Riverdale School District (27-4440)

Riverdale School District

Dear Riverdale Families,

Today’s public schools are now more than ever challenged to provide our children with a quality education so that they can lead successful lives in an increasingly complex, competitive and changing world. This annual school report card was designed by the State Department of Education to help you better understand how our school district is meeting this challenge. While this report card provides a snapshot of our district in numbers and charts, it does not describe important qualities such as curriculum offerings, teacher-student relationships, co-curricular opportunities, extra-curricular opportunities, learning climate, parental participation and community involvement; nor does it fully capture the commitment and dedication of the members of our Board of Education, teachers and staff. This combined with parents, who take an active role in the education of their children, has made Riverdale School a school in which our community can be truly proud. It is with this in mind that I will describe some of the programs and services that make our school so special, and will characterize the caring and conscientious manner in which they are delivered.

In our efforts to help equip our students with the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to be a successful participant and contributor in the world in which they live, our school offers opportunities such as the following:
• integrated preschool program, affording our students with special needs the opportunity to interact with typically developing peers;
• full day kindergarten program, providing developmentally appropriate instruction and activities designed to foster emotional, social and cognitive growth;
• emphasis on literacy throughout all disciplines, commencing with a balanced literacy program which includes skill development in: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension and exploration of a variety of genre including informational text;
• writing throughout the disciplines, fostering higher order thinking and successful communication skills;
• mathematics instruction, providing hands-on experiences as well as practical application of concepts;
• integration of technology with internet access throughout the facility and interactive white boards in every classroom. The availability of these items has provided our teachers with effective resources for presenting their lessons;
• opportunities for gifted and talented students through differentiated instruction as well as a “Self Directed Learning” program, under the direction of school staff;
• inter-scholastic athletic programs;
• cultural enrichment assemblies sponsored by the PTA;
• National Junior Honor Society program for our middle school students;
• annual dramatic/talent production, Science Fair and concert performances to further showcase the achievements of our students.

As one walks the halls of our school, one would only have to pause and hear the sounds of teachers teaching and students learning. Echoing from the classrooms will be the sounds of children reading novels; actively engaged in hands-on experiments in science; analyzing problem-solving techniques and strategies in mathematics; working cooperatively on social studies projects; developing their creative writing skills; exploring and utilizing the seemingly unlimited resources of the internet; enjoying the play and challenges of developing a sound mind in a sound body; and expressing themselves artistically and musically.

The aforementioned programs and services along with the way they are delivered have opened the doors for our students to take advantage of advanced educational opportunities as they further their education. Our graduating eighth grade students have qualified for honors/accelerated courses at Pompton Lakes High School.

The New Jersey Department of Education has established important initiatives in the areas of curriculum and assessment. Core Content proficiencies have been developed in several curriculum areas. Statewide testing in English Language Arts and Mathematics has occurred in grades 3 through 8. The testing for science, which currently takes place in grades 4 and 8, is referred to as the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK); the testing for English Language Arts and Mathematics, which currently takes place in grades 3 through 8, is referred to as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). These tests have been designed as one measure of students’ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and their ability to communicate. Please feel free to call me after reading this report card if you have any questions regarding curriculum or testing initiatives by the State Department of Education.

As our society becomes more complex, and greater demands are made on our children, we will be asked to grow as a school. Through the years, your support for our school and the children it serves has been great. There is no doubt that it will continue to be needed as we strive to meet the challenges that lay ahead, and as we continue to provide our students with an environment that is conducive to the education they need and deserve.

We look forward to your participation, contributions and support as we work for the successful achievement of your children’s education.

Together in Education,