Riverview Gardens Parents, Guardians and Community,
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released the 2017 Annual Performance Report (APR) results for each district in the State of Missouri. Those results were made public on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Once again Riverview Gardens School District scored in the full accreditation status range. I wanted to make sure you were aware so you could join in our enthusiasm and celebrate our continued progress as we uplift our scholars, staff and community whose hard work, dedication, and commitment prevailed. Our improvements last year are cause for great excitement and pride for our district and schools.
In 2013, our district earned 40 points (28.6%). With renewed vision and dedication, our district scored 63.5 points (45.4%) in 2014; 111 points (79.3%) in 2015, 104.5 points (74.6%) in 2016, and 99 points (70.7%) in 2017. Three consecutive years of scoring above 70% is a testament to faculty and staff’s hard work, our scholar’s performance, and the parent, community, and regional support to make it happen. I could not be more proud of the Riverview Gardens community. Following the celebration of another year of continued improvement, we must buckle down, stay disciplined to our vision, and work smarter than we have in the past four years. Our 2018 district goal is to again achieve another APR score in the full accreditation status range for our district and to continue to improve and sustain a consistent and high quality academic program for each of our scholars.
I want you to keep in mind that the job of the whole community is to ensure our scholars are learning at higher rates each year and to continue our district’s progress. While we continue to show improvements, we know that the work continues and we will not rest until our scholars achieve at the highest levels and graduate fully prepared for college, military or career.
Great work by everyone involved! By working together, we can accomplish anything.
It’s A Great Day to be A Ram!
Dr. Scott Spurgeon, RGSD Superintendent
Kids Vision for Life St. Louis hosted Vision Fest for the Riverview Gardens School District at Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club
On Friday, November 10th, 2017 Kids Vision for Life St. Louis, (KVFL), hosted Vision Fest to provide free eye exams and prescription glasses to 300 elementary students from the Riverview Gardens School District at Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club located at 4245 North Kingshighway Blvd., Saint Louis, Missouri 63115.
KVFL provides vision screenings, eye exams, and prescription glasses to 170 elementary and middle schools in the St. Louis area at no cost to the families. KVFL brings vision services directly to 35,000 students in the St. Louis area. To find out more information please visit, www.kidsvisionforlifestlouis.com.
Kids Vision for Life St. Louis has partnered with Riverview Gardens School Districtsince 2011. In that time, KVFL has supplied the Riverview Garden’s School District with over 2,000 eye glasses to students in need. This year, KVFL is excited to bring vision services to multiple schools on one day in order to prevent classroom interruptions.
Continuing to partner with Riverview Gardens through Vision Fest, KVFLstrives to make this school year a success for elementary students in the district by removing poor vision as a barrier to learning. On November 10th, participating students were taught how good vision, eye health, and literacy are connected to success in the classroom. KVFL provided prescription eyewear to students with vision impairment at no cost to their families. KVFL, KidSmart, and Ready Readers are collaborating to make sure students have the proper tools for learning by distributing glasses, books and schools supplies to all participants.
The Little Bit Foundation opens another center in the Riverview Gardens School District
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From time to time the district may need to close a school or adjust a school schedule. Classes may be cancelled when conditions pose a threat to the safety of children or our staff. This includes dangerous weather, a facilities situation, an infectious disease concern or may also be caused by any emergency situation that occurs in or around our district. Every family should have a plan for picking up children from school in an emergency.
If an event occurs either during school hours or at times when school is not in session, we will evaluate the situation and make a decision on whether or not to alter the normal school schedule. We will contact parents using the communication channels listed below.
• All parents will be contacted using the Riverview Gardens School District phone system • The notice will be posted on the Riverview Gardens website, Facebook and Twitter pages • Local media will be notified including all local television stations (Channels 2, 4 and 5) and local radio stations (KMOX-1120 AM and KRTS-550 AM).
It is important that you have updated information on file. If you are unsure whether your contact information is current, please contact your child’s school as soon as possible.
If your family lives more than one mile from the school where your child is enrolled, you may be eligible for free district transportation via bus. If you have recently moved or enrolled in the district, and are unsure where your child's bus stop is located, contact your child's school for information.
Riverview Gardens School District welcomes all resident families to enroll students new to the district for the 2017-2018 school year. Beginning June 30th, families with school aged children, may enroll students at their local school Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9am - 2:30pm. Students enrolled by Wednesday, August 1st will be registered to attend on the first day of school.
Students entering Kindergarten must be 5 years old before August 1st, 2017.
The New Student Application requires the completion and submission of a number of documents, so feel free to obtain a packet from a Riverview Gardens school or the distrist office to complete at home and return at the time of enrollment.
Riverview Gardens is looking to hear interesting stories from alumni for our publication: The Alumni InterVIEW. If you know a graduate of Riverview Gardens High School who has gone on to do great things, please contact the Office of Communications at email@example.com. Alumni will be highlighted in the publication and through various communications avenues. VIEW TIME!
DESE Website for Trauma Pursuant to Missouri Senate Bill 638, Section 161.1050, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has established the "Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative." For more information, visit: http://dese.mo.gov/traumainformed