A new math teaching position has been filled by Edward Tompson for the 2018-19 school year. He will be taking over both Algebra I and II classes. Tompson currently works at Highline High School. Being a proud part of the Highline School District for many years, he is excited to start working at RAHS come this fall. “I am currently teaching geometry at Highline High School,” said Tompson. “I am a product of the Highline School District, being a member of the Highline Community for 20 years.” He is currently scheduled to teach five periods in the RAHS math department after hearing about the opportunity. “I heard about RAHS from my supervisor from Seattle University during student teaching. What interests[…]

Dear the readers of The Phoenix Flyer: With sadness in our hearts, we have the unfortunate duty of telling you that this issue will be the final issue of The Phoenix Flyer. With our longtime advisor Jacob Savishinsky moving on to the new position as the Dean of Students at RAHS and with the increased need for art credit electives as opposed to CTE electives such as Journalism, we have come to the conclusion that there is no possible way of continuing this newspaper to the same high standard. Therefore, we have decided to end the newspaper while it is still at its best. For the past nine years, The Phoenix Flyer has been honored to represent our school, our[…]

On Wednesday, 23 May 2018, biology and health teacher Nathan Gwinn announced to his class that this will be his last year. He will be teaching at Vashon High School next year, a shorter commute from his home in Port Orchard, Washington. “The commute is ridiculous, it’s untenable, I can’t do it long term. It’s at minimum an hour and a half each direction,” said Gwinn. “So after some time, and me talking with my wife a lot about it, it’s just what we needed for our family.” Even in his short time here, Gwinn’s teaching experience at RAHS has been unexpectedly interesting and educational on both ends, even though he didn’t think he would enjoy teaching at the school.[…]

Employers are much more likely to hire a RAHS student with internships and work experience rather than someone with a generic resume who lacks experience. Junior Ruby Whorton will be part of the Brightwater Water Treatment Center internship this summer. The plant is part of King County’s regional wastewater treatment system. “Graduating students with paid or unpaid internships such as the one I’m taking on their resume have a much better chance at landing a full-time position upon graduation,” said Whorton. “Students are doing internships as undergraduates, and it is now not unusual for recent grads to take an unpaid internship with hopes of turning it into a permanent position or at least making some contacts and building their résumé.”[…]

Over the past decade, the RAHS community has seen dozens of amazing instructors who have left a profound mark on the school’s culture. This year, there was a sterling new addition to the world language department; Ms. Ramana Marshalla. As the end of the 2017-2018 school year nears, Marshalla reviews her first year as a Profe. “It feels amazing to be working, finally, in my chosen profession,” said Marshalla. “I’ve wanted to be [a] teacher since I was very young, and specifically a Spanish teacher for about a decade. It’s hard to believe that we’re reaching the end of this school year. It has been a challenging year in many respects.” Throughout the school year, Marshalla went the extra mile[…]

When RAHS junior, Arianna McDowell, embarked on her newest project in Junior Literature, she was definitely not expecting the interview of a lifetime. The classJunior Literature is currently doing a project that is related to the latest book that they read, What is the What by Dave Eggers. This project involves the real stories of immigrants in American society, and the journeys and stories they have had. McDowell received the tremendous opportunity, in that she got to of interviewing an important actual character from this non-fiction story. When RAHS junior Arianna McDowell embarked on her newest project in Junior Literature, she was definitely not expecting the interview of a lifetime. “The project we’re doing in savsSavishinsky’s right now is interviewing[…]

The Museum of Flight’s (MoF) Aeronautical Science Pathway (ASP) is saying goodbye to its senior students, the first graduating class to go through both years of the program. On Tuesday, 5 Jun. 2018 the inaugural class will have a graduation ceremony from the program they have worked hard in. Michael Graham is a teacher for the first year students, high school juniors, at the MoF. He feels like the students are fortunate to be given this opportunity. “I want these students to take away a few things,” said Graham. “1, free college credit. College is expensive, any sort of help is worth pursuing. 2, I want them to find a way to make their passion a career. 3, I want[…]

With Assistant Principal Tremain Holloway heading off to become a co-principal at Highline High School next year, RAHS is in need of a new administrator. That’s where Jacob Savishinsky, current RAHS literature and social studies teacher is stepping in. Savishinsky will be the Dean of Students for the 2018-2019 school year. Savishinsky received confirmation of his new position on 9 May 2018 and immediately informed students of the change. He will be utilizing this position to fulfill an internship in administration through a program correlated with the Highline School District at Western Washington University. “Ms. Tipton knew that I was in a graduate program to get my principal’s certificate,” said Savishinsky, “it was just the perfect combination of my need[…]

Every year, minor edits are made to the RAHS dress code. But on 16 May 2018, the RAHS administration implemented big changes to the student handbook, including an AP Testing section and a Spirit Day section. In addition to all of these changes, the 2018-19 dress code will be entirely gender neutral. Junior Nico Wilson became a member of the committee that helped form the new dress code because he felt it was important to share his insights, rather than being silently frustrated. “I want to have a say in what kids get to wear,” said Wilson, “because no one else was going to take initiative. [I] was thinking ‘why not just take this easy opportunity to have a say[…]

As the school year comes to a close, RAHS busies itself with a multitude of end of the year celebrations and events. RAHS principal Therese Tipton is excited about all of the events that will occur in June. “We’ve actually created this [calendar], and I’ve shared this with our ASB because I meet with them every week,” said Tipton.“The end of the year [is] really cool because even for a small school we have a lot of really neat traditions.” After SBAC testing was completed on 24 May 2018, end of the year events, such as award assemblies, began to come in. “There’s all of the testing stuff obviously,” said Tipton, “but we have the freshman-sophomore awards assembly, the junior-senior[…]

‘Cosmic Lady’, the oil mural painted by Sheryl Raisbeck, was opened for viewing on 14 May 2018 in the gravel firelane between RAHS and the Museum of Flight near the parking lot. This location is now labeled ‘The Space Between’ and designates a new physical connection between RAHS and the Museum of Flight, allowing for students to traverse between the two locations easily. As CEO of the Museum of Flight, Matt Hayes felt that something had to be changed in order to connect the Museum and RAHS. “The connection between the highschool and the Museum has always been there, but the physical connection has not been,” said Hayes. “And so creating something that could inspire the students and create that[…]