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Ms. Giovanna San Martin
Renton High School Welcome Letter August 2017
Dear RHS Families,
I hope this newsletter finds you well as we all are enjoying the nicer weather of the summer months. As the 2017-18 year is fast approaching, I remain grateful to serve as the principal of RHS, altogether entering my tenth year as an administrator for the RSD and my fifth as a principal at our beloved RHS. Joining me is my administrative team composed of Assistant Principals, Mr. Corey Eichner, entering his fourth year at RHS who truly serves more in a co-principal capacity, Ms. Aleta Konkol, entering her second year, Mr. Rashaad Powell, our Dean of Students, and Mr. Malcolm Collie, our IB Coordinator. Within this enthusiastic and diverse team, we seek to attain competitive advantage and opportunities to establish a culture of service. Our entering Superintendent, Dr. Pattenaude has shared his leadership point of view and purpose with all principals: Service, Excellence and Equity. Within and by these operational values, we will seek to develop competence and motivate our day to day practice. But most importantly, we will continue to transform RHS into “the provider of choice, the employer of choice, and the investment of choice to all our constituencies (Blanchard, 2010).
Since 2011, we have made a lot of positive progress in our decision to become an IB World School. I am proud to share that the results of our IB Cohort assessments that came back in July, where 7 of 34 IB student candidates earned the IB Diploma and 69 earned IB certificates. Most importantly, 83.82% students of the 2017 class graduated on time with 74.10% (206) students moving on to pursue higher education. Additionally, graduating seniors received 102 scholarships in the amount of $2,025,665 due to excellent academics, service to community, and athletics.
By implementing the IB Program school wide, we continue to improve our graduation rate with the goal to provide college preparation and capstone classes access to all students. As a school, my leadership continues to be defined as: (1) Increasing curricular intensity by offering rigorous coursework and assessments; (2) Implementing an externally developed college-prep curriculum; (3) Increasing college access for all; (4) Provide the RHS personnel with the most optimal professional development to teach effectively; and (5) Offer students with a holistic education approach inclusive of activities, athletics, leadership building and service to the community.
For our new families, I strongly encourage you to read our communication via our school website and text linked messages. If you are able, please join the PTSA at RHS. Your participation in the PTSA and or timely feedback will allow us to establish a culture of service, driven by attentiveness, responsiveness, and empowerment of our students, staff and community. At RHS, we hold the deep belief that no one of us is as smart as all of us. It is critical to establish an active parental component and a two-way communication engagement. Within the last two years, we have continued to see an increase in parental involvement noted by attendance to monthly PTSA meeting and activities carried by our PTSA. This year, we look forward reducing the number of meetings, but linking them to surveyed parental focus of interest.
I thank you for an anticipated advocacy and strong presence for the 2017-18 school year in all school activities and events, and continuing to instill respect for all adults in the building and service to others. Have a beautiful summer and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, and good news.
Gia San Martin