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Feb. 5 Riverdale High School News

Published Feb. 5, 2021

Riverdale High School

Friday, Feb. 5

Riverdale High School News


Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI)

Riverdale High School is excited to begin Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) and have individual students and small groups in our school! Riverdale School District has been working hard preparing our staff and school buildings so that we can provide a safe and healthy experience. We will start with a small number of students the first week and then expand services and the number served. 
Today (Feb. 5) and on Monday (Feb. 8) RHS staff members are contacting the first group of students and their families to schedule. Each week we plan to expand the number of students we serve and rotate in new students in a safe manner. Participation in LIPI is not mandatory, but it is strongly encouraged for those who feel comfortable in attending. In our first phase of LIPI we are prioritizing supporting student social and emotional learning needs, engaging students in mentoring and tutoring, and utilizing other resources we have available right now. For example, our college counselor, Robert Lovvorn, will spend part of his week meeting with individuals and very small groups of students in person. 
LIPI is not an everyday activity for students, and it does not take the place of the instruction provided by Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). As we schedule, we will limit the impact on the students’ CDL schedule. 
To Get Ready for Participation in the coming weeks, please review these documents with your student. 
Students and families in the first phase of LIPI will receive an email with more information. Thank you for your patience as we put LIPI into motion and learn along the way how to improve and expand. We look forward to serving more students each week. 
Have a wonderful weekend!
Mr. Flannery  
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Scholastic Art Awards 

Congratulations to this year’s scholastic art award winners. “This year, students have displayed an extremely wide range of styles, techniques and ideas. Also, many works were created on the kitchen table this time around! 1-Quinn, Gold Key. 2-Lyle, Silver Key. 3-Grace, Silver Key. 4-Emma, 2x Honorable Mention. 5-Marissa, 4x Honorable Mention. 6- Natasha, Silver Key. 7-Tess, Honorable Mention. 8-Didi, Honorable Mention. 9-Marco, Honorable Mention. 10-Gemma- Honorable Mention 11-Grace, Gold Key, 2x Silver Key, 2x Honorable Mention (submitted through private painting lessons). Everyone keep up the great work!” - Art Teacher Nate Orton
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Celebrating Black History Month at the high school



Librarian Sarah Hansen has put a spotlight on books by Black authors that elevate Black experiences, and this month during "Lunch with the Librarian" each Monday, students can join Mrs. Hansen in participating in the National African American Read-In by discussing their current reading and sharing book recommendations. Visit the online library catalog to see featured titles, request books, and learn more.


Students learned about the origin/history of Black History Month and kicked off the month of recognizing, honoring, and celebrating the contributions of Black Americans by reading and discussing the work of poets Amanda Gorman, Nikki Giovanni, and Langston Hughes.
Following Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, advisory classes engaged in a reading and discussion of Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail, to reflect on some of his activist philosophies. This provided a jumping off point for Black History Month activities in advisory, which have so far included: 
  • Learning about the basic history of Black History Month 
  • Exploring the poetry of iconic Black poets
  • Exploring the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC
More activities to celebrate Black excellence are forthcoming in advisory. Some overlapping content includes discussions about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion norms and expectations, and class discussions surrounding human identity and the spectrum of the human experience.  

Reporting when students are sick

When your child is sick and they cannot attend school in person or during CDL, the Health Dept. is requesting to know a little more information about the symptoms they are having. When you call the office, or email us at, please remember to include what your child's symptoms are e.g., fever, cough, headache, stomach ache, runny nose, nausea or vomiting. If necessary, you also might receive a call from the office asking a few more questions. Thank you for your help with this.

Reporting students who are medically fragile 

Even though students are not yet in the building at this time, we still need to know about health conditions. Below is the link to MESD's health condition portal, which not only makes things easier to access for parents but also assists us in getting their medical documentation facilitated during this time. If you already completed this at the beginning of the school year, you do not need to do it again. 
Using this portal, parents can find the medical documents and forms that we need from them depending on their child's health condition(s). The portal has five options, Asthma, Diabetes, Seizure Disorder, Severe Allergic Reaction and Other. Using these categories, parents will be able to navigate and find their required forms as it relates to their child's health condition. 
The portal has contact information for help navigating and using the portal if parents come across any difficulties while using it. 
After a parent has selected their student's relevant health condition(s), they can download, print and fill out the forms. They are given the option of being able to scan and email them to the schools themselves, or send them to
Parents can also contact and work with their school about the possibility of receiving the required documents physically at the school and turning them in physically at the school as well. If there are any questions about the documentation process, parents are more than welcome to email the school nurse Nicholas Jacobs at
MESD Health Condition Portal

COVID-19 Tracking 

Please contact our schools if your student(s) have tested positive for COVID-19, have a household member who has tested positive for COVID-19, or have been notified that they are a close contact of a known case of COVID-19. 
Even while in Comprehensive Distance Learning, it is now the expectation that to the greatest extent possible, all potential exposures of COVID-19 in district employees, students and contractors be reported to the district to ensure that precautionary steps can be taken to prevent the spread of this virus. There are two confidential forms and an internal process that should be filled out for any employees, contractors or visitors to the district who report that they have tested positive for COVID-19, report that they have a household member who has tested positive for COVID-19, or who report that they have been notified that they are a close contact of a known case of COVID-19. We thank you in advance for helping us in this process and wish you all good health and safety. 

GSA Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is around the corner and the GSA would love your help putting together personalized valentines for the entire school community!  Please see the attached flyer for information about writing valentines or adding your wonderful artwork to them.  We need to put together 250+ valentines over the next ten days, so we could really use your help!
Please read the guidelines on the pdf and consider writing messages for some folks using this Google Form. We need all the writers we can get!
Feel free to contact Mr. Thompson at if you want to get started doing art this weekend. We are looking for 15+ artists to help out!

Feb. 8-12 Schedule 

  • Monday, Feb. 8: ALL
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9: ODD 
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10: EVEN
  • Thursday, Feb. 11: ODD
  • Friday, Feb. 12: EVEN
  • Monday, Feb. 15 - NO SCHOOL (President's Day)