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Happy Sunday, Lions!

I have some bittersweet and exciting news to share with everyone. Mr. Graham, our middle/high school administrator has made the decision to officially retire. After his initial retirement from the military, Mr. Graham joined Riverwalk Academy back in 2017, and then in 2018 we announced that he would become our middle/high school administrator. Mr. Graham's impact was immediate and is still being felt today. However, he's made the decision to officially retire. His final day will be Thursday, September 30th. We do wish him the best of luck and without a doubt, he'll be missed. Please take a moment to send him a "best wishes" email by clicking here.

With this bittersweet news comes some exciting news. It was announced on Friday that Dr. Dempsey, our director of special services, will move into this Middle/High School Principal Role. In just two months, Dr. Dempsey and her team have done an incredible job improving our programming for students with disabilities. Prior to joining Riverwalk Academy, Dr. Dempsey previously taught and worked in a leadership capacity at York Middle. It's this experience, along with her enthusiasm for Riverwalk Academy, that makes her inherently qualified to serves as our Middle/High School Principal. She spent some time on Friday meeting with our middle/high school team to prepare for her transition.

In addition to Dr. Dempsey, we're looking to add some additional support to our middle/high school and I'm looking forward to making this announcement in the upcoming week.

Pride, I hope you all have a wonderful week and if you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us:

In Strength and Blessings,

~Dr. Compton

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Photo of the Week

This week's photo is from our freshman Fine Arts Appreciate class who put on an imprompt rendition of Rudolf the Reindeer.

Attractions Fundraiser: Deadline Extended

We appreciate the support you have given our class with the Attractions fundraiser. Our sales are going well, we have calculated that we have earned at least $3,000 so far. We have decided to extend the deadline for the Attractions fundraiser to Monday, September 27th.

Click here to place your order.


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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Yearbook Pictures Are Ready

Everyone should have received the below in an email last week:


Good news! JostensPIX was recently at Riverwalk to photograph picture day, and your student's photos are now available for viewing and ordering!

Click on the button below to get started.

VIEW AND ORDER PHOTOS HERE https://shop.jostenspix.com



  • You can personalize your photos with a variety of backgrounds and

  • Photos are shipped directly to your home

  • High-res digital downloads are available

  • If you have more than one child, you can order together and pay

If your student was absent or you would like retakes - mark the date -

OCTOBER 20, 2021. This will be the final day for students to be included in the yearbook!!

Contact Mrs. Carr with any questions - kcarr@riverwalkacademy.com

Elementary Guidance with Mrs. Carr

This week I continue my lessons on Rule #1 and Creating a Positive Vision. Our awesome Art teacher, Mrs. Andrychowski and I are working together to make special displays for all the students’ Rule #1 worksheet.

We continue to remind the students to start and end their days with a positive vision. In the morning, “it will be a great day”, in the afternoon, “it will be a great evening.”

A good way to remind students how to stay positive is to make sure they understand gratitude. This is a great resource for teaching gratitude to children:

Check out the 20-Ideas Document Here

Please know that I am extremely grateful that each of you trust me with your student's academic, career, and social/emotional welfare each day. It is truly a gift to me each day to serve as your students’ counselor.

What does Mrs. Carr do? In all my excitement to share my lessons, I realized some of you may not even know what an Elementary School Counselor does.

What Topics Are Part of Elementary School Guidance and Counseling?

  • Emotional awareness and coping skills

  • Conflict resolution

  • Friendship/Social Skills

  • Self-Esteem

  • Goal-Setting

  • Decision-Making

  • Character Education (respect, responsibility, kindness, trustworthiness, etc.)

  • Personal Safety

  • Behavior, Choices and Consequences, Responsibility

  • Career Awareness and Preparedness

  • Academic Skills and Achievement

  • Appreciating Differences

What does an elementary counselor do?

  • School counselors serve ALL the students at a school and help them be their best

  • Facilitating classroom "Life Skills" lessons aligned with state standards in each classroom

  • Organizing school-wide service learning projects and special events as applications of our character education program

  • Consulting with parents, teachers, and administrators

  • Providing materials to teachers and parents on topics related to the guidance and counseling standards when needed

  • Connecting families with school and community resources

  • Talking with students who have a problem they'd like help solving or have something on their mind they'd like to talk about

  • Visiting with students who could use care and support from an extra adult

  • Counseling students in small groups built around shared needs like divorce/changing families, grief, anger management, ect.

  • Counseling students individually

  • Teaching social skills and coping skills

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Competitive Cheer Team at South Pointe High School

Riverwalk Cheer @ South Pointe High School

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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Save the Dates

  • 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

  • Wednesday, October 20th, 12:45 pm at YTC: Senior Orders
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Athletic Events of the Week


  • 9/29/21 Competitive Cheer Competition at @ Nations Ford High School
  • 10/2/21 Competitive Cheer Competition at @ River Bluff High School

Cross Country

  • 9/28/21at Chester High School


  • 9/28/21 v Northwestern High School and Rock Hill High School


  • 9/27/21 at York Comprehensive High School
  • 9/30/21 v Great Falls High School
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Monday: 9/27
  • Band 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Johnston)
  • Swim Practice 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Cross Country Practice 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Cheerleading Practice 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Volleyball Meet @ York Comprehensive High School


  • Band 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Johnston)
  • Swim Meet v Northwestern High School and Rock Hill High School
  • Cross Country Meet @ Chester High School
  • Cheerleading Practice 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Volleyball Practice 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 9/29

  • Band 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Johnston)
  • Swim Practice 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Cross Country Practice 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Cheer Competition @ Nations Ford High School
  • Volleyball Practice 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Thursday: 9/30

  • Band 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Johnston)
  • Swim Practice 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Cross Country Practice 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Cheerleading Practice 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Volleyball Meet v. Great Falls High School

Friday: 10/1

  • No Events Scheduled

Saturday: 10/2
  • Cheer Competition @ River Bluff High School

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