Royal School District News
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.
Message from the Superintendent November, 2013
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,
The Administrators and I are astonished that it is November already! Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away.
By now, students and staff have settled into their daily routines. This is especially true for the high school with the implementation of Student Teacher Assistance Time (STAT). This extra STAT period offers students additional help and enrichment on topics that would not normally be offered on a typical day. For more details, I encourage you to visit with high school administrators and staff.
We have had several meetings regarding the construction of the new high school addition and intermediate school. A few topics that were discussed were schematic design, school security, doors, and hardware. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at 10:00 am at the 5th grade POD. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Your input is essential!
In other news, in 2012 our legislature enacted a new law that significantly changed the way certificated staff is evaluated. The only major change the law created was the use of a rubric as an evaluation tool. Principals have revealed that evaluations and observations take up to 4 hours to complete as opposed to the 1.5 hours it took in the past. Principals have stated, however, that this new evaluation tool has provided meaningful feedback for teachers and is in fact quite beneficial.
Recently, I received a call from a parent wanting to ask a question. The first thing she said was “I know you are busy and I am sorry to bother you.” I quickly explained to her that:
- She was not bothering me and that I enjoy hearing from parents; whether it be a concern or comment, I will always make time to listen.
- My job encompasses managing a wide array of duties ranging from discipline to giving out awards. With that being said, I am here to serve you.
Please never feel as though you are bothering me. As always, if you have a question, concern, or comment I would like to hear from you. The information I receive helps me to properly handle situations. The same can be said for administrators who are more than happy to receive your questions, concerns, and comments.
FFA State Officers Stop By Royal
On October 15th, the Washington State FFA officers came to Royal High School to do leadership training with the Royal FFA. Michael Heitstuman, State Vice President and Andy Zahl, State Secretary conducted leadership activities and prepared the students to enter the world of work. The State FFA Officers are high school graduates who take a year off from college to tour Washington FFA chapters conducting these leadership trainings. Royal FFA is in a rebuilding year and were greatly motivated by their visit.
Royal Knights Cross Country Make History On Their Way To State!!!
The Royal Knights Cross Country Teams have had an historical season. For the first time ever both the boys and girls teams have gone undefeated. It is also the first time that both have been SCAC League Champions. At the District V Championship meet these two dedicated teams ran hard, and both won to become the District V Champions.
The members of the Boys Team are: Marcos Quiroz, Riley Lefler, Nathan Perdue, JJ Jimenez, Salvador Horta, Victor Garcia, Clifford Lester, Cristian Garcia, and Carlos Hernandez.
The members of the Girls Team are: Caitlin Diaz, Meaghan Mianecki, Brea Diaz, Anahi Gomez, Sam Eilers, Carina Moreno, Blanca Lopez, Maritza Garcia, and Rosa Hernandez.
They are coached by Ben Orth, Lyndsy Roberts, Amanda Eilers, and Humberto Jimenez. The State Cross Country meet is November 9, at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. Good luck to both teams.
USA TODAY High School Sports UPDATE
ROYAL FOOTBALL COACH WILEY ALLRED WINS THE WASHINGTON STATE BEST HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH CONTEST
The fourth instalment of USA TODAY High School Sports' "Best Of" contest series concluded its state round on Tuesday in the first-ever Best High School Football Coach contest. Coach Wiley Allred of Royal High School led the Washington State voting with 22,698 votes.
The regional round begins at noon (ET) Oct. 9 and ends at noon (ET) Oct. 18. The eight regional winners move onto the national round, which starts at noon (ET) Oct. 21 and ends at noon (ET) Oct. 29. The champion is crowned based on most votes in the final round.
The "Best Of" contest series launched last November with the best high school football rivalry competition, won by Brookfield vs. Marceline in Missouri. The teams celebrated their national title rivalry on Sept. 13 in Brookfield. In January, Hartford (Vt.) was crowned as the People's Champion high school football team. And the monster of them all – the top high school mascot last spring – was won by the Centralia (Ill.) Orphans after 80 million total votes were cast during the competition.
Thank you to all of the people who supported Coach Allred in the first round of the voting. Coach Allred is humbled and honored at the display of support from the Royal Fans. Royal fans are always willing to stand behind Coach Allred and the young men who have been a part of this great program. Being the smallest school in the competition wasn’t a limitation. It is our strength.
Regional round voting starts on October 9. 2013 at 9:00 PST. Please cast your vote by going to: http://contest.usatodayhss.com/
Royal Marching Knights perform at Husky Halftime
On Saturday, September 21st the Royal High School Band under the direction of Erich Mietenkorte performed at the 61st Annual Husky High School Band Day held at the University of Washington in Husky Stadium.
The RHS band left Royal at 4 o’clock on Saturday morning to join 17 other high school bands that were chosen to perform halftime music on the field of Husky Stadium with the Husky Marching Band during the UW vs. Idaho State Bengals football game. Students began rehearsal with the Husky Marching Band at 8:00 am and prepared 5 songs, Born in the USA, The Edge of Glory, If I Had No Loot, America, and the UW fight song Bow Down to Washington. After rehearsal students were treated to an exciting pre-game show that was full of energy, school spirit and pride.
As Royal students watched the UW Huskies dominate the Idaho State Bengals in the first half of the game their excitement began to grow as the clock wound down to half time. The clock hit 0:00 and the Royal Marching Knights took the field with the Husky Marching Band in front of a crowd of 67,000 spectators. The performance was certainly one to remember. With over 1000 musicians on the field the sound that filled the stadium was very powerful. It was an incredible experience and I am certainly glad that we had the opportunity to participate. There were many bands that applied but we are very grateful to have been one of the chosen few.
Walter C. Welke the Director of the Husky Marching Band from 1929 – 1956 started Husky High School Band day in the 1950’s with the goal of providing high school band students an opportunity to experience music at a college level and to take back to their schools a sense of pride and spirit that is exemplified in the Husky Marching Band. This goal that was established over 60 years ago was definitely achieved with the students of the Royal High School Marching Knights.