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Teachers of the Year

Riverside Elementary School Teacher of the Year
This year's Riverside Elementary School Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Gilardi. Mrs. Gilardi's unwavering dedication and warmth have enriched our school in immeasurable ways. Beyond her role as an educator, Mrs. Gilardi embodies the essence of a pillar of support, an inspiration, and a beacon of positivity within our school community. Her impact extends far beyond the classroom, as she dedicates time and energy to fostering camaraderie and joy among our esteemed staff. While excelling in her teaching duties, Mrs. Gilardi has undertaken the initiative to organize and spearhead various social events. Although seemingly small in scale, these efforts play a pivotal role in uniting our staff, creating an atmosphere of unity, understanding, and support that resonates throughout the school. Mrs. Gilardi's commitment to creating a nurturing environment for both students and teachers alike is commendable. Her efforts extend equally to students and teachers, shaping our school into a place where everyone feels valued and supported. The contagious enthusiasm she brings to her work uplifts everyone around her, contributing significantly to the overall positive atmosphere that makes our school a better place. We also can't help but celebrate Mrs. Gilardi's unique and creative approach to teaching – who else has a Lego-themed room? This innovative touch showcases her commitment to making learning an engaging and exciting adventure for her students, leaving an everlasting impact on their educational journey. Join us in expressing our heartfelt congratulations to Mrs. Gilardi as our Riverside Elementary Teacher of the Year. Thank you, Mrs. Gilardi, for your exceptional contributions inspiring leadership, and for making our school community truly exceptional.


Riverside Middle School Teacher of the Year

This year's Riverside Middle School Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Lawrence. Mrs. Lawrence's unwavering commitment extends far beyond classroom hours, embracing innovative approaches like whole-brain teaching to cater to diverse learning styles. Her mastery of differentiation fosters inclusivity, while her emphasis on a growth mindset instills resilience and tenacity in her students. Beyond her immediate classroom, Mrs. Lawrence plays a pivotal role in the school community, addressing the unique needs of every child and advocating for her peers' well-being. Her infectious enthusiasm and energy turn Room 207 into a realm of wonder, where literature becomes a mirror reflecting the world. Mrs. Jacqueline Lawrence emerges not just as an asset to Riverside Middle School but as an inspirational figure, setting a high standard for dedication and excellence in the teaching profession. As a NYC and Boston Marathon finisher, a slam poetry teacher, and an advocate for social-emotional competencies, her recognition as Teacher of the Year is a testament to her enduring influence, celebrated not only by colleagues but by the entire district, retired teachers, and community members. Congratulations to Mrs. Lawrence, a true RMS marvel and a beacon of inspiration for all.

Riverside High School Teacher of the Year

This year's Riverside High School Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Garvin. Mrs. Garvin has been a cherished member of the RHS family for an impressive 23 years. This well-deserved recognition is a testament to Mrs. Garvin's unwavering dedication and outstanding contributions to our school community. Throughout her tenure at Riverside High School, Mrs. Garvin has been a guiding force in our science department, shaping the educational journey of countless students. Her passion for science has not only enriched our curriculum but has also ignited a flame of curiosity in her students, inspiring many to pursue further education in the science field post-high school. Mrs. Garvin is not only recognized for her academic prowess but also for the unique and memorable experiences she creates in her weekly lab experiments. The distinct odors that waft through our halls serve as a tangible reminder of the hands-on learning experiences she provides, making science come alive for her students. Beyond the classroom, Mrs. Garvin has made significant contributions to our school district. She has served as a class advisor to numerous graduating classes, currently leading the dynamic class of 2024. As a leader among her department and the entire high school staff, Mrs. Garvin has played a crucial role in fostering a positive and collaborative learning environment. Her leadership qualities have not only impacted her colleagues but have also influenced the overall educational experience for our students. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to Mrs. Garvin for her tireless efforts, passion, and commitment to the success of our students, staff, and community. Her dedication has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the Riverside High School experience. Join us in congratulating Mrs. Garvin on this well-deserved honor. We are proud to have such an exceptional educator as part of our RHS family.

Congratulations Ms. Downey and Mrs. Clyde!!!

Congratulations Ms. Downey and Mrs. Clyde!!!

'Twas a festive Wednesday at Riverside Middle School in Room 107, where Ms. Downey and Mrs. Clyde embarked on a magical journey with their students. In the enchanting world of "The Great Gilly Hopkins," the classroom transformed into a literary haven. Excitement filled the air as context clues became treasure maps, guiding students through the rich vocabulary of the story. Ms. Downey and Mrs. Clyde, skilled storytellers, turned the classroom into a realm of literary discovery.

Amid this adventure, the physical classroom became a flexible and inviting space, shedding traditional seating arrangements. Students found comfort and inspiration in choosing their learning spots, fostering collaborative energy, and making each lesson a personalized journey. The room became a canvas where the art of education unfolded in innovative ways.

A token economy, akin to holiday tokens of appreciation, adorned the classroom, reinforcing positive behavior and cultivating a culture of kindness. As students collected their tokens, the air filled not only with the joy of learning but also with the joy of sharing and supporting one another. Riverside Middle School, on this special Wednesday, became a stage where the lessons of the heart were as prominent as the lessons in the books.


Key Dates 







11th Grade English Students visit the Lantern Theatre

December 8, 2902

Students in eleventh grade will take a field trip to the Lantern Theater for a play. 

Teacher Cadet visits the Please Touch Museum 

December 8, 2023 

Our Teacher Cadet students will gain knowledge of educational opportunities for elementary-aged students in our local communities. 


Christmas in Riverside

 December 9, 2023   Students and staff will be participating in the Riverside Township Holiday Parade at 6 pm.

4h Grade Trip to the Franklin Institute 

December 11, 2023 

Our 4th grade will be visiting the Franklin Institute and will be focusing on STEM experiences during their trip. 

1st Grade Trip to the Aquarium 

December 12, 2023

Our first-grade students will visit the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ for an enriching experience.

Winter Band Concert

December 13, 2023

The Band Ensemble from RES, RMS, and RHS will begin their performances at 7 pm in the Morris D. Murphy Auditorium. 

Elementary School and Family Meeting 

December 14, 2023 

This will take place from 6:15 pm to 7:00 pm in the Elementary School Media Center. 

BOE Meeting 

December 14,  2023

Riverside Elementary School Cafeteria - 7:00 pm

Winter Choral Concert

December 19, 2023 

The choral programs from RES, RMS and RHS will begin their performances at 7 pm in the Morris D. Murphy Auditorium. 

RMS Ugly Sweater Competition 

December 22, 2023

Students and faculty will compete in an ugly sweater competition for prizes.  This will occur during the school day. 

RHS Project Santa Basketball Game

December 22, 2023 

Students and staff are invited to the Pop Vernon Field House to watch this event. 

Early Dismissal For All Students

December 22, 2023

K - 5th grade: 8:00 am - 12:20 pm

6th - 12th grade: 7:43 am - 12:05 pm

PreK AM Session: 8:00 am - 9:50 am

PreK PM Session: 10:30 am - 12:20 pm

School Closed 

December 25, 2023 - January 2, 2024 

The district is closed on December 25, 2023, through January 2, 2024. School  will reopen on Wednesday, January 3, 2024.   



2023- 2024 Arrival and Dismissal Schedule
Full Day Schedule
Start Time End Time
RES 8:00 AM 2:23 PM
RMS/RHS 7:43 AM 1:59  PM
Pre K AM 8:00 AM 10:20 AM
Pre K PM 12:00 PM 2:23 PM
Early Dismissal/ Half-Day Schedule
Start Time End Time
RES 8:00  AM 12:20  PM
RMS/RHS 7:43  AM 12:05  PM
Pre K AM 8:00 AM 9:50 AM
Pre K PM 10:30 AM 12:20 PM
90-minute Delayed Opening Schedule
Start Time End Time
RES 9:30  AM 2:23  PM
RMS/RHS 9:13 AM 1:59  PM
Pre AM TIME Canceled
Pre K AM and Pre K PM will alternate groups each occurrence  12:00 PM 2:23 PM



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2023 - 2024 RTSD Clubs 
In the link below you will find information on the 2023 - 2024 RTSD Clubs.  Please contact the advisor directly if you have any questions about a specific club. 

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