Save the dates!
HS Info Meeting
March 7 - 8:30am
March 13 - 9:30am
March 14 -
Variety Show Auditions
March 29 & 30
Optional Conference Week
Smarter Balance ELA
April 6 -
April 20 - 7:00pm
Excused Absences and Attendance
believe students need to be in school in order to receive the best
education possible. Parents should call the Main Office at (425)
844-4960 within 48 hours to excuse and absence or tardy or send a
note with their child to school, without notification the absence
will be considered unexcused.
into March we find many things pulling us in different directions.
One day the weather is beautiful and pulling us outdoors to work in
the garden, play with the kids, or go for a walk or run (much needed
in my case). The next day snow is falling and we are wondering if we
will have another snow day or delay. I have heard numerous folks
comment about the amount of snow we have received and how they are
ready for winter to move on and spring to come fully to valley.
a school staff we are working in a number of directions
simultaneously, supporting our students to finish this year strong
while also planning for next year. In the planning process, I want
you as parents and supporters of the RLC to know how much
appreciation I have for the creative energy and conscious
determination expended by our staff to create next years schedules.
Their dedication to doing what is right for students has been evident
throughout the process.
note the upcoming events in the left column and make plans to attend
where you can. Our state testing schedule includes opportunities for
our students to show what they have learned over the past year. The
testing windows are different for each group, grade-level, and
subject area, please pay attention to when your children are testing
and encourage them to do their best. A little extra attention to
sleep, eating healthy, and positive encouragement never hurts either.
the past few weeks I have attended three funerals, all of men older
than myself who meant something to me. As humans often do when
considering death, I have had time to reflect on my life as a
husband, father, and educator. As I heard the adult children lament
and celebrate the lives' of their fathers, it was the little
things in their lives that made the biggest impact. The
kisses good night, the hugs, the phone calls of support, the constant
and consistent love, and the way they treated others are just a
few of the things mentioned. What this confirmed for me as a
parent and a principal is expressed by author Wilferd A. Peterson:
"Our children (students) are
watching us live, and what we do shouts louder than anything we
Riverview Learning Center Principal
Riverview Learning Center Science
Expo is coming on April 6th from 5:30 to 7 pm.
This is an opportunity for all ages to participate in a non-judged,
Science Project presentation event.
is an all building, family and friends event! Along with
students presenting their research and experiments on boards, we have
Discovery boxes from the Burke Museum, a Science Library table, and
other exciting items!
Fall 2017 PARADE Registration
Registration for PARADE for the 2017-2018
school year will be held on Friday, April 28th, 2017
Stay tuned for more information
regarding times, class schedules, and course descriptions.
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)
is when students participate in our state assessment, Smarter
Balanced Assessment (SBA). The SBA is aligned with the Common
Core State Standards (CCSS). Forty-three states, the District
of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense
Education Activity have adopted the CCSS as their curricular
Balanced Assessments are taken via computer using an online test
engine; they are not timed, though state officials believe that each
portion of the test should take between 90 and 120 minutes. The
exams can be paused and students can take breaks as needed. The
assessments are adaptive, which means that as students get questions
correct they receive more challenging questions until they reach a
level that is too hard, at which time the test engine cycles down to
narrow into a "sweet spot" of student knowledge.
Realistically, students will not get every questions correct; the
test is attempting to fine their knowledge ceiling in multiple
categories (learning strands) in Reading and Math. The SBA
assesses English/Language Arts (ELA), which includes Reading,
Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar, and the like. There is also a
Learning Center's staff puts great effort into ensuring that each and
every student taking the SBA assessment this spring is prepared to do
their very best.
can you best prepare your child for these assessments?
them at school unless they are ill. If possible, please
rearrange medical appointments to a time after our testing days.
should also come to school well rested and fed a nutritious
breakfast, so their brains are in full drive mode!
ELA April 3-7 9:15am-12:30pm
3, 4, and 10 -
Monday AND Wednesday
5, 6, 7, and 8 - Tuesday AND
for all grades - Friday
Math May 1-5 9:15am-12:30pm
- Monday AND Wednesday
5, 6, 7, and 8 - Tuesday AND
for all grades - Friday
School math will take place later in May and will be
and CHOICE SBA and EOC schedules will be in later May/Early June and
questions regarding the Smarter Balanced Assessment go to: www.k12.wa.us
RLC Variety Show
April 20, 2017
Variety Show will start at 7:00pm following a brief General PTSA
Meeting. Grades K-12 at welcome! Sign up for a audition
time and pick up your permission slip from Mrs. Gould.
Auditions will be held in the RAP on March 29 and March 30 from
12:00-1:00pm. Permission slips are required to audition.
Rehearsal will be held April 17. For more information contact email@example.com.
PARADE 2016-17 Yearbooks
Pre-order them in person at the Science Expo, Thursday, April 6th
5:30-7:00pm, or during the PARADE 2017-18 Registration day Friday,
Pre-order them online by following the link:
on "Find Your School
on the blue rectangle that says "Purchase Yearbook"
or you can click
the link below:
$15.00 each (at this price, why not buy one for each student?!)
Hurry!! Sales end April 30, 2017 (Yearbooks will be handed out
during the last week of school. Secure yours now, so you don't
miss out on this great keepsake!)
A group of hard working students, parents, and teachers as well as
Learning Center PTSA
SAT and ACT Alert for Juniors
planning to apply for college in the fall should try and finish this
year with their college entrance exams completed. If they are
not satisfied with their scores this will allow them the opportunity
to take the first administration in the fall for the 2017-2018
school year. Listed below is the information for the last tests
this spring for the SAT and the ACT.
- May 7 Test
- Registration Due
by April 8
June 4 Test
- Registration due by May
- June 11 Test
- Registration due by May
Code Reminder as Spring Approaches
the weather gets warmer, we need to remind everyone (parents and
students) to follow the school dress code. Shorts and skirts
are to be at least finger-tip length; no tank tops unless covered by
a shirt, no bare midriffs, and no clothing that advertises
inappropriate activities, messages, or products. Parents,
please look out for those holey jeans that are in style; sometimes
the holes are large an in places that are close to
inappropriate. If students are wearing holey jeans, they should
be wearing tights underneath. The complete dress code can be
found in your student's handbook or on the RLC website. While
we understand that trends and students exist, we need to maintain an
educational atmosphere. Our students are developing at
different rates, and have different levels of physical, emotional,
and social maturity. Clothing (or lack thereof) that creates a
distraction, makes others uncomfortable, or creates a safety hazard
doesn't belong here at the RLC. Our administrator will ask
students to not wear something again, or ask them to call home if the
for your help with this.
many of you may have read in The Seattle Times or heard on local
news, the State of Washington and Office of the Superintendent of
Public Instruction is tracking absences more closely, along with
other data regarding pass rates and graduation rates at the high
school level. All absences are included, both excused and
unexcused, to see what percentage of students miss an excessive
amount. Washington State has a very high rate of students
classified as excessively absent. Actually, we are one of the
highest in the country. Excessive absence is defined as a
student missing 18 days (10%) of the school year. The
prediction is that we will be talking about this more in the future,
and parents are going to have to think about the timing of when they
take vacations, perhaps trying to coordinate them with school
calendar breaks. Excessive absences are one of the leading
indicators of students not graduating from high
school. Following are some links to articles and data that have
been published. Food for thought..... In many cases, we
as parents are a gate keeper in this process and have to be prudent
in making sure kids are at school. When kids miss school, they
miss significant information from class that can't be made up.
Being present and part of the conversations or discussion that take
place in class is where the learning occurs, not on a worksheet.
to Apply for College Scholarship Money Now!
Deadline for 8th Graders is
June 30th, 2017
College Bound Scholarship offers the promise of tuition and books to
qualifying 7th and 8th graders in Washington State. The
scholarship covers the amount of tuition (at public college rates)
not covered by other state financial aid, plus a small amount of
extra funds for books!
- First, check to see if you are eligible
(foster youth are all eligible to apply)
number of people in your family is:
2016 family income must be equal to or less than:
additional family member
- Second, complete and sign the application
and pledge form while you are in the 7th or 8th grade. The
online application is available at https://fortress.wa.gov/wsac/portal/programs/college%20bound/application or
asking at your school counseling office.
- Demonstrate good citizenship by staying
crime free through high school.
- Submit the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA) form or Washngton Aplication forState
Financial Aid (WAFSA) as soon after October 1 in your senior
year of highschool.
- Third, graduate from a
Washington Stat high school or home school with a
cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Any questions, please talk to your school
counselor. This is an incredible opportunity for our
students who qualify.
You must sign up while in the
7th or 8th grade!
you for sharing your children with us!
The Riverview School District complies with all
federal and state statutes and regulations and does not discriminate
in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed,
religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status,
sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the
use of a trained dog guide or service animal, and provides equal
access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This
holds true for all district employment and student
opportunities. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance
procedures may be directed to the school district's Title IX/RCW
28A.640 Officer (Ms Janet L. Gavigan, 425-844-4500) and Section
504/ADA Coordinator (Dr. Ken Heikkila, 425-844-4500).