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  • Student poetry shared on NPR

    From over 2,000 submissions to NPR, three Riverdale students’ entries were selected for the final crowd-sourced love poem heard all over the world.

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  • Scholastic writing award winners

    We’re so proud of the nine Riverdale middle school students who have received awards or honorable mentions for their writing in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

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  • Science and math clubs compete

    Riverdale's Science Bowl club finished in the top 18 or 80 teams, and nine Riverdale students will compete in a series of math competitions.

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  • Deadline for inter-district transfers: June 1 

    If you’re seeking an inter-district transfer from your home district, it must be received in writing at the District Office by June 1. Contact your home district for details on their process.

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  • 2019 school year calendar

    Download the year-at-a-glance version and see all the key dates and breaks for 2019-20.

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  • Division 22 compliance notice

    Each year, school districts are required to report to our communities regarding the status of our compliance with the Standards for Public Elementary and Secondary Schools as set out in OAR Chapter 581, Division 22.

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  • Brain breaks make a big difference

    Have you ever wondered what is happening in your child’s brain when, for example, they have a temper tantrum or get stuck on a negative emotion? Well, they do, too. That’s why our young students are exploring their brains and learning to build more adaptive ways of handling big emotions.

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  • Bringing creepy carrots to life

    The goal in reader’s theater is to effectively read a script aloud so the audience can visualize the action. Without the benefit of costumes or props, our little performers make the text come alive by using voice, facial expressions and gestures.

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  • Using art to enhance learning

    Our grade school art teacher makes a point of creating projects related to her students’ math, science or social studies lessons. These may include botanical drawings, animated simple machines or creative visual representations of insects, fish, flags and cities — or even totem poles.

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  • New PTC grant secured for teacher site visits

    Thanks to a generous new grant from the Parent Teacher Club, grade school teachers will have the opportunity to spend a day observing a teacher at another school — or even within Riverdale — for inspiration and to learn new tools.

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  • Nope, not that mole

    For those who have forgotten their chemistry studies, a mole is a unit used to measure atoms and molecules. But how can you illustrate that for younger students who have no concept of that math?

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  • Tootling vs. tattling

    Tootling is all the rage in the 3rd grade classrooms. It may sound like a funny word, but the impact is quite serious. See why...

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  • Finding balance in difficult situations

    A series of presentations and workshops is using music, comedy and drama to teach forethought, insight and specific skills to help our middle schoolers navigate this journey.

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  • Strategic Planning: Setting the course for Riverdale’s future

    Four overarching themes emerged during preliminary strategic planning work to shape what Riverdale’s future will look like — innovative educational model, curriculum and instruction, climate and culture, and district stability.

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  • Annual Campaign: So close to our goal

    The Riverdale School Foundation and Riverdale School District are incredibly thankful for the generosity of all donors to the 2018-2019 Annual Campaign. We're so close to our goal, and it's not too late to give. Read more...

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  • Required notice for statewide testing

    High school juniors will take the tests during Trimester 2 – look for dates to be announced soon. Grade school students will take the assessment in the spring. Learn more...

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  • RGS moves to electronic report cards for 5th-8th grades

    Starting this school year, middle school (5th-8th grade) report cards will be accessed electronically using ParentVUE and StudentVUE rather than being mailed home. At this time, report cards for younger students will continue to be mailed. Learn more...

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  • Thank you! Fundraising efforts support upcoming basketball season

    Thanks to the huge success of the 1st Annual Riverdale Golf Tournament, our community’s generosity made it possible to provide a stipend for one additional coach and one additional assistant coach than the district budget could support, among other sports-related costs.

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  • Riverdale grad helps improve body armor for the US Army

    Thanks in part to one Riverdale graduate, future American soldiers will be better protected in combat by stronger and lighter body armor. Read more...

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  • PTC hosts Speaker Series for parents

    Speaker Series page on PTC website

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  • 2019-20 Tuition rates announced

    The board has approved a 3 percent increase in tuition for the 2019-20 school year to keep pace with the rising cost of education.

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  • Introducing new electronic sign-in process in RGS main office

    Instead of using clipboards to sign in, visitors and volunteers will now independently follow a few easy steps to print out their own personalized badge. And you’ll reverse the process when you check out. Learn more.

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  • Please, no left turns

    To help ease the traffic gridlock we’re facing during daily drop-off and pick-up, we ask that you avoid making left turns during these times. Read more.

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  • RGS art teacher Liz Randall recognized

    We’re so proud of Riverdale Grade School’s art teacher, Liz Randall, who was selected as a 3rd place winner of the Oregon Art Educator Association’s “Teachers as Artists” exhibit at the Maryhill Museum of Art. Read more.

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  • Grade school musicians’ summer film adventure

    Thanks to the growing popularity of Riverdale’s extra-curricular MarimbaLab and the skills being developed in our strong music program, several RGS students were chosen to be extras in a Disney movie that filmed in Portland this summer. Read more.

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  • Riverdale Golf Tournament raises funds for athletics program

    The 1st Annual Riverdale Golf Tournament fundraiser drew nearly 70 golfers, 100 patrons and 24 sponsors and donors to help Riverdale Athletics raise vital funds to maintain its programs for the 2018-19 school year. Read more about the event and plans for next year.

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  • Riverdale again ranked high, report says

    According to the 2019 ratings report by consumer research site Niche, Riverdale School District is once again one of the top districts in the state. See how they ranked our district and schools.

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  • Riverdale schools will now use buzz-in entry system

    For added security, we will begin using a new buzz-in entry system at the front door of each school. All back and side entrances to the schools will remain locked during the school day. Learn more.

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  • Warriors’ player discovered love of chess at Riverdale Grade School

    The Warriors’ Klay Thompson has a long-time love of chess. In fact, his fascination with the game started with a 7th-grade chess elective at Riverdale Grade School.

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  • The 2018-19 school budget: What to expect

    We approached the budget with care and consideration for our district’s values and what is most important to our families. See what's staying the same and what changes you'll notice next year.

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  • Campfire reading and sound machines

    Our 1st graders have been enjoying some fun experiences to round out the school year. Read all about it.

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  • 24/7 tip lines for safety threats

    What should students and parents do if you learn about someone threatening to harm themselves or others? Click headline to find out.

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  • Interim superintendent for 2018-19

    Jim Schlachter, former superintendent of Gresham-Barlow School District, will serve as Riverdale's interim superintendent for the 2018-19 school year.

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  • Where will you find the class of 2018 next year?

    This year’s class received 172 acceptances to 106 colleges/programs in the United States, Canada and even Europe, and was offered more than $5 million in scholarships. Find out more.

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  • 7th and 8th graders study the Holocaust

    Riverdale parent and Holocaust educator Sandy Nemer was a guest speaker in 7th and 8th grade Language Arts classes last week – discussing life in Poland before, during and after WWII, as well as providing a brief history of the propaganda used during the 1930s and 1940s.

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  • Special assembly recognized empathy

    An OPB reporter and producer was the special guest speaker at our special Recognition/Showcase Assembly focused on understanding and listening with empathy.

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  • Welcome to my world

    Our 7th and 8th graders took part in the “Welcome to My World Disability Awareness Program” designed to show our students what it might be like to go through the day with sensory challenges or motor impairments.

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  • SafeOregon Tipline available for potential safety threats

    SafeOregon is a statewide secure place for students, parents, staff and others to confidentially share information of a potential threat to school or student safety.

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  • Notice about pets in the building

    We are certainly a pet loving community! Yet, we do have certain restrictions for our four-legged friends. See what they are.

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  • 2018: A science odyssey

    Our K-12 students will see some exciting hands-on science exploration starting this year, as we roll out a new curriculum called STEMScopes. Learn more in this article.

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  • Technology enhancements

    As new technology continues to be strategically rolled out at both of our schools, we asked Tech Coordinator, Jeff Bjorn, for a snapshot of the latest improvements and integrations.

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  • Professional development benefits students

    Continual learning is just as vital for educators as it is for students. That’s why Riverdale makes time every Wednesday for staff to improve their skills and learn from each other. Ongoing professional development keeps grade school and high school teachers up-to-date on new curriculum resources and research on how children learn and how best to address their educational and emotional needs.

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  • Dogs put Riverdale young readers at ease

    Riverdale's Read to the Dogs program continues, providing opportunities for our younger students to read aloud to an animal who won't judge them, making them feel more confident and building oral fluency.

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  • Growth vs. Fixed Mindset

    A recent blog post by Growth Mindset Trainer James Anderson really boils it down in a way we think will be meaningful for you. The basic gist? A Growth Mindset “is not growth itself. It’s an invitation to grow. It’s an understanding that growth is possible.” And this, he says, has an enormous impact on our motivations and actions.

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  • Reminder: Dogs on grade school campus

    For the safety of our students, dogs must be on leashes when children are present during school hours. Also, please continue to pick-up after dogs at all times and keep dogs off the playground/bark chip area where our children play.

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  • Riverdale now has its own weather station

    Riverdale has installed its own weather station atop the Commons at Riverdale Grade School. Now, the Riverdale school community can monitor real-time weather conditions at the school using www.weatherunderground.com or the corresponding mobile app. Learn how to access Riverdale's weather data.

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  • Habits of Mind: Gathering data through all senses

    November marks our first month-long habit: Gathering data through all senses. Most linguistic, cultural and physical learning is derived from the environment by observing or taking it in through the five senses. The more regions of the brain that store data about a subject, the more interconnection there is. Learn more about this habit.

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  • Habits of Mind: Creating, imagining and innovating

    Creating brings new ideas, concepts or ways that could solve a problem. Innovating allows students to invent a tool, equipment or a method that can solve an existing situation or problem. Imagining gives students the permission to form their own idea or picture of something within their thoughts. Learn more about this habit.

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  • Habits of Mind: Responding with wonderment and awe

    Students who exhibit this habit see things in a different way, take the time to appreciate how incredible the world and everything in it is, and are open to the mysteries of life and the amazing things that nature and man have created. Learn more about this habit.

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  • Habits of Mind: Taking responsible risks

    Responsible risk takers take educated risks, drawing on past knowledge, having a well-trained sense of what is appropriate and thinking about consequences. By holding back from taking risks, students miss opportunities. Learn more about this habit.

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  • Habits of Mind: Finding humor

    Scientists have found that laughing has positive effects on both physiological and psychological functions. Additionally, laughter releases creativity and provokes higher-level thinking skills, such as anticipating, finding novel relationships, visual imaging and making analogies. Learn more about this habit.

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  • Habits of Mind: Thinking interdependently

    Thinking interdependently is an important habit to develop in students for a variety of reasons. Negotiating relationships and adjusting to different personalities is an important real-world emotional intelligence that will be rewarded. Learn more about this habit.

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  • Habits of Mind: Remaining open to continuous learning

    Remaining open to continuous learning is the final Habit of Mind we are studying this year, tying closely to our focus on instilling a Growth Mindset in each of our students. Learn more about this habit.

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  • Habits of Mind: Listening with empathy and understanding

    We want students to learn to suspend their own values, judgments, opinions and prejudices so they can listen to and entertain another person's thoughts. Click to view a few helpful resources for parents in understanding and fostering this habit in their children.

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  • Riverdale student's winning recipe takes her to the White House

    Riverdale Grade School student Hannah C. is Oregon's winner in this year's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, which is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign.

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  • Lice… unwanted, but common

    Head lice are an occasional visitor and concern for elementary and middle school students. It is not unusual to find head lice in our school community at times throughout the school year. Find information on prevention, treatment and our school policy.

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  • RGS Principal's Blog: This year's core Habits of Mind focus

    Principal Joanna Tobin describes how This year, in accordance with the CES principle of “depth over breadth,” the grade school has decided to focus more time on what staff consider to be four “core habits.”

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  • Special thanks for our new lunch program

    Our new lunch program, Healthy Habits, is amazing. Thanks to all involved in its success. Take a look at some initial lunch stats.

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  • Habits of Mind: Help students strive for accuracy

    People who value truthfulness, accuracy, precision, and craftsmanship take time to check over their products. Watch a video illustrating "striving for accuracy."

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  • Habits of Mind: ‘Persisting’ as a core habit

    Successful people stick to a task until it is completed. They don't give up easily. Watch a video illustrating "persisting."

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  • Habits of Mind: Starting with “managing impulsivity”

    Effective problem solvers are deliberate: they think before they act. Watch a video illustrating "managing impulsivity."

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