Our intellectual endeavors across the different disciplines are enhanced by numerous all-school events and traditions. These activities stem from our beliefs about teaching and learning and further support our mission statement by enriching the experience of the students with activities outside the classroom and Our intellectual endeavors across the different disciplines are enhanced by numerous all-school events and traditions as well as opportunities for students to extend their learning in new areas. These activities stem from our beliefs about teaching and learning and further support our mission statement by enriching the experience of the students with activities outside the classroom and within the supportive community. For years, students have participated in our annual Biography Fair, a tradition that requires students to organize their time and study skills to execute a significant research project and display their learning orally, visually, and in writing. Teachers connect these projects to their specific currricula while students of diverse ages share in the experience of seeing each others’ learning. The spring Festival of Poetry and Prose encourages creative writing with multi-age activities that encourage poetic thinking and celebrates the efforts of authors. The variety of after-school club offerings, which include chess, Crazy 8s Mathematics, Destination Imagination, and Japanese Arts and Culture, are implemented by parent volunteers, faculty, and local organizations.
Fundamental to The Riverside School's program is the attention paid to social, emotional, and ethical learning. During weekly meetings, teachers frequently spend time focusing on these developmental needs of our students and how we can best meet them through our program. We focus intensively on the development of these skills in the self-contained classrooms of our elementary students and in our advisory and leadership sessions (grade-specific, homeroom-style meeting times) for middle school students. For example, Kindergarteners and First graders learn to greet visitors with kindness and openness, introducing themselves and making eye contact with the guest. In Eighth grade advisory, students plan for and debrief their role modeling during daily clean up time and their use of strong and confident voice when leading activities in our morning assembly. These skills are also practiced by all students throughout the year in activities like field trips, poetry fest, winter carnival, lunch discussion groups, and board or creative games during break and lunch. We recognize the need to articulate our social, emotional, and ethical learning in a social skills curriculum that is integrated throughout Riverside's program.