Each year, Washington Association of School Administrators Metro Division (WASA Metro) holds a luncheon and an awards ceremony to honor community leaders.
This year, Sue Davenport was nominated by the Riverview School District and received this award at the May 11, 2011 luncheon held at Puget Sound Educational Service District. The following is Sue’s nomination:
"Sue Davenport is passionately dedicated to volunteering. Whether it is with the school district, the education foundation, youth sports, the food bank, or her synagogue, Sue is on hand and ready to make a positive difference. She shares her enthusiasm and her friendly caring spirit with everyone who crosses her path, and is a wonderful role model for students and adults.
"Sue served with the Stillwater Elementary PTSA for nine years and three years as president and vice president of the Tolt Middle School PTSA. She has volunteered as a classroom guided reading tutor at Stillwater, served on their auction committee and site based council, as well as trained as a CERT for the Stillwater Emergency Preparedness. In her spare time, Sue has presided as president and auction chair for the Riverview Education Foundation over the last four years. Over the last 10 years, Sue has managed or coached youth sports and served on the board of directors for several leagues.
"Strong leadership skills, matched with a heart full of compassion for children and her community, make Sue Davenport a vital and cherished volunteer."
Kianna Hales, a student from Cedarcrest High School in Duvall, recently won a contest for game development and has donated her prize to Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Kianna participated with 30 other 10-15-year-olds in developing games using Kodu (www.fuse.microsoft.com/project/kodu.aspx). Kodu is an end-to-end creative environment for designing, building and playing new games from Microsoft. Her team took second place in the contest and each member won an Xbox 360 console.
"The jobs of tomorrow require a new set of both technical and creative skills from our students," said Jon Perera, general manager, Microsoft Academic Programs. "Microsoft Kodu is a powerful way for teachers and schools to unleash the creativity of students and to engage them in the arena of technology. What’s been very cool is the way that Kodu has engaged young women in particular in the computer science field."
Kianna donated her prize from the contest to Seattle Children’s Hospital. "I’m not yet old enough to volunteer at Seattle Children’s, so when I won the Xbox I looked at it as an opportunity to help the hospital. My uncle used to work in a hospital a lot like this one, and I always heard him talking about how happy the kids were when they got a new game to play with. Being sick in a hospital can be very scary especially for children and hopefully this will help make their day a little brighter," said Kianna.
With her passion to give back to the community, Kianna was able to find others who shared her strong desire and was able to donate an additional three Xbox Kinect consoles and games as part of the gift to Seattle Children’s Hospital.
"Seattle Children’s is grateful to Kianna for choosing the hospital to receive the XBox 360 and Kinect units. Video gaming can be a healing distraction for patients and families dealing with a difficult situation. Her thoughtful generosity is an inspiration to others," said Eve Kopp, Seattle Children’s director of Corporate Annual Giving.
PARADE teacher Lisa Taylor wanted to help her students make the most of their creative writing class, with an emphasis on the art of poetry. She wanted her students to authentically learn about the literary elements that authors use to make their writing more interesting and descriptive.
With the objective set, Lisa began instruction on similes – comparisons between two things using the words "like" or "as." Students then continued their studies by tackling acrostic poems; using themselves as the subject and using similes to compare themselves to things.
Next they learned about nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. The literary form students have been diligently working on is called alliteration. In April, students began their rough drafts of a "season or month" poem, making each sentence an alliteration (using the same sound at the beginning of words).
During the month of May Ms. Taylor taught her "latest literary learners" about the intricacy of writing: couplets, limericks, haikus and diamontes. Throughout this process students are also learning the importance of brainstorming, rough draft, revise/edit and final draft applications. Her plan was to have a poetry book bound for each student which will include all of their original work, and to present a Poetry Café where parents can come to hear the all of the students’ inspiring work!
The following are samples of two biographical poems:
The inspiring sounds of "Pomp and Circumstance" welcomed teachers, administrators, family and guests to the Cedarcrest High School auditorium for the graduation ceremony of students from the PARADE – Parents and Riverview Actively Delivering Education and the CLIP – Contracted Learning Individualized Program. This was the ninth commencement ceremony for these two extraordinary Riverview educational programs.
Each of these programs offers a unique educational plan for their students. The flexible hours of CLIP allow students to have jobs and attend other programs while completing their high school requirements, while PARADE permits students to receive an at home school education in partnership with classroom/instructor hours.
Riverview Assistant Superintendent and CLIP Principal Dr. Anthony Smith was in attendance to welcome the guests and introduce the administrators of both programs along with acknowledgement to the PARADE Program Director Paul Censullo.
Graduates from each of the programs addressed the audience to share of their appreciation and gratitude for the educational opportunities made available to them through these two vital Riverview programs.
CLIP graduate Marina Parker spoke of her educational experience in a speech entitled, "Looking at Tomorrow."
Marina expressed her deep appreciation for the CLIP program opportunity and to teachers Mrs. Malm and Ms. Baughn for their constant encouragement and their compassionate guidance. She explained the difference that these alternative educational programs had made to her, and shared that, "what matters most is not where students learn, but what they learn and who they become" because of their education.
PARADE graduates Carissa Steinborn and Kaleb White spoke of their experiences in the PARADE program sharing, "PARADE has given us the opportunity to embrace who we are as individuals... and has taught us lessons that go beyond textbooks or curriculum."
They expressed their gratitude to all of their teachers with special recognition to Mrs. Marshall and Mrs. Gould. The students closed with a heartfelt quote from Harriet Tubman...
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer... Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars; to change the world."
Melissa Ann Bontrager, Austin Blake Brewer, Kara Ann Hinzman, Deanna Lise M. Judge*, Rachel Lynn Malametz*, Samuel Steven Mayfield*, Brittany Nicole Miller, Tonia Nicole Murray, Marina Anne Parker*, Katelynn Marie Richardson*, Emily Anne Rust, Carmen Reni Sanders, Jessica Ann Stewart, Emily Ann Van Valkenberg, Anamaria Wickstrom.
Ross Erik Baker*, Brendan Crane Roman*, Jordan Lee Rutledge, Jonathan Sellers, Carissa Julianne Steinborn*, Kaleb Benjamin White*, Matthew Ryan Winston*.
On July 16, SR 203 through Duvall will be closed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Northbound traffic will be detoured at NE 143rd Street to Third Avenue, then onto Virginia Street and back to SR 203 where it intersects with Woodinville-Duvall Road. Southbound traffic and traffic from Woodinville-Duvall Road will be reversed.