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Thursday, Sept. 15

Riverdale High School News

Hello Everyone,
Happy September! I’d like to let everyone know about some important events that are coming up. 
The week of September 19 - 24 will be Homecoming. This year, we are making sure that it is a district-wide celebration by collaborating with RGS as well. We’ll have district-wide dress up days, a combined pep rally at the grade school, and hopefully, we will see a great turn out for all of our sporting events during the week. There are plenty of home games for our RGS and RHS teams, so we’d love to see everyone out there to cheer on our students at all levels.  
Coming up on September 28 will be the RHS Back-to-School Night. This is a chance for all parents and caregivers to come see what’s going on at the high school this fall. There will be a chance for you to follow your student’s schedule and hear from all their teachers. Following that, there will be time for you to check out other aspects of the school. There will be information from our clubs, athletics and a chance to chat with teachers not on your student’s current schedule as well. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with PTC hosting a social until 6:30, and the BTS Night portion will run from 6:30 - 8 p.m. We hope to see you there.  
Another date to keep in mind is our fall Open House on Thursday, November 3, 2022. This night is dedicated to showing off everything Riverdale High School has to offer incoming students. We would love to see all of our 8th grade parents and students, and please spread the word to anyone who might be interested in attending Riverdale High School next school year. All grades are welcome. More information on this event will be coming soon. 
With that, I wish you all a wonderful fall season. I was stunned by the beauty of Portland in the fall last year, and can’t wait to see it in all its glory this year.  
Bart Hawkins (he/him/his)
Principal, Riverdale High School

REMINDER: September 19-24

RSD Homecoming Week

Who’s got spirit!? For the first time ever, our Homecoming Week is districtwide! Students at both schools have the same dress up days and are encouraged to attend each other's sporting events. On Thursday, Sept. 22, RHS students will come down to the grade school for another first: a district-wide pep assembly! Read the attached slideshow prepared by our 7/8 Leadership Team to learn more about what’s taking place September 19-24. 

Parking Reminders

Parents and students, please do not park in the neighborhood around RHS or in the adjoining church’s parking lot. As good neighbors, and per our community use agreement, we need to make sure that students and parents are being respectful to our neighbors. You cannot use the adjoining church parking lot for drop-off and pick-up, and any student that drives to school will need to have a school lot parking permit. Please don’t make us take the next step and have people towed!

International Travel Opportunity

Hello, Riverdale High School Parents and Caregivers:
Carrington Light, the 7th and 8th grade English teacher at RGS, is inviting all current Riverdale High School students to join her on an educational tour to Greece during the summer of 2024. 
Here's a message from Carrington: 
I truly believe international travel is the best way to learn about new cultures, meet people from different backgrounds, and create lifelong memories and friendships.
Please join me for an informational session on Tuesday, September 20th at 6:30 pm online. 
In this info session, we'll talk about:
● How this opportunity will benefit your child
● What we'll see and do on our trip
● Everything that's included in this experience
● How your child can earn academic credit
● How we'll be keeping the trip safe and affordable
● How to enroll on the trip (before it fills up!) during EF's risk-free enrollment period

I'll also share details about how to sign up - space is limited and will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please follow the link below to put your name on the interest list and RSVP to the meeting (even if you can't make it) by Friday, September 16th to reserve your spot at the meeting! You'll receive the Zoom link prior to the meeting.

Please let me know if you have any questions by emailing me at
Carrington A. Light (she/her)
Riverdale Grade School
7th and 8th Grade English Language Arts  


Conference Survey

The district would like to hear from our community on the format they prefer for upcoming conferences with their student’s teachers. Please complete this quick survey before Monday, Sept. 19 to inform our decision. 
Take the survey here


Homecoming Events Schedule

Monday 9/19

GS Volleyball 4/5:15 p.m. (RGS)
GS Girls Soccer 4 p.m. (RGS)
GS Boys Soccer 5 p.m. (RGS)
HS Boys Soccer 5 p.m. (L&C)

Tuesday 9/20

HS Volleyball 4:30/6 p.m. (RHS)

Wednesday 9/21

GS Volleyball 4/5:15 p.m. (RGS)
GS Boys Soccer 4 p.m. (RGS)

Thursday 9/22

HS Volleyball 4:30/6 p.m. (RHS)

Friday 9/23

HS Girls Soccer 7:30 p.m. (L&C)

Important Dates 

  • Monday, Sept. 19 - School Board Meeting at 6 p.m. via GTW
  • Saturday, Sept. 24 - Homecoming Dance from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28 - Back-to-School Night from 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 7 - Inservice day (no school)
  • Oct. 13 & 14 - Fall Conferences (no school)