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May 27 Riverdale School District News

Riverdale School District

Friday, May 27 

Riverdale School District News


Equity & Inclusion Corner 

Holidays and Celebrations 

We hope our Bahá’í community has a meaningful Ascension of Baha'u'llah.
May 30 is Memorial Day, which celebrates and gives thanks to all who have died in the United States armed forces. We appreciate your sacrifice and service. 
June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Our June 10th Equity and Inclusion Corner will feature information about events and opportunities for learning. 
Happy Pentecost/Whitsunday to our Christin community.
June 5th is World Environment Day. Learn more at the United Nations World Environment Day website.  
Happy Shavuot to our Jewish community. 

May is Jewish American Heritage Month

From the Oregon Department of Education: 
On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed May as Jewish American Heritage Month in celebration of the 350th Anniversary of American Jewish History. This May, more than 120 organizations around the U.S. have joined together to help Americans of all backgrounds discover, explore, and celebrate the vibrant and varied American Jewish experience from the dawn of our nation to the present day. 
Take a look at the resources below celebrating Jewish American heritage this month and throughout the year.
From the Anti-Defamation League:
Reading books is a great opening to talk about identity, diversity, bias, and social justice. ADL’s collection includes excellent picture, chapter, and young adult books. Monthly featured books come with discussion guides for teachers and families.
These lists, created by American Jewish Libraries, are meant to be shared with ALL readers, including non-Jewish children and teens. AJL believes that meeting Jews on the page will inspire friendship when readers meet Jews in real life.
In addition to the K-8 books above, two additional books for teachers and high school students explore issues of identity, race, ethnicity, and antisemitism.
Baddiel is a comedian best known in the U.K. He is the author of many young adult books. His book takes a serious turn as an examination of the present condition of Jews in Europe and the United States facing rising antisemitic violence and yet sensing that the world is paying little attention to this kind of hatred.
Horn's book, written from the perspective of a literature teacher and celebrated young author, exposes the gap between the fascination and focus on Jews killed in the Holocaust with the failure to recognize the vibrancy of Jewish life in the present day. Her chapters on the intended lessons of Holocaust and genocide education can make for a great discussion.

Remembering & Honoring Carson Bride

We have had a special week of events at the high school in honor of Carson Bride. See below for images from our Lines for Life Assembly, Tree Dedication & Remembrance Ceremony, and Lines for Life Student Auction.
The student auction today raised a whopping $3,140!!!

Carson’s Kindness Matters Lines for Life Silent Auction

Thank you to so many of you who have already contributed to our silent auction! We have extended the online auction by another week as donations keep coming in! New items are being added almost daily.
EXTENDED: 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 Monday, June 6th and Friday, June 10th at Riverdale High School.
- Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion 

Spring Athletics

High School

Track & Field 
Congratulations to all of our RHS track & field athletes who competed at Hayward Field last week in the 3A State Championships Meet. 
  • Sam V. - 1st place triple jump, 1st place long jump, 5th place 100m
  • Dillon W. - 4th place 400m, 7th place 200m, also competed in the triple jump
  • Claes J. - 8th place 1500 meters
  • Sylas C. - competed in the 3000 meters
  • Abby Z. - 7th place triple jump, also competed in the 400m
  • Nial D. - competed in the pole vault
Boys Tennis
Senior Max F. qualified for state after taking third place at the District Tournament and placed 4th at the state tournament. He’s the first male tennis player in the history of Riverdale HS to qualify for the state tournament! 
Boys Golf  
The boys golf team placed 3rd in districts and made it to state! Anders N. came in 5th place overall in the OSAA 3A/2A/1A Golf Championship at Quail Valley. 

Grade School

Congratulations to our RGS track & field athletes who competed at Corvallis High School this week in the middle school Meet of Champions.
  • Lily Z. - 1st place high jump, also competed in the 200m and 400m events 
  • Harrison R. - competed in the 100m hurdles

High School News

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 the 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.  

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 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. 

Important Dates

  • Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day (no school)
  • Monday, June 6 - School Board Meeting at 6 p.m. via GTW
  • Thursday, June 9 - Last Day of School