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The Riverside Roar – February 22, 2022

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Dear Riverside Families,

It’s conference time again! This week Riverside staff will be on site to hold conferences with families.

Thursday, February 24, from 4:20 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Friday, February 25, from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Please click on the link below to express interest in a conference slot. Once you submit the request, someone from Riverside will reach call to confirm a specific time and verify the teachers that you need to see.


Hope to see you then!

Student of the Week

The Student of the Week is…

Olivia Lawless-Staggs

Ms. Isidore writes, “Olivia comes to class and delivers spectacular work. She puts so much effort in her work, she asks questions when she does not understand, and she also assists other scholars who need that extra push in getting their work completed! I am so proud of her writing growth!

Congratulations, Olivia!

Upcoming Events

February 21
No School
President’s Day

February 24
4:20pm – 7:00pm
Parent-Teacher Conferences

February 25
No School
Parent-Teacher Conferences

Classroom Updates

Ms. Fisher – Kindergarten

We are getting things rocking and rolling in kindergarten! This past week we have worked a lot on letter names, sounds and formation. We have also started working on sight words; the words we have focused on this week are ‘the’, ‘a’ and ‘and’. My hope is for you to work with students at home on letter recognition and these sight words. We have also started learning about Black History Month. We are learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. this week and will begin reading and learning about Jackie Robinson next week. Thank you so much for supporting students learning at home. I’m excited to work with this awesome class for the rest of the school year, I hope to see you all at parent-teacher conferences this week! 

Mr. Fahrmeier – 1st Grade

With the short week I am so proud of every First grader with being able to get all 45 minutes in on both math and reading last week. We worked hard and were able to get things accomplished. We have been learning to read words with the suffix “ing” and “ed” and last week learned the sight words “out” “about” and “our.” Every student has been on fire with learning place values and adding 10 more to numbers.

Mrs. Wechselman – 2nd Grade

This week our 2nd grade scholars have continued working on composing narrative writing pieces in writing. In ELA we have started our unit on possessive nouns. In math we are reviewing addition and subtraction with 2- and 3-digit numbers. In Ready reading we have been working on comparing and contrasting informational texts using Venn diagrams.

Mrs. Zajac – 3rd Grade

This week third grade will be finishing up their fables and making edits to prepare for their final copy. We will also be continuing to practice graphs and begin to make our own. In Grammar, we will review capitalization and punctuation rules. Please remember to sign up for parent teacher conferences at the end of this week. I am looking forward to speaking with you!  

Mrs. Williams-Coble – 4th grade

Greetings & Salutations Riverside Parents & Family! First and foremost, Who Dey Baby! Secondly, our fourth grade students are still rocking and rolling. In math, we are revisiting how fractions are related to division in order to convert an improper fraction into a mixed number. Lastly, in social studies, we are learning about our governments on a city, state and national level. In ELA, we are still learning how to identify different text structures such as compare/contrast, chronological along with cause & effect. Our fourth graders are also learning how to annotate their passages/articles to capture what they are thinking while they are reading.

Ms. Jaimee Hebert – 5th Grade

I am so proud of these 5th graders! Our schedule was different this week due to testing, but these students did not let that stop them from learning. In math we are starting  to talk about place value and how to multiply and divide a whole number by a decimal. In language arts we are talking about structure in poems and how we can better understand the poem by knowing it’s structure. They are also writing about what would happen if they switched places with their favorite celebrity. In science we are still talking about light and sound and how we can see or hear. The students have been hard at work in social studies learning about Central America. They are also enjoying researching their person that they have chosen for their black history month project. If you are not on DOJO please email or call me so we can get you connected as that is where I post pictures, reminders, and other important things! 

Ms. Arriane Brents – Middle School Reading

This week we are wrapping up some standards and beginning to review for state testing. The sixth grade will be reviewing the steps for answering essay questions and reviewing what proper evidence from the text should include. One group of seventh graders and the entire eighth grade are being introduced to counter arguments and what are necessary components of argumentative essays.

Mr. Stephen Voegele – Middle School Math

Greeting Parents, Mr. Voegele here and I have a great deal of important information to share with you.  First to our 6th and 7th graders, I want to see you back here at Riverside Academy so make sure that you are filling out your re-enrollment papers and sending in your proof of residence to come back here next year.  Secondly to our 8th grade students make sure you are enrolling in your high school of choice next year, so that we can get your records to them before the fall.  Mount Auburn Preparatory Academy is one of our sister schools you can look into.  Finally don’t forget parent teacher conferences at the end of this month.  Look for the sign up information coming home soon.  Now on to the work at hand.  6th grade is working on mathematical expressions, 7th grade is working on probability and statistics and 8th grade linear versus non-linear equations. As always have a great weekend and stay healthy and safe.

Ms. Jamie Isidore – Middle School Writing and Social Studies

This week in Ms. Isidore’s ELA and Social Studies class scholars are continuing to work on their writing prompts: Why do people compete in the Olympics? I can see the enthusiasm that these scholars show when they come in and talk about their particular person in the Winter Olympics.  Every day scholars show up and do their best to complete their tasks or assignments. I am a proud teacher of so many hard working scholars who are showing perseverance during this time of year! We are closing up this month strong! Scholars are going to show their skills in building a miniature model of their person of their choosing!  The anticipation of this completed writing assignment has me on edge again, but I know all works will be amazing!

Ms. Julia Whapham – Middle School Science

Hello Riverside families!

My name is Ms W., and I’m the new middle school science teacher for 6-8th grade! I have loved getting to know your students for the past couple weeks and sharing my love for science with them. In my classroom, I prioritize safety, respect, and student growth.

This week in science, 6th graders are learning about the Chemistry of Life. Ask them about what makes up molecules as we dive into all things proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. The sixth graders will have their test on Unit 3: Cells next Wednesday 2/23 that will cover the following Ohio state standards LS.1-LS.3. They will work on a review packet for the entire class 2/18 and will have a review day 2/22. 

7th graders this week are learning about population dynamics to better understand factors in an ecosystem. They will complete a lab about a changing wolf population with popcorn to learn the importance of biodiversity and carrying capacity in an ecosystem (7.LS.2). Later in the week, they will research biotic and abiotic limiting factors on the human population of Earth using the world census.

8th graders this week are gearing up for their Unit 6 test on Earth’s History happening Wednesday 2/16. We will have a review day 2/15 with a kahoot as well as going over the review packet they completed. Following this assessment, we will begin our next unit on the cell cycle (8.LS.1 + 8.LS.3). On 2/18, they will participate in a cell simulation where they will learn about all the different organelles in a cell.

Overall, I’ve noticed a real passion for science in these fine young scholars! I am so excited that I get to be their science teacher.

Looking forward to meeting you all at conferences this week!

Intervention Specialists

Mrs. Kristi Flannery

Mrs. Deborah Glosson

Mrs. Morgan Ragle

Our teachers are enjoying the Riverside Grind cart! Our elementary students help with the Riverside Grind cart serving teachers drinks and treats.  The students get practice counting money and understanding values of what items cost.  The students have come a long way and improved on their social skills with the teachers. They help organize the items and set-up. Great Job! 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for trusting us with your children every day. Like every school, there are things we do well and things we need to improve. What makes Riverside different then? We use data to make our decisions, and we embrace change when it needs to be made!

With that in mind, we truly hope that your children will return to Riverside next year. Early re-enrollment provides us the data we need to purchase supplies and alter staffing to meet our scholars’ needs. 

The deadline for early re-enrollment with incentive is February 28, 2022. As always, if you have questions, please call the office at 513-921-7777.