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Happy Sunday! I hope each of you had a great weekend. I spent Saturday at my daughter's Region Swim Meet where she earned 2 more personal bests times and she qualified for the state meet in her second event. It was an incredible moment for us because she's worked so hard this season and she set goals. It was great to see her achieve them during this final meet of the season, before the state competition next week.

As I stood on the side of the pool deck for 3 hours on Saturday, I was thinking about John Foley. I met John on Wednesday in Columbia where he was the keynote for the "Kids First" conference that was put on by both statewide charter authorizers: SC Public Charter School District and Erskine College. John is a retired Blue Angels Pilot and author of the book "Fearless Success."

What made me think about John was the foundation he started. It's called Glad To Be Here. Glad To Be Here is a mindset that enables higher performance. Research shows that teams and individuals that embrace a positive mindset as a core belief improve communication and inspire commitment and buy-in to group objectives.

It's similar to the thoughts of Jon Gordon that I shared a few weeks ago about the mind shift from "I have to" to "I get to." It's not that I have to wake up Monday morning and go to work. It's that I'm blessed that I get to wake up Monday morning and get to work with some outstanding staff and students.

"Glad to be here" isn't just a slogan or something to say. It's a movement that defines who we are and helps us create a positive impact on the day and those around us.

Lions, on behalf of ALL of our staff, we are glad to be here and we are honored that you've made the choice to entrust Riverwalk Academy with the education of your student.

In Strength and Blessings,

~Dr. Compton

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Photo of the Week

This week's picture of the week is of Atlee (1st grade) at Thursday's home volleyball match against Great Falls High School. It was great seeing Atlee and all of the other students there cheering on their Lions!

Help Us Help Miracle Park

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Riverwalk Board: Special Election

Attractions Fundraiser: Thank You!

Thank you for your support, Riverwalk families!! The Attractions fundraiser was a huge success. We sold 400 books and earned $4,000 for our Gifted and Talented project, Change in Action. The 3rd-5th grade gifted and talented students working together to answer this driving question: How can our voices and actions help others to take care of our school community? Our class will be working with the staff and students to determine the needs and challenges of our school. We will share our mission with you very soon. Prize winners will be announced next week!

Individual Grand Prizes:

  • Adventure Air Party worth $300
  • $175 Amazon Gift Card
  • $100 Amazon Gift Card
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card

The top-selling class will win an Ice Cream Party!


We're asking that our families assist us in managing everyone's status by using this form when your child shows symptoms, tests positive, is a close contact, or is a household close contact. The data shared with us is kept confidential. After completing this form, you'll receive an email or phone call from Nurse Donna to discuss your child's specific isolation/quarantining plan.

Linked here is Riverwalk Academy's COVID Dashboard. This COVID dashboard is updated by 3:00 pm each school day. This dashboard can also be found on our website.

We've received a few questions about our dashboard, so I wanted to provide an explanation for everyone. Click here for an explanation of our COVID data.

School Lunches

Riverwalk Academy is a "bring your own lunch" school where students are encouraged to bring their own lunches. We do offer a fee-based lunch program that is not income-contingent. Our fee-based lunch program is provided by Golden Corral. For more information about this option, please click here.

The Riverwalk Academy Mobile App

Hopefully by now, you've had a chance to check out our new website. If you haven't noticed already, there's the main page, but there's also a dedicated page to our elementary school, middle school, and high school. While each page looks similar, each page's content is different and tailored to the different audiences.

Our new app has now released on the App Store and soon to release on Google Play. Once downloaded, there are two thing's you'll want to do:

  1. enable notifications
  2. subscribe to your school (school wide, and elementary or middle or high school)

Below is a short video that demonstrates how to do this.

Riverwalk Academy App: Subscribe
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Elementary Guidance with Mrs. Carr

Welcome to October. Welcome to more fall weather. Welcome to a new month in guidance at Riverwalk. This month I will keep spreading the positivity of The Energy Bus for Kids to our students. Rule #2 - Fuel Your Ride with Positive Energy. What does this mean? Little George talks to Joy about all the challenges of his day at school. The struggles and obstacles of his day. She tells him that he has to fuel his ride with positive energy and he asks what is that? Joy explains, as I will explain to the students, that having a positive attitude about school can help us to be more successful. We will talk about what makes them feel happy and what makes them feel successful. I will emphasize that the highlights and accomplishments of any day can be the one thing, person or event that made you smile, laugh, and feel great.

On Friday I had a challenge I had to face and I was scared, anxious and nervous. I absolutely love going into each classroom and talking with the students, guiding them and listening to them. I am not good with groups of adults. My ability to do presentations in front of my peers has always been a challenge. I realized I get extremely negative about myself and all my abilities when faced with this challenge. It is something I need to work on. I need to use Rule #2 and find the positivity instead of the negative. Challenges are just that - difficult, scary - but if we change our thinking from negative to positive and we are thankful - we can face the challenges. This is how I want our students to learn they can start each day. Each day can be a great day with positive energy!

Have a fabulous week! Hugs.

Mrs. Carr

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Attention all 7th - 12th Grade Boys

There will be a student meeting this Tuesday from 3:15 - 3:45 in Coach Wilson's Room and there will be a parent meeting, about tryouts, this Thursday from 3:15pm - 4:15 pm in the Multi Purpose Room.

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Ogburn.

BPA Interest Meeting

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Dublin, London, and Paris Travel Questions

Is your student enrolled for the Dublin, London, and Paris trip this coming April? Many questions have come up in the past few weeks concerning COVID-19 and international travel. At the present time, the trip is still scheduled, as planned; however, if you have any questions you feel you need answered, please email rloyst@riverwalkacademy.com. He's working with EFTours to address any concerns you may have on an individual basis.

Still interested in traveling with the school this Spring Break? There's still time to enroll! Email rloyst@riverwalkacademy.com for more info.

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This Week

  • Monday, October 4, 12:45 pm at YTC: Senior Meeting (ordering caps, gowns, etc.) Parents do not need to attend.

  • Friday, October 8th, 6:00 pm at RWA: Junior Class Ring Ceremony
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Athletic Events of the Week


  • 10/6/21 @ York Comprehensive High School 6pm
  • 10/9/21 @ Rock Hill High School

Cross Country

  • 10/5/21 @ Chester High School 5pm
  • 10/6/21 @ Great Falls High School 5pm


  • 10/4/21 @ Lewisville High School 5pm
  • 10/7/21 HOME v Legion High School 5pm
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Monday: 10/4
  • Senior Class Meeting 12:45 pm
  • Band 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Johnston)
  • Cross Country Practice 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Cheerleading Practice 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Volleyball Meet @ Lewisville High School


  • Band 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Johnston)
  • Cross Country Meet @ Clover High School
  • Cheerleading Practice 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • JV Boys Basketball Student Interest Meeting 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm (Ogburn)
  • Volleyball Practice 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 10/6

  • Band 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Johnston)
  • Cross Country Meet @ Great Falls High School
  • Cheer Competition @ York Comprehensive High School
  • Volleyball Practice 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Thursday: 10/7

  • Band 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Johnston)
  • Cross Country Practice 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
  • JV Boys Basketball Parent Meeting for Tryouts 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm (Ogburn)
  • Cheerleading Practice 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Volleyball Meet HOME v Legion High School

Friday: 10/8

  • BPA Interest Meeting 12:30 pm (Girard)
  • Junior Class Ring Ceremony @ Riverwalk Academy 6pm

Saturday: 10/9
  • Cheer Competition @ Rock Hill High School

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The Mission of Riverwalk Academy is to lead students to achieve through authentic project-based learning experiences with the knowledge and inquiry skills they need to succeed in life, college, and their future careers.