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"Pirate Pride Picnic" held at Riverside (Audio included)

The Riverside Local School District held a back-to-school open house Monday. Held since 2008, the “Pirate Pride Picnic” was sponsored by the Family School Partnership. 

Debbie Hughes is the parent coordinator at Riverside. She said the  purpose of the event was to allow the community and kids to come together, to see what the school has to offer at the start of the new school year, and to see what programs the community has to offer the kids. 

The DeGraff Fire Department and EMS were there, the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, the State Highway Patrol, and the DeGraff Police Department. 

The outdoor picnic had free food for the good crowd, lots of great door prizes, and there was music provided by the Riverside High School band.

Second-grade teacher Dawn Core talked about some of the new things this year at Riverside schools. 

She talked about the new computer program this year called i-Ready that will help students with reading and math. 

i-Ready’s adaptive diagnostic pinpoints students’ needs down to the sub-skill level and provides data-driven insights and support for successful implementation of the new standards. 

i-Ready has been proven to predict student performance on the state assessment tests.

Core added that it was just exciting to get everybody together at the picnic.

Hughes mentioned that Kelly Kauffman was the new principal at Riverside grades 7-12. 

She added one of the big things was the OAA statewide test will be going paperless and be computer-based. 

The Ohio Achievement Tests measure students grades 3-8 on what they know and are able to do in various subjects.

Dawn Core, Debbie Hughes Core and Hughes talked about the picnic, what will be new this year, and why they like DeGraff and Riverside schools.

In addition to Kauffman being the new principal grades 7-12, other new teachers are:

Wendy Hepp, 1st grade

Chelsea Overly, 3rd grade

Matthew Steed is the new 5-12 band director and 7-12 choir director.

Danielle King will be the new 7-8 math teacher.

Sarah Wisse is the new 7-8 language arts teacher.

New intervention specialists are Lauren Krisher and Christine Berning.

The first day of school for Riverside is Wednesday.

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