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

January 2018

Renton High graduate (1936) Louise George turns 100-years-old Louise George will tell you that she’s nothing special; average, she’ll say. But Louise has lived a full life: she attended Renton High School (built in 1932) when it was considered “the new school”; she’s worked in Washington D.C. and San Francisco; in 1943, during World War II, she joined the Marine Corps; and in just a few weeks on March 9, Louise will celebrate her 100th birthday. Louise George graduated from Renton High School in 1936. Though she can’t instantly recall many classes, teachers or students, she does fondly remember that she enjoyed her time at school. She lived on South Tobin Street, right behind Renton High, which allowed her

to walk home for lunch every day. Her grades were good enough to allow her to join the Torch Society, an honors club. She says her classmates were mostly poor, but there were a few affluent students from families of doctors and bankers. Some of her friends attended college after graduation; but Louise used the skills she learned in high school, including typing and shorthand, to get good jobs of the time like secretarial work. Her class size was about 25 students (today’s class size is 29); she played volleyball in gym class. While walking around Renton High recently, Louise sees a portrait of Henry Moses, the Duwamish Indian chief, a direct

descendant of Duwamish Chief Sealth, and local high-school sports legend. He graduated well before Louise. “He was a nice boy,” she recalls. “He and his family were well respected in the community.” Louise was happy that she was able to attend Renton High’s 100th year celebration in 2011. More than 500 Renton High alumni attended the days-long Centennial Celebration that include school tours, minireunions, performances by the alumni choir, and memorabilia displays. As one of the longestliving alum, Louise, along with 1930 graduate Cecilia Carey Major, both cut the Centennial Celebration cake.

Louise says she still checks the Renton Reporter to see how the Renton High football and basketball teams are doing. “All along the years, I met wonderful people,” Louise says. “People I met in different places; some I met in the Marine Corps; some while working in various places. I kept in touch with them. Sometimes I visited them; sometimes they visited me.” She says she knows there were wonderful moments during her time as a student at Renton High. “There are always great moments; though I just don’t recall them right now. But I know they’re there.”

First class of Talley High School seniors celebrate graduation The first class of seniors at Albert Talley High School recently held graduation ceremonies. Seventeen seniors celebrated their hard work, dedication, and accomplishments in the midyear graduation. The students, led by highly-qualified teachers and supported by family, worked hard to continue their high school education and prepare themselves for college and careers. Last year, Renton School Board renamed the Secondary Learning Center to Albert Talley High to recognize the amazing work of Renton School Board

member and community stalwart Al Talley, who passed away in March 2017. His impact on local education has been appreciated for decades. He

served children, families and all the Renton School District community in his role as School Board Director for more than 16 years.

Read more about Mr. Talley at Page/3247.

Hands-on learning helps students with career choices High schools throughout the district offer Career and Technical education classes that provide hands-on learning for students, with opportunities for them to make choices about future careers. One of those classes is the Culinary Arts program at Lindbergh High School. In class, students learn the basics of cooking, and work their way up to understanding how professional kitchens are run. Teacher Marlys Miller even uses the language used in restaurant kitchens when referring to each student’s responsibility. Girls and boys work together to learn teamwork, how to meet deadlines, and the proper use of ingredients, spices, kitchen tools and more. The class also hosts professional cooks and instructors from Renton Technical College, to speak with students about culinary

professions. Senior Helen Nguyen says she hopes to take what she’s learned in the high school class and turn it into a career. “I’ve always loved cooking with my mom and grandma,” says Nguyen. “This class has helped me learn more about what it’s like to have a career in culinary arts.” The culinary arts classroom and kitchen was renovated in the summer to accommodate more students and provide a better learning environment. That renovation was made possible thanks to overwhelming voter support in the Feb. 2016 School Construction Levy.

Lakeridge Elementary Students win VFW essay contest Five Lakeridge Elementary School students recently won the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) annual essay contest. The contest, hosted by Skyway VFW Post 9430, provides students with opportunities to show off their literacy skills with a chance to win scholarships. This year’s essay theme was "What does a Veteran mean to me?" Lakeridge Elementary School winners by grade level are: 3rd-grade: Yoal Thong and DeJa Barquet; 4thgrade: Lucy Cave; and 5th-grade: Dylan Deo and Yasmine Warsame.

Responding to family needs, district provides before- and after-school programs Before becoming superintendent of Renton Schools, Dr. Damien Pattenaude visited with hundreds of families, community members, staff and students. He heard of the great work being done in classrooms to provide meaningful education for students. But he also heard of some of the needs of families. Superintendent Pattenaude, who is also a parent of children in Renton schools, responded quickly and decisively to those needs. As a result, the district will offer before- and after-school programs next school year for elementary students, right at their own elementary school.

The company selected is Right At School, an organization that provides services at other school districts in our state and across the country.The fee-based services provide a curriculum that features handson learning, multi-sensory activities, child-driven projects, daily fitness, team building, and leadership development. The program will offer options for families and a sliding fee scale to accommodate family needs. Offering the program is part of the district's commitment to providing safe, engaging and meaningful in-school extracurricular programs to enrich the

lives of students, give parents peace of mind, and enable schools to continue focus on their academic mission.

32 additional Renton teachers become National Board certified Thirty-two additional Renton School District teachers recently met the rigorous requirements to achieve National Board Certification for teachers. The district now has more than 150 National Board Certified teachers. Washington state has the largest group in the nation of newlycertified teachers according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. A total of 1,434 Washington teachers achieved their certification this year. That puts the state within the top three nationwide in the total number of NBCTs (10,135). 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.

Renton School District 2018 National Board Certified Teachers

C ANDANCE ABRAHAMSON Lakeridge Elementary

ZOE ATHANASES Dimmitt Middle School

SEAN DAVIS LAURI DEWHITT Talley High School Tiffany Park Elementary

TERI BARLOW Renton High School

MELISSA BARNARD Nelsen Middle School

SARAH BAUMGARTNER Campbell Hill Elenemtary

MOLLY SUNDON ALLISON GEORGE ALYSA HANSEN Meadow Crest Learning Renton Academy Kennydale Elementary Center

OKSANA RZHISKIY Benson Hill Elementary

CHRIS COY Hazen High School

BENJAMIN CRANDALL Talbot Hill Elementary

KINSEY HAU Kennydale Elementary

COLIN KNIGHT McKnight Middle School


CORT LEININGER Lindbergh High School

KERT LIN Bryn Mawr Elementary

NATHAN MADDOX Hazen High School

APRIL MARINO Maplewood Heights Elementary

SARAH MASSEY Honey Dew Elementary

MALLIE MAYBIELD Risdon Middle School

CARA MCGOUGH Renton Park Elementary

SARAH MENAUL Hazen High School

BETHANY MOFFATT Lakeridge Elementary

CHRISTINE MORAN Lindbergh High School

PAIGE RICHMOND Honey Dew Elementary

JENNA STRAND Benson Hill Elementary

CHRISTINA SUTTER Career & Technical Education

KIM TRAN Kennydale Elementary

STEVEN TURNER Nelsen Middle School

TRACI WILSONL Honey Dew Elementary

New Sartori Elementary School construction on time, on budget

Construction of the new Sartori Elementary School is right on schedule. The new three-story school will have a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for students in kindergarten-thru-5th-grade. Construction of the much-needed elementary school is made possible thanks to overwhelming voter support in the 2016 School Construction Levy.

be the district's first choice school, where any family can choose to have their student attend. More than 1,000 families have signed up to attend the school. A lottery drawing for the 525 students who will attend the school will be held March 8. Learn more about the school at

The school is being built at 332 Park Ave North, Renton; and it will

Recognize a great Renton teacher and support staff member for annual Outstanding Employee Award Do you know of a teacher and school/district staff member who is awesome and demonstrates a high level of job performance, dedication and support for students, coworkers, parents and community? Renton School Board is seeking nominations for the annual Outstanding Employee Awards. The nomination process is simple. Click the link below to fill out a nomination form online; complete each box (the more complete the entry form the better chances for your nominee will be selected). Recipients will be honored at the March 14 School Board meeting. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 23. Nominate staff now at Outstanding2018

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