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Parent/Caregiver-Teacher Conferences

Parent/Caregiver-Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, Oct. 14th, 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 15th, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
You will have the opportunity to sign up for a roughly 7-minute meeting with each of your student’s teachers. We will not be scheduling meetings with advisory teachers this trimester. Meetings will take place via Google Meet or via telephone in the event of technical issues.
Please email Grace Thompson at with your availability and preferred time range (minimum one hour block per student) to schedule your conferences.
You can sign up with Grace until Wednesday, Oct. 13. Teachers will be emailing out meet links to parents/caregivers on Wednesday, Oct. 13 via ParentVUE.

Excludable Illness Symptoms

  • Excludable symptoms that require your child to stay home or be sent home are the primary symptoms of COVID-19:
- new persistent cough
- shortness of breath
- difficulty breathing
- fever >100.4, chills 
- loss of taste or smell
- vomiting 
- diarrhea 
  • Primary COVID-19 symptoms require the student to either quarantine, or return with a negative COVID-19 test and symptoms improving. 
  • Vomiting or diarrhea requires the student to stay home for 48 hours since the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea. 
  • New seeping lesions or rash are also excludable symptoms. 
  • We will contact you at the time of any excludable symptom occurrence.
Other illness symptoms, such as sore throat, congestion, runny nose, headache, stomach ache, low fever <100.4, do not require that a student stay home or be sent home. The student should stay home if they do not feel well or if they have any primary symptoms. A child with non-primary symptoms should be monitored for development of any primary COVID-19 symptoms. Covid testing is not required to attend school and is only recommended as an additional precaution.

Introducing New RHS Winter Sports Coaches

Registration information for winter sports will be sent in early October.

Michael Johnson | Head Basketball Coach

Michael was born and raised in Portland, graduating from Parkrose High School in 1993. During high school, he was both a serious student and athlete, playing varsity basketball and football while earning an academic scholarship to attend college. Following high school, he attended Oregon State University and Western Oregon University. 
Over his 15-year coaching journey, he had the opportunity to coach and teach young men character building life skills through AAU, THPRD and YMCA youth basketball programs, TVYFL youth football and high school basketball and football programs. His high school football and basketball coaching experience includes stops at Roosevelt, Hillsboro, Liberty and McDaniel (formerly Madison) High Schools. This is his fourth year coaching in the Riverdale Basketball Program.
He and his wife, Shannon, have two sons (Kilohan, 20 and Isaiah, 6) and a daughter (Maliyah, 11). He looks forward to leading the Riverdale Basketball program with the purpose of developing leaders on and off the court through hard work, discipline, and competition. 
Email him at with any questions.

Elizabeth Gibson | Swim Coach

Elizabeth graduated from Linfield College in 2017 and is the Communications Coordinator for the district. Before working at Riverdale, she was an English teaching assistant in France for 2 years. Growing up, she swam competitively and later played water polo in high school. For 3 years, she taught swim lessons to all age levels, instructed water aerobics and was a lifeguard. She has coached the Riverdale Grade School cross country and track teams for the past 2 years and looks forward to getting to know more high school students in this new role! 
Please email her at if you're interested in joining the team! 


Amanda Gorman to Speak to Riverdale HS Students

RHS is a “No Place for Hate” school, so we are part of a “Back to School Kickoff” featuring renowned poet Amanda Gorman. She will be speaking to students nationwide. Amanda Gorman read at last year’s presidential inauguration. Watch her inaugural poem here: “The Hill We Climb.”
The event is taking place on Wednesday, October 6. Students will be watching the speech from 9 - 9:30 a.m. in advisory. Students will have the same amount of class time they have every Wednesday, the order of classes will simply be swapped.  
Here is the schedule:
- Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion

Important Dates

  • Friday, Oct. 8 - Teacher Inservice Day (No School)
  • Thursday & Friday, Oct. 14 & 15 - Teacher Conferences (No School)
  • Thursday, Oct. 7 - Senior College Night from 6-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12 - Senior College Financial Aid Night—FAFSA and Merit Scholarships from 6-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 21 - Junior College Night from 6-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 9 - Sophomore College Night from 6-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 18 - Freshmen College Night from 6-7 p.m.