RHS Parent Weekly Update

Riverside High School Sept. 27 - Oct. 1

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Greetings Pirate Family,

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 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


Thursday, September 30th, is our SENIOR Kick-Off Celebration from 1:30-4:00 pm, located in the auditorium, main lobby, and football stadium. Although seniors have to bring their paint, they can spray paint their assigned Paid parking space. Seniors will have a presentation from Herff Jones regarding SENIOR Gear and Cap&Gown Information. There will also be a Post Secondary Fair as students prepare for College App Week in October. There will be representatives from area colleges and universities, representatives from Durham Tech, and representatives from different military branches. We will have Food Trucks, Music, Dancing, Flag Football, and other activities in the Football Stadium. Seniors will have a chance to purchase their Riverside SENIOR Shirt for $10.00. T-Shirt Sales will begin Monday, September 27th. Please see Ms. Jenkins or Ms. Clay for more information.
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RHS Updates and Announcements

Nominate Your Favorite Pirate Hero

Is there a Riverside teacher, coach, or staff member who has gone above and beyond to support our community? Nominate your favorite Pirate Hero and they could win a $50 gift card! Click on Riverside web site Quick Link to submit your nomination.

Is there a Riverside teacher, coach, or staff member who has gone above and beyond to support our community? Nominate your favorite Pirate Hero and they could win a $50 gift card! Use this form to submit your nomination. Questions or need more info? Email erin.gasch@gmail.com

COSTA RICA EF Tour - July 2022

Join Magistra Lido for an incredible summer 2022 trip to Costa Rica with EF Tours. This trip includes service learning with a conservation project as well as exciting outdoor activities like ziplining, kayaking, hiking a volcano, and swimming in the ocean. We are partnering with Jordan High School and Ms. Holmes, and only a few spots remain! Click here to learn more: www.eftours.com/2415899fk. Sign up by Sept. 30th to receive the best price! Have questions? Reach out to Magistra Lido melissa_lido@dpsnc.net. Also, the friendly folks at EF's Traveler Support team can help at 800-665-5364. And if your child has friends who haven't signed up yet, feel free to pass this message along to their families, too.

Golf Team Interest Meeting

Calling all golfers! There will be a Golf Team Interest Meeting on Tuesday, 9/28, at the beginning of Smart Lunch in Room 138. Please see Coach Tharrington if you are interested but unable to attend.

Join Our Pirate PTA

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

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

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.

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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