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Nov. 4 - Riverdale School District News

Friday, Nov. 4      

Riverdale School District News


The Riverdale Difference

We’ve received feedback from our community that they’d like to know more about our high school. So, the district will be sharing important facts each month in these weekly enews. 

What makes the Riverdale diploma different and why do we have trimesters?

Riverdale students exceed the Oregon state graduation requirements by 4 credits in completing 28 credits (with opportunities to earn up to 30). It also requires completion of 80 hours (or more) of public service during high school. This is more than equivalent to an honors diploma.
When students accept this responsibility and meet the requirements for the Riverdale Diploma, they will have far surpassed the requirements for the Oregon Diploma and have met all of the curricular requirements for admission to the seven campuses of the Oregon University System. 
In order to achieve these credits, students take five 70-minute classes each trimester, allowing them to dive deeply into that class’s coursework. Riverdale’s emphasis is depth over breadth, which is why Riverdale continues to utilize the trimester system. It also ensures that teachers maintain a lower total student caseload, allowing deeper personalization and individual attention for students. Students benefit through opportunities to fit in more extracurricular and other commitments outside of school. 
They also have an opportunity to take 15 distinct courses in a year, more than the 14 available in a standard 7 period semester schedule. A Riverdale educational experience elevates a student to the very top within the metro area in preparation for the rigors of top universities. 

So what’s the Riverdale Difference?

  • 28 credits with honors graduation expectation for more than 95% of its student body
  • Depth over breadth
  • Classes meet every single day
  • Premier college preparation experience for admission to the nation’s top universities
  • One of the best institutions as compared to our independent and public competitors in the metro area
  • Focus on the individual student and how we, as a school, can support their social-emotional development

Upcoming Topics

  • AP Coursework & Testing 
  • Community Service Hours 
  • College-Going Focus
  • Class Offerings
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District Town Hall

Superintendent Russo will host a districtwide, in-person Town Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 6-7 p.m. at Riverdale High School in the Maverick Room. This Town Hall will focus on the district’s budget and will be led by Superintendent Russo and Business Manager Nicole Bassen. They’ll review the 5-year forecast presentation with the community and then call on audience members to ask for input and answer their questions. 
We’d like everyone to attend in person, and therefore, the Town Hall will not be recorded or live-streamed. 
View the 2022-23 financial forecast presentation here

Sports Scores

Tuesday, November 1

OSAA Playoffs - Boys Soccer vs. Valley Catholic (W PK's 3-2)

Wednesday, November 2

OSAA Playoffs - Girls Soccer vs. Pleasant Hill (W 1-0)

Upcoming games on November 5th

OSAA Quarterfinals - Girls Soccer @ Valley Catholic at 2:30 p.m. (VCHS)
OSAA Quarterfinals - Boys Soccer vs. Delphian/Willamina at 5 p.m. (Lewis & Clark)
Tickets can be purchased here. 
The full playoff bracket can be found at



REMINDER: Nov. 13 and 27 Deadlines

Register for Winter Sports

Read all of the requirements and due dates on how to register, pay and turn in your sports physical here.

Inclement Weather and Emergency

In the event of weather-related or emergency school closure or delay, information will be communicated as follows: 

School closure or delay:

  • The district instantly publishes the information through Flash Alert. The site is available 24 hours a day. Flash Alert distributes emergency information to news and media outlets.
  • The closure or delay will also be noted on the homepage of each website ( and
  • An email is sent to all parents.
  • An automated emergency phone call is sent to notify parents and staff, typically between 5:30-6 a.m. Phone numbers on record will be used, and parents will receive calls to all of their phones. NOTE: If a decision is made after 10 p.m., you will not receive a call until the next morning. Please check the other vehicles listed above.
  • You will not receive any notification if schools are opening on time. If no information is reported, it means that schools are opening on time.
  • What does a two-hour delay mean? A two hour delay would mean:
    • High School start time – 11 a.m.
    • Grade School start time – 10:30 a.m. 

Severe weather conditions that occur during the school day: 

In the event of severe weather conditions that begin during the school day, parents will be notified through local media as well as through our emergency phone system. If schools close early, students will be notified of the early dismissal time. Students who ride the buses will wait for their arrival and will be transported home as usual. Students, who walk, drive or bike to school, may leave at the time of dismissal.
Please talk with your children and have a safety and a supervision plan in place in the event this course of action is required.
In the event of any of these inclement weather situations, please refrain from calling the school, unless it is an emergency. It is imperative to keep our phone lines open during these times.
Find all of the inclement weather information on our website.

REMINDER: Applications Open

Non-Resident Enrollment Lottery

Riverdale School District is accepting non-resident lottery applications at our grade school for Kindergarten only and at our high school for 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade for the 2023-24 school year.
Non-resident students may be able to attend Riverdale on a tuition basis or through an inter-district transfer as illustrated on our Enrollment page
Apply here

Important Dates

  • Sunday, Nov. 6 - Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 11 - Veterans Day (no school)
  • Monday, Nov. 14 - School Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 21-25 - Fall Break