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  • Julie Fry, Roosevelt Elementary School teacher, Name Recipient of Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 2/24/2022
    Our Roosevelt Elementary School teacher, Julie Fry, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Established in 1983, PAEMST is the highest award kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers can receive from the U.S. government.
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    President Joe Biden named 117 teachers, mentors, and mentoring organizations as recipients to honor the dedication, hard work, and important role that America’s teachers and mentors play in supporting learners who will be future STEM professionals, including climate scientists, mathematicians, innovators, space explorers, and engineers.
    Nominees complete a rigorous application process that allows them to demonstrate deep content knowledge and their ability to adapt to a broad range of learners and teaching environments. Teachers are selected based on their distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving STEM education.
    For more information about the announcement, visit https://bit.ly/3LU0V1j.
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  • Roosevelt's Sustainability Efforts Awarded a $5000 Grant from Washington State Department of Ecology

    Posted by Laura Harper on 12/5/2021

      Students with new trays

    Roosevelt Elementary School was awarded a $5000 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. The Department of Ecology's "Waste Not Washington" grants were awarded to 20 schools statewide to support school sustainability projects. 

    At Roosevelt, staff and students live out the BEAR Expectations every day—Be safe, Act responsibly, Expect success, and Respect all.  One way the school can do this is by becoming more responsible for natural resources. Through its Roosevelt Bears Replace, Reduce, and Recycle project, school staff, students, and families are empowered to act responsibly in the cafeteria. In the spring of 2021, the school made key purchases supported by grant funds that replaced single-use items in the cafeteria with reusable ones and expanded its food waste reduction and recycling programs.  Students in Grades 3-5 serve in Student Leadership and run a weekly recycling program.  Students in Mrs. Jenell Crosier's 3rd-grade class are piloting a composting program.  For more information on the Deparment of Ecology's Waste Not Washington grants, visit https://ecology.wa.gov/Blog/Posts/November-2021/Award-program-supports-waste-reduction-and-recycli. 


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  • Roosevelt Students and Staff To Benefit from Gesa Credit Union’s Local Heroes Grant

    Posted by Laura Harper on 11/7/2021


    Gesa Credit Union Local Heroes

    Roosevelt Elementary students and staff will benefit from a Gesa Credit Union’s Local Heroes Grant. As one of 23 recipients in Washington state, the Roosevelt Booster Club received $5000.00 in funding.

    With the award money, the Roosevelt Booster Club plans to provide the Roosevelt staff and students with tools they need to strengthen the positive, pro-active school culture that makes Roosevelt a great place to learn and work.  Roosevelt staff and students follow the BEAR Expectations every day: Be safe (B), Expect success (E), Act responsibly (A), and Respect all (R). Each day at Roosevelt, teachers teach, model, and reinforce our BEAR Expectations as part of a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) to strengthen our students' academic achievement, behavior, and social-emotional wellness.  

    The Gesa Local Heroes Grant willl provide funding to stock Roosevelt's BEAR Store, to purchase bilingual BEAR Expectations posters, and to provide attendance incentives for students and families.  Strengthening Roosevelt's BEAR Expectations and multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) is a powerful way to accelerate student learning, especially after the impacts of COVID.  

    “Gesa recognizes and appreciates our local heroes who serve our communities across Washington state,” said Richard Waddle, Executive Vice President of Gesa Credit Union. “We’re thrilled to honor the invaluable work that the Roosevelt Booster Club has done, and we thank them for their selfless efforts in serving our community.”  The mission of the Roosevelt Booster Club is to promote the success of students at Roosevelt Elementary School by supporting its teachers, students, and families

    Gesa Credit Union’s Local Heroes Grant Program provides grants to organizations that support local heroes including firefighters, law enforcement, teachers and veterans in the state of Washington.  Headquarted in Richland, WA, Gesa Credit Union is Washington’s second largest credit union with over $4.7 billion in assets and is over 265,000 members strong. Gesa’s commitment to local communities includes support for Junior Achievement, the American Red Cross, annual youth scholarships, and more.


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