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Aug. 27 - Riverdale School District News

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Friday, Aug. 27

Riverdale School District News



Complete Online Registration before Aug. 30!

Parents-guardians of all students enrolled for the 2021-22 school year need to log into ParentVUE and look to the top right of the page for the "online registration" tab, and start working through the information saving and continuing. Once you are done, click "submit"Even if your information has not changed, all families need to complete this process for each student.

Welcome New Staff!

Learn more about our new RGS, RHS and district staff!

Torrie Fox | Grade School

This is Torrie’s fourth year teaching art. For the past two years, she taught at Scappoose Middle School. Prior to that, she taught at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Chicago, Illinois, where she is originally from. Torrie received her undergraduate degree in Photography and Art History from New York University and her masters in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In her spare time, Torrie is a metalsmith and graphic designer. She also loves to hike, cook, and play with her Staffordshire bull terrier, Penny! She is super excited to be joining the team at Riverdale, and can’t wait to make beautiful art with all of you!

Arianna Hall | Grade School

Arianna Hall is so excited to be Riverdale's new 7/8 Science Teacher! She graduated with her Masters of Science in Science Education at OSU and has taught JH Science ever since. She grew up in Portland and recently moved back after living in Colorado. Arianna loves wilderness backpacking, cycling, watercoloring and drinking coffee. Fun fact: she also has a classroom pet rat, Kepler! "Thank you for making us both feel so welcome in Riverdale's community." 

Marcus Herron | Grade School

Marcus is a native of Los Angeles, California and has been teaching music in various capacities (classroom teacher and private lessons) since 1999. After receiving his degree in Music Education from New Mexico State University, he began his teaching career as a middle school band director teaching 6-8 band. Over the years Marcus has taught band, orchestra, percussion ensemble, and choir in California, Washington, and Florida. At Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, he also served on the PBIS committee and received training in Restorative Justice practices. He joins Riverdale from Admiral Farragut Academy, a Pre-K through 12th grade day/boarding school where he was the only music teacher for all grades. Marcus, in his spare time, likes to make in his home recording studio, motorcycle, read, landscape, cook, and travel. He is a saxophone player by training.

Heather Johnston | Grade School

Heather is looking forward to her new role as the school counselor at the grade school. She specializes in creating strong relationships and advocating for the best interest in every student regardless of race, culture, ethnicity, gender, ability or difference. Heather is a graduate of Oregon State University and George Fox University. She is looking forward to getting to know each and every student and family in the Riverdale community. In her spare time you can find Heather on a sports field or court cheering on her two kids.

Peter Mullady | Grade School

Peter Mullady is super excited to join the Riverdale Grade School community as the new 7/8 math teacher. He's the middle of three Irish kids from Queens, NY. He did his undergraduate work at SUNY New Paltz and received his masters from PSU. Peter's 23 years in education include stops in Manhattan, Washington DC, and most recently at Central Catholic HS in Portland. His hobbies include cleaning up after his three lovely daughters, wondering who put the stuffed animals in the refrigerator, and wondering why the front door is always open. Peter is looking forward to his time here at Riverdale and getting to know as many of you as possible.

Andrew Sharp | High School

Andrew Sharp is joining Riverdale High School as the new Physics and Math teacher. He has spent the last decade teaching Honors and AP Physics at Central Catholic High School and developed and taught the engineering curriculum including Intro to Engineering, Advanced Engineering, AutoCAD, and Revit. Andrew’s students describe his classes as challenging, yet fun and engaging. In his spare time, he loves skiing, fishing, chasing around his sons, and traveling with his wife. 

Carissa Trepka | High School 

Carissa Trepka comes to Riverdale with a Bachelors of Social Work from Spring Arbor University and a Masters of Social Work from Michigan State University
Clinical Studies with a focus on School Social Work. Since graduating in 2010, she worked as a Social Services Director for a nursing home, Director of Guidance and Counseling for an alternative high school, Clinical Case Manager for a GED school, and an Advisor/Teacher/Counselor for an online charter school. She was born and raised in Jackson, Michigan and moved to Portland in 2010 after finding a job. She has a 17-year-old son and two young cats. She enjoys making things, and painting, crocheting, block printing, and sewing.

Shanna Schlitz | District 

Shanna comes to Riverdale from a small K-8 where she was responsible for library, media and technology. Coming from an “all hands on deck” environment, she has experience wearing a lot of different hats, including PBIS, mindfulness and DEI work. She is married to a lovely fellow and has 2 kids - one in 7th and one in 9th grade. Shanna loves sports (RCTID!) and plays and coaches roller derby. She’s also an avid reader with a deep love of all things sci-fi. She is excited to join the Riverdale community!

Dr. Jeff Harding | District 

Dr. Jeff Harding will serve as Interim Superintendent of the Riverdale School District for the 2021-22 school year. Dr. Harding is a distinguished leader who comes to Riverdale with an extensive background in education, most recently serving as a superintendent in California at the Mountain View Los Altos High School District and Healdsburg Unified School District for a total of 11 years. 
Jeff and his wife Kate have four grown sons and come to Portland from Sebastopol, California. Jeff retired from California Public Schools in 2019 and enjoyed traveling the world until the COVID pandemic forced a return to California. This year he has coordinated vaccine clinics for Sonoma County educators and continues to teach graduate level courses to aspiring educators. He is excited to return his focus to primary and secondary education at Riverdale.
HS students

Follow Riverdale on Social Media

Follow Riverdale's district-run social media pages at Riverdale School District on Facebook and @riverdaleschooldistrictk12 on Instagram to get the latest updates about the high school and grade school.  
To potentially be featured on district social media, please email a photo and short caption of the exciting things students are doing. You can also tag the district in posts and use #RiverdaleSchoolDistrict when posting your child's back-to-school photos to have the opportunity to be featured on one of our pages. 

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The following is a notice to parents and eligible students (who are 18 years of age or older) of their rights regarding student records and information. 
Annual Notification of Rights


Social Media Opt-out Form

If you wish for your student to not be posted about on social media, please return this opt-out form to before Sept. 8


Find the answers to your questions about our return to school. We will continue to update this page as we learn new information. 


Masks Required Outdoors

Riverdale is requiring that everyone wear face masks at all times when on campus. Riverdale’s top priority is for our students to remain in school full time this year with as few disruptions as possible. State and local health authorities are requiring masking outdoors in public settings
  • Eating/drinking
  • Outside Athletics - Masks are not required for athletes during after-school athletics but will be required for all adults and spectators. 
The district will be reevaluating these decisions going forward as the COVID situation changes.

PTC Emails 

The Riverdale Parent Teacher Club (PTC) communicates with families weekly when school is in session via the Parent Pack Newsletter email and the occasional as-needed eblast throughout the year. Information relates to PTC-supported activities, and sometimes non-PTC supported events that are going on in the local community. Parent Pack emails are through a separate email system and are not managed/sent by the district.
PTC Website

Important Dates

  • Monday, Aug. 30 - First Day of School
  • Tuesday, Aug. 31 - GS Fall Sports First Day
  • Monday, Sept. 6 - Labor Day (no school)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 7 - First Day of School for Kindergarteners
  • Monday, Sept. 13 - Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m.