Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Woman smiles looking to the side A place where children love to learn.

Creative, caring children and a passionate, professional staff fill Riverside Elementary School classrooms and halls.

Riverside Elementary School serves approximately 280 children in grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Focusing on team based instruction, Riverside children are intensely supported throughout the school day.

In addition to our stellar classroom teachers, Riverside students are supported by two Academic Intervention Specialists, four Special Education teachers and outstanding Art, Music, Library, and Physical Education teachers.

In our pursuit of academic excellence for all, the staff exhausts all possibilities to help move students forward. While meeting once a week in Grade Level Teams, the staff reviews curriculum, identifies students strengths and weaknesses, and creates individualized plans for student improvement. In addition we have developed a program called "Power Up". In an effort to meet every child’s individual interests and specific learning needs, teams of professionals work together to carefully review individual student data. Based on our findings students are placed in small "Power Up" groups for a 30 minute period three times a week. This program allows us to provide student specific "prescribed" instruction.

In touch with a tech savvy world our classrooms are equipped with the latest technology. With Smart Boards, document cameras, laptops, and iPads available to every classroom, Riverside staff and students integrate technology on a daily basis. The technology is used to enhance instruction and engage students as active learners.

New technology in 2009-2010 to Riverside was our W56R Broadcasting Green Room. This room enables students to use Green Screen Programing, similar to programs used by newscasters, to create live broadcasts and classroom projects.

New technology for 2011-2012 - This year we will also be offering Wi-Fi in several classrooms. Laptops and iPads will be available for student use. In addition, our second grade classrooms will be piloting educational centers that integrate the use of iPads. Janet Ouimet and Jason Neer will be leading this new technology enhanced project. Riverside will also be providing Leap Frog - Tag Readers to all kindergarten, first and second grade classrooms. Play Aways, books on MP3, will be offered to students in grades fourth, fifth, and sixth. 

New Technology for 2012-2013 - This year we will be adding 10 iPads to the building for student use. Wi-Fi will be offered in additional classrooms to support our laptops and iPads.

New Technology for 2014-2015 - This school year we have added 8 new iPads which enables the Primary wing (K-2) a total of 15 iPads to share, and the Secondary wing (3-5) a total of 18 iPads. Each classroom will also have student laptop workstations supported by our school - wide WiFi. The Library is piloting a wireless flat screen TV which interacts with any wireless device.

New Technology for 2016-2017 - This school year we have added 90 chromebooks in grades (3-5). There are iPads in every classroom grades (K-2) and we are also using Google Apps for Education. 

Utilizing experiential learning our student body is extremely fortunate to be able to learn content through experiences. Be it traveling to historical sites, spending a week learning in a classroom without walls at Pine Lake, or having guest speakers and programs at Riverside Elementary, our staff is committed to teaching through a hands on experience.

Riverside comes together once a month as a school community. We celebrate each other at our monthly Pride Programs. Each month a different grade level leads the celebration. The school community is treated with birthday acknowledgments, songs, and creative presentations. Thanks to our First Day Celebration and school theme, Riverside also celebrates as a school community on the first day of school and on the first day of each quarter. 

Riverside Elementary is a community of students hungry to learn with an energetic staff charged with providing the best education possible. With a strong commitment to working with Riverside families and the greater Oneonta Community, my door is always open. It truly is, my pleasure to serve you.


Melinda K. Murdock

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