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May 26 Riverdale High School News

Thursday, May 26  

Riverdale High School News

Hello Everyone,
As I write this letter, we are making plans to move to an outdoor graduation at Lewis and Clark’s Griswold Stadium. As we approach the big day for our graduating seniors, we’ve kept an eye on COVID trends, and in consideration of them, we have determined that it is best to hold graduation in a way that is safe for everyone.
COVID infections and hospitalizations have been trending up over the past few weeks, both nationally, and now especially in Oregon. Our goal for graduation is that everyone is able to safely gather and celebrate our graduates. Because graduation is a major family event, we felt that this step was necessary to protect everyone, but especially grandparents and other older family members that wish to attend. Recently, there has been a steep increase in the number of people over 70 being hospitalized due to infections. By moving outside, we significantly lower the likelihood of transmission for everyone.  
We will have more details soon, as we are working with the (outstanding) staff at Lewis and Clark to make this happen. We expect to have families and attendees seated in the covered section of the grandstands. Students, speakers, and the board will most likely be seated on a stage on the field, and Lewis and Clark is helping us out with all the planning. They have been gracious in contacting the vendors they use for the stage and other necessary equipment to make this event work.  
Thank you to all of you in advance for your understanding with this change. Ultimately, graduation is still very close to the same place, and this could even allow for more family members or friends to attend. As always, our goal is to serve our students and their families in the safest, healthiest way possible.  
Bart K. Hawkins (he/him/his)
Principal, RHS

Beth Johnston is Retiring!

Beth Johnston, Special Education teacher at the high school, is retiring after 34 years as a special education teacher. Beth began her career in Los Angeles, where she spent 3 years. Following that, she spent 3 years in rural areas near Sacramento, then came back north to Oregon, where she had attended college prior to beginning her teaching career (Go Beavers!). She spent the remainder of her career in the Portland area, with the last 6 years here at Riverdale.  
Please join us in congratulating Beth on a fantastic career in education. 34 years as a special education teacher is a fantastic accomplishment, and the number of students that she has impacted over that time must be tremendous. Beth plans to remain involved at Riverdale by subbing in the coming years. She will also have more time to spend with her husband Ben, and getting her daughter Matilda to school and all the activities she is involved in.  
Thank you Beth for your outstanding work for Riverdale High School, for all the students that you have guided throughout the years, and congratulations! 

College Acceptances

Even as admissions rates plummeted across the country, Riverdale students continued to gain admittance to some of the most selective schools in the country. As with most classes, the Class of 2022 was divided equally between those looking for a small liberal arts college and those wanting a larger research university. GAP years have also proven to be popular, with several students deferring their enrollment for a year so that they can have meaningful experiences, whether it be through travel or volunteer work. 
This year, the most popular region for enrollment shifted back to the West Coast. As is usual, many students will be heading off to the University of Oregon and Oregon State, with several enrolling in the respective honors colleges. Outside of Oregon, the Claremont Consortium proved to be the most popular destination for students, with students enrolling at Pomona, Claremont McKenna and Scripps. On the West Coast, we’ll also be sending students to Arizona State’s Barrett Honors College, University of Arizona, Boise State, UC Santa Cruz, University of Denver, Gonzaga, Montana State, Santa Clara and University of Washington.
The East Coast did, however, still remain popular, and we have students heading to American University, Boston University, Dartmouth, Duke, Haverford, Kenyon, Lehigh, Smith and Worcester Polytechnic. 

Senior Exhibition Success

Senior Exhibition returned to its normal in-person format on Monday with seniors spread out across the building presenting their research to students, staff and the community. It was a pleasure to welcome RGS 7th graders at high school so they could listen to some of their presentations during the first part of the day, learning more about controversial topics and asking questions of the presenters. Our seniors did an incredible job explaining the history of their topics, crafting their essential questions, using knowledgeable inside and outside experts and engaging their audiences.  

Remembering & Honoring Carson Bride

Thank you to everyone who attended the Carson Bride Tree Dedication & Remembrance Ceremony yesterday afternoon. A cherry tree is now planted on the hill in the front of the school and will grow gorgeous pink blossoms as it matures.
We look forward to having the Lines for Life Fundraiser Auction in the gym tomorrow from 11:15 - 12:15 p.m.

Carson’s Kindness Matters Lines for Life Silent Auction

In addition to the student auction, there is a silent auction available now for everyone in our wider community. There are some amazing, high value, one-of-a kind items for sale! Please show your support for Carson Bride, his family, and Lines for Life.
Bidding closes on Friday, June 3 at 3 p.m.
If you would like to simply donate without purchasing any items, you also have the option to do that on our silent auction website.
Check out the items and bid away at: Carson’s Kindness Matters Auction
Winners will be emailed and will have the opportunity to pick up their items between Tuesday, May 31st Friday, June 3rd at Riverdale High School.

Jory Mental Health Summer Info 

Jack and Steven will be at RHS every Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. beginning on June 15 through the entirety of summer break available for check-ins, either via google meets or in-person at RHS. To schedule a check in with either Steven or Jack, please click the button below!
We will also be hosting our Stressed Out?! group. Stressed Out?! is a group for building community and skills to support us in navigating the stress of being a human more effectively. We will meet every Wednesday from 1 - 2:30 p.m. Please use the form below if you are interested in joining us for a group (alternatively folks can email or just show up too!).
Read the full message here

Red Cross Blood Drive 

This week the Riverdale Red Cross Club hosted their second blood drive. Thank you to all of the donors who helped Red Cross save more lives! And Another big thank you to all of the volunteers. 


Blanchet House Care Kits



Seniors, Please Complete!

As you know, seniors, your Riverdale email address will no longer work at the end of this school year. And we’d like to be able to stay in touch. So, please take a moment to provide your contact information in the form below. This will allow us to keep you posted on fun Riverdale news, gatherings and reunions, and more!
New Graduates Contact Form

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, June 1- College Workshop VI: Beginning the Application Process Over the Summer
  • Thursday, June 2 - RHS Music Concert at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, June 3 - Last Day of School for seniors
  • Tuesday, June 7 - Graduation at Lewis & Clark (L&C) Stadium at 7 p.m.