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Superintendent Tim Mitchell

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2021 School Calendar-May


5, 12, 19, 26: Early dismissal – Staff Development

19: Last Day for Seniors

23: Graduation

28: Last Day of School - Early dismissal

June 1: Teacher Workday

2021-2022 Riverside School Calendar-Approved March 15, 2021

You can find a link on the www.riversideschools.org website or review the copy included this newsletter

2020-2021 Calendar-End of School Year

Last Day for Seniors—Wednesday May 19, 2021

Senior Class Night—Wednesday May 19, 2021

Graduation—Sunday May 23, 2021

Clark Christensen Academic Wing Dedication Ceremony-Monday May 24, 2021

Last Day of School--Friday May 28, 2021—Early Dismissal

All Staff Recognition Dinner—Friday May 28, 2021

Teacher Workday—Tuesday June 1, 2019

COVID-19 Update

Who needs to Quarantine:

People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months or those who are fully vaccinated

Length of Quarantine:

Pottawattamie County Public Health makes the final decisions about how long quarantine should last. Options they will consider include stopping quarantine

  • After day 10 without testing
  • After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)

After stopping quarantine, you should

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • If your students have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact the school.
  • Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We are working with Pottawattamie Public Health to keep our school district and community safe.We will adhere to strict mitigation protocols at school (Face Covering Mandate, Social Distancing and Hand Sanitizing) and will continue to for the entire school year.

Camp Bulldog—Summer 2021--Learning Acceleration Program

Summertime can be used to support an array of goals for students, including academic acceleration, physical and mental health, social emotional well being and the development of lifelong interests. Camp Bulldog will be open to all students Grade K-5 in Riverside this summer. It will consist of a six-week program running 5 days per week (Monday-Friday) starting on Monday June 7, 2021. Each day will start at 8:30 AM and last until 3:00 PM. Transportation will be provided. Breakfast and Lunch will be served. Morning will be utilized for academic learning and the afternoon will include a variety of enrichment activities provided by community partners. Registration materials will be provided to all parents soon. Please consider having your student participate in this new adventure for Riverside!!

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week May 3-7, 2021 “#ThankATeacher”

Join me as we all celebrate the hard work and important contributions our teachers and staff make during National Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week May 3-7, 2021 with National Teacher Day being Tuesday May 4. This is a week to reach out and thank those who work so hard to provide educational services to the Riverside community. Our teachers and staff deliver inspiration, knowledge, and motivation to our students daily. During this week take the time to send a note or offer a word of recognition to a special teacher or staff member. Thank them for all they do to help our students achieve great things each day!!

Positions Available for 2020-2021 School Year

Current available positions for the 2020-2021 school year have been posted. More information can be found on the website (www.riversideschools.org) under the Employment Section. Positions are also posted on IowaTeach.gov.

Schools Meals Update

Under our current waiver the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program offered by Riverside will allow us to provide free school meals through June 30, 2021. We are currently applying for another waiver to extend this service until September 31, 2021. A recent announcement from the federal government will allow the district to apply for an additional waiver for providing Free Breakfast and Lunch for all students for the entire 2021-2022 school year. Watch for more information coming soon on how meals will be distributed for the Summer of 2021!!

Riverside Community School District Hall of Fame

The purpose of the Riverside Community School District Hall of Fame is to honor graduates, employees, teams, individuals, and friends of the Riverside Community School District for their accomplishments at and/or to the service of the Riverside Community School District, and also to inspire our students to become the best that they can be.

The Riverside Community School District Hall of Fame will:

  • Honor students/teams who have accomplished extraordinary feats in extracurricular activities.
  • Honor those who have made great contributions to Riverside Community School District over a period of many years.
  • Honor those Riverside Community School District graduates who have distinguished themselves in life after high school

It is not just for Riverside Community School District but any accomplishments during the days of Macedonia, Carson and Oakland should be considered for the Riverside Community School District Hall of Fame.

To nominate someone please fill out the application that can be found at www.riversideschools.org

Facility Update

The most effective and economical use of resources moving forward will be for the district to commit to a long-term vision of creating a one campus site at the current Middle/High School location. To provide students a safe, high quality, academic, co-curricular and extracurricular program now and in the future, the district has identified short and long-term facility improvements and renovations to make this a vision a reality. We believe this investment will help meet academic, social, emotional, and physical growth needs of all our students. The Riverside PRIDE Campaign will leverage district resources as well as partner with private donors and foundations to sustain the project. Additionally, the district is in the process of creating an endowment fund. We believe this investment will make the Riverside area a preferred place for families and businesses to call home. This project will create a legacy of positive academic, community, and economic growth to benefit future generations in the communities served by Riverside.

Student, Parent, Employee and Activities Handbooks

We have a link on our website for easy access to our Handbooks. Handbooks are not distributed in hard copy unless they are requested. The following handbooks are available: Activities Handbook, Employee Handbook, Grade 6-12 Handbook, Grade PK-5 Handbook, Riverside Child Care Parent Handbook, and Riverside Credit Recovery Handbook.

Please feel free to follow me on social media at Tim Mitchell or Dr. Tim Mitchell on Facebook, @tmitchell212 on Twitter or tmitchell6885 on Instagram. I would also love to come and talk to any group about things happening in our district. If you need to contact me about school issues, please call at 712-484-2212 or e-mail at tmitchell@riverside.k12.ia.us.