Updates from Riverview School District - September 30, 2021

The purpose of this communication is to provide a link to the recent Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Bulletin advising families to consider providing income information for the current school year, share updates from our Teaching and Learning Department, provide a digital copy of The Riverview Way, connect you to the latest COVID-19 Data Dashboard information, and pass along a couple quick reminders of requirements for volunteers beginning next week.

FAMILIES ENCOURAGED TO RETURN INCOME INFORMATION FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR


Recently, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) shared details on the importance of families returning income information and school meal applications, though meals remain free for students during the 2021-2022 school year.


Information collected in school meal applications and family income surveys help students access district or community reduced fee benefits. In addition, the information may be used to qualify eligible children for school year 2021-2022, and summer 2022 P-EBT (Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer), if programs are extended.


Completing these forms is simple and confidential. There are no citizenship requirements for participation in federal Child Nutrition Programs, and immigration status is not requested or disclosed.


Information obtained from family income forms is used to determine student eligibility for several school programs. In addition, the information can help increase funding for before and after school academic programs, guidance and college counselors, fee waivers for college applications and admissions tests, as well has help provide healthy and nutritious meals.


To read the OSPI press release in its entirety, please click below:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WAOSPI/bulletins/2f3f128


To access Free and Reduced Meal applications and additional information, please click below:

https://www.rsd407.org/free-and-reduced-price-meals

TEACHING AND LEARNING UPDATES


Assessment and Survey Schedule

The Teaching and Learning Department has prepared a comprehensive Assessment and Survey Schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. On the schedule, you can see a timeline of state assessments required for federal and state accountability, district benchmark and other tests, as well as surveys which may be conducted throughout the academic year. The schedule provides an overview of dates and timelines.


Schools will communicate dates and times for specific assessments and surveys. If you have questions on your specific school schedule, please contact them directly.

If you have any questions on the district-wide Assessment and Survey Schedule, please contact Amy Jacobson, Program Assistant, via email at jacobsona@rsd407.org.


To view the 2021-2022 Assessment and Survey Schedule, please click below: https://bit.ly/3oiffHr


New Curriculum Information The Riverview School District continues to review and update curriculum for our students. Our most recent selection includes Illustrative Math for Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2, currently being field-tested at Tolt Middle School and Cedarcrest High School. We officially adopted San Francisco Unified School District Math for our elementary math program. These selections align with our adopted grade 6-8 Illustrative Math curriculum.


Our middle and high school Social Studies departments are documenting, developing, and field-testing curriculum resources as they move towards updating the current offerings. We are implementing an increased focus on research-based reading strategies through the adoption of phonics instructional materials and staff professional development on the materials. These curriculum materials and instructional practices focus on rigorous problem solving, sense making, fluency, and understanding which will help our students meet Riverview Outcomes.


K-8 Virtual Program Updates

Students participating in the Edgenuity/PSESD K-8 Virtual Alternative are progressing through the program after some initial start-up in learning about the platform, instructional methods, and curriculum. The curriculum is aligned to Washington State Learning Standards and the instructional delivery is adapted for a self-paced online learning environment. Students have signed up for the semester and if there are any changes to their needs or questions about program, please contact us via email at Riverview Teaching and Learning.

THE RIVERVIEW WAY

Redesigned for the 2021-2022 school year, The Riverview Way communicates our priorities and how they work together, to build upon student-centered culture in our school district. We are focused on our mission, which is to “Educate Children,” and our vision, “To become a national model of educational excellence.”


Connecting around the theme of “Student Voice & Choice,” students are featured in this new iteration of The Riverview Way, as well as providing a look at our Values and Beliefs, Outcomes and Indicators, and the ways we work to personalize learning through the practices of equity and inclusion.


Check out the 2021-2022 edition of The Riverview Way!

LOCAL/REGIONAL COVID-19 CASE COUNT DATA

The Engage – Riverview 407 website provides the latest COVID-19 data summaries for positive cases within our district, as well as with our Local Health Reporting Area (HRA) and in King County. This information is current as of September 27, 2021.


Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Stay Engaged email or by leaving a message on the Stay Engaged hotline at (425) 844-4544.


You can visit the district’s COVID-19 Dashboard, and see links to additional resources, by clicking the link below:

https://www.engage.rsd407.org/dashboard

VOLUNTEERS REMINDER Effective October 18, 2021, all volunteers must have an up-to-date, completed, and approved volunteer application, proof of vaccination, or approved medical or religious exemption, on file with Riverview School District.


Volunteers for classrooms and other indoor activities will be allowed beginning Monday, October 4, 2021. If you are interested in volunteering in Riverview, you will need to gain approval from the classroom teacher and building administrator. Volunteer applications are available at the Riverview ESC in Duvall.