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Aug. 24- Riverdale High School News

Tuesday, Aug. 24

Riverdale High School News


Back to School Information for ALL Families

Greetings Riverdale Students and Families,
The staff here at Riverdale have been busy working on creating a safe and welcoming environment for our return to full-time, in-person learning and we are excited to be sending you some information about our orientation day on Friday. This message includes information for all students, so please read the section(s) appropriate for you.

11th and 12th Graders

Attention Student Leaders: We have an opportunity for you! We are looking for student leaders to help welcome our 9th graders, 10th graders and new 11th and 12th graders. Student leaders will need to complete one hour of training on Thursday and then will serve as student ambassadors at the orientation day on Friday.  Students will earn service hours for this work.
Your role will be to help introduce new students to the school and what it means to be a student at Riverdale. You will be part of the team, along with staff, that make new students feel welcomed and safe. This will include helping out with tours, answering questions and helping out with all kinds of activities throughout the day. Pizza lunch will be provided for you. 
What will be expected of you: 
  • Come to the high school at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 26th for a 1-hour training session. 
  • Come back to the high school on Friday, August 27th at 8 a.m. to help facilitate the day’s activities. 
If you are interested in participating in this even please contact Mr. Thompson at, or our new counselor, Ms. Trepka at Better yet, contact both Mr. Thompson and Ms. Trepka.
The first official day of school for returning 11th and 12th graders is Monday, August 30th - this is a full day with all students on campus. 

9th Graders, 10th Graders and Students New to Riverdale: 

Your first official day of school is THIS FRIDAY, August 27th. We have a great day planned for you. This will be an orientation day and staff and student leaders are going to be helping you all get acclimated to the building, your teachers and your new daily routine. 
The day will be a mix of tours, class visits, a pizza lunch and some social activities.  Vital information to get your year started off right is going to be presented to you on this first day of school, so it is important that you are here - also we really want to see you! 
Please Note: This is a full day of school. The school day will start at 9 a.m. and end at 3:55 p.m. 
We are so excited to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year! 
- David Thompson and Carissa Trepka
Dear Riverdale Students and Families,
It is with great excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the contracted administrator of Riverdale High School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such persevering students, an extremely dedicated staff, and a supportive school community. I feel very fortunate to be part of this school. I can assure you that I will be here as long as it takes until the new interim principal is hired. We are working hard this month to make for a smooth transition.
I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than 40 years, having worked at all levels as a teacher, principal, administrator, and superintendent. Right now, this feels like a great place to be and am excited to get the school year started.
The following are important items to note:
  • School Day: School begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:55 p.m.
  • Social Distance: Students and staff are asked to maintain at least 3 feet of distance at all times.
  • Schedules: Students will receive schedules on their first day. New students and 9th/10th graders will receive them on Friday. Juniors and Seniors will get theirs on Monday.
  • BusesPrevious routes and schedules will be in place. Students will be asked to be masked, 3’ distance, and have assigned seating.
  • Masks: Required at all times, except while eating.
  • Lunch: Release time will be staggered.
    • Food options/payments will be shared soon.
    • No outside vendors or deliveries - for example: GrubHub, DoorDash, etc.
    • Student will maintain 3’ spacing in Maverick Room, hallways, some classrooms, & gym.
    • Students may choose to go outside and maintain the same distancing requirements. Blankets, and mats will be available - students may bring those from home or even an easily storable chair.
    • Lunch may be readjusted as the need and/or weather dictates
  • School Supplies: Students are asked to simply have a writing utensil and paper for the first day, notebooks are often a good option.
  • Students can bring their own laptops to school or check out Chromebooks for in-school use from the library. Personal laptops can connect to the Riverdale Guest wi-fi network (no password needed). As long as students are logged into their RiverdaleGoogle accounts on those devices, they can print to the HS Library printer if needed.
For families purchasing a new device for student use, we recommend the following:
  • Consider models with at least 4 GB of RAM.
  • Check the device's auto update expiration date before purchasing.
  • Beware of screaming deals -- those can sometimes be due to imminent (or past) expiration dates.
  • Google lists an auto-update expiration date for each Chromebook model.  After that date, Google no longer guarantees that its system software can be updated, which can eventually lead to website compatibility issues. The devices will certainly still work after the AUE date, but website developed after that date may not work on expired devices.
  • All Chromebooks run the same operating system software, so students online experience will be the same between personal Chromebooks at home and RiverdaleChromebooks at school. 
- Acting Administrator, Kerri Smith