Rams Roundup

August 22, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians/Staff,


Contained in this newsletter, you will find a parent/guardian survey, an announcement about our new High School Assistant Principal, happenings in the district, and information regarding key dates.


Sincerely,
Michael Adams
Superintendent

Dear Parents/Guardians,


As we prepare for the 2022-2023 school year, we are excited about the traditions and culture that have always made Riverside #RamTastic. However, we are also excited to bring on new staff, programs, and resources to do even more for our students. Staff and administration have been working together to plan various programs for our students and are constantly checking that we meet their needs. In order to gather feedback on these efforts anonymously, we are partnering with an external organization, TESO (Teach Educators & Scholars Organization, LLC), surveying all staff, students, and parents to better understand how well we are fully and equitably meeting the needs of the Riverside community.


As the first and most important teacher and advocate for your children, you can provide invaluable feedback and insight in that area, and we thank you in advance for your honest input on this survey. Our ultimate goal is to provide opportunities and access to all students and create an environment where every member of the school community feels like they belong and have what they need to succeed. That goal cannot be achieved without collecting feedback on our current efforts.


Therefore, in order to facilitate an in-depth “landscape analysis” of the full educational program, the survey will focus on four priority areas: 1) student learning experiences, 2) professional learning, 3) policies, and 4) resource allocation.


We ask that you please take 15-20 minutes to complete the Landscape Analysis Survey. The information we learn from your survey (along with others) will inform the development of a district plan to guide efforts to create a more equitable environment for all students to succeed. Please note that your participation is voluntary, and your responses are anonymous and confidential. Because we are not asking for your name, you can be completely honest in how you answer the questions. Your online survey submission means that you agree to participate in this process.


Please complete the survey by September 2, 2022, to ensure that your input is included in the data collection and analysis process for future planning.


You can complete the survey using the following links:


English:

https://corexmsb3nb74kpjdz97.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_80bcVmSQ5ESq0T4

Spanish:

https://corexmsb3nb74kpjdz97.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8rdtsuuSOEXgGs6

Portuguese:

https://corexmsb3nb74kpjdz97.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_00o4fBLMaEYpFcy



If you have any questions, please contact our Curriculum Director, Stacy Saia, at ssaia@riverside.k12.nj.us


Sincerely,

Michael Adams

Superintendent

New High School Assistant Principal

As mentioned in a previous correspondence, Mrs. Muessig, current High School Assistant Principal (for grades 9 and 10), is resigning from her position. I wish her well in her future endeavors and know she will be a great addition to any organization. We have completed the interview process for her replacement, and Ms. Jacqueline Edmonds was approved by the Board of Education tonight! Listed below are some of Ms. Edmonds' teaching and professional experience.


Jacqueline Edmonds Teaching & Professional Experience


Assistant Principal Junior High 2020 – Present, Woodbury City School District

  • Daily oversight of junior/senior high school and an alternative program, grades 6-12

  • Revision and implementation of policies and procedures and code of conduct

  • Observation and coaching of teachers and support staff

  • Scheduling and Operations conducive to a safe learning and work environment

  • Hiring and training of new staff

  • Implementing and overseeing student restorative discipline

  • Facilitating professional development

  • Analyzing student data to monitor success and revising as needed

  • Encouraging and maintaining relationships with all stakeholders

  • Oversight of planning and facilitating junior high school activities

  • Overseeing junior high counseling department-IRSC, 504, HIB


Grade Level Chair/Content Lead 2016-2020, Camden City School District

  • Provide instructional support to other staff members, especially with regard to close reading and district-utilized resources such as ANet and iReady.

  • Complete purchase orders for materials and textbooks

  • Organize and conducted monthly grade level meetings

  • Facilitate grade level meetings

  • Distribute materials and updates on scheduling and assessments

  • Advocate for grade level needs

  • Coaching- Lesson plans, grade books, assessments, data, grouping, rotations

  • Plans and facilitates field trips


Instructional Leadership Team, Camden City School District

  • Turnkey new lesson plan template

  • Carries out district/school initiatives

  • Leads/facilitates professional developments

  • Coaching- classroom management

  • School behavior initiatives


Lead Teacher-Extended School Year Program, Willingboro School District

  • Acted in the capacity of an Administrator, completing the following tasks

    • Program set up

      • Staffing

      • Scheduling

      • Orientation

      • Daily building operations and safety drills

      • Focused walkthroughs

      • Parent Contact

      • Discipline

      • IEP/504 Compliance


Alternative School Principal Intern, Willingboro School District

  • Worked directly with Principal Willingboro Alternative Education Program specifically performing the following:

    • Modified curriculum to meet the needs of the alternative program

    • Interviewed prospective candidates for open positions

    • Maintained school website

    • Creating and maintaining the school website

    • Turn-Keying, the new teacher observation model

    • Training and turn-keying the PARCC Test-School Test Coordinator and Administrator

    • Student Scheduling

    • Student discipline

    • Interviewing candidates for open positions

    • Student intake and exit meetings

    • IEP/504 meetings

    • School attendance and uniform data

    • Collaborating with home school for transitional purposes

    • School leader for Superintendent’s State of the District Address 2014

      • Co-Leader 2015


Senior Advisor, Camden & Willingboro School Districts

  • Liaison between students, parents, and home school for senior activities/requirements

  • Planning and implementing senior activities

  • Making sure seniors have met all graduation requirements

  • Scheduling appeals and making sure they are complete and submitted


Senior Seminar, Camden & Willingboro City School District

  • Planning college visits off-site and on

  • Assisting students with the college process

  • Planning and hosting FAFSA Night for parents and students

  • Collaborating with the local community college to gather resources for students and families


Language Arts Teacher – Camden City School District

  • Teacher of grades 8-12

  • Assume all daily responsibilities necessary for maintaining a functional classroom climate.

  • Attend various professional development seminars as well as staff meetings.

  • Work in collaboration with colleagues in order to create differentiated lessons geared toward students of different ability levels.

  • Established professional rapport with parents, teachers, and the community.

  • STEAM Teacher- After-school program


Creative Writing Teacher- Rutgers Future Scholars, Rutgers University Camden

  • Teach creative writing to 8th and 11th grade students

  • Mentor


English Teacher--Willingboro Alternative Education Program 2012-2016

  • Teacher of 9th-12th grade English, Creative Writing, Media Communications

  • Implement behavior plans geared toward individual target behaviors

  • Help prepare students for college and or the workforce

  • Help students transition back to home schools

  • Coaching new teachers

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Senator Singleton's Backpack & Supply Giveaway For Riverside Elementary School Students

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Staff First Day

Thursday, Sep. 1st, 8am-3pm

RTSD

Staff Second Day

Friday, Sep. 2nd, 8am-3pm

RTSD

Riverside Elementary School New Student Orientation

Friday, Sep. 2nd, 1pm

RTSD

1:00 pm - A.M. PRESCHOOL – meet on the blacktop behind the preschool buildings on the corner of Grant & Paine Streets

1:30 pm - Kindergarten –meet outside of the main entrance of the elementary school (112 E. Washington Street)

1:45 pm - P.M. PRESCHOOL – meet at the blacktop behind the preschool buildings on the corner of Grant & Paine Streets

2:00 pm - New Student Orientation (Grades 1-5) - meet outside of the main entrance of the elementary school (112 E. Washington Street)

Parents/Guardians must accompany their new student for all the orientations listed above.

Student First Day

Tuesday, Sep. 6th, 7:30am

RTSD

Half-day Session

K - 5th grade: 8:10am - 12:30pm

6th - 12th grade: 7:38am - 12:00pm
PreK AM Session: 8:10am - 10:00am
PreK PM Session: 10:40am - 12:30pm

Students' 2nd - 4th days of school

Wednesday, Sep. 7th, 7:30am

RTSD

Full Day Sessions

K - 5th grade: 8:10am - 2:33pm

6th - 12th grade: 7:38am - 1:54pm
PreK AM Session: 8:10am - 10:30am
PreK PM Session: 12:10am - 2:33pm

September 2022 Special Education Advisory Team (SEAT)

Thursday, Sep. 8th, 5-6pm

Riverside Elementary School Media Center

Elementary School and Family Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 8th, 6:15-7pm

Riverside Elementary School Media Center

September BOE Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 8th, 7-9pm

Riverside Elementary School Cafeteria

RES Back to School Night

Tuesday, Sep. 13th, 6pm

Riverside Elementary School

RMS Back to School Night

Wednesday, Sep. 14th, 6pm

Riverside Middle School

RHS Back to School Night

Thursday, Sep. 15th, 6pm

Riverside High School

RMS/RHS Fall Pictures

Wednesday, Sep. 14th, 8am-2pm

RMS/RHS

RES Fall Pictures

Thursday, Sep. 15th, 8am to Friday, Sep. 16th, 2:30pm

RES

September 15 Pictures: PreK, Second Grade, and Fourth Grade

September 16 Pictures: Kindergarten, First Grade, Third Grade, and Fifth Grade

Elementary School and Family Event

Thursday, Sep. 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm

RES

The Elementary School and Family, Back 2 School Festival is from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on September 22.