Grizzly Gazette

Riverglen Parent Newsletter- August 16, 2022

From the Desk of the Principal

Grizzly Parents/Guardians:

Junior High is often a time when parents begin to feel less connected with their child's school. We don't want that. Keeping you informed about what is happening here at school is critical and sometimes dragging information out of teenagers can be tricky. Knowing this, I will be sending a newsletter every 4-6 weeks so you know what's happening here at school. Additionally, we will send messages through Infinite Campus with reminders or issues that come up that require an immediate release. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions please reach out. Parent feedback and input is always appreciated!

Remember, school starts on Wednesday!

Mrs. Watts

Upcoming Dates at Riverglen

The title above (Mark Your Calendars) is a hyperlink to our school calendar on the Riverglen Web page. Please bookmark it and reference it as needed. On that calendar, you will find everything from school closure dates to activity, game and concert schedules that may involve your student.

Below are a few of the important dates coming up that all families should be aware of are:

August 17th- First Day of School (Noon Release)

August 18th- Riverglen Parent Open House Presentations 6:00 - 7:30 pm

September 6th- No School- LABOR DAY

Got School Supplies?

If your Grizzly needs school supplies and purchasing them is a hardship for you, please don't let it be. We have donated supplies and can help!

Just have your student(s) stop by the counseling office on Monday and we can get them what they need or email and she can get some ready for your student today.

Parking Lot

Please make sure to budget a bit more time, take it slow and only drop students off curbside in the morning next week. Students are to be dropped off in the front or side parking lots. Do not pull into the bus lanes. The parking lot can get backed up during drop-off times historically. Also, remember that you cannot turn LEFT out of our parking lot onto Gary Lane. Please exit near the tennis courts on Gillis and use the light if you need to turn left. Also, remember to only park in designated spots and never leave your vehicles unattended in the red zone by the curb. Thank you for helping to keep our parking lot accident-free and safe for our students and staff as they walk into the building.

Parent Open House

Parent Open House will be in-person this year. This is your opportunity to come and meet each of your student's teachers and find out what amazing learning opportunities they have in store for our Grizzlies. Parents will walk through their student's day and then end in the gym with the principal to hear a little bit about our plans for 9th hour and for our areas of focus at Riverglen this year. The schedule can be found here.

This event is for parents/guardians only and we ask that you leave your Grizzlies and their siblings at home if at all possible. If you can not attend, we understand and have a virtual option. Each teacher will send a link to their parent presentation at the end of next week for those of you who prefer to learn about what classroom expectations and curriculum look like for each class.

Sports Information

Athletic and PE Participation Information

Physical Examination Policy

The pre-seventh grade physical examination (exams acceptable after May 1st of 6th grade year) is a required examination. This examination is good for physical education classes in grades 7-12 and athletics in grades 7-8. You MUST have this form completed BEFORE you begin any sport practices or PE at Riverglen.

Obtaining the Required Forms

You may also download and print the forms, in pdf format, from our district Athletic Forms page. Doctors should also have the examination form in their office.

Riverglen Football- It's Not too Late to Come JOin the Team!

Football practice began on Monday, August 8th, but if your Grizzly would like to come and join the fun it is not too late. Practice is from 2:45-4:15 Monday- Friday. Riverglen will supply all equipment except cleats and orthodontic mouth guards. Go Grizz!

For information please reach out to:

Coach Hitesman

Cross Country

Hello, Grizzlies!

It's not too late to join cross country! Please reach out to Coach Baker if you are interested.

7th Grade Tennis

No racket, no problem! Come out and join us for some fun playing 7th grade tennis at Riverglen!

Whether you have never picked up a racket or been playing tennis for 10 years, Coach Westbrook and Coach Guyton would love to have you on their 7th grade tennis team this fall!

Practices will start Thursday, August 18th and will be every day after school 2:45-4:15 at the Riverglen tennis courts. You don't need any equipment, just bring your athletic shoes and positive energy.

If you have any questions please contact Coach Westbrook at

Tennis is a great way to get involved at your new school and make some new friends! We hope you see you on the courts!

(8th and 9th Grade tennis is in the Spring)


Girl's 7th/8th-grade Softball will start on Thursday, August 18th. We will practice at Capital High School’s Varsity Softball field at 3:30. You will need a glove and cleats, we will provide bats and everything else needed. If you have your own, you can bring it. Any questions, or if interested, please contact Coach Alder.

Wrestling and Girls Basketball both begin in October

More information will be in a upcoming communication on those sports and their seasons.

BSD Threat Assessment Protocol

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Boise Independent School District is committed to creating and maintaining school

environments in which the emotional and physical safety of students, staff, parents and

others is a priority. Schools cannot ignore any threat of violence. When threat making

behaviors occur schools initiate a process called Threat Assessment.

Each school has a threat assessment team that is multidisciplinary. The team will include an administrator, school psychologist and school counselor; in certain situations the team may be expanded to include a social worker, teacher, school nurse and school resource officer (SRO).

What is a Threat?

A threat is an expression of intent to do harm or act out violently against someone or

something. Threats may come in many forms, such as verbal, written, drawn, posted on the internet (social media) or made by gesture.

If your child comes home and reports a perceived threat, please notify the school administration immediately or call 343-COPS.

The Threat Assessment Process

When schools learn of threat making behaviors, administration will activate the Threat Assessment Process. Once this has been activated, interviews may be held with the student(s), the threat maker, parents and staff to determine the level of risk and to develop an appropriate response to the incident. Based on level of threat a Safety Intervention plan may be developed with the threat assessment team and shared with parents of the student that made the threats.

To ensure the physical and emotional safety of everyone, it is important for all parties to

engage in the process. The threat assessment process will take place to ensure a safe and caring learning environment for all.

Should you have further questions about the threat assessment process, please contact your building principal.


Boise School Board Trustee Election

On Tuesday, September 6, 2022 polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the Boise School District as the 2022 Trustee Election is held. To be able to vote in the election, you must be 18 years of age, have lived in the Boise School District for 30 days and be registered to vote in Ada County. Completed Absentee Ballot request forms must be received by the Boise School District by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2022. Visit the 2022 Trustee Election website to learn more, including candidate profiles, sample ballot and polling locations.

School Social Media:

Boise School Board Trustee Election

Be sure to vote during the Tuesday, September 6, 2022 Boise School Board Election. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the Boise School District. Visit the 2022 Trustee Election website to learn more.



Staying home when a person has symptoms of illness protects the school community by preventing the spread of illness and allows the person experiencing symptoms of illness the opportunity to rest and recover.

If a person answers yes to any of the questions below it indicates a possible illness, and the individual should stay home. All persons shall ask themselves the following questions daily before entering the school/workplace:

Since the last day of school/work, or last visit to the school or District facility, have you or your child had any of these symptoms that are not attributable to another condition?

  • New congestion or runny nose OR for students/employees with chronic allergic/asthmatic congestion, a change in their symptoms from baseline

  • Sore throat

  • New or unusual onset of severe headache

  • New or unusual muscle or body aches

  • New onset fatigue

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite

  • A temperature of 100.4° F or higher without the use of fever reducing medication

  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing OR for students/employees with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • New loss of taste and/or smell

Some additional reasons to stay at home include:

  • New or unusual rash

  • Pink eyes with discharge not associated with diagnosed allergies

The above symptoms may need to be discussed with your healthcare provider.

Notify the child’s school or your direct supervisor of your illness and follow the guidance below.

An individual can return to school/work when:

  1. Symptoms have significantly improved/resolved and:

  2. Their temperature is lower than 100.4° F, there has been no vomiting and no diarrhea for 24 hours without the use of medication or

  3. The person has been evaluated by a healthcare provider and has been cleared to return to school/work or

  4. A person diagnosed with impetigo, strep throat or pink eye may return to school or work after taking prescribed medication for 24 hours or

  5. A person diagnosed with other potentially communicable conditions may return to school or work according to their health care provider’s instructions.

If you have any questions regarding these procedures, please contact your child’s school health services staff or your direct supervisor.

Riverglen Contact information

Deborah Watts- Principal

Camille Fraley- Asst. Principal

Michele Conant- Counselor for Students with Last Names A-K

Leanne Kendall - Counselor for Students with Last Names L-Z

Laurel Dunstan- Registrar

Maureen Tyzcka- Attendance and Front Office Secretary

Alma Ritter- Counseling Secretary

Detective Williams- School Resource Officer