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

April 2018

Lindbergh High students win 2018 American Association of University Women award Three Lindbergh High School juniors have won the 2018 American Association of University Women award for their academic achievements in science, technology, and mathematics.This year’s award recipients are (l-r in photo) Marley Duncan in Science, Katie Liu in Mathematics, and Jaritzy Esquivel-Hernandez inTechnology. The accomplished young women were selected for their academic excellence and mastery of mathematics, technology and science; and as leaders at their school and their engagement in many extracurricular and volunteer activities. The American Association of University Women is a non-profit organization that works to change the climate for women and girls through education, research, advocacy and philanthropy.

Renton High students do well in Oregon culinary competition

Renton High School students in the school’s Culinary Arts Club, Essence of Renton, recently traveled to Coos Bay, Oregon to compete in a culinary competition at the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute. The eight-member club, led by advisor Lauren Hasson, worked after school for months in preparation for the event. The students performed well at the competition. Freshman Leeann Lu placed 3rd in the baking competition.

Hazen High students show they are future business leaders Dozens of Hazen High School students recently competed in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) statewide competition. The students, led by Hazen teacher Peter Rustemeyer, competed in more than a dozen categories including coding and programming, global business, emerging business issues, business calculations, community service and more. Kaitlyn Tran, Vivian Truong and Brandon Hoang won 1st place in the E-Business category; Monica Yu, Helen Tran, and Jennie Ha won first place in the Intro to Business Presentation category. Those students, along with others

who placed 4th or better in their categories, will move on to the national competitions June 26July 2 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Citizen-led committee to help keep Renton school buildings in good working order Renton School District is proud of its longstanding commitment to providing worldclass school facilities for student learning. For years, local voters have approved the construction and renovation of schools to support children and teachers; and the district has held true to promises to construct schools that last for decades, while meeting the needs of 21st Century education. But, like the best of homes, a maintenance plan—for both immediate needs and longrange, large-scale needs—is important. Now is the time for the district to create a school facilities plan for the next decade.

student learning. The committee—made up of district parents, community members, business owners and others—will assist in effectively planning for school building improvements, new construction, land acquisition, and other major capital needs for the school district. Committee members will development of a plan to ensure our schools and support facilities best match our program and student needs, and will help provide a roadmap for how we move forward with school improvements and additions over the next 5-10 years.

Renton Schools has established a citizenled Capital Facilities Advisory Committee to help create a plan to ensure our schools remain in top operating condition to support

The committee will meet from April thru September 2018. And be prepared to present their long-range facilities plan to the Renton School Board in early October.

Summer Camps offered for district elementary students Looking for summer activities for children? The district’s new beforeand after-school program also offers summer programs for elementaryschool children. Team sports, science experiments, field trips, water games, art projects and much more. One-week camps available from June 25 thru August 17, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cost is only $210 per full week; or $55 per day drop off. Camps are available for all district elementary students held at three locations: • Campbell Hill Elementary, 6418 South 124th Street, Seattle; • Honey Dew Elementary, 800 Union Ave NE, Renton; • Talbot Hill Elementary, 2300 Talbot Road South, Renton Register now to secure your spot https://rightatschool.com/summer-renton/




Preparing students for college, careers and a successful future High school students throughout the district are presented with many options after graduation. Students are prepared for college and university acceptance; or, if they choose, they can decide to enroll in job-training programs or even enter the workforce. As part of the process to open many doors for students, Hazen High students in teacher Jonathan Clark’s Manufacturing class recently visited Kenworth Truck Company in Renton to learn how big rigs are manufactured, and speak with employees and company leaders to better understand the manufacturing industry. The visit also opened doors for students to apply for internships and options for great-paying jobs after graduation. The visit is part of Renton Schools District’s work to provide students with many options for successful college, employment and careers after graduation.

Cascade Elementary students perform live on stage at Paramount Theater Cascade Elementary School students recently performed the Disney hit musical Aladdin onstage at the ParamountTheater in Seattle. Cascade students learned their lines and dance routines during after-school rehearsals that culminated in performances of the musical at school. Then they moved to the big stage at the Paramount. The arts program helps students increase their confidence and social skills as they learn and work together to create a magnificent production. The event was made possible in partnership with the Seattle Theatre Group’s Disney Musicals in Schools program. (Photo provided by Chris Nelson.)

District works with other agencies to provide healthcare for students The district recently celebrated its partnership with local healthcare provider HealthPoint to place a health clinic right alongside the school nurse’s office, inside Renton High School. Quality health care is important to student success: When a student and family can concentrate on academics and not worry about access to quality, affordable health care, it greatly increases a student’s immediate and future academic accomplishments. Placing the health clinic inside Renton High School is part of Renton Schools' Core Values of Service to students and families. The project is possible thanks to the Public Health—Seattle & King County “Best Starts for Kids” initiative, along with financial assistance from members of the Renton Rotary.

Students learn leadership skills from local leaders Students in Renton High School’s Leadership program recently welcomed Renton Mayor Denis Law to speak about his position of leadership, and how he applies principles of leadership. Students asked Mayor Law about the City of Renton, his responsibilities, and his vision for the city. Mayor Law is one of a series of guest speakers invited by teacher Christina Neuschwander to interact with students about the practical application of leadership principles.

Family Literacy Projects helps parents connect with children through reading

Benson Hill Elementary

Lakeridge Elementary

Tiffany Park Elementary

Benson Hill Elementary School families recently graduated from the school’s Latino Family Literacy Project, a program that helps family members be better prepared to help children read at home, and engages families in education. Families in the program worked together with school staff to engage in reading strategies that were used at home. Literacy strategies were also used to improve family members’ first and second languages. All of the work had a positive impact on their children.

Reading and family engagement is fundamental at Lakeridge Elementary School. The school recently held a literacy event for families of first-graders to learn more about their child’s literacy experience at school. Parents learned about expectations of readers in primary grades, and what daily reading and writing workshops look like in the classroom. Parents left with tools to practice reading with their child at home. Lakeridge Elementary soon will replicate the event with other grades.

Tiffany Park Elementary students and staff recently participated in an all-school Read-a-Thon and Pajama Day. The entire school joined together for a half-hour in the school’s gym to read together. Students solicited financial sponsorship from family members and friends to help support the event which raised funds for classroom activities and field trips.

Families, neighbors connect with one another through food and traditions Highlands Elementary School families, students, and staff recently held their annual “Bite of Highlands” event. Families brought food connected to their family culture and heritage, and set up food booths throughout the cafeteria and gym. They sold tickets for 50¢ each and had everyone sample foods from all over the world. It was a great way to connect families with other cultures, and a wonderful show of equity (one of Renton School District's Core Values). Later, the evening event moved into a celebration of student writing.

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