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High Quality Instruction and Learning for Every Child, Every Day in Every Classroom

August 2017

Welcome Back to another great year of learning and teaching! A message from new Renton Schools Superintendent Dr. Damien Pattenaude: Next week, on Wednesday, August 30, nearly 16,000 children will head back to schools across the Renton School District. They

come from the north of the district in Newcastle and Bellevue, to the south with addresses in Kent, and all areas in between, including Skyway and West Hill in unincorporated King County. Whether they’re excited about the new school year or dreading having to go back to school, you can be assured that we’re ready. Over the summer, our teachers have been attending professional development courses to improve their subject knowledge, their understanding of how children and teens learn, and their skills in managing classrooms full of individually diverse students. Our support staff have been busy cleaning, repairing, and repainting classrooms, hallways, commons areas and more. Our

technology department has been busy upgrading teacher and support staff computers and laptops, installing access points to the Internet, and preparing classrooms for our enhanced digital learning methods. Mechanics have been hard at work maintaining and repairing school buses and other student transportation vehicles. We’ve hired more than 100 new teachers who come to us fresh from college and others who have changed their profession and decided to become a teacher to help educate a future generation. And even though this is my first year as Renton Schools superintendent, I’m also prepared. I’m humbled that the Renton School Board and the community have selected me as Renton Schools’ new superintendent. The dreams you have for your children and grandchildren are the same that I have for my own: to provide them every opportunity to live a life full of knowledge and wonder and success. Every teacher and support staff member in Renton School District is committed to the promise that we are here to serve every student with a highquality education that provides them with many choices and options for a successful life upon graduation. My commitment

I’m looking forward to an exciting year of learning and teaching. Let’s, together, make this a fun and productive year for every child.

to you and every student is to ensure our education system operates on three simple, but important, guiding principles: Service, Excellence, and Equity.

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First Day of School No School—Labor Day No School—Professional Teacher Day No School—Professional Teacher Day No School — Veterans Day Parent/Teacher Conferences No School — Thanksgiving Break No School — Winter Break No School — MLK Jr. Day No School—Professional Teacher Day No School— Mid-Winter Break No School—Spring Break Emergency Closure Makeup Day (if needed) No School — Memorial Day Last day is a half-day for all students

GRADING PERIODS/REPORT CARDS ISSUED Elementary End of 1st Trimester November 9, 2017 End of 2nd Trimester March 9, 2018 End of 3rd Trimester June 20, 2018 Middle & High End of 1st Grading Period November 2, 2017 End of 2nd Grading Period/1st Semester January 26, 2018 End of 3rd Grading Period April 6, 2018 End of 4th Grading Period/2nd Semester June 20, 2018 PARENT CONFERENCES* Elementary Schools November 16-22, 2017 Middle Schools November 20-21, 2017 High Schools November 20, 2017 *There is early dismissal during conferences.

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District support staff work hard through summer months to ready schools for students The summer months are always a great time to thoroughly clean classrooms, lunchrooms, gyms, lockers and all of the other commons spaces in schools. It’s also a great time repair, upgrade and improve schools, classrooms and learning spaces

for students, and make repairs and safety upgrades to school buses and other student transportation. School and district maintenance crews, custodians, mechanics and many others have spent months making sure classrooms, school buildings, school

buses, and so much more are ready for the thousands of children, teachers and support staff who return to school Aug. 30.Thanks to these hard working professionals, it’s going to be another great year of learning in the Renton School District.

Teachers continue to learn through summer Teachers and other professional educators know the importance of continued learning. Our teachers are always improving their skills to stay up-to-date on teaching practices, and refining their classroom management skills. For instance, five high school teachers recently completed summer externships with Boeing, Microsoft, and PATH (an

international, nonprofit global health organization based in Seattle).The program provides math and science teachers with a fresh look at today’s science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) workplace through hands-on work and mentorship, and increases exposure to educational and career possibilities to help teachers shape

students’ visions for their future upon graduation. They will continue to work with the companies through the school year. The program is made possible by the Washington Alliance for Better Schools. It’s been another great summer of learning for our professional teaching staff.


New Risdon Middle School opens for students The new Risdon Middle School will open for students as the district starts school on August 30. The new two-story school, located in the north of the district in Newcastle, is a 119,000 square-foot building for 6-8 graders. The muchneeded school will relieve pressure at nearby McKnight Middle School, and provide more learning space as families move into the district for its good schools, city amenities and quality of life. Last month, teachers at Risdon Middle School began moving into their new classrooms and setting up their personal and professional items to be ready for students on the first day of school. Learn more about the new school, and the school’s namesake Vera Risdon, at the school’s website

(www.rentonschools.us/risdon). The new school was made possible thanks to voter support of an April 2012 bond measure. The bond measure also

funded improvements to the Lindbergh High School pool and other school building projects at schools across the district.

Construction of new Sartori Elementary continues thanks to voter support Construction of the new Sartori Elementary School continues. Crews from Forma Construction and Integrus Architecture continue to work hard to build the three-story, 650-student-school at 332 Park Ave North, Renton. The design places the defining edge of the school along Park Ave North, with the school bus drop off and parking along Garden Ave., North. The playground will be at the north end of the site, along with

a park-like green space. The school will be a kindergarten-thru-fifth-grade school and will allow parents from neighborhoods throughout the district to choose to enroll their child in the new school. The school will have flexible learning spaces that can be changed as the needs of students change, like walls that can be moved to expand some areas or make two classrooms out of one, and that can be adapted to accommodate

new, innovative technologies. The new, much-needed school is made possible thanks to overwhelming voter support in the Feb. 2016 school construction levy election. Sartori Elementary School is scheduled to open for students in September 2018.


Local business owners, others make summer school available to hundreds of students Hundreds of students from schools across the district were able to attend summer enrichment camps and classes, thanks to our community partners and local businesses. These organizations made the summer learning opportunities available by contributing funding and other resources through the Friends of Renton Schools foundation. We are grateful to be in a community where local business owners and others value education.

THANK YOU to the many supporters and sponsors of Friends of Renton Schools You helped fund summer school programs for hundreds of students! Visionary Level - $25,000

Renton School District is hiring! School Bus Drivers Champion Level - $10,000 The Boeing Company Kaye-Smith

Ambassador Level - $5,000

The Landing Eugene & Mary Alice Heuschel

Leader Level - $2,500 GP Realty Finance Greene Gasaway Perkins Coie The Seattle Seahawks

Motivator Level - $10,000

Bellevue Sunrise Rotary Brotherton Cadillac Lisa Lam & Marcie Maxwell, Windermere Mayor Denis & Patty Law Penrith Home Loans Renton Principal Association Roger & Marlene Winter

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