Monday, February 11, 2019

Guess who is back! Humphrey Returns!  

The Rivercrest School District is once again participating in the One Book/One District  program. Every student and school employee will receive this year's book selection Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty Birney. You may remember that we read The World According to Humphrey last year, and the book reading was a huge success.

The kick-off is February 14th. Our plan is for a chapter to be read every three days, and the reading schedule will be posted in each book. The book has fifteen chapters, so we will enjoy approximately 45 days of reading and related activities. We hope you will share this book with your entire family!

In this book, we will continue to read about Humphrey the Hamster. We will share his adventures as he deals with making friends with another classroom pet. He also uses his special skills and talents to help the students in Classroom 26 improve their friendships with one another. He is able to work his magic to bring about positive outcomes to support a new girl who won't talk and has trouble making friends, two pals who get into a terrible fight, a bully who causes trouble on the bus, and the janitor who dreams of going back to college. We will be talking about what makes a good friend as we read. I love an engaging story that also has some great lessons!

Reading together helps children become better listeners, builds vocabulary, and creates positive feelings about books. Most importantly - reading is fun! I hope you will enjoy reading this book along with me - and don't forget to be on the lookout for some fun activities along the way!


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Why Rivercrest?

Faculty and students were recently asked to respond to the question "Why Rivercrest?" What makes our school special or makes it stand out from others? The words and phrases used to respond to the question are reflected in the Wordles below. I appreciate Dana Lane pulling this together for me!

I hope some of the above words and phrases will resonate with you! With School Choice as an option, it is great to take a moment to reflect on why we think the Rivercrest School District is the "THE" choice for a great well-rounded education. The deadline for application is May 1 if you don't live our district!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Student Support Systems

Image result for path to successIn order for all of our students to be as successful as possible, a variety of support systems have been implemented in the Rivercrest School District.  After all, our mission is to create an environment of high expectations and intensive support in which each student is able to achieve.

Rivercrest Elementary implements a Rivercrest Advisory Program (RAP) as one way to support student learning. Each grade level has time set aside daily for student support. Students in most need of support are provided extra time with the classroom teacher to further enhance the core instruction in the regular classroom. Interventionists work in small groups with the other students to practice skills already acquired or to provide enrichment types of activities, depending on the student grouping. These groups are flexible and determined by individual student needs. Additionally, study groups are meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. The elementary is providing multiple paths to ensure student academic success.

All students are screened for dyslexia tendencies.  Phonics First programming provides a clear learning path to equip all students with skills and strategies to support their reading. Students are typically served in small group settings.

Rivercrest High School's Colt Flex 3.0 schedule is designed to support flexible learning opportunities for students. Students who are meeting or exceeding classroom expectations have increased independent time. Students who need additional support or time to complete assignments are assigned to blocks of supported learning time to get the help they need or to provide the time to get their work completed. For students who need even more support, Colt Student Support (CSS) is assigned as an alternative type of learning environment. Our goal is for EVERY student to experience academic success.

Additional services and support are provided across the district. Counselors are available to support the social/emotional needs of students. Not only does the district employ licensed school counselors, we also provide space for both Families, Inc., and Life Strategies Counseling, Inc. to meet with clients at school. Mr. Dave - career coach - is another layer of support for high school students. He assists with college and career planning. He arranges for industry tours and works with students to prepare them for the work force. He also provides college prep assistance through ACT prep classes, and he walks students through the college application and financial assistance paperwork. Multiple layers of support are available for students.

We also have a program to support and challenge our gifted and talented students. These students receive additional opportunities to pursue topics of interest, engage in creative problem solving, and develop higher level thinking skills. At the high school level, students may elect to take Advanced Placement and concurrent credit classes. Thanks to our partnership with Arkansas Northeastern College, we even have students who graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate's degree!

Special education services are provided for students in most need of support. These educators are licensed to work with our students, and para-professionals work with the teachers in support of student learning.

We strive to meet the needs of all students - regardless of what those needs are. Mrs. Debbie Girdley supports the Backpack Program which provides meals for students. Other physical needs can often be met through the services and support that Mrs. Girdley is able to provide.

We encourage you to share your questions and concerns with your child's teacher. We want your child to have a positive learning experience in the Rivercrest School District. We will strive to meet the needs of the whole child as best we can. We have resources and support systems that can make a difference. Thank you for the opportunity to serve!