RSD welcomes ‘CHOICE’

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD

Photo by Shari Milliken CHOICE students, Arthur Marty and Jonah Ferguson, journey to the top of the climbing wall during a Team building activity.
Beginning with the 2011/2012 school year both 9th and 10th grade students in Riverview now have an additional educational opportunity to improve their school commitment and increase their academic, personal, social and career growth. it is fittingly called the CHOICE Program, which stands for Choosing Heightened Options for Individually Centered Education.

The CHOICE program was initially created in theory in 2005 when a Secondary Alternative Educational committee recommended adding a 9th and 10th grade component to the already successful alternative CLIP Program at Cedarcrest High School. The committee felt that 9th and 10th grade students needed an alternative to the “one size fits all” educational experience.

CHOICE offers an alternative program focused on real-life, hands-on learning in a smaller classroom setting.

Some students may be credit deficient after their freshman year, caused by a number of things from social situations to learning style issues, to attendance concerns. This unique program allows for individualized attention for all students, meeting them wherever they are with regard to their educational experience.

Both the CHOICE and the CLIP programs are located in the newly constructed Riverview Learning Center located next to the district office building in Carnation.

The learning center is also home to the RSD PARADE Home School Program (Parents and Riverview Actively Delivering Education). The district is very proud to offer these vital alternative programs to meet the personalized needs of the students and parents in our communities. The district is also very grateful to community members for the support given to the passage of the bonds which allowed for the building of this innovative facility.

The CHOICE curriculum is oriented toward two integrated areas: STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and humanities (language arts, social studies, social sciences, and arts). The subjects of health and physical education will be offered as well.

The core teacher for the CHOICE program is Shari Milliken. Ms. Milliken brings a high level of experience to her students, both from the educational field and the vocational world. She has a passion to help all students to succeed and realize their potential at their own pace. Shari believes that creating a strong relationship between a student and their teacher is vitally important, and helps to nurture a healthy and resourceful classroom learning environment.

When asked about the programs currently available in CHOICE Shari commented: “There are many exciting opportunities being offered to our students this year, some of which include an in depth research program which focuses on jobs/career, personality assessments to discover individual student strengths and field trips to provide first hand knowledge of numerous vocations.”

Riverview Assistant Superintendent and Riverview Learning Center Principal Dr. Anthony Smith shares: “The program is already demonstrating its effectiveness and the students are achieving and flourishing in an environment that matches their learning styles. Seventy-five percentof our students have perfect attendance thus far. I would like to thank staff and parents involved in the Secondary Alternative Education committee that set the vision for this to happen in 2005.”

Duvall council position open

  • Written by City of Duvall
The City of Duvall is seeking applicants to fill an open position on the city council. Council position #7 is vacant. This council position will be up for a vote on the general election held in November 2013.

In order to be eligible for a city council seat, a person must be a registered voter of the city of Duvall, and must have resided within the Duvall city limits for at least one year. Interested citizens are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2012.

The Duvall City Council plans to appoint an individual to this position at the end of January 2012.

City council meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. preceded by a workshop at 6 p.m. Regular attendance at council and committee meetings is required. There are often additional meetings on specific issues that require attendance.

Interested parties are required to submit a city application packet. Application packets are available on the city’s web page at and at city hall, 15535 Main Street NE. For more information or if you have any questions, contact Jodee Schwinn, city clerk, at (425) 788-1185.

Carnation’s first traffic signal to be activated

  • Written by Valley View Staff

At 9 a.m. on Thursday, December 15, the first traffic signal in Carnation will be activated.

The installation of this signal has been a priority of the city for over 10 years, to allow pedestrians to safely cross SR 203 and to allow Entwistle vehicular traffic to safely enter or cross SR 203.  With funding provided by the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB),  the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) through the Snoqualmie Tribe and project management provided through King County, the city was able to get the project finished with little expense to local taxpayers.  Representatives from the city, county, state, Snoqualmie Tribe and school district have all been invited to participate in a small ceremony prior to the activation of the signal. Citizens are welcome to attend. In addition to the Entwistle Signal, a school crossing caution light was installed at the Morrison/SR 203 intersection through a grant from the WSDOT Safe Routes to School program.  That pedestrian-activated crossing signal will provide a safer crossing of SR 203 for Carnation Elementary School students.

Local Scouts offer recycling for Christmas trees

  • Written by Valley View Staff

The Christmas Tree-cycling Event for the Duvall and Carnation area will be on Saturday, January 7.  Local Scouts will deliver flyers in the neighborhoods where they will collect trees as a fundraiser. They will start collecting trees at 9 a.m. Saturday and would appreciate a donation of $10 or more which will be divided among the participating groups to be used for 2012 programs. Tree-cycling is for trees only.  Please no wreaths, garlands, artificial trees or flocked trees. Remove all ornaments, hooks, lights, tinsel and stands. If you did not receive a flyer you can drop off your tree at Duvall’s Taylor Landing Park from 9 a.m. to noon, or at Carnation Tree Farm from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on January 7. Chips will be available for pick up at Taylor Landing Park in Duvall, January 8-9 until dark. Bring your own shovel, pick up or trailer and manpower to collect the chips. For more information, please call Jodi Lee Wycoff at (425) 788-1185 or Becky Buelna, (425) 333-4192, or Tim Bergsma, Scout Coordinator, at (206) 255-7834.

Senior center announces dinner, pancake breakfast

  • Written by Valley View Staff

On Thursday, December 15, at 5 p.m., you can enjoy an inexpensive, quality meal with friends. Make new friends or bring family and friends and enjoy a great home-cooked meal.

This month  the menu features tamales, salad, rice, dessert, coffee, a special beverage and a piñata — all for $5.

You’re also invited to the monthly pancake breakfast at the East County Senior Center on Saturday, December 17, 8-10:30 a.m. Enjoy a wonderful meal of pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, coffee, milk and juice prepared and served by a volunteer crew. The pancake breakfast is every third Saturday of each month. Cost for adults is $5 and children under 12 are $3. After expenses, all proceeds are used for the general operating funds of the senior center. This fundraiser is organized and operated by seniors. It has been a tradition here in the Valley for over 35 years and is a wonderful place to bring your family for a great home-cooked meal.  No reservations are required.

The dinner and pancake breakfast are served at the East County Senior Center (276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe). Call (360) 794-6359 for more information.