RHS Parent Weekly Update

Riverside High School Sept. 20 - Sept. 24

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Greetings Pirate Family,

Let's make this week phenomenal! We are very proud of the work and effort our students have been contributing this year. Please continue to encourage your students to be present and on time whenever they are well and able to attend classes. Teachers and RHS staff will begin documenting student tardies this week.

We have seen great success with our fall courses and are excited about our progress reports accessible to parents via Power School this week. Again, we thank you for your support.

As a reminder, schools are not allowed to have outside food from vendors during lunch, including food deliveries from outside agencies. We also ask that students not bring outside food and drinks on campus during the school day due to COVID precautions with unmasking in classrooms while eating and drinking. Students will be asked to throw away food and drink items before entering the building. This is for the safety of all students and staff. SMART lunch will continue, and we are encouraging students to eat outside whenever possible and be aware of their lunch buddies each day.

In addition, if your student is unwell or feeling sick, please keep them at home until they are symptom-free, have a negative COVID test, or have another diagnosis from a medical professional. If your student is unwell, please call (919-560-3965)or email (Tonya McKoy) in the main office to notify the school.

If your student should be diagnosed with COVID-19, please immediately contact the school using the above information. In addition, there are specific protocols in place that include but are not limited to quarantining, contact tracing, and notifications that must occur.

Thank you for your assistance in helping us keep all students and staff safe.

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Important Dates

September 24 - Progress Report are Issued

September 30 - Virtual Curriculum Night 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

October 13 - PSAT

October 15 - RHS Homecoming

October 25 - 28 - PreACT

March 22 - 24 - ACT


Important: PowerSchool Information for Parents

“Returning” students are those who completed the 2020-21 school year at a DPS school. This process will allow them to review and update information on file, including transportation requests, free-and-reduced lunch, parent/student handbook, medical, etc.

Links for Parents:

PDF: How to Set up a Parent Portal Account (Eng | Spa)

Video: How to Set up a Parent Portal Account (Eng | Spa)

Web: How to Create a Gmail Account

Web: How to Create a Yahoo Account

PDF: How to Complete Returning Student Process (Eng | Spa)

Video: How to Complete Returning Student Process (Eng | Spa)

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Senior Spotlight and Information

Senior Updates

Attention, Pirate Seniors and Families!!! The Students Services Counseling Team will be hosting Senior Advisements for all Seniors during 2nd period each day this week from Wednesday, Sept. 22nd through Friday, Sept. 24th. During these sessions, all Seniors will receive valuable information regarding the college and career planning process, and will also receive a chance to review their transcripts ensuring that everything is correct before sending them to various colleges and universities for the college application process. Be on the lookout for your assigned day from your homeroom teacher! Our Senior Virtual Parent Night is also planned for Thursday, Sept. 23rd at 6 pm with the following Zoom link: https://dpsnc.zoom.us/j/98073867826. Spanish translation will be provided for this event. Thank you and have a wonderful week!


RHS Updates and Announcements

Join Our Pirate PTA

JOIN NOW and help reach our membership goal of 250 (Last year, we reached 208 members).

ACT Review Session Reminder - Tuesday, September 21

Register and learn about strategies for taking exams and other college preparation information. Sessions will be available in all Spanish and English.

ACT Flyer in English

ACT Flyer in Spanish

Career and College Promise (Dual Enrollment) from Mr. T. Jones (Durham Tech College Liason)

Career and College Promise (Dual Enrollment):

What: I will be hosting Career and College Promise (CCP) Dual Enrollment Information Sessions for spring 2022 enrollment. Who: Juniors and Seniors for spring 2022 enrollment. When: CCP Information Session Dates: Only need to attend ONE for spring 2022 enrollment.

  • Wednesday, September 22: 5:30-6:30pm
  • Tuesday, October 5: 5:30-6:30pm
  • Monday, October 18: 5:30-6:30pm
  • Monday, November 1: 5:30-6:30pm
  • Tuesday, November 9: 5:30-6:30pm

Where: On Zoom

Why: CCP Information Sessions are where students (parents are welcome to attend) can learn about CCP, the admission requirements, and the application process for CCP. One CCP Information Session is mandatory for students interested in joining CCP. How: Students can sign up using the following link and they will be emailed the Zoom link closer to their Information Session date: LINK

Why should you be interested in this? This is the Dual Enrollment program where Juniors and Seniors can take college courses tuition-free and potentially earn high school credit through the same courses. It’s possible to earn a degree, diploma, or certificate. It is great to get the college experience, your student can get a head start on their educational goals for their career and they can potentially save a lot of money. Durham Tech has College Transfer Pathways that can transfer to most 4-year institutions and Career and Technical Education pathways that can lead to entry-level jobs. There are trades and much more in the Career and Technical Education pathways.

Contact Mr. Jones, the Durham Tech College Liaison if you have any questions or concerns. 919-943-1696 (work cell, call or text) or email: jonest@durhamtech.edu. You can set up a meeting with me using this link: https://mrtjones.youcanbook.me

COSTA RICA EF Tour - July 2022

Please join Magistra Lido for a virtual interest meeting to announce the incredible summer 2022 trip to Costa Rica! The meeting will take place on Thursday, September 16th at 6:30 PM via Zoom. In order to get the Zoom link to attend, please be sure to register for the meeting here: https://bit.ly/3sDChss - an RSVP is mandatory to attend! Magistra Lido hopes to see you there!

Click here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GYLGxZpjeLfxYKUBReaZLn8J8DBrIHH9R16EdALfTI0/edit?usp=sharing

Yearbooks on Sale

Pirates, Did you know that yearbooks are on sale? Take advantage of the reduced price offered at the start of the year with our Back to School sale. Yearbooks are $65. We are also offering 4 free icons with the purchase of personalization. The sale ends on September 24. Place your order at www.jostensyearbooks.com or see the Riverside home page for a link.

AP Kick Off Night

We invite all families to join us for AP Kick-Off Night 2021 on Tuesday, September 21st. Our advanced academics specialist, Mrs. Stone, will share strategies to help students succeed in AP classes, resources for students currently enrolled in AP courses, and tips for students who are interested in taking an AP class in the future. Students and families will also have a chance to meet some of our AP teachers. The event will be held virtually on Zoom from 6-7 PM. Please check our homepage for the meeting link.


Bus Transportation

Sign-up For Transportation

Please use the direction for current/returning student information updates to register for transportation found at this link.


Use this link to access the Transportation page, “Here Comes The Bus” Tracking APP. Please share the link with families so they can track their child's bus.

DPS -Here Comes The Bus Page - https://www.dpsnc.net/page/202

Student Parking Permits and Lunch Leave Passes

Parking permits and lunch leave passes will go on sale on August 16th. Please make all payments through our Riverside pay portal. Parking permits are $75.00, and lunch leave passes are $25.00. Students will need to provide a current NC driver’s license and proof of insurance. Lunch leave passes are only available to Seniors and Juniors.

Parents, please come by Riverside after payment has been made to sign a permission form (signature will be witnessed by a DPS employee) allowing your student to drive to school and leave campus for lunch.

Click here to pay for the Open Lunch and Parking Passes

Durham County Testing Sites

Please see this link for Covid-19 testing options provided by DCoDPH: https://www.dcopublichealth.org/services/communicable-diseases/coronavirus-disease-2019/covid-19-testingCVS, Walgreens, Duke Outpatient Clinics and Wake Toxicology are also great resources for testing.

Testing sites can also be found on our Datahub at this link: Public Health Coronavirus Data (arcgis.com)

Both the main testing page and the no-cost testing page are available in Spanish.


Social Distancing at RHS

We want all students to participate in traditional high school events such as prom, pep rallies, dances, and SMART lunch! But, for us to do this, we have to stay safe!

Ways to stay safe.

  • Stay 3 to 6 feet apart at all times.
  • Mask up! Keep your mask on while on campus.
  • During lunch, eat first (mask off) and talk second (mask on)
  • Wash your hands and carry hand sanitizer.

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