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Services for students during school closure

Following a new directive from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, we will close all Renton School District schools beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 24. 

We're constantly updating our school closure/coronavirus webpage.  View the story to learn about resources for families including meal service and in-home learning.

Following a new directive from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, we will close all Renton School District schools beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 24. 

We're constantly updating our school closure/coronavirus webpage. Here are services for students/families during closure:

Meal Services
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, meals will be available for any child, ages 1-18, in the front lot of each Renton School from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm daily during the school week. We are committed to providing access to meals to help ensure that all students’ nutritional needs are met during the closure. Meals are “grab and go” - Students will not stay on-site to eat; meals are intended to be taken off campus and can be picked up through car windows.

Additionally, meals will be available at the following locations daily from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm daily:

Learning During Closure
Renton Schools have provided resources for at-home learning during our closure. We are committed to providing equitable learning experiences for our students. These resources are intended to support skill maintenance and development. Paper copies were distributed to students at all schools on Friday, March 13 and directions posted on the district website page for students and families. Additional copies will be available at schools during meal service.

State Testing
The state's education office (OSPI) is cancelling all state testing for the 2019-2020 school year. This includes the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS), the Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM), and WIDA Alternate ACCESS for English learners.

Childcare
We are working with our local partners and with the state education office (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction - OSPI), on clear guidance to provide childcare during the school closure. Details to follow.

Building, Field, Pool Use During Closure
Our schools, buildings, fields and pools remain closed to outside organized teams/groups through the end of March.

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The Renton School District has worked to create two years of student calendars for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years.  Click on the story for links to the calendars. 

 

The Renton School District has worked to create two years of student calendars. Both the 2020-2021 School Year and the 2021-2022 School Year calendars are available.

You can find these calendars by visiting our District Calendar page or the School Year Calendar/Start & Dismissal Times page. 

 

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

During the month of January, our Benson Hill community honored Dr. King’s vision of equality and justice for all.  4th grade students shared skits reenacting powerful moments in the Civil Rights Movement. Students also wrote messages on cutouts of their hands sharing what they do to help others in response to Dr. King’s quote.  The assembled project was on display at the University of Washington in the Health and Sciences building.

On Thursday, January 16, our Benson Hill community honored Dr. King’s vision of equality and justice for all.  Our 4th grade students shared skits reenacting powerful moments in the Civil Rights Movement including Rosa Parks and the bus boycotts, the Greensboro Sit-ins, and the March on Washington.  Students also wrote messages on cutouts of their hands sharing what they do to help others in response to Dr. King’s quote.  The assembled project was on display at the University of Washington in the Health and Sciences building for their annual celebration of Dr. King.  We are so proud of our Benson Hill students for their participation in the assembly and their commitment to helping others!

Dr. King believed that people everywhere, regardless of color or creed, are equal member of the human family.  At Benson Hill, we believe that all Bobcats, regardless of our unique qualities, are all members of the Benson Hill family.  Each and every one of us is an important and valued member of our Bobcat community.  We are Bobcats proud and strong, Benson Hill is where we belong!

Kindergarten girl thumbs up

Registration for new kindergarten students began in January 2020. Parents of eligible students can visit their neighborhood school to pick-up a registration packet. A child must be five years old by August 31, 2020 to be eligible for kindergarten enrollment.

Registration for new kindergarten students began in January 2020. Parents of eligible students can visit their neighborhood school to pick-up a registration packet. A child must be five years old by August 31, 2020 to be eligible for kindergarten enrollment.

Parents can fill out the necessary paperwork and register their child now. Tours of schools and meetings with teachers will be conducted in mid-April during the “Ready for Kindergarten” events being held at each school where staff will share expectations for students as they enter kindergarten and provide families with some fun activities to help ensure that your child is prepared.

We offer free full‚Äźday Kindergarten programs in all our elementary schools. Kindergartners attend school on the same schedule as students in grades 1-5:

  • Core curriculum of reading; writing; mathematics; science; social studies; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); and additional experiences in art, music, PE
  • Transportation is provided to students on an established bus route

Click here to find out more and register now for kindergarten spots in the 2020-2021 school year! 

Pictures of Multicultural boards from each class

At Benson Hill we are fortunate and proud to be a part of a beautifully diverse and culturally rich community.  In November we had the opportunity to celebrate our diversity at Multicultural Night, an evening of sharing our cultures including food, dance, music, art and stories. Thank you to all of our families, staff, and community members for their participation in making this exciting night a success! 

Students working on art projects during multicultural night
Two students performing a dance at multicultural night
a student performing a dance at multicultural night