Good News 2013-14 

38 Hazen High Students named AP Scholars
Thirty-eight Hazen High School students have earned Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar recognition for their hard work and accomplishments in Hazen’s college-level courses and for their individual high scores on AP exams. AP college-level courses and exams are offered to high school students through the College Board and American colleges and universities often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on AP exams. Hazen High was recently recognized for work to increase rigorous course offerings for students and for increasing student participation in Advance Placement courses by 350 percent over the past five years. The school is listed by the Washington Post as among America’s Most Challenging High Schools.

Read the story and see a photo of many of the students on the Renton School District Facebook page (you can view the page even if you do not have a Facebook account at If you have a Facebook page, please consider ‘liking’ the district page and continuing to visit the site to read great things happening in schools throughout the district.

Twelve extraordinary Hazen High School students have been selected as the school's 2014 Outstanding Seniors.
The students are an exceptionally talented group of young people who have received numerous individual honors, succeed in the classroom, served their community and represented Hazen High with poise and integrity. Students were selected based on academic achievement, leadership, co-curricular involvement, citizenship and character, community service, and contributions to their classmates and school.
See the students at the district's Facebook page, on Twitter, or on the district's website.

Congrats Errin!
Hazen High School senior Errin Mekel has been selected as a member of the Seattle Seahawks dance team, the Sea Gals, for the upcoming football season. Errin, who is also a member of the Hazen High Drill Team, competed in a marathon of workshops, tryouts and auditions to be selected as a Sea Gal. Errin used her athleticism, knowledge of choreography and passion to win over judges in the selection process. Out of the hundreds of women who tryout, only about two dozen are selected for the squad. See Errin and the 2014-2015 Sea Gal squad at their Facebook page:

Hazen Among Most Challenging High Schools
Hazen High School is among schools listed as America’s Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post. Hazen is ranked 1,052 among all high schools in the country, and 16th in the state of Washington. Hazen is recognized, in part, based on the school’s 350 percent increase in Advanced Placement participation over the past five years.

The Washington Post has been ranking the most challenging schools in the country for 16 years by taking the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and dividing that by the number of seniors who graduate in a school year. View the Post’s list at

Principal Selection
Interim Hazen High School Principal Randy Taylor’s one-year appointment is nearly complete. Renton School District is creating the selection process for a new Hazen High principal, and your input is important to us.
Hazen High staff, parents and students are working with the district’s Human Resources Office to create a selection/interview committee that will use your input and other information to develop criteria to screen principal candidates. Interviews are scheduled for mid-March, and a new principal should be selected by the end of March.

Please take a moment to let us know what you feel are important qualifications and characteristics for your school’s next principal. Select the top FIVE characteristics most important to you. Deadline for completing your survey is February 21.
Take the survey at

Hazen High School Has A New student Literary Magazine
The Premier issue was rolled out in grand fashion last night during their Poetry Coffee House Night held in the school library. Nearly 100 students, parents and staff attended the event which featured student open mic poetry, art, and music. Copies of the first edition of the literary magazine were available for sale. This is the first year for the literary magazine, supervised by Hazen’s English Department Chair Sarah Menaul.

District middle, high school orchestra students in concert Thursday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m., Hazen High
District middle and high school orchestra students will perform in the Soundview League Honor Orchestra Concert Thursday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m. at Hazen High School, 1101 Hoquiam Ave NE, Renton (map it). The free concert will include students from all of the district’s middle and high schools under the direction of conductor Arthur Shaw, who for more than 27 years has served as music director/conductor of a number of symphony orchestras in the US, Mexico, Europe and Japan.

Washington Aerospace Scholars Program
January 28 Hazen High School students Constance La and Andrew Tran have been selected to participate in Phase One of the Washington Aerospace Scholars Program, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education program affiliated with NASA Johnson Space Center. Over the next five months, Constance and Andrew will complete online academic coursework to qualify for one of 160 Summer Residency session slots which will include completing research essays, space-related math problems, and detailed graphics that illustrate their ideas on travel in space. During the Summer Residency they will be guided by professional engineers, scientists, and others as they work to design a human mission to Mars. To see the whole story, click here.

January 9 Check out this amazing video created by Hazen High School students Tony Pham and Dorian Banks as part of a Seattle Seahawks fan project. the students created the work as part of a multimedia assignment in Lori Tegen’s Business Education Class. Click HERE to view the video.

Updated School Calendar
Renton School District will make-up the school day recently lost to the snow storm on Friday, May 23. The district closed school on Dec. 20 due to inclement weather and icy road conditions. The snow make-up day was already built into this year’s calendar in case of a closure due to inclement weather.
May 23 will be like most Fridays in the district, a delayed-start Friday, meaning students arrive at school 90-minutes later than usual. PM kindergarten students attend school that day; AM kindergarten students do not attend school.
Bell Schedule. Link to Facebook.

Greek Art and Architecture
Students in Hazen High School’s Humanities class today shared their version of Greek art and architecture as part of the school’s annual Greek Mythology exhibit. At the heart of the assignment is the role that mythology plays in addressing fundamental, and often times, difficult questions, like: Who am I, Where did I come from, What is the right thing to do? See the Video on the RSD Facebook Page Here.

A post and video of Hazen High School students recently performing at the Newcastle Library has been posted on the Renton School District Facebook page. Click the link to enjoy these talented students and learn more about upcoming concerts

More performances
Click here to take a minute and enjoy Hazen High School's award-winning vocal ensemble, Divina Voce and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Hazen Music Department Chair Josh Viles, as they recently entertained visitors at the Newcastle Library.
See these talented students in action during holiday concerts:
• Holiday Choral Concert featuring Concert Choir, Man Choir, Divina Voce, Chamber Singers, and McKnight Middle School,
Dec. 17, 7 p.m. Hazen High School Performing Arts Center, 1101 Hoquiam Ave NE, Renton
• Hazen High School Music Department's Holiday Gala featuring Divina Voce Chamber Singers, and the Hazen Philharmonic,
Dec. 19, 7 p.m. at Hazen High School Performing Arts Center, 1101 Hoquiam Ave NE, Renton (Tickets are $10, $7, and $5, proceeds go to Hazen's music department)

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Hazen Players present Twisted Tales of Terror
December 12-14, 7 p.m.
Hazen High School Performing Arts Center 1101 Hoquiam Ave NE, Renton
Tickets $6.00-$8.00
Set in a spooky graveyard, the dark and lovely Claudia, a Guardian of Dark Tales, retells famous horror stories much to the delight of the “lumpy love of her life,” Igor. As she tells classics such as "Dracula," "Frankenstein," "The Three Werewolves," "Jekyll and Hyde," "The Tragic Tale of the Mummy," and "The Three Witches," the characters come to life. However, the stories are all a bit different than we expect. In fact, instead of being terrifying, they are actually quite humorous. Characters behave in unexpected ways, accidents occur, but all turns out well. Claudia's tales are far more funny than scary, and all is resolved into a neat, happy ending.

Outstanding Musician
November Hazen High School senior Katrina Garner has been selected to perform as part of the Washington Music Education Association’s All-State Concert Band. Katrina, who plays the trumpet, was selected through a rigorous audition process to participate in the prestigious event that showcases some of the best musical talent in the state. She will join other outstanding high school student musicians in Yakima in mid-February. To see the whole story visit:

Pumpkin Carving
October Hazen High School students were recently given an assignment in Humanities class to recreate a famous work of art or architecture by carving a pumpkin. Students had to research their work of art then combine elements in the carving to include attention to details of the artwork and close representation of the work of art on the pumpkin. Students also had to create a museum card to stand next to the pumpkin with the work’s title, artist’s name, and a picture of the original work of art.Visit the Renton Schools Facebook page for pictures.

Ed Crow, Assistant Principal at Hazen High School, has been named the state’s Assistant Principal of the Year by the Association of Washington School Principals.
Mr. Crow was selected for the recognition based on his exceptional leadership and his ability to create a school climate where students thrive; cultivate a focused team of teachers; build relationships with students, parents and staff; and engage the community in the learning process.

Students consider Construction Careers
High school students from throughout the district recently took part in the annual Construction Career Day at Magnuson Park in Seattle. Students saw presentations by the Construction Management program from the University of Washington, met... with representatives from eight of the areas building trades and apprenticeship programs, and had a chance to try their hand at operating heavy machinery.

The day connects students to classroom programs like Lindbergh High’s woodshop, construction and applied mathematics class taught by Creed Nelson, and is directly connected to the district’s Goal 2: Having each student graduate college and career ready.See More

Coach’s dose of discipline lifting Hazen golf to new territory
Teresa Caluori took over the Highlander golf program four years ago and instilled a new direction into the team. This year, the boys earned a share of the Seamount League title for the first time.
Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times
Teresa Caluori, center, watches her Hazen golf team during a practice round at Auburn Golf Course. The Highlanders have at least a share of the Seamount League title.
Caluori’s Golden Rules
Hazen golf coach Teresa Caluori expects a lot from here players and issued the following list of guidelines for players to follow when she took over the program four years ago:
1. Grades – Homework has priority
2. Safety – Be aware of others
3. Etiquette – Kind, courteous always
4. On Time – Two-stroke penalty or DQ
5. Organized – Uniform, clubs, balls, etc.
6. Good Citizen – On and off golf course
7. Knowledge – Of the Rules of Golf
8. Nutrition & Fitness – You are an athlete; 9 holes is 2.5 miles
9. Sportsmanship – Good winners, good losers
10. Fun! – We can find good in anything.

Hazen Golf
Teresa Caluori saw a group of golfers from Hazen High School in need of more structure.
During late summer, before the 2010 fall season, the Hazen golf team was losing its golf coach, Jeff Wood. When Caluori, an LPGA teaching pro at Renton’s Maplewood Golf Course, saw the team aimless, coachless and without focus at the Maplewood driving range that summer, she knew she had to step in.
“This kind of happened on a mistake,” Caluori said. “The kids didn’t have a coach. Their coach resigned. And working here, I saw them practicing. So I asked them, ‘Where’s your coach?’ And, they said, ‘We don’t have one.’ ”
Caluori applied for the job, and, almost instantly, the program gained credibility. The lost looks quickly turned into drive and direction, thanks to Caluori demanding more accountability and a more professional approach from her players.
Four years later, the Highlanders boys team is making school history.
Even with Thursday’s 97-90 loss to Seamount League power Kennedy Catholic, Hazen (9-1) had already wrapped up at least a share of the school’s first regular-season league championship in golf.
Hazen defeated JFK (8-1) on Oct. 1, which was believed to be the Highlanders’ first win over the Lancers since 2003.
“Beating Kennedy was huge,” said Caluori, a 1982 graduate of Juanita High School who never played high-school or college golf. “This 2013 Hazen Highlander team of boys is the best team I have had in the four years I have been coaching them.”
Caluori, who started playing golf at age 20 to spend more time with her cancer-stricken grandmother, takes pride in teaching her Hazen players about the game, but just as much about life.
“When I came in, I had my rules,” said Caluori, who aspires to be a college coach. “I laid out my 10 Golden Rules.”
It all boils down to respecting others, being passionate and learning from a patient teacher of the game.
“We want to try to set a standard for other students, so they wish they were on the golf team,” she said. “I want all of my players to be respectful.”
The Highlanders possess the kind of depth to do well at the Seamount League tournament on Oct. 26 at Auburn Golf Course. Three spots to state in the spring are on the line. Sophomore Nick Yee, who has been medalist in seven matches, leads a tight pack of talented golfers.
Seniors Ethan Morris, David Hu and Shae Slater and sophomores Tyler Learn and Cooper Page round out a strong top six. Hu has been medalist twice and Morris, who tied for 36th at state Class 2A last year, has been medalist once this season. Morris, Hu and Yee have all shot season-low scores of 35. Eleven of 15 team members have qualified for the league tournament.

A lot of the team’s success has come down to better preparation and higher expectations.
That preparation has led to the milestone regular-season crown already, but the Highlanders have their sights on hanging a banner at Hazen with a strong showing in the league tournament.
“There’s not a single banner in the gym for golf,” said Hu. “Every single sport has one, just not golf yet. It’s significant because all the other banners for sports are in 1984 and 1983 and this will be recent.”
And for that, Hazen has Caluori and her attention to detail to thank.
Through a chance meeting two weeks ago at the Maplewood driving range, Caluori recently starting giving golf lessons to Seattle Seahawks cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner.
Caluori had no idea who Sherman and Browner were when she admonished them for pulling out their drivers right away instead of warming up properly. It turned into yet another teaching opportunity.
“She expects better out of us than any other coach has,” said Ethan Morris. “She expects us to get better. She does keep it fun and relaxed. She has a good time with it, and everyone likes her. Everyone plays better for her.”
As Hu departed a recent practice, he indicated that he’d see Caluori in two days at Thursday’s practice. Caluori quickly corrected his scheduling confusion.
“We have a match on Thursday, and you’re going to get out of school at 1:15 p.m.,” Caluori replies. “See you Thursday. It’s only the biggest match of the year.”
It’s all in the details for Caluori. And, it’s providing results.

National Merit Scholarships Announced
The following Hazen students have been announced today by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as National Merit Commended Scholars for the 2013-14 school year:
Melissa Mayer, daughter of David and Colleen Mayer
Alexander Nurmi, son of Scott Nurmi and Kathryn Barnhouse
Alisha Piazza, daughter of Phillip and Virginia Piazza
Please join me in recognizing these outstanding scholars here at Hazen High School.

New Principal for Hazen High School
Randy Taylor has been selected as Hazen High School’s interim principal for the 2013-14 school year, replacing John Kniseley who recently accepted a position at Kentwood High School in the Kent School District. Pending School Board approval on July 17, Taylor will immediately take over his new duties.
The district placed Taylor in the interim position to allow time to conduct a more thorough search to find a permanent principal during the 2013-2014 school year—a process that will engage staff, students, parents and community.
Additionally, Susan James is Hazen High’s new assistant principal—also pending School Board approval—replacing Sam Yuhan who, prior to Kniseley’s departure, accepted a principal position in the Everett School District.
Ed Crow remains assistant principal, providing significant skills and bringing continuity and seasoned leadership, to Hazen High’s administrative team.
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