will help protect police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel while on duty. The students, under the guidance of club advisor and reserve police officer John Devlin, participated in the ‘Protect Those Who Protect Us’ campaign to raise money to purchase protective vests for first
responders. Students reached out to local business owners and residents, and collected funds from students at Renton High to raise nearly $2,000 to purchase the vests. The students will now set up forums where students can meet with local law enforcement to have meaningful discussions about safety, while also building relationships between the groups.
Highlands Elementary students are tops in state, again, in reading
New Sartori Elementary on time/on budget
Work to build the new Sartori Elementary School continues on time and on budget. Using input from the community, district staff, and the City of Renton, Integrus Architecture has refreshed the look of the new school to include a more open, modernized structure.
Highlands Elementary School students never stop learning. Highlands students have again won the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, leading the state with the most hours logged during the annual summer reading program. This is the sixth consecutive year that Highlands students have won the award. During the summer, nearly 400 Highlands students read for a total of over a half million minutes (517,495 minutes to be exact). That's over 8,624 hours of reading.
Building the new much-needed elementary school is possible thanks to voter support of a school construction ballot measure in Feb. 2016. See the newly-revised design, and new rendering of classrooms and other rooms inside at www.rentonschools.us/Page/2718.
School psychologist wins state award Hazen High School psychologist Michelle Giovanola has won the Washington State Association of School Psychologists Education and Supervision award for her outstanding work with students and staff and her commitment to the profession. Michelle is known throughout the state as a distinguished, fearless leader of school psychologists. She is also a source of constant knowledge and support, and always makes herself available with colleagues to share her expertise.
Hazen High Players present
Dec. 1, 2, 3, 9 & 10 at 7 p.m. (Special Matinee Saturday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m.) Hazen High School Auditorium, 1101 Hoquiam Ave NE Renton Tickets at Hazen Box Office $6.00 for Students with ASB, Honored Citizens and Veterans $8.00 for Students without ASB and Adults
Renton Rotary give the gift of words to more than 1,300 students More than 1,300 district third-graders received the gift of words thanks to members of the Rotary Club of Renton. For more than a decade, Rotarians have provided a free student dictionary to every 3rd-grader in the district. Rotary members visited elementary schools throughout the district to personally present the dictionaries to students who were able to take the book home to use for homework, learn new words and facts, and share with family members. Many of the students receiving books today weren’t even born when Rotarians began the giveaway events in 2005. The total cost for the books is more than $10,000 and represents the community’s commitment to early childhood education and the importance of having students read at grade level by third grade. Students who previously received the dictionaries say they use the books with their siblings and, in some cases, to help teach English to family members.
Rotary Club of Renton and Communities in Schools Renton join together to provide new coats for children The Rotary Club of Renton and Communities in Schools Renton joined together recently to ensure hundreds of children throughout Renton will have a new warm coat this winter. The two organizations distributed about 530 new winter coats, along with hats and gloves to children from every school and all areas of the district. The annual coat giveaway couples together the two organizations that have a history and desire to ensure children and families thrive in our city. The atmosphere was festive as children moved from table to table to pick out their new coat. Families were extremely grateful and continuously thanked the volunteers for the needed gifts. “Renton is blessed to have such a giving community,” said Joyce Walters, interim Executive Director for Communities in
Schools Renton. “We are thankful to the Rotary Club Renton for the support of our children through this project.” “Renton Rotary strives to make a positive impact in this community and being able to purchase and provide these coats is truly our honor," said Rotary President Lora Ueland. "Working with our community partners, such as Community in Schools Renton, allows us to broaden our reach for the greater good.” Both organizations know that the significance of these coats is much more than outerwear as they serve to not only help keep students warm throughout the winter months, but also serve an even greater need for all families to feel valued, respected and supported.
Music, dance, theater and other art are alive in Renton Schools Renton schools orchestra students recently performed with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra at the annual fall Family Concert at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center. The concert was sponsored by Renton Allied Arts. Also, Renton Park Elementary music specialist Marlene Creaser was recently awarded a grant to create and present the musical The Lion King, based on
the popular Disney movie. Marlene was chosen to receive the free program that includes lesson plans and accompanying student materials, djembe drums and totems, director’s guide, piano and vocal score, actor’s scripts, choreography DVD, and more. She will work with music teacher Mindy Haynes to put on a production of the musical in May or June.
Voters support technology in classrooms Thanks to voter support of the Renton School District's technology levy election in Feb. 2016, the district has a robust plan to include technology education in every classroom. The plan goes well beyond providing computers and other devices to students and staff, it includes a systematic approach with an emphasis on digital learning and consistent staff development.
The district’s technology plan has been noticed by others in the industry, and is the highlight of an article in EdSurge Magazine, an online industry news and information source for education technology. Read the story at www. edsurge.com/news/2016-11-10-hotspotsyoutube-wifi-oh-my-how-rentonprioritizes-infrastructure-over-devices
Walker’s Renton Subaru Share the Love event helps local classrooms Looking to buy or lease a new car? Consider Walker's Renton Subaru and you'll be helping provide your local school with music instruments and programs, robotics camps during the summer and many other programs. Walker's Renton Subaru is again participating in the national Subaru 'Share the Love' campaign. Buy or lease a new car at Walker's between Nov. 17 to Jan. 3, and they'll donate $250 of each purchase to the Friends of Renton Schools foundation (www.friendsofrentonschools.org) for programs throughout Renton Schools. Last year, Walker's donated nearly $66,000 to Renton school programs.
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