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Nov. 12 Riverdale High School News

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Friday, Nov. 12

Riverdale High School News


Finals Week!!!

Hello Everyone,
Just a quick reminder that next week is finals week at the high school. For your students, that means final tests on Thursday and Friday with any final projects being due during the week as well. Here’s a few quick tips to help your students do their best during this week:
  • Make sure they are caught up in all their classes. Check ParentVUE, and if you have any questions send an email to their teachers.  
  • Give them a quiet, comfortable place to study free of distractions (no TV, electronics, siblings, etc…).
  • Make sure they get a good night’s rest and a good breakfast the morning of the tests.  
  • Give them a hug on their way out the door! The better they feel, the better they will do. They might not show appreciation for it, but I bet most of them will have a better day because of it.  
With that, best wishes to our students on a busy - but rewarding - week to come. Your big reward - a nice long fall break the next week before we come back to start trimester 2. Have a great week!

Bart Hawkins (he/him), Principal
Riverdale High School

Sports News 

Congratulations to all fall sport athletes - the season officially ended this week. Our girls soccer team reached the state semifinal game for the first time in program history!

Basketball and swimming begin on Monday, November 15th.


Model United Nations

Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extra-curricular activity in which students roleplay delegates to the United Nations and simulate committees working to address contemporary global issues and crises. MUN participants gain valuable research, public speaking, debate, and writing skills as well as critical thinking, leadership, and teamwork. It’s also a great way to meet like-minded students in your community and across the state.
Thinking about joining MUN this year? There's a great opportunity next week to try it out with no experience or preparation necessary. Oregon MUN is hosting a statewide virtual "crisis simulation" on November 16, 5:30-8:30. Registration closes this week.
Register Here


Community Affinity Sessions

Last spring, we held listening sessions for community members from historically marginalized groups.  We will be holding our second session for these groups in the coming weeks.  You are welcome to join even if you did not participate in a previous session.  All of these meetings will be held virtually.
These sessions are only for caregivers, not for students.

Caregivers of Students of Color and Caregivers of Color:

This meeting is for caregivers, parents, and guardians of students who are Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern/North African, Latine/Latina/Latino, multiracial or biracial. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.
Wednesday, November 17th, 6-7 p.m. Sign-up to participate here.


Freshman College Night

Often students reach their junior or senior year only to realize that hindsight is 20/20—it would have helped then to know what they know now. We will touch on a number of these subjects: most particularly, grades, course selection, extracurriculars, and service-learning opportunities.
Thursday, November 18 · 6-7 p.m.
Google Meet joining info
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 347-363-3330‬ PIN: ‪439 047 682‬#



AP Testing

This year, students, especially juniors and seniors, may be interested in a number of particular tests: AP Calc AB, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Biology, and AP English Language and Composition. If you haven’t already had the conversation and think that you may be interested in one of these tests, talk to your teacher who covers that particular subject. Students interested specifically in AP English Language should talk with Robert Lovvorn, Riverdale’s College Counselor.
Recently, students have independently prepared for the following exams, among others: AP Computer Science Principles, AP Psychology, AP US History, AP US Government, AP World History, AP Music Theory, AP Spanish, AP Chinese, AP Japanese, and AP French. If you are interested in self preparing for an exam, reach out to Robert Lovvorn to discuss how best to proceed.


To register for an AP exam, students should head over to College Board’s My AP website. If a student does not already have a College Board account, they will have to create one. Once one has an account, one will be able to register for a specific test using Riverdale’s list of AP Join Codes. If you are having trouble figuring out how to register, College Board provides detailed instructions for Joining an AP Class Section and Registering for an Exam.
Registration must be completed by November 15th, 2021. The cost for each exam is $96, and there is a required non-refundable deposit of $40, which will be used to cover any cancelation fees. Students who wish to register for a test after this date are assessed an additional $40 late fee.
The deposit for these exams is due by November 15th. Directions are provided on the Riverdale AP Testing Agreement, which must also be turned in with the deposit. A separate AP Testing Agreement and deposit must be turned in for each test a student chooses to take.

Important dates

  • Friday, Nov 19 - End of Trimester 1 
  • 11/22-26 - Fall Break
  • Friday,  Dec 10 - Last day for incomplete work from Trimester 1