Guest Speaker in Celebration of Martin Luther King Day

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

Contact: Mel Reis (802) 745-8136

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The Riverside School was pleased to welcome Reverend Doctor Robert Potter as a guest speaker in celebration of Martin Luther King Day. Kindergarten through eighth grade students enjoyed stories told by Rev. Potter who was a friend of Dr. King. Rev. Potter shared his experiences of working with Dr. King and how he was influenced by Dr. King’s humble and kind personality along with his passion for human rights and social justice.

Rev. Potter was a student leader of the civil rights movement at Earlham College and Yale Divinity School. He is now a resident of Wheelock and the former pastor of the Peacham Congregational Church. He has been invited to offer the benediction at the inauguration of three Vermont governors.

Riverside School Mythology Day 2019

The Riverside School
30 Lily Pond Road
Lyndonville, VT  05851

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

Riverside 3rd grader Rosa Patoine presented herself as Medusa in The Riverside School’s morning assembly as part of the school’s annual Mythology Day tradition.  In the background are other 3rd graders (l-r): Gabe Adams as Mars, Sawyer Daffinrud as King Midas, Clint Heinrich as Atlas, and Quinn Amidon as Polyphemus.

Riverside 3rd grader Rosa Patoine presented herself as Medusa in The Riverside School’s morning assembly as part of the school’s annual Mythology Day tradition.  In the background are other 3rd graders (l-r): Gabe Adams as Mars, Sawyer Daffinrud as King Midas, Clint Heinrich as Atlas, and Quinn Amidon as Polyphemus.

Formerly called “Saturnalia,” a Roman winter holiday, Mythology Day includes costumes, brief speeches in front of students, faculty and parents, and activities connected to classical mythology led by 8th graders.  Started in 1981 when the school began, Mythology Day celebrates the school’s classical curriculum incorporating Latin, critical thinking, and connections to modern languages.

Riverside Students Connect with Olympic Athletes during Biography Fair

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The Riverside School
30 Lily Pond Road
Lyndonville, VT  05851

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

           RIVERSIDE STUDENTS CONNECT WITH OLYMPIC ATHLETES
                                        DURING BIOGRAPHY FAIR


Lyndonville, VT – The annual Biography Fair held at the Riverside School is a unique opportunity to involve the entire student body (K-8) in active learning where each student chooses an influential individual to research. Older students present their learning in a variety of ways: creative visual displays of maps, timelines, or symbolic crests; articulate and well-prepared oral presentations; and organized and revised research papers. Younger students are engaged in more developmentally appropriate ways, such as class bulletin boards or individual informative posters.

Students prepare formal presentations performed in front of faculty, peers, staff, parents, and grandparents. They are encouraged to create costumes, props, and makeup to fully communicate their knowledge of the person they are portraying. The entire school day is dedicated to the presentations that occur throughout the Riverside campus.

Social studies and history teachers integrate the biography topics into their year-long curricula. The 3rd graders do autobiographies, 4th graders present Vermonters, the 6th graders research people from the ancient world, and 8th graders choose to learn about modern, international reformers.

“One evening the thought came to me that it would be such a cool experience to connect students with their biography fair subject who was special to Vermont (if that person is still alive), so I began reaching out to people,” said Riverside 4th grade teacher, Laryssa Fortier.

Two 4th grade students, Sophia Bunnell and Brooklyn Hibshman, were very interested in connecting with influential Vermonters.

Fortier wrote to the US Ski Team’s alpine press officer, Megan Harrod, in hopes of having Olympic Gold Medalist and Burke Mountain Academy alumna Mikaela Shiffrin answer Sofia’s questions. Harrod responded immediately and arranged for Shiffrin to answer her questions via a Facebook Live video.

The entire class, along with Sofia’s mother, sister, and Head of School, Michelle Ralston, gathered on October 18th and watched as Shiffrin answered all of Sofia’s questions, live from Europe. Shiffrin shared information about her childhood, setbacks and successes, and gave Sofia advice about working hard and putting all your love and passion into what you do.

Brooklyn reached out to professional mountain biker Lea Davison, also an Olympian living in Vermont, who took the time to email her back with thoughtful answers to all her research questions. Brooklynn eventually met with Davidson who provided an autographed poster.

“It was wonderful to see the students’ hard work pay off during Biography Fair as they sat in front of their audience dressed in character and shared the extensive amount of information they had learned,” said Fortier. “This was certainly a special experience for Sofia and Brooklynn, and the entire class, because they saw how research can come alive and take you to fascinating places. I plan to continue reaching out to more Vermonters as the year goes on to have them come in and share their story with the class.”

Riverside 4th grade students watch Mikaela Shiffrin’s live Facebook feed from Europe as part of the school’s Biography Fair. Pictured are front (l-r) Molly Aeberbard, Esme Cobb, Kingston Newell, Sylvan Balcom, and back (l-f) Gabi Young, Sofia Bunnell, Brooklynn Hibshman, Pearl Arberbard, Lyric Golden, and Julia Spence.

Riverside 4th grade students watch Mikaela Shiffrin’s live Facebook feed from Europe as part of the school’s Biography Fair. Pictured are front (l-r) Molly Aeberbard, Esme Cobb, Kingston Newell, Sylvan Balcom, and back (l-f) Gabi Young, Sofia Bunnell, Brooklynn Hibshman, Pearl Arberbard, Lyric Golden, and Julia Spence.



Riverside School Coffee House to Highlight“ Teaching Kindness” Advisory Program

FOR RIVERSIDE SCHOOL PARENTS

November 1, 2018

The Riverside School
30 Lily Pond Road
Lyndonville, VT  05851
(802) 626-8552
Contact: Mel Reis, (802) 592-3079

RIVERSIDE SCHOOL COFFEE HOUSE TO HIGHLIGHT“ TEACHING KINDNESS” ADVISORY PROGRAM

 Lyndonville, VT -  The Riverside School coordinates parent group discussions entitled, “Coffee Houses” and public group forums each year. These theme-based, informal group discussions invite the Riverside parents and, sometimes, the public to meet with school staff, faculty, and professionals in their field to discuss subjects relevant to life-long learning. The events are also planned with suggestions from the Riverside Parent Group.

The first Riverside Coffee House for the 2018-19 school year will focus on the new “Teaching Kindness” anti-bullying advisory program introduced last year. Recognizing that supportive community development is an essential part of character development and moral maturity, the school has begun to expand upon the elements of its Advisory Program to include new teaching and learning experiences that deal with issues of bullying, teasing, exclusion, and the importance of personal space.

The purpose of the Advisory Program at The Riverside School is to integrate the diverse elements of Riverside’s program by teaching personal responsibility by facilitating the building of practicing problem solving, supportive community, and collaboration.

With the assistance of Ellen Moore LCMHC, a clinical therapist, the Teaching Kindness advisory program trains and and utilizes the leadership of Riverside’s 7th and 8th graders to mentor and talk with younger elementary students.

Now in its second year, the program provides time for 7th and 8th graders to work on three lessons that are age appropriate. The lesson topics for this year are: what is bullying; what does it mean to be unkind; how does one define inclusive and exclusive behaviors (in and outside the classroom); and what can a student do when someone is unkind to them (instilling a sense of self respect and empowerment to stop the behavior).

The 7th and 8th grade students divide themselves into groups and adopt a lower-grade class (i.e., one group works with Kindergarten, first grade, etc.). The older students plan age appropriate lessons and use age appropriate language when they visit younger classrooms. Essentially, the 7th and 8th grade students are mentoring the younger students.

“The Teaching Kindness program does not embrace any one definition of bullying but embraces kindness and what it means to be “unkind,” said Michelle Ralston, Head of School. “Riverside believes that it “takes a village” and the entire school community to teach kind behavior. I am excited to welcome parents to learn more about our Teaching Kindness program.” 

The event will take place on Thursday, November 15th from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Barn at The Riverside School on Lily Pond Road in Lyndonville. The discussion will include: an update for parents on how the program has progressed; a demonstration of a lesson via a skit by the 7th and 8th graders; opportunities for attendees to discuss their own childhood experiences with bullies, and discuss how to respond now as parents; Ellen Moore will offer helpful Tools for Parents, and the evening will end with a Q&A session.

The event is free and refreshments and childcare will be available.

Riverside School 8th graders Alexa Counter of Barnet, Kaelen Glentz Brush of Kirby, and Laela Kane of Peacham discuss positive traits of leadership during 8th Grade Day at Riverside before the start of the school year.

Riverside School 8th graders Alexa Counter of Barnet, Kaelen Glentz Brush of Kirby, and Laela Kane of Peacham discuss positive traits of leadership during 8th Grade Day at Riverside before the start of the school year.