Parent Weekly Updates

Riverside High School - May 3 - May 7

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Hybrid Learning Update

This Monday and Tuesday - May 3rd and 4th, we welcome students signed up for in-person instruction for Cohort C. Thursday and Friday - May 6th and 7th, we will welcome students signed up for in-person instruction for Cohort A.


Pirate Nation, we are coming to the end of our school year. Thank you for all your support. We will be mailing progress reports to our families so that you are aware of your student's grades as we close out the year. If you are in need of parent conferences, please connect with our counseling department. Your student's success is a priority. Our staff is second to none and are ready to partner with parents and students to assist students in finishing strong this year. We understand this has been a difficult year, but we need all students logging in and making an effort as we bring the 2020-2021 school year to a close. Summer school information will be going out to families soon. Please be on the lookout for that information. It will be imperative for students who need to recoup courses to participate in this opportunity.


Our final exam schedule is posted on the Riverside website under the testing section.


Students will begin Career and Technical Education exams on May 19th. Students who have CTE 1st and 2nd blocks will take their CTE exams in person. Teacher-made exams will begin on May 20th and 21st. Cohort B students who are reporting on those days will still report to school. All other students will take their teacher-made exams online.


May 24th will begin our NC State Final exam schedule. These exams are taken in person. Students will need to report by 8:30. If students arrive after the exam begins at 9 am. They will not be able to enter the testing session. It is important that students arrive on time for their exams on their scheduled exam days. For exam schedule details, please visit our website for additional information.

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Teacher Appreciation - May 3rd - 7th

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Please join our RHS Student Council and Administration in our Finish Strong Spirit Week!

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RHS Cheer Tryouts

Riverside High School Cheer Tryouts for the 2021-22 school year will be held Monday, May 24th -Wednesday, May 26th in the gym. Monday and Tuesday will be 4:30-6:30p and Wednesday 4:30-7:30p. Be sure to bring water and come dressed in athletic attire. All three days are required and be sure to bring a mask. If you have questions feel free to contact Mrs. Thompson the head coach via email at Kayla_Thompson@dpsnc.net.

ACT Work Keys Information

The ACT Work Keys for all Career & Technical Education Concentrators will be on Thursday, May 6. Students should arrive at Riverside by 8:30 am for screening and check-in. Students should also bring their DPS laptops and charger. The test session should last until 12:30 pm. Students will be free to leave campus once their testing session has ended. If you have any additional questions, please contact our Career Development Coordinator, Sheena_Brooks@dpsnc.net, or Testing Coordinator, Ms. Kara Johnson (Kara.Robinson@dpsnc.net)

AP Calculus Exam

AP Calculus-AB exam will be on Tuesday, May 4 at 8:00 am. This exam will be paper/pencil and on-campus at Riverside. Students will need to arrive at Riverside by 7:30 am for screening and check-in. You can also find our AP exam schedule and additional information on our Riverside Testing Website. If you have concerns or questions, please reach out to Ms. Friedlander (Jessica_Friedlander@dpsnc.net, Advanced Academics Specialist) or Ms. Robinson-Johnson (Kara_Robinson@dpsnc.net, Testing Coordinator).

COVID-19 Testing

Durham Public Schools is pleased to announce that Ottendorf Labs LLC has agreed to provide free testing for COVID-19 at DPS schools. Secondary school sites will begin their scheduled, staggered testing the week of April 26. Testing site schedules will be shared via social media and made available on the DPS website and individual school websites.


The attached flyer provides information about registering and providing consent for your student to be tested by Ottendorf. Testing is free of charge, with results expected within 24 hours. To register a student and provide parental consent, please visit https://ottendorf-lab.com/dps/.


Testing at school sites provides an additional layer of protection. We are committed to the health and well-being of every student and staff member, and we will continue to collaborate with organizations to keep the DPS and Durham communities safe.

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Transportation for Final Exams

If your student needs transportation during our spring testing dates May 24 through June 4, please complete the survey linked HERE (https://forms.gle/WQWu9ByxGvZyJyTF6). As a reminder, students still needing to complete assessments from the fall semester will be able to do so during the spring testing window. We thank you for completing the survey by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, May 4.
Bus Stop Information Form

This service is designed to ensure that your child is assigned to the appropriate bus, both for morning and afternoon routes.

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“Hey, Seniors!!! It is almost time for your big day! Please make sure you attend the Graduate Info Session IN PERSON on the date and time that corresponds with your last name (see flyer). The sessions will be held on May 10th and 11th in the auditorium, with attendance being mandatory. If you do not attend this session then you will NOT be able to participate in the ceremony. For additional information, you may reach out to Mrs. Boliek at jill_boliek@dpsnc.net. Thank you, and as always, Roll Pirates Roll!”

Attention Seniors

Tuesday, May 11, during their lunchtimes from 11:45-1:00 PM, Herff Jones will be located at the cafeteria entrance for students to pick up their cap and gown.
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“SENIORS!!! It is time to celebrate you and your college acceptances and career choices!!! In light of the annual National Decision Day on May 1st, we will be hosting a Decision Day Celebration for all Seniors Monday, May 3rd, from 2:30-4 pm, located in the Senior parking lot. There will be various giveaways, and LocoPops will be serving some cool treats, so come out and join and be sure to wear your college and career gear from where you have decided to attend! See you soon, and as always, Roll, Pirates Roll!!!”

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Athletic Booster Club

The Athletic Boosters are asking you to support “Keep Our Kids in the Game.” Will you help “Keep Our Kids in the Game” by donating to the Riverside Booster Club fundraiser? In these challenging financial times in Durham Public Schools, athletics are not funded sufficiently to run the 19 sports at Riverside. The Athletics Booster Club asks for donations to help offset the loss in ticket sales, concession, and spirit wear due to Covid-19. Donations can be made by visiting www.Riversideboosters.org for more details.