Riverside Opening of School 2018


September 13, 2018

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

Lyndonville, VT – The Riverside School began the 2018-19 school year by welcoming 105 students in PreK – 8 th grade from 17 towns and villages including Greensborough Bend, Guildhall, East Burke, West Burke, Sutton, Westmore, East Haven, Barnet, Peacham, Kirby, Lyndonville, Danville, St. Johnsbury, Albany, West Glover, McIndoes Falls, and Newark.

In addition to new students, Riverside welcomed three new members to the faculty. Laryssa Fortier, who will be teaching 4th grade, graduated from Keene State College with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Psychology. For the past two years, she has been teaching 4th grade in Bellingham Public Schools, Bellingham, MA. She maintained a student-centered classroom as well as supported and collaborated with special education teachers and support staff to differentiate instruction. Integrating technology and digital sources allowed her students to engage in class activities and support fluency with digital platforms. She lives on Burke Mountain with her partner, Malcom (a high school teacher and coach at Lake Region Union High School) and her dog, Max. 

“I was drawn to Riverside so I could teach in a community that would allow me to engage students in creative ways and foster natural curiosity,” said Fortier.

Hannah Galinat has been hired to teach 5th grade. She graduated from Antioch New England Graduate School with a M.S. in Environmental Science. She graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in English (a Creative Writing major and an Environmental Science minor). She was an elementary school teacher at the "Neighborhood School House" where she created daily math and literacy lessons and long-term science-themed lessons. During 2015-16, she managed an after-school science program for the Peacham, Danville, Walden, and Barnet schools. She utilizes behavior management techniques from the Responsive Classroom and enjoys creating and helping students to implement place-based projects. She lives in Peacham with her husband Tom and their two sons.

“I am excited to work at Riverside because of its reputation and its emphasis on outdoor programs,” said Galinat.

Zach Perry joins the Riverside Team, part-time, teaching physical education for grades 4th through 8th as well as working in the after-school program two days each week. He is currently taking an interim year from Northern Vermont University where he has taken course work in elementary education and fitness science. He worked full-time for the Balch Preschool at The Fairbanks Museum in the 2017-2018 school year.

“The enthusiasm and early engagement on the part of our new faculty is inspiring and contagious,” said Head of School, Michelle Ralston. “We are delighted to have them as part of The Riverside Team.”

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Laryssa Fortier

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Hannah Galinat

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Zach Perry

Riverside 8th Grade Leadership Trip


September 12, 2018

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

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Riverside School students participated in a two-day canoe and camping trip that took

them down the Connecticut River with an overnight stay in Lyman State Park. Jason

Brueck, Manager of Siskin Coutts in Derby organized the trip. Eleven students were joined by parents and Riverside staff who served as chaperones. The annual field trip is an element of the school’s year-long Leadership Program at Riverside where 8 th grade students plan and conduct assembly, lead buddy teams, and organize other activities that involve leading "families" that consist of children ages K - 8.

Race Back to School

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The Kingdom Trail Association is introducing Race Back to School, a walk-run-bike-a-thon organized by local schools, on August 19, 2018.  This laid back competition takes place on designated trails where participants race to accumulate the most points within a two-hour time span.  Points are awarded for laps and for fun stations – stops along the way providing specific challenges including anything from physical fitness tests to face-painting.

Families, individuals and teams of all ages are invited to participate.  The course offers a focus on endurance challenges rather than technical difficulty, in order to encourage walkers, runners and bikers of all ability levels.   And the Fun Stations give slower racers the opportunity to rack up high points and stay in the running for a podium spot.  Racers can also fundraise for specific causes by turning points into pledges.

Following the race, there will be music by the Bald Mountain Boys, food and prizes for the top point earners, and general revelry and good times for all.

Kingdom Trails, who is hosting the event with this year’s organizing school (the organizing entity will rotate as school's express interest) The Riverside School, wants this fun race to grow in the coming years, drawing in Northeast Kingdom elementary and middle schools, to become an end-of-summer celebration of community spirit.  “There are very few events where we come together as a community of schools,” says Lilias Ide, Director of Marketing at Kingdom Trails.  “We’d love this to be the time and place where we share and get to meet each other.”

The competition runs from 9-11AM on the 19th, with check-in at 8AM in the field below the Wildflower Inn on Darling Hill in Lyndonville.  

Participants must pre-register online.  There will be no on site race-day registration. 

For information and to register visit kingdomtrails.org

Those wanting to fund-raise for their school, class or organization through pledges should contact Melanie Finn at melfinn1@yahoo.com

To volunteer to help or man a Fun Station, email info@kingdomtrails.org

Monday Memo 5/28/18

The third grade is proud of their scale model of an octopus, an artistic aspect of their integrated ocean unit this spring.

The third grade is proud of their scale model of an octopus, an artistic aspect of their integrated ocean unit this spring.

Thank you to all the parents who joined us in the early part of the evening, to Annie Patoine and Bob Whittaker for helping grill and serve food, and to Bob, and the faculty who chaperoned the middle school dance. It was a beautiful evening and a fun, final celebration organized and hosted by Student Council.

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