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May 20 Riverdale School District News

Riverdale School District

Friday, May 20 

Riverdale School District News


Riverdale High School Senior Exhibition

On Monday, May 23, Riverdale High School's seniors will present their Senior Exhibitions, and members of the community are welcome to attend. Over the course of the last two trimesters, our seniors have identified controversial topics, crafted essential, guiding research questions and developed informed positions based upon their findings. As part of this culminating, capstone experience, seniors present their discoveries to audiences of their peers, Riverdale High School staff and families. The presentations offer insight into the diversity of our students' passions and evidence of their commitment to research as inquiry.
Printed programs will be available at the event and one is attached below. 
View the program here

2022-23 School Year Budget Approval 

In a unanimous vote on Wednesday evening, the budget committee approved the 2022-23 Riverdale school District proposed budget. This means that the tentatively scheduled budget meeting on May 25 is unnecessary and will not be held. The $16,489,890 all funds budget will then go to the board for an adoption vote on the Monday, June 6 board meeting at 6 p.m. 

From the Interim Superintendent’s Budget Message 

“I've analyzed the district budget and am pleased to report that the district's finances are healthy and sound, as confirmed by our district auditor in their most recent report. 
It is our recommendation that all current educational services from 2021-22 be continued into the 2022-23 school year with current staffing allocations. I’m pleased to report that projected income exceeds the projected costs to provide these services to our students in 2022-23.” 
- Interim Superintendent Dr. Jeff Harding
View the 2022-23 Approved Budget Resolution here
View the Proposed Budget here

May 25 - 27


Schedule of Events: Remembering & Honoring Carson Bride

Wednesday, May 25: Lines for Life Assembly

11:45 - 12:35 p.m.: Lines for Life Assembly during Community Meeting/Advisory in the gym  

Wednesday, May 25: Carson Bride Tree Dedication & Remembrance Ceremony 

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Following school, there will be a tree-planting ceremony in memory of Carson Bride. The ceremony is open for anyone who wants to honor Carson and will be taking place in the front area of the high school.

Friday, May 27: Lines for Life Fundraiser Auction 

Lines for Life Fundraiser Auction in the gym 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 is open and closes on Friday, May 27 at 8 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 31 to Friday, June 3 at Riverdale High School.

Welcome New Staff

We look forward to welcoming the following staff members to our team in the 2022-23 school year.

Emily Erbin - RGS 3rd Grade Teacher

Emily Erbin comes to Riverdale with three years of experience teaching English in elementary classrooms in Madrid, Spain. Emily is certified in elementary education, teaching multiple subjects, and received a master’s in teaching from George Fox University. In January of 2022 she accepted a long-term substitute position at Riverdale Grade School where she currently teaches 7/8th Spanish. Since joining the Riverdale community she has coached 7/8th grade girls basketball and girls varsity tennis at Riverdale High School. Emily is thrilled to continue her teaching career at Riverdale in a 3rd grade classroom where she aspires to foster a compassionate classroom community, where diversity is celebrated, and where students develop a curiosity for the world around them. When she is not teaching, Emily enjoys traveling, activities that allow her to keep up with her Spanish, and spending time with her family, friends, and three pups. Emily is equally grateful and excited for the new school year to start. Go Falcons!!

Jennifer Beaini - RGS Kindergarten Teacher

Jennifer is overjoyed to be returning to Riverdale next year as a permanent Kindergarten teacher after filling the temporary position for the past school year. Jennifer has taught Kindergarten for four years and believes it to be the best job of all time! Jennifer earned her Master’s in Teaching from Concordia University after realizing teaching was her life calling. When she is not in the classroom, Jennifer enjoys hiking with her husband, tackling house renovations and sewing.

Matt Hanson - RHS Spanish Teacher

Matt is joining Riverdale after 15 years teaching Spanish 1-4/AP & Native Speakers in Vancouver, AZ & MN (the last 12 at Evergreen HS in Vancouver). Matt developed a program in which his students continually achieve at least the seal of biliteracy on the Stamp Test for graduation, if not much higher. He created a Spanish program based on performance and real-life uses and his prior students performed a full-length, theatrical play in Spanish for the community. 
Matt was born and raised in MN and now enjoys the Pacific Northwest. He loves to run, coach, draw, hike, camp, play guitar & sports and spend time on his motorcycle. Last summer, Matt & his three friends rode motorcycles to Portland Maine and back! And he is very excited to be part of the team at Riverdale!

Kathryn Mahoney - RHS Science Teacher

Kathryn comes to Riverdale high school with 22 years of experience teaching Biology/AP Biology and Environmental Science at Jesuit High School in Portland. Previously, she taught Chemistry, Anatomy and General Science at Roosevelt High School. She has a rich professional development background in Instructional Design, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Project-Based Learning, Blended classrooms, and Permaculture Design. Kathryn is a graduate of both Portland State University and Lewis and Clark College and has lived in SW Portland for the last 25 years with her husband and two teenage children. For fun she likes to run, draw, read, paddle board, hike, bike and work on the rewilding and permaculture design implementation in her garden. She is eager to become a part of the dynamic and creative educational community at Riverdale High School next fall.

Mindy Harp - RHS Special Education Teacher

Mindy Harp is so excited to be a part of the Riverdale School District! Mindy received her master’s degree in elementary education, multiple studies from George Fox University and began her teaching career as a long-term substitute for U.S. Modern History at Riverdale High School. Mindy is no stranger to the Riverdale Community, as she has been coaching and volunteering for the district since 2019. Mindy has a passion for helping students reach their full potential and challenges students to be curious and take chances when learning. In her spare time, Mindy enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. She also enjoys traveling, interior design and running marathons. She is hoping to run all of the World Marathon Majors in the near future. Mindy cannot wait to kick off a new school year as the Special Education Teacher at Riverdale High School.

Athletic Director - Derek Duman

Derek comes to Riverdale with 10 years of teaching and coaching experience from across the state of Oregon. Most recently, he worked as a math teacher, boys basketball coach, assistant football coach and assistant softball coach at West Albany High School in Albany, OR. Derek also serves as the president for the Oregon Basketball Coaches Association and as an area representative for the Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Derek graduated with his teaching credential from the University of Portland and earned his master’s degree through Grand Canyon University.
In his free time, Derek enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelsey, and their dog, Gracie. He enjoys staying active playing golf, pickleball and spike ball. Derek and Kelsey can’t wait to be part of the Riverdale Community!

Shanna Schlitz - RSD Technology Director

Shanna joined the technology department last year and is excited to continue to support the Riverdale community in 2022-2023. In her role before Riverdale, she worked at a small K-8 where she was responsible for library, media, and technology. Coming from an “all hands on deck” environment, she has experience wearing a lot of different hats including PBIS, mindfulness and DEI work. She is excited to strengthen her relationships with both staff and students and hopes to get out into classrooms more next year. She has a daughter in 10th grade at RHS and her son will be joining the 8th grade class at RGS this year. Shanna loves sports (RCTID!) and is heavily involved with the roller derby community. She’s also an avid reader with a deep love of all things sci-fi.

REMINDER: Virtual Meeting

Information on Combating Child Exploitation

Please join us virtually on Tuesday, May 24, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. to learn how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to combating the sexual exploitation of children and how our Riverdale community of parents, educators, and children, can stay safe from online predators. Every year Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) have seen substantial increases in the reporting of online enticement and child sexual abuse material found online. The COVID-19 national pandemic and an almost 20-month requirement for online learning, plus our kids' increased access to technology at younger and younger ages has only elevated the issue.  
Kristen Best, parent of Sawyer (Grade 8) and Alec (Grade 3) has coordinated this presentation with the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Cyber Crimes Center (C3) Child Exploitation Investigations Unit and our local HSI Portland, OR office. DHS is a global leader in combating child exploitation and abuse. This presentation will share information about the dangers of online environments, how to stay safe online, and how to report abuse and suspicious activity. This presentation is for parents and educators to have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with policy leaders and investigators who work in this space daily.
Background: Investigations of child sexual exploitation are among HSI’s primary investigative priorities. The sexual abuse of children impacts the most vulnerable segment of our society. HSI knows the importance of education and community awareness regarding the dangers of online activity. Project iGuardian is focused on keeping children and teens safe from online predators through education and awareness. In addition, the iGuardian ™ team is here to help kids stay safe online by providing safety tips, a number to call, and a website with links to more information and resources. Project iGuardian helps kids, teens and parents be smarter about online safety and stay safe from online sexual predators.
Please contact Kristen Best ( with any questions.
Attend using this Google Meet link

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