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This is Dr. Woods-Weeks calling with the weekly update. I hope you all had a restful weekend! We have seven days left before winter break. Let’s keep the main thing the main thing.

Congratulations to the RHS Dance team for a stellar performance of The Land  of Sweets  last Thursday and Friday evening under the tutelage of Ms. Duncan. Kudos to you!

Congratulations to the six Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students who competed in the NC Future Business Leaders of America Triangle East Regional Competitive Events Conference in Raleigh this weekend. They were accompanied by Ms. Brooks and Ms. Henry.  Sophomore James Mitchell Brennan finished in 2nd place for the Job Interview Competition. He will go on to represent the Triangle East Region at the state competition/conference in Greensboro NC (March 23-25, 2023). Congratulations to all.

Also, Congratulations to the following students for being accepted to their choice schools. The class of 2023 HAS NOW EXCEEDED $2,000,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS. Stay tuned for more to come.

Cassidy Beebe: Western Carolina University, UNC CharlotteJosie Haile: Earlham College ($38,000/yr scholarship)Rae Foraker: WCU Catamount Promise scholarship - $3,000/yrAngie Rodriguez-Carbajal: NCCURyan Lewek:  UNC-CharlotteAna Ruiz-Galvez selected as semi-Finalist for UNC-Chapel Hill's Morehead-Cain ScholarshipWade Gabriel selected as a semi-Finalist for UNC-Charlotte's Levine ScholarshipEthan Haine: Maine Maritime AcademyJack Solomon: Appalachian State UniversityNick Nonnemaker: Appalachian State UniversityWade Gabriel: UNC-Charlotte, Appalachian State UniversityMyles Ettu: Appalachian State UniversityVivian Hazelrigg: Western Carolina UniversityNadia Molina: NortheasternCharlotte Holloway: UNC Greensboro, Roanoke College, Guilford, and Belmont AbbeyAlejandro Lambar: Appalachian State University, Brevard College, Guilford

Next, the Band Concert is Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00 pm. Come one come all.

The PTA presents Bob Patterson  “The College Admission Process” (via zoom) on Wednesday, Dec. 14th at 7:00 pm.  Bob Patterson is a former chair of highly selective admission committees including Stanford University, the University of Pittsburgh, UNC Chapel Hill, and University of California Berkeley, he is well versed in the entire application process for both domestic and international students. Please join us. The zoom link is on our school’s website. Click the link below:

Chorus Concert will be held Wednesday, December 15 from 7:00-9:00pm. Please come out and support our students.

Grade level assemblies will be held Thursday, December 16th. Follow the directive of your teachers for period and time.

Also, Thursday December 16th is Ugly Christmas Sweater Day at the River. Students and faculty are asked to show their school spirit by wearing an ugly Christmas sweater on Thursday as we embark upon the holiday season.

Parents of seniors: Do you want a senior recognition ad? Time and space are running out to purchase an ad in this year's yearbook. Go online today to guarantee your personalized ad space. Information is on the Riverside homepage or ads can be purchased online at

All parents: Yearbooks make a great gift of memories. Be sure to purchase your student's book today before prices increase in the new year. Purchases can be made online at or see Ms. Roth in room 146.

This week in athletics at Riverside, Basketball will host Northern Durham Tuesday at home on December 13th, JV Boys at 5:00 pm, Varsity Girls at 6:30 pm, and Varsity boys at 8:00 pm. 

We need your help, please consider volunteering at a Riverside game or contest.  Please visit the signup genius link for details

Lastly, Tuesday, December 20th is an Early Release Day. School will be dismissed at 2:15 p.m. All students must be picked up no later than 2:30 p.m. Please plan accordingly

The Winter Break begins Wednesday December  21st  - January 3rd for students. December 21st is an optional teacher work day.


That said, parents please continue to help us enforce the DPS Code of Conduct by ensuring that your student adheres to the policies and procedures set forth. Students show your school pride by wearing our school colors on Friday. I will see each of you at the River tomorrow. Go forth and make it a great evening. Roll Pirates Roll! Thank you.