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03/15/2021

The Riverside Roar – March 15, 2021

 

Download The Riverside Roar for the week of March 15, 2021 (PDF)

 

It’s Testing Time!

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

Sincerely,
Ms. Lucas
Principal

For Ohio State Testing:

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

 

Grab and Go Meals

Hybrid students will bring meals home every Wednesday.

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

 

Upcoming Events

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

 


Kindergarten and First Grade

Ms. Zwirgzdas 
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

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

Enjoy the weekend, one week before spring!

 

Second and Third Grade

Miss DeLong 
vdelong@acariverside.com

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

 

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Ms. Kenner 
akenner@acariverside.com

Hello Families,

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

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

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

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

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

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

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

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

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

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

 

Intervention Specialists

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

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

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

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

 

Physical Education

Mr. Louis
plouis@acariverside.com

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

 

 

03/04/2021

The Riverside Roar – March 8, 2021

 

The Riverside Roar is our weekly newsletter to inform our families of all the great things happening at school. Newsletter is personalized with information from your child’s teacher. 

Download The Riverside Roar for the week of March 8, 2021 (PDF)

 

Save your scholar’s seat by re-enrolling today!

Each student who returns their form and proof of residence will receive a long-sleeved Riverside shirt that can be worn to school!

 

Grab and Go Meals

Hybrid students will bring meals home every Wednesday.

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

 

Upcoming Events

March 5 – No School for Students – Professional Development
March 22-26 –  No School – Spring Break
March 29 – Spirit Week

 


Kindergarten and First Grade

Ms. Zwirgzdas 
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

 

Second and Third Grade

Miss DeLong 
vdelong@acariverside.com

 

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Ms. Kenner 
akenner@acariverside.com

Hello Families,

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

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

With the onset of spring comes refreshed teaching strategies. This week we’re tightening up the strategies we use to answer extended response questions. Its important to pour concentrated effort into extended response questions because this category yields the largest number of possible points of the state test.  We are dissecting essays questions to ensure we know explicitly what we are supposed to address. We are also setting up the outlines of our paragraphs before we even read the texts. Ask your student what are the three most commonly used questions words that appear on tests, and what they should change them to, and see what they can teach you!

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

This week in middle school math… The end of the quarter is approaching fast. Students should be familiar with all of the wonderful technology available to help with math fluency. iReady, IXL, and Brain pop are available for students to practice math facts in school and at home. It is important, due to school ending abruptly last year, that students practice skills every night. If you have a device to connect to the internet at home, please ask how your student can access our digital math practice from home. 6grade is learning divisibility rules and working with factors. 7th grade is wrapping up a unit on Scale drawings and scale factor. 8th grade is wrapping up our study on linear equations and simultaneous equations. As usual, please contact me with any concerns.

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

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

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

The weather is getting nice.  Which is great but that means a few things. 1. RE-ENROLLMENT!  Make sure you are saving your space for the 2021-2022 school year.  If you are in 8th grade enrolling in your high school for next year.  We will help you with reference letters in the process.  2. State testing is coming.  Make sure that you are here and engaged for instruction.  On test days make sure you have had a good night sleep and breakfast.  3.  Great weather.  YEAH! But don’t forget to do your homework.  Ok on to the week ahead.  Number one next Tuesday is Short Cycles. Make sure you are getting on and taking them.  6th grade is doing Force and Motion. 7th grade we are looking into Space.  8th Grade we are continuing heredity.

 

Intervention Specialists

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

Hello parents and guardians. Now that it is finally getting warmer, many students may want to be outside instead of being inside and attending class online. A lot of parents have mentioned how difficult it is to get their children to complete and submit their online assignments. It can become a negative power struggle. Here are 2 videos that can help parents and students communicate more effectively and help students understand the importance of completing their work. The first video is for self-regulation and the second video is for attention and focus. They are short videos that shouldn’t take up too much of your time, but have important tips.

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

This week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 took a trip to The Philippines to explore the country’s music and dance. They also met the famous jazz pianist, Scott Joplin. Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the Drumkit this week. Next week, students can look forward to learning about the famous band, The Beatles.

 

Physical Education

Mr. Louis
plouis@acariverside.com

 

 

 

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02/08/2021

The Riverside Roar – February 8, 2021

 

The Riverside Roar is our weekly newsletter to inform our families of all the great things happening at school. Newsletter is personalized with information from your child’s teacher. 

Download The Riverside Roar for the week of February 8, 2021 (PDF)

 

Save your scholar’s seat by re-enrolling today!

Each student who returns their form and proof of residence by March 3, 2021, will receive a long-sleeved Riverside shirt that can be worn to school!

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Please see the link below to sign up for parent-teacher conferences. Teachers are available on Thursday, February 25, from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., and on Friday, February 26, from 10:20 A.M. to 3:20 P.M. The allotted time for each conference is 20 minutes and will be held virtually through Canvas. Use this link to select times: http://bit.ly/3cNFJuy

Sign Up!

If you need assistance in scheduling, call us at 513-921-7777.

 

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

February 1 through March 3 – Reenrollment Incentive
February 15 – Presidents’ Day – No School
February 25 – Parent-Teacher Conferences
February 26 – Parent-Teacher Conferences – No School for Students

 


Kindergarten and First Grade

Miss DeLong 
vdelong@acariverside.com

Hello! This week the Kindergarten class will be focusing on the letter Q for English. They will practice writing it, and read a book titled The Queen. Ask your child about any new Q words they learned from the book! In math, Kindergarten will learn about picture graphs! The 1st graders will focus on -ar words such as far, car, star, etc. In math, 1st grade will continue to add and subtract as well as get a feel for gathering information, and greater than, less than, equal to signs.

 

Ms. Zwirgzdas 
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

I hope you had a good week, even though it was fairly short! This week both kindergarten and first grade worked on solving word problems in math. In English we worked on words that end in -ing,-ang, and ung. Students have also started to learn about what is an organism in science. They are very excited as soon we will be getting a few tad poles in our class to follow the life cycle!

 

Second Grade

Ms. Patton
lpurvis@acariverside.com

Second grade has been doing great things this week. We have been learning about bonus letters and glued sounds.  We are blending and reading words with glued sounds and spelling words with bonus letters.  We are also learning how to make a Venn Diagram by comparing two texts.  In math we are learning how to tell time from an analog clock.  Also continuing three digit math problems. We know how to relate 10 more, 10 less, 100 more, and 100 less to addition and subtraction of 10 and 100. We are enjoying reading daily together out loud. One of the things we read about this week was solid and liquids.  A new update: Students will be taking their computers home now every night and then in the event that we have a snow day they can learn online. Have a wonderful weekend!  Let me know if there is anything I can do to help your student thrive here at Riverside!

 

Third Grade

Mrs. Apperson
wapperson@acariverside.com

We’ve had a great week learning in the 3rd Grade! In social studies, each day we will read about a new important person in Black history such as, inventers, civil rights activists, and artists and musicians who have contributed to American society. In academics, the class took on-line assessment tests to determine what reading and math levels they are currently on. Our class scored on an average (some grade level, some lower) in both reading and math. In English Language Arts we’re learning about how to interpret informational text from maps, charts, and in reading non-fiction materials. In math we’re learning about geometry, reviewing subtraction with regrouping, and mastering and using the multiplication table. In science, the class is studying how to conduct experiments, and about vertebrates and invertebrates. Special note! Riverside is sending your child’s computer home with them on Thursday 2/4/2021. We’re expecting cold weather, and to ensure learning to continue we’ll be assigning work for remote learning if there is a snow day. The class is responsible to take good care of their computers while they have them at home. I look forward to connecting with you on the phone, by e-mail, and on DoJo.

 

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Ms. Kenner 
akenner@acariverside.com

This week 4th and 5th graders are working on Opinion Papers. They are writing 5 paragraph essays about something they feel passionate about. In Science, both grades are learning about light! In Social Studies, 5th grade is learning about Spanish Expansion and 4th grade is learning about the consequences of the Revolutionary War. In math, 5th graders are working on multiplying whole numbers by fractions, while 4th grade works on angles and measurements.

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

All classes are working on writing multi-paragraph essays, and great insights were made regarding the content of our essays. This week our focus is maintaining organization, and a strong central idea while adding length to our essays.  The sixth grade will be working on standards R.L.6.1 and R.I.6.9, seventh R.L.7.1 and R.I.7.9, and eighth grade will be working on standards R.L.8.1 and R.I. 8.9. Additionally, the middle school will be sending out midterms this week, so be on the look out for those!

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

This week in middle school math… Students have been working hard third quarter. I can’t believe we’re half way through the quarter already! With the possibility of snow days this semester, it is important for students to continue their daily math practice, even when they’re at home. Students have access to some great online math practice with iReady, IXL, and brain pop! Please let me know if you have questions about how to log in. 6th grade is working on finishing up a module about math operations with decimals. 7th grade is finishing up some lessons about scale and scale drawings. 8th grade is working on graphing lines and linear equations. Ask your student about their Math, parent newsletter!! If you have any questions please let me know.

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

This week in social studies, the 6th grade learned about maps and geography. Next week, they will start their standard on prehistory and focus on Stonehenge. The 7th grade finished their standard on the Middle Ages this week and started their standard on Africa (finally, somewhere that isnt Europe!) The 8th grade continued to learn about the revolutionary war and the differences in the war from the north and south. Next week they will learn about how Americas government was debated and created. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

Good day Riverside Academy! Wow with snow days and the days I have had to take off being Daddy to my kids sometimes I feel like I don’t know if I am coming or going.  That being said I will be out Tuesday the 9th for my sons very important doctor important.  But also next Tuesday the 8th grade has another round of mastery tests.  I will have them available for them before I leave Monday night or Tuesday morning.  Do your best guys. Also don’t forget everyone has an ELA and Math mastery next week as well.  I was extremely happy with the severe weather pamphlets that were submitted to me. I am still waiting for hybrid and online 7th graders.  Let’s keep up on all our work.  So on to next week.  6th grade will be discussing changes of matter (freezing, boiling, condensation,  melting and the like), 7th grade we will continue to look at ocean currents and what causes them, 8th grade we are starting reproduction, genetics and heredity.  This will be a long unit.  At the end of the month we will be doing a genetics lab.  As always stay safe and stay warm this weekend it is going to get brutally cold.  Dress warm for Monday.  Also for you sports fans enjoy the Super Bowl this weekend.  (I wish the Bengals were there).

 

Intervention Specialists

The special education team has noticed that a lot of the students we work with are not taking the state-wide assessments seriously. Many of the students are rushing through their work. Most of these tests are not for a grade, but the tests are very important. The tests tell us what your student can do and what they need to work on. Many of the middle school students rushed through the tests and in return their scores didn’t reflect how well they read and also understand math concepts.

Please talk with your children and let them know the importance of taking the assessment tests, such as the Mastery Assessment, seriously.

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

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

This week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 took a trip to Norway to explore the country’s music and dance. They also met the famous rapper, Tupac. Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the Gong this week. Next week, students can look forward to learning about the highly influential star, Beyoncé.

 

Physical Education

Mr. Louis
plouis@acariverside.com

My name is Patrick Louis and I am proud to be your new K-8 Physical Education teacher at Riverside Academy! I am certified to teach both Health and Physical Education and prior to this have worked at Finneytown and CPS schools. I have only been here for a week and a half so the first weeks have been dedicated to instilling structure in the classroom with rules and routines. I sent home a syllabus with students that lay out all guidelines about the class and how it is graded. 6-8th grades have been performing their initial assessments that include pushups, shuttle run and the mile. K-5 has been learning structure in the classroom along with mindfulness activities such as yoga and meditation along with some fun running activities.

 

 

02/02/2021

It’s Time to Re-Enroll for the 2021-22 School Year

 

Current Riverside families – save your child’s seat by re-enrolling today!

For a list of qualifying documents visit acariverside.com/apply

Re-enrollment Rewards:

  • Long-sleeved Riverside Academy T-Shirt for each student who returns their form & POR by March 3rd

 

 

01/29/2021

The Riverside Roar – February 1, 2021

 

The Riverside Roar is our weekly newsletter to inform our families of all the great things happening at school. Newsletter is personalized with information from your child’s teacher. 

Download The Riverside Roar for the week of February 1, 2021 (PDF)

 

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 students’ needs. To encourage early re-enrollment, we are providing a long-sleeved Riverside T-shirt which can be worn to school for every student that re-enrolls and provides proof of residency by March 3, 2021. Parents and students who re-enroll by the deadline will be entered into a drawing for great prizes.

The re-enrollment form is included in this mailing. The form and your proof of residency may be mailed or brought to the main office between 9:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.

As always, if you have questions, please call the office at 513-921-7777.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth A. Lucas
Principal

 

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

February 4 – Progress Reports Distributed
February 5 – Professional Development – No School for Students
February 15 – Presidents’ Day – No School
February 25 – Parent-Teacher Conferences
February 26 – Parent-Teacher Conferences – No School for Students

 


Kindergarten and First Grade

Miss DeLong 
vdelong@acariverside.com

My name is Miss DeLong. I am your child’s new Kindergarten and first grade teacher. In Kindergarten your child will focus on the letter K. We will read Koala and Kangaroo. Ask your child to practice reading this book to you! In math, your child’s focus number is 16 and they will work on story problems with the number six. In 1st grade, your child will work on the long e sound, ey and y words such as money, and bunny. In math, your child will continue to focus on subtraction. We learned two-digit subtraction last week!

Ms. Zwirgzdas 
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

I hope you all enjoyed the snow day we had yesterday! I know as a kid I always thought snow days were truly magical. This week both first graders and kindergarten worked on finishing their informational text writing.  The topic was about ocean animals that have adapted to survive in the ocean! This topic came from a book we read this week in class. The title of the book was, “ Is It Alive?”. Students got to choose which animal they wanted to write about,  and make a water color portrait to hang next to their writing.  Which will hang in our hallway for the month of February!

 

Second Grade

Ms. Patton
lpurvis@acariverside.com

Hi, this is Ms. Patton.  I have been teaching at Riverside Academy this year as a Title I Teacher and have recently been asked to teach second grade.

We are off to a great start!  The students are transitioning well, and we have been working hard on reading daily the scholastic readers. We also are focused on sentence structure, parts of speech, and our writing skills.  For math we are learning to write the different forms of three-digit numbers — the standard, expanded, and word form.  We are also mastering three-digit addition and subtraction problems. We have enjoyed learning new vocabulary words daily and we also have been learning about Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the new world during our Social Studies time. I look forward to watching your child grow academically over the next few months.

To help you partner with me I will be sending home a regular communication (every week or so) — these are “think sheets” to keep you posted on “positive” classroom behavior and to ask for your help in areas that need improvement. I use DOJO as well for class related communication and post often and will respond promptly to messages if you need to contact me. I look forward to meeting and connecting with you as I teach your child in the coming months.

Have a great day!

 

Third Grade

Mrs. Apperson
wapperson@acariverside.com

Hi! I’m Mrs. Apperson. It has been great to learn about each student in our 3rd Grade classroom! We just finished a combined Art/ELA project using adjectives to describe ourselves in an art and writing project. In math we’re mastering subtraction with and without regrouping, and we’re beginning multiplication and geometry. In social studies we’re learning about laws and U.S. symbols. In science we’re learning about vertebrates and invertebrates. Our spelling test over new vocabulary words is always on Friday. I look forward to meeting and connecting with you on DoJo, through sending home Student Behavior Evaluations, and by phone and e-mail.

 

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Ms. Kenner 
akenner@acariverside.com

This week 4th and 5th graders are working on Black History Month Research Papers. They are writing 5 paragraph essays about Black men and women throughout American History. This is due Thursday! In Science, both grades are learning about light! In Social Studies, 5th grade is learning about Spanish Expansion and 4th grade is learning about the consequences of the Revolutionary War. In math, 5th graders are working on multiplying whole numbers by fractions, while 4th grade works on angles and measurements.

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

This week in English class we are continuing to reexamine citing evidence from the text to support our claims when writing responses. We’ve had minimal small group work in a traditional sense this school year, as I was trying to figure out how to navigate groups in the safest, and most engaging way. This week we will forge forward and work together in small peer groups in the safest way possible! The students have shared with me a couple great ways to accomplish this, and I’m excited to try out their methods! Sixth grade is working on standard R.L.6.1, seventh grade R.L.7.1, and eighth R.L.8.1.

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

This week in middle school math. We are well into the third quarter and this year is flying by. Students have been doing well adapting to all the changes this year has given us and the first two quarters were really focused on getting adjusted. At this point in the school year, now that we are familiar with canvas and how to submit work, you may have noticed more assignments in Math. That is not a mistake. I am definitely expecting more from everyone this quarter. There has been some great progress this year and we still have far to go, but we can do it! Riverside Academy was able to get every student a calculator to borrow and I have assigned everyone a calculator to use. Thank you Riverside! Thank you Mrs. Lucas! These calculators have really come in handy and I’m so glad everyone has one without needing to share and worry about germs. Calculators are labeled and expected to stay at the school. I will be collecting them at the end of the year and awarding prizes for calculators in great condition.

On another note, with cold winter weather and the heaters being on, the school air can be very drying. Students have been asking for drinks during the day, but the school water fountains are turned off for health safety reasons. We do not have bottled water to offer to students. Please consider sending your student to school with a bottle each morning. It would greatly help!

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

This week in social studies, the 6th grade started learning about cartography. Next week we will be learning about bias in maps. In the 7th grade, students continued to learn about the middle ages. The 8th grades started their standard on the American Revolution. Everyone has had a great week and I’m looking forward to continuing through history!

 

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

Half way to the end of third quarter.  I hope everyone has taken their test on Canvas.  6th and 7th grade had assessments in their canvas and the 8th grades were in mastery.  I am very proud of the traditional 8th graders.  They showed me they are doing a great job of understanding and retaining the material we are learning.  I can say that now it is my time to help them look at state testing questions so they can do even better.  You guys rock!  With that on to the next week 6th grade matter and how it changes.  7th grade ocean currents and a thing called the Coriolis Effect. 8th grade radioactive dating (unlike absolute and relative dating).  Also reminder there is an in-service on Friday and I will be out next Wednesday.  BTW I am typing this at home and my sons say hello to you all. Have a great weekend and stay safe.

 

Intervention Specialists

Hello parents and guardians, students at Riverside have recently taken a Reading Mastery Assessment. The tests show our students need to increase their vocabulary. A great way to help increase your child’s vocabulary is to read to them or listen to audio books. E-books and audio books can be downloaded through the Cincinnati Public Library. A library card is free. Along with books, you can download magazines, movies, and games. The special education team every student to be successful and increasing their vocabulary will help them in high school and beyond. We are hope you are staying warm and safe during this blustery week.

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

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

This week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 took a trip to Russia to explore the country’s music and dance. They also met the famous musician, Freddie Mercury. Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the Harp this week. Next week, students can look forward to learning about the highly requested rapper, Tupac.

 


Parent –Teacher conferences will be held on two days. We will be available on Thursday, February 25, from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., and on Friday, February 26, from 11:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. All conferences will be held remotely. Look for information next week about signing up and how to connect with us.

 

 

01/25/2021

The Riverside Roar – January 25, 2021

 

The Riverside Roar is our weekly newsletter to inform our families of all the great things happening at school. Newsletter is personalized with information from your child’s teacher. 

Download The Riverside Roar for the week of January 25, 2021 (PDF)

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Parent-Teacher conferences are one month away. We want to be available for you, so we are changing the scheduling of conferences slightly to accommodate different work schedules. Conferences will be held on two days. We will be available on Thursday, February 25, from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., and on Friday, February 26, from 11:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. All conferences will be held remotely. We will send more information about signing up and how to connect at the beginning of February.

Of course if you would like to connect before then, just give us a call!

Sincerely,
Elizabeth A. Lucas
Principal

 

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

February 4 – Progress Reports Distributed
February 5 – Professional Development – No School for Students
February 15 – Presidents’ Day – No School
February 25 – Parent-Teacher Conferences
February 26 – Parent-Teacher Conferences – No School for Students

 


Kindergarten/1st Grade

Ms. Zwirgzdas 
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

My name is Miss. Zwirgzdas, I am your child’s new teacher. It has been great getting to know you children this week. Students have been working on their reading skills this week and new phonics skills -ink, -ank, and -unk. In math, first graders continue to work on number bonds up to 10 and kindergarten is working on adding objects in a group and comparing groups. Today is also the 100th day of of school. This week students have been creating t-shirts in the art room, doing 10 stamps of 10 different colors which creates a shirt of 100 objects.

Have a great weekend, and see you Monday!

 

4th/5th Grade

Ms. Kenner 
akenner@acariverside.com

This week 4th and 5th graders are working on Black History Month Research Papers. They are writing 5 paragraph essays about Black men and women throughout American History. This is due Thursday! In Science, both grades are learning about light! In Social Studies, 5th grade is learning about Spanish Expansion and 4th grade is learning about the consequences of the Revolutionary War. In math, 5th graders are working on multiplying whole numbers by fractions, while 4th grade works on angles and measurements

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

All students have done a great job with the testing we had last week. The testing environments were on point, and everyone displayed a proper amount of focus and stamina to get the job done! My middle school students have made me so proud this week! The results from testing have yielded some great gains! Ask your student if their Lexile improved compared to the fall iReady test.

This week we need to reset a couple of writing norms, so we’ll be working on standard R.L.6.1, R.L.7.1 and R.L.8.1. All grades will also be updating their “personal vocabulary flashcards” according to the results of the iReady testing. We will also be creating narrative pieces based on the texts we’ve read as a class (Frankenstein by Mary Shelly and Money Hungry by Sharon Flake). We have brainstormed ideas as a class, and I’m super excited about the ideas we’ve created together! Stay tuned for more updates on their writing next week.

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

This week in Middle school math. Students in all grades should have taken the iReady diagnostic. This is a tool that helps the program target skills specifically chosen for each student, so it’s important that the student works on this by themselves. We do not use this as a graded assignment. However, students are expected to practice skills in iReady at least 10 minutes each day, and that work IS graded on completion and effort. I have had a lot of questions regarding grades in canvas. Please don’t rely on what is showing in canvas. We use a different system, called powerschool, to track grades and the canvas system and the powerschool system don’t always communicate well. In addition, zero grades and missing assignments don’t show up in canvas, so it may look like your student has a better grade than they actually do. Missing assignments can bring grades down dramatically. If you have any questions please let me know.

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

This week in social studies, all grades participated in simulations, which is a kind of Roleplay. In the 6th Grade, students took a tour of the Silk Road to see who the best merchant could be. In the 7th Grade, students became a peasant, a knight, or a lord to represent feudalism. In the 8th Grade, students attempted to steal the declaration of independence. These simulations were packed with source analysis and everyone did a great job. I am looking forward to next week and continuing to use these interactive roleplays!

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

Man this year is really just running by quickly.  I just realized that we are now 3 weeks into third quarter. Meaning we are needing the midterm of the quarter. There are many missing assignments and quizzes in Canvas for online students.  To give you an idea most of my classes have had about 10 assignments already.  6th and 7th grade had a short cycle last week and have another short cycle next week.  8th grade has been taking mastery tests to prepare for their state test.  Next Tuesday January 26th every student has a Language and Math Mastery test.  And the 8th grade also has a Science test.  Make sure we are staying up on our testing.  7th grade will also be starting a three-day project this Friday the 22nd and it is due Tuesday the 26th on severe weather.  It is on Canvas. Now for the subject matters we have been studying.  6th grade we are studying the physical and chemical properties of matter.  7th grade we are working on the water cycle.  8th grade we are doing relative dating and diversity.  As always stay safe and healthy and have a great weekend.

 

Intervention Specialists

Dear Parents and Guardians, the Special Education Department wants to let you know that the National Parks has a program to allow 5th graders and their parents to visit national parks for free through August 31, 2021. This is a great way to get outdoors and explore nature.

There are 12 parks to visit throughout Ohio.

If you have any questions or would like to us to print the voucher, please call or email.

513.921.7777 ext 40904

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

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

This week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 took a trip to Afghanistan to explore the country’s music and dance. They also met the famous rapper, Pop Smoke. Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the Banjo this week. Next week, students can look forward to learning about the legendary band, Queen.