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RAHS revives aviation theme

Admin and teachers brainstorm ways to incorporate aviation and aerospace in school community

By Aidan Trainor

Marcus Clinehill, RAHS Junior inspecting model aircraft in a classroom.
Photo By: Tristina Huynh

With RAHS’ focus on aviation and aerospace, administrators and teachers have a strong desire to incorporate more of an aviation and aerospace focus in the school’s activities and classes.

RAHS Principal Therese Tipton and Vice Principal Tremain Holloway have made efforts to serve the RAHS community underneath an aviation and aerospace theme.

“Mr. Holloway and I together really tried our hardest to get to know students, stakeholders, the parent support, of course the students and staff of how everyone worked together to make this such an amazing school.” Said Tipton, “In particular with aviation and aerospace we started forging those relationships with the Museum of Flight, with Dr. Raisbeck, with our mentors, with some of the folks who offered scholarships for some of our students, through some of our partners that to the internships.”

With her first year in the books, Tipton hopes to continue to monitor how aviation and aersopace is developed in the classroom.

“In addition to all of that we started visiting classrooms,” said Tipton, “to see how the teachers were integrating and implementing aviation and aerospace throughout all of the content areas. So the first year was really a year of learning and growing, what makes everything so special.”

Tipton and Holloway believe in the importance of RAHS’ relationships with both the Museum of Flight and Dr. Raisbeck.

“In particular with aviation and aerospace we started forging those relationships with the Museum of Flight, with Dr. Raisbeck, with our mentors, [and] with some of the folks who offered scholarships for some of our students.” said Tipton.

When improving anything, reflection on what and why you’re upgrading is vital. Without a serious, deep look at what has been done to see what needs to be done and how it will be done in the future, nothing will happen when it comes down to going through with things.

“So throughout every Spring, schools all around the state and the nation, not just our school, will take a look and say, ‘How are we doing in living up to our mission and vision? Are we still living that? Do we need to change it? Do we need to grow?’” Tipton said, “Every year we revisit that- are we being true to the mission and vision of our school?”

Since RAHS’ inception in 2004, preparation for college, and future success of all graduates, has been a major cornerstone in the teaching of students at the school.

“But in thinking about our mission, right in the beginning of our mission it says, To prepare every student for college, career, and citizenship’ and I think as long as we continue to strive every year for that mission, that when a student graduates from Raisbeck Aviation High school,” Tipton said, “do they have the skills to take on whatever they want to do.”

Together, the RAHS community will have to work closely together to get what they want.

“Really it’s just a collaborative effort of a lot of voices saying, ‘Let’s take this amazing place we have and just keep growing it,’” said Tipton.

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