Friday River Launch

May 28, 2021~~ Rio Norte JHS

A One Room School House

Last weekend I hiked by a one-room schoolhouse. Talk about rough working conditions! One teacher, all grades, all subjects, and an outhouse. For 47 years a teacher taught students in this schoolhouse. She probably lived with a family and worked tirelessly to care for students. Much has changed, and yet maybe not so much! I'm sure when families began sending their children on a bus to schools with multiple teachers and classrooms there was a lot of fear. Change always brings fear. But families adjusted and teachers adjusted, they always do.

Regardless of the conditions of teaching in this schoolhouse with no air and a spigot of water out front, I think the teacher taught, cared and changed lives. Because that is what we do! One-room schoolhouse teachers relied on older students for tutoring and built a family with the same students every year for several years. ❤️

Check out these interesting short videos on the one-room schoolhouse! The tradition of great teaching continues, regardless of what challenges teachers may face! Where there are teachers and students, magic happens!✨

Grateful for every way you support students,


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Time for Change! ⌛

Each year we say goodbye to staff and welcome new staff. I'm sure there will be more changes over the summer, there always are!

Welcome, Grace Ferry! We think Grace will be a perfect addition to our counseling department!

Good luck Mindy as you move into retirement life! Thank you for being a dedicated and kind culinary teacher! (and computer teacher!)

Thank you Erin, and good luck to you as you enter retirement! Thank you for sharing your love of science with students!

Good luck, Karen, as you enjoy the life of leisure in retirement! Thank you for creating a safe and funny learning space for students to explore history.

Thank you Laura, for always providing a warm and safe place for each of your students to learn math. Good luck at Valencia high school, your new students will appreciate your kind heart.

Thank you, Allison, for your service to Rio, good luck on your next adventure! Thank you for getting our students to love reading!

Good luck Chris! Thank you for years of engaging lessons. Hart students will be lucky to have you!

Thank you Alyssa for being a hands-on, student-centered librarian! We wish you good luck at Castaic HS!

Good Things! 🎉

Thank you Alyssa for organizing a successful textbook collection week! We had a successful week of returns during class and after school! Thank you, science teachers and everyone who pitched in to help!

Thank you to Jenny and her Yearbook team for an AWESOME yearbook! To make an incredible yearbook during a pandemic is very special indeed!

Rio sweatshirts and polos are in! Thank you to Kathy who helped organize all of the orders!!

Thank you to all of the teachers who gave out 330 SOAR awards from February to May! And thank you to Melissa who mailed all of them home to students!

Thank you to Lisa for organizing our NJHS induction ceremony!! What a wonderful ceremony!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 8th-grade awards ceremony happen! It was awesome!

Wednesday Schedule~May

June 4-Teacher work Day-grab and go breakfast, Staff meeting at 8:15am outside for retirements and goodbyes!

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

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Rio Norte Junior High School

28771 Rio Norte Dr.
Valenica, CA 91354

Audrey Asplund, Principal