Grizzly Gazette

Riverglen Parent Newsletter- August 2019

From the Desk of the Principal

I hope all of our grizzlies have been enjoying their summer and are finding time to have fun, spend time with your family, and get ready for another great school year. This is essentially the same information I sent in June, but thought I'd resend for anyone who may need it. Whether you are new to Riverglen or a returning family, the information in this newsletter will hopefully answer any questions you may have. Please remember that you can always check our website for the most accurate and up-to-date information, but if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the office. The office will be open beginning this Monday, August 5th.
Once again, have a great rest of your summer and we will see you soon!

Mrs. Watts

Upcoming Dates at Riverglen

The title above (Mark Your Calendars) is a hyperlink to our school calendar on the Riverglen Web page. Please bookmark it and reference it as needed. On that calendar, you will find everything from school closure dates to activity, game and concert schedules that may involve your student.

Below are a few of the important dates coming up that all families should be aware of are:

August 7th- Registration (See Schedule Below)

August 19th- 2019-2020 First Day of School (early release)

August 22nd- Riverglen Parent Open House 6:30-8 PM

19/20 Registration Day- August 7th!

Registration for the 2019/2020 School Year will occur on August 7th. This is the day that your student picks up their schedule, tries out their locker, has their picture taken for their student ID card and yearbook(retakes occur in September), sets up their lunch account, turns in medical forms, and gathers information regarding extracurricular opportunities at Riverglen.

The schedule is as follows:

9th graders- 8:00-9:30

8th graders- 10:00-11:30

7th Graders- 1:00-2:30

It is an open time slots so come anytime in the window that you can make it. If you have two students at different grade levels you can pick one window that will work for you and bring multiple students the one time.


Athletic and PE Participation Information

Physical Examination Policy

The pre-seventh grade physical examination (exams acceptable after May 1st of 6th grade year) is a required examination. This examination is good for physical education classes in grades 7-12 and athletics in grades 7-8. You MUST have this form completed BEFORE you begin any sport practices or PE at Riverglen.

Obtaining the Required Forms

You may also download and print the forms, in pdf format, from our district Athletic Forms page.Doctors should also have the examination form in their office.

Riverglen Football

1st Practice: August 12th from 3:00 – 5:00. Meet in the boys locker room (enter through the outside doors located on the south side of the school). Locker room doors will be open at 2:30.

August 13th – 16th: Practice 3:00 – 5:00. Locker room doors open at 2:30.

August 17th (Saturday): Practice 9:00 – 11:00. Locker room doors open at 8:30

August 19th (1st day of school): Practice 12:00 – 2:00

August 20th – 23rd: Practice 3:00 – 5:00

Any questions, please contact Heavyweight Head Coach Bryan Whitmarsh ( or Lightweight Head Coach Jarom Packer (

8th/9th Volleyball

9th grade volleyball tryouts are at Capital High School on the August 12th from 8-11 AM.

For the girls that don't make the Capital team, tryouts will continue on the 13th at Riverglen from 2:45-4:45.

8th grade tryouts are from 2:45-4:45 on August 12th and 13th. Practices for both 8th and 9th grade will continue the week before school starts from 2:45-4:45

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Tracy Conley at

(7th grade VB is in the Spring and information will come out around Spring Break next year.)

Cross Country

Mr. Garcia is the Cross Country coach. His email is if you have any questions regarding cross country.

Practice start on Monday, August 12th. Practices will be from 2:45-4 each day.****

***times have changed since the June newsletter

7th/8th Tennis

8th Grade tennis starts Aug 12th

  • Coach- Mr. Taylor (
  • Practice 2:45-4 daily M-F beginning August 12 (NO PRACTICE FRIDAY 8/16) except on match days
  • Meet on the tennis courts

7th Grade tennis starts Sept 18th

  • Coach- Mr. Taylor
  • Practice 2:45-4 daily M-F except on match days
  • Meet on the tennis courts

Cell Phone & Personal Device Usage at Riverglen

The BSD is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) district, but each school is given the discretion to decide what that looks like. Beginning next year our school policy is changing a bit and is outlined below.

At Riverglen we will:

  • Allow personal devices in classrooms at the discretion of each classroom teacher. Students must receive verbal or written confirmation by the classroom teacher to use personal devices in their classroom. Each classroom will have a designated device protocol and collection area.
  • Allow students to use their devices in the Cafeteria before school, at break, and at lunch.

At Riverglen we will not:
  • Use personal devices during passing periods.
  • Allow students who leave the classroom to go to the bathroom to take their devices. Students will leave their devices in the classroom in the teacher's designated storage area.
  • Take ANY pictures or videos on school campus or buses from 7:00 AM- 3:30 PM unless given explicit permission from administration (for example: photo students working on a project). This includes selfies.

Dress Code Reminder

Here are a few reminders as you and your student(s) prepare their school wardrobe. The schools in the Boise District are charged with establishing a school culture that enhances the teaching-learning process. The need for some sense of structure and formality in educational settings requires that student behavior and attire are compatible with the stated purpose and function of the educational institution. Below is the section of BSD board policy that helps us guide our schools dress code parameters.

Inappropriate attire is defined as attire, which creates an atmosphere or casualness, which detracts from our mission. It is further defined as dressing or grooming in a manner that disrupts the educational process, is a threat to the learning environment or endangers the health or safety of students or any other persons.

At Riverglen:

  • Nothing should be worn that would advocate alcohol, tobacco products, drugs, gangs, etc. As you shop, be aware that there are a lot of hidden drug references on certain brands of clothing. Check out the list below for your reference.

  • No bare midriffs, bare backs, showing of underwear (including bra straps), off the shoulder or halter tops, pajamas and slippers, etc.

  • Shorts and skirts must reach past fingertip length.

  • Tights or leg coverings of some sort must be worn under any pants that have holes/rips above the fingertip length requirement for shorts and skirts.

  • No capes except on dress up spirit days when appropriate.

Clothing Brands with Hidden Drug References



Trap Lord (means Weed Dealer)

Aperture Brand (swirl logo design)

No Bad Ideas (Crown Logo)

Oddities 3000

KUSH and Gelato 41 (Marijuana strain classifications)

Grassroots (seed and sprout logo) Mostly hats, but some sweatshirts too

DGK- Dirty Ghetto Kids (company motto is stay high, all the time)

High Times

Rip and Dip

(Anything Alien and Kitty Kat (Special K reference) watch for mushrooms)

Dr. Dabber

(List provided by Officer Germain Galloway)

Riverglen Contact information

Deborah Watts- Principal

Camille Fraley- Asst. Principal

Michele Conant- Counselor A-K

Julie Lileks- Counselor L-Z

Laurel Dunstan- Registrar

Maureen Tyzcka- Attendance and Front Office Secretary

Jaime Faraimo- Counseling Secretary

Officer Williams- School Resource Officer