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Lakeridge Elementary School has been recognized by Washington
State for dramatically increasing student success as well as
improving student scores on state reading and math exams. State
Schools Superintendent Randy Dorn presented the information
recently during a surprise school wide assembly (pictured).
Teachers and staff at Lakeridge have for years worked with
students and parents, gradually and steadily, to dramatically
improve student academic success in the classroom and on state
tests. With help from the University of Washingtons School of
Education, and additional state and federal grant funding,
Lakeridge teachers and staff completely revamped their approach
to teaching, using research-based methods that focused professional
learning experiences to improve teaching in ways that are
productive for student learning.
In 2011, Lakeridge teachers, under the leadership of new
principal Jessica Calabrese, created a school improvement plan that
included extending the school day, adding five days to the school
year, introducing a new student behavior program, and a determined
effort to improve instruction, specifically in math. Teachers also
work collaboratively to make instruction consistent from classroom
to classroom and grade to grade, and met
regularly with one another to talk about how they can
Now Lakeridge students score well above the state average in
math, raking as very good on the State Board of Educations
achievement index, very close to the highest ranking of
The improvement plan, coupled with hard work and teachers
steadfast determination that every child will succeed, has resulted
in incredible student achievement, including:
nearly 80 percent of Lakeridge 3rd-graders last year passed the
state reading exams, exceeding state and district reading
nearly 70 percent of 4th-
graders and 80% of 5th-graders passed the state mathematics
exam, also exceeding state and district averages; and
Lakeridge is recognized as being in the top 50% of all
elementary schools statewide.
Principal Calabrese celebrated with students and staff
(pictured) saying they had all set a really hard goal, worked
tirelessly as a family to meet that goal, and now have proof of
what they all knew to begin with: We can accomplish great things
Watch videos of Lakeridge Elementary teachers and students in
action at our district YouTube Page
Lakeridge Elementary recognized by statefor student academic
Nearly 900 high school students from all district high schools
recently took SAT college-entrance exams at their high school,
during the school day and free of charge. Students usually pay $50
per test which is normally given on a weekend at a few specific
locations which can be some distance away from student
Providing the important college-entrance exam, free and during
the school day, is part of the Renton School Districts commitment
to having all students graduate college and career ready, and
allows for many more district high school students to access a fair
and equitable path to college.
The SAT is the nations most widely used college admission test,
and the first
step toward higher education for students of all backgrounds.
the reading, writing and math skills that students learn in
school, and provides both the student and the college a sense of
how a student will be able to apply the thinking, writing and study
skills required for college course work.
The SAT is just one of three college assessment tests the
district provides to keep students on track to graduate. Other
tests include the Preliminary SAT for 10th-graders, and the
ReadiStep assessments for 8th-graders, which measures skills
students need to be on track for success as they transition to high
school and beyond.
Renton School District recently kicked off its new partnership
program with more than 100 parents at two elementary schools to
support education at home as well as at school. Through the Parent
Academy for Student Achievement (PASA) parent-engagement program,
Renton is creating a community in which parents, teachers and
school staff collaborate to transform a child's educational
environment so that all children can achieve their greatest
academic potential and be prepared for college and career. The
program is funded through a federal Race to the Top grant.
More than 100 parents from Highlands and Honey Dew elementary
schools are participating in the nine-week
program which engages parents in taking a participatory role in
their child's education. Education workshops and classes will be
taught by parents in the languages spoken in each school's
community, and translated in additional languages as needed.
Through the program, parents are provided professional teaching
strategies to help students at home, and, in turn, school staff
better learn how families approach education at home and throughout
various cultures. Parents will engage and collaborate with
teachers, counselors and principals; be better prepared to
encourage high school and college graduation; and learn to better
navigate the school system.
District launches new opportunity for parent engagement
District increases access to college and career by providing
nearly 900 high school students with free SAT college-entrance
Twenty Renton School District sports teams were recognized
recently by the state's high school athletic association (WIAA) for
maintaining high team GPAs during the winter sports season. In
Renton schools, coaches, teachers and support staff work together
to ensure student-athletes commit as much time, energy and effort
on classroom work as they do in sports.
Some teams maintained near-perfect GPAs like Renton High School
boys junior varsity swim team which maintained a 3.7 team GPA.
Renton High team members pictured are (l-r): Philip Nguyen, Jay
Nguyen, Howard Ho, Huy Tran and Eli Ballesteros (horizontal), Coach
Diane Pavelin, not pictured.
Student-athletes recognized for maintaining high GPAs
Lindbergh Pool before start of renovation Bobcat with grinder
attachment used to remove the plaster from the pool bottom.
Nelsen Middle School windows were replaced with more
cost-effective energy-efficient windows thanks to voter support of
a 2012 School Construction Bond measure.Voter-approved construction
projects continue on time and
on budget. Two major projects currently underway are the
construction of a new middle school at the site of the old
Hazelwood Elementary School in the north end of the district and a
complete renovation of the Lindbergh High School pool.
The much-needed new middle school will open for 6th- through
8th-grade students in the fall of 2016; the repairs and upgrades at
the Lindbergh Pool continue through September of this year. Funding
for these and other interior and exterior renovation projects at
schools across the district were overwhelmingly approved by voters
in the April 2012 school construction bond measure.
The district has a long history of completing construction and
school renovation projects on time and within budget. Voters have
for many years overwhelming supported school construction and
renovation projects to ensure local school facilities are in
excellent condition and meet the learning needs of all
Voter-approved construction of new middle school and Lindbergh
Pool renovations continue on time and on budget
Many elementary computer labs were reconfigured into additional
kindergarten classrooms thanks to voter-approved bond construction
funding. Laptops are now being used in classrooms to provide
technology and the learning needs of students and teachers.
Artist rendering of the much-needed new middle school which is
made possible thanks to overwhelming voter support of an April 2012
The new middle school is being constructed on the site of the
current Renton Academy (formerly the old Hazelwood Elementary
School) in the north end of the district at 6928 116th Avenue SE,
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Twenty-two Hazen High School students in teacher Brett Crueger's
Senior Government Class spent a recent Saturday doing volunteer
work at the Cedar River Off-Leash Dog Park to help beautify the
park and maintain it for its many visitors. The dedicated students
worked for hours through bad weather and accomplished all of their
tasks by the end of the day. When asked why they would give up an
entire Saturday to do volunteer work, the students said that they
learn in Mr. Crueger's class that you can make a difference in
local government by being involved and caring for your community to
make it a better place.
The Cedar River Off-Leash Dog Park, which is maintained by
volunteers, is made possible by a partnership with the City of
Renton. Find out more about the park at their website:
High school students give back to their community
Students in elementary schools across the district are
participating in the annual Battle of the Books competition, a fun
reading program to encourage students to work together and read a
wide range of book genres and authors.As part of the competition,
fourth- and fifth-grade students
at individual schools join into groups of four to read 16 books
preselected by the school librarian. The books are available at the
school library or the community library. Working as a team,
students read the books then compete first by grade level, then at
the school level, answering trivia questions
based on each books setting, main characters and main ideas.
Teams that win the school competition move on to participate in the
districtwide Battle of the Books competition on April 2.Battle of
the Books is a wonderful way for students to read great stories,
compete to show their understanding of a books story elements, and
to become life-long readers.
Elementary students show reading skills in school and district