As we are one month into the school year, I want to take this opportunity to remind you, as parents and guardians, about our procedures and notifications for early dismissal and school closings. 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.
One potential emergency situation we have been monitoring is tied to concern surrounding the upcoming announcement of the Stockley trial decision. Should any event occur during school hours that presents a concern for student and staff safety, a decision will be made regarding any change to the school schedule. We will also evaluate whether bus transportation times or routes will be altered. If road closures or other conditions prevent us from safely transporting students during school hours, they will be kept at their schools until they are picked up by an adult identified as a guardian and/or emergency contact.
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.
Please remind your child of the importance of following staff directions while they keep students safe. Also remember to inform your child and emergency contacts about our safety procedures.
As a district, we always want to be proactive and help our students handle any disturbing situations which may occur on campus, at home or in the community which may cause them alarm. We have counselors available to students who need to process their feelings in our schools. Please let your school counselors know if your child needs assistance.
Thinking and talking about emergency situations at school can be uncomfortable, but it is work that we gladly do to ensure the safety of our students and staff. The safety of our students and staff continues to be our top priority. Thank you for your support and assistance in keeping our students safe.
Sincerely, Dr. Scott Spurgeon Superintendent of Schools
Chaketa Riddle, Asst. Superintendent of Student Support Services at RGSD, Implemented programs to promote and reward students for attendance and classroom achievement
(taken from Matthews-Dickey website)
Chaketa Riddle is motivated by her passion for inspiring and educating scholars. The Community Action Network Partner Award is presented to Riddle for her exemplary work in creating partnerships with Riverview Gardens School District and Mathews-Dickey to promote attendance and classroom achievement for kids, including but not limited to the Blue Chips Buffet Field Days. Riddle will accept the award on stage at the Martin L. Mathews Awards Program & Benefit Concert during Mathews-Dickey’s Family Reunion Weekend.
As Riverview Gardens’ assistant superintendent, Riddles responsibilities include creating a positive learning environment, implementing effective programs, and holding educators accountable for their performance. She works diligently to identify and implement resources and programs to support the individualized needs of students. Riddle has a passion for working in underrepresented communities and works effortlessly to remove societal barriers so that all scholars are able to reach their highest potential in the classroom.
Establishing relevant partnerships within the school community is what she believes is key to any urban school district improving student achievement. Riddle stresses the importance of being visible in the school community and establishing partnerships to support educating scholars as she maintains an open door policy that students, parents, staff, and members of the school community continually appreciate.
She genuinely believes success is achieved through collaborative partnerships. She is convinced building positive relationships is key to desired improvements. The school community respects her, and she is an exemplary role model. Riddle career began in 1997 as a teaching assistant and she later became a full-time teacher and principal of Riverview Gardens School District.
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.
Please note the following information:
Forms needed to verify guardian relationship:
Student's certified birth certificate (original)
Parent's drivers license or other state issued photo identification
Proof of guardianship (if applicable)
Court order, court agreement, court judgement or divorce decree awarding custody to parent (if applicable)
Forms needed to verify residency:
One of the following documents: property deed | current real estate tax receipt | mortgage statement | signed residential lease (within last year)
Two of the following documents: current utility bill (dated within the last 30 days) | valid occupancy permit | personal property tax receipt | homeowner/renter insurance policy | social services statement/social security card | official legal/court document with current address
Health forms needed:
Missouri School Immunization Requirements indicate that all students must present documentation of up to date immunization status, including month, day and year of each immunization before attending school. Child's physician will be able to provide immunization record for each child.
Forms needed from previous schools:
While the district will request an official copy of a student's record from previous schools, the following items are needed at the time of enrollment:
Student report card
High school transcript
Student discipline record
Student IEP and other special services documents
School related health information
The Riverview Gardens Board of Education shall provide free and appropriate public education to all students who are residents of the school district and who are between the ages of five (5) and twenty one (21) years. Persons seeking admission to the district and its instrutional programs must satisfactorily meet all residency, academic, age, immunization, discipline and other eligibility prerequisites as established by Board policy and law.
We can't wait to see you on Wednesday, August 16th for the first day of school! Get enrolled and registered soon to ensure you are ready on day 1!!!
For your convenience, you may obtain a New Student Application from the district office at 1370 Northumberland Drive or at your nearest Riverview Gardens school and complete for each child. Unsure of which school your child is assigned? Feel free to contact the district office at 314.869.2505 and provide your address. Our receptionist is happy to assist you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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