Friday River Launch

March 5, 2021~~ Rio Norte JHS


Children, grandchildren, spouses, significant others, sisters, brothers, parents, nieces and nephews, puppies, dogs, cats, work, friends, church, healthy eating, exercise, continuing education, relaxation, fun, service, mindfulness, sleep...WHEW!! Like all of you, these are a few of the things I balance every week. Just looking at that list gives me anxiety!

In "17 Things Resilient Teachers Do" #7 encourages us to practice "In the moment stress relievers." Here is a summary of some of the suggestions to relieve stress:

  • Breathe, close your eyes, and breathe deeply
  • Walk, move your body
  • Practice positive Self-Talk- "I've Got This!"
  • Make a to-do list, and check things off (yes, I'm one of those people who will write things down even after I've done them to check them off :)
  • Reach out to a friend for encouragement: a hug, a chat
  • Do something fun

When employees do not take care of their physical and emotional health, it shows up at work. It impacts the health of the organization with the possibility of negative culture or reduced effectiveness. That's one reason why employers focus on individual employee care. Healthy choices and healthy living matter!

Sometimes in the morning, I jog by a small pile of balanced rocks. It reminds me that I'm doing one piece that matters for my overall well-being. The struggle to BALANCE is real! But giving in to negative behaviors, negative thoughts, or negative patterns leads to chaos and stress, instead of balance and peace.

If you need a cyber hug or a chat, feel free to reach out. ♥

On the Journey with you,

Audrey ♥️

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Good Things!

Thank you, Melissa, for continuing to send out our SOAR awards!!

Thank you, Fran, for selecting our Resiliency quotes for our "17 Things" book reflection this week!

Thank you to all of our FABULOUS History teachers who showed students the video "No More" in honor of Black History Month! Check it out!

Thank you to everyone who helped out with our SOTM awards! And thank you to Heather Ippolito who made goodie bags! #ourPTSArocks

Check out Stacy Robb on KTLA! 😊

Shout out to the English department for sharing beautiful, honest, and heartfelt reflections on the "17 Things" quotes! #thatswhyyouteachEnglish ♥

RIO News


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PBIS Fridays:

March 5-Wellness

March 12-Rio TV

Here are the possible teacher Review and Collaboration times for hybrid instruction. Feel free to find a partner to collaborate with, or review materials on your own.

March 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 from 1:15pm-3pm

The possible start date for hybrid instruction: March 29, 2021


PLEASE sign up using this Form so that the presenters know how many people and who to expect.

Jim Klipfel

Thursday, March 11 → 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Zoom link:

Paul Kass

Tuesday, March 9 → 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Zoom link:

Rich Haring

Monday, March 8 → 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

Zoom link:

Thursday, March 11 → 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

Zoom link:

Wednesday Schedule~March

March 10~NO Department Meetings (hybrid prep and collaboration time)

March 17-Faculty w/ Gerry Brooks (with Sierra Vista)

March 24-hybrid collaboration prep/Leadership (if your Team wants to meet at 1:15pm, go for it)

April 14-Department Meeting

Rio Norte Mission Statement

The Rio Norte Junior High School community is dedicated to providing a safe, flexible, positive, and nurturing learning environment, in which all its members have the opportunity to experience a sense of belonging and personal growth, and all students have the opportunity to develop academic excellence.

Hart District Non-Discrimination Policy

The William S. Hart Union High School District prohibits unlawful discrimination against and/or harassment of any student, employee or job applicant on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, ancestry, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, political affiliation, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by state and federal nondiscrimination laws respectively at any District site and/or activity. All inquiries regarding discrimination, civil rights, and/or Title IX should be directed to the Director of Human Resources and Equity Services, William S. Hart Union High School District, 21380 Centre Pointe Pkwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91350, or by phone (661) 259-0033, or by email:


Rio Norte Junior High School

28771 Rio Norte Dr.
Valenica, CA 91354

Audrey Asplund, Principal