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6928 116th Ave SE 

Newcastle, WA 98056





Assistant Principal (7)

Assistant Principal (6)

Dean of Students

6th Grade Counselor

7th Grade Counselor

8th Grade Counselor

Mr. Craig Cooper

Ms. Susan James

Dr. Elaine Love

Mr. Kevin Henley

Ms. Sophia Simpson-Verger

Ms. Maggi Kellogg

Ms. Rondelle Jeffery

Vision and Mission Statements


Fostering curious, capable, courageous, compassionate learners


  • Ensure a safe and welcoming environment
  • Engage learners in rigorous academic experiences
  • Use inclusive practices to value the potential within each learner
  • Support mindful decision-making
  • Broaden each learner's perspective of self and community
  • Embrace taking risks and learning from mistakes as part of a growth mindset
  • Inspire integrity in all members of our school community
  • Build collaborative relationships
  • Honor each contribution to our collective success

Each of these commitments is also in support of our Renton School District vision of Service, Excellence, and Equity. Learning is about growth, taking risks, and stretching in new directions, all of which best occur in an environment where it is safe to explore, question, examine, and create, and where barriers to learning are removed and stakeholder voices are involved in decisions. We owe it to our students, staff, and our greater community to uphold these commitments as a means of fostering students’ curiosity, capability, courage, and compassion.

I strongly encourage every parent/guardian to join and participate in the Risdon PTA as a positive way to make connections with other Timberwolf parents. We appreciate having parents and families involved in school events, helping to shape the direction of our school. We also encourage family members to complete the volunteer clearance process so that they can participate fully at the school and join in assisting at various activities, including volunteering with hallway/commons supervision and building rapport with students as part of the Gamma Pack.

For student engagement beyond the classroom, we have many clubs, intramural athletics, activities, leadership groups, homework centers (Study Zone), etc., each of which offers opportunities to partner with other students and staff in supportive and interesting ways. I encourage all students to visit our attendance/activities office or our school website to find out about the many ways to be involved.

I am proud to serve this community, and excited to travel through this school year with such talented students and staff! Please partner with us on this journey to help make this a wonderful school year for everyone!


Craig Cooper Principal, RMS

The Way Of The Wolf Expectations

The Way of the Wolf School-Wide Restroom Halls Commons-Meals
  • do my best work
  • work to meet or exceed the standard
  • study
  • turn work in on time
  • be a positive leader
  • ask respectful questions
  • practice good hygiene – wash hands with soap, throw trash away
  • keep my materials organized
  • arrive at class on time
  • choose healthy food
  • make use of extra time in a positive, focused way
  • take pride in the physical space of Risdon and protect it
  • clean up after myself
  • maintain a calm, safe body at all times
  • follow directions the first time
  • use my electronic devices/phones ONLY when appropriate
  • arrive on-time to school, everyday
  • clean up after myself 
  • get back to class in a timely manner
  • go to the bathroom during passing time, if possible
  • keep materials I don’t need for class in my backpack
  • keep my backpack where instructed by teacher
  • use the appropriate stairs and stay in appropriate Halls
  • be on time to class
  • keep all areas clean
  • clean up after myself
  • report any concerns/spills
  • eat/drink only in the commons
  • keep binders/ books in my backpack
  • remain seated unless directed otherwise
  • remember my ID number
  • take responsibility for mistakes
  • be honest
  • complete and turn in my own work
  • tell an adult if I see mean or bullying behavior
  • report any problems
  • have a pass
  • have a pass if it’s not passing time
  • report any problems to the nearest adult
  • use only my own ID number
  • keep my rightful place in line
  • treat others as I would want to be treated
  • use kind words
  • respect differences
  • maintain appropriate voice level for my location
  • support other students
  • use manners
  • voice level 0-1
  • keep it clean
  • flush
  • wash my hands
  • respect the privacy of others
  • voice level 0-2
  • be courteous
  • stay to the right
  • walk
  • keep my hands, feet, and objects to myself
  • use appropriate language
  • be patient in crowded situations
  • voice level 0-2
  • be kind to others
  • stay in line while waiting to get my food
  • keep my hands, feet, and objects to myself



The Way of the Wolf Bus Guest Teachers Formal Assembly Pep Assembly
  • have awareness of bus safety and act accordingly
  • use time to focus on academics
  • model appropriate and safe bus behavior
  • show flexibility
  • create a positive, welcoming atmosphere
  • assist the teacher when I can
  • think of ways to connect the assembly to my life
  • have fun
  • be in control of myself
  • cheer for my grade level or team
  • maintain a calm, safe body
  • follow directions the first time
  • ride the bus that is assigned
  • have bus pass for activity busses 
  • be at the bus stop 5 minutes early
  • keep the bus clean
  • follow directions
  • complete assignments as directed
  • have my materials ready
  • be on time
  • stay with my teacher
  • report any concerns
  • sit with my group
  • follow directions
  • stay seated unless directed to stand
  • take responsibility for mistakes
  • accept consequences as given
  • support the teacher and give accurate information when asked a question
  • accept consequences without argument
  • be attentive to the message of the assembly
  • use positive language
  • pay attention
  • respond honestly when asked questions
  • voice level 0-2
  • keep my hands, feet, and objects to myself
  • use kind words
  • avoid from any type of bullying, harassment, or intimidation and report it if you see it
  • voice level 0-2, as directed
  • demonstrate a polite and respectful attitude
  • use polite and respectful language
  • follow classroom rules
  • maintain voice level 0
  • be courteous • hands, feet, and objects to myself
  • follow directions listen to the speaker
  • voice level as directed (0 while instructions are being given, 4 when cheering)
  • cheer positively
  • stay in line while waiting to get my seat
  • keep hands, feet, and objects to myself


Student's Guide to Standards-Based Grading

Teachers will use standards-based grading to provide students with feedback on progress toward meeting the district-identified learning standards. In order to do this, students will be scored in three categories: Academic Standards, Effort, and Community Skills.


These learning standards represent the important knowledge and skills students will develop in each course. Students will receive specific feedback on multiple standards, which are compiled into 4 to 6 Reporting Standards per class, in order to identify areas of strength and opportunities for growth.

Why is this important? Communicating students’ progress in relation to a set of identified standards gives students valuable information to further their own academic growth.


This score represents how well students complete classwork and homework.

Indicator 4 3 2 1
Student completes classwork and homework Consistently Often Sometimes Rarely



This score represents how well students are able to accept responsibility, show active listening skills, respect personal/public property, respect the voices of others, and contribute to the learning of others.

Why is this important? Collaborating with others, engaging in a rigorous learning environment, and honoring diverse perspectives are critical to personal development in the 21st Century.