Riverviews - Winter/Spring 2016
is a triannual e-Newsletter about what's happening in our schools. We
hope you find Riverviews
a helpful tool and resource in allowing you to gain a
better understanding of what's taking place in our District on a
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 meet the Riverview School District's mission and
In this edition of the Riverviews e-Newsletter, our District
Level Administrative Team share updates and offer perspectives,
thoughts, and a look at some of 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!
Riverview School District
Dr. Anthony Smith
students, staff, parents, and community members:
Preparedness Improving in the District and Community
am very excited about how our hard work and partnerships are paying
off toward keeping our students, staff, and community as safe as
possible, during and outside of the school day.
Over the past three years we have accomplished the following:
our language and procedures district-wide, including student and
with emergency services, including fire and police departments,
first responders, and Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps. We
now hold quarterly meetings and have developed a five-year plan.
a School Resource Officer at Cedarcrest High School
or plan to increase police presence at all schools district-wide
trained Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) at all schools and at
the district office. These teams are trained to assume
roles that will organize efforts and keep students safe during
a system to consistently update our emergency supply storage
consistently with students, staff, parents, and the community
about issues related to emergency response.
Our next step is to complete an "intruder
drill" at Cedarcrest High School on Wednesday, June 29th. This
will involve district-wide administrators, other staff members, some students,
and area responders, including fire, police, and other emergency
services. After successful completion of that drill we will
begin making plans to conduct similar drills at the secondary level
that involve our students and staff in a comprehensive manner.
Also, embedded in the five-year plan is an increase of partnering
with response services for disaster planning and drills. Thanks
to everyone for supporting these efforts. We are well on our
way toward becoming a model program in the area of safety!
Dr. Anthony L. Smith
Bill Adamo, Director
am pleased to echo in Dr. Smith's comments that the Riverview School
District has enhanced our partnerships with our community Police and
Fire Departments and King County Sheriff's office to help ensure the
safety of all students and staff.
Riverview School District also conducts periodic meetings that
include district and school representatives; community members; and
our police and fire partners for the purpose of disaster &
is because of these partnerships and meetings that our ability to
have excellent communication during an emergency is increased and
made easier. District officials and the Duvall Police and Fire
departments just conducted a very successful table top drill
simulating an active shooter at Cedarcrest High. We were pleased to
have our district administration team on hand watching and observing
the drill, as well as representatives from the City of Carnation
watching and taking part in the exercise as well.
Business and Operations activities currently ongoing include:
preparation of developing a preliminary draft of the 2016-17
fiscal year operating budget is in process.
State Auditor's Office has just concluded the compliance audit
of the 2014-15 fiscal year. The results will reflect favorably
on district operations.
are very enthusiastic that a school site property acquisition
initiative will be coming to conclusion in the near future.
Michael Ward, Coordinator
am proud to announce that we have listened to you, and have now
successfully integrated alumni in our district communications plans.
The one thing that came through again and again from our community
Strategic Planning forum attendees last spring was an active interest
and curiosity in our reaching out to alumni and reporting on what
they are up to.
There are, luckily, no shortage of great and interesting people to
reach out to and contact for alumni articles. The connections in this
Valley run deep, the threads stretch long, and I, and the Riverview
School District as a whole, are very excited to see where these
inquiries lead us.
In addition to incorporating alumni interviews and articles into our
story and article bank, a rotation will occur, balancing alumni
stories with our very popular Employee Highlight articles. Our first
alumni piece brings both of those worlds together, as Wes Pierce was
not only a graduate from Riverview in 1995, but is currently teaching
7th grade science at Tolt Middle School.
In sitting down with Mr. Pierce, we were able to provide a glimpse
into what it is like to grow up in a community, view it from afar,
and then come back and teach the children and relatives of people you
went to school with. We also looked back at his recent retirement
from the military, after 20 years of dedicated service to our
Each alumni interview and employee highlight article offers us a
chance to see the world through a different set of eyes, gain unique
perspectives, and learn more and more about people each and every
If you did not have a chance to read my interview with Mr. Pierce, I
humbly offer the link below and stand excited with you, waiting to
see what stories and memories are shared in the weeks and months to
Interview with Wes Pierce
Kaye Wetli, Supervisor
in the Snoqualmie Valley Team Up with Farms to Serve MORE Fresh
to school programs have taken root across the country, and here, in
the heart of the Snoqualmie Valley farm country, schools and farms
are gearing up to serve students more foods grown in our community.
fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded Oxbow Farm &
Conservation Center a Local Food Promotion Program grant to
strengthen the farm to school supply chain. In collaboration
with Sno Valley Tilth,
Riverview School District and Monroe School District, the project
aims to increase the school district's' ability to purchase, prepare
and promote more local foods in school meals while also helping
farmers sell more of their products to the schools.
already sources products from local farms. Anyone with
school-age students in the district is familiar with "Harvest of
the Month" and "Taste Washington Day," both programs
designed to feature fresh local food. The grant will help the
district to strengthen and simplify procurement procedures for local
foods while remaining compliant with federal regulations, increase
incorporation of local foods in school meals, and develop promotional
materials targeting the local food served.
farmer side is restricted by regulation around food safety, so the
project also aims to help interested farmers in the valley develop
food safety plans and prepare applications for food safety certification.
The hope is that coming at the challenges from both sides will open a
channel for further collaboration between farms and schools.
School District Food Services staff is thrilled with this opportunity
to introduce more local students to more local food!
Janet Gavigan, Director
hiring season has begun at the Riverview School District!
Although we do hire all year long - an instructional aide here, a custodian
there, a long-term substitute when needed - the official yearly
hiring season for certificated staff starts in March and will
continue until all positions are filled.
the teacher shortage continues across the state, finding qualified
teachers is a challenge for everyone. Districts all around us
are in the same boat. We are all looking to find the best
teachers and teachers who will build their careers at
Riverview. As those of us who work at Riverview already know,
our district is a place with a great community and district
support. It is a place where staff works together
collaboratively with a focus on student learning.
teachers have the resources, curriculum, technology, facilities, and
professional development to be effective at their jobs. Class
sizes in Riverview are smaller in general then in surrounding
districts. Smaller size mean teachers are able to get to know a
student's strengths and challenges well and as a result this benefit
means we are able to continue in our mission to personalize
learning. If current employees know excellent teachers who want
to work at Riverview, direct them to the Riverview Human Resources
Department. We are here to answer questions and help them apply
for open positions.
needed are more substitutes for all types of positions. Our
largest hiring season for substitutes is during the summer although
we do accept substitute applications all year long. Substitutes
are vital for daily operations as they are needed to keep the classrooms
going when staff are ill or are receiving professional
development. Based on feedback from this past fall, the HR
Department worked to offer training specifically for substitutes in
two areas: using technology in the classrooms and working with
students with disabilities. The district's technology
specialist, Karen Mayfield, provided a course on using the classroom
Active Boards and other related equipment and district psychologists,
Jessica Bierhaus and Rachel Reed, educated
subs on a variety of student disabilities, unique needs and behaviors
and how to provide support when subbing. Both classes were
highly attended and feedback was positive.
you or someone you know would like to come and work for a district
who has the best students, treats people well, and is always looking
for ways to get even better, send them to Riverview.
website is easy to follow and applying for a job is a simple process.
Please click the link below to find out more information!
Paul Censullo, Director
Explores the 1:1 Laptop Environment
has begun a comprehensive process to examine the goals, research, and
student successes in having a 1:1 classroom environment (1 laptop for
every 1 student). It began in September with a 1:1 pilot program with
all 8th grade students in the math and science classes at Tolt Middle
School. As part of the process, a 1:1 advisory group was formed to
look at research and best practices in 1:1 classrooms,
locally and around the country. The group visited schools in four
surrounding districts that have had comprehensive 1:1 programs in
place for a number of years. Areas observed that were positively
for all students
access to technology as a classroom tool
and Teacher Collaboration
Future Work Place Skills
The ongoing 1:1 Advisory Committee shared its findings
to date with parents and staff at a community forum on March 1st.
The successes in our 8th-grade science and math pilot
have encouraged us to take steps in expanding this program to 8th
grade language arts and social studies classes, as well as math,
science, and 9th grade language arts classes at Cedarcrest High
We look forward to providing these powerful tools to all
students to help improve their learning opportunities and 21st
Dr. Kenneth Heikkila, Director
Partnership for Early Learning Opportunities in Riverview
Riverview School District has had a long history offering early
learning programs for preschoolers. In the past Head Start was
provided in Riverview, and currently ECEAP (Early Childhood Education
and Assistance Program) is the program model.
the 2016-2017 school year, the ECEAP program will be continuing. The
difference will be the Riverview School District partnering with
Encompass of North Bend as they organize and provide the ECEAP
services in the Carnation location.
will share their expertise and highly qualified staff to run the
program. And, with Encompass having an additional reach in the
Carnation/Duvall end of the Snoqualmie Valley, they will likely be
adding more services for early learning. They already provide
Birth-to-Three services for children with developmental delays, and
Encompass is looking at other programs and services to serve young children
before they enroll in kindergarten.
expertise in early learning will be a significant benefit to the
children living in the Riverview School District's boundaries.
Dear Riverview Community:
The Teaching and Learning Department is in full swing
with the many different types of required assessments our students take
between now and the end of the school year. Our experience over
the last few years has really enabled us to administer these
assessments in the most time efficient and effective manner. We
anticipate Smarter Balanced scores being available much earlier than
they were last year.
This year we have focused on student discourse in our
professional learning for staff. Discourse, student talk,
argument and other terms fall under the broad heading of student
engagement, which is one of our main initiatives this year. In
our work, students are often presented a problem and asked to come up
with a solution. These problems have more than one solution,
thus, providing students the opportunity to explore their thinking,
create a defense, and modify their thinking. All standards that
students are assessed on have some form of written discourse
On a final note, we are currently finalizing details for
Full Day Kindergarten. This is an exciting opportunity for our
youngest students and I am confident our program is going to be
outstanding. If you have questions about how Full Day
Kindergarten will look, please don't hesitate to call.
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