E-Newsletter: May 19, 2019
In This Issue

  • School-Wide Information

  • Open Board Positions
  • End-of-the-Year Bash
  • School Supplies Donation
  • Lion Artists of the Week

  • Elementary School News

  • State Testing Schedule
  • Art Show Thank You

  • Middle/High School News

  • State Testing Schedule
  • Computer Science Discoveries

  • The Lions Pride

  • Looking Ahead
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A Note From Dr. Compton
Dear Lions,

We're ending another great week at Riverwalk Academy. Many of our students last week came in determined to do their best on the State Testing. We have just a few more state assessments this week for 4th - 8th. The 9th grade students start their end of course exams this week, too. We did receive a few questions about additional ways that families can support their child during state testing. Here are a few suggestions to consider:
  1. Help them have the right mindset. We want them to know that their best really is good enough. One test doesn't define us. It is one of many pieces of information that help us understand how (and how much) they are learning. We want them to take extra care to check over things and not make careless errors. We want them to take their time. We don't want them to be so anxious or worried that they make careless mistakes. Usually, those anxieties come from the unhealthy messages they are telling themselves. Helping them have the right mindset is huge. 
  2. Help them be physically ready. They do need to get a good night's rest and eat well before the tests. We know statistically that kids do best when they take their tests in their normal environment with their regular teacher. That comfortable environment reduces anxiety. As a result, please cancel any appointments during testing times. (If they are sick, please keep them at home. They won't do well on any assessment if they are not feeling well.) 
  3. Help limit distractions and outside stress. Please help them have a calm morning before school. That may not be the best time for addressing major discipline issues or big problems. If bad news needs to be delivered, try to wait until later if you can. It is so hard for any of us to focus on the work at hand if we are experiencing major problems. 
  4. Help them know they are loved no matter what. I think that is the biggest anxiety reducer we can give our kids. In a culture where acceptance is often solely based on performance, our kids need to know that we love them when they are at their best and their worst. According to researcher Howard Gardner, kids are gifted in all kinds of areas (i.e. art, music, athletics, math, reading, languages, interpersonal skills and self awareness). How they do on one test on one day does not seal their future one way or another. We want them to do their best (and we want them to get better), but we love them as they are. Unconditional love can be one of the greatest motivators to help them do their very best.

Lions, let's have a great week!

Sincerely,
Signature
Robert Compton, Ph.D.
Head of School
Riverwalk Academy
School-Wide Information
Board Open Positions
The Riverwalk Academy Board is comprised of 9 volunteer members who either are parents, or local community members. Five of the Board members are elected by parents of current students and current staff members; and four positions are appointed.

Presently, we have two types of Board openings, set to begin on July 1, 2019: 2 elected positions and 2 appointed positions. Both positions are for two-year terms.

  • Elected Positions - please see the linked announcement if you're interested in running for one of the elected positions.
  • All parents and staff members will receive an email Thursday morning at 8:00am with instructions on casting your vote for the two elected positions. If you do not receive this email, please contact Ms. Shenelle Mabey.

  • Appointed Positions - If you are interested in being considered for appointment, please send a letter of interest and resume to Mr. Ben Ignatowicz, Board Vice-Chair.
End of the Year Bash and Talent Showcase
Pride, our PTO is throwing an end-of-the-year bash on June 1st (save the date).

They are looking for student acts to perform during the event. If you have a talent that you would like to share and you would like to perform please click here to sign up!
Consider Donating Your Extra School Supplies
As some of you might know, Jazmine Sepulveda, pictured with Senator Tim Scott, won the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for the State of South Carolina. She has asked for our help with donations of school supplies.

Beginning next week, you can help her by dropping off any used or surplus school supplies (book bags, binders, crayons, pens, pencils, lunch boxes, ect.) that are still is usable condition in one of the boxes in the school building.

This box will be easy to find, for it will have a logo on it that reads "The Heart of a Star." These items will be sent to the Dominican Republic for children who are living in poverty. We thank you for your support and remember one man's trash is another man's treasure! Power of the Pride!!!!!! 
Lion Artists of the Week
(picked by Dr. Compton's daughters)
Check out Riverwalk Academy's online art gallery at  Artsonia . Artsonia is the World's Largest Student Art Museum. Yet it's so much more than that! It's a free, safe, educational program designed to connect parents and families with their child's creative activities at school.

If you have any questions, please contact  Ms. Griffith.
Jellyfish
Johnny Watts 1st grade
Self Portrait
Hailey Mosley, 3rd Grade
Elementary School News
State Testing: 4th and 5th Grade
Lions, we're almost done with State testing. Monday is our final day for elementary school students.

May 20 - SC PASS
  • Science: 4th Grade
  • Social Studies: 5th Grade
Annual Art Show
Thank You
Thank you all for making the 2019 Art Show a huge success. It was precious seeing the joy on all of the students' faces when they saw their art framed.
Middle and High School News
Middle and High School State Testing Schedule
Middle School
Parents, 6th - 8th have their final State assessment this week (Science or Social Studies):

  • May 20 - SC PASS
  • Science: 6th
  • Social Studies: 7th Grades
  • May 22 - SC PASS (Science 8th Grade)

High School
9th graders start their State assessments this week and it continues into next week for many.

  • May 21 - English 1 Writing (EOC) (9th and a few 8th graders)
  • May 23 - English 1 Reading (EOC) (9th and a few 8th graders)
  • May 28 - Algebra 1 (EOC) (9th and a few 8th graders)
Computer Science Discoveries
We're excited to be able to teach  Code.org 's Computer Science Discoveries next year to our middle school students.   Code.org 's Computer Science Discoveries course is an introductory computer science course designed for middle school students. The course empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. Click here , or click the Code.Org logo to view a video about Computer Science Discoveries.
Looking Ahead
Monday, 20th
  • SC PASS:
  • 4th and 6th - Science
  • 5th and 7th - Social Studies
  • Band/Chorus Performance: 6:30 pm

Tuesday, 21st
  • 9th Grade English 1 (reading) EOC
  • SC PASS Make-up
  • High School Attendance Make-up School @ 3:00 - 6:00
  • Board Member Election Nominations Closes at 5:00 pm

Wednesday, 22nd
  • SC PASS
  • 8th Science
  • EOC Make-up
  • Chorus Club @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Wright)
  • High School Attendance Make-up School @ 3:00 - 6:00
  • Board Member Nominations/Bios shared

Thursday, 23rd
  • 9th Grade English 1 (writing) EOC
  • SC PASS Make-up
  • High School Attendance Make-up School @ 3:00 - 6:00
  • Spirit Night @ Adventure Air Sports 5pm - 7pm (PTO)
  • Board Member Voting Opens @ 8:00 am

Friday, 24th
  • EOC Make-up
  • Board Member Voting Closes @ 4:00 pm

Other Important Date Announcements
  • May 27 - No School - Memorial Day
  • June 5 - Last Day for Afternoon Lions' Den
  • June 6 - Last Day of School and Early Dismissal:
  • 11:05 - Elementary w/o Siblings
  • 11:30 - Middle/High & Elementary w/ Siblings


Lions Pride
You never know when you will be spotted out in the community showing your #LionsPride.
Ashlyn (4th), wearing her Lions Pride shirt, stopped by the Art Show photo booth to take a picture with her classmate Lily.
We'd love to show off our families wearing their Riverwalk Academy gear. Please send any photos, with a caption, to  Dr. Compton   and they just might end up here for all to see.
Classroom News
Kindergarden

First Grade

  • Baumeister
  • Bowman
  • Matlock

Third Grade
Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade
  • Greenberg
  • Tillman

  • Krebs
  • C. Wilson

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