May 2022 District Newsletter

May 2022 District Newsletter
Posted on 05/12/2022
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Royal City residents should be receiving a copy of the May 2022 District Newsletter in your mailboxes soon! The articles included within that newsletter can be found below, or you can view the May 2022 newsletter as a PDF here.


A Message from Superintendent Trail

Dear Royal Community Families and Patrons,

As we continue to exit the pandemic and move into the endemic phase, there is nothing more refreshing than to return to normalcy in our schools. Our Grant County Health Officer tells us that the rate of COVID 19 cases is at its lowest point since the onset of the pandemic. As a result, all of our regular activities are in full swing and we are enjoying every minute.

Moving on to the construction progress, we are excited to have hired S & K Mountain Construction Inc. to build our bus garage, remodel the bus garage offices, and construct a storage building. We look forward to seeing action in that arena during the middle of May. We also continue to see great progress with the middle school and high school projects. We anticipate completion of the middle school by the end of this summer. The majority of the high school project should be complete by the end of the summer, with the exception of the additional three classrooms, which should be finished sometime during the coming fall. This morning I had the opportunity to give the high school leadership students a tour of the construction site and they were excited to see the progress as well. They were grateful that our community stepped up when it was time to support the bond and improve our facilities. 

 It continues to be my pleasure to work in such a pleasant and caring community where all of us work hard to represent our motto – a tradition of pride and excellence! Thank you so much for your efforts to help pass our levy in February. It was assuring to see such strong support, and our students will benefit as a result.

 As we close out the school-year, I am looking forward to an incredible graduation prior to slipping into the summer months.

Go Knights!

 Roger W. Trail

Thank you, Missoula Children's Theatre

students in costume on stageA huge THANK YOU to the Missoula Children’s Theatre for helping our students put on two
spectacular performances of Hansel and Gretel, and to the Royal PTO for helping bring the program to our schools!

Congratulations as well to our very talented students for putting on a great show and making us all proud. Lara Dohner and Hayley Smith from the Missoula Children’s Theatre shared their appreciation:

“Your cast was a joy to work with from day one, and made the process a FUN and memorable experience for us as Tour Actor/Directors,” writes Ms. Dohner. “Hayley and I have worked with many towns, and we seriously mean it when we say that your students were one of the most responsible, respectful, and theatrically-talented groups that we have worked with so far.”

Red Rock Elementary - Linda Achondo, RRE Principal

It looks like Spring has finally sprung! It is so nice to see the grass growing greener and the trees start to bloom. Students are also noticing the nice weather and starting to feel the Spring crazies! As this starts to happen, we focus more and more on increasing the positives with students. One of the ways we celebrate all of the positive behavior is our Awards Assembly each month. At our assemblies, we recognize the students who have demonstrated the behavior trait of the month. We encourage you to come if your child is being recognized. We also provide positive reinforcement to students with our tokens. Students who are following expectations receive a token that they place into their classroom jar. Once that jar is full, the class receives a prize and their jar is dumped into our schoolwide “jar.” Once the school-wide “jar” is filled, the entire school receives an award. Students can also receive Gold Shields for going above and beyond expectations.

I’m so proud of all our students at RRE. On a daily basis, the staff and I are reminded of why we come to work each day – to make a difference in the lives of our students.

Royal Intermediate School - Angie Baldus, RIS Principal

students shaking handsIn early February, sixth graders at Royal Intermediate School competed in the 2nd Annual Amazing Shake competition. The Amazing Shake is a dynamic and exciting live competition where students are judged on the professional skills they need to be successful in the future, to further themselves in their education, employment, and throughout adulthood. They have been practicing these skills all year in their leadership classes. Over 50 members from Royal City and the surrounding communities volunteered their time to judge the students. This 3-day competition is composed of 6 rounds of challenges that started with a handshake and increased in difficulty with each series of challenges. These challenges included giving a successful interview, responding to on the spot questions in one minute, having flexible thinking and remaining composed under pressure. Life skills include leadership, manners, discipline, respect, courage, compassion, social grace, and confidence. Only the top students in each round continue to move on to subsequent rounds.

Our top nine finalists were Bronson Scroggins, Brycen Fitzhugh, Makayla Shuper, Grace Soliz, Johan Alcaraz, Jason Mayo, Jaime Hernandez, Madox Hill and Briggs Eyre. Our RIS Amazing Shake Champion was Bronson Scroggins.

The Royal School Board had approved for the top three finalists to attend the national competition in Atlanta, Georgia. After the community participated in the process as judges, they believed that more than three students had earned the right to represent Royal Intermediate. As Royal does, community members and businesses rallied together and donated the money for the additional six students to attend the national finals. We are grateful to all the individuals and businesses who helped make our dream a reality. All nine finalists attended The National Amazing Shake at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia on March 4th-6th.

Our goal for the Amazing Shake is to evolve the program to include more students at more grade levels. It is a fun and unique experience that introduces our students to new networks and career paths they may not have otherwise been exposed to in our rural community. Moreover, this experience helps them to learn, develop, and practice qualities needed to become the next generation of leaders in our communities and businesses. Thank you to all who made this possible.

Royal Middle School - Dave Jaderlund, RMS Principal

Royal Middle School is sending 17 students to the Washington State History Day competition. At regionals this year, RMS took all but one of the 1st place awards. State History Day is Saturday, April 30, at Lake Washington High School. Ms. Najar with help from Theresa Piper and the entire 7th-grade staff have been helping students fine tune their projects ahead of the State competition. Winners at the State level will compete nationally either in person or virtually in College Park, Maryland.

Each year nearly 3,000 students with their families and teachers gather at the University of Maryland, College Park, for the weeklong event. These enthusiastic groups come from all fifty states, Washington, D.C., Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and international schools in China, Korea, and South Asia. This year we want to add Royal City, Washington, to the list of attendees.

This year’s National Contest is June 12 through the 16th.

students holding their History Day certificates

Back Row: Monica Gilbert, Melanie Delgado (Fugitive Slave Act), Brenda Fabian (Henrietta Lacks), Salvador Ibarra (Tuskegee Airmen), Karen Larios (Bath Riots), Alex Guillermo, Nathan Sandoval (Hydrogen Bomb), Eseidy Olivian, Dayana Angel (Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo), Elizabeth Barajas, Aileen Gonzalez (Zoot Suit Riots).

Front Row: Rebecca Carlson (Berlin Airlift), Sarah Freeman, Brian Martinez (The Jungle), Yazmin Alegre, Johana Mora (Native American Boarding Schools), Jerry Fielding (Pearl Harbor).

For the first time ever, the 7th and 8th graders will be going to Silverwood this year for their field trips. The normal 7th grade trip to watch the Seattle Mariners was logistically too difficult this year due to possible COVID restrictions. The exact dates are still being worked out, but 7th and 8th graders will be going on alternate dates. We are looking for 8-10 parents to help chaperone this trip.

Royal High School

Greetings Royal High School Students and Families! What an amazing year it has been. We started out the year on our third pandemic impacted school year, along with our second construction complicated learning context. This year, all students started on time, every day, with masks on, and social distancing. This was refreshing, when compared to the year before, but COVID mitigation still presented challenges to in-person learning, sports, and student activities. Exciting highlights of the year included the winter completion of our gym, weights and wrestling rooms, a new health classroom, and new counseling and administrative offices. COVID restrictions were also lifted in March, which breathed joy and camaraderie into our classrooms and student gatherings of all types.

Teaching & Learning - Courtney McCoy, RHS Principal

Guiding Coalition & 9th Grade Success Teams:

RHS staff participated in two school improvement teams to drive instruction and support our students throughout the school year. Both teams focused on improving reading comprehension and freshmen succeeding through attendance, participation, and academic success, with the culminating goal to pass all classes.

New Courses at RHS for the 2022-23 School Year:

To enrich our student’s opportunity for rigor and diversity of coursework, staff sought certification for the following courses: AP Statistics/Statistics, Percussion Ensemble, Exploration of Multiple World Languages, UW CiHS (College in the high school classroom) Chemistry, and CWU CiHS Math in Society.

Instructional Focus on Constructing Meaning Strategies:

RHS teachers continued to finesse their understanding and use of EL best instructional practices to push all students’ comprehension and skill development. Our instructional coach, Laurie Lafser, led professional development during optional work days, PLC mornings, and faculty meetings. Teachers focused on using Structured Student Talk and Reading & Note-making strategies by participating in teacher learning walks in one another’s classrooms and using Constructing Meaning rubrics to reflect on their own teaching.

RHS CTE & PBIS - Randy Miller, RHS Assistant Principal

CTE Programs:

This spring semester our CTE programs have incorporated a couple of new and exciting programs with hands-on learning: Cafe 116, which is an espresso stand student business that supports the HS staff and students, and the Royal News Channel that is run by our students using our new studio room. We also completed the construction of our second greenhouse. This greenhouse will host our “Farm Bot.” Having this extra space will only enhance the opportunities for students in our agricultural programs.


Having phase one construction completed and the mask mandate lifted has opened up more opportunities for RHS to celebrate and recognize students for good behavior and outstanding achievements. Some of these include having academic assemblies, gatherings in the commons, and hosting dances. Student morale and building self-confidence in our students are one of our main priorities throughout the rest of the school year.