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The Riverside Roar – March 15, 2021


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It’s Testing Time!

All Riverside students in grades 3 through 8 will be taking the Ohio State Tests beginning the week of April 5th. Virtual students must come to the building to take the tests. If transportation is an issue, we will try to help. Please see the schedule below and let us know if you have questions or concerns.

Ms. Lucas

For Ohio State Testing:

  • All students must arrive by 8:00 A.M. on the day of testing.
  • All students will receive breakfast.
  • All students must wear masks and will receive temperature checks.


Grab and Go Meals

Hybrid students will bring meals home every Wednesday.

Online families may pick up meals by pulling up to the kitchen door on the east side of the building. Pick up is on Thursdays from 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.


Upcoming Events

March 22-26 –  No School – Spring Break
March 29 – Spirit Week
April 5 – Ohio State Testing Begins


Kindergarten and First Grade

Ms. Zwirgzdas 

This week students have been hard at work learning about graphing data. Either with bar graphs, tallies, or pictures. Then further using that data to answer word problems. In reading students continue to work in centers to learn about information text ( bugs, animals, etc). This week in writing we are starting a project where students will write an opinion paper about their favorite type of food. Lastly, our plants have finally sprouted as students continue to tract their pea plants grow!

Enjoy the weekend, one week before spring!


Second and Third Grade

Miss DeLong 

Hello! Last week 2nd and 3rd graders worked on reading comprehension. They also did a wonderful job formulating a plan to teach kindness to a small child. They then took their plans and wrote complete sentences! This week we will start a new Magic School Bus book about bats!


Fourth and Fifth Grade

Ms. Kenner 

Hello Families,

This week in 4th and 5th grade, we started reading the novel Holes. This is a book about a boy who is sent to a camp to dig holes as punishment, but finds the camp has more than meets the eye. We will be spending the next 5 weeks reading and writing the book as well as learning new vocabulary words. Students have been tracking their IReady minutes on our new bulletin board this week. The goal is to have 75 minutes (at least) by Friday in both math and reading (15 minutes a day). If your student is staying home but is not sick, I would encourage them to still get their minutes in at home.  Also, if you are interested in re-enrolling for next year, we will be giving out free long sleeve t-shirts to students who turn in their re-enrollment form and proof of address. It should be noted that proof of address should be something from the past 30 days. Thank you for all that you do!


Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents

There are a couple resources students and families can use to stay sharp over spring break. One suggestion for students over Spring break is silent reading. The students have access to hundreds of thousands of books through Overdrive. Overdrive is an app in Canvas, and appears in blue text on the left side of the screen. The app even contains audio books! There is a similar app at the bottom of the home screen that is red, and contains audio picture books if you have children in younger grades. A second resourceful app in Canvas is  iReady. The curriculum in iReady is based on areas designated by a test each individual student took in January. iReady is a perfect tool for students to sharpen specific skills over break.

The middle school team is looking forward to seeing the students back, and refreshed March 29, 2021!

Mrs. McConnell

We have one more full, week until spring break! When students return we will be in practice mode for the end of year state tests. I can’t believe we’re already talking about the end of the year. This year has flown by. We have one more quarter. Please remind students that it is important to continue full steam ahead. Let’s not slow down yet. 6th Grade math is wrapping up a unit on factors and multiples, 7th grade is wrapping up their Scale drawing unit with an art project, and 8th grade is wrapping up a unit on systems of equations. Before we know it, the school year will be over. It’s important that students are practicing their math facts to keep them fresh in their minds. Students are supposed to be doing 15-20 minutes of iReady practice DAILY, for math AND for ELA. That’s 40 minutes of iReady daily. Please encourage students to do this while at home.

Social Studies
Ms. Charley

This week in Social Studies, the 6th Grade finished up building models of Stonehenge and began our next standard on Monotheistic Religions in the Eastern Hemisphere. We are focusing on Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The 7th Grade learned about Islamic Achievements during the Middle Ages and made their own presentations about the inventions. The 8th Grade finished their standard on creating a new nation and began learning about the first presidencies. I’m looking forward to our first full week in a while!

Mr. Voegele

Good Day Riverside Academy Lions!
I want to start this week with a HUGE SHOUTOUT for my 8th grade Traditional class. You guys absolutely ROCKED your Mastery Assessment this week! Great job. For any virtual and hybrid students who have not taken it as Nike says JUST DO IT! Man I can’t believe we are now 75% or 3/4th of the way done with this year. Where has the time gone? State testing is coming so start getting in the habit of getting good sleep over Spring Break and be ready to hit the ground running. Also make sure that if you are home you are in my live sessions 8th grade is Tuesday and Thursday at 8:20. 7th Grade Wednesday at 9:15 and 6th grade Friday at 8:20. 6th Grade we are continuing at warp SPEED next week. 7th grade we are looking at Earth’s only natural satellite. 8th grade we are starting Punnett’s squares. It will Dominate your week (I promise).
As always have fun, stay safe and see you next week.


Intervention Specialists

Mr. Springer  tspringer@acariverside.com
Mrs. Frohlich cfrohlich@acariverside.com   

Hello Parents and Guardians. Does your family have plans for Spring Break? Don’t forget that 5th graders and their families can visit National Parks for free until the summer. Did you know Cincinnati has a National Park? The William Howard Taft National Park is in Cincinnati. It’s currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it will be a fun place to visit once it opens, hopefully this summer. A national park that is open and within driving distance of Cincinnati is the Hopewell Culture National Historic Park in Chillicothe. There’s lots of acres to explore and run around. Now that the weather is improving, I hope everyone gets a chance to explore the wonderful national parks in Ohio and learn about Ohio’s interesting history.



Ms. Sargent

This week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 took a trip to Guam to explore the country’s music and dance. They also met the famous band, The Beatles. Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the Tambourine this week. Next week, students can look forward to learning about the famous pop star, Pink.


Physical Education

Mr. Louis

This week middle school is halfway through basketball lessons. We are learning how to dribble and shoot with proper form and technique. Next week we will finish up basketball. K-5 have been learning to catch and throw as well as sportsmanship and respect. Activities include “save the statues” and “keepers of the castle”. We are working diligently to become better people through Physical Education.