- Administration Team
- Vision and Mission Statements
- The Way Of The Wolf Expectations
- Behavior Expectations
- Dress Code
RISDON MIDDLE SCHOOL
6928 116th Ave SE
Newcastle, WA 98056
Assistant Principal (8)
Assistant Principal (6)
Dean of Students (7)
7th Grade Counselor
8th Grade Counselor
6th Grade Counselor
Mr. Craig Cooper
Dr. Elaine Love
Ms. Briana Kelly
Mr. Michael Braun
Ms. Andrea Lehwalder
Ms. Sophia Simpson-Verger
Ms. Maggi Kellogg
Fostering curious, capable, courageous, compassionate learners
OUR MISSION IS TO:
- 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
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We are focused on fostering curious, capable, courageous, compassionate learners. Appropriate and positive behavior is an expectation we have of our students at all school events and activities, and when students are on any district property. Respect for oneself and others is our standard for conduct, and we support an environment that teaches and reinforces the value of maintaining respect and taking personal responsibility for our actions. In order to maintain a positive atmosphere at Risdon, students should be aware of and respect the personal, emotional, and physical boundaries of others. Courtesy and mutual respect among students and staff are integral to creating a friendly and positive school environment. Students are responsible for knowing and following the school rules and behavior expectations as outlined in this handbook. Behavior not meeting these expectations will result in restorative conversations and/or progressive corrective actions (RSD Policies and Procedures 3241).
Honesty, trust, and integrity are important aspects of the Risdon learning community. To this end, students shall refrain from:
Plagiarism: The taking of another person’s words, works, thoughts, or ideas, and presenting them as your own.
Cheating: Fraudulent or deceptive acts for the purpose of improving one’s grade, such as copying, stealing answer keys, using unauthorized resources, or assisting another student to gain an unauthorized advantage.
Consequences for academic dishonesty may include a grade of Insufficient Evidence (I.E.) on the assignment, or may require a retake, or may involve a classroom consequence, as well as notification to the parent/guardian (first offense).
Students are advised to bring the minimum supplies necessary to move through a school day with efficiency. Students are strongly encouraged to leave unneeded miscellaneous items at home (note: the school is not responsible for lost or missing items). During P.E. class, the gym locker rooms have lockers for student use which will be assigned by the P.E. teachers. Musical instruments must be stored in the band/orchestra storage lockers.
- Students riding bicycles to school must adhere to these guidelines:
- Walk bikes once on school campus.
- Lock bikes to prevent theft.
- Wear a helmet in accordance with Washington State’s Bicycle Helmet Law.
- The school is not responsible for damage to or theft of bicycles while on school property.
Breakfast is available for students to purchase from 7:35 to 7:48 a.m. No food is allowed outside of the Commons. Students are permitted to carry water bottles during the day (with some exceptions per specific classroom activities).
CAMPUS HOURS and CLOSED CAMPUS
Our campus hours for students depend on the days of the week and late start schedule. Doors open at 7:35 a.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, or at 9:05 a.m. on late start Fridays. Due to contractual guidelines and meeting commitments, no students will be allowed into the building prior to these times. Also, for the safety and security of our students, Risdon is a closed-campus school. This means that all students must stay on school grounds once they arrive at school, and remain on campus until the end of the school day, unless checked out through our attendance office. If a student leaves campus without authorization they will be recorded as truant and shadowed per district guidance, and will receive disciplinary consequences.
DISTRIBUTION OF MERCHANDISE
Selling, purchasing, or any form of distribution of merchandise on school property is prohibited. Any money or merchandise in a student’s possession that is determined to be linked to buying or selling on campus will be confiscated and given to the parent/guardian, with a corrective action assigned to the student.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES (ANY AND ALL)
Students will be allowed to use headphones to listen to music from their personal electronics during passing time and lunch, based on the guidelines below. Parents needing to contact their student during the day should call the main office at (425) 204-2700 so the student can be notified.
Any student choosing to bring any electronic device to school has the responsibility to follow these expectations:
- Devices may be accessed briefly during passing time and lunch in order to play music. Devices are not to be used for any other purpose throughout the entirety of the school day. Devices are to remain put away in classrooms, with headphones also to be put away during class time unless specific permission for use is granted by the teacher.
- The use of cameras and video recorders is strictly prohibited unless under the direct supervision of a staff member. If a student is found to be in violation of this expectation, the device will be confiscated, secured in the office, held for the duration of any investigation that may be initiated (which may include a search of the contents of the device for investigative purposes), and only returned to the parent at the conclusion of the investigation.
- Throughout the school day (7:35 to 4 p.m.), students may not electronically record, stream, or post anything to any website or social media service (SnapChat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) that allows such postings. If a student violates this expectation, the device may be confiscated and searched, the student’s parent/guardian will be contacted, and the student will receive a corrective action. Items will be returned to parents/guardians following any investigation.
- Students are expected to put headphones away upon entry into classroom spaces whether the student is listening to music or not, and to follow the direction of their teachers regarding classroom rules related to devices/headphones during class time.
- Any disruption to our learning environment that stems from the use or misuse of an electronic device will be investigated, and the student(s) responsible will receive corrective action. Students’ devices will be confiscated and held in the main office until a parent/guardian may retrieve them after the end of the school day. In addition, repeated violations of these expectations will result in loss of the privilege of having access to these devices at all while at school. Please note: by bringing a cell phone or electronic device to school, the student and their parent/guardian consent to search of the device by administration based on reasonable suspicion as part of an investigation (Policy 3245). In addition, if incidents related to inappropriate technology use occur, students are expected to follow all directions given, including handing the device to the staff member if/when requested.
- The school is NOT responsible for the recovery of lost, stolen, or damaged electronic devices brought to school, as our resources need to be focused on student learning.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
During the school day, students are encouraged to carry water bottles with re-closable caps/lids, unless specifically prohibited per teacher direction based on the class’s learning activity. Students should only bring individual portions of food for the school day (see Lunches section below). Any beverages other than water are prohibited, except at lunch. Large bags of chips/candy/cookies or containers of baked goods are not allowed due to the disruption they create when students share them with other students. Also, energy drinks are prohibited at all times due to health/safety standards. Prior to 7:50 a.m., outside beverages (such as coffee, tea, hot chocolate) are allowed only in the commons, and must be disposed of at the warning bell (7:50 a.m.).
Due to medical conditions such as allergies, and the disruption created when these products are used at school, the possession or use of fragrances, such as body sprays (e.g., AXE), perfume, aroma-therapy products, fragrant lotions, hairspray, etc., are prohibited on campus or on school buses. Offending items will be confiscated, and the student will be asked to remove the fragrance(s) from their body.
Risdon is a GUM-FREE SCHOOL. Students, staff, visitors, and volunteers are all expected to respect this policy. Anyone chewing gum will be directed to throw the gum away immediately. Repeated offenses may result in corrective actions.
HALLS AND STAIRS
To ensure that everyone is safe throughout the school day, students are expected to follow these guidelines:
- Walk in the halls and on the stairs; at the end of the day, keep moving until you are clear of the stairs.
- Help maintain efficient movement through the halls by going directly to your next assigned location.
- Use quiet conversational voices and avoid loud noises, such as shouting, yelling, or screaming.
- Keep moving on the stairs and landings; avoid stopping to talk in a manner that blocks others from moving safely.
- Do not rough-house or create other dangerous situations, including anything around the second story railings and light bays.
- Keep your hands, feet, and other objects to yourself at ALL times.
- Treat wall coverings, trim-work, furniture, and built-in benches with respect, using them only for their intended purpose.
- Reminder: food and beverages are only allowed in the Commons – not in hallways, on stairways, or in grade level halls.
Lunches are held in our Commons area each day. When dismissed for lunch, students must report to the commons within five (5) minutes and remain in the commons until released to go outside, to the library, or until the lunch period ends. Additionally:
- In order to maintain a safe experience for all students, we have established expectations and boundaries for where you may be during lunch, both inside and outside. If you are not sure where you are allowed to be, please ask an adult supervisor.
- Before entering the lunch line, students should place their backpacks on or under their selected seat. Students are NOT to move other students’ backpacks.
- Students are expected to stay seated in their chosen seat throughout lunch, unless otherwise directed.
- Each cafeteria table can accommodate up to 12 students; one student is allowed per seat/stool, do not share stools or sit on another student’s lap.
- To demonstrate respect, please wait patiently in the lunch line (don’t cut in front of others), do not save seats or exclude others from your table, be sure to clean up your area, and follow school-wide behavior expectations.
- Clean up after yourself (table and floor area), place trash and food directly into the trash cans (no throwing or tossing anything), stack up all disposable trays and paper items, and do not take food outside.
- For each table group, a table captain will be selected randomly by administration during each lunch, and this student will be responsible for ensuring the table and area underneath is clean and free of trash before the table will be dismissed. All students will have the opportunity and responsibility to serve as a table captain during the school year.
- Recycle when appropriate.
- Students may use the restrooms located in the foyer of the Gym during lunch.
- Reminder—students are not to bring large packages of food (chips, candy, etc.) or large bottles of non-water drinks (soda, energy drinks, juices, lemonade, etc.) to share with other students. Large items will be confiscated and thrown away.
Students will be assigned their own locker for P.E. class. Students are expected to follow these P.E. locker guidelines, and any additional instructions from the P.E. teachers:
- Keep your combination secret! Don't share your combo with your friends or let someone look over your shoulder while opening your P.E. locker.
- Do not change lockers, nor use someone else’s locker, nor let someone else use your locker. Each student is responsible for whatever is in the locker that has been assigned to the student.
- Keep your locker locked/secured at all times. · Do not leave money or other valuables in your locker; the school is not responsible for any articles stolen from lockers.
- Keep your locker clean and organized.
- NOTE: It is important to remember that lockers are on loan for student use, while remaining school district property. Periodic and unannounced inspections may be made, fines may be assessed for damage, and corrective actions may result from any rule violations related to locker misuse/abuse.
For health and safety reasons, students are prohibited from bringing the following to school: skateboards, scooters, gambling related items (such as dice), toys, blankets, pajamas, fidget devices, slime, or any other distracting object(s). If observed, these items will be confiscated, and the parent will need to pick up the item at the end of the school day. Repeated violations may result in the assignment of corrective actions. There may be spirit days during the year where exceptions are made for some items, such as blankets on “Pajama Day”, but all such exceptions will be announced in advance.
PUBLIC DISPLAYS of AFFECTION (PDA)
Public displays of affection (PDA) are not allowed at school at any time. PDA includes, but is not limited to: romantic hugging, hand-holding, kissing, cuddling, sitting on lap, etc. Parents will be contacted and repeated violations may result in corrective action.
REPORTING DANGEROUS or UNSAFE BEHAVIOR
For the safety of everyone on campus, students who witness or have knowledge of potentially dangerous or unsafe behavior (such as other students planning a fight, being in possession of or under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol, or in possession of a weapon) are expected to immediately report this information to a staff member. Students found to have prior knowledge of such information who do not report it may be assigned corrective actions.
SUBSTITUTE “GUEST” TEACHERS
As guests in our building, we expect everyone to treat guest teachers with respect at all times. When the regular classroom teacher is absent, the guest teacher is the authority in the classroom. Teachers who return to find a guest teacher reporting inappropriate behavior from students (for individual students or class behavior) will follow up with classroom discipline or administrative referrals, as necessary. Teachers are encouraged to reward classes (with PAWs, etc.) that demonstrate positive behaviors with guest teachers.
There are many opportunities at Risdon to use a variety of technologies, especially as we move to 1:1 with our Chromebooks for students. It is our expectation that students follow the district’s Responsible Use Policy, and all procedures and expectations given by teachers and other adults related to the use of technology in our school and district. Students are prohibited from downloading any files that are not directly related to an academic endeavor assigned by a teacher (including software, media files, games, and any other unauthorized files). In addition, students may not navigate to any proxy website or bring a proxy-based tool that would allow them to bypass the district’s internet filter. Each student and their parent/guardian must review the “Responsible Use Policy” as part of gaining access to use school district computers. If computers or laptops are damaged while in possession of or being used by a student, it will be reported to the appropriate administrator and district staff for corrective action(s) and/or fines/restitution.
In order to include student voice, at the end of each year we solicit input from students and revise our dress code where appropriate.
School attire should be comfortable for the student and support a positive learning environment. Students attending Risdon Middle School are expected to follow the dress code outlined below.
Clothing that must be pulled up, pulled down, or continuously adjusted throughout the day in order to meet the dress code will need to be changed upon request.
Our administration may implement an investigation and issue consequences for any student who repeatedly violates these expectations. Certain exceptions may be made during “Spirit Weeks” and will be communicated to students in advance. Our expectations regarding Risdon Dress Code are:
1. Students will avoid wearing clothing with pictures, symbols, or messages that represent anything illegal, culturally derogatory, or gang-related (such as apparel including bandanas).
• Examples of prohibited topics/messages include, but are not limited to: alcohol, tobacco, drugs, weapons, sexual messages/innuendos/cartoons, racial slurs, hate speech targeting groups based on any protected class, and/or profanity.
• We reserve the right to address any message/image that portrays inappropriate content or disrupts student learning.
2. Students will wear clothing that covers undergarments and avoid wearing clothing that exposes their skin above their belly button or at their waistline, their back, or large areas of their side(s).
• Students will avoid clothing with a low neckline. A neckline will be considered too low if a large area of the chest is visible.
3. Students will wear clothing that covers their upper thighs.
4. Students will keep their faces recognizable and free of distractions, including not wearing sunglasses inside.
5. Students will wear appropriate footwear that allow safe movement through the learning environment.
Consequences and Procedure for Dress Code Violations:
• Students will be sent to the office to change into their PE clothes or another outfit, if available. Repeated offenses or refusal to change into appropriate clothing may result in further corrective action.
• Teachers and staff members have administrative support to address any dress code issue within a classroom, in the hallways, or in any other common areas of the school. Staff may ask that students adjust or change their clothing in order to comply with the dress code.