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March 11 Riverdale High School News

Schedule: End of Trimester, Finals and Trimester 3


Dear Families,
We have been running a special schedule this week. Next week we continue with a special schedule to support the end of the trimester, finals and the start of trimester 3. Please read the following schedule carefully. Here are some highlights for next week:
  • The remaining Finals are on March 15 and 16
  • Built into each day we have a final, there is study time and time for support getting ready for finals. 
  • Wednesday, March 17 is a grading day for teachers, and No School for Students. 
  • Thursday March 18 is the first day of Trimester 3 and an Odd day.
  • Friday March 19 is Even.

March 15-19 Schedule


Textbook Exchange

Mrs. Hansen will run a curbside textbook exchange on March 17 and 18. Drop by any time during scheduled hours (below) to return your 2nd Trimester textbooks and art supplies as well as pick up texts for Trimester 3.


March 17: 8:30-11:30, 12:30-4:30
March 18: 8:30-11:30, 2:30-4:30

Trimester 3 Schedules

RHS students will receive emails from their trimester 3 teachers prior to Thursday, March 18. with links to their new Google Classrooms.
RHS students can now find their trimester 3 schedules in StudentVUE and ParentVUE. We are still balancing and finalizing schedules this week. Students may receive an email from Cheryl Wright if she has schedule questions. You may be scheduled into classes you did not choose based on scheduling conflicts or availability. Before a schedule change is made, we encourage all students to attend at least one class. Class descriptions can be found in the course guide beginning on page 18. 
STUDENTS: Schedule change requests should be completed with the online request form. Remember to use your Riverdale email when filling out the form. 
Scheduling questions should be directed to Cheryl Wright at 
Upon submission of the completed schedule change form, the form is dated and time stamped. The requests are processed in order of priority of the change needed, and then in order of receipt. It is important to complete the form as it will place students on a waitlist should availability open.
After turning in a schedule change form, students must continue to attend all classes listed on their schedules until there is an updated schedule in their StudentVUE account.
Click here to view scheduling information from the course guide (page 3).
We will be offering two creative writing options in Trimester 3:

Current History Publications 

We will work together as a creative team to document, analyze, and comment on the history of now. Bring your ideas and myriad skills and we will share the facts, explorations, and experiences of this year with the public through articles, stories, poetry, video, audio. Students will choose the best medium for their voice and we'll gather them in a periodical publication.

Creative Writing

In this class, students will experiment with various forms of creative writing--including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We'll examine diverse texts and learn to talk about craft. We'll engage in fun writing exercises, prompts, and games to get the creative juices flowing. By the end of the term, students will produce a portfolio of work. 

PTC Q&A with Mr. Flannery

Sign up information is below for a Q&A session with Mr. Flannery at the beginning of the PTC General Meeting on Tuesday, March 16 from 5-5:30 p.m.
Join the meeting here

Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) Update

Next week in LIPI we will continue academic support groups for 9-12, art activities, small group activities, and college and academic check-ins are scheduled. We will continue to expand students accessing these supports (and others) each week. 
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 do our best to limit the impact on students’ CDL schedule. 
Reminder: To Get Ready For Participation, please review these documents with your student. 
  • COVID-19 Student Screening Form. Students who take part in LIPI will fill out and sign this form each day as they enter the building. 
  • These info sheets on how to correctly wear a face mask and cough etiquette.

LIPI Waiver Form

This waiver needs to be filled out before students can attend LIPI for the first time and will be kept on file for future attendance. You are welcome to fill out the form in advance of your student coming into the building. Forms can be turned in by students upon arrival at the school or sent in via email to

Abby Rotwein | Equity & Inclusion Coordinator (K-12) and Restorative Justice Coach (9-12)

Abby is joining the Riverdale School District as the new Equity & Inclusion Coordinator and Restorative Justice Coach (9-12th). This is her 12th year working in public schools, the first nine in Portland Public Schools and the last two and half in the Evergreen School District in Vancouver.  For most of her career she taught 4th grade and the last few years has worked with gifted and special needs students in 2nd-5th grades as well as being a curriculum developer. She decided to become an educator because of her passion for equity and social justice issues. She has an undergraduate degree in Literatures of the World and African American Studies and completed her master’s in teaching at Lewis and Clark Graduate School just down the road. Abby loves rooting for the Portland Trailblazers, reading books, playing soccer and traveling. She is looking forward to being part of the Riverdale community!


Cap & Gown Order Link

Seniors: Order your cap, gown and other Class of 2021 memorabilia via the link below. Orders need to be placed by March 26, 2021. Pick up of orders will be at RHS; date TBD. 
Order here

Important dates

  • Monday, March 15 - Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m. via GTW
  • Monday, March 15 - Board Special Session at 6 p.m. via GTW
  • Tuesday, March 16 - End of Trimester 2 
  • Tuesday, March 16 - PTC Q&A with Mr. Flannery from 5-5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 17 - Teacher work day (no school)
  • Thursday, March 18 - Beginning of Trimester 3 
  • March 22-26 - Spring Break
  • Monday, March 29 - Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m. and Board Meeting at 6 p.m.