Royal School District News
Message from the Superintendent April, 2014
April 1, 2014
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,
Do April showers really bring May flowers? I suppose we will have to wait about a month to find out. Below is a quick update of what is happening in our district.
Our spring break will be April 7th through April 11th. I hope you are as excited as the students are for this time off to rest and catch up on things. During spring break the district office will remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
As I sit in my office, the track runners are running circles around campus. When I walk outside at the end of the day I enjoy hearing the noise and coaching coming from the tennis court, track, baseball, and soccer fields. It is a clear indication that spring sports have begun. I hope to see you at an upcoming sporting event.
Construction of the high school addition has begun. Students are doing an excellent job of staying away from construction areas. If at any time you would like to view the floor plans or other information, our business manager David Andra, has provided a link on our website entitled “Construction Update ” for easy access to this information. It will be exciting to see walls going up soon.
As stated in my last message, Linda Achondo will be the principal for the new intermediate school. At this time we are researching numerous ways in which our classrooms can be structured. Currently, students at Red Rock Elementary walk to their reading and math classes and students stay in their homeroom classes for social studies and science. Since this school will house 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, we may or may not implement this model. An important part of this piece will be the 6th grade. The question will be if the 6th grade remains departmentalized. Presently, Mrs. Achondo is calling various school districts that have intermediate schools to talk about the structure of their school. Mrs. Achondo is working on putting a committee together so that everyone can be involved in the planning process. More information about this committee will be forthcoming.
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been meeting with administrators to discuss staffing for the 2014-2015 school year. Based on the enrollment figures the district determines whether or not there is a need to hire a new teacher.
134 students are expected to enroll in 3rd grade this upcoming school year. We currently have five teachers at the 3rd grade level; if we remain with these five teachers, class size will be 27 students per class. Adding an additional teacher will make our average class size 22.3. Therefore we will be adding a new teacher at the third grade level.
English Language Acquisition Award
We are pleased to announce that Royal Middle School received the first ever English Language Acquisition Award. This award was given to 42 schools from across Washington State. The award criterion is based on the Washington State English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA). Nearly 1,700 schools across the state of Washington use the WELPA to assess their English Language Learners (ELL). The Washington State Board of Education created this award to recognize schools whose ELL students are making the greatest progress towards becoming proficient in English, which in turn leads to career and college readiness.
Congratulations to the Middle School for their hard work and notable distinction!
Please feel free to email, call, or stop in if you have any questions or ideas that would help with the improvement of our schools. Your input and feedback is tremendously important to us.
First Ever English Language Acquisition Award
Royal Middle School Receives First Ever English Language Acquisition Award
Royal School District is proud to announce that Royal Middle School is one of forty-two schools in Washington state to receive the first ever English Language Acquisition Award. The Washington State Board of Education created this award to recognize schools whose ELL students are making the greatest progress towards the goal of becoming proficient in English, which is a stepping stone to career and college-readiness.
“Given the increasing number of English Language Learners entering our schools, it is important to recognize the great work staff are doing in assisting our students towards English language acquisition,” said Dr. Gil Mendoza, Assistant Superintendent, Special Programs and Federal Accountability at OSPI. “Foundational skills in the English language are essential to achieving academic success. The efforts of the award-winning schools have gone unheralded for years, yet thousands of students from this important group have gone on to be motivated and succeed in school due to their and others’ untiring efforts.”
The award criteria is based on the Washington State English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA) of which nearly 1700 schools across the state use to assess their ELL students. The award recognizes approximately the top five percent of elementary, middle, and high schools based on the school’s median point gain on the 2012-13 WELPA. Award winning schools must also have met 2012-13 Annual Measurable Achievement Objective (AMAO) 1 and AMAO 2 federal accountability targets.
Letter to Parents/Guardians
March 4, 2014
It seems like just yesterday it was December and now we are in March! Time sure does fly.
Below are a few quick updates:
We are right on schedule to begin the construction of four additional classrooms to the high school. Please be aware that there will be areas blocked off during construction. Signs will be displayed to avoid these areas. For current updates and information on this project please visit our district website.
Intermediate School Update:
Linda Achondo, Red Rock Elementary Assistant Principal, has been appointed as principal for the new intermediate school. When Linda was hired we were not only looking for an assistant principal but also a highly capable person that would then become the principal at the new intermediate school. For the time being, Mrs. Achondo will continue her position as assistant principal at Red Rock Elementary while planning for the responsibilities of the new school. She will take the next few months to research various topics to aid her in decision making. I know that she will be asking for your input during this process.
We are so pleased to have the phone calling system to let parents and guardians know about important information. We have sent out messages regarding late starts and snow days. If you have not been receiving these phone calls, please call your child’s school secretary as they may need to update your information.
Lastly, thank you for your support in passing the recent levy we ran. As I have stated before, this funding is crucial in effectively running our district. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
Email Request of School Board Agenda
The school board agenda is emailed prior to the week of the meeting.
Message from the Superintendent February, 2014
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,
Happy February! I guess we will not be seeing 50 degree weather anytime soon. Be assured that we are keeping your children as warm as possible. I know you are doing your part in having your children wear their coats, hats, and gloves during this cold spell.
There will be no school on Friday, February 14, 2014. We are having a one-day midwinter break that coincides with President’s Day on Monday, February 17, 2014. I know that many families and staff members have made special plans during this four day weekend. On Monday, February 10, 2014, there will be a special board meeting to accept a bid for the High School addition. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm in the Royal High School Library. You can find the agenda for this meeting here. There is a lot of excitement in our district surrounding our construction projects.
On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, we closed school due to bad weather and road conditions. At the last board meeting held on Monday, January 27, 2014, I recommended we make up this day on Thursday, June 12, 2014. The last day of school was originally scheduled to be on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The board approved this recommended action.
Director Michael Noftle has resigned his position as Board Director of the 4th District. His resignation became effective on Monday, February 3, 2014. In accordance with RCW 28A.343.370 and board policies 1114 and 1115, Royal School District Board of Directors is accepting applications to fill this position. The remaining members of the board will appoint the most qualified candidate based on a series of predetermining factors.
In other news, we are running a Maintenance and Operations Levy. Ballots were mailed out on January 24, 2014, and need to be post-marked by February 11, 2014. Please visit our website at www.royal.wednet.edu for more information.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
CTE Month & FCCLA Week
CTE Month & FCCLA Week
During the 2013-2014 school year the Family and Consumer Science classroom and FCCLA have done many things to advance Royal High Schools students’ knowledge of Careers in Family and Consumer Science.
CTE in the Family and Consumer Science Classroom
The Foods classrooms exhibited their skill by having each student make a batch of cookies to share with students and staff at Royal High School. They earned the moniker cookie fairy for delivering trays of cookies to the RHS Staff lounge during the final days of the first semester.
Students in the Clothing and textiles classroom completed several projects showing their skills in clothing and textiles, these included stuffed animals, pillows, duffle bags and aprons. Students also completed a cross stitch kit and created tie blankets.
In the Family Health Classroom 41 students received 1st level certification in adult CPR. Students were expected to show proficiency by rescuing a CPR mannequin. We expect to certify as many as 80 students before the end of the school year.
February 9th – 15, 2014 is FCCLA week. This is a National week to campaign and get the word out about Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. We are working to bring help our future leaders see how they can give to their community.
October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and FCCLA participated in a Caramel Apple Fundraiser with the proceeds slated to go to the Susan G. Komen foundation in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Students donated their time and supplies and sold 50 caramel apples. We sold all the supplies that we made so next year we hope to sell and donate even more.
|During FCCLA week and Valentine’s Day, FCCLA will be selling heart shaped cookie grams. Students will again donate all their time and materials to make heart shaped sugar cookies for those who purchase them in school to be delivered to the person of their choice. Students will receive cookie deliveries on Thursday, February 13, 2014. Proceeds from the sales of these cookies will be used to purchase stuffed animals to be delivered to the children’s at the local hospitals and clinic.|