Riverviews - Fall 2016
is a quarterly e-Newsletter sharing news and information about
what is happening in our schools. We hope you find Riverviews a helpful tool
and resource in gaining a better understanding of what takes place in
our District on a daily basis.
As the District achieves its mission to "Educate
Children" and fulfills its vision of becoming a national model
of educational excellence, this newsletter will spotlight the work
being done to try and reach that mission and vision.
In this edition of the Riverviews
e-Newsletter, our District Level Administrative Team share updates,
sharing perspectives, thoughts, observations, and offering you a look
at the exciting things happening within their individual departments.
As always, we thank you for taking the time to read through this
latest edition of Riverviews and wish all a
wonderful Winter Break and holiday season.
Riverview School District
Dr. Anthony Smith
we look forward to the winter holidays, what always comes to mind for
me is our fantastic community and the wonderful partnerships our
schools and community enjoys. I am proud to live, work, and
participate in so many of the great things that happen in Carnation,
Duvall, and the surrounding areas. This is truly a great community
and school system. I am so thankful for our 450 school district
employees that dedicate their lives toward making our next generation
I wanted to share some recent highlights and provide an update on
where the district is headed in the future:
Riverview is one
of three school districts in the United States to receive AP Honor
Roll recognition from the College Board for the past five years in a
row! This award that honors districts for
Advanced Placement excellence, underscores our high expectations for
student success. The criteria for the award follows. It is noteworthy
that in the "small district category," we have to improve
participation/access by the 11 percent standard below.
participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large
districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least
11 percent in small districts;
or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African American,
Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students who
scored 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in
2016 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2014, unless the district
has already attained a performance level at which more than 70
percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.
Our School Board was recognized as
Washington State Board of the Year. Only three School Boards in
Washington State attained this recognition. Last
month, the Riverview School Board was honored by the Washington State
School Directors Association (WSSDA) as one of three school boards in
the state to receive the prestigious WSSDA Board of the Year Award
for 2016. The Riverview School Board was selected in the 1,000-9,000
student enrollment category.
The current Riverview Board Members include President
Carol Van Noy, Vice President Danny Edwards, and Directors Lori Oviatt, Jodi Fletcher, and Sabrina Parnell. The
Board was joined by student representatives Pascal Nagata and Sophie Paradis and Riverview Superintendent, Dr. Anthony
L. Smith, who was elated with the award announcement.
This award is about a school board that is passionate about our
singular focus of providing each and every student with the best
education possible. They are known as progressive educational
leaders throughout the state of Washington and get involved at all
levels of government to advocate for the support needed to ensure our
students and staff excel.
After somewhat flat enrollment, our
school district is growing. The
Duvall, Carnation, and surrounding areas are experiencing growth
along with the rest of the Eastside of King County. From October of
2015 to October 2016, our student population grew 2.4%. We are now at
3,225 students. In addition to this growth we implemented district
and state funded full-day kindergarten for all students, which
necessitated the need for more classrooms in our three elementary buildings.
To address our district-wide growing student population, we have had
to add double portables to Cedarcrest High School (2), Cherry Valley
Elementary, and this summer will add a double portable to Stillwater
Elementary. We expect growth to continue at a rate of 30-60 students
The district is
focusing on equity and access and working to ensure that all
students, Cradle to Career, are successful now and in the
future. A focus area going forward is to
understand and address all the issues surrounding equity and access
for all students. This effort involves training at the administrative
level first and then the formulation of a five-year plan which will
be rolled out this spring as part of our yearly strategic planning
process. Currently, we are focusing our efforts to expand our
thinking and actions beyond K-12, to "Cradle to Career."
This will mean increased partnering with early childhood providers
and working with each student on a start toward a post-secondary
certification while in high school.
Dr. Anthony L. Smith
Bill Adamo, Director
year for District Business and Operations
twelve years of service to the Riverview School District and over
forty years of public school business and administration experience,
I will be retiring this winter. Efforts have been in place for a
succession plan and I look forward to introducing a new Director of
Business Services soon.
of the District's Transportation Department
the start of this school year, the district was fortunate to find the
very capable Sabrina Warren to replace Jenny Bullard in the Transportation
Department. Although only on the job for three months, Sabrina has
exhibited outstanding initiative and, if you will excuse the
year for the District's Maintenance and Facilities Department
month, the district has taken occupancy of two new double portables
that are used to accommodate enrollment increase; lower class sizes
in grades kindergarten through third grade; and the implementation of
the full day kindergarten program. The portables are located at both
Cedarcrest High School and Cherry Valley Elementary. The
district is continuing its periodic voluntary testing for lead in
drinking water at all the school sites. Results will be available
early this winter.
Michael Ward, Coordinator
in Riverview is never still, seldom static, and always presenting new
and unique challenges and opportunities week to week and day after
As we continue to look and develop our plans and strategies on how to
get the most important information into your hands, and in front of
your eyes, as efficiently as possible, I am thrilled to introduce SchoolMessenger as a mechanism that adds another
important layer to district-wide communications.
In our new partnership with SchoolMessenger,
we can send text alert notifications to those of you in our Riverview
community who have a cell phone number on file with the district and
have decided to opt-in to receive the alerts.
We held an "Opt-In" day on December 13, and saw more than
2,400 of you text "Y" to 675-87 and join our texting pool.
Quickly, we determined that some of you may have short code alerts
and responses blocked by your carrier, or that phone numbers thought
to be registered with the district are not on file. If you have not
received a text message, please notify your school secretaries and/or
registrars and make sure current numbers are on file. If you replied
to receive text alerts and did not receive a confirmation message,
check with your carrier and make sure that you are cleared to receive
these types of messages.
Lastly, you can e-mail me at email@example.com
and we will work with our technology team to research the issue
further and see if we can remedy any lingering issues you may be
If you did receive the text notification and choose to not receive
any additional text alerts, you have two options; A) simply do
nothing and ignore the message, or B) text STOP to 675-87 to opt-out
of the alert system.
I would be remiss if I did not mention that we have received
overwhelming response to our second iteration of the Riverview School
District Ambassador Program. 25 of you, consisting of a mix of
parents, community members, teachers, and district staff, have signed
up to take part in five 90-minute sessions this year, learning about
how the District operates on a daily basis.
Three more sessions remain for this year's program and the Ambassador
Program showcases department directors, supervisors, and coordinators
throughout our District, as well as our elected School Board
Directors, offering insight and information regarding the work they
do in the District. This peeling back of the curtain, if you will,
allows our future Ambassadors to see how the daily operations of our
district are managed and handled.
For more information about the Ambassadors Program, please reach out
to my e-mail address listed above.
Kaye Wetli, Supervisor
you checked out the new interactive lunch menus on the district
you hover over the menu item, you can view serving, nutritional, and
allergen information about that item. You can select the language you
wish to view. You can calculate nutritional and caloric values
for selected items using the interactive nutritional portion of the
program. You can find the interactive menus on the district website
under district departments under Food Services. Select the school menu
you wish to review, select lunch menu, and select the calendar month
you want to view.
Access is a valuable tool for families to use regarding their
student's meal account. On the left hand column on the home page
there is a Food Services tab. The information includes:
that have been made
link to the monthly menu
link to apply for Free and Reduced Meals
link to e-Funds for Schools to make an on-line payment
The Account Settings link in Family Access offers the
ability to update the parent/guardian address, phone number and
email. There is a box to check to receive an email notice when your
student's meal account balance falls below $6.50. There is also an option
to check the box to show Google translator and a drop down box to
select a different language.
Riverview also offers a program to pay for various school fees
E-Funds for Schools offers options for parents/guardians who choose
to make payments on-line and is extremely user friendly. Not only
will you have the ability to have school fees and meal payments
electronically withdrawn from your checking account or charged to
your credit card, you also have the flexibility to make payments at
any time that is convenient to you.
The e-Funds for Schools service is offered by a third
party service provider and the district does not request or keep
records of family checking or credit card account information. There
is no fee if you use your checking account. There is a $1.00 fee to
use your credit card. Online meal payments go immediately to your
student's meal account. You can sign up to receive email and/or
text messages that provide a daily report of student account
We encourage you to check out the interactive menus, use Family
Access for student account information, and use e-Funds for a
convenient way to make meal payments.
Janet Gavigan, Director
2016-17 school year brought 68 new faces to the Riverview School
District community by the time school opened or within a month after
the year began. With several retirements, staff who relocated,
internal movements, or additional positions to support learning, it
meant we successfully filled over 100 positions. Of those who are
new, 36 were new certificated staff and 22 were new classified staff.
The Human Resources team continues to successfully navigate the
challenging economy to find staff that meets the increasing needs of
As part of the strategic plan and ongoing human resources analysis,
we have found the number one recruitment of applicants comes through
our own district employees and community. This statistic tells us
that our community speaks positively of our schools, shares it, and
encourages friends and neighbors to apply for open positions.
Speaking of our district employees as our number one recruiter; it
came as no surprise that employees enjoy working at Riverview, since
34 percent of our staff have been here over 15 years. Continue to
spread the good word that Riverview School District is a destination
district, has a solid commitment to the students, and is an
exceptional place to work.
viewing and use of the RSD website continues to attract and/or be a
useful place for both outside applicants and internal staff to locate
resources, learn about the district, or access opportunities. Not
only is the Human Resources page a place to find current job openings
as well as information on how to apply for a job, a substitute, or a
volunteer, the HR Department has now added a few new links for the
staff to access HR forms and Certification Resources. As part of the
ongoing commitment to attract new staff as well as to serve current
staff, our website may be a place to start for useful information.
If you have questions about renewing your certificate, National
Boards, or adding endorsements, the links will help you by leading
you to the right path for information. Check it out! You will find
these resources at the Riverview website under District Departments,
Human Resources where you should look at the left side banner to
locate what you need. Remember HR is here to help. Give us a
call if you have questions.
Paul Censullo, Director
are in Year One of our 1:1 laptop initiative that seeks to provide
personal learning tools to all our students throughout all our
schools and programs.
of the highlights:
have expanded our 1:1 in-class laptop program to 24 classrooms
at Tolt and Cedarcrest. This provides laptops for every student
in all 8th grade core content classrooms (science, math, social
studies, language arts) and all science, math, and 9th grade
language arts classrooms at the high school.
have increased the use of iPads in all our K-2 classrooms to do
integrated lessons connected to core curricular objectives.
With all our mobile devices we will be focusing on the
resources and strategies support and develop independent and
self-initiated learning in our students?
resources and strategies encourage more quality collaboration
and communication in our classrooms?
resources and strategies can help teachers customize learning
and differentiate instruction?
can the use of mobile devices extend student learning beyond the
We look to positively affect:
learning, engagement, and organizational skills
and teacher collaboration
access to technology as a classroom tool
future workplace skills
for all students
Digital technologies have great potential to support
powerful teaching and student-centered learning environments as we look
to increase access for all students in the coming year.
Dr. Kenneth Heikkila, Director
Services and Supports
services and supports for student learning are the theme for Student
Services in the current school year. Multiple staff positions were
added this year in several Student Services programs that have
resulted in program enhancements to meet an increase in needs or to
further enhance services. Highlights in some of the Student Services
- Community linkages:
Student Services is collaborating with several agencies.
Examples include Evergreen Hospital, Friends of Youth,
Treehouse, and the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network. Through
these collaborations the district is able to provide direct
services for students or to work toward developing additional
Carnation Elementary, Cherry Valley Elementary and Stillwater
Elementary began the year with a school counselor on site five
days a week. This is a significant addition to have one
counselor at each elementary school who will be supporting
student needs daily. Emily Sampson joined Leanne Koenigs and Danielle Peters on the
elementary counseling team.
- Early Childhood: A
partnership with Encompass of North Bend began this year to
serve preschool children who qualify for ECEAP (Early Childhood
Education Assistance Program). The Riverview School District is
providing space and transportation for 18 preschoolers living in
the district, and Encompass is staffing and implementing the
early childhood program.
- English Learners:
Certificated staff was increased by a full time English learner
teacher to meet the needs of an increased number of students who
qualify as English learners. Kaeleigh Wilson is the new addition
to this team.
- Nursing Services:
Nursing hours have increased for the current school year. On any
given day there are four nurses in districts with a nurse at
three elementary schools on a daily basis. Health needs for
students are well supported. Some nurse staffing changes have
resulted in hiring Leigh Ann Gutmann, Janet Morgan-Figgins and
Michelle Wells this year. They are three of the six team
- Special Education:
At the administrative level, Student Services has added a
part-time assistant director. Molly Lutz is serving in this
role, and her focus has been in special education. This has
facilitated an increase in collaboration among special education
staff and efficiencies in systems for required paperwork.
- Title I:
Carnation Elementary and Tolt Middle School continue to be the targeted
assistance schools utilizing Title I funds. For these schools, a
new position has been created, a parent engagement specialist.
Maribel Paniagua is serving in this
role and will be collaborating with Title I staff.
The 2016-2017 school year has brought many changes and
exciting developments to the Teaching and Learning Department. During
August, staff participated in professional learning in collaboration
with Issaquah, Tahoma and Snoqualmie Valley School Districts. Staff
was also provided learning opportunities to enable them to
effectively use technology as a learning tool as well as prepare them
for the shift to Office 365.
As the year continues, the Tolt Middle School math
department is participating in on-going professional learning in
partnership with the University of Washington. Staff is also afforded
the opportunity to participate in job embedded professional learning
being led by our Professional Learning Leaders.
Data continues to be a focus, whether we look at student
achievement or staff perception. Creating opportunities for staff to
enhance their skills is done by reflecting on data points and
determining what types of learning designs will best meet these
This winter, the Teaching and Learning Department will
be busy with the first of many required assessments and will continue
through June. Other professional learning opportunities within
this time frame will include increasing skills in technology,
understanding how to support students in math classes and student
Lastly, our department is getting reading for a
professional learning day on January 13, 2017. During this day,
teachers will be spending time using their new electronic devices,
preparing for a conversion to a new storage system and continuing
their learning around 1:1 devices in the
classrooms. This will be an informative day with many ideas for
teachers to use moving forward.
Our work in Teaching and Learning has been focused on
student engagement for the last few years and we are seeing the results
in observations in the classroom and looking at data. We are excited
to see what the rest of the year will bring.
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