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Friday, March 3 

Riverdale School District News



RHS National Merit Scholars

We are pleased to announce that Zinnia P. and Aeneas W. have both been named National Merit Finalists. Every year, only 15,000 seniors across the country are given this award, making them eligible for the National Merit Scholarships that are awarded in March. Finalists are also eligible for grants and scholarships from universities across the country, including several schools that offer full rides. Aeneas plans to attend the University of Rochester in the fall, and Zinnia still awaits admissions decisions that will be coming in over the next few months.



Sisters Share Success

Two sets of sisters played alongside each other all season as Riverdale High School girls basketball starters. Starters 9th grader Lily Z., 10th grader Isa M., 11th grader Cosette M. and 12th grader Abby Z. all had incredible seasons and worked well together on the court. They led their team to the state playoffs, competing in their last game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 25. They fought hard against the Pleasant Hill team that only had one loss in the 2nd round of state playoffs. “These four, as well as the entire team, really gave it their all this season. And the dynamic of two sets of sisters logging a lot of minutes together was a real positive for us,” said Head Coach Mark Scarlett.

The team ended their season ranked 9th in the OSAA regular season out of 45 teams. Together, the two sets of sisters accounted for roughly 90% of the scoring and 75% of the rebounding for the Mavericks. The four were statistically very close, averaging between 8.9 and 11.3 points per game. Incredibly, all four of them received all-league honors with Lily Z. getting Honorable Mention, Isa M. Honorable Mention, Cosette M. 2nd Team and Abby Z.1st Team. 

They finished 3rd in their new league - the Coastal Range League - and beat every team twice except for Banks and Corbett, who were ranked in the top 4 teams in the state throughout most of the year and are two of the favorites to win it all. 

“We’re in arguably the toughest league in the state, so to get to the state tournament was a great accomplishment this year.” - Head Coach Mark Scarlett.  “We’ll lose Abby to graduation, and she’ll be sorely missed after starting every game for four years, but we’ll continue to look to Cosette, Isa, and Lily for leadership and great play next season.”



School Fees Update

Going forward, Riverdale School District is changing the way we collect fees. 


Fees for school-related activities, such as field trips and field studies, are voluntary contributions. In order for these programs to happen and remain viable in the future, we will need donations to cover costs.  


This fee update does not include non-educational activities, such as school dances and sports. Sports fees will still be paid as they always have and are not voluntary contributions. 

Financial aid is available for families - Financial Aid Request for Student Activity Fee. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, or are experiencing exceptional adverse circumstances, you can request assistance with student activity fees by completing a financial aid request form.   

No student is exempt from charges for lost or damaged books, locks, materials, supplies and equipment. 



Equity & Inclusion Corner 

Holidays and Celebrations

March is National Women’s History Month, which celebrates the contributions women have made and highlights contemporary struggles. Our March 17th newsletter will feature more information about local events and opportunities for learning.

We hope our Bahá’í community has a meaningful Nineteen-Day Fast.

We hope our Buddhist community has a wonderful Magha Puja.

Happy Purim to our Jewish community.

We hope our Sikh community has a lovely Hola Mohalla.

Happy Holi to all who celebrate.

March 8th is International Women’s Day, learn more from the United Nations.

Please join us at Riverdale High School for an Event with Award-Winning Author Dr. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai 

We would like to invite community members to join us at Riverdale High School from 2-3 pm on March 14th, 2023 for an author visit with Dr. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai. She will be reading from her new book, Dust Child, ahead of her event at Powell’s Books later that evening.

Students in grades 7th-12th will be attending the assembly and have been reading Quế Mai’s work in their language arts classes. 

Here is more information from Quế Mai:

Born and raised in Việt Nam, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai is the author of the international bestseller The Mountains Sing, runner-up for the 2021 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the 2020 BookBrowse Best Debut Award, the 2021 International Book Awards, the 2021 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award, and the 2020 Lannan Literary Award Fellowship for Fiction. She has published twelve books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in Vietnamese and English and has received some of the top literary prizes in Việt Nam. Her writing has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in major publications, including the New York Times. She has a PhD in creative writing from Lancaster University. She is an advocate for the rights of disadvantaged groups in Việt Nam and has founded several scholarship programs, and she was named by Forbes Vietnam as one of twenty inspiring women of 2021. Dust Child is her second novel. For more information, visit:



School Board Meeting Monday

The Riverdale School Board will hold a School Board Meeting on Monday, March 6 in person in the grade school library. The meeting will also be available virtually via GoToWebinar.  

Public Comment Process

Community members who would like to speak on agenda topics will be given an opportunity to do so after the board discusses that particular topic. There is also an opportunity to speak to non-agenda topics. In either case, community members may use the “raise hand” feature to then be unmuted to speak to the board. 

For members of the public who wish to submit written public comment:

  • Submit an email to Chrisie Hessel before 12 p.m. on the day of the meeting.
  • IMPORTANT: Please type “Written Public Comment” in the subject line. 
  • Include your full name in the body of the email.
  • Names of patrons providing input will be read during the meeting and their written public comment will be posted online via the Board agenda.
Register here
View the agenda here


February Student Athletes of the Month

High School

Isa M. - Isa was always prepared for class above and beyond expectation throughout Tri 2. She managed all deadlines, including those for honors work! Her work was exemplary throughout the trimester. She maintained a super positive attitude and was always the first to volunteer to help others.

Maddox P. - Maddox finished his senior season qualifying for district finals and beat the school record in the 100 backstroke. He worked extremely hard over the past two years and his leadership will be missed next year.

Grade School

Aiden R. - Aiden continued his passion and learning of the game throughout the season and became an impact player down the stretch. Proud of all his hard work this season and wish him the best in his high school career!

Donya S. - Donya brought great energy to the team. She demonstrates leadership qualities, is supportive of her teammates and is very coachable. Donya takes on any challenge thrown her way with confidence! Way to finish the season strong!



Basketball Post Season Wrap Up

Saturday, February 25

HS Girls Basketball @ Pleasant Hill (2nd Round OSAA Playoffs)
Varsity (L 35-59)

HS Boys Basketball @ Creswell (2nd Round OSAA Playoffs)
Varsity (L 16-68)

Monday February, 27

GS Girls Basketball vs. OES (MCL Championship)

A Team (L 14-32)




Spring Sports Night

Tuesday, March 7 from 7-8:30 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!



Important Dates

  • 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 7-8:30 p.m. at RHS
  • Saturday, March 18 - PTC Auction at The Foundry at 6 p.m.
  • March 20 - Board Meeting at 6 p.m. 
  • March 27-31 - Spring Break

Riverdale All-District Pep Rally, 2023