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Good afternoon, Pirate families,

This is Dr. Woods-Weeks calling with the weekly update. It is show time! Test time is on! We begin final exams tomorrow. Let us keep a positive attitude, so it will be a positive experience for our students. Please ensure that your student(s) get the proper rest and eat a hearty breakfast each morning. I ask that you stay calm, cool, and collected in every situation. Make sure they arrive to school on time, prepared to test. Our students will do well because they have been taught well. We are ready to go! 

Please do not make appointments between 9:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. We will not call into classrooms during exams for any reason. Students must be present on exam days to avoid having to make up any exams. We have a five-day testing window (January 9-13), and all exams must be taken. They count 20% of the final grade. Our goal is a 95% participation rate or better.

Students are free to leave after the fourth period exam on Thursday, January 12th.  However, you must plan for pick up and send a note for early dismissal. Buses will not be able to leave early due to the high school schedule.

Click on the link below or go to our website for the exam schedule.

Next, are you interested in Golf, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Women's Soccer, or Track and Field? Springs sports officially start February 13th All athletes must have a ticket to play to try out. Ticket-to-play dates for spring sports will be 1/20, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/13, and 2/14 in the front lobby for the first 30 minutes of SMART Lunch. Contact Athletic Trainer for any physical or registration questions.

All potential athletes must complete or renew an online registration one time per school year at

Athletes must have a sports physical on file at Riverside dated after 2/14/ 2022 to participate in any spring sports.  All physicals can be forwarded to Athletic Trainer

This week in athletics your Pirates Wrestling will host a Tri-Meet against East Chapel Hill, and Hillside on Thursday at 6 pm.  Pirate Basketball will face East Chapel Hill Tuesday night at Home. JV boys at 5:00 pm, Girls at 6:30, and Varsity Boys at 8:00 pm, and the swim team will face off against Northern Wednesday at 5:00 pm.  This Saturday the Wrestling team will host the Silverfox wrestling tournament. Tickets for all contests are on ticketspicket now. 

Student prices tickets will be on sale the day of the contest in limited numbers.

Lastly, Monday, January 16th is the MLK Holiday, no school. And Tuesday, January 17th is an Optional Teacher Workday, no school for students. The second semester begins Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

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