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Nov. 4 Riverdale High School News

Thursday, Nov. 4

Riverdale High School News

Hello Everyone,
With this week’s enews, I can’t help but highlight the students who I have watched in action this week. As I sit down to write, I’m honestly a bit awestruck by the student discussion I just witnessed.  
I saw a class sitting in a circle in the Maverick Room, and as principals are known to do, I had to stop in and listen to what was going on. The students in Megan Mandel-Walker’s Environmental Ethics class were having a discussion that left me very impressed. The intelligence and thoughtfulness with which they discussed multiple environmental disasters and their causes, impacts, and the people/companies responsible for them was well beyond their years. It was informed and insightful, and demonstrated a real depth of knowledge on the subject. Kudos to our students and their teacher for such in-depth conversation.  
This week, we’ve also seen our students have success on the athletic fields. Both soccer teams advanced to the quarterfinals in the state playoffs, and will play this Saturday (boys at home, girls on the road). I was able to take in the boys’ game on Wednesday, and the display of skill and sportsmanship was fun to see. Congrats to both teams on their great seasons and good luck to them in their next contests. Your dedication to athletics on top of a demanding academic workload is appreciated.  
My favorite part of being in education is seeing the hard work of our students pay off.  It can be on the athletic field, in the classroom, or as they move on to college and life beyond high school. Regardless, it is the most rewarding part of watching kids grow. Thank you to all our Mavericks for your hard work and the opportunity to be part of your success. Go Mavericks!

Bart Hawkins, RHS Principal

Soccer Scores

From SB Live about Tuesday evening's girls' soccer game, "Riverdale edged Santiam Christian 7-6 in a penalty-kick shootout to get the 2-1 win on the road in a first-round match. Truly Martin scored for Riverdale in the 29th minute, with Oliva Haima tying the score in the 58th minute. After the teams were still tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation, and at the end of two 10-minute overtime sessions, the match went to a shootout. Riverdale goalkeeper Hannah Conte had three saves during the shootout. Freshman Isabel Milla scored the winning seventh penalty kick goal for Riverdale. Riverdale improved to 7-5. The Mavericks will play at Pleasant Hill in a quarterfinal match Saturday. Santiam Christian finished its season 11-4."
The boys won 6-0 yesterday against South Umpqua High School in front of our energetic home crowd.
State quarterfinal games this Saturday, November 6th:
  • Girls soccer @ Pleasant Hill High School - 1 p.m.
  • Boys soccer vs. Dayton High School - 7 p.m. at Lewis & Clark College
  • Tickets must be purchased online
If our teams advance, State semi-final games are scheduled for Tuesday, November 9th - location/times TBD.

Team 2915 Pandamonium

Join the Robotics Team!

Hey Mavs,
Have you ever been curious about how to build a robot from scratch? We use power tools and technology to build, program and compete in the world of robotics through First Inspires, which is a globally recognized robotics program. Starting in January, we will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to build and program the robot for competitions in March. There will be a virtual informational meeting for parents on Monday, Nov. 8.
Email Dave Warren or Beth Johnston with any questions.

Sophomore College Night

Having begun their time at Riverdale in distance learning, there are undoubtedly a lot of issues that are particularly relevant to our sophomore class and how to best prepare for the not-so-distant application process. While we will certainly touch on what that process looks like, we’ll mainly focus on what sophomores can do right now to better put them in a position to succeed, no matter the type of school they are looking at.

Tuesday, November 9 from 6:00 – 7:00pm

Google Meet joining info
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 304-790-6377‬ PIN: ‪205 292 959‬#



AP Testing

This year, students, especially juniors and seniors, may be interested in a number of particular tests: AP Calc AB, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Biology, and AP English Language and Composition. If you haven’t already had the conversation and think that you may be interested in one of these tests, talk to your teacher who covers that particular subject. Students interested specifically in AP English Language should talk with Robert Lovvorn, Riverdale’s College Counselor.
Recently, students have independently prepared for the following exams, among others: AP Computer Science Principles, AP Psychology, AP US History, AP US Government, AP World History, AP Music Theory, AP Spanish, AP Chinese, AP Japanese, and AP French. If you are interested in self preparing for an exam, reach out to Robert Lovvorn to discuss how best to proceed.


To register for an AP exam, students should head over to College Board’s My AP website. If a student does not already have a College Board account, they will have to create one. Once one has an account, one will be able to register for a specific test using Riverdale’s list of AP Join Codes. If you are having trouble figuring out how to register, College Board provides detailed instructions for Joining an AP Class Section and Registering for an Exam.
Registration must be completed by November 15th, 2021. The cost for each exam is $96, and there is a required non-refundable deposit of $40, which will be used to cover any cancelation fees. Students who wish to register for a test after this date are assessed an additional $40 late fee.
The deposit for these exams is due by November 15th. Directions are provided on the Riverdale AP Testing Agreement, which must also be turned in with the deposit. A separate AP Testing Agreement and deposit must be turned in for each test a student chooses to take.


Winter Sports Registration Closes Nov. 11

Winter sport registration is open, and you can find further details on the district athletics website. The registration window will close at midnight on Thursday, Nov. 11. Sports offered during the winter season include:
  • Boys basketball (high school and grades 7/8)
  • Girls basketball (high school and grades 7/8)
  • Swimming (high school only)
  • Esports (high school only) - This will be the inaugural season for our esports team, and they will be competing in Rocket League! 
Please contact Michael Lady, athletic director, with any questions about these teams or the registration process. 

Important dates

  • Sunday, Nov. 7 - Daylight Saving Time Ends
  • Tuesday, Nov. 9 - Sophomore College Night from 6-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 18 - Freshmen College Night from 6-7 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov 19 - End of Trimester 1 
  • 11/22-26 - Fall Break
  • Friday,  Dec 10 - Last day for incomplete work from Trimester 1