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Feb. 5 Riverdale District News

Published Feb. 5, 2021

Riverdale School District

Friday, Feb. 5

Riverdale School District News


Update from Interim Superintendent Tobin 

Click below to hear updates from Interim Superintendent Joanna Tobin. Key topics covered include:
  • Over half of the staff have had the opportunity to receive the first vaccination
Return to Learn
  • Limited In-Person Instruction starting next week
  • Importance of keeping students home when sick/symptomatic as to keep all safe and keep momentum in plans for more students to return
  • Addition of Mental Health support and School Counseling with increased staffing at RGS and RHS  
  • Elementary Hybrid on track for March 8th (vaccines are on track too)
  • Grade-level surveys beginning with Kindergarten going out today for Hybrid/CDL selection
  • Staffing for K-4 Temporary Teachers in Elementary Hybrid is going well and is exciting
  • Principals leading current Hybrid refresh, new 5/6 and 7/8 models for review (initial plans for 5-12th due Feb. 12th and more refined February 19th) - adding more voices in to the discussion to strengthen and improve
  • Safety and compliance central to all conversations
  • We’re building out a new Q&A page on the Riverdale Return to Learn section of the website 
  • You’re invited to learn about Blueprint that is required by the state on Monday, Feb. 8 at the School Board Work Study. Join us at 4:30 p.m. via GoToWebinar and see a presentation and have an opportunity for feedback/Q&A
  • Look for more dialogue opportunities with our Principals and with our Interim Superintendent  
  • We have so much to be proud of -- let’s build on the positives, elevate the possibilities and be creative together!
Black History Month
  • Join us in a celebration of Black History Month!
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
- Maya Angelou

Board Work Study on Monday Feb. 8

The next work study session is Monday, Feb. 8 at 4:30 p.m. By registering using the GoToWebinar (GTW) link below, you will receive a reminder emails 24 hours and 1 hour in advance. The board meeting calendar and agendas can be found on the district website under About Us > School Board and Policy. As a reminder, GoToWebinar meetings do not have a video feature for attendees, only panelists. These meetings are recorded and posted on the school board page. 

You’re invited:

Join us for a Feedback and Discussion Session on the RGS and RHS Operational Blueprint as well as a Question and Answer Session to help us build out our new FAQ page. This will be included in the Board Work Study from 5:30-6 p.m. To attend, register using the GTW button below. 
Register here for the GTW Board Work Study


Eighth Grade Seminar with Seniors

RHS seniors and RGS 8th graders came together virtually this week to discuss what they’ve learned about gentrification in their classes with Ms. Keldorf and Ms. Light. Seniors led 8th graders through discussion questions, asking for their opinions on the effects of gentrification and what can be done going forward to alleviate negative repercussions. We applaud our teachers' tremendous work and elevate the amazing voices of our students. 
Click here to view the Jan. 29 RSD eblast
View all of our previous eblasts here


  • Monday, Feb. 8 - School Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m. via GTW
  • Monday, Feb. 15 - President's Day (no school)
  • Monday, Feb. 22 - School Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 22 - School Board Meeting at 6 p.m.