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Friday, Feb. 24 

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New RHS Class: Tech for a Better World

Each year Mr. McLain teaches a new class or two, with Tech for a Better World being the newest one offered this trimester. The focus of this class is to look at the challenges presented by ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and then imagine and invent solutions to some of the challenges PALS (People living with ALS) face. To better understand those challenges and see firsthand the technology currently being used, representatives from the local ALS Association visited the class. They shared stories about their hopes for the future of ALS technology and how expensive this specific technology can be while at the same time not always being covered by insurance.

Following the guest speakers' presentations, students got to work researching what technologies are already out there and ways they could be improved. All grade levels (9th-12th) are in this class. They are working together in small groups to come up with incredible ideas, prototypes and projects. Some are coding, some are building, some troubleshooting - some have never even coded before. The excitement, curiosity and creativity is contagious. 

As a result of students’ ever-changing needs and wants, RHS technology teacher Mr. McLain strives to always bring new classes each year. This is his second new class this year with Digital & Studio Arts being the first new one. He looks forward to sharing more about their projects after finals week when they’re demonstrated to the ALS Association representatives. 

To be continued…



Revised Plagiarism Policy

Notice: Riverdale School District has updated its Plagiarism Policy in response to the changing digital landscape. Our policy now forbids the representation of content created by Artificial Intelligence or other text generators as original works. For a copy of the policy or more information about how we are teaching students and staff to respond to this emerging technology and what we can learn from it, please speak with the Humanities staff.



Field Studies Returns to the High School 

All RHS students will soon be embarking on their different Field Studies trips during the week before Spring Break. From March 20-24, student trips range from overnight stays to daily local outings, all focused on a specific topic. These excursions provide the opportunity to use classroom knowledge in real-world, experiential settings. They’ll spend the week expanding their social circles and stepping out of their comfort zones while diving deeper into topics/projects that interest them. Click the blue button below to view more details about each of the trips. 

View the Field Studies Programs here


All-League Awards

Girls Basketball

Lily Z. - Honorable Mention

Isa M. - Honorable Mention

Cosette M. - 2nd Team

Abby Z. - 1st Team

Boys Basketball

Nate J. - Honorable Mention

Anders N. - 2nd Team

Rocky R. - 2nd Team

Andrew L. - 1st Team



Riverdale School District Budget Committee

The Riverdale School District is currently recruiting to fill one open position (whose term expires June 30, 2024) and at least one alternate on the District’s Budget Committee. Community members interested in learning more about the fiscal operations of the district and participating in the review, design, and recommendation of the district budget, please see the description below and process to apply.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2022.

All budget meetings will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at Riverdale Grade School
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at Riverdale Grade School
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at Riverdale Grade School


Nicole Bassen

Riverdale School District

11733 S Breyman Ave

Portland, OR 97219


Monday, April 3 2023: Board will review the names of persons submitting applications and appoint persons to fill any vacant positions.

Apply here




Winter Sports Awards Night

Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. at RHS Gym

All grade school and high school winter sports athletes and their families are invited to the high school to celebrate the many accomplishments of our winter athletes. Athletic Director Derek Duman will be handing out varsity letter awards and all league awards, followed by program-specific team awards and recognitions.

Spring Sports Night

Tuesday, March 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. at RHS Gym

All grade school and high school spring sports athletes and their families are strongly encouraged to attend. Each sport will hold their own parent/caregiver meeting to go over the season and answer any questions. Athletic Director Mr. Duman will also review athletic policies and procedures for the season. We hope to see you there!




Register for Spring Sports

Make sure to register through FamilyID, submit your athlete’s physical and pay the sport fee through SchoolPay. The deadline to register for RHS is Sunday, Feb. 26 and for RGS is Sunday, April 2, with the first practice for RHS on Monday, Feb. 27 and for RGS on Monday, April 3.

All students MUST complete the FamilyID online registration, have an up-to-date sports physical and pay athletic fees by the deadlines in order to participate in school sports.

Please note: We only charge one sports fee for athletes who want to compete in multiple sports in one season.

Find all registration information here



Important Dates

  • Tuesday, Feb. 28 - Winters Sports Awards Night from 7-8:30 p.m. at RHS
  • Monday, March 6 - Inservice Day (no school)
  • Monday, March 6 - Board Meeting at 6 p.m. via GTW
  • Tuesday, March 7 - Spring Sports Night from 6-7:30 p.m. at RHS
  • Saturday, March 18 - PTC Auction at The Foundry at 6 p.m.
  • March 20 - Board Meeting at 6 p.m. 

Riverdale All-District Pep Rally, 2023