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10/18/2021

The Riverside Roar – October 18, 2021

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Student of the Week

The Student of the Week is…

Oren Gill!

Mr. Voegele said, “Oren has put in an extreme amount of extra effort in understanding his transformations in math class.  He has not quit even when it was a struggle.  I am very proud of the extra effort!”

Congratulations, Oren!


Upcoming Events

October 18-25
3rd grade OST Reading Test

October 20
School Pictures

October 29
No School for Students
Professional Development Day


Teacher Updates

Mrs. Kelsey Carter – Kindergarten
kcarter@acariverside.com

This week we reviewed our narrative writing so we can move on to the next unit! In math, we continued learning about numbers through 10! In ELA, we covered letters e and r. We learned about plants and animals and their parts in science. We also learned about the different rules we have at home and at school. Have a lovely weekend!

Mr. Robert Fahrmeier – 1st Grade
rfahrmeier@acariverside.com

First Grade had 100% attendance several days this week and we are so excited. We have starting writing a story about fall and we have a cool art project we will start next week to go with it. In math we are learning about different ways to solve subtraction problems. I was so happy to meet and talk to some of you on Monday to talk about your children.

Mrs. Amoy Weschelman – 2nd Grade
aweschelman@acariverside.com

Mrs. Wendy Apperson – 3rd Grade
wapperson@acariverside.com

Mr. David Ladner – 4th Grade
dladner@acariverside.com

Unfortunately, I’ve had to be away from the classroom for a couple of days this week.  All Ladner’s Landers have been working with substitute teachers in strengthening their multiplications skills.  4th graders have explored fossils and how they help scientists to see into the past.  5th grade science scholars have started a study on the food chain.  The 1st quarter of explorations are coming to an end and the countdown to 2nd quarter mission has begun. 

Ms. Jaimee Hebert – 5th Grade
jhebert@acariverside.com

Your kiddos have been busy this week.  Your students will be switching to gym this coming Monday. They are all very excited! In reading we have started talking about comparing and contrasting. The kiddos have done a great job with this concept. In writing we have started writing our essays and we will begin our spelling homework next week. In social studies we finished our unit 2 section and took our test Friday.  I have been very very proud of the fifth grade. They have all stepped up and completed their work and have had amazing behavior! 

Ms. Arriane Brents – Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
adbrents001@acariverside.com

It was a pleasure meeting and speaking with all the parents last week. Putting names with faces is such a treat! This first quarter has been fantastic, and I’m looking forward to helping your scholars development academically and emotionally.

The week we are wrapping up our study of theme (7th grade) and interactions in fictional text (8th grade). We will have a short cycle assessment on Friday. I’m excited to see how far they’ve come from their preassessment, the post assessment on the 22nd!

Mr. Stephen Voegele – Middle School Math
Smvoegele001@acariverside.com

It has been a busy week. Hopefully I got to meet your parents or guardians during conferences.  Man first quarter is now done and it’s been fun.  Now on to second quarter.  6th graders we are moving on to fractions.  7th graders we are continuing with positive and negative numbers.  8th graders continue working on transformations. 

Ms. Jamie Isidore – Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
jisidore@acariversidec.com

We are closing out the last of this first quarter with a bang! The writing on Demand writing series showed me that my scholars have evolved into mini writers! Ms. Isidore classes are ramping up their curiosity for the new quarter!  They are wondering what’s in store for the new quarter. 6th graders are working on how they can fix the Earth and composing a story about it!  8th grade scholars are researching the history of Thanksgiving!  Once the new quarter starts October 17th, both classes are going to show how much they have grown as writers!  Big shout out to Riverside Post! They show so much work ethics and they are taking accountability seriously!


Intervention Specialists

Ms. Burns aburns@acariverside.com
Mrs. Frohlich cfrohlich@acariverside.com
Mrs. Deborah Glosson dglosson2@acariverside.com

It’s fall! The leaves are changing and soon there will be a “cool” breeze in the air. The resource room has been “buzzing” with lots of activities and engaging learning. Our younger children have enjoyed an “apple” unit. We have been reading, writing, rhyming and creating everything about apples. The students enjoyed making applesauce and doing a fine motor skill art project with paper. We have enjoyed some rich literature about fall and all the changes it brings. 


Specials

Ms. Katherine Howell – Art
khowell@acariverside.com

Dear Riverside Community and Families,

In class we are exploring new ways to safely create fun art projects. 

I’m so excited to be able to get to know my new art students for this next quarter. We will be reviewing expectations and safety procedures in the classroom, while exploring different art making mediums each scholar likes to use.

Mr. Thomas Buckley – Physical Education
tbuckley@acariverside.com

This week in PE, we wrapped up our first quarter for the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8A group. We played games that they picked for the final week such as Kickball, Football, Sharks and Minnows, and Speedball. The students were very energetic this quarter and we look forward to working with the Kindergarten, 2nd, 5th, 6th and 8B classes next quarter. 

10/04/2021

The Riverside Roar – October 4, 2021

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Thank you to all families who participated in the book fair!  It has been a long time since we have had one at Riverside and the kids really enjoyed it. It was exciting to see students looking at books and seeing things they liked to read.  Thanks to the parents and relatives who stopped in to shop at the book fair with their scholars.  Every item that was purchased earned us scholastic dollars that we can turn around and use to buy books for the school.  At this fair we raised over $700 in scholastic dollars!  Way to go, Lions!

Thank you, Mrs. Yates, for all your hard work on the book fair. You created a fantastic experience for our students while expanding their love of books!


Student of the Week

The Student of the Week is…

Kyla Queener!

Mr. Ladner said, “Kyla has a desire to help classmates achieve, and as always, very creative in her artistic skills.”

Congratulations, Kyla!


Upcoming Events

October 11
No School for Students
Parent-Teacher Conferences 10:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.

October 21
School Pictures

October 29
No School for Students
Professional Development Day


Teacher Updates

Mrs. Kelsey Carter – Kindergarten
kcarter@acariverside.com

This week we continued adding to our narratives. In math, we continued learning about numbers through 10! You can help your child build on this knowledge by asking your child how many of an item they see. You can also ask them if there are 2 of an item and 3 more of an item then how many does that make? For example: there are 2 trees here and 3 trees there! 2 and 3 makes? (5). In ELA, we covered letters a and g. We continued our living and nonliving science unit. Have a lovely weekend!

Mr. Robert Fahrmeier – 1st Grade
rfahrmeier@acariverside.com

First Grade has had a great week. We have been learning the sight words “to” “into”, “as” and “has”. We have also been talking about the diagraphs sh, ch, wh, th & ck. In math we are working hard finding different ways to add. In science we have been talking about plants their different parts. In social studies we have been discussing people who have moved from different countries and how life might be difficult when they get to a new country. We have also been really interested in reading a book about butterflies and moths.

Mrs. Amoy Weschelman – 2nd Grade
aweschelman@acariverside.com

This week in 2nd grade we have continued to learn new glued sounds and introduced R controlled vowels in our Fundations lessons. In math we have started a new unit on measurements, we learned how to identify inch and centimeter markings on a ruler and measure items using rulers and yard sticks. In writing we are developing opinion pieces and informative texts using personal experiences or researched based facts to support our opinions. We also continue to review sentence structure and punctuation usage.

In science, 2nd grade has been learning about how animals use adaptations and camouflage to protect themselves from predators. Our scholars were very interested in learning about chameleons and the type of camouflage they use.

Mrs. Wendy Apperson – 3rd Grade
wapperson@acariverside.com

Our week was filled with exciting things including going to the Scholastic Book Fair. Our 3rd grade class learned about stories by writing answers to comprehension questions through asking and answering questions about stories in ELA. In Math, our 3rd graders completed a Short Cycle Assessment on the computer covering the concepts of multiplication and division. (Please work with your Riverside scholar on the multiplication tables up to 10 at home.) It has been an interesting week in Science as the class finished illustrating a writing project concerning the Giant Madagascar Chameleon. Social Studies in 3rd grade had to do with learning about the different types of communities such as urban, suburban, and rural. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns by e-mail, on DoJo, or by phone message. 

Mr. David Ladner – 4th Grade
dladner@acariverside.com

This week, Ladner’s Landers have been exploring subtraction and environments in nature.  4th Grade has been rediscovering and extending their knowledge in regrouping and borrowing in order to subtract whole numbers to the hundred thousands place value.  In science, they have learned about the adaptations of animals in different environments.  5th Grade has been rediscovering and extending their knowledge in regrouping and borrowing in order to subtract decimal numbers to the hundred thousandths place value.  Their science studies likewise have been in the exploration of animal environments and adaptations.  Missions continue to be accomplished!

Ms. Jaimee Hebert – 5th Grade
jhebert@acariverside.com

Your kiddos have been busy this week. In Language arts we have been studying for our unit test that we will take next week. We have practiced writing summaries, finding the main idea, and supporting details. Your students are going to do an amazing job on the test. In social studies we have been studying for a test that they took on Friday this week. We played Kahoot and worked in groups to study. In art they have continued to work in their groups to finish their robots. They are looking so good, and the students are really working hard on them. This week we also got the chance to go to the book fair here at school! The students were so excited to go shopping for some new books. I cannot wait to get back to learning next week! 

Ms. Arriane Brents – Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
adbrents001@acariverside.com

This week we are moving into fictional text and all of the classes are excited. The seventh grade will be working on standard R.L.7.3 which involves interactions in text, and the eighth grade will be working on R.L.8.1. R.L.8.1 centers around finding evidence to support your answer. This is an important standard because all essays require students to find evidence to support the theses students create.

Mr. Stephen Voegele – Middle School Math
Smvoegele001@acariverside.com

We have had a busy week this week in math.  The 6th grade is nearing the end of their first module.  Which will end next week and we will have an End Module assessment in 2 weeks.  We continue to work a rates, ratios and proportions.  Keep practicing and doing your best.  7th grade just we just ended module 1 and are moving into module 2.  We will be working on rational and irrational numbers.  8th grade we continue to work on transformations.  Please remember to bring rulers, compasses and protractors.  First quarter is winding down and it is not time to slow down.  If you have earned a grade that you like you must maintain your effort.  If your grade is not where it needs to be at you need to put in a little more work.  Have a great weekend.

Ms. Jamie Isidore – Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
jisidore@acariversidec.com

 

The 6th and 8th graders in ELA/Social Studies continue working hard on their writing skills! The 8th graders are expressing their style by writing different articles for the Riverside Post. The 6th graders are writing up amazing narratives! As we continue to educate our scholars, the 6th and 8th graders are finalizing writing for their bulletin board along with an art display. Scholars are gearing up themselves for their Short Cycle Assessment coming on the 1st of October.  Scholars are pushing through with GRIT and EXCELLENCE!!! I am very proud of how much these scholars have shown enthusiasm. Their hard work will be displayed in the month of October!


Intervention Specialists

Ms. Burns aburns@acariverside.com
Mrs. Frohlich cfrohlich@acariverside.com
Mrs. Deborah Glosson dglosson2@acariverside.com

Meditation is a skill that can benefit our students who struggle with things such as 

  • Various behavioral concerns
  • Stress/anxiety
  • Signs of depression
  • Difficulty focusing/Concentrating
  • Managing intense emotions
  • Exercising self-control versus reactivity

Meditation is a highly researched practice that emphasizes students pausing to take deep breaths and listen to guided instructions that help them shift their thoughts towards awareness and a healthy perspective on life, themselves, and others. Meditation teaches students to observe feelings and thoughts without judgement and in turn allows them to gain control over difficult emotions. This skill helps kids to practice the benefits of being present in the moment. Meditation is something that takes practice. It is beneficial to slowly introduce students to the idea and purpose of this skill. Then begin practicing together starting with exercises that are just 1-3 minutes long and gradually spending extended amounts of time. It is important to begin practicing this skill regularly at times that students are already calm/happy. This way when they really need it in times of high stress or emotion, they can use this skill naturally, willingly, and effectively. Use the QR codes below for some resources to help you get started introducing your students to meditation at home:

7 tips to teach Children Mindfulness and Meditation:

Headspace Meditation Website Introduction and Free Trial:


Specials

Ms. Katherine Howell – Art
khowell@acariverside.com

Kindergarten, 2nd and 6th graders will draw self-portraits with shading pencils and add paint.

5th grade will create self-portraits using mixed paper collage and magazines.

8th graders are constructing large African inspired masks out of cardboard. Our artist for inspiration in Pablo Picasso.

Mr. Thomas Buckley – Physical Education
tbuckley@acariverside.com

09/29/2021

The Riverside Roar – September 28, 2021

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RIVERSIDE ANNUAL TITLE I PARENT MEETING

Receive important information about how we use Title I Funds to support your scholars!

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
4:30 P.M.
Riverside Academy
Auditorium

We will also be hosting a book fair on that day from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Consider purchasing a book as an incentive or reward for a scholar who is attending every day, trying their best, or completing their work.

See you there!


Due to a national shortage of school bus drivers, school bus service has been severely delayed. In Cincinnati, this issue is affecting both public and public charter schools, as Cincinnati Public Schools is seeking to fill a number of open positions. Currently, our yellow bus service is through Universal Transportation System (UTS). To speak to Cincinnati Public Schools Transportation Customer Service, call 513-363-7433, option #1 for vendor, and option #6 for UTS.

While we wait for additional students to receive bus routes, the parent pickup line with remain long. To alleviate the situation, we are beginning dismissal to parents at 3:15 P.M. instead of 3:25 P.M. We are doing our best to facilitate this at quickly and as safely as possible. Beginning on September 7, 2021, there will be cones blocking the driveway on the west side of the building. All cars will need to exit by driving through the parking lot, turning left on the alleyway, and then onto River Road.

Thank you for your help and continued patience!


Student of the Week

The Student of the Week is…

Leanna Glover!

Ms. Brents said, “Leanna Glover has made a great effort this school year to keep the classroom environment tidy and orderly. She is one of three students I have entrusted the responsibility of managing the Chromebook cart. Leanna is also making a concerted effort to have body language and speech reflective of a respectful scholar.”

Congratulations, Leanna!


Upcoming Events

September 27-30
Book Fair

September 28
Title I Meeting at 4:30 P.M.
Book Fair 4:00-6:00 P.M.

October 11
No School for Students
Parent-Teacher Conferences 10:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.

October 21
School Pictures

October 29
No School for Students
Professional Development Day


Teacher Updates

Mrs. Kelsey Carter – Kindergarten
kcarter@acariverside.com

Mr. Robert Fahrmeier – 1st Grade
rfahrmeier@acariverside.com

In first grade we are doing awesome at putting together new words. We are learning how to read tricky words like “and” & “the” and we are learning all about the parts of a plant. In math we are doing great at finding all the ways to make numbers all the way up to 10. We are also counting by 1’s, and 10’s.

Mrs. Amoy Weschelman – 2nd Grade
aweschelman@acariverside.com

This week 2nd grade has been learning about glued sounds like unk, ong, ink and bonus sounds such as ff, ll, ss in Fundations to build and read words. We have also been reviewing digraphs, blends, and vowel teams. In Math we have been working on taking from 10 within 100 to solve equations. Science we have been focused on the life cycles of animals such as tigers, pandas, butterflies, and chickens. The students have been learning how to make prediction using graphic organizers and to compare animals with Venn diagrams. In social studies we have been talking about communities and neighborhoods. In writing the students have been editing their writing piece about Fall activities by focusing on sentence structure and punctuation.

Mrs. Wendy Apperson – 3rd Grade
wapperson@acariverside.com

It’s been a great week with super attendance! Our 3rd grade class learned a lot of new vocabulary words in Science, Social Studies, and ELA. We are talking about practicing reading at home with by reading to our siblings, with our parents, and to our stuffed animals. We will soon start writing book reports with recommendations for our favorite books. In Math we are just beginning the concept of division. Please practice the times tables at home with our scholars. We hope to know our multiplication facts by the end of the year, and practice makes perfect! Riverside Academy will have a Scholastic Book Fair next week. Our class will get to make a wish list from the flyer sent home, view the books at the fair on Monday, September 27 and purchase them on Wednesday the 28th.  

Mr. David Ladner – 4th Grade
dladner@acariverside.com

Ladner’s Landers, those scholars in 4th and 5th grade math and science, have been busy accomplishing missions.  4th Grade has been exploring place value, rounding, and addition.  In science, they have explored the work of scientists inclusive of their research methods, tools, and data.  5th Grade has been exploring place value with decimals, rounding, and addition.  Their science exploration has taken them to learning about ecosystems.  Missions are being accomplished each day, and all are adjusting more and more daily school life at Riverside!  Way to Go, 4th and 5th Grade Lions!

Ms. Jaimee Hebert – 5th Grade
jhebert@acariverside.com

I can’t believe that we are almost in week 7 of the school year. Your students have been busy this week. In language arts we have been talking about cause and effect. This week we have also been reading historical texts this week. In social studies we have been talking about the landforms, water, and different parts of the Earth. Your students will be taking a test over unit two in social studies next Friday.  Your students are still in art and have been working very hard on their robots. Next week is the book fair at school. On Tuesday we will go down to the book fair to “window shop”.  We will then go back down to the book fair on Wednesday to do our actual shopping. As always please reach out to me with any comments, questions, or concerns! 

Ms. Arriane Brents – Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
adbrents001@acariverside.com

This week we  are wrapping up our essential essay question for September in  Social Studies. If your student is a 7th grader ask them to talk to you about the major accomplishments of Mesoamerican societies and early people. If your student is a 8th grader, ask them why historians, archeologist, and geographers use different methods to help the public understand history.

This week we are wrapping up our study of standards R.I.7.3 & R.I.8.3. We will have a short cycle assessment on Friday.

Mr. Stephen Voegele – Middle School Math
Smvoegele001@acariverside.com

Happy Friday Riverside!
We have had a busy week in math.  8th grade had an end of module assessment.  Good work to those of you who took it. 7th grade you have you next assessment on Tuesday!  So prepare.  Great job to the 6th graders on converting ratios to rates.  Also don’t forget that BOOK FAIR is next week.  YEAH!  On to next week 6th grade is continuing on rates and ratios, we will be adding speed and distance.  7th grade we are going to start positive and negative integers.  8th graders will be more than meets the eye, Transformations.  8th grade please remember your rulers, protractors, and compasses.
As always stay safe,
Mr.  Voegele

Ms. Jamie Isidore – Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
jisidore@acariversidec.com

In ELA and Social Studies in Ms. Isidore class this week; scholars continue to work on their writings. 6th Graders are writing a “someone” special narrative piece and working on their upcoming writing display on the second floor. 8th Graders have been working hard on their journalist pieces. They are now implementing their learning into the Riverside Post. The Riverside Post is an informative newspaper article(s) that 8th graders are doing their best to show off their writing skills each week! They also want to inform others; let their voices/imagination be seen and heard! Next week we are diving deeper into analyzing how a test makes connections among ideas, people and or events!


Intervention Specialists

Ms. Burns aburns@acariverside.com
Mrs. Frohlich cfrohlich@acariverside.com
Mrs. Deborah Glosson dglosson2@acariverside.com

“The resource room is buzzing with activity.  The Intervention Specialists work hard to use a variety of resources and tools to meet the needs of the students. We love our fidgets!  Fidget toys are great self-regulation tools to help with focus, attention, calming and active listening. A fidget can do many things like…

  1. Create movement to alert the brain
  2. Offer deep pressure which is calming or grounding
  3. Give tactile input which is brain engaging
  4. Allow for repetition which is grounding

Riverside SPED team uses a variety of “fidgets” but homemade ones are just as good like rice in a balloon, pony tail band, pipe cleaners (cut of sharp end) or beads on a string.  Using a fidget at home to do homework can help all students stay focused and engaged!”


Specials

Ms. Katherine Howell – Art
khowell@acariverside.com

2nd grade and Kindergarteners will read “Where The Wild Things Are” to depict and draw inspirational scenes from the book and create 5 monster drawings.

5th grade has added paint to their Waste not Robots and will continue to add final details and finishing touches before being voted for best robot!

6th and 8th graders are recreating a work of art from one of the master artists of their choosing. Students will start with a large drawing and continue by adding color next week.

Mr. Thomas Buckley – Physical Education
tbuckley@acariverside.com

This week in PE we learned the rules and the game of basketball. We worked on skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting and defense. We were able to play games to show our skills. The students have done a terrific job learning the structure of PE and it’s been so much fun watching them be competitive but also be good teammates.

09/21/2021

The Riverside Roar – September 21, 2021

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RIVERSIDE ANNUAL TITLE I PARENT MEETING

Receive important information about how we use Title I Funds to support your scholars!

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
4:30 P.M.
Riverside Academy
Auditorium

We will also be hosting a book fair on that day from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Consider purchasing a book as an incentive or reward for a scholar who is attending every day, trying their best, or completing their work.

See you there!


Due to a national shortage of school bus drivers, school bus service has been severely delayed. In Cincinnati, this issue is affecting both public and public charter schools, as Cincinnati Public Schools is seeking to fill a number of open positions. Currently, our yellow bus service is through Universal Transportation System (UTS). To speak to Cincinnati Public Schools Transportation Customer Service, call 513-363-7433, option #1 for vendor, and option #6 for UTS.

While we wait for additional students to receive bus routes, the parent pickup line with remain long. To alleviate the situation, we are beginning dismissal to parents at 3:15 P.M. instead of 3:25 P.M. We are doing our best to facilitate this at quickly and as safely as possible. Beginning on September 7, 2021, there will be cones blocking the driveway on the west side of the building. All cars will need to exit by driving through the parking lot, turning left on the alleyway, and then onto River Road.

Thank you for your help and continued patience!


Student of the Week

The Student of the Week is…

Lyric Burkett!

Ms. Howell said, “I would like to nominate Lyric Burkett. She goes over and beyond in art class. She is always excited and passionate about what she creates.” 

Congratulations, Lyric!


Upcoming Events

September 20
Professional Development – No School for Students

September 27-30
Book Fair

September 28
Title I Meeting at 4:30 P.M.
Book Fair 4:00-6:00 P.M.

October 11
Parent-Teacher Conferences 10:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.


Teacher Updates

Mrs. Kelsey Carter – Kindergarten
kcarter@acariverside.com

This week we continued adding to our narratives. The class’s writing has improved tremendously. I love getting to see how far they have come in such a short time. In math, we continued learning numbers. We learned how to write numbers 0-6 and recognize groups of items within those ranges. In ELA, we covered letters c and o. We started a new science unit about living and nonliving things. 

Mr. Robert Fahrmeier – 1st Grade
rfahrmeier@acariverside.com

Mrs. Amoy Weschelman – 2nd Grade
aweschelman@acariverside.com

Mrs. Wendy Apperson – 3rd Grade
wapperson@acariverside.com

This week our class is starting to really work well together. We have been learning more ways to read with greater fluency and comprehension through applying phonics strategies. In Science class, students read about the Giant Madagascar Chameleon. We are learning about the Scientific Method and how to prove that a hypothesis is correct. In Social Studies our class is learning about community and how to interpret a map based on the map key and directional features. The class is excited to learn about tardigrades in ELA. They are writing a masterpiece about how animals can survive in extreme habitats. In Math we’re working on repeated addition, number bonds, and learning the multiplication table. Please quiz your scholars at home over their multiplication facts. Our major ELA goal is to get ready for the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee test. We read books and write written answers to prepare for this important test. Once again, we’re learning a lot, making friends, and enjoying 3rd Grade!   

Mr. David Ladner – 4th Grade
dladner@acariverside.com

Ms. Jaimee Hebert – 5th Grade
jhebert@acariverside.com

These past few weeks have flown by! In fifth grade we have been learning so much. In social studies we finished up our lesson on geography and took our end of unit test. We are now starting to talk about Earth and the sun’s energy and the water on Earth. In language arts we are reading scientific text and talking about how the how to find cause and effect relationships. The students are enjoying being able to switch after lunch and complete their math and science with Mr. Ladner. Your students are still in art until October. Please continue to check our class dojo as I have been adding pictures and stories on there. If you have not connected with our class on Dojo, please let me know and I can help you do that.

Ms. Arriane Brents – Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
adbrents001@acariverside.com

The seventh and eighth grade students have done a fantastic job with being great decision makers and being respectful to their classmates. The classes have had to work more independently and I am super impressed by their work ethic. This week, both grades will be working on finding connections within non-fiction texts. The standard the seventh graders are working on is R.I.7.3 and the eighth is working on R.I.8.3.

Mr. Stephen Voegele – Middle School Math
Smvoegele001@acariverside.com

So at this point every grade has taken an assessment.  8th grade you are having your second assessment next week.  I want everyone to say this with me. MATH IS NOT HARD.  We need to change our mindset and our culture of math.  Start talking to your children about math.  Have them add the numbers of license plates or house numbers.  Have them watch shows about numbers.  On Netflix and You Tube there is a great series called the Number Blocks.  Also on You Tube our math series Eureka has homework helpers.  Just search Eureka Math Grade level find the module and lesson number.  Also old fashion flashcards to get faster.  There are some hints to help with math.  Next week 6th grade continues with Ratios.  7th grade continues with Ratios as well.  8th grade we will start module 2 on Translations.  We might have to talk about Tik Tok, but you need to be in class.

Ms. Jamie Isidore – Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
jisidore@acariversidec.com


Intervention Specialists

Ms. Burns aburns@acariverside.com
Mrs. Frohlich cfrohlich@acariverside.com
Mrs. Deborah Glosson dglosson2@acariverside.co

Parents and Guardians,

The 4th, 5th, and 6th graders are creating a recycling program here at Riverside and we hope to have it up and running by early October. We are excited to see how much paper and metal we can recycle and keep out of landfills. We are collaborating with the Hamilton County Recycling program and all of their help is free to schools. We are going to keep track of how much paper each grade recycles and reward the class with the most items recycled every month. We will be incorporating STEM, [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math] activities in our recycling program. This will be a fun way to learn Science and Math and help the environment at the same time. We will keep you updated as we begin our program.


Specials

Ms. Katherine Howell – Art
khowell@acariverside.com

2nd grade and Kindergarteners will read Where The Wild Things Are, to depict and draw inspirational scenes from the book.

5th grade will continue to build waste not robots out of cardboard and hopefully this week add paint. Students are learning how to work as a team to build their robots.

6th graders are continuing to complete architectural drawings and designs of different cities. Our cityscapes will show our knowledge of texture, pattern and design.  

8th graders will start their new art project and recreate famous works of art from a list of master artists.

Mr. Thomas Buckley – Physical Education
tbuckley@acariverside.com

This week in PE I wanted to carry over from last week where we had a fun upset in class with the 8th grade girls beating the 8th grade boys in football. This week we have learned how to control our body through different motions and games. We learned what balance means as well as how to calculate your heart rate. The students have done a terrific job learning the structure of PE. 

09/13/2021

The Riverside Roar – September 13, 2021

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Dear Riverside Families,

Due to a national shortage of school bus drivers, school bus service has been severely delayed. In Cincinnati, this issue is affecting both public and public charter schools, as Cincinnati Public Schools is seeking to fill a number of open positions. Currently, our yellow bus service is through Universal Transportation System (UTS). To speak to Cincinnati Public Schools Transportation Customer Service, call 513-363-7433, option #1 for vendor, and option #6 for UTS.

While we wait for additional students to receive bus routes, the parent pickup line with remain long. To alleviate the situation, we are beginning dismissal to parents at 3:15 P.M. instead of 3:25 P.M. We are doing our best to facilitate this at quickly and as safely as possible. Beginning on September 7, 2021, there will be cones blocking the driveway on the west side of the building. All cars will need to exit by driving through the parking lot, turning left on the alleyway, and then onto River Road.

Thank you for your help and continued patience!

Sincerely,
Ms. Elizabeth Lucas
Principal


Student of the Week

The Student of the Week is…

Leiland Gilliand!

Mr. Buckley said, “I would like to nominate Leiland Gilliand. He stepped up and made sure we all were in the correct place during a fire drill. Helps me get the games set up for class each day and has been a pleasure to be around since I first met him.”

Congratulations, Leiland!


Upcoming Events

September 14
Board Meeting at 3:00 P.M. – Queen City Career High School

September 20
Professional Development – No School for Students

September 27-30
Book Fair

September 28
Title I Meeting at 4:30 P.M.
Book Fair 4:00-6:00 P.M.


Teacher Updates

Mrs. Kelsey Carter – Kindergarten
kcarter@acariverside.com

This week we continued learning to write narratives. We learned to add to our writing and how to work with partners. We continued learning numbers. We have started the foundations for addition and subtraction! We learned our first math sentence: 1 and 2 makes 3. We continued with story elements. We covered letters u and i. We finished our senses unit and will begin a new science unit next week! Have a lovely weekend!

Mr. Robert Fahrmeier – 1st Grade
rfahrmeier@acariverside.com

Mrs. Amoy Weschelman – 2nd Grade
aweschelman@acariverside.com

This week in 2nd grade we started working on blends and digraphs in language arts. We also worked on differentiating vowels and consonants in language arts. In science, we learned about different ways to sort animals, such as which ones are vertebrates and invertebrates. In math we used manipulatives to build number bonds and to help visualize adding and subtracting up to twenty. During writing time, we have been working on writing more sentences at a time and of increasing complexity.

Mrs. Wendy Apperson – 3rd Grade
wapperson@acariverside.com

Mr. David Ladner – 4th Grade
dladner@acariverside.com

The number of scholars and explorers that are part of Ladner’s Landers has increased. The mission has changed, and the class is no longer a self-contained 4th grade, but it is now Math and Science for both 4th and 5th grade scholars.  Ms. Hebert and I are co-teaching.  She teaches Language Arts and Social Studies to both grades.  This has been a week of transition as both 4th and 5th grade scholars have had to learn expectations within their new classes, while continuing to become reaccustomed to in-person learning for all.  Our scholars are improving more and more each day as they continue to land in many new unexplored areas of learning!  Many great missions lie ahead!

Ms. Jaimee Hebert – 5th Grade
jhebert@acariverside.com

The number of scholars and explorers that are part of Ladner’s Landers has increased. The mission has changed, and the class is no longer a self-contained 4th grade, but it is now Math and Science for both 4th and 5th grade scholars.  Ms. Hebert and I are co-teaching.  She teaches Language Arts and Social Studies to both grades.  This has been a week of transition as both 4th and 5th grade scholars have had to learn expectations within their new classes, while continuing to become reaccustomed to in-person learning for all.  Our scholars are improving more and more each day as they continue to land in many new unexplored areas of learning!  Many great missions lie ahead!

Ms. Arriane Brents – Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
adbrents001@acariverside.com

In last week’s Riverside Roar I mentioned that knowing what standard your student is working on is a great place to start if you are trying to provide extra help at home. In the next couple of Riverside Roars I’m going to let you know of a few websites that are free, and easy to navigate for finding work associated with direct standard topics. 

The first we’ll review is ereadingworksheets.com. It is one of the most direct to use. Simply type the standard number (ex. R.I.7.2) into the search box. Next, pay attention to site names and try to stick with the sites that include “ereading worksheets” and you’ll be set to go.

This week the seventh graders will be introduced to standard R.I.7.3 which focuses on relationships within the text and analogies. The eighth grade will be introduced to R.I.8.1 with finding evidence that aggress with and supports statements made.

Mr. Stephen Voegele – Middle School Math
Smvoegele001@acariverside.com

Good Afternoon Lions,

Man have we been busy in math.  We took our first iReady assessment and also our first Short Cycle Assessment.  Also 8th grade took their first Mid-Module Assessment.  Wow guys!  We have been working hard and have lots to do.  6th grade is continuing to work on Ratios.  We are applying them in real world problems with various methods.  7th grade is getting ready for their first Mid-Module assessment which will be next Wednesday.  Make sure that you are keeping up with your work.  8th grade we are continuing with exponents and applying them.  We will apply them with Scientific Method next week.

Ms. Jamie Isidore – Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
jisidore@acariversidec.com


Intervention Specialists

Ms. Burns aburns@acariverside.com
Mrs. Frohlich cfrohlich@acariverside.com
Mrs. Deborah Glosson dglosson2@acariverside.co

Hello families! This week we have continued to support our scholars in small group testing throughout the school. We are eager to see where students are performing and work towards their growth and goals this year. This data should be shared with you by their classroom teacher. As always, if you have specific questions or concerns for your child’s IS do not hesitate to reach out to us!

A big thank you to all our teachers and staff for supporting our first “Riverside Grind”.  Our next date is September 30th!

We have had a few requests for a variety of “juices”. If you have a favorite drink or treat that you would like to see offered…please let me know! 


Specials

Ms. Katherine Howell – Art
khowell@acariverside.com

Riverside Community and Families,

2nd grade and Kindergarteners are still exploring color theory and color mixing.

5th grade are building waste not robots out of cardboard. Students are learning how to work as a team to build their robots.

6th and 8th graders are starting architectural drawings and designs of different cities. Our cityscapes will show our knowledge of texture, pattern and design.  

Mr. Thomas Buckley – Physical Education
tbuckley@acariverside.com

This week in PE we started to learn about Football. We learned the proper way to catch and throw a football. We learned what positions were on the field and what they do, and we also learned about the rules. The games we played this week were flasketball (basketball with Football) Ultimate football, and we played real games to show our skills and knowledge. 

08/27/2021

The Riverside Roar – August 30, 2021

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Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

The Riverside Roar will include a new feature to our weekly newsletter – Student of the Week. Each teacher will nominate a student for any of the following:

  1. Perfect attendance or marked improvement in attendance
  2. Demonstrates:
  3. Positive attitude toward others/learning
  4. Exemplary leadership and integrity
  5. Respect to peers and teachers
  6. Extraordinary effort
  7. Self-control and reflects on of behavioral growth
  8. Character (compassion, honesty, trustworthiness, optimism, and responsibility)

This week’s winner is…THOMAS COATES!

Ms. Hebert said, “Throughout this week he has stepped up and helped the new classmates in our classroom. He has also been able to control his behavior and to express what he is feeling!” Congratulations, Thomas!

Sincerely,
Ms. Elizabeth Lucas
Principal


Upcoming Events

September 6
Labor Day – No School

September 10
Progress Reports Distributed

September 14
Title I Meeting – Time To Be Determined

September 20
Professional Development – No School for Students


Our Director of Academics

Salutations from Science Class! We are starting the scientific method this week in with all classes. The skills that we develop over the next 2 weeks will be incredibly valuable all year. It is important that students start this week prepared for success by having some necessary materials. For science class we will need a notebook or composition book, pocket folder, and a binder. I will be supporting science while we continue to find an amazing teaching worthy of our amazing scholars. Have no fear! I taught middle school science for years before moving up to administration. I am excited to be back in the classroom even if for a short period of time. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.


Teacher Updates

Mrs. Kelsey Carter – Kindergarten
kcarter@acariverside.com

The first full week of school is coming to a close. This week we continued learning expectations for the school building and our classroom. We started math curriculum and learned to count up to and down from 5. We continued learning about narrative writing. We learned about what a character is in a story and how to pick the main ones. We also learned about our senses and how important they are. Finally, we talked about who we are! Have a lovely weekend. See you all next week!

Mr. Robert Fahrmeier – 1st Grade
rfahrmeier@acariverside.com

We are starting our first few weeks in first grade on fire. We have done an awesome job writing. We have already written sentences about what we want to do in first grade and have also finished our first book. We are learning so much about letter sounds, and learning more about our friends and classmates through all about me work. Looking forward to a great year to come.

Mr. Darren Cooley – 2nd Grade
dcooley@acariverside.com

Ms. Marj Williams – 2nd Grade
mwilliams5@acariverside.com

Hello 2nd Grade families!

We have been working hard on getting into the groove of the school year! So far, we have been working on adding on to ten during math instruction and we have just started trying out subtraction. We have also learned how plants grow in science by setting up three small pots by the window to see how they grow. In ELA (English Language Arts) we are mastering our letters and working on writing basic sentences about our experiences. In social studies we have learned about the city, the suburbs, and the countryside. We are having great fun in specials as well; this quarter we have art with Ms. Howell. We are still all getting to know each other, but it is looking to be an excellent year!

Mrs. Wendy Apperson – 3rd Grade
wapperson@acariverside.com

Our class had a really great first week! Students filled out an “All About Me” sheet, and communicated about their likes and dislikes to each other during our daily Communication Circle. The class is learning ELA subjects, and in Math we’re beginning multiplication skills. Our 3rd Graders will be writing personal narrative stories during Writing Workshop, doing science experiments. For Social Studies they are learning about the United States of America and the city they live in. Our beginning reading is progressing because of library time in the classroom, and we have a heavy emphasis on teaching phonics and words study. Our class loves to go to gym, and also move to music in the classroom. Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about our class. You should have received our Riverside Pride Parent-Student Handbook. Please sign the last page of the handbook and have your child return it to me. I’m looking forward to a super year!

Mr. David Ladner – 4th Grade
dladner@acariverside.com

Riverside 4th graders are on a mission!  A class theme has been established which promotes students to be academic explorers.  The mission is to complete as many missions as possible as 4th graders to prepare them for the next grade level and beyond.  There are many things to be discovered which have the 4th graders ‘landing’ in many uncharted territories.  As Ladner’s Landers, student scholars are being encouraged and taught to think, question, research, and learn.  As it is the beginning of the school year, much time and effort has been devoted to learning the policies and procedures in order to have a successful mission each day in the classroom and at school.  4th grade scholars have already landed in some new territories and are learning new expectations and academic objectives.  It’s off to a great start in 4th grade as scholars reach to infinity and beyond!

Ms. Jaimee Hebert – 5th Grade
jhebert@acariverside.com

Hello Families!

This week in 5th grade has been busy! We began working on our instructional material. In math we are learning about place value and how to multiply decimals. In science we are learning about the scientific method and how to ask questions. In ELA we are learning about main idea and finding key details to support the main idea! The students have also written a biography poem and created a self-portrait. This quarter your student has art! I have enjoyed getting to know each student and I cannot wait to go through this year with you all! 

Ms. Arriane Brents – Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
adbrents001@acariverside.com

Safety is my number one priority, and a having classroom where all students are (and feel) respected is priority number two. Before I can dive into the standards and help your student academically, those two priorities have to be practiced and realized. The first two weeks of school we’ve focused on those, and then after that get ready for the academic rigor to take off! 

Next week we’ll be taking an iReady diagnostic that will identify an approximate reading level for your student. During class this week we will analyze the scores and set goals for the end of the school year. Encourage your student to share their vision with you. I’ll do everything I can to ensure we reach the realistic goals we set for our end of the year diagnostic in May! 


In next week’s Riverside Roar I’ll be sending home information about signing up your student for a Cincinnati Public library card, and the access students will have to electronic media right here at school! 

Mr. Stephen Voegele – Middle School Math
Smvoegele001@acariverside.com

Wow! First week back in the saddle again.  Back to math and back to the grind.  Students have taken to the new math very well.  6th grade did awesome on their first Exploratory Challenge!  7th grade and 8th grade have started off awesome as well.  6th and 7th grade our focus will be on ratios and solving them in various ways.  8th grade will be doing exponents.  Let’s continue our strong push.  If you have any question call or email me, I will get back to you.  Let’s go Lions we got a long way to go and a short time to get there.

Ms. Jamie Isidore – Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
jisidore@acariversidec.com

In ELA and Social Studies in Ms. Isidore class this week; scholars jumped right into writing! Scholars began displaying enthusiasm while getting to know each other and writing about what they found interesting about each other’s summer! Shout out to 8B for displaying GRIT in the morning! I know it is not easy to write first thing in the morning, but they pushed through! Shout Out to the 6th Graders for grasping and having a small discussion of Riversides policies and procedures! Next week we are diving into our Academic Curriculum; let’s hope 6th and 8th Graders can show the same enthusiasm moving forward!


Intervention Specialists


Hi families! This week the sped team has enjoyed meeting our students and getting to know them. Building relationship is so important and we take getting to know our kids seriously so we can best serve them this year! Feel free to send us information to get to know your child and your family more. Some helpful things to know are things your child likes to do for fun at home, what motivates them and even things you notice they struggle with and what usually helps them overcome. We are so looking forward to working with you this year and helping our kiddos reach their goals and make significant growth behaviorally and academically this year!

Ms. Burns aburns@acariverside.com
Mrs. Frohlich cfrohlich@acariverside.com
Mrs. Deborah Glosson dglosson2@acariverside.co


Specials

Ms. Katherine Howell – Art
khowell@acariverside.com

Dear Riverside community and families,

In art class our Kindergarteners, 5th,6th and 8th graders are excited to be creating drawings of desserts inspired by Wayne Thiebaud. Our scholars are extremely creative and hungry for exciting and new art lessons. We can’t wait to show off all our hard work at Riverside Winter Arts Wonderland show this December. Can’t wait to meet the parents of the kids we love so much!

Mr. Thomas Buckley – Physical Education
tbuckley@acariverside.com

It’s been a great week in PE class. The students are picking up the structure of PE very well. This week we learned how to play soccer. We learned the skills of passing, dribbling, shooting and teamwork. We played sideline soccer, and started playing real games. The students have also learned some new games like capture the flag and Pac Man tag. We learned some new vocab words as well and learned what hydration means and how to stay properly hydrated.

08/24/2021

The Riverside Roar – August 23, 2021

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Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

We’ve had a fantastic start to the 2021-2022 school year!

Please be aware of the following changes to start and end times: Students are permitted in the building at 7:30 A.M., and must be in the building by 8:00 A.M. Dismissal begins at 3:25 P.M.

The Riverside Academy staff continues to focus on keeping students safe while implementing rigorous academic work and caring for the whole child. To that end, masks are optional but are strongly encouraged for those who have not been vaccinated.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for trusting us with your scholars. If you know anyone looking for a school that is safe and student-focused, we still have spots available!

We’ve almost made it through a pandemic. Together we can make it through anything!

Sincerely,
Ms. Elizabeth Lucas
Principal


Upcoming Events

September 6
Labor Day – No School

September 10
Progress Reports Distributed

September 14
Title I Meeting – Time To Be Determined

September 20
Professional Development – No School for Students


Our Director of Academics

Hello! My name is Ms. Sabura Rashad, and I am the Director of Academics for Riverside Academy. This is my 25th year in education. During those years I’ve been a dean of students, an assistant principal, interim principal, department head, instructional trainer and have taught most subjects K-12. I specialize in transformative urban education because I believe that every student deserves to achieve their personal excellence. I am an alumna of Tuskegee University and University of Toledo with concentrations in STEM and multicultural education. I am honored to be part of the Riverside Academy team as we work together to successful support the future generations.

Our Office Manager

Hello Riverside Families!  My name is Sherri Yates and I am your office manager.  I originally grew up in Bellevue, KY and I earned an Art Degree from Morehead State University.  After working 5 years in Human Resources and Operations at Frisch’s Corporate office, I stayed home to raise 3 children.  My youngest just started her senior year at Oak Hills, where my husband has been a teacher for over 20 years.  I worked for 7 years as the office manager at our sister school Winton Prep (now Northside Prep) and transferred to Riverside a year ago.

I love working here at Riverside and I am so excited that we are finally back in school and able have face to face learning with full classes!  I am here to serve you!  If you need anything from the office, please give me a call or email me at syates2@acariverside.com.  Teamwork makes the dream work!

Syates2@acariverside.com

Our Counselor

Ms. Chandler Sollmann – Counselor
csollmann@acariverside.com

Hello Riverside families,

My name is Chandler Sollmann and I am the school counselor at Riverside Academy. This is my second year with Riverside and I am so excited to be back to work with your students and you to help ensure success in their school year! I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology with a double minor in special education and child studies from Miami University. After getting my bachelor’s degree with Miami, I continued my education with them to get a graduate certificate is Autism Spectrum Disorders while also getting my master of education with UC in behavior analysis. I received my certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2020. Prior to working at Riverside I was a school age specialist working within nine different elementary schools and moved on to be a behavior therapist in a local severe behavior unit with alternative school placements.

My goal while working at Riverside Academy is to help your student(s) become well-rounded individuals while supporting their academic growth, but by also making sure that the develop the social-emotional skills they need to cope, learn, and grow through their big feelings and life’s challenges. It is important to me that all needs of the students are met and I yearn to be an advocate and support for your child(ren). We, at Riverside, take great pride in teaching, loving, and encouraging the whole child and not just their grades. Your children are constantly teaching me something new and I value the relationships I build with them and their families every day.

I’m grateful to be back with Riverside for another school year where I am privileged with your trust to protect and serve your student and family. I look forward to the teamwork and many successes to come this year!


MEET THE TEACHERS!

Mrs. Kelsey Carter – Kindergarten
kcarter@acariverside.com

Hi! My name is Mrs. Carter and I am thrilled to be teaching Kindergarten this year at Riverside Academy! We will have lots of fun learning so many things this year. I can’t wait to learn all about my scholars and their family at home! But first, let me share a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Ohio! I am an Ohio State University Buckeye fan. However, I did not attend OSU. I received my master’s in education in December 2020 from Grand Canyon University. I have a husband, a son named Ivan, and a dog named Emma. Ivan is almost 5 years old and Emma is almost 7. Ivan will be starting Kindergarten this year just like you! When I am not teaching or planning great things for us to do, I enjoy vacations with my family to wonderful places around the world. I also enjoy just spending time with my family at home. We love to go to the zoo, Kings Island, and museums! There is so much I am looking forward to this year. We will learn all about reading and writing! We will also be learning math, science, and social studies! I am most excited to teach my scholars how to read or to build on their already developing reading skills. Here are a few of my favorite things: Chocolate (all forms) The colors magenta, teal, and purple, Mexican restaurants Target, my family, my doggie, teaching 💜Mrs. Carter

Mr. Robert Fahrmeier – 1st Grade
rfahrmeier@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

Hello! My name is Mr. Robert Fahrmeier and I am the first grade teacher at Riverside Academy. I have been teaching for the past 10 years in pre-school to Kindergarten. This is my first year teaching first grade and I am so excited about this new opportunity at Riverside. I earned my Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication from the College of Mount St. Joseph and later my master’s in Early Childhood Education also at Mount St. Joseph. After 7 years teaching kindergarten in the Mason area I have come here to be a Riverside Lion!

My philosophy is that all students can achieve and grow with the right frame of mind.  As a teacher it is my job to help students to gain that mindset that they can grow in mind body and soul.

In my classroom we have 6 goals: Be Helpful. Be Kind.  Be Honest. Be Safe. Do your best. Don’t give up. I want all students to feel empowered to become life-long learners. I look forward to this year and hope that we will all achieve and grow together.

Mr. Darren Cooley – 2nd Grade
dcooley@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardians, and 2nd Graders:

Hello, my name is Mr. Darren Cooley, and I am an Instructional Aide for the 2nd grade classroom at Riverside Academy. This is my first year here, but I do have over 6 years of experience as an aide in various school and daycare settings. I earned my bachelor’s degree at The University of Cincinnati and my associate degree from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Having left the field of education for a time, I am quite excited to get back into the classroom once again.

I love being able to help students reach their potential. To me there is nothing more satisfying than working with a student who has been struggling and seeing them grasp a topic for the first time. I firmly believe every student has the capacity for growth and academic success when given a chance. Beyond academics, I look forward to seeing the students mature in their behavior and grow together.

This year will be a time of excitement, change, and growth for all of us. I can’t wait to get to know you all and help however I can. Go Lions!

Ms. Marj Williams – 2nd Grade
mwilliams5@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students: 

Hello! My name is Ms. Marj Williams, and I am the one-on-one aide at Riverside Academy. This is my first year in education. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University and my master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. I am excited to be starting my educational journey as a Riverside Lion. 

This year will be a time of excitement, change, and growth for you and me. I am so glad that I can be a part of this special time in your lives. 

Mrs. Wendy Apperson – 3rd Grade
wapperson@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:                                                                                                                             

Hi! My name is Mrs. Wendy Apperson, and I’m a Title I teacher at Riverside Academy.  My experience as a teacher includes 22 years working as a private tutor in the US and in Israel. I have taught students at the elementary school grade level for the past five years, and middle school for two years. I am working towards completing a master’s degree in Reading Science. This is my 2nd year teaching at Riverside Academy.

My love of teaching comes from a lifelong love of learning. I hope I can encourage students at Riverside Academy to share in the advantages of learning as a lifetime occupation. I use the Orton Gillingham (OG) language instructional approach, and OG mathematics teaching methods to support students in academic areas where they may be struggling and provide enrichment for those who need more open-ended academic challenges.

I’m excited to share with students at Riverside Academy in what I believe will be a successful and rewarding academic year! I look forward to communicating with you!

Mr. David Ladner – 4th Grade
dladner@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

Hello, everyone!  Welcome!  My name is David Ladner, and I am the 4th Grade Teacher at Riverside Academy.  A Chinese Proverb states, “If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”  I believe that what happens in my classroom will affect your child for a lifetime.  The things we will do will help them define their future ambitions and dreams.  Their time with me and one another will be productive.  They may even come exhausted from time to time because of all the thinking that was accomplished during the day!  Every minute will count, and it will be time well spent!  I look forward to partnering with you in the education of your child.

I have been preparing for this year, not only now, but throughout my lifetime.  This is my 25th year in education.  I have taught elementary, middle, and high school grade levels, with most of my classroom experience as a middle school teacher.  I have served as a public elementary, middle, and high school principal, as well as a headmaster of a private PreK-12th grade school.  I hold a bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in Elementary Education, and a master’s degree from William Carey University in Educational Leadership.

I have an awesome group of bright, young people in this class.  I am anticipating a terrific and exciting year ahead filled with much learning!  With your help, we can make it happen together!

Ms. Jaimee Hebert – 5th Grade
jhebert@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

Hello! My name is Ms. Jaimee Hebert, and I am the fifth grade teacher at Riverside Academy. I am excited to start the school year and I can’t wait to get to know all of my students. This is my first year at Riverside and my first year teaching.  I earned my bachelor’s degree at Mount Saint Joseph University after graduating from Oak Hills High School and Diamond Oaks Vocational School.  I have a younger sister who is a junior in high school, two dogs and a cat.  

From my first day of preschool I knew I wanted to be a teacher.  I love teaching and will assist all my students in the classroom to learn and become more confident in their abilities. School wasn’t always easy for me and I know from personal experience that each student learns in a unique way.   It is going to be a fun year of learning and new adventures for each of our students.  

I am thrilled to be a Riverside Lion!

Ms. Arriane Brents – Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
adbrents001@acariverside.com

Welcome to the 2021– 2022 school year! I am committed from the beginning of the school year to help your child foster skills socially, emotionally, enhance in character, and strengthen all skills required in the discipline of Language Arts and Social Studies.  I am super excited to continue on the path we started before our working from home experience, and look forward to becoming acclimated to in-person school life! 

Our team has always made a conscious effort to groom our students for global citizenship. A large part of that is taking time to explicitly teach and model social graces, integrity, and cultural sensitivity. I’m looking forward to the discussions we’ll have that will strengthen our moral compass, the school community, and the insights that the students will bring home.  

The gains we’ve made in years past academically, I’m eager to continue. To keep track of your student’s progress you can expect to receive midterm reports every quarter, and short cycle assessments around every two weeks that requires a guardian’s signature.  You can electronically check your student’s grades on Canvas for ELA and Social studies anytime for the most current standing of grades. Classdojo.com is a website that parents will be able to use to check the general behavior of your student in real time! More information will be sent home regarding this program and the APP you can download straight to your phone! 

I look forward to speaking with you regarding your child’s progress this school year. Riverside has scheduled parent teacher conferences that are on the school’s calendar but you are always welcome to schedule a conference with me by telephone, or in person. This can be accomplished by emailing me, or calling the school.

Mr. Stephen Voegele – Middle School Math
Smvoegele001@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:

Hello! My name is Mr. Steve Voegele and I am entering my 24th year of teaching with 22 of those years here at Riverside Academy.  I have earned two Bachelor’s degrees from University of Cincinnati.  One in Communication and the other in Elementary Education.  In my years of teaching I have taught Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grades in all areas. Which I have been sharing with generations of Lions here at Riverside Academy.

My passion is teaching and I believe that every student can learn.  I myself was not always the most studious of students but then something clicked and I learned that I could do anything I put my mind to.  I want that for all of the students at Riverside Academy that can do attitude.  They will be prepared for any Ohio Achievement tests and that the 8th graders when they leave will be prepared for High School and beyond.  My job is to help all students to enjoy school and have a successful school year.  I can’t wait until we get started.

If you ever need anything from me you can call the school at 513-921-7777 ext 40906 or email me at smvoegele001@acariverside.com.   

Ms. Jamie Isidore – Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
jisidore@acariversidec.com

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

Welcome to the 21-22 School Year at Riverside Academy!!! My name is Ms. Jamie Isidore, and I am the 6th and 8th Grade English of Language Arts /Social Studies! I have earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Benedictine University in Illinois. This is my 5th year in education and during those years I have learned that all scholars grow emotionally, socially, physically and mentally within their learning environment and peers. Even if school hasn’t been a great experience for students in the past, scholars will find some success at school this year. I know some of you are pumped and excited to return into the building and are ready to learn everything you can! I want all of you to know that no matter how you feel, I am here for you and you should always remember, having positive thoughts generate positive feelings and attract positive life experiences. When we have good thoughts we often start to feel good, this is one of many reasons why I am here to serve you as a Riverside Lion!!

Note to Scholars: This year we are going to dive deep and focus on scholars reading, writing, and sharing; in which scholars will learn responsibility for their classwork and for their behavior. I’m not going to say that this year will be easy and I can say at times school will be challenging but the end results; I am telling you it’s going to be worth it! So as we start off this school year with amazing scholars, staff and parents, together we can push through. Just remember that this year will be exciting, challenging and rewarding all at the same time!

Note to Parents: I am committed to teach and inspire your scholars to their best educational abilities.  I love teaching and helping all students succeed.  You can electronically check your student’s grades on Canvas for ELA and Social studies anytime for the most current standing of grades. Classdojo.com is a website that you (parents) will be able to use to check general behavior of your scholar (s) in real time! More information will be sent home regarding this program and the APP you can download straight to your phone! I am looking forward to speaking to you about your scholar’s performances and behaviors.  You can also set up a meeting with me by emailing me or contacting the school.

Once again, I am excited and looking forward to meeting and greeting you this coming school year! 

Ms. Ronisha Byrd – Instructional Aide
rbyrd@acariverside.com

Hello! My name is Ronisha Byrd, and I am a instructional aide at Riverside academy. I have been in early education for 15 years. During that time I have been lead preschool teacher and also worked as a before and after school assistant. I have worked as a one on one aide for children with autism. I have an associate’s degree from Chatfield College in early childhood education. I enjoy helping and watching children grow into great individuals. I’m really excited to be part of the Riverside Academy family, and look forward to a great school year!

Mrs. Nancy Herzner – Instructional Aide
Nmherzner001@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardian and Students:

My name is Mrs. Nancy Herzner, I am an Instructional Aide at Riverside Academy.

I work with Kindergarten and First Grades. I have also worked here during the summer working with the children in the summer school program. I really enjoy working with the younger children. This will be my 17th school year working at Riverside Academy, I am looking forward to a great school year working with your children.


Intervention Specialists


Ms. Burns
aburns@acariverside.com

To the parents/guardians,

Hello! My name is Ms. Burns and I am your child’s new Special Education teacher. I will be making sure they are receiving the services and accommodations they need as documented on their IEP and I get the pleasure of working with them to achieve their academic and behavior goals! I also get the pleasure of walking alongside your family as an advocate and support to help ensure your child is getting the best education they can to become and achieve all that they can! I just wanted to take the time to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about me. I am originally from Lima, Ohio but I’ve traveled a lot in the recent years for school and with my family! I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education and am licensed to teach both. This is my fourth year teaching and I have previous full time experience working as a 3rd, 1st/2nd and 5th grade teacher as well as a reading specialist. I am passionate about education and guiding the next generation and I treat working with your family as a true privilege and honor. I have a three-year-old daughter named Skylar. We recently moved to Cincinnati and enjoy to go on fun adventures like the park, the zoo and out for ice-cream! As for me I enjoy yoga, cycling, coffee and friends! I am so excited to work with your family for the remainder of this year. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me for anything at all!

Sincerely,
Asher K Burns
aburns@acariverside.com
ext. 40934

Mrs. Frohlich
cfrohlich@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

My name is Cynthia Frohlich. I am the Intervention Specialist at Riverside Academy. This is my fourth year at Riverside. This school year, I am looking forward to working with the 4th and 5th grade classes. I’ll also be working with some 6th grade students as well. I anticipate each student will increase their knowledge and become a more confident student by the end of this school year. I will do my best to help make this year a positive experience for your child.

I love to read, and I want to share my love of reading with all students. We will be reading some wonderful books this school year. I enjoy listening to students’ different perspectives as we read some of my favorite books.

I appreciate it when parents/guardians contact me with any questions or concerns. Please feel free to call, email, or write a note with any questions.

513.921.7777 ext 40904

Mrs. Deborah Glosson
dglosson2@acariverside.com

Dear Riverside Parents,

My name is Deborah Glosson and I will be an Intervention Specialist at Riverside Academy.  I graduated from Cedarville University and Wright State University with a degree in elementary education and special education.

I was born and raised in Michigan but I have lived in Ohio for 23 years. My husband and I have three children and a shihpoo named Winston. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, walking and watching my girls at swim meets. When I was five years old, I knew I wanted to be a teacher.  My favorite Christmas as a child was receiving two wooden desks, a large chalkboard and my very own grade book to play with.  My experience as an educator has ranged from teaching second grade to working with students with a variety of disabilities in the classroom and self-contained.

I could not be more thrilled to be an Intervention Specialist for this upcoming school year.  I am ready to make this year the best one yet for my students!  Together my students and I will learn and grow.  If there is anything that I know, it’s that with hard work, kindness and a bit of GRIT, we can accomplish anything we set our minds to.


Specials

Ms. Katherine Howell – Art
khowell@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

My name is Ms. Katherine Howell, and I am the new art teacher at Riverside Academy. This is my 13th year in education. During those years I’ve been an art teacher and dean of students at a charter school in Brooklyn, NYC. I earned my Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and a Master’s degree in Art Education at Maryland Institute College of Art. I’ve recently moved from Williamsburg, Brooklyn to the beautiful state of Ohio and here to serve you as a Riverside Lion! 

I love teaching art and inspiring young students to not only love art; but appreciate one’s ability to create. I had the pleasure of seeing my kindergartners move forward, graduate middle school and being accepted into art centered high schools which is one of many happiest moments of my life. I am still in contact with many of my students who are now applying and looking forward to attending art focused colleges. 

This year will be a special year for you and I to embark on a journey to explore art, creativity, and self-growth! I’m so glad to be a part of this community. 

Mr. Thomas Buckley – Physical Education
tbuckley@acariverside.com

My name is TJ Buckley. I am very excited to be the teaching your children Physical Education this year. I have worked with the youth of Cincinnati for over 14 years as a coach or teacher. I have worked with high school and grade school students as well as with college student athletes. I have my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and my Master’s degree from Ohio University. I am very excited to see and work with you and your children. I grew up in Cincinnati and I am a huge Bearcats and Bengals fan. I played sports growing up and even coached football and baseball in high school and college. We will be learning a lot of different games and sports along the way this year. Again I look forward to working with you and your students. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at tbuckley@acariverside.com or call at  (513) 921-7777.

06/01/2021

Seamless Summer Option Program

 

This location is participating in the Seamless Summer Option Program. Lunch will be provided to all children, age 1 through 18, and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Please contact the school for serving dates and times.

Program Flyer – English & Español (PDF) »

 

05/25/2021

The Riverside Roar – May 24, 2021

 

Download The Riverside Roar for the week of May 24, 2021 (PDF) »

 

For Your Information…

  • If you haven’t reenrolled, it’s not too late! Go to the survey link or call the office for assistance.
  • Reports cards are being mailed on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
  • We have free intervention materials that your scholar could complete over the summer. All you need to do is call ahead, let us know that you would like the materials, and then stop by during summer business hours.
  • For parents of scholars who worked virtually this year, please return the laptop and the charger as soon as possible. Fees may be assessed if the equipment isn’t returned by June 30, 2021.
  • The results of the spring Ohio State Tests will be sent home to families by the end of July.
  • If you have moved recently, please make sure your address is updated in our records and provide a new proof of residency.
  • If you haven’t completed the Parent Satisfaction Survey, please do so as soon as possible. We take your feedback seriously! Here is the link: Parent Satisfaction Survey

 

 



Summer Office Hours

9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

The office is closed for holidays on Monday, May 31st, and Monday, July 5th.

 

Upcoming Events

June 1 – First Day of Summer School
June 18 – Last Day of Summer School
July 6 – Third Grade OST Summer Test
August 18 – First Day of School

 

05/07/2021

The Riverside Roar – May 10, 2021

 

Download The Riverside Roar for the week of May 10, 2021 (PDF) »



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

May 19– 8th Grade Celebration, 4:30-6:00 P.M.
May 20– Last Day of School for Students

 


Kindergarten and First Grade

Ms. Zwirgzdas 
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

 

 

Second and Third Grade

Miss DeLong 
vdelong@acariverside.com

Hello families! Only a few weeks of school left! It is important your child is still getting enough sleep at night and motivated to do their work! The next few weeks we will focus on reading fluency and math review along with division for 3rd grade and multiplication for 2nd grade.
Thank you. Have a nice and safe weekend!

 

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Ms. Kenner 
akenner@acariverside.com

 

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

Hello Middle school math families! This upcoming week, students will be taking the iReady math diagnostic. Students should be spending an average of 20 minutes a day on iReady math. They have access to this tool, and it is focused on their own personal growth throughout the school year. This is unique, because it gives students the opportunity to show us what they’ve learned, without the pressure of state standards or being compared to peers across the state. We are working hard this year to stay engaged in our lessons and prepare for next year. It’s never too soon to start learning.

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

TWO WEEKS! That’s all. Where did the year go? Please joins us on the 19th for the 8th grade celebration. Also happy to all the Mother’s or woman who are mothering children this weekend. Hopefully they do something nice for you all, because you deserve it. Online students make sure that you are up to date in your assignments with the quarter drawing to a close. Have a great weekend and see you next week.

 

Intervention Specialists


Mrs. Frohlich cfrohlich@acariverside.com
Ms. Burns aburns@acariverside.com

Happy Friday parents! We are so close to the end of the year. At Riverside we are committed to ending this school year strong and setting students up for success for the remainder of the year and moving forward. We know that it can be hard to keep students motivated and engaged in school these last few weeks so here are some tips to help make sure our kiddos are finishing strong:

  • Make school attendance a priority and talk about the importance of showing up to school every day.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomachaches may be signs of anxiety.
  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe from mistreatment. Make sure he/she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
  • Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents, or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school.

We enjoy seeing our kiddos bright faces every day and want to work hard to continue to support positive behaviors, attendance, and motivation for our remaining time together before summer break! Here’s to another great week! 🙂

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

This week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 traveled to the state of Texas to learn about their contributions to early American music. They also met the famous pop star, Billie Eilish! Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the role of the drumline this week. At the end of next week, students in all grades can look forward to watching some music-themed movies!
Students, make sure you bring your recorders on Fridays!

 

Physical Education

Mr. Louis
plouis@acariverside.com

 


 

 

Dear Parents of 8th Graders,

          Please send us a baby picture, a current picture, and a positive message for your 8th grader. Pictures can be emailed to elucas@acariverside.com or brought to the office. Original photos will be returned. We hope to see you at the celebration on the 19th!


Sign Up Your Scholar for Summer Instruction!
June 1, through June 18, 2021
9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Second Grade Plus

  • This course is for all students who will be 3rd graders in the fall of 2021.
  • Interactive, engaging instruction

Third Grade Test Prep

  • This course is for all students who need to retake the Third Grade Test.
  • Teacher-led test taking strategies with practice tests online
  • The 3rd Grade Ohio State Test will be given the week of July 6-12.

Middle School Jumpstart

  • This course is for incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who need interventions to prepare for fall of 2021.
  • Two options:
    • English
    • Math
  • Blended model of teacher-led instruction and computer-based interventions

 

Call the office if you want to sign up!