Royal School District News
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.
School Board Vacancy
The Royal School District Seeks Candidates for Vacant School Board Position
The Royal School District No. 160 is seeking applicants from qualified individuals to fill the board director position vacated by Michael Noftle.
The vacant school board position is for Director District #4, the seat representing the southwest side of Royal City, WA. Interested applicants must reside in this director district. To view the complete announcement please click here. For an at a glance look at the timeline for selection of this position click here.
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.|
Message from School Board President Bob Murphy
November 12, 2013
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,
Once again, I would like to thank you for supporting the passing of the construction bond that we ran in April, 2013. Because the bond was approved, we received 4.4 million dollars in state matching funds. Royal Middle and Red Rock Elementary Schools were able to qualify for this funding due to increased student enrollment. The state matching funds are based on the number of un-housed students. To determine un-housed students, the state created a formula that includes square footage of the building and the number of students occupying that building.
When planning the upcoming school year’s budget, we reference past enrollment trends. These trends then help us determine the number of students that are projected to attend Royal School District.
Enrollment for this school year grew so significantly that right before school started we needed to hire another kindergarten teacher. We were elated when we were informed that we now qualify for approximately 3 million dollars in additional funding for a total of 7.4 million dollars from state match funds. Because of this increase, the board is considering adding two necessary classrooms for future growth. When we ran the bond, we affirmed that any remaining funds, after the completion of the two projects, would be returned to reduce the bond debt. With the additional classrooms, a significant amount of funding will still be returned to the community.
In other news, the construction of the new Intermediate School and the addition of four new classrooms at Royal High School are right on schedule. For more information on these projects, please visit the construction website here.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to contact myself or any members of the Board of Directors.