Riverside Roadrunner

April 2019

News from Dr. Holcomb

Spring is Here!

We are all celebrating the arrival of spring and the end of winter. Please remember that it can still be quite chilly some days and students should continue to have coats to wear outside at recess. We allow students to go outside without a coat when the temperature reaches 60º F. We are oh so happy to be outside though!


Final Quarter of School


The final 9 weeks of school is just ahead of us! We find each day to be filled with learning and ensuring that each student has learned the necessary standards to be able to succeed at the next grade level. Please continue to encourage your students to do their best work, demonstrate positive behavior and make sure they are getting adequate sleep each night. See the graphic below. Days missed may seem minimal when they occur, but the impact adds up quickly! Thank you for trusting us and for partnering with us to educate your most precious gift!


SAVE THE DATE: Kindergarten Registration--Monday, April 15th

Kindergarten Registration for Riverside will be held, April 15th. We will be sending home additional information home about our registration as the date gets closer. We look forward to a great day meeting all of our incoming students. Students will need to be 5 years old by September 15, 2019 to register.

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District News

Paying School Fees is Quick and Easy Online

Do you have school fees that need to be paid? Visit www.siouxcityschools.org and click on the “Parents” tab to pay your fees online. On the drop-down menu of the “Parents” tab, you can select either “Pay Curriculum Resource Fees” or “Pay Lunch Balance.” Both links will take you to “My School Bucks” to complete the payment transaction. Payment for curriculum resource fees can be made under the “School Store” by selecting “Categories” and then “Curriculum Fees.”


If you have any questions, please contact our school’s bookkeeper. Thank you.

Health and Dental Requirements

Kindergarten and 3rd Grade Students

According to Iowa law, all children enrolling in kindergarten and 3rd grade are required to evidence of a vision screening no earlier than 1 year prior to enrollment and no more than 6 months after the date of your student’s enrollment. Vision screening forms are available through eye care professional, from your school nurse, or at the following website, https://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/88/Cert%20of%20Vision%20ScrnDec2015%20wFacts%20Fillable_FINAL.pdf

7th and 12th Grade Immunization Requirements

Iowa Immunization law requires that all students entering 7th grade have both a Meningococcal vaccination and a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis/whooping cough) vaccination before school starts in the fall.

Iowa law requires that all students entering 12th grade have a Meningococcal vaccination. The requirement is 2 doses of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccine for students in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received when students are 16 years of age or older are required before school starts in the fall.

The Tdap requirement has been in place since the 2013/14 school year and requires a booster dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, and acellular Pertussis containing vaccine for students entering 7th grade, regardless of the interval since the last Tetanus/Diphtheria containing vaccine. Pertussis (whooping cough) is a very contagious disease that causes violent coughing fits that make it hard to breathe.

The meningococcal vaccine has been required since the start of the 2017/18 school year. Meningococcal disease is a life-threatening illness that is caused by bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord. It easily spreads in crowded settings. The vaccine is required prior to both the 7th and 12th grades.

What does this mean for you? You will need to call your physician’s office to make an appointment for these vaccines. You will need to check your home records or call your physician’s office to see what your student’s status is. If you do not have insurance, you can contact the Siouxland District Health Department at 279-6119. Please send a copy of your student’s updated immunization record to the school nurse prior to the first day of school. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Kindergarten & 9th Grade Students

According to Iowa law, all Iowa children enrolling for the first time in Kindergarten or 9th grade must have a dental screening on file. It’s required per Iowa law! According to this law: Screening must occur no earlier than 1 year before enrollment and no later than 4 months after enrollment. If you think you have already sent this form to school, please double check with your student to make sure that they have turned it into the nurse’s office. Screenings can be performed by dentists or dental hygienists.

Here is a link to the dental form. http://www.siouxcityschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Certificate_of_Dental_Screening_9.13.12.pdf Please have this form filled out by your dental provider and turned in to your high school.

New Iowa Statewide assessment of Student Progress

Why a NEW version of the assessment?

Legislators passed House File 2235 during the last legislative session, which now requires all Iowa schools to give a new assessment called the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP). The new assessment is aligned with the grade-specific Iowa Core Standards, which means the ISASP more accurately reflects student understanding of the information currently being taught in our schools.

Who will take the assessment?

Students in grades 3 – 11 will take the reading, language and writing, and math assessments.
Students in grades 5, 8, and 10 will also take the science assessment.

Why is this assessment given?

In Iowa and in the Sioux City Community School District, the curriculum taught to students is aligned to the Iowa Core Standards. It is important to assess how well students understand the information taught in our schools. Therefore, ISASP will assess each student’s demonstrated knowledge and understanding of grade-specific content.

How will students take the assessment?

Students will take the assessment online.

What should parents/guardians know about the new assessment?

· Results are received quicker.

· Previous assessments relied heavily on multiple-choice questions. The new assessment will evaluate students’ skills using a mix of technology-enhanced questions, including open-ended essay questions.

· Today’s technology-enhanced questions provide greater insights into learning than previous assessments, which were formatted primarily with multiple-choice questions.

· The new assessment will provide parents/guardians with actionable information about their child’s learning.

· Over time, parents will also be able to access year-over-year analysis of how their child performed from one year to the next.

How can parents/guardians help prepare students for the assessment?

Practice tests are available online at http://iowa.pearsonaccessnext.com/test-prep/. Parents/guardians can help prepare students for testing by reviewing the practice tests online. Throughout the school year, and especially during testing periods, parents/guardians can ensure optimal student performance by making sure children get enough sleep, eat a good breakfast, and arrive to school on time. Most importantly, encourage students to try their best.


¿Por qué hay una NUEVA versión de la evaluación?

Los legisladores aprobaron el Archivo 2235 de la Cámara de Representantes durante la última sesión legislativa, que ahora requiere que todas las escuelas de Iowa realicen una nueva evaluación llamada Evaluación del Progreso Estudiantil del Estado de Iowa (ISASP). La nueva evaluación concuerda con los Estándares Básicos de Iowa específicos para cada grado, lo que significa que el ISASP refleja con mayor precisión la comprensión de los estudiantes de la información que actualmente se enseña en nuestras escuelas.

¿Quiénes tomarán la evaluación?

Los estudiantes en los grados 3 - 11 tomarán las evaluaciones de lectura, lenguaje y escritura, y matemáticas.
Los estudiantes en los grados 5, 8 y 10 también tomarán la evaluación de ciencias.

¿Por qué se da esta evaluación?

En Iowa y en el Distrito Escolar de la Comunidad de Sioux City, el currículo que se enseña a los estudiantes concuerda con los Estándares Básicos de Iowa. Es importante evaluar qué tan bien los estudiantes entienden la información que se enseña en nuestras escuelas. Por lo tanto, ISASP evaluará el conocimiento demostrado y la comprensión de cada estudiante del contenido específico a su grado.

¿Cómo tomarán la evaluación los estudiantes?

Los estudiantes tomarán la evaluación en línea.

¿Qué deben saber los padres/guardianes acerca de esta nueva evaluación?

· Los resultados se recibirán más rápido.

· Las evaluaciones previas se basaron considerablemente en preguntas de elección múltiple. La nueva evaluación evaluará las habilidades de los estudiantes utilizando una mezcla de preguntas aumentadas con tecnología, incluyendo preguntas abiertas de ensayo.

· Las preguntas de la tecnología mejorada de hoy día proveen una mejor comprensión del aprendizaje que las evaluaciones previas, que eran escritas principalmente con preguntas de elección múltiple.

· La nueva evaluación proveerá a los padres/guardianes información útil acerca del aprendizaje de sus hijos.

· Con el tiempo, los padres también tendrán acceso al análisis de año tras año, de cómo se desempeña su hijo de un año al siguiente.

¿Cómo pueden los padres/guardianes apoyar a sus estudiantes para prepararlos?

Los exámenes de práctica están disponibles en línea al http://iowa.pearsonaccessnext.com/test-prep/. Los padres/guardianes pueden ayudar a preparar a los estudiantes para los exámenes por medio de repasar los exámenes de práctica en línea. Durante el año escolar, y especialmente durante el periodo de los exámenes, los padres/guardianes pueden asegurar el rendimiento mejor, por supervisar que sus niños duerman lo suficiente, desayunen bien, y lleguen a la escuela a tiempo. Lo más importante es de animarlos a que hagan lo mejor posible.

Social and Emotional Health Screener

Between April 8 and May 24, 2019, your child/children in 4th, 6th, 9th, and 11th grade will be invited to complete a Social and Emotional Health screening. This is a survey that asks students questions about their social and emotional health, family and school safety. If you do not wish to have your student participate in the Social and Emotional Health screening, please complete the PPRA Notice form found online in the District Forms by April 5, 2019.

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Important Dates

Mar. 28 Riverside/Liberty Rollerama Night


Apr. 2 5:30 PTO meeting


Apr. 4 3:45 Kindness Club


Apr. 15 Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2019


Apr. 15 NO SCHOOL for our current Kindergarten only


Apr. 18-Apr. 22 Spring Break NO SCHOOL


Apr. 29 6:00 Riverside and Liberty Rollerama Night


April 29-May 10 District FAST testing window


May 2 3:45 Kindness Club


May 6-17 ISASP testing window (New Iowa Assessments)


May 7 5:30 PTO meeting


May 9 5th grade takes tour of WMS


May 16 5th grade TAG students retreat


May 29 5th grade to Explorers Game


May 30 Last day for Students

Free Breakfast Schedule

Mayflower Church

1407 W. 18th St, 258-8278

4th Saturday of the month

9:00 am: Select frozen foods and breads to take home

9:30-10:30am: Tasty hot breakfast with fruit, beverages,

meat, cereal, PBJ

April 27, 2019