Riverside High School

Parent Newsletter- January 10th, 2020


Friday, January 15: End of Q2 grading period

Thursday, January 21: Students and Parents may view their report card in Backpack

GCS Will Move to the 75% Attendance Plan: January 19th, 2021

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Academic Expectations

We care about you and we want you to be academically successful. 2nd semester is a fresh start. To be successful you need to do the following things:

  • Complete daily attendance on your eLearning day(s).

  • Attend all required live sessions unless ill or family emergency documented by a medical note

  • Attend and participate in virtual learning sessions

  • Complete all assignments to the best of your ability

  • Turn in all assignments on time

  • Teachers will have a 30-minute tutoring session every day. This time will be posted on the teacher's website. Students must sign up to attend.

  • Attend any assigned or needed tutoring sessions

  • Communicate with your teachers, school counselor, and assistant principal if needed.

eLearning Expectations

On your eLearning (at home) instructional days you should:

  • Complete daily attendance via Google Form

  • Attend all required live sessions unless ill or family emergency documented by a medical note

  • Attend and participate in virtual learning sessions

  • Complete all assignments to the best of your ability

  • Turn in all assignments on time

  • Communicate with your teachers, school counselor, and assistant principal if needed


  • On in-person school days, you will only be counted present if you are physically in class.
  • On the days you are at home, attendance will be taken by google forms in Google Classroom or however, your teacher is currently doing attendance on Plan 2 for eLearning days.

Information From the Counseling Department

  1. Bonds Career Center application for 21-22 school year will open on January 18, 2021

Click here https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a_GEYM3aO3-QMK02voJ7k3vO_mw0hAMR/view?usp=sharing for a virtual tour to find out what Bonds students have to say about the programs they are enrolled in. You may also visit the Bonds website at https://sites.google.com/greenvilleschools.us/bondscareercenterprograms/home?authuser=0 to learn more about the programs. Rising juniors can apply for any program. Rising sophomores can only apply for Career Exploratory. Returning students should not re-apply.


January 18- March 19, 2021: Application Window- Apply through Student Backpack

April 2, 2021: Notification of Student Acceptance (Please check your email)

April 2- 17, 2021: Window for Students to Accept/Decline Initial Offer

How To Apply

Step 1: Complete application on Backpack portal https://gcsbackpack.com/signin.aspx Click on "Programs" once logged into Backpack. Students may select first and second choices of programs. Application must be completed by March 19, 2021, to be considered in the first round of applications.

Step 2: Students need to request the course at the time of registration in PowerSchool.

2.) The PSAT/NMSQT will be given on Jan 26 at RHS to students who preregistered. Students may want to bring a bag lunch, water, number 2 pencils, and a calculator.

IGP meetings for students in grades 9-11 will begin in February. Parents will be sent more information in a Backpack Notification email. We invite all parents to attend virtually through Google Meet. More information will be coming soon.

Please visit the School Counseling website at https://sites.google.com/greenvilleschools.us/rhsschoolcounseling/home and go to the page for your student’s grade level to learn more information that pertains to each year, 9-12. The Senior Page is especially full of information for 12th-grade students.

3.) All Parents– please create a Parent Backpack account if you haven’t already done so. We send out emails using the Backpack notification system and want everyone to receive this information. Go to https://parents.gcsbackpack.com/signin.aspx to create an account.


Warriors: Students and Parents, Riverside High School will be administering several standardized tests in the next couple of months. Please see the schedule for your calendars. #eWarriors #ReachingHigherStandards


Warriors: Juniors or Seniors that are planning on entering the military, the work-force, have not earned their "college and career readiness" certification yet or just merely wish more test prep, please sign up to take the ASVAB Exam. The ASVAB will be administered on Wednesday, January 27. Please register using the attached Google Form or see Mr. Duty if you have any questions. Please register by Friday, January 22. #eWarriors #ReachingHigherStandards

ASVAB Form: https://forms.gle/Ykz1aBQKQK7zicMf6

Summer Health Careers Academy

Warriors: Please see the attached information regarding the Summer Health Career Academy. Please see your counselor if you have any questions. #eWarriors #ReachingHigherStandards

AHEC Webpage: https://www.scahec.net/students/healthcareers.html

Modules: https://www.scahec.net/docs/SC-AHEC-HCP-Modules-Catalog.pdf

Student Announcements:

Seniors – SC AHEC Summer Virtual Career Academy is June 7-11, 2021. For seniors who are 18 by June 7, 2021. Create an account and apply at https://www.scahec.net/hcp/Students/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fhcp%2fstudents%2f. If you have questions, contact Paula Jones, Director of Health Careers Programs at jonespa@musc.edu.

Medex Academy Applications are open Oct 1, 2020 - Jan 8, 2021- https://hsc.ghs.org/medex/forms/ Learn more about applying to Medex Academy. Tier 1 is open to current juniors who want to participate in Medex Academy the summer after their junior year. Great opportunity for students who are interested in health care careers.

NAHS Members! We are making a last call for purchases of NAHS tees, long-sleeved tees and Hoodies, as well as Art Pins. If you need to earn points, these items are available on MySchoolBucks. Pins=$5/1 point(see Oct.4th post). Tees=$15/3 points; Long-sleeved tee $20/4 points and the Hoodie $25/5 points. (see 10/26 post). See Mrs. Bianchi if you have any questions.

Athletic Announcements

  • Congratulations to Boys Basketball for being ranked in the Top 10 in SC

  • Tryouts for Spring Sports will begin on Monday, February 1st. If your child intends to tryout they must have all the paperwork on PlanetHS.com submitted and approved.

  • There will be an interest meeting for all those interested in playing boys tennis this Spring on Wednesday January 13th and Thursday January 14th at 4 p.m. in Coach Williams room (G114).

  • Any young man interested in trying out for the Riverside golf team please get in touch with Coach Woody either by email or his classroom (M115).

  • Anyone interested in participating in Track & Field for the 2021 season may go to Coach Kelly's school website for the information packet and all other Track & Field information. You may also email him at dekelly@greenville.k12.sc.us for any questions.

  • Anyone interested in trying out for the Boys Soccer Team (Returners and New athletes), need to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, January 7th at 4:05pm in the stadium. Masks and social distancing is required. DO NOT BE LATE!

  • Warriors: Please see the attached links for our track and field and baseball team stores. We want to see our Warrior gear being worn throughout the community! Go Warriors! #eWarriors #ReachingHigherStandards

Track & Field: https://rhstrack2021.itemorder.com/sale?read_message=true

Baseball: https://riversidebaseball2021.itemorder.com/sale?read_message=true

Inclement Weather and eLearning

GCS instructional personnel and students should take their instructional devices home every night, not just over weekends or holidays. Because we are an approved eLearning district, we are allowed to utilize remote instruction on closure days instead of making that day up at a later time. There are multiple scenarios that could result in a move to eLearning:

  • As always, winter weather is a threat in the Upstate of South Carolina, and has the ability to force the unexpected closure of school facilities. In that situation, rather than have a make-up day later in the year, the district would activate eLearning for the duration of the closure.

  • Absent a weather event, a school or schools could shift to eLearning temporarily with minimal notice should the number of employee absences due to quarantine, isolation, or other factors exceed the ability of the school and available district personnel to cover all classrooms.

  • An individual school or schools could move to eLearning for a single day due to a burst water pipe, power system failure, or countless other reasons associated with the school environment.

Safety Reminders

  • Mask will be worn over the nose and mouth when social distancing is not possible. (on the bus, entering/leaving the building, in the hallway, in the bathroom, working in small groups.)
  • Students will need to bring their own mask. If a student is unable to provide their own mask, please contact your child's Administrator.
  • Public health officials do not recommend clear face shields without a mask because shields do not seal off respiratory droplets.
  • Due to DHEC guidelines, all water fountains will be turned off. RHS has three no-touch water bottle filling stations. Students are encouraged to bring water bottles to school.
  • Visitors/volunteers will not have access to the interior of the school. The number of visitors in the office area will be limited and social distancing will be maintained. Mask are required for everyone who enters the building.
  • Students/visitors are not to distribute food to others (ex. cupcakes or candy)

Parent - Student Symptom Check

Children with symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend school. Please contact our Attendance Clerk, Mrs. Thompson mathompson@greenville.k12.sc.us or 864-355-7815 to notify the school of a student that has any of these symptoms. Children or staff excluded for these symptoms should not return until they have either tested negative for COVID-19 or a medical evaluation determines that their symptoms were more likely due to another cause (e.g. sore throat due to strep throat). In this later case, the individual can return when they meet criteria for that condition.

Any one (1) of the following

▪ Fever

▪ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing -

▪ Loss of taste or smell

▪ New or worsening cough

Any two (2) of the following:

▪ Sore throat

▪ Muscle or body aches

▪ Chills

▪ Fatigue

▪ Headache

▪ Congestion or runny nose

▪ Diarrhea

▪ Nausea or vomiting

Note: Parents of a child with any one of these symptoms should consider not allowing their child to attend the child care facility regardless of meeting exclusion criteria. If these symptoms are explainable by an underlying condition (such as shortness of breath or cough for an individual with asthma) exclusion may not be necessary.

Creating a Backpack Account for Parents

Please take the time to create a backpack account for parents. A backpack for parents account provides parents, guardians, or contacts with a central place to sign in to do the following:

  • View their student's information including demographics, attendance, classes, grades, lunch balances, and test scores
  • Apply or register their student to Special Focus schools and programs (Fine Arts Center, Career Centers, etc.)
  • Receive alerts and notifications regarding their students
  • View their student's school and contact information
  • Manage parent and contact information for their students

To create your parent backpack account follow the attached directions. Please note that parents only need to create a backpack account once. This is not an annual process.

Backpack Directions

Backpack Video

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Go Warriors!

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