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We are excited for parents, students, and the community to become part of the Riverside family; a community school district where students are provided with an advanced curriculum by master teachers and highly qualified staff. Riverside School District #2 is located in Phoenix, Arizona. Our district is made up of newer residential properties with nearly 1,000 students on two campuses with a third campus on the drawing board. We are very fortunate to have the advantage of commercial, university, and industrial partnerships that help support our advanced curriculum, state of the art sports facilities, year round extracurricular activities, fully funded after-school academic tutoring programs, and integrated instructional technologies that are unavailable to many large and private schools. In essence, we are the school district of choice for the discerning parent.
Dear R2 Students, Faculty and Parents, Our major focus is continue increasing student achievement in the areas of Reading, Mathematics, and Science. Currently, Riverside Traditional School and Kings Ridge Preparatory Academy are Performing Plus Schools. Our goal has and will be to reach Excelling performance for both our schools. As we were one of the first schools to implement Common Core Standards, we will continue to implement our rigorous curriculum in the primary grades and strengthening our K-3 Literacy Program in conjunction with United Way and First Things First. Our goal is to have all our students achieve at or above mastery level. Throughout the year, we will continue to evaluate programs and identify more meaningful ways to expand our curriculum offerings to meet the needs of all students. Through the leadership of school administration, we have turned a two year failing school into a Performing Plus school in one year. Such achievements are unheard of. AIMS scores continue to rise with the demands of the Common Core Standards. • Our school district was recognized and asked to participate in the NBC Education Nation Phoenix as an innovative leader in Arizona for servicing our student population; • We have been fortunate to have been awarded over $5 million in external grant funding which allowed us to provide students with after and before school tutoring programs, and back-packs and supplies for every student; • We implemented a free breakfast in the classroom program that provides a healthy breakfast to all our students regardless of their economic status; • We are happy to announce our continuation in offering on-site dental and vision services to our students. Students are provided with complete dental care and glasses for free; • Our district administration has been awarded the Valle del Sol Profiles of Success 2012; • At Kings Ridge Prep, we increased high school credit options for students in the areas of Math and Science. Thirty five students earned high school Algebra credit in 2013. We are hopeful that 45 will receive high school credit this year 2014; • For the last three years, R2 has earned the highest marks for financial stability, accountability, and transparency from our state auditors; • We were the first school district to implement the K-Literacy Program Fair in conjunction with United Way; • We were one of the first school districts to implement a First Things First Pre-School Program which has a lengthy waiting list; • We will be one of the first school districts in Arizona to provide every student with a laptop computer; • We are the recipients of the 21st Century Grant program and it is being hailed as the “Best” program ever seen with a rating of 100% on our school wide evaluation; • We redefined the ESL program for English language learners with reclassification rates of 35% and higher; • Our athletic program are averaging roughly 1 league championship per year. We have made huge gains in the number of teachers currently coaching for us. We run a quality program with good people and well-prepared students. We were one of the first school district to implement the Common Core Standards in preparation of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The PARCC states have committed to building a K-12 assessment system that: • Builds a pathway to college and career readiness for all students, • Creates high-quality assessments that measure the full range of the Common Core State Standards, • Supports educators in the classroom, • Makes better use of technology in assessments, and • Advances accountability at all levels. The school district is going as paperless as possible. The 2013-2015 school years will bring brand new laptop computers to each student. Each school is asking parents for email addresses so we can send you information electronically rather than stuffing paper in backpacks. Check your school’s web site for the latest information and announcements about upcoming events. Teachers will be using the Parent Vue portal to communicate with parents. There is so much to celebrate about the progress of R2 with more of our students achieving their goals in the classroom. Our commitment to excellence has never been stronger or more focused. But our work is far from over, and we will achieve greater success by working hand in hand. As we embark on this new school year, we will continue to be guided by our strategic plan, Envision R2 – Private Education in a Public School Setting. We will continue to create a learning environment that is better than any other school district in the state. Each student needs to feel that school is a magical place of learning. Where the school itself is an adventure. To this end, we are completing many of our construction projects and technology upgrades that will allow for each child their very own laptop computer. Our students will have the most advanced technology available which will include having all the grade level textbooks, the school library, the Library of Congress, and the entire set of the Encyclopedia Britannica digitized and downloaded in e-book format on their laptop computers. R2 – Investing In Our Future. We will be focusing on getting every child to graduation by ensuring they are proficient and college and career ready. This formula of increased proficiency, graduation, and college and career readiness rates will be what drives R2 to the highest level of excellence and gives every child the best start as he or she begins the next phase of his or her life. Preparing for college begins at Preschool! We will only be successful at reaching these goals if we work together – educators, parents, and community members. R2 has always held a special place in my heart. As a former principal for both Riverside Traditional School and Kings Ridge Preparatory Academy and now Superintendent, I am looking forward to building even stronger connections and partnerships throughout the community so that we can make our district the best it can possibly be. During the last year, I have met with hundreds of parents and community members to listen to their successes, comments, and opinions on how to take our schools to the next level of performance. I have enjoyed and valued every meeting and conversation because it has allowed me to gain a greater knowledge about where we stand as a school district in relation to our goals for our children. These conversations will continue in the future as I merge everyone’s comments together to determine what our next steps need to be taken to advance our students’ to the higher level. This process of greater improvement must be done together. This year, I want to ensure that you feel connected to and are supported by the school district. We want to work with you at levels that have never been seen before to make sure our children excel in the classroom. Together, we can ensure every child receives a high-quality education and is on the path toward a bright future. We are eager for the return of our students and look forward to an exciting school year. I wish you all a successful and enjoyable educational experience. Sincerely, Dr. Jaime A. Marian Rivera
Dear R2 Family, the Riverside Elementary Riverside School District #2 has been conducting a needs assessment survey of your community and surrounding areas. The purpose of this survey is to gather direct information from our parents and community members to improve the services we provide to our students. Please feel free to participate in the survey- This is an opportunity for you to provide feedback!
HOW EXPENSIVE IS IT TO RAISE A CHILD TODAY!!!! Get out your cash, your checkbook, credit card, debit card. If you think the cost of rearing a child is expensive, you’re right. Parents with a baby born in 2012 will spend $217,000 to half a million dollars to raise the child to age 18, not including the cost of college, according to statistics out Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The exact amount families spend varies depending on income. The cost of rearing a child has jumped by 23 percent since 1960, even adjusting for inflation, the analysis found. Child-rearing expenditures included in the analysis: housing, food, transportation, clothing, health care, child care and education, such as tuition to private elementary schools or high schools, as well as incidental costs such as personal items, entertainment and books, family vacations, birthday gifts and music lessons. But the expenses don’t include the cost of sending a child to college (an average of about $17,860 a year for tuition, fees, room and board at a four-year public college and $39,500 at a private, non-profit college) or indirect costs such as lost earnings from a parent leaving the workforce, reducing their hours to take care of the child or all the time spent taking care of children and running them to activities. “Although children can be a great joy, they are costly and consume a large part of the family budget,” says the study’s author Mark Lino, a USDA economist. He says that other research has found that the indirect costs of rearing a child are even higher than the direct expenses outlined in this report. The amount spent on raising a child varies by household income. Husband-wife families with annual before-tax incomes of more than $105,000 in 2012 will spend a whopping $501,250 to raise a child born in 2012 to age 18. Parents with before-tax annual incomes of $60,640 to $105,000, considered the middle-range income group for this analysis, will spend about $301,970. Those with before-tax incomes of less than $60,640 a year will spend $216,910 to rear a child. These estimates are based on rearing the younger child in husband-wife families with two children and assume an average inflation rate of 2.5 percent. Housing is the largest expense for rearing a child in all incomes. For the middle and highest-income groups, child care/education is the second largest expenditure on the child. The USDA has been doing annual estimates on child-rearing expenditures since 1960. Although the latest statistics aren’t directly comparable to previous years because of changes in methodology in the calculations, there can be some general comparisons, the report says. For instance, in 1960 a middle-income husband-wife household spent about $25,229 to rear a child, which would be $195,690 in 2012 dollars. To rear that child today would be $241,080 in 2012 dollars, an increase of 23 percent. The reason for the increase: Housing expenses on children increased because of larger homes with more bathrooms, Lino says. “ Also, parents are covering a larger proportion of children’s health care costs with higher co-payments and premiums than in 1960. In addition, as more mothers entered the labor force since 1960, child care became a major new expense many families did not face in 1960.” The latest USDA statistics were calculated from the 2005-2006 Consumer Expenditure Survey, which is considered the most comprehensive national data on household expenditures. The data were adjusted to 2012 dollars to do the analysis. “This report gives families with children an awareness of the expenses they face, helping them in their financial planning,” says Robert Post, acting executive director of the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. “In addition, it helps educators show students how much it really costs to raise a child, and it helps states set child support and foster care guidelines.” Among the other findings for expenditures of a child born in 2012: -- Housing represents about a third of the total expenses of rearing a child in a husband-wife, two-child family. -- Kids cost more as they get older for both husband-wife and single-parent households. For instance, the annual cost for a middle-income, husband-wife family to rear a 2-year-old for a year is about $12,710. For a 17-year-old, it costs $14,700 a year. The extra cost for older kids is mostly due to increased food and transportation expenses, Lino says. “Teens have higher nutritional needs and they eat more, and they start to drive so parents have to add them to their auto insurance and may even buy them a car.” -- Husband-wife families in the urban South and rural areas have the lowest child-rearing costs. Not surprisingly, the highest costs are in the urban Northeast, followed by urban West and then urban Midwest. -- Single-parent households in the lowest-income group (less than $60,640 annual income) spend 7 percent less on child-rearing expenses than husband-wife families. -- Husband-wife families with only one child spend about 2 percent more on their child and those with three or more kids spend about 22 percent less on each child than families with two children would spend on each of their kids. “What we found is that the cheaper-by-the-dozen effect does apply,” Lino says. “Children can share a bedroom and clothing and toys can be handed down. Food can be purchased in larger and more economical packages.” Joe Burgo, a psychologist in Chapel Hill, N.C., and author of Why Do I Do That?, isn’t surprised that the cost of rearing children today is so high. Too often parents get caught up in the “more” mentality for their kids -- more sports, more extracurricular activities, more musical instruments, more educational summer camps, he says. “Musical instruction, tutors, private sports club leagues -- all cost a lot of money.” Parents also may buy into the idea that they have to spend a lot of money on the type of clothing and possessions owned by their child’s peer group, in the mistaken belief that if they don’t, their kids will feel inferior, he says. But “allowing a child to discover his passions and then helping him to pursue them will go much further toward building genuine self-confidence,” he says. “Sharing quality time doing things you enjoy with your children -- preferably activities that don’t involve spending a lot money -- will help them grow up happy and well-adjusted much more than footing the bill for them to be one of the cool kids.” By Nanci HellmichUSA TodayWed Aug 14, 2013 12:26 PM
Dear Students and Parents, just a reminder that the 2013-2014 School Year will begin this upcoming Monday (July 22, 2013). Hope you had a great summer break and are ready to learn and have fun!
A MESSAGE FROM OUR SUPERINTENDENT Dear Riverside Elementary School District Family: It is the start of a new school year at Riverside Elementary School District! I hope that you and our students, staff, families, and business partners have been enjoying a restful summer break. The 2013-2014 Academic Year will be full of excitement and learning at both of our wonderful and Highly Performing Schools. In the year to come, we will continue to work hard to support our students in reaching their academic goals based on high expectations and the belief that each student is capable of achieving high academic standards for a future of involved citizenship and prosperity. We will continue to focus on our mission to provide our students with a “Private Education in a Public School Setting,” our Strategic Plan highlights these efforts by continuing to: 1. Develop and implement a rigorous common core standards curriculum aligned to the National Academic Standards through detailed pacing guides and scientifically-supported assessment tools and protocols; 2. Reinforce our current culture of using student achievement data to inform instructional practice and decision making; 3. Focus on STEM at all grade levels with specific emphasis on mathematics and science; 4. Implement our schools’ and staff’s capacity to deliver effective, engaging core standard instruction by requiring 70% of a teacher’s overall evaluation be tied to student achievement as formalized through the R2 Teacher Folio evaluation process; 5. Raise our expectations for student achievement, collegial interaction among faculty and staff, and an increase in student ownership of their learning through student-led conferences and student developed achievement portfolio; and 6. Expand our instructional day to include before and after school tutoring and enrichment activities for all our students. As always, family involvement is extremely important, and we continue to welcome parents into our schools. The invitation is always open for parents to communicate with school staff regarding any questions or concerns they may have regarding their children’s academic performance. We continue to request that parents and families talk with their children about what they are learning at school. This connection is very important for our students as it instills in them a value for education. As we move forward into 2014, we will work towards school and district continuous improvement, faculty and student accountability and meaningful learning opportunities for all our students. Our success is a result of the preparation, dedication, and teamwork among our administrators, teachers, and support personnel. Partnerships with parents, businesses, and community members are key to assisting students achieve their full potential in an environment that is second to none. We have a wide variety of quality academic and extracurricular programs designed to meet our district’s focus: “Excellence in Education.” We strive to give every child an opportunity to succeed in a safe, nurturing, and academically rigorous environment. I invite you to visit our schools and get a firsthand look at our standard based academic programs and extracurricular activities designed to prepare our students to achieve educational excellence. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at our District Office at (602) 477- 8900. To a great magical and learning 2013-2014 academic year! Sincerely, Jaime A. Rivera, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools Riverside Elementary School District No. 2
Enterovirus-D68 Statement Every year, millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses that can cause coughing, sneezing and fever. This year, the enterovirus that is most commonly causing respiratory illness in children across the country is enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68). R2 would like you to be aware that the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has advised all county schools that at this time there is no confirmation or indication of severe clusters of illness related to this enterovirus. The health and safety of our students is a top priority for R2. All of our school nurses follow school district protocol for communicable disease, which includes exclusion of students with a fever of 100 degrees or more or who have other symptoms of infection. MCDPH has shared the following information with all county school districts: • Enteroviruses in general are extremely common and over 100 types have been identified. They infect approximately 10-15 million people in the U.S. every year; of these, tens of thousands end up requiring hospitalization. • Enteroviruses are seen more commonly in the summer and fall. • The enterovirus-D68 was identified by scientists over 50 years ago and has been identified in labs occasionally ever since. This year, beginning in mid-August, states started seeing more children in hospitals with severe respiratory illness caused by the enterovirus-D68. Since then, CDC and states have been doing more testing, and have found that this enterovirus is making people sick in almost all states. • Infants, children and teenagers are more likely to become ill with the enterovirus, while many adults may exhibit mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. • Symptoms include runny nose, sneezing, cough, body/muscle aches, fever (not always present), and, in more serious cases, wheezing and difficulty breathing. • Doctors may be able to test for enterovirus, but most laboratories do not have the capability to identify this virus specifically. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and some state laboratories are providing this testing for severe, hospitalized cases only. R2 nurses are using this MCDPH information to help identify and triage illnesses at our schools. They are also asking teachers to review correct hand washing technique and how to cover coughs and sneezes with their students. We will continue to monitor information from the MCDPH and will update you as necessary. Enterovirus (Español) Cada año millones de niños en los Estados Unidos contraen enteroviruses que causan tos, estornudos y fiebre. Este año el enterovirus más común que está causando enfermedades respiratorias en los niños en todo el país es el D68 (EV-D68). Las escuelas R2 desean que ustedes estén conscientes que el departamento del condado de Maricopa de salud pública, MCDPH, ha informado a todas las escuelas que por ahora no hay confirmación o indicación de grupos graves con la enfermedad relacionados con este enterovirus. La prioridad más alta para R2 es la salud y la seguridad de nuestros alumnos. Todas las enfermeras de nuestras escuelas siguen el protocolo del distrito escolar en cuanto a enfermedades contagiosas , el cual incluye la separación de alumnos con fiebre de 100 grados o más o que presenten otros síntomas de infección. El MCDPH distribuyó la siguiente información a todos los distritos escolares de los condados: • Por lo general, los enteroviruses son extremadamente comunes y se han descubierto más de 100 tipos. Estos infectan de 10 a 15 millones de personas aproximadamente en los EEUU cada año. De estos casos, diez mil terminan siendo hospitalizados. • Los enteroviruses se presentan comúnmente en el verano y el otoño. • Los científicos descubrieron el enterovirus D68 hace más de 50 años y se ha encontrado de vez en cuando en laboratorios desde ese entonces. Comenzando a mediados de agosto de este año, los estados empezaron a recibir más niños en los hospitales con enfermedades respiratorias severas causadas por el enterovirus D6. A partir de esto, el centro de control de enfermedades, CDC, y los estados han realizado más estudios de laboratorio y han encontrado que este virus está infectando a la gente en casi todos los estados. • Los bebés, niños y adolescentes tienen más probabilidades de enfermarse con este virus, mientras que muchos de los adultos pueden sufrir síntomas leves o no presentarlos. • Los síntomas que se pueden presentar incluyen: escurrimiento nasal, estornudos, tos, dolor corporal o muscular, fiebre (no todas las veces se presenta) y en casos más serios dificultad para respirar y silbido de pecho (respiración sibilante). • Los doctores pueden mandar a hacer estudios de laboratorio para el enterovirus pero muchos de los laboratorios no tienen la capacidad de identificar específicamente este virus. El centro de control de enfermedades, CDC, y algunos laboratorios de los estados hacen este tipo de estudios para casos severos y hospitalizados solamente. Las enfermeras de R2 usan la información de MCDPH para identificar, evaluar y clasificar las enfermedades que se presentan en nuestras escuelas. Así mismo, le pidieron a los maestros que repasen con sus alumnos la manera correcta de lavarse las manos y cómo cubrirse la nariz o la boca cuando tosen o estornudan. Seguiremos pendientes de la información que venga de MCDPH y los mantendremos al tanto según sea necesario.
Dear R2 Parents and Students, we would like to alert you to the possibility for flooding this Wednesday and Thursday similar to last weeks down pour. R2 is preparing for the possibility of flooding. If the flooding requires the schools to be cancelled, you will receive an automated call informing you of the closures. We recommend that you update your contact information at that earliest time possible. Please be safe as you venture out into this weather. Please read the following from the Arizona Republic: MESA, Ariz. -- With more rain in the forecast this week, water-weary residents who are still cleaning up after last week's flooding are doing what they can to protect their homes and property. Thanks to Hurricane Odile, there is a chance of rain every day this week after Monday. "Hurricane Odile has made landfall in the Baja Peninsula and it is working its way up toward Arizona right now," 3TV meteorologist April Warnecke said Monday morning as she explained that the heaviest rain would likely come in several rounds Wednesday and Thursday. The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch for Phoenix and other parts of Arizona Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon. Although Odile will not be a hurricane, or even a tropical storm, by the time it gets here, the weather pattern will have an impact. With rainfall totals between 1 and 5 inches, Warnecke said there is a potential for more flooding. The rain will not end Thursday, however. Showers are in the forecast through the weekend. The remnants for Hurricane Norbert brought record rainfall last Monday -- it was the wettest day on record -- and caused Valleywide flooding. The Mesa neighborhood near Harris Drive and Hilton Avenue, which is northwest of Gilbert Road and the Superstition Freeway, was one of the hardest hit areas. While Emerald Park is designed to handle flood water, last week's storms were too much. More than 100 homes flooded when the retention basin overflowed. "We've never got that kind of rain before, since I've lived out here," one man told 3TV's Jill Galus as he loaded his pickup with sandbags provided by the city. "We want to make sure these neighborhood have everything that they need," Mesa spokesman Steve Wright said. While the city is supplying sandbags, officials recommend residents get flood insurance before the storm hits. Residents in several neighborhoods are picking up sandbags as fast as the cities can stock them. The Town of Queen Creek tweeted just before 8 a.m. Tuesday that it was out of sandbags. Fire Station 2 had a delivery of 300 sandbags Monday evening, but they went quickly. Officials expected to have more later in the day.
Dear Parents and Students, due to the enormous amount of rain that has fallen in Phoenix and the safety of our students and faculty, Riverside Traditional School and Kings Ridge Preparatory Academy will be closed today. You will be receiving a automated call informing you of the closures. R2 Transportation Department will visiting all bus stops to confirm that students are not waiting. Please contact your respective schools for additional information.
Riverside Traditional School - Spring Forward! It is coming!!! Riverside School District’s “Spring Forward” Program will begin next year in our 2014-2015 school year. What does this mean to our students and to you our parents? In May 2015, our 8th grade and Kindergarten classes will be promoted on Friday, May 1, 2015. This will allow all grades to move up to their new grade level and meet their new teacher before the end of the school year. This will also provide you, as our parents, the opportunity to meet your child’s new teacher for the following year before school ends. How does it work? Our age appropriate preschool students will go to kindergarten, kindergarten students will go to first grade and so on. Our 4th grade students will go to King’s Ridge and will have three weeks to learn their policies and procedures, work with their new teachers and become familiar with their new school before the next school year. Will this program benefit our students? Yes, it will. Instead of spending the first two weeks of school going over policies and procedures, reviewing academic data and conducting pretesting procedures, we can have it all done at the end and be ready to start teaching on the first day of school. How will I know when this will actually takes place and who my child’s new teacher will be? Information on this program will be sent out at least three times during the school year, as well as posted on our District’s Web Page. School Principal’s will discuss this during the parent meetings as the year goes one. Classes will be formed using the same practices as what is currently being done. Parents will receive notification no later than the last week of April on who their child’s teacher will be. Keep in mind, this is not a program that allows teachers to select their child’s teacher for the following grade. Will it work? It will work if we, as a school district and community, works together. We are now giving our students a step up on learning ahead of many districts. I will say, some district do programs like this; however, our goal is to allow our students to see the new material that they will be learning and you as a parent the ability to meet your child’s teacher and see the standards they will need to learn before they leaves us for summer vacation. Mr. Pina Principal Riverside Traditional School
Kings Ridge Preparatory Academy - Spring Forward Dear Kings Ridge Preparatory Family and Friends, It is my pleasure to announce that the students at Kings Ridge will be introduced to a new concept called SPRING FORWARD!!! As Principal, I have been instrumental in the management of the school innovative approach to high standard of excellence. Now you’re probably asking what is SPRING FORWARD. It’s an opportunity for student in grades 4th through 7th to get a head start on next year’s curriculum. This initiative will give your child the opportunity to be exposed to next year’s curriculum, spend three additional week enriching standards they may have learning gaps in. Moving forward, we have already begun fine-tuning our curriculum and processes to enhance the school experience of our students in the spring forward Transition. Over the past year, our teachers and the district leadership team have had several conversations on ways that the school can improve beyond the convention school calendar. In 2014-15, greater emphasis will be placed at all levels to build up our students’ capacity in academic areas. It is my hope that each student will benefit from their time spent at Kings Ridge Preparatory Academy during the spring forward transition and that they will find it both a fruitful and rewarding experience. More informational meeting will be taking place and roll out schedules will be coming home with your child before the end of the school year. Mr. Tanks Principal Kings Ridge Preparatory Academy