THE RIVERSIDE SCHOOL WELCOMES NEW FACULTY

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October 14, 2019
The Riverside School
30 Lily Pond Road
Lyndonville, VT 05851
(802) 626-8552

THE RIVERSIDE SCHOOL WELCOMES NEW FACULTY

Lyndonville, VT – The Riverside School began the 2019-20 school year by welcoming 107 students in Pre K – 8th grade from 16 towns and villages including Albany, Barnet, Danville, East Burke, East Haven, Guildhall, Kirby, Lyndonville, McIndoes Falls, Newark, Peacham, St. Johnsbury, Westmore, West Burke, West Glover and Wheelock.

Riverside also welcomed two new members to the faculty.

Sean Fortier is the Physical Education & Wellness Teacher. This new position serves to implement an integrated curriculum for physical and social/emotional well being. He will also develop and lead an integrated after school program featuring subjects in outdoor activities and environmental stewardship.

He previously served as the Program Director for the Meeting Waters YMCA in Bellows Falls, VT, serving over two dozen communities in the Fall Mountain, Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, and Springfield regions. While at Meeting Waters, he was the ASPIRE After School Program Site Director, Director of Day Camp and Environmental Education, and Activity and Group Leader.

During his employment at Meeting Waters YMCA, Fortier also worked with SOAR, Inc., an outdoor and experiential education program utilizing multiple-day expedition style adventures with youth and young adults diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders and/or Learning Disabilities. While at SOAR, he served as the Peru Spanish Immersion Course Director, Field Instructor, Campus Instructor, and Horseback Riding Outdoor Trip Leader. His certifications include Wilderness First Aid, Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid/AED, and Permaculture Design by Helder Valente. He is proficient in Spanish and is a soccer coach. He received his B.A. in Social Science from Keene State College in Keene, NH.

Roy Starling is returning to Riverside as a part-time Latin teacher. He taught Latin at Riverside from 2009-2015 and currently teaches Latin at Lyndon Institute. He is the recipient of the 2017-18 Mike and Cisi Flynn Teacher of the Year Award at LI.

As a major force in the field of Latin instruction, Starling has led students on trips for Latin competitions at Yale, Harvard, Phillips Exeter, NYC, UVM, and in Europe (Italy). He also led a state delegation to Indiana University for the JCL National Latin Convention. His students have received multiple gold, silver, and “Cum Laude” National Latin Exam awards. In 2015, he assisted in the efforts of Latin student Angela Kubicke to develop Vermont’s Latin motto “Stella Quarta Decimal Fulgeat” (May the 14th Star Shine Bright).

He is the President of the Vermont Classical Language Association. While at the VCLA, he wrote and administered the online Classics Quiz Bowl, hosted the annual Green Mountain Certamen, worked with the UVM Classics department to revitalize Latin Day, and organized biannual meetings of high school Latin teachers, graduate students, professors, and presenters.

In addition to teaching Latin, Starling teaches Greek, Spanish, and Biblical Hebrew. He has served as an assistant coach for cross-country and track, boys junior high basketball, and girls varsity basketball. He received a M.A. and a B.A. in Greek and Latin from Florida State University.

“Sean and Roy are a tremendous addition to our school community. Their students are engaged and their commitment to knowing all our families is already clearly evident. We look forward to Roy and his co-teacher, Nathan, engaging students through Latin competitions and workshops and to Sean as he creates a physical education and wellness program that extends into the concept of healthy minds, bodies, and choices,” said Head of School Michelle Ralston.

Roy Starling

Roy Starling

Sean Fortier

Sean Fortier

RIVERSIDE HEAD OF SCHOOL TO RETIRE

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30 Lily Pond Road
Lyndonville, VT  05851

(802) 626-8552
Contact: Mel Reis, (802) 745-8136

 RIVERSIDE HEAD OF SCHOOL TO RETIRE

Lyndonville, VT – The Board of Trustees for The Riverside School, has announced that Head of School, Michelle Ralston, will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year after a distinguished 42-year career in education. 

“In order for us to honor the Riverside School’s mission to develop active learners, patient leaders, and engaged citizens in a supportive community, the Head of School must be committed to this goal. For the past three years, Riverside has been fortunate to have had Michelle Ralston’s talents and skills in growing The Riverside School while keeping its mission and its students at the core of her mission,” said Rebecca Hill-Larsen, President of The Riverside School Board of Trustees.  “We wish Michelle the very best in her retirement.
Ralston received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Hartford and a Masters in Education from St. Michael’s College. Her educational career started in 1978 with a math teaching position at the Danville School. She moved on to her alma mater, St. Johnsbury Academy and for the next 19 years, served as a math teacher, Math Department Chair, and Dean of Academic Affairs. She served as the Director of Academics at the King George School and was the Director of Faculty and Instruction for Lyndon Institute from 2011-2016. She became Head of School at Riverside in July of 2016.

Her experiences in education have been diverse. In addition to serving as a teacher, department chair, and administrator, she worked as a consultant with the College Board and Independent School Management (ISM) by conducting workshops and weeklong courses with teachers and administrators located throughout the country and internationally. She worked with the Vermont State Department of Education by leading a Vertical Team initiative to bring together area sending schools to vertically align the curriculum in grades 6-12 in English, math, social studies and science and to bring Advanced Placement® programs to rural schools. She traveled frequently to China for Lyndon Institute supervising their three partner schools. She also led the Committee for Self Study at St. Johnsbury Academy and Lyndon Institute through the NEASC re-accreditation process.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the Head of School at Riverside,” said Ralston. “While the school has grown since its small beginnings in 1981, the entire school community has worked very hard to support the mission of the school and to keep the culture close-knit and special. This stems from the passion of its founding families and the leadership of Head of School, Dr. Laurie Boswell, my predecessor. I am confident that the board, staff, and faculty of Riverside will continue to commit to a future filled with opportunities and success. I wish them all my very best.”

During her tenure as Head of School, Ralston strengthened the management and educational programming of the school by incorporating school team memberships, ushering in a Pre-K program, improving technology (a new computer lab with iMacs and 40 Chrome books), empowering and recruiting faculty, restructuring leadership, redirecting professional development for teachers, instituting a crisis management team, and rejuvenating the Parent Advisory Group. New leadership positions were added including an Assistant Head of School/Director of Co-Curricular Program, Elementary and Middle School Team Leaders, and Director of Extended Day Program.

“I am most proud to have had the opportunity to work with this amazing staff and faculty. The Riverside community is small but very strong and I am grateful to have been part of this dedicated and talented team. The strength of the academic and co-curricular programs at Riverside are attracting some of the best teachers in the country which directly impact our students and our entire Riverside community,” said Ralston.

Her team grew the institutional outreach of the school with the introduction of Riverside “Coffee Houses” and public forums, inviting area professionals to lead lectures on subjects such as social diversity, learning differences, and teaching kindness. She led efforts to improve the communications of the school with parents and alumni and launched a new school website. Riverside is a member of NEASC, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England (ISANNE), Independent School Management (ISM), and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

“The financial stability of the school is also stronger,” said Board Treasurer Stephanie Giese. “The school’s debt has been reduced, annual and major giving has increased, and the growth in the school’s investments has increased the potential of scholarships for area families. In addition, significant capital improvements were completed. We have adding two new classrooms in the Barn, and a new heating system and hardwood floors and stairs in the Main House.”

A search committee to recruit the next Head of School is being established and the Board of Trustees will announce information regarding this process in the near future.

Ralston plans to retire to Virginia with her partner Joe and their three dogs.

The Riverside School is a dynamic independent school for grades Pre-K through 8th grade located in Lyndonville, Vermont.

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The Riverside School Celebrates Commencement 2019

Congratulations to The Riverside School Class of 2019! Pictured in the front row are Riley F. Miller of Kirby, Liam Fionn Markey of Peacham, and Ruby Starshine Rolfe of Kirby; second row are Alexa Iris Counter of Barnet, Kaelen Lee Glentz Brush of Kirby, and Jasmine Christine Engle of Peacham; 3rd row are Maren Elizabeth Giese of Kirby, Hannah Huguette MacDonald of Groton, and Michaela Grace Kane of Peacham; back row are Isaiah Oak Mann Clarke of East Haven, Ezra D’artagnan Zeno Malchizadek Euripides Catcher McCarty of Peacham, and Colter Ray Thibaudeau of Kirby.

Congratulations to The Riverside School Class of 2019! Pictured in the front row are Riley F. Miller of Kirby, Liam Fionn Markey of Peacham, and Ruby Starshine Rolfe of Kirby; second row are Alexa Iris Counter of Barnet, Kaelen Lee Glentz Brush of Kirby, and Jasmine Christine Engle of Peacham; 3rd row are Maren Elizabeth Giese of Kirby, Hannah Huguette MacDonald of Groton, and Michaela Grace Kane of Peacham; back row are Isaiah Oak Mann Clarke of East Haven, Ezra D’artagnan Zeno Malchizadek Euripides Catcher McCarty of Peacham, and Colter Ray Thibaudeau of Kirby.

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June 11, 2019

The Riverside School
30 Lily Pond Road
Lyndonville, VT  05851

(802) 626-8552

            
        THE RIVERSIDE SCHOOL CELEBRATES COMMENCEMENT 2019

LYNDONVILLE, VT - The Riverside School was pleased to welcome students, parents, alumni, trustees, and friends to the 2019 Commencement held on Saturday, June 8th for twelve eighth grade students. Commencement at The Riverside School serves as an official school day and every student in grades Pre-K through eighth grade participate in the ceremony.

The celebration started with the processional for graduates, Isaiah Oak Mann Clarke, Alexa Iris Counter, Jasmine Christine Engle, Maren Elizabeth Giese, Kaelen Lee Glentz Brush, Michaela Grace Kane, Hannah Huguette MacDonald, Liam Fionn Markey, Ezra D’artagnan Zeno Malchizadek Euripides Catcher McCarty, Riley F. Miller, Ruby Starshine Rolfe, and Colter Ray Thibaudeau.  This was followed by the traditional singing of “Gaudeamus Igitur” from the porch of Riverside’s iconic house, and the invocation provided by Ruby Rolfe. Head of School Michelle Ralston welcomed visitors and introduced the Commencement speaker, Rohan Racine, Riverside School Class of 2008.

Racine graduated from Lyndon Institute in 2012 and was accepted into Tufts University, where he achieved a B.S. in Chemistry and Economics, Cum Laude.

After graduating from Tufts, he worked in a chemistry lab at Mylan Technologies, a large generic pharmaceutical company, in St. Albans, VT. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree at McGill University in Montreal studying Experimental Surgery. He also serves as a member of The Riverside School’s Board of Trustees.

Racine spoke of the school environment while a student at Riverside and how a core group of dedicated faculty was a constant source of support for him.  

“It was pretty special to come back over the last year and see so many familiar faces in

the faculty. It brings back so many memories of my time here, and I’m sure it will for all of you, too. There’s also something special about Riverside’s campus that gives all of us a sense home.”

He reminisced on school traditions and those that were started while he was a student that continue to the present day.  He spoke to the students about the importance of taking risks and life long learning.

“This school is extraordinarily supportive; teachers encourage risk taking, and students feel comfortable taking the risks because they know the school and their classmates support them. Riverside has continued the tradition of supporting and encouraging all students to try new things and to be engaged, but also not to be afraid or get discouraged while seeking something new. A small challenge to all of you graduating today is to keep that in mind. Never stop wanting to learn more. The world is changing faster and faster every year, so it’s important to keep learning and to keep wanting to learn.”

The celebration continued with class speakers, Oak Clarke, Alexa Counter, and Liam Markey and the eighth grade led younger students in singing “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John. Awards were then presented by faculty followed by diplomas presented by Stephanie Giese, Treasurer of the Board of Trustees.  Jasmine Engle led the benediction and a tasty potluck lunch rounded up the special day.   

2019 Awards

Academic Improvement - Carter Amidon (2nd), Adrienne Desrochers (5th), Ezra McCarty (8th)

Arts - Brooklynn Hibshman (4th), Aubriella Holden (6th), Henry Griffin (7th), Josie Rowell (7th),  Oak Clarke (8th), Jasmine Engle (8th), Ruby Rolfe (8th)

Athletics - Brooklynn Hibshman (4th), Trixie Shackleton (6th), CJ Hunt (7th), Gus Yerkes (7th)

Boswell Math & Science - Maaike Dam (7th), Henry Griffin (7th), Alexa Counter (8th), Michaela Kane (8th)

Citizenship - Emmett Bristol (K), Simon Miller (6th), Harper Smyth (6th), Lacey Patoine (7th), Gus Yerkes (7th)

Lindbergh Humanities - Seda Boles (5th), Bryn Irwing (5th), Eliza Noel (7th)

Koehne World Languages - Cora Adams (2nd), Lennon Daffinrud (5th), Oak Clarke (8th), Alexa Counter (8th), Liam Markey (8th)

Young Heron Award - Kellan Bristol (3rd), Gabi Young (4th)

8th Grade Awards

Founders Cup of the Arts & Burklyn Arts Scholarship - Liam Markey, Riley Miller

Thompson Athletics - Kaelen Glentz Brush

Williams Academic Excellence - Alexa Counter, Liam Markey

Prometheus - Hannah MacDonald, Colter Thibaudeau

Heron - Riley Miller

Founders’ Bowl - Oak Clarke, Maren Giese



Riverside to introduce new center of professional development for elementary educators

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The Riverside School
30 Lily Pond Road
Lyndonville, VT  05851

(802) 626-8552
Contact: Mel Reis, (802) 592-3079

Lyndonville, VT -  Since the summer of 2014, Nelia Rath, middle school teacher and Director of Co-Curricular Programs at The Riverside School, has led area teachers in a workshop for Critical Skills in the Classroom. The workshop was in partnership with Antioch University New England.

In an effort to provide professional development opportunities for educators in the Northeast Kingdom and North Country, Riverside has created the Teacher Center at Riverside.  The goal of the Center will be to support area educational professionals with relevant, valuable, and locally-sourced professional development opportunities for elementary educators.  The classes will be taught during the summer and are available for graduate level credit through a partnership with Antioch University New England. 

“Riverside’s relationship with Antioch University, which has long been known for its leadership in progressive education, creates an exciting opportunity for teachers in these northern corners of Vermont and New Hampshire,” said Rath. “Teachers in remote, rural areas like ours can feel starved for engaging professional development, and being able to offer rich, engaging courses, in-person, is definitely meeting a need in the community.”

This summer, the Teacher Center at Riverside will offer three courses.  Successful Integration of Technology in the Classroom will focus on the different technologies available in the classroom, why they are effective or not, and which types of technology students prefer or have more success using.  In addition, participants will explore infrastructure challenges and the cost of implementation including the critical need for graduate-level coursework for educators.  The instructor is Mike Dente, Chief Technology Officer at Northern Vermont University.

Critical Skills Immersion: Level 1 will be taught by Nelia Rath, Riverside teacher and an adjunct faculty member at Antioch.  The Level I experience is designed to introduce the Critical Skills classroom model and prepare its implementation into the educator’s learning environment. The classroom model is a highly interactive, experiential approach to learning that develops student knowledge and skills through collaborative problem solving. Participants are first immersed in a Critical Skills Classroom, then explore the integration of problem-based learning, experiential learning, collaborative learning, and standards-based learning. 

“We need adults who know how to work together to solve problems, so let’s establish classroom-cultures where students practice doing that. We’ll integrate collaborative, experiential, problem-based, and standards-based learning methods along with ideas of their own and methods that are a priority in their school,” said Rath.

The third course, Education For Sustainability (EfS) Summer Institute, will be taught by Riverside teacher Deandra Early, who also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Antioch, and Reeve Basom, the Place-Based Education Coordinator, at the Center for an Agricultural Economy in Hardwick, VT. This course focuses on the interdependence of environment, economy, and equity (the three E’s of Educating for Sustainability) and how to incorporate sustainability at any grade level and in every subject area. 

“As educators, we have the opportunity to model sustainable practices, to open our students’ minds to the possibilities of a sustainable future and to help guide them to be responsible citizens for change in their communities,” said Early. 

“We are so pleased and excited to begin this endeavor by partnering with Antioch University New England. Since 1964, they have been supporting adult learnersby offering undergraduate degree completion programs as well as graduate degrees that are responsive to adult learners.  In turn, we have also affiliated ourselves with Shelburne Farms, a nonprofit organization with the mission ‘to inspire and cultivate learning for a future that will be sustainable for our children,’ and the Center for Agricultural Economy, a living laboratory for rural food systems,” said MichelleRalston, Head of School.

For full course descriptions, faculty bios, and registration, visit: 

https://www.theriversideschool.org/teacher-center-at-riverside.

Three local teachers are shown participating in the Critical Skills Institute at The Riverside School held last summer. They were discussing and describing the traits of good communication and how to give equal attention to skills like communication as to the content they teach, thus helping young people grow as problem solvers and collaborators. The school is introducing the Teacher Center at Riverside to offer additional opportunities for graduate-level coursework for area elementary educators.

Three local teachers are shown participating in the Critical Skills Institute at The Riverside School held last summer. They were discussing and describing the traits of good communication and how to give equal attention to skills like communication as to the content they teach, thus helping young people grow as problem solvers and collaborators. The school is introducing the Teacher Center at Riverside to offer additional opportunities for graduate-level coursework for area elementary educators.

 

Riverside school alumnus to speak at commencement

Lyndonville, VT – The Riverside School’s Head of School, Michelle Ralston is pleased to announce that Rohan Racine, a member Riverside’s Class of 2008, will be the 2019 Commencement speaker.  Commencement at Riverside will take place on June 8th.

Rohan attended Riverside from 4th-8th grade, the only grades that were available in his first year. He went on to graduate from Lyndon Institute in 2012 and was accepted into Tufts University, where he achieved a B.S. in Chemistry and Economics, Cum Laude.

After graduating from Tufts, he worked in a chemistry lab at Mylan Technologies, a large generic pharmaceutical company, in St. Albans, VT. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at McGill University in Montreal studying Experimental Surgery. 

Rohan serves as a member of The Riverside School’s Board of Trustees.

“My time at Riverside is something I still reflect back on to this day. The freedom the school allows for individualized growth is something unique, especially in our region of the state,” said Racine.  “The faculty—Riverside’s most valuable asset—challenged me each and every day to be better intellectually and to be a better member of the broader community. Riverside was crucial in developing me into the person I am today, and I feel fortunate to be able to help continue the experience I had at Riverside for the students there now, and those who will attend in the future.”

Rohan Racine

Rohan Racine