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June 4 - Riverdale School District News

Friday, June 4

Riverdale School District News

Dear Riverdale Community, 
Congratulations to the Class of 2021 RHS graduates and all of our students for the amazing work this year! I wish our grads well on their next endeavors. You can view their remarkable college acceptances toward the bottom of this eblast. Also, congrats to all parents and staff for your endless support along the way as it truly takes a village to raise a child. 
District eblasts over the summer will be sent on an as-needed basis. We anticipate receiving updated guidance from the state toward the end of July. The proposed draft guidance for next year brings great promise for business returning to usual.
Wishing you a safe and relaxing summer vacation, 
Joanna Tobin, Interim Superintendent  

Monday Board Work Study Canceled

The district will not be holding a board work study this coming Monday, June 7. The next, and final, work study and board meeting of the school year is Monday, June 21 via GoToWebinar. 
Register for the June 21 GTW Board Work Study
Register here for GTW June 21 Board Meeting

Upcoming Budget Committee Meetings

Our Budget Committee will meet for a fifth and sixth time on June 7 at 6 p.m. and June 9 at 6 p.m. Thank you to the Riverdale Budget Committee and all staff for the tremendous amount of hard work going into this.
Register here for Fifth Budget Committee Meeting
Register here for Sixth Budget Committee Meeting


2021-22 Calendars

We look forward to welcoming back students on August 30. The 2021-22 GS and HS Teacher Calendars, that display their inservice days, conferences and more, can be found on the district website under the Calendar tab as blue and green buttons at the bottom of the page.

RHS College Acceptances 

During the 2020–2021 school year, 94% of our senior class applied, was accepted, and plans to attend a 4-year university. Currently, 100% of our graduating class has expressed their intention to enroll in a 4-year, 2-year, or fine arts program. 
One of the great things about Riverdale is the diversity of schools to which our student body is attracted to. Our list of acceptances and schools that our students plan to attend are indicative of a well-balanced student body that prioritizes their education over simple name shopping. We have about an even split of students looking for, on the one hand, a larger public, research university, complete with a football or basketball team, and, on the other, students looking for a small to medium-sized liberal arts campus. In addition to the list below, check out our interactive map to see where students are attending. 
VIew the list of College Acceptances here

Equity and Inclusion Corner 

Summer Learning Resources for Teens & Adults

It is hard to believe there is only one week left in the school year! One of my favorite things about summer is heading to the park or the beach with an iced coffee and a new book or podcast.
Rudine Sims Bishop is a renowned professor, writer, inductee in the Reading Hall of Fame, and winner of the Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. In her seminal article, Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors, she wrote that books “are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created and recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience.” 
I try to diversify my book, film, and podcast choices so that I learn about a wide range of human experiences, viewpoints, and time periods. There are a number of outstanding resource guides out there that I use to find new content.  
The Anti-Racism Resource Guide is my favorite. The guide is a 30-page collection of book, film, article, and podcast suggestions. It includes the categories: Suggested Pre-Reading, Starting Your Journey, Continuing the Journey, Memoirs, Essays, Fiction, Children’s Literature, Parenting, Asian and Pacific Islander Studies, Chicanx/Latinx Studies, Indigenous Studies, Black Studies, Health and Medicine, Land and Housing, Teaching, Immigration, Mass Incarceration, White Studies, Health and Restoration, For the Church, Movies and Clips, Other Resource Lists, Podcasts, and Folx to Follow.
Happy learning!
- Abby Rotwein 
Riverdale School District Equity and Inclusion Coordinator K-12
Restorative Justice Coach 9-12
Find all messages in the Equity & Inclusion Corner on RSD website


  • Monday, June 7 - Board Work Study - CANCELED
  • Monday, June 7 - Fifth Budget Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. via GTW
  • Wednesday, June 9 - Sixth Budget Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. via GTW 
  • Thursday, June 10 - RGS Last Day of School
  • Friday, June 11 - RHS Last Day of School
  • Monday, June 21 - Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m. via GTW
  • Monday, June 21 - Board Meeting at 6 p.m. via GTW