Riverside High School

Parent Newsletter- November 15th, 2020

Riverside High School to Move to Block Schedule in 2021-22

Warriors: Greenville County Schools has made the decision to move all Greenville County High Schools to a Block Schedule, starting with the 2021-22 School Year. Riverside High School is currently operating on a "Traditional Schedule". Please see all of the attached information regarding Block Schedule and the transition in moving towards a Block Schedule.

Block Schedule FAQ

Transition to Block Schedule

Student Tutoring and Remediation

Tuesday and Wednesday: Beginning the week of November 30th

  • 4:00-5:00 In-person tutoring in the media center. Students need to sign up on our website.
  • 5:00-7:00 Virtual Tutoring - Please see out website

Fridays: Beginning Friday, December 4th:

  • 9AM - 11AM students will be allowed/encouraged to come into the building to work with their teachers for remediation and to make-up work.

    • Teachers will schedule students who are failing or owe assessments to come in during the time slot for tutoring and to make-up work. This includes brick and mortar students along with virtual.

    • Teachers will offer a sign-up sheet for students to complete if the student would like to come in for extra help.

  • 11AM - 12PM: Schoolwide office hours

  • 12PM - 4PM: Teacher planning

Friday Social/Emotional Activities lead my Ms. Peasley

  • 9AM - 10AM: Social/Emotional Activity

    • Each week will alternate between a Sharing Circle Support Session and an SEL Activity. Please see details below:

      • Student Support Sharing Circle - trained students will facilitate discussion with peers to process current struggles, stressors, and challenges

      • SEL Activity - will vary from yoga, art therapy, craft activities, mindfulness activities, etc.

  • 10AM - 12PM: Quiet Homework Center in the media center; Student collaboration center in cafeteria

  • All students and employees must wear masks and be socially distanced.

Tutoring Website

Information From the Counseling Department


Senior ads are being purchased through Jostens.com this year. The deadline to purchase is November 30th. Here is the link to order: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1042598/Riverside-High-School/

Senior IGPs are going on Nov 9 – 24. Please check your email for a Calendly link from your counselor. Counselors emailed students and parents in the Backpack Notification System. Please email your school counselor if you need the link again or have any questions. Students can select the time that fits their schedule. All meetings are virtual through Google Meet. Parents are always invited, but not required to attend if they have other obligations.


Mr. Irvin, the assistant principal, sent an email to parents of all 3rd-year students regarding testing. All 3rd-year students can choose to take either the SAT, the ACT, or opt-out of taking either. Please have your student respond to the complete link in his email. Students also received an email to select one SAT, ACT, or opt-out.

All 3rd-year students should choose one of three options:

  1. I would like to take the ACT
  2. I would like to take the SAT
  3. I do not wish to take either the ACT or the SAT

Below is a link to a survey that will explain the tests and options in more detail. If you are not sure which option to take, please see your counselor, but again, every student must choose one of the three options. The student will need to log in to take the survey; only one survey per student can be completed.

The ACT/SAT/Opt-out survey: https://forms.gle/YLXrYxeXjaXgtwLi7

All grades:

School Counseling has a new website - https://sites.google.com/greenvilleschools.us/rhsschoolcounseling/home. Please check it out and click on the grade level that pertains to your student. The Senior page is especially full of great information for students to use. The pages will be updated throughout the year so please check regularly. Please contact your counselor with any questions you have.


Students in their second or third year of high school can take the PSAT during the school day on the Riverside campus. This year, the PSAT was scheduled for two dates: October 14th and October 29th. Due to inclement weather, the October 29th PSAT was rescheduled for Tuesday, January 26th. Students who were absent for the October 14th PSAT or who did not sign up to take an October PSAT will be emailed on Monday, November 16th. The email will detail how to sign up for the January 26th PSAT. The window to sign up will be Monday, November 16th – 2PM on Tuesday, November 24th. Students who were originally scheduled to take the October 29th PSAT are automatically registered for the January 26th PSAT.

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Derrick (cderrick@greenville.k12.sc.us or 864-355-7818).

Student Announcements:

For any students interested in automotive mechanic careers:

UTI/NASCAR Technical Institute Live Virtual Open House:

When: Saturday, November 14th at 11am


· Learn about our hands-on training programs, financial aid, scholarships, employment and housing.

· Tour the Mooresville, NC campus.

· Tour a local dealership to see behinds the scenes, learn what employers are looking for.

How to attend:

· Click Here To Register. Upon completing the registration you will receive a link to join the Zoom meeting by email.

· You can also register by email at mbalthazrr@uti.edu or by TEXT at 864-923-0816.

Live Virtual Porsche Dealership Tour:

When: Thursday, November, 19th 7pm

What: Go behind the scenes at a premier Porsche dealership! We’ll virtually show you around this established Porsche dealership and service shop, and hear from their trained, professional technicians who keep these premier vehicles running. Also learn about our Porsche PTAP program.

How to attend:

· Click Here To Register or type bit.ly/UTI-FTN-DA into your browser. Upon completing the registration you will receive a link to join the Zoom meeting by email.

· You can also register by email mbalthazrr@uti.edu or by TEXT at 864-923-0816.

Senior ads are being purchased through Jostens.com this year. The deadline to purchase is November 30th. Here is the link to order: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1042598/Riverside-High-School/

The BSU Club will meet this Friday, November 13 at 5:00 pm via the BSU Google Meet. If you need access to the BSU Google Classroom, please email Mrs. Brewster (ebrewster) for more details.

Tri-M Music Honor Society- Students enrolled in choir, orchestra or band may join this service organization. Dues are $5 and available to purchase in My School Bucks until November 20th. Email Mrs. Fowler if you have any questions.

All NHS applicants - please check your email for the status of your NHS application

Rock Band Club - We are happy to introduce a new club at Riverside! The Band Club is an opportunity for students to get together and explore playing rock and pop music in a traditional band setting. We will be meeting @4pm on Thursday afternoons in the Orchestra Room, F-207. We are still in need of a drummer, keyboardist, and vocals. We will have an interest meeting Thursday November 12th. If you have any questions contact Mr. Harbison at rharbison.greenville.k12.sc.us or Miranda Ramirez at mramir6483@greenvilleschools.us

Athletic Announcements

  • Congratulations to the Girls XC team for finishing 4th in the state for 5A
  • Congratulations to the Football team for a win over JL Mann 38-10

Signing Day! Congratulations to the following student-athletes!

  • Carly Thatcher (soccer) Auburn University
  • Abigail Miles (soccer) Lafayette College
  • Julia Thielen (softball) Columbia International University
  • Breylin Bright (lacrosse) Lindenwood University

Golden Apple Awards

WYFF News 4 and Ingles are proud to continue the strong tradition of presenting the golden Apple Awards program. The Golden Apple Awards are a way for their viewers to recognize the excellent work taking place in classrooms throughout our area. Each week, an outstanding educator will be featured during the Thursday 5 pm newscast on WYFF News 4. Please stop by your local Ingles store to pick up a Golden Apple Nomination form and submit the names of those educators you feel should be recognized. There are great prizes for the FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS weekly winners and all weekly winners will be honored at the annual Golden Apple awards banquet in May. At the banquet, a Teacher of the Year will be announced from the weekly winners.

Creating a Backpack Account for Parents

Please take the time to create a backpack account for parents. A backpack for parents account provides parents, guardians, or contacts with a central place to sign in to do the following:

  • View their student's information including demographics, attendance, classes, grades, lunch balances, and test scores
  • Apply or register their student to Special Focus schools and programs (Fine Arts Center, Career Centers, etc.)
  • Receive alerts and notifications regarding their students
  • View their student's school and contact information
  • Manage parent and contact information for their students

To create your parent backpack account follow the attached directions. Please note that parents only need to create a backpack account once. This is not an annual process.

Backpack Directions

Backpack Video

COVID-19 Information

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Join the RHS PTSA by clicking on the link below

Go Warriors!

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