SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGES TO THE COMMUNITY.
Superintendent Dr. Anthony L. Smith is now contributing
monthly video messages to our Riverview community.
The videos are available via the Riverview School District's YouTube
Dr. Smith discussed the upcoming levies voters will be considering in
the Special Election on February 13, 2018.
saw Dr. Smith talk about some of the partnerships within our
Riverview community, each playing an integral part in helping us
succeed as a district.
And in October,
our Superintendent welcomed us to the start of a new year and
discussed recent student and school successes, new school start times
implemented this year, student enrollment trends and patterns, and
future plans for the district moving forward.
PROGRAM NAMED SCHOOL OF DISTINCTION
The Riverview Learning Center program
earned the award for the third year in a row.
For the third consecutive year, PARADE, a K-12
Alternative Learning Schools program in the Riverview School
District, located at the Riverview Learning Center, was recently
named a "School of Distinction" in the State of Washington.
PARADE is one of just 98 schools or programs recognized with this
honor statewide, and one of just 16 schools to receive the award for
three consecutive years. Read more!
BUSINESS AND OPERATIONS
By Ruby Perez, Director
of Business and Operations
The 2017-2018 school year is well underway and Winter
Break is upon us. The Riverview School District, in collaboration with
local jurisdictions and community members, participated in the
Snoqualmie Earthquake Drill on September 30, 2017. This opportunity
allowed the District's Emergency Command Team to problem solve
numerous scenarios that may have been present in a real-life
earthquake drill and strengthen joint efforts for future emergency
situations. In efforts to keep our students safe, when in route to
and from school during these winter days, the Transportation
Department staff participated in a Chain Up class on November 21,
2017. Drivers participated in the hands-on application of snow chains
and reviewed winter safety procedures.
The Business and Operations departments
have welcomed some wonderful additions to the team this year. Kristin
Malone, District Support Specialist, joined both the Business and
Student Services Departments to assist in payroll, benefits and
related student services. Hope Penny, Program Assistant, Brandon Bouloumpas, Groundskeeper, and Brian Rush, Tolt Middle School Night Custodian, have joined
the Maintenance Department to offer effective support services to our
students and staff. Bus Discipline Officer, Earl Tolley,
has joined the Transportation team and is looking forward to
providing a positive, proactive approach to student bus discipline.
Maggie Thome, Cashier for Stillwater Elementary,
and Pun Hanson, Server at Stillwater Elementary, have been a great
addition to the Food Services Department this year.
In the midst of welcoming these new additions, we have
also been recognizing Business and Operations staff who have provided
our district with exemplary years of service. Vicki Bridwell was
recognized for 20 years of service as Riverview's Accounts Payable
Specialist. The Transportation Department recognized Kim Sheldon for
25 years of service, Corrina Marty for 20
years of service and Trish Scott for 10 years of service to the
district. The Food Services Department recognized Adriana Armstrong,
the Managing Cook at Cedarcrest High School
for 5 years of service, along with Tracie Trocano
and Tina Potter, both Servers at Tolt
Middle School, each with 15 years of service.
The Business and Operations Department supervisors and
staff recently completed a 10-week, in-depth Mastermind study program
on "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" by John Maxwell.
They are joining with others from around the district to engage in
the opportunity of exploring leadership, and gaining a better
understanding of the different programs, buildings, and other aspects
of the district. This professional learning opportunity has allowed
our supervisors to further strengthen their leadership skills and
practice effective management styles.
EMPLOYEE HIGHLIGHT - DENISE CUNNINGHAM
Get to know Cherry
Valley Elementary's "Ms.
Denise Cunningham has worked tirelessly
to find a way to provide Cherry Valley Cheetahs with a more
well-rounded school experience. Oftentimes, this means being
available before school, after school, and throughout the summer
months. Ms. Denise, as she is known by her students, manages the
Cheetah Club extended day program and summer day care program at
the school. She cultivates a nurturing environment where students
have fun in a supportive, safe place.
By Kate Wetli, Food Services
Have you checked out the interactive lunch menus on the
district website? When 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, and selecting Food Services. Simply click the link
below, then the school menu you wish to review, and select the calendar
month you want to view.
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 online 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. An option also
allows you to check the box to show Google Translate and a drop down
box will become available to select your preferred language.
Riverview offers a program to pay for various school fees online. e-Funds for Schools
offers options for parents/guardians who choose to make payments
online 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.
TOLT STUDENTS GENERATE "LA CHISPA"
students took part in the recent Bilingual Leadership
Conference for the first time!
On November 16, 2017, Riverview ELL
Specialist Kaeleigh Wilson and Tolt Middle
School teacher Sharissa Farrell traveled with eight Tolt Middle School students to La Chispa ("The Spark"), a bilingual
leadership conference for middle school students from around the
State of Washington. Tolt students traveled
to Cavelero Mid High School in Lake
Stevens, as part of more than 230 students who attended the event. Read more!
By Janet Gavigan, Assistant
Welcome to the 2017-18 school year, where your Human
Resources team successfully navigated another year of staffing our buildings
and departments during a time of teacher shortages and pretty full
market economy. It is always an exciting time to orchestrate the
hiring process from recruitment through final School Board approval.
As a result, when the doors open and the students arrive, all staff
are in place ready for the school year.
new Certificated Staff Members for the 2017-18 School Year
the small handful of retirements, those who relocated, internal
movements, or additional positions to support learning, we
successfully filled over 76 positions. Of those who are new to
Riverview, 30 were new certificated staff and 19 were new classified
staff. Staff coming from out of state continues to be a trend for our
district, with six teachers coming to us from places as far away as
New York and Connecticut and as close as Oregon. Additionally,
"growing our own" has been a recruitment effort which means
three new teachers this year were previously student teachers in our
As part of the strategic plan, Human Resources plays a
key role in supporting student learning. We accomplish this not only
in hiring employees, but also in developing programs with other
departments and promoting the district through our website, career
fairs, and promotional materials, recruiting and hiring substitutes,
managing volunteers applications, and a
multitude of other items. Last spring, in an initiative to work more
closely with the business community, the HR team organized a
Community Job Fair to help promote businesses and provide a venue for
those seeking employment. There were 21 local businesses in
attendance and we were delightfully surprised that many high school
students visited the fair and obtained jobs as a result. We were very
excited to know that this partnership helped our community and our
Specialist Stacy Cook, HR Program Assistant Donna Reier, and
Payroll/Benefits Coordinator Cindy Sage at the 2017 Community Job
The Riverview School District is a wonderful place to
work. When we look at the statistics regarding how people learn about
us, we continue to find our community is our biggest voice. More and more
applicants tell us that our community speaks positively of our
schools and we see friends and neighbors encourage each other to
apply and/or volunteer at our schools. Considering that eight of our
new teachers are parents in the district and that we currently have
1,454 volunteer applications on file, it must be true!
We are always in need of substitutes for both
classified and certified positions. Substituting is a great way to be
a member of our exciting district. If you know of a friend or
neighbor who would like to be a substitute, please have them contact
Stacy Cook at (425) 844-4500. You may also visit our district
website, pull down the Human Resources tab, and learn more about the
process and apply.